This Week’s Marijuana News Round-up: Missouri Governor Commutes Marijuana Prisoner Jeff Mizanskey’s Sentence to Life WITH Possibility of Parole; Major Democratic Donor Wants Hillary Clinton to Loosen Up on Pot; Don’t Be Latest Person Tricked by This Popular Online CBD Scam; Morocco’s Opposition Party Calls for Marijuana Legalization; KY DARE Officer Caught Selling Drugs Resigns; Arrests Disrupt Las Vegas Hempcon; The Republican Texas Great Grandmother Fighting For Marijuana Reform; and more.
Medical/Health Marijuana News
Don’t The Latest Person Tricked by This Popular Online CBD Scam — The CBD oils that are advertised online and that say they are legal to ship to non-medical cannabis states, are not made from the same type of cannabis plant as the CBD products in medical cannabis states.
Minnesota Hospitals Will Be Able to Distribute Marijuana — The Legislature has taken steps to expand the availability of medical marijuana to Minnesota hospitals when it becomes legal in July.
Politics/Legal Marijuana News
Major Democratic Donor Wants Hillary to Loosen Up on Pot — Clinton’s stance on medical marijuana is about as obtuse as Morgan’s is clear. The former secretary of state has indicated that she’s comfortable with the Obama administration’s hands-off stance to Washington and Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, but she’s also telegraphed some Reaganesque views on the drug war.
Missouri Governor Commutes Marijuana Prisoner Jeff Mizanskey’s Sentence to Life WITH Possibility of Parole — Missouri governor Jay Nixon today announced that he has granted pardons to three men and two women convicted of non-violent offenses. Each of the individuals has completed his or her sentence and has become a law-abiding citizen. In addition, the Governor has commuted the sentence of Jeffrey Mizanskey to make him eligible for parole consideration. In 1996, Mizanskey was sentenced as a persistent drug offender to life without the possibility of parole.
The People in Prison for Pot — While folks in four states can now get high as a kite without consequences, more than 600,000 citizens are arrested each year for marijuana-related offenses, and almost 100,000 men and women currently serve sentences for drug offenses. Looking at the details of some of these cases makes your head spin—not in a hilarious hazy-fog kinda way, more in a Linda Blair-in-Exorcist kinda way. In an effort to show how lucky we are, how ridiculous federal policy is, and how much work still remains, allow me to share a few details of those affected by the War on Drugs.
The Republican Texas Great Grandmother Fighting For Marijuana Reform — One recent afternoon, Ann Lee, an 85-year-old great-grandmother, sat in her suburban Houston home, waiting for a thunderstorm and plotting the next steps in her campaign to legalize marijuana. You read correctly: Lee is founder of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, a Texas-based group that has chapters in North Carolina and Maine. Her central argument: Criminalizing marijuana is incompatible with the Republican Party’s core small-government values. “It is immoral to put a person in prison with a felony record because they possess marijuana,” Lee told TakePart, “as immoral to me as the laws I grew up with that said whites and blacks couldn’t go to school together.”
International Marijuana News
Morocco’s Opposition Party Calls for Marijuana Legalization — Hamid Chabat, Secretary General of the Istiqlal Party, one of Morocco’s major opposition political parties, has once again called for the legalization of Cannabis.
Marijuana News State by State
Arrests Disrupt Las Vegas Hempcon — Las Vegas police and federal drug agents brought in dogs and a SWAT vehicle, occupied the roof, arrested 10 people and seized marijuana and psilocybin over the weekend at Hempcon, a marijuana education convention at the Cashman Center. Attendees described seeing police dogs around the event, as well as officers on the roof of the building, apparently trying to find people smoking marijuana.
Nevada Legislature Passes Hemp Bill — Senate Bill 305 was approved 19 to 0 by the state’s Senate, and 41 to 0 by the House of Representatives. There’s no word yet on whether or not Governor Brian Sandoval will sign the bill into law, let it become law without his signature or veto it, though the legislature clearly has enough votes to override a potential veto.
KY DARE Officer Caught Selling Drugs Resigns — Officer Mike Wells of the Frankfort Police Department resigned on Monday, after being implicated in selling anabolic steroids to one of the main figures in the high-profile Wild Turkey bourbon theft ring. Wells was a DARE officer, whose ironic job was to educate children on the dangers of using drugs.