Baltimore ends drug prosecutions amid coronavirus outbreak (Newsletter: March 19, 2020)

Baltimore ends drug prosecutions amid coronavirus outbreak (Newsletter: March 19, 2020)

USDA again blames DEA for restrictive hemp rules; MD lawmakers approve bill to shield marijuana convictions; NORML offers COVID advice Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day. (function() { window.mc4wp = window.mc4wp || { listeners: [], forms: { on: function(evt, cb) { window.mc4wp.listeners.push( { event : evt, callback: cb } ); } } } })(); Email address: Leave this field empty if you’re human: Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible… By starting a $10 per month pledge on Patreon—or about 45 cents per issue of this newsletter—you can help us rely less on ads to cover our expenses, hire more journalists and bring you even more marijuana news. https://www.patreon.com/marijuanamoment / TOP THINGS TO KNOW Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, for the second time this month, blamed the Drug Enforcement Administration for restrictive hemp rules. He also said current regulations for the crop are essentially a “draft” that will be revised later. Baltimore, Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is directing her staff to stop prosecuting most drug cases amid the coronavirus outbreak “as an attempt to save lives.” She also told Marijuana Moment she’ll consider continuing the policy following the pandemic’s end. Maryland lawmakers sent Gov. Larry Hogan (R) a bill to shield past marijuana possession convictions from public view. NORML is offering advice to marijuana consumers on how to limit the spread of coronavirus during sessions. / FEDERAL Democratic Senate candidate…

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