Effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio step closer to ballot
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, March, 13th 2015 by THCFinder
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine gave the go-ahead on Friday to the campaign to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use, putting ResponsibleOhio one step closer to a statewide vote on the constitutional amendment.
DeWine, who opposes legalizing marijuana, certified that the petition summary is a “fair and truthful” statement of the actual ballot language.
ResponsibleOhio now takes the matter to the Ohio Ballot Board, which has 10 days to determine if the ballot language covers a single issue. Once that hurdle is cleared, the campaign must collect 305,591 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters by July 1 to make the November statewide ballot.
ResponsibleOhio is backed by deep-pocketed investors and an experienced political team with a multi-million dollar budget. While other grassroots marijuana legalization groups have circulated petitions off and on, none have had the political and financial clout of ResponsibleOhio.
ResponsibleOhio is headed by Ian James, who runs a political consulting company that includes petition gathering services. James’ team put the constitutional amendment to allow casinos in Ohio on the ballot in 2009.
The ResponsibleOhio proposal calls for establishing:
* 10 legal growing locations that are at least 1,000 feet from schools, day care centers, churches or libraries;
* A seven-member Marijuana Control Commission to regulate growing, sales, distribution, licensing and taxing of marijuana products;
* 5 marijuana testing facilities to check potency and safety;
* Not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensaries for patients with debilitating medical conditions who could buy pot at wholesale prices; and
* A 5 percent flat tax on retail pot sales with 85 percent of the tax revenue going to local governments for services.
The plan would also allow adults 21 and older to grow up to four plants in indoor areas inaccessible to minors. Home grown pot could be shared but not sold.
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Minnesota Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Set To Open In July
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, March, 13th 2015 by THCFinder
It’s very rare for a state to legalize medical marijuana and stick to timelines surrounding rule-making and implementation, especially when it comes to dispensaries. Illinois is a great example. Illinois took way longer than expected to even license medical marijuana growers and dispensaries, and patients are still waiting for their medicine. Cases like Illinois are why I always point out the need for home cultivation provisions. Without a home cultivation provision, patients in states that drag their feet have no choice but to either go without medicine, or purchase it from an unregulated blackmarket.
In somewhat surprising news, Minnesota will not be a state that experiences delays in implementation. Per Marijuana Business Daily:
Many states have taken years to implement MMJ laws, develop regulations and get the first businesses up and running. Minnesota, on the other hand, passed a law just last spring legalizing non-smokeable medical cannabis, and dispensaries are now on track to open to the public on July 1.
“We are aiming to open three of our four dispensaries in July, and hopefully the fourth one will be in August,” said Dr. Kyle Kingsley, CEO of Minnesota Medical Solutions (also known as MinnMed).
Leafline Labs, the other MMJ producing and dispensing company licensed by the state, is also on track for the summer, said co-founder Dr. Andrew Bachman.
“We’re ahead of schedule in construction (and) production and will certainly have medicine available to be dispensed on July 1,” Bachman said.
Minnesota has one of the most strict medical marijuana programs in the country. Patients will not be allowed to smoke medical marijuana, and instead can only consume medical marijuana in vapor or edible form. Many conditions that qualify a patient in other states will not qualify a patient in Minnesota. With that being said, this is still good news for the patients that do qualify, and I’m hopeful that after the program is implemented and patients start using the dispensaries, that the program will expand
Pot taxes generate $2.3 million for Colorado schools
Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 13th 2015 by THCFinder
Colorado has now found its weed groove, generating record amounts of tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales just a little over a year removed from the first day of legalization.
Statewide retail marijuana sales-tax receipts increased by 153 percent in January, totaling $3.5 million this year, according to the Denver Business Journal. It’s a massive difference compared to the paltry $1.4 million made last January, when selling recreational pot first became legal.
The big winner is not just the Colorado government, but its public schools as well.
According to a monthly report from Colorado’s Department of Revenue, the state’s 15 percent excise tax on recreational pot sales have collected $2.3 million just for the schools alone.
Since legalizing marijuana last year, the state has generated millions in taxes, which have provided for prosperous schools, as well as programs for abuse, medical research, and police training.
Now that’s thinking of the children.
Congress Ends Ban On Medical Marijuana
The title doesn’t lie. This week, Congress officially signed a bill that would end the federal government’s harassment of medical marijuana dispensaries and patients across the US. With 1,603 pages, the federal spending measure marks the first time that Congress has approved a nationally significant legislation that is backed by the legalization advocates. This signals the end of almost two decades of tension between the states that want to push forward with marijuana and the federal government, which says that it’s not okay.
