Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “remained largely noncommittal about plans for pardons, reparations, or even an apology to anyone convicted of marijuana charges under prohibition,” Vice reports. Last year, 5,000 Canadians faced charges for pot possession.
Canadian activist Jodie Emery writes that the country’s legalization plan “is not legalization -- it is continued criminalization, with new harsher laws designed to punish even more people.”
Colorado marijuana regulator turned lobbyist Andrew Freedman said the black market won’t go away overnight. He also warned of a second black market that could arise in homegrown pot.
Delaware has decriminalized but it’s still illegal to carry a handgun and a small amount of weed simultaneously.
“Trump’s Wall Won’t Stop the Drugs,” Five Thirty Eight says. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) proposed a bill named for Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo that would use property seized from drug dealers to pay for the wall. "The government is seeking forfeiture of $14 billion but has yet to demonstrate that Mr. Guzman has any assets at all,” El Chapo’s lawyers said.
Meanwhile, El Chapo complained about conditions in his Manhattan jail cell.
Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez (D), wants to prevent undocumented immigrants from being deported for low level offenses.
Mother Jones explains how Jeff Sessions could halt progress on forensic science.
An Oregon cannabis business has been fined $5,300 for a butane explosion last fall that sent one man to a burn unit. A criminal investigation is ongoing.
Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who hanged himself in his prison cell, tested positive for synthetic cannabinoids.
In Massachusetts, convicted felon Sean Berte called on the state to end its ban on drug offenders working in the industry. “I’m looking to ply my trade, I’m a marijuana grower, I’m good at what I do,” he said. “I don’t want to be left out.”
Retired DEA agent Jeffrey James Higgins argued that buying illegal drugs is immoral because it supports terrorists and organized crime.
According to the DEA, teens are stashing their weed in graphing calculators, teddy bears and game consoles.
Two of the eight arrested during last week’s pot giveaway on the U.S. Capitol steps have been charged. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank looked into the legalization situation in D.C., and made a lot of bad puns, i.e. “I know to what she reefers.”
Twenty two were arrested at a Philly pot party.
Hawaii could decriminalize drug paraphernalia.
A Filipino lawyer told the ICC that President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs is a campaign of “continuing mass murder.” Duterte also told the New York Times to “stop publishing” after it criticized him.