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Congressional Lawmakers Demand the VA Study Medical Marijuana

Members of the US House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs are demanding the Department of Veterans Affairs facilitate protocols to assess the efficacy of medical cannabis in veterans suffering from chronic pain and post-traumatic stress.

Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz, along with nine other Democrat members of the Committee, authored an October 26, 2017 letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin stating:

“[The] VA is uniquely situated to pursue research on the impact of medical marijuana on veterans suffering from chronic pain and PTSD given its access to world class researchers, the population it serves, and its history of overseeing and producing research resulting in cutting-edge medical treatments. … VA’s pursuit of research into the impact of medical marijuana on the treatment of veterans diagnosed with PTSD who are also experiencing chronic pain is integral to the advancement of health care for veterans and the nation. We ask VA to respond … with a commitment to the development of VHA-led research into this issue.”

In September, representatives from The American Legion addressed a separate letter to VA Secretary Shulkin encouraging the VA assist in an ongoing, FDA-approved clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of various strains of cannabis in veterans with PTSD.

To date, the VA has refused to assist in patient recruitment for the trial.

The VA has yet to publicly respond to the Legion’s letter.

Survey data finds that military veterans report using cannabis therapeutically at rates far higher than the do those in the general population, and that many are already using it as an alternative to conventional medications in the treatment of pain and post-traumatic stress.

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Maine Governor Under Pressure to Sign Marijuana Regulation Bill

Maine Governor Paul LePage (R).

PORTLAND, ME — Marijuana advocates are calling on Gov. Paul LePage to let the marijuana regulation and implementation bill approved by the legislature become law.

On Monday, the legislature passed LD 1650, which creates the rules for licensing and regulating marijuana producers, processors, and retail establishments; sets the tax rates for adult-use marijuana; and delays marijuana consumption social clubs until summer 2019.

In a televised debate during the 2014 gubernatorial race, Gov. LePage stated that he would support making marijuana legal if it were done via citizen referendum. All other candidates were opposed.

“We urge the governor to honor what he said when he was running for re-election and allow the marijuana regulation bill to become law,” said David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “While Eliot Cutler and Congressman Michaud stated they did not support marijuana legalization, Gov. LePage said he would if it were ‘done by referendum.’ I know many people who voted for him because he was supposedly the best candidate on cannabis policy.”

During the 2016 campaign for Question 1, which mandated that marijuana be regulated for adults, Gov. LePage spoke out against the measure.

Voters approved it in November, and the legislature has spent the last eight months studying the issue and hearing from experts and Maine residents about the best ways to regulate and tax marijuana.

“This bill would accomplish the intent of voters when they passed Question 1,” Boyer said. “A veto now amounts to the governor ignoring his constituents in order to keep illicit marijuana dealers in business for another two years.”

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Colorado’s Top Doc Debunks Fears of Marijuana Legalization

Contrary to the claims of many marijuana prohibitionists, regulating the adult use of cannabis in Colorado has not been associated with any significant adverse effects on public safety.

So affirmed Colorado’s top doctor, Larry Wolk, Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health, in an interview Tuesday with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Specifically, Dr. Wolk said that legalization has not negatively impacted teen use or traffic safety. He also expresses skepticism at the suggestion that legalization may stimulate the greater use of other controlled substances.

Here is a sample of his comments:

TEEN USE

CBC: What have you seen since recreational cannabis has been legal in Colorado?
Dr. Larry Wolk: “The short answer is we have not seen much. We have not experienced any significant issue as a result of legalization. … I think the concern was that by legalizing marijuana, we should certainly see an increase in adult use, and maybe that would leak into our youth. [There was also a concern that] youth would somehow gain greater access, and/or feel entitled to go ahead and use in greater numbers. We just haven’t seen that pan out.”

DRUGGED DRIVING

What about drugged driving?
“We have actually seen an overall decrease in DUI’s since legalization. So, the short answer is: There has been no increase since the legalization of marijuana here.”

MARIJUANA AS A SUPPOSED GATEWAY

Do we know if cannabis legalization is leading to higher uses of hard drugs?
“We are not seeing those kinds of increases. … I think we have yet to answer the question of whether or not legalizing marijuana helps reduce the consumption of those harder, more addictive drugs, or acts as a gateway. The jury is still out.”

