Michiganders Want Pot to Be Legal, New York DA Wants Offenders to be Made Whole, but Congress Wants Veterans to Go Without Medical Marijuana

Marijuana policy typically makes progress and suffers setbacks in any particular week. When some weeks are loaded with just encouraging news, for the week ending Sept. 15, 2018, was a mixed bag.

The newest poll out of Michigan looks good for marijuana legalization, and Manhattan’s district attorney announces he’s dismissed more than 3,000 marijuana cases, but congressional leadership has yet again failed America’s veterans.

As voters and policymakers in Michigan and Manhattan want to reform their marijuana legislation for 2019, some elected officials are interested about how congressional leaders could leave veterans without access to medical marijuana.

If passed Nov. 6, 2018, Michigan’s Proposal 1 would legalize recreational-use cannabis and allow Michigan residents 21 and older to possess up to 2 ½  ounces, or about 70.9 g, of marijuana; store up to 10 ounces, or about 283.5 g, at home; and nurture up to 12 plants.

The survey found support for recreational marijuana legalization in the Wolverine State in 56.2 percent, and opposition at 38 percent — an 18.2 percentage-point advantage for proponents heading into the November 2018 vote.

The political action committee Maintain Pot out of Neighborhoods and Schools recognized the results from recent polls would create continuing prohibition and defeating the November 2018 ballot initiative would be highly improbable.

So, Keep Pot out of Neighborhoods and Schools asked the Michigan legislature to pass its own restrictive recreational marijuana bill for fear of young voters turning out in the polls to pass the ballot initiative. As the Sept. 11, 2018, survey indicates, 79 percent of voters between the age of 18 and 29 support the ballot proposal. That effort failed once Republicans realized they had little support from Democrats and lacked the necessary votes, according to a June 5, 2018, Detroit News report.

As the passage of Michigan’s Proposal 1 seems inevitable — remember, nothing is certain in today’s polling culture — it’s important to understand what is the difference between marijuana being legalized through the state legislature versus a ballot initiative?

The way recreational marijuana is passed will dictate how marijuana could be controlled. Had Republicans been successful in passing their attempt to legalize marijuana through the Legislature, that bill could be subject to alterations and would not require the governor’s signature to become law. But when the marijuana initiative is passed by voters in November 2018, and the governor signs it into law, a three-fourths vote would be required by any changes in both chambers of the legislature.

Manhattan District Attorney Dismisses 3,042 Marijuana Cases

The expungement procedure specifically looked for low-level possession and people smoking instances dating back to 1978.

By vacating these case, Vance is averting future interactions between recreational consumers and the criminal justice system over small, personal amounts of marijuana. “And in so doing, we’re taking one step toward addressing racial disparities’ decades behind the enforcement of marijuana in new york,&rdquo.

Vance appeared before Judge Kevin McGrath and advised the judge that 79 percent of those expunged cases involved people of colour, and 46 percent of those defendants were 25 years old or younger at the time of their arrest. Typically, these offenses have had a detrimental effect but with those proactive expungements, how will those be benefited by this change ?

By expunging these documents, the district attorney is providing these New Yorkers greater to access to better job opportunities, subsidized housing, and financial help. These opportunities allow a modicum of restorative justice to finally start.

Vance told McGrath “it is not only the right thing to do — it’s common sense. ” Based on Vance’s press release, the office of the Manhattan District Attorney will prosecute marijuana smoking and possession instances.

Veterans Equal Access Amendment is Missing In Action

Legislation meant to authorize the use of medicinal cannabis by America’s veterans in states in which it’s lawful was omitted from the Department of Veterans Affairs funding bill, according to a Sept. 10, 2018, Marijuana Moment report.

But when the House passed its bill to fund the VA, representatives neglected to include a similar amendment in the Financial 2019 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

When Congress released the final version of this bill on Wednesday, the amendment permitting physicians to recommend medicinal cannabis was missing in action. Democratic U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon known as the supervision “shameful.

In a announcement to Marijuana Moment, Blumenauer reasoned, “This should have been a no-brainer. However leadership has once again stymied progress toward fair and equal treatment for our veterans. ”

All right, so the Veterans Equal Access Amendment of 2018 was killed in action by the House Appropriations Committee . Why is this problematic? Benzodiazepines and Since opioids kill.

In accordance with a 2011 study conducted by the VA and the University of Michigan medical school, veterans are nearly twice as likely as the general U.S. population to fatally overdose from unintentional poisoning.

Although the exclusion of the amendment is ill, sad, and wrong, there’s a hopeful side note: On September 5, 2018, Democratic U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida and Brian Schatz of Hawaii introduced legislation that could “allow veterans to use, possess, or transport medical marijuana, and to discuss the use of medical marijuana with a doctor of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Released at Sat, 15 Sep 2018 16:00:02 +0000

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