DEA Chief Retires and Canada Legalizes Marijuana: Week In Review
This week, Canada passed its Cannabis Act to legalize adult-use marijuana, with sales slated to start mid-October; Robert Patterson, the current acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), announced he will retire at the end of the month; the New York State Health Commissioner recommended legalizing marijuana while the state also looks to expand its medical program; Massachusetts awarded its first adult-use cannabis license; and more.
Federal: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said that President Trump hasn’t talked to him about legislation to decriminalize federal marijuana laws, but that he believed the president would support legislation to protect states that do so. “What I understood the president to have told Sen. Cory Gardner was that if a state legalizes marijuana, he may be supportive of legislation that would honor that state’s decision,” Sessions said during an interview with The Hill’s new TV show, “Rising.” Read more
Robert Patterson, the current acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), has announced that he is retiring at the end of the month. It is not clear who will replace Patterson as head of the DEA, but the cannabis industry is no doubt hopeful that it will gain an ally with the next appointee. Read more
Texas: Texas’ Republican Party passed a platform June 16 supporting major changes in the way the state treats medical marijuana and those found in possession of less than an ounce of cannabis, signaling that years of prohibition could be over as soon as 2019. As of last weekend, Texas Republicans officially support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, improving the state’s 2015 Compassionate Use Act and more. Read more
New York: New York’s much-anticipated study on recreational marijuana will recommend legalizing the drug in the state, the state’s top health regulator said June 18.