Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General say no to Lansing marijuana proposal
Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
LANSING – The marijuana legalization proposal that was approved by the city of Lansing on August 27 will remain on the November ballot despite a notice from the state Attorney General saying the amendment would violate state law.
The Lansing City Pulse is reporting that Attorney General Bill Shuette notified Gov. Rick Snyder on Sept. 10 that Lansing's the amendment "is not consistent" with Michigan's Home Rule Cities Act. The rule says that the state must review local ballot proposals.
"Regardless of whether the proposed amendment is approved by the voters, marijuana will remain a controlled substance under state and federal law," Matthew Schneider, the Attorney General's chief legal counsel, wrote. "City law enforcement will retain the authority to enforce criminal laws, without regard to any provision in the charter.
The letter adds: "No city charter provision 'shall conflict with or contravene the provisions of any general law of the state.'" The letter also said that the ballot proposal also "does not inform the voters that the proposed amendment conflicts with state law" and that it does "not inform the voters that state law will control regardless of whether the proposed amendment is adopted."
City Clerk Chris Swope said that Snyder responded on Monday and said that he agreed with the attorney general's decision.
"Because of the inconsistency with state law identified in the attached letter from the Attorney General's Office, I do not approve the proposed revised charter amendment," Snyder said in the letter. Swope said that City Attorney Janene McIntyre has reviewed the matter and told him that the proposal will stay on the ballot.
Read more: http://www.mlive.com
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Dispensaries wary of fully legalizing marijuana in Arizona
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, September, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
Medical-marijuana dispensary operators are apprehensive about plans by a powerful marijuana-advocacy group to campaign for full legalization of the drug in Arizona.
The Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that advocates marijuana legalization and regulation, is a former ally of the dispensary owners, having played a key financial and public-relations role in passage of the state law that created the burgeoning medical-marijuana program.
Bolstered by the Obama administration’s announcement that it will not challenge such laws, the group intends to pursue full legalization in Arizona through a voter initiative in 2016 and in nine other states over the next two election cycles. The initiative will be modeled on a program in Colorado, which has legalized marijuana for recreational use.
But the group may have a tough time selling their plan to the state’s medical-marijuana dispensary operators, who are capitalizing on the growing market, have invested thousands of dollars to get up and running and say they favor the status quo — a system in which doctors must recommend cannabis for medical purposes. The program allows certain businesses and individuals to grow marijuana in large quantities, but home growers are fading away as dispensaries open across the state.
Uneasiness among some dispensary operators highlights the divide between medical-marijuana advocates and recreational proponents — a split that could complicate any effort to further loosen Arizona’s marijuana laws.
“I’m not so sure that, at this stage, we would be for immediate legalization,” Bill Myer, co-owner of Arizona Organix in Glendale, told The Arizona Republic. “We’ve still got some issues to work through with the laws we currently have. The program is still in it’s infancy.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com
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Oklahoma: Majority Of Voters Endorse Marijuana Law Reform
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
Oklahoma, City, OK: A majority of likely Oklahoma voters back legalizing the use of medical marijuana and also support depenalizing pot possession penalties for recreational users, according to survey data released by SoonerPoll.com and commissioned by the Oklahoma state affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
Seventy-one percent of respondents said that they support amending state law to allow for physician-authorized patients to consume cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Twenty states and Washington, DC, have enacted similar policies since 1996.
Oklahoma citizens also strongly backed amending state criminal laws that presently outlaw the plant’s social use. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said that they preferred treating minor marijuana violations as a non-criminal, fine-only offense. Violators of such a policy would not be subject to arrest, face jail time, or receive a criminal record. Sixteen states already impose similar ‘depenalization’ policies. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have eliminated all criminal and civil penalties surrounding the possession of small quantities of marijuana by adults.
Finally, over 81 percent of Oklahoma respondents agreed that state lawmakers, not the federal government, ought to be the final arbiters to decide whether “[state] laws regarding whether the use of marijuana [are] legal or not.”
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
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