A 'massive undertaking' as California races to regulate marijuana so legal sales can begin Jan. 1
The passage of California's Adult Use of Marijuana Act in November left a 14-month gap before businesses could begin selling marijuana to recreational users.
For residents eager to purchase and use cannabis, that may have seemed like a long time. But that period is almost half over — and for the state, which has been tasked with regulating the sprawling cannabis industry, there's a lot more to do.
"In order to start issuing licenses on Jan. 1 or Jan. 2, we need people in place and we need them to be up to speed," said Alex Traverso, chief of communications at California's Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, or BMCR. "From everything we've seen and heard, there's an amazing amount of interest. We expect to be busy on that Jan. 2 date."
How to Enter the U.S. as a Marijuana User
The Trump administration’s crackdown on marijuana has begun, but it’s not in Colorado, Washington or anywhere else in America where cannabis is legal. Instead, the “greater enforcement” around marijuana, hinted at by officials in the White House and Justice Department, has been at the border.
As Leafly News reported at length in a three-part series last week, foreign nationals, green-card holders and would-be U.S. citizens have been denied tourist and business visas and rejected for U.S. citizenship after admitting marijuana use to customs and border officials—even if the marijuana was legal medical or recreational marijuana, used in accordance with state law.
This was going on when Barack Obama was still president—and was the cause of tension between the U.S. and Canada, after a Canadian citizen was denied entry into the U.S. after admitting to a border guard that, yes, he’d once smoked marijuana.
Cowboys’ Owner Jerry Jones Pushes to Drop Prohibition
It’s been a rough road for NFL players who’ve stuck to their beliefs about medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids for treating pain and a number of other ailments, including concussions.
But things might be changing soon.
Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, told the other 31 NFL team owners that he wants the National Football League to “drop its prohibition on marijuana use.”
Speaking at a private meeting as part of the Annual League Meeting in Phoenix last week, Jones said he also wants the NFL to stop its “practice of investigating off-field misconduct,” according to NBC’s Pro Football Talk.
Kinder Pot Cops? Police Experiment with Alternatives to SWAT Raids on Marijuana
The thing with raiding a medical marijuana dispensary is that it’s really easy. Here’s how you do it:
Visit the dispensary, preferably during business hours, as opposed to 6 a.m. or in the middle of the night. To get there, walk, bike or drive in a police car, rather than sending in a helicopter. Open the door, instead of smashing it down with a battering ram. You may need to knock or to ring a buzzer, but get this—you’ll be let in! Enter the dispensary, normally, in the fashion of how most people choose to maneuver through open portals, as opposed to a reenactment of SEAL Team 6’s visit to Abbottabad. Announce your presence, like, “Hello, we’re the authorities, and we have business here,” rather than drill-instructor decibel shouts, punctuated by aiming firearms at almost certainly unarmed and absolutely unsuspecting customers and workers (and/or killing their dogs).
Library Staff Will Be Trained to Save Drug Overdose Victims
As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage the United States with a vicious tenacity that can only be described as the gnashing teeth of a junkie apocalypse, there is more demand for everyday people to be trained in administering life-saving medications to prevent accidental overdoses.
It might sound a bit strange for a library to make injecting overdose antidotes part of the staff’s job description, but that is exactly that kind of program the San Francisco Public Library is presently developing. The goal of the initiative, as crazy as it might sound, is to prevent any more drug addicts from being discovered dead on the property.
In February, staff members found a deceased overdose victim in the library’s bathroom—the first fatal incident in the past decade, according to a report from Hoodline.
Marijuana citation rules expand in Central Florida, but some say not enough
Six months have passed since Orlando permitted police officers to issue citations instead of filing criminal charges for small amounts of marijuana, but so far the option is being used sparingly.
Officers were allowed to start writing tickets — similar to traffic citations — in October but had issued only 67 as of March 20. Penalties are $100 for first-time offenders and $200 for a second offense.
“I would have thought it had been a little more,” said Michael Barber, a criminal defense attorney at the Umansky law firm in Orlando. “I can tell you I see a lot of possession of cannabis cases coming through criminally … It seems they are not using their discretion.”
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