SCOTUS talks marijuana enforcement; New Mexico lawmakers consider 2020 legalization; Groups push Congress to respect DC cannabis laws
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A top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official testified before the Senate that one reason federal officials are taking so long to investigate the cause of vaping-related lung injuries is that marijuana’s restrictive Schedule I status slows down the transfer of samples for testing.
U.S. Supreme Court justices raised questions about federal marijuana enforcement policy during oral arguments in a case concerning protections for immigrants.
“There’s an entire industry in a lot of states involving marijuana that would argue they’re relying on memos issued by the attorney general that we will not enforce marijuana laws… They have a lot of economic interests at stake [and] they would say our economic interests are very real, billions of dollars are at stake, we’ve relied on the attorney general’s guidance memos.”
The New Mexico legislature’s Interim Economic & Rural Development Committee began consideration of the marijuana legalization report prepared by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s (D) working group in advance of the short 30-day session beginning in January.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Competitive Enterprise Institute, R Street Institute, Drug Policy Alliance, ACLU of D.C., NORML and other groups sent a letter urging congressional leaders to let Washington, D.C. spend its own local tax money to legalize marijuana sales.
The Environmental Protection Agency said it will remove Superfund protections from a site if it is purchased by a marijuana cultivation company.
The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s Drug Testing Advisory Board will discuss the impact of