Sides clash on easing Michigan’s medical marijuana law for edibles, dispensaries – Detroit Free Press
March 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
TheNewsTribune.comSides clash on easing Michigan's medical marijuana law for edibles, dispensariesDetroit Free PressLANSING — The fate of a pair of bills easing Michigan's medical marijuana law still is uncertain after 90 minutes of testimony Tuesday from both supporters and opponents of the legislation. The two House bills would legalize the manufacture and sale …State Rep. Austin Badon co-authors bill to legalize medicinal marijuanaWDSU New OrleansMichigan medical marijuana patients, families speak out in support of …MLive.comMedical marijuana bill in troubleTheNewsTribune.comvtdigger.org -KREM.com (registration)all 18 news articles »
Daily Review, 10 Mar 2014 – SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed. A California lawmaker has introduced legislation to regulate the state’s freewheeling medical marijuana industry – the farmers that grow the drug, the hundreds of storefront shops that sell it and especially the doctors who write recommendations allowing people to use it.
On Sunday February 16th, I bought legal weed for the first time from a recreational cannabis store in Denver, Co. I spent a few minutes speaking with some of the employees, as I was eager to hear how things were going under this newly sanctioned marijuana market. Unsurprisingly, business was great. Some items were selling quicker than others, but everyone was in agreement that the rollout of Colorado’s legal cannabis retail system had been a great success, except for one crucial component that was as unsettling as it was expected – we were standing in one of a few dozen high profile stores, well-known for having excessive amounts of cash on hand (in the first week of sales, businesses generated $5 million in cash-only transactions) and no where to put it, because the banks won’t take it. Clearly, denying these pot stores the ability to safely deposit their earnings poses an imminent threat to public safety. These shops are easy targets for robbery and assault (as well as other forms of criminal activity), which puts customers and employees at serious risk. Some of these shop owners are considering banning backpacks or other large bags – others are arming their workers. Neither of these options are a viable solution. This problem isn’t new however, nor is it going unnoticed. On February 14th, the Department of Treasury released a nonbinding memorandum, in conjunction with the Justice Department stating that banks may consider working with pot retailers without fear of prosecution – so long as they remain in compliance with state laws, and followed other instructions outlined in the memo. Though a truly historic and progressive action by the federal government’s leading financial regulatory body, these guidelines are largely symbolic, providing no actual legal protection to banks working with cannabis shops. As such, most financial companies remain skeptical about getting involved with a market existing under so many contradictory laws. According to federal law, these banks could technically be found guilty of money laundering (among other offenses) for handling the proceeds of what the US government still considers an illegal drug. The Colorado Bankers Association rightly notes that the guidance issued by the Department of Justice and the U.S
The good news is that the Minnesota cops seem to be resigned to the fact that medical marijuana is inevitable. The stories of families getting miracle relief for their epileptic children with marijuana therapies is moving legislators in Utah and Georgia to support medical…
Members of the Washington DC City Council gave final approval today to legislation reducing the District’s marijuana possession penalties to a fine-only violation. District lawmakers voted 10 to 1 in favor of “The Simple Possession of Small Quantities of Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2013,” which amends District law involving the possession or transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by up to 6 months incarceration and a maximum fine of $1,000) to a civil violation (punishable by a $25 fine, no arrest, no jail time, and no criminal record). Democrat Mayor Vincent C. Gray said that he intends to sign the measure into law. 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. Once signed into law, the measure faces a 60-day review period by members of Congress. The District measure is similar to existing ‘decriminalization’ laws in California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont where private, non-medical possession of marijuana is treated as a civil, non-criminal offense. Five additional states – Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio – treat marijuana possession offenses as a fine-only misdemeanor offense. Three states – Alaska, Colorado, and Washington – impose no criminal or civil penalty for the private possession of small amounts of marijuana. A 2012 analysis published by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland reported that the District possesses the highest percentage of marijuana possession arrests per capita in the nation.
Delta Optimist, 28 Feb 2014 – Civic Legislation Prohibits Growing or Selling of Medical Marijuana Delta council has approved a bylaw amendment prohibiting the production, storage, research or sale of medical marijuana anywhere in the municipality. Civic politicians unanimously agreed to grant third reading to the bylaw Tuesday following a public hearing at municipal hall.
February 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
The Daily Home, 26 Feb 2014 – MONTGOMERY (AP) – Legislation to require drug testing for some welfare applicants stalled in the Alabama Senate on Tuesday but will be back up for debate on Wednesday. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston got the Senate to adjourn Tuesday afternoon after some Democrats began fighting a Republican backed bill affecting Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
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NPRNo Easy Answers For DUI Concerns As Marijuana Gains SupportNPRThe Lodo Wellness Center in Denver has been selling medical marijuana for several years. But since Jan. 1, when marijuana in Colorado officially moved from underground to behind the counter, the center has also been selling legal, recreational pot.Have you used marijuana for medical treatment? Question of the dayThe Plain DealerLegal marijuana "stops" one type of crime, gives rise to anotherPolice Newsall 35 news articles »
Kentucky and South Carolina today joined Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Utah* in pressing medical marijuana bills that only legalize marijuana plants high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive constituent of mari…
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RT (blog)Bill to legalize medical marijuana proposed in MexicoRT (blog)A group of left-wing Mexican politicians has announced a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The legislation will be pitched to the Senate as an alternative to the current prohibitionist policy, which has done little to curb the illegal drugs industry …Leftist Mexican lawmakers present medical marijuana billReutersMexican Lawmakers Present Medical Marijuana BillThe Daily Chronicall 19 news articles »