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Led by an outspoken legalization opponent, Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department is reviewing federal marijuana policy, with significant changes possible soon. Almost nothing about the review process is publicly known and key players in the policy debate have not been contacted.
The outcome of the review could devastate a multibillion-dollar industry and countermand the will of voters in eight states if the Obama administration’s permissive stance on non-medical sales is reversed.
What is known: The review is being conducted by a subcommittee of a larger crime-reduction task force that will issue recommendations by July 27. The subcommittee was announced in April alongside other subcommittees reviewing charging and sentencing.
The task force is co-chaired by Steve Cook, an assistant U.S. attorney in Tennessee who like Sessions advocates harsh criminal penalties and a traditional view of drug prohibition. The other co-chair is Robyn Thiemann, a longtime department official who… Continue reading
A December, 2016 Vanderbilt poll showed that 75% (7.5 out of 10) of Tennessee citizens believed that medical cannabis should be legal, which is apparently right on par with the rest of the nation.
An April, 2017 poll showed that 8 in 10 Americans now think cannabis should be legal for medical use. Nearly half — 49% — approve of smoking it for recreational purposes, according to the new poll commissioned by Yahoo! News and performed by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
The survey asked a representative sample of 1,122 adults nationwide via phones. It posed a series of questions about people’s feelings and perceptions about cannabis, a plant that has increasingly gained public acceptance.
While the Americans surveyed mostly supported use of medical cannabis, 69% said they didn’t think pregnant women should partake.
70% said they believe cannabis is less dangerous than alcohol and cigarettes.
67%… Continue reading
Article by: KRISTEN WYATT , Associated Press
Updated: September 10, 2014 – 5:30 PM
DENVER – Colorado is now selling more recreational pot than medical pot, a turning point for the newly legal industry.
Tax records released by the state Department of Revenue on Wednesday showed that the state sold $29.7 million worth of recreational marijuana in July, the most recent data available. That was slightly higher than the $28.9 million worth of medical marijuana sold in June.
Colorado has many more medical pot shops than recreational pot shops, which are open to all over 21. Colorado has some 500 medical shops, fewer than 200 open to all adults.
Since January, Colorado has reaped more than $37 million in taxes from marijuana. That figure includes taxes, licenses and fees from both medical and recreational pot.
What a great way to advertise the upcoming election in Florida. It will be the first southern state for medical! This election in November will make great strides toward removing cannabis prohibition.
Court challenge stems from B.C. case of Owen Smith, who was charged with trafficking for baking pot cookies
Posted: Aug 14, 2014 10:42 AM PT Last Updated: Aug 14, 2014 10:43 AM PT
It’s unconstitutional to forbid licensed medical marijuana users from possessing pot-laced products such as cookies or body creams, a B.C. Court of Appeal judge rules.
Parliament has been told to recraft the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act to allow medicinal marijuana users to use products made from cannabis extract. They can include creams, salves, oils, brownies, cakes, cookies and chocolate bars.
The court challenge stems from the case of Owen Smith, who was charged with trafficking for baking pot cookies and producing topical cannabis creams for a medical marijuana club in Victoria… Continue reading
Marc Emery, ‘prince of pot,’ arrives in Windsor, Ont. B.C.-based marijuana activist will get ‘right back to work,’ says his wife, Jodie Emery
CBC News Posted: Aug 12, 2014 8:25 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 12, 2014 9:31 PM ET
Marc Emery speaks today after leaving U.S. prison 2:56
EXCLUSIVE Marc Emery speaks to CBC 3:33
Marc Emery, the self-proclaimed “prince of pot,” has arrived in Windsor, Ont., after his release from a U.S. prison.
Emery couldn’t have planned it better. He stepped onto Canadian soil right around 4:20 p.m. (420 is code for the use of marijuana). Speaking at Windsor’s City Hall Plaza, he thanked his supporters and took questions from reporters.
Emery was handed a five-year sentence in the U.S. for selling marijuana seeds to American clients from his Vancouver-based company, Cannabis Culture. After spending just over four years behind bars, he was released… Continue reading
Poll: Two-Thirds Of Americans Say Private Consumption Of Cannabis Should Be Legal
by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
August 13, 2014
Sixty-six percent of Americans believe that adults ought to legally be able to consume cannabis in the privacy of one’s own home, according to results of a nationwide HuffingtonPost/YouGov survey released late last week.
Seventy-two percent of self-identified Democrats and 70 percent of Independents said that the private consumption of cannabis should be legal. Republican respondents endorsed private consumption by a margin of 50 percent to 39 percent.
Fifty-five percent of respondents – including 62 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Independents – also said that they supported statewide laws seeking to tax and regulate the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis to adults, such as those recently enacted in Colorado and Washington. By contrast,… Continue reading