Cannabis News of the Day

Lots of Love in D.C. – A business exploits the ambiguities of cannabis laws to create a delivery market. Meanwhile, the District council has moved to ban private cannabis clubs two months after commissioning a study on the issue. And, three years later, the racial divide in arrests for marijuana still exists.

Oregon considers new ways to ingest low doses of cannabis, including candles and edibles, but it’s doing so with caution, say state regulators. Governor Kate Brown has, however, signed into law a bill permitting banks in Oregon to service cannabis businesses. The law may mean very little in the face of federal laws. But investors are still interested. Hilary Bricken talks about cannabis investors.

With cannabis legalization in Massachusetts and Vermont (and Maine) in limbo, Connecticut activists see a big opportunity for the short term. Governor Malloy could not disagree more. However, some other state lawmakers are pushing to bring the debate to the floor of the legislature. The speaker of the Colorado state house spoke to them yesterday.

The GAO’s recent report says that the DOJ should more carefully document the effects of legalization. DOJ is drawing flack from Congress as well, with Senators Grassley and Feinstein, both staunch anti-legalization advocates, holding a pointedly political hearing. So, do “good people” smoke marijuana? The senators would have you believe that this is not the case. Federal criticism aside, the U.N. will have to talk about cannabis this month. But here’s what they won’t talk about.

And finally, if cannabis is legalized, will gangs diversify? Keith Humphreys talks about the vast swathe of lower-income Americans whose views don’t always make it into policy discussions.