California Gov. Moves to Align Medical and Recreational Marijuana Regulation

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SACRAMENTO, CA — Late Tuesday afternoon, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposal to align medical marijuana regulations passed by the Legislature in 2015 and the 2016 Adult Use of Marijuana Act, both of which call for commercial licensing and regulation to begin in January 2018.

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, Proposition 64, was passed by California voters in 2016 with more than 57 percent of the vote, legalizing marijuana for adults 21…

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Sowing the Seeds of Freedom After Marijuana’s Big Election Night Win

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An upwelling of discontent has swept our nation over what is often referred to as crony capitalism, the corrupt entanglement of the elites of business and politics. Anger cuts across the entire political spectrum.

After the Tea Party, the Occupy Movement, Ron Paul, and the Bernie Sanders Revolution, one would expect the cronies to retreat into the shadows. That is why it is so surprising and disturbing to those in the Cannabis Legalization Movement, to see their accomplishment so…

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Sewing the Seeds of Freedom After Marijuana’s Big Election Night Win

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An upwelling of discontent has swept our nation over what is often referred to as crony capitalism, the corrupt entanglement of the elites of business and politics. Anger cuts across the entire political spectrum.

After the Tea Party, the Occupy Movement, Ron Paul, and the Bernie Sanders Revolution, one would expect the cronies to retreat into the shadows. That is why it is so surprising and disturbing to those in the Cannabis Legalization Movement, to see their accomplishment so…

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Voters In Eight States Approve Marijuana Law Reform In Unprecedented Election Victories

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WASHINGTON, DC — Millions of Americans cast votes on Election Day in favor of sweeping statewide marijuana law reforms.

Voters in four states: California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada approved ballot measures legalizing the adult use of cannabis and licensing its commercial production and retail sale. Voters in four additional states: Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota approved initiatives legalizing and/or expanding the use and dispensing of cannabis for therapeutic…

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Four States End Marijuana Prohibition, Three Adopt Medical Marijuana Laws in Historic Election

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WASHINGTON — California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to end marijuana prohibition and Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota adopted medical marijuana laws Tuesday in the most momentous election to date for marijuana policy reform.

Montana approved an initiative to re-establish patients’ access to medical marijuana providers, which was hindered by state lawmakers, and create a more regulated system of medical marijuana production and distribution.

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Marijuana Wins Big: California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada Legalize; Medical Marijuana Sweeps 4 States; Arizona Only Defeat

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3:00 AM EST: Maine appears to have approved Question 1, legalizing marijuana for adults.  The measure, which had slowly been losing an early lead all evening, has pulled through with 50.6% of the vote and 87.1% of precincts reporting.  Earlier, voters in nearby Massachusetts approved their legalization measure as well.

The only defeat of the evening came in Arizona, where Proposition 205, which would have legalized marijuana for adults, was defeated.


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California and Massachusetts Become 5th and 6th States to Legalize, Regulate, and Tax Marijuana for Adult Use; Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas Become 26th, 27th, and 28th States to Legalize Medical Marijuana

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WASHINGTON, DC — Voters in California and Massachusetts have approved ballot initiatives to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adult use, and voters in Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas have approved medical marijuana programs.

Initiatives to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use are leading in Nevada and Maine and trailing in Arizona. An initiative is leading in Montana that would restore patient access to medical marijuana providers and create a more…

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Prop 64 Passes, California Legalizes Marijuana

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California voters approved the Prop 64 marijuana legalization initiative Tuesday, more than tripling the number of Americans who live in weed-legal states. Although four other states had legalized marijuana before this year’s election, legalization in the nation’s most populous state will provide momentum for nationwide legalization like never before.

“This is the most important moment in the history of the marijuana legalization movement,” said Tom Angell, chairman of

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California & Massachusetts Legalize Marijuana; Maine & Nevada Winning; Arizona Losing; 3 States Approve Medical Marijuana

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11:45 PM EST: Voters in Massachusetts have legalized marijuana, approving Question 4 with 53.4% of the vote.


11:38 PM EST: Voters in California have approved legalizing marijuana. Currently with 54.8% of the vote and 11% reporting, both the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times are declaring a victory for Amendment 64.  Meanwhile, voters in Arkansas have approved medical marijuana, with 52.2% approval and 61.8% reporting.  Legalization measures in Maine and…

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Marijuana Wins Big on Election Night

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This Election Day was a watershed moment for the movement to end marijuana prohibition, with the results expected to accelerate efforts to legalize marijuana in states across the U.S., at the federal level, and internationally.  Overall, legalization initiatives prevailed in four out of five states, and medical marijuana initiatives prevailed in all four states this year.

