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US Legalization Forcing Mexican Drug Cartels Out of the Marijuana Business

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

Although there are only a handful of states operating fully legal cannabis markets in the United States, they appear to be chipping away at the financial foundation of the Mexican drug cartels. Indeed, while Uncle Sam has maintained a disastrous four-decade-long plan intended to sabotage the smuggling efforts rising up from the southern nation, a new report from the U.S. Border Patrol reveals that statewide legalization efforts here in the Land of the Free have put a serious dent in Mexican pot exports. 

A recent analysis by the Washington Post indicates that Border Patrol agents seized less marijuana along the Mexican border in 2015 than they have in nearly a decade. The latest data shows that while agents hit a pinnacle in 2009, getting their hands on around 4 million pounds of weed, they only confiscated in upwards of 1.5 million pounds last year. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-legalization-forcing-mexican-drug-cartels-out-marijuana-business


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Supreme Court may decide on Colorado marijuana legalization case

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

The U.S. Supreme Court may be nearing a decision on whether to hear a case brought against Colorado by two neighboring states over marijuana legalization.

Supreme Court justices were scheduled to meet privately Friday to discuss the case, which was filed in 2014 by the attorneys general in Nebraska and Oklahoma.

The justices won't have decided at the meeting whether to upend legalization in Colorado, as the lawsuit requests. Instead, the justices must decide first whether even to take up the case.

Their decision could be announced as early as Monday. But Sam Kamin, a professor at the University of Denver who specializes in marijuana law and who has followed the lawsuit closely, said there are no guarantees the justices even got around to talking about the case Friday. The court twice before had scheduled to discuss the case at conferences, only for the discussion to be pushed back.

Read More:http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29596699/supreme-court-may-decide-colorado-marijuana-legalization-case


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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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Legal marijuana is finally doing what the drug war couldn’t

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

Legal marijuana may be doing at least one thing that a decades-long drug war couldn't: taking a bite out of Mexican drug cartels' profits.

The latest data from the U.S. Border Patrol shows that last year, marijuana seizures along the southwest border tumbled to their lowest level in at least a decade. Agents snagged roughly 1.5 million pounds of marijuana at the border, down from a peak of nearly 4 million pounds in 2009.

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/03/03/legal-marijuana-is-finally-doing-what-the-drug-war-couldnt/


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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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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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