Panel Bans Pot Possession, Ads at Las Vegas Airport
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Recreational marijuana may be legal in Nevada, but add McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas to the list of places including casinos where pot is still banned.
Clark County commissioners have banned marijuana possession and advertising at the airport in a vote Tuesday that raised the possibility travelers leaving town with less than an ounce could get a ticket and have their marijuana confiscated.
If federal Transportation Security Administration screeners find pot at security stations, they can alert Las Vegas police, officials said. Violators could face a misdemeanor charge or civil fines.
The decision keeps airport rules consistent with Federal Aviation Administration rules that consider marijuana an illegal substance, officials said.
Massachusetts: Top Pot Regulator Committed to Timely Rollout of Law
BOSTON (AP) — The state’s top marijuana regulator pledged Wednesday to implement Massachusetts’ recreational pot law and do his best to meet an ambitious timetable for licensing and opening retail stores in the state, but acknowledged the task won’t be easy.
Steven Hoffman, a retired business executive making his first public comments since being named chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission, also explained during the news conference why he voted against the November ballot initiative that legalized adult use of recreational marijuana.
“I actually supported the objectives of the initiative,” said Hoffman. “My concern as a private citizen was I thought the timeline was pretty short to deal with some of the complexities and public safety issues involved in implementing the law, but I am a supporter of the objectives of the law.”
The Legality of Weed from the Atlantic to the Pacific
Growing up on the East Coast, my first experiences with cannabis felt—to some degree—rebellious.
In order to get away with smoking, I had to go to great lengths to avoid strict laws and biased people. This would, inevitably, lead me deep into the dense New England woods or on to private property in which the person(s) of ownership was comfortable with me getting high. It should be noted that these types of people were often difficult to come by.
At the age of 20, I hopped on a plane and found a new home in San Francisco, California. Immediately, I was hit with the warm welcome of culture shock. At the time, marijuana was still illegal, but, I soon realized that pot’s illegal status didn’t stop people from toking up wherever and whenever they wanted. There seemed to be an abundance of weed floating around the city ,and it was all so easily accessible. Never before in my time as a pot-smoker had I experienced so much liberation.
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Colorado Schools Bulk Up Staff in Marijuana-Prevention Push
DENVER (AP) — Colorado has given 42 school districts and charter schools a combined $9.2 million to hire people and create programs to keep marijuana out of the hands of students.
The Denver Post reports the money is going to schools located near legal pot shops and is funded by proceeds from marijuana sales.
Districts are hiring nurses, social workers and counselors with the grant money to discourage underage marijuana use.
The Jefferson County School District plans to hire six social emotional learning specialists and three school nurses. Student services director Jon Widmeir says the district is trying to get ahead of a growing need for those services.
House Rules Committee hears key marijuana amendments
Sessions Is All Talk: Drug Prosecutions Are Lower and Marijuana Industry Remains Intact
Although the Trump administration emerged with a raging hard-on earlier this year in the name of a renewed discipline to combat the War on Drugs, a recent analysis by CBS News indicates that all of the tough talk pertaining to the ramping up of drug prosecutions in the United States has, so far, resulted in nothing more than empty threats.
In May, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ripped to shreds an Obama-era policy that gave federal prosecutors some leeway when determining the fate of convicted drug offenders. The revised directive ordered the whole of Uncle Sam’s tribunal to go for the jugular when considering sentences for those people found guilty of drug-related crimes.
“We are returning to the enforcement of the laws as passed by Congress, plain and simple,” Sessions said of the policy change. “If you are a drug trafficker, we will not look the other way, we will not be willfully blind to your misconduct.”
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