During a weekly news briefing on July 16, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said there are people in U.S. prisons for "flimsy reasons," and voiced support for recommendations from the House Judiciary Committee. [AP]President Obama's bold move to use executive clemency to send a strong signal to Congress comes as cannabis moves to the front of the docket.
In the Senate, Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are leading an effort for a broader medical marijuana bill that would help make the drug available for a range of conditions, including cancer, glaucoma and for children via the CBD extract. Their legislation would block the federal government from halting state medical marijuana laws; permit doctors at the Department of Veterans Affairs to prescribe the drug to military veterans; allow banks to do business with medical marijuana dispensaries and let states import the CBD oils for treatments. The senators also want to change how marijuana is classified under the Controlled Substances Act – moving it from the most restrictive Schedule 1 category that limits its use for research and defines it as having no accepted medical benefits into the Schedule 2 category that comes with fewer requirements before it can be studied. [POLITICO]South Dakota's Legislative Research Council estimates there would be 3,174 fewer convictions annually and a reduction of prison and jail costs totaling $731,742 each year if voters adopt an initiated measure aimed at reforming the state's medieval cannabis laws.
Drive down nearly any other road in Moody, Minnehaha, Union or Lincoln Counties and you can see the volunteer cannabis growing wild in the ditches and pastures: remnants of South Dakota's history. In 1970 we picked it, dried it, rolled it and, during the Vietnam nightly news reality show, we dreamed about the future.
Now the chickens come home unloosed.
The situation continues to evolve day to day, which has people wondering what comes next.Read it here.
We could eliminate tuition at every public college and university in America with the $80 billion we spend each year on incarcerations.— President Obama (@POTUS) July 14, 2015
If you support the end of cannabis prohibition, please SHOW UP at our annual mtg this Sat, 7/18/15. @MNNORML #Freedom pic.twitter.com/hRVkAWSSOP— Marcus H. Harcus (@MarcusHarcusUSA) July 16, 2015