President Donal Trump continues to surround himself with people who are rabidly opposed to all forms of Cannabis Reform. On 6th March Trump fired his Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and replaced him with right-winger Rep. Mark Meadows.
In February Meadows was one of 12 GOP members who penned a letter to Sen. Mike Crapo, the chair of the Senate Banking Committee, thanking him for delaying consideration of a House-passed bill to increase marijuana businesses’ access to banks.
The letter thanked him for, “introducing a public health perspective to the question of banking for marijuana enterprises, including recreational stores that are advertising products that are appealing to children. We understand you have received significant pushback from these businesses for raising public health questions related to their business practices, and we urge you to stand strong.”
The letter continued, “We remain opposed to liberalizing drug laws (including around banking), and we see these as some of our areas of greatest concern. We must protect our youth by preventing investment into companies that would prey upon them.”
Attorney General against Cannabis Reform
Just days later, Jeff Sessions the then-Attorney General was one of only a few lawmakers who defended the move to revoke guidance put in place by the Obama administration. This directed federal prosecutors to respect state marijuana laws in general that were put in place in 2018.
Meadows has gone even further than this, however. He opposed a 2015 amendment protecting children and families who rely on very limited CBD-only state laws from the involvement of the Justice Department. Furthermore, He voted against amendments in 2014, 15 and 16 which allowed veterans access to medical marijuana prescriptions written by their doctors.
In fact, his record against cannabis reform is nothing short of fanatical. On more than a dozen occasions he has stood against all forms of cannabis reform. He voted against measures that protected local industrial hemp programs from interference at a federal level, He voted against legislation that would have protected banks, working with state-legal marijuana businesses, from federal interference.
He also voted against an amendment designed to remove obstructions to scientific research on psychedelic drugs. Mark Meadows is also opposed to people using food stamps to buy any cannabis products.
Trump 2020 Campaign Firmly Opposed to Cannabis Reform
It seems that Donald Trump is being advised to oppose all new measures regarding all forms of cannabis reform. As Forbes wrote a month ago, one of his top reelection campaign aides said that the administration’s policy is that along with other currently illegal drugs, cannabis should remain illegal.
Speaking too LAs Vegas TV company KLAS-TV, Marc Lotter, director of strategic communications for the Trump 2020 campaign said, “I think what the president is looking at is looking at this from a standpoint of a parent of a young person to make sure that we keep our kids away from drugs. They need to be kept illegal. That is the federal policy.”
It would appear that Trump is firmly standing against all medical opinion on this matter. Alcohol and Tobacco are being completely ignored despite the huge evidence as to the damage that hey cause. Whilst at the same time medical marijuana is being accepted as hugely beneficial for many people in society.
For Trump to appoint such a vehemently opposed person into the job often described as “ “The Gatekeeper to the US President and the White House’s affairs” is significant. State by state the USA is accepting not just the medical use and benefits of cannabis but also recreational use as well. Cannabis reform has been accepted in no less than 33 states, which have all legalized medical marijuana
It seems that for now, state legislators remain on a collision course with federal lawmakers.
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Joe Biden on Marijuana Reform Laws
Ciriticized for flip-flopping in the past, Joe Biden has added marijuana reform to his “Plan for Black America”. He is in favor of federal decriminalization of marijuana and the expungement of prior convictions.
In Addition to Marijuana Reform, Biden Wants Balance for People of Color.
Biden also wants to see an end to the sentencing disparity between crack and cocaine convictions. Currently, people of color are treated much more harshly. In addition, he wants to abolish the death penalty, repeal mandatory minimum sentencing, and divert those convicted from courts to treatment centers.
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DEA’s 50-year-old Marijuana Program Ruled Illegal by Trump Administration
For 50 years the DEA has run a marijuana program to grow licensed weed for research. Now a recently disclosed memo shows that the Trump administration secretly banned scientists from enrolling.
Marijuana Program Ban has Halted Research
For three years, scientists have applied for enrolment and spent thousands of dollars in application fees to join the marijuana program. On top of this, they have wasted countless working hours filling out forms, for nothing. The document was published on the US Department of Justice’s own website. You can read the memo here. You really couldn’t have better proof of its validity.
The way this has been handled comes down purely to a clever interpretation of the United Nations Single Convention Treaties. The Office of Legal Counsel from the Justice Department has ruled that this is illegal. The OLC has pretty much total power on these matters.
The UN Single Convention Treaty of Narcotic Drugs
The UN Single Convention Treaty of Narcotic Drugs states that it aims to combat drug abuse around the globe by the coordinated action by all countries. By using two intervention methods they aim to control illegal drugs. The first method is to “limit the possession, use, trade in, distribution, import, export, manufacture, and production of drugs exclusively to medical and scientific purposes”. Secondly, it means to beat the traffickers with the use of international co-operation.
These treaties require all UN member states to outlaw certain drugs. Marijuana is included in these treaties. There is though provision for research, by allowing each country to nominate a government agency, to oversee cannabis cultivation for research for medical purposes.
Here’s the Catch
This is how the Trump Administration has mangled to all but cancel the marijuana program. The named agency also has to maintain ownership of the plants and must oversee the distribution of all plant material, directly. One exception which is permitted is if the government agency assigns a trusted third-party or parties to directly oversee the cultivation, processing, storage, and transport of the Cannabis. This is exactly what the Grower program was designed to do under the Obama Administration.
The devil is as always in the detail. The UN treaties state that each country can only assign a single agency to handle the nation’s cannabis supply. However, in the United States, this has been handled by TWO agencies: the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). Together these two departments have handled federally licensed cannabis for more than 50 years.
Attorney Clarifies the Ruling
Shane Pennington is one of the attorneys who sued the Department of Justice, successfully to obtain the memo. He stated, “If this view of the law is correct, and this overhaul of the rules that the DEA applies to registered manufacturers is necessary to comply with the convention, then the rules that have been on the books have been in violation of the treaty. That’s kind of surprising. You’re telling me, all this time when NIDA was running parts of this program, and the DEA was running other parts, that that was still illegal under international treaty obligations? That should raise eyebrows. People should be questioning this.”
The ramifications of this are large. This proves that President Trump’s administration acted against the will of the people and effectively blocked off the moves to decriminalize cannabis, whilst saying he was doing the opposite. This is probably not much of a surprise to many as Almost Everything Obama did has been reversed in one way or another.
Scientists Have Repeatedly Expressed Concerns
The Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, appointed under Obama, thought that the Justice Department was acting in good faith when it established the grower’s program. For many years, American scientists have complained about the available cannabis. The type of weed permitted for use in the marijuana program was designated by the Federal government and has been totally unsuited for their research purposes.
This is deeply disturbing especially when you consider that the scientists have been trying to work on cannabis use against depression to reduce the extremely high suicide rates among military veterans.
With Presidential elections coming up in the fall, the marijuana program is likely to be a hot topic. President Trump has stated that he has no intention of legalizing cannabis if he is returned for a second term.
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24 Million Americans Will Buy Cannabis or Booze With Their Stimulus Checks
It’s probably understandable but when times are tough and money arrives people will buy cannabis or head to the liquor store. Many US taxpayers are eligible for a $1,200 stimulus from the federal government. There is no directive as to how it should be spent. This signals good times for cannabis and booze companies that are offering mail order.
People will Buy Cannabis According to Survey.
A survey by the financial tracking site WalletHub shows that some 24 million US citizens intend to buy weed and party with at least some of the money. In areas where liquor stores are closed but cannabis dispensaries are deemed essential, this number could be even higher.
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