Cracking Down on Marijuana Now is a Weed Dealer's Wet Dream

to bring you the latest developments in medical cannabis adult marijuana industrial hemp and spiritual ganja it’s time for the marijuana agenda with velvet here’s your host Ross velvet good day tokers and toe ket sat non toki lovers of Liberty it is Tuesday January 9th 2018 and it’s got to be 4:20 somewhere in the world welcome to the program we’re glad you could join us today for the latest in cannabis headline news we’ve also got a follow up on a news story from yesterday some of the more mainstream outlets are starting to cover this Kansas State Representative Steve Alford who made some shockingly racist comments at a town hall or a meet and greet some sort of event going on with constituents there in Kansas and it hails right from Harry J Anslinger playbook we ranted about it yesterday but in our what about the news segment today we’re going to give you some follow-up because there were some other comments that he had after he was called the task on his racist comments he he kind of doubled down it’s just really amazing so we’ll cover that right after the headline news all sorts of great headlines today we got more movement on marijuana legalization in New England will tell you which state when we get to the news also on the news list today we’ve got some fallout from the Cole memo being rescinded I know we’ve said not much has happened but now we can point to some actual fallout something that has happened because of this cold memo being rescinded by the Department of Justice also we’ll take a look at the state of Nevada how they’re doing with their marijuana legalization and you know we’ve been covering this story of medical marijuana patients being denied their second Amendment rights we finally have some some lawmakers in Pennsylvania some Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania that want to do something about it tell you about that also a chilling bit of news regarding Michelle Alexander’s seminal book the new Jim Crow having to do with knew the state of New Jersey once again on our radar so we’ll get to all of that coming up in the news also our guest today joining us from Americans for safe access is David man go he is the legislative analyst for America’s leading medical marijuana advocacy group so we’ll talk to him about the cold men will fall out and other legislative priorities and then we’ll have time for a radical rant well I’ll explain how cracking down on marijuana now five years into marijuana legalization is a weed dealers wet dream that’s all coming up on the marijuana agenda but first let’s get to the news this is your cannabis headline news brought to you by marijuana moment net the complete source for all your marijuana news in one morning newsletter from marijuana majority founder Tom angel subscribe today for free at Marijuana moment men this is your cannabis headline news for Tuesday January 9th 2018 I’m Russ Belleville the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to legalize marijuana on Tuesday just five days after the Trump administration moved to rescind federal guidelines protecting state cannabis laws under the bill which is expected to soon move to the state Senate people over 21 years of age would be allowed to legally possess three quarters of an ounce of marijuana and grow up to three mature cannabis plants at home retail sales locations would not be allowed the non-commercial approach is similar to a bill advancing in neighboring vermont there the House passed a legalization measure on Thursday the same day US Attorney General Jeff Sessions tore up Obama era marijuana guidance that state Senate which previously okayed similar legislation is expected to give its final approval on Wednesday and governor Phil Scott has pledged to sign legalization into law swift action by the two states represents a stunning rebuke to the Trump administration’s anti cannabis move which was also roundly slammed by dozens of members of Congress from both parties the first tangent will fall out from the rescinding of the Cole memo is a halt in plans to make Las Vegas the first American city with legal social marijuana use areas officials representing the city of Las Vegas and Clark County said Monday that neither entity is immediately proceeding with previously discussed ideas to implement the so-called pot lounges after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued Department of Justice guidance to effectively remove internal memorandums to protect states rights to legalize marijuana sessions ruling which ordered US Attorney’s in pot legal states to ignore the Obama era Cole & wilkinson memorandums advising federal attorneys

