TNMNews Live Broadcast: November 9th, 2018 Marijuana News Week in Evaluation
And a really happy Friday to all of you cannabis legalization advocates, and anybody else that might be listening! This is Todd Denkin with The National Marijuana News and young boy do we have a lot to cover today after the wild midterm elections on Tuesday that are still not over. Votes are still being tallied in Georgia and Florida, and it looks like we are heading for some automatic states. One method or another, today has actually represented a massive advance for marijuana reform around the nation and the president has actually also been on a tear since Tuesday that simply may be helping us out too. To learn more details about how the midterm elections affected cannabis reform in the US, go to TNMNews.com and search for our post, “ Marijuana Reform in the 2018 Midterm Elections.” It is November 9th, 2018. Let’s get to it.
Trump Fires Jeff Sessions
Initially, on Wednesday, the day after the election, President Trump bought his Chief of Personnel, John Kelly, to call Attorney general of the United States Jeff Sessions and tell him he was fired. John Kelly did not use those words, and in reality Jeff Sessions handed in his resignation, but all the same it was a forced resignation. Trump suggested a couple of months ago that he would fire Jeff Sessions once the elections were over. For the cannabis community, Jeff Sessions was one of the scarier authorities in Washington D.C. who was likewise in a real place of power as the head of the Justice Department. Jeff Sessions highly opposes cannabis legalization and rescinded the Cole Memo earlier this year, which resulted in many financiers pulling their cash from the cannabis industry. If you are not familiar with the Cole Memo, it had recommended US attorneys around the country to not prosecute state legal marijuana services although cannabis is an Arrange 1 substance. With the removal of Jeff Sessions as chief law officer, one of the biggest risks to marijuana reform has actually been gotten rid of. We will have to see how long the Performing Chief law officer Matthew Whitaker remains in his position after protests around the nation popped up in assistance of the Mueller probe.
Cannabis Reform in the Midterm Elections May Not Be Over
Relocating to the elections. Tuesday was a historic day for marijuana reform. Michigan became the 10th state in our nation to legalize leisure marijuana and both Missouri and Utah passed laws for a broad medical marijuana program giving us 33 medical marijuana states. One of the more exciting aspects of this midterm election were all of the gubernatorial candidates that were in support of marijuana legalization in their respective states. Minnesota, Connecticut, Illinois and Maine all enacted professional marijuana governors. And we may not be done yet. Both Georgia and Florida look like they may be heading for a recount of their governor’s races. Republican Brian Kemp is the presumed winner of Georgia’s gubernatorial race, nevertheless his lead is just 63,000 votes and it continues to dwindle as votes continue to be counted. If his lead were to fall below 50 %of his opponent, Democrat Stacey Kemp, the race would be immediately stated. Stacey Kemp is a cannabis reform advocate and looks to solve the social injustice of marijuana prohibition in Georgia. In Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum even yielded the race to the presumed winner, Republican politician Ron DeSantis. Nevertheless, votes are still being available in and the lead for DeSantis has narrowed to less than.5%which immediately triggers a recount. Similarly, the Senate race in between Republican Rick Scott and marijuana legalization advocate, Democrat Bill Nelson, has actually likewise narrowed to a point of requiring a recount. Nikki Fried, who is running for agricultural commissioner of Florida and is a marijuana reform supporter, was presumed to have lost to Matt Caldwell on Tuesday, however has actually now taken the lead in that race, also requiring a recount. It is always fascinating in Florida when it pertains to elections and this is no exception. If both the Georgia and Florida elections turn around, that will make these midterm election among the most significant minutes in marijuana reform history, if they are not already. Not to Forget Hemp I need to also mention hemp. There was some issue that the Hemp Farming Act, which would legalize hemp federally, would not make it into the final version of the 2018 Farm Expense. Those concerns have all but been compressed now that Republican Senate BulkLeader Mitch McConnell out of Kentucky has been re elected. He is perhaps hemp’s most influential champion and he now has a democratic House of Representatives that will certainly support the legalization of hemp. Hemp is a fantastic agricultural product that will likely be a much bigger industry than cannabis. It has the capability of adding a lot to the United States economy. Massachusetts Finally Provides Proceed to Marijuana Testing Labs Finally, It feels like we have actually been talking about the start of recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts for many years now. Well, we have actually. Massachusetts citizens legislated adult-use marijuana in the 2016 election and the marijuana control commission has actually remained in no rush to release all of the licenses required to begin the business sale of weed. However, on Wednesday, the last piece of the puzzle was put in location as two cannabis laboratory screening companies received their licenses. Massachusetts mandates that all marijuana be individually evaluated prior to it is sold to customers, as it should be. Now that two cannabis testing facilities are certified. the very first adult-use marijuana sale is anticipated to happen within days in the city of Northampton. The people of Massachusetts should simply see 2018 as a banner year. The Red Sox won the World Series, the Patriots are simply excellent once again and now individuals can smoke weed lawfully. Well that is it for today everyone. Congratulations to Michigan, Utah and Missouri, and all of those that worked so difficult for marijuana reform. We will continue to track the progress of the elections
in Georgia and Florida and keep all of you updated. Do not miss us at MJ Biz Con right here in Las Vegas this upcoming Wednesday through Friday. Richard Lowe will be performing interview and covering the occasion. Please go checkout out our Instagram and Twitter pages @NationalMJNews. Have a fantastic weekend everybody, this is Todd Denkin with The National Marijuana News.