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SAFE Banking Act shouldn’t harm children

11/8/19--The marijuana industry is lobbying hard for the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE) of 2019. Its stated purpose is “to increase public safety by ensuring access to financial services to cannabis-related legitimate businesses.” What’s been lost in the congressional debate over the bill, so far, is the safety of children. Congress can demand key safeguards for children that the industry has so far resisted. Read

Colorado politicians ignore major pot problems

1/10/18--According to an published editorial by the Colorado Springs Gazette Editorial Board, Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., don't seem to care much about the toll recreational marijuana imposes on Colorado. Each reacted with righteous indignation to the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Obama administration's lax pot policies. Read

The sad anniversary of Big Commercial Pot in Colorado

11/11/17--This week marks the fifth anniversary of Colorado's decision to sanction the world's first anything-goes commercial pot trade. According to a published commentary in the Washington Examiner by The Gazette editorial board, commercial pot's five-year anniversary is an odious occasion for those who want safer streets, healthier kids, and less suffering associated with substance abuse. Experts say the worst effects of widespread pot use will culminate over decades. Read

Trump Drug Enforcement Administration choice to light up pot politics

9/30/17--President Trump will replace the nation's top anti-drug  when Chuck Rosenberg steps down after more than two years leading the Drug Enforcement Administration. It's unclear who Trump will make acting administrator, or if that person will be a placeholder or a long-serving acting administrator like Rosenberg and his predecessor Michele Leonhart, who went three years without Senate confirmation. Read

DEA chief: ‘Marijuana is not medicine’

5/25/17--Drug Enforcement Administration acting Chief Chuck Rosenberg remains strong on his stance that "marijuana is not medicine." Despite repeated attempts by advocates requesting that marijuana be moved to Schedule II, the DEA has pointed to the FDA's guidance that says it does not have medical value. Rosenberg noted that the DEA takes recommendations about how to classify the drug from the FDA. Read