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Lawmakers brace for marijuana vote-a-rama

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

Lawmakers are prepping for what could turn into a marijuana vote-a-rama Wednesday, sources say.

Pot advocates expect lawmakers to introduce at least half a dozen marijuana-related appropriations amendments that would roll back the Justice Department’s authority to enforce drug laws around the country.

The marijuana amendments would handicap the Department of Justice (DOJ) in its fight with states over the enforcement of local pot laws.

 

“The politics have continued to shift in favor of marijuana law reform,” said Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Majority.

 

"For a long time, lawmakers treated marijuana as a third-rail issue that was too dangerous to touch,” he added. "But now that polling shows a growing majority of voters supports ending prohibition, more and more elected officials are starting to realize that demonstrating leadership on this issue has political benefits instead of harms.”

The marijuana amendments come as part of the Justice Department’s funding bill, which dictates the terms in which the agency can use the money.

Pot advocates are making a big push in advance of the vote to rally lawmakers to their side.

The Justice Department would be prohibited from using federal funds to interfere with states’ medical marijuana laws under an amendment expected from the California delegation — Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R) and Sam Farr (D).

The measure was approved by Congress for the first time in 2014 but it must be renewed each year when the DOJ’s spending bill expires.

Read More:http://thehill.com/regulation/legislation/243632-lawmakers-pushing-for-marijuana-vote-a-rama


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Over $1.2 Million In Recreational Marijuana Sold Daily In Washington State

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

washington legal marijuana salesLegal recreational marijuana sales started in Washington in July 2014. The start of legal recreational marijuana sales was slow, with only a handful of stores opening. There are still less than half of the recreational marijuana stores open that were expected to, but the sales numbers keep climbing. According to the latest numbers out of Washington, Washington’s legal recreational marijuana industry is sell over one million dollars worth of recreational marijuana everyday. Per The Joint Blog:

There’s over $1 million in recreational cannabis sold each day in Washington State among the 142 outlets that are reporting sales figures, according to the Liquor Control Board (LCB).

According to the LCB (which will be renamed theLiquor and Cannabis Board on July 24th), there are 161 licensed recreational cannabis outlets throughout Washington State, with 142 reporting sales. On average, there is $1,243,926 in recreational cannabis sold each day, which results in roughly $311,000 in daily tax revenue. In total, there has been $205,917,611 in cannabis sold since legal sales began July 1st of 2014. This has resulted in $51,479,403 in taxes for the state.

With only 142 recreational stores open, and over 300 licenses allocated, I’d expect that number to continue to climb in the future. Even if current trends held steady, that would work out to roughly 438 million dollars worth of recreational marijuana sold per year. That’s a huge industry by any measure. One so large that other states should take notice, and try to follow in Washington’s footsteps, albeit with a better version of legalization compared to Washington’s model.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/over-1-2-million-in-recreational-marijuana-daily-in-washington-state/


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Texas Governor Will Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

Despite the restrictive nature of the bill, it appears as though Texas is about to officially legalize medical marijuana. A statement released over the weekend by Governor Greg Abbott indicates that he will sign into law a bill that will allow patients suffering from epilepsy and other chronic conditions to have access to non-intoxicating cannabis oil.

The Texas Tribune reports that Governor Abbott is planning to hold a signing ceremony on Monday for Senate Bill 339, which will legalize the distribution and use of “low-THC” high CBD oil for patients suffering from specific conditions.

The signing of this bill, however, will not be the wherewithal for patients suffering from a variety of ailments across the state, it will merely allow physicians to “prescribe” the herb primarily to epilepsy patients.

Unfortunately, while marijuana advocates are encouraged by the Governor’s decision to sign this bill into law, they claim its passage will do nothing to actually help patients because the language of the bill proves too risky for the healthcare community.

The Marijuana Policy Project’s Heath Fazio told CBS News last month that even if SB 339 becomes law, it would be impossible for patients to get their hands on the medicine because the language requires doctors to “prescribe” rather than offer recommendations. She suggested that no physician in his right mind would dare write a prescription for cannabis oil since federal law prohibits such practices. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/texas-governor-will-sign-medical-marijuana-bill


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