Weed's Legal in CA, but Activists Fear Battle Posted by on December 01, 2016 at 09:29:42 PT By Patrick McGreevy Source: Los Angeles Times California -- Backers of laws allowing marijuana use in California are girding for a possible political and legal battle against President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, a staunch foe of pot legalization.
Marijuana industry leaders in the state and around the U.S. have launched an opposition campaign to the Senate confirmation of the Republican senator from Alabama and are appealing to the Trump camp to make sure the president-elect’s policies are consistent with his campaign comments that he favors allowing states to decide how to enforce marijuana laws. Read More... Trump Adds Another Marijuana Opponent to Cabinet Posted by on November 29, 2016 at 18:56:46 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- President-elect Donald Trump today named Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) his pick for Health and Human Services secretary, a position that could offer the anti-marijuana legislator more control over medical access to the drug.
Though federal regulation of illicit drugs rests primarily with the Justice Department, the Health and Human Services secretary holds some powers that could restrict how available marijuana is in states that have legalized it for recreational or medicinal use. For instance, drug policy observers say that the agency could penalize doctors or sue sellers who work with medical marijuana in those states, since the substance remains illegal under federal law. Read More... Marijuana Pioneer Isn’t Afraid of Donald Trump Posted by on November 29, 2016 at 12:01:46 PT By Carly Schwartz Source: Huffington Post California -- About a month ago, on an unseasonably warm Wednesday evening in the courtyard the Oakland Museum, partygoers in blazers and floor-length gowns mingled, sipping champagne and martinis. A DJ spun remixes on a neon-lit stage. A photographer snapped photos. Tiki torches and triple-decker towers of appetizers helped set the mood.
It looked like any fancy A-list event, save for the cloud of marijuana smoke hovering over a cordoned off area, the most crowded section of the party. Revelers passed joints back and forth, sucked on vape pens, and lined up for their turn at the dabbing bar (dabbing, a newly popularized way to consume marijuana, involves inhaling heated cannabis concentrates). It’s a fitting way to celebrate the 10th birthday of the country’s biggest dispensary. Read More... Race and Marijuana Arrests Posted by on November 25, 2016 at 09:23:28 PT By The NYT Editorial Board Source: New York Times Times Square, N.Y. -- Mayor Bill de Blasio, who took office in 2014, has made some progress in cutting back on the unfair and sometimes illegal police practices under which thousands of New Yorkers are arrested every year for possessing trivial amounts of marijuana.
But despite research showing that whites and minority citizens use marijuana at similar rates, black and Latino New Yorkers are still far and away more likely to be singled out for low-level arrests that have little public safety value, but seriously damage their lives. Read More... Cannabis and Conservation Posted by on November 25, 2016 at 08:43:09 PT By Diane Cardwell Source: New York Times Tumwater, Wash. -- Behind the covered windows of a nondescript two-story building near the Olympia Regional Airport, hundreds of marijuana plants were flowering recently in the purple haze of 40 LED lights.
It was part of a high-stakes experiment in energy conservation — an undertaking subsidized by the local electric company. With cannabis cultivation poised to become a big business in some parts of the country, power companies and government officials hope it will grow into a green industry. Read More... A Case For Marijuana Legalization In The USA Posted by on November 23, 2016 at 15:34:09 PT By Todd Van Luling, Senior Staff Writer Source: Huffington Post USA -- A few of our country’s most notable Founding Fathers think George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams grew the cannabis plant, hemp, as a multipurpose crop, while colonists from that time could pay their taxes with the plant. Betsy Ross sewed her American flag from hemp.
“How could it be any more all-American than that?” Jesse Ventura asked with a laugh while talking on the phone with The Huffington Post in promotion of his book, Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto. Read More... What Jeff Sessions Could Mean for Legal Marijuana Posted by on November 22, 2016 at 15:32:19 PT By Mike McPhate Source: New York Times California -- President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice to lead the Justice Department has roiled California’s emerging marijuana industry. Just as supporters of marijuana legalization were celebrating voters’ approval of the recreational use of the drug in the state, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama entered the picture as Mr. Trump’s choice for attorney general.
Cannabis is illegal under federal law, and if Mr. Sessions were to be confirmed, many supporters of legalization worry that his past remarks about marijuana could portend a crackdown. Read More... Marijuana is a Billion-Dollar Business in Canada Posted by on November 22, 2016 at 12:46:23 PT By William Marsden Source: Washington Post Montreal -- It's been a wild ride for Canada's marijuana companies, whose stocks enjoyed an exhilarating high in recent days before mellowing out.
