Dispensary becomes one of the first recreational retailers

MEDFORD — A Gold Hill medical marijuana dispensary that was the first legal store of its kind in Jackson County has become one of the first licensed recreational marijuana retailers in Oregon. Breeze Botanicals opened its doors June 14, 2014, in Gold …

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Oregon MJ Regulators Ease Industry Rules Ahead of Deadline

Oregon marijuana regulators on Friday announced temporary rules that will make it easier for MJ companies to comply with new rules governing testing, packaging and labeling of recreational and medical cannabis products.

Stricter rules were set to kick in on Saturday, Oct. 1. But delays in the state’s processing of regulatory applications had threatened to throw the market into turmoil, cannabis industry insiders had warned. The delays raised the prospect that retailers would be forced to remove unapproved products from their shelves, the…

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MPP Announces Oct. 5 Money Bomb to End Marijuana Prohibition in Five States This Election Day

This week, we are announcing our “5 on 5” money bomb campaign to see all five recreational marijuana initiatives pass this Election Day.

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On one side of the scale: Marijuana prohibition contributes to a racist criminal justice system, creates massive profits for drug cartels, and prevents police from investigating real crimes.

On the other side of the scale: Ending marijuana prohibition will create millions in tax revenues for local communities, thousands of new jobs, and greater access for veterans and other medical marijuana…

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Fight looms over location of medical marijuana farms in Sonoma County

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Next New Hampshire Governor Will Support Decriminalization

MPP’s endorsed candidates for New Hampshire governor did not win their primaries this week, but overall, the results bode well for the future of marijuana policy reform.Seal_of_New_Hampshire.svg

For the first time in the state’s history, both major parties’ nominees for governor, Executive Councilors Colin Van Ostern (D) and Chris Sununu (R), are clearly on record in favor of decriminalizing marijuana possession. It now appears virtually certain that MPP and its allies will finally be able to pass a decriminalization bill in 2017.

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Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points — Trump Backs Up Titanic , Hits Iceberg Again

Our subtitle today is not original, so we’ve got to start by giving credit where credit is due. David French, a writer for the ultraconservative National Review (and a man once so horrified by Donald Trump’s candidacy that he considered running himself), had the funniest metaphor for Trump’s performance in Monday’s first presidential debate:

After the first 20 minutes, it may have been the most lopsided debate I’ve ever seen — and not because Clinton was particularly effective. But you don’t need to be good when your opponent is…

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CA Gov. Signs One Medical Marijuana Bill, Vetoes Another

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a significant piece of statewide medical marijuana legislation and vetoed another focused on Los Angeles.

Brown signed Assembly Bill 2679, which establishes statewide standards for MMJ product manufacturers, further implements regulations for the industry as a whole, and puts an end to “misguided raids” by law enforcement on infused-product makers, according to a press release from Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s office.


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Rejected medical marijuana grower wants to join lawsuit


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BALTIMORE (AP) — A second company that was denied a preliminary license to grow medical marijuana in Maryland is seeking to join a lawsuit challenging how the 15 potentially lucrative licenses were awarded.

Maryland Cultivation and Processing filed paperwork Wednesday to jointly sue the Maryland Cannabis Commission with Green Thumb Industries Maryland, which filed a lawsuit last week in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

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Longmont receives $567K state grant for cities that don’t allow retail marijuana

Longmont has been awarded more than half a million dollars by the state government through a grant specifically for cities that don’t allow retail marijuana sales.

The Longmont City Council in April gave Children, Youth and Families division manager Christina Pacheco Sims the go-ahead to apply for the Local Government Marijuana Impact grant program, offered through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Longmont requested $567,540 for prevention, intervention and suppression of teen…

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Week In Review: MassRoots’ Woes, GW Pharma’s Good News & Pro-Legalization Polls

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By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

MassRoots lands in financial hot water, GW Pharmaceuticals takes a step closer to winning U.S. approval for its marijuana-based drug, and a political veteran urges caution heading into the elections.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

MassRoots in Hot Water?

That’s the assessment of Nic Easley, the CEO of Denver’s 3C Consulting. He looked closely at the company’s situation following news that the cannabis-themed social network failed to…

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Cop Spends 2 Months Working Undercover At Burger King, Nets 5 Grams Of Weed

An elaborate undercover narcotics operation at a Maryland Burger King ended not with a bust, but with a whimper.

After spending nearly two months masquerading as a fast food employee, a Thurmont police officer was able to confiscate a mere 5 grams of marijuana and two morphine pills, The Frederick-News Post reports. 

