Colorado Schools Bulk Up Staff in Marijuana-Prevention Push
DENVER (AP) — Colorado has given 42 school districts and charter schools a combined $9.2 million to hire people and create programs to keep marijuana out of the hands of students.
The Denver Post reports the money is going to schools located near legal pot shops and is funded by proceeds from marijuana sales.
Districts are hiring nurses, social workers and counselors with the grant money to discourage underage marijuana use.
The Jefferson County School District plans to hire six social emotional learning specialists and three school nurses. Student services director Jon Widmeir says the district is trying to get ahead of a growing need for those services.
House Rules Committee hears key marijuana amendments
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.”
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.
California already has done a lot to safeguard children.
Will Colorado Be the First State to Send a Cannabis Businessman to Congress?
Colorado can lay claim to a very limited resource in America: a seat in Congress that’s a weed vote.
Rep. Jared Polis was a reliable pro-marijuana vote in Washington even before he and three other representatives founded the Cannabis Caucus. And so with Polis now plotting a run for governor, it stands to reason that his successor will be 420-friendly. It’s just a question of how friendly.
Surely, there is more than marijuana on Todd Mitchem’s mind. Mitchem is a motivational speaker and author—he just penned a tome all about changing routines called You, Disrupted—but he is undeniably inextricably tied to cannabis. He’s a marijuana entrepreneur, the former chief revenue officer for Denver-based O.pen Vape and the founder of Tinder-but-just-friends-but-for-stoners app High There! What would he do in Congress? Could there really be a marijuana businessman roaming the halls of the Capitol?? Colorado may yet find out.
Earlier this month, Mitchem announced his candidacy for Polis’s seat earlier this month, as Denver’s Westwordreported. And lo, it’s weed that compelled Mitchem to enter the race, he told the paper—the Trump administration’s bellicose stance on weed.
All Oregon Pot Must Now Be Tested For Pesticides
As of Thursday, the Oregon Health Authority is requiring that all cannabis product batches be tested for pesticides, as the state’s temporary rules governing pesticides expire and permanent rules take over.
In keeping with its reputation for being the strictest state in the union when it comes pesticides, the permanent rules also apply to untested product that was collected for sampling before August 30.
“In October 2016, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission issued a finding that the pesticide testing requirement would be lowered to a minimum of one-third of batches of usable marijuana within every harvest lot, due to insufficient lab capacity.”
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