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Anti-Marijuana Politicians In Oregon Need To Remember The Story Of Dwight Holton

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 1st 2016 by THCFinder

beat holtonI will never forget the 2012 Election. Before Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana on Election Day 2012, there was a very significant victory in my home state, Oregon. The victory wasn’t a recreational marijuana legalization victory unfortunately, as that would wait until 2014. That’s not to say that there weren’t legalization efforts underway at that time in the Spring of 2012, as there were actually two in Oregon (one that would become Measure 80, and the other was called OMPI, which was derailed due to a hefty fine levied on the campaign by then Secretary of State, and now Governor, Kate Brown).

I was sitting in my house with Jay Smoker when I received an e-mail via an activist e-mail group I’m a part of in Oregon. The e-mail was from the late, great Jim Greig, one of the biggest freedom fighters I have ever known. Jim was asking the group if there was any interest in coordinating a citizen effort to oppose anti-medical marijuana candidate Dwight Holton who was running for Oregon Attorney General. The Attorney General race in Oregon often has an interesting twist in that there are often times only Democrats running for the seat, so the race is decided in the primary election in May, and not on the general election in November. 2012 was one of those types of elections.

It was approximately 59 days prior to the primary election day, and Dwight Holton had so much more money than his competitor Ellen Rosenblum it wasn’t even funny. Holton had hundreds of thousands of dollars more in his campaign war chest, which in a primary race in Oregon creates an enormous advantage. Dwight Holton was an establishment candidate, being the son of a former Governor of Virginia and brother to former DNC Chairman Tim Kaine. Dwight Holton was up in the polls by almost double digits, and seemed to be sailing towards an inevitable victory.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/anti-marijuana-politicians-in-oregon-need-to-remember-the-story-of-dwight-holton/


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Precedent Setting Medical Marijuana Municipal Ballot Measure For Signal Hill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

signal hill patients access pacSignal Hill Patients Access PAC today unveiled amended ballot measure language to permit medical cannabis in the heart of Long Beach by regulating medical cannabis with new sections featuring a labor peace agreement provision and onsite consumption of medical cannabis permission. In addition, the amended ballot measure language also includes sections for “Energy Offsets encouraged” and a residential permission provision that permits cultivation by right in the city with no need for any type of official permit from the municipal government. The measure or the law is file number two attached. The initiative will create new revenue for the Signal Hill general fund, police department, and schools. In addition, hundreds of temporary and permanent jobs for local residents will be created, generating tens of thousands of dollars in annual revenue for the city.

The Law Office of Matthew Pappas is representing Signal Hill Patients Access PAC. The Law Office of Matthew Pappas traditionally has strictly challenged the status quo on medical cannabis in the courtroom. The Law Office of Matthew Pappas is now offering political action as a remedy for clients woes for clients in Shasta, Tehama, Los Angeles, Orange, and Sacramento counties using civic engagement, ballot measures, and recalls. Working with Mr. Pappas’s office is Jason Aula, Signal Hill Patients Access PAC Political Strategist . He says: “This is a prime chance for Signal Hill to lead the way on patient access and set municipal precedent across the state. Consider now that Signal Hill had an oil rush around 100 years ago. We set precedents for the nascent oil industry then, and now the modern rush of patients to cure their illnesses with medical marijuana has come and we should help set precedents for them!”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/precedent-setting-medical-marijuana-municipal-ballot-measure-for-signal-hill/


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Michigan Legislature Gags Local Officials On Ballot Proposals

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

michigan marijuanaKathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press has uncovered a potentially earth-shattering story from the Michigan legislature.  Lawmakers have passed a measure that bans using public funds or resources to educate the public on any proposal appearing on a ballot within 60 days of the election; SB 0571 was approved by both the House and Senate in some late-night legislative wrangling before lawmakers skipped out of town for Christmas break. It was presented to the Governor for his signature at 10:52 on December 28.