NORML has recently posted a number of fact-sheets online here summarizing the relevant peer-reviewed science specific to these and other public policy issues, including: cannabis and traffic safety, marijuana regulation and teen use patterns, legalization and crime rates, the relationship between legal cannabis access and opioid abuse, the gateway theory fallacy, and the economics of statewide legalization policies.

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Jeff Sessions: We Will Do Our Best to Enforce the Laws as We’re Required to Do

Jeff Sessions: We Will Do Our Best to Enforce the Laws as We’re Required to Do | Justin Strekal

In an interview with conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated his position against marijuana, his commitment to enforcing its prohibition, and expressed an openness to use RICO suits against businesses that handle the plant. Earlier this year Cully Stimson of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank that has a tremendous amount […]

Jeff Sessions: We Will Do Our Best to Enforce the Laws as We’re Required to Do | The Daily Chronic


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Maine Governor Threatens to Veto Bill Regulating Voter-Approved Marijuana Sales

Maine Governor Paul LePage (R).

AUGUSTA, ME — Republican Gov. Paul LePage has threatened to veto legislation regulating the production and sales of cannabis to adults. Members of the House and Senate approved the legislation this week during a one-day special session, but did so without a veto-proof majority.

A majority of Maine voters decided last November in favor of a statewide initiative legalizing the adult use, retail production, and licensed sale of marijuana.

Governor LePage lobbied against the measure and in January lawmakers passed emergency legislation delaying the enactment of many of its provisions until February 2018.

Since that time, the Governor has refused to work with lawmakers with regard to how to regulate marijuana sales and other provisions of the law.

The Governor did endorse legislation that sought to delay any further implementation of the law until 2019, but lawmakers defeated that measure.

Governor LePage has until November 3 to either sign the legislation, veto it, or let it become law absent his signature.

Presently, adults may legally possess, consume, and cultivate personal use quantities of cannabis, but no regulations exist governing its retail production or sale.

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Connecticut Poll Shows 71% Support for Legalizing Marijuana

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HARTFORD, CT — A new poll by Sacred Heart University shows that 71% of Connecticut residents support legalizing and taxing marijuana. The poll was conducted on October 3-12 and surveyed 1,000 Connecticut residents from around the state.

This level of support marks a significant increase since the last poll in 2015, which showed 63% approval for making marijuana legal for adults.

The poll was conducted specifically in the context of the state’s ongoing budget crisis, and the proposal to help fix this issue by regulating and taxing marijuana was the most popular solution.

Sixty percent of respondents said that the state budget should be fixed by “creating new sources of tax revenue,” while under 33% supported cutting services, and a mere 15% supported raising existing taxes.

“An overwhelming majority of Connecticut residents support regulating and taxing marijuana,” said Sam Tracy, director of the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana. “Elected officials should listen to their constituents and legalize marijuana in Connecticut, rather than continue to ignore this source of new jobs, new tax revenue, and improved public health. This is a clear mandate for the legislature to enact sensible marijuana laws to help the state create a workable budget.”

Marijuana is legal for adults in eight states, including Massachusetts and Maine, and the District of Columbia.

At least 21 states are expected to have bills to regulate marijuana introduced in their 2018 legislative sessions.

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All Time High: Two-Thirds of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization

A record percentage of American voters support reforming the nation’s marijuana laws, including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and for the first time ever, Republicans, according to polling data released by Gallup.

Sixty-four percent of voters believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States” — the highest percentage ever reported by Gallup since they began asking adults their views on legalization in 1969, which began at 12%.

“At a time when the majority of states now in regulating marijuana use in some form, and nearly two-thirds of voters endorse legalizing the plant’s use by adults, it makes no sense from a political, fiscal, or moral perspective to maintain the federal prohibition of marijuana,” said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. “It is high time that members of Congress take action to comport federal law with majority public opinion and end the needless criminalization of marijuana which leads to encroachments upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, and disproportionately impacts communities of color.”

There are multiple pieces of legislation now pending that would deschedule marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and allow states to regulate marijuana for responsible adult use in a manner similar to alcohol.

You can click here to contact your member of Congress to support HR 1227, The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.

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New Gallup Poll Finds Record 64% Support for Legalizing Marijuana in US

WASHINGTON — A new Gallup poll released Wednesday shows support for making marijuana legal in the U.S. has reached a record level of 64%, up from 60% last year and 50% in 2011.

