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Seattle could close some medical marijuana dispensaries

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

SEATTLE - With Washington state overhauling its medical marijuana law, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the city is planning to shutter dozens of dispensaries.

Murray on Tuesday announced plans to require a new special business license for marijuana establishments, akin to those required for taxi operators and pawn shops. Under the mayor's plan the businesses will be required to obtain the licenses by July 2016.

Murray said he hopes the new legislation will prevent pot sales to minors and also prevent abuse of the medical marijuana products.

The Mayor estimates about half of the city's currently unregulated marijuana establishments could be forced to close, under his new regulations.

"It will preserve access for patients who need medical marijuana, while protecting the legal retailers from being undercut from unfair and unlicensed competition," he said.

The Mayor's proposal is an effort to bring the city in line with new state rules, recently signed into law by the governor.

Read More:http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/seattle/2015/05/26/seattle-to-shutter-dozens-of-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/27986057/


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Bill to reduce marijuana penalties in Louisiana passes full Senate

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

A proposal to soften Louisiana's harsh marijuana laws by reducing penalties for possession continues to gain steam in the Louisiana Legislature.

The Senate voted 27-12 Monday (May 25) to advance legislation that would create a new penalty system for marijuana possession dealing with amounts less than 2.5 pounds.

The measure's sponsor, J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, said his bill (SB 241) brings Louisiana's marijuana laws closer in line with other states, "in a way that is more humane." For example, the bill reduces the maximum penalty for possession from 20 years in prison to eight, raises the threshold for a felony-level possession charge and adds a second-chance provision for first-time offenders. 

Under current law, the maximum penalties for possession of any amount of marijuana up to 60 pounds are a $500 fine and six moths in jail for a first offense (a misdemeanor), a $2,500 fine and five years in prison for a second offense (a felony); and a $5,000 fine and a 20-year prison term (a felony).

Morrell's bill does not change penalties for first-offense possession of marijuana dealing with amounts between 14 grams and 2.5 pounds. The legislation makes possession of less than 14 grams of marijuana punishable by maximum sentence of a $300 fine and 15 days in jail. Second offenses are a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail; third offenses are a felony punishable by up to a $2,500 fine and two years in prison; and fourth or subsequent offenses are a felony punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and eight years in prison.

Read More:http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/marijuana_laws_louisiana_penal.html


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Complaint Filed By One Ohio Marijuana Legalization Campaign Against Another Is Dismissed

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

ohio marijuana medical marijuana legalizationPolitics is a messy business, and I think that can be especially true when it comes to marijuana politics. I’ve seen a lot of things since I co-founded this blog in January 2010 in the world of marijuana politics, a lot of which makes me very sad. In a perfect world, everyone would work together to achieve the overall goal of ending marijuana prohibition. However, it’s fairly rare that everyone can agree about the details, which leads to a lot of tension and fracturing. That tension and fracturing has led to a lot of defeats that didn’t need to happen in the marijuana reform movement.

Ohio is about a contentious place for marijuana politics as it gets these days. The contention started when ResponsibleOhio launched its legalization campaign and proposed giving the monopoly on marijuana cultivation to just ten entities. That provision of their initiative resulted in a lot of backlash from the marijuana community, including from national organizations that typically provide a lot of funding for marijuana reform efforts. It’s worth noting that the campaign has since revamped the initiative language to include a home cultivation provision, but only if people receive a license to do so. It’s unclear what will be required in order to receive a home cultivation license.

There is another organization, Ohio Rights Group, that has been fighting to reform Ohio’s outdated marijuana laws. The Ohio Rights Group filed an official complaint against the ResponsibleOhio campaign alleging sabotage. Late last week that complaint was officially dismissed. PerMarijuana Business Daily:

The Ohio Rights Group (ORG), which filed the complaint last monthagainst ResponsibleOhio, charged that ResponsibleOhio deliberately tried to sabotage its efforts to get a ballot measure before voters. But the commission, while at least one board member expressed sympathy for ORG, voted 6-0 to dismiss the case because it “lacked the authority to rule in the matter,” according to Cincinnati.com. 

