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8. California congresswoman introduces new bill to protect cannabis industry from federal intrusion
(Link to this blog entry is here.)
This article talks about California Representative Barbara Lee introducing a House bill that would protect the cannabis industry in states that have already legalized the drug from too much federal intrusion. The proposed legislation, called the Restraining Excessive Federal Enforcement & Regulations of Cannabis (REFER) Act of 2018, would keep federal authorities from interfering in state and local marijuana laws.
Congresswoman Lee’s new bill comes as a response to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ earlier move to junk the Cole Memorandum. The Cole Memo is a policy instituted by the administration of Former President Barack Obama that places low priority on the enforcement of federal cannabis laws in legalized states. To put it simply, this policy serves to avoid conflict between the federal government and the state government as far as cannabis legislation is concerned.
The REFER Act would forbid the use of federal resources just to arrest, detain, sentence, prosecute, or initiate civil proceedings against individuals or businesses that is involved in state-legal cannabis.
An Australian, /u/z0anthr0pe, encouraged Americans to vote Jeff Sessions out. The user pointed out that whatever happens to the legislation in the country would affect how legalization would unfold in the rest of the world.
Others ridiculed Sessions:
- mkmlls743: Jeff sessions looks like the weasel that helps his friends steal his sisters underwear.
- ThreeTokes: He is a man of principle? He literally said good people don(‘)t smoke pot. He has no principles.
- xix_le_soleil: He’s not misinformed. It’s intentional. He’s joked he liked the KKK until he found out they smoked pot. The War on Drugs historically was and currently is deeply racist. The War on Drugs was literally started to destroy black society and the anti-war hippies. Sessions is just one more in a long line of despicable, awful American politicians who have no qualms about harming American citizens — especially if they’re black or brown.
- z0anthr0pe: Piss off Sessions, you’re an arsehole. Hopefully Barb’s bill makes it through.
Another user, /u/Texastexastexas1, noticed something else: “They need to add an extra E in the acronym. Seriously…..REFER? It should be REEFER.”
9. New Hampshire’s House of Representatives Approve Proposal to Legalize Recreational Cannabis
(Link to the article is here.)
New Hampshire’s House of Representatives already approved a measure that leads to the legalization of adult-use cannabis in the state. Members of the House voted 207-139 in support of House Bill 656, which seeks to legalize the cultivation and the possession of weed for recreational purposes.
The proposed legislation allows residents of the state to grow up to three marijuana plants for personal use and to carry up to three-fourths of an ounce of the drug. The House, however, amended the bill to exclude the retail sales of cannabis.
Like in other jurisdictions where they are just starting their move to legalize cannabis, there is a lot of doubt as to whether legal pot would immediately be available.
Others talked about current New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu and how they think he’s going to railroad everything. One user, /u/greentintedlenses even shared a link to Sununu’s campaign contributors. This shows that he got donations from alcohol, tobacco and big pharmaceutical companies, all of which are going to suffer if cannabis were legalized.
Meanwhile, /u/Bladelaw encouraged people to just voice out their opinions to their representatives.
10. Kentucky Pushes for Medical Cannabis Legalization
(Link to the article is here.)
This blog entry is about how Kentucky residents with certain medical conditions would soon be allowed to use cannabis for treatment after a bill seeking to legalize medical cannabis was officially presented to the House of Representatives.
Democratic Rep. John Sims is the primary sponsor of House Bill 166, while Rep. Alan Gentry is the cosponsor. According to Sims, he supports the bill because studies have shown that the consumption of medical cannabis can effectively treat certain medical conditions and alleviate symptoms.
One user, /u/hawaiin_punch, noted that Kentucky is an ideal place to grow marijuana because of the humidity. Meanwhile, /u/unmistakablyvague voiced out his doubts in a humorous way:
“29 states have legalized medical Marijuana. Probably not enough since KY likes to be last in the country for most things. I’d like to eat my words about this though.”
Meanwhile, /u/ILikeBubblesinMyWine said that legalizing cannabis would free up resources that the state uses to prosecute petty criminals and that the authorities have a lot of things to worry about than those who smoke weed.
Then we have /u/otisfranklin174 who lamented that Governor Matt Bevin is not only against cannabis legalization, but grossly misinformed as well.
“It would have to have a Veto-proof majority. Gov. Bevin is notoriously anti-pot. He recently said on a radio show that he would never legalize pot because he wouldn’t want people overdosing, which is almost impossible to do. Meanwhile, we are in the heart of the opioid crisis. There is a reason that Eastern Kentucky has become known as “pillbilly” country. I hope that this bill gets enough support to go over our ignorant governor and passes.”