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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 Instead, the federal government continues to carry out practices that are out of date and, as Hatch says, do more harm than good.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.

 

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They Stated It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Half CLXXIII

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This week, Kevin Sabet, the chief of the anti-pot propaganda group Sensible Approaches to Marijuana, said the above relating to Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act (“MJA”). The MJA would each finish federal hashish prohibition and require the federal authorities to punish states that proceed to arrest minorities for hashish crimes at disproportionate charges by withholding cash for jails, prisons, and different tasks.

Does that sound like a remake of “huge tobacco” to you? And the way will this invoice help huge canna in a method that different measures wouldn’t? Is the hashish business actually headed towards a “massive tobacco” mannequin? Is commercialization inherently flawed, particularly if it helps result in laws that requires expunging legal data and eradicating felony penalties? For a higly entertaining and insightful tackle huge canna, take a look at this YouTube video.

 

 

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They Stated It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Half CLXXI

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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s quote — as one would anticipate — is extraordinarily rational. There isn’t a purpose for hashish to be unlawful now, nor for it to have been made unlawful within the first place. As deGrasse Tyson factors out, alcohol is authorized and it has extra recognized well being detriments than hashish. Equally, tobacco is authorized, and that too is extra detrimental to at least one’s well being than hashish. Protecting hashish unlawful is irrational and unscientific. We aren’t calling for prohibiting alcohol or cigarettes. We’re right here although to make use of them as a foundation for legalizing hashish.

And if a fantastic scientist sees the rationality in that, are we off base in questioning why our authorities can’t?

 

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Hashish Legalization: How Dangerous is Jeff Periods?

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President Trump spent a while attacking Jeff Periods on Twitter in July. There are many the reason why that was a nasty factor. You don’t need the chief of the chief department attacking the chief regulation enforcement officer within the nation for failing to face in the best way of an investigation into that chief. However for those who briefly ignore the threats to democracy, it was fairly enjoyable watching Periods get metaphorically slapped round. Mr. “Good individuals don’t smoke marijuana” was solely capable of come again with a lame remark that Trump’s conduct was “type of hurtful” whereas nonetheless calling him a “robust chief.” Present some spine.

Regardless of the assaults, it seems to be like Periods is sticking round, which suggests we’ve got to proceed guessing how his Division of Justice goes to deal with marijuana. On that entrance, there’s some dangerous information and a few probably excellent news.

On the adverse entrance, the Huffington Publish uncovered a letter Periods despatched to Washington Governor Jay Inslee on July 24. In that letter, which was in response to varied requests to Periods from Inslee and others that Periods reaffirm the validity of the Cole Memo, Periods doesn’t deviate from the Cole Memo. As an alternative, he cherry picks knowledge and presents statistics in a method that negatively displays on Washington’s marijuana regulatory system. The overwhelming majority of his criticisms are unfair or are outright deceptive.

This publish isn’t a very good place to refute every of his arguments, however listed here are a few of the highlights. He states that Washington’s medical marijuana system is taken into account “gray” resulting from a scarcity of regulation. However his info dates again to 2014 — Washington folded medical marijuana into its regulated system in 2015. He claims that 90% of the “public security violations” that happen in Washington contain minors. However it’s because Washington teams its violations into 4 classes, and all violations involving minors are within the “public security” class. Different violations which might be extra widespread are in different classes. Moreover, a proportion with none reference to the entire is meaningless — referring to the 90% irrespective of the entire is purposefully deceptive. Lastly, he stupidly claims Washington State isn’t nicely regulated as a result of the main regulatory violation is “failure to make the most of and/or keep traceability.” If the state is policing traceability a lot that it’s persistently nailing companies for any deviation from the regulation, that’s the definition of robustly regulating an business. Regulatory enforcement isn’t proof of a scarcity of regulation — it’s the reverse.

My agency’s hashish legal professionals have since 2010 represented shoppers everywhere in the nation, and from this I can inform you that Washington State tends to have the hardest laws and the strictest enforcement. The concept Washington isn’t robustly regulating the hashish business is laughable. If Jeff Periods needs to assault the rules of the Cole Memo, he ought to simply do it as an alternative of hiding behind weak accusations that Washington is violating its tenets.

However that is the place the potential excellent news is available in, or at the least a cause why Periods is making an attempt to sofa his arguments inside the phrases of the Cole Memo. Sitting on Periods’s desk proper now’s a report from his personal Process Drive on Crime Discount and Public Security. The Division of Justice hasn’t launched that report, however the Related Press received a replica of it, and opposite to expectations, the Process Drive does not advocate any modifications to present DOJ coverage within the Cole Memo. That is sensible in fact. Even should you hate marijuana, the Division of Justice doesn’t have a limiteless price range. Each penny and each man-hour devoted to marijuana is taken away from opioids, terrorism, violent crime, and so on. If the states are usually not appearing as companions in federal regulation enforcement, why would the feds use assets to focus on marijuana companies and their clients in these states?

However it doesn’t matter what coverage the Division of Justice finally ends up pursuing, Periods won’t ever again down on the marijuana rhetoric. “Medicine are dangerous” are ingrained in his id, as they’ve been in each hippie-hating conservative politician since Nixon. Marijuana utilization, homosexuality, and various life which are indicative of somebody being an “different” are anathema to the Periods dream of Americana. However as demographics and polling present us, there are much more of us than there are of him.

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They Stated It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Half CLXIX

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This week, Republican lawmakers blocked the “Veterans Equal Entry” modification from the Veteran Affairs (VA) division’s funding invoice for the approaching yr. This modification proposed VA docs contemplate medical hashish as a potential ache reliever for sufferers in states with authorized medical marijuana and advise sufferers accordingly. VA docs are at present not permitted to advocate (and even talk about) medical marijuana, regardless that many veterans use hashish as an alternative choice to opioids for aid of PTSD and ache.

We have now been writing since 2015 concerning the situation of veterans’ entry to medical hashish and sadly little or no has modified since then. Our veterans deserve higher. That is certainly a matter of life and demise and but our authorities won’t act. How unhappy.