Even though cannabusinesses are legal in many parts of the country – for recreational users in Washington and Colorado and medicinal patients in 16 other states – banks and credit card companies discriminate against them by refusing to do business with them. As this CNN video explains, this discrimination could... Read More »
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Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles mayoral frontrunner and councilman, has been calling on the federal government to reclassify marijuana and finally accept the fact that marijuana has medicinal properties. “I think the federal government should do that swiftly and end some of that hypocrisy on the use of marijuana as a medicine” Garcetti told Huffington Post.
According to Matt Taibbi, in his latest Rolling Stone exposé on the banking and financial industry “Too Big to Jail,” HSBC “helped to wash hundreds of millions of dollars for drug mobs, including Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel,” and also “moved money for organizations linked to Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, and for... Read More »
The automatic budget cuts set for Friday would have countless effects, but could actually hinder the federal drug war. If allowed to occur, the cuts would cost the DEA $166 million of its $2.02 billion budget. Other federal agencies involved in the drug war would lose a combined $255 million.
Although Massachusetts is now the 18th state to allow medical marijuana, an agriculture professor at UMass Amherst who studies medicinal plants has been trying for over ten years to get permission from the federal government to grow cannabis for medical research.
At a town hall meeting, Rep. Blumenauer stated that he supports marijuana law reform in Oregon, and that the state should treat marijuana the same way it treats alcohol. He also added, ”The point is that the federal government shouldn’t get in the way of what voters decide in Oregon, Colorado or anywhere else.”
I introduced the topic of legal interpretative theory here and began the discussion of one of the views, Textualism, here. I have explained that victories in Cannabis reform are threatened by Living Document Theory (LDT), and I have introduced the standard that I think we should use, Textualism. Now I wish to explain some more... Read More »
Today’s New York Times includes a feature story about California medical marijuana provider Matthew Davies, who federal prosecutors are pressuring to accept a five-year mandatory minimum as a plea agreement. Federal authorities indicted Matthew last year on charges of marijuana cultivation, calling him “one of the most significant commercial marijuana traffickers to be prosecuted... Read More »
Dear Sasha and Malia, I’m sorry to have to write you like this and get you involved in a national discussion and all, but it seems your father hasn’t been listening to the huge number of petitions (ones he specifically invited!), the results of the elections in Colorado and Washington,... Read More »
This month will see a number of patients sentenced, sent to prison despite compliance with state medical marijuana laws. Fallout from the Obama Administration’s aggressive federal enforcement in medical marijuana states has reached a fever pitch this month with three people being sentenced, two others due to Read More »