The operation, which began in August, stemmed from complaints that Burger King employees were selling drugs out of the restaurant. In an effort to address those gripes, the Thurmont Police Department turned to Officer Nicole…

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Maryland Medical Marijuana License Lawsuit May Grow

A lawsuit targeting Maryland’s highly competitive medical marijuana business license outcome is poised to get a second plaintiff.

The lawsuit, originally filed Sept. 19 in Baltimore Circuit Court by GTI Maryland, alleges that the state commission that awarded the permits in early August broke its own rules during the selection process, and gave licenses to applicants that received lower scores in the evaluation of 145 different companies.


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Maryland lawmaker helped shape the medical marijuana industry – and joined it

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Marijuana really can be deadly – when encountering police officers

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New details released by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department last weekend indicated that suspected marijuana use was a key factor in police officers’ decision to approach Keith Lamont Scott in a confrontation that turned fatal.

Plainclothes officers were sitting in an unmarked car waiting to serve a warrant in an unrelated case when Scott’s car pulled in nearby, according to a police summary of the incident. The officers say they saw…

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Medical Marijuana As Autism Treatment? Texas Lawmakers Urged To Expand Cannabis Usage Beyond Intractable Epilepsy

Activists Ptotest Crackdown On Medical Marijuana In San Francisco

Will Texas lawmakers expand the use of medical marijuana to serve autistic patients? The two major cannabinoids from marijuana that can be used for medical purposes are THC and CBD, which both lower pain and inflammation.
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Texas lawmakers are being urged by citizens to expand the use of medical marijuana for individuals with autism. The state allows the use of cannabidiol or CBD, a marijuana extract, in people with intractable epilepsy, a seizure disorder which…

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Denver police need more room, money to store seized marijuana since legalization

Since the legalization of recreational marijuana, the Denver Police Department has struggled to stash the weed its narcotics officers confiscate.

Now, the department is asking Denver City Council to approve $125,116 in the 2017 budget so its property bureau can handle the thousands of pounds of marijuana that comes through its doors each year.

“We’re no longer getting small amounts like we used to,” said Lt. Cliff Carney, who manages the department’s evidence section. “Instead…

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California Governor Signs Bill Protecting Californians from Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuse

California Governor Signs Bill Protecting Californians from Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuse

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Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Signed Into Law Is One Of The Most Far Reaching Protection of Due Process And Property Rights

SACRAMENTO — California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law a bill that would in most cases prevent law enforcement agencies from profiting from seized cash or property unless a person has been convicted of a crime. The law is one of the country’s most far-reaching protections against civil asset forfeiture abuse.

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Report: Marijuana Legalization Has Had “Minimal” Adverse Impact On Health

Report: Marijuana Legalization Has Had “Minimal” Adverse Impact On Health

WASHINGTON, DC — The enactment of laws regulating the adult use, production, and retail sale of cannabis in four states has had negligible, if any, adverse impact on overall health and safety, according to an analysis commissioned by the CATO Institute – a Washington, DC think-tank.

Researchers from Harvard University and Western Carolina University assessed the impact of marijuana legalization laws in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington on a variety of health and safety outcomes, including drug use, suicide rates, substance abuse…

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FL Poll Shows Support Rising for Medical Cannabis Measure

A new poll in Florida shows growing support for a medical marijuana ballot measure that the state’s voters will consider on Nov. 8.

According to a September survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute in Saint Leo, Florida, 68.8% of likely voters supported Amendment 2, as the medical cannabis measure is known, up from 65.1% in June.


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Marijuana edibles will look different in Colorado starting Oct. 1, among many new state rules

Beginning Saturday, medical and recreational marijuana edibles and other cannabis products sold in Colorado will be stamped with a new “universal symbol” aimed at raising public safety awareness.

The universal symbol — a diamond enclosing the notations “! THC” or “! THC M” — is part of a bundle of new state marijuana regulations going into effect on Oct. 1. In addition to new equivalency regulations for retail marijuana, other rules effective Saturday include the barring…

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“We don’t exactly know what to do with it”: Marijuana tourism still confounds legalized states

The cannabis industry presents a tricky proposition for tourism officials in legal recreational marijuana states.

One one hand, the market is growing fast and it’s quite unique — not every state can lay claim to the ability for adults to walk into a store and legally buy pre-rolled joints, edibles and other cannabis products.

On the other, marketing to out-of-state visitors is untested and riddled with unknowns — because not everyone, especially the federal government, is on board…

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Former Denver cop faces felony drug charges for illegal marijuana operation

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A former Denver Police Department narcotics sergeant has been charged with multiple drug-related felonies in connection with an illegal marijuana operation.

