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  • Governors Across U.S. Step Up Push To Legalize Marijuana In Their States

    02/21/2020 8:04:13 AM PST · by NobleFree · 84 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb 11, 2020 | Tom Angell
    State legislatures across the U.S. have convened for new sessions over the past month, and a growing number of governors are taking steps to push lawmakers to include legalizing marijuana as part of their 2020 agendas. At least 10 governors have gone so far as to put language ending marijuana prohibition in their annual budget requests, or used their State of the State speeches to pressure legislators to act on cannabis reform. Some are proactively addressing the issue, while others appear to be mostly reacting to support that has already built up among lawmakers. But altogether, it’s clear that top...

    02/19/2020 6:55:57 PM PST · by RummyChick · 73 replies
    tmz ^ | 2/19/2020 | tmz
    4:45 PM PT -- TMZ Sports has learned that Greg Robinson was busted with 156.9 pounds of marijuana, according to law enforcement docs. Robinson -- who was also with 26-year-old ex-NFL player Quan Bray -- was stopped around 7:15 PM on Monday evening after a Border Patrol drug-sniffing dog alerted to the rear cargo door of their 2020 Chevy Tahoe. According to the docs, Robinson and Bray were NOT reentering the country from Mexico -- rather they were trying to get from Los Angeles to Louisiana and hit the checkpoint on the way. The agents performed a follow-up search and...
  • Nearly $25M Available to Substance Use Prevention Coalitions in New Partnership Between ONDCP and CDC

    02/19/2020 8:58:40 AM PST · by ransomnote · 21 replies ^ | February 18, 2020 | White House
    Today, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll announced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which begins this year’s process of awarding funds to community coalitions focused on preventing youth substance use.For FY 2020, this will allow 200 new communities to receive direct financial help totaling $25 million from the White House to prevent illicit drug use and save lives.“Educating our youth about the dangers of substance use is critical to preventing and ending the crisis of addiction in America.  ONDCP’s Drug-Free Communities are proven,...
  • Los Angeles to Dismiss 66,000 Marijuana Convictions: DA...

    02/14/2020 8:02:41 AM PST · by caww · 18 replies
    theepochtimes ^ | 2/14/2020 | JACK PHILLIPS
    The dismissals include 62,000 felony convictions for marijuana cases dating back to 1961 and around 4,000 misdemeanor cases, District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office said in a news release. “As a result of our actions, these convictions should no longer burden those who have struggled to find a job or a place to live because of their criminal record,” Lacey said in a press conference in announcing the move. She added that it’s the largest mass dismissal of marijuana cases in state history.
  • Cannabis legalization bill derailed in Senate panel (Legal Pot dead in NM this year)

    02/13/2020 4:12:28 PM PST · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 12, 2020 | Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE – The push to add New Mexico to the ranks of states that have legalized recreational cannabis for adult use will have to wait another year. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 late Wednesday to table a high-profile marijuana legalization bill, as two Democrats joined with Republicans to block it from advancing. Backers acknowledged the measure is all but dead for this year’s 30-day session, which ends next week, but said they plan to try again in 2021. “We’d have no chance of getting it through now,” the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, said in...
  • Being Browns fan not enough for medical marijuana, board rules

    02/12/2020 8:01:01 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 16 replies
    CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Living through the pain of being a Cleveland Browns or Cincinnati Bengals fan isn’t enough to obtain a medical marijuana license. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Ohio State Medical Board committee rejected a petition for the condition “being a Bengals or Browns fan.”
  • Michael Bloomberg on marijuana: Legalizing 'another addictive narcotic' is perhaps 'stupidest thing anybody has ever done'

    02/09/2020 7:15:56 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 209 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 23, 2020 | Tim Marcin
    Former New York City Mayor—and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate—Michael Bloomberg called efforts to legalize marijuana "perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done." Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Tuesday, Bloomberg said on the subject, according to WBNG-TV: "We have a different kind of problem in America, for example. Last year, in 2017, 72,000 Americans [overdosed] on drugs. In 2018, more people than that are OD-ing on drugs, have OD'd on drugs. And today, incidentally, we are trying to legalize another addictive narcotic, which is perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done. We've got...
  • New CDC: Drug overdose rates in the era of legalized marijuana.

