Sessions may actually boost legalization of pot

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

Quinnipiac also found that voters oppose enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana by a three-to-one margin, with 70 percent of respondents saying the federal government should not interfere in those markets.

In the years between 2000 and 2008, the George W. Bush Administration carried out over 200 federal raids, annually, on medical marijuana dispensaries in the 13 states that allowed for them. Paraguay now joins Mexico and the South American countries of Argentina, Chile, Columbia, and Peru in allowing medical marijuana.

As for recreational adult use of marijuana, why not begin regulating and taxing a rapidly growing industry that could fund important government projects, while helping to make its use safer by keeping it off the streets, where it's often laced with potentially harmful drugs and chemicals?

The study estimates that about 25 percent of the marijuana market will continue to be illicit, and will shrink if the legal marketplace is not overly taxed or expensive.

It also creates conflict with many people in his own party. Sen.


"But the people who are willing to test the waters are the ones who will show us the benefits of legalization", he added.

A Republican who served as a prosecutor for a decade before entering politics, Garrett previous year filed a bill to end the federal ban on marijuana and allow individual states to determine what marijuana policy is best. Indicating that marijuana may be replacing prescribed drugs that are known to have more significant side effects.

Washington's laws are much different when it comes to cannabis purchasing and possession limits. But the more than 100 million Americans who have consumed cannabis, and particularly the 35 million who enjoy it on a regular basis, know better.

"The next month would be a good time to start acquiring shares of USA operators and smaller Canadian cannabis companies", Ajamian wrote in a note published Thursday. Would someone smoking pot as treatment face jail time?

California's voters set the plan for recreational marijuana in motion in November 2016.


Rep. Don Young has been at the forefront of this issue and is a co-founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus that is seeking to recognize states' rights to regulate marijuana as they see fit and to open the banking system to legally operating businesses.

"If cannabis businesses were legalized tomorrow and taxed as normal businesses with a standard 35 percent tax rate, cannabis businesses would infuse the US economy with an additional $12.6 billion this year", New Frontier CEO Giadha Aguirre De Carcer told the Washington Post. California marijuana merchants, he noted, "are full steam ahead". "And we certainly wouldn't recommend to them any change of course with the medical-marijuana initiative as it was approved by our voters at this time". While recreational sales of weed will certainly be beneficial to the economy, there are certain risks that need to be addressed.

Again, the cat, the bag - and how would that federal law even be enforced at this stage? They are cancer and HIV patients, seniors, epileptic children, and voters battling chronic pain.

Marijuana use, unlike alcohol use, is unlikely to lead to violence. It will certainly be a change for many people and organizations across the state. California legal pot to test supply pipeline. Many people thought that buying a joint would be as simple as picking up a pack of cigarettes, but some cities have rejected retails sales all together while others are taking a low-key approach to retail sales. Representatives David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks), Jason Grenn (D-Anchorage), and Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) are asking citizens to help them rewrite a bill opposing federal prohibition, HJR 17, through a Facebook page entitled "Alaska's Voice on Marijuana Policy".


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