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Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/24/2017

Weekly Legislative Roundup 2/24/2017

Welcome to this week’s edition of the NORML legislative roundup! The elephant in the room is pretty simple. If you haven’t seen it yet, this week White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer opened the door to a federal crackdown in the states that have legalized adult-use marijuana. You can read more about it HERE. To date, there have been 1,322 pieces of legislation introduced nationwide – this week’s action ranges from the elected officials in North Dakota seeking to overturn the will of their voters to officials in California seeking to turn themselves into a “Sanctuary State” when it comes […]

States Respond to Trump’s Impending War on Legal Weed

States Respond to Trump’s Impending War on Legal Weed

Officials in Washington State are vowing to fight any federal crackdown on the state’s successful cannabis industry after White House press secretary Sean Spicer strongly implied that the Trump administration may crack down on states with legal recreational marijuana. “We will resist any efforts to thwart the will of the voters in Washington,” said the state’s attorney general Bob Ferguson in an interview with the Seattle Times. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and AG Ferguson sent a letter last week to U.S. attorney general and outspoken pot-hater Jeff Sessions, asking to meet and discuss the issue. “Our state’s efforts to […]

Cannabis Thrives on Both Sides of Divided Kashmir

Cannabis Thrives on Both Sides of Divided Kashmir

The disputed region of Kashmir, divided between India and Pakistan since 1949, has made scary headlines in recent months. Pro-independence militants are stepping up attacks on the India-controlled side, and the region is a potential flashpoint for war between the nuclear-armed South Asian giants. But it hardly comes as a surprise that a cannabis economy thrives on both sides of the Line of Control—despite the best efforts to suppress it by both Indian and Pakistani security forces. The Indian Police Service last week announced the arrest of Kashmir’s most-wanted charas smuggler at a checkpoint in the Tangmarg district, in the north of the India-controlled territory. The trafficker was named as […]

Oklahoma Lawmakers Want to Make Drug Possession Felonies Again

Oklahoma Lawmakers Want to Make Drug Possession Felonies Again

Oklahoma has the second-highest incarceration rate in the United States. As usual, nonviolent drug offenses are a large reason why. Turns out, voters in the deep-red, Trump-loving state are as sick of the drug war as effete coastal liberals. On Election Day, when other states were legalizing marijuana, Oklahomans overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure that reclassified nonviolent drug possession as a misdemeanor crime rather than a felony. With 26.3 percent of the state’s prison inmates doing time for drugs, and another 23.3 percent in prison for nonviolent offenses of all kinds, Oklahoma’s drug problem was obvious, so State Question 780 […]

Trump’s War on Weed Will Boost Big Pharma, Private Prisons and Mexican Drug Cartels

Trump’s War on Weed Will Boost Big Pharma, Private Prisons and Mexican Drug Cartels

In a press briefing yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the Trump administration believes there’s “a big difference” between medical and recreational marijuana. He noted that while medical cannabis laws are nominally protected by Congress (which in 2004 banned the Feds from spending money to interfere with state laws), recreational cannabis enjoys no such federal protection. And so he pointed to a coming crackdown, saying there will be “greater enforcement” of federal cannabis prohibition in states that have voted to legalize. “I think that when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states […]

New Poll Shows Vast Majority Against Federal Interference in State Marijuana Laws as White House Hints at Increased Enforcement

New Poll Shows Vast Majority Against Federal Interference in State Marijuana Laws as White House Hints at Increased Enforcement

Just hours after a poll showing widespread support for marijuana policy reform and staunch opposition to federal interference in state marijuana laws, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a press conference that while the administration is not opposed to medical marijuana, he expects to see increased enforcement of federal law in states that have legal adult use. A clip of the comments is available at http://bit.ly/2leuCx9. This comment is out of step with those made by Pres. Trump during the campaign that marijuana law should be left to the states. The vast majority of U.S. voters support making marijuana […]

White House Warns: Fed Crackdown on Recreational Marijuana Coming

White House Warns: Fed Crackdown on Recreational Marijuana Coming

America is in the throes of an opiate overdose epidemic with no end in sight. So President Donald Trump’s administration, which has yet to make a single misstep in domestic or foreign policy, is set to launch a federal crackdown on marijuana legalization, the White House suggested on Thursday. During his daily briefing session with reporters, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the states enjoying tax revenue and job creation after legalizing cannabis will likely see “greater enforcement” of federal law banning marijuana in every shape and form. Spicer also contradicted known science and medical research by tacitly […]

White House Press Secretary Hints Federal Marijuana Crackdown May Be Forthcoming

White House Press Secretary Hints Federal Marijuana Crackdown May Be Forthcoming

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer today said that the Trump administration may engage in “greater” efforts to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in jurisdictions that have legalized and regulated its adult use. In response to a question regarding how the administration intends to address statewide marijuana legalization laws, Spicer indicated that the administration views the regulation of marijuana for medical purposes as distinct from laws governing its adult use. He said: “I’ve said before that the President understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing, especially, terminal diseases and the comfort that some of these […]

Looking for Pot Smoking Teens? Check the Gifted Classes

Looking for Pot Smoking Teens? Check the Gifted Classes

A nine-year study done at the University College London revealed that smart teenagers are twice as likely to smoke weed, due to their curious minds, than their less academic peers. The landmark study of 6,059 teenagers throughout England from all types of schools found that high academic achievers at the age of 11 were more likely to drink alcohol as teenagers and more likely to smoke pot than cigarettes. This was thought to be a result of middle-class parents being more inclined to warn their children of the dangers of tobacco and smoking traditional cigarettes. The study, published in the journal BMJ […]

BREAKING: Department of Justice May Crack Down on Legalized Marijuana

BREAKING: Department of Justice May Crack Down on Legalized Marijuana

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 4:15 p.m. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is suggesting the Trump administration may crack down on states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Spicer says during a press briefing Thursday that the issue rests with the Justice Department. But he says, “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of it.” He adds that it’s “something that the Department of Justice I think will be further looking into.” President Donald Trump said as a candidate that he supports medical marijuana. But Spicer says there’s a big difference between […]

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