Last week, marijuana stocks suddenly skyrocketed, leaving market analysts bewildered. The enormous upswing in stock prices was even more amazing given that the government is giving every indication it plans to go slow in its promise to legalize recreational marijuana use — a move that the government estimates would unleash a $5 billion to $7 billion Canadian industry. Read More... Why Legal Pot is Suddenly in Big Danger Posted by on November 21, 2016 at 07:28:08 PT By Keith Humphreys Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- Attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is a fervent foe of marijuana legalization. But if he were confirmed as President-elect Trump’s top law enforcement official, would he really have any power to put his anti-pot views into practice?
To review the postelection state of play, a majority of states have legalized medical marijuana and eight (plus the District of Columbia) have legalized recreational marijuana. But the federal Controlled Substances Act still defines production and sale of marijuana as serious crimes. Read More... Jeff Sessions Could Reverse Years Of Progress Posted by on November 19, 2016 at 12:03:14 PT By Matt Ferner Source: Huffington Post USA -- President-elect Donald Trump has nominated hardline drug policy reform opponent Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be attorney general of the United States, a move that sent shockwaves through the marijuana legalization movement on Friday.
Marijuana remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act, despite the expansion of recreational programs in Colorado, Washington state, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. (The District, however, continues to ban sales, unlike the state programs.) Four new states approved legalization on Election Day, and 29 states in total have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. This movement has only been able to press forward because of guidance urging federal prosecutors to refrain from targeting state-legal marijuana operations. Read More... Pick for AG: Good People Don’t Smoke Marijuana Posted by on November 18, 2016 at 15:06:01 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be attorney general of the United States, The Washington Post and other news outlets reported Friday. Sessions is a vocal opponent of marijuana legalization whose elevation to attorney general could deal a blow to state-level marijuana legalization efforts across the country.
At a Senate drug hearing in April, Sessions said that “we need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it’s in fact a very real danger.” He voiced concern over statistics showing more drivers were testing positive for THC, the active component in marijuana, in certain states. Read More... Will Trump Be A Threat to Marijuana Legalization? Posted by on November 18, 2016 at 09:26:40 PT By Thor Benson Source: Huffington Post USA -- There’s one good thing about Donald Trump when it comes to marijuana. Trump has said he supports medical marijuana, and he said legalizing recreational marijuana should be left up to the states. Tom Angell, the founder of Marijuana Majority, pointed this out in a statement after Trump won the presidency.
“President-Elect Trump has clearly and repeatedly pledged to respect state marijuana laws, and we fully expect him to follow through on those promises, not only because it is the right thing to do but also because these reforms are broadly supported by a growing majority of voters,” Angell wrote. “Reversing course and going against the tide of history would present huge political problems that the new administration does not need.” Read More... Marijuana Appears to Benefit Mental Health: Study Posted by on November 16, 2016 at 13:16:43 PT By Alexandra Sifferlin Source: Time USA -- Legal access to marijuana, medicinal or otherwise, is growing. In 2016, four states approved recreational use of the drug and four states passed laws related to medical-cannabis access, bringing the total number of states that allow some form of legal marijuana use to 28.
Scientists know that marijuana contains more than 100 compounds, called cannabinoids, that have biological effects on the body. Mdically, cannabis can be prescribed for physical ailments like arthritis and cancer symptoms as well as mental health issues like PTSD, depression and anxiety. Still, the role marijuana can play in medicine remains murky. The dearth of research is in large part due to the fact that most studies have focused on illicit use of marijuana rather than its therapeutic potential, and because it’s classified as a schedule 1 drug, making it nearly impossible to study. Read More... MJ-Initiative Blunder Could Cost CA Millions Posted by on November 16, 2016 at 12:55:31 PT By Keith Humphreys Source: Washington Post California -- Benjamin Franklin said that taxes, like death, are one of life’s few certainties. But due to a glitch in the technical language of California’s successful marijuana legalization initiative, the state’s pot smokers may prove him wrong.
California’s marijuana legalization initiative is designed to raise significant tax revenue for the state. When legal recreational marijuana sales commence on Jan. 1, 2018, the initiative applies a 15 percent excise tax on recreational and medical marijuana, as well as some taxes on marijuana producers based on the weight of each plant grown. The state’s 7.5 percent sales tax is tacked on top of that for recreational marijuana, but the ballot proposition repeals that tax for medical marijuana. The idea was to give medical marijuana users a tax break relative to recreational users once the initiative’s new taxes begin in 2018. But because the Jan. 1, 2018, target date was omitted in the relevant subsection of the 62-page initiative, the medical marijuana sales tax elimination instead became effective this week when the measure passed. Read More... Marijuana Gold Rush? Walmart of Weed? Posted by on November 16, 2016 at 08:21:52 PT By Dan Adams and Adam Vaccaro, Globe Staff Source: Boston Globe Boston -- “Big Pot” is not coming to Massachusetts. Though voters approved recreational marijuana last week, don’t expect a land rush to Massachusetts by out-of-state corporate profiteers who can quickly throw up a weed store on every corner.
