Source When the crew and I landed in Denver, the entire city was full of civic pride. The Denver Broncos were preparing to take on the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. While the Broncos’ subsequent loss cast a damper on the citizenry Monday morning, we were still very excited to meet the family causing so much controversy in the medicinal marijuana debate.
We met Jesse Stanley at the Denver lab for the operation he runs with his siblings, Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises. Located next to a gluten-free bakery, the marijuana aroma competes with the smell of cran-oat muffins but is definitely winning that battle. Far from high-tech, the Stanleys’ facility extracts cannabidiol (CBD) oil from plants imported from their dispensary in Colorado Springs. Jesse is passionate about the work his family does in providing epileptic children and other sick patients, including people struggling with cancer, with medicinal marijuana. Continue reading
From Democracy Now
The Washington, D.C. City Council has given final approval of a measure to decriminalize marijuana. The move would scrap criminal penalties for pot possession in favor of a violation equivalent to a parking ticket. City councilmember and bill sponsor Tommy Wells said the new law will address racial disparities in drug arrests.
“In D.C., over 90 percent of those arrested for marijuana are African-American. We know, with six universities, the black kids are not the only ones smoking pot. And so, first of all, it gets at a social justice issue. And then, once you do have a drug charge, you’re not going to get a job on a construction site. You’re going to have trouble with a commercial driver’s license. A lot of the jobs that are low-barrier entry jobs, you’re disqualified if you have a drug charge.”
Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray has pledged to sign the measure into law. The District of Columbia would join 17 states that have also decriminalized marijuana possession.