    01/30/2020 8:14:28 AM PST · by dangus · 106 replies
    CDC data for death rates, and Wikipedia data for state laws. | Dangus
    Does legalized marijuana prevent people from turning towards more dangerous drugs, like opioids, to manage pain and withdrawal? Or does marijuana continue to act as a "gateway" drug, even after obtaining it no longer requires someone to enter into a shady underworld? The CDC just released its summation of 2018 deaths due to drug overdoses. (THIS IS FOR ALL OVERDOSES, NOT MARIJUANA OVERDOSES; I'm looking at how marijuana relates to overdoses from other drugs!) When I saw that death rates from drug overdoses (largely due to opioids, but with cocaine and other drugs playing an increasing role) had declined for...
  • Oprah and Amy Schumer Want Gayle King to Smoke Weed

    01/24/2020 11:07:01 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 23, 2020 | Leah Bitsky
    SNIP “We both have a dream in life and that is to get Gayle to smoke weed,” Winfrey said of her best friend, while talking with Schumer on a recent episode of her podcast “Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations.” Winfrey explained that as long as she’s known the “CBS This Morning” co-host, King has stayed away from the hard stuff. “In all the years that I’ve been besties with Gayle and that’s since 1976, and I’ve been with Stedman [Graham] since 1685, in all those years neither he nor Gayle has ever had a sip of anything,” she said, adding that...
  • Israeli woman convicted in Russia considers it unnecessary to ask Putin for pardon

    01/23/2020 10:14:09 PM PST · by NorseViking · 12 replies
    Gazeta ^ | January 23, 2020
    The Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, Tatyana Moskalkova, said that the condemned Israeli-American drug smuggler, Naama Issakhar, did not write an independent petition for clemency to the Russian leader. This is reported by Interfax . She said that the girl is convinced that the appeal of her mother and the leadership of Israel is enough. At the same time, the Ombudsman added that she hoped for a successful resolution of the situation and early release of the girl. Moskvalkova also emphasized that Issakhar has no complaints about the conditions of detention: the camp's barrack has a refrigerator, TV, hot...
  • A Narco-Nation of Potheads, Courtesy of George Soros

    01/19/2020 7:37:45 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 42 replies
    renewamerica ^ | January 18, 2020 | Cliff Kincaid
    George Soros was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by Inside Philanthropy magazine for his “…fight for academic freedom in Central Europe, and his resistance to the rising tide of authoritarianism worldwide.” The former is a reference to gender studies programs and the latter concerns his ongoing campaign to undermine existing governments, causing chaos that makes more money for hedge fund currency manipulators and short-sellers like himself. In the United States, he is best known for almost single-handedly creating a narco-nation through legalization of marijuana, causing human suffering and environmental devastation on a scale most people do not yet comprehend. With...
  • Thieves across U.S. mistake hemp fields for marijuana

    01/15/2020 11:00:11 AM PST · by Red Badger · 92 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 19, 2019 / 2:00 AM | By Jessie Higgins
    A hemp field near Fresno, Calif., is marked with a no trespassing sign that indicates the plant growing here is hemp, not marijuana. Photo courtesy of Fresno County Sheriff's Office =================================================================== EVANSVILLE, Ind., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Across the country, newly legal hemp plants are being mistaken for their close cousin, marijuana. And they're attracting thieves. "They thought they stumbled upon the field of dreams," said Ashleigh Baldwin, a hemp grower in Coopersburg, Pa., who experienced two people stealing hemp from her fields last summer. "It really does look, smell and feel a lot like marijuana." While a hemp is...
  • This State Will Make Marijuana History Come November

    01/11/2020 11:52:59 AM PST · by NobleFree · 69 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | Jan 11, 2020 | Sean Williams
    Despite the drubbing that marijuana stocks took in 2019, it was still a year filled with cannabis firsts. We witnessed Canada become the first industrialized country to launch derivative pot products and watched Illinois do what New Jersey and New York failed to do -- legalize recreational weed while also passing an expungement clause for those people with previous cannabis possession or use convictions. The current year also looks as if it'll be filled with marijuana milestones. For instance, Mexico should become the third country in the world to give adult-use cannabis the green light by no later than the...
  • Marijuana Will Be Legalized in New York in 2020, Cuomo Vows (cut $6 billion budget gap)

