Gregoire asks Justice Department about marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, November, 14th 2012 by THCFinder
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has met with James Cole, deputy U.S. attorney general, to discuss the decriminalization of marijuana under Initiative 502. The initiative was passed by voters Nov. 6, and is to be certified Dec. 6 and go into effect Dec. 9. On its face the decriminalization here and in Colorado conflicts with federal law, specifically the posting of marijuana under Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act.
Gregoire, a former state attorney general, has been a cautious supporter of marijuana liberalization. She was for medical marijuana, but she vetoed much of the medical marijuana bill of 2011, sponsored by Sen Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, out of worry that federal agents would arrest state employees. In 2011 she petitioned the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify cannabis as a Schedule II drug, which would allow doctors to prescribe it as medicine and pharmacists to sell it.
She didn’t support 502 but the voters did, and she has a duty to go to bat for them. And she has.
Her spokesman, Cory Curtis, said she told Cole the state of Washington is going ahead with Initiative 502, first working with Washington State Patrol on enforcement of the driving under the influence law, for which 502 set a new standard. That is the smaller effort; the big one is the work by the Washington State Liquor Control Board to decide how to license and regulate cannabis growers, processors and retailers. This is to be done by December 2013 and is estimated to cost the state $17 million.
Her question was the attitude of the Justice Department toward all this. “There was nothing definitive from them,” Curtis said.
He said Gregoire told Cole she hoped the federal government would come up with some decision on state marijuana legalization sooner rather than later, before the state of Washington spent the full year, and the $17 million.
One of the things the federal government could do is act on her petition to reschedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. But to satisfy Initiative 502, the rescheduling would have to be much more thorough than merely to post it under Schedule II, which includes such drugs as cocaine, opium, methadone, oxycodone, morphine and dexedrine. Under Initiative 502, which turns cannabis into an over-the-counter commercial product available to anyone over 21, marijuana should probably be delisted entirely.
Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, November, 14th 2012 by THCFinder
Peyton Manning, Papa John's and Marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 14th 2012 by THCFinder
I knew Peyton Manning was smart, but I didn’t realize he was this smart.
In late October, Mr. Manning became the newest franchisee for Papa John’s pizza, signing a deal to own 21 stores in the Denver area. On the same day, the pizza maker also announced it had signed a multi-year contract to continue as the official pizza of the NFL and the Super Bowl.
Not more than 2 weeks after Mr. Manning’s investment was made public, Colorado voters on election night approved an amendment legalizing recreational marijuana use within the state.
Apart from euphorically setting off a statewide revival of John Denver’s classic hit Rocky Mountain High from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, Mr. Manning and Papa John’s had to be pleased with this vote.
I’m not nor have I ever been a user (which I guess makes me both a square and in the minority), so for those that are similarly naive I’ll break it down like this.
Marijuana consumption leads to the munchies, and what’s a more common munchie than pizza.
Only time will tell if Papa John’s pizza sales will increase within the state of Colorado in the foreseeable future, but human behavioral correlations between marijuana consumption and subsequent dietary preferences while under a purple haze seem to suggest that Mr. Manning’s investment was timely and prudent.
I knew Peyton Manning was the ultimate chess player on the gridiron…being able to read the defense and anticipate player movements well before they happen.
But his genius ascends to new Rocky Mountain Highs if his expectations of how Colorado would vote on marijuana legalization had any influence on his investment decision in Papa John’s.
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