Legalization and Law Enforcement and Marijuana

Marijuana has been federally outlawed since 1937, and now its stigma is being erased by the day.

Ten states allow recreational use and over 30 have medical marijuana.  Marijuana is on more and more state ballots every November.  Studies are showing that the regulation around legalization cuts access for kids in many cases.  An Illinois advocate says “You see some decreases among youth because you’re cutting off their access. The guy slinging weed on the corner in my neighborhood, I’ve never seen him ‘card,’ not once, and you see slight increase in people over 50 because their knees hurt.”

Law Enforcement Agencies Remain Opposed

Law enforcement agencies remain opposed.  This is understandable because it will make their jobs much more difficult. “People are saying this (legalization) is inevitable because of the changes in the Legislature and the governor’s chair, and it’s clever on the part of the sponsors to keep repeating that in the hopes that people will believe it,” said Ed Wojcicki, executive director of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. “I don’t know that we should assume that.”

It’s much easier to enforce a law that is black and white – pot is either legal or illegal.  Law enforcement will adjust.  They’ve overcome much bigger challenges.

Proponents of Legalization

Legalization proponents say that revenue from legalization could help police agencies better equip officers on the road to judge impaired motorists, but Wojcicki said that, currently, only a time-consuming blood test can verify marijuana use.  The development of inexpensive, simple and reliable tools to allow measurement and verification of marijuana impairment seem to be key for law enforcement support. Studies released by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have indeed found higher rates of traffic accidents in states that have legalized recreational pot.

Handled correctly, however, legalization can help to eliminate a lot of dangerous police work.  Do you think these people might have been a danger to the police? (see below).

What will NY Do?

If New York legalizes and keeps the taxes reasonable and allow for the in-home cultivation of a few plants, this kind of thing should decline.  NY’s history as a tax and spend state doesn’t bode well for this but we won’t have to wait long to find out.  The Governor’s budget will be released by 2/1/19 at the latest and we’ll see where it looks like it’s going.  Watch this page. When the budget is released, I will summarize the marijuana legislation here.

12/31/18- Syracuse

New York State Police found 105 pounds of marijuana and other drugs worth close to $500,000 in a bust in Binghamton Friday.

Naami Islam, 22, and Melissa F. Pincus, 21, both of Binghamton, face several felony drug charges, state police said in a news release Monday.

Members of the state police and the Vestal Police Department first found two pounds of marijuana when they stopped a vehicle on Murray Street for a traffic violation. Further investigation lead to a search of a home at 64 Oak St.

Here’s what police said they found inside the residence:

  • 103 pounds of marijuana worth more than $412,000
  • 60 commercially packaged boxes of Ghost brand .500 ml concentrated cannabis vapor cartridges worth $38,000
  • 224 canisters of medical-grade flavored marijuana worth $10,000
  • A commercial grade money counter
  • Drug paraphernalia and packaging. 

The two were sent to the Broome County Jail without bail.

HOT MARIJUANA JOB

Licensing Manager/Regulatory Submissions Project Manager

The typical Licensing Manager reports to the Company’s General Counsel and is responsible for managing the site and facility licensing function across the organization. This includes the development, production and submission of applications for entry to new markets and ensuring timely change management and/or renewals in active markets. This role is responsible for overall project management as well as the operational aspects involved in the preparation and maintenance of state application(s) documentation including formatting assistance, assembly, and archival of paper and electronic submissions and submission components according to state defined requirements and within tight timelines.

Responsibilities
• Project manage and take the lead in drafting submissions for competitive and non-competitive tenders for cannabis licenses, permits and contracts.
• Project manage key license renewals and transfers when regulatory approval requires substantial submissions from the company and its shareholders.
• Liaise with various departments of the company to compile submissions and applications.
• Monitor the announcement of key license and similar tenders across the country and help management decide which tenders to participate in.
• Review and assess specific state codes and regulations as they pertain to application information for obtaining and maintaining licenses to cultivate, manufacture and dispense marijuana and marijuana products.
• Maintain knowledge base of existing and emerging regulations, standards, and guidance documents and provide interpretive assistance to cross-functional teams.
• Create a systematic application process for content management.
• Develop working relationships with subject matter experts (SME) to provide input and clarification to application content.
• Draft initial application content for SME review, ensuring consistent messaging and conformance with the requirements and expectations of state authorities.
• Coordinate with Compliance to ensure alignment of content modules to Standard Operating Procedures.
• Coordinate across corporate and with subsidiary organizations to gather required content and documentation (i.e., legal to ensure appropriate corporate structure/documentation; shareholder relations to gather required owner/backer documentation; HR to gather required employee documentation.)

Position Requirements
• Bachelor’s Degree in relevant area, business, legal
• 3 years regulatory, federal grant, and/or legal experience
• Project management experience
• Superior writing, communications and organizational, skills

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