Expect Legal Medical and Recreational Marijuana Businesses to Stall

Expect Legal Medical and Recreational Marijuana Businesses to Stall

Expect the Legal Medical and Recreational Marijuana to Stall

  • USAGSessions Opens Door to Renewed Federal War on Marijuana

It took a year, but Attorney General Sessions has shredded the Cole Memo, opening the door for a renewed federal war on marijuana, both medical and recreational in the US

The Trump Administration Marijuana Policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he had rescinded the Hussein Obama-era Cole Memo, opening the way for federal prosecutors to go after marijuana in states where it is legal.

The Cole Memo, which directed prosecutors to take a laissez faire approach to state-legal marijuana except for specified circumstances (violence, diversion, use by children, etc.) undermines “the rule of law,” AG Sessions said in a statement.

Today’s memo on federal marijuana enforcement simply directs all US attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country,” he said.

New Hampshire Legislature Postpones Vote on Legalization Bill.

The House voted Wednesday to postpone until the next calendar session a vote on a marijuana legalization bill, House Bill 656, because one of its chief proponents was out of the country. The bill would allow for personal possession and cultivation of small amounts of weed, as well as setting up a system of regulated and taxed sales.

Vermont Legalization Bill Moving Forward Fast.

The House Judiciary Committee approved the marijuana legalization bill, Senate Bill 22, and the House on Thursday rejected two attempts to slow passage. One Republican-led effort sought to delay a vote until mid-month, while the other sought to delay legalization until 2019. The House may well have passed the bill by the time you read these words; if so, it would then go back to the Senate for a final vote. The measure would legalize the possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana, but not retail sales.

Criminal Justice

New York Governor Calls for Criminal Justice Reforms. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed sweeping changes in the state’s criminal justice system Thursday.

Among them are: Eliminating cash bail for defendants facing misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges, speeding up trials by forcing prosecutors to share evidence before the trial date, and asset forfeiture reforms.

International

Mexico City Mayoral Candidate Calls for Personal Pot Cultivation.

Mexico City residents should be able to grow their own weed, mayoral candidate Salomon Cherorivski said Wednesday. “My proposal is the legalization of private cultivation for personal consumption, not for sale, in homes in Mexico City,” the center-left Chertorivski  told Reuters. Mr. Chertoriviski is seeking the nomination of a left-right coalition for the mayoral candidacy. That coalition is currently polling 2nd to a left-wing party in the Mesoamerican megalopolis.

Australian Government Will Allow Medical Marijuana Exports.

The federal government announced Thursday that it will allow the export of medical marijuana in a bid to boost opportunities for Australian producers. The proposal needs approval by the federal parliament, but the government is behind it, and the main opposition party has already signaled its support. Australian marijuana stocks surged on the news.

 

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical marijuana is on the agenda in the Indiana legislature, the Florida fight over producer licenses continues, and plus.

Florida

Last Thursday, a judge halted the medical marijuana license to a black farmer. A Tallahassee judge has ordered state officials to halt the issuance of a medical marijuana license to a black farmer, one of ten licenses set aside for growers who were members of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association-Florida Chapter. The black farmers had successfully argued that the state’s law had squeezed them out, so the legislature approved a bill that guaranteed them a piece of the action. But another black farmer, who was not a member of the group, sued, and now the judge has ruled that the arrangement violates the state’s ban on laws that grant special privileges to private corporations.

Indiana

Last Wednesday, a CBD for all bill was filed. Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) filed Senate Bill 214 on Wednesday. The bill would legalize the sale and possession of CBD oil in the state. The bill accomplishes this by removing CBD from the state’s list of controlled substances. The bill is not yet available on the legislative web site.

On Wednesday, a full-fledged medical marijuana bill was filed. Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) has filed a medical marijuana bill, House Bill 1106, which would create a full-fledged medical marijuana program in the state. The bill is not yet available on the legislative web site.

Pennsylvania

Last Wednesday, the state reported more than 10,000 people have registered as patients. Some 10,135 people have registered to participate in the state’s emerging medical marijuana program, the state Department of Health reported. Twelve grower/processors have been approved to supply the patients; eight of them have already begun operations.

For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.

By Phil Smith

Paul Ebeling, Editor

Permission to Reprint: This article is licensed under a modified Creative Commons Attribution license.

Commentary

The bad news many have been afraid of since November 2016 is here.

The Trump Administration is rescinding the Hussein Obama administration’s Cole Memo, which protected marijuana legalization and allowed it to proceed.

The move is the latest in a serious of assaults by the administration on areas of concern to illegal drug policy reformers.

Affected is everything from prosecutions to asset forfeiture to sentencing.

Our President and his Attorney General are pushing to ramp up the drug war.

And now medical marijuana is under threat now too after many thought that was in stone and passed.

Notably, the Republican committee chairs in the House of Representatives brought that regression about, despite the bi-partisan support for medical marijuana.

President Trump has supported medical marijuana, but the AG has asked members of Congress to undo the limited protection medical marijuana has in federal law the last few years, and they listened.

Most drug reformers are not fans of the Trump Administration, but some are. We respect the diversity of opinions found in the drug policy reform movement on the larger political questions of our time.

Realistically, though the Trump Administration as being strongly opposed to the movement’s objectives, and I expect the movement to stall or halt.

PE

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