“Financial institutions and other enterprises that do business with marijuana shops that are in compliance with state laws are unlikely to be prosecuted for money laundering or other federal crimes that could be brought under existing federal drug laws, a senior Department of Justice official said Thursday,” according to the Huffington Post.
Marijuana remains a federally illegal drug, a fact that the Drug Enforcement Administration is re-stating to national armored car companies that service dispensaries in states where the plant is legal for medical use.
Consequently, armored car services are cutting off service to dispensaries, who are already holding too much cash because the Department of Treasury has cut off banking services to clubs.
The Chronicle's Bob Egelko reported Saturday:
The District Attorney of Contra Costa County recently sent a pretty intimidating letter to the Richmond City Council reminding them they could technically be charged with a federal (and possibly state) crime for facilitating permits for the town's four, regulated medical cannabis dispensaries. In a letter to Richmond July 25, DA Mark Peterson said marijuana is a federally illegal drug and no city officials who facilitate its distribution should feel immune.
Legislators — under pressure from law enforcement groups who believe there is no such thing as medical marijuana — withdrew a bill this week that would have codified the rules of the road for medical cannabis collectives in California. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s SB 439 would have given the Califoria Attorney General's medical pot guidelines the force of law. Currently, the guidelines are not legally binding, meaning certain law enforcement agencies and medical pot groups just ignore them entirely.
This week, a federal judge ruled that New York City's stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional and tantamount to institutional racism. New York Mayor Bloomberg and law enforcement leaders had some laughable responses to the verdict.
A police policy in the Big Apple that ensares tens of thousands of people for cannabis possession has been deemed unconstitutional by a federal district judge, Reuters reports.
US District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled Monday that New York's notorious stop-and-frisk policy constitutes "indirect racial profiling."
"No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life," Scheindlin wrote in her opinion.
US Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske will leave his post in the White House to become the likely head of US Customs, various news sources report today. Kerlikowske will be remembered for campaigning against Prop 19 in California in 2010, yet staying out the 2012 battles to end cannabis prohibition in Washington and Colorado.
Business Insider Australia writes July 18 that "as the U.S. economy improves, people are going back to work, investing in their homes, and preparing to make new purchases. They’re also going to spend a lot more time in prison."
That assessment is based on an investor guide from Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private imprisoner in the US, which notes that the economic recovery will result in more prisoners.
The Partnership for A Drug-Free America — a government-funded Drug War advocacy group — is backing away from supporting the arrest of 800,000 Americans every year for marijuana. The 28 year-old New York group of advertising executives funded by major alcohol, tobacco, nicotine and pharmaceutical interests released a new survey this week called "Marijuana: It's Legal, Now What?" Now, we don't trust anything coming from a bunch of failed "this is your brain on drugs" propagandists, but we're intrigued when they admit:
Florida jurors heard that Trayvon Martin was aggressive and paranoid due to marijuana intoxication the night he was murdered. But was he?
Carl Hart, a neuropsychopharmacologist who spent fifteen years studying the neurophysiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana, finds this line of reasoning "laughable" in The New York Times.