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The Joint Blog | January 11, 2018
 West Virginia Lawmaker Introduces Legislation to Legalize Marijuana and Hash

Anthony Martinelli
House Bill 3035 was filed by Delegate Sean Hornbuckle D. According to its summary, the purpose of this bill is to legalize the manufacture, sale and possession of marijuana and establish a regulatory program for growing, selling and testing of marijuana sold in West Virginia. The measure would allow those 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana and up to five grams of hash; they would also be allowed to grow up to six cannabis plants with up to three allowed to be in the mature stage at any given time. A system of licensed marijuana retail outlets woul....
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The Joint Blog | January 11, 2018
 Washington State Bill Would Legalize Medical Marijuana Deliveries

Anthony Martinelli

Legislation that would legalize the delivery of marijuana and marijuana products to qualified patients has been introduced in Washingtons House of Representatives.
The measure, House Bill 2574, was introduced by Representative Shelley Kloba D along with a bipartisan coalition of 11 other lawmakers. The bill would establish a medical marijuana delivery endorsement to the marijuana retailers license that authorizes the holder to provide marijuana home delivery services to qualifying medical marijuana patients age 21 or over, or to designated providers, and Authorizes qualifying medical marijuana patients to place delivery orders for marijuana products with a qualifying retailer over the telephone or by Internet. The proposal Requires t....
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The Cannabist | Jan 11, 2018
 Study: Legalizing marijuana nationally could generate more than $132 billion in tax revenue and 1 million jobs
Katie Zezima
Legalizing marijuana nationwide would create at least $132 billion in tax revenue and more than a million new jobs across the United States in the next decade, according to a new study. New Frontier Data, a data analytics firm focused on the cannabis industry, forecasts that if legalized on the federal level, the marijuana industry could create an entirely new tax revenue stream for the government, generating millions of dollars in sales tax and payroll deductions. When there are budget deficits and the like, everybody wants to know where is there an additional revenue st....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Jan 10, 2018
 Georgia Considering Medical Marijuana Improvement Legislation

Yesterday, Georgia lawmakers began their work in 2018, and they are again considering improvements to the states medical marijuana program. Two bills, HB 645 and HR 36, have been proposed to establish much-needed medical cannabis access for patients. If you are a Georgia resident, please send a message to your state lawmakers in support of a workable system that includes cultivation, processing, and sales within Georgia for the states seriously ill patients. Georgia has a very limited medical marijuana law, but prohibits in-state cultivation, processing, and regulated sal....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Jan 09, 2018
 Medical Marijuana to Appear on June Oklahoma Ballot

On January 4, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced her decision to place Question 788, which would create a medical marijuana program in the state, on the June primary election ballot. A majority of Oklahomans support medical marijuana, but primary elections tend to have a lower turnout rate than general elections. Democratic candidate for governor Drew Edmondson called the decision an effort by Fallin to stifle the voice of Oklahomans. If this question is to pass, we need absolutely ever supportive Oklahoma resident to get out and vote on June 26 of this year. You can regi....
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The Joint Blog | January 10, 2018
 California Bill Would Automatically Expunge Past Marijuana Convictions

Anthony Martinelli

California Assemblymember Rob Bonta D-Oakland has introduced legislation that would require county courts to automatically expunge the records of those who have been charged with a marijuana-related crime thats since been legalized, reports Kathleen Ronayne of the Associated Press.
In 2016 California voters approved the ability to wipe criminal marijuana conviction records as a provision in the legalization initiative Proposition 64. However, the existing law requires people with convictions to initiate the process themselves, but many people dont often because they dont know they can, as the option has received little publicity For some, the process is simply to complicated and costly. Although roughly 5,000 people have applied for an expungement as of 2017, its only a small portion of the total number of people eligible. The proposed law would chan....
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Smell The Truth | January 10, 2018
  Smell the Truth Business Health Lifestyle Legal Activism Science Reviews Vermont lawmakers approve marijuana legalization
Vermont State House
Vermont State House
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Oscar Pascual
The Vermont legislature has set a historic precedent by approving a bill to legalize cannabis. The states senate on Wednesday passed H.511, which legalizes marijuana for adult recreational use, reports Reuters. Republican Gov. Phil Scott says he intends to sign the bill into law, which would make Vermont the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation rather than a voter-approved ballot initiative. The bill allows adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce, as well as grow a limit of two adult plants and four immature plants beginning July 1. Unlike other le....
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The San Francisco Chronicle | January 5, 2018
 SF retailers to begin selling recreational marijuana this weekend
Production supervisor Joshua Ramos cuts marijuana buds at ButterBrand farms in San Francisco in 2016
Production supervisor Joshua Ramos cuts marijuana buds at ButterBrand farms in San Francisco in 2016
(image:Gabrielle Lurie, The Chronicle )
Peter Fimrite and David Downs
The party scene in San Francisco will get a stimulating boost this weekend after the city approved recreational sales of marijuana at seven retail stores, marking the first time city retailers will be able to legally sell the drug to customers without doctors notes. Most Popular The French Laundry has successfully reinvented itself Salesforce Tower - underwhelming despite its size Warriors midseason awards: Why Klay Thompson is Golden... Four Barrel Coffee founder Jeremy Tooker accused of sexual... Four Barrel, burned by sexual misconduct backlash, chan....
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The Cannabist | Jan 9, 2018
 Federal marijuana bills boosted by new supporters as Congress gets back to work
Alicia Wallace
Lawmakers lined up behind several cannabis-related House bills in the wake of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions policy shift last week rescinding the Obama-era Cole Memo that had protected states with marijuana laws. The U.S. House of Representatives officially returned from recess Tuesday morning, but a slew of Democrats got to work Monday by adding their names as co-sponsors on four marijuana-related bills: The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017 House Bill 975, The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 House Bill 1227, Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act Hous....
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The Oregonian | Jan 5
 Billy Williams, don`t harsh our mellow: Editorial

