Discussion in 'Cannabis News and Activism' started by vtac, Jun 26, 2008.
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Pot Under the Last 5 Presidents
With Trump and Sessions, we’re entering an unsure period of marijuana legalization in the United States. Today, we’re not looking at their economic or social records, but at one thing in particular: how have the last five presidents handled marijuana policy? (cont)
For their millions of dollars in donations (directly & indirectly) proscription drug companies make billions on their investments. Till such an influence can be countered or nullified we are stuck with our votes and the moral high ground.
Congress has a cannabis caucus now and they want to see cannabis legalized and regulated.
Four lawmakers representing states that have legalized weed have launched the first ever Congressional Cannabis Caucus.
Jared Polis (D-Colorado), Dana Rohorabacher (R-California), Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) and Don Young (R-Alaska) say they want to work together on legislation related to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.
The caucus plans to pursue new laws that would allow more government research into cannabis, increase access to medical marijuana for military veterans and reform tax and banking laws for pot businesses.
Each of the caucus members is already pushing legislation related to cannabis policies. Rohrabacher -- who smokes to help treat chronic pain -- has a bill that would protect people who use cannabis in compliance with their state's laws.
Pot advocacy groups have applauded the new caucus and are pushing more lawmakers to take part.
This week, the Michigan chapter of the cannabis advocacy group NORML sent letters to lawmakers from that state urging them to become apart of the caucus.
Massachusetts Lawmakers Justify Tinkering with Marijuana Legalization
Almost 1.8 million people in Massachusetts voted to legalize marijuana in November. But did they really mean to do that?
It’s a ridiculous question to pose about a simple yes-or-no ballot proposition, but such are the mental gymnastics now being played by a pair of Massachusetts lawmakers, who are—unfortunately—now tasked with rewriting the voter-approved law. And they’re doing it for a governor who has made his distaste for legalization well known.
Massachusetts voters handily approved legalization in November, approving Question 4 by nearly seven percentage points, despite opposition from nearly every major state politician, including Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Since then, possession of small amounts of cannabis for adults 21 and over has become legal, but elected officials have done everything they can to delay or outright undo much else.
A handful of lawmakers called a special, sparsely-attended holiday session to delay the opening of recreational marijuana stores by six months. In January, a key state senator introduced legislation to sharply reduce the amount of cannabis adults can possess and grow at home—and delay the first legal, over-the-counter sale by two years.
Now, state Senator Patricia Jehlen and Rep. Mark Cusack are open to making more “major changes” to the voter-approved law, changes due on Baker’s desk by June.
Possible tweaks could include raising the tax rate, giving local municipalities more leeway to limit the number of marijuana retail outlets and messing with plant and possession limits. As they explained to the Boston Globe, they can justify doing this because the voters weren’t quite sure what they were doing with their ‘yes’ votes:
“I don’t think the voters were expressing deep engagement with every single sentence,” Jehlen said in a telephone interview. “But I think the concept of allowing people to own and use and grow marijuana legally, that is what is our mandate, to protect that.”
Cusack concurred. “I think the will of the voters is they wanted recreational marijuana, not that they sat there and read every word of the ballot measure before they voted for it. It was really: Do you want it or do you not?”
This is disingenuous at best—and in Jehlen, this is coming from one of marijuana’s biggest supporters
Our self-serving, elitist, 'I know better than you', POS politicians could justify anything with their double talk and complete lack of any ethics besides expedient protection of their own career by pandering to their special interest groups. Well, I hope the voters in MA prove them wrong and send these people packing. A referendum is binding, politicians are paid by the electorate to implement it, anything else is anti-democratic. If they can't find it in themselves to do the will of the people as expressed in a democratic vote, then they should resign.
Going After Marijuana Is Political Suicide—Even for Conservatives
When Donald Trump announced on November 18th that Jeff Sessions was his pick for Attorney General it could not have come at a less opportune time for the marijuana legalization movement. Though largely overshadowed by Trump’s unexpected victory, the movement had enjoyed perhaps it’s greatest electoral success to date, as voters in eight states approved either recreational or medical cannabis. Just 10 days later, however, activists were forced to grapple with the potential of Sessions, a man who repeatedly chastised the Obama justice department for its failure to enforce federal drug laws being elevated to the highest office in the land. Yet a little over a week into his tenure, activists—though still expressing a number of concerns—have expressed cautious optimism that Sessions may be restrained from pursuing the hardline policies he articulated as a senator.
