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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLXXXIV

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Republican Tom Garrett makes a great point here. Cannabis is an issue but it isn’t the biggest issue. The bigger issue is that the federal government’s cannabis prohibition restricts our personal and economic freedoms. What’s worse is that this prohibition is built on misunderstandings and longstanding bias, as well as ignorance regarding the increasing body of research on the benefits of cannabis. We’re not solely talking personal use, either. The federal government not only limits its citizens from being able to consume cannabis for any purpose, it also limits the types of enterprises into which its citizens can go and the economic benefits cannabis could provide to the country as a whole.

As we so often say on here, we do not care nearly as much about how someone personally feels about cannabis as we do about how they view whether others ought to be allowed to use cannabis free of government interference. There are plenty of people who do not believe cannabis is for them and yet believe it should be fully legal. We embrace those people because our goal is not to convince everyone that cannabis is great, but merely to convince just about everyone that those who seek to use cannabis should be allowed to do so legally and — even ideally — without stigma.

Plain and simple: prohibiting cannabis puts a limit on freedom. And that just isn’t okay. And this is true no matter how you feel about cannabis.

Do you agree?

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLXXXIII

Senator Booker nails it again. Though the Trump Administration acts like cannabis is a big, scary drug, the majority of Americans view cannabis as completely normal. Cannabis isn’t simply consumed by “stoners” or “criminals,” but by the girl next door, your grandma, veterans who risked their lives for your country, your congressional leaders even. Yet cannabis remains stigmatized, along with those who use it. And what exemplifies this stigma more than cannabis’ federally illegal status and classification as a Schedule I substance?

As Booker says, our criminal justice laws need to catch up to our society. What good do those laws do us if they don’t represent us?

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLXXXII

Cannabis Law

Though it would be best if cannabis were just legalized nationwide, Brownfield’s support for state-level experiments is certainly better than nothing, particularly if that does lead to reclassification. The current administration seeks to stand in the way of state experimentation (despite supposedly supporting states’ rights!), while Brownfield believes experimentation with legal cannabis at the state level is tied to the democracy of our country.

And it is.

Do you agree?

 

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLXXXI

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Representative Blumenauer provides a great overview here on the current political climate regarding opioids and cannabis. The Trump Administration claims to be working on solutions for the opioid crisis but seems too blinded by the stigma of cannabis to consider it as a viable solution. Research increasingly shows cannabis is at least a partial solution for opioid addiction, but the federal government remains immovable on cannabis.

We have to keep pushing until the politicians get on board.

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLXXIX

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Republican Senator Gardner makes a good point. The small amount of research the federal government has permitted has shown many ways cannabis is medically useful, yet barriers to research continue. Gardner is one of several senators who support the Marijuana Effective Drug Studies (MEDS) Act to remove barriers to cannabis research.

It would be helpful for everyone. It’s simple and it’s necessary. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to medicine and health.

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Is California Cannabis Coming to a Place Near You?

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Attend your local california cannabis hearings

One of the first questions clients usually ask our California cannabis lawyers is “where can I operate or expand my cannabis business?” That is because even though Californians voted for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (a/k/a AUMA or Prop 64) California counties and cities are free to enact their own restrictions on cannabis businesses operating within their jurisdiction.

If you’ve been reading our California Cannabis Countdown series you know that to get a California State cannabis license you first need a license from your local city or county. Further complicating things is that prior to enactment of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015 (MCRSA), many cannabis businesses were operating in an unregulated gray market or with tacit approval from their local government because few jurisdictions had their own medical cannabis ordinances and permitting processes in place. When the MCRSA and AUMA passed, most local jurisdictions created their own licensing processes so as to be able to receive a portion of California’s cannabis licensing fees and taxes.

Last week I spoke to the Marin County Bar Association on cannabis ordinances in Marin County and its municipalities. Except for Fairfax, the rest of Marin is generally not friendly towards medical cannabis. If you’re asking why I’m not talking about adult-use cannabis it’s because you’ve got to crawl before you can walk and Marin’s still figuring out how to crawl when it comes to cannabis. Both Marin County and its cities are still contemplating whether to allow medical cannabis; adult use cannabis is most likely quite some time away.

