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Marijuana Legalization Hits Michigan Supreme Court

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 26th 2016 by THCFinder

LANSING- The Michigan Court of Claims yesterday dropped an Opinion in the MILegalize vs. Everybody lawsuit, and Everybody seemed to be the victor.

On to the next step- the Michigan Supreme Court.

In June MILegalize submitted 354,000 signatures on petition forms to state elections officials- 100,000 more than the law required to place the issue on the books. How do you ignore an extra 100,000 signatures? By refusing to count or verify them. That’s exactly what the Bureau of Elections and the Board of State Canvassers did, citing a law 30 years old that has never been used before.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-legalization-hits-michigan-supreme-court/


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Anti-Pot Initiative Sponsor Gives Up Montana Ballot Effort

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 26th 2016 by THCFinder

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The sponsor of a proposed initiative to repeal Montana’s medical marijuana law said Wednesday he won’t appeal a judge’s refusal to place the measure on November’s ballot, but instead will focus on defeating a separate initiative to expand medical pot distribution.

Billings car dealer Steve Zabawa told The Associated Press in an interview that there isn’t enough time for him to appeal to the Montana Supreme Court before Secretary of State Linda McCulloch’s office certifies the ballots and sends them for printing.

Instead, he said his Safe Montana group will focus on defeating I-182, a ballot measure that would ease restrictions on medical marijuana distribution.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/politics/anti-pot-initiative-sponsor-gives-up-montana-ballot-effort/


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Court: Out-of-State License Plates Don’t Justify Search

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in Kansas cannot stop and search motorists just for having out-of-state license plates from states that have legalized marijuana, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit filed by a Colorado motorist, Peter Vasquez, against two Kansas Highway Patrol officers who pulled him over and searched his vehicle as he was driving alone at night through Kansas on his way to Maryland.

The KHP officers, Richard Jimerson and Dax Lewis, stopped Vasquez when they could not read the temporary tag taped to the inside of the car’s tinted rear window. The officers contended they were justified in searching the vehicle because Vasquez was a citizen of Colorado driving on I-70, a “known drug corridor,” in a recently purchased, older-model car. They said he also seemed nervous.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/laws/court-out-of-state-license-plates-dont-justify-search/


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City of Portland Cannabis Tax To Benefit Local Communities of Color

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

PORTLAND, OR (Aug, 2016) – On November 8, 2016, Portland City voters will vote on the allocation of 3% of recreational marijuana sales tax to a number of causes, including the support of minority owned businesses and communities of color. The current state tax on recreational marijuana sales is 25%. The 2015 Oregon Legislature set the new tax base for recreational sales at 17% beginning January 1, 2017, with a provision that cities and counties may refer a local 3% tax to voters in the

November 2016 general election.  On June 22, Portland City Council voted to refer to voters the 3% tax on recreational marijuana sales. If the vote passes, it will be the first time this type of cannabis tax appropriation to communities of color will be implemented in the U.S. This is extremely important and appropriate, because statistics show that people of color, especially African American men, have born the brunt of prohibition enforcement. A study from the ACLU shows that blacks are arrested at up to 8 times the amount of whites for cannabis possession, despite nearly identical consumption rates. The comparative length of prisons sentences is also dramatically higher as well. This has had detrimental effects on targeted neighborhoods.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/city-of-portland-cannabis-tax-to-benefit-local-communities-of-color/


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As Uruguay’s Pot Industry Struggles with the Details, Growers Move On to Hemp

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

Legal pot in Uruguay got off to an international bang in December 2013 when it became the first country in the worldto legalize production, distribution, sale and consumption of the plant.

Former Uruguayan President Jose Mujica, whose administration also legalized gay marriage and abortion during his term (2010-2015), pitched the pot legalization law as a way to fight drug gangs.

As these several years have passed, regulations and restrictions have hamstrung the legalization project.

The government’s low price cap and strict production limits, is pushing less regulated hemp to the center stage among cultivators.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/as-uruguays-pot-industry-struggles-with-the-details-growers-move-on-to-hemp/


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A Pot of Money: Oregon Collects $25.5M in Marijuana Taxes

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 24th 2016 by THCFinder

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has processed $25.5 million in tax payments from recreational marijuana from January through the end of July.

The state’s Department of Revenue says medical marijuana dispensaries were required to file their second-quarter returns for recreational marijuana by Aug. 1.

Oregonians legalized recreational marijuana in late 2014.

But it can only be sold by medical marijuana dispensaries until the Oregon Liquor Control Commission finalizes rules for the new industry. That’s expected to happen by next year.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/business/a-pot-of-money-oregon-collects-25-5m-in-marijuana-taxes/


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