Saturday, December 20, 2014

US DC: Column: The Threat to D.C. Home Rule Can’t Be Ignored

December 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Washington Post, 13 Dec 2014 – We thought all the angles had been covered, since the Senate had passed D.C. home rule legislation seven times before. So on July 10, 1973, Committee on the District of Columbia Chairman Thomas Eagleton (D-Mo.) and ranking member Charles McC. Mathias Jr. (R-Md.), plus Robert Harris and me – the committee’s majority and minority staff directors, respectively – entered the Senate chamber confident that the votes were there to pass the bill again. The outstanding question of the day was whether the House, which for reasons of race and politics was a burial ground for the city’s hopes of home rule, could pass a similar bill under the leadership of new House District Committee Chairman Charles C. Diggs Jr. (D-Mich.), an African American and veteran congressman. So we thought. Our bill encountered smooth sailing on the floor as Eagleton and Mathias easily disposed of two amendments that we knew would be offered by GOP Sen. William Scott of Virginia. (Scott once called a news conference to deny he was "The King of Dumb," as he would be dubbed in a 1974 New Times cover story by Nina Totenberg.) But we weren’t prepared for what came next. Republican Sen. Norris Cotton of New Hampshire took the floor, announced his support for the home rule bill and then offered an amendment that would authorize the president to appoint the District’s police chief with the advice and consent of the Senate.

U.S. spending bill has bonus for medical marijuana – Minnesota Public Radio News

December 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

KAREU.S. spending bill has bonus for medical marijuanaMinnesota Public Radio NewsBuried deep inside the 1,600-page funding bill Congress is scrambling to pass to avert a shutdown, a few lines comforted Minnesota officials worried about the federal government cracking down on the state's medical marijuana program. In its current …Federal spending bill has bonus for medical marijuanaKAREall 36 news articles »

Protests begin as Congress tilts toward upending DC law legalizing pot – Washington Post

December 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RTProtests begin as Congress tilts toward upending DC law legalizing potWashington PostD.C. officials and activists for marijuana legalization launched a long-shot bid Wednesday to halt a federal budget deal that appeared poised to upend the city's successful ballot measure last month to legalize the drug. The day after Congress came to …Congress to block marijuana legalization in DCRTCongress Blocks Feds From Targeting Medical Marijuana, Hemp CultivationHuffington PostSpending bill prohibits funds for DC to implement marijuana legalizationCNNNPR (blog) -BuzzFeed News -The Guardianall 280 news articles »

US OH: Sen. Brown Touts Bill To Help Heroin Addicts

December 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Blade, 01 Dec 2014 – Would Make It Easier to Give Anti-Addiction Medication to Help Users U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) was in Toledo today to generate support for a bill he’s co-sponsoring that would make it easier to give anti-addiction medication to help heroin users break their heroin habit.

US VA: Bill Would Soften Marijuana Penalty

November 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Richmond Times-Dispatch, 29 Nov 2014 – A bill that would decriminalize the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana has been introduced by state Sen. Adam P. Ebbin, D-Alexandria, for the coming General Assembly session. The effort comes on the heels of legalization in two other states. Ebbin said there have been unsuccessful bills introduced in the Virginia House of Delegates in the past, but that this is the first he is aware of coming from the Senate.

Michigan Man Commits Suicide Rather Than Face Sentencing For Pot Brownies

November 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We told you last week about a Michigan prison cop who died prior to being sentenced for his role in a medical marijuana brownie sting. It turns out that 49-year-old Tim Bernhardt committed suicid…

Radical Changes Proposed For Washington Medical Marijuana

November 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Many Washington legislators and policy experts believe the success of the newly-legalized recreational marijuana market is threatened by the existing, unfettered medical marijuana market. Find out how this might change future marijuana laws.

State Lawmaker Continues Push For Medical Marijuana Law In Georgia – WABE 90.1 FM

November 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

WABE 90.1 FMState Lawmaker Continues Push For Medical Marijuana Law In GeorgiaWABE 90.1 FMDuring the last legislative session, there was widespread support for another medical marijuana bill sponsored by Peake. But it stalled after being tied to a Senate measure requiring autism treatment coverage for young children. Peake said he doesn't …Georgia lawmaker files early medical cannabis billDanbury News Timesall 77 news articles »

Can Marijuana Save Harry Reid in 2016? – Bloomberg

November 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Can Marijuana Save Harry Reid in 2016?BloombergBy the looks of it, Harry Reid will need all the help he can get if he decides to run for re-election in two years, and one thing that may lend the Senate Minority Leader a mellow hand is marijuana. Last week, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like …Pot ballot measure may bring out Nevada DemocratsThe San Luis Obispo Tribuneall 23 news articles »

Canada: Parliament’s Scathing Report on Pot’s ‘Harm’

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Parliament backtracks and reverses decision on marijuana's medicinal and overall value.

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