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Maine Fails to Get Recreational Marijuana Initiative on the Ballot

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 3rd 2016 by THCFinder

One of marijuana legalization’s projected sure things for 2016 was dealt a significant blow earlier this week that could prevent Maine voters from having the opportunity to approve a recreational cannabis industry in the November election.

The Secretary of State’s office in Maine revealed on Wednesday that a proposed ballot initiative aimed at ending prohibition did not have enough valid signatures to be added to the ballot. It seems that while the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) submitted 99,229 signatures in February, the state is claiming that only 51,543 of them can be verified. This puts the initiative 9,580 signatures shy of being able to move on to the next phase of their campaign – a situation that could sabotage the entire effort. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/maine-fails-get-recreational-marijuana-initiative-ballot


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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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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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US Supreme Court Ruling Could End Legal Marijuana Sales

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

Although the Obama Administration advised the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 not to waste any timeentertaining a lawsuit brought forth by Oklahoma and Nebraska that suggests Colorado’s legal marijuana market is causing “irreparable injury” due to an influx of drug trafficking into their communities, the nation’s highest court will discuss on Friday whether to pick up the case—creating the potential for the legal cannabis industry to be shutdown. 

According to the U.S. Supreme Court docket, the case of Nebraska and Oklahoma Vs. Colorado is scheduled for conference on March 4.

In an analysis provided by Tom Angell of the Marijuana Majority, if four justices decide to hear the controversial lawsuit, which suggests the two states “are suffering a direct and significant detrimental impact” as a result of the retail pot market in Colorado, the Court’s final verdict could have “devastating implications for marijuana legalization.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-supreme-court-ruling-could-end-legal-marijuana-sales


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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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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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