in pot legal states to narrow their prosecution of the plant to offenses such as distributing distribution of the plant to minors driving under the influence or use on federal property they say they clouded the wat that clouded the waters for the local nevada officials meanwhile Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval is touting the successful operation of regulated marijuana sales in the silver state sand of all told the Las Vegas review-journal that he wants to reach out in the very near future to the US Department of Justice to discuss a new policy by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that gives federal prosecutors more leeway to enforce federal laws against marijuana Sandoval’s said it was premature to determine whether he will direct State Attorney General Adam Laxalt to file any formal lawsuits aimed at preventing the federal government from interfering with Nevada’s regulated marijuana industry sand of all opposed question to the statewide ballot initiative allowing for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Nevada but softened on the issue after voters approved it by nearly 10 points a Republican state legislature in Pennsylvania said he would call on the US Congress to protect the Second Amendment rights of medical marijuana patients State Senator Mike Fullmer will introduce a resolution to amend the federal gun control act of 1968 he said law currently prevents anyone who consumes marijuana for any reason from owning a firearm State Senator Joe scar natty the Republican Senate President pro-tem is on board to co-sponsor the read resolution Pennsylvania and 28 other states have made marijuana available for medicinal purposes it will take an act of Congress however to amend the federal gun control laws language that could be difficult without the nation’s most powerful gun organization the NRA has said it has no interest in entering a debate involving medical cannabis and has advised marijuana patients to lobby the change in the law themselves the new Jim Crow an award-winning book by Michelle Alexander published in 2010 appears on lists of publications that inmates in New Jersey prisons may not possess the American Civil Liberties Union or ACLU which obtained the ban book lists in response to a public records request called for the man to be lifted and said it violated the rights of inmates under the First Amendment to the US Constitution in a letter due to be sent on Monday to gary landing in new jersey’s corrections commissioner the aclu said the ban was particularly troubling because the state had the country’s widest disparity between white and black incarceration rates alexander said in an email to the Guardian that the ban was in keeping with a widespread denial of civil and human rights to inmates in American prisons this has been your cannabis headline news for Tuesday January 9th 2018 I’m Russ Belleville you’re listening to the marijuana agenda with Russ Belleville the marijuana agenda is a listener supported independent podcast brought to you by radical Russ Media LLC subscribe to our VIP feed at MJ attend accom for access to our ad free podcast segment archive make a one-time donation to support the marijuana attender at paypal dot me slash radical Russ you’re not hi you’re listening to the marijuana agenda with Russ Belleville I don’t reject the idea that we’re gonna be better place if we have more marijuana okay maybe you’re a little high looking for the 420 friendliest way to visit beautiful legal pot land Oregon I’m Lori Duckworth inviting you to come stay with us at delta-9 house in studios you get your own private room with queen bed and access to a high-speed Wi-Fi premium entertainment system and more we’ll even cook your breakfast look us up on Facebook at Delta 9 house that’s facebook.com slash Delta number nine house Delta nine houses book through Airbnb Tom city of Portland permit number seventeen – one five nine eight five five I know the dress really easy thing more gasoline to the fire really healthy and drug-free Society in what the news I want to follow up on something I ranted about yesterday in the news and that was the statements this Saturday from a Kansas State Representative racist statements that are used to excuse the

prohibition of marijuana just to catch you up I mean this is this is a shocking story a lot of the mainstream sources are starting to report on it now I saw something in AP Associated Press Huffington Post Slate few of them are starting to cover this and I mean we’ve kind of gotten used to the Attorney General jeff Sessions and his wistful longing for the good old days a Nancy Reagan and and that just say no 1980s right but you know it’s not very often we get to find an elected official who’s pining for the transparent racism of our first drug czar Harry J Anslinger and the reefer madness hysteria of the 1930s Steve Alford is the guy in question talked about him yesterday he’s a 75 year old Kansas Republican he’s been serving in the State House since 2011 there was a meet and greet event last Saturday with some of his constituents in Garden City Kansas and Alford essentially told the all-white crowd of about 60 people that we had to ban marijuana back in the day because black people can’t handle their high let’s play the clip for you just so you can recall back in the 30s and where they held on all kinds of drugs and cans across events they was the reason why they did that one of the reasons why I hate to say it it’s the african-americans they couldn’t they they were