The House of Representatives voted Friday to decriminalize Marijuana on the federal level and expunge some cannabis-related criminal offenses from citizens’ records and police reports.
The final tally was 228-164.
“We’re not rushing to legalize marijuana. The American people have already done that. We’re here because Congress has failed to deal with a disastrous war on drugs and do its part for the over 15 million marijuana users in every one of your districts,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon.
“Our marijuana laws disproportionately harm individuals and communities of color, leading to convictions that damage job prospects, access to housing, and the ability to vote,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, wrote on Twitter.
“This week, your House Democrat majority is tackling the tough issues by holding a vote on legalizing pot and banning tiger ownership,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wrote Monday on Twitter. “Nothing for small businesses. Nothing for re-opening schools. Nothing on battling the pandemic. Just cannabis and cats.”
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CANNABIS NEWS NETWORK: Anderson Cooper SHOCKED by Weed-Fueled Broadcast
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was reportedly stunned by his network’s weed-fueled New Year’s Eve coverage, telling a late-night comedian that he was just as “surprised as anybody else” over the outlet’s risqué broadcast, reports Fox News.
Cooper was speaking with “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert when he was asked to comment on his network’s infamous New Year’s Eve show, featuring intoxicated anchors, drunk hosts, and fellow journalist Randi Kaye reporting from a marijuana-themed party.
“Do you still have a contact high from Randi Kaye?” asked Colbert.
“It’s legal in Colorado… she did not smoke, obviously. She was just in the environment,” said Cooper.
“The whole thing surprised me as much as anybody else, I gotta tell you,” he added.
CNN found itself in hot-water New Year’s Day as viewers and readers complained the network took its broadcast too far, saying the cable news outlet was attempting to “trademark the debauchery.”
“CNN is trying to trademark the debauchery as its brand for New Year’s Eve coverage. I mean that quite seriously,” said Media Research Center President Brent Bozell. “So this year they’re doing pot and getting stoned.”
BACKLASH: Dems $3 Trillion Spending Wish List Includes ‘Marijuana Banking Protections’
A growing backlash on social media grew Thursday after the Democrats’ $3 trillion spending bill included protections for the Marijuana-banking industry.
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Democrats’ $3 trillion proposal for yet another coronavirus relief bill includes measures that would allow state-legal marijuana businesses to access financial services — a provision that has been ridiculed by some on the right but hailed by those in the marijuana industry as welcome relief for their “essential” businesses.
The cannabis-related language, which appears on pages 1,066-1,091 of the massive 1,815-page legislation, mirrors the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act – known as the SAFE Banking Act – which passed the House in September with bipartisan support but has languished in the Senate. The bill also includes productions for hemp and CBD manufacturers, which still exist on shaky legal ground in the U.S.
Essentially, the cannabis-related provisions would allow banks and other financial institutions to work with state-legal marijuana businesses and businesses that provide services to the marijuana industry without fear of federal retaliation — a specter that has forced such enterprises to work mainly in cash for years.
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