California Attorney General: I Once Smoked Marijuana
Look, we get it. It’s hard to talk about drugs. It’s hard even for top law enforcement officials, like California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who would prefer to talk about his underwear rather than whether or not he ever smoked weed.
But once he’s informed the world that he wears boxers—sure, he’ll let you know that once upon a time, many, many years ago, he “tried” marijuana.
Becerra, 59, spent nearly 24 years representing downtown Los Angeles in Congress. Since December, he’s served as attorney general after his predecessor Kamala Harris was sworn in as a U.S. Senator. He was in San Francisco on Wednesday night for a POLITICO event to talk about life under Trump (as was U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Leader and, by extension, California’s chief Trump regime collaborator).
Time Runs Out on Marijuana Reform Bills in Texas
A bill can be killed in a number of ways—obstruction, feet dragging, amendments, procedural snags or getting talked to death in a filibuster, to name a few.
In the case of Texas’ medical marijuana and decriminalization bills, even though they both had enough support to pass, they never even came up for a vote before time ran out last Thursday night at midnight.
A midnight deadline passed without the full House even taking up proposed House Bill 81 for consideration. The bill would have essentially decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, reducing penalties to below that of most traffic tickets.
How Jeff Sessions’s New Drug War Can Be Avoided
There is something you must always remember about Jeff Sessions, the attorney general who—on Tuesday, the same day his boss, Donald Trump, fired the FBI director overseeing an investigation into whether Trump, Sessions and other associates broke the law and, maybe, sold out the United States to a kleptocratic dictator with imperial ambitions—announced that the federal Justice Department would reverse Obama-era criminal justice reforms and seek, instead, to imprison Americans for petty, nonviolent, low-level drug offenses.
Sessions has had a nearly 40-year career in public service, and nearly all of it has been spent in the employ of authoritarianism. This move, which, if left unchecked and dutifully carried out by the necessary collaborators in state and local government, as well as law enforcement, will disenfranchise and impoverish millions of Americans. And it is only the latest and grandest scheme to achieve this end.
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Seattle Cop Arrested in Major Interstate Marijuana Trafficking Ring
A Seattle police officer served as the “muscle” for a sizable interstate marijuana smuggling operation run by his brother-in-law—who hired the cop because he was family, federal authorities announced Monday.
Alex Chapackdee, 44, allegedly helped send “hundreds of pounds of marijuana” from Seattle, where recreational cannabis is legal, to Baltimore, where it most certainly is not, as well as other locations on the East Coast.
In return for conspiring to send “at least 100 kilograms” of Washington state weed across the country, Chapackdee was paid $10,000 a month, according to charges filed by the local U.S. Attorney.
Chapackdee would serve as the “muscle” during transactions and ensure the money made the trip back to Washington safely, earning another $15,000 for each successful round-trip venture.
Medical Marijuana Implodes in Florida—Whose Fault Is It?
This year, Florida state lawmakers had a clear mandate: Figure out how to give the state’s voters their constitutionally mandated weed, and do it by May 5.
On the same day they helped hand Donald Trump a not-so-historic Electoral College victory, Florida voters told their legislature—loudly, by an overwhelming 72 percent to 28 percent margin—that they wanted legal medical marijuana.
But the problem with Amendment 2 was that it left the job only partly done—it only modified the state constitution to say seriously ill Floridians could have medical cannabis. It left the how—how many dispensaries, how many growers, how is this going to work and how can I alleviate my AIDS or cancer-related suffering, please—to state lawmakers.
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