Instead, cannabis companies anticipate the retail market for legal marijuana here will be slow to develop and fragmented among numerous small firms, most of them homegrown startups or locally-owned partnerships with boutique pot companies from states such as Colorado. Read More... Denver Votes To Make Marijuana Cafes A Real Thing Posted by on November 15, 2016 at 04:22:46 PT By Carla Herreria, Senior Writer Source: Huffington Post Colorado -- Denver is making green history yet again. The city’s voters appear to have legalized the social use of marijuana in permitted private establishments, according to election results released Monday evening.
Supporters of Initiative 300 led 53 percent to 47 percent as of 6 p.m. a margin of 17,173 votes. State election officials noted that results were unofficial until the election is certified on Nov. 22. The Denver Post pointed out it would take a “supermajority” of opposition votes to shift the results as they stand now. Read More... What Will President Trump Mean for Pot? Posted by on November 11, 2016 at 05:43:09 PT By Elisabeth Garber-Paul Source: Rolling Stone USA -- There are plenty of things to be scared about during Donald Trump's presidency: who he'll nominate to the Supreme Court, the potential gutting of the Affordable Care Act, whether he'll further strip women of their bodily autonomy and the treatment of millions of Muslim citizens, just to start.
While it may seem like a sad second prize in the wake of an election that could potentially roll back decades of American progress, for those paying attention to a few state referenda, there was some good news Tuesday night: California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts each passed laws to make recreational use of marijuana legal for adults, while North Dakota, Arkansas, Montana and Florida each voted in new (or, in Montana's case, improved) medical marijuana bills. (The only state to have a referendum on the ballot that did not pass was Arizona, where opponents spent an impressive $6 million on campaigns largely based on misinformation.) Read More... Marijuana Legalization: Big Wins in CA and Beyond Posted by on November 10, 2016 at 06:17:56 PT By Amanda Paulson, Staff Writer Source: Christian Science Monitor Boulder, Colo. -- Marijuana legalization made major advances Tuesday, with at least three states voting to legalize recreational marijuana and four states approving medical marijuana laws.
Most notably, California, home to nearly 40 million people and by far America’s largest state economy, legalized recreational marijuana use. So did Nevada, Massachusetts, and, probably, Maine (with results still too close to call Wednesday evening). Only Arizonans rejected the idea. Read More... What to Know About Marijuana Legalization in CA Posted by on November 09, 2016 at 18:56:46 PT By Katy Steinmetz Source: Time Magazine California -- Welcome to the green rush. When California voters approved Proposition 64 on Tuesday, the basic idea was simple: a majority of people in America’s most populous state believe that adults should be able to consume marijuana if they feel like it, like a glass of wine at 5 o’clock. But the details of the proposition, which stretches more than 60 pages, are complicated.
TIME spoke to Amanda Reiman, the Drug Policy Alliance’s manager of marijuana law and policy, to talk about what people should know. Read More... After Marijuana Legalization, Beacon Hill Scramble Posted by on November 09, 2016 at 13:20:46 PT By Joshua Miller, Globe Staff Source: Boston Globe Boston -- Massachusetts politicians and public officials were scrambling Wednesday after voters legalized marijuana for recreational use.
Governor Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, and Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg all said they would accept the will of the voters and work to implement the new law, which will make pot legal for adult use on Dec. 15, and allow retail marijuana shops to open in 2018. Read More... Future of Marijuana Legalization Under Trump Posted by on November 09, 2016 at 13:03:33 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- Americans wake up this morning to find a drug policy landscape radically altered from yesterday. California, Massachusetts and Nevada have legalized recreational marijuana, while voters in a handful of Southern and deeply conservative states embraced medical marijuana with open arms.
Regardless of how a still-contested legalization vote turns out in Maine, more than 1 in 5 Americans now live in states where the recreational use of marijuana is, or soon will be, legal. Read More... Recreational Marijuana Use OK’d by Nevada Voters Posted by on November 09, 2016 at 10:33:14 PT By Chris Kudialis Source: Las Vegas Sun Nevada -- Nevadans voted Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana for adults ages 21 and over. The passing of Question 2, by a margin of six points according to early polling results, allows for the legal purchase of up to 1 ounce of marijuana or up to one-eighth ounce of marijuana concentrates such as wax, carbon dioxide oil and shatter.
