Per Se THC Limits for Driving “Not Based on Evidence”
Dec17

Per Se THC Limits for Driving “Not Based on Evidence”

One of the on-going discussions accompanying re-legalization is when is a person too high to drive?  A Federal agency just chimed in to keep things honest.   . . . United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Per se traffic safety laws criminalize those who operate a vehicle with trace or specific levels of a controlled substance in their bodily fluids, even in the absence of...

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The Pros and Cons of Legalizing Marijuana

Last century if you were to ask conventional doctors or politicians what the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana were, you might've heard about lots of cons and not many pros. That was an era when people were demonized for even mentioning the word "marijuana" even after government studies suggested it wasn't as dangerous as alcohol or cigarettes. Today state and local governments as well as medical professionals are finally...

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Consultant Says “Big’s Not Coming”
Dec16

Consultant Says “Big’s Not Coming”

Here at HMJ we keep an eye on the big kids -- alky, pharma and 'baccy.  Here's someone to say we don't need to be concerned.  Meet John Conlin:   I’ve been providing management consulting services as well as valuation, merger and acquisition assistance to beer, wine and spirits distributors for the last couple decades. I know the beverage alcohol world pretty well. I’m also in the process of entering the new and exciting world of...

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Congressional Update
Dec15

Congressional Update

At long last Congress is paying some attention to changing drug policy.   Language approved by the US House of Representatives on Tuesday restricts the Justice Department's ability to take criminal action against state-licensed individuals or operations that are acting are in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states. The amendment, which states "None of the funds made available in this act to the Department...

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GOP Encouraged to “Evolve” its’ Marijuana Policy
Dec08

GOP Encouraged to “Evolve” its’ Marijuana Policy

An interesting excerpt from a blog aimed at Congress, "The Hill," deals with the Republicans waking up to the truth about cannabis.   The idea that legalizing marijuana will take their children away from their parents is as mythical as the bogeyman. If anything, it is the criminalization of marijuana that should be feared. In 2012, the CDC published its annual Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) report. The report...

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Will Feds Oppose Initiative 71?
Dec01

Will Feds Oppose Initiative 71?

On election day Initiative 71 passed, re-legalizing cannabis use and possession in the District of Columbia.  Congress has oversight of D.C., so, what's next?   After Initiative 71 is formally codified into the district’s law, it’s slated to be forwarded to Congress for review in January, according to The Post. After that, Congress would have up to 60 days to act on it. For 71 to be overturned, both the House and Senate would...

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