420DC Weekly Round Up
Headlines from 7/14-7/21
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Republican Congressman Andy Harris is at it again. Almost immediately after it was announced that Decriminalize Nature D.C. succeeded in gathering enough signatures to get Initiative 81 (the Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020), which would decriminalize psychedelics on the ballot, the well-known enemy to cannabis reform declared that he would try to stop psychedelics reform. “Andy Harris needs to shut up,” Decriminalize Nature D.C.’s Adam Eidinger said.
There is finally a proposal for the long-awaited hemp farming program by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. While there has been plenty of discussion about Maryland responding to the 2018 Farm Bill and the pending deadline for Maryland to get in compliance with the interim final rules from the United States Drug Administration, this is the first time the regulatory framework has been made public. “The proposed action will provide small businesses a meaningful opportunity to produce hemp in the State,” the proposal reads.
Just because Virginia’s cannabis decriminalization has gone into effect, it doesn’t mean the push for cannabis legalization for recreational adult-use has slowed. Both Virginia NORML and Virginia’s Black Legislative Caucus have called for cannabis legalization, with the legislative caucus focusing on a special session next month that would focus on among other issues, “implementing automatic expungement,” “reinstituting parole,” “passing cash bail reform,” “increasing good behavior sentence credits,” and “legalizing marijuana.”
This Week’s Quick Hit
Quick Hit: If You Care About Racial Equity and Cannabis Put ‘Pleasure Activism’ On Your Reading List
To understand the extent of the problems with American policing and this racial reckoning, many have consulted reading lists and recommendations such as White Fragility or The End Of Policing or Are Prisons Obsolete? One book The Outlaw Report would like to recommend is adrienne maree brown’s Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good. The anthology “written and gathered” by brown connects social justice to pleasure and fun to create what she calls “pleasure activism,” with a two essays on cannabis, brown’s own ‘Weed On, Weed Off’ and by Malachi Garza’s ‘Experiments In Cannabis For The Collective.’