Big Week For Marijuana In Congress
As a Justice Department task force finalizes recommendations on possible marijuana enforcement policy changes this week, Congress will consider several important cannabis amendments on issues ranging from federal interference with state laws to water rights for cultivators to medical marijuana access for military veterans.
All of the proposals are amendments to bills concerning spending by federal departments and agencies.
Advocates haven’t had luck scheduling hearings or votes on standalone bills in recent years because those processes are tightly controlled by Congressional leadership, which remains largely opposed to cannabis reforms. As a result, recent marijuana votes in Congress have all been on amendments to appropriations legislation, the process for which is typically more open to revision by rank-and-file members.
Office of Cannabis Director Will Cost the City of San Francisco More Than $200,000!
Construction expenses for the creation of the Office of Cannabis will be completely covered by the city budget.
The San Francisco Board approved the budget proposal of Mayor Ed Lee, of $10 billion, which will include the creation of the Office of Cannabis.
In addition, the Office became part of a separate legislation created by Jeff Sheehy, the Mayor’s appointed Supervisor.
The budget includes $700,000 that will be allocated to the Office of Cannabis, of which almost $500,000 will be provided to cover employee expenses – including the Director – and the other $200,000 will be allocated to the construction of the office. The basic salary of the Director will be almost $150,000, but taking into account the benefits, the salary will be more than $200,000.
Utah may Vote for Medical Marijuana Legalization in 2018
The proposed medical marijuana legislation would make the drug legal for use only under the supervision of a licensed physician. The only one who will be obliged to supervise cultivation and the sale of medical marijuana would be law enforcement – not a special regulatory committee. The number of dispensaries will be limited. The number of signatures required for the ballot’s approval is equal to 115,000.