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Category: Fun | Posted on Sun, April, 26th 2015 by THCFinder


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Washington State Revisits Rules on Use of Marijuana as Medicine

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, April, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left the police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill on Friday that attempts to clean up that largely unregulated system and to bring it in line with Washington’s new recreational marijuana market.
 
Among the law’s many provisions, it creates a voluntary registry of patients and, beginning next year, eliminates what have become in some cases large, legally dubious “collective gardens” providing cannabis to thousands of people. Instead, those patients will be able to buy medical-grade products at legal recreational marijuana stores that obtain an endorsement to sell medical marijuana, or they will be able to participate in cooperatives of up to four patients.
 
And those big medical marijuana gardens will be given a path to legitimacy: The state will grant priority in licensing to those who have been good proprietors.
 
The proliferation of medical dispensaries has long been a concern for the police and other officials who denounce them as a cover for black-market sales. Washington in 1998 became one of the first states to approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but the initiative passed by voters did not allow commercial sales.
 
Medical marijuana growers repeatedly sought legislation that would validate their businesses, coming closest in 2011, when the Legislature approved a bill to create a licensing framework for medical dispensaries. But Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed much of the measure.
 
This time, with the state seeking to support its nascent recreational marijuana industry after the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012, there was a financial impetus to pull the medical users into the recreational system.
 
Under the new law, patients who join the voluntary registry will be allowed to possess three ounces dry, 48 ounces of marijuana-infused solids, 216 ounces liquid and 21 grams of concentrates.
 

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Majority Of Americans Back Marijuana Legalization

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, April, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

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The majority of Americans say that marijuana is safer than alcohol and believe that its use should be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled by CBS News.

Fifty-three percent of respondents answered ‘yes’ to the question, “Should marijuana use be legal?” That is the highest level of support ever recorded by CBS pollsters since they began posing the question in 1979. Forty-three percent of respondents opposed legalization.

Males, younger voters, and Democrats were most likely to support marijuana’s legalization. Seventy-four percent of those who acknowledged having tried marijuana said that the plant ought to be legalized, compared to just 35 percent who have never used it.

The majority of respondents (51 percent) agreed that cannabis is less harmful than alcohol. Only 12 percent of respondents said they believed that marijuana was more harmful than booze, while 28 percent said that both substances were equally harmful.

Forty-three percent of respondents acknowledged having consumed marijuana, an increase of nine percent since 1997. Seventy-five percent of respondents said that it would not matter to them if a Presidential candidate admitted having tried it.

On the question of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, 84 percent of respondents supported allowing physicians to authorize cannabis therapy to their patients.

The CBS News poll is the latest in a series of national surveys showing majority support for legalizing and regulating marijuana.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/cbs-news-poll-majority-of-americans-back-marijuana-legalization/


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Missouri Lawmaker Proposes Taxing Illegal Drugs

Category: News | Posted on Sun, April, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

While the Missouri legislature can barely loosen their collective sphincter to allow the passing of an ultra-restrictive medical marijuana program, one snidely lawmaker is working to ensure the state gets its fair share of the illegal drug trade.

Earlier this month, State Representative Shawn Rhoads submitted a proposal (House Bill 1138) that aims to generate tax revenue from marijuana and other illegal drugs by implementing a hypocritical policy that forces drug dealers to shell out a percentage of their dope proceeds to supplement the state’s coffers.

The goal of this seemingly ridiculous measure is to follow in the footsteps of some 20 states across nation that require members of the black market drug trade to purchase state-issued tax stamps and apply them to their products. This method of financial madness, in turn, holds the proprietors of back alley dope slinging operations responsible for reporting their taxable income to the state.

Interestingly, although many characters of the underground working as amateur pharmaceutical representatives consider this controversial form of taxation a laughable matter, the law can actually come with some serious consequences for the ones who find themselves busted without tax stamps on illegal contraband.

In 2008, The New York Times reported that tax officials in Tennessee penalized a young dealer to the tune of $11,506 after he was caught selling marijuana-infused Rice Krispie Treats at a concert – a small fine in comparison to another dealer busted in the Volunteer State, who was charged $1.1 million for smuggling just over 42 grams of weed without tax stamps. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/missouri-lawmaker-proposes-taxing-illegal-drugs


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