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Businesses in the growing U.S. marijuana industry are are operating almost entirely in cash, as federal money laundering laws block access to financial services. Attorney General Eric Holder says new regulations will tackle the issue.
On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared “we will end the failed drug war.” On Wednesday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would be open to legalizing medical marijuana if it were tightly controlled. And on Thursday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry hinted at support for decriminalizing marijuana in Texas.
Shenna Bellows, the Democratic candidate for the 2014 Maine Senate race, supports bold action on climate change, a higher minimum wage, and less government surveillance. She is also the most prominent Senate candidate to boast her support for legalizing marijuana during a campaign.
In the latest move toward reform of draconian sentencing laws, the U.S. Sentencing Commission advanced an amendment Thursday that would discourage judges from sentencing drug defendants to prison terms even higher than those required by mandatory minimum sentences.