basically users and they were basically responded the worst of all those drugs is because their character make genetics so basically what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to do it refers people not pretty many Reverend of what’s happening yeah Garden City telegram was the first newspaper to break this story and it came in response to a local Democratic leader who was suggesting that marijuana legalization could bring some cash flow to the struggling state that’s been destroyed by the policies of former governor Sam Brownback who took trickle-down to the extreme and cut taxes for corporations and slashed spending on education and entitlements and what do you know the the states in the dumper so the Democrat was suggesting hey these other states legalized marijuana other than eight of them now they’ve done so far and they all seem to be bringing some money in I haven’t had much problems with marijuana that they didn’t have before so why not why not try that and Alfred with actually trying to relay what he believed to be accurate information about the era just following alcohol prohibition trying to explain why legalization would be a disaster for Kansas and the problem with his rationale here is that he’s taking it from Harry J Anslinger the first drug czar we ever had Federal Bureau of Narcotics in the 1930s who’d say things like reefer makes [ __ ] think they’re as good as white men and the primary reason to outlaw marijuana was its effect on the degenerate races so he’s trying to take it trying to relay the racism of the 1930s as if it were some sort of scientific or sociological fact as to why drugs had to be outlawed it and he adds in a few other hoary old myths about marijuana as well Alfred said quote basically any way you say it marijuana is an entry drug into the higher drugs entry drug you know the gateway drug you smoke marijuana next thing you know you’re gonna be using heroin because everybody you ever use heroin started by smoking marijuana you know like if you ride a tricycle as a kid you’re gonna inevitably turn out to be a outlaw biker because every outlaw biker I’ve ever met started on a tricycle when he was a kid it’s the same kind of logic at work here it’s been debunk numerous times there’s nothing about marijuana the effects that it has on someone that leads someone into wanting a greater effect leads someone into wanting to try a different effect that leads someone ended wanting to try different harder drugs now there is a natural progression if someone is attuned to wanting to try drugs they tend to go from A to B to C to D although a is usually alcohol still there is sort of a natural progression to these things but it doesn’t mean everybody follows that path in fact most people don’t there are some 111 million people who have tried marijuana at some point in their lifetime there are only you know three hundred fifty seven hundred thousand active heroin consumers at this point so if it’s a gateway it’s a really skinny gateway in an open only opens up for a few seconds every day most of the people who drive marijuana do not move on to any other drugs and in fact some people who are on other drugs move on to marijuana to get off them so it’s time he started taking a look at

some of the science about this the quote is just amazing again to reiterate a quote was African Americans were basically users and they basically responded to the worst of those drugs responded the worst off those drugs because of their character makeup their genetics and that and so basically what we’re trying to do is they’re trying to do a complete reverse with people not remembering what has happened in the past basically God loves the word basically so after the event was done here’s here’s some of the follow up on this because I reported on that quote yesterday and you know just the despicable nature of that quote and the source of it coming from Anslinger and all that did a little more reading today found some more comments coming out that just that just reiterates how cluelessly and and willfully ignorant some people are when it comes to their racism because after the event concluded the Democratic leader who brought up you know hey legalization can make some money this guy’s name Zack Wharf and he’s the president of the Finney County Democrats and he told reporters there that he felt like he’d been transported back in time and that he had told Alford that Alford’s comment was quote the most racist thing I’ve ever heard and now then reporters followed up on those comments and reached Alford to rebut them Alford stood by his remarks and then when they said all right well what’s your sources for this 1930 stuff and while it was Harry Anslinger Alfred couldn’t back up his claims with any sources and then he tried to walk back his comments by explaining it’s not just black people who have a problem handling drugs but but other groups too he said quote there are certain groups of people wink there genetics the way their makeup is wink the chemicals will affect them differently that’s what I should have said was drugs affect people differently instead