Votes are still being counted for legalization initiatives in Maine and Arizona, as well as for a medical…

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Marijuana Vote Results: Florida Passes Medical Marijuana Amendment 2; Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, South Dakota Marijuana Iniatives All Ahead

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9:15 PM EST: Polls in Arkansas, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts and South Dakota have all closed.  Florida has approved medical marijuana Amendment 2.  Legalization measures in Maine and Massachusetts, as well as medical marijuana initiatives in Arkansas and South Dakota, are all out to early leads:

Arkansas: 51.3% in favor, with .2% reporting
Florida: 71.1% in favor, with 76.5% reporting (approved)
Maine: 53.4% in favor, with 4.6% reporting
Massachusetts: 50.8% in favor, with…

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California Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Marijuana Legalization

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California voters have approved Proposition 64, legalizing marijuana in the nation’s largest state.     The new law focuses on undoing the most egregious harms of marijuana prohibition, which have disproportionately impacted communities of color; restoring and protecting public lands and waterways that have been damaged by the lack of statewide regulation under current law; and protecting youth by preventing access to marijuana. It enacts across-the-board retroactive…

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Latest Polling Information for the 2016 Marijuana Related Ballot Proposals

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On Tuesday, November 8, nine states will be voting on marijuana related ballot proposals potentially doubling the number of states that allow the recreational use of marijuana and expanding the therapeutic benefits of marijuana use to millions of Americans. Here’s where these measures stand in the latest polls.

Arizona: According to an October Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite poll, 50 percent of registered voters in Arizona favor Proposition 205 and 42 percent oppose it. The…

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Election 2016: Marijuana Law Reform Takes Center Stage

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This Election Day is shaping up to be a watershed moment for efforts to end marijuana prohibition, with five states voting on marijuana legalization and four more on medical marijuana. The results are expected to have major ramifications for marijuana law reform in states across the U.S., at the federal level, and even internationally.

A recent nationwide Gallup poll found that a record 60 percent of respondents support legalizing marijuana, but polls on this year’s…

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Marijuana Legalization: Recreational Use Initiatives Leading In Latest Polls

Marijuana Legalization: Recreational Use Initiatives Leading In Latest Polls

WASHINGTON, DC — Voters are supportive of five pending ballot measures that seek to regulate the adult use and sale of marijuana, according to recent polling data compiled in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada.

Half of Arizona voters intend to vote ‘yes’ in favor of Proposition 205: The Arizona Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act, according to an Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll. Forty percent of voters oppose the initiative. The Act allows adults age 21 and older to possess and to privately…

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Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Leading In Latest Polls

Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Leading In Latest Polls

Voters favor legalizing the adult use of cannabis in the five states where the issue will appear on the ballot this Election Day. Here is a summary of the latest polling data.

ARIZONA: Half of Arizona voters intend to vote ‘yes’ in favor of Proposition 205: The Arizona Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act, according to an Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll. Forty percent of voters oppose the initiative. The Act allows adults age 21 and older to possess and to privately consume and grow limited amounts of marijuana (up…

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California Marijuana Legalization Prop 64 Leading in Polls

California Marijuana Legalization Prop 64 Leading in Polls

California voters support Proposition 64, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana, by nearly a two to one margin, according to the latest poll released Friday.

The latest Field Poll/Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley found that 60% of likely voters support the measure, with just 31% opposed and 9% undecided.  Findings of the poll are in line with other recent polling, suggesting Prop 64 is likely to pass in November.

field-poll-results-9-23-16Democrats, liberals and voters living in coastal communities were the most likely to support the…

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After Nearly 80 Years of Marijuana Prohibition, the Tide is Turning

After Nearly 80 Years of Marijuana Prohibition, the Tide is Turning

As marijuana legalization gains traction across the country, some ask “Why now?” A better question perhaps is “How did this prohibition ever last so long?”

People have always suffered the compulsion to hunt scapegoats, and politicians are more than happy to pander to our harshest instincts. With two world wars and the Cold War, the 20th Century in particular, was a time of fear, with a hunger for social control and conformity. The malignant belief of the Communists and other totalitarians in the perfectibility of humanity at any…

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Polls Find Support for California Marijuana Legalization Proposition 64

Polls Find Support for California Marijuana Legalization Proposition 64

The majority of Californians support the passage of a proposed ballot initiative to regulate the use, production, and retail sale of cannabis to adults, according to several recent statewide polls.

Seventy-one percent of Californians say that they are leaning toward voting ‘yes’ on Proposition 64: the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, according to polling data compiled by the CALSPEAKS Opinion Research Center at Sacramento State. Public support in the poll was highest among those between the ages of 18 and 34 (84 percent), Latinos (81…

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Not Legal Yet: Nearly 500,000 Marijuana Arrests in California in the Last Decade

Not Legal Yet: Nearly 500,000 Marijuana Arrests in California in the Last Decade

OAKLAND, CA — A new report by the Drug Policy Alliance shows that there were nearly half a million marijuana felony and misdemeanor arrests in California between 2006 and 2015. Thousands of Californians are arrested annually for marijuana misdemeanors and felonies. These arrests are not equal. Black and Latino Californians are arrested for marijuana offenses at disproportionately high rates.

In addition, youth under 18 years of age now make up the majority of misdemeanor arrestees.

