Cannabis Update: demon in the weeds or a civil liberty?

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The California State Legislature is working to crack down on over 70% of cities and towns — including Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palm — that stringently enforced cannabis prohibition in their jurisdictions and stall cannabis markets. 

Some surprising thing are happening in the area of legal cannabis. For example, under a new court decision its okay for California prisoners (inmates) to possess cannabis but they cannot ingest or smoke it. The PBS travel guy, Rick Steves’ Europe  is advocating  that cannabis use is a civil liberty. Nevada employers cannot refuse to hire a job applicant for failing a marijuana screening test. And California’s AB 1356 is now amended and is moving through the state legislature.

AB 1356 will require that towns and cities open cannabis markets for residents in order to comply with Prop. 64 and the California Constitution.

The following updated news stories are not fictional; life is stranger than fiction…

California jail and prison inmates are legally allowed to possess small quantities of marijuana

Under Prop 64, a court has ruled, California inmates can possess cannabis. The decision came Tuesday, June 11 out of the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Sacramento. The three justices overturned the conviction of five men who had been found guilty of marijuana possession on prison grounds. “According to the plain language of Health and Safety Code section 11362.1, enacted as part of Proposition 64, possession of less than an ounce of cannabis in prison is no longer a felony,” the justices concluded. 

“Smoking or ingesting cannabis in prison remains a felony and prison regulations forbid possession,” according to the court. Therefore, anyone caught in the act of using marijuana could face criminal punishment. While jails can prohibit possession as a matter of policy, violation will not result in additional time added to an existing jail sentence.

Rick Steves’ Europe – “Cannabis use is a civil liberty.
Like most of Europe, I believe marijuana is a soft drug (like alcohol and tobacco), not a hard drug. Like alcohol and tobacco, it should be treated as a health rather than a criminal issue. Crime should only enter the equation if it is abused to the point where innocent people are harmed. That’s why Nadine Strossen, president of the ACLU, Norm Stamper, former Seattle police chief, and I serve together on the board of directors of NORML. Last year over 800,000 Americans were arrested on marijuana charges — a 100% increase since 1980. Well over 80% of these arrests were for simple possession. Many of these people were sentenced to mandatory prison time. Our courts and prisons are clogged with non-violent people whose only offense is smoking, buying or selling marijuana. While our nation is in a serious financial crisis, it spends literally billions of dollars annually chasing down responsible adults who are good, tax-paying citizens in all regards except for the occasional use of marijuana

 Nevada employers cannot refuse to hire a job applicant for failing a marijuana screening test

Beginning in 2020 Nevada will be the first state to pass such a law.

AB 1356 Landmark Bill Expanding Access to Cannabis – PENDING 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION.
Business and Professions Code proposal to require towns and cities to open commerce cannabis markets and expanding access to cannabis. The bill would require the minimum number of those local licenses required to be issued in that jurisdiction to be 25% 1/6 of the number of currently active on-sale general licenses for alcoholic beverage sales in that jurisdiction.

Archaeologists find signs of ritualized cannabis use 2,500 years ago

A new report in the journal Science Advances the science that cannabis was used in burial rituals 2,500 years ago in western China. The cannabis found was not an ordinary cannabis. It was determined it was high grade quality. 

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