Hubert “Marty” Vanover, 53, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture or distribute marijuana or marijuana concentrate, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of marijuana or marijuana concentrate, according to a news release from…

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Colorado Will Use Marijuana Taxes to Fund Bully Prevention Grants

Colorado Will Use Marijuana Taxes to Fund Bully Prevention Grants

Opponents to marijuana legalization often tout the archaic question, “what about the children?”, despite numerous studies that have shown that marijuana reform generally reduces teen use.

Well, Colorado has the answer.  Ever since the state began taxing retail cannabis sales, schools in the state have benefited, with $40 million already being used to fund new school construction.

Now, state officials are taking it one step further: Using parts of the estimated $66 million in surplus — yes, that’s right, surplus — marijuana tax…

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Missouri Judge Disqualifies Proposed 2016 Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure

Missouri Judge Disqualifies Proposed 2016 Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure

SPRINGFIELD, MO — Voters will not have the opportunity this November to decide on a proposed statewide proposition to permit the physician-supervised use of marijuana.

A Cole County Circuit Judge has upheld a decision by St. Louis election officials to disqualify thousands of petition signatures because voters had mistakenly signed forms indicating that they resided in a county other than where they lived.

The measure, sponsored by New Approach Missouri, sought to authorize qualified patients to possess, cultivate, and/or obtain cannabis…

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Trial for Richard Kirk in Observatory Park slaying set for March 2017

This undated file photo provided by the Denver Police Department shows Richard Kirk. The Denver man accused of eating marijuana-infused candy he bought at a legal pot shop and then killing his wife while she described her husband's erratic behavior on a 911 call has changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.

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This undated file photo provided by the Denver Police Department shows Richard Kirk. The Denver man accused of eating marijuana-infused candy he bought at a legal pot shop and then killing his wife while she described her husband’s erratic behavior on a 911 call has changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.

The trial for Richard Kirk, who is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Kristine, in April 2014 at their Observatory Park home, is set for…

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Michigan Governor Signs Measures Regulating Medical Cannabis Dispensing

Michigan Governor Signs Measures Regulating Medical Cannabis Dispensing

LANSING, MI — Governor Rick Snyder has signed a package of legislation into law regulating the retail sale of medical cannabis and cannabis-infused products. The measures are ordered to take immediate effect.

The measures seek to clarify and expand various aspects of the state’s 2008 medical cannabis law. Specifically, the new law provides qualified patients for the first time with legal protections regarding the possession and use of non-smoked cannabis derived topical products and edibles, as well as cannabis-based extract products.

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Man Banned From Riding Bus For Stinking Of Pot — And He's Fuming

A marijuana enthusiast from Bremerton, Washington, doesn’t like the way his local transit company handles law and odor.

It banned Matthew Little from riding buses for six months, saying an overwhelming smell of pot accompanies him wherever he rides.

“From time to time, I smell like I just smoked some marijuana, probably because I just did,” Little acknowledged to KIRO-TV in Seattle.

Little doesn’t think he smells bad. He described his personal scent as “ganja or Karl Lagerfeld.”

Kitsap Transit, however, alleged that Little’s…

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Arizona Marijuana Legalization Backers Want Equal Treatment from State Official Who Forwarded Anti-Marijuana Email

Arizona Marijuana Legalization Backers Want Equal Treatment from State Official Who Forwarded Anti-Marijuana Email

DES Director Timothy Jeffries came under fire Wednesday for forwarding an email he received from a leader of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy with a link to their claims about marijuana and alcohol; today, a leader of the Yes on 205 campaign emailed Jeffries a link to its information about marijuana and alcohol and asked him to forward it to the same email list

PHOENIX, AZ — Arizona Department of Economic Security Director Tim Jeffries came under fire Wednesday for using his public email account to widely distribute an email from a…

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Chelsea Clinton Walks Back Remarks Suggesting Marijuana Can Be Deadly

Chelsea Clinton has walked back a statement she made over the weekend suggesting marijuana can lead to death when mixed with other drugs.

A spokeswoman for the daughter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told The Huffington Post that Chelsea “misspoke” during a forum at Youngstown State University in Ohio, when she said there is “anecdotal evidence” that some medical marijuana patients had died due to toxic interactions with other drugs they were taking.

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New CO Edibles Rules: Major Cost for Producers, ‘Blip on the Radar’ for Others

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New labeling rules that take effect Oct. 1 for marijuana edibles produced in Colorado have been a huge expense for many infused products manufacturers – and may cause headaches for retailers, too.

Edibles companies have spent upwards of six figures to retool manufacturing equipment, retrain employees and pay for new packaging. 

Retailers, meanwhile, could be left with unsold inventory that doesn’t meet the new standards, which apply to both recreational and medical products.