Read More: http://www.theweedblog.com/complained-ohio-marijuana-legalization-dismissed/


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Loophole Allows Australian Medical Pot Company to Grow Weed on an Island

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

Australian medical pot company AusCann Group Holdings is manipulating a legal loophole that could enable the weed firm to grow up to ten tonnes (1.10 U.S. tons) of medicinal marijuana on nearby Norfolk Island, located in the Pacific Ocean between Oz, New Zealand and New Caledonia.

Though cannabis is prohibited in Australia, Norfolk’s administration is self-governing and can grant a license for the legal cultivation and exportation of cannabis.

AusCann chairman Mal Washer told the Australian Associated Press that although his company must still receive final approval from the administrator of Norfolk Island, he is optimistic that such sanction will be forthcoming. 

AusCann plans to grow anywhere from one to ten tonnes of medi-pot to be exported to Canada—where medical marijuana is legal—because the country has experienced difficulties providing sufficient and efficacious medicinal weed to its own citizens.  

Norfolk Island was selected as an ideal ganja grow site due to its climate and off-shore locale, though a security firm has been contracted to solidify protection of the cannabis gardens. An ancillary benefit for the Norfolk community would be an increase in both employment and generated revenue through export fees. 

Upon Norfolk administration approval, AusCann is scheduled to deliver their first shipment of medicinal marijuana to Canada in 2016.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/loophole-allows-australian-medical-pot-company-grow-weed-island


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Here's what might happen to marijuana prices if it were legalized across the US

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

Over the last two decades marijuana has practically been an unstoppable force.

Since 1995, 23 states have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, while four states (along with Washington D.C.) have legalized all aspects of marijuana, including its recreational use for adults. Even in states where marijuana failed to gain approval initially, such as Oregon, the proverbial scales were tipped in favor of supporters just a few short years later.

Even Congress is getting in on the act. In March, three U.S. Senators introduced the CARERS Act, which is a bill aimed at decriminalizing medical marijuana. The CARERS Act would make it easier for banks to make loans to legal medical marijuana businesses, would remove some of the barriers associated with medical marijuana research, and most importantly would reschedule marijuana from a schedule 1, or illicit drug, to a schedule 2 drug, signifying that it does have medical benefits, even if it is prone to abuse.

But, have you ever really thought about the hypothetical economic implications of what would happen if marijuana was made legal nationwide?
 

Read More:http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-what-might-happen-to-marijuana-prices-if-it-were-legalized-across-the-country-2015-5


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Maryland Governor Vetoes Marijuana Decriminalization Fix Bill

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

maryland marijuanaGov. Hogan Vetoes Widely Supported Bill Intended to Fix Maryland Marijuana Decriminalization Law

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced late Friday afternoon that he has vetoed a widely supported bill to remove criminal penalties for possession of marijuana paraphernalia, including potential jail time. The measure would also designate public marijuana consumption a civil offense punishable by a $500 fine.

SB 517, introduced by Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), was approved 32-13 in the Senate and 83-53 in the House of Delegates. Maryland adopted a law last year that decriminalized possession of a small amount of marijuana, but it did not include marijuana paraphernalia.
Gov. Hogan’s letter to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announcing the veto and explaining his reasoning is available at http://bit.ly/1ellF1e.

Statement from the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland, which supported SB 517:

 

“Gov. Hogan’s decision to veto this widely supported, common-sense legislation is baffling. An overwhelming majority of Maryland voters do not want citizens to be subjected to jail time and a lifelong criminal record simply for using marijuana. Their elected officials have stood up for them on this issue twice, and we hope they will do so again by overriding the governor’s veto.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/maryland-governor-vetoes-marijuana-decriminalization-fix-bill/


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