This story of ambush is all-too-familiar to Michigan’s civil rights organizations: This was ”the final bill passed before the legislature adjourned… started out as a fairly innocuous campaign finance bill… was totally changed at the last minute in the House…that provision was added without any public hearings or notice to the parties that will be most affected… the revamped bill grew from 25 to 53 pages during the late-night session… Democrats objected to the bill, primarily because it wasn’t shared with them until moments before a vote was taken…  the bill passed, mostly along party lines…”

The exact language of the Bill reads:

Sec. 57 (3) EXCEPT FOR AN ELECTION OFFICIAL IN THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS OR HER DUTIES UNDER THE MICHIGAN ELECTION LAW, 1954 PA 116, MCL 168.1 TO 168.992, A PUBLIC BODY, OR A PERSON ACTING FOR A PUBLIC BODY, SHALL NOT, DURING THE PERIOD 60 DAYS BEFORE AN ELECTION IN WHICH A LOCAL BALLOT QUESTION APPEARS ON A BALLOT, USE PUBLIC FUNDS OR RESOURCES FOR A COMMUNICATION BY MEANS OF RADIO, TELEVISION, MASS MAILING, OR PRERECORDED TELEPHONE MESSAGE IF THAT COMMUNICATION REFERENCES A LOCAL BALLOT QUESTION AND IS TARGETED TO THE RELEVANT ELECTORATE WHERE THE LOCAL BALLOT QUESTION APPEARS ON THE BALLOT.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-legislature-gags-local-officials-on-ballot-proposals/


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Medical marijuana's big business lures ex-law enforcers in Illinois

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, December, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

With fewer than 4,000 approved patients, the nascent medical marijuana business in Illinois is off to a slow start. Yet it hasn't kept away a cadre of cannabis entrepreneurs who once relied on guns, badges, tough drug laws and lengthy prison sentences to fight the drug.

While neither state regulators nor the medical marijuana industry track the number of employees who were former law enforcement officials, The Associated Press has identified no fewer than 17 in Illinois, many of whom have outsized influence — from a trustee of the state's chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police to one-time undercover narcotics officers.

"Who better would you want to oversee your compliance than a cop?" said Scott Abbott, a retired Illinois State Police colonel paid to help a company adhere to the state's strict laws and regulations at two dispensaries.

Read More:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-medical-marijuana-ex-law-enforcers-20151227-story.html


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The Details About The Detroit Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

detroit marijuanaIt may not start until March 1, 2016, but these are the facts you should know about the new medical marijuana dispensary ordinance passed by Detroit’s City Council last week.

Medical marijuana dispensaries, called Caregiver Centers (CC) in the Ordinance, must apply with the city for licensing. Applications will be taken from existing and prospective CCs begins on March 1, 2016. Existing businesses have a 30 day window in which to apply. They have to show “significant progress” within 60 days and must have completed the process within 60 days after receiving their building permit. Several other benchmarks apply, and those applicants who are late with payments may find themselves rejected, according to the language of the ordinance.

The fee structure is yet to be determined. The job is the responsibility of the Director of the BSEED, and the amount of licensing revenue generated will be determined by the amount of “the cost of issuance and the administration of the licensing regulations, and shall be approved by resolution of the City Council.”

CCs can be established in the B2, B4, M1, M2, M3 and M4 zoning districts. Prohibited areas include Traditional Main Street Overlay or Gateway Radial Thoroughfare Areas. CCs must provide one offstreet parking spot for every 200 square feet of the Center. They cannot be less than 1,000 feet from another CC, from a park recognized by the Recreation Department, from a religious institution which has received a tax exemption from the city, or from a businesses identified as a controlled use (topless clubs and liquor stores).

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/the-details-about-the-detroit-medical-marijuana-dispensary-ordinance/


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Oregon Medical Marijuana Program Could See Fee Increases For Growers

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, December, 20th 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via Oregon Herald)

I wrote an article earlier today that touched on a period of time back when I grew marijuana. It was the mid-late 2000’s, when the rules surrounding medical marijuana were different than they are today. Back then I was a patient, and I grew for my cousin and two of my friends. They designated me as their grower, we designated my house as the official grow site for all four of us, and we were each responsible for our individual patient fees to the state and to our doctors.

It was a much simpler time. Since that time the fee to even be a patient has gone up, with proposals to jack the fee up even higher. When the initial fee hike started, I quit being a medical marijuana patient in Oregon because I simply couldn’t afford it. Paying my doctor, the clinic, and then a hefty fee to the state? No thanks. After I got out of the program, fees also started for designating someone else as your grower, which I always thought was ridiculous. And now there’s a proposal on the table to quadruple that fee. Per Oregon Live:

Medical marijuana growers would be subject to a $200 annual fee for every patient they grow for under a proposal being considered by the Oregon Health Authority.

Medical marijuana growers in Oregon can grow cannabis for up to four patients. Under current rules, the state charges $50 for every patient a grower takes on, but recent changes that expanded the health authority’s oversight of production and processing prompted officials to propose the steeper fees to help cover the agency’s expenses.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-medical-marijuana-program-could-see-fee-increases-for-growers/


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