Indiana Marijuana Advocates Go to Court—Just for the Right to Protest
Thanks largely to Mike Pence, Indiana is a hard place to be gay and a hard place to be a woman. And while the Hoosier State is surrounded by states where cannabis is available to sick people, lawmakers in Indianapolis have been so intransigent on the issue that one man was led to literally walk across the state in an attempt to get them to change their minds.
Perhaps inspired by their governor, who is soon to be sworn in as vice-president, the leaders of one Indiana county wanted to go one step further—and declare their public buildings off-limits to any kind of free speech they didn’t approve.
Specifically, commissioners in Tippecanoe County wanted to bar marijuana activists from demonstrating on the steps of the county courthouse—but just marijuana activists, and just marijuana activists from Higher Ground, an organization that spent last year staging demonstrations in all 92 Indiana counties in support of legalizing medical marijuana.
Congress to Discuss Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition?
Although it remains uncertain whether the Trump Administration will shut down the cannabis industry when it takes over the United States later this month, nothing is stopping one ambitious lawmaker from pushing Congress to legalize the leaf nationwide.
U.S. Representative Jared Polis of Colorado, a man who has led the battle to end prohibition in the U.S. for the past several years, poured his heart out in a recent op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle, calling for congressional leadership to finally cut the prohibitionary shenanigans and make way for an opportunity to legalize marijuana across the entire nation.
In the piece, Polis said he plans to introduce a bill that would allow marijuana to be taxed and regulated similar to alcohol.
U.S. Sen. Warren Seeks to Pull Pot Shops Out of Banking Limbo
BOSTON (AP) — As marijuana shops sprout in states that have legalized the drug, they face a critical stumbling block – lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, is leading an effort to make sure vendors working with legal marijuana businesses, from chemists who test marijuana for harmful substances to firms that provide security, don’t have their banking services taken away.
It’s part of a wider effort by Warren and others to bring the burgeoning $7 billion marijuana industry in from a fiscal limbo she said forces many shops to rely solely on cash, making them tempting targets for criminals.
After voters in Warren’s home state approved a November ballot question to legalize the recreational use of pot, she joined nine other senators in sending a letter to a key federal regulator, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, calling on it to issue additional guidance to help banks provide services to marijuana shop vendors.
Twenty-eight states have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use.
Massachusetts Governor Signs Bill Delaying Pot Shop Openings
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill Friday aimed at delaying by up to six months the opening of marijuana shops in the state until mid-2018.
An aide to the Republican governor said Baker shares the desire of state lawmakers to thoroughly prepare for the launch of a new industry distributing a controlled substance.
Baker is “committed to adhering to the will of the voters by implementing the new law as effectively and responsibly as possible,” the governor’s communications director Lizzy Guyton said.
Baker’s decision to sign the bill came as a small group of marijuana activists protested outside the Statehouse.
Marijuana Over Viagra: Study Suggests Weed is Aphrodisiac AND Sexual Dysfunction Remedy
On top of making life difficult for people of color and making cartels and crooks filthy rich, marijuana prohibition has stymied scientific research.
This has had long-term negative consequences we’re still struggling to overcome. We’re unsure of the long-term effects of THC on the body and the brain. We don’t have a solid idea how to test for marijuana intoxication. Worse of all, worldwide marijuana prohibition interrupted vital work dating from the 1970s and 1980s where researchers examined marijuana’s value as a love aid.
Luckily for humanity, researchers from several European research universities recently dug out these dusty, presumably hairy tomes. And as Business Insider first reported, they found that marijuana was more valuable for the unlucky in love than Spanish fly (and less disgusting, deadly and borderline rape-y).
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