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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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Republicans Quietly Admit Medical Pot Is Here to Stay

Category: Politics | Posted on Sat, March, 4th 2017 by THCFinder

No medical marijuana patient’s garden was too small for Asa Hutchinson. Under Hutchinson, who served as the administrator for the DEA under George W. Bush from August 2001 to January 2003, the nation’s drug cops raided cannabis grows with as few as six plants.

Once the windowsill-sized gardens were wiped out, their gardeners went to prison—even if they were demonstrably sick medical marijuana patients, and even if it required some legal trickery.

To trigger plant-count-based mandatory minimums, Justice Department prosecutors would add up the number of marijuana plants grown over a period of several years. This meant growers in California could be in constant compliance with state law, but if they grew 33 plants a year for three years or more, it meant prison time in a federal bust.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/republicans-quietly-admit-medical-pot-is-here-to-stay/


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Trump Vows to Win War on Drugs, But Doesn’t Mention Marijuana

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, March, 2nd 2017 by THCFinder

Trump Vows to Win War on Drugs, But Doesn’t Mention Marijuana by Phillip Smith

Phillip Smiths, one of my favorite and most prolific writers on the drug war, latest piece examines last nights Presidential inaugural address to Congress in which Trump vows to win war on drugs, but doesn’t mention marijuana. I encourage all of our readers to follow Phillip and his writing at StoptheDrugWar.org

In his inaugural address to Congress Tuesday night, President Trump echoed the ghosts of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan—not to mention Miguel Cervantes—as he vowed to defeat drugs.

 

If there is a silver lining, his ire appears directed at heroin and other hard drugs. The word “marijuana” did not appear once in his speech.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/trump-vows-to-win-war-on-drugs/


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Jeff Sessions Breaks Silence on Pot Policy

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, February, 28th 2017 by THCFinder

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will try to adopt “responsible policies” for enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday, adding that he believes violence surrounds sales and use of the drug in the U.S.

In a meeting with reporters, Sessions said the department was reviewing an Obama administration Justice Department memo that gave states flexibility in passing marijuana laws.

“Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think,” Sessions said.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/jeff-sessions-breaks-silence-on-pot-policy/


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