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Pot Lawsuit Could Threaten Medical Marijuana Programs Across the Nation

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, March, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

DENVER (AP) -- States are free to legalize marijuana, Colorado argued Friday in a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a lawsuit from neighboring states that have asked the nation's highest court to shut down Colorado's pot law.

The filing marks the first time Colorado has defended legal marijuana in writing. The federal government did not sue to block the state's 2012 vote to legalize pot for all adults over 21.

Colorado said that Nebraska and Oklahoma should sue the federal government for not enforcing the Controlled Substances Act, not other states. Colorado said the states' "quarrel is not with Colorado but with the federal government's" approach to letting states experiment with pot law.

"Nebraska and Oklahoma filed this case in an attempt to reach across their borders and selectively invalidate state laws with which they disagree," Colorado argued.

Because federal drug law bans marijuana for any purpose, including medical, Colorado argues that blocking recreational pot would also block pot for medical use in 23 states and Washington, D.C.

"Congress has endorsed a policy, at least with respect to medical marijuana, supportive of state regulatory and licensure laws," Colorado wrote. "This suit threatens to upset those administrative and political decisions."

The U.S. Supreme Court has not said whether it will hear the challenge, and it has no deadline for doing so.

Colorado Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman opposes marijuana legalization, but she said the problem needs to be fixed by federal drug authorities. "This lawsuit ... won't fix America's national drug policy- at least not without leadership from Washington, D.C., which remains noticeably absent," Coffman said in a statement.

Read More: http://www.hightimes.com/read/pot-lawsuit-could-threaten-medical-marijuana-programs-across-nation


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Category: Fun | Posted on Sun, March, 29th 2015 by THCFinder


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New Marijuana Start-Up Accelerator CanopyBoulder Raises $1.2 Million

Category: News | Posted on Sun, March, 29th 2015 by THCFinder
 

canopy boulder canopyboulder arcviewCanopyBoulder has successfully raised $1.2 million to invest in 20 early-stage startups providing ancillary products and services to the legal cannabis industry. CanopyBoulder will run two, first-of-their-kind business accelerator boot camps for these startups in 2015.  We hope that you will join us on March 30th to celebrate the company’s Opening Day launch party with featured guest speaker Steve DeAngelo.  Steve is a national thought leader and President of the ArcView Group, America’s leading angel investment network for the cannabis industry as well as Executive Director of Harborside Health Center, the nation’s model medical cannabis dispensary in Oakland, California.

“Since we partnered with The ArcView Group we have been inundated with both accredited investors and quality companies asking to get involved. We had to turn quality investors and companies away.  That’s a good problem to have,”  said Canopy cofounder and Managing Director, Patrick Rea.

CanopyBoulder launches their first cohort of 10 startups on March 30, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. “Over 115 entrepreneurial teams from all over the world applied to be part of our first class. We may have discovered the next Uber, the next Nest or the next Facebook to emerge in the legal cannabis industry,” concluded Rea.

“Last December, ArcView and Canopy teamed up to supercharge the emergence of the most exciting and innovative cannabis start-ups. I’m tremendously proud to support these early entrepreneurs in America’s fastest growing industry,” said Stephen DeAngelo, President and Co-Founder of The ArcView Group.

These start-ups will close out their three months of intensive company building by going on an investor roadshow together in June.  They will present to the ArcView Investor Network, Rockies Venture Club, and then at the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Cannabis Business Summit.

Read More: http://www.theweedblog.com/new-marijuana-start-up-accelerator-canopyboulder-raises-1-2-million/


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Two states join Colorado as it defends its marijuana law against suit

Category: News | Posted on Sun, March, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

Washington and Oregon on Friday joined Colorado in defending its recreational marijuana law against a suit brought by two of its neighboring states.

In a filing, Colorado asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the lawsuit — filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma — arguing that it makes a “dangerous use” of legal argument that would leave marijuana legalization in place but largely strip the state of its power to regulate the new industry.

“My office remains committed to defending Colorado’s law,” Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said in a statement. “At the same time, I share our border states’ concerns regarding illegal marijuana activity, and my office, as well as our partner state and local law enforcement agencies, are committed to stopping marijuana diversion. This lawsuit, however, even if successful, won’t fix America’s national drug policy — at least not without leadership from Washington, D.C., which remains noticeably absent.”

In their December lawsuit, the two states argue that Colorado’s recreational marijuana law violates the supremacy clause of the Constitution, which states that federal laws takes precedence over state law, and asked the Supreme Court to intervene. Among the arguments made, Oklahoma and Nebraska suggest that Colorado’s regulation of the industry violated the federal Controlled Substances Act, according to the filing:

Colorado’s commercial marijuana scheme is preempted by the CSA, and is thus null and void. The continued operation of Colorado’s scheme, despite its nullity, harms not just the Plaintiff States, but also the dozens of other States who have seen Colorado-grown marijuana cross into their borders despite state and federal law to the contrary.

Read More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/03/27/two-states-join-colorado-as-it-defends-its-marijuana-law-against-suit/


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