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Some Alaska Marijuana Businesses Receive ‘Cease And Desist’ Orders To Shut Down Or Else

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

cease and desist marijuanaThere have been underground medical marijuana outlets and clubs for awhile now in Alaska. Alaska is like most other medical marijuana states where such entities existed, operating in what some describe as a ‘grey area’ of the law, while others call it a blatant disregard for the law. Now that recreational marijuana has been legalized in Alaska, some Alaska marijuana establishments have received ‘cease and desist’ orders demanding that they halt operations until marijuana business licenses are issued. Per the Frontiersman:

Two local marijuana-related businesses were among six that received cease-and-desist orders from the state this week.

Northern Heights LLC, a “cannabis-friendly” hookah lounge, and Discreet Deliveries, a business offering marijuana for sale and delivery, both based in the Mat-Su Borough along Bogard Road, joined businesses from Kenai and Anchorage on the list. The certified letters mailed to property owners were a follow-up to phone conversations on the subject, which alleged both businesses violated Alaska statute, according to the letters.

The cease-and-desist letters threatened “enforcement action” ranging “from criminal penalties to civil fines, tax penalties and prohibition from receiving an actual marijuana license when they become available in 2016,” the letter states. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/alaska-marijuana-businesses-cease-and-desist-orders/


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Cannabis Cultivation Decriminalized in Spain?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, July, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

The new "Citizen Safety Law" that took effect in Spain on July 1 is notoriously draconian, making it illegal to march on public buildings, and imposing prohibitive fines for holding any protest without a permit. It also raises the minimum penalty for public cannabis use or possession from 300 to 600 euros, with the maximum penalty set at a whopping 30,000 euros for "grave infractions." 
 
But even this is something of a victory, as conservatives had been pressing to raise the minimum for to 1,000 euros. And there may be a more surprising bright side. According to reports on the Medical Cannabis Spain Blog and LaMarihuana.com, language was added to the section of the law dealing with cultivation, saying that it will only be punishable when it is "in visible public places." The reports state that this means cultivation behind closed doors is effectively decriminalized in Spain, as private possession has been for several years.
 

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Peace.

Category: Culture | Posted on Sun, July, 5th 2015 by THCFinder


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Year of legal marijuana nets state $70 million in pot taxes

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day.

And who knows - the industry might even start making some money.

Washington pot farmers, processors and retailers have complained all year that heavy state and federal tax burdens, along with competition from an unregulated medical marijuana market, have made it difficult for them to do business.

But at least some relief is here: This month, two new laws take effect, one to regulate and tax medical marijuana, and one to cut Washington's three-level excise tax on pot to a single, 37-percent tax.

Despite some industry gripes and those tweaks to Washington's legal pot law, which voters passed in 2012 to legalize marijuana for adults over 21, officials and legalization backers say the state's slow and deliberate effort to regulate marijuana has been a success.

A year after stores opened on July 8, 2014, here's a look at the state of legal weed here.

Read More:http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Year-of-legal-marijuana-nets-state-70-million-in-pot-taxes-311638421.html


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