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Federal Marijuana Legalization Will Be Voted on This Week in the House
The Democratic Majority Leader of the US House, Steny Hoyer, announced on Friday that a bill to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act will be voted on this week.
The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act will be heard sometime between Wednesday and Friday, according to reporting by Marijuana Moment.
In addition to descheduling cannabis, the MORE Act would expunge prior cannabis convictions and establish a five percent federal tax on marijuana sales, to be reinvested with communities most impacted by federal prohibition. Marijuana also could no longer be a justification for denying citizenship, public benefits, or security clearances by the federal government.
Washington State Pursues Medicinal Psilocybin and Drug Decriminalization
On the heels of Oregon’s successful ballot measures to legalize medicinal use of magic mushrooms and decriminalize personal possession of all drugs, activists in Washington State are pursuing two methods of achieving those goals.
Dr. Sunil Aggarwal and his clinic, the Advanced Integrative Medical Science Institute, hope to secure legal access to psilocybin for terminal hospice patients. Dr. Aggarwal tells Marijuana Moment he is banking on the 2018 Right to Try Act, a law signed by President Trump that grants advance access for certain patients to drugs in FDA clinical trials that have not been approved yet by the FDA for broader use.
Meanwhile, activists are renewing their 2020 campaign—hamstrung by the coronavirus pandemic—for an initiative to decriminalize drugs and legalize medical psilocybin. Oregon’s success has made funders of such an effort optimistic that 2022 could be the year for Washington, and perhaps more states, to pass drug decriminalization.
Symbolic UN Vote Scheduled to Recognize Medical Cannabis
The United Nations may approve this week a recommendation from the World Health Organization to deschedule cannabis.
The Commission on Narcotic Drugs is set to review six proposals regarding natural and synthetic THC made by the WHO two years ago, with the proposal to simply remove cannabis and cannabis resin from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs considered most likely to pass by a simple majority vote.
Drugs in Schedule IV of the 1961 treaty are a subset of those already in Schedule I, and Schedule I already requires the highest levels of international control.
As such, a victory would be more symbolic than practical, but it would provide cover for nations seeking to loosen their controls over cannabis under international treaties.
A vote is scheduled for Wednesday, but a postponement of the vote is possible, writes MJ Biz Daily.
USA Today Debunks Murderous Thanksgiving Marijuana PSA
An obviously fake meme gone viral that urges Thanksgiving revelers to reject marijuana, lest they murder their friends, has caught the attention of the editors at USA Today.
“This Thanksgiving remember the cranberry sauce but forget the Marijuana,” the fake advertisement reads, which was posted to Facebook. “Terry was convinced to take a ‘toke’ of a joint with his friend ‘just to relax.’ Immediately after, Terry killed his friend who had given him the marijuana in a murderous craze. Not so safe, is it?”
As if the sensationalist marijuana murder didn’t tip one off, the fine print of the ad reads, “If you or someone you know is addicted to marijuana, call Domino’s [Pizza], rent a tape and enjoy!” revealing a fake so old it references the days of Blockbuster Video rentals.
But USA Today felt the need to reassure readers who may have been duped by the logo of the Ad Council, purveyors of legitimate public service announcements, placed in the corner of the meme.
“Ad Council Spokesman Ben Dorf confirmed to USA TODAY via email that the social media image is not a real advertisement from the Ad Council,” editors wrote.
Police Investigating 18lb Marijuana Delivery
Somebody in Maryland is missing an important package, according to WJZ Baltimore.
The resident of a home in Glen Burnie called police when UPS showed up and dropped off several unexpected boxes at their doorstep. When police opened the boxes, they found several heat-sealed bags of marijuana, totaling just over eighteen pounds.
If you are missing your eighteen-pound delivery of marijuana, police would appreciate your call. This reporter, however, would advise you to forget about it.