Every State Could Legalize Marijuana by 2021

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, March, 20th 2017 by THCFinder

The market for medical marijuana and recreational marijuana is growing rapidly, as lawmakers in more states pass legislation legalizing it. Already, 28 states have medical marijuana laws on the books, and eight states have passed recreational marijuana laws, too. According to the latest research by GreenWave Advisors, those numbers are about to climb significantly.

Where marijuana is legal now

Last November's election reshaped the marijuana state map. Ahead of the election, voters in only four states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) had voted to establish recreational markets for adult use of cannabis, and 24 states had passed medical marijuana laws.


Will Connecticut Legalize Cannabis?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, March, 14th 2017 by THCFinder

As soon as I saw that both Maine and Massachusetts legalized cannabis, I knew it was just a matter of time before other states in the Northeastern U.S. started to talk more about legalization.  One of the states in that part of the country that has been a hot button topic as of late is Connecticut. Will Connecticut legalize cannabis?

Massachusetts (Connecticut’s neighbor) is on par to have a new law for legalized cannabis that fully takes effect next year.  This fact and Connecticut’s other fiscal issues has prompted the state’s lawmakers to seriously consider the possibility of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults.
Several bills with bipartisan support that sanction the retail sale and cultivation of pot are currently progressing through the state’s General Assembly. The first bill drew dozens of supporters recently at a Public Health Committee hearing, many praising the proposed legislation as a way to regulate an illegal industry and potentially deliver millions of dollars for the state.

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Marijuana Isn’t Legal in Missouri, But it’s Less Illegal Than it Used to be!

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, March, 12th 2017 by THCFinder

Missouri marijuana laws have changed in 2017.  Is marijuana legal in Missouri?  Marijuana isn’t legal in Missouri; but it’s less illegal than it used to be.  Here is why:

Up until January 1, 2017, possession of any amount of marijuana, no matter how small, was considered at least a Class A misdemeanor.  A ‘Class A’ misdemeanor carries a possible jail sentence from 1 day to 1 year in the county jail.  This meant that if a defendant was caught with marijuana, even a single joint, the judge had the authority to put the defendant in jail for a year if he wanted to.  As of January 1, 2017 possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana is now a Class D misdemeanor, so long the defendant has no prior drug convictions.  A ‘Class D’ misdemeanor carries NO jail time and a maximum fine of $500.  This essentially decriminalizes recreational possession.  However, possession of marijuana over 10 grams or a previous conviction for possession of marijuana, can elevate the charge back to a Class A misdemeanor.  It is important to note that although a first offense is not punishable by jail time, a second conviction would be.  Therefore, it is important to preserve your criminal record if you are in fact charged with this offense.  Many times a lawyer may be able to negotiate an outcome that is not considered a “conviction” and therefore under the law, if you ever got caught again, you would still be considered a first time offender.  

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Minnesota Marijuana Bills Introduced to Legalize the Plant for Adults 21 and Up

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, February, 15th 2017 by THCFinder

Two Minnesota Marijuana bills introduced to legalize for adults 21 and over may give voters a chance to bring recreational marijuana to their state. Last week, two lawmakers brought their ideas to the table on how to get the ball rolling on adult-use.

One of the options is being brought up for discussion by Rep. Jon Applebaum, says the Associated Press. He wants to see Minnesota marijuana regulated like alcohol, and have the tax revenue go to public school funding; like Colorado.

“It’s eventually going to happen,” the Democratic lawmaker told CBS Minnesota.

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Reasons Why The Government Couldn’t Legalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, February, 10th 2017 by THCFinder

capitol-1741315_1280.jpgThe news of marijuana set to be legalized in all 50 states with a prescription was spread last August which has reached many uninformed readers. However, the information turned out to lack credibility and was proven false, leaving marijuana still under the list of illegal drugs.


Reclassifying marijuana

Governors of Washington and Rhode Island respectively, Christine Gregoire and Lincoln Chafee has earlier filed a petition to have the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reclassify marijuana from being a Schedule I drug to either a Schedule II or III. Drugs that are classified as Schedule I are those that show no medicinal benefit, such as heroin and LSD. Meanwhile, classified under Schedule II are those that can be accessed with prescription; examples of this are Adderall and Ritalin. Even then, there are still companies out there require workers for a yearly drug test.


Coming to the decision

Since the news of marijuana being legalized across the U.S. still remains to be false, this might bring people to ask: Just why couldn’t the government legalize marijuana? It turned out that the DEA’s decision came from a comprehensive evaluation by the Health and Human Services Department. According to their review, marijuana remains to have a “high potential for abuse”. It further backs the decision with the finding that it has “no accepted medical use”.

With this, marijuana will remain illegal under federal law, regardless of purpose and despite the laws in 25 states, including District of Columbia, that have legalized its medical or recreational use.


Betting on science

Although pot remains illegal, the hope of marijuana advocates is still tethered to further scientific understanding of the drug. DEA acting administrator Chuck Rosenberg believes that the decision could change if there is also a change in marijuana findings. After all, Rosenberg adds that the decision of classifying marijuana as a Schedule I drug does not necessarily suggest that it is as dangerous as other illicit drugs. Rather than considering it as a “danger” scale, the scheduling of substances should be based on their scientific and medical evidence.


Paving way to further research

Good news for scientists, though, is that the DEA has announced plans to make further research on marijuana a lot easier. In order for researchers to continue uncovering more of marijuana’s possible medical benefits, the agency plans to expand the number of groups that can legally grow it for the sake of research. Presently, only the University of Mississippi researchers are permitted to plant marijuana for the benefit of their studies.


The future of marijuana in America

There is a difference between the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. Legalization will revert marijuana back to being a taxable good just as it had until the 1930s. One of the many groups that are not in favor of legalizing marijuana is pot growers themselves, as they would lose profit in the long run. Meanwhile, decriminalization, which makes the possession of small amounts of marijuana legal, is a more practiced model in various municipalities.

While this is so, the law can still prosecute dealers and those who exceed the legal possession amount. In the long run, decriminalization of marijuana rids the justice system of low-level defendants, focusing on the more serious crimes. If this becomes a problem though, then users can still rely on test kits and other detoxifying agents that can help them through it.  


New Mexico Bill to Legalize Marijuana Passes House Committee

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, February, 7th 2017 by THCFinder

A New Mexico Bill to Legalize Marijuana passed the House Committee moving the issue forward in a state that shares its borders with Arizona and Colorado, both states that have successful marijuana policies. As many of our readers know, 8 states have legalized marijuana. During the 2016 election in November, the people of California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to make marijauna legal for adult use, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.

According to KRWG, a public media outlet for Southern New Mexico, a bill to legalize, tax, and safely regulate marijuana passed the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee by a vote of 3 to 1. House Bill 89 (HB 89) would open New Mexico to the $35 billion marijuana industry and create a major new stream of revenue for our ailing economy. The revenue from this act would fund public schools, substance abuse programs, public safety, and the public defenders office. The act would legalize the social use of marijuana for adults aged 21 or over.

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