Anyone who reads this column was probably surprised last Thursday when the headline blared that “the feds are dithering” at the very time the Justice Department was announcing the first significant changes in its cannabis policies in 40 years. That’s the reality of covering a volatile, shifting-sand subject like cannabis in a weekly column — you can easily look like a fool!
When retail cannabis shops open in Colorado, most likely in 2014, adults will be able to buy it over-the-counter in Nederland, which recently approved an ordinance governing the sales of retail marijuana within its borders.
Among the many troubling findings of a report from the Office of the State Auditor on the administration of the state medical marijuana regulatory system is that confidential information about medical marijuana patients has and is being shared, possibly unconstitutionally, with other state agencies, private contractors and law-enforcement agencies.
When Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that there were too many people in federal prison, outlined Justice Department plans to stop charging low-level and nonviolent drug offenders (ie. cannabis users) with crimes that carry mandatory minimums and announced that many elderly prisoners may be eligible for early release, my first thought was, “It’s about time.”
I read as much as I can about cannabis, but I had never found anything, even anecdotally, like this. And even medical doctors, including some who suggest it for chemotherapy patients, know cannabis for its nausea-quelling properties.
I support taxes on sales of marijuana, but I’m scratching my head a little over the latest proposal before the Boulder City Council to place a 15 percent city excise tax on grow and infusion facilities and a 10 percent city sales tax on marijuana on the November ballot.
If you’re interested in the ways and means of federal policy-making, it’s 10 minutes well worth watching. If it weren’t showing the leaders who make major decisions in our country, it would be much funnier.