of being more specific end quote you should have said black people can’t handle or hi he should have said people of color can’t handle their highs I would your oh my god so so first of all there’s no scientific basis for that by the way as far as coke meth heroin cannabis acid mushrooms MDMA whatever drug we want to talk about it works the same on black people Asian people Native American people Caucasian people little people it works the same okay so fast-forward this was on the week when the Saturday and Sunday and then on Monday what’s the first day at the Kansas House and so Alford now had to face his colleagues or getting all these questions from reporters about this naked racism of them of his the Topeka Capital Journal reported some Democratic lawmakers one state senator Olathe Foust gadot said quote for a sitting state representatives say that I just can’t believe it you just can’t put everybody into one category end quote senator Dave Haley who’s a relative of the late author Alex Haley the author of roots stated quote unfounded stereotypes have been the basest basis of racist and gender discrimination from inception of our country unfounded statements that refer to race are an indictment of small minds end quote the former mayor mayor of Wichita Carl Brewer he might be governor he’s a Democrat running for governor said quote it is hard to believe that in 2018 anyone would support the discredited and racist policies of the Jim Crow era end quote now these comments where the Democrats didn’t really seem to faze Alford much though because early Monday morning Associated Press reported that Alford said quote I’m not going to make any more remarks about that basically I got called a racist which I’m really not and it’s just the way people the interpretation of people to me I’m trying to look at what’s really best for Kansas end quote got another basically in there too now of course Kansas is controlled by Republicans the House speaker and Majority Leader the two guys they’re controlling the house two Republicans wouldn’t commit to any disciplinary action like removing him from some of his state committee chair seats the Speaker of the House Ron Rickman said quote we were really taken aback by the comments and in no way that represents the view of Kansans or the house and in no way those comments reflect the policies that we come up with this session end quote now finally after he met with the Republican leaders then Alford issued a written apology and said that blacks aren’t bad with drugs it’s that drugs are bad for blacks he doubled down he said quote it was criminalized because of its negative effects on society and more specifically the damaging consequences to the

african-american community school I was wrong I regret my comments and I sincerely apologize to anyone who might have hurt substance abuse is a blight on our society and legalizing I wanna only opens the door to harder drugs I have seen firsthand how drug abuse destroys lives even within my own family and I remain committed to fighting the spread of addiction in our state end quote well if so legalize weed yet people of the opioids don’t if you work in the cannabis industry consume marijuana or just support freedom you need to know about breaking policy news that affects you marijuana moment is the daily newsletter that helps you stay on top of all the latest and most important state federal and international cannabis developments brought to you by longtime legalization activist Tom angel marijuana moment puts a concise yet comprehensive overview of cannabis news in your inbox early every weekday morning wake up to marijuana moment and rest assured you’ll be ready for the cannabis news that’s driving the day subscribe now at marijuana moment Annette the marijuana agenda with Russ Belleville this whole country needs to not be so lakhs of days ago about drugs they say much of the addiction starts with marijuana whatever years smoke and it’s not marijuana the marijuana agenda free podcast is available on iTunes I Heart Radio stitcher tune in google play SoundCloud and on our facebook page at MJ agenda free video archives are available at the radical russ channel on youtube help keep this media free by making a donation at paypal dot me slash radical russ now in the interest of fair and balanced journalism the marijuana agenda presents this anti-drug public service announcement this is my parents house East Brunswick New Jersey just suburb of the city you know my house where I grew up I’ve stolen jewelry from the house belong you know the books my parents I’ve stole a CD player from from my parents or go into any store I’ll steal anything worth any value that I know I can sell I don’t think about the food I need I don’t think about maybe saving some money for you know a hotel room for the night it’s just you know I need a bag that’s it you know I moved that in my family’s house into my own apartment then I couldn’t afford to pay the rent there anymore and I ended up on the street living on the street you know stealing so I could do though I’ve lost interest in everything I was ever interested