Last Thursday, the California state Assembly approved a bill that would prohibit state and local law enforcement officers from assisting federal drug agents making arrests of people complying with the state’s drug laws. The bill now moves to the state Senate.
The bill, if passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, would effectively make California a “sanctuary state” against enforcement of federal drug laws related to the sale and use of marijuana. The state is also considering similar legislation to become a sanctuary state regarding federal immigration laws.
Proponents argued that stricter enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws supported by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions along with a push for stricter sentencing are counter to the spirit of the spirit and letter of Proposition 64 that voters approved last November making sales of recreational marijuana legal in the state.
Opponents countered that the legislation flouts federal law and would interfere with local and state agencies’ ability to cooperate with the federal government.
The bill narrowly passed the Assembly and faces similar long odds in the state Senate.
What Wounded Veterans Need: Medical Marijuana
After 16 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, many Americans view post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and traumatic brain injury, or TBI, as the “signature” wounds of these conflicts. The Department of Veterans Affairs has spent billions of dollars to better understand the symptoms, effects, and treatments for these injuries. But despite advances in diagnostics and interventions in a complex constellation of physical, emotional, behavioral and cognitive defects, TBI and PTSD remain leading causes of death and disability within the veteran community.
There is something else the U.S. can do for suffering veterans: research medical marijuana.
Many Afghanistan and Iraq veterans have contacted the American Legion to relay their personal stories about the efficacy of cannabis in significantly improving their quality of life by enabling sleep, decreasing the prevalence of night terrors, mitigating hyper-alertness, reducing chronic pain, and more. This is why the 2.2 million members of the American Legion are calling on the Trump administration to instruct the Drug Enforcement Agency to change how it classifies cannabis, release the monopoly on cultivation for research purposes, and immediately allow highly-regulated privately-funded medical marijuana production operations in the United States to enable safe and efficient cannabis drug development research.
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