Elizabeth Warren Marijuana Bills
Always a forward-thinking politician, Elizabeth Warren has come to the aid of Military Veterans. Her new bills also impact positively on immigrants seeking to gain citizenship. On Wednesday 18th December Warren teamed up with Sen. Cory Gardner to introduce new bills to the Senate.
The first bill from them would include an exemption to current immigration policy. This would mean that anyone who had worked the marijuana business, as long as it was legal, would not be denied naturalization. This is, of course, kicking back at the memo issued by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The memo states that even legal activity in the marijuana business means that they do not have “good moral character”. Under those terms, citizenship would be denied. This, of course, is the ruling that has been causing problems for Neil Young.
Warren was Strong in her position to such a ruling. She said, “No one should have to worry about being denied naturalization for working in their state’s legal cannabis industry. Our bipartisan bill would ensure that outdated federal cannabis laws don’t block the pathway to citizenship for those seeking it through naturalization.”
Sen Gardner added, “Under current law, individuals are deemed to lack ‘good moral character’. They are denied American citizenship due to their work in the legal cannabis industry in states like Colorado and Massachusetts. This has to stop. Currently, 95% of Americans are living in states with laws allowing some form of cannabis. The dramatically expanded cannabis industry presents real challenges for our nation, and I’m proud to be working with Senator Warren to address these issues.”
Second Bill, for Veterans
The second bill that the duo submitted is for the benefit of veterans. It states that the Department of Veterans Affairs “may not use the fact that [a veteran’s] income is derived, in whole or in part, from working in the marijuana industry as a factor in determining whether to guarantee, issue, or make a housing loan.”
Warren pointed out that the veterans, who have given so much to the country, are prevented from getting loans due to outdated marijuana laws. It seems crazy that many are denied the chance of homeownership, purely because they have taken part in a completely legal activity. There is, of course, a long history of Elizabeth Warren marijuana debate. She has persistently tweeted about the changes that are needed.
These bills point out the conflicts between State and Federal Laws. In addition to the Elizabeth Warren marijuana legislation, there is also a companion bill being filed by Republicans Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Jennifer González-Colón (R-PR).
Clark stated, “The VA needs to catch up with the times and recognize the growing role of the cannabis economy in our country. Our veterans shouldn’t be penalized or denied the benefits they have earned because they live and work in a state where marijuana is legal. We owe it to them to ensure that they can build their lives and pursue their dreams after their service, and that includes the dream of homeownership.”
González-Colón added, “Achieving job security and having a stable home are two of the toughest challenges veterans face upon separating from the Armed Services. As Members of Congress, it is our duty to craft and modernize policies that can facilitate the acquisition of both. Through their service and sacrifices, our veterans have rightfully earned every benefit offered to them by the federal government. That is why, putting their VA Home Loan at risk for embarking on the cannabis industry when done lawfully in accordance with local laws, is a mistake. I am proud to lead this bill, along with my colleagues, to continue removing obstacles for the success and wellbeing of veterans and their families.”
The new legislation was greeted with cheers from The Drug Policy Alliance.
There have been previous broader Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren marijuana legislation. They previously co-sponsored a broader bill aiming to exempt state-legal marijuana activity from federal enforcement. Called the ‘Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States’ (STATES) Act’ it earned praise from President Trump. However, it has not yet been scheduled for a hearing or a vote in the Senate.
It is possible that the narrower Elizabeth Warren marijuana bills will stand a better chance of progressing to congress.
More Evidence that Medical Marijuana Can Reduce Opioid Dependency.
It has long been argued that medical marijuana can be an effective tool in the fight against opioid dependency. Now a new study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, has found what it describes as “behavioral economic evidence” that this can be true is patients using it for pain relief. By using an online survey the researchers were able to assess the frequency and dependency of both opioid and cannabis use in adults.
Medical Marijuana Strongly Beneficial Compared to Opioids
The Survey showed, “Adults reporting current use of opioids for pain management and past 30-day cannabis exposure…completed two hypothetical purchase tasks in which only grams of cannabis or units of participants’ index opioids were available for purchase, and two hypothetical tasks in which both were concurrently available and the price of one drug increased whereas the other was kept constant.”
This is terrific news for advocates of medical marijuana use.
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Scotland Gets its 1st Cannabis Farm
It was only two months ago that Scotland’s first medical cannabis clinic opened. Not it’s all set to get its first medical cannabis farm. Legal issues have been overcome and the farm in question has been given permission to build a huge 3.7 acre greenhouse to grow medical marijuana.
Cannabis Farm comes Just 2 Years after Legalization of Medical Weed in the UK.
The family business run by William and Neil Ewart is in Langholm in the county of Dumfriesshire in the West of Scotland. All the crops grown in the greenhouse will be processed to manufacture cannabis oil which will, in turn, be sold to British pharmaceutical companies.
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Medical Cannabis up 50% in Italy in 2019
It was a very good year in Italy for medical cannabis with sales staying ahead of the Netherlands. Patients in Italy were responsible for the purchase of 861 Kilos (almost 1,900lbs) during the year. That is a huge increase on the 578 Kilos) purchased from Italian dispensaries during the year 2018.
Italy Still Behind Germany on Medical Cannabis Sales
A huge amount is imported from the Netherlands, however the domestic growing market is steadily improving. It is hoped that in spite of the coronavirus pandemic, which has had a devastating effect in the country, Sales will stay high for 2020.
Germany, Italy and the Netherlands remain the big three markets in Europe.
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