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Chronicle AM: CA Cities Sue State Over Pot Deliveries, Fed Bill Targets Chinese Fentanyl, More... (4/8/19)

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A Hawaii decriminalization bill nears passage, some California cities are suing the state over being forced to allow marijuana deliveries, the 3rd Circuit clarifies the law on intent to distribute, and more.

A bipartisan federal bill targeting Chinese fentanyl production has been filed. (Creative Commons)
Marijuana Policy

California Cities That Restrict Marijuana Sales Sue State Over Allowing Deliveries. Twenty-four cities that ban legal marijuana sales filed suit against the state last Thursday, arguing that allowing home deliveries in those locales violates the state's marijuana laws. The lawsuit comes after the California Bureau of Cannabis Control adopted a rule in January that permits state-licensed companies to deliver marijuana in cities that ban pot shops.

Florida Legalization Bill Killed. A bill that would have legalized marijuana in the Sunshine State is dead. HB 1117, filed by Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) was killed in the House Judiciary Committee, where, he said, "It got no hearing, no debate, no vote. Just like they always do."

Hawaii Senate Committee Approves Decriminalization Bill. The Senate Ways and Means Committee has approved a bill that would decriminalize the possession of up to three grams of marijuana, HB 1383. The bill has already passed out of the House and two other Senate committees and now heads for a Senate floor vote. If it passes there, it will then go to a conference committee to iron out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.

North Dakota Legalization Initiative Organizers to Try Again in 2020. Legalize ND, the folks behind the failed 2018 legalization initiative, will be back in 2020, the group said last Thursday. Organizers said they hoped to have initiative language in place by mid-summer. The new measure will include possession limits, growing limits, taxes on sales, banning of edible gummies, packaging and licensing requirements and wouldn't allow any type of advertising of products.

Medical Marijuana

New Mexico Governor Signs Omnibus Medical Marijuana Bill. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) has signed SB 406 into law. The bill makes broad changes in the state's medical marijuana program, including allowing medical marijuana in schools and allowing licensed manufacturers to process home-grown marijuana. And it allows for reciprocity with other medical marijuana states and protects workers who are medical marijuana patients.


Third Circuit Tosses Heroin Dealer's Conviction, Clarifies Law on Intent to Distribute. The US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the conviction of a heroin dealer, ruling that a conviction for intent to distribute 1,000 grams or more of heroin must be based on evidence that the defendant possessed or distributed that quantity at a single time and not based on adding up several smaller possessions and distributions during the indictment period.

Foreign Policy

Bipartisan Bill Targets China Over Fentanyl. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) led a bipartisan group of senators in filing a bill that would slap sanctions on China if it fails to live up to its recent promise to regulate fentanyl as a controlled substance. The Fentanyl Sanctions Act allots $600 million to law enforcement and intelligence officials to identify producers and traffickers of the drug and would block access to US markets for Chinese chemical and pharmaceutical companies if they are caught producing the drug.

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kickback (not verified)

Yeah boy , House Democrats are real winners when it comes to Cannabis . They talk a big game . Where is the Bill to end Federal Cannabis prohibition at ? Has anyone seen it ? Bring it to the floor for a vote or shut the Hell up . Democrats only know one language and that is the ' LIE ' . [ Democrats are telling ' Black ' people to vote for them in name of ' Reparations ' . Attempted vote buying . Reparations will never happen . Democrats love the race card . ] . Where is the Cannabis vote on the Floor of the House ? Democrats are pathological liars of the highest order . Snake Oil .

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 1:19am Permalink
Dain Bramage (not verified)

In reply to by kickback (not verified)

Kickback, it is always smarter to defeat Trump than negotiate with him.  

The Republicans are marijuana prohibitionists.  Only a fool doesn't know that.

Why waste time and effort on a fool's errand, trying to negotiate with that lying scumbag Trump, when we can simply kick their lily-white Republican asses in 2020, right around the corner?

Only suckers negotiate with Trump.  Nancy Pelosi is no fool. She knows that bill you refer to will never get through Mitch McConnell or Trump, both of whom are hostile to drug legalization. She is too smart to give Trump a chance to say "No" at our expense.  It will be better and it will be faster to simply defeat Trump at the ballot box in 2020.  Trump and the Republicans don't deal in good faith; it would be dumb to expect them to ever tell the truth.

Trump thinks he can build a wall against the will of Congress by declaring a national emergency and stealing money from the military.  But he can't tweet "legalize marijuana" without a note from Nancy?

(Sigh)  If only that were true.

The answer to your question is, it will simply be faster and better for the cause of marijuana legalization, if Democrats work to defeat Trump and his Republicans in 2020, rather than make any attempt to negotiate with the lying, criminal fuckers, which would be a fool's errand.

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 6:16am Permalink

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