In 1996 California became the first state to legalize…

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Poll: 2/3 Of Californians Support Legalizing Retail Sales of Marijuana to Adults

Poll: 2/3 Of Californians Support Legalizing Retail Sales of Marijuana to Adults

More than two in three California voters support the establishment of a state-regulated retail market for the sale of marijuana to adults, according to polling data compiled by the Institute of Government Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sixty-four percent of respondents agree, “Marijuana should be legal for adults to purchase and use recreationally, with government regulations similar to the regulation of alcohol.”

Support is strongest among those between the ages 18 to 24 (75 percent), Democrats (74 percent), African…

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These 5 States Will Vote on Marijuana Legalization in November

These 5 States Will Vote on Marijuana Legalization in November

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan last week certified a marijuana legalization initiative for the November ballot, setting the stage for a national election that will see the issue go directly to the voters in five states, including California, the nation’s most populous.

Four states have already legalized marijuana at the ballot box, Colorado and Washington in 2012 and Alaska and Oregon in 2014. The District of Columbia also legalized marijuana—but not commercial sales—in 2014.

But those states combined only have a population…

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Separating Myth From Fact: DPA Releases New Marijuana Facts Booklet

Separating Myth From Fact: DPA Releases New Marijuana Facts Booklet

Report Addresses Most Commonly-Asked Questions About Marijuana Use and Its Mfor Historic Votes on Marijuana Law Reform this November

The Drug Policy Alliance on Thursday released Marijuana Facts, intended for non-expert audiences seeking answers to some of the most common questions asked about marijuana use, its effects, and the rapidly-shifting legal landscape.

The booklet addresses 15 frequently-asked questions about subjects such as driving, mental health, brain development, potency, edibles and concentrates.  It touches on marijuana’s…

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2016 Marijuana-Related Statewide Ballot Proposals

2016 Marijuana-Related Statewide Ballot Proposals

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: 2016 is set to be a monumental year for marijuana law reform. There are currently nine pending ballot initiatives to either legalize adult marijuana use or to legalize the use of medical marijuana for qualifying medical conditions. The country could double the number of states that allow the recreational use of marijuana and could potentially expand the therapeutic benefits of marijuana use to millions of Americans come November.

Find below a summary of each of these pending initiatives, links…

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California: What Will Marijuana Legalization Look Like?

Twenty years ago, California led the way on weed, becoming the first state in the nation to approve medical marijuana. Now, while it’s already lost the chance to be the first to legalize recreational use, the Golden State is poised to push legal pot past the tipping point.

Although voters in Colorado and Washington first broke through the grass ceiling in 2012, with Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, DC, following suit in 2014, if and when Californians vote to legalize it this coming November, they will more than triple the size of the…

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Mendocino County Could Adopt Wine Industry-Style Marijuana Appellations

Mendocino County Could Adopt Wine Industry-Style Marijuana Appellations

Before too long, when you sit down to enjoy your 2014 vintage Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, you’ll be able to pair your wine with a nice South Mendocino County Sour Diesel or maybe a Mendocino Covelo/Dos Rios OG Kush for a sip and smoke that hits all the high notes.

That’s right, pot farmers in one of California’s Emerald Triangle marijuana-growing counties are about to follow their brethren in the wine industry by seeking to capitalize on its reputation as a pioneer and still cutting-edge presence in American cannabis…

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It’s Time To Get It Right in CA! Support AUMA

It’s Time To Get It Right in CA! Support AUMA

A few days ago the California Secretary of State’s office made it official; proponents of The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) have handed-in more than 600,000 valid signatures, assuring that full marijuana legalization will appear on the ballot in CA in November.

That’s right; Californians this fall will have yet another chance to end marijuana prohibition and legalize the responsible use of marijuana in the most populous state in the country. Most of us would have predicted California would be the first state to legalize marijuana,…

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Adult Use Legalization Measure Qualifies For California Ballot

Adult Use Legalization Measure Qualifies For California Ballot

California voters will decide this November on a statewide initiative to legalize and regulate the adult use and sale of cannabis.

The Secretary of State’s office confirmed Tuesday that proponents of the measure, The Adult Use Marijuana Act, collected over 600,000 signatures from registered voters to place the initiative on the ballot.

Passage of the Act would permit adults to legally grow (up to six plants) and possess personal use quantities of cannabis (up to one ounce of flower and/or up to eight grams of concentrate) while also…

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It’s Official: California Will Vote on Legalizing Marijuana in November

It’s Official: California Will Vote on Legalizing Marijuana in November

A broadly-backed initiative to legalize marijuana in the country’s most populous state will be on the California ballot in November. The secretary of state’s office made it official Tuesday afternoon, certifying that a random sample of more than 600,000 signatures turned in showed there were enough valid signatures to qualify the measure.

“Today marks a fresh start for California, as we prepare to replace the costly, harmful and ineffective system of prohibition with a safe, legal and responsible adult-use marijuana system that gets it…

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