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Lawmakers have doubts that the system to license marijuana sales in California will be in place by deadline

Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, February, 1st 2017 by THCFinder

State lawmakers voiced doubts Monday about the ability of state agencies to finish crafting regulations and a licensing system for the sale of recreational marijuana in California by the end of this year, as promised to voters.

The possibility of delay was raised at a hearing at the Capitol by three state Senate committees looking into whether state agencies are on track to complete the work this year.

Agencies responsible for constructing a system for selling marijuana in California, including the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, have fallen behind in some key tasks. Officials acknowledged that, while they can begin processing license applications by Jan. 1, 2018, the agency may not be able to issue all of the tens of thousands of licenses expected to be applied for by that deadline.

Read More:http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-marijuana-license-timeline-20170131-story.html


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Trump has two paths he can take on marijuana legalization — here's how they could affect you

Category: Politics | Posted on Sun, January, 29th 2017 by THCFinder

President Donald Trump set an ambitious agenda in his first full week in office.

After his inauguration on January 20, Trump signed an executive order that directs federal agencies to start rolling back the Affordable Care Act, revived two controversial oil pipelines, staged a war on the media, and played a game of chicken with the president of Mexico.

But we still don't know much about Trump's plans for marijuana legalization. There's a pretty simple explanation for that uncertainty: His administration finds itself in a bit of a Catch-22.

When it comes to marijuana legalization, there are two basic paths Trump can choose from. He can try to stamp out the $6.8 billion legal marijuana industry, or support states' rights to legislate their own drug policy.

Read More:http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-on-marijuana-legalization-2017-1


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Toke Grenades: DC Activists Pull Off Marijuana Fueled Trump Protest

Category: Politics | Posted on Sat, January, 21st 2017 by THCFinder

“America first” floated into a cloud of marijuana smoke. 

marijuana-themed protest of Donald Trump’s inauguration went off as planned on Friday, with several thousand (sort-of-legal) cannabis joints distributed and at least several hundred smoked four minutes into Trump’s first address as the nation’s chief executive.

As much less mellow protesters burned trash cans on K Street and President Donald Trump’s triumphant Inauguration Day parade trundled past empty bleachers, activists with DCMJ—the organization behind the successful 2014 ballot measure that legalized marijuana possession and cultivation in Washington, D.C.fulfilled their vow to mark the occasion with a protest smoke.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/politics/toke-grenades-dc-activists-pull-off-marijuana-fueled-trump-protest/


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Advocates Urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to Demand that Sessions Clarify his Position on Legalized Medical and Adult-Use Marijuana

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, January, 12th 2017 by THCFinder

DCMJ will begins line sitting at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday morningWill Sessions Force Trump to Flip-Flop on his Legalization Position?

WASHINGTON – On the eve of confirmation hearings for U.S. Attorney General-nominee Jeff Sessions, legalization advocates called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to press the Alabama senator to state clearly whether he would overturn the will of the voters by cracking down on legalized marijuana.

“Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump have publicly stated opposite opinions on legalized marijuana and states rights. The voters and legislatures in 28 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana for medical use, and another eight states and the District of Columbia that approved adult-use marijuana, have a right to know where Sessions stands on the issue,” said Adam Eidinger, co-founder of the leading cannabis advocacy group DCMJ.

Trump has stated he respects the rights of states that legalize marijuana and even has 

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/advocates-urge-senate-judiciary-committee-demand-sessions-clarify-position-legalized-medical-adult-use-marijuana/


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Trump’s U.S. Attorney General Nominee Could Destroy Current Cannabis Policies

Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, December, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

When I went to MJ Biz Con  last month, I attended a panel called “Win, Lose, or Draw: 2016 Election Post Game” that featured various cannabis policy experts.  One of those experts was Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of The Drug Policy Alliance.  When Nadelmann was asked about post election presidential results, he actually stood on the stage and addