Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.
It’s no secret that Attorney General Sessions is not a fan of marijuana. So his statement that law enforcement would not be pursuing small cases came as a bit of a surprise.
- Sessions: US prosecutors won’t take on small-time pot cases
(Associated Press: AP Top Political News, 10 March 2018)
Federal prosecutors won’t take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department’s decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday.
- Jeff Sessions says US prosecutors will not pursue small-time marijuana cases
(The Guardian: Law News, 10 March 2018)
Law enforcement lacks resources to take on ‘routine cases’ and will focus on gangs and larger conspiracies, attorney general says.
California has a beef with Weedmaps and their listings of unlicensed dispensaries on their website.
- Weedmaps counters California’s order to quit assisting unlicensed cannabis companies
(Marijuana Business Daily: News, 12 March 2018)
Weedmaps apparently doesn’t plan to drop its listings for unlicensed California marijuana businesses any time soon.
Weedmaps to state regulator: Work with us, not against us
(Los Angeles Times, Mar 13, 2018)
“We note at the outset that Weedmaps is a technology company and an interactive computer service which is subject to certain federally preemptive protections…of the Communications Decency Act,” the company’s letter to Bureau of Cannabis Control chief Lori Ajax stated.
New Jersey has a new governor, and one of the big differences between him and the old governor has to do with marijuana.
- NJ governor proposes tax hikes, legal marijuana in first budget
(Reuters: US News, 13 March 2018)
Murphy, a Democrat who took office in January after eight contentious years of Republican Governor Chris Christie, said that he wanted to raise taxes on millionaires, close loopholes for hedge funds and big businesses, legalize recreational marijuana and phase in free community college.
Phil Murphy wants legal weed law in N.J. by end of year
(NJ.com, 13 March 2018)
Gov. Phil Murphy wants state lawmakers to pass legislation legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana in New Jersey by the end of the year — despite a lack of widespread support from lawmakers in his own party.