Thursday, July 24, 2014

Here’s what to expect at the upcoming Minnesota medical cannabis meetings, open to the public

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Minnesota’s new 23-person medical cannabis task force has two public meetings coming up. The first of which, scheduled July 31, is intended mostly as a meet-and-greet for the task force member…

District Of Columbia’s Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Goes Into Effect Tonight

July 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A new District ordinance reducing marijuana possession penalties to a $25.00 fine-only violation goes into effect at midnight tonight. Washington, DC City Council members overwhelmingly approved the legislation, entitled “The Simple Possession of Small Quantities of Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Act,” this past spring. The measure amends District law involving the possession or transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor (formerly punishable by up to 6 months incarceration and a maximum fine of $1,000) to a civil violation (punishable by a $25.00 fine, no arrest, no jail time, and no criminal record). Offenses involving the public consumption of cannabis remain classified as a criminal misdemeanor under DC law, punishable by up to six-months in jail and a $500 fine. The possession of cannabis-related paraphernalia will be re-classified as a violation, not a criminal offense

Governor approves cannabis extract law – The Rolla Daily News

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Governor approves cannabis extract lawThe Rolla Daily NewsMissourians with epilepsy that cannot be effectively treated by conventional means will now be able to use a cannabis extract under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Jay Nixon. The legislation was sponsored by St. Louis County Republican Eric …

Alaskans Watch Closely as Legal Pot Sales in Washington Begin – KTUU.com

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KTUU.comAlaskans Watch Closely as Legal Pot Sales in Washington BeginKTUU.comLegal marijuana sales started in Washington state on Tuesday. It's an issue far from Alaska, but one that many here are sure to watch closely — especially since voters will soon decide whether to legalize marijuana in Alaska. Brandon Emmett, a …

Chafee signs legislation that changes Rhode Island’s medical marijuana law – The Providence Journal

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Chafee signs legislation that changes Rhode Island's medical marijuana lawThe Providence JournalPROVIDENCE, R.I. — Legislation that amends Rhode Island's medical marijuana law, resetting the amounts of marijuana that can be grown in some settings and establishing new regulatory mechanisms, has been signed by Governor Chafee. The legislation …and more »

Seattle’s First Recreational Weed Store Opens

July 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Today is the first day recreational sales of marijuana are legal in the state of Washington, and even though the new law was voted in almost two years ago many weed retailers are still not ready to open their doors.

States turn to Minnesota as model for new marijuana bills

July 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Lawmakers in other states are now turning to Minnesota’s new cannabis law as a model for their own legislation, despite the law’s restrictions on eligibility and usage. Over the past few weeks…

Oregon: Marijuana Initiative Backers Turn In 145,000 Signatures For Proposed 2014 Ballot Measure

July 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Proponents of a statewide initiative to regulate the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana have turned in 145,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office. The total is almost twice the number of signatures from registered voters necessary to place the measure on the 2014 electoral ballot. State officials have until August 2 to verify the signatures. The proposed ballot initiative (Initiative Petition 53) seeks to regulate the personal possession (up to eight ounces), commercial cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis to adults. Taxes on the commercial sale of cannabis under the plan are estimated to raise some $88 million in revenue in the first two years following the law’s implementation. Adults who engage in the non-commercial cultivation of limited amounts of cannabis (up to four plants) for personal use will not be subject to taxation. On Tuesday, the measure’s proponents, New Approach Oregon, debuted their first television ad in support of the initiative. A statewide Survey USA poll released last month reported that 51 percent of Oregon adults support legalizing the personal use of marijuana. Forty-one percent of respondents, primarily Republicans and older voters, oppose the idea. The poll did not survey respondents as to whether they specifically supported the proposed 2014 initiative.

CN ON: Column: Stop Legislating Morality

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Ottawa Sun, 29 Jun 2014 – Canada’s proposed prostitution law doesn’t protect sex trade workers and will be vulnerable to a Charter challenge I’m always amazed at the power of our federal government. With the simple passage of legislation it can turn ordinary citizens into criminals. How is this possible? Well, our drug prohibition laws are a prime example.

Pennsylvania Support For Medical Marijuana Reaches Record High, Poll Shows – Huffington Post

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

PoliticsPAPennsylvania Support For Medical Marijuana Reaches Record High, Poll ShowsHuffington PostA record number of Pennsylvania voters, 84 percent, favor legalizing medical marijuana for adults if a doctor recommends it, according to a Franklin & Marshall College poll released Wednesday. Twelve percent of the 502 registered voters surveyed …84% Support Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania as Senate Takes VacationThe Daily ChronicPoll: 84% favor medical marijuana in Pa.abc27F&M Poll: Most Approve of Medical MarijuanaPoliticsPAPatriot-Newsall 9 news articles »

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