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Nevada regulators approved emergency measures to keep the REC flowing. Dispensaries struggled to keep product on shelves amid lines out the door and a state requirement that only alcohol distributors can distribute cannabis. Despite news reports, Nevada did not declare a state of emergency. For more see here.
On a visit to Las Vegas, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t mention marijuana. Speaking to the anti-drug group DARE, Sessions defended his efforts to reinstate tough drug sentences:
Now, some people today say that the solution to the problem of drug abuse is to be more accepting of the problem of drug abuse. They say marijuana use can prevent addiction. They say the answer is only treatment. They say don’t talk about enforcement. To me, that just doesn’t make any sense. In fact, I would argue that one reason that we are in such a crisis right now is that we have subscribed to this mistaken idea that drug abuse is no big deal.
He devoted most of the speech to opioids. Vox explains why Jeff Sessions loves DARE.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said the state is close to a compromise REC law. If a deal can’t be reached, he said “at some point we’re going to have to go forward with the law as it was written.”
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) who opposed Massachusetts’ REC vote, says he expects the city to allow cannabis businesses. He’s been critical of cities that voted for REC but have banned the industry. Walsh, a problem drinker in the past, still has concerns.
Proposed legislation would legalize MED and REC in Wisconsin.
There’s an effort to legalize REC in New York through a state constitutional convention. The campaign is known as Restrict and Regulate New York (RRNY).
Activists say Florida’s ban on smokable MED
could lead the state to pass REC.U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue (R), a former governor of Georgia, opposes REC calling it a “
slippery slope.” He supports efforts to grow hemp with “very tight restrictions.”
Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) is calling for a crackdown
on pot growing on federal land.
Congressman Andy Harris (R-Maryland), a medical doctor, supports MED research
. He’s best known for blocking cannabis regulation in D.C., which legalized REC in 2014.