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Maine Initiatives Join Forces to Bring Down Prohibition, Other States Should Take Note

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

Two marijuana advocacy groups working to make Maine one of the next states to legalize a recreational cannabis industry have decided—rather than continue to fight over semantics—to form a wicked alliance in an effort to get one solid initiative on the ballot in the 2016 election.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, threw its hands in the air on Monday and joined forces with a competing ballot initiative overseen by Legalize Maine. Together, this inbred monster of activism will combine their resources in hopes of collecting the remaining 61,000 signatures needed to put the issue of legal weed up to the voters next year.

“Joining forces is the best step forward, not only for our respective campaigns, but for Maine as a whole,” said David Boyer, campaign manager for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, in a statement. “We all agree marijuana prohibition has been a colossal failure and that it must be replaced with a system in which marijuana is legal for adults and regulated like alcohol. We can more effectively accomplish our shared goal by combining our resources and working together instead of on parallel tracks.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/maine-initiatives-join-forces-bring-down-prohibition-other-states-should-take-note


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Arkansas rejects marijuana legalisation due to 'spelling and grammar errors' in proposal

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

Plans to legalise marijuana in Arkansas have been scuppered - by spelling errors and “ambiguities in text”.

Arkansas Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge, said “errors of grammar, punctuation and spelling” were the reason behind her rejection of the constitutional amendment, the Associated Pressreports.

The proposal, written by Marry Berry, a resident of Summit, Arkansas, called for all residents to cultivate, produce, possess and use cannabis and anything produced from the plant.

Phrases queried in the proposal by Ms Rutledge included: "Any person eighteen (18) years of age and older", to which she said the “and” should have been “or”, Russia Today reports.

Read More:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/arkansas-rejects-legalisation-of-marijuana-due-to-spelling-and-grammar-errors-in-proposal-cannabis-a6710206.html


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Dope or Rope? Feds Raid Reservation of Wisconsin's Menominee Tribe

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

DEA agents raided the reservation of Wisconsin's Menominee Indian Tribe last week, destroying what federal authorities say was a crop of illegal marijuana— but tribal authorities say it was a field of industrial hemp.

Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad said agents executed a search warrant and seized about 30,000 marijuana plants weighing several thousand pounds. But tribal chairman Gary Besaw is flatly contradicting this.

"I am deeply disappointed that Obama administration has made the decision to utilize the full force of the DEA to raid our Tribe," Besaw said in a statement, according to Milwaukee's CBS 58. "We were attempting to grow industrial hemp for research purposes in accordance with the farm bill."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dope-or-rope-feds-raid-reservation-wisconsins-menominee-tribe


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Las Vegas police face civil rights lawsuit over medical marijuana arrests

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

A former Las Vegas woman claims she and a guest were falsely imprisoned in 2013 after police searched her home and illegally confiscated her supply of medical marijuana.

Courtney Rogalski, a medical marijuana patient who now lives in Canada, and California resident Westley McNeal filed a civil rights lawsuit in August against the Metropolitan Police Department and several officers. In September, the defendants transferred the case from Clark County District Court to U.S. District Court.

Attorney Craig Anderson, who is representing Metro in the litigation, could not be reached for comment.

According to the lawsuit, Las Vegas police detectives searched Rogalski's home on Aug. 30, 2013, with a warrant signed by Justice of the Peace Cynthia Cruz.

The detectives found 382 grams of marijuana, or about 13 ounces, and 32 marijuana plants. Rogalski was arrested and charged with two felonies: possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

Read More:http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/las-vegas-police-face-civil-rights-lawsuit-over-medical-marijuana-arrests


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Voters asked to let state keep tax money from marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

Among the decisions Colorado voters will make in voting that ends Nov. 3 is how to allocate $66 million collected from retail marijuana taxes.

If voters approve Proposition BB — the Colorado Marijuana TABOR Refund Measure — the state retains the money. If it is rejected, the revenue will be refunded to the marijuana industry and taxpayers.

The state estimates each taxpayer would receive about $8.

Under Article X of the Colorado Constitution — generally referred to as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights — voters must ratify any new taxes.

In 2013, voters approved Proposition AA to establish excise and sales tax on retail marijuana. Proposition AA was required as a result of Amendment 64, which legalized the sale and consumption of retail cannabis to adults 21 and older.

Read More:http://www.aspentimes.com/news/18753900-113/voters-asked-to-let-state-keep-pot-tax


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Study: As Pot Prohibition Slowly Becomes Thing of the Past, Consumers Less Likely to Abuse It

Category: News | Posted on Sat, October, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

The outcome of legalizing marijuana has not had the effect that prohibitionists warned and expected. The behavioral and psychological problems that they feared would follow legalization have not materialized.

Contrary to what prohibitionists tend to assume, the increase in pot-related problems following legalization are not proportional to the increase in consumption. In a recent article, Forbes pointed out that people prone to excess are less likely to be deterred by prohibition than people with more moderate habits.

That being the case, problematic users likely represent a smaller share of cannabis consumers after legalization than they did before, which means marijuana’s benefit-to-cost ratio has improved, Forbesnoted.  

A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry provides some evidence that as the number of cannabis consumers increases, the percentage of those who experience serious cannabis-related problems will decline.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/study-pot-prohibition-slowly-becomes-thing-past-consumers-less-likely-abuse-it


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