by: Weekend Review Kit
Israel’s Police Inspector-General, Yochanan Danino, that he thinks “the time has come for the Israel police, together with the state, to reexamine their stance on cannabis.” While medical marijuana is available to some 20,000 people and cannabis research is booming in Israel, use for other purposes is not allowed. And though marijuana possession hasn’t been an enforcement priority for police in Israel since 1985 when the Attorney General issued a directive not to charge people for a first possession offense, over 23,000 people were arrested in 2013 for cannabis that was considered for personal use.
The political climate around cannabis continues to evolve (or devolve, depending on who you ask) in the US, as President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have pegged Chuck Rosenberg, currently chief of staff to the FBI director, to replace Michele Leonhart as acting DEA head. Rosenberg’s appointment comes in the wake of that resulted in Leonhart’s resignation, and there are conflicting opinions as to the role he might play in reforming the troubled agency. that Rosenberg won’t make state-legal cannabis operations an enforcement priority, and advocates are hopeful that he’ll “improve procedures on how to classify, declassify, or reclassify” substances like marijuana. . As a US attorney in the state of Virginia, Rosenberg had no problems enforcing mandatory minimums for crack-cocaine, which contributed to racial disparities in sentencing laws.
Oregon continues to work the finer points of their program to tax and regulate recreational cannabis. The joint committee charged with implementing the state’s Initiative 91 can agree on almost everything, . In order to prevent diversion of product to the black market, the group of lawmakers has worked together to craft medical marijuana regulations ahead of the rollout of recreational cannabis sales. They have reached consensus on most points but continue to disagree over whether local governments can ban facilities or whether such a move must be decided by voters.
It’s clear to anyone who pays attention to sports that the NFL has much more to worry about than whether its players use cannabis, and some think it’s time for football to reevaluate its marijuana policy. In its current state – less than transparent in-house investigations, disgusting displays of domestic abuse, and brain injuries sustained on the field during every game – ? With public opinion on cannabis usage and laws changing rapidly, is it time for the NFL to adjust its outdated perception of cannabis? Many players think so, and Mason Tvert of Marijuana Policy Project makes the point that alcohol, whose industry is one of the NFL’s major sponsors, has actually been shown to contribute to domestic abuse and brain injuries. Might we all be better served with Super Bowl halftime ads brought to you by High There?
to an issue many in the cannabis industry consider the biggest hurdle to both legitimacy and simply staying in business: tax code 280E. This obscure piece of tax law was , when a drug dealer in Minnesota argued that if he had to pay taxes on his (illegal) cocaine and meth operation, he should be allowed to write off expenses associated with that business. Congress was not so keen on this loophole and closed it as soon as they could with 280E. The tax code, which forbids deductions and tax credits from “illegal trafficking in drugs,” applies to medical and recreational cannabis businesses because, despite their state legal status, they remain federally prohibited. Many business owners worry that high taxes will force them into bankruptcy. As things stand now, would constitute a cut.