June 23, 2017
CBC says no to Trump meeting. “[The Trump] administration has taken actions that cause legitimate alarm among members of this caucus and the millions of Americans we represent,” wrote rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Richmond cited attorney general Jeff Sessions’ return to harsher drug-war policies “that will continue to wreck the Black community”
June 22, 2017
The black market is booming. A new report from the UN’s office on drugs and crime found that the global market for illicit drugs is on the upswing: “Drug trafficking seems to have increased slightly in 2015 and some drug markets, particularly the cocaine and synthetic drugs markets,
June 21, 2017
Officer who shot black motorist blames marijuana. The dashcam video of the shooting of Philando Castile has been released, but doesn’t show what happened in the car. Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted last week, and he testified that Castile ignored his commands. Now, a newly released transcript reveals that Yanez told investigators that the smell of cannabis was part of the reason why he considered Castile a threat.
June 20, 2017
Who holds the DEA accountable? No one, really. A recent story dove into a massacre of a border town sparked by a DEA operation. But when confronted with the evidence of its role in the tragedy, the agency insisted that “this is not a story where the DEA has blood on its hands.”
June 19, 2017
Jeff Sessions on drug policy. The attorney general penned an op-ed defending his reversal of an Obama-era Justice Department policy that moved away from harsh mandatory minimums. He cited a recent uptick in violent crime and the opioid crisis as reasons to pursue harsh sentences for drug offenses.
June 15, 2017
Reintroducing the CARERS Act. A bipartisan group of senators are reintroducing the CARERS Act — legislation that aims to protect state-legal medical marijuana. The bill would offer a more permanent solution for protecting state medical cannabis laws that currently rely on the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment (which must be renewed every year).
June 14, 2017
Sessions against cannabis. Attorney general Jeff Sessions cited the case of marijuana trafficking out of Colorado in his request to Congress to crack down on state medical marijuana programs. “[Traffickers] often find a place for themselves within state regulatory systems,” wrote Sessions. Such cases will potentially fuel “anti-cannabis moves by industry opponents.”
June 13, 2017
Sessions asked Congress to undo MMJ protections. “It is not the attorney general’s job to decide what laws to enforce,” said Sessions at his confirmation hearing. But there’s one he really doesn’t want to enforce: The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment. The appropriations rider restricts the Justice Department from spending money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws.
June 12, 2017
Live with pain or lose your job. A medical marijuana patient in New Jersey suffering from dystonia sued Ocean City after he was suspended from his job as a firefighter. He only used cannabis during his off hours. “In his 20 years on the job, which included taking part in recovery efforts after 9/11,
June 9, 2017
Federal judges rule in favor of pro-marijuana group. Judges at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Tippecanoe county, Indiana violated Higher Fellowship’s First-Amendment rights when it denied the group permission to hold a rally with its “closed forum” policy. An attorney for the ACLU argued on behalf of the group that the county could not pick and choose which political messages it deems appropriate.