The Feds Don’t Want You

Yesterday’s News – June 30, 2015

 

Image: gogovernment.org

Image: gogovernment.org

 

Cannabis and federal job recruitment

No matter where you live, cannabis is off limits if you work – or want to work – for the federal government. The State Department, the CIA, the FBI, and other federal agencies have made it clear that they will not be swayed by states’ success in legalizing this safer form of recreation and that drug tests are still mandatory for many positions. The government employees interviewed for the New York Times article, though, seemed to take great pride in their ability to lie, sneak, and stall in order to avoid the consequences of their choices. Sounds like, cannabis appreciation aside, they chose right profession:

nytimes.com/2015/06/30/us/state-marijuana-laws-complicate-federal-job-recruitment.html?_r=0

 

 

Free cannabis in Oregon

When cannabis becomes legal in Oregon on July 1, adults will be allowed to possess, grow, and consume it, but they won’t be able to purchase retail cannabis products until at least the middle of 2016. This presents a bit of a conundrum for marijuana aficionados and a lot of potential for the illegal market. Activists and entrepreneurs have a solution, though: give it away. Portland NORML will be distributing free cannabis and seeds just past midnight on the west side of the Burnside Bridge; if you can’t make it to that event, get your tickets for Weed the People on Friday, July 3 at MCF Craft Brewing Systems. TIME has full details and links to the event:

time.com/money/3938535/free-marijuana-oregon-portland/

 

 

MMJ in Minnesota

The Star Tribune has comprehensive coverage of the medical cannabis program that Minnesota will roll out tomorrow. The state’s system was designed to be “as clinical as possible,” with pills and liquids for sale but not actual cannabis, and the list of qualifying conditions is limited to severe conditions such as seizure disorders, HIV/AIDS, and ALS. The piece is worth the read for the specifics of Minnesota’s MMJ program and for its focus on families who might benefit from the new law:

startribune.com/for-the-sickest-minnesotans-medical-marijuana-will-be-legal-on-wednesday/310345271/

 

 

Jindal signs reforms into law

The reforms signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana represent the most sweeping cannabis reforms the state has seen since it legalized medical marijuana in 1991. While medical cannabis was approved almost 25 years ago, no regulatory system was put into place to provide medical cannabis to patients. SB 143 established such a framework and makes Louisiana the first southern state to allow medical cannabis dispensaries. The second bill, HB 149 revises the criminal penalties for cannabis possession. The Times Picayune has the full story:

nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/bobby_jindal_marijuana_laws.html

 

 

No cannabis at church after all

The First Church of Cannabis had grand plans to include a marijuana sacrament as part of its inaugural service but has changed course after prosecutors and law enforcement officials declared they would arrest congregants if they tried to consume cannabis. The service will take place tomorrow at noon in Indianapolis. The Indy Star reports:

indystar.com/story/news/2015/06/29/first-church-of-cannabis-indianapolis-bill-levin-marijuana-legal-weed-rfra-indiana/29467449/

 

 

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