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This Saturday in Steelton PA!!!

If you’re in the greater Harrisburg area or just want to make a day trip for a great FREE event please come on out!

This is a family friendly medically focused event with speakers, bands, games and more! Pittsburgh NORML’s Patrick and Theresa are featured panelists. The keynote is the incredible “momma bear” Diana Hileman Briggs of PA Compassionate Caregivers. Other panels will feature our veterans and a frank discussion of cannabis and the opioid crisis.

If you are interested in any aspects of PA’s MMJ program and its future please head out to Steelton on Saturday!

South Front Street, Steelton, PA 17113

Saturday at 11 AM – 9 PM
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Testimony before Democratic Policy Committee on Legalization

Patrick Nightingale was in Harrisburg to testify on behalf of full legalization Monday before the Democratic Policy Committee. Below is the full text of his speech.


Good morning Senator Boscola, Representative Sturla and all of the members of the Committee.  Thank you for inviting me to submit comment on the issue of cannabis reform in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  I am submitting my testimony in my capacity as the Director of the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.  Professionally, I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in both state and federal court and a former prosecutor from Allegheny County.

Cannabis prohibition in Pennsylvania and, indeed, the nation as a whole was based on lies, racism and a political agenda that has resulted in hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Americans being targeted, arrested, prosecuted and convicted merely for possessing a plant.  Altoona’s own Harry Anslinger, founding commissioner of the Bureau of Narcotics joined forces with William Randolph Hearst to demonize this scary new drug being brought across the border by dark skinned immigrants.  “Hemp” and “cannabis” were jettisoned in favor of “marijuana” to frighten white America.  His sensationalist testimony before Congress ascribed all manners of violent crime to “marijuana addicts” while Hearst’s newspapers screamed that cannabis was “an assassin of youth” causing unspeakable acts of violence and depravity.

President Richard Nixon argued that Controlled Substances Act was necessary to protect the nation from the evils of drug use and addiction.  But, as with Anslinger’s fabrications, the Nixon administration had another agenda.  According to Nixon’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor John Erlichman:

“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities . .  could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.

             One voice of reason came from former Pennsylvania Governor Raymond Shafer, a Meadville native, who was tasked by President Nixon to assess the “danger” of cannabis.  It was temporarily placed in Schedule I pending the Shafer Commission’s Report.  Much to the consternation of the President, Governor Shafer recommended regulating cannabis use in a manner similar to alcohol and to not criminalize possession.  The Commission’s report was buried and cannabis has remained Schedule I ever since.

The effect has been profound.  Even today close to 20,000 Pennsylvanians are charged with possessing cannabis every year, more than all hard drugs combined. Pennsylvanians of color are charged 4 to 5 times more frequently than their white counterparts despite similar rates of usage.  A criminal conviction for a misdemeanor “small amount” can result in loss of employment, housing, educational opportunities and even the loss of custodial rights.

It is with this background that I urge you to support cannabis reform in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

As my fellow witnesses speaking on behalf of Pennsylvania’s nascent medical cannabis industry can attest, the cannabis industry in the United States is expanding rapidly, bringing tax revenue and employment.  Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has estimated that a regulated system of cultivation and distribution could generate recurring revenue of close to 600 million annually.  As of 2019 the cannabis industry has created over 200,000 jobs and is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation.

Adult use reform must also include the ability of Pennsylvanians to cultivate cannabis for personal consumption.  We are very fortunate to have an effective medical cannabis program in Pennsylvania.  For some, however, the costs can be prohibitive.  It is heartbreaking to hear a patient say they are returning to prescription opioids because Oxycontin is covered.  Home cultivation will permit patients of limited means the ability to choose a non-toxic, natural treatment alternative.  Home cultivation is also consistent with individual liberty and basic individual rights and freedoms.  We are free to grow our own vegetables, brew our own beer and make our own wine.  Cannabis legalization should be no different.

Adult use legalization must also provide for “restorative justice” that will allow those with criminal convictions for cannabis related offenses to seek expungements and to have a path to employment in the cannabis industry.  Persons of color who have suffered disproportional must have a role moving forward as too often even minor possessory convictions have been used as a hard and fast barrier to employment.