The Weed You're Smoking Might Not Be What You Think
In both the legal and illegal cannabis market, the type — or "strain" — of marijuana has taken on great significance for consumers. As the logic goes, if you're looking for a specific type of high or medical benefit: there's a strain for that.
But recent research has raised questions about the genetic consistency of strains sold under a variety of names such as Blue Dream, Sour Diesel, or Girl Scout Cookies. It turns out that the same cannabis labels sold at different dispensaries might contain totally different sets of ingredients.
"The way that seeds work in the cannabis world is more like the human population," Mowgli Holmes, chief scientific officer of the cannabis biotech company Phylos Bioscience, told ATTN:. "Every seed is a unique child from two different parents — and there's just this incredible diversity because the plants spread all around the world and then all of those different varieties came back and recombined into this genetic swirl on the West Coast of the U.S. and in Holland." (cont. Kind of a light weight article but addresses a real issue in MMJ IMO)
Washington Moving to Re-Legalize Medical Marijuana Seeds and Plants
For several years, Washington medical marijuana patients have been in a conundrum.
Aside from the state-licensed commercial grow houses supplying retail dispensaries, they are the only people in the state allowed to cultivate cannabis, and the only people allowed to grow their own marijuana supply at home. (Washington’s recreational legalization law does not allow home grow.)
They have this privilege—but mostly in theory—as they have to break the law to exercise it.
Since the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries closed a few years ago (all dispensaries in Washington are retail dispensaries), there’s no legal way for medical cannabis patients to buy marijuana seeds or clones.
You can buy seeds online or buy clones on the black market, but for anyone not wanting to mess with all that, there’s no legal alternative.
Washington lawmakers are finally getting around to fixing this silliness.
House Bill 2021, which enjoys several sponsors and no organized opposition, would allow “marijuana producers to produce and sell immature marijuana plants and marijuana seeds at retail” to qualified medical-marijuana patients and their caregivers.
In Washington, medical marijuana patients have the option of entering a state authorization database. If they choose to register their information—their condition, their doctor and other information—in the database, they can grow up to 15 plants and possess up to 16 ounces, depending on their condition, according to a state analysis. If they choose not to enter the database, they get four plants and six ounces—but they still don’t have a place to get the starting material, unless they luck out and find a good seed in a bag of retail pot.
Either way, when passed—and chances look good—the bill would end the “manna from heaven” situation that medical marijuana patients have been in for the past few years.
I'm watching Sean Spicer's press statements. There was a question about legal marijuana. He said the Dept of Justice would be looking into recreational mj. That there is a big difference between medical and recreational. That they would be enforcing marijuana laws.
WTF! Remember when Trump said he would be leaving it up to the states? I hope he has some answers for this. Spicer was linking cannabis to opioids addiction in our country. What the hell?
Again just enough to make everyone wonder, what the hell is going to happen? I see state lawsuits if they go after legal. People have invested a lot of money in the cannabis industry. Watch your cannabis stocks.
I'm so angry with this admistration making scary statements and actions that worry the shit out of folks. We need some answers!!
I worry they could screw around with medical cannabis regulations, such as pain as being a medical condition for mmj
@CarolKing seeing @Baron23 's post about Washington re-legalizing plants and seeds, I wondered what it's like on the ground up there.
What are the implications of the Trump administration considering the elimination of the drug czar's office for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and how might Vice President Mike Pence be involved?
You can read more @ https://massroots.com/blog/will-trump-fire-the-drug-czar
Additionally Washington State, Oregon and other states are coordinating responses to a possible Trump Administration crackdown on Marijuana. http://registerguard.com/rg/news/lo...efforts-to-fend-off-trump-directives.html.csp
Hi Carol - hope you are well.
Key quotes that I have found so far:
"Medical marijuana, the president understands the pain and suffering that many people go through ... and the comfort that some of these drugs can provide to them," Spicer said. "There's a big difference between that and recreational marijuana. When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming around so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people ... there's still a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to recreational marijuana." — Spicer
This has to be one of the more stupid statements I have ever seen from a Fed official...and they drop real whoppers on a regular basis but this can only reflect intentional ignorance.
