Senate to Consider Federal Medical Marijuana Legislation

Yesterday’s News – March 10, 2015


Senators Rand Paul, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand introduce historic MMJ bill

Senators Rand Paul, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand introduce historic MMJ bill


In an historic attempt to overturn the federal ban on medical cannabis, a bipartisan group of three lawmakers will introduce legislation today that would “allow patients, doctors, and businesses in states that have already passed medical-marijuana laws to participate in those programs without fear of federal prosecution.” Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rand Paul (R-KY) are hoping that this is the logical next step after last year’s spending bill included an amendment that prevented the use of federal funds for raids of state-legal medical cannabis programs. Marijuana advocates are divided over whether or not this bill has the potential to pass. TIME has the complete story:



North Bonneville, a tiny town in southern Washington, has opened the first ever government owned and operated recreational cannabis store. Mayor Don Stevens was the first customer to make a purchase at Cannabis Corner when it opened on Saturday. A five-person board will manage the shop and oversee its profits, which will be collected in a special fund for town projects, such as upgrades to the local park. See the NBC News story for more details:



Research out of the University of Washington suggests that both parents and teens in the state are uncertain about the specifics of cannabis legalization there. Despite the fact that I-502 ended the prohibition of adult-use recreational cannabis in Washington more than two years ago, many residents do not know the regulations governing legal age, cannabis possession, and home cultivation (hint, it’s not allowed). Authors of the study point out that their findings indicate a need for better educational outreach in order to prevent cannabis use by minors:



It’s no secret that Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bratton have vastly different opinions about cannabis use and legalization. While the mayor has been outspoken about his concern that marijuana arrests unfairly target the Black and Hispanic communities and has launched an initiative that has makes possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis a ticketable offense, the Commissioner is a “strong believer that is should not be decriminalized” and commented last week that he saw a connection between the cannabis trade and the uptick in the city’s murders this year. The New York Times takes an in-depth look at the mixed messages of these two high-ranking civil servants:


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