Lawmakers brace for marijuana vote-a-rama
Lawmakers are prepping for what could turn into a marijuana vote-a-rama Wednesday, sources say.
Pot advocates expect lawmakers to introduce at least half a dozen marijuana-related appropriations amendments that would roll back the Justice Department’s authority to enforce drug laws around the country.
The marijuana amendments would handicap the Department of Justice (DOJ) in its fight with states over the enforcement of local pot laws.
“The politics have continued to shift in favor of marijuana law reform,” said Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Majority.
"For a long time, lawmakers treated marijuana as a third-rail issue that was too dangerous to touch,” he added. "But now that polling shows a growing majority of voters supports ending prohibition, more and more elected officials are starting to realize that demonstrating leadership on this issue has political benefits instead of harms.”
The marijuana amendments come as part of the Justice Department’s funding bill, which dictates the terms in which the agency can use the money.
Pot advocates are making a big push in advance of the vote to rally lawmakers to their side.
The Justice Department would be prohibited from using federal funds to interfere with states’ medical marijuana laws under an amendment expected from the California delegation — Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R) and Sam Farr (D).
The measure was approved by Congress for the first time in 2014 but it must be renewed each year when the DOJ’s spending bill expires.
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TMZ: 10 NBA players want marijuana taken off list of banned substances
Marijuana use is becoming a progressively more complicated issue in America following the passing of state legislation to make its sell and use legal. Some states remain firmly against such measures.
The league has maintained its position that marijuana falls under the category of banned substances, with a positive tests resulting in increasing punishments, including suspension.
TMZ says it spoke with 10 NBA players, who said they want the league to remove marijuana from the banned substances list, if a player has a prescription. (Many states allow the sale and use of medical marijuana for various conditions.)
We asked 10 active NBA players (all of whom wanted to remain anonymous) ... and they all made it very clear -- it's time to legalize it!!! One player told us, "How can you tell a guy with a prescription not to use it?? They should be allowed to have their medicine."
Another said ... "The NBA shouldn't advertise for it, but I don't see an issue if a player uses [with a prescription]."
Denver's first openly weed-friendly hotel opens for business
Rest easy, globe-trotting cannabis connoisseurs: Denver now has an openly marijuana-friendly hotel.
Nativ, which opened for business on Thursday in the LoDo District, has no lava lamps or Bob Marley posters, or whatever people generally associate with stoner culture. Colorado has been trying to ditch that image long before Amendment 64 passed, which allowed recreational marijuana to be purchased and consumed in private residences starting Jan. 1, 2014.
The hotel features a variety of suites and room packages, each with a distinct style and amenities. Each floor also has its own identity in an attempt to eliminate the mind-numbing monotony typically associated with hotels.
"It's definitely not a stoner hotel," Nativ COO Mike Alexander told The Denver Channel. "I think that in general, marijuana has a stigma attached to it and I think we're breaking that."
Aside from the luxurious rooms with flatscreen TVs, private patios with fire pits, mini bars — you get it, it's fancy — the hotel also features a bar and restaurant called Portions, fronted by chef Aaron May, which features a self-pour beer wall with 20 different craft brews. This is Colorado, after all.
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