When a California city or county is trying to decide whether to allow cannabis businesses within their jurisdiction, the first thing they do is hold public hearings, with notice of the hearing made online or in the local paper. If your local government has a relevant listserv, I recommend you sign up as that’s the easiest way to stay informed. Our California cannabis attorneys regularly attend public hearings to advocate for our clients and for the cannabis industry and here is our top five list of what you should do if you would like to see your jurisdiction adopt reasonable/favorable cannabis regulations:

  1. Show up. You know the old saying about how 80% of life is showing up? Well, if you want your local jurisdiction to adopt reasonable cannabis regulations you need to show up to these hearings and voice your support – in large numbers.
  2. Be reasonable. Talk to your neighbors and local businesses. Maybe you’ll find out that a dispensary will be heavily opposed but the community is open to manufacturing, testing, and deliveries.
  3. Know your facts. Your local councilman or supervisor probably has a full-time job; most are volunteers with family obligations and work deadlines. They don’t have time to delve into the weeds (pun intended) of the cannabis industry. They want to be informed so let them know what they can expect in tax revenue. How about crime statistics in similar localities? What percentage of local residents voted for Prop 64? They probably don’t have this information so provide it to them. Help them so they can help you.
  4. Parking and traffic. Besides parking garage owners, no one likes a shortage of public parking. If you’re hoping your jurisdiction adopts a dispensary ordinance make sure you address parking and traffic.
  5. SHOW UP! I mention it twice because it’s that important. Time and time again, we’ve seen local legislators get cold feet because naysayers show up to public hearings in full force while proponents stay at home. You need to be there to balance the scales.

The California state agencies that will issue licenses (Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Food and Agriculture, and Department of Public Health) can only do so if your local jurisdiction allows it. Don’t take for granted that your local legislators will allow cannabis businesses in your town. Activism has been a hallmark of the cannabis industry for a long time and if you want to see cannabis businesses (either medical or adult-use) in your jurisdiction of choice, it could very well be up to you to help achieve that.

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLXXVIII

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Dr. Oz is correct to describe the status of medical marijuana in this country as hypocrisy. The Trump administration claims to want to fix the opioid epidemic and yet they refuse to loosen their grip on cannabis laws even just enough to permit further research. One need not support full cannabis legalization to support scientific research on cannabis; one simply needs to respect the opinions of over half the citizens of the country and the scientific data that already exists.

So, does the federal government really want to exhaust all possibilities to try to solve the opioid epidemic? It sure doesn’t seem like it.

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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part CLXXVII

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Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch proves again that seeing value in cannabis regulation is not a partisan issue. As he points out, the federal government’s lack of support for states’ rights and cannabis regulation hangs the states out to dry and leaves cannabis users without proper information on safety, dosing, and quality. Instead, the federal government continues to carry out practices that are out of date and, as Hatch says, do more harm than good.

It’s time for the federal government to step out of the way and let the states lead.

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They Stated It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Half CLXXVI

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D’Amato is true, in fact, and he isn’t the primary to say this. Lawyer Common Jeff Periods can’t rid himself of his anti-pot prejudices regardless that his holding on to them immediately contradicts his beforehand held place supporting states’ rights. Supporting states rights means you consider the states (not the federal authorities) ought to determine on issues like hashish legalization, whether or not you want these selections or not.

D’Amato’s quote highlights how hashish isn’t a partisan problem as he belongs to the similar political celebration as does Periods. Methinks one among these two politicians is a hypocrite with regards to pot. Are you able to guess which one?

 

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They Stated It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Half CLXXV

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Consultant Rohrabacher couldn’t be extra proper. It’s damaging to have a authorities allegedly striving to unravel the opioid disaster and but at each flip tries to disclaim the usefulness of medical marijuana in engaging in this. Greater than half the states have legalized medical hashish and lots of have decriminalized or legalized leisure hashish and this demonstrates that the opinion of People is altering about hashish. The individuals see its medicinal and financial worth and are asking for change, but the present administration has rejected the requests of the individuals and denied the science behind hashish’ efficacy as drugs, and all due to paranoid propaganda.

Legalization is the place we’re heading, whether or not our authorities likes it or not.