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New MA Poll Shows Rec Marijuana Winning

A new poll in Massachusetts shows 53% of state voters support a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana, with 40% opposed and 7% undecided.

The poll is the second in less than three weeks to show Massachusetts voters supporting the recreational marijuana legalization ballot measure, which they will decide on Nov. 8. That’s a dramatic shift from previous polls just a few months ago that showed voters split over the measure or rejecting it.


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This guy is convinced: Arkansas medical marijuana would hurt the state’s businesses

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The state’s governor and lieutenant governor said Wednesday that legalizing Arkansas medical marijuana would hurt efforts to keep and attract businesses, as the two Republicans targeted a pair of ballot measures that they contend …

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Sirita Wright: 11 Cannabis Entrepreneurs of Color You Should Know (Pt2)

If you missed part 1 click here to catch up. It’s amazing how rapidly the cannabis industry is moving, despite opposition from the federal government. So much so, over 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some way, shape or form.

[Related: Meet Veteran and Cannabis Entrepreneur Tanganyika Daniel]

These developments continue to inspire entrepreneurs to enter the market. Recently Vox reported that Americans are buying more cannabis than Oreos, Pringles and Girl Scout Cookies combined! With that kind of…

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Rx-'pot' measures bad for business, Hutchinson says

Medical marijuana is a risk that employers won’t want to take when considering Arkansas for job growth, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said at a news conference Wednesday with industry leaders and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin standing behind him.

Two measures that would allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes under the direction of a doctor will appear on Arkansas ballots Nov. 8; whether votes for them are counted depends on the outcome of legal challenges.

Hutchinson, along with the industry leaders, said that…

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New Hampshire Dealing With MMJ Patient Backlog

New Hampshire’s newly-launched medical marijuana industry could probably use some more patient customers. And they may be coming, but not right away as the state tries to handle a backlog of MMJ patient applications that haven’t yet been fully processed.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has issued MMJ cards to 1,339 patients since December, the Concord Monitor reported. But even more have been waiting longer than the legal 20 days to receive their cards since handing in their applications.


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Election 2016: Costa Mesa has all-time high 8 ballot measures in November

The Costa Mesa electorate is faced with eight ballot measures in November — the most ever for the city in one particular election, a city spokesman said.

In one fell swoop, voters will chart a course for the future of the community: which election system should be used for future City Council races; what level of review residents should have on development projects or changes proposed for Fairview Park; and how, or whether, the city should regulate medical marijuana.

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Suspects tried to destroy evidence at massive illegal Garfield County pot grow, warrant says

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Property searched in Garfield County

When law enforcement officers last week closed in on a massive suspected illegal marijuana grow in Garfield County, they found people trying to destroy evidence at the site off Interstate 70, according to a federal search warrant.

Others were fleeing the area as officers closed in, only to find thousands of plants growing outdoors behind a tall green fence, the document says.

The warrant, reviewed Wednesday by The Denver Post,…

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If legalizing pot, consider health, not profits, analysis says

A new analysis of marijuana legislation offers a framework for states that are considering legalizing the drug and want to protect public health, rather than corporate profits.

The policy analysis by researchers at UC San Francisco is intended as a roadmap to help prevent a legalized marijuana industry from becoming a new version of the tobacco or alcohol industries, replete with aggressive marketing and political strategies to protect their economic interests.

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MPP Endorses Maryland Delegate David Moon for State Senate

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The Marijuana Policy Project announced Wednesday that it is endorsing Del. David Moon for the Maryland Senate in District 20. The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee is expected to appoint a successor to Sen. Jamie Raskin, who is running for Congress.

As a member of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Delegates, David Moon has been an impassioned leader and a continuous advocate for marijuana policy reform, including acting as an important sponsor of legislation to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol….

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California Governor Signs Standards, Protections for Medical Marijuana Manufacturers

California Governor Signs Standards, Protections for Medical Marijuana Manufacturers

SACRAMENTO, CA — California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 2679, which will establish key standards for medical cannabis manufacturers, help implement the landmark Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), and end misguided raids on manufacturers.

“Last year, California took a historic step by regulating medical cannabis to protect patients, businesses, our communities, and the environment. But across the state, locally authorized medical cannabis manufacturers continue to be targeted by municipal law…

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Feds raid homes across southeast Colorado as part of investigation into marijuana trafficking organization

Federal agents and local law enforcement simultaneously raided homes across southeast Colorado on Wednesday as part of efforts to break up a major organization growing marijuana for distribution and sale out of state.