This year’s national survey shows the greatest approval for ending marijuana prohibition in the history of the study, and the first time that a majority of those who identify as Republicans support making marijuana legal (51%).

Voters in eight states have passed initiatives regulating and taxing marijuana similarly to alcohol, and marijuana is legal for adults in the nation’s capital.

Earlier this year, Vermont became the first state to approve a bill through its legislature that would have made marijuana legal for adults before being vetoed by the governor.

Advocates in Michigan are expected to qualify an initiative for the ballot next year that would regulate marijuana for adults, and at least 18 states are expected to have legalization bills introduced during their 2018 legislative sessions.

Morgan Fox, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, released the following statement in response to the poll:

“It makes sense that support for ending marijuana prohibition is increasing. Americans are tired of wasting resources arresting hundreds of thousands of individuals every year for using a substance that is safer than alcohol. In the five years since the first states made marijuana legal for adults, it has become increasingly clear that — unlike prohibition — regulation works. Adult-use marijuana laws create jobs, generate tax revenue, and protect consumers while taking the marijuana market out of the hands of criminals.

“As public support for ending marijuana prohibition continues to grow, it is crucial that states continue to be given the freedom to serve as laboratories of democracy. We urge the Department of Justice in particular to continue its policy of not interfering in states with well-regulated adult-use and medical marijuana programs while lawmakers catch up to the will of the people.”

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Maine Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill

The Maine state capitol building in Augusta (WikiMedia Commons)

AUGUSTA, ME — On Monday, Maine lawmakers approved a bill that would establish regulations for the legal marijuana market, with the House voting 81-50 and the Senate voting 22-9 before both chambers passed the measure in an “under the hammer” or unanimous vote.

This omnibus bill, LD 1650, was the culmination of nearly seven months of work by the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee.

The bill creates the rules for licensing and regulating marijuana producers, processors, and retail establishments; sets the tax rates for adult-use marijuana; and will delay marijuana consumption social clubs until the summer of 2019.

“We commend the legislature for supporting the will of the people by passing this bill to implement a regulated marijuana market without further delay,” said David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “This bill was created transparently and inclusively, and while it may not be perfect, it essentially does what Maine voters wanted when they approved Question 1 last year. It is time to start working toward that goal of getting the marijuana market out of the hands of criminals and under the control of the state and legitimate businesses.”

Last week, Gov. Paul LePage and House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport) announced legislation that would further delay legal marijuana sales and cultivation until 2019 — three years after voters approved Question 1, which made marijuana legal for adults and regulated similarly to alcohol.

This moratorium bill was defeated in the legislature on Monday. Gov. LePage has also threatened to veto the implementation bill.

“As long as this obstruction continues, Maine will continue to fall farther behind the other states that are successfully regulating marijuana for adults,” Boyer said. “We know how to proceed with this market. Waiting around only benefits drug dealers, while hurting consumers and taxpayers. We will continue working to make sure the legislature takes appropriate action without further delay, regardless of the Governor’s actions.”

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Medical Marijuana Programs Associated With Reductions in Violent Crimes

HAVERFORD, PA — Medical cannabis regulatory programs are associated with reductions in the prevalence of certain types of violent crimes, according to a thesis paper published online on the International Scholar website.

The paper evaluates the relationship between state-sanctioned medical cannabis programs and violent crime rates over a two-decade period. It finds that cannabis medicalization laws are associated with decreases in murder and robbery.

States with the largest populations of registered patients were associated with the greatest reductions in violent criminal activity.

“[A] one percent increase in medical marijuana registration rates decreases murder and robbery rates by 0.03 percent and 0.02 percent, respectively, and has no significant effect on other types of crime,” the author concludes. “These results show that increasing the legal availability of marijuana through medicalization could decrease murder and robbery rates, two crimes highly associated with the illegal drug trade.”

The results are similar to those of a 2014 University of Texas study which determined that the enactment of medical cannabis laws was associated with reductions in rates of homicide and assault.

A recent analysis of violent crime rates in Washington state both before and following the enactment of adult use marijuana regulations also reports that per capita incidences of violent offenses have fallen since legalization.

The abstract of the paper, “The effect of medical marijuana on crime rates,” is available online.


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