The race is on to legalize marijuana in Arizona
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, January, 12th 2015 by THCFinder
PHOENIX -- Arizona legislators should legalize recreational marijuana before voters do according to State Rep. Mark Cardenas. The lawmaker recently began working on a bill to legalize the personal use of marijuana.
Cardenas said he believes the legislature needs to be proactive when it comes to legalizing pot because it is easier to change a legislative bill than it is a ballot initiative passed by voters.
"In order to change (a voter referendum or initiative) we have to have 75 percent of the legislature agree to that change and so with something that is as controversial as marijuana you are not going to get 75 percent of the legislature to fix it," Cardenas said.
Arizona's Voter Protection Act prevents the legislature or governor from tampering with a ballot initiative or referendum passed by voters.
Being unable to change voter-passed marijuana laws could lead to some unintended consequences like a poorly regulated and taxed system according to Cardenas.
"It is time to be a little bit smarter about marijuana use and a system of taxation and regulation and say ‘you know what, this is going to happen, we are a group of 90 smart people so let's get together and see how we can best implement this system,'" he said.
State legislators have an obligation to listen to the will of the voters according to Cardenas and he believes the majority of Arizonans want marijuana prohibition to end.
"As of right now over 50 percent of the population in Arizona wants it and so this is one of those things that we have to put our egos aside and come to the table and … come up with the best method to make this happen and deploy it in Arizona," he said.
Despite Cardenas push within the legislature to legalize recreational pot in 2015, marijuana advocates are taking matters into their own hands.
Members of the Marijuana Policy Project (MMP) do not believe the state legislature will pass Cardenas' bill so they are currently drafting a voter initiative to legalize marijuana in 2016.
"State officials are elected by voters and if they are not going to get this measure passed in the legislature than the voters can do it directly and that is why there is a voter initiative process," Mason Tvert, Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, said.
Though MMP would support a legislative bill legalizing marijuana, Tvert said ending marijuana prohibition in Arizona will likely only happen through a voter-passed initiative.
"Voters tend to be a little out front of elected officials when it comes to issues like this and we want to see this change made as soon as possible," he said.
Due to Arizona's Voter Protection Act, a voter initiative legalizing recreational pot use would put power in the public's hands instead of a handful of lawmakers according to Tvert.
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Mon, January, 12th 2015 by THCFinder
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Demand For Medical Marijuana Plummets In Colorado
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 12th 2015 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana has been available at dispensaries in Colorado for awhile now. Until recently, there has been a fairly steady growing demand for medical marijuana. However, in November demand plummeted in Colorado. Sales for recreational marijuana held steady during the same time. Recreational sales have been allowed for a little over a year in Colorado. Per The Cannabist:
Colorado’s legal cannabis industry experienced an unusual autumn in 2014 — one that saw recreational pot sales reach a plateau of sorts as demand for medical marijuana took a nosedive.
Medical marijuana sales in Colorado tanked in November as they dropped nearly 17 percent from the previous month, according to just-released data from the Department of Revenue. Medical dispensaries sold $27.5 million of cannabis in November, a big downturn from October’s $33.1 million in medical revenues. Meanwhile the state’s recreational weed sales are holding strong — with $31.2 million in November and $31.6 million in both October and September.
It’s tough to say what caused the dip in medical marijuana sales. I’m sure people will be quick to point to recreational marijuana as the cause. However, if recreational sales remained steady during the same time, obviously people didn’t switch from buying at dispensaries to recreational stores. Patients simply didn’t buy as much marijuana from dispensaries during that time. Did they go back to the blackmarket, where prices are much cheaper? Did they just not buy any marijuana at all?
Nebraska And Oklahoma Create Problems For Marijuana Reform
Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 12th 2015 by THCFinder
No one can deny that 2014 was a good year for marijuana reform. There were the two leading legal states, Colorado and Washington, that blazed a trail for Alaska, Washington DC, and Oregon to legalize as well. But now, there seems to be waves coming from the Colorado area, as Nebraska and Oklahoma feel compelled to create an issue with their neighboring state.
The two states have approached the US Supreme Court, asking the government to force the state to comply with federal law, rather than the law of the voters in Colorado. Allegedly, the weed from Colorado is creating problems in Nebraska and Oklahoma, with people buying the plant in bulk and then carrying it across state lines to resell it in the illegal states. Since the US Constitution allows states to go directly to the Supreme Court to settle these arguments, there may be a roadblock for marijuana legalization in the near future.
If the ruling of the Supreme Court says that Colorado must shut down their legal marijuana industry because of the “damage” that’s being done in Nebraska and Oklahoma, it may potentially shut down the legalization movement as we know it. Even though the legal marijuana business in Colorado hasn’t seemed to put forth any severe negative consequences, the neighboring states are pushing forward with their idea to sue the entire state. Even though the rocky mountain state is basking in the tax revenue of their choice to legalize, there are constantly going to be obstacles with the illegal states surrounding.
As long as federal and state laws butt heads, there will continue to be problems like this. If the US Supreme Court decides to side with Nebraska and Oklahoma, then the will of the voters will be overturned and there will be severe backlash on the government for making such a decision. With so many grey areas at the moment, it’s difficult to see where the marijuana movement will go from here.
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