I understand that my friends and colleagues in law enforcement have legitimate concerns about adult use reform.  They are right to express their concerns.  Fortunately, we have the ability to look at data from other states when weighing these concerns.

The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice published a report on the impact of adult use legalization in October, 2018.[1]  Relative to DUI it found:

  • DUI fatalities with active THC declined from 2016 to 2017 by close to 50%;
  • Cannabis only DUI remained steady at 7% of all DUI

While DUI fatalities with a detectable THC metabolite increased from 55 in 2013 to 139 in 2017 this is attributable to the fact that Colorado began testing for THC and THC metabolites in all DUI investigations.  Metabolites only cannot measure impairment and Carboxy THC can remain in the blood for days or weeks after consumption.  In fact, the Arizona Supreme Court found “metabolite only” DUI prosecutions to be a denial of equal protection for medical patients.

Relative to teen cannabis use, the Colorado report found:

  • The youth marijuana rate was at its lowest (9.1%) since 2007;
  • High school students reporting cannabis use was unchanged from 2005 – 2016;
  • Use by students 13 and under declined from 2015 – 2017

The “gateway drug” fallacy has often been cited and, indeed, embraced by those opposed to legalization as an accepted and well established fact.  It is anything but.  Correlation is not causation.  According to addictions professionals most who use and abuse controlled substances started with alcohol and tobacco use, but no one suggests that these substances act as a “gateway”.  Cannabis is the most widely used “illicit” drug in the world.  Were there any substance to the “gateway drug” myth we would expect to see a corresponding increase in hard drug use.  However, according to a 2014 report from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health the vast majority of cannabis consumers do not move on to other harder drugs.[2]

It is time to put the ruinous and racist era of cannabis prohibition behind us.  It is time to admit that prohibition was a deeply flawed policy that has caused incalculable harm, especially to persons and communities of color.  I urge you to give your full support to both decriminalization, which will shield 20,000 Pennsylvanians annually from the criminal justice system, and full adult use legalization which will usher in a new era of prosperity and liberty for all

Thank you for this opportunity to be heard.

Patrick K. Nightingale, Esquire



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New Year, New Challenges

Cannabis legalization is front and center on many states agendas in 2019. Governor Tom Wolf is taking a serious look at the process but he certainly has a bit of a mountain to climb.

Pennsylvania is basically two states: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on the ends and “Pennsyltucky” in the middle.

But even with that disparity, the tide is slowly turning, with over 60% of citizens in favor of some sort of legalization. It’s merely a matter of time until the republicans in Pennsylvania government recognize this is no longer a topic which can be ignored.

The state is in desperate need of revenue and cannabis can fill that void.

States like Colorado are seeing vast sums of money flowing in to balance budgets and expand things like education. It’s only a matter of time before Pennsylvania politicians get the message.

We will continue working to bring about the needed change to finally bring legalization to Pennsylvania citizens.

Count on it.

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The Future Is Green: Cannabis Reform in 2019

The future is indeed green as we head in to 2019.

Canada has legalized adult use and is regulating distribution. Canadian “pot stocks” are hot. Michigan has become the 10th state in the United States to fully legalize and Massachusetts’ system of retail distribution is now operational. California continues to prepare for its full adult use marketplace, and New Jersey could legalize at the beginning of the year.

Thirty-three states have legalized for medical use and over 200 million Americans live in a state with some type of medical cannabis program.

On the federal level the results of the mid-term elections bode well for legislation currently
stalled in the House of Representatives. Outgoing Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions used
his position to block any and all cannabis reform bills. With the Democratic Party set to take
control of the House reform activists are optimistic that bills addressing banking reform,
research, state’s rights and de-scheduling will move through Committee and to a full floor vote.
While the Senate retains a GOP majority, reform allies such as Sen. Cory Gardner and Sen. Rand
Paul could be key in moving legislation through the Senate.

