Oregon Marijuana Penalty Reduction Bills Advancing
SALEM, OR — Two bills working their way through the Oregon legislature would significantly reduce penalties for marijuana possession offenses in Oregon.
Senate Bill 40 would reclassify marijuana offenses involving the possession of over one ounce, but less than four ounces of marijuana from a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, to a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of six months. Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana in Oregon has already been reduced to a misdemeanor that carries no possible jail time. The maximum fine for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana in Oregon is $1,000.
It also reclassifies offenses involving the possession of less than 1/4 ounce of hashish from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Senate Bill 40 passed the full Senate by a vote of 22-7 in late April, and is scheduled for a work session in the House Judiciary Committee this week.
Read more: http://www.thedailychronic.net/
Rules on the presence of marijuana are updated
Drugs in sport
Inadvertent inhaling at parties or the unwitting ingestion of a hash cookie will no longer result in athletes being thrown out of the Olympics under a revision to the list of banned substances.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), which administers the list, yesterday agreed to raise the in-competition threshold for marijuana from 15 nanograms of substance per millilitre of urine to 150ng/ml.
While tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in cannabis, will remain on the prohibited list, the relaxation of the rules reflects a growing sense of realism about its use as a social alternative to alcohol.
Read more: http://www.thetimes.co.uk
After failed marijuana test, UFC's Pat Healy loses at least $130,000 in bonuses
An evening with old friends ultimately will cost UFC lightweight Pat Healy at least $130,000 in lost bonuses.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported Tuesday, Healy (29-16 MMA, 0-1 UFC) failed a post-fight drug test following his recent UFC 159 win over fellow lightweight Jim Miller (22-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC). His third-round submission victory has been overturned to a no-contest, and he's been suspended 90 days, according to Healy.
Additionally, though the organization hasn't made a formal announcement, Healy must surrender his $65,000 "Fight of the Night" bonus and a $65,000 "Submission of the Night" award, as well as his undisclosed win bonus for the April 27 fight, which took place in Newark, N.J.
Healy, who fessed up to marijuana use in a prepared statement, used the drug while out with his friends a month before the fight, according to Phil Claud, Healy's trainer at Sports Lab in Portland, Ore.
Read more: http://www.mmajunkie.com
Saint Louis decriminalized Marijuana
If you did not catch my correction email on Monday, you may have missed that Saint Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed the local decriminalization bill into law a couple weeks ago. If so, you would not be alone in that. Mayor Slay signed the measure very quietly, without so much as a tweet about it, so neither I nor the bill’s sponsor, Alderman Shane Cohn, even knew about it until last Friday. Regardless, now that Mayor Slay has signed the bill, it will become law in the City of Saint Louis on June 1!
Fox 2 also ran a good story profiling Ken Wells, a medical marijuana patient and great activist in the Saint Louis area, that also featured some footage of our April 13 conference and comments from Show-Me Cannabis Regulation Board Chair Dan Viets. You can watch the story online and vote in their poll on cannabis policy. As of this writing, nearly 90 percent of respondents said that cannabis should be legal for both medical and recreational purposes, with another six percent saying it should be legal for medical reasons only! That’s not a scientfiic poll, obviously, but it’s nice to see that viewers are responding positively to our message.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Vermont moves toward decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana
(Reuters) - Vermont's legislature on Monday approved a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, a measure the state's governor expects to sign into law in the coming weeks.
The move sets up the New England state to be the 17th in the United States to remove criminal penalties for having small amounts of pot. It does not go as far as Colorado and Washington, which in November became the first states to legalize possession, cultivation and use of marijuana by adults for recreational use.
Vermont's House of Representatives on Monday gave final approval to a proposal to remove criminal penalties for adult possession of up to one ounce (28.3 grams) of marijuana and instead penalize with a civil fine, similar to a traffic ticket. Persons under age 21 caught with pot would be required to undergo substance abuse screening.
The House's action upheld changes to the bill last week by Vermont's Senate, including a provision that decriminalized possession of up to five grams of hashish, a potent pot derivative.
Read more: http://news.yahoo.com
Marijuana Shop Owners Paying Taxes In Cash Because Banks Can't Take Their Money
Marijuana may be legal and taxed in Colorado, but the federal government still considers anyone who sells it to be a drug dealer and won’t allow banks to offer accounts to these businesses. So how is a legal businessman supposed to pay those sales tax to the state?
One shop owner tells Bloomberg he’s got to carry a bag holding thousands of dollars in cash to the state’s revenue department in order to remit sales tax payments.
“It highlights the awkward situation we’ve been placed in,” he explains. “We are paying taxes, but despite our best efforts to be good citizens, we’re still paying in cash.”
Since the business can’t open a bank account, it has to operate on a purely cash basis, making it a target for robbery — and just a huge pain in the butt for people keeping the books.
Making matters more complicated, some state and local agencies won’t accept cash payments for required taxes and licensing fees.
Read more: http://consumerist.com
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