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Insurrectionists Storm Congress, But Biden Still Elected President
American democracy was attacked Wednesday as supporters of Donald Trump, encouraged by him and his personal attorney, stormed the United States Congress as it officially tallied the Electoral College votes that declare Joe Biden the next president.
Live footage of the insurrection showed Capitol Police allowing the flood of seditious traitors to breach barriers and doors, causing the House and Senate to go on lockdown as Secret Service hurried elected officials to safety. The domestic enemies of the Constitution then ransacked the Capitol, proudly carrying flags of white supremacy and the traitorous Confederacy, before police calmly let all but fifty of them simply walk away without arrest.
Congress returned to count the Electoral Votes once order was restored. Objections by anti-democracy Republicans were heard and rejected, culminating in the official recognition of Joe Biden’s landslide presidential win. Earlier in the day, Democrats won the two Georgia Senate races that gives them full control of the US Government, a promising development for the likelihood of federal descheduling and marijuana banking laws passing in 2021.
New York Governor Notes This Year’s “Momentum” for Legalization
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at a press conference about legalizing marijuana in the Empire State this year.
Cuomo also noted that New York is increasingly surrounded by legalization states.
Oregon Recalls Pesticide-Tainted Marijuana Products
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is issuing an immediate health and safety recall after identifying pesticide contaminated marijuana products sold through OLCC recreational marijuana licensed retailers, the agency announced Wednesday.
The contaminated products include strains of “Qurkle,” “BP Oil Slick,” and “Green Crush” marijuana flower pre-rolls and “Purple Slurry” extract, reports KOIN News 6.
The contaminated marijuana originally entered the Oregon market from a medical grower transferring it into the OLCC regulated system. Oregon Medical Marijuana Program growers are allowed, with prior permission, to sell no more than 20 pounds of marijuana flower annually into the recreational system.
Lawmakers Look to Expand Texas’ Low-THC Medical Marijuana Law
Texas Tribune reports that lawmakers have filed at least seven bills seeking to turn the Lone Star State’s limited low-THC CBD oil law into a full-fledged medical marijuana program.
With neighboring states like Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico creating thriving medical marijuana programs, and the federal legalization of hemp oil with less than 0.3 percent THC, pressure is now building to eliminate the cap on THC and add chronic pain and PTSD as qualifying conditions.
Just 3,519 Texans are registered with the state to use medical marijuana, compared to 365,464 people enrolled in Oklahoma’s program to the north. Advocates say 2 million Texans are eligible based on current law, but its costs and restrictions keep patients from participating.
Colorado Earmarks $5 Million for Cannabis Equity
Colorado’s Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) is requesting a “one-time $5,000,000 infusion” of cash to fund the establishment of “a new cannabis advancement program, as well as workshops and business support staff for the program.”
The new budget proposal from Gov. Jared Polis (D) is an attempt to fill the “significant gap in OEDIT’s ability to help entrepreneurs in the industry,” and it’s intended to give people from communities most harmed by prohibition a leg up.