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Where the war on weed still rages

Where the war on weed still rages

Marijuana possession led to nearly 6 percent of all arrests in the United States in 2017, FBI data shows, underscoring the level of policing dedicated to containing behavior that’s legal in 10 states and the nation’s capital. But the figure obscures the considerable variations in enforcement practices at the state and local levels. In many areas of the country in 2016, more than 20 percent of all arrests stemmed from pot possession, according to newly released county-level arrest figures from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. The figure exceeds 40 percent in a handful of counties, topping out at nearly 55 percent in one Georgia county.
New Trump attorney general endorses Gardner’s marijuana legalization bill

New Trump attorney general endorses Gardner’s marijuana legalization bill

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that he prefers Sen. Cory Gardner’s legislation on marijuana to the “intolerable” patchwork of state and federal laws that exists today. “Personally, I would still favor one uniform federal rule against marijuana, but if there is not sufficient consensus to obtain that, then I think the way to go is to permit a more federal approach, that states can make their own decisions within the framework of the federal law and so we’re not just ignoring the enforcement of federal law,” said Barr, who took over in February. Barr was asked by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, about the STATES Act. The Gardner legislation is backed by a bipartisan group in Congress and would prevent authorities from enforcing a federal marijuana prohibition in states that have legalized, such as Colorado.
Alex Berenson and the Last Anti-Cannabis Crusade

Alex Berenson and the Last Anti-Cannabis Crusade

In 1937, America’s first drug czar, Harry J. Anslinger, published a feature story in The American Magazine titled “Marijuana, Assassin of Youth.” The article featured a vicious ax murderer with a drug problem. “An entire family was murdered by a youthful addict in Florida,” Anslinger wrote. “When officers arrived at the home, they found the youth staggering about in a human slaughterhouse. With an ax he had killed his father, his mother, two brothers, and a sister. He seemed to be in a daze.” At the time, Anslinger was the commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, the institution that preceded the Drug Enforcement Administration. The same year, he drafted legislation that effectively made cannabis illegal at the federal level.
Recreational marijuana bill signed into law

Recreational marijuana bill signed into law

Guam Governor Lou Leon Guerrero today signed the Cannabis Industry Act of 2019 into law.Sen. Clynt Ridgell’s Bill No. 32-35 establishes a framework for the creation of a cannabis industry that could eventually lead to the legalization of the production, sale and taxation of marijuana on Guam.The governor’s approval comes 8 days after it was passed by the legislature on a vote of  8-7.Sens. Ridgell, Joe San Agustin, Régine Biscoe Lee, Telo Taitague, Louise Muna, Jose Terlaje, Kelly Marsh and Speaker Tina Muña Barnes voted in favor of the measure.
House Will Vote To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Within ‘Weeks,’ Key Chairman Says

House Will Vote To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Within ‘Weeks,’ Key Chairman Says

The chair of a critical House committee said on Wednesday that his panel and the larger body will take up legislation to protect states with legal marijuana from federal intervention “in a relatively short time, within the next several weeks, and I think we will have a very strong vote.”“We will guide it to the House floor for a vote, which I think it will pass with an overwhelming vote—Democrats and I think a lot of Republicans as well,” said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), whose Rules Committee decides how legislation is handled on the chamber’s floor. “If we have a strong bipartisan vote that will increase the pressure on the Senate to do something.”
FDA Chief Clarifies Enforcement Priorities For CBD Products

FDA Chief Clarifies Enforcement Priorities For CBD Products

At his final hearing before a Senate appropriations subcommittee on Thursday, outgoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb was again pressed on the agency’s plan to regulate hemp-derived CBD products.Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) voiced concerns about the “significant regulatory and enforcement uncertainty” surrounding marketing CBD, which has been raised at several hearings since industrial hemp and its derivatives were federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill. The senator asked Gottlieb how he thinks the FDA should use discretion in its enforcement efforts.
Marijuana banking bill picks up momentum

Marijuana banking bill picks up momentum

Lawmakers are poised to send a bill to the House floor that would allow banks to provide services to legal marijuana businesses.The House Financial Services Committee is slated to vote on the measure Wednesday, in what is seen as a turning point for industry groups who have long pushed for the legislation.Similar legislation was first introduced six years ago, but in recent months the idea has gained bipartisan support and the backing of heavy hitters on K Street and in the business world who see it as essential to bringing a growing industry into the financial mainstream.
After rebuke, top Democrats vow not to give up on marijuana legalization

After rebuke, top Democrats vow not to give up on marijuana legalization

TRENTON — In the face of a major legislative defeat, New Jersey’s top three elected officials displayed a surprising show of unity Monday after the collapse of a planned vote on a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, declaring “we’re absolutely going to win the war at the end of the day.”During a late afternoon press conference, Gov. Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin pledged to take another pass at advancing a package of bills that would not only legalize recreational cannabis, but also expand the state’s medical marijuana program and overhaul New Jersey’s criminal justice system.
You can’t own more than 3 pot shops, but these companies are testing the limit — and bragging about it

You can’t own more than 3 pot shops, but these companies are testing the limit — and bragging about it

Robert Leidy, scion of a wealthy Palm Beach family, struck a serious pose that night before officials in the small town of Athol.In a dark suit and tie, he fixed his gaze on a careful script. There was no mention of the deep-pocketed investors backing him or the fishing yacht his company, Sea Hunter Therapeutics, was named after. Leidy talked about his lofty mission: to help a nonprofit business grow marijuana in an old tool mill there, and sell the product at its stores to people suffering from illness.But in his focus on the healing qualities of marijuana, Leidy offered little about the company’s actual, larger ambition. Despite the high-minded speech that October night in 2017, Sea Hunter had largely taken over operations of the nonprofit, Herbology Group, as part of a much broader strategy to capitalize on the state’s new recreational pot market and become a dominant player in Massachusetts and beyond.
Federal Health Agency Blames Schedule I For ‘Slow’ Marijuana Research And Commits To Fund Studies

Federal Health Agency Blames Schedule I For ‘Slow’ Marijuana Research And Commits To Fund Studies

A federal health agency is blaming “slow” marijuana research progress on the drug’s restrictive Schedule I status but says it is committed to funding studies into how cannabis can help people manage pain in spite of budget cuts recently proposed by President Donald Trump.“A growing body of literature suggests that the cannabis plant has pain-relieving properties; however, as a schedule I substance with known psychoactive effects, research on the potential pain-relieving properties of cannabis has been slow,” the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) said in a budget justification document published on Wednesday.NCCIH supports studies into non-conventional medicines and therapies that can be used as an alternative or supplement to traditional treatments for a variety of conditions, but the president’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget would cut its funding by about $20 million, the agency said in the new overview.
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