Locally here in Pennsylvania 2019 will welcome both decriminalization bills and a full “adult
use” bill. Representatives Ed Gainey and Barry Jozwiak both introduced decriminalization bills
in 2017, but Rep. Jozwiak’s bill is the one most likely to advance to the House Floor. It would
reduce the offense grading from a misdemeanor to a summary offense for the first two
convictions, but would escalate to a misdemeanor upon the third. Rep. Jake Wheatley will
reintroduce his full adult use bill which would legalize possession, cultivation of 6 plants,
provide for expungement of cannabis related convictions and would create a regulated system
of retail distribution. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale estimates that Pennsylvania could
generate close to $600 million in recurring revenue.

Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program continues to expand. Over 100,000 patients and
caregivers have been registered and over 900 physicians have registered. The Medical
Marijuana Advisory Board has been meeting quarterly and will be promulgating a framework
for adding qualifying medical conditions. Approximately one-third of the licensed
grower/processors are operational and producing products. Of the potential 150 dispensaries
approximately 40 are selling products to patients.

But many issues confront Pennsylvania patients – Pennsylvania remains “zero tolerance” for
DUI meaning that any amount of THC, active or metabolite, is sufficient for a conviction. Prices
remain out of reach for patients of limited means and the patient fund has yet to be
established. Law enforcement and the Courts have received no guidance or training leading to
inconsistencies and disparate treatment from County to County. Registered patients are faced
with significant Second Amendment restrictions. While PA’s medical marijuana law prohibits
discrimination, employee rights have yet to be tested in practice.

Last but certainly not least is the rapid expansion of domestic hemp production and cultivation.
The Farm Bill permits states to develop hemp cultivation programs with an eye towards commercial application.

The “CBD” industry continues to expand despite being Schedule I in the eyes of the DEA. The United States Senate recently passed hemp legalization legislation, but its future in the House is uncertain.
The future is most certainly green, but a lot of work remains to be done before the nightmare
of “Reefer Madness” is finally and permanently behind us.

Patrick K. Nightingale, Esq.
Partner, Cannabis Legal Solutions

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Medicinal Cannabis Update: April/May 2018

There have been a few developments in the world of medicinal cannabis over the past month that are quite noteworthy.


Yesterday, May 15, 2018, was Election Day in Pennsylvania and medicinal cannabis scored a big win with the primary victory of Lt. Governor hopeful John Fetterman, who will be running with Gov. Tom Wolf in the next election.  Fetterman has been a strong ally of medicinal cannabis and we at Cannabis Legal Solutions strongly endorse his candidacy.

April saw the 2018 World Medical Cannabis Conference at the David L. Lawrence convention center in Pittsburgh. Attendees from across the state and the U.S. gathered in what was a very successful conference.

Our own Patrick Nightingale gave the opening Keynote address and also participated in several workshops and panel discussions which were well-received by attendees.

Major players were there, including Keystone Integrated, Solevo and Cresco Yeltrah as well as other growers/dispensary owners and attendant support service providers from across Pennsylvania. The event was hosted by Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society.

Coincidentally, perhaps, President Trump announced his support for medicinal cannabis while the convention was happening.  This is a big development in light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ previous statements saying he does not support medicinal cannabis, and everyone involved in this booming industry breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Perhaps the time has come to petition the President to work with congress to reschedule cannabis to reflect reality and acknowledge the medical efficacy of cannabis treatments.  It would be a real win for everyone involved if the federal government also addressed the conflicting banking regulations that prevent using banks for, “drug money”.

Unfortunately, not all the news in April was good.

Industrial Hemp took a hit when the DEA decided to thumb their noses at congress and classify hemp as a schedule 1 narcotic, despite the fact that it has no authority to do so.

The DEA is a regulatory agency which is there to enforce the law, not create the law.  Only congress has the authority to reschedule a drug and legislate laws.  This will undoubtedly result in a challenge in the courts.

And finally, great news for Pennsylvania patients as the Pennsylvania Department of Health has expanded their recommendations for treatment options and qualifying conditions.

Recommendation that the program expand the form of medical marijuana permitted under the Medical Marijuana Act of 2016 to include dry leaf or plant form for administration by vaporization.

Recommendation that the medical condition of “neurodegenerative diseases” be added to the list of serious medical conditions.

Recommendation that the medical condition of “dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders” be added.

Recommendation that the medical condition of “addiction substitute therapy-opioid reduction” be added.

