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The high cost of (not) stopping people getting high
Prohibition of marijuana, just like prohibition of alcohol before it, has been a costly failure. Treasury’s informal estimate of the cost is over $300 million per year and the benefits to date, in terms of reduction in usage, are modest.
San Bernardino's Corrupt and Illegal Cannabis Licensing Program
This project addresses facts that appear to show both intentional City corruption and potential City incompetence. Specifically, the City of San Bernardino issued cannabis licenses to a number of businesses who it is illegal to issue permits to. These businesses were shown to be too close to “sensitive uses” under the Municipal Code and violated the General Plan. Despite the fact that the City Council was advised of this by City staff, the City Attorney, some of the applicants who did not receive licenses, and the general public, the City Council went forward with awarding those permits. This appears to have been done knowingly by at least some within the City. The evidence suggests that there was a “pay for play” scheme involving the marijuana permitees, the City Manager (Defendant Andrea Miller) and the former Mayor (Carey Davis). This is because the City Manager (Defendant Andrea Miller) set up meetings between the former Mayor (Carey Davis)’s campaign funder, Scott Beard, and the marijuana groups that should have been disqualified under the Municipal Code and State Law. The marijuana groups texted to confirm campaign contributions to the former Mayor’s campaign, both on and off the books. These same businesses received marijuana permits from the City Council despite being disqualified. This was accomplished through a combination of intentional acts by some within the City, and incompetence through others at the City directed by those taking intentional acts.
Deschedule Marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act Now
Marijuana has been officially recognized as a legitimate medicine in 16 U.S. States in addition to the District of Columbia. The current FDA guidelines for scheduling controlled substances categorize all uses of marijuana (including that used for medical use, only) as Schedule I, erroneously placing it in the same category as Heroin and Crack Cocaine, stating that it has a high potential for abuse and no recognized medical value. The second portion of the requirement to be a Schedule I substance is absolutely untrue of medical marijuana – a point made quite clear simply by the term itself: medical marijuana. We are demanding Congress and President Barack Obama to alter our current federal policy on medical marijuana and reschedule it appropriately to a Schedule V substance, where it can be researched and prescribed in the same fashion that other therapeutic medicines are today, including as Vicodin or Oxycontin. Please apply our current laws fairly, as they were intended, and adjust mistakes made in the in
Why Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program Is Failing - and How to Fix It
Florida’s medical cannabis program, created by voters passing Amendment 2 in 2016, is broken before it even gets started. The Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use, responsible for devising and implementing the regulations, has delayed months past its legislative deadline, prompting an exasperated Legislature to threaten to cut its funding. The standoff has led to a growing number of medical cannabis patients angrily awaiting to access what the voters approved. While Amendment 2’s brevity provided political advantages, its lack of detail on which to build a workable implementation structure led to vague and unfocused implementation.
Legalize State University Cannabis Research
The University of California at Irvine recently established its Center for the Study of Cannabis, an innovative multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to legal cannabis. However, many of the proposed activities of the Institute unfortunately violate federal law and the UC prohibition against direct research involving controlled substances. There are number of options - including obtaining a DEA license, and/or engaging in some type of litigation - to deal with these challenges and obstacles. However, for a number of reasons, none are likely to succeed.
Tustin Residents Demand a Functioning Legal Marketplace
The city of Tustin in Orange County was recently scored .5 / 100 in terms of friendliness for cannabis businesses. In a city of 79,396 that voted Yes on Prop. by 64: 53% its time to ask the OC Board of Supervisors and the Tustin City Council to allow for multiple types of cannabis businesses.
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