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Marijuana politics emerge as 2020 flash point

Category: Politics | Posted on Mon, August, 14th 2017 by THCFinder

SAN FRANCISCO — Marijuana legalization just moved from the fringes of the last presidential campaign to center stage in 2020.

Between a sweeping new package of legislation introduced last week by one of the top Democratic presidential prospects and, on the other end of the spectrum, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vigorous opposition to recreational use of marijuana, the debate over legalization of cannabis is about to receive a full airing on the presidential campaign trail.

While Bernie Sanders also supported medicinal use of marijuana and the decriminalization of recreational marijuana, drug policy stayed on the outskirts of the 2016 presidential debate, and growing action at the state level was barely acknowledged.

Read More:http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/13/marijuana-legalization-2020-elections-241576


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Cannabis Activists Bid Farewell to San Diego’s Anti-Pot District Attorney

Category: Politics | Posted on Fri, July, 14th 2017 by THCFinder

Last week, medical cannabis advocates bid farewell to outgoing San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis with a New Orleans-style funeral march, complete with a seven-piece brass jazz band.

Dumanis retired from the position she held for more than 14 years on Friday, July 7.

The demonstration was held outside the county’s Hall of Justice in downtown San Diego, as the prosecutor exited the building among a phalanx of law enforcement personnel. The dozens of police officers, who said they were there on their own time, had assembled for a “ceremonial walkout” to a vintage San Diego police car that then drove Dumanis away.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/cannabis-activists-bid-farewell-to-san-diegos-anti-pot-district-attorney/


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Medical Marijuana Bill Aims to Fight Jeff Sessions' Renewed War on Drugs

Category: Politics | Posted on Mon, June, 19th 2017 by THCFinder

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill on Thursday that would allow state medical marijuana laws to supersede the current federal prohibition on weed. The bill is dubbed the CARERS Act, which stands for the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act.

"The fact is our marijuana laws in America are broken," Democratic Sen. Cory Booker said at the bill's unveiling at the Capitol. "They are savagely broken, and the jagged pieces are hurting American people."

The legislation would allow the varying laws legalizing some form of medical marijuana in 30 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam to stand. When it was introduced in 2015 it was the first ever medical marijuana bill introduced in the U.S. Senate. But times have changed since then.

Read More:http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/medical-marijuana-bill-aims-to-fight-sessions-war-on-drugs-w488311


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Who’s the new drug czar? Here is what he means for marijuana

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, April, 25th 2017 by THCFinder

After months of speculation, President Donald Trump apparently has found drug czar. Congressman Tom Marino, an early and vocal supporter of Trump’s run for the White House, reportedly will be nominated director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

 

 

According to CBS, the first news outlet to  break the news of the pending announcement, reported that “Marino is in the final stages of completing his paperwork and an official announcement is forthcoming.” If true, Marino will resign from his seat in the House, which he has held since 2011.

The position is not a cabinet post, but requires a Senate confirmation. Historically, the ONDCP advises the executive branch on drug-control issues and coordinates activities to combat drug-related issues. The agency’s charter includes fighting to reduce illicit drug use, putting a stop illegal narcotic manufacturing and trafficking, reducing drug-related crime and violence, and improving drug-related health consequences.

Read More:http://www.salon.com/2017/04/23/who-is-the-new-drug-czar-here-is-what-he-means-for-marijuana_partner/


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Pot Advocates Worry Marijuana Protections Are Burning Down Under Trump

Category: Politics | Posted on Sat, April, 22nd 2017 by THCFinder

Marijuana advocates worried that President Donald Trump's administration will crack down on state weed laws used the unofficial holiday celebrating the drug to call for a "joint session" of Congress — pun intended.

The pro-cannabis rights group DCMJ used April 20th — or 4/20 — to organize a free joint giveaway just steps from the Capitol in an effort to encourage Congress to reauthorize an expiring provision preventing the federal government from meddling in medicinal marijuana programs.

Even as approval ratings for legalized marijuana reach new highs, the new administration is pushing for pro-pot policies to go up in smoke.

Read More:http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/pot-advocates-worry-marijuana-protections-are-burning-down-under-trump-n749046


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Trump Cabinet Member Says Weed ‘Not a Factor’ in War on Drugs

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, April, 18th 2017 by THCFinder

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made headlines for his comments on Sunday’s Meet the Press, when he pronounced that marijuana is “not a factor” in the War on Drugs and that solving the nation’s drug problem does not involve “arresting a lot of users.”

Hmm… since when?

If memory serves, the U.S. government has been at war with weed since the 1930s.

Just two days ago, a local public radio station ran an interesting story on the topic:

“The origins of the seemingly eternal War on Drugs can be traced back to one man: Harry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Beginning in 1930s, when America’s attitudes on opioids, cocaine and marijuana were less vitriolic, Anslinger argued for total drug prohibition and severe punishment for offenders.”

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/trump-cabinet-member-says-weed-not-a-factor-in-war-on-drugs/


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