A bill with bipartisan support introduced in Congress this week is finally tolling the death knell for cannabis prohibition. By removing a notorious legal contradiction, the legislation would give precedence to state marijuana laws—making federal enforcement a thing of the past in states where medical and recreational weed are legal.
While its brevity is astonishing—without the obligatory title pomp, it would struggle to take up a single page—the legislation is capable of ending perhaps the most contentious provision in the ubiquitous War on Drugs. Simply titled the “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015,” the bill introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has incredible potential for substantial reform that makes its passage of paramount importance.
It’s becoming harder and harder in 2015 to demonize weed in the way that they did back in the 1950’s. Implying that it will destroy your body and that it destroys communities. i think this demonstrated very well earlier this week at a House Judiciary committee on police reform.
John Iadarola (Think Tank) and Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick) discuss the details of the story. Should pot be considered the same type of drug as heroin or crack cocaine? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
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“A Wisconsin sheriff stunned a congressman on Tuesday by refusing to say that marijuana was less destructive to society than methamphetamine or cocaine.
During a House Judiciary hearing on police reform, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) briefly questioned Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke about his views on drugs.
“You said that illegal drug use is the scourge of the black community and it is a problem and leads to a great deal of violent crime. Would you agree that marijuana possession is not the scourge of the black community and does not lead to violent crime the same way that meth, crack cocaine, and heroin do?” he asked the sheriff.
“No, I wouldn’t agree with that at all,” Clarke replied.
“Well, that’s interesting, and I wish I had more time to talk to you,” Cohen said. “Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.”
“It was such an obvious answer — I just never thought I’d get that answer,” he added with a laugh.”
Democratic Senator Mike Gravel, who represented Alaska in the 1970s, said on Wednesday he would head a Nevada company that develops and markets cannabis throat lozenges and other products in states that have taken steps to legalize weed.
The company said in a statement that Gravel, 84, will run KUSH, a subsidiary of publicly traded Cannabis Sativa Incorporated, where Gravel previously served for nine months on the board of directors. Gravel’s appointment comes two months after Alaska and Oregon voted to legalize marijuana use for recreational purposes in ballot initiatives that would usher in a network of retail shops, similar to those operating in Washington state and Colorado.
Video surfaced last week of an unidentified motorist being pulled over by an Ankeny officer, who is also currently unidentified. The driver was stopped for not having his headlights on and the interaction with the officer was benign at first, with the officer simply giving the man a warning.
However, the officer apparently noticed the driver had disc golf equipment inside the car and immediately asked him about the sport after returning the man’s identification.
“You play frisbee golf?” the officer asked. “I do,” the man replied, “a lot actually, I play over at Heritage.”
“Okay, I need you to answer me a question. Why is it that everybody that plays Frisbee golf smokes weed?” the officer then asked.
“It’s not everybody,” the driver responded, but the officer pressed on. “It’s everybody, man. You can’t tell me you never smoked weed.”
CARSON CITY, Nevada — After 13 years of waiting, medical marijuana patients in Nevada will soon have a legal way to obtain the drug without growing it themselves.
Brian Sandoval with his bong
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval now know as “Zig Zag Man” signed SB374 into law Wednesday evening. The measure establishes the framework to make pot available to medical marijuana card holders, and imposes fees and requirements for growers, processors and dispensaries. It also contains provisions to continue to allow home-growing until 2016.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has been named vice chairman of the Western Governors’ Association.
The first-term Republican “Zig Zag Man” Brian Sandoval was elected by his peers during the organization’s annual meeting held over the weekend in Park City, Utah.
Sandoval says he’s honored for the opportunity.
Established in 1984, the association includes governors from 19 Western states, two Pacific-flag territories and one commonwealth.
Members share ideas, concerns and approaches to dealing with issues unique to the West.