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‘Democracy Dies in Dankness’: The Week in Cannabis Quotes

February 2, 2018

From Trumpy typos to expunged convictions, here are this week’s most notable cannabis quotables.

“Democracy dies in dankness”

—Donald Trump Jr., attempting to reference the Washington Post’s slogan (“Democracy dies in darkness”) on Twitter 

Pro-Cannabis Trump Voters Feeling Betrayed After Sessions Move

“This example, one of many across our state, underscores the true promise of Proposition 64–providing new hope and opportunities to Californians, primarily people of color, whose lives were long ago derailed by a costly, broken and racially discriminatory system of marijuana criminalization.”

—California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, reflecting on the San Francisco District Attorney’s office’s announcement that it will review, dismiss, and seal an estimated 3,000 misdemeanor marijuana convictions dating back to 1975

San Francisco to Wipe out Thousands of Cannabis Convictions

“The stigma associated with a marijuana arrest and criminal conviction is lifelong, and can directly lead to numerous lost opportunities later in life. The San Francisco District Attorney’s office is to be commended for proactively rectifying this situation—one that has disproportionately burdened far too many young people and people of color. Let’s hope other jurisdictions follow San Francisco’s lead in righting the wrongs of cannabis criminalization.”

—NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano, echoing Lt. Gov. Newsom’s appreciation of San Francisco’s marijuana-misdemeanor purge

California Prosecutors Dropping, Reducing Cannabis Convictions

“In the cannabis industry, we have more female-owned businesses than any other sector of the American economy.”

—Jane West, co-founder of Women Grow, speaking at  this week’s Leadership Summit in Denver

Are Women Taking Charge of the Cannabis Industry?

“If it’s a business just following our rules and they’re a business minding their own business selling marijuana, yes, that would get our attention for sure…My job is to defend state law, including initiatives.”

—Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, confirming his willingness to sue the Trump administration over enforcement of federal marijuana policies, in an interview with The Colombian

Here’s Where US Attorneys Stand on Cannabis Enforcement

“People would stop trying to get in the industry if they actually knew what was going on here. If you think there’s money in growing cannabis, put on a seatbelt and sit back for a 5-10-year ride, because it is not easy.”

—Aviv Hadar, co-owner of Oregon cannabis company Oregrown, responding to Oregon’s market-flooding, price-plunging cannabis surplus

Oregon Steps Up Penalties for Cannabis Sales to Minors

“If you tested positive for marijuana, you couldn’t join our company. At a certain point, we said, ‘You know what? That’s wrong.'”
—#AutoNationCEO Mike Jackson to Automotive News, about his company’s reversal of its anti-cannabis hiring policy

Is Drug Testing Negatively Impacting America’s Workforce?

“Details of the crash are still a little hazy.”

—Lacey, Washington’s Fire District 3, addressing the car that crashed into an area cannabis store, on Twitter

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