At the beginning of 2013, Colorado Representative JaredPolisjumped into Washington D.C. with all bongs blazing and introduced acontroversial new billaimed at abolishing the current state of marijuana prohibition across the United States.
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Cannabis CultureNJ Governor Opposes Expanding The State's Medical Cannabis LawMedical JaneNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie told reporters yesterday that he will veto a recently-proposed bill to expand the state's current medical cannabis legislation, should it reach his desk. The measure, which was introduced by Assemblywoman Linda …Chronicle AM — November 29, 2013Drug War Chronicleall 13 news articles »
Despite experiencing setbacks when it came to reintroducing marijuana legalization legislation for the 2014 Maine legislative session, efforts are already underway to prepare for 2015. The primary sponsor of the previous marijuana legalization bills in the state, Rep. Diane Russell, and NORML are seeking input regarding the drafting of this legislation. We feel the current draft is well written and accomplishes a number of goals we can all agree on, such as the establishment of retail outlets to sell marijuana to those over the age of 21, allowing for home cultivation, protecting the current medical marijuana program, dedicating tax revenue to establish subsidies to low income patients to help them afford their medical cannabis, implement a reasonable tax structure for marijuana sold at retail, and give deference on retail licenses to those who have held residency in Maine for several years. Below is a message from Rep. Russell, read it over then click the link to read the current bill draft and leave your comments (be polite and constructive!). I’ve been working hard to draft a responsible bill that balances a variety of stakeholder interests, along with what is politically viable. It is designed to be a rational, pragmatic bill designed to move Maine forward toward ending prohibition. My goal has always been to pull together the best version I could, and then open it up for public comment this week so everyone can help make it even better. I just wanted to be sure we had a good version of the bill to start from
This week’s legislative roundup is being written in panic mode due to the naïve illusion that last week’s carnivorous holiday escapades would equate for very little news in the world of marijuana legislation — nothing could be further from the truth. …
The New Jersey Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 4-1 in favor of Assembly Bill 2415. This legislation would legalize the licensed cultivation of industrial hemp. Members of NORML New Jersey were present to testify in favor of this legislation. “We commend the Committee for taking a common sense approach to allow the growth of industrial hemp in New Jersey,” stated NORML New Jersey Executive Director Evan Nison, “Our cannabis laws are nonsensical, and few issues embody this more obviously and plainly than the prohibition of industrial hemp. We hope the absurdity of these laws will encourage members of the legislature and the public to reevaluate marijuana laws across the board.” “The passage of this bill will help pressure the Federal Government to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp, much like nearly all other industrialize counties do, to help our environment and provide another crop for farmers.” Nison continued, “Many members of Congress are already supportive of such reforms, and states showing an eagerness to allow this crop will encourage Congress to get it done. ” The United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop, according to a 2005 Congressional Resource Service (CRS) report.
Well, I can tell you where this week’s legislative roundup isn’t being written from, and that is Amsterdam. Unfortunately, while my editors are all busy this week getting stoned with the Dutch, I am still stuck here, in Southern Indiana, where my Thanksgiving …
On Thursday, November 21st, the Maine Legislative Council will be voting on whether or not to allow the introduction of LR 2329, a measure sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland) which would legalize the cultivation, possession, and use of marijuana by individuals over the age of 21 in addition to establishing retail outlets to sell marijuana and marijuana products. It is extremely important that we cross this first hurdle at the Legislative Council tomorrow. We have a very real chance of passing this legislation if it is introduced. This is why we are asking all Maine residents to please take a minute of your time to contact the members of the council and urge them to support the introduction of this legislation. Maine: Click here to contact the Legislative Council in support of LR 2329 Final language will be released soon, but you can see an overview of the legislation below. NORML believes this legislation presents a smart approach on marijuana for the state of Maine. It would allow anyone over the age of 21 to possess up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana, cultivate up to 6 plants, and purchase marijuana from established retail outlets. It also has key provisions in place that ensure individuals with several years residency in Maine and experience as a current medical marijuana dispensaries or caregiver are given priority on business licenses, explicitly leaves the current medical marijuana law in place for patients, and directs tax revenue to help low income patients be able to afford their medicine. LR 2329: An Act To Align Maine’s Marijuana Laws with the Guidelines Governing Taxation and Regulation Issued by the Federal Government Overview LR2329, “An Act to Align Maine’s Marijuana Laws With the Guidelines Governing Taxation and Regulation Issued by the Federal Government” is presented in light of the remarkable shifts in culture, events and momentum clearly moving Maine toward a model that regulates and taxes marijuana in a similar manner to the way we do alcohol. The Portland voter initiative answered the question for many, “Is Maine ready?” Now, it’s time for a responsible, pragmatic policy. In short – a Maine approach. Here are some key elements of the bill, as well as the context or rationale where appropriate: -The policy is focused on the responsible adult market and does not rewrite, recreate or in any way restrict the medical marijuana laws already on the books. Patients will continue to be able to procure medicinal marijuana from their current registered caregiver or registered dispensary provider without disruption. Further, the taxation structure currently in place for patients will remain in place going forward.
Oliver Chronicle, 13 Nov 2013 – Having BC’s marijuana industry regulated in a similar manner to beer and wine is an intriguing idea to some members of Oliver town council. A couple of councillors expressed interest in signing the "Sensible BC" petition after listening to a recent presentation by Heather Pinske.
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Merced Sun-Star, 13 Nov 2013 – LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Senate has voted to give sick residents another avenue to buy marijuana for medical purposes. Legislation approved 22-16 Wednesday would allow for the production and sale of "pharmaceutical-grade" cannabis if the federal government reclassifies marijuana as a Schedule 2 drug. Pharmacies could distribute the drug.
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Medical Marijuana Advocates Urge Washington Legislature to Strengthen …The Daily ChronicOLYMPIA, WA — Medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) filed recommendations yesterday for the Washington State legislature, based on a series of patient and provider stakeholder meetings held last week in Bellingham, …and more »