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The State of Marijuana in Texas After the 2017 Legislative Session

Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 4th 2017 by THCFinder

At the close of the 2017 legislative session, marijuana remains illegal to produce, possess, use or sell in Texas. While cities like Dallas have moved to implement cite-and-release policies, which allow police to send people holding marijuana home with a court summons, the state maintains its stiff penalties for drugs.

This year, however, legislators on both sides of the aisle made progress toward loosening and removing those restrictions. While Texas Gov. Greg Abbott won't have any bills coming across his desk in 2017 to reform the state's marijuana policies, there are signs that he or his successor might get an opportunity to do so in 2019. With an eye toward what's coming, let's take a look at how several marijuana bills performed this session.

Read More:http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/texas-legislature-2017-marijuana-law-recap-9522506


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Nevada’s Plan for Early Recreational Marijuana Sales Might Be Sabotaged

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 3rd 2017 by THCFinder

Nevada’s concept of using its medical marijuana market to temporarily service the recreational sector is scheduled to launch sometime within the next month.

According to a report from the Las Vegas Sun, there are more than 140 applicants vying to become the first to sell weed in manner similar to beer.

The goal of the “early sales” initiative was to give adults 21 and older the freedom to walk into a state licensed dispensary and purchase up to an ounce of weed without flashing a medical marijuana card. Meanwhile, it would give state officials some breathing room while putting together the regulations for the full-scale market set to launch next year.

In the development phase, lawmakers pressed the importance of getting recreational pot sales up and running in enough time to beat the summertime tourism rush. After all, Las Vegas alone is predicted to see as many as 43 million visitors this year.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/nevadas-plan-for-early-recreational-marijuana-sales-might-be-sabotaged/


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Sparks fly over marijuana legalization

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 3rd 2017 by THCFinder

Politically influential opponents of Delaware's marijuana legalization bill voiced their concerns Thursday in a roundtable conversation with Gov. John Carney and the bill's sponsors.

A gaggle of cannabis legalization activists watched on and many offered opinions during a comment session, resulting in a lively and largely measured debate about the future of marijuana in Delaware. 

At question is House Bill 110, or the Delaware Marijuana Control Act, which would regulate the recreational use of less than one ounce of marijuana "in the same manner as alcohol." 

Read More:http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/06/02/sparks-fly-over-marijuana-legalization/362654001/


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Colorado’s Pot Windfall Taxes Figure into State’s Recently Approved Budget

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 2nd 2017 by THCFinder

As legal weed in Colorado continues to rake in millions, the state released its budget last Friday. Anti-pot governors and federal legislators should take a good look at the pot tax windfall and how it’s going to be spent.

The budget not only manages to avoid what Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper called “draconian cuts” to hospitals and schools, it actually boosts school funding, averts the expected hospital cuts and secures millions of dollars for a new state-led program to combat homelessness, per the Denver Post.

Colorado’s Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, more than $105 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year, will be spent on health programs in public schools, housing for at-risk populations and a new treatment program to deal with the opioid crisis, according to public state data.

The Department of Education will receive an additional $9.7 million in marijuana taxes to create a grant program to support up to 150 healthcare workers whose tasks will include visiting high schools where they will provide “education, universal screening, referral, and care coordination for students with substance abuse and other behavioral health needs” by increasing access to “more appropriate services outside the criminal justice system.”

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/colorados-pot-windfall-taxes-figure-into-states-recently-approved-budget/


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Why Are Authorities in Detroit Furiously Closing Down Dispensaries?

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 1st 2017 by THCFinder

So far, 167 Detroit pot shops have been closed down and dozens more are expected to get the same treatment.

Attorney for the city of Detroit, Melvin Butch Hollowell, said that 283 dispensaries were identified last year that are all operating illegally.

“At the time I sent a letter to each one of them, indicating that unless you have a fully licensed facility, you are operating at your own risk,” Hollowell told the Detroit Free Press.

Hollowell added that an additional 51 shops were earmarked to be closed in the coming weeks.

These closures will ultimately bring Detroit a step closer to its “goal” of only having 50 dispensaries operating in the state’s largest city.

Recently recovering from bankruptcy, Detroit has a population of nearly 700,000, down from 1.8 million in 1950 when it was a teeming city, before urban blight took hold.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/why-are-authorities-in-detroit-furiously-closing-down-dispensaries/


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Setback in State’s Quest to Steal Grandmother’s Home Because Her Son Sold Pot

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 1st 2017 by THCFinder

Elizabeth Young is a 72-year-old widow and former Amtrak employee who lived in a modest brick row house in West Philadelphia beginning in the 1970s. She lived there until 2013, when the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania took it.

You should know Elizabeth Young has not been accused of a crime by the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Allegations of committing a crime is the usual precursor to conviction of a crime—which, in turn, is the usual precursor to being punished for a crime.

Crime and [then] Punishment. Simple. That’s how it works. Right?

Surprise! Wrong. That’s not how it works.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/setback-in-states-quest-to-steal-grandmothers-home-because-her-son-sold-pot/


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