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Ohio selects first growers for medical marijuana program

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 21:38
Ohio has chosen its first 11 growers for its medical marijuana program, but it could be months before they can start their first crop.

Maine Governor Ignores Voters; Vetoes Legal Marijuana Sales

Toke Signals - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 21:31

Republican Governor Paul LePage on Friday ignored voters, vetoing legislation that would have regulated the production and sale of cannabis to adults in Maine. In so doing, the Governor spinelessly passed the buck. Apparently, the timid LePage feels that he and the people of Maine don’t really run the state. He appears to have ceded control […]

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Belize Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

The Joint Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 21:30
The country of Belize has officially decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

Belize Governor General Colville Young signed into law today a bill decriminalizing the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. The bill “provides for the imposition of monetary and non-recordable penalties for the possession of cannabis in such amounts occurring on school premises, in specified circumstances, and decriminalizes the smoking of cannabis on private premises.”

“I think this act will also allow for law enforcement personnel and the ministry to focus and concentrate more on the serious crimes that are affecting and plaguing our societies and our communities across this country and like the leader of the opposition said he would have wanted to see the whole legalization of marijuana, but I believe that it is prudent that we as a responsible government take this one step at a time as we progress to ensure that we always make the right decision that will be a betterment for our nation”, said Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Belize’s Minister of Home Affairs, following the bill’s approval in the House of Representatives.

Belize, a country in Central America, has a population of roughly 366,000.

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From working against legalization to leading a cannabis advocacy non-profit

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 21:18
Barinder Rasode, a city councillor in British Columbia, Canada, went from blocking legislation to starting a medical marijuana non-profit.

Busy debut: 1,000 sign-ups for Pennsylvania medical marijuana program on first day

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 20:52
More than 1,000 people signed up for the new Pennsylvania medical marijuana program on its first day, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Oregon Marijuana Business Conference Early Bird Prices Go Up At Midnight

Weed News - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 20:00
The Oregon Marijuana Business Conference (OMBC), Oregon’s oldest and longest running cannabis industry event, is coming to Ashland later this month. If you have attended an OMBC event in the...

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Nevada Tax Commission extends emergency marijuana sales regulations

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 19:50
The Nevada Tax Commission voted to extend the existing emergency regulations allowing recreational marijuana licensing and sales for another 120 days.

Maine Governor Vetoes Legal Marijuana Sales Implementation Legislation

Weed News - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 19:26
Republican Gov. Paul LePage today vetoed legislation that sought to regulate the production and sales of cannabis to adults. Members of the House and Senate approved the legislation late...

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Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Veterans Support Medical Cannabis

The Joint Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 18:35
According to a new survey commissioned by the American Legion, a vast majority of Veterans in the U.S. are in support of cannabis as medicine.

According to the survey, 81% of veterans support legalizing medical cannabis at the federal level. An even higher number of veteran caregivers are in support, at 83%.

The survey had 1,360 respondents from across the U.S., with 802 being either a military veteran (513) or a non-professional veteran caregiver (289). 92% of respondents from both groups support medical research on cannabis, while 82% of respondents favor legalizing medical cannabis. Support was found across the political spectrum, with 88% of conservatives  supporting medical cannabis legalization, compared to 90% of liberals and 70% of those who consider themselves non aligned with any particular ideology.

The poll has a margin of error  plus or minus 3.43%

servative respondents, as well as 90% of self-identified liberals and 70% of self-identified non-partisans, support federally legalized medical cannabis.

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Maine Governor Vetoes Retail Legalization Implementation

NORML Blog - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 18:22

Gov LePage (R-Maine)

Republican Gov. Paul LePage today vetoed legislation that sought to regulate the production and sales of cannabis to adults. Members of the House and Senate approved the legislation late last month during a one-day special session, but did so without a veto-proof majority. (Members of the Senate voted 22-9 in favor of the bill. Members of the House voted 81-50 in favor of the bill.)

[11/6/17 UPDATE: Members of the House of Representatives voted to let Gov. LePage’s veto stand. Some House lawmakers are further calling for legislators to extend the existing moratorium on retail sales beyond February 1, 2018.]