Under the law, recreational users will also be allowed to buy marijuana paraphernalia such as bongs and glass pipes. Those living outside a 25-mile radius of the closest Nevada marijuana dispensary will be permitted to cultivate up to six marijuana plants at home for personal use, as long as it’s away from public view. Read More... Maine Voters Endorse Legal Marijuana Posted by CN Staff on November 09, 2016 at 10:19:17 PT By Darren Fishell and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff Source: Bangor Daily News Portland -- Maine will join Massachusetts in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, becoming one of two first eastern states in the country to open its doors to the multimillion-dollar industry.
Passage of Question 1 puts Maine among four states that legalized recreational marijuana use in earlier years. Nevada and California voted on Tuesday to legalize the drug, which still is an illegal substance under federal law. Read More... Medical Marijuana Victories Turn The Tide Posted by on November 09, 2016 at 08:58:38 PT By Ariana Eunjung Cha Source: Washington Post USA -- Tuesday was a banner night for medical marijuana — with ballot initiatives in numerous states widening access to the substance for Americans seeking relief from pain or a treatment for illness.
Massachusetts and California, where Napster co-founder and cancer philanthropist Sean Parker helped fund a campaign to legalize the drug, were among the states passing new recreational marijuana laws. The tide also turned in Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas — where similar measures were defeated in the past — and in Montana where measures regarding medical marijuana were passed. Before this week, medical marijuana was legal in a little over half the country or 25 states. Read More... Californians Vote to Legalize Marijuana Posted by on November 09, 2016 at 08:31:42 PT By Patrick McGreevy Source: Los Angeles Times California -- Voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 64, making California the most populous state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
The approval of the ballot measure creates the largest market for marijuana products in the U.S. It comes six years after California voters narrowly rejected a similar measure. Activists said passage would be an important moment in a fight for marijuana legalization across the U.S. Read More... 2016 Election Became a Watershed for Weed Posted by on November 09, 2016 at 08:19:23 PT By Katy Steinmetz Source: Time Magazine USA -- The year of 2016 may go down as a watershed for weed, the election when legalization shifted from being an experiment in the American West to something primed for the mainstream.
Nine states voted on marijuana-related measures—four related to medical marijuana and five to recreational—and as of late Tuesday evening, seven of them passed. One failed and one remained pending. The upshot is that more than half of the states in the U.S. now have comprehensive medical marijuana laws and roughly one fifth of the population lives in a place where adults 21 and older can legally consume weed for fun. Read More... Californians Legalize Recreational Marijuana Posted by on November 09, 2016 at 07:23:07 PT By Thomas Fuller Source: New York Times San Francisco -- California, Massachusetts and Nevada legalized marijuana on Tuesday in what advocates said was a reflection of the country’s changing attitude toward the drug.
Leading up to the election, recreational marijuana use was legal in four states: Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, along with Washington, D.C. With the addition of California, Massachusetts and Nevada, the percentage of Americans living in states where marijuana use is legal for adults rose above 20 percent, from 5 percent. Read More... At Least Marijuana Won Big On Election Night Posted by on November 09, 2016 at 06:28:46 PT By Matt Ferner Source: Huffington Post USA -- Election night brought several astonishing, wholly unforeseen results. But let’s put the presidential campaign aside for a second and talk about weed.
Marijuana was on the ballot in nine states on Tuesday. Voters in eight of those states went to the polls and approved measures to roll back longstanding restrictions on the drug, delivering a historic victory for marijuana police reformers. Read More... Marijuana Wins Big on Election Night Posted by on November 09, 2016 at 06:00:04 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- Voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational marijuana initiatives Tuesday night, and several other states passed medical marijuana provisions, in what is turning out to be the biggest electoral victory for marijuana reform since 2012, when Colorado and Washington first approved the drug's recreational use.
Of the five recreational marijuana initiatives on the ballot, three passed and one more — in Maine — was leading early Wednesday in preliminary vote totals. A similar measure in Arizona was trailing with 68 percent of votes counted. Read More... California Votes To Legalize Marijuana Posted by on November 08, 2016 at 21:01:24 PT By Matt Ferner Source: Huffington Post Los Angeles -- Californians voted to approve marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday, in what the legalization movement is hailing as its most significant accomplishment since the first states legalized it four years ago.
With the success of Proposition 64, nearly 40 million more people will soon be living in a state that has decided to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol rather than treat it like a criminal enterprise. California now joins Colorado and Washington state which voted to legalize weed in 2012 as well as later arrivals Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. Read More...
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