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Oregon Legislators Propose A Marijuana Sales Tax

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

oregon marijuanaThe term ‘sales tax’ is largely considered to be taboo in Oregon politics. Oregon is rare in that it doesn’t have a sales tax, and any time any politician talks about creating a sales tax in Oregon, they are usually committing political suicide. Oregon hasn’t had a sales tax in a very long time, and lots and lots of polling has shown that citizens don’t want it. Oregon politicians have realized that people don’t want a sales tax, and have largely left the issue alone. That is, unless it involves marijuana.

The Oregon Legislature wants to create a sales tax specially for recreational marijuana. These politicians have tried very hard to pretty up their proposal by calling it a ‘point of sale’ tax, but it’s obviously a sales tax. Oregon voters approved Measure 91, which specifically stated that taxing would be left to the state, not to municipalities, and that the tax rate would be a flat $35 per ounce tax. For some reason Oregon politicians don’t want to respect the will of the voters, and instead are wanting to allow up to a 3% local sales tax on marijuana, and a 17% state sales tax. Per Oregon Live:

Legislative negotiators have tentatively agreed on a sweeping marijuana deal that could produce a 20 percent sales tax on recreational sales of pot.

Under the deal — which is still subject to change — the state could collect a 17 percent tax while localities could collect up to 3 percent.

The deal to allow local taxes is aimed at ending a standoff with cities and counties over just how much power they have to prohibit retail sales of both recreational and medical marijuana.

Oregon voters don’t want a sales tax, on marijuana or anything else. Oregon voters passed Measure 91 which specifically gave taxing powers to the state alone, had a clear tax rate of $35 per ounce of flower, stated no less than three times that the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program should remain in tact as it was before the 2014 Election, and only allowed bans on recreational marijuana sales if it was approved by voters. What happened? Why is the Oregon Legislature pushing their own version of recreational marijuana legalization, especially considering the fact that they had the chance to pass their own version before the 2014 Election and refused to do so?

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-legislators-propose-a-marijuana-sales-tax/


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Hayward Police Discover Marijuana Factory Worth $15 Million

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

Hayward police have discovered a massive 44,000 square foot marijuana factory. Authorities say the value of the 13,000 plants seized is around $15 million.

The electrical systems inside had been dangerously bypassed with many major illegal connections, powering an elaborate hydroponic watering system, lighting system and ventilation system.

Hayward police say the operation included a harvesting and packaging room, living quarters and a sophisticated surveillance system.

It is suspected the marijuana grow operated 24/7 and cost in excess of $100,000 to build, police say.

Authorities arrested three men last week at the scene -- 28-year-old Manh Tran, 21-year-old Troy Tam and 27-year-old Tony Hoang -- and charged them with felony marijuana cultivation and sales.

Source:http://abc7news.com/news/hayward-police-discover-marijuana-factory-worth-$15-million/777213/


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Crooked Cops Busted Lying Under Oath During Marijuana Case

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

Despite having the upper hand on the drug war, police departments across the country often insist on using dastardly practices to lock people up for marijuana—a substance that is now legal in some fashion in over half the states.

Fortunately, new technology has exposed some of the slithering antics of the law, making it harder for dirty cops to get away with conducting illegal shakedowns and falsifying evidence. This is a brutal lesson that several officers with the Chicago Police Department are now being forced to learn the hard way.

A report from The Chicago Tribune indicates that Cook County prosecutors have filed perjury charges against four veteran cops, three of which worked the narcotics division, for providing false testimony in a case last year in which marijuana was discovered during a traffic stop.

In 2014, four Chi-Town police officers swore under oath that the odor of marijuana is what provoked officer William Pruente to pull Joseph Sperling from his vehicle and initiate a search—leading to the discovery of almost a pound of pot in his backpack.

However, Sperling’s attorney nailed this testimony to the cross after entering video footage obtained from the cop’s cruiser cam that forced a fifth officer to admit, while on the stand, that all of her colleagues were lying.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/crooked-cops-busted-lying-under-oath-during-marijuana-case


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Lawsuits Announced Against Washington’s Harmful Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

washington state medical marijuana raidsA team of attorneys will soon file a series of lawsuits to place an injunction on, and overturn Washington State’s Senate Bill 5052, a recently signed law that will drastically reduce the rights of medical cannabis patients in the state while closing dispensaries and establishing an illegal patient registry.

Signed by Governor Jay Inslee in AprilSenate Bill 5052 – which takes full effect in July, 2016 – will drastically reduce the amount of cannabis patients can possess and cultivate, making felons out of those who possess currently allowable limits. The measure will also lead to the closure of nearly every medical cannabis dispensary in the state, and will establish an illegal patient registry that is in clear violation of federal HIPAA laws.

The lawsuits will seek to place an immediate injunction on the new law, preventing it from taking effect while the group works to overturn it permanently.

The group of renowned attorneys who will be working on the lawsuits include Sensible Washington co-founders and longtime criminal defense attorneys Douglas Hiatt and Jeffrey Steinborn (who have 70 years combined legal experience), and attorney Aaron Pelley of Pelley Law LLC, among others.

Hiatt tells us that the group will be filing two to three separate lawsuits that will seek to fully dismantle the new law, in order to protect the rights that patients currently have, and to prevent the state from establishing the patient database.

They group plans to make a formal announcement in the coming days.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/lawsuits-announced-against-washingtons-harmful-medical-marijuana-bill/


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7 States Where Medical Marijuana Is Legal But Barely Accessible

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

With New York State beginning to accept applications for medical marijuana providers last week, criticism of the hyper-strict program negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been plentiful. Hinged on concerns about arbitrary regulations and insufficient patient access, advocates for medical marijuana access worry the program will be too small and restrictive to be effective.

However, New York is not the only state facing hurdles in implementing medical marijuana laws. In states across the country, legislators are struggling to enact the regulations necessary for legalized medical marijuana programs to function properly, leaving patients with long wait times and a slew of confusing procedures. Here are seven other states that are struggling to translate their marijuana legalization laws as they exist on paper into the real world.
 

Massachusetts

In 2012, Massachusetts's voters approved via ballot initiative the legalization of medical marijuana and state-regulated dispensaries, but overcomplicated licensing procedures allowed not a single dispensary to open. Two dozen lawsuits followed a two-and-a-half-year wait for the law to be enforced.


Read More: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/7-states-where-medical-marijuana-is-legal-but-barely-accessible-20150609


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Charges Filed Against Medical Marijuana Advocate in Kansas

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A medical marijuana advocate who at least temporarily lost custody of her 11-year-old son following comments he made during a drug education program at school now faces criminal charges.

The Finney County Attorney's office announced Friday that 37-year-old Shona Banda faces five criminal counts related to the March 24 incident: distribution or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school property; unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, tetrahydrocannabinol; possession of drug paraphernalia; and endangering a child.

The divorced Garden City mother sparked a conversation on social media after going public with her story. Her attorney, Sarah Swain, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

Banda is a motivational speaker and author of a book "Live Free or Die: Reclaim your Life ... Reclaim your Country!" that recounts her use of concentrated cannabis oil to treat Crohn's Disease.

In the news release announcing the charges, the county attorney's office noted it is illegal in Kansasto use or possess marijuana and its derivatives as well as to manufacture those drugs for personal use or otherwise.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/charges-filed-against-medical-marijuana-advocate-kansas


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