Law Firms Hedge Bets on Marijuana Being Legalized Nationwide
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A number of Philadelphia-area law firms are setting up practices to serve the cannabis industry despite concerns of an uncertain future.
Many of the city's biggest law firms — including Duane Morris, Fox Rothschild and Cozen O'Connor — have recently established practices to serve the cannabis industry as Pennsylvania gears up to make medical marijuana available to patients by early 2018.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported (http://bit.ly/2vS4Pm3 ) the uncertainty comes from the apparent disconnect between state and federal laws.
Marijuana has been legalized in some form by legislatures in 26 states. But federal law — under the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution — supersedes all state laws.
Nevada Pot License Expansion on Hold Again Until August 29
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s marijuana regulators have agreed to delay the expansion of distribution licensing to meet growing demand at pot retail stores until the state tax commission can hear another appeal from a group of state liquor wholesalers next week.
A Carson City judge lifted an injunction last week that had prohibited the Nevada Taxation Department from licensing anyone other than alcohol businesses to transport recreational marijuana from cultivators to dispensaries.
Judge James Russell said he had no authority to override the department’s decision earlier this month that there weren’t enough alcohol distributors to keep up with demand.
Philippines: Duterte Calls for Genocide Against Drug Users
Police in the Philippines killed 32 people in a wave of anti-drug operations north of the capital, Manila—making Wednesday the single deadliest day so far of President Rodrigo Duterte‘s ultra-deadly War on Drugs.
Over 100 were also arrested in the sweeps—overwhelmingly street-level dealers—and dozens of firearms reportedly seized. The operations were jointly carried out by National Police and Bulacan provincial authorities. Duterte expressed open enthusiasm for the bloodshed—and warned that it is just beginning.
“There were 32 killed in Bulacan in a massive raid, that’s good,” he said in a speech. “Let’s kill another 32 every day. Maybe we can reduce what ails this country.”
Oregon among pot-legal states cracking down on marijuana industry’s black market
PORTLAND — Well before Oregon legalized marijuana, its verdant, wet forests made it an ideal place for growing the drug, which often ended up being funneled out of the state for big money. Now, officials suspect that pot grown legally in Oregon and other states also is being smuggled out, and the trafficking is putting America’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry at risk.
In response, pot-legal states are trying to clamp down on “diversion” even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions presses for enforcement of federal laws against marijuana.
Tracking legal weed from the fields and greenhouses where it’s grown to the shops where it’s sold under names such as Blueberry Kush and Chernobyl is their main enforcement measure so far.
In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law a requirement that state regulators track from seed to store all marijuana grown for sale in Oregon’s legal market. So far, only recreational marijuana has been comprehensively tracked.
What Happens When You Eat Animals Who Eat Drugs
Earlier this summer, Sanderson Farms, the nation’s third-largest poultry producer and the supplier of more than 10.6 million chickens to supermarkets throughout the South every week, was accused of false advertising. Sanderson is up-front and even “proud” about its industry-leading use of antibiotics, but the company’s “100 percent natural” chicken, consumer advocates claim, also contains pesticides, hormones, steroids, other pharmaceuticals and recreational drugs, including ketamine.
Sanderson is fighting for the right to call its chickens natural. But what happens when you eat an animal who enjoys regular access to prescription drugs—better access than the people who eat it, in some cases? (Most Sanders Farms factories are located in states that rejected the Medicaid expansion.)
California Rushing to Meet January 2018 Legalization Deadline
With only four months left until full legalization in California, regulations are literally being adopted on the fly.
The state needs to fill out its commissions and offices by hiring up to 82 people. Software has to be written in time to start accepting applications from the thousands of entrepreneurs hoping to sell weed. In fact, regulations governing sales aren’t even properly in place.
Lori Ajax, the director of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (formerly the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation AKA BMCR or, colloquially, “Bummer”), told the Sacramento Bee that California’s entire regulatory scheme was a work in progress.
Considering that voters approved Proposition 64 only this past November, delays are to be expected, but they are still cause for concern. And it’s worth mentioning that California has had medical marijuana since 1996.
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