Canada is opening their border to vaccinated U.S. travelers on August 9, but while cannabis is now legal in New York state and Canada, it’s still illegal to take it between the two locations.
Since Canada legalized cannabis in 2018, Mike Niezgoda with U.S. Customs and Border Protection said there have been a number of smuggling cases.
“We had an incursion that came via helicopter that landed in Grand Island, just north of Buffalo,” he said. That was in 2019 when Border Patrol agents recovered four duffel bags carrying a total of more than 100 pounds of weed with an estimated street value of more than $100,000.
However, Niezgoda said that smaller infractions, and unintended smuggling, are another matter for travelers to keep in mind.
“Say they went to Toronto to go up to see the Maple Leafs play the Sabres, they bought some marijuana, and then they forgot about it and then came back and they realized it right when they saw the booth.”
State lawmakers have announced plans to introduce a bill that would regulate the sale of marijuana for recreational use.
Among supporters of the possible bill is Mayor John Cranley, who Tweeted his support earlier in July.
"I would say it would be somewhere upwards of $100 million that we would get through tax revenue," said Debashis Pal, an economics professor at the University of Cincinnati. "Given what we make out of alcohol and tobacco and what Colorado is making, I am confident we would male $100 million-plus."
Others are concerned that it would be a mistake to legalize recreational marijuana before the invention of monitoring devices that could accurately gauge the amount of the substance in a person's system.
"The officers don't have a tool to detect marijuana impairment in the field other than their observations," said Joe Suhre, owner of Suhre and Associates LLC, a DUI law firm. "We have the chemical testing issue...for marijuana, the most common way to test is a urine test and the legal limit is 35 milligrams of metabolite."
In mid-June, the village of Fayetteville asked residents, “Do you think we should allow stores that sell pot?”
“There’s still no control board or agency," village Mayor Mark Olson said in a recent interview. "The state left without making any rules. I’m not a marijuana user, and none of the other board members are, so it’s really a tough decision to make and know what’s right.”
He says his answer is "no," and that the members of the village’s Board of Trustees agree. That said, the village is going to leave the decision up to the public.
“We have village elections in early March, so we’ll have one public hearing, another public hearing and then we’ll vote about whether to opt in or opt out,” said Olsen.
While the village has some time before the final decision is made, other Central New York municipalities have already made the decision to not allow the sale of pot.
New York is one of the latest states to legalize marijuana, pending issuance of adult-use cannabis licenses. This comes with a lot of exciting plans for the future, and some benefits that can be enjoyed right now. The way in which marijuana is handled in airports is one of them, with TSA agents no longer seizing under three ounces of marijuana.
Marijuana and airports have always been controversial topics. We’ve coveredthem extensively. And while you’re not fully out of the woods when having large amounts of marijuana on you in an airport, if what you have on you is less than three ounces, jail is no longer a part of the equation.
A spokesperson from Port Authority explained how the updated laws work. “New Yorkers 21 years old and older can possess, obtain and transport up to three ounces of cannabis,” he said, via Gothamist. “Therefore, PAPD does not issue tickets, seize or arrest for this amount at NY airports.” Higher amounts of marijuana are subject to arrests, so it’s very important to know how much you have on you.
The legalization of marijuana in New York allows for several things, like possession of up to three ounces, and the ability to grow up to five pounds of cannabis at home. A deeper look at the law shows how much the industry could impact the economy in New York, with 40% of sales taxes revenue going to education, another 40% towards families impacted by marijuana criminalization, and 20% towards drug treatment and public education programs.
Marijuana legalization facilitates acquiring these goods in everyday places, which is awesome. Most importantly, these laws help protect people, preventing unwarranted arrests and generating large amounts of income for communities and people that have been hurt by the war on drugs.
Former police officer Daniel Capeheart has been convicted on drug charges, much to the surprise of New Mexico state.
Former New Mexico State Police Officer Daniel Capehart has recently been convicted on drug charges.
Specifically, former Officer Capehart was convicted of distributing cannabis and methamphetamine by the state of New Mexcio. The cannabis was allegedly originally intended for a 16-year-old girl he pulled over, according to the recent court case. Further, it is believed this also was part of a separate drug-for-sex scheme with the girl.