in I had lots of hobbies and things I like to do my only interest now is drugs and how am i how am I gonna do the drugs and I’m always worried about if I don’t have the drugs I mean I’m gonna be sick you know and so my only interest is is keeping from being sick and that’s it that it’s it’s not me now I’ve turned into a different person I’ve turned into into just it’s just a shell of me you know shell of what I used to be physically I’m still me but but it’s like the real me is dead inside it’s it’s God this has been an actual Andy drug public service announcement to combat this and other drug war hysteria listen to the marijuana agenda every weekday 3:00 p.m. Pacific at live mg agenda calm or download the free podcast at MJ agenda calm new beginner guitars and banjos are often constructed much better than ones built before your time why struggle get a new instrument or fix the old one the trusted professionals at the fingerboard extension will evaluate your instrument for free repairs are priced for people who work for a living stop by the fingerboard extension downtown Corvallis at 120 Northwest 2nd Street today or check out its inventory on the web at fingerboard extension com you’re not high you’re listening to the marijuana agenda with Russ Belleville we need to say as Nancy Reagan said just say no don’t do it there’s no excuse for this okay maybe you’re a lucky horseshoe tattoo most female-friendly clean sterile awesome tattoo shop Thomas is true are true artists who can design a custom piece or use a design you bring it lucky where she also offers all styles of tattooing as well as piercings and all-around fun in the DFW area stop by lucky where she tattoo and tell them radical resection trust me it’ll feel

welcome to aces patient-focused update since California became the first state to restore cannabis as medicine in 1996 almost every US state now recognizes some form of cannabis as medicine but since 1971 the federal government has steadfastly denied the medical benefits of herbal cannabis Americans for safe access is the nation’s leading organization fighting for the rights of all patients who use cannabis as medicine join us now for another edition of aces patient-focused update welcome to another edition of aces patient-focused update the podcast for Americans for safe access I’m Russ belleville and joining us today we have David Mangan who’s the legislative analyst and counsel for Americans for safe access David welcome to the program hey Rob thanks for having me glad to have you here today there’s so much going on on the policy front that has an impact on patients out there in the 29 states that have enacted protections for the medical use of cannabis most particularly we had the big news last week of the rescinding of not just the Cole memo and that’s gotten a lot of attention but also the Ogden memo and these memos had to do with the enforcement of federal laws against schedule 1 controlled substances namely marijuana cannabis in those states that have legalized for adult recreational use the qolt memo or for medical purposes the Ogden memo can you tell us how the rescinding of these memos has affected the policies that protect medical cannabis patients and what you think about this action by the sessions Department of Justice well sir as you said last week was pretty tumultuous in terms of the policy front dealing with cannabis both recreational and medical so the rescission of these memos I think has done a lot of coverage appropriately but also there’s been some inaccuracies in the coverage that’s been displayed these memos have never been binding law or really you know codified in any sense they’ve been priorities of the Justice Department in terms of how federal prosecutors should approach cases and how the Department of Justice should best use its resources in prosecuting various crimes so the real protections that exists right now come from the CJ s medical marijuana amendment known as Roebuck or Faro broker bloomin Hauer and most recently introduced by senator patrick leahy that exists in the current budget which actually prevents the Justice Department from spending any funds on prosecuting those who are implementing programs or prosecuting patients so while these memos certainly provided guidance to to help prosecutors determine how they were going to pursue cases there was really no real legal teeth to them but they certainly helped establish framework for a lot of states a lot of states cites the priorities of the Cole memo in their state legislative responses to develop medical cannabis programs so this is a significant blow but there are still a layer of protections that remain for patients now that one of the layers is the amendment you refer to the CJ s amendment they’re preventing the federal government from spending any taxpayer dollars to go after state compliant medical cannabis operations but doesn’t that doesn’t that expire soon like within ten or eleven days it does it’s set to expire without any action by Congress on January 19th and I think before this rescission was announced I and I think many advocates in this