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Detroit Approves Ordinance To License Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

detroit marijuanaAccording to the most recent count that I’ve heard, there are at least 148 medical marijuana dispensaries operating in Detroit, despite the fact that the dispensaries are operating in a legal gray area at best according to the State of Michigan. Whether dispensaries are legal or not according to the State of Michigan, one thing is for sure – medical marijuana dispensaries are not going away in Detroit. They are here to stay, and the sooner laws reflect that fact the better off Detroit will be. It sounds like Detroit regulators are recognizing that fact, as it seems that they have approved an ordinance that would license medical marijuana dispensaries. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

Detroit’s medical marijuana industry received a big boost Tuesday with the passage of an ordinance that allows the city to license marijuana dispensaries.

The 6-1 vote gives Detroit the power to establish licensing guidelines, inspection requirements, a fee schedule and penalties – in essence helping to legitimize the scores of unregulated dispensaries that currently exist in the city.

Under the ordinance, all dispensaries will have to obtain a license from the city or shut down. While some – or perhaps many – existing dispensaries won’t be able to meet the regulations and will therefore have to close, the move will stabilize the environment for those that can make the transition.

On one hand I like that Detroit is stepping up and putting a license process in place to help the legitimacy of dispensaries. However, I don’t like when regulations result in already existing dispensaries being forced to move or close. One Michigan chamber passed bills recently that would overhaul Michigan’s medical marijuana program, and would include state level regulations for dispensaries. But those bills face an uphill battle in the Michigan Senate, where there is less affection for the Michigan Medical Marijuana program.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/detroit-approves-ordinance-to-license-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/


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Portland Commissioner Hopes To Establish A 'Green Light District'

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman wants to see more pot stores in downtown Portland.

According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, current city regulations ban marijuana retailers from being within 1,000 feet of each other—but Saltzman wants to ease this restriction. This week, he plans to introduce a proposal to the Portland City Council that would amend the recently adopted pot regulations and lift the 1,000-foot rule entirely in Portland's central city, which includes downtown and the Lloyd District. 

"We have a nightlife district," Saltzman said, "why not have a green light district?"

“There’s quite a bit of green tourism that is going to be making Portland a destination for people,” he continued, “and we should be able to cater to that.”

According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission—the agency that has regulatory oversight of Oregon's recreational pot sales—Saltzman's proposal does not violate state law because each city and county is allowed to develop it's own rules for retailers. 

The commissioner's amendment is set to be considered Wednesday and would require two more votes from the City Council. 

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/portland-commissioner-hopes-establish-green-light-district


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Tue, October, 13th 2015 by THCFinder


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Bernie Sanders signals support for marijuana legalization

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, October, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

Asked by CNN's Juan Carlos Lopez whether he'd support Nevada's 2016 ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in that state, Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders answered "I suspect I would vote yes" to applause from the crowd.

Sanders' answer is significant because it marks the first time a 2016 candidate has openly declared support for legalizing recreational -- and not just medical -- marijuana. Asked earlier this year on Reddit about his views on marijuana,Sanders replied that he supported marijuana decriminalization as well as medical marijuana. He also hinted that he'd have more to say in coming months on the subject.

His response at tonight's debate may hint at what his future policy proposals may entail. The full question and response is below:

LOPEZ: Senator Sanders, right here in Nevada, there will be a measure to legalize recreational marijuana on the 2016 ballot. You've said you smoked marijuana twice; it didn't quite work for you. If you were a Nevada resident, how would you vote?

SANDERS: I suspect I would vote yes.

Read More:http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/10/13/bernie-sanders-signals-support-for-marijuana-legalization/

 


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