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Will Michigan Voters Get to Decide on Legal Marijuana in November?

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 3rd 2016 by THCFinder

Michigan voters may have the rare opportunity in the upcoming November election to decide whether the state should legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. That is as long as MILegalize, the group fighting to get an initiative in front of the people, has successfully managed to secure the signatures needed to qualify for the next phase of its campaign, and if it can avoid being sabotaged by the actions of the state legislature.

On Wednesday, organizers with the MILegalize crusade reportedly submitted more than 350,000 petitions to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office in hopes of qualifying the necessary 252,523 signatures it’s going to take to earn a spot on the November ballot. However, there is a distinct possibility that the majority of the signatures the group has collected in 2016 could be disqualified due to a piece of legislation currently lingering on the desk of Governor Rick Snyder asking for clarification to the 180-day limit the law is supposed to allow for signature collecting campaigns.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/will-michigan-voters-get-decide-legal-marijuana-november

 


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Rhode Island: Stand Up And Call For A Vote On Legislation To Legalize Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 2nd 2016 by THCFinder

rhode island medical marijuana dispensaryI received the following alert out of Rhode Island. If you live there, I urge you to get active:

Leaders of the General Assembly have said they expect the legislative session to end soon, but they have not said they will allow a vote on legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use before the clock runs out.

TomorrowThursday, June 2 at 1:00 p.m., Regulate Rhode Island and our coalition partners will gather in front of the State House (82 Smith Street in Providence) to deliver hundreds of petition signatures from Rhode Islanders who think it is time for the General Assembly to vote on regulating marijuana. We hope you will stand with us to help show how much support there is for sensible marijuana policy reform!

If you haven’t yet, please sign and share our petition to Senate President Paiva-Weed and Speaker Mattiello asking them to allow a vote on the legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/rhode-island-stand-up-and-call-for-a-vote-on-legislation-to-legalize-marijuana/


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City Of Vancouver Files Injunctions To Close Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 2nd 2016 by THCFinder

vancouver bc medical marijuanaLast month the City of Toronto raided dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries. Yesterday the City of Vancouver filed injunctions to try to shut down several medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city. Below is a news release that was put out by the City of Vancouver:

Since April 29, 31 medical-marijuana related use (MMRU) retail stores operating in non-zone compliant locations have complied with City instructions to close. Fifty-five stores continue to operate, contrary to closure instructions, and continue to face enforcement actions.

Enforcement update

On May 31, injunctions were filed to compel closure of 17 of the 55 MMRU retail businesses that have remained open after the April 29 closure deadline. These locations were prioritized based on proximity to approved MMRU development permits, community feedback, and response to enforcement actions to date. Some of these locations are the source of regular noise and nuisance complaints or have been uncooperative with our inspection staff.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/city-of-vancouver-files-injunctions-to-close-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/


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Oregon: It’s Getting Much Harder For Marijuana Entertainment Events And Venues

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 30th 2016 by THCFinder
oregon liquor control commission olcc marijuana

(via oregonlive.com)

One of my favorite niches or sectors of the marijuana industry in Oregon is the marijuana entertainment sector. The first one that I had ever heard of was the World Famous Cannabis Cafe (WFCC). It has since been shutdown due to new indoor air rules, but at one point in time it was the hotspot destination in Oregon. Other venues built on a similar model started popping up all over Oregon. Some are still operating, while others have been shutdown like the WFCC.

Another type of entertainment event started proliferating Oregon over the last couple of years. One-time events have become a mainstay of the Oregon marijuana industry. Sometimes they are comedy shows, sometimes they are painting events, and other times they are something different still. But the main principle of renting out a venue space, charging people an admission at the door, and having ‘cannabis catering’ as I call it is something that a lot of people are doing in Oregon right now.

I have attended a handful of events that fit that description, and they are always fun. The entertainment portion is what I mainly come for, but I’d be lying if I said the cannabis sampling wasn’t part of what convinced me to leave my house to come to the event. To me it seems obvious, and quite logical, that if I’m attending a cannabis themed event that I plan on consuming cannabis while I’m at said event. Unfortunately it sounds like the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is going to be cracking down on events like the ones described, which combined with the new Oregon Clean Air Act, could result in a dramatic decrease in marijuana entertainment events and venues.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-its-getting-much-harder-for-marijuana-entertainment-events-and-venues/


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Public Policy Institute Of California Finds 60% Support For Marijuana Legalization

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 30th 2016 by THCFinder

california marijuanaThe campaign behind California’s ‘Adult Use of Marijuana Act’ has turned in more than 600,000 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. 365,880 of those signatures need to be valid for that to happen. The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) recently released poll results which found very strong support for marijuana legalization in California. Per PPIC:

Marijuana legalization. A majority (60%) of likely voters say that, in general, marijuana use should be legal, and 37 percent say it should not be legal. It is estimated that the initiative to legalize marijuana—if passed—would generate about $1 billion in tax revenue annually, most of which would be directed toward substance abuse prevention and treatment. Among likely voters, 43 percent say that spending the revenue this way is very important.

“California seems poised to show its blue state credentials in the fall,” Baldassare said. “Voters today are signaling their early support for Democratic statewide candidates, tax initiatives, and marijuana legalization.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/public-policy-institute-of-california-finds-60-support-for-marijuana-legalization/


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No, legal weed is not ‘dumbing down’ the nation’s teens

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 29th 2016 by THCFinder

The marijuana policy landscape changed rapidly between 2002 and 2013. During that time, 13 states passed medical-marijuana laws, 10 states relaxed penalties for marijuana use, and Colorado and Washington became the first states to fully legalize recreational pot use.

Opponents of marijuana liberalization warned that these changes would bring devastating consequences, particularly for kids: "But what about the children?" was the common refrain. The president of National Families in Action, an anti-drug group, warned that commercial marijuana would "literally dumb down the precious minds of generations of children." Psychiatrist Christian Thurstone, an outspoken opponent of Colorado's marijuana legalization,argued in 2010 that "the state's relaxed laws have made the drug widely available — and irresistible — to too many adolescents."

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/05/29/no-legal-weed-is-not-dumbing-down-the-nations-teens/


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