From a medical perspective, perhaps the most remarkable thing about cannabis is it’s safety track record, which is second to none. On the other end of the spectrum, tobacco kills more Americans than any other drug, legal or otherwise, many times over.
From NAACP Criminal Justice Fact Sheet:
African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites. African Americans represent 12 percent of the total population of drug users, but 38 percent of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59 percent of those in state prison for a drug offense.
In a historic move, The US House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the Treasury Department appropriations bill barring the agency from spending any money to punish financial institutions that provide services to marijuana businesses where it is legal. The House also recently passed an amendment prohibiting the DEA from undermining state medical marijuana laws, and passed two amendments prohibiting the DEA from interfering with state hemp laws.
Hershey Company is filing lawsuits against two medical pot edibles manufacturers, TinctureBelle (Colorado) and Seattle Conscious Care Cooperative (Washington), for copyright infringement, claiming that their marijuana products are packaged in a way that will confuse consumers, including children. Apparently, promoting childhood obesity and diabetes is not a problem for Hershey.
Despite opposition from a broad coalition of medical, public health, women’s rights, and social justice groups, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed into law Senate Bill 1391, which criminalizes drug use during pregnancy. Mothers can be charged with felony assault, and can spend up to fifteen years in prison in Tennessee. In Tennessee, if you suffer from addiction or substance abuse, it is now a crime to carry a pregnancy to term. One might even say that Senate Bill 1391 was born “addicted” to The War On Drugs.
Marijuana has no overdose potential; most marijuana-related ER visits are panic attacks or anxiety reactions, not life-threatening events.
No one should be arrested for marijuana. Cannabis is not a crime.
Minnesota parents protesting in support of medical marijuana have accused Governor Mark Dayton of using them for political cover by inviting them into the Governor’s mansion so that he might appear sympathetic to the plight of their severely sick children; yet he states he still intends to veto the very medical marijuana bill they sought, and he has blamed them for not accepting his compromise offer of a $2 million dollar, taxpayer-funded study on medical marijuana.
Members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators recently resolved at their Annual Legislative Conference in favor of decriminalizing marijuana.
Marijuana prohibition hurts children and destroys families.