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‘Drugs and crime go together.’ Attorney general Jeff Sessions continues to argue that drugs and crime are closely linked. In a speech he gave in Memphis, Tenn. he argued that a recent “surge” in violent crime was tied to a decrease in drug prosecutions by the Obama administration.
Study indicates CBD’s effectiveness. The first “rigorous test” of a plant-derived CBD drug on epilepsy was a success for GW Pharmaceuticals — the manufacturers of the drug called Epidiolex. A study published Wednesday found that CBD reduced the number of seizures in epileptic children. The Associated Press The trial involved 120 patients.
President Donald Trump called Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte in April to congratulate him on his anti-drug campaign. In a transcript of the call obtained by The Intercept, Trump says: “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job [you are doing] on the drug problem.
On Wednesday, Vermont could’ve become the first state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana through the legislature. But Republican governor Phil Scott vetoed the legislation, which was the first of its kind to be passed by a state legislature. While that version of the bill is dead, Scott suggested changes
Vermont governor vetoes legalization bill. The state could’ve become the first in the nation to legalize cannabis through the legislature. But Republican governor Phil Scott vetoed a historic marijuana legalization bill. Scott said he was not “philosophically opposed” to adult-use legalization but was concerned about highway and child safety.
White House will keep the ONDCP. The Trump administration was considering a 95 percent budget cut for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. After backlash from members of Congress, the White House will propose small cuts to the drug-free communities program (a $3 million cut) and high-intensity drug trafficking program (a $6 million cut).
Veterans appeal to Trump for medical marijuana. The American Legion, a conservative veterans’ group, is appealing to the Trump administration to reclassify cannabis to open up research on the drug. It has requested a meeting with Jared Kushner to “seek support from the president” on the issue. The national director for veterans affairs for the organization said,
States continue with criminal justice reforms. While attorney general Jeff Sessions pursues a policy to incarcerate more people for longer sentences, states are moving ahead with the opposite strategy. More than 30 states have taken steps to reduce incarceration rates, like investing in drug treatment programs. The New York Times Louisiana is poised to pass a historic criminal justice overhaul in an effort to reduce its incarceration rate —
Cannabis at the Capitol. A bipartisan group of 11 lawmakers are co-sponsoring a bill to end federal prohibition. Introduced in February, House rep. Thomas Garrett (R-Va.) held a press conference on the legislation, explaining how he came around to the issue. Formerly a criminal prosecutor who enforced marijuana laws “quite vigorously,”
Criticism of Sessions comes from all corners. Criticism of attorney general Jeff Sessions is mounting after his memo bringing back harsh drug sentencing. A former federal prosecutor and judge say the policies “led to scandalous racial disparities. They have caused untold misery at great expense. And they have not made us safer.”
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