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Feds policy on Washingtons marijuana law still under wraps

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, March, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
At 7:13 a.m. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont popped the question to federal Attorney General Eric Holder that so many in Colorado and Washington have been anxious about.
 
At a far-ranging Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Chairman Leahy asked Holder if he was prepared to announce the federal government’s response to new legal recreational marijuana laws in those two states.
 
Both states are moving ahead with implementing regulations, but could face lawsuits and prosecution from the federal government which considers all forms of marijuana a dangerous illegal drug.
 
Early risers in Colorado and Washington tuned into CSPAN did not get an answer.
 
Holder said he had “good conversations” with elected leaders in those states, including Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
 
“We expect our ability to announce a policy relatively soon,” Holder said.
 
In what Leahy then called a bit of editorializing, he suggested Holder’s Department of Justice should pursue “more serious things than minor possession of marijuana.”
 

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4 States Move On Marijuana Legalization

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, March, 4th 2013 by THCFinder

Florida, Idaho, Maine, and Oregon all put forward legislation in recent weeks relating to marijuana legalization. Although some states are closer to legalization than others, marijuana policy has emerged as a primary issue across the nation.

Florida

 
Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) introduced the most recent bill regarding medical Cannabis, SB 1250. Also known as the “Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act,” the bill would legalize marijuana for medicinal use as approved by a physician.
 
Idaho
 
Resolution 112 passed last Monday proclaiming opposition to legalization as well as cultural acceptance of marijuana. Representative Chuck Winder (R-Boise) also derided the recent move in neighboring states.
 
Maine
 
Just last week, Representative Diane Russell (D-Portland) introduced an “Act to Tax and Regulate Marijuana.” The bill would legalize the possession of up to two and a half ounces of Cannabis as well as the cultivation of up to six plants.
 
Oregon
 
Just south of Washington, Oregon’s recent move towards legalization came last Monday in the form of House Bill 3371. The “Control, Regulation and Taxation of Cannabis Act” would legalize the use of marijuana in a similar fashion to Measure 80, which was defeated in 2012.
 
Read more: http://ivn.us

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Could Florida be next in line to legalize marijuana?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, February, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida Democrat has proposed a bill to allow Floridians with debilitating medical conditions to legally buy and use marijuana. The bill, known as the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, would allow those with certain severe medical conditions to be able to legally use marijuana only if their doctors recommend it. It was introduced by State Sen. Jeff Clemens, of Lake Worth.
 
Under the Act, patients or their caregivers would be allowed to have up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to eight marijuana plants. 
 
The bill is named for Cathy Jordan, who uses marijuana to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. “Scientific research consistently validates the medical benefits of marijuana in the treatment of a variety of debilitating medical conditions,” said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. 
 

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Bill to legalize marijuana in Maine attracts Democrats, Republicans

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, February, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
AUGUSTA — Lawmakers from opposite ends of the political spectrum unveiled a bill Thursday that would give Mainers the chance to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
 
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, and co-sponsored by Rep. Aaron Libby, R-Waterboro, would make vast changes in Maine’s drug law, ranging from making possession of up to 2.5 ounces of pot legal to imposing a tax of $50 per ounce.
 
Russell and others argued during a news conference Thursday afternoon at the State House that laws against marijuana have enmeshed too many nonviolent offenders in the legal system and deprived government coffers of millions of dollars in revenue.
 
Russell estimated that taxing and regulating marijuana could generate up to $13 million a year, three-quarters of which she proposes routing into the state’s General Fund, which supports the majority of state government including public education and most social services. The rest of the revenue would pay for implementation of the law, substance abuse treatment and prevention programs, and research on the effects of marijuana.
 

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Bill to legalize marijuana in PA unveiled

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, February, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
As anticipated, State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-17), who represents parts of Montgomery County, has unveiled the full text of his controversial marijuana legalization bill, called the “Regulate Marijuana Act” — Senate Bill 528 in the current session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, according to a Leach spokesperson.
 
The bill states that “in the interest of the efficient use of law enforcement resources, enhancing revenue for public purposes and individual freedom, the people of this Commonwealth find and declare that the use of marijuana should be legal for persons 21 years of age or older and taxed.”
 
Under the proposed legislation, it would no longer be illegal for a person age 21 or older to possess, grow, process or transport up to six marijuana plants (with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants) and possess the marijuana produced by those plants where they were grown, “provided that the growing takes place in an enclosed, locked space, is not conducted openly or publicly, and is not made available for sale. Additionally, the transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana, without remuneration, to those 21 or older would be permitted.
 

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Colorado marijuana regulators sign off on pot tourism

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, February, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
DENVER –  Marijuana tourism is on the way to Colorado, under a recommendation made Tuesday by a state task force to regulate the drug made legal by voters last year.
 
But Colorado should erect signs in airports and borders telling visitors they can't take pot home, the task force recommended.
 
Colorado's marijuana task force was assembled to suggest regulations for pot after voters chose to flout federal drug law and allow its use without a doctor's recommendation. Made up of lawmakers, law enforcement authorities and marijuana activists, the task force agreed Tuesday that the constitutional amendment on marijuana simply says that adults over 21 can use the drug, not just Colorado residents. If lawmakers agree with the recommendation, tourists would be free to buy and smoke marijuana.
 
"Imposing a residency requirement would almost certainly create a black market for recreational marijuana in the state," said Rep. Dan Pabon, a Denver Democrat who sits on the task force.
 
Tourists could see purchasing caps though, possibly as low as an eighth of an ounce per transaction.
 
Afraid that marijuana tourism could open the door for traffickers to load up and take it across state borders for illegal sale, task force members agreed that non-residents should be able to buy only limited amounts, though a specific amount wasn't set.
 
"Marijuana purchased in Colorado must stay in Colorado," Pabon warned.
 

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