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Radical Rant: Legalization Will Change Medical Marijuana Programs

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

Dear Medical Marijuana States

I’m writing today to inform you that if you have a medical marijuana program and are thinking about legalizing marijuana use by all adults, that legalization will affect your medical marijuana program.

But that’s not a reason to oppose marijuana legalization.

Here on the West Coast, we’ve had medical marijuana since the late 1990's. As the first medical marijuana states, we also enjoyed the greatest leeway in terms of protection from enforcement of the controlled substance laws.

We tried to keep medical marijuana untouched by legalization. The campaign for Washington’s Initiative 502 repeatedly claimed their language did not change medical marijuana laws. Oregon’s Measure 91 said specifically, three times, that their language was not to affect medical marijuana. Neither initiative contained any language modifying medical marijuana in any way.

Those were not lies or false promises.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/radical-rant-legalization-will-change-medical-marijuana-programs


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Yup, Mailing Pot Ads Is Still Illegal

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service says it's illegal to mail materials containing advertising for marijuana products, even in states that have legalized the federally controlled substance.

The policy statement released this week comes in response to a letter from Oregon's Congressional delegation asking the service to clarify its policy on the issue.

In November, a memo distributed in the Portland postal district said it was unlawful for newspaper outlets to run marijuana ads and use the U.S. mail for delivery.

The memo caused confusion among publishers whose newspapers have published ads for dispensaries and manufacturers in the region.

"Advertisements for the sale of marijuana are non-mailable," Thomas Marshall, executive vice president and general counsel of the Postal Service, wrote in a letter to the delegation. That's because under the federal Controlled Substances Act marijuana's sale is prohibited, he said. That same law also prohibits placing written ads for controlled substances like marijuana in newspapers, magazines or other publications.

"These provisions express Congress's judgment that the mail should not be used as a means of transmitting advertisements for the sale of marijuana, even if that sale is allowed under state law," Marshall wrote.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/yup-mailing-pot-ads-still-illegal


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Native American Tribes Approve Plan to Grow and Sell Marijuana in Oregon

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

PORTLAND, Ore. — Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have approved a plan to build a facility to grow marijuana on their reservation in central Oregon and to sell it at tribe-owned stores outside the reservation.

The tribes are among the first in the country to enter the marijuana-growing business, a year after a Department of Justice policy indicated tribes could grow and sell marijuana under the same guidelines as states that opt to legalize.

Tribal officials said more than 80 percent of tribal voters favored the proposal in the referendum, which was held Thursday.

Warm Springs’s plan is to build a 36,000-square-foot greenhouse to grow and process the cannabis. Officials expect the project will create more than 80 jobs. Annual net revenue from the three proposed tribe-owned retail shops would top $26 million, the officials estimated.

The tribes say they will enter into an agreement with state agencies to ensure that testing and other regulations are consistent with state law. Sales are set to start in winter 2016.

Read More:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/20/us/native-american-tribes-approve-plan-to-grow-and-sell-marijuana-in-oregon.html?_r=0


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California’s Legalization Movement Gets Generous Donation

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

Sean Parker, creator of Napster and early investor in Facebook, is giving the California Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) an early Christmas present.

The generous tech billionaire and philanthropist recently announced he will match all donations to MPP, dollar-for-dollar, up to any amount, reported SFGate.

“We’re very excited about the generosity he’s shown,” Mason Tvert, MPP Communications Director, said. “This is someone who wants to see marijuana prohibition end and helped bring a lot of folks together, and now he’s putting his money where his mouth is.”

This is the latest in a series of Parker’s philanthropic acts, which include donations to cancer, diabetes and auto-immune research.

Parker, viewed as the driving force behind California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), is part of a new generation of wealthy activists supporting such issues as ending mass incarceration and supporting drug reform, said Amanda Reiman, Marijuana Law and Policy Manager at Drug Policy Alliance.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/california%E2%80%99s-legalization-movement-gets-generous-donation


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Obama Tells Supreme Court to Ignore Lawsuit Against Colorado Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

The Obama Administration came to the defense of legal marijuana states on Wednesday by advising the U.S. Supreme Court not to waste any time entertaining a lawsuit conjured up by Oklahoma and Nebraska over their seething disdain for Colorado’s recreational cannabis trade.

A brief filed by the Justice Department’s leading legal eagle, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., is a finely penned tune of persuasion intended to get the nation’s highest court to reject the lawsuit disputing Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana. The document suggests the U.S. Supreme Court is not the proper venue for this grievance.

“The motion for leave to file a bill of complaint should be denied because this is not an appropriate case for the exercise of this Court’s original jurisdiction,” Verrilli wrote. “Entertaining the type of dispute at issue here — essentially that one State’s laws make it more likely that third parties will violate federal and state law in another State — would represent a substantial and unwarranted expansion of this Court’s original jurisdiction.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/obama-tells-supreme-court-ignore-lawsuit-against-colorado-marijuana


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US Govt 2016 Budget Protects Medical Marijuana, But Snubs Veterans and Retail Pot Sales in Washington D.C.

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

Although there was a great deal of anticipation that the details of the latest federal spending bill would include a deeper level of protection in states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, the congressional machine behind the dysfunctional of the United States government has revealed that nothing will change in the next fiscal year with regards to how Uncle Sam spends money to shake the foundation of the cannabis industry. 

In a last ditch effort to prevent a federal shutdown, hammer fisted negotiators for the House and Senate came to terms late Tuesday night on a $1.1 trillion spending bill intended to keep some grease in the wheels of federal operations for another year. And while the brass tacks of the proposal does include a couple of amendments designed to shield the medical marijuana community from the dogs of the drug war, several other, newly proposed riders aimed at taking the stakes up a notch were, essentially, ripped to shreds and burned on the steps of the Capitol.

But first, the good news…

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-govt-2016-budget-protects-medical-marijuana-snubs-veterans-and-retail-pot-sales-washington


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