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Oregon: Portland Mayoral Candidate Says He Would Lead On Cannabis Policy

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Portland mayoral candidate and Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler said at a roundtable this week that as mayor, he would lead on cannabis policy.

"First of all, let's acknowledge that this is a legal and regulated industry," Wheeler said. "Some of the issues I'd like to see resolved include banking.

"Right now, the cannabis industry does not have access to a legal banking framework," Wheeler said. "That means it's a high volume cash industry. That creates some public safety issues.

"It certainly makes it more difficult for the industry to be regulated the way people expect the industry to be regulated and frankly it makes it a very difficult proposition for those in the cannabis industry whether they're growers or whether they're suppliers or whether they're at the retail level," Wheeler said.

Wheler took a refreshing stand against the trend towards over-regulation of legal cannabis. Oregonians need only look north at their neighbor Washington to see the implementation of a wildly over-regulated legal marijuana industry, leading to unnecessarily high prices and over-taxation (a special 37 percent cannabis tax).

Nevada: Marijuana Initiative Backers Launch Bathroom-Themed Ad Campaign

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Bathroom-Themed Ads in Las Vegas Restrooms Highlight the Costs of Prohibition and the Benefits of Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol

One ad design features toilet paper made of money and says law enforcement’s ‘limited resources should be reserved for serious matters’ instead of punishing adult marijuana consumers; a second ad design features a toilet full of money and asks why Nevada is flushing revenue from marijuana sales down the toilet into the underground market

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol on Friday launched its first ad campaign in support of a 2016 ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Nevada. The bathroom-themed ads, which are scheduled to appear in restrooms at more than two dozen restaurants and bars across Las Vegas throughout July and August, highlight the costs of marijuana prohibition and the benefits of replacing it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.

“A lot of people know alcohol prohibition failed but have yet to realize marijuana prohibition is just as big of a disaster,” said Joe Brezny, a spokesperson for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “These ads will reach folks at a time when we know they have a few minutes to put some thought into it.”

Nevada: Backers Launch Ballot Initiative Signature Drive To End Marijuana Prohibition

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Democratic State Sen. Tick Segerblom and former Nevada Republican Senate Caucus Executive Director Joe Brezny are first to sign the petition

2016 ballot measure would replace the underground marijuana market with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed like alcohol

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol on Tuesday launched a signature drive in support of a 2016 ballot measure that would end marijuana prohibition in Nevada. State Sen. Tick Segerblom (D-Las Vegas) and former Nevada Republican Senate Caucus Executive Director Joe Brezny were the first to sign the cannabis legalization petition at a news conference in Sen. Segerblom's law office.

“Marijuana prohibition has been just as big of a failure as alcohol prohibition,” Segerblom said. “If we can regulate alcohol, there’s no reason why we can’t begin regulating marijuana in a similar fashion and raise more money for our schools. It just makes sense.”

The initiative would make private possession of up to one ounce of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older. It would establish a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana retail stores, licensed cultivation facilities, licensed manufacturing facilities, licensed testing facilities, and licensed distributors.

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