Congressmen: Anti-Pot Group Wrong About the Elimination of Medical Marijuana Protections
Although the anti-drug group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) continues to claim that the federal medical marijuana protections known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment have been eliminated from a congressional bill, the lawmakers responsible for the getting it on the books in the first place say it still alive and kicking.
Last week, SAM president Kevin Sabet announced that the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment was omitted from the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittee Appropriations bill. Sabet, a former drug policy advisor to President Obama, said its elimination would, once again, give the Department of Justice the right to crackdown in those states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.
Advisers Named for West Virginia Medical Marijuana Program
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An advisory board that will help develop a medical marijuana program in West Virginia has been announced, with state Bureau for Public Health Commissioner and State Health Officer Rahul Gupta serving as chairman.
A dozen others were also named to the board, including physicians, pharmacists, social worker, prosecutor, patient advocate and horticulturalist.
Gupta said in a news release that the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board will be part of the process needed to ensure a comprehensive system to help people suffering from debilitating diseases such as cancer.
Massachusetts: Talks on Revamped Pot Bill Appear to Stall as Deadline Nears
BOSTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators chased what appeared to be an increasingly elusive compromise over the state’s recreational marijuana law on Friday, a day that legislators had earlier pegged as a self-imposed deadline for reaching a deal.
A six-member conference committee shed little light on its discussions while meeting off and on behind closed doors with little apparent progress.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo adjourned the House until Monday, ruling out any possibility that a final vote could be held on Saturday.
Democratic Rep. Mark Cusack, the chief House negotiator, said earlier in the day he remained “hopeful” for an agreement. His counterpart in the Senate, Democrat Patricia Jehlen, replied, “I can’t say that,” when asked if the conference committee was deadlocked.
Nevada launches sales of legal recreational marijuana
LAS VEGAS — Nevada has become the fifth state in the U.S. with stores selling marijuana for recreational purposes.
People began buying pot early Saturday, just months after voters approved legalization in November. It’s the fastest turnaround from the ballot box to retail sales in the nation.
Those 21 and older with a valid ID can buy up to an ounce of pot. The millions of tourists who visit Las Vegas and other Nevada cities every year are expected to make nearly two of every three pot purchases.
Funky Salad: Nearly 2 Tons of Weed Disguised as Lettuce Seized at Texas Border
Here are some funky salad greens that almost made it to our dinner tables—5,754 packages of lettuce containing nearly two tons of weed.
Alas, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers didn’t appreciate the healthy efforts of the salad smugglers.
Instead the CBP nabbed a truck hauling the pungent Mexican “produce” on the aptly named Laredo-Colombia Solidarity International Bridge.
The phony lettuce-like bundles were sniffed out by a K-9 team, imaging, then a physical inspection of the trailer.
Pennsylvania Picks MMJ Program Dispensaries
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State regulators on Thursday announced the 27 entities that have been selected to operate dispensaries under Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, a program expected to be up and running next year.
The Health Department said not all of them are currently opting to run three locations, so for now there will be 52 dispensaries scattered around the state.
Office of Medical Marijuana director John Collins said the process was competitive, with hundreds of quality applicants.
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