He also, however, said the following so I don't see Spicer's statement as being an actual policy announcement:
I do believe you'll see greater enforcement ... [it's] a question for the Department of Justice," Spicer said Thursday. — Spicer
I don't care what Jeff Sessions thinks, or even what Trump thinks, about MJ...medical or not. Unless Trump is much less of a political animal than I think, he will view trying to roll back recreational as grabbing the hot third rail for pretty much nothing. There is no clear constituency to roll back MJ that's important to him. I don't see it, but he may give Sessions and Christy the lead in which case this will all be in court for a very long time while states continue to pass legal MJ laws, businesses and economies are built on it, and the 72% of Americans who favor legalization will continue to grow.
At least here's hoping
P.S. - better numbers:
A poll released by Quinnipiac University showed 71% of Americans oppose efforts to enforce federal marijuana laws in states where it’s legal. According to the poll 59% of Americans support the legalization of marijuana.
Trump administration puts recreational marijuana in crosshairs The Cannabist
White House compares recreational pot to opioid crisis, says DOJ will be 'taking action
Meh, they might take action, BUT I doubt the states who are receiving millions in revenue from recreational users will give two shits.
WA state and other recreational states make a lot of money from the cannabis businesses. I agree they will fight with lawsuits and if we are lucky we will have another president at the helm by the time it all shakes out.
It's too early to know yet what will happen but we deserve some answers to some of the questions. We've been trying to interpret what will come next from the Feds for the last year or two.
@Adobewan The lawmakers left out medical marijuana patients with the new state law that took place last July 2016, when it came to seeds and clones. There is no way to access them in a legal way as of yet. The patients can grow a minimum of 6 plants if you are on the registry and will allow up to 15 with a doctors recommendation for the need for extra plants to grow. I think the lawmakers are going to fix that this legislation season. It's a big fuck up or fuck you to patients.
So even if its two steps back it means very little, most users will sill use, importers will still import and growers will still grow. Most folks have been there already and have a box full of scorched t-shirts.
Will President Trump slash the Office of Drug Policy?
From Feb 14th
Christie meets with Trump to talk drug policy
The link to the video of serial liar Spicers comments:
....what a surprise...(.who would have known ?)
I'm sure people are tired of me saying this, but now is the time to take action. We need to start writing, emailing and calling our elected officials to tell them we are not criminals. We are not junkies. We are a large community of people who have benefited from the use of cannabis.
Remind them of 'States Rights' and individual freedoms!
Trump Administration Puts Recreational Marijuana Industry on Notice With New Enforcement Stance
The Department of Justice could crack down on adult-use marijuana, or what's referred to as "recreational marijuana," and enforce federal law regulating cannabis as an illegal substance, the Trump administration said during a briefing on Thursday.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, during his daily press briefing, said the Department of Justice will be the lead on what Spicer referred to as "greater enforcement" of federal law concerning adult-use marijuana. The Justice Department's new head, former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, is staunchly opposed to marijuana legalization.
Luckily, there are people in power fighting the good fight!
Rep. Blumenauer on Trump Administration’s ‘Alternative Facts
Jeff Sessions Is Already Proving That He's Exactly as Monstrous as We Thought
I knew when Trump had a visit with Christie it was another indicator of the Law an Order BS that was about to come.
Certain DEA raids and other illegal activity by the DEA have been mentioned in this thread. There needs to be more news articles about them.
Everything with his policies are 20+ year old concepts that had proven to have blowback back in the day.
This medical device scans your brain on marijuana
Now a well written Federal Medical law would allow for more open research perhaps. That could bring more information to the public. And make that research front page news instead of the misinformation from the gateway drug concept.
they are picking at straws! if two people vaporize a plant does it matter that one person could be in serious pain or at deaths door and the other person fit as a fiddle... who's place is it to say what another person need for their health !?!?!?! politicians are deciding for the freaking docotrs!@ for Gods sake!!!
Edit-- Stop banning plants you Robots!!! human biology deamands it!!
The governors will be meeting with Trump on Monday. I'm hoping our governors will have some answers regarding our state's legal cannabis laws after the meeting.