space were incredibly nervous about the future of it I am still apprehensive about what’s going to happen with this amendment but when you look at the outpouring of support for this amendment and the backlash against attorney general sessions to rescind this memo from lawmakers on both sides the aisle you really see that this has become part of a conversation for lawmakers again I think for a long time that this this amendment has been sort of a cover for individuals who didn’t want to take a direct vote on cannabis policy but based on the reactions I think that there’s certainly going to be people who are going to fight for these protections if not the fight for an expanded federal cannabis policy the other consideration that we have moving forward of course would have to do with the the actions that might be taken by particular US attorneys and I’m thinking in particular we had these protections in place when the kettle falls five case took place Eastern District of Washington where they have medical cannabis they have recreational cannabis and they have this Amendment protecting them from DOJ now now thankfully they’ve had a lot of those charges vacated dismissed and so forth not until after the the senior of the family passed away unfortunately but

could a rogue US Attorney go out on their own now and provide severe headaches and and incarceration and raids in some of the medical cannabis States if this Rohrabacher amendment doesn’t get renewed absolutely you could see that and you’ve seen sort of a split reaction among US attorneys to this news of the rescission you’ve had individuals like the US attorney in Colorado basically say that their enforcement priorities are going to remain the same they’re not going to see a big change regardless of the rescission and then you have other US attorneys on Louisiana for instance who have said that this is really going to be a return to to law and order and federal enforcement the way it was intended to be enforce so I think you’re gonna have some of these US attorneys who have been appointed by this this administration really come out strong on this issue and make a name for themselves and try to get some high-profile cases know that being said in the states that have past programs the in most of these charges typically happen on a state level and may that may change with potential repeal of the CJ s amendment but you typically see charges brought on a state level for state crime so if state still has a program it’s unlikely that these charges will proceed but it’s tough to predict the what US attorneys are gonna do now that I had this additional leeway I recently saw a video I think it was from today actually of to Trump speaking about the drug problem in America and specifically he was speaking about opioids saying quote we’ve never seen it like this before referring this referring to the overdose deaths that now topped some 60,000 a year and given his prior praise of a brutal dictator like Duterte out there in the Philippines who whose treating drug crimes very harshly by you know having vigilante gangs and police killings and and so forth and in his recent comments today President Trump’s comments today saying that the countries that deal with drugs very harshly have less problems do you fear the climate is changing in Washington to go back to a nineteen eighty style drug war assault I think that’s that’s certainly a valid concern as I’m sure you know on the campaign trail President Trump had said that he was a hundred percent behind states assigning their policies for cannabis and he thought there was some real value to the medical use of it obviously his rhetoric has a has shifted slightly or actually significantly well it’s still too early I think to tell whether or not there’s going to be this large-scale crackdown it really seems as though the move by the Justice Department and and Jeff Sessions occurred without consultation of the White House whether or not they approve this down the line we’ll have to see but I I hope that his change in rhetoric is referring to drugs that are actually a problem.we opioids fentanyl heroin and not focusing on cannabis which has been shown by many studies to be a safe and effective treatment for a lot of conditions well that’s something I want to dig into a bit as well because I know Americans for safe access has been involved with this campaign end pain not lives under the social media hashtag EP NL and could you give us a little more on what the organization is doing with regards to opioids and cannabis and getting the the education out there for the policymakers that need to know this the goal of n pain lot lives is to really bring medical cannabis into the conversation as an effective tool for pain management you have a number of states who have either legalized medical cannabis for chronic pain severe pain various spectrums of pain across you know a variety of conditions either be cancer or muscular or neuropathic and a lot of these states have realized and there’s research that shows that when cannabis is an option in these states it really decreases the potential and number of opioid overdose deaths so we’re not necessarily saying that cannabis is going to be the solution for everyone isn’t who’s in pain but there are thousands of people who could be benefited by a less restrictive federal law and then as well as less restrictive state laws so it’s about educating lawmakers opening up conversations between doctors and patients and really showing that this this being medical cannabis can be an option to help lots of people David I know as we are moving forward this year 2018 is a midterm

