Sessions Is All Talk: Drug Prosecutions Are Lower and Marijuana Industry Remains Intact
Although the Trump administration emerged with a raging hard-on earlier this year in the name of a renewed discipline to combat the War on Drugs, a recent analysis by CBS News indicates that all of the tough talk pertaining to the ramping up of drug prosecutions in the United States has, so far, resulted in nothing more than empty threats.
In May, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ripped to shreds an Obama-era policy that gave federal prosecutors some leeway when determining the fate of convicted drug offenders. The revised directive ordered the whole of Uncle Sam’s tribunal to go for the jugular when considering sentences for those people found guilty of drug-related crimes.
“We are returning to the enforcement of the laws as passed by Congress, plain and simple,” Sessions said of the policy change. “If you are a drug trafficker, we will not look the other way, we will not be willfully blind to your misconduct.”
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California Bill Seeks to Ban Branded Cannabis Merchandise
A lot of weed design artists are wondering if their services will soon not be needed, or worse, banned, if California Senate Bill 162 is approved. The bill seeks to impose restrictions on marketing, labeling and even the shape of a pot leaf on products, in an effort to reduce its attractiveness to the under-21 crowd.
The measure is one of several moving through the California legislature that seeks to keep cannabis out of the hands of children.
The bill would prevent businesses from advertising through branded merchandise, “including, but not limited to, clothing, hats, or other merchandise with the name or logo of the product.”
“This is all about making sure, in the context of the legalization of marijuana, that you don’t end up inadvertently leading so many of our young people into drug abuse,” said the bill’s author, Senator Ben Allen, a Democrat representing Hollywood.
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In states where marijuana is legal, growers are trying to adapt to plunging retail prices
Pot growers in states where marijuana has been legalized for adult consumption are grappling with the problems of supply and demand that have challenged other commodities. Wholesale U.S. marijuana prices dropped to $1,614 a pound in July, from a high of $2,133 a pound in September 2015, according to New Leaf Data Services, and while that has been great for pot consumers, growers are less enthusiastic, The Wall Street Journal reports. Axios broke that down into more consumer-scale prices, citing BDS Analytics.
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