Weed is more popular now than ever—a new study funded by the National Science Foundation has been asking Americans if they think marijuana should be legal every year since 1973. This year, 57 percent replied yes. But tell that to the Republicans when they try to vote down the “Path to Marijuana Reform” act being introduced in Congress. Also, Sessions reviews DOJ weed policies, the TSA changes their mind about medical marijuana on airplanes, and more. Read on.
Dallas Cowboys Owner Wants Marijuana OK from NFL
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants the NFL to drop their prohibition on marijuana use. The NFL, by the way, is currently being sued by a group of players alleging team doctors handed out powerful opioids like they were candy before, during, and after games. And right now players in the Seahawks and Broncos, and players on teams in California, face a particular dilemma: they can use marijuana in their home states where it is legal, but face suspension and fines from the NFL if they are tested and caught with weed in their system.
TSA Changes Their Policy on Medical
The TSA used to have a more relaxed policy on bringing medical marijuana aboard flights, but it looks like that's changed. Veteran cannabis journalist Tom Angell reported on Wednesday that TSA quietly removed medical marijuana from the list of what you can bring in your carry-on. When contacted about the change by a reporter from Leafly, they eventually re-listed medical marijuana on the page, marked with a big red NO, and tweeted: "We're sorry for any confusion. A mistake was made in the database of our new 'What can I bring?' tool."
When asked more specifically on their policy on medical marijuana, TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers stated:
"As has always been the case, if during the security screening process a TSA officer discovers an item that may violate the law, TSA refers the matter to law enforcement. Law enforcement officials will determine whether to initiate a criminal investigation or what steps – if any – will be taken. If the law enforcement agency decides to take no action, the traveler is allowed to proceed with the item in question.”
Not confusing at all, TSA, not confusing at all.
Oregon Representatives Have Pipe Dreams of National Marijuana Reform
...And will introduce a bill that carves out an ambitious, national path to make marijuana legal and regulated: by de-scheduling it, taxing it, making it easier for those in the business to work with banks, and giving federal marijuana offenders a clean slate. It’s a beautiful dream, Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Earl Blumenauer! But, alas, with a Republican-controlled House and Senate, it will probably stay merely that.
Uh Oh! Attorney General Sessions Will Review Marijuana Enforcement Policies
This while forming a new crime reduction task force to combat violent crime. Once again, the man who once said that there “is more violence around cannabis than one would think” without providing any clear evidence or explanation of such violence will “review existing policies in the areas of charging, sentencing, and marijuana to ensure consistency with the department’s overall strategy on reducing violent crime and with administration goals and priorities.” Be worried.
Cannabis: You Know, for Kids!
Well this is a first: a cannabis club for kids has opened in Modesto, California where families can get CBD oil and cannabis products to treat their children. There’s also a bill currently in the Washington State legislature allowing medical marijuana consumption in schools (similar bills have already passed in Colorado, New Jersey, and Maine).
Another Washington Tribe Will Open a Recreational Marijuana Store
The Port Gamble S'Klallam tribe is currently in negotiations with the state to start selling marijuana on their reservation. They’ll be among the first tribes in the nation, along with the Squaxin Island and Suquamish tribes in Washington State, who already have recreational stores on their lands. Native American tribes that sell are exempt from the state’s 37 percent excise tax, which allows the tribe to tax competitively, and keep the revenues to “fund tribal government services such as programs for youths and elders, and job training.”