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Big Week in Washington

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We are publishing a lot of stuff on our new web site -- read about it here -- but it was a really big week for drug policy reform in Washington, and we want to make sure that the very latest big news does not drive the really really big news too far down on the screen for people to notice. And so, a brief wrap-up of the biggest news of the week:

  • National Mall, Washington, DC
    Congress, before going on recess, after almost 25 years of criticism finally enacted a reform, though only partial, to the infamous crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity.
  • Medical marijuana is now legal in Washington, DC. Well, sort of. The Congressional review period for the local initiative legislation that enacted this has expired, which means it's clear to go. The city council still has some work to do before the regulations go into effect and before dispensaries can actually open, but it's happening.
  • A companion bill to Sen. Jim Webb's legislation to convene a National Criminal Justice Commission has passed the House of Representatives.

Word also has it that the ONDCP's ad campaign, which research has demonstrated to be ineffective, is finally getting zeroed out, but we'll have more on that later. Also from Washington, the Veterans Administration is now allowing veterans with authorization to use medical marijuana under state law to do so without getting thrown out of VA pain treatment programs. Nationally, marijuana legalization polls continue to shift in our direction, and the latest poll on California's Prop 19 marijuana legalization initiative is encouraging.

Have a good weekend. I am now going to join some reform friends to celebrate a big week in Washington.

Location: 
Washington, DC
United States
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Legalization of Cannabis

Thank the Lord that Washington is going to legalize Marijuana with all the talks about what's really going on in the industry, I further think that we should take care of this problem.  It won't solve our economic problems that we are currently having in the industry but it will help out some by creating oppurtunities for the people of the common wealth as well the middle class and poor.  Lets keep on making progress towards legalization on Marijuana 38.5 billion dollar a year industry and growing super seeding over tobacco, corn and wheat.  This is the next step in the revolutionary marketing world.

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