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Washington State Receives Nearly 1,000 New Marijuana Retail Applications

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

washington state marijuana regulationsWashington’s marijuana industry has seen a lot of changes lately. For a very long time Washington has had medical marijuana dispensaries that have served patients. These dispensaries operated in a legal grey area, which is not uncommon in states that have medical marijuana programs, but don’t/didn’t have a state dispensary licensing system. My home state, Oregon, was like that for a very long time. It led to a lot of issues and the harassment of dispensary owners.

Washington recently passed legislation that seeks to bring the medical marijuana and recreational marijuana industries under one umbrella. This is resulting in a lot of dispensaries either being forced to move or shutdown. All of them have to apply for licenses if they want to keep serving patients legally. I’m not a fan of merging the two programs. Colorado has a similar ‘one umbrella’ system, while Oregon does not. The new licensing requirements in Washington has resulted in a surge of applications. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has so far received nearly 1,000 applications from businesses seeking a new cannabis retail license.

The official tally is 962 applications, according to the Olympian. And that’s only for storefronts that want to sell either medical or recreational cannabis (or both), and it doesn’t include companies that want to get into growing or manufacturing infused products.

Simultaneously, at least 118 recreational cannabis stores that already have licenses applied for MMJ legal status to serve patients as well as rec customers.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/washington-state-receives-nearly-1000-new-marijuana-retail-applications/


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Consuming Marijuana During Pregnancy Does Not Make A Mother Unfit

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

Since 1985 cigarette packages sold in the United States have carried four rotating warnings from the surgeon general, including this one: “Smoking by Pregnant Women May Result in Fetal Injury, Premature Birth, and Low Birth Weight.” Since 1989 the labels of alcoholic beverages have included this government-mandated warning: “According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects.” This week the American Medical Association (AMA) proposed a similar label for cannabis products:  “Marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding poses potential harms.”

 

The proposed warning represents a concession to political reality by the AMA, which opposesmarijuana legalization but seems to recognize that pot prohibition is inexorably crumbling. The AMA’s wording is notably milder than the warnings for tobacco and alcohol—appropriately so, since the evidence that cannabis consumption during pregnancy can harm the fetus is less clear than the evidence that smoking and heavy drinking can. In any case, providing information about marijuana’s hazards is surely preferable to the punitive moralism of the war on drugs.

 

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2015/11/19/consuming-marijuana-during-pregnancy-does-not-make-a-mother-unfit/


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Utah State Legislature to consider two medical marijuana bills

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah State Legislature will consider two separate medical marijuana bills when it meets next year.

But cannabis advocates claim only one of those bills will actually do patients some good.

The legislature's interim Health and Human Services Committee met Wednesday to discuss a pair of bills. One is sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem; the other is sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs.

Rep. Daw said his bill would allow for cannabidoil to be used to treat a long list of diseases and conditions including cancer, HIV/AIDS, and epilepsy. He told the committee that prescribing doctors would provide research on its effectiveness to the legislature that would be considered when the law would come up for renewal.

Read More:http://fox13now.com/2015/11/18/utah-state-legislature-to-consider-two-medical-marijuana-bills/


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Police In Houston To Stop Arresting Minor Pot Offenders

Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

Beginning January 1, police in America’s fourth largest city will no longer be arresting minor marijuana possession offenders.

Under a new mandatory policy outlined by the Harris County District Attorney, police in Houston will cite and release those found with up to two ounces of cannabis. Those issued citations must agree to attend a drug diversion program, which consists of class work and community service. Upon completion of the program, defendants will face no additional punishment. They will not be charged with a crime, and they will not possess a criminal record.

Only first-time offenders will be eligible for the cite-and-release program.

The change is a welcome one for residents of the Lone Star State. Texas police arrest an estimated 75,000 offenders for violating the state’s pot possession laws annually—the second highest total in the nation.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/police-houston-stop-arresting-minor-pot-offenders


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Job Opening: California Looking for Pot Czar

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

It is not your normal help wanted ad, but California Governor Jerry Brown’s office is spearheading a state-wide search by the California Department of Consumer Affairs to fill the post as head of the soon-to-be-established Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (BMMR), that is, Chief of Pot, according to the Sacramento Bee.

It sounds like the dream job to get in on the ground floor of California’s push to regulate medical marijuana. And the pay is not bad either – between $115,608 to $128,808 per year.

The job will entail dealing with the interminable rules and regulations, as well as everything from writing legislation for permits for growers, sellers, and buyers, to disciplinary actions for those that don’t abide by the rules. 

The successful applicant, or pot chief, will be the face of the BMMR to the media and consumers.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/job-opening-california-looking-pot-czar


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Florida Supreme Court cancels medical marijuana hearing

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

The Florida Supreme Court has canceled a Dec. 8 hearing that was scheduled to consider legalizing medical marijuana in the state, according to an Associated Press report.

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced last week that she would not launch a challenge to the constitutional amendment, so the Florida Supreme Court called off the scheduled hearing on the matter. Justices will still need to approve the ballot’s wording before the measure can move forward, however, as reported by North Escambia.

 

People United for Medical Marijuana sponsored the bill seeking to authorize marijuana use by individuals suffering from any “physician certified debilitating medical condition.”

Read More:http://extract.suntimes.com/news/10/153/7931/florida-supreme-court-cancels-medical-marijuana-hearing


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