New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently outlined his agenda for the 2017 legislative session, and in that outline was a call on lawmakers to improve the state’s marijuana decriminalization law by eliminating the “public view loophole” that results in the arrests of so many (mostly minorities) for minor cannabis possession.
President-Elect Trump’s pick for Attorney General – Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions – testified before Congress last week as part of his confirmation process. The hearing probably got the most media attention of any of Trump’s cabinet picks, and for brief moments the discussion turned to the topic of cannabis legalization.
The first marijuana bill to be officially filed in the new 115th U.S. Congress comes from Barbara Lee of California and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, both Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would protect marijuana businesses that comply with their state laws from federal asset forfeiture laws.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has released its latest Drug Threat Assessment, contributing a whopping 22 pages to marijuana; by comparison, prescription painkiller abuse only garnered 16 pages.
Obviously the DEA still thinks cannabis is a major problem, a problem only made worse by various legalization measures enacted across the country. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it seems some in the media are spreading evil propaganda.