Recommendation of adding the medical condition of “terminally ill,” meaning a medical prognosis of life expectancy of approximately one year or less if the illness runs its normal course.

Recommendation that practitioners have the option to opt-out of the public registry.

Check back here for more developments as they occur.


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The Cannabis Chronicles: A Brief Legal History of Cannabis

The Cannabis Chronicles

Congress passes the Pure Food and Drug Act. Cannabis is regulated as a drug.
Congress lists cannabis as a narcotic and regulates it as a poisonous substance. Various states begin regulating marijuana in the following years, adding it to a list of “habit forming drugs”.
In 1930, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics is formed, headed by Harry J. Anslinger, causing increased scrutiny of cannabis use.
Anslinger was a virulent racist who saw marijuana regulation as a weapon to use against African Americans, Hispanics and other groups he deemed undesirable, including certain entertainers like Jazz musicians. His agency churned out most of the “Reefer Madness” propaganda we now find laughably outrageous.
The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 made possession and transfer of cannabis illegal except for medical and industrial uses. Cannabis was now being regulated and taxed, putting the United States in the weed business.
In 1938, Congress passes the Pure Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, resulting in the creation of the Food and Drug Administration. Marijuana remains listed as a “dangerous drug”.
During World War II, the need for hemp saw the government encouraging farmers to cultivate more hemp than ever before. Yet the medical efficacy of cannabis was still ignored.
In 1947, the DuPont corporation invented nylon, which competed with hemp as a fiber material, resulting in an end to hemp cultivation by the mid-1950’s.
Things got much worse for cannabis in the 1950’s when Congress instituted severe mandatory sentences for a variety of drugs, including cannabis. The penalty for cannabis possession as of 1956 became a minimum 2-10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
The decade most associated with drug use is ironically the decade of virtually no anti-drug legislation. This would all change after the election of Richard Nixon in 1968.
In 1970, the Nixon administration went to war on drugs beginning with the Controlled Substances Act and the creation of the Schedule List for drugs, which identified cannabis as Schedule 1– along with drugs like Heroin– as having the greatest potential for abuse and no medicinal value. In 1973, the DEADrug Enforcement Administration— was formed, and the War on Drugs was truly on.
The 1980’s saw the criminal penalties associated with drugs become much harsher under the Reagan administration with the institution of mandatory minimum sentences and the “Three Strikes Rule”. First Lady Nancy Reagan led an anti-drug crusade with increased propaganda– primarily aimed at children and teens– flooding the airwaves. Remember the egg frying while a somber voice intoned, “This is your brain on drugs” commercials?
California Proposition 215, passed in 1996, changed everything by legalizing medicinal cannabis in that state. Over the next two decades, other states followed suit, bringing us to the present.
The Present
Currently, there are 29 states with some form of medical and/or recreational use protections for cannabis. States like Colorado are generating huge tax benefits from legal weed while experiencing a net decline in opioid abuse and teen drug use overall. Unfortunately, the appointment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions has cast a cloud of concern on cannabis legalization.

The fight goes on.

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The DEA Ignores Congress and Declares War on Hemp

When Congress passed the 2014 Farm Bill, they included industrial hemp as a legitimate agricultural concern.  The bill they passed allowed for research and crops grown by educational facilities and allowed states to determine what private parties could participate.

The Farm Bill defines hemp (Cannabis Ruderalis) as a plant that is separate from marijuana (Cannabis Sativa).  This determination is  based on the  lack of THC and no psychoactive components in hemp.  They defined the level of THC as being, “not more than .03 percent THC”, a level that is far below what it takes to produce a psychoactive effect.  The legislation purposely included ALL parts of the plant, including the flower, and any derivative thereof. This implicitly recognizes that the plant by itself requires processing in order to be of any value. That includes CBD extract.

Hemp CBD has no psychoactive effects and may have medicinal benefits.  Any potential medicinal value of hemp is for the FDA to determine, not the DEA.  Additionally, the DEA is not a law making agency. They have absolutely no authority to make the law.  Their authority is to enforce the laws made by Congress.   It is not within the scope of their power to reinterpret, redefine or dilute the law in any way.  And yet, that is exactly what the DEA is attempting to do.  In essence, the DEA is telling Congress, “We get to decide what the law you passed means, not you.”

