Racial disparities in Philadelphia’s marijuana arrests
Even though cannabis possession was decriminalized four years ago in Philadelphia, hundreds of people are still arrested each year for purchasing marijuana. Additionally, as is the unfortunate case in many cities, black residents are much more likely to be arrested for buying cannabis than white residents are. Quick reminder: Data shows that black and white populations consume marijuana at roughly the same rate. The racial disparity in cannabis-related arrests is glaring.
CARERS Act introduced…again
A bipartisan group of lawmakers recently introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, a bill that aims to protect states with medical cannabis programs. If the measure sounds familiar, that’s because it is extremely similar to a bill of the same name that stalled in the last Congress. Get more information about the CARERS Act here.
Pro-pot governor uses hemp paper at inauguration
While some politicians talk the marijuana industry talk, not all of them walk the walk. Governor Jared Polis of Colorado, who was just sworn in on Tuesday, does. In addition to being an advocate for cannabis reform, Polis printed his inauguration programs on hemp paper. Finally, a politician who gets us.
420 friendly bill
The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act is a new bill filed by Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer. If passed, this bill will remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. Also, it’s very important to note that Blumenauer reserved the number H.R. 420 for this measure. Real smooth.
Redman’s vintage weed
This week, Rapper Redman posted a video of some decades-old dimebags discovered at his mom’s house. After the find, his mom, a true entrepreneur, suggested they sell the bud on eBay. This likely won’t happen, but maybe the dimebags will turn up at an antique store.