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Which States Will Vote On Marijuana Legalization In 2016?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, September, 24th 2015 by THCFinder
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The 2016 Election is not that far away, especially for campaigns. Signature deadlines vary across the country, but they will be up sooner than later. Campaigns are working very hard to get marijuana legalization on the ballot in many states, some having better chances than others of making it on the ballot. I was hopeful that over a dozen states would make the ballot in 2016, and maybe there will be some significant changes that help some states catch up. But for now, below are the states that I feel will make the ballot, and in the case of Nevada, already have made the ballot:


As is always the case in California, there are multiple initiatives. I have seen a lot of people on social media promoting each one of them, but I haven’t seen any text for some of the initiatives, and haven’t seen polling for any of the initiatives. I do believe that ultimately most people will band together with ReformCA as time goes by, which seems to have the most resources for its initiative. WeedMaps has put up two million dollars for a legalization effort, and Justin Hartfield recently did an interview in which he said that there are multiple billionaires in California that are willing to fund an effort that shows promise. For the sake of California, and for the sake of the greater movement, I hope legalization can be achieved in California in 2016. California used to lead the way on marijuana policy, and has since fallen behind. California is an enormous state, and if it legalized, it would open the flood gates for legalization in other states in future elections, and would create a recreational state industry that would dwarf all other recreational marijuana states combined I’d imagine. I would estimate that a successful campaign in California would run upwards of 20 million dollars, which obviously is a huge pile of money, but is not that much for a handful of California billionaires.

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Hawaii Lawyers Forbidden From Assisting Medical Marijuana Licensee Hopefuls

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

According to a new formal opinion released by the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court, Hawaii lawyers are not allowed to provide legal services to clients applying for a medical marijuana license. 

Pacific Business News reports that lawyers are still allowed to provide legal advice about Act 241—the law that established Hawaii's first statewide medical marijuana retail dispensary system—but they may not aid in the creation of such businesses due to pot's illegal status under federal law.

"A lawyer may not 'provide legal services to facilitate the establishment and operation of a medical marijuana business' in accordance with Act 241 or otherwise," the opinion states. 

However, Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii Executive Director Carl Bergquist told Pacific Business Newsthat he was optimist the Supreme Court would resolve this issue and that similar dilemmas have already arisen in other states. 

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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, September, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder


SJC bans police stops solely for suspected marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

In a decision hailed by civil rights advocates and supporters of marijuana legalization, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday that police cannot stop motorists solely because they suspect the vehicle’s occupants are in possession of the drug.

The Supreme Judicial Court based its 5-2 ruling largely on a measure that voters approved in 2008 that reduced possession of an ounce or less of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil violation punishable by a fine.

“Permitting police to stop a vehicle based on reasonable suspicion that an occupant possesses marijuana does not serve [the] objectives” of the law change, Justice Margot Botsford wrote for the majority.

Botsford wrote that allowing such stops “does not refocus police efforts on pursuing more serious crime,” another goal of changing the law.

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