I felt early on that we really couldn't believe or predict anything that our future president was telling us. I'm not going to dwell on that because the future is too important. I've been emailing my senators and congress people regarding legal cannabis and protect the medical.
This creates a lot of stress for those that have invested their whole lives into their cannabis businesses. I'm so tired of the roller coaster ride everybody's been on. This is BS!!!!
Marijuana Industry Angered by White House Reversal
The cannabis industry was rattled after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he expects the Department of Justice to increase enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational pot, even in states where it’s already legal.
Along with the District of Columbia, eight states have legalized recreational use among adults, including California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada just this past November. That means one in five American adults can smoke, vape, drink, or eat cannabis as they please under state law. Meanwhile, more than half of the nation’s states have legalized medical marijuana despite federal laws prohibiting its sale. The industry is estimated to be worth north of $6 billion and will hit $50 billion by 2026, according to Cowen & Co.
“Today’s news coming out of the administration regarding the adult use of cannabis is, of course, disappointing,” Derek Peterson, chief executive officer of marijuana cultivator Terra Tech Corp., said yesterday in a statement. “We have hoped and still hope that the federal government will respect states’ rights in the same manner they have on several other issues.”
States Respond to Trump’s Impending War on Legal Weed
Officials in Washington State are vowing to fight any federal crackdown on the state’s successful cannabis industry after White House press secretary Sean Spicer strongly implied that the Trump administration may crack down on states with legal recreational marijuana.
“We will resist any efforts to thwart the will of the voters in Washington,” said the state’s attorney general Bob Ferguson in an interview with the Seattle Times.
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and AG Ferguson sent a letter last week to U.S. attorney general and outspoken pot-hater Jeff Sessions, asking to meet and discuss the issue.
“Our state’s efforts to regulate the sale of marijuana are succeeding,” they wrote in the letter, which was released Thursday. “A few years ago, the illegal trafficking of marijuana lined the pockets of criminals everywhere. Now, in our state, illegal trafficking activity is being displaced by a closely regulated marijuana industry that pays hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes. This frees up significant law enforcement resources to protect our communities in other, more pressing ways.”
It is worth noting that Washington State’s recreational marijuana sales exceeded the $1.1 billion mark with sales tax revenue reaching $410 million in 2016.
This is not a fight Donald Trump and his administration should pick, Inslee said earlier this month. “They would be on the wrong side of history.”
Ferguson said his lawyers are already “quite prepared” to argue against a federal crackdown but will begin reviewing strategies now that Spicer has sent the administration’s first signals about recreational marijuana.
“When he talks about ‘greater enforcement,’ I take that seriously,” said Ferguson, whose legal team twice prevailed over the president’s lawyers in federal court when they halted Trump’s racist travel ban.
In his comments on Thursday, Spicer said Trump does not oppose medical marijuana, but “that’s very different than recreational use, which is something the Department of Justice will be further looking into.”
This focus on legal recreational weed seems to be a departure from Trump’s previous statements in favor of states’ rights. But following that logic would imply that the White House is following a consistent policy.
Spicer’s comments came on the same day as a Quinnipiac poll noted that 59 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legal and 71 percent would oppose a federal crackdown.
In Pueblo, Colorado, reported the Associated Press, legal marijuana has helped fund college scholarships, parks, jail improvements and school drug prevention programs, said County Commissioner Sal Pace.
“Most Americans agree on this issue; let the states decide,” Pace said.
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, from Oregon weighed in: “I am deeply disappointed by Sean Spicer’s statement that he expects states to see ‘greater enforcement’ and crackdown on adult use of marijuana. The national prohibition of cannabis has been a failure, and millions of voters across the country have demanded a more sensible approach. I’m looking forward to working with the leadership of our newly formed cannabis caucus to ensure that Oregonian’s wishes are protected and that we end the failed prohibition on marijuana.”
In Nevada, which recently legalized recreational pot, Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford said in a statement Thursday that meddling in recreational pot laws would be federal overreach and harm state coffers that fund education.
“Any action by the Trump administration would be an insult to Nevada voters and would pick the pockets of Nevada’s students,” said Ford.
So, friends, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and defend the hard-fought gains of this movement.
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