WASHINGTON, JAN. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ —The AP reported this morning that US Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans today to rescind Obama-era guidance by the Department of Justice allowing states to implement their own marijuana laws with limited federal interference.
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Marijuana in Hawaii has a that dates back to 1842, when it was first featured in the island newspaper Ka Nonanona. The newspaper referred to the drug as “pakalolo”, which is the Hawaiian word for “numbing tobacco”. Advertisements for medical marijuana continued to appear in the newspaper until the state coordinated a program to destroy “pakalolo”, because Hawaii received more money from the federal government than any other state to seize all marijuana.
DENVER, Sept. 28, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — “Mary Janes: The Women of Weed” is a documentary about women leading the cannabis industry, and so much more. The film asks big questions about corporate responsibility and ending the War on Drugs, the Prison-Industrial Complex and the destructive domination of Big Pharma. The feature documentary premieres at film festivals in October 2017, yet it’s been blocked from promoting its screenings on Facebook.
The Washington D.C. city council has advanced emergency legislation that would grant licensing preference to local and minority owned cannabis businesses applying for a medical marijuana license.
On weed, DHS Chief John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions could hardly be further apart in their views on the drug. Sessions wants to revive the war on drugs– a far cry from what Kelly said about the drug Sunday.
Under federal law, even legal marijuana is illegal. John Oliver explains why conflicting drug laws pose serious problems.
In a statement sent to Senate offices today the Drug Policy Alliance urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. The committee is holding confirmation hearings on Sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Jan. 3, 2016, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin issued pardons to 192 individuals who had previously been convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession.
The Drug Policy Alliance and the Marijuana Policy Project have responded to President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Senator Jeff Sessions for U.S. attorney general. Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said Sessions is a “drug war dinosaur” and “the last thing the nation needs now.”
The marijuana industry got a boost on election night. Voters in California, Nevada and Massachusetts approved measures to legalize recreational pot. Campaigns spent millions to support or oppose the effort.
Nelson is a legalization activist, a social warrior and now a ganjapreneur via his own Willie’s Reserve pot brand, and he still gets high regularly at age 83. But he’s also not the most discerning of cannabis consumers.
A famous anti-drug ad on TV in the 1980s used an egg sizzling in a frying pan to warn viewers: “This is your brain on drugs.” Nowadays, the man who voiced the commercial supports legalization of marijuana in California. Actor John Roselius told Rooster magazine he has already voted in favor of Proposition 64.
Artists for 64 is being organized by dream hampton and Mike de la Rocha of Revolve Impact and includes Jesse Williams, Shailene Woodley, Olivia Wilde, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Russell Simmons, Danny Glover, Piper Kerman, Ty Dolla $ign, Pusha T., Common, Tim Robbins, Michael K Williams and Al Harrington.
Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Molly Crabapple released an incredible animated video that demonstrates the harm of drug war last month. It has now been redone as the music icon and business man lends his support to passing Prop 64, the most racial justice oriented marijuana legalization initiative ever.
In 1994, John Ehrlichman, the Watergate co-conspirator, unlocked for me one of the great mysteries of modern American history: How did the United States entangle itself in a policy of drug prohibition that has yielded so much misery and so few good results?
Marijuana legalization may have accomplished what the War on Drugs has failed to do — put the squeeze on Mexican drug cartel activity. The U.S. Border Patrol has released 2015 data showing that the number of marijuana seizures throughout the southwest U.S./Mexico border has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, the Washington Post reports. View full article…
Most quarterly updates have been released for cannabis stocks, outside of companies posting annual filings and delayed PINKs.
As with every pending change in the American legislative world, any shifts to the status quo will bring out those who are for and against an issue, including the lobbying dollars of high-profile companies and individuals.
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For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation’s war on drugs.
On June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon stood before the American people and declared, “Narcotics addiction is a problem which afflicts both the body and the soul of America” and that action must be taken to stem the tide of the narcotic scourge sweeping the nation. Thus began the War on Drugs.