With his confirmation by the senate William Barr is now the Attorney General of the United States. Past Attorney General Jeff Sessions stood a hard stance on the legalization of marijuana, rolling back Obama administration advances such as the “Cole Memorandum”, which allowed companies that were operating legally under state laws to not be prosecuted at a federal level. Barr on the other hand, has said that the cannabis industry can be less worried with him at the helm. Some hope that he will roll back the changes Sessions had made. However, Barr stated that he does not plan to legalize marijuana federally. It will thus be under the responsibility of each state to legalize marijuana.
Governor Tony Evers proposes decriminalizing marijuana during his proposal for the next state budget. It would entail legalizing marijuana for medical use. The proposal could also allow for people with minor possession charges to have their records cleared. However, he faces opposition by Senate majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald who opposes legalization and also has doubts on whether a law would pass in the chamber. The new democratic governor remains hopeful on advancing his state into the cannabis world.
Bodegas hope to profit from the legalization of marijuana as their communities have suffered from the criminalization of the drug in the past. Their owners have had people selling as well as getting arrested because of marijuana in front of their stores and at times bodegas have suffered fines because people hide the substance close to their stores. As these stores already sell beer, cigarettes and lottery tickets they are highly regulated. They thus consider themselves to be a safe spot for the sale and distribution of marijuana. They also feel that they should be part of the group profiting from sales instead of suffering from it.
The European island is following a growing trend in Europe with its doors opening to the world of cannabis. An amendment to the Drugs and Psychotropic Substances law has allowed for the import of seeds and plants for the production of the drug. Cyprus hopes to attract foreign companies for production and completely avoid the black market. Estimates value the production of cannabis in Cyprus to reach 200 million dollars every year.