According to records from the U.S. District Court, Bloomfield-based Capehart, 36, was convicted this past Thursday on the charge of distributing drugs within a close radius to local schools. His convictions include two counts of distributing marijuana and one count of distributing methamphetamine. These crimes could carry between five and 40 years in prison.
Former Officer has a History of Abuse
Prosecutors on the case alleged that the former officer pulled over the teen along with a friend on June 15, 2018, in Farmington. He then got the girl’s number and birthday and started to send her text messages. Over text, he told her she was “the most beautiful woman” he had ever met.
Additionally, the FBI contacted another young girl who said she had been texting with former Officer Capehart for nine months or so. Capehart allegedly texted her and proposed a plan to arrest someone for transporting cannabis and then give the cannabis to the girl in exchange for sex. The day after that, he pulled over and arrested an undercover FBI agent, took the cannabis and left it at a location near Central Primary Elementary School in Bloomfield for the girl.
Chuck Schumer Is Still Working To Pass His Federal Reform Bill
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3 Political Figures Want Cannabis Federally Legalized ASAP
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at the end of the week spoke on his approach for gaining enough votes to pass his federal reform bill. He went on to explain the means of asking for feedback on the legislation from colleagues. From this, he hopes to work on including any requested “modifications” in order to get the measure passed in 2021. Just a short time ago Schumer released his draft for his new cannabis reform legislation. This reveal was done with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and Sen.
As the political figures made clear that public input is important. With this, they’ve created an email where people can send comments in regards to the bill until September 30th. The new comments offer a raw look into the legislative process to build backing for the bill within the Senate.
“We’re now going around to our colleagues saying, ‘Would you sign onto the bill? And if you don’t like what’s in the bill and want some modifications, tell us,’” he told ABC’s The View. “I want to get this done. And I think we will get it done because it’s so, so overwhelmingly supported by the American people.”
Obviously, we are not going to have any impact on countries like Iran or China, but the people in Latin America and the European democracies really are looking to America for leadership.
Disclaimer:The views expressed in this article solely belong to the author.
National Public Radio has a new 15 minute report online that it introduces with: “In June 1971, then-President Richard Nixon said the U.S. had a new public enemy number one: addiction. It was the beginning of America’s long war on drugs. Fifty years later, during months of interviews, NPR found a growing consensus across the political spectrum — including among some in law enforcement — that the drug war simply didn’t work.”
Bravo, but as I have previously pointed out, the Drug War is actually more than 100 years old. In fact, it began over a century ago with The International Opium Convention.
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It was signed on January 23, 1912 during the First International Opium Conference. “It was the first international drug control treaty. The United States was unsuccessful in its attempts to have cannabis included in the 1912 Convention.”
However, in 1937, the notorious Harry Anslinger got Congress to pass the Marijuana Tax Act.It was signed into law by Franklin Roosevelt, and almost every President since has contributed to an escalation in the violence. Not just Nixon.
To date, 19 states have voted to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. Where is the legality of recreation, marijuana production and distribution is booming, Billions of dollars Provides industry, tax revenue and work.
Meanwhile, 36 State and 4 territories Pots may be legal for some uses, but not all, as they have legalized medical pots and their numbers overlap to some extent with recreational aggregates. Two states And under federal law, cannabis is still completely illegal. In other words, you need to know from state to state whether you will be imprisoned for possessing marijuana. When you cross state boundaries, it’s a misleading patchwork of law and a legitimate minefield, and numbers continue to change.
As a nation, how will we tackle this issue at the federal level and create a fair competition for all?
Jason Flores-Williams is a Colorado-based lawyer. Jonathan wallA 25-year-old man awaiting trial on marijuana-related charges at Supermax Prison in Baltimore. Wall faces up to 15 years to distribute cannabis, which is perfectly legal in other states. Williams is trying to raise awareness of these disparities in the United States and is calling on the federal government to intervene and end the marijuana ban.
Jonathan Wall is awaiting trial in 2022 on marijuana-related charges.
On July 12, 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 141 (AB-141), which creates the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC). The DCC will consolidate the three state cannabis programs – the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division, and the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch – under a single department in an effort to centralize and simplify regulatory and licensing oversight in California. Governor Newsom has appointed Nicole Elliott as the initial Director of the DCC.
