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In Colorado, Marijuana Taxes May Have to Be Passed Back

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder
Robert Grandt working in a marijuana grow room in Denver. Tax revenue on the substance fell short of state estimates, but overall state income exceeded them.CreditRJ Sangosti/The Denver Post, via Getty Images

DENVER — In the State Capitol, they are calling it Refund Madness.

A year after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales, millions of tax dollars are rolling in, dedicated to funding school construction, marijuana education campaigns and armies of marijuana inspectors and regulators. But a legal snarl may force the state to hand that money back to marijuana consumers, growers and the public — and lawmakers do not want to.

The problem is a strict anti-spending provision in the state Constitution that touches every corner of public life, like school funding, state health care, local libraries and road repairs. Technical tripwires in that voter-approved provision, known as the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, may require Colorado to refund nearly $60 million in marijuana taxes because the state’s overall revenue estimates ended up being too low when the marijuana tax question was put to voters. Lawmakers are scrambling to figure out a way to keep that money, and they are hoping Colorado voters — usually stingy when it comes to taxes and spending — will let them. In rare bipartisan agreement on taxes, legislators are piecing together a bill that would seek voters’ permission to hold on to the marijuana money.

“Despite our anti-tax feelings in the state, there’s an exception being made when it comes to marijuana,” said Michael Elliott, the executive director of the Denver-based Marijuana Industry Group, a trade organization that has not taken a position on the refund issue. “The industry is making a huge economic impact.”

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Idaho Medical Marijuana Petition Is Available For Circulation Now

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, April, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana cannabis idaho threeIdaho’s Cannabis Laws are outdated and make criminals out of non-violent, responsible (and often extremely ill) citizens.

In 2010, Boise State University conducted a survey that showed 74% of Idahoans supported Medical Marijuana. ‚ÄčIMAGINE WHAT THAT NUMBER IS TODAY!!

The Idaho Legislature’s most current efforts for Medical Marijuana was an affirmative defense law for CBD ONLY oil to give to epileptic children, but it stalled in the House Committee.

It is obvious, that our legislators ARE NOT speaking for us.  So it is time to speak for ourselves. It’s Time for  a New Approach!

Our initiative “Idaho’s New Approach to Cannabis” was first submitted to the Idaho Secretary of State on February 20th, 2015, with the final draft submitted on March 25th, 2015. It is now available for circulation.

We need valid signatures from 6% of the voting population in at least 18 of Idaho’s legislative districts, or 6% of the general voting population in Idaho (47,623 signatures), which ever is greater.

(6% Statewide is greater so our goal is 50,000)

We must have all validated signatures turned in by April 30th, 2016 to put it on the ballot for the November 2016 election.

The petition is available on our website,, with circulation instructions for volunteers to help gather signatures.

Keypoints include:
– Idaho Medical Marijuana Act, which allows for 8oz & 12 plants for qualifying patients, as well as Medical Marijuana Organizations for the dispensary of medicine to qualified patients.

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President Obama Commutes Sentences of 22 Prisoners of the Drug War

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

The United States has become the land of the free once again for several prisoners of the domestic drug war. Earlier this week, President Obama used his executive authority to commute the sentences of 22 individuals incarcerated for drug-related offenses, a move that more than doubled the number of commutations the president has granted since moving into the White House nearly seven years ago.

This act of clemency was all part of an effort to reduce federal mandatory minimum sentencing. The men and women whose names found their way to the president’s list of absolution had been convicted of a variety of offenses ranging from the distribution of methamphetamine and heroin to the cultivation of marijuana. Eight of the 22 released from the shackles of an “outdated sentencing regime” were serving life in prison without the possibility for parole for their indiscretions with powders and plants.

According to a statement from White House counsel Neil Eggleston, “Had they been sentenced under current laws and policies, many of these individuals would have already served their time and paid their debt to society. Because many were convicted under an outdated sentencing regime, they served years — in some cases more than a decade — longer than individuals convicted today of the same crime.”

To qualify for this round of commutations, petitioners must have displayed a clean prison record and given no indication that they would pose a threat to civil society upon their release. In a letter sent to the 22 individuals, President Obama explained that they have been selected because they demonstrated the potential to turn their lives around.

“Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity,” Obama wrote. “It will not be easy, and you will confront many who doubt people with criminal records can change. Perhaps even you are unsure of how you will adjust to your new circumstances.”

The Obama Administration has made it a part of their mission to take a stand against mass incarceration in the United States, announcing earlier last year a plan to chip away at mandatory minimums while making it easier for non-violent offenders to apply for clemency. To make this a reality, the Justice Department expanded its criteria for clemency in 2014 to include six eligibility requirements that moves drug offenders, who have served at least 10 years with no history of violence or organized crime affiliation, to the top of the list.

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Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane

Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, April, 1st 2015 by THCFinder



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