Title: Death Penalty Adds to the Urgent Need to Protect All Cannabis Businesses
Author: Weed News
Date: 23 March 2018
Despite Donald Trump’s campaign promises that he supported medical marijuana and would allow states to determine their own cannabis legalization laws, many Drug War reformers were extremely skeptical as the then-candidate was already known to be on both sides of many issues. Once Trump appointed Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General, legalization advocates were dismayed as Sessions has a long history as one of the worst Drug War warmongers in politics.
Our worst fears about AG Sessions started being realized by a few Reefer Madness-inspired comments here and there, culminating (we thought) in his repeal of the Cole Memo, the Obama Administration’s policy of allowing state-regulated businesses to operate without federal interference as long as several federal guidelines were followed. Unfortunately, Sessions, apparently at Trump’s direction, has exacerbated our nation’s War on Drugs by informing all US Attorneys that they should seek the death penalty against large-scale drug traffickers.
While Donald Trump’s call for the death penalty was announced as a part of his administration’s plan to address our nation’s opioid epidemic, large-scale traffickers of other controlled substances, including cannabis, can also face the death penalty under the policy. Cannabis providers selling or possessing 60,000 kilograms of products, cultivating 60,000 plants, or earning $20 million in a year could see federal prosecutors put the death penalty on the table.
While we continue to wait for final language for LD 1719, the adult-use program bill, which we expect to be released next week, the Health and Human Services committee continues to meet to finalize the changes to the medical program.
Last week, the Committee finalized language granting municipalities home rule authority to regulate medical marijuana and also voted to clarify the definition of inherently hazardous substance and the process for establishing a manufacturing license for extraction in LD 238.
Today, the committee met to discuss additional proposals to change the program, but the work session was delayed because the committee had a full agenda of work sessions, starting at 9:30 this morning.
Portland Press Herald: Maine caregivers divided on proposals for medical pot