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New cannabis banking bill. House rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) introduced the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act) on Thursday. The legislation would allow financial institutions to serve the cannabis industry without fearing federal regulators. Currently, cannabis companies have difficulties accessing financial services and conduct their business in cash.
Colorado governor talks pot with Sessions. Governor John Hickenlooper had a meeting with Jeff Sessions, and said the attorney general is “very concerned” about drug consumption and “feels strongly” that increased marijuana use is unhealthy for the country. Hickenlooper said Sessions didn’t give him “any reason to think that he’s going to come down and suddenly try to put everyone out of business.”
National prosecutors against weed. The National District Attorneys Association has released a paper detailing its position on marijuana policy: it suggests that the federal government enforce prohibition consistently across the country, despite local pot laws. It also asserts that marijuana legalization “increases youth access,” despite state-level data that show no increase in youth consumption.
Trudeau talks legal weed. Takeaways from the Canadian prime minister’s town hall event include: no plans to decriminalize other drugs, Canada’s medical marijuana program will stay the same, and the recreational market will likely be dominated by larger corporations. Trudeau evaded questions about pardoning people for pot charges.
Police drop charges for D.C. activists. Of the eight activists arrested in a D.C. joint giveaway, all but two had their charges dropped. Advocates thought they were being charged under federal law. Instead, they are being charged for violating D.C. law, which prohibits possession of more than two ounces of marijuana.
Word on the Tree was out West last week for the High Times Cannabis Cup (among other festivities). In lieu of our typical Friday dispatch, here’s a special weekend edition to catch you up on the 4/20 media frenzy.
Jeff Sessions hasn’t made any marijuana policy changes yet.
It’s 4/20! The weed holiday is here. While the day will surely be filled with celebrations, some advocates hope that the pro-cannabis festivities will spur activism in the age of Trump. “Should they view the pot-smoker’s holiday as a chance to show strength? Or should they lie relatively low in the hopes of not attracting unwanted attention that could spur a crackdown?”
Survey: Americans think cannabis is safer than opioids. Two-thirds of respondents to a recent survey said that prescription pain pills are “riskier” to use than marijuana. About one in five saw cannabis as more dangerous than drugs like Vicodin or OxyContin. The Associated Press Cannabis has potential to help fight the opioid epidemic.
Promising data on cannabis from Colorado. The number of citations issued for driving under the influence of marijuana have dropped more than 33 percent in the first quarter of this year (compared to last year).”Are the citations going down? Yeah,” said a spokesperson for the state patrol. “But is the number of people using marijuana and then driving going down?
Prospective drug czar’s ties to Big Pharma. House rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) is widely reported to be the Trump administration’s pick for drug czar. During his political career, Marino has received more money from the pharmaceutical industry than any other sector. His “signature legislative accomplishment is a bill that shielded prescription opioid distributors from law enforcement scrutiny,”
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