With Marijuana Legal But Nowhere to Buy It, Massachusetts Enters the Weird Zone
On Thursday, marijuana possession and cultivation officially becomes legal for all adults 21 and older in Massachusetts, one of the four states to approve legalization on Election Day last month.
Exciting! As will be the experience for anyone trying to actually find any cannabis—which, just like before Bay State voters thought they were ending the drug war, will almost certainly require committing some kind of crime.
Massachusetts marijuana-seekers are entering what the Boston Globe calls a “gray area.” Marijuana is legal to possess, consume and grow. But it’s illegal to buy or sell—and it’s illegal for any medical-marijuana patient, the only people by whom cannabis can be legally purchased in the state, to share their stash.
California Cops Say Marijuana Growing Causes Crime, Can’t Provide Proof
California’s famous marijuana-producing region, the Emerald Triangle, begins well before you encounter the region of towering redwood trees a few hours north of San Francisco.
Sonoma County, famous as a mecca for foodies seeking cheese, wine aficionados and NASCAR races, also plays host to a sizable cannabis industry.
And what happens when marijuana competes for field space with grapes and cows—two high-impact agricultural products that require much more water and resources for a smaller financial return than the state’s newest cash crop?
Marijuana loses, of course.
This week, county supervisors in Sonoma bowed to pressure from cannabis-fearing farm folk and voted to “ban” marijuana cultivation in rural areas in the county, as the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported.
Marijuana Is Harder Than Ever for Younger Teens to Find
American voters and legislatures increasingly are allowing medical and adult recreational use of marijuana, but as home-growing spreads and retail stores open, younger teens are reporting the scarcest availability in at least 24 years.
Explanations remain theoretical for the surprising trend in the face of widespread liberalization of cannabis laws. But it appears clear that fears about children finding the drug easier to acquire have not become a national reality, at least not yet.
In 2016, 8th-grade and 10th-grade respondents to the large Monitoring the Future survey gave the lowest-ever indication that marijuana was easy to get if they wanted it, a question posed to the groups every year since 1992.
How to Cut the Prison Population, Save Billions of Dollars & Keep America Safe
We have a prison problem in this country, and we need to talk about it. We have way too many people behind bars in general and, in particular, for low-level offenses.
The Brennan Center for Justice recently did an authoritative look at what it concluded to be “unnecessary incarceration” and then came up with some suggestions.
DEA Blames Media for Making It Difficult to Arrest Pot Offenders
Despite the fact that the DEA regards weed as a drug of negligible concern will less than five percent of law enforcement officials who participated in the agency’s annual assessment summary saying pot was a worrisome issue for them, cannabis remains illegal for all purposes under federal law.
Having admitted that marijuana is not a dangerous drug nor does it cause alarm to law enforcement or the population at large, the DEA continues to insist that an herb—which has not killed or harmed anyone—must remain a Schedule 1 drug, in the same category as heroin.
The recently released DEA summary indeed devotes more time to pot-bashing than warnings about prescription painkillers, which killed more than 20,000 people last year and is responsible for runaway addiction rates.
Cannabis Again Plays a Role in Latest Police Shooting
Cannabis again plays a key role in the latest police shooting of an African American citizen to spark outrage across the country. The prosecutor for Iowa’s Linn County on Dec. 8 announced that a white police officer will not be charged in the shooting that left an unarmed black motorist paralyzed and sparked protests in Cedar Rapids, the county seat.
The Nov. 1 incident began when Cedar Rapids police officer Lucas Jones stopped motorist Jerime Mitchell over a broken tail-light. A missing tail-light is an infraction punishable by a small fine, but Jones said he detected a “strong smell of marijuana” in the car, and ordered Mitchell to get out. Mitchell reportedly struggled as Jones attempted to place him in handcuffs.
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