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Maine Marijuana Legalization Campaign Issues Statement After Signature Determination

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 2nd 2016 by THCFinder

portland maine marijuana legalizationThe Maine Secretary of State’s Office announced Wednesday that a proposed initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine did not qualify for the November ballot.

61,123 signatures of registered Maine voters were required, and state officials determined that the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted 51,543 valid signatures. Based on a document the Secretary of State’s Office provided to the campaign, it appears that more than 17,000 valid signatures of registered Maine voters were not included in the count because the signature of an individual notary did not match the signature the state has on file for that notary. The notary’s commission is current, according to state records.

Statement from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol:

“We are very disappointed by the Secretary of State’s determination. Based on documents they have provided, it appears that more than 17,000 valid signatures from registered Maine voters were excluded from the count because the signature of a single notary — whose notary commission has not expired — did not exactly match the signature the state has on file for that notary. We are exploring all legal means available to appeal this determination, and we sincerely hope that 17,000-plus Maine citizens will not be disenfranchised due to a handwriting technicality.”

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/maine-marijuana-legalization-campaign-issues-statement-after-signature-determination/


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Protest Plan Calls for Huge Crowd to Smoke Marijuana Outside White House to Push Obama to Do Something While He Still Can

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 2nd 2016 by THCFinder

Inspired by a warning from comedian Bill Maher that progress on marijuana reform could be rolled back after President Obama leaves office, pot advocates in the nation's capital have announced a bold protest next month to press Obama to move on marijuana while he still can.

 

 

While Obama has largely not interfered with marijuana legalization in states that have approved it, he has also signaled that he is not going to be proactive on the issue. A little more than a month ago, he said marijuana reform is not on his list of end-of-term priorities, and his press spokesperson, Josh Earnest, paraphrased his position thusly: "'If you feel so strongly about it, and you believe there is so much public support for what it is that you're advocating, then why don't you pass legislation about it and we'll see what happens.'"

Read More:http://www.alternet.org/drugs/bill-maher-inspired-protest-smoke-out-white-house


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What Does Super Tuesday Mean for Cannabis Legislation?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 29th 2016 by THCFinder

The biggest day of the primaries is upon us, with more delegates up for grabs on March 1 than any other time in the race. While marijuana reform is not a priority for most primary voters, the candidates' positions on cannabis could have an impact on how voters perceive them – especially in states where marijuana policy is being discussed. 

Only two out of 22 Super Tuesday races are happening in a state or territory where cannabis is completely illegal. Most states have some form of medical marijuana in the books – even if it's just provisions for non-psychoactive CBD oil. Then there are the cannabis-friendly states of Colorado, which is having Democratic and Republican caucuses, and Alaska, where Republicans will be caucusing. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/what-does-super-tuesday-mean-cannabis-legislation


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Bills To Decriminalize, Legalize Marijuana Introduced In Michigan Senate

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 29th 2016 by THCFinder

michigan marijuanaSenator Coleman Young II introduced a bill and a Resolution related to marijuana in the Michigan Senate on Feb. 24.

Senate Bill 813 would establish the “Nonmedical Marihuana Code”. It would legalize marijuana and allow possession of one ounce and 5 flowering plants per adult, plus an unlimited amount of marijuana generated from the plants, provided that stash is kept where the garden is. Out-of-state visitors are allowed one-half an ounce of flower. Hashish: 5 grams for residents, one gram for tourists.

On the positive side, the bill allows for marijuana lounges; transfer of up to one ounce and six immature plants to another without compensation;  smoking and driving could result in a small fine for first and subsequent occurrences, with the possibility of suspended license;

Slightly disappointing are the provisions requiring marijuana gardens to be hidden from view by anyone and criminal protections for commercial extract makers agaist individuals making the substance for their own use. Although water- and glycerine-based extractions seem to be available to everyone, all other extraction methods are only legally performed by licensed marijuana products manufacturers- and violation is a three-year felony.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/bills-to-decriminalize-legalize-marijuana-introduced-in-michigan-senate/


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Marijuana expo comes to Fort Worth as proponents prepare for a ‘Green Rush’

Category: News | Posted on Sun, February, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

FORT WORTH — There was a day when you’d have been considered under the influence to think that Texas might ever legalize marijuana.

But this weekend an event dedicated to that very notion drifted into the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Some came to the Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo to advocate for marijuana’s medicinal use, while others sought business opportunities — from hemp-seed products and smoking paraphernalia to Uncle Bubba’s Cann-A-Chili.

Read More:http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2016/02/fort-worth-convention-center-hosts-marijuana-convention-a-day-after-trump-rally.html/


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Sixty Percent Of Likely California Voters Support Marijuana Legalization

Category: News | Posted on Sun, February, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

vote for california marijuana initiativesBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

A majority of likely California voters say that they intend to vote ‘yes’ this November for an initiative to regulate the retail production and sale of marijuana by adults, according to the results of a Probolsky Research poll released today.

Sixty percent of respondents say that they will vote in favor of an initiative this November “that would legalize marijuana for recreational use under California law and allow government to tax” its retail sales. Thirty-seven percent said that they would vote ‘no.’

Support was strongest among those between the ages of 18 to 34 (80 percent) and self-identified Democrats (69 percent). Republicans (38 percent) and those over the age of 65 (46 percent) were least likely to express support.

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which is expected to appear on the November ballot, permits adults to legally grow (up to six plants) and possess personal use quantities of cannabis (up to one ounce of flower and/or up to eight grams of concentrate) while also licensing commercial cannabis production and retail sales. The measure prohibits localities from taking actions to infringe upon adults’ ability to possession and cultivate cannabis for non-commercial purposes. Both the California Medical Association and the state chapter of the NAACPhave endorsed the measure.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/sixty-percent-of-likely-california-voters-support-marijuana-legalization/


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