I don't trust them. They're up to something. Consider;
1) By federal law marijuana related businesses can not use banks. No checks, no debit cards, no credit cards, not even money orders. Cash only.
2) Marijuana is going to be a very cash intensive enterprise at every level. Background checks, license application fees, security costs, testing, insurance, taxes, taxes, and more taxes.
3) The feds have just announced new rules forbidding armored car firms from serving the marijuana industry.
4) One of Holder's stated criteria is no increase in violence, especially gun related violence.
Isn't that handy? By requiring the marijuana industry, a multimillion dollar enterprise in even the smallest of states to go cash only they guarantee $100k's of dollars neatly stacked in multiple locations and by banning armored car services they make sure that cash is being moved in a passenger vehicle with no protection. Why don't they just paint a huge bulls eye the cars, shops, and employees while they're at it?
This behavior ensures violent armed robberies. And I'm sure they will scream bloody murder should the shop owner defend himself with a firearm even though that wouldn't raise so much as an eyebrow if it were a liqueur store.
Could it be the feds are trying to initiate a chain of tragic events just so they can say "I told you so"?
Then again it could just be more inter agency fighting as the pigs scramble to protect their pensions.
Bank of America has agreed to allow marijuana based businesses to open accounts with them while the feds are talking about loosening banking rules to make it easier for them to do so.
The feds are also looking to loosen the restraints on banking for cannabis related businesses. With the current government shutdown a new source of revenue must be looking pretty good to them.
As Colorado Loosened Its Marijuana Laws, Underage Consumption And Traffic Fatalities Fell
"Drug Warriors Try but Fail to Show That Marijuana Legalization Has Been a Disaster in Colorado"
"Marijuana habit not linked to lung cancer "
The Democratic Party of Oregon supports marijuana legalization...
The California Democratic Party has officially called for the legalization of marijuana...
The government’s giant marijuana deception
"A new NBER Working Paper from D. Mark Anderson, Benjamin Hansen, and Daniel I. Rees examined what happened to marijuana use rates among minors after states legalized medical marijuana. They found the data didn’t indicate medical marijuana legalization laws increased teen consumption and there might actually be a small negative correlation."
"Marijuana opponents claim that cops aren’t really focused on enforcing marijuana prohibition, so that marijuana legalization isn’t needed. That claim is blatantly false. Quite a bit of resources are dedicated towards busting people for marijuana in Oregon. These same resources could go towards fighting real crime, but they are instead directed towards enforcing a failed, harmful, racist policy."
by Johnny Green
"According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, marijuana use among Colorado teens has gone down slightly since the state legalized recreational cannabis use in 2012."
Marijuana Legalization Supported By A Growing Majority Of Americans
"Colorado roadway fatalities are down 25 percent this year from last year, and also down from the 13-year average, Washington Post reports, in another damning debunking of law enforcement officials ‘drugged driving’ epidemic."
"Review papers debunk side effects, danger of marijuana usage"
"Why research is biased against pot to focus on its harm and not its benefits"
3 Out Of 4 Doctors Approve Of Medical Cannabis
"Higher Ground: The marijuana train has left the station, and it's not turning around...there's a very interesting CivicScience report out now, based on data over the past two years, that shows 58 percent of Americans support legal marijuana that is regulated and taxed like alcohol. Data from the past three months shows 61 percent support...when you get to 60 percent or above, you're starting to talk about things with no ifs, ands, or buts — particularly in this case, with a sample size of 453,653. This wasn't 500 people they called one week; this was nearly half a million people over two years."
Myth: Oregon Police Resources Aren’t Spent On Marijuana Enforcement
Study Refutes Claims of Widespread Abuse in California Medical Marijuana Program
"A new report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice adds to the growing body of evidence that legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana does not lead to any number of doomsday s c e n a r i o s envisioned by legalization opponents. Looking specifically at California, where full marijuana decriminalization went into effect on Jan. 1, 2011, the report finds that "marijuana decriminalization in California has not resulted in harmful consequences for teenagers, such as increased crime, drug overdose, driving under the influence, or school dropout. In fact, California teenagers showed improvements in all risk areas after reform.""
States with medical marijuana laws saw decreases in suicide rates, drops in drunken driving, fewer drunken driving fatalities, declines in heavy drinking, fewer painkiller overdoses, and lower teen usage rates.
"The federal government’s own statistics show that marijuana is safer than alcohol"
"Obama’s nominee for a top DOJ slot has said states should legalize marijuana."
Two British Newspapers Embarrass Themselves Over Marijuana
Two British Newspapers Embarrass Themselves Over Marijuana
"Federal Drug Agency Denies Marijuana Is Less Toxic Than Alcohol"
Kamala Harris for senator in 2016, Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018!
