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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin Endorses Marijuana Legalization Bill

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 26th 2016 by THCFinder
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Gov. Peter Shumlin and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Richard Sears (D-Bennington) today detailed legislation to cautiously and deliberately legalize marijuana in Vermont. The move comes after the Governor announced in his State of the State Address that he and Senator Sears would work to draft common-sense legislation to better regulate and eliminate the black market for a substance that over 80,000 Vermonters – almost one in eight – already report using on a monthly basis.

“The War on Drugs has failed when it comes to marijuana prohibition,” Gov. Shumlin said. “Under the status quo, marijuana use is widespread, Vermonters have little difficulty procuring it for personal use, and the shadows of prohibition make it nearly impossible to address key issues like prevention, keeping marijuana out of the hands of minors, and dealing with those driving under the influence who are already on Vermont’s roads. The system has failed. The question for us is how do we deal with that failure. Vermont can take a smarter approach that regulates marijuana in a thoughtful way, and this bill provides a framework for us to do that.”

In his State of the State Address, the Governor outlined five principles he will insist on in any legislation to legalize marijuana.

  • A legal market must keep marijuana and other drugs out of the hands of underage kids. With 83 percent of Vermont youth saying that marijuana is easy or somewhat easy to obtain, the current system doesn’t do this. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/vermont-governor-peter-shumlin-endorses-marijuana-legalization-bill/


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Denver NORML Vows to Legalize Social Pot Use

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

The question of whether to allow on-site pot consumption throughout the city of Denver has been the subject of controversial debate for the past year. So far, activists and local officials have not yet been able to find a common ground to put in front of voters. It is this indefinite stalling at the negotiation table that has promoted a newly organized chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) to jump into the mix in an attempt to put the issue of social pot consumption—and possibly even cannabis cafes—on the ballot in 2016.

In the summer of last year, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the organization credited with the success of Colorado's Amendment 64, announced that they were putting together an initiative aimed at allowing pot to be smoked in designated areas of establishments where alcohol is served. It was called the “Limited Social Marijuana Consumption Initiative,” and its intended purpose was to give bars and restaurants the freedom to designate a portion of their physical dwelling to those who wanted to partake in recreational marijuana. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/denver-norml-vows-legalize-social-pot-use


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Maryland Legislature Rejects Veto, Paraphernalia Decriminalized

Category: News | Posted on Sun, January, 24th 2016 by THCFinder

Despite an attempt by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to continue bringing the criminal hammer down on those caught in possession of marijuana paraphernalia, those caught with pipes, bongs and other smoking devises no longer have to worry about being sent to jail.

On Thursday, the Maryland legislature, dominated by Democratic forces, took precedence over a number of the governor’s vetoes, including a bill that would have allowed the possession of drug paraphernalia to remain a criminal offense. Both the House and Senate locked in a fiendish override to Hogan’s rejection of last year’s proposal intended to strengthen the scope of the state’s decriminalization laws. 

Although Maryland moved to decriminalize the possession of marijuana in 2014, the bill did not come attached with a provision that allowed paraphernalia to be treated in the same manner. Senator Bobby Zirkin attempted to fix this oversight last year with the introduction of Senate Bill 517—a proposal intended to bring some balance to the decriminalization law by removing the criminal penalties for the possession of all things associated with the consumption of cannabis.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/maryland-legislature-rejects-veto-paraphernalia-decriminalized


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This Latest Marijuana Study Could Blaze a Trail for Legalization

Category: News | Posted on Sun, January, 24th 2016 by THCFinder

The year may have only just begun, but 2016 is shaping up to arguably be the most important in marijuana's history.

Don't get me wrong, we've witnessed a number of marijuana milestones over the last two decades. In 1996, California became the first state to approve the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Since then 22 additional states, along with Washington, D.C., have also legalized its use for select ailments. In 2012, residents in Washington state and Colorado voted in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use in persons aged 21 and up. And, just last year, the federal government relaxed research standards and removed many of the hoops researchers needed to jump through to conduct studies into the benefits and/or risks of marijuana.

Read More:http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/01/23/this-latest-marijuana-study-could-blaze-a-trail-fo.aspx


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California Marijuana Growers Face New Crop of Local Bans

Category: News | Posted on Sat, January, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

When the California Legislature passed the state's first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in September, pot advocates hoped the move heralded a new era of trust in their often-tumultuous relationship with wary local officials and police.

So far, it hasn't turned out that way.

Facing what appears to be a rapidly closing window for action, dozens of cities and counties from across California are racing to enact new bans on marijuana-growing. Some apply only to commercial cultivation, both indoor and outdoor, but many would also prohibit personal pot gardens that have been legal - or at least overlooked - for 19 years.

Read More:http://abc7news.com/health/california-marijuana-growers-face-new-crop-of-local-bans/1171487/


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Pot States Take Fresh Look At Out-Of-State Investment

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

DENVER (AP) -- States that have legalized pot are taking a fresh look at making it easier for out-of-state investors to get in the weed business, saying the industry's ongoing difficulty in banking means they need new options to finance expansion.

The four states that allow recreational pot sales - Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington - have another big reason to take a new look at pot investment. That's California, the nation's most populous state and largest marijuana producer, though it allows the drug only for people with certain medical ailments.

California voters could approve recreational pot this fall, giving the nascent pot industries in the other states reason to want to attract investment now, before a giant enters the picture. California has no ban on out-of-state owners, pressuring other pot states to loosen the rules before California opens for business.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pot-states-take-fresh-look-out-state-investment


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