CCMA Political greenBrief
Monday, April 16, 2018
“It would be unwise for Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions to try to shut down lawful dispensaries. It’s legal. People want it. Our growth is going through the roof, we’re employing more people, and we’re paying our taxes.”
Zach Lazarus, co-founder of A Green Alternative, a licensed retailer in Otay Mesa
“I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities.”
John Boehner, the retired congressman from Ohio and former Speaker of the House of Representatives
Exclusive Analysis: Only One In Seven California Cities Allow Recreational Marijuana Stores (CA- Recreational Cannabis)
The Mercury News (April 15, 2018) Eighteen months after California voters enthusiastically endorsed legal marijuana, just one in seven cities in the state allow recreational cannabis stores, according to a first-of-its-kind study by this news organization and its California partners. And only one in three allow any kind of cannabis business at all.
Senator Says Trump Pledged Legal Pot Business Won’t Be Targeted (USA- Cannabis Industry)
41 NBC News (April 14, 2018) The Cole memo that Sessions rescinded in January had directed Department of Justice prosecutors to deprioritize crackdowns on large-scale marijuana business operators in states where they’ve been sanctioned. Gardner reacted by blocking nominees for DOJ positions, he said.
San Diego Pot Stores Praise Trump’s Decision Not To Crack Down On Recreational Marijuana (CA- Federal Regulations)
San Diego Union-Tribune (April 13, 2018) Trump over-ruled Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said in January that federal prosecutors would be free to raid and prosecute retailers in states where cannabis is legal.
What California Drivers Should Remember On 4/20, Now That Cannabis Is Legalized (CA- State Regulations)
The Sacramento Bee (April 15, 2018) n November 2016, California voted in favor of Proposition 64, which legalized recreational cannabis for those above the age of 21. The legislation passed with 57 percent in favor, but the impact of cannabis use on those with brains yet to fully develop – and the associated risks it may pose on the roadways – should remain valid concerns for all of us.
What John Boehner’s Pivot On Cannabis Tells Us About The Legal Weed Boom (USA- Cannabis Advocacy)
NPR (April 16, 2018) Last week, John Boehner, the retired congressman from Ohio and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, announced on Twitter that he was getting into the weed game.
Experts Push For Opioid Treatment, Against Medical Marijuana At Annual Addiction Conference (CA- Opioid Epidemic)
Chron (April 14, 2018) Support for drugs like Suboxone, Vivitrol and methadone was one of the rallying cries at the annual American Society for Addiction Medicine conference this week in California.
California Today: Los Angeles’s New Plan To House The Homeless (CA- Cannabis Taxes)
New York Times (April 16, 2018) For California communities struggling with homelessness, the challenge has been to reconcile two demands: Moving encampments of people off sidewalks and into shelters, while dealing with neighborhood opposition that, to name one example, blocked Orange County’s attempt to build homeless camps.
Addiction Specialist: ‘I Can Assure You That Cannabis Is Not The Answer To The Opioid Crisis’ (USA- Opioid Epidemic)
Civilized (April 16, 2018) Recent studies suggest that medical marijuana could combat the opioid epidemic that killed over 49,000 Americans in 2016 alone. But an addiction specialist in Canada wants to pour a bong’s worth of cold water on those findings.
The Newest Threat To California’s Redwoods Isn’t What You’d Think (CA- Cannabis Research)
SFGate (April 15, 2018) A new industry is thriving in California. It is green in terms of the money being made and the crop itself. Yet it is anything but that when it comes to the environment, posing horrendous ecological threats to the region’s redwood forests.
Patients Could Get Medical Marijuana Delivered To Their Door (WA- Cannabis Industry)
The Daily Herald (April 16, 2018) Washington is looking at allowing medical marijuana patients to place an order and get cannabis delivered to their home. The state Liquor and Cannabis Board is conducting a study on how to set up and operate a delivery system with an eye to ensuring pot doesn’t wind up in the wrong hands.