Proposed Tax On Medical Marijuana Called Unfair To Patients
Everett, Wash. (Metro) -- Medical marijuana providers are now openly fighting a proposed tax that they say would be unfair to patients.
One of them tells "The Everett Herald" he hopes lawmakers would at least direct money from the tax toward research on pot rather than use it to ease the state's financial problems.
Under the proposal, marijuana would be taxed 25-percent at each of three steps in the sale and distribution process.
Oklahoma medical marijuana bill granted hearing
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to legalize the medical use of marijuana in Oklahoma has been granted a hearing in a Senate committee.
The bill by Democratic Sen. Constance Johnson of Oklahoma City will be considered Monday by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, where it'll likely face stiff opposition.
Johnson has introduced several measures over the last several years to ease the penalties for marijuana possession, but they typically have not even been granted a hearing.
Tulsa Republican Sen. Brian Crain chairs the panel and says that while he personally opposes the idea, he agreed to hear the bill because of Johnson's persistence.
The bill would allow a qualified patient or designated caregiver to possess up to eight ounces of dried marijuana and 12 plants.
Bill unveiled to legalize medical pot
Flanked by more than 150 advocates from around the country, Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer on Monday put forward his legislation allowing states to legalize medical marijuana in an effort to end the confusion surrounding federal pot policy.
Blumeanuer’s legislation, which has 13 co-sponsors — including GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California — would create a framework for the FDA to eventually legalize medicinal marijuana. It would also block the feds from interfering in any of the 19 states where medical marijuana is legal.
At a press conference outside the Capitol, Blumenauer didn’t attack the Drug Enforcement Agency for targeting marijuana dispensaries or blame the Justice Department for forcing marijuana businesses to operate in a legal gray zone. Instead, he pitched his legislation as a solution to the confusion surrounding federal marijuana policy.
Read more: http://www.politico.com
Hawaii Senate to Hear Testimony on Marijuana Decriminalization
Category: News | Posted on Sun, February, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
HONOLULU, HI — Lawmakers in the Hawaii Senate will hear testimony on a bill to decriminalize minor marijuana possession offenses Tuesday.
Members of the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee will hear testimony on Senate Bill 472, which would reduce minor marijuana possession offenses to a non-criminal, $100 fine-only offense.
The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 am HST on Tuesday, Febrauary 26.
Currently, the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for non-medical purposes is classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Read more: http://www.thedailychronic.net
Bill to vacate Washington misdemeanor marijuana convictions draws objections
Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
SEATTLE -- A bill that would allow people to have their Washington state misdemeanor marijuana convictions vacated drew some interesting objections Wednesday at a hearing in Olympia.
Democratic Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon of Burien told the House Public Safety Committee that after Initiative 502 passed, allowing adults over 21 to have up to an ounce of marijuana under state law, he started thinking about the thousands of people who have criminal records for activity that is now legal -- criminal records that can keep people from getting jobs, housing or loans.
Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Fitzgibbon's bill would allow them to petition to have their convictions quickly vacated, rather than waiting the three years after completing their sentence that people typically have to wait before making such a request, he said. Since 2008, he said, 1,828 people in Washington have faced misdemeanor convictions where marijuana possession was their only offense.
"This is a bill about giving them a second chance," Fitzgibbon said.
Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com
U.S. drug czar: We will enforce federal marijuana laws
Category: News | Posted on Wed, February, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
President Obama’s drug czar told a Canadian magazine recently that the federal government would still go after Marijuana growers and distributors, despite the recent ballot initiatives that decriminalized marijuana usage in those states.
Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said he opposed state-based efforts to legalize marijuana.
“I think a patchwork of policies would create real difficulties,” he said in an interview with Maclean’s. “I don’t see the legalization of drugs and making them widely available as a good thing.”
Proponents of marijuana legalization argued that Colorado and Washington are doing everything they can to respect federal law while still asserting their right to treat marijuana similarly to alcohol.
“The question is whether federal officials want these states to regulate marijuana sales and bring them above board, or keep them in the underground market where they are controlled by the cartels,” wrote Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, in an email to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We are hopeful [federal officials] will see the benefits of regulating marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol, and we are pleased to see the progress these two states are making toward doing just that.”
Even the president knows that policing recreational marijuana use is a waste of time and money, said Tvert.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com
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