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NY State Assembly Passes Legislation To Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

new york marijuana decriminalization assemblyYesterday, the New York State Assembly voted in support of A10092, a bill that will seal the criminal records of people who have been unjustly and unconstitutionally arrested for simple possession of marijuana in public view. The bipartisan vote was 99 in favor and 42 opposed. Over the last 20 years, over 700,000 New Yorkers have been arrested for simple possession of marijuana. Those convicted face significant barriers to accessing education, employment, housing opportunities, and other state services.

“I introduced the marijuana sealing bill because drug laws have created a permanent underclass of people unable to find jobs after a conviction,” said Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes.“One of the most damaging issues derived from the war on drugs is that the policies are inherently racist. Communities of color have been devastated by bad drug policies and hyper-criminalization for the last 40 years. It is an approach that has never worked and has caused significantly more harm than good to our communities and to our families. If today’s moment of increased attention to heroin encourages us to center public health in our drug policy, then we need to ensure that we are making amends to communities of color by alleviating the burden bad policies have had on their lives. Sealing low-level marijuana possession convictions is the first step to reintegrating thousands of New Yorkers who are inhibited daily from accessing employment, housing and an education all due to a conviction on their record for simple possession of marijuana.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/ny-state-assembly-passes-legislation-to-seal-past-marijuana-possession-convictions/


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Senate Appropriators Vote To Open Banking For Marijuana Businesses

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

congress medical marijuanaA U.S. Senate committee voted today in support of opening up banking services to state-legal marijuana businesses. By a vote of 16-14, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, forbidding the use of federal funds to penalize financial institutions that serve marijuana businesses operating legally under state law. The amendment was offered by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR).

“For the second year in a row, the Senate’s budget writers have voted to address the banking crisis facing our industry,” said National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith. “Access to basic banking services is one of the most critical challenges facing legal cannabis businesses and the state agencies tasked with regulating them.”

“While an appropriations amendment isn’t a permanent fix to the banking problem, it is a significant step to correct a dangerous and unfair burden on responsible small-business owners and regulators.

“Bipartisan coalitions in both chambers have supported these reforms. It’s time to make them the law of the land.”

Read Morehttp://www.theweedblog.com/senate-appropriators-vote-to-open-banking-for-marijuana-businesses/:


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Microsoft gets into the Cannabis business!

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

microsoft-gets-into-the-cannabis-businessFirst social media, now marijuana -- Microsoft Corp. is so hip these days.

Three days after investing in LinkedIn Corp. LNKD, -0.19%  in a record-setting $26 billion deal, the company announced its first venture into the world of marijuana, striking a partnership with KIND Financial to provide seed-to-sale software to state and local governments for the management of cannabis commerce and distribution.

The deal makes Microsoft MSFT, -0.47%  one of the first major technology companies—and one of the first major publicly traded companies -- to acknowledge the rapid legalization of marijuana, with recreational use already legalized in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington D.C., and up for vote soon in five other major states, including California.

Major brands have been mute on the controversial topic, but more have started to show their support as acceptance has spread. Last month, Walgreens Boots AllianceWBA, -0.70% posted a blog touting research showing the benefits of medical marijuana, which is now legal in 24 states.

The legal marijuana industry is expected to balloon in coming years. Sales of legalized marijuana are projected to hit $6.7 billion this year, compared with $5.4 billion a year ago, according to industry tracker ArcView Market Research.

Read more: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/microsoft-gets-into-the-weed-business-2016-06-16


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Colorado Bans Weed Gummy Bears

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

Last Friday, Colorado governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1436 into law, effectively banning THC-infused gummies in the shape of humans, animals or fruit. These shapes will be illegal starting July 1, so stock up while you can.

A purely political move which will do nothing to curb accidental ingestion of cannabis edibles by children, this ban on certain gummy shapes is a reactionary measure by lawmakers who fear that cannabis candies attract kids.

While common shapes like bears and fish that mimic mainstream candy will be banned, cannabis gummies shaped like stars, weed leaves or other geometrical shapes are still OK to produce. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/colorado-bans-weed-gummy-bears


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Colorado State University To Study Marijuana Legalization’s Impact On Communities

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 15th 2016 by THCFinder

aurora colorado marijuanaIn the lead up to the successful marijuana legalization vote in Colorado in 2012, marijuana opponent Kevin Sabet made the outlandish claim that for every dollar that marijuana legalization would generate for Colorado, there would be ten dollars in ‘social costs.’ These ‘social costs’ include policing stoned drivers, dealing with an uptick in addiction, and a bunch of other stuff that never really became reality. Kevin Sabet has been blasted many times for trying that scare tactic, and rightfully so.

The impact that marijuana legalization has had on Colorado communities has been very positive. Jobs are being created, and tax revenues are being generated. Those marijuana tax dollars are helping schools and homeless communities in Colorado. There are even scholarships set up which are funded by marijuana tax revenues. In every measurable way cannabis legalization is working in Colorado. Colorado State University-Pueblo recently received funding to study what the actual impact marijuana legalization has had on Colorado communities. Per The Denver Channel:

On Monday, Pueblo County officials agreed to provide up to $270,000 in funding to research the impact of marijuana on the community and the efficacy of treating various issues, like post-traumatic stress disorder, with medical marijuana.

Also, a new law calls for $900,000 from Colorado’s Marijuana Tax Cash Fund to be given to CSU-Pueblo for cannabis research. Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 191 on Monday, June 6.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/colorado-state-university-to-study-marijuana-legalizations-impact-on-communities/


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OLCC Approves Cannabis Tracking System 3rd Party Software Providers

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 15th 2016 by THCFinder
oregon liquor control commission olcc marijuana

(via oregonlive.com)

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission and Metrc (TM) have approved four software solution providers whose products are compatible for integration with the Oregon Recreational Marijuana Program Cannabis Tracking System (CTS).

These products will allow OLCC recreational marijuana licensees to electronically transmit inventory and sales data into the CTS, a time-saving step that eliminates the need for additional updating by manual data entry.

The approved companies include: OMMPOS of Astoria, OR, Flowhub of Denver, CO, Greenbits of Portland, OR and Odava of Portland, OR. The four companies currently have clients using their software solutions in Oregon‘s medical marijuana system.

Software solution providers can apply for certification in five inventory management categories: sales, packages, transfers, plants, and harvests; certification is also available for administrative functions: strains, items, and rooms/locations.

All licensees in Oregon‘s Recreational Marijuana system are required to use the CTS. Licensees are not required to use POS or inventory management software and can enter their CTS data manually. The OLCC is not endorsing these software solutions.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/olcc-approves-cannabis-tracking-system-3rd-party-software-providers/


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