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On D.C.’s one-year anniversary with legalized marijuana, work remains

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

More than a year has passed since District voters legalized marijuana. On Feb. 26, 2015, it became legal for adults to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants in their home. As a result, marijuana possession arrests decreased a whopping 98 percent from 2014 to 2015, dropping from 1,840 to just 32. In addition to the massive drop in marijuana possession arrests, it is worth noting that cumulative arrests for all marijuana offenses, including sales, also dropped 85 percent in that time.

This anniversary marks an enormous step forward not only for marijuana reform but also for criminal and racial justice in the District. Marijuana enforcement in the District has historically been racially biased; as recently as 2013 African Americans in the District were eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people, comprising a shocking 91 percent of possession arrests, even though rates of marijuana use and sales are comparable across racial lines and African Americans comprise roughly half the District population.

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/all-opinions-are-local/wp/2016/02/25/on-d-c-s-one-year-anniversary-with-legalized-marijuana-work-remains/


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A look at whether mailing marijuana is legal or not

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

Spoiler alert: It’s not.

According to federal laws, shipping marijuana is a crime.

Although recreational pot sales are legal in states like Oregon, that doesn’t mean mailing weed is. Mailing pot is still a crime even if the shipment is from a state where recreational marijuana is currently legal.

State law versus federal law:

Antonio Gomez, of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Chicago, discussed the difference between federal and state laws on the matter.

Read More:http://extract.suntimes.com/information-resources/10/153/16330/marijuana-mail-laws


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New laws could force marijuana dispensaries to close

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

Off licences, fast food restaurants and abandoned buildings line Gratiot Street in north-east Detroit where the cannabis dispensary 420 Dank stands.

The store is not owner Kim Gaetano's first foray into the medical marijuana business. The mother of two ran legal marijuana shops in Colorado and Washington before moving to Detroit to be closer to family.

Her shop sells cannabis flowers as well as edible products and has a 24-hour drive-through for patients who find it difficult to get out of their cars, especially in the harsh Michigan winter.

Read More:http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35489442


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Recreational Marijuana Sales Outpace Tax Registrations in Oregon

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Nearly a fourth of Oregon's medical marijuana dispensaries selling the drug recreationally are not registered to pay taxes on those sales.

Dispensaries have until Feb. 29 to pay a 25 percent sales tax on January recreational marijuana sales.

As of Thursday, 245 out of 320 dispensaries selling recreational pot had set up accounts with the state Department of Revenue, according to reports from the Register-Guard.

Oregon Department of Revenue spokeswoman Joy Krawczyk says the department expects an upswing in registrations as the deadline nears.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/recreational-marijuana-sales-outpace-tax-registrations-oregon


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Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Poised For Full Senate Vote

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

vermont marijuana decriminalizationThe Vermont Senate Committee on Appropriations approved a bill (4-3) on Monday that would end marijuana prohibition in the state and regulate marijuana for adult use. It is now expected to receive a full Senate vote.

“The Senate has worked diligently and deliberately on this legislation,” said Matt Simon, the Montpelier-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Most Vermonters believe it’s time to end prohibition and regulate marijuana, and it appears most of their state senators agree. We are hopeful that the Senate will approve this commonsense legislation and send it over to the House for its consideration.”

  1. 241 would make it legal for adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and establish a tightly controlled system of licensed marijuana cultivation sites, testing facilities, and retail stores. It would also create a study commission to examine issues such as edible marijuana products and home cultivation, which would not be allowed under the bill. It would remain illegal to consume marijuana in public or drive under the influence of marijuana. If approved, rulemaking would begin this summer, but the new law would not take effect until January 2018.

    Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/vermont-marijuana-legalization-bill-poised-for-full-senate-vote/

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Colorado Seeks To Create Organic Marijuana Labeling Rules

Category: News | Posted on Sun, February, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

growing marijuanaI always say that the average marijuana consumer becomes more and more sophisticated every day. There will always be marijuana consumers that live in the ‘dark ages’ but with more and more states creating regulated marijuana industries, marijuana consumers are increasingly making their purchases at regulated outlets. Most marijuana consumers that I know that make their purchases at regulated outlets say that they do so because they like knowing what they are buying, something that isn’t always the case with the black market.

More and more consumers that I know are demanding all organic cannabis, and that’s a trend that I expect to continue moving forward. But what does that mean? What makes one harvest ‘organic’ and one not? That’s something that Colorado lawmakers debated started Friday. Per ABC:

Colorado starts work Friday on becoming the first state to regulate organic labels in its pot industry, with other legal weed states watching to see whether they too should step in to help consumers wondering what’s on their weed. Organic standards are regulated federally, and pot remains illegal at the federal level, meaning there’s nothing stopping commercial pot growers from calling their wares organic.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/colorado-seeks-to-create-organic-marijuana-labeling-rules/


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