Plan To Keep The Feds From Raiding Cannabis Businesses

Rep. Jared Polis has a plan to keep the feds from Prosecuting and raiding Cannabis businesses in states that have voted to legalize the drug. The Colorado Democrat hopes to attach an amendment to Congress’ annual spending bill for the U.S. Department of Justice that would essentially tie Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ hands when it comes to using federal funds to go after states following their own marijuana rules. The McClintock-Polis Amendment, named after Polis and Rep. Tom McClintock, R-California, is the best bet to keep Sessions from turning negative comments about marijuana into raids and prosecutions related to the drug, Polis said, adding that he’s “very confident… we’ll have a majority and pass this amendment when we have a chance to bring it to the floor.”

The New York State Assembly’s budget legislation includes a provision to decriminalize public possession of a small quantity of marijuana. This measure would end the current practice of branding such minor offenders with a life-long criminal record. This legislation would also seal records concerning old convictions for marijuana possession, thereby improving the chances that individuals can obtain gainful employment and move ahead to a successful, productive life.

An Arkansas House committee Wednesday advanced a bill to ban medical marijuana in food or drink products. The panel also advanced a bill to ban smoking medical marijuana in certain locations and rejected a measure to allow cities and counties to pass medical-marijuana regulations. House Bill 1392 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum, R-Springdale, would ban the manufacture, sale or use of food or drink products containing marijuana. A patient or a caregiver of a patient authorized to use medical marijuana would be allowed to put the drug in food or drink for personal use under the bill. HB 1400 by Lundstrum, would ban smoking medical marijuana any place where tobacco smoking is not allowed or in the presence of a person under age 14, in a vehicle, in the presence of a woman the smoker knows is pregnant, or in a place where smoking the drug likely would cause a person not authorized to use marijuana to be under the influence of marijuana, such as a small, enclosed space. The bill also would ban anyone under age 21 from smoking medical marijuana.

A joint resolution adopted today by the European Parliament of the European Union, condemned the brutal drug war slaughter facilitated by President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. The resolution notes that “over 7,000 drug-related killings by the police and vigilantes have been reported since President Duterte took office,” and that he “has vowed to continue his anti-drug campaign until the end of the presidential term in 2022.” The European Parliament “strongly urges the Philippine authorities and military to strictly adhere to international humanitarian law” to “put an end to extrajudicial killings related to the anti-drug campaign.” In a related development, Philippine Rep. Gary Alejano accused the President of culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption, bribery and other high crimes related to killings linked to his war on drugs and allegations he kept secret bank accounts.

The president of the industrial supply company Uline offered her ill-informed comments on marijuana on her company’s most recent newsletter. “Have the politicians gone mad?” asks Liz Uihlein. Referring to inactive metabolites that do not cause impairment, Uihlein warns, “Marijuana stays in your system for at least 5 days. This can affect Uline warehouse employees who go up 30 feet in the air to pick products off the shelves.” Uihlein reveals she knows less about marijuana than, “your children or grandchildren, who may be busy telling you it’s safer than alcohol,” which is objectively true. Uihlein concludes that marijuana is “bad news” and that “it remains a gateway drug,” which science has concluded it never was. Legal marijuana businesses may want to reconsider their choice of industrial suppliers.

Somebody donated a lot more than they intended to the Goodwill in Monroe, Washington, last week. Goodwill employees got a surprise when they opened a donated cooler and found marijuana. Monroe police were called in to investigate. “(The) employees were surprised when they opened the lid,” the police said in a tweet. The Monroe Police Department said the cooler contained 3.75 pounds of pot, with an estimated street value of $24,000. Police said Goodwill was examining its surveillance video to see if it can find an image of the person who may have dropped off the cooler.