LePage said, “Until I clearly understand how the federal government intends to treat states that seek to legalize marijuana, I cannot in good conscience support any scheme in state law to implement expansion of legal marijuana in Maine.”

The Governor’s veto reverses a campaign pledge where he indicated that he would support the enactment of adult use regulation if it was approved by a voter referendum.

A majority of Maine voters decided last November in favor of a statewide initiative legalizing the adult use, retail production, and licensed sale of marijuana. Governor LePage lobbied against the measure and in January lawmakers passed emergency legislation delaying the enactment of many of its provisions until February 2018. Since that time, the Governor has refused to work with lawmakers with regard to how to regulate marijuana sales and other provisions of the law. The Governor did endorse legislation that sought to delay any further implementation of the law until 2019, but lawmakers defeated that measure.

The Governor’s veto, if not overridden by lawmakers, will further delay the ability of legislators to regulate the commercial cannabis market in a manner that comports with the voters’ mandate.

NORML Political Director Justin Strekal called the Governor’s actions “disappointing but hardly surprising.”

He said: “A majority of Maine voters decided in favor of regulating adult marijuana use and strong majorities of both the House and Senate approved legislation to implement this mandate. It is unwise for the Governor to stand in the way of this progress.”

He added: “It makes no sense from a political, fiscal, or cultural perspective for Gov. LePage to try to put this genie back in the bottle. It is time that he look to the future rather than to the past, and take appropriate actions to comport Maine’s marijuana laws and regulations with majority public opinion and the plant’s rapidly changing legal and cultural status.”

NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri went further: “Governor LePage’s veto is just the latest in a line of anti-democratic attacks coming from his office and his stonewalling will only ensure the prolonged existence of a criminal black market in Maine and deny the state coffers of needed tax revenue. Maine should be looking at ways to expeditiously implement a robust legalization program that represents what state voters approved at the ballot box.”

Presently, adults may legally possess, consume, and cultivate personal use quantities of cannabis, but no regulations exist governing its retail production or sale.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoes marijuana bill, saying federal future of legalization uncertain

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 16:09
Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill passed by the Maine legislature 11 days ago to regulate the retail sale of marijuana.

Alaska's marijuana sales continue to grow

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:49
Alaska's legal marijuana industry continues to grow, with the state collecting more than $720,000 in excise taxes from cultivators in September.

Men seeking medical marijuana bombard Pennsylvania gynecologist's office

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:27
A Pennsylvania gynecologist says she has been inundated with calls from men trying to set up appointments after hearing she was permitted to "prescribe" medical marijuana.

California Approves First Commercial Insurer For Marijuana Businesses

Weed News - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:00
Cannabis businesses licensed by the State of California may now purchase commercial insurance coverage from an admitted commercial insurance company. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved...

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Missouri Medical Marijuana Campaign Gathers 100k Signatures

Weed News - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 13:25
I received the following good news out of Missouri this morning: I am excited to let you know that our petitioners have now collected more than 100,000 signatures and submitted to the campaign! That...

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Garden store a front for career criminal's marijuana ring, Colorado police say

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 00:53
After months of investigation, Colorado police Wednesday arrested three people in connection with a marijuana trafficking ring they say used a Greeley business as a front.

Pete Holmes: The Most Important Cannabis Lawyer

Weed News - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 23:20
I live on the edge of Seattle and love it here. It’s not perfect, but it’s safer than most places I’ve traveled to in America as an American with a permanent tan. A place not just...

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Poll: Military Veterans Overwhelmingly Support Cannabis Reform

Weed News - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 21:00
American military veterans sacrifice a lot for their country. I have had friends and family serve in the military, and what they have to go through is something that no civilian could ever...

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Florida congressman slams Gov. Chris Christie for "outrageous" medical marijuana position

Cannabist - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:59
"The federal government has lied to the American people for a generation about cannabis in asserting that it has no medical value," Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz said.

MJ Freeway software firm fights cyberattacks, outages, missed deadlines and negative press

Cannabist - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:41
The groundbreaking cannabis software company struggles to maintain its mission despite high-profile setbacks in Washington and Nevada and negative press.
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