A Drug Enforcement Administration official said the agency was working with sheriff’s offices in El Paso, Pueblo, Crowley, Bent and Otero counties on some “big operations” that are linked to one encompassing investigation. Ten of 12 properties searched were rentals,…

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National Crime Data Shows Marijuana Arrests Dropping, Still Happen More Than Once a Minute

The FBI just released its annual Crime in the United States report, detailing national crime data for 2015. According to the report, marijuana arrests are at a two decade low. This is definitely a good sign, but even one marijuana arrest is too many, and more than one marijuana arrest occurs every minute.fbi

Huffington Post reports:

…authorities in the U.S. made 643,000 arrests for marijuana-related charges in 2015 ― or about one every 49 seconds. Charges related to the drug accounted for 5.9 percent of all arrests, and about 43.2 percent…

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Melissa Franqui: California Can End Discriminatory Marijuana Enforcement By Passing Prop. 64

As the nation staggers in the aftermath of video footage of yet another police killing of an American Black man, news reports confirm that marijuana played a significant role in the shooting of North Carolina resident Keith Lamont Scott.

Drug use, actual or suspected, has been used again and again to dehumanize, scrutinize and blame victims of police state violence. From Trayvon Martin and Sandra Bland to Terence Crutcher and now Keith Lamont Scott, there are a multitude of cases where insidious drug war tactics have allowed police to…

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Group works to let Grand Junction vote on recreational pot

Members of Grand Junction Cannabis Action Now think the city has waited long enough for recreational marijuana.

The grassroots group is working to put the issue on the city’s April 2017 ballot, the Grand Junction Sentinel reports.

Registered agent Tanette Mucino said group members are waiting for the city to approve their petition language and then will start collecting the required 2,254 signatures from Grand Junction residents to put the issue on the ballot, the Sentinel…

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Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions CEO Attends Legislative Conference Highlighting Evolving Banking Quandary

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions (OTC Link, REFG) president and CEO, Jeremy Roberts, recently attended the National Conference of State Legislatures’ 2016 Legislative Summit in Chicago, where legislators and staff from all 50 states plus territories and commonwealths attended.  The event was held in August. In addition to meeting with individual legislators, Mr. Roberts and other conference participants attended a session highlighting the growing problems in banking for the medical cannabis…

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Support for Marijuana Legalization Growing in Massachusetts

Support for Marijuana Legalization Growing in Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA — Support for a proposed ballot question to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana for adults in Massachusetts continues to grow, according to recent polling data.

A new WBZ-UMass Amherst poll released Wednesday found 53% of Bay State voters favor Question 4, while only 40% were opposed to the measure.  Seven percent remain undecided.

Wednesday’s poll reflects an increase in support for the proposal, which is among several legalization campaigns sponsored by the Washington, DC – based Marijuana Policy Project…

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Colorado To Use Pot Tax To Fund Anti-Bullying Programs In Schools

Colorado is trying to weed out the bullies from its schools.

The Colorado Department of Education is using surplus marijuana tax revenue to create anti-bullying programs in the state’s schools.

The CDE will award 50 schools grants of up to $40,000 per school each year to administer these programs, ABC affiliate KMGH-TV reports.

The programs implemented will employ evidence-based anti-bullying practices and will also teach families and communities strategies to deal with bullying, the grant’s description says.

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Florida CBD Industry Inching Along, Eyeing November

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By Omar Sacirbey

Florida’s fledgling CBD market just launched but is proceeding at a snail’s pace, with the handful of licensed businesses hoping voters will approve a full-fledged medical marijuana program this fall.

For now, the current crop of CBD operators are hedging their bets on expanding their businesses ahead of the Nov. 8 election. 

“People are gearing up to pull the trigger on expansion plans after the November vote,” Jeff Sharkey, executive director of the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida, said. But, he…

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Poll: Arkansas Voters Favor One MMJ Measure Over the Other

Arkansas could be one of three new states to legalize medical cannabis this November, and according to a new poll one of the two ballot initiatives that would do so is much more popular with voters.

An ABC affiliate reported that the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, which is supported by Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana, is backed by 49% of voters, with 43% opposing it and 8% unsure, according to the latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Survey.

Meanwhile, only 36% of voters support the rival measure, the Arkansas…

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9 states to vote soon on expanding legal access to marijuana

photo - File - In this April 20, 2016 file photo, customers buy products at the Harvest Medical Marijuana Dispensary in San Francisco. From California, with its counterculture heritage, to the fishing ports and mill towns of Maine, millions of Americans in nine states have a chance to vote Nov. 8 on expanding legal access to marijuana. Collectively, the ballot measures amount to the closest the U.S. has come to a national referendum on the drug. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
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