Congress was very explicit in the wording of the Farm Bill, yet the DEA is attempting to circumvent the intent of the law.  Congress was definitely addressing the necessary processes of turning Hemp into various products. They specifically included ALL parts of the plant, including the flower, which is where CBD extracts come from.

As stated above, the DEA is a regulatory agency with no legislative authority whatsoever, yet they decided to ignore the stated intent of the Farm Bill by parsing the language to suit their own agenda, which in this instance resulted in their classification of CBD as a controlled substance.

The whole issue is now in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  An Amicus Brief has been filed by 28 Senators and Congresspersons in support of the plaintiff in Hemp Industries Association v. Drug Enforcement Administration. It is clear Congress will not let the DEA get away with what is a case of over-reach on their part.  We’re keeping a close eye this case as it has far reaching implications.

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A Busy Opening Week for Medicinal Cannabis

A sampling of Cresco Yeltrah products.

The first week of Medicinal Cannabis sales in Pennsylvania is complete, and it was booming.

In fact, dispensaries were so busy demand exceeded supply.

Cresco Yeltrah is the only grow facility which was able to provide products at the current time, and dispensaries went through their first shipment in 3 days.

CY Plus is a Cresco Yeltrah dispensary located in Butler PA, and was the first dispensary to open their doors.

Cannabis Legal Solutions partner Patrick K. Nightingale was the third patient served at CY Plus and consequently was also the third patient in the state of Pennsylvania to receive medication under the new medicinal cannabis law.

Here in Allegheny county, Solevo, located in Squirrel Hill (Pittsburgh) opened their doors on Tuesday and also went through their stock as well.

(At the time of this writing, both dispensaries should be restocked.)

Theresa Nightingale, Patrick’s wife and Chairperson of the Pittsburgh NORML Women’s Alliance, was one of the first patients served at Soleva’s dispensary, which is only a couple blocks from her residence.

Both reported very professional treatment and impressive facilities and the quality of the product was first rate according to the  Nightingales.

Prices were a little higher than expected in Butler, but this is probably a reflection of the lower patient population in that area of Pennsylvania and is something that will level out as more producers come online and the marketplace stabilizes itself over the coming months.

There are still some unanswered questions regarding medicinal cannabis in Pennsylvania, and over the next couple months, many will no doubt be answered.

One of the biggest concerns we’re hearing from potential patients is how having a medical cannabis card will affect gun ownership. It will not affect guns patients already own however, it does mean patients will not be able to purchase additional firearms.

The ATF form for gun purchases requires disclosing use of any controlled substance, including marijuana. Lying on the form is a felony, so we strongly advise patients to purchase any new firearms prior to getting their card.

Of course, the only way to change this situation is to reschedule marijuana from schedule 1 to schedule 2. Cannabis Legal Solutions encourages Pennsylvanians to contact their representatives in the House and Senate and tell them you believe the law needs to change.

The need is real. Twenty nine states now have some form of legalized cannabis, either recreational  and/or medical. Our elected officials can not continue to ignore the winds of change sweeping the nation.

Law abiding citizens should not be under the treat of prosecution by the Federal government for taking medicine that is legal in the state in which they reside.

The overwhelming demand exhibited on opening week shows there is a significant portion of the population who needs this important medication.

That’s a decision that should be left to patients and their primary care physicians, not the federal government.

We are rapidly approaching the inescapable conclusion that the Federal government needs to take action on this, instead of kicking these very real problems down the road.

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Marijuana For Teens: The Thrill is Gone

Teenagers love testing boundaries. They enjoy courting danger. They are, in general, thrill seekers.

For some, the thrill of scoring illegal drugs is very tempting.

Most drug users will tell you there is a “high” in the act of just scoring more drugs.  There is danger, excitement, suspense.

Legalization of marijuana has removed a lot of that real and/or perceived danger from purchasing marijuana.

For starters, legalization takes away the profit motive for drug dealers.  Why sell marijuana and risk prosecution if your customer base can just go to a dispensary to get their stash?

