While many cannabis users (especially white, affluent ones) haven’t felt much federal pressure over the drug’s Schedule I status, those groups who have helped pioneer legal cannabis as producers and retailers have often faced heavy crackdowns, and short-term losses into the millions. Overall, more than 8.2 million Americans were also arrested for marijuana crimes between 2001 and 2010 alone, Slate points out.
Extending the clause’s effects through December 8 could therefore offset some big burdens for cannabis operators who’re trying in good faith to build businesses that comply with state laws–at least for a few more months. Despite this development, however, many aspects of federal and state game-plans for the cannabis industry remain uncertain, forcing a range of cannapreneurs to proceed unprotected while hoping for the best.
The city has granted a permit to a company that will allow it to open a medical marijuana facility on East Main Street.
CHICOPEE – A plan to delay the opening of any recreational marijuana facility for one year made it through the first legislative step but still needs more study before it is adopted.
The City Council’s Zoning Committee approved the plan to wait at least a year before granting any permit to open a facility in the city. The City Council then voted 13-0 on Wednesday to send the proposal to its Ordinance Committee so the regulations could be drafted. The full City Council will have to take a final vote on the ordinance when it is created.
“We want to make sure there will not be mom and pop shops, or mom and pot shops, popping up on every corner,” City Councilor Shane D. Brooks said.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) cosponsored the The Small Business Tax Equity Act which would require marijuana businesses in states where it is legalized to be taxed similar to other small businesses. It would also remove restrictions on marijuana businesses to claim tax credits and deductions.
The Trump Administration has said it will view medical marijuana leniently but is considered renewed federal enforcement to shut down recreational marijuana sales legal in eight states and the District of Columbia. Lawmakers in Colorado have proposed a simple solution.
On Thursday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) announced a legislative package they said will “preserve the integrity of state marijuana laws and provide a path for responsible federal legalization and regulation of the marijuana industry.”