Still No Homegrown Marijuana in Washington—But That Could Change
Washington state has one of the country’s earliest laws allowing adults 21 and over to use marijuana free of fear, and one of the most restrictive.
Washington was a progenitor of the arbitrary and worthless DUI threshold of 5 ng/ml of THC in a driver’s blood, and for a time, Washington’s Initiative-502 also seriously disrupted the state’s existing marijuana supply chain seriously enough to lead some industry observers to question whether it would work at all.
Under legalization in Washington state, growing marijuana at your home is also a crime, and a very serious one at that—a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Only medical marijuana patients are allowed home grow, and while most marijuana consumers prefer to have someone else do the dirty work anyhow, this is one major benefit—or right, as many would attest—other states enjoy that Washingtonians do not.
ASA Responds to Senator Jeff Sessions’ Attorney General Confirmation Hearing
Governor Proposes Decriminalizing Marijuana in New York State
For much of the past two decades, New York City had the dubious distinction of being the nation’s capital for low-level marijuana arrests.
Fueled by the data-driven zeal of former Commissioner Bill Bratton—the same “police reformer” Bill Bratton who suggested, in 2016, that marijuana was responsible for most of New York’s violent crime—NYPD officers dutifully collected petty weed busts like baseball cards.
In 2011 alone, NY cops arrested 51,000 people for marijuana offenses, most of them black or Latino people. The reason, police observers noted, was simple: Marijuana busts are easy, marijuana busts fill the stat sheet and marijuana busts fill the courts, filling in turn the public coffers with court costs and fines.
In His Final Year, New Jersey Governor Aims to Tackle Drug Crisis
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that he will focus in his final year in office on New Jersey’s drug epidemic, promising to limit the supply of opioid drugs doctors can initially prescribe and seeking legislation to require insurers to pay for at least six months of drug treatment.
Christie turned the majority of his seventh state of the state address, usually a speech about the governor’s various priorities, into an impassioned plan to tackle a drug crisis that is claiming hundreds of lives a year.
“I will not have the blood of addicted New Jerseyans on my hands because we waited to act,” Christie said. “I will not willingly watch another 1,600 of our citizens die and watch their families mourn and suffer.”
Jeff Sessions Will Drastically Harm the Marijuana Industry
I want to be wrong. I want to be “Y2K will cause a massive global financial meltdown!” wrong. I want to be “the Rapture will happen May 21… er, October 21, 2011!” wrong. I want to be “Hillary will win Michigan by five points” wrong, even though that’s what has gotten us to this point in the first place.
But I’m not. Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (2016’s runner-up to Detroit Lions’ offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter for “Most Redneck Name”) will be our next Attorney General and he will begin a massive federal backlash against states that have legalized medical and adult-use marijuana.
I’ve written about this before and I seem to get the same responses. None of them ease my fears any.
DEA Under Fire for Wasting Money and Being Incompetent
The DEA’s failed War on Drugs is among numerous reasons why the inefficient, money-wasting, disoriented organization should cease to exist and stop wasting our tax dollars.
A recent round of criticism prompted some lawmakers to complain that the agency’s weed eradication program is squandering millions of dollars in states where pot is legal.
Adding ignorance and corruption to the DEA’s list of dubious qualities, let us not forget the former DEA chief who stepped down after a huge sex scandal. She was then followed by acting DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg who embarrassed himself and everyone listening when he told reporters that marijuana was “probably not” as dangerous as heroin, adding, “I’m not an expert,” then proceeded to call medical marijuana “a joke.”
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