election year and we have the prospect of medical cannabis being recognized in a few more states I know Oklahoma’s got it on the ballot and we have the update that the governor has set it for the June primary ballot how do you feel about Oklahoma’s chances I know Utah is looking at possibly an initiative are there any other states you might want to fill us in on sure first with Oklahoma I am very excited about the potential to see what Oklahoma can do you have sort of a gap in the middle of the country is it’s a good cannabis laws but you know Oklahoma does vary slightly share a border with New Mexico and Colorado who both have you know pretty robust medical cannabis programs and it’s not to say that the the population in Oklahoma 80,000 and I believe they need a hundred and thirteen thousand approximately so they’re they’re charging along and I think we’re going to see some progress in Utah as well Missouri is another state that’s currently collecting signatures for ballot initiatives for medical cannabis to appear on the 2018 November ballot and in addition to the ballot initiatives I think you have several states in the southeast that are poised to make a move to improve their programs or to create programs you have some very active lawmakers in South Carolina in Tennessee and as well as Kentucky who might make some changes through their legislatures this year so that would be very exciting to watch and keep track of David Mannion the senior legislative analyst and counsel for Americans for safe access you can learn more about the organization at safe access now.org get involved with asa in your state and at the federal level to help protect patients and spread the message of medical cannabis throughout the country and around the world David thanks so much for joining us today and I hope you keep warm and get well there in Washington and and Russ before I let you go I do want to remind all of your listeners particularly those in the the Maryland Virginia and DC area that on January 29th and January 30th our training arm patient focused certification will be holding a training in sultan maryland sort of tell dispensaries and cultivation facilities and patients how to respond and how to react in this this post col world so that for more information on that please check out our website at patient focus sort of certification org and it’s going to be a great training we’re going to update a lot of information tell people how to how to effectively respond and react to the most recent news and developments in the cannabis world you heard a Mid Atlantic seaboard patient focused certification org to learn more safe access now.org for the Americans for safe access website david thanks for being with us again and again stay warm all right thanks Russ this episode was produced as part of the marijuana agenda with Russ Belleville The Daily News and interview podcast covering the world of medical cannabis adult marijuana industrial hemp and spiritual ganja am Jade agenda calm you the marijuana agenda with Russ Belleville is brought to you by cannabis kamikaze a professional licensed producer from Canada producing three pounds perlite follow cannabis kamikaze on Twitter at cannabis , cause that’s at cannabis kam I Kaz cannabis kamikaze the marijuana agenda like the gay agenda only with better music [Applause] despite what you may have heard CBD is not quote legal in all 50 states the DEA is quite clear that cannabidiol is a schedule 1 controlled substance banned in all 50 states think about it why would 17 states pass laws legalizing CBD and why would there be 3 bills in Congress to legalize CBD federally if CBD were already legal in all 50 states health cannabinoid you’re a cm PR experts consultation services for medical cannabis visit health cannabinoid calm or call 1 800 906 1383

