because nobody’s ready for today yet
It’s been a mixed bag for the cannabis movement in the past week, and it seems that “open to interpretation” is the consistent message.
Despite dissent on both sides of the aisle, the omnibus spending bill passed the Senate on Saturday, and its impact on the District’s November vote to legalize cannabis is still unclear. Some say a rider attached to the spending bill overturns Initiative 71, while others insist that it simply prevents any new regulations around cannabis (i.e. personal cultivation and possession would be legal, but the city council would not be allowed to pass laws that establish taxed and regulated sales). The DC Cannabis Campaign addressed this ambiguity in a recent press release:
The bill protects medical marijuana and industrial hemp in locations where they are allowed under state law, banning the DEA from interfering with state regulations around medical marijuana. Apparently there are other issues that need the approximately $80 million a year the Obama administration has spent raiding and prosecuting MMJ dispensaries in states with legal programs. Here’s where the confusing contradiction lies: the feds still classify cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance, which means they acknowledge no known medical use. But the DEA must now back off of medical marijuana operations…because they provide… medicine. Huffington Post has more:
Apparently the Department of Justice’s memo allowing cannabis cultivation and sales on American Indian reservations is also up for debate, at least in Oklahoma, where officials say they “think” this rule only applies to states that have legalized cannabis. The Oklahoman has the complete story, while also claiming it’s not on “anybody’s radar:”
The city of Anchorage mulls a marijuana ban before Alaska’s laws are even written. Alaska’s largest city is the first to consider a provision of Ballot Measure 2, which legalized recreational cannabis in November’s election, that allows communities to opt out of legal cannabis production and sales. Critics decry this as a political stunt and say it will mean Anchorage has no power to influence the creation of cannabis regulations. Read more in the Alaska Dispatch News: