Pot with your chardonnay? Philly mayor suggests marijuana at liquor stores
A number of Pennsylvania officials support decriminalizing or even legalizing recreational marijuana but Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has a bold idea: selling it at state-run liquor stores.
"The hardest place to get served underage in Philadelphia when I was growing up was a Pennsylvania state liquor store," Kenney told WHYY, in a recent interview.
Kenney, a Democrat, has long been a supporter of legalizing marijuana. This proposal, he said, would benefit the city and the state.
New Jersey’s Next Governor Will Almost Certainly Legalize Marijuana
With support for legalization at 60 percent nationwide, there are many politicians less popular than marijuana.
Seeing as how he’s tied for the lowest approval rating in state history—18 percent; Nixon scored nearly twice as high and this after Watergate—scandal-ridden New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is only the most prominent example. (As it happens, the last time fewer than 20 percent of Americans thought weed was good and cool was when Richard Nixon was plotting against it.)
Barring an indictment, Christie’s term (and, almost certainly, his political career) will end in January 2018. Much of his time as a lame-duck with *some* clout in Washington—why else would respectable newspapers bother to publish speculation about his chance to succeed James Comey as FBI director?—should be occupied by running Trump’s national task force on ending the opiate crisis, his plum appointment for being the first Republican presidential candidate to abandon principles in favor of naked ambition and back Trump.
Jeff Sessions Is Throwing Down the Gauntlet—He Wants a New Drug War
Apart from being an irrational anti-pot fanatic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is functioning in a highly unstable government, which is obsessed with methodically dismantling anything and everything that has the slightest hint of President Barack Obama.
One late night comedian joked that if Trump could revive all the turkeys Obama pardoned over the years, he would. It’s that bad.
Now, AG Sessions has decided to review Obama-era policies that eliminated harsh punishments for low-level drug crimes.
Sessions’ directive, to be introduced in a memo, will encourage prosecutors to charge people with the most serious, provable offenses in order to trigger mandatory minimum sentences.
Are Harsh Mandatory Minimum Sentences Making a Comeback?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove, a reversal of Obama-era policies that aimed to reduce the federal prison population and show more leniency to lower-level drug offenders.
If embraced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, this could result in an increased use of rigid mandatory minimum sentences that critics have called unnecessarily harsh.
The guidance is taking shape in the form of a memo that ultimately will be shared with the nation’s federal prosecutors, but the timeframe for release is unclear. Drafts of the memo have been circulating for weeks and have undergone revisions, so the final language is not yet certain.
A person involved in the discussions described one version to The Associated Press speaking only on condition of anonymity because the guidance has not been publicly announced. As outlined, that version would encourage prosecutors to charge people with the most serious, provable offenses – something more likely to trigger mandatory minimum sentences. Those rules limit a judge’s discretion and are typically dictated, for example, by the quantity of drugs involved in a crime.
Did Congress Leave These 2 States Open to a Medical Marijuana Crackdown?
Legally speaking, nowhere in America is medical marijuana more at risk of falling victim to a Donald Trump-led federal crackdown than in Indiana and North Dakota.
Not that there’s much in the way of medical cannabis in either state at the moment—or any legal marijuana all, really. The two red states are very recent converts: North Dakota has just begun to try to figure out how to deliver medical marijuana to the voters who approved it at the ballot on Election Day—with the first legal crop available to no more than a few thousand patients, and that is in a year’s time or more.
And in Indiana, home state of Vice President Mike Pence—where the mere sight of legally purchased marijuana edibles sets off a regional panic and where the ACLU has to become involved just so local marijuana activists can have a rally—Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has just signed into law a bill allowing CBD products only (which is to say that Texas is further along on medical weed than Indiana).
Nevada Can Begin To Sell Recreational Marijuana Early
Licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in good standing with the state of Nevada can begin selling marijuana for recreational purposes as early as July 1, the state tax board voted Monday.
The Nevada Tax Commission voted 6-1 to approve temporary licenses for shops that qualify so sales can begin months before the Jan. 1 deadline for the commission to draft its rules. These temporary licenses will expire on Jan. 1, giving the state Department of Taxation time to test the regulations before the program goes into full effect in 2018
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