Of course, teens cannot buy marijuana at dispensaries in the first place, but the same is true of alcohol and the liquor store.  Unless we missed something, no one is running a still that caters to the teen market.

Drinking alcohol is a social thing and is far more acceptable to society as a whole, which goes a long way in explaining why teens drink to begin with.

Alcohol is sold and consumed at a variety of gatherings– sporting events, concerts– and is advertised on television and in magazines.

This is not true of marijuana, even in states where is legal for recreational use.

There are no ads on TV featuring supermodels or characters like Spuds McKenzie, glamorizing marijuana use for impressionable young people to see.

Even where it is legal, public consumption of marijuana is generally restricted and more frequently, banned altogether.

Going to score drugs from a drug dealer is an exciting adventure.  Buying them at the store is rather mundane.  For a teenager, there is not much danger involved with standing in front of a liquor store asking adults to buy you a bottle of booze.

In fact, it’s kind of pathetic and not exactly, “cool”.

In states where marijuana is legal, and the black market no longer exists, the thrill of scoring weed is gone.

Perhaps this explains the drop in teen marijuana use in states where it’s been legalized. It’s just not cool anymore.

Add to that the negatives of smoking in general.

Teen cigarette use is way down from 20 years ago, in part because it’s been vilified as unhealthy and a nasty habit to boot.  Not smoking is way cooler than smoking to today’s youth.

Which brings us to Tide Pods.

Tide Pods have killed more people in the past 6 months than marijuana has in it’s whole history, and they don’t even get you high!

Yet we see thrill seeking teenagers eating plastic detergent pods simply for the thrill.

No high, no addiction issues… just the thrill of doing something, well, incredibly stupid.

Legalization for recreational use means no more dangerous drug deals in seedy neighborhoods. No more dealers battling for turf. Just a trip to the store.

No excitement there.

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Legalization: The Fight Goes On

Since Pennsylvania passed Act 16, the state medicinal cannabis program has been in the news with regularity.

On the one hand, the coverage has been a plus in terms of raising awareness and ‘normalizing’ the idea of marijuana as medicine.  It has opened the door to frank discussion.

On the other hand, the victory in getting Act 16 passed seems to have lulled the public into the idea that marijuana is legal– that the work of legalization is done.

This is of course not the case at all.

Marijuana remains on the Federal Schedule 1 list (meaning it has no medical benefits and a high potential for abuse), despite the overwhelming body of evidence showing it does in fact have medicinal efficacy.

The conflicting positions of the Federal government and States where it is legal in some form– either medicinal or recreational– has opened a proverbial legal can of worms.

The are still many questions that have no clear answers.

Questions like, how does having a medical marijuana card impact an individual’s rights? For example, does having a medical marijuana card affect gun ownership? How does it affect the right to privacy regarding medical records?  What is the role of the IRS and tax laws regarding profits and/or income from a Schedule 1 substance being deposited in banks?

What about potential criminal penalties when taking medicine into a State that does not have a medicinal cannabis law on the books?

How about DUI laws and medicinal cannabis, or possessing an otherwise legal medication on Federal property?

Will health insurance cover treatment in the future?  Will companies continue to drug test employees for marijuana in States where it legal for recreational use?

And the big question, what is the position of the Federal government on all this?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been ambiguous when asked whether or not the Justice Department will work to curtail the legalization process or respect the will of the people.

Of course, actions speak louder than words and so far, the AG is quietly pushing an agenda that appears unfriendly to the legalization movement.  His is a process of incrementalism, which includes what could be called, ‘vaguely stated, thinly veiled threats’ to roll back the progress legalization has made.

During the Presidential campaign, Sessions’ boss, President Trump, was quoted as saying he would not interfere with the legalization process,  but has since been silent on the subject.

Sessions was in Pittsburgh about a week ago, speaking at the Federal courthouse downtown. Pittsburgh NORML and other groups gathered to protest the AG, but to be candid, the turnout was exceptionally small.

A large turnout would have made a strong statement to the AG, which is why we’re concerned that people may think our work is done.

With an Attorney General in office who is openly hostile to marijuana law reform, it is more important than ever for people to make their voices heard.

Call your representatives. Let them know it’s time for a change at the Federal level. Marijuana should be rescheduled.


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