that’s WWF cannabinoid calm or call one eight hundred nine oh six one three eight three health cannabinoid marijuana is probably the most dangerous drug legalization is just another word for surrender this is not medicine district teaching Chinese drugs I think we did a mistake to legalize negative reports coming out of well today in there and I want to take a look at a piece that’s put up on Business Insider today and it’s the first one to tiptoe around what I’ve been saying since this Cole memo news came down the headline here from Christopher woody out there at Business Insider calm Mexican drug traffickers could catch a break from Jeff Sessions marijuana crackdown one of the subheads higher risk in that market will drive prices up and reward those who are willing to accept that risk namely drug traffickers and it’s just the unintended consequence that is so obvious from marijuana prohibition that it benefits those who want to keep the price high so my only problem with this is too much focus on the Mexican cartel part I mean yeah it’s true that we see far lower yield for from Mexican for Mexican cannabis growers they interviewed a farmer in the Sinaloa state who says the value of marijuana has fallen from 74 dollars a kilo in 2010 to a little over twenty six dollars a kilo now so you know two-thirds drop just about seizures have fallen five hundred twenty two thousand pounds in 2012 a high of six hundred 2000 and 2015 but now we’re dropped down to three hundred thirty eight thousand pounds in 2017 the border crossings they’re getting less and less and and this of course gives lie to the comments by Donald Trump that oh we’ve got drugs pouring across the country they’re pouring over our borders no they’re not no they are not still this concentration on the Mexican side of it I think is is something that won’t ring true to a lot of people at least the people I know who are smoking higher-end cannabis products I know I always had a guy I always knew someone who was growing you probably already knew someone who’s growing or you were growing for yourself you didn’t have a whole lot of experience with the Mexican cartels those of us who were longtime cannabis consumers have a source cartels might be dealing a brick weed to some you know some 21 year olds in a college fraternity somewhere or Ewell picking up the casual consumer but I don’t think there’s a lot of long-term term consumers who were chiefing down a whole bunch of brick weed all the time if they could avoid it what really is going to happen here especially in the western states is that you’re just going to create the growers recovery act is basically what this is since we’ve legalized cannabis in 2012 in a couple states in 2014 in another couple of states we’ve seen the wholesale price of marijuana plummet wholesale price has plummeted do you guys used to get a couple grand a pound now they’re struggling to get five hundred bucks a pound in some cases so these people have been you know crying for something to keep that price high so they can continue to feed their families well if the Sessions Department of Justice starts throwing some injunctions around starts raiding a few shop starts putting some uncertainty in the market if we start to see the the wholesale prices go back up again we see the retail prices creeping back up into that you know $300 $400 an ounce range then yeah the guy that’s growing in the backyard the guy who’s been struggling to compete against these well capitalized players with their business licenses will be back in business so you know if is that an aspect of this a secret way of boosting the economy among the poor people while you’re slashing their benefits and killing the chance of them getting better jobs maybe I don’t know but it seems to me that if I were a weed dealer if I were a local weed grower Jeff Sessions starting to rattle some savers and starting to upset the applecart a bit in the legal marijuana world could be the best thing that could happen to you I don’t think it does anything to end legalization there’s nothing the federal government can do to force the states of Oregon Washington California Nevada Maine Massachusetts Colorado and Alaska to start putting cuffs on people for possessing weed or for growing it in

their own homes yeah they can play all sorts of games of the commercial market and in that case the commercial market if the prices go up there that also means the tax revenues go up for the states because people going into the shop to buy their weed aren’t going to be the target they’ll still go buy their weed it’ll just be a little more expensive much more expensive the state taking twenty thirty seven percent whatever it is in your state off the top just means more revenue unless the overall demand goes down and I don’t see that happening in a place where you’re legal in that state to possess it and use it so really the effect of this Cole memo thing well it might slow down the development of pot lounges like we’ve seen that story coming out of Las Vegas while it might rot a raise the price of commercial marijuana it might slow the growth of the marijuana market I think in the long run what’s gonna happen is this is just gonna solidify that marijuana legalization is here to stay that the people like it we like the jobs we like the tax revenue we like the lack of hassle we like the professionalism not having to wait for a guy in a parking lot is nice too legalization is here to stay how and who gets rich off it is about all that’s left to subtle folks that sound means it’s time for me to go thanks for joining us everyone here at delta-9 house and studios I am radical Russ Belleville be back tomorrow with more news and news follow MD agenda on Facebook Instagram YouTube and follow empty agenda show on Twitter 34 @mj agenda that’s it for me thank you everybody until next time take care of each other tokens