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The governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington asked U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Muchin and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to
let the legalization experiments continue. A reversal, they wrote, “would divert existing marijuana product into the black market.”
And if asking nicely doesn’t work, Washington plans to
fight the feds.
The DEA asked Colorado for
information on marijuana prosecutions, a freedom of information request revealed. Despite jitters, Colorado authorities downplayed the note’s significance for legalization.
Liquor distributors in Nevada
didn’t jump on the REC opportunity. “We haven’t picked a side one way or the other,” an executive said. “We’re waiting to get some guidance and information from the state and everyone involved in it to find out how it’s going to be structured. We’re interested in learning more about it.”
The Massachusetts Agriculture Department says regulating legal pot will be
Personal MED costs
can’t be deducted on federal income taxes, but can be on some legal state taxes.
U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)
criticized the DEA for making it too hard to grow hemp. The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission
may join a lawsuit against the DEA, over the agency’s ruling that CBD products can’t be transported across state lines. Canna Law Blog has
Health and Science
A great story in Buzzfeed tells how 19-year old Riley Hancey
almost died because testing positive for marijuana blocked his eligibility for a double lung transplant.
Kentucky outlaw John Robert “Johnny” Boone was returned to U.S. custody from Canada and he’ll face federal drug charges. Known as the “Godfather of Grass,” Boone, 73, previously spent a decade in prison for running the cornbread mafia, a network of almost thirty pot farms across the Midwest.
At his sentencing in 1988 he said "With the poverty at home, marijuana is sometimes one of the things that puts bread on the table," Boone said. "We were working with our hands on earth God gave us." At times he had a reputation as a Robin Hood.
D.C. cops are carrying out
$20 sting operations against street dealers. REC is legal in D.C. but sales are not. (D.C. cannabis activists have
two protests planned for April.)
Pacific Standard argues that Sessions’ tough on drugs approach is a
jarring contrast with the Trump administration’s new opioid commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who supports a public health approach to addiction. (During the Republican primaries, Christie was the only outspoken marijuana prohibitionist.) “Trump’s tough-on-drugs rhetoric is recognizable — part of the inglorious history of the “War on Drugs,” launched by President Richard Nixon in the 1970s. But his decision to temper that rhetoric with compassionate understanding for the largely white communities affected by the opioid epidemic betrays the toxic racial undertones of the government’s long-standing anti-drug policies,” Krish Lingala writes.
Vox has more.
After offering “Coachella Blend” pre-rolls, company Lowell Farms received a
cease and desist letter from the festival producer. Lowell posted the letter and dubbed it “NotChilla.” Pot is still
banned at Coachella.
A new podcast called
Stoner by journalist and Polymath Aaron Lammer features conversations with interesting people that often begin with the question, “When was the first time you ever smoked weed?”
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