    01/08/2020 8:22:58 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 33 replies
    NYT ^ | Jan 08, 2020 | Jesse McKinley and Luis Ferré-Sadurní
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vowed on Wednesday to legalize marijuana in New York, prioritizing a push that fell apart last year amid tensions over who should be allowed to sell the drug and where the revenue should go. The governor described the effort as a long overdue criminal justice reform that could help salve wounds in communities affected by the decades-long war on drugs. “For decades, communities of color were disproportionately affected by the unequal enforcement of marijuana laws,” Mr. Cuomo said in his annual State of the State address. “Let’s legalize adult use of marijuana.” The effort comes as...
  • Police Officers and Judge Push Back On Leftist Prosecutor’s Marijuana Sanctuary Policy

    01/07/2020 5:28:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | January 7, 2020 | Marina Medvin
    A handful of local police officers and the Honorable Mark C. Simmons, a General District Court Judge in Fairfax County, Virginia, pushed back on the progressive prosecutor backed by George Soros, who took office last week. The neoliberal Steve Descano has spent his first few days in office attempting to effectuate leftist political agenda with powers that he does not legally have. He declared that his lawyers will not prosecute simple marijuana possession crimes, essentially transforming Fairfax County into a marijuana sanctuary while possession continues to remain unlawful under Virginia state law. Virginia State Senator Mark Obenshain (R), who is also...
  • Northam backs marijuana decriminalization, raising felony larceny threshold to $1,000 (Virginia)

    01/04/2020 11:08:12 AM PST · by Perseverando · 44 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 03, 2020 | Mel Leonor
    Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday that he would throw his weight behind the decriminalization of marijuana in Virginia this year but said he wants to study full legalization before going further. Northam announced legislation Friday that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense carrying a $50 penalty, instead of a criminal misdemeanor. The proposal is part of a broader “criminal justice reform agenda” that includes changes to the state’s parole system, a higher threshold for theft to be considered a felony, and an increase to the age at which a young offender can be tried...
  • Fairfax Virginia Is Now A Marijuana Sanctuary City

    01/02/2020 2:43:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | January 2, 20 | Marina Medvin
    Fairfax County, Virginia: The largest county in Virginia with a population of 1.2 million people, elected a George Soros-backed prosecutor for a leftist re-design of criminal prosecution. On January 1, 2020, the Soros plant, Steve Descano, took office. The very next day, he announced that Fairfax County is officially a marijuana possession sanctuary. Fairfax is already a sanctuary city for illegal aliens.  Descano declared this position during his campaign, saying, "I would not prosecute cases of marijuana possession." Descano called his approach to criminal justice reform "a holistic approach." He reaffirmed his position a few weeks ago on Twitter, stating that marijuana possession...
  • Illinois governor clears thousands of marijuana convictions

    12/31/2019 11:20:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2019 | Kathleen Foody
    llinois’ governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state’s new marijuana legalization law. The expungement process is a key part of the law, which takes effect Wednesday and made Illinois the 11th state to legalize marijuana for people 21 or older. When they crafted the policy, Illinois lawmakers said they wanted to repair some of the damage caused by law enforcement’s efforts to combat sale and use of the drug, particularly in minority communities. Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker announced the...
  • Chicago cannabis coordinator lays out do's and don'ts for legal weed in 2020

    12/30/2019 3:39:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 12/27/19 | Sarah Schulte
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- In Chicago, Paul Stewart has been given the job of cannabis coordinator and he spoke exclusively with ABC7 Eyewitness News to lay out the do's and don'ts of legal weed. All 11 of Chicago's medical marijuana dispensaries will add recreational sales starting on January 1, 2020. Most are located on the city's North Side. For now, the 11 dispensaries are the only Chicago retail stores where people can buy pot legally. Lines are expected on New Year's Day, and there's a very real possibility of a supply shortage. "As it related to larger shortages, if that occurs...
  • Psychosis, addiction, ER visits: For young users, marijuana can be a dangerous game

    12/26/2019 5:08:08 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 125 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | December 23, 2019 | Rita Giordano
    “A few years ago, it was rare to see a young person enter Caron with marijuana-induced psychosis,” said Garbely. “Now we see it on a regular basis. Older teens and young adults — approximately ages 18 to 26 — are the most impacted. We see a significant misperception about the safety and efficacy of marijuana among our teen and young-adult patient population.”