Even though the Obama administration said last year that they would refrain from raiding places compliant with state laws, the raid numbers have never been higher. By signing this bill, President Obama (who has said that he plans to sign the bill this week) will make this policy an official law. Medical marijuana patients will be safe from federal prosecution. Another important realization that comes with this bill’s passing is the fact that there seem to be Republicans that are backing the individual will of the states, letting the individual cities and towns to orchestrate their own systems.
“This is a victory for so many,” said Republican Rep Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa, who was the measure’s co-author. He also said that this is “the first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana.” As of righter now, there are 32 states and Washington DC that have legalized pot or ingredients of the plant in order to treat illnesses. That’s far more than half, closing in on the final states. The movement began far back in the 1990s and has been steadily gaining momentum for years, exploding over social media and mainstream culture in the last five or so years.
For many years, Congress has rejected the pleas of the states to govern their own marijuana laws. With this measure being passed, the federal government will be forbidden from using any of it’s resources to impede state medical marijuana laws. Having been rejected six times, the passing of this bill is a relief to activists everywhere. Washington DC legalized medical marijuana back in 1998 but Congress blocked the law for 11 years before allowing it to officially be implemented.
“The war on medical marijuana is over,” said Bill Piper, a lobbyist with the Drug Policy Alliance. “Now the fight moves on to legalization of all marijuana. This is the strongest signal we have received from Congress that the politics have really shifted. Congress has been slow to catch up with the states and American people, but it is catching up."
Couple Tries To Trade Weed And Shrooms For XBox
As stoners, we know how awesome video games are. Running around collecting coins, shooting bad guys, or solving puzzles can be really fun. But if you’re really low on funds and can’t afford a gaming system, you’re pretty out of luck. This couple from Chadron, Nebraska didn’t think that way when they traded some cannabis and magic mushrooms for an Xbox after answering an online ad for the gaming system.
Thirty year old Christopher Ames and twenty six year old Casandra Agnes were both arrested on Sunday, December 14th after Nebraska State Patrol found out about the deal. The police said that during the week of the 8th, Ames had answered an online ad offering an Xbox for sale in the Charon area. Ames texted the seller saying that he didn’t have any money but would be willing to trade for the illicit substances. While this kind of trade may have worked in a deal with a close friend, the person that Ames was talking to happened to be an officer of the Nebraska State Patrol.
Working with WING Drug Task Force and the Chadron police, NPS began an investigation and set up a meeting place where the supposed deal was supposed to go down. The buyers were to meet the seller in a parking lot in Chadron. The couple was taken in to custody without trouble after the police intercepted them giving the trooper six grams of weed and two mushrooms in exchange for the Xbox. At the time of the deal, the couple had three children with them, ages two, four, and six. They were placed in protective custody when the couple was arrested.
Ames was sent to the Dawes County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, child abuse, and manufacturing a controlled substance. Anges was also put in Dawes County Jail on charges of aiding and abetting the consummation of a felony, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and child abuse.
Lesson? Don’t make deals to exchange illegal substances for game systems on the internet. And keep children away from any substances that may be considered dangerous to their welfare. The world of marijuana should be safe and content and should absolutely never put a child in danger.
Yoga Studio Offers Marijuana As Extra Relaxant
Yoga has to be one of the most relaxing activities that one can indulge in. You feel good, you end up looking good if you keep up, and it’s a good way to exercise if you don’t have a lot of space available. Many people have debated the effect of marijuana on yoga practice and in a small South of Market studio, the owners have decided to really give it a try.
Ganja Yoga adds cannabis to the yoga experience in order to bring one’s practice to a state of severely heightened spiritual consciousness that may not have been reached without the use of the plant. During the classes, instructor Dee Dussault, tells her students how to achieve various poses, how to keep their breathing deep, and to take a hit off of their joint or vape whenever they feel it necessary.
The combination of yoga and cannabis has been around for thousands of years. Back then, ancient yogis costumed Bhang, which was a beverage made from the flowers of the cannabis plant, as well as charas (also known as hashish) as part of their daily asanas and meditation rituals. Several students in Dussault’s class say that they would be getting stoned before the classes anyway so having a place to do so comfortably and openly is extremely beneficial.
Even though the act of physically smoking marijuana has some health experts on the fence about the plant, many are starting to recognize that the cannabinoids in marijuana have powerful properties that are very beneficial to health. The cannabinoid THC has been associated with the reduction of glaucoma severity, controlling nausea in cancer patients, and relieving extreme pain. Additionally, there are some scientists that have been studying the effect of CBD on slowing down the growth of cancerous tumors.
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