Surprise! Big Pharma, Alcohol Fund Anti-Legalization Drives
Who do you think is pouring money into the campaigns against the legalization initiaves that will go before the voters in five states next month?
Well, an Oct. 22 exposé in the Guardian has confirmed what we already knew.
In August, the pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics became the biggest donor to the campaign to defeat Arizona’s Proposition 205, making a $500,000 donation to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy (ARDP). In making the donation, Insys cited concerns for child safety. But the Guardian points out the delicious irony: Insys manufactures Subsys—a prescription painkiller derived from fentanyl—a synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine. And the Phoenix New Times adds that Insys is under investigation in four states, including Arizona, for marketing practices related to Subsys that have allegedly resulted in patient deaths.
Texas Wants to Raise Cannabis Industry Licensing Fee to Over $1 Million
Those entrepreneurs hoping to sell cannabis oil in Texas may have to dig a lot deeper inside their respective piggy banks before the state will allow them to get in on the action.
A report from NPR’s Morning Edition revealed on Monday that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is considering raising the cost of the state’s medical marijuana licensing fee from $6,000 to a whopping $1.3 million. The rate increase would apply to every cultivation operation and dispensary interested in participating in the state’s low-THC cannabis trade.
The Public Safety Commission originally drafted a set of rules that would have made a buy-in for the state’s restrictive cannabis trade a modest investment of $6,000—allowing a number of companies to take advantage of the new market. But the commission has since restricted the number of businesses that will be permitted to deal in cannabis oil, forcing about the need for a $1.3 million licensing fee, the agency said.
5,000 Pot Plants Seized at California Shopping Mall
Santa Fe Springs used to be an oil town, but now most of the adult population works in the light industry or service jobs, which center around shopping and strip malls. Growing pot in these malls seemed like a good idea to someone, at least until the cops recently raided one, seizing 5,000 plants.
The quaintly-named Santa Fe Springs Problem Oriented Policing team along with the Whittler police served warrants this week and began the process of dragging away a lot of weed from an industrial strip mall.
“It’s hard to quantify the value since they are in different stages of growth and different strains,” said Lt. Michael Przybyl of the Whittier police.
RV carrying marijuana-flavored edibles catches fire on Delaware Memorial Bridge
DELAWARE — Crews are responding to a vehicle fire on the Delaware Memorial Bridge, toward New Jersey, CBS Philly reported.
Police say the RV that caught on fire travels around the country promoting the legalization of marijuana. Police say the driver of this RV was driving from D.C. to New York when it caught fire on the bridge.
The truck is reportedly owned by “Weed World Candies.” The company makes marijuana-flavored candies, which the RV was fully stocked with.
Michigan to Get Push from MPP to Legalize Marijuana in 2018
Although a proposed ballot measure seeking to legalize marijuana across Michigan for recreational purposes failed to get in front of the voters this year, the word on the street is that the Marijuana Policy Project, the national cannabis advocacy group largely responsible for Colorado’s legal pot market, is considering jumping in to get the deed done in 2018.
In the coming months, the MPP will pick up where it left off six years ago, when the group led the campaign to bring medical marijuana to the Great Lake State, by embarking on a three city tour to discuss with advocates the drafting of a new initiative intended to bring down prohibition in Michigan. The tour is scheduled to make stops in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Detroit.
How Trump’s Call for Congressional Term Limits Could Affect Marijuana Reform
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently said that he plans to take immediate action to eliminate some of the stagnation among United States lawmakers that has prevented substantial progress from being made inside the halls of Congress.
On Tuesday, during a rally in Colorado Springs, Trump proposed an ethics plan intended to force term limits on members of Congress. The goal of this concept, according to the GOP candidate, is to “drain the swamp,” in the nation’s capital that continues to hold down the American dream.
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