Voters in Key Swing States Support Cannabis Legalization

Yesterday’s News — April 7, 2015

 

Image: Washington Post Wonkblog

Image: Washington Post Wonkblog

 

A Quinnipiac University poll conducted last month found that most voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida support the legalization of cannabis for adults, with 51, 52, and 55 percent, respectively. Overwhelming majorities, 80 percent or higher, are in favor of medical marijuana. Christopher Ingraham for the Washington Post makes a great case that recreational cannabis is currently more popular than any 2016 presidential candidate in these three swing states:

washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/06/in-key-swing-states-weed-is-polling-better-than-all-potential-2016-candidates/

 

 

Several outlets reported last week that the DOJ will continue to prosecute medical marijuana cases despite a congressional prohibition on the use of federal funds to interfere with state-legal medical marijuana programs. The Justice Department’s understanding of the law excludes cases against individuals and organizations and narrowly interprets it to mean that the DOJ is prevented from specifically “impeding the ability of states to carry out their medical marijuana laws.” This LA Times article highlights the Bay Area dispensaries that are directly affected by such prosecution:

latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-medical-marijuana-abusers-20150401-story.html

 

The co-sponsors of the legislation, which was an amendment within last year’s spending bill, say the Justice Department is misconstruing the spirit of the law. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) called the DOJ’s interpretation “emphatically wrong,” while Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) attempted to clear up any misunderstanding by stating: “Stop going after patients and dispensaries.” Huffington Post has more:

huffpost.com/us/entry/6997016

 

 

It’s getting harder and harder to claim that cannabis doesn’t have medical benefits. The federal government, or at least the portion of federal government that comprises the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), has now admitted that cannabis can be beneficial in shrinking brain tumors. Yet the DOJ maintains that it is a Schedule I drug with no recognized therapeutic use, and the FDA has not qualified any part of the plant as medicine. We will likely continue to accumulate both qualitative and anecdotal evidence of marijuana’s relative safety and incredible healing properties while we wait for the government to get on the same page. Think Progress takes a closer look at the topic:

thinkprogress.org/health/2015/04/063643323/medical-marijuana-kills-tumors/

 

 

The Wall Street Journal featured Privateer Holdings, who has secured $75 million in Series B funding, in The Daily Startup column. The private equity firm that owns Leafly, Tilray, and Marley Natural has now raised $82 million total. That’s a whole lot of money and some pretty solid mainstream media coverage:

wsj.com/articles/BL-VCDB-16752

 

 

 

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