Law Enforcement Group with Thousands of Members Endorses California’s Cannabis Legalization Initiative

California Cannabis InitiativeLaw Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) has officially endorsed California’s Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. LEAP is a group of thousands of current and former law enforcement officials including police, judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals.

“This initiative is the best chance California has to end a failed war on marijuana,” says retired Diane Goldstein, a retired Lt. Commander for the Redondo Beach Police Department. “It’s our best hope to reduce the power of cartels operating in our state, to generate much-needed resources for law enforcement, and create a new system of regulation and control that will greatly improve public health and safety for all Californians.”

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TheJointBlog.com’s Weekly Cannabis Podcast – September 27th, 2015

Welcome to TheJointBlog.com’s Weekly Cannabis Podcast, airing every Sunday evening!

Today’s episode features a look at the top cannabis news stories from the past week, a look at Oregon’s new cannabis law that takes effect on October 1st, and an interview with Carrie Roberts, a speaker for Law Enforcement Against prohibition who previously served as a corrections officer and sheriff’s deputy!

You can listen to today’s episode below:

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Bipartisan Cannabis Banking Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

By Darby Beck, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

money2WASHINGTON, DC – Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Ma lmrijuana Business Access to Banking Act today in a much-needed move to allow legitimate marijuana businesses to conduct legal financial operations.

While the move sounds like a minor regulatory matter, the lack of clear financial guidelines represents the single greatest obstacle to state-legal marijuana businesses operating safely and profitably. Currently, dispensaries and other businesses in states that have legalized medical marijuana or that allow adult use must operate cash-only businesses because banking services fall under federal, rather than state law.

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Legalization Would Make It Harder For Teens To Get Cannabis

By Neil Franklin, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

I was a cop in Maryland for 34 years. I’m the last person who wants to see teenagers using marijuana or any other drug. But whatleap I learned in my 34 years is that if you don’t want teens to have access to something, prohibiting that thing is the worst thing you can do (“Harms of marijuana use,” Dec. 17). Prohibition just puts it in the hands of unregulated, unlicensed dealers who sell product of unknown quality to anyone, which is why teens consistently tell us it’s easier to buy marijuana than to buy alcohol.

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