It seems the controversial $1.1T spending bill that is preventing the U.S. government from shutting down is chock full of surprises. As you may know, much to the dismay of marijuana activists and lovers of democracy everywhere, the bill smacked down Washington DCs referendum that legalized recreational marijuana in the nation’s capital. What you may have missed (because those shifty politicians are doing everything under the table) is that the bill also quietly, but effectively lifted the federal ban on medical marijuana. (more…)
By Linda Feldman
When residents of the District of Columbia voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana last month, cannabis fans cheered. Then they quickly realized that Congress – which has oversight over D.C.’s affairs – could overrule the will of the voters.
Now, it appears, that fear will come true sooner than expected – not in the next Congress, when Republicans will control both chambers, but during the lame duck session currently under way. (more…)
Despite a recent court order, Pasadena police have flat-out refused to hand over a significant amount of medical marijuana seized from a local resident, out of erroneous concerns that they might suffer the wrath of prosecution under federal law. A motion against the department has since been filed, which could result in officers being held in contempt of court as well as serving some jail time. (more…)
Imagine a place where police are forced to return seized marijuana and paraphernalia back to their rightful stoners if they are found not to be in violation of any law. That is exactly the type of environment one California lawmaker is hoping to establish for the state’s medical marijuana patients. (more…)
The FBI has a problem. The agency needs to hire hackers to build out its cyber crime division, but it also will not hire anyone who’s smoked weed in the past three years. And guess what? A lot of hackers like to smoke weed.
It’s a real conundrum. However, it’s a conundrum the FBI is working through. On Monday—the same day the agency made headlines by issuing wanted posters for Chinese Army hackers—FBI director James Comey told an audience at the White Collar Crime Institute about this little pot problem. “I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals, and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” Comey said. Exactly how to do that is the hard part. Comey added that the agency is “grappling with the question right now.” (more…)