On February 1, the California Medical Association endorsed the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Here’s the story from the Sacramento Bee, which features a short video running down the big questions about the ballot initiative. And here’s the press release from the CMA, which is the largest representative body of physicians in the state.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration has signaled that it will not revisit federal law in its last year unless Congress does.
All while people continue to suffer at the hands of prohibition.
Here are a couple of stories about a Missouri man who is 21 years into a life-without-parole sentence for nonviolent marijuana offenses. He will die in prison if the governor doesn’t grant him clemency.
Here’s one from San Francisco, of all places, where police took a guy down over $20 of pot because they were collecting overtime pay for their sting operation. They charged the guy with felony possession for sale, but a jury acquitted him in three hours flat.
Here’s another about a military veteran and father of two from Virginia who was deported for a nonviolent marijuana offense.
And here’s one about a Florida man who was mistakenly shot to death when a SWAT team raided his house over $200 of pot.
They’re a dime a dozen: casualties of a counter-productive policy that persists in 2016.