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Connecticut Incoming House Speaker Says Legalization is “Inevitable”
A Connecticut lawmaker who will soon assume the top leadership position in the state House of Representatives said on Tuesday that marijuana legalization is “inevitable,” especially as surrounding jurisdictions move to enact the policy change.
During a briefing, House Speaker-designate Matt Ritter (D) was asked about plans to promote economic recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic and then specifically whether legalizing cannabis to generate tax revenue would be part of the plan.
Pot Smell Will No Longer Be Probable Cause for Police Search in Virginia
Legislation to stop police from searching people or seizing property based solely on the smell of marijuana in Virginia is set to take effect after lawmakers adopted recommended changes from the governor.
The new law, which contains a variety of reforms related to motor vehicle and law enforcement policy, stipulates that “no law-enforcement officer may lawfully stop, search, or seize any person, place, or thing solely on the basis of the odor of marijuana, and no evidence discovered or obtained as a result of such unlawful search or seizure shall be admissible in any trial, hearing, or other proceeding.”
The new cannabis-smell restriction on police will formally go into effect on March 1, 2021.
Congressional Cannabis Leaders Urge Colleagues To Support House Legalization Vote Next Month
Two top marijuana reform advocates in Congress are renewing their call to pass a federal legalization bill in light of the numerous state-level reform victories on Election Day.
In a Dear Colleague letter on Tuesday, Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) wrote that “Americans in five very different states voted overwhelmingly to liberalize their cannabis policies and it is clearer than ever that the American people are demanding a change to outdated cannabis laws.”
The letter comes one day after House leadership announced that the chamber will be holding a floor vote on a federal descheduling bill—the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act—next month.
California Lawmakers Seek to Decriminalize Psychedelics
Just one week after voters in Oregon and Washington, D.C. passed ballot measures to scale back outright prohibitions on psychedelics by wide margins, a California lawmaker says he’ll introduce a bill to decriminalize the substances in his state.
Activists in San Francisco, meanwhile, are separately pushing local officials to make laws against psychedelic plants and fungi the jurisdiction’s lowest law enforcement priority.
Sen. Scott Wiener (D) said Tuesday that he plans to introduce the statewide decriminalization bill in Sacramento once the legislature returns in early January.
Dave Chappelle’s Marijuana And Psychedelics Parties Don’t Concern Local Sheriff
Appearing on Ellen DeGeneres’ show, Comedian Chris Rock spilled the beans on marijuana and mushroom use at Dave Chappelle’s recent comedy shows.
For the past several weeks, Chappelle has been hosting a series of socially distanced comedy shows at an outdoor pavilion in the small village of Yellow Springs, Ohio. The show, “Dave Chappelle & Friends – An Intimate Socially Distanced Affair,” has featured comics from across the country—including Rock, Michelle Wolf, Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman, David Letterman and others—and drawn a cadre of other celebrity entertainers.
Comedian and actor Tiffany Haddish confirmed her use of mushroom tea at Dave Chappelle’s show in an interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon:
Both marijuana and mushrooms are illegal drugs in the state of Ohio and Greene County, where the Sheriff, Gene Fischer, believes Rock was just being funny with his statements on the show.
“Chris Rock’s a comedian. Chris Rock is probably looking for jokes,” Fischer said. “People have been making jokes about marijuana and drugs for years. Hopefully that’s what he’s talking about.”