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Massachusetts: Lawmakers to Restart Talks on Compromise Marijuana Bill

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 13th 2017 by THCFinder

BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers are restarting negotiations over legislation that would overhaul the state’s voter-approved marijuana law.

A House-Senate conference committee has scheduled a closed-door meeting for Monday afternoon, according to the office of Democratic Sen. Patricia Jehlen (JAY’-len). The Somerville Democrat is the lead Senate negotiator on the six-member panel.

The meeting will be the first since House Speaker Robert DeLeo suspended talks earlier this month, saying he wanted the Legislature to focus on passing an overdue budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Lawmakers sent a $40.2 billion spending plan to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk on Friday.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/massachusetts-lawmakers-to-restart-talks-on-compromise-marijuana-bill/


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In Illinois, Marijuana Laws Struggle to Keep Up With Times

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 13th 2017 by THCFinder

In the fall of 2015, a woman named “Sage” — an alias she requested to protect her privacy — and another person were driving down Interstate 80. The duo was travelling east from Oregon: one of the eight states in the U.S. where recreational marijuana is legal. Autumn in the northwest U.S. is harvest season for cannabis. Sage, a licensed distributor of medical marijuana in her home state of Oregon, sat in the passenger seat. An overhead bin was attached to the vehicle.

While passing through Grundy County, Illinois, they were stopped by state police. The officer approached the vehicle, telling Sage and the unnamed driver they were pulled over for following a semi-truck in front of them too closely. While making the stop, the officer claimed to have smelled marijuana, authorizing a search of the car.

Read More:http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/07/11/illinois-marijuana-laws-struggle-keep-times


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Oregon Is Not Decriminalizing All Drugs, But It Should

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 13th 2017 by THCFinder

Although a number of reports have surfaced this week suggesting that Oregon is about to “decriminalize” the possession of drugs such as meth, cocaine and heroin, it appears the overall message behind these journalistic offerings has been misconstrued.

What is true is that the Oregon legislature recently passed a bill that aims to reduce the penalties associated with the small time possession of illegal substances. However, nothing in the language of the proposal (House Bill 2355) would give law enforcement the freedom to simply handle drug possession cases with in a manner consistent with decriminalization.

In fact, under the bill, not much would change for people caught holding drugs—they would still be arrested and entered into the criminal justice system the same as they always have been. The only benefit is that once their case goes before a judge, they could be given a less severe punishment than in times past.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/oregon-is-not-decriminalizing-all-drugs-but-it-should/


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State Sets Tentative Timeline for Medical Pot System

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 12th 2017 by THCFinder

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State health officials have set a tentative timeline for establishing a medical marijuana industry in North Dakota.

The Health Department is asking those interested in being a manufacturer or a distributor to notify the agency by July 28. That will give officials a better idea about interest.

The department tentatively plans to accept actual applications in August and September. The agency would review them in October and make selections in early November.

Officials estimate it will take manufacturers about six months to set up facilities and grow the first crop of medical marijuana. If the timeline plays out, the drug would be available to patients next spring.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/state-sets-tentative-timeline-for-medical-pot-system/


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Government Pot Is Still Horrible—And You Can Blame This DEA Trick

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 12th 2017 by THCFinder

Last August, the DEA managed a remarkable two-fer: in one fell swoop, the nation’s loyal federal drug police quashed while delivering new hope.

Judging by what’s happened since, the nation’s loyal drug police may also have played us all for fools, all while maintaining the mendacious game of circular logic that’s keeping marijuana federally illegal.

On August 12, 2016, the DEA formally rejected a petition that would have seen marijuana reclassified from Schedule Iof the Controlled Substances Act, the official government list of the world’s most dangerous drugs. The reason, acting DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg said at the time, was a lack of scientific evidence demonstrating marijuana had any medical value.

Placing cannabis in Schedule II, as the petition requested, would not have legalized marijuana, but it would have allowed doctors to prescribe the drug. It would also have made marijuana easier for scientists to study—and, presumably, discover the very evidence which, despite almost 50 years of federal prohibition and a DEA monopoly on research-grade cannabis, other researchers have managed to find.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/government-pot-is-still-horrible-and-you-can-blame-this-dea-trick/


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Nevada Officials to Consider Pot Distribution Emergency Rule

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 11th 2017 by THCFinder

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on Thursday authorized state regulators to consider an emergency regulation that would allow officials to determine whether the state has enough marijuana distributors to keep its retail shops supplied.

Sandoval’s approval came after dispensaries across the state reported higher than expected demand for marijuana since recreational sales of the drug became legal in Nevada on Saturday. The Nevada Tax Commission is expected to take up the regulations Thursday.

The measure voters approved in November legalizing the sales dictates that licensed alcohol wholesalers have the exclusive rights to pot distribution licenses for 18 months. But no alcohol wholesalers have completed the licensing process.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/nevada-officials-to-consider-pot-distribution-emergency-rule/


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