April 14, 2017
More on Canada’s legalization bill. Legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in the country still needs to the passed by Parliament. But its chances look good thanks to prime minster Justin Trudeau’s Liberal majority there. The Washington Post The legislation runs afoul of international drug treaties.
April 13, 2017
Canada to legalize weed! It’s official. The Canadian government has introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. It has two bills: one concerning the regulation of the industry, and another that addresses impaired driving. Those over 18-years-old can possess 30 grams of cannabis (just over one ounce) and can grow up to four plants at home.
April 12, 2017
The next U.S. drug czar. Various outlets report that House rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) is being tapped by the Trump administration to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Marino has previously introduced two bills on drug control — one of them increased collaboration between the DEA and prescription drug distributors.
April 11, 2017
44 members of Congress voice support for medical cannabis. Dozens of House representatives from both sides of the aisle signed an open letter advocating against federal intervention into state medical marijuana laws. The letter was spearheaded by California rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who asked the Commerce, Justice and Science committee to bar the use of federal funds to enforce drug laws in states that have legalized medical cannabis.
April 10, 2017
Personnel is policy. Attorney general Jeff Sessions has not yet announced any policy changes regarding how the Justice Department treats cannabis. But he has brought Steven H. Cook into his inner circle: Cook has been a vocal advocate against criminal justice reforms and his “new perch speaks volumes about where the Justice Department is headed.”
April 7, 2017
Bill to reschedule marijuana introduced in the House. Florida congressman Matt Gaetz introduced legislation to move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III. “This drug should not be in the same category as heroin and LSD, and we do not need to continue with a policy that turns thousands of young people into felons every year,” said Gaetz.
April 6, 2017
Sessions’ task force to review marijuana policies. Attorney general Jeff Sessions’ Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety will review how the Department of Justice enforces marijuana laws, according to a new memo. Its subcommittees will “review existing policies in the areas of charging, sentencing, and marijuana to ensure consistency with the department’s overall strategy on reducing violent crime and with administration goals and priorities.”
April 5, 2017
The TSA and MMJ. The TSA briefly removed a “special instructions” icon in its guide instructing travelers about what they can bring on airplanes. In an older app, marijuana is marked with a yellow “special instructions” icon. Earlier today, the TSA’s website marked medical marijuana with a “Yes.”
April 4, 2017
Governors to Trump admin: Leave legal weed alone. The governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington (which all have state-legal, adult-use markets) wrote a letter to attorney general Jeff Sessions and treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin imploring them to leave their cannabis programs alone. The Associated Press A marijuana policy advisor to the Colorado governor said that changing federal enforcement would interrupt collaboration with local law enforcement and the federal government.
April 3, 2017
DEA asks Colorado for info on marijuana crimes. An email from a DEA supervisor said it was seeking information on cannabis investigations “for the new administration.” But a spokesperson for the Colorado attorney general’s office downplayed the significance of the email, emphasizing its frequent collaboration with the DEA on prosecuting criminal cases: “This email was clearly discussing current criminal cases not policy.”