California Rushing to Meet January 2018 Legalization Deadline
With only four months left until full legalization in California, regulations are literally being adopted on the fly.
The state needs to fill out its commissions and offices by hiring up to 82 people. Software has to be written in time to start accepting applications from the thousands of entrepreneurs hoping to sell weed. In fact, regulations governing sales aren’t even properly in place.
Lori Ajax, the director of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (formerly the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation AKA BMCR or, colloquially, “Bummer”), told the Sacramento Bee that California’s entire regulatory scheme was a work in progress.
Considering that voters approved Proposition 64 only this past November, delays are to be expected, but they are still cause for concern. And it’s worth mentioning that California has had medical marijuana since 1996.
Why It’s Not OK for Cops to Tweet Marijuana Jokes
Last week, police in Lawrence, Kansas—a bona fide college city where nearly 30,000 students at the University of Kansas are arriving on campus for the fall semester—welcomed the young people whose welfare and safety they are entrusted to preserve with some bizarre yet pointed advice.
Whatever you do, police warned, don’t sell weed. If you do, you’ll be the victim of a violent strong-armed robbery—guaranteed.
“Selling weed out of your apartment may seem like an easy way to make some quick $$$. But you will get robbed. At gunpoint,” the Lawrence Police Department’s official, blue-checkmarked account tweeted on Aug. 11. Cops stuck with this subject for a while. “DON’T SELL WEED OUT OF YOUR DORM/APARTMENT CUZ YOU’RE GONNA GET ROBBED,” another tweet read. “This is not debatable, it is inevitable.”
No licenses yet for Harford medical marijuana dispensaries
No licenses have been issued for medical marijuana dispensaries, growers or processors based in Harford County, but the state's licensing process is beginning to pick up steam with final approvals granted for a handful of licenses earlier this week during a meeting of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission in Bel Air.
The commission, which has been holding its meetings in different parts of the state, is scheduled to meet again in Bel Air on Aug. 28 regarding more final approvals.
Medical marijuana was legalized in Maryland in 2013 with approval by the General Assembly.
Nevada Judge Clears Way for Expanded Marijuana Distribution
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A judge cleared the way Thursday for Nevada to allow more businesses to move marijuana from growers to stores in an effort to keep up with overwhelming demand since recreational pot sales began last month.
Carson City District Judge James Russell lifted an order blocking regulators from issuing pot distribution licenses to anyone other than alcohol wholesalers. Nevada’s voter-approved law is unique among pot states in providing liquor wholesalers exclusive rights to distribute marijuana unless they could not keep up with demand.
Russell said after an hourlong hearing that there is overwhelming evidence alcohol wholesalers don’t have the capability to meet the needs of dozens of recreational pot dispensaries from Las Vegas to Reno.
Canadian Woman Banned from U.S. After Border Agent Finds Proof of Drug Use on Her Phone
A young woman from British Columbia was issued a lifetime ban at the U.S. border after officials found an email, between herself and her doctor, about a fentanyl overdose she survived a year ago.
Peppered with questions about drugs while crossing the Washington-British Columbia border, the 28-year-old woman whose name is being withheld, said her phone was searched for two hours by U.S. border agents, reported Vice.
After her phone was searched, she admitted to using illegal drugs in the past, including cocaine.
“It was super violating—I couldn’t believe they went into my sent emails folder and found something from a year ago that was addressed to my doctor,” said the woman referred to as Chelsea. “It was really humiliating, and it felt terrible having to bring that up.”
Nevada's Recreational Marijuana Industry Is in Complete Disarray
In many respects, the marijuana industry has been practically unstoppable. As we stand today, 29 states have legalized medical cannabis since 1996, and voters in eight states have approved the sale of cannabis for recreational use to adults over the age of 21 since 2012. With the exception of voters in Arizona, who voted against a recreational legalization proposition in November, the most recent election cycle would have been a "green" sweep at the polls.
Expansion efforts have derived from a major shift in how the public views weed. During the 1980s and 1990s, when the war on drugs was in full swing, somewhere around a quarter of respondents to Gallup's sporadic surveys wanted marijuana to be legal across the country. However, Gallup's 2016 survey showed that an all-time record 60% of respondents want pot legalized nationally. A separate study from Quinnipiac University found that nearly 19 out of 20 people want medical cannabis to be federally legalized.
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