The complexities associated with dealing with California’s three-headed cannabis regulatory monster – for example, determining which regulatory body to answer to, understanding how the various regulatory bodies play into vertical integration, and keeping track of each program’s frequent updates – sometimes impeded the success of entrepreneurs and businesses in the cannabis industry.
The creation of the DCC aims to eliminate these issues. AB-141 transfers the “powers, duties, purposes, functions, responsibilities, and jurisdiction” of the BCC, CDFA, and CDPH to the DCC.
“The state’s consolidation effort delivers on the commitment made by the Newsom Administration to listen to and work with California’s legal cannabis industry to streamline participation in the legal market by offering a central point of contact for licensed operators,” Lourdes Castro Ramirez, secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing (BCSH) Agency, said in a statement.
In addition to consolidating California’s cannabis regulatory bodies, the DCC will also increase licensing transparency within the cannabis industry. AB-141 will require the DCC to provide information on its internet website related to the status of every license issued by the DCC, including the county of a licensee’s address of record. Beginning January 1, 2022, AB-141 will require this information to include information on suspensions and revocations of licenses and final decisions adopted by the DCC. However, AB-141 will prohibit the sharing of personal identifying information, including home addresses, home telephone numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers.
We sat down with the National Cannabis Industry Association to talk about the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act proposed by Senate Democrats.
The bill would decriminalize and deschedule cannabis but still has a bit of mystery around it. It’s unclear what the business side of things will look like when the comment period ends at the beginning of September.
“We’re a little short on details,” Morgan Fox, NCIA Media Relations Director, told L.A. Weekly. “We’re still as an organization going through all the little ins and outs of it, trying figure out what needs to get fixed. The thing that jumped out at me right away, just from the business side, was that the tax rates are a little high, even though it starts low.”
That new federal tax will stack on top of the varying existing tax burdens from state to state.
“That’s definitely a problem,” according to Fox. “The fact that 280e will no longer be an issue is a huge benefit, but it will still tack on 10% and then graduate up to eventually 25% full federal tax rate. When you add that to state and local taxes, as well as all the existing barriers to entry and all of the costs associated with compliance in-state programs – that’s a lot of taxes to be paying on something like that. I’m not sure that’s necessary in order to support the programs that the federal bill wants to put into play in terms of being able to support small businesses and supporting the operation of the Cannabis Justice Agency. I guess what it would be called.”
Plant Growth Regulators seem nonthreatening, but this cannabis should instill fear in you as a user. Heres why. Of course, you have heard about the negative impact of fungicides and pesticides on your bud, but that is not the only risk of contamination you will experience. There is another chemical scare brewing in the cannabis industry, and you’ve got to know how to identify it.
Plant Growth Regulators (PGR) weed is a novel substance in the cannabis sector, and it came to bear because of the desire for larger buds and yields. When consumer’s demand for cannabis goes higher, farmers start cutting corners by squirting the cannabis crop with damaging PGRs. So now metal contamination should be your sole concern as a cannabis consumer; you also need to be worried about the possibility of PGR in your weed.
What is PGR?
In the 1930s, American agricultural enthusiasts were faced with a chemical revolution. At this time, the farm industry in America had accepted the use of synthetic chemicals, which includes things like:FungicidesPesticidesFertilizers
This was also a time when new chemical applications referred to as “Plant Hormones” and regulators were applied to pineapples to boost their flower production. Farmers in this American agricultural era started to adopt these methods with other crops, hence gaining popularity.
The plant growth regulators used on crops were aimed at controlling their growth in a particular way. For example, with cannabis, it meat that cannabis growers will have denser buds, larger yields, and bushier crops, which were a sign of abundant growth.
Aside from cannabis, the plant growth regulator can be sprayed on trees to keep them short and preserve them; there are also other ways of application on crops. PGRs are chemicals utilized to change the rate at which a plant grows or alters a part of the plant.
New York Cannabis United is calling on both the Cuomo Administration and New York State Legislators to uphold the promises made in the new law by swiftly appointing leadership to the Cannabis Control Board.
