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The Cannabist | JUL 17, 2017 | BOSTON
The agreement splits the difference: House proposal had envisioned 28 percent tax rate on Massachusetts recreational marijuana sales; Senate wanted to keep rate at 12 percent
 Massachusetts marijuana tax could be up to 20 percent in lawmakers new deal
Bob Salsberg
An agreement between House and Senate negotiators on changes to the states voter-approved marijuana law will allow for a tax of up to 20 percent on retail pot sales. Highlights of the deal were released Monday by the office of Sen. Patricia Jehlen, co-chair of a conference committee that spent several weeks trying to resolve differences between the two chambers. The compromise language mostly splits the difference between a House proposal to raise the total tax on marijuana to 28 percent, and the Senate version of the bill which called for keeping the tax at a maximum of....
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NORML | July 13, 2017
 Senate Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Justin Strekal
Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the Veterans Equal Access amendment as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which would expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nations veterans. Presently, V.A. doctors in states where cannabis therapy is permitted are forbidden from providing the paperwork necessary to complete a medical cannabis recommendation, thus forcing military veterans to seek the advice of a private, out-of-network physician. Veterans are increasingly turning ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | July 17, 2017
  Wholesale marijuana prices surge in Nevada in response to new recreational program

Eli McVey
Wholesale marijuana prices in Nevada increased sharply around the July 1 rollout of the states new recreational program, a week in which businesses faced stronger-than-anticipated demand and supply shortages caused by hiccups in the distribution process. According to figures provided by Cannabis Benchmarks a Connecticut-based provider of wholesale marijuana pricing data the four-week trailing average price per pound of wholesale cannabis increased for the first time in months, suggesting that Nevada marijuana businesses significantly underestimated the demand for recrea....
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The Joint Blog | July 17, 2017
Drug-sniffing police dogs in Colorado may need new training if they can detect marijuana, after a ruling last week by the Colorado Court of Appeals that sets a new precedent for drug cases.
 Colorado Court Rules Smell of Marijuana Not Enough to Search Vehicle

Associated Press
A three-judge panel agreed that if a drug-sniffing dog is trained to alert officers to marijuana and other drugs, cops need more cause to search a vehicle without permission. The decision came out of a 2015 case in Moffat County, where a drug-sniffing dog named Kilo alerted officers to the presence of an illegal drug in a truck driven by Craig resident Kevin McKnight, The Grand Junction Sentinel reported. But because Kilo could not tell officers whether he smelled cannabis or other drugs, the search was illegal, judges wrote. The dog was trained to identify to detect cocain....
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The Washington Post | July 12
 New coffee pods promise a two-way buzz: From marijuana and caffeine
Your Keurig cup, kicked up a notch
Your Keurig cup, kicked up a notch
Maura Judkis
Want your morning coffee to come with a little extra buzz? Brewbudz just might do the trick. A company called Cannabiniers on Wednesday launched the Brewbudz, which is the worlds first cannabis infused coffee, tea and cocoa pods. The pods are compatible with all Keurig and Keurig 2.0 brewers, making your morning wake and bake as simple as pushing a button. Brewbudz are available in different dosing strengths from 10 mg to 50 mg of THC, the compound in marijuana that gets you high, in both sativa the strain of cannabis that picks you up or indica the strain that mellows yo....
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The Joint Blog | July 11, 2017
 Michigan: Over 100,000 Signatures Collected on Marijuana Legalization Initiative in Less than Two Months

Anthony Martinelli
The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol must collect 252,523 signatures by May 30th of next year in order to put their marijuana legalization initiative to a vote of the people during the November, 2018 election. They are clearly on track to reach this goal, having already collected 102,425 signature in less than a two-month period the group began collecting signatures in late May. The support we are seeing across the state has been fantastic says Josh Hovey, a spokesperson for the coalition. We are getting calls and emails everyday from people who understand that ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | July 7, 2017
 Week in Review: Massachusetts rec cannabis delay, Denver social use & West Virginia MMJ advisers
Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman
Massachusetts lawmakers table negotiations on the states recreational marijuana law, Denver finalizes rules for social cannabis use, and West Virginia creates an advisory board to help plan its MMJ industry. Heres a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. So close, yet so far In the annals of Massachusetts marijuana legalization, this week will be remembered as an excruciating episode of Mass delays. The six state lawmakers three each from the Senate and House who comprise the committee tasked with melding two vastly diff....
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The Joint Blog | July 6, 2017
Those convicted of marijuana-related charges, and those in neighborhoods that police have excessively targeted for drug crimes, will be given 50 of all marijuana business licenses distributed by the city.
 Reparations for Drug War: Oakland to Give 50 of Marijuana Licenses to Those Most Effected

