For Veterans, Memorial Day Brings MMJ
May30

For Veterans, Memorial Day Brings MMJ

Some vets will get access to medical marijuana.  Then, Congress should reconcile allowing veteran’s the help of medical cannabis while keeping cannabis on Schedule One of the Controlled Substances Act.  Drugs on Schedule One have no medical value.  The lie is catching up to the liar, at last.  How long till they stop?   Here’s more:   Members of the US House and Senate have voted to expand military veterans’...

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“Dear Next President . . .”
May26

“Dear Next President . . .”

If you come to Hail Mary Jane to join the on-going talk about cannabis politics, you will want to read this post.  The Brookings Institute has produced a memo to the next president on the issue of cannabis.  It’s a longer piece and worth every word.  Here’s a taste: Public opinion on marijuana policy has changed rapidly over the past 20 years. Huge majorities of Americans nationally and at the state-level support medical...

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Relegalized Cannabis Would Equal 28 Billion in Taxes
May23

Relegalized Cannabis Would Equal 28 Billion in Taxes

What’s the current estimate of the tax value of nationwide legal cannabis?  $ 28,000,000,000.00  – that’s a big number. The imposition of conventional tax rates on the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis nationwide would yield an estimated $28 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue, according to an analysis provided by The Tax Foundation – an independent think-tank based in Washington,...

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Re-Legalization vs. International Treaties
May19

Re-Legalization vs. International Treaties

  Re-legalizing the cannabis plant will require doing away with the United Nations Single Convention Treaty.  That treaty, signed back in 1961, is used as a shield by the federal government in explaining why drug policy can’t change.  alls can fall — not everyone in the federal government agrees with that interpretation.   United States treaty obligations do not mandate the federal government to limit marijuana...

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About Tomorrow:  Arbitrary THC Limits & Driving
May18

About Tomorrow: Arbitrary THC Limits & Driving

Once the world “re-legalizes”, how will a police officer detect if a driver is impaired by cannabis?  Hail Mary Jane has been following this issue for a long time.  Limits on THC metabolites have emerged and answered the question.  And here’s the latest twist in the story — such limits mean nothing.   Per se limits for THC are arbitrary and may misclassify drivers who are not behaviorally impaired,...

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Are the Feds Leaving the Fight?
May12

Are the Feds Leaving the Fight?

Is the federal government about to stop fighting state-legal cannabis?  Read on: The case began in 2012. Under former U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, federal prosecutors filed suit against Harborside in an attempt to shutter the business. They also served the dispensary and its landlord with civil forfeiture notices in a bid to pressure Harborside to close and seize the buildings that housed its dispensaries in Oakland and San Jose. Over...

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