"D.C. Police Chief: Arresting People For Marijuana Possession ‘Never Was Productive To Begin With’"
"More Americans Want to Ban Unpasteurized Milk Than Marijuana"
"Legalized marijuana might be the best thing to ever happen to heroin addicts'
"Arizona Bill Would Legalize Marijuana, Nullify Federal Prohibition"
"The Impact Of Smoking Marijuana Regularly On Your Lungs, According To Science"
"“Lifetime marijuana use up to 20 joint-years is not associated with adverse changes in spirometric (exhalation strength) measures of lung health,” the study, featured in the medical journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, concluded...“The distinction the Emory University study makes is not new,” Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, told ThinkProgress. “It’s ripe with citations from Donald Tashkin who has spent more than 40 years trying to answer the question of what happens to people when they smoke tobacco and marijuana. This new study took things further; today these products aren’t being smoked [in a way] that the product is carbonized and there’s ash."
"Florida Legislation would Legalize Medical Marijuana, Effectively Nullify Federal Prohibition"
"Was Marijuana Really Less Potent in the 1960s?"
"Poll: 61 Percent Of Americans Want Marijuana Legalization, Smashing Previous Records"
"No, marijuana use doesn’t lower your IQ"
"The Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie"
Marijuana legalization has more support than any candidate in some states
6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana
California NAACP Files Marijuana Legalization Initiative Language
Study: Marijuana Users Less Vulnerable To Obesity And Diabetes
Oregon Court Of Appeals: Marijuana Odor Is Not Offensive
“We are not prepared to declare that the odor of marijuana smoke is equivalent to the odor of garbage. Indeed, some people undoubtedly find the scent pleasing,” the appeals court wrote, in throwing out the second-degree criminal mischief convictions of a Philomath man whose home was searched in 2012 because of the aroma of pot drifting from it.
Vagina searches and other reasons the war on marijuana must end in America
California Ready for End to Pot Prohibition
Drug Czar Supports DC Marijuana Legalization
No upswing seen in marijuana use among youths
The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization
Salem City Council takes step to allow Oct. 1 marijuana sales
SALEM — The Salem City Council has voted to permit the early sales of recreational marijuana from medical marijuana dispensaries.
The Statesman Journal reports that the council's vote Monday would permit the sales beginning Oct. 1, more than three months ahead of the planned start date.
New Mexico Senate Committee Passes Marijuana Legalization
Congressional Fundraiser Held At A Marijuana Garden
Blue ribbon marijuana? Cannabis industry finds a foothold at the Oregon State Fair
Marijuana Legalization Texas: House Committee Approves Bill HB 2165 To Make Marijuana Legal
7 States On the Verge of Marijuana Legalization
Marijuana-Legalization Efforts and Their Impact on the Presidential Race
With the race for the White House heating up, the “politics of marijuana” is looming as a possibly significant factor.
Twenty-four state ballot initiatives on marijuana legalization in 16 states have been filed already and will be voted on in November 2016, including in the “swing states” of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, and New Mexico.
Colorado raises $150 million from marijuana.
Oregon's doomed marijuana prohibitionists: Editorial Agenda 2015
Lawmakers announce deal on medical marijuana legislation
California lawmakers said late Thursday that they have reached a deal on legislation to regulate and license medical marijuana.
The regulatory framework to corral the billion-dollar medical cannabis industry will be contained in three bills that have received the blessings of the two chambers and Gov. Jerry Brown, said Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, one of the authors of the measures.
THE NEW YORK TIMES; "Congress and Obama Are Too Timid on Marijuana Reform"
2016 Will be Huge For Marijuana
Judge says marijuana dispensary video can be used in probe of California police
California Lt. Governor – California Will Legalize Recreational Marijuana In 2016
Colorado Just Became The First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Marijuana Than Alcohol
Bernie Sanders vows to strike down absurd federal marijuana money laws
Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced In Michigan
Marijuana Report by Anti-Pot Group Continues Jihad Against Legalization
Toledo, Ohio Votes Yes To Decriminalize Marijuana By Wide Margin
Supposedly Neutral Federal Report Stacks The Deck Against Marijuana Legalization
"In 2012 Coloradans approved Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for recreational use, by a vote of 55 percent to 45 percent. Last February a Quinnipiac University poll found that 58 percent of Colorado voters supported that decision, while 38 percent opposed it and the rest weren’t sure.
For prohibitionists determined to portray marijuana legalization in Colorado as a disaster, those poll results are inconvenient, since they indicate that public support for Amendment 64 was higher after more than a year of legal recreational sales and more than two years of legal possession and home cultivation than it was in 2012. Honest drug warriors would acknowledge the Quinnipiac numbers and perhaps try to balance them with other poll results. Dishonest drug warriors would do what the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) does in its new report on marijuana legalization: change the numbers."