Anthony Martinelli
Oaklands city council has unanimously given approval to the Equity Permit Program. The new law mandates that half of all licenses for marijuana businesses be given to Oakland residents who have either been imprisoned for a cannabis crime in the past 10 years, or live in one of several specific neighborhoods that cops have been shown to aggressively and excessively target in an attempt to arrest drug users. Communities of color have been negatively and disproportionately impacted by disparate enforcement of cannabis laws, states the ordinances WHEREAS section. It also notes ....
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The Joint Blog | July 10, 2017
Lawmakers have voted in favor of creating the Oregon Cannabis Commission to oversee the states medical marijuana program.
 Oregon Legislature Votes to Create Cannabis Commission

Anthony Martinelli
On Wednesday Oregons House voted 48 to 11 to approve House Bill 2198, which was followed by an 18 to 12 vote in the Senate the next day. The proposal will now be sent to Governor Kate Brown, who has the option of signing it into law, vetoing it or allowing it to become law without her signature. The proposal would establish the Oregon Cannabis Commission within the Oregon Health Authority, along with other changes. If the measure does become law, the commission would consist of the Public Health Officer or designee, along with eight members appointed by the governor as foll....
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The Joint Blog | July 11, 2017
A state of emergency has been declared in Nevada due to a dwindling supply of marijuana.
 Nevada Legal Marijuana Running Out, Governor Endorses State of Emergency

Anthony Martinelli
Legal marijuana sales began in Nevada just 10 days ago, but the state is already running low on the plant. This has led to the Department of Taxation to declare a state of emergency, a declaration that has now been endorsed by Governor Brian Sandoval. Based on reports of adult-use marijuana sales already far exceeding the industrys expectations at the states 47 licensed retail marijuana stores and the reality that many stores are running out of inventory, the Department must address the lack of distributors immediately, says department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein. Some ....
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The Washington Post | July 7 | MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay
 In Uruguays marijuana experiment, the government is your pot dealer
Marijuana club operator Marco Algorta is seen growing a strain known as ``Colombian Red`` in a rooftop greenhouse on June 22 in Montevideo, Uruguay, the world`s first nation to fully legalize cannabis.
Marijuana club operator Marco Algorta is seen growing a strain known as ``Colombian Red`` in a rooftop greenhouse on June 22 in Montevideo, Uruguay, the world`s first nation to fully legalize cannabis.
(image: Nick Miroff)
Nick Miroff
In coming weeks, cannabis-seeking citizens in this small South American nation will be able to walk into a pharmacy and buy government-approved marijuana for the state-mandated price of $1.30 a gram. No questions asked. No doctors note required. If that sounds like an attempt to create a stoner republic on the South Atlantic, would-be tourists should know a few things. Uruguay is the worlds first country to fully legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. But under its strict rules, there will be no Amsterdam-style smoking cafes, and foreigners wont have ....
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The New York Times | JULY 7, 2017 | BELVIDERE, N.J.
 Marijuana Industry Gears Up After N.J. Candidate Backs Legalization
Marijuana plants in a grow room at Breakwater Treatment and Wellness Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Cranbury, N.J. Credit
Marijuana plants in a grow room at Breakwater Treatment and Wellness Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Cranbury, N.J. Credit
(image:Bryan Anselm for The New York Times)
Stacks of rsums from retired state troopers sit on a desk just outside the Terra Tech farm here, though the need for experienced armed security appears excessive amid the serene setting and the scent of basil and rosemary growing at the five-acre indoor farm. The troopers, however, are hoping to work for the companys next major agricultural expansion in New Jersey: marijuana. They told us, Keep us in mind for when you guys do get that cannabis permit, said Mike James, the chief financial officer for Terra Tech, which owns five marijuana farms and dispensaries around the c....
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NPR | July 8, 2017
 Colorado Employers Rethinking Drug Testing
Eight states and Washington, D.C. allow for recreational cannabis, but none have solved the problem of workforce drug testing. Zero tolerance polices are being reconsidered in light of legalized pot. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Even in marijuana-friendly Colorado, anyone can be denied employment for using the drug. In fact, there are few protections anywhere in the country for employees who fail a drug test, even in states where cannabis is legal. From Colorado Public Radio, Ben Markus reports. BEN MARKUS, BYLINE: In 2013, The Denver Post named Ricardo Baca its editor for marijua....
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The Oregonian | July 5, 2017
 Beavercreek property owners file racketeering suit against neighbors growing marijuana

Two Beavercreek property owners are relying on a federal law usually reserved to fight organized crime to sue their neighbors, contending the people next door are engaged in racketeering by producing and selling marijuana. Rachel McCart and Erin McCart, who own about 11 acres of fenced pastures and woodland off South Highland Crest Drive, say the operation harms their quality of life and diminishes the value of their land. They filed the civil lawsuit in Portland against their neighbors, the multiple marijuana distribution businesses and stores that buy the marijuana and ....
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