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Year of legal marijuana nets state $70 million in pot taxes

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day.

And who knows - the industry might even start making some money.

Washington pot farmers, processors and retailers have complained all year that heavy state and federal tax burdens, along with competition from an unregulated medical marijuana market, have made it difficult for them to do business.

But at least some relief is here: This month, two new laws take effect, one to regulate and tax medical marijuana, and one to cut Washington's three-level excise tax on pot to a single, 37-percent tax.

Despite some industry gripes and those tweaks to Washington's legal pot law, which voters passed in 2012 to legalize marijuana for adults over 21, officials and legalization backers say the state's slow and deliberate effort to regulate marijuana has been a success.

A year after stores opened on July 8, 2014, here's a look at the state of legal weed here.

Read More:http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Year-of-legal-marijuana-nets-state-70-million-in-pot-taxes-311638421.html


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MARIJUANA DISPENSARY SUES SANTA ANA POLICE OVER RAID

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, July, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

A Santa Ana marijuana dispensary has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit following a raid where police officers are accused of eating marijuana edibles.

Attorney Matthew Pappas says he has new video which definitively proves Santa Ana police officers ate marijuana edibles during the raid of a marijuana dispensary in May.

Pappas noted the edited surveillance video, which prompted a federal lawsuit against the city, shows officers talking about and appearing to eat pot edibles.

The video prompted the Santa Ana Police Department to place three officers on administrative leave. The Orange County district attorney is also investigating to see if any criminal actions were taken by the officers.

Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas admits some of the actions shown in the video were inappropriate, but continues to stand by his officers when it comes to the edibles allegations.

"We do have information that leads us to believe that they are not consuming edibles," said Rojas, who would not elaborate, citing a personnel matter.

Read More:http://abc7.com/news/marijuana-dispensary-sues-santa-ana-police-over-raid/827325/


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Alaska's marijuana board holds first meeting, wants changes to laws

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

FAIRBANKS—The newly appointed Marijuana Control Board's first meeting ran nearly six meandering hours as its members settled into their new roles, but it produced a list of four proposed changes to Alaska's marijuana laws.

The board, by unanimous vote, signed off on a wish list of statutory changes it wants the Alaska Legislature to change in last year's ballot measure that legalized commercial marijuana. The board met in Fairbanks.

The four issues include allowing cannabis clubs, updating the criminal law, clarifying the difference between a personal grow and an illegal operation, and giving villages the ability to opt out of commercial marijuana sales.

During the campaign, sponsors said communities and villages that didn't want commercial marijuana sales could opt out, but the language used in the initiative is proving to be a problem.

Read More:http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/alaska-s-marijuana-board-holds-first-meeting-wants-changes-to/article_c73a7b70-2128-11e5-b808-1baa0915abed.html


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Representative Blumenauer Statement On Legalization Of Adult Use Of Marijuana In Oregon

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

Earl Blumenauer marijuanaToday, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement on the legalization of adult use of marijuana in Oregon on July 1.

“Tomorrow in Oregon we end the failed prohibition of marijuana and will very soon be regulating and taxing the adult use of marijuana along the supply chain from growth to consumption. For years, Oregon has been far ahead of the federal government on marijuana policy, and now again following the will of voters is one of the first to move ahead with the legalization.”

“Part of this leadership comes with asking the tough regulatory questions around issues such as safety, enforcement, packaging, research and education. Leaders from the state and local government as well as leaders within the emerging Oregon marijuana industry are well underway grappling with these questions. One thing is certain, however – this would all be much easier without the confusing patchwork of federal and state laws that trap businesses and state regulators in the middle. We are seeing shifts at the federal level to reconcile these differences, but have much more to do to. I will continue in my efforts to reform our outdated marijuana policy and level the playing field for businesses that follow state laws and create jobs. The federal government should be a partner in building systems that work at the state level, not an obstacle. We should start with allowing these legal marijuana businesses to have bank accounts and tax them fairly.”

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/blumenauer-on-legalization-of-adult-use-of-marijuana-in-oregon/


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Medical marijuana moves closer to reality in Maryland

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

With the state publishing draft regulations for medical marijuana and an infrastructure for growing and distributing it coming into view, Marylanders who suffer from chronic pain or debilitating disease could gain access to the drug by the middle of next year.
 
The rules developed by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, which cover doctor registration, licensing, fees and other concerns, were published last week. The state is accepting public comment on the rules through July 27.
 
"This is a big step in the right direction," said Del. Dan K. Morhaim, a physician who championed the legalization of medical marijuana in the General Assembly. "This should make the program operational, though there should be adjustments every year or so for the next few years as we learn from our experience."
 
States have approved the use of marijuana for conditions as disparate as nausea from chemotherapy, post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis and anorexia.
 

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For the sickest Minnesotans, medical marijuana will be legal on Wednesday

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, June, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

The first registered medical marijuana patient in Minnesota toddled across sunlit grass and into his mother’s arms.

Three-year-old Wyatt sputtered happily as Jessica Hauser swung him up, up into the air to settle on her hip.

Then Wyatt’s eyelids fluttered and his head thumped against her shoulder as he sagged in her arms. Another seizure. One of hundreds that rip through his developing brain daily, endangering his life, unchecked by all the epilepsy treatments the family has tried.

Wyatt suffered seven seizures in the time it took his parents to explain why they’ve already booked an appointment to buy cannabis oil for their son this Wednesday, the first day it will be legal.

“No seizures. Doesn’t that sound good?” Jessica crooned to her youngest.

Read More:http://www.startribune.com/for-the-sickest-minnesotans-medical-marijuana-will-be-legal-on-wednesday/310345271/


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