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Virginia the 27th State to Decriminalize Cannabis

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On Sunday, Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia announced that the state is to become the 27th to decriminalize cannabis. From now on possession of cannabis for personal use no longer, means jail time and is simply a civil penalty carrying a fine.

To decriminalize cannabis is hopefully the first step towards full legalization.

This is not yet legalization of weed but hopefully, that will follow at some time in the future. Advocates for full legalization complain that as selling weed is still illegal, it makes buying it an offense.

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Marijuana Raids Still Going Ahead Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

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You would think that law enforcement has bigger fish to fry than conducting Marijuana raids during this crisis, but we are hearing differently. An article by Zach Harris on Merry Jane highlights that from coast to coast drug raids are still going ahead. 

Marijuana Raids in Oklahoma and California

Police in Oklahoma raided a home grow site in Harrah. Arresting two suspects they confiscated 2,600 cannabis plants. Meanwhile California police have carried out black market cannabis raids, despite an increasing number of their own officers testing positive for COVID-19.

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Call for Cannabis Prisoners to be Released Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic

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An article appeared on the Leafly website this week arguing for the release of any cannabis prisoners serving time during the coronavirus outbreak. It is hard to argue against such a move.

As Covid-19 appears in Jail it’s time to release cannabis prisoners.

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There have been positive cases in rosins in four different states. A coalition led by the Last Prisoner Project has called for the immediate release of all inmates convicted of non-violent crimes in federal, state and local facilities. In addition, they want a total cessation of arrests, trials, and prosecutions for non-violent marijuana crimes.

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Cannabis Reform: Trump’s New Number 1 is Opposed.

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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

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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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