California Marijuana Legalization Initiative Postponed Until 2016
Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
The Los Angeles Times reported today that a deep-pocketed marijuana reform coalition including the Drug Policy Alliance had decided not to move forward this year with an initiative to legalize the weed in the Golden State. Instead, the coalition will aim at 2016.
That means marijuana legalization will most likely not be on the ballot in California this year. Three other legalization initiatives have been filed, but two of them appear to lack the funds to complete expensive signature gathering efforts — 504,000 signatures are needed by April 18 — and the third has yet to be cleared for circulation.
The coalition, which is supported by billionaire financier George Soros, and which included the late Progressive Insurance founder Peter Lewis, had consistently argued that 2016 was more doable than this year, but filed the Control, Regulate and Tax Marijuana Act late last year after polling numbers suggested victory was within reach.
At the time, spokesmen said they would make a decision on whether to move forward or not around the beginning of February. Now, that decision has been made.
The decision to wait was a “very close” call and “one that came down to the wire,” Graham Boyd, counsel to Lewis, told The Times. “We see this as a trial run or dress rehearsal for 2016,” he said.
Boyd and DPA executive director Ethan Nadelmann told The Times in interviews Monday that they wanted more time to do outreach with elected officials, law enforcement, and public health leaders, an approach they said worked in Washington state. They also said money was an issue, and that the death of Peter Lewis had an impact.
“We believe the best way to go forward with any state ballot initiative is to have a strong funding base in place before launching the campaign,” Boyd said. “It is certainly true that Peter Lewis’ death made that a much more difficult process to do in the time we had.”
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Five Cannabis Events That You Should Try To Attend This Year
Category: Events | Posted on Fri, February, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
It's expected that 2014 is going to be a really big year for cannabis. This is the first year that Colorado, Washington, and Portland ME will have legal weed on 4/20, as well as the numerous other things that are happening. There are so many events going on this year that there's really no excuse why you shouldn't go to one. Here are five events that you should really try to attend this year if you can!
1. The High Times Denver Cannabis Cup
The tickets for the Cup have been selling like hot cakes and even the price increased. People are crawling over each other to get tickets to the Denver Cannabis Cup and it's not mystery as to why. Marijuana is legal for residents and tourists for the first time during this extra weedy holiday and the Cup is expected to be awesome!
Held in beautiful Spain, Spannabis is much like the High Times Cup and is extremely popular. It's a huge event that lasts three days and includes music, smoking and the showcasing of beautiful buds.
3. Seattle Hempfest
Much like the Denver Cannabis Cup, Seattle Hempfest is going to be epic. With Washington having legalized cannabis, the state is sure to attract a large amount of attention during this time period. If you're around this area, it's highly recommended that you attend Hempfest this year!
4. Boston Freedom Rally
For those living on the east coast, the Boston Freedom Rally is an awesome event to attend. People from all up and down the east coast attend this event. Massachusetts has decriminalized marijuana and is working on allowing dispensaries. Not only that but activists are pushing for legal cannabis in the state as well.
5. High Times Amsterdam Cup
This one brings together stoners from all over the world. While weed isn't legal in Amsterdam, the laws are very relaxed and the Amsterdam Cup in one of the biggest cannabis events of the year. If you can get a passport and a ticket, you should definitely be attending! And if you live in the area, lucky you!
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Thu, February, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
Banks To Accept Marijuana Money
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, February, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
Good news for all dispensary owners! Banks are beginning to relax their standing on accepting money that was used in the marijuana industry. The government recently release a set of rules for the banks to follow regarding this industry and they are going to allow the financial institutions with banking services, just like any other business. With such large amounts of cash being handled, marijuana establishments being barred from banks creates a huge public safety problem, not to mention an inconvenience for customers and patients.
According to the rules that have been set forth, the banks must be labeled as "suspicious" and will be investigated after the bank files a report (Suspicious Activity Reports is what they'll be called). Transactions that are believed to be legal will be reported as "marijuana limited" transactions. For other transactions that the banks believe the be illegal, they will be labeled as "marijuana priority" and will be further investigated by the bank's cannabis industry regulators.
While the new rules aren't going to solve everything, at least the government is taking steps in the right direction. Dispensary owners will be able to store their money in a safe place, as compared to stuffing it in their mattresses to keep it guarded or having to leave it in the safe at the store. Cannabis may still be illegal under federal law but forbidding these large amounts of money from entering bank accounts is only going to promote black market activity and other money related crimes.
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