420DC Weekly Round Up
Headlines from 11/3-11/10
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Washington D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser last week said she would not support Initiative 81, which would decriminalize plant-based psychedelics even if voters passed it. Her reason? She claimed the campaign behind it was not local. The Outlaw Report explains why that isn’t true and speaks to locals behind the initiative who are focused on the election rather than Bowser’s specious claims.
Hippocratic Growth has filed a lawsuit against the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) and a number of minority-owned cannabis companies arguing that the process for scoring minority business is unfair to white women. Hippocratic Growth, who applied for grower and processor licenses and were ranked 21st as a grower and 50th as a processor, did not receive any of the pre-approved licenses awarded earlier this month.
The warning from the city of Alexandria reads in full: “The City of Alexandria is notifying the public of the potential that marijuana in the region may be mixed with unusual substances, after four recent overdoses in the nearby Prince William County Health District. One person died, and the other three were revived with Narcan (naloxone), suggesting that the marijuana may have been mixed with opioids.”
“Rather than focus on ‘drug-free’ initiatives, our government should be focused on providing harm reduction services and treatment for people who use drugs…We are facing an overdose epidemic made increasingly deadly due to the pandemic, but the DEA is selling stamps. Unconscionable,” the Drug Policy Alliance’s Maritza Perez said.
For this special episode of The Outlaw Report podcast, host Scott Cecil is joined by Mike Liszewski, one of the foremost experts on Capitol Hill on cannabis law and policy and more broadly, drug policy reform. They preview the 2020 elections and what wins for either party at the Presidential and Congressional levels would mean for cannabis in 2021 and beyond. They also take a look at the various state-wide ballot initiatives related to medical and adult-use of cannabis.