Vt. gov says marijuana will be legal some day
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, September, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he thinks marijuana should be legalized in the state, but not right now.
He says he believes that legalizing and taxing marijuana is the direction the country is headed and ‘‘Vermont should be a part of that conversation.’’
But he says he’s not willing to do that now.
Shumlin made the comments Wednesday after being asked about the topic during his weekly news conference.
Last month the U.S Justice Department said it would not sue to block laws in Colorado and Washington state that allow for recreational use of marijuana.
On July 1, Vermont decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Read more: http://www.boston.com
Purple Urkle Cannabis
Category: Nugs | Posted on Thu, September, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
Long Beach City Council votes to draft new medical marijuana law
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
Long Beach city leaders have agreed to draft an ordinance that would allow and regulate medical marijuana collectives within the city, opening another chapter in the years-long saga over whether the city has the authority to control dispensaries.
In a unanimous vote, Long Beach City Council members directed the city attorney Tuesday to draft an ordinance that would once again allow a limited number of marijuana shops to operate within city limits.
The council debate came a day after a federal judge dealt a blow to a group seeking to overturn the city's medical marijuana ban through the ballot box.
U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins ruled Monday that Long Beach officials were not required to place a medical marijuana initiative on the city's April ballot, even though the initiative had gathered enough signatures to qualify, because the petition's language had not requested consideration for a general election. She also rejected a request from proponents to force the city into a full count of more than 43,000 signatures.
City Council members had initially been expected to vote on a proposal to draft a medical marijuana initiative to be placed on the city's April ballot.
Instead, council members agreed to bypass an election and move forward with drafting a new zoning ordinance to regulate collectives, including caps on the number of dispensaries citywide and in each council districts, and restrictions that would confine them to areas zoned for industrial uses.
Read more: http://www.latimes.com
State gives Medical Marijuana Dispensary a $357,000 loan
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, September, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
In an unexpected move that signals the Christie administration's support for New Jersey's fledgling medical marijuana program despite its misgivings about the law, the state Economic Developmental Authority today approved a $357,000 loan to the founders of a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township that plans to open in mid-October.
Compassionate Care Foundation Inc. said it would use the money to buy equipment and expand its cultivation space, add 12 good-paying jobs to the seven it has already created, and eventually produce enough medicine for about 1,500 patients a month, said CEO Bill Thomas, formerly a medical researcher. Within 10 years, the dispensary expects to generate about $2.8 million in state sales tax, he added.
The 15-0 vote by the EDA -- an independent authority connected to the Department of Treasury -- "legitimizes this business in the eyes of the public," Thomas said.
"You don't get much more mainstream than the Economic Development Authority,'' said David Knowlton, a founder and chairman of the foundation's board and the President and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, a research and consumer advocacy group. Knowlton was a deputy health commissioner under Gov. Thomas H. Kean and served on Christie's transition team before he took office in 2010. "They are saying this is a mainstream public health issue."
The EDA promotes business and job growth by offering bond financing, loans, business and tax incentives, and real estate development assistance, according to the authority's website
Read more: http://www.nj.com
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