California Law Enforcement is not Happy With Jerry Brown’s Direction on Marijuana Laws
On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown released documents highlighting his plan to reconcile key differences between California’s medical marijuana laws and new regulations overseeing recreational sales. While many applauded the move, some were not thrilled with the idea. The California Police Chiefs Association has come out against Brown’s plan. “The proposal favors big marijuana grows over the welfare of our communities,” association Second Vice President Ken Corney said.
Kansas City Voters Join Other Missouri Cities and Overwhelmingly Approve Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
Residents in Kansas City seem to be tired of excessive penalties for low-level marijuana possession. Earlier this week, 75 percent of voters approved Question 5. The measure reduces the penalty for possession of under 35g of marijuana to $25 with no jail time. Currently, the same charge could result in incarceration and up to a $500 fine. Other cities in Missouri, such as St. Louis, have enacted similar decriminalization measures.
Nevada State Officials Seeking Clarification From Sessions on Marijuana Laws
Nevada voters approved the use of recreational marijuana last November. Recreational sales are expected to begin as early as this summer. However, state officials are seeking clarification from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. This is likely related to recent comments by Sessions’ that suggest a federal crackdown on state marijuana industries could be on the horizon. A letter has been sent to Sessions by state lawmakers asking for guidance.
Marijuana Reform Could be Stranded in Alabama Bureaucracy
Despite calls for medical marijuana and previous bills to lower penalties associated with possession, there appears to be very little movement on reform in Alabama. “There’s not been any talk here about, any serious conversations about it,” said state Rep. Anthony Daniels, D-Huntsville, and House minority leader. “I’ve heard more from constituents on this issue than legislators. There’s nobody really leading that fight.” Lawmakers do not feel optimistic about legislative action in 2017 but some are hopeful a bill could make it to the floor by next year.