Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Feds look to establish cannabis tracking system in legalized regime

Feds look to establish cannabis tracking system in legalized regime

Marijuana laws have come nearly, but not quite, full circle in Washington. The cannabis has to be grown in-state, too. Will Illinois follow the lead of these courageous states and go against the federal government to prove a point?

If both attempting to legislate and declassifying the drug are out, then what is there to do?

The term marijuana wasn't commonplace at the time.

Cannabis possession is illegal in most countries under a 1925 treaty called the International Opium Convention, and trafficking can carry the death penalty in extreme cases.

The survey found that more than half of the adults in America have tried marijuana at least once in their lives. However, Canopy Growth's share price is up so far in 2017, while Medical Marijuana's stock price is down more than 30% year to date. A slim majority, or 55 per cent, believed that organized crime would still find a way to profit from the trade. With a conservative-controlled Congress, it's very unlikely marijuana will be legalized.

The mean age for people who tried marijuana was 17.9 years.

Recent 420 Days have taken on a celebratory feel with a handful of states, including Washington, legalizing cannabis for recreational use.

Initiative 692, which passed with 59 percent of the vote, allowed marijuana to be used medicinally for "terminal or debilitating conditions" with a doctor's advice. The original list included cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, glaucoma, pain not relieved by standard medicines and "other medical conditions approved by the state medical quality assurance board". We will never know all of the potential benefits and risks of marijuana until the DEA stops limiting access to conducting research.

Sam Tracy, director of the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana and the Connecticut representative of the Marijuana Policy Project, agrees. The current licensing requirements for medical marijuana state that corporations that either have a "head office or a branch office in Canada" can become a licensed provider.

The survey, conducted by the Angus Reid Institute (ARI) shortly after the government tabled its marijuana legalization legislation last week, found that 63 per cent of respondents were strongly or moderately in favour of the Liberals' plan. And women are now as much in favor of legal marijuana as men are; in previous years they were less so.

Public support has resulted in a growing number of states legalizing medical marijuana and some allowing recreational marijuana use. The bill is expected to pass, and if it does, recreational marijuana should be allowed in the country by mid-2018. He said lawmakers here are well aware that there "will be lots of people from CT going into those states to buy marijuana", and know that could cost millions in lost tax revenue.

Rhode Island appears ready to move fairly quickly toward legal recreational pot, according to pro-marijuana activists.

Recreational shops could apply for a special license to sell medical strains if they met certain conditions, and some medical dispensaries obtained retail licenses, but many were forced to close.

Legally under state law, that is. In fact, if there's a single thing that Attorney General Jeff Sessions hates more than undocumented immigrants it might just be marijuana, which is why he appears to be planning what amounts to a return to a 1980s-style War on Drugs. He said last month, however, the Cole Memo is a valid way to set priorities for prosecution in an era of limited resources.

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