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Colorados Cannabis Industry Under Attack on Several Fronts
On the surface, it might appear that Colorados $1 billion marijuana industry has been unencumbered by legal roadblocks or political opposition, given its speedy growth in recent years.
Nothing is further from the truth, however, particularly for the states recreational cannabis sector.
Nearly three out of every four municipalities in Colorado have banned recreational marijuana businesses since voters in the state approved adult-use cannabis more than three years ago.
Business owners also continually must confront new regulations and attempts by citizens and local lawmake....
Bill That Would Remove Criminal Penalties for Cannabis Possession Passed by New Hampshire Committee
New Hampshires House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 12 to 7 on Tuesday to approve an amended version of Senate Bill 498, a sentencing discretion bill that was amended to also decriminalize the possession of up to a quarter ounce of cannabis.
Under the approved amendment, the possession of up to 7 grams of cannabis would be punishable by a civil infraction, with no possibility of arrest or a criminal charge. Under current law the possession of even a gram of cannabis is punishable by a misdemeanor and up to a year in jail.
Last month the full House of Rep....
Bill to Defelonize Drug Possession Passed Into law in Maine
LD 1554, a proposal to defelonize the personal possession of drugs such as cocaine and heroin, has been passed into law in Maine. The measure has become law without the signature of Governor Paul LePage.
Under the proposed law, the personal possession of small amounts of drugs such as cocaine, heroin, meth and oxycodone would no longer carry with it a potential felony charge, but instead would be punishable by a much less severe misdemeanor. The vote for the bill in the House of Representatives was 132 to 17, while support in the Senate was unanimous, 35 to 0. It was introd....
Connecticut Legislature Passes Measure to Legalize Medical Cannabis for Children, Governor to Sign
Just a couple days after the Connecticut House of Representatives voted 129 to 13 to pass a bill to legalize the medical use of cannabis medicines for those under 18, the states Senate has voted 23 to 11 to pass the same measure. It now goes to Governor Dannel P. Malloy, who introduced the bill.
Under the proposal, children with a wide variety of ailments would be allowed to use non-smokeable forms of cannabis such as tinctures for medical use, so long as the child has approval from their parent or guardian and receives a recommendation from a physician and a specialist.
Alabamas Full Legislature Votes 124 to 7 to Legalize Medical Cannabis Oil
Alabamas full legislature has passed a measure to legalize the medical use of low-THC cannabis oil for those who receive a recommendation from a physician.
The proposal was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support: the vote was 95 to 4 in the House of Representatives, and 29 to 3 in the Senate. The bill now goes to Governor Robert Bentley for consideration.
This is an opportunity to give some sunlight to families, said Senator Paul Sanford, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. They dont want to feel like criminals, but they know they need to try something like this.
Washington Study: Marijuana Legalization Does Not Make It Easier For Teens To Get Marijuana
Marijuana opponents go to the what about the youth argument early and often. They always have, and they probably always will. Opponents will try hard to create a hypothetical future in which society has gone in the dumps because a generation of teenagers consumed cannabis. Its the same argument that opponents have been making for decades, yet the teenager stoner zombie apocalypse is somehow avoided year after year.
Marijuana regulations work to keep marijuana out of the hands of youth. As activists always point out, a licensed and regulated outlet will ask for ID whereas t....
Today: Vermont House To Debate Marijuana Legalization After Delay
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The Vermont House was originally supposed to debate a marijuana legalization bill yesterday. However, that debate was delayed until today. The Vermont Senate already passed a marijuana legalization bill earlier this session, but the bill has hit snags in the House. The Senate version would create a marijuana retail industry in Vermont. The House appears to be unwilling to keep that provision, and instead is offering some compromises. Per WPTZ:
The bill had been on the House calendar f....
Vermont House To Debate Marijuana Legalization Bill On Monday
The Vermont Senate approved a marijuana legalization bill earlier this year S.241. Vermonts Governor, Peter Shumlin, has expressed a strong desire to see Vermont become the first state to legalize marijuana via legislative action. Polls have shown that Vermont voters support marijuana legalization. So what is the hold up? So far this session, its been the Vermont House. It sounds like that is set to change on Monday. Per Vermont Public Radio:
House Speaker Shap Smith says the House will debate a bill legalizing marijuana Monday.
Smith says its not clear if any version of ....
Oregon Approves First Recreational Marijuana Producer Licenses
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has approved eight Recreational Marijuana producer licenses, the first licenses issued under Oregons legalized recreational marijuana system.
These licensees reflect the pioneering spirit Oregon is known for, said Rob Patridge, OLCC Chair. They come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and possess the entrepreneurial spirit of this industry.
The OLCC Commission will meet weekly through early June, 2016 to approve license applications, at which time the Commission plans to delegate authority to the OLCC Executive Director to ap....
Travel guru Rick Steves takes on Internet over marijuana and wins
If you had a Facebook post that reached more than a million people, generated 27,000-some likes/emojis, 9,700-some shares and 2,060-plus comments and you weren`t an A-list Hollywood star or a B-list celebrity popping off a mostly nude photo just after climbing out of hot, soapy bath ... well, you`d probably blush with pleasure in your surprise popularity.
And then you`d start reading the comments and very very quickly wish you didn`t have eyes or couldn`t read or at the very least could erase your recent memory. Internet comments from outside of your normal sphere of family....
Meanwhile, Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto has proposed legalizing marijuana-based medicine and releasing some prisoners serving time on minor marijuana charges. This comes as a number of Latin American countries pushed back on U.S.-led ``war on drugs`` policies that have contributed to widespread violence and drug trafficking, during a special session of the U.N. General Assembly this week.....
Denver and Alaska Set to Push Legalization Envelope
News out of Anchorage and Denver this week was good for marijuana smokers, as both the city of Denver and the state of Alaska moved closer to the legalization of marijuana social clubs. Smokers could thus socialize in a venue with other adults where marijuana smoking would be legal.
Until now, in the states that have legalized recreational use and in the District of Columbia, marijuana smokers are only permitted to exercise their newly won freedom in their home or as a guest in someone elses home. Holland-style coffee shops or marijuana lounges were not legalized by those ....
A legalization initiative has officially qualified the ballot this November and separate legislative measures around the country continue to advance. Keep reading below to learn the latest legislative developments.
Alabama: Members of both chambers approved legislation this week, House Bill 61, to protect qualified patients eligible for CBD therapy under a physicians authorization from criminal prosecution. The measure, known as Lenis Law, seeks to allow qualified patients to possess CBD preparations containing up to three percent THC. The measure passed in the Senate by a....
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