The Marijuana Middle

Yesterday’s News – March 2, 2015

 because nobody’s ready for today yet



In Washington DC, you have to know a guy to even find rolling papers.


According to a new Pew survey, 6 out of 10 of Republicans who identify as Millennials favor cannabis legalization. While recently campaigning in DC we heard a lot about “the marijuana middle,” how it is one of the few issues that both parties can actually work together on to achieve a common goal, and that because of this things are moving quicker than most politicians are used to. Unless you’re Andy Harris. Scott Neuman has the breakdown for NPR:



Overlooked in all the celebrations of legal cannabis in DC is the fact that, due to a shortage of product, medical patients in the District can’t actually procure their marijuana from one of the three dispensaries that have been allowed to open. The number of patients has increased substantially “since last summer, when the city council relaxed the rules for obtaining a doctor’s prescription for cannabis.” Vanessa West, who manages the Metropolitan Wellness Center, talks about how they have had to close early some days, turning away people desperately in need of medicine, thereby forcing them back to black market dealers. For the sake of continuity, let’s just blame Andy Harris, though this is an issue that needs to be resolved on the federal level, and soon.



Speaking of the rift between federal and state marijuana policy, jury selection began last week in the trial of the “Kettle Falls Five,” whose numbers were reduced to three when one defendant took a plea deal and prosecutors dropped charges against another, Larry Harvey, the Washington state cancer patient whose home was raided in August of 2012. The three remaining defendants are Harvey’s wife, Rhonda Firestack-Harvey; her son, Rolland Gregg; and her daughter-in-law, Michelle Gregg. According to Federal prosecutors, the Harveys were growing marijuana for profit, but Robert Capecchi of the Marijuana Policy Project feels this has more to do with the antiquated beliefs held by a few over-zealous attorneys: “They appear to be going out of their way to bring the harshest penalties possible. Nobody should face years of prison for providing medical marijuana to seriously ill people whose doctors recommended it.” You can read more at USA Today here:



Since Weekend Review Kit was established in Maryland we’ve always kept a watchful, if skeptical, eye on the legalization movement in the Old Line State. A new poll by Goucher College found that 52 percent of Marylanders favor legalization. This comes at an important time in cannabis prohibition, as Maryland, with companion bills in the House and Senate that would regulate the plant like alcohol, could become the first state to legalize marijuana through legislative action rather than voter initiative. But as Trang Do for ABC News in Baltimore points out, these efforts have failed in the past. WRK is having a hard time staying skeptical though, as it becomes more and more obvious that public opinion sides with legalized, regulated recreational cannabis.



Finally, Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division has released its first annual report on recreational sales in the state. Check out the analysis by, of course, Ricardo Baca below. Spoiler Alert: People like cannabis, and they really like eating cannabis.



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