The Oregonian Editorial Board
For several hours on Thursday, it seemed as if Oregon`s thriving marijuana industry was about to go up in smoke. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, long befuddled by pot, announced he was rescinding the hands-off policy toward marijuana prosecution adopted during the Obama Administration. Rather than maintain the truce that allowed pro-legalization states to commercialize marijuana, Sessions is now directing the U.S. Attorneys in each district to decide for themselves how aggressively to go after pot. The reaction from Oregon`s elected leaders, from Congress to the city ....
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Marijuana Policy Project | January 9th, 2018
 New Hampshire House Approved Marijuana Legalization Bill
The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill to make marijuana legal for adults on Tuesday by a vote of 207-139. The bill will now move to the Senate, where it will be assigned to a committee and given a public hearing before being voted on by the full Senate. HB 656, which was introduced last session by Rep. Glen Aldrich R-Gilford, would make possession of three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana legal for adults aged 21 and older. Home cultivation of up to three mature and three immature plants would be legal for adults as well. Last year, the New Hampshire....
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NORML | January 9, 2018
 New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Marijuana Possession and Cultivation

This morning, in a direct rebuke to the bluster coming from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 207 to 139 in favor of a measure that would legalize the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of marijuana and the cultivation of 3 mature plants for adults 21 years of age or over. This legislation is similar to a measure passed by members of the House of Representatives in neighboring Vermont last week. Both measures now await action by their respective state Senates, with a vote in Vermont expected for later today. A broader lega....
View more in new window | January 8th, 2018
 Vermont House Passes Marijuana Legislation

Monterey Bud

Vermonts elected officials have started off the 2018 legislative process on a progressively high note.
On Thursday, while Americas Attorney General AG was busy making new congressional enemies and rescinding the Cole Memorandum, Vermonts House of Representatives passed a bill that would legalize the recreational use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana for those adults over 21 years old. Rep. Brian Savage R-4th District had initially requested a delay in the vote, citing the nervous ignorance emanating from the Department of Justice and AG Jeff Sessions, but the bill passed with an 81 to 63 vote. The legislation, H. 511, if passed by the Senate and signed by Gov. Sco....
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The Joint Blog
 Lawmaker Renews Push to Make California a Sanctuary State for Marijuana

Assemblymemver Reggie Jones-Sawyer D-Los Angeles is renewing his effort to get legislation passed into law that would make California a sanctuary state for marijuana.
The renewed effort comes after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that hes rescinding the Obama-era Cole Memo which gave some protection to state-authorized cannabis outlets. Assemblymember Jones-Sawyers proposal, Assembly Bill 1578, was approved by the states Assembly in June by a vote of 41 to 33. Later that month it was approved by a Senate committee 5 to 2, but has since stalled. The impacts of this ill-conceived and poorly executed war are still being felt by communities of color across the state, Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer said in a statement. The last ti....
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The Weed Blog | 1/8/0218
 Maine: Marijuana Legalization Implementation Public Hearing Tomorrow


Maine Marijuana Implementation Hearing
The second half of the 128th Maine Legislature begins this week. Lawmakers will revisit the bill put forward by the MLI committee and attempt to find consensus between all the stakeholders. To that end, the MLI Committee will be holding a public hearing on LD 1719, An Act To Implement a Regulatory Structure for Adult Use Marijuana this Tuesday, January 9, 2018 starting at 1 p.m. in Room 216 of the Cross State Office Building the Environment and Natural Resources Committee room. ....
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