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  • Jeff Sessions says prosecutors won't pursue "small marijuana cases"

    03/10/2018 12:55:20 PM PST · by Drew68 · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/10/2018 | CBS
    WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors won't take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department's decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday. Federal law enforcement lacks the resources to take on "routine cases" and will continue to focus on drug gangs and larger conspiracies, Sessions said, speaking at a Federalist Society event in Washington, D.C. The comments come after the Trump administration in January threw the burgeoning marijuana legalization movement into uncertainty by reversing the largely hands-off approach...
  • I Fell in Love With the Cannabis Candidate. Then I Got Burned.

    03/08/2018 11:03:22 AM PST · by PBRCat · 20 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | March 8, 2018 | Hunter Stuart
    In media interviews and on his social media pages, Wolf said he was a "former FBI agent" and "Iraq Veteran" who had also worked overseas as a "presidential envoy" with the U.S. State Department. He also claimed to be a "Professor of Human Rights" at Roosevelt University. I'm a cannabis supporter, and it was great seeing a former law enforcement guy embrace it so openly. I especially liked that Wolf spoke of the need not just to legalize it but to destigmatize it. I felt like he was someone that could represent my interests in the nation's capital as soon...
  • Britain flooded with super-strength cannabis which could be driving mental health problems

    02/27/2018 5:25:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 27 February 2018 • 10:30PM | Sarah Knapton
    Nearly all cannabis on Britain’s streets is now super-strength skunk that could be fueling the rise in mental health problems, scientists have warned. Researchers at King’s College London tested almost 1,000 police seizures from Kent, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Sussex and the capital in 2016, and found 94 percent were of a dangerously high potency. In 2005, just 51 percent of cannabis sold on the street was sinsemilla, also known as skunk. Dr. Marta Di Forti, Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist at King’s College warned that the powerful drug placed Britain’s 2.1 million cannabis users at risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression,...
  • Molson Coors 13F: Legalized Marijuana May Hurt Our Beer Sales

    02/25/2018 11:46:22 AM PST · by NobleFree · 35 replies
    Investopedia ^ | February 25, 2018 | Nathan Reiff
    Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TAP) voiced concerns about the potential impact that cannabis legalization could have on its beer sales, in its latest 13F filing. Although it has been a slow process, the legalization of cannabis across various parts of the United States has ushered in new business opportunities and provided legitimate alternatives to once-clandestine industries. (See also: The Economic Benefits of Legalizing Weed.)Supporters of the marijuana legalization movement contend that this has a beneficial impact on everything from individual growers and distributors to secondary markets and governments, which could benefit from taxes on sales. However, there are also detractors...
  • Girl Scouts Eye Whether Cookie Seller Near San Diego Pot Shop Broke Rules

    02/07/2018 3:25:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Julie Watson
    Urbn Leaf posted a photograph of the girl on Friday outside the shop that sells medical and recreational marijuana and invited customers on its Instagram account to come get some Girl Scout cookies.The San Diego Girl Scout council is looking into whether a scout who was photographed selling cookies outside a marijuana dispensary broke any rules. Officials were trying to identify the girl and talk to her family because she was in a commercial area, which is not allowed, council spokeswoman Mary Doyle said in an email Monday. Urbn Leaf posted a photograph of the girl on Friday outside the...
  • Maryland has 8 more licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Take a look at where they are opening.

    02/05/2018 3:17:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | 2/5/18 | Morgan Eichensehr
    Eight more dispensaries have received their final licenses to operate in Maryland since the start of the year. With those additions, 30 dispensaries, 12 processors and 14 growers are operating in the state's medical cannabis industry. The industry is still in its infancy and growing. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission pre-approved 15 cannabis growing businesses, 15 processors, 102 dispensaries and a handful of testing laboratories in 2016. Over a year later, several of these companies are still working toward their final licenses.The commission oversees the regulation of the industry and is in charge of granting business and patient licenses, evaluating and inspecting cannabis businesses and...
  • Scott signs pot legalization bill (Vermont)

