Legal marijuana is spreading like a weed across the land but it has yet to take root in the place where people might benefit most from inhaling: the U.S. Capitol.
The Maryland General Assembly finished work Monday on a marijuana decriminalization bill, joining two dozen other states and the District in some form of legalization. Colorado and Washington allow recreational pot, while most others have legalized only medical marijuana, but the combined campaign has redefined the meaning of a grass-roots movement.
Still, federal law hasn’t budged, and a bill sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) that would recognize the medical value of marijuana has languished for a year; it has only 23 co-sponsors and no chance of passing. On Monday, when members of the pro-legalization Americans for Safe Access held their annual “lobby day” on Capitol Hill, not a single member of Congress granted them a personal audience.
Amsterdam to Keep Pulling in Millions of Foreign Soft-Drug Users as Dutch Ditch Controversial ‘Weed Pass’ Law
Dutch cities are to decide themselves whether to bar foreign drug tourists from so-called coffee-shops, after the government scrapped its unpopular ‘weed pass’ law.
The move will allow Amsterdam to keep pulling in millions of foreign soft-drug users, while allowing border towns to clamp down on crime related to drug tourism.
‘The best way of seeing which measures are effective is at local level,’ Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten said in a letter sent to parliament late Monday.
‘We are abandoning the ‘cannabis card’,’ he added.
The Dutch government announced a year ago that it was introducing a law to ban foreigners from entering dope-dealing ‘coffee-shops’, also forcing local smokers to show identification and register in a database.
Called the ‘cannabis card’ law, it rolled out in May in three southern Dutch provinces that attract many Belgian, French and German drug tourists.
The move was aimed at curbing drug-related phenomena like late-night revelry, traffic jams and dealing in hard drugs.
But its critics said it simply pushed drug peddling onto the streets of southern cities like Maastricht and Tilburg and led to a rise in crime.
Coffee-shop owners in the south were pleased that tourists could now at least buy drugs somewhere, but lamented the fact that their own establishments remained off-limits.
We will be in Amsterdam next week for a 24-hour layover on our way to Israel. I am planning to visit the Anne Frank Museum, but I know which tourist attraction Zedushka prefers.
Weed-loving treehuggers, you are on notice. The cultivation of your beloved endo, or marijuana grown indoors, consumes a whopping 1 percent of the entire nation’s electricity. That’s enough juice to power 2 million American homes. All those grow lights, it turns out, inhale some serious juice.
This is according to the work of Evan Mills, a longtime researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (who worked on this on his own time, he makes sure to note). Mills released his eye-popping independent study last week.