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Missouri Attorneys Using “Right to Farm” Amendment To Defend Marijuana Growers

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

jorge cervantes outdoor marijuana garden time lapseFarming is a very big part of life in Missouri I’m told. One of the co-owners of this blog, Travis, is from Missouri. Jay Smoker, one of the other co-owners of this blog, has traveled to Missouri a handful of times. Both of them have told me about about Missouri’s farmland and big agricultural industry. Protecting that industry has been important in Missouri for a long time. So important that there is a thing called the ‘Right to Farm’ amendment on the books. The amendment states, “the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state.”

But does that amendment apply to marijuana farming? Attorneys defending people who are being charged with felony marijuana cultivation think so. Per the Columbia Missourian:

“The language of ‘Right to Farm’ is so very broad that it’s startling,” Carver said. “I just started thinking about it, and it just dawned on me that if you read this language, it sounds like growing marijuana is permitted.”

The amendment was put on the ballot by the Republican-controlled state legislature. It was approved by voters statewide in August by 2,375 votes out of almost 1 million ballots cast, and survived a recount.

Carver filed a motion last week in Cole County Circuit Court arguing, in part, that even though growing pot is illegal under Missouri law, those statutes are unconstitutional because they violate Amendment 1.

Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson did not return calls seeking comment. Circuit Judge Daniel Green presides over the case.

Columbia-based attorney Dan Viets filed a similar motion in February on behalf of two of his clients.

“Any state statute that prohibits cultivation of marijuana was automatically rendered invalid by the passage of Right to Farm,” Viets said. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/missouri-right-to-farm-amendment-to-defend-marijuana-growers/


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Hawaii Lawmakers Close to Authorizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

Medical marijuana has been legal in Hawaii for nearly 15 years, and now lawmakers in Hawaii are one step closer to authorizing medical marijuana dispensaries.
 
House Bill 321, which would establish a state-regulated system of dispensaries but was feared dead last week, cleared a final committee hurdle on Monday, sending the bill to the full legislature, where it is expected to pass.
 
Currently, patients enrolled in Hawaii’s medical marijuana program must either grow their own cannabis, or purchase it on the black market. Under the proposed bill, dispensaries could begin operating as soon as July 2016.
 
House Bill 321 has been on a roller coaster ride in the legislature since being introduced in January, shortly after a special task force recommended lawmakers pass such a measure.
 
Lawmakers in the House first approved the measure in March, sending it to the Senate for consideration. Once there, the bill was amended several times before being approved by the Senate in April.
 
But negotiators from both chambers were unable to reach a compromise in committee between the two versions of the bill before last Friday’s conference committee deadline, and the bill was feared dead.
 
However, leaders from both chambers waived the rules imposing the deadline, giving the conference committee a final chance to create a proposal that would be acceptable to both chambers.
 
The Senate President also took the unusual step of removing Senator Josh Green from the negotiating panel and appointing Senator Will Espero as the new chair. Sen. Green had refused to accept part of the House’s version of the bill that called for dispensary licenses to be given out based on merit. Green insisted on a first come, first served system instead.
 

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Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, May, 7th 2015 by THCFinder


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Texas House Committee approves bill to make marijuana legal for adults

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, May, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

AUSTIN, Tx - The Texas House of Representatives Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved a bill 5-1 Wednesday that would end marijuana prohibition in the state. 

HB 2165, introduced in March by Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview), would strike references to marijuana offenses from Texas statutes, resulting in marijuana being treated similarly to other legal crops.

Nearly three out of five Texas voters (58%) support making marijuana legal for adults and regulating it like alcohol, according to a statewide survey conducted by Public Policy Polling in September 2013.

Four states have adopted laws that regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol. Two of them, Colorado and Washington, have established regulated systems of marijuana cultivation and sales. Alaska and Oregon are in the process of implementing similar systems.

“Marijuana prohibition’s days are numbered in the Lone Star State. Texas voters recognize that punishing adults for consuming a substance that is safer than alcohol is a waste of law enforcement resources and an affront to individual liberty. It appears most of the committee members agree.

Read More:http://www.ksat.com/content/pns/ksat/news/2015/05/06/texas-house-committee-approves-bill-to-make-marijuana-legal-for-.html


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