The news reports more than a month ago to the effect that the White House Drug Office had asked 14 federal agencies as well as the DEA to collect and submit data showing the negative effects of marijuana legalization in different states has attracted a backlash which has forced a senior official from the Drug Office to reassure those concerned that the marijuana policy panel will not be subjective as it looks into the impact of cannabis decriminalization in several states across the country.
This clarification was revealed by Senator Michael Bennet from Colorado, one of the first states to decriminalize pot. Senator Bennet disclosed that he had contacted James Carroll (deputy director White House Drug Office) about concerns regarding the attempts to spread negative propaganda against marijuana.
Media reports had suggested that a secret committee had been established to gather data which could be used to portray marijuana as a “national threat” as a way of pushing back against its growing popularity and the wave of decriminalization which is sweeping across the country.
James Carroll clarified that the committee set up would conduct a dispassionate review of cannabis without any preconceived conclusions.
Senator Bennet reaffirmed that the data-driven decisions that were made in Colorado would not be watered down by any propaganda by the feds.
It is only fitting that Colorado takes the lead in calling out any force that is trying to smear marijuana since the state was one of the first two to decriminalize marijuana.
This news comes at a time when contradictions are emerging about how different law enforcement agencies regard cannabis.
For example, LA International Airport issued a press release announcing that it would allow travelers to pass through the airport with marijuana.
However, such people would have to run the gauntlet of TSA since all checkpoints are the jurisdiction of the federal agency. TSA revealed it would refer any matters of cannabis to local law enforcement who are at liberty to decide what to do about the situation. Passengers could be delayed or even miss their flight while these institutions engage in this ping pong.
Another scenario has to do with how Customs and Border Protection regards participants in the legal pot industry. The feds see them as drug traffickers while the states or countries from which they originate treat them as a legitimate industry. This difference of opinion leaves individuals uncertain about what will come next.
It is therefore hoped that the U.S. federal government will review its position and make a decision that harmonizes how marijuana is regarded across the nation. ChineseInvestors.com (OTCQB: CIIX) and Choom Holdings Inc. (CSE: CHOO) (OTCQB: CHOOF) must be waiting with bated breath for the day when marijuana will be regulated by a uniform set of laws across the U.S.
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