    01/23/2018 10:56:56 AM PST · by bgill · 87 replies
    wcax ^ | Jan. 22, 2018 | Neal Goswami
    Gov. Phil Scott has signed Vermont's marijuana legalization bill into law. A Scott administration official tells WCAX the governor signed the bill shortly before 2 p.m. Monday. Scott is now the first governor in the country to sign marijuana legalization into law. Eight other states legalized marijuana through public referendums. In a letter to lawmakers, Scott said he signed the bill, H.511, with "mixed emotions." The bill allows Vermonters over the age of 21 to have an ounce of weed and to grow a few plants. Once signed, the new law goes into effect July 1.
  • Cannabis users are more likely to feel deceived and alienated by others, study finds

    01/18/2018 5:29:09 PM PST · by familyop · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17JAN18 | ALEXANDRA THOMPSON
    Cannabis users are more likely to experience negative emotions, particularly feeling alienated from others, new research reveals. People who use marijuana are significantly more likely to feel that others wish them harm or are deceiving them, a US study found. Brain scans also reveal the class-B drug increases signal connectivity in regions of the brain that have previously been linked to psychosis, the research adds, which is associated with severe depression.
  • 3 Lessons from Prohibition, Which Started Today (Jan 16th) in 1919

    01/17/2018 8:06:04 AM PST · by JP1201 · 5 replies
    On January 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment became law when five state legislatures (North Carolina, Utah, Nebraska, Missouri, and Wyoming) passed it. In the end, 46 of 48 states passed it, with only Connecticut and Rhode Island voting it down. The text of the amendment set into motion what became known as Prohibition: Here we are, almost 100 years later and marijuana legalization is proceeding apace, despite the efforts of the current attorney general. What lessons might we draw from Prohibition, which was repealed in 1933 with the passage of the 21st Amendment? They are many, for sure, but here...
  • My guns or my ganja? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice

    01/15/2018 1:44:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | January 14, 2018 | Mark Scolforo
    The federal government says grass and guns don’t mix, and that is putting gun owners who use marijuana — and the strongly pro-gun-rights administration of President Donald Trump — in a potentially uncomfortable position. As gun-loving Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to operate a medical marijuana program, with the first dispensary on track to begin sales next month, authorities are warning patients that federal law bars marijuana users from having guns or ammunition. “They’re going to have to make a choice,” said John T. Adams, president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. “They can have their guns or their marijuana,...
  • "Don't call drug users Junkies" campaigners say

    01/11/2018 2:37:46 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10th January 2018 | Steve Doughty
    Users of cannabis, cocaine and heroin are victims of discrimination and should no longer be called druggies or junkies, an international drug legalisation pressure group declared yesterday. It called for an end to negative language for drug users and their habits in order to ensure their human rights are respected. As part of the drive to persuade people to think differently about drugs, the words addict and even drug user must be thrown out, a report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy said. It urged newspapers and broadcasters to encourage more positive attitudes by calling a drug user a...
  • Elderly couple stopped last month with 60 pounds of pot arrested again ...

    01/10/2018 9:52:02 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 51 replies ^ | 01/10/2018 | Kevin Cole
    FULL TITLE: Elderly couple stopped last month with 60 pounds of pot arrested again on suspicion of possessing drug money A California couple arrested last month with 60 pounds of marijuana that they described as Christmas gifts were arrested again Tuesday on suspicion of possessing drug money. Patrick and Barbara Jiron of Clearlake Oaks, California, were arrested on Interstate 80 in western Lancaster County. Sheriff’s deputies stopped the couple’s westbound pickup truck, saying it was following another vehicle too closely, Sgt. Jason Mayo said. “A deputy made the stop, and their daughter was driving,” Mayo said. “A K-9 (service dog)...
  • Marijuana Lights Up the Wrong Way

    01/10/2018 9:51:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 104 replies ^ | January 10, 2018 | Andy Schlafly
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being attacked on both sides of the aisle for rescinding the Obama policy that opened the floodgates to marijuana addiction. Funded by libertarian billionaires such as the Koch brothers, pro-pot senators like Cory Gardner are demanding that AG Sessions stand down and continue Obama’s misguided policy. Sessions rescinded Obama’s command that the Department of Justice ignore federal law against marijuana production and sales, and instead Sessions instructed U.S. Attorneys to begin enforcing well-established federal statutes against large-scale cultivation and distribution of marijuana. These federal laws preempt state law, particularly in Colorado and California where a...
  • Willie Nelson Cancels Upcoming Shows After Suffering Breathing Problems

    01/09/2018 2:55:28 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 66 replies
    People ^ | 01/09/2018 | Jordan Runtagh
    Outlaw country legend Willie Nelson was forced to abort a concert after just a single song on Saturday night due to breathing difficulties, and now the 84-year-old has canceled upcoming dates for this week. According to reports in The San Diego Union-Tribune, Nelson was halfway through his opener, “Whiskey River,” while performing at Harrah’s Resort SoCal in San Diego when he abruptly stopped. Eyewitnesses say that he was coughing and wheezing as he left the stage.
  • Can marijuana survive the disapproving glare of Jeff Sessions?

