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Tuesday September 8, 2020
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Scientists Could Study Marijuana Sold At Dispensaries Under Bill Up For Congressional Vote This Week

Under the substitute bill, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would have to “offer to qualified marijuana researchers marijuana products available through State authorized marijuana programs that are consistent with the guidance” outlined in the legislation. That requirement would only be enforced until the agency determined that the existing number of manufacturers could “ensure a sufficient supply of marijuana intended for medical research.”

The amended bill would give HHS 180 days to “issue guidance related to the use of marijuana from State authorized marijuana programs, including necessary quality or production standards for marijuana intended for use in medical research.”

The bill could also be changed under the amendment in the nature of a substitute to remove a section of the original bill that stipulated the Justice Department could not interfere in the production, distribution or sale of cannabis in compliance with the research guidance. A new provision stipulates that nothing about the legislation precludes the HHS secretary from enforcing Food and Drug Administration restrictions on the method of administration of marijuana, the dosage or number of patients involved in approved studies.

https://www.marijuanamoment.net/scientists-could-study-marijuana-sold-at-dispensaries-under-bill-up-for-congressional-vote-this-week/

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In a recent speech, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden reaffirmed his position that people convicted of low-level drug offenses should be forced into rehabilitation in order to stay out of jail and get their records cleared.

While the former vice president seems to view the policy as a progressive alternative to incarceration, many drug reform advocates feel mandatory treatment reinforces misconceptions about substance misuse, and they point out that the efficacy of forced rehabilitation programs are scientifically questionable.

Biden Pledges To Force People Who Use Drugs To Enroll In Mandatory Treatment ProgramsPublished 4 days ago on September 8, 2020By Kyle Jaeger

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In a recent speech, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden reaffirmed his position that people convicted of low-level drug offenses should be forced into rehabilitation in order to stay out of jail and get their records cleared.

While the former vice president seems to view the policy as a progressive alternative to incarceration, many drug reform advocates feel mandatory treatment reinforces misconceptions about substance misuse, and they point out that the efficacy of forced rehabilitation programs are scientifically questionable.

“Anybody who gets convicted of a drug crime—not one that is in terms of massive selling, but consumption—they shouldn’t go to prison. They should go to mandatory rehabilitation,” Biden said at a campaign event in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week. “Instead of building more prisons, as I’ve been proposing for some time, we build rehabilitation centers.”

“Mandatory. They’ve got to go to mandatory rehab, but it’s not part of the record when they get out if they finish it,” he said, adding that having a criminal record often prevents people from obtaining housing, financial aid for school and other public benefits.

It’s not clear whether Biden feels that people with low-level marijuana convictions should similarly be subject to mandatory rehabilitation. He’s proposed decriminalizing cannabis possession, but theoretically the rehab policy could fit within the framework he’s envisioning for a decriminalization policy that stops short of full legalization, which he opposes. Marijuana Moment reached out to his campaign for clarification, but a representative did not immediately respond.

In any case, mandatory rehabilitation is not the policy of choice for most drug reform advocates.

“Coerced treatment will inevitably result in forcing people who do not have substance use disorders or who would naturally recover into services,” Maritza Perez, director of national affairs at Drug Policy Action, told Marijuana Moment in response to Biden’s comments. “The overwhelming majority of people who use drugs do not develop a substance use disorder. Of those that do, most recover without participating in any formalized treatment or recovery services.”

“Additionally, mandatory treatment can have a net-widening effect, continuing to trap people under an alternative form of state surveillance,” she said. “Instead we must expand access to substance use disorder treatment and other support services that are attractive and affordable to increase voluntary treatment where appropriate. Biden’s proposal would merely waste resources that could be used for people who actually want and could benefit from treatment.”

This isn’t the only policy where Biden and drug reform advocates don’t see eye-to-eye. The nominee remains opposed to marijuana legalization despite supermajority support among voters. Instead, he supports decriminalizing cannabis possession, legalizing medical marijuana, expunging prior convictions and letting states set their own policies.

A senior adviser to Biden also said recently that his administration would pursue decriminalization and automatic expungements for prior marijuana convictions if he is elected.

Biden’s vice presidential running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) similarly raised eyebrows in drug policy circles in a recent interview, lamenting racial disparities in cannabis enforcement without acknowledging her own record as a prosecutor who oversaw thousands of marijuana cases. Despite her past efforts to campaign against marijuana legalization in California as a candidate for state attorney general, she’s now the lead Senate sponsor of a bill to federally legalize cannabis. But despite her newfound support, Harris has indicated that she won’t be proactively pushing Biden to adopt a pro-legalization stance.

https://www.marijuanamoment.net/biden-pledges-to-force-people-who-use-drugs-to-enroll-in-mandatory-treatment-programs/


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Maine Finally Approves First Marijuana Business Licenses Weeks Before Legal Sales Launch


http://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/news-events/news/aump-first-active-licenses


https://www.marijuanamoment.net/biden-pledges-to-force-people-who-use-drugs-to-enroll-in-mandatory-treatment-programs/
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/maine-finally-approves-first-marijuana-business-licenses-weeks-before-legal-sales-launch/


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