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Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly said marijuana is
not a “
factor in the drug war
, however, calling it
"It is a potentially dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs." He added that marijuana possession is grounds for deportation.
As a congressman, Trump drug czar pick and legalization opponent Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) collected thousands in contributions from opioid manufacturers. His “signature legislative accomplishment” was a bill to protect them.
popular in Canada
but most feel the 18 year old purchase age is too young. There’s also concern about
driving becoming more dangerous
Toronto’s Globe and Mail criticized the government for
before legalization takes effect next year. Canadian Justice minister defended the legalization law’s
for those who sell to minors.
Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary, who’s running to lead Canada’s Conservative Party, favor’s legalization. Not all of his competitors do.
The Sacramento Bee
about Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) legalization plan. So does the
California Growers Association
, which represents smaller businesses, Brown’s proposal, it said “
will create an un-level playing field which will lead to decreased rates of participation and decreased rates of success.”
A Yahoo story suggests big business could be a bigger threat to California’s small growers than Trump. The New York Times meets some industrial scale growers.
With two weeks left in Florida’s legislative session, there are
between state house and senate bills for MED regulation. Any compromise is
unlikely to allow smoking MED
, the Palm Beach Post reports. Here’s a
of all the bills in play.
West Virginia became the 30th state to legalize MED.
A key Massachusetts lawmaker wants to keep REC taxes low, to quickly eliminate the black market. New Hampshire is moving towards decriminalization.
A bill headed to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk would allow counties to
levy and collect REC taxes
Vermont’s REC push is still alive, according to Tom Angell.
A poll from CBS news found
61% support for REC legalization
, the highest it had ever recorded. Vice called legalization “
the last bipartisan cause in America.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer predicted federal legalization within five years. See the rest of his 4/20 ask me anything here. In an interesting package of weed stories, Yahoo looks at how Republicans and Democrats are teaming up to advance legalization.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said it’s
time for a national conversation
Under Trump, is 4/20 a demonstration or a party? A survey found that the stigma surrounding weed is losing its power in the U.S. Americans also consider opioids more dangerous than cannabis.
Activist Russ Bellville says
4/20 is still necessary
Los Angeles County is struggling to close illegal pot shops.
Anti-legalization activist Kevin Sabet hosted a
Take Back 4/20 conference
“Medical marijuana is sheer poppycock,” former drug czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey said to applause. “We want to see a federal law against marijuana enforced,” Sabet said. “On the other hand, we don’t want a punitive war on drugs, focused on enforcement that goes around arresting users,”
Conspiracy theorist and Trump supporter Alex Jones blamed Jewish billionaire George Soros for weed becoming too strong.
Democrats, listen to the resistance, legalize weed,
” Slate urges.
I wrote a story for Rolling Stone about what legalization in Canada means for the U.S. market.
A Jamaican government official worries that the MED opportunity is passing the country by.
Canada’s financial industry is
thrilled about legalization
How often do you have a chance to create an industry around something that already has demand?” a banker asked. The country’s pharmaceutical distributors
also want a piece
Cell phone network T-Mobile called its competitor
Trump FDA chief nominee Scott Gottlieb has a
stake in vaping company Kure Corp
. that could hold up his Senate confirmation.
Correction: Last week I incorrectly called Bruce Linton, CEO of Canopy Growth Brian Linton. I regret the error.
The NFL players’ union wants a less punitive approach to marijuana, but does “not necessarily” want it removed from the banned substance list.
A Colorado bill to ban cannabis use in churches failed. It was designed to oppose the non-denominational International Church of Cannabis which opened this week.
Vice sent a joint into space.
Former Drug Policy Alliance head Ethan Nadelmann may start a podcast.
Lots of folks have flown commercial with weed.
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