    01/08/2018 6:28:34 AM PST · by NobleFree · 56 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 8, 2018 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    If you live in a place where recreational pot use is legal, you’re probably wondering whether you need to start worrying about getting prosecuted for it. The answer is probably not, at least according to initial indications from the dozen or so U.S. attorneys general who get to make that call. [...] Of the 13 U.S. attorneys presiding in the eight states with laws making recreational use legal, several have indicated they’re interested only in going after marijuana distributors or users with ties to crime or violence. [...]
  • Sessions made ‘cataclysmic mistake’ with marijuana policy change, says ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone

    01/07/2018 6:40:30 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 229 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 6, 2018 | Andrew Blake
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a “cataclysmic mistake” by rescinding Obama-era federal marijuana policies, according to Roger Stone, President Trump’s former campaign adviser. Mr. Stone, 65, formed a bipartisan, pro-marijuana lobbying group earlier this year, the United States Cannabis Coalition, “dedicated to influencing federal level decision makers, including the president, so they honor state’s rights and state mandated marijuana laws as well as reform our antiquated and failed federal drug laws,” according to its website. Mr. Stone, the president’s campaign adviser through August 2015, criticized the attorney general’s recent decision to roll back marijuana protections during a luncheon Friday at...
  • Law Enforcement Backs Sessions’s Ending of Hands-Off Approach to Marijuana

    01/07/2018 5:15:44 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 81 replies
    freebeacon ^ | January 7, 2018 | Charles Fain Lehman
    Cite car accidents, opioid epidemic, rule of law as reasons for support Law enforcement and prosecutor organizations gave their support to Attorney General Jeff Sessions's Thursday decision to rescind Obama-era guidance which discouraged prosecutors from enforcing the federal laws against marijuana in states which had legalized the drug. Sessions's guidance most prominently overturned a 2013 memo from then-Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole. Issued in the wake of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state, the memo instructed U.S. Attorneys to not enforce marijuana's schedule I status in states where its recreational consumption had been legalized and regulated. In its...
  • Medical marijuana seen at risk following move by Sessions

    01/06/2018 1:43:47 PM PST · by gunsequalfreedom · 117 replies
    ABCAP ^ | January 5, 2018 | Andrew Selsky
    Excerpts - Forty-six states — including Sessions' home state of Alabama — have legalized some form of medical marijuana in recent years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Eight of those states also allow recreational marijuana. The only legal protection now for medical marijuana growers, processors, sellers and users is a temporary measure sponsored by Republican California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and Democratic Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice from using government funds to target them.
  • On Marijuana, Sessions Is a Minor Problem

    01/05/2018 10:21:51 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 72 replies
    National Review ^ | Jan 05, 2018 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The major problem is federal law, so change itHaving abandoned much of the Reagan way — the sunny disposition, free trade, the unshakeable commitment to America’s global leadership — the Trump administration has now embraced the worst of the Reagan legacy: deficits, for one thing, and the so-called war on drugs, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions means to fight with atavistic rigor. In the 22 years since the editors of this magazine declared “The War on Drugs Is Lost,” the United States has lurched, spasmodically, toward a new settlement on drugs, especially on marijuana. Republicans, ranging from libertarian-leaning figures such...
  • Sessions will end policy that allowed legalized marijuana to prosper

    01/04/2018 9:05:52 AM PST · by Elderberry · 123 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/4/2018 | Reid Wilson
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions will roll back an Obama-era policy that gave states leeway to allow marijuana for recreational purposes. Two sources with knowledge of the decision confirmed to The Hill that Sessions will rescind the so-called Cole memo, which ordered U.S. attorneys in states where marijuana has been legalized to deprioritize prosecution of marijuana-related cases. The Associated Press first reported the decision. Sessions, a vocal critic of marijuana legalization, has hinted for months that he would move to crack down on the growing cannabis market. Sessions, since taking over as head of the Justice Department, has appeared to show...