After 2 Years With Legal Marijuana, Most Coloradans Still Like It
The percentage supporting legalization is, if anything, higher than before it took effect.
Bill Repealing Federal Pot Prohibition Has Bipartisan Backing
A Republican reintroduces legislation that lets states choose their own marijuana policies.
GOPers Open Door To Legal Marijuana
New California Statewide PollFinds Strong Support for Legalizing, Regulating and Taxing Marijuana in California
The survey makes it clear that voters offer strong support forlegalizing marijuana when it is coupled with a comprehensive regulatory system
and an ability to collect revenues to fund public services. Specifically,
nearly two-thirds of voters (65 percent)support a proposal to legalize,
regulate and tax marijuana in California for adults.
The Truth About Marijuana
Even the DEA acknowledged (in the Federal Register, Vol. 76, #131, 7/8/11), "Extensive research has been conducted recently to investigate whether exposure to marijuana is associated with schizophrenia or other psychoses...At present, the data do not suggest a causative link between marijuana use and the development of psychosis."
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch Expresses Support For States’ Rights On Marijuana Policy
During her confirmation hearing in January, Lynch said that her predecessor Eric Holder’s policy of generally respecting state marijuana laws “certainly would be my policy if confirmed as attorney general.” In written answers to question from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she said that the policy is “effective, consistent and rational.”
New Schools, Less Crime: Colorado Sees Benefits Of Marijuana Legalization
Marijuana sales in Colorado continue to climb while crime statistics suggest the state is becoming safer than ever.
Fewer crimes, more revenue as medical marijuana industry stabilizes in Colorado Springs
Texas Cops Sexually Assault Another Motorist in the Name of Pot Prohibition
The warrantless roadside cavity probe happened two days after the governor signed a bill banning such searches.
Drug Warriors Claim Sky Is Falling in Latest Anti-Marijuana Report
Why Congress Did Not Stop Marijuana Legalization in Its Backyard
Despite a prohibitionist tantrum, pot is legal in the nation's capital.
Colorado Support For Legal Marijuana Increases After Legalization
According to a Quinnipiac University Poll support for legal marijuana has risen by over 3% since legalization.
Poll Finds Majority Support for Legal Marijuana in Three Swing States
Voters are especially tolerant of medical use.
Despite Looser Marijuana Laws, No Spike in Teen Use
If Marijuana Causes Lots of Crashes, Why Are They So Hard to Count?
A major study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds no link between pot and car accidents.
Colorado’s Monthly Marijuana Sales Top $100 Million
According to sales data from Colorado’s Department of Revenue released Friday, sales of recreational pot topped $59.2 million for the month, while medical marijuana dispensaries pulled in $41.4 million, for a combined $100.6 million — the highest monthly total since legal recreational cannabis sales began there in January 2014.
Justice Department To Grant Early Release To First 6,000 Of Eventual 46,000 Drug Offenders.
The inmates from federal prisons nationwide will be set free by the department’s Bureau of Prisons between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. The Sentencing Commission estimated that an additional 8,550 inmates will be eligible for release Nov. 1, 2016.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously for the reduction last year after holding two public hearings in which they heard testimony from former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr., federal judges, federal public defenders, state and local law enforcement officials, and sentencing advocates.
Marijuana Use Among Teenagers Is Actually Declining
Signature Gathering For Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Bill Starts
Arizona's Pima Commission Gives Up On Preventing Marijuana's Inevitable Legalization, Focuses On Public Education
Faced with mounting evidence that marijuana use has doubled in the United States, more states, including Arizona, are poised to pass laws allowing recreational use.
Commission officials said it will use its resources to educate the public, rather than trying to stop a growing movement.
Colorado is Making Way More On Marijuana Than They Thought
Marijuana taxes drew in $70 million instead of the predicted $40 million—almost double the expected amount. Alcohol taxes, on the other hand, drew in only $42 million.
SciCheck: DEA Chief Wrong On Medical Marijuana
"New marijuana rules get tougher on pesticides in Oregon cannabis industry"...Proof that legalization works. With legalization we will be getting a healthier product free from unwanted contaminants.
Israel's Police Chief Suggests Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized
Politicians on the left and right say recreational use should be legal.
Tactics And Tricks That Cops Use To Bust You For Marijuana
Landmark Case in Mexico's Supreme Court Could Pave the Way for Marijuana Legalization
High-Potency Marijuana Isn't Any More Dangerous Than Weak Stuff
Soon We’ll All Be Getting High: The End Of Marijuana Prohibition Is Closer Than You Think
Vermont's Attorney General Bill Sorrell Predicts Legislature Will Legalize Marijuana In 2016
"Let me put it this way, I will be surprised if marijuana is not legalized in this next legislative session," he said. There are enough votes for legislation to pass in the Senate, he says, and outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he would sign a bill.