What's the future of LA's marijuana dispensaries?
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, May, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
David Welch has been fighting the city of Los Angeles and its attempts to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries for more than five years. An attorney who represents more than 40 dispensaries in the city, Welch said the passage of Measure D by L.A. voters last week makes that fight a lot tougher now.
“The public and the courts may no longer have a stomach for endless marijuana litigation,” Welch said. “People want it to be done.”
That does not mean his clients are not considering a lawsuit challenging Measure D, which allows only the 135 dispensaries that first registered with the city in 2007. Welch argues that’s an unfair and arbitrary way to regulate businesses.
But he and others who follow the legal battles say the California Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing cities to ban dispensaries outright make legal challenges to local regulations more difficult. Welch is issuing a new warning to the pot shops he advises that are among the 135.
“I’m advising them that when Measure D goes into effect, they are obligated to close,” he said. Several of Welch’s clients declined to be interviewed.
Estimates vary widely on the number of pot shops affected.
For now, some appear to be operating as if there was no election. Because of the nature of the business, no one at a dispensary agreed to be quoted. But one man who answered the phone at a downtown L.A. shop seemed unconcerned.
“Everybody is just like, chill back. Ya know, it's like normal," he said.
He said he’s seen the city go after pot shops before.
“It's pretty much like a threat, trying to scare people. But it doesn’t happen,” he said.
City officials said this time is different. It’s the first time voters have enacted a limit, said Special Assistant City Attorney Jane Usher. She is overseeing the enforcement of Measure D.
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Colorado becomes worlds first legal, fully regulated market for recreational marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, May, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
Call it the mile-high state.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper made history Tuesday, signing two bills that make his state the first place in the world to fully regulate the recreational use of marijuana for adults.
Flanked by legislators and pot legalization activists at the Colorado State Capitol, Hickenlooper signed two bills that lay out the framework for marijuana retail sales, cultivation, and product manufacturing. In the November election, Colorado passed Amendment 64, a voter initiative that legalized recreational use of the drug by residents over 21.
“Certainly, this industry will create jobs,” Hickenlooper said. “Whether it’s good for the brand of our state is still up in the air. But the voters passed Amendment 64 by a clear majority. That’s why we’re going to implement it as effectively as we possibly can.”
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com
The IRS Is Also Abusing 'Marijuana'
Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
By Rob KampiaExecutive director, Marijuana Policy Project:
Many people were shocked by recent revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted organizations it perceived to be critical of the government.
I wasn't shocked in the least.
Long before the IRS began singling out groups with the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their names, "marijuana" was a political buzzword that elicited special attention from the IRS. Specifically, nonprofit organizations that contest the federal government's anti-marijuana policies and propaganda are the organizations that appear to experience more scrutiny than most.
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), of which I am executive director, presents a perfect example. In 2000 and again in 2006, MPP was subjected to grueling audits, despite no evidence of faulty accounting or violations of the IRS' rules governing nonprofits.
The first stemmed from a letter sent to the IRS in 1998 by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who has spent a good part of her career advocating for the criminalization of marijuana users, including me.
Her reason for questioning MPP's tax-exempt status? She received a letter from a single constituent who wrote this to her: "The idea that a bunch of pot purveyors can raise money like this on a tax exempt basis is offensive."
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
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