By Imani A. Dawson
On March 31st, Governor Cuomo signed the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation (MRTA) into law, conceived as one of the nation’s most equitable. The law has the potential to create the country’s largest legal cannabis industry and mitigate the harms experienced by Black and brown communities in the process.
Three months later, legalization has stalled in New York. Elected officials have taken no clear and public steps to create the promised cannabis industry grounded in social justice, economic equity, and environmental renewal. Every day that goes by without the administrative structure in place to implement the MRTA harms New Yorkers. The lack of transparency around selection criteria and lack of action around proposing candidates undermines this historic victory.
New York Cannabis United (NYCU), a coalition of New York cannabis advocacy organizations, businesses, farmers, aspiring entrepreneurs and people disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition, is calling on both the Cuomo Administration and New York State Legislators to uphold the promises made in the new law by swiftly appointing leadership to the Cannabis Control Board (CCB) and Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) leadership who represent the geographic and cultural diversity of New York state.
Dear Governor Cuomo and New York Lawmakers:
Chairman Bryan says he doesn’t intend on calling any additional hearings regarding medical marijuana.
On Wednesday, the Mississippi Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee met to hear from a series of speakers as the lawmakers continue to gather information in preparation for a medical marijuana bill to implement a program in the state.
The committee heard testimonies from:Lynn Parry, American Medical Association’s task force on cannabisJessica Rice, Executive Director of Mississippi Cannabis Trade AssociationCedrick Anderson and Roderick Woullard, the Mississippi Minority Cannabis AssociationAndrew Brisbo, Executive Director of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency in Michigan
Sen. Hob Bryan
After each individual spoke in front of the senators, Chairman Sen. Hob Bryan stated that one of the goals he had in mind with holding the public hearings is to flesh out the issues and have some public conversation. Chairman Bryan feels as if the committee has accomplished this.
“I do not intend to call any additional hearings. I think the hearings we’ve had have been productive,” said Bryan. “Just speaking for myself, I think that I have gotten something out of every single presentation at every single hearing which is a pretty good track record.”
A new survey shows a majority of Floridians are in support of it, but organizations are still concerned it may not make the ballot in 2022.
It's been nearly a decade since Colorado and Washington become the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana. Now, it's legal in 18 states, including the District of Columbia and Guam. Many hope the Sunshine State is next.
"This is not a partisan issue. Across the political spectrum there is a majority of support," Suncoast NORML Chapter Executive Director Chris Cano said.
A recent survey by Public Policy Polling, shows 59% of Floridians support legalizing recreational marijuana compared to 31% of people who oppose it.
"Why is there this disconnect between public policy and what people want and it really does boil down to the other forces at work that our representative government have at play," Cano said.
NBA player Kevin Durant has never been shy about sharing his love of weed.
But according to AS.com, the 32-year-old Brooklyn Nets forward has been forced to abstain from partaking in one of his favourite puff-puff-passtimes in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games, where he will be a member of the U.S. team.
To play, Durant will need to avoid the fate of fellow cannabis-consuming athletes such as Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebegliati, American swimmer Michael Phelps and, most recently, U.S. sprinting prodigy Sha’Carri Richardson, all of whom suffered serious consequences after testing positive for THC, the intoxicating compound in the cannabis plant.
While the NBA stopped testing players for cannabis and the drug was recently legalized in Durant’s current home state of New York, World Anti-Doping Agency rules still apply for athletes competing in the Olympics. There will definitely be no toking in Tokyo for this year’s competitors.
While no sort of timeline has been released or reported, Durant has likely had to abstain for a while. While THC can be detectable in light users for a few days, in heavier, chronic users, that period could stretch to weeks or even longer.
Several new doors are being opened in New York State due to the legalization of recreational marijuana. You can now take your stash with you when you travel on an airplane.
The Albany Times Union reports that Transportation Security Administration officials will no longer be looking for marijuana when searching individual passengers or their luggage. The Times Union spoke with a former New York State Police Colonel by the name of Bart Johnson about the discovery of marijuana in the luggage of New York travelers. Johnson told the Times Union, "We don’t seize it. We just look for threats — explosives, knives, guns; we don’t look for illegally possessed narcotics."The author of the Times Union article also spoke with Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple about deputies who are called on to respond to TSA checkpoint lines during searches. Apple tells the Times Union that they no longer issue tickets or make arrests for possession of three ounces of pot or less, per New York State law. Not only do the deputies not issue tickets or make arrests, they do not confiscate the marijuana either.
Similar experiences have been shared about travel in states like California and Colorado. With the legalization of recreational marijuana, it's likely you'll continue to see less regulations and less enforcement when it comes to possession of pot. In the years to come, New Yorkers will be able to walk into a store and purchase pot products and in several varieties. There's comfort in knowing you can bring your favorite strain on any plane. While some law enforcement agencies are looking the other way when it comes to pot on planes, you may want to call ahead or make sure your local airport allows it.
The much-anticipated proposed Senate bill that would legalize marijuana on the federal level was made public on July 14, 2021, by its lead sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York). Called the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, it removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and allows states to determine their own cannabis laws, similar to the way alcohol is federally regulated. Revenue generated by federal taxes would support restorative justice and public health and safety research.
The bill’s Senate sponsors note that federal cannabis reforms are especially urgent as more states legalize the adult and medical use of cannabis. They point to the fact that today more than 90 percent of Americans believe cannabis should be legal for either adult or medical use.
Though movement on cannabis legalization in the Senate is a welcome development, the proposed legislation contains elements that are of concern to many within the cannabis industry. In addition, there are significant gaps in the draft bill that will need to be clarified in the final version, which is not expected to be voted on until September 2021 at the earliest. The bill’s sponsors are seeking public comment from various stakeholders on several important topics, discussed below. In the meantime, important details on how cannabis will be regulated are omitted.
The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act removes cannabis from the CSA and directs that a new definition of cannabis be established within the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for regulation of cannabis in food, dietary supplements, drugs and cosmetics. The new definition would retain the existing exception for hemp.
State law would continue to control the possession, production and distribution of cannabis. Shipment of cannabis into a state in violation of state law would remain prohibited, notwithstanding federal decriminalization. Federal criminal penalties are proposed for cannabis diversion, which is defined as the unlawful possession, production, distribution or purchase of 10 pounds or more of cannabis in violation of federal or state law. The bill further clarifies, however, that a state may not prohibit the interstate commerce of cannabis transported through its borders for lawful delivery into another state. This is similar to the current protections in place for the interstate transportation of hemp and hemp-derived products.
State lawmakers have finally wrapped the 171-day legislative session—one of the longest in history—and at first blush, the news wasn't all bad for legalized cannabis.
A few of the bills actually do some good. It looked like several weed-related bills had died after Gov. Ducey vetoed nearly two dozen bills to strongarm state lawmakers into cutting income taxes for his rich pals, but some legislation came back from the dead and made a second trip to the governor's desk.
The biggest winner for Big Weed was Ducey's signature on HB 2298, which will devote $25 million to marijuana research over the course of five years. The bill allocates $5 million annually for clinical research on the efficacy of cannabis to treat pain and a myriad of other ailments.
Dr. Sue Sisley of the Scottsdale Research Institute said the bill's passage could make Arizona a top-tier center for cannabis research.
Sisley added that results of this research would have "high credibility with the medical community and public health departments" to sway lawmakers' opinions.
US medical cannabis company MedPharm Holdings subsidiary MedPharm Research has been approved for a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Schedule I Researcher License.
Acquiring this was no mean feat as the DEA is still particularly sensitive to anything cannabis related.
“It’s been a long road to getting a federally approved license,” said Albert Gutierrez, CEO of MedPharm Research. “We are thrilled and honored that the DEA saw the importance and significance of the work we do at MedPharm. We proved to them that we deserve this license.”
MedPharm Research says the DEA license authorises it to possess and use cannabis related Schedule I substances for research purposes. This will enable the firm to isolate and evaluate the activity of phytocannabinoids on various types of brain cells, and allows MedPharm to study all of the 400+ molecules known to be made by the cannabis plant.
“Access to the diversity of chemicals produced by cannabis has never been greater and we are excited to unlock the medical potential of these compounds,” said Medpharm director of chemistry and research, Tyrell Towle, PhD.