Newly Introduced Legislation Would End Federal Marijuana Prohibition
While it remains uncertain whether newly confirmed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to unleash the hounds on the high times currently being enjoyed in legal marijuana states, one federal lawmaker is doing his part to ensure the Trump administration has no control over any jurisdiction that has legalized marijuana in their neck of the woods.
On Tuesday, Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California submitted a piece of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives aimed at preventing the federal government from cracking down on states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use. The bill, which is aptly entitled the “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017,” would provide the cannabis community with immunity from federal prosecution as long as they remain in compliance with state law.
Although the bill (H.R. 975) would not force Congress to end prohibition in a manner that would allow pot to be taxed and regulated nationwide similar to beer, it would amend the Controlled Substances Act in such a way that state legalization could carry on without the threat of federal interference.
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DEA Cracks Down on Colorado Marijuana Doctors
America’s doctors can’t live without drugs. Physicians bending to pressure from pharmaceutical companies and over-prescribing opiate-based pain pills is accepted as one of the root causes of the heroin and opiate overdose epidemic, yet doctors still hand out anything that will fit in an orange bottle with a label to anyone who asks.
Just ask doctors, who admit they hand out antibiotics when it will do no good, oftentimes to fulfill expectations from patients who want something more (read: a pill) than being told to go home and rest (or clean up their diets and exercise).
Whether it’s pressure from patients or from pharmaceutical companies is beside the point. Primary-care physicians can’t survive without drugs, which is why when the DEA revokes a doctor’s ability to hand out pills, their economic livelihood is at risk.
This week, the DEA revoked the licenses to prescribe for two Colorado physicians. As the Denver Post reported, the DEA suspension is a formality, as the doctors, Gentry Dunlop and Janet Dean, have both had their state licenses to practice medicine yanked by the state.
Cannabis Farm Discovered inside Cottage at Legoland
The British police arrested two men after 50 weed plants were discovered growing in a hut at Windsor’s Legoland, which bills itself as “The UK’s Favourite Kids Theme Park.”
Windsor is based in the County of Berkshire, located on the Thames River about 20 miles west of London.
Workers doing a routine asbestos check at the site, just three miles away from Windsor Castle, came upon the pot farm, which was nicely equipped with lights and a watering system.
The property is outside the walls of Legoland but within the 215-acre estate.
Theme park bosses said the vacant building, which is close to where visitors leave their pets, is inaccessible to the public and “appears to have been accessed via the Crown Estate,” which is land belonging to Queen Elizabeth. Good heavens.
Respect States Marijuana Laws Act of 2017 Introduced by Republican Congressman
Iowans at Risk of Losing Medical Marijuana if Lawmakers Allow Limited Program to Expire in July
Something really sad is going to happen in Iowa if lawmakers there don’t extend and expand the current medical marijuana program, which essentially allows residents to use CBD for the treatment of intractable epilepsy.
Without legislative action, the program expires on July 1 and Iowa’s 222 medical marijuana patients, many of whom are children, will be in trouble.
The program already has its problems because it does not provide an avenue for Iowans to obtain cannabidiol oil, or any medical marijuana products, in Iowa. Patients need to travel to states where it is produced. Unfortunately, not all states permit the sale of MMJ products to non-residents.
That’s why people like Cassie Helland are becoming anxious. Her 10-year-old son’s head-drop seizures completely stopped after two weeks of CBD oil treatments and never returned.
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