This Week’s Marijuana News Round Up: Representative Ted Lieu (D CA) Wants to Defund the DEA’s marijuana Eradication Program; Santa Ana, CA Cops Caught Eating Pot Candy & Joking About Kicking Amputee MMJ Patient; Hundreds of Thousands Participate in World’s Largest Medical Marijuana March in Chile; Legalized Marijuana Would Be Eliminated Under a Chris Christie Presidency; Koch Urges Obama to Speed Up Clemency Process; Charges Filed Against Medical Marijuana Mom; and more.
Politics/Legal Marijuana News
Koch Urges Obama to Speed Up Clemency Process — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and top officials in his company are calling for the Obama administration to release from prison the thousands of non-violent offenders who qualify for clemency under a Justice Department initiative. The push to shorten long federal sentences, mostly for drug offenses, has had a sluggish start since it was announced in April 2014. President Obama has commuted the sentences of only a few dozen inmates since the program took effect.
Representative ted Lieu (D CA) Wants to Defund the DEA’s Marijuana Eradication Program — A California lawmaker is pushing to get rid of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s pot eradication program, arguing it’s fiscally irresponsible to spend millions burning up marijuana plants at a time when several states are legalizing the drug. Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat, proposed an amendment to a fiscal 2016 spending bill that would cut the DEA’s $18 million budget for the program in half. It would redirect $9 million to fund programs that help children who are victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
Legalized Marijuana Would Be Eliminated Under a Chris Christie Presidency — Governor Chris Christie vowed Sunday to eliminate legalized marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington if he’s elected president. The Republican governor, speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said his administration would use federal rules that outlaw marijuana to clamp down on states that legalized recreational pot use.
Charges Filed Against Medical Marijuana Mom — Prosecutors have filed criminal charges against Shona Banda, a medical marijuana advocate who lost custody of her 11-year-old son following comments the boy made during a drug education program at school.
International Marijuana News
Chile: Hundreds of Thousands Participate in World’s Marijuana March — Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Santiago, Chile on Sunday to ask for a new law that allows the self-cultivation of marijuana and a change in the drug law in Chile. Estimates of 400,000 marchers are agreed on, but the number of people in Sunday’s March range from 250,000 to 500,000, making it the largest pro-cannabis demonstration in history.
Marijuana News State by State
Arizona Chamber of Commerce Comes Out Against Legalization — In the face of two different initiatives making their way to the Arizona ballot in 2016, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is coming out in opposition of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.
Santa Ana, CA Cops Caught Eating Pot Candy & Joking About Kicking Amputee MMJ Patient — The OC Weekly received footage from a recent marijuana dispensary raid that appears to show Santa Ana police officers eating pot candy, also in the footage: a female police officer joking that she wanted to kick Marla James–a marijuana activist and wheelchair-bound amputee who was present during the raid–in her “nub.”