DC Council Introduces New Sweeping Bill to Tax and Regulate Cannabis and Reinvest in Communities Targeted by the Drug War

Six Councilmembers join Committee of the Whole Chairman Mendelson in Introduction of Comprehensive Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Act of 2021 March 1, 2021 – Washington, D.C — Today, Committee of the Whole Chairman Phil Mendelson is joined by Councilmembers Charles Allen, Christina Henderson, Brianne K. Nadeau, Brooke Pinto, Kenyan McDuffie, and Mary M. Cheh in […]

Washington State Supreme Court Declares State’s Drug Possession Statute Unconstitutional

DPA Urges State Legislature to Immediately Consider Decriminalization Bill Rather than Reenacting Harmful Penalties of the Past New York, NY – In response to the Washington State Supreme Court declaring the state’s felony drug possession law unconstitutional, Theshia Naidoo, Managing Director of the Department of Legal Affairs, released the following statement: “Yesterday, the Washington Supreme Court […]

Congressman John Yarmuth bought marijuana stock before announcing MORE act

In a continuation of a pattern that we see happening from time to time with members of the federal government, Congressman Yarmuth, Democrat from Kentucky, seemed to benefit from insider knowledge of an expected stock bump when he bought between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of marijuana stock before announcing the MORE act to Congress, which stands for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act. This was all uncovered in an investigation done by Popular Information.
It is only required for lawmakers to give a range of the amount they invested so we can’t be sure how much Yarmuth had invested, but between the stocks for Canopy Growth, Aurora Cannabis, and Tilray he spent up to $15,000. Since December, these stocks have risen in value significantly, with Tilray rising 3.5 times in value.
In the past, we’ve seen Senators sell stocks as inside knowledge gave them a headstart before the pandemic hit.

DPA Urges Congress to Strengthen George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, rather than Fast-Tracking Inadequate Solutions

Bill Fails to Fully Address Police Militarization, Quick-Knock Raids, Military Equipment Transfers to Local Police Departments and More that Disproportionately Target Communities of Color Washington, D.C. – In response to House leadership fast-tracking the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 without addressing concerns from the advocacy community, Maritza Perez, Director of the Office […]

Leading Drug Policy, Harm Reduction & Other Health Care Orgs Cheer Reintroduction of Bipartisan MAT Act

In Letter Last Month, 192 Orgs Called on Biden to Save Lives by Removing Barriers to Life-Saving Treatment and Passing MAT Act Washington, D.C.—Leading harm reduction, drug policy, and health care organizations People’s Action, VOCAL-NY, the Drug Policy Alliance, and National Harm Reduction Coalition today released the following statement in response to Rep. Paul Tonko, […]

Cannabis Taxes feeding lots of money into Illinois public schools

Illinois has a program called R3, which stands for restore, reinvest, and renew, that is funneling funs made from marijuana services into paying for public schools in the state, according to Ganjapreneur.
In total, about $858,669 has been allocated so far. This money is going towards legal aid for students, helping incarcerated youth back into society, career coaching, reproductive education, and more programs to help students.
“R3 is so important to me because I felt that it was critical that if we were going to be legalizing a product that has been used for the last 80 years to penalize largely Black and brown people, it was incredibly important that we took some of the resources of the sale of this product and begin to reinvest it in repairing some of those same communities that had been torn down by the war on drugs,” said State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, who aided in the creation of the R3 program.
And that six-figure amount is only what has been allocated for public schools. In total, the program garnered about $31 million of funding for the state, and they expect the number to potentially raise to $65 million in the next year.
Read the source at Ganjapreneur.

Reactions to marijuana legalization in New Jersey

NJ.com put together some reactions to weed becoming legal in the state, and they’re pretty fun to go through.
Here are a few:
Joey Diaz

Its time to celebrate……I’m about to smoke a number with Governor Murphy………..Thank you NJ!!!! pic.twitter.com/4WqbHg201s
— Joey CoCo Diaz (@madflavor) February 22, 2021

It’s a very happy #MoaMonday here in NJ as weed is now legal 👍👍 hope everyone is having a good day today pic.twitter.com/TRWtLdqkgK
— Paul A (@QuispyBacon) February 22, 2021

Kevin Smith

Jay & Silent Bob have asked meto make a statement on their behalfon this historic day:
“You took away our fuckin’ livelihood!”
Excuse them. Eventually, they’ll be thankful to you and the voters ofNew Jersey for both legalizationand decriminalization.I thank you all too! https://t.co/voVcfgaaNW
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 22, 2021


WHO ALL SMOKN TONIGHT ?? pic.twitter.com/YHsqGmYTkX
— Redman (@therealredman) February 21, 2021

Comedy Central

TFW legal weed comes to New Jersey. pic.twitter.com/VhxnQmgytP
— comedycentral (@ComedyCentral) February 22, 2021

Alex Grubard

✅Tye Dye everything in my sock drawer.✅Eat 2 burritos in a row.✅Get really quiet in the middle of a conversation. https://t.co/NJaqX9EBcz
— Almost Grubard (@Alexgrubard) February 22, 2021

So New Jersey legalizes weed and we’re all just supposed to finish the workday as if nothing happened??? pic.twitter.com/mPmZC7ysZ5
— WEED IS LEGAL IN NEW JERSEY!!! (@L_DiPaolo) February 22, 2021

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