Posts Categorized: Legalizing Drugs

As of this blog, nine states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana—Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Medicinal marijuana is legal in another 29 states. While weed is gaining momentum, there’s a lack of financial institutions to support the blossoming industry. Unfortunately, cannabis businesses are forced to operate under the…

There’s a scene in my novel, Busted, where the main character decides to try cocaine. Not having used cocaine myself, I interviewed several people to understand their experience. Out of concern for making blow sound desirable, I hesitated to describe the main character’s experience. I feel the same way about this blog. On Saturday, March…

After I’d written my last blog, (about the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment Update and Marijuana as a Gateway Drug), I read about other countries’ approach to the war on drugs. Norway Norway’s parliament has voted to decriminalize marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. Norwegians found with small quantities of drugs will be diverted into treatment programs rather than criminally…

According to an article in Sunday’s December 17th, 2017 Los Angeles Times, the legalized marijuana industry is projected to grow to $7 billion by 2002. In preparation, California, banks, and federal regulators are working together to create a “green banking system.”   Under this new system, one bank would be designated as a central repository…

The following updates are from the Drug Policy Alliance. Thought you might enjoy hearing about positive progress. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which prevents the Justice Department from using federal funds to interfere with state medical marijuana programs, was approved until December 22, when federal spending will be revisited. (The legislation was tacked onto the federal funding…

A California Republican, Representative Dana Rohrabacher, and an Oregon Democrat, Earl Blumenauer, co-authored the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment that prevents federal interference in medical marijuana programs that 46 states legalized. This legislation prohibits federal funds from being used to prosecute medicinal marijuana businesses, and protects patients and their caregivers from being arrested or prosecuted for using a…

Did you watch the 60 Minutes segment about the opioid crisis on October 15th, 2017? In case you missed it, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker interviewed ex-DEA Agent Joe Rannazzisi, who ran the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control that regulates and investigates the pharmaceutical industry. Rannazzisi, a whistleblower, said the opioid crisis was allowed to…

In response to my September 26, 2017 blog about Modernizing Marijuana Retail Stores, my friend Lea Claveran shared that she is using a CBD-based skin care product called CRAVE. CBD, also known as canabinoid cannabidiol, is one of the most prevalent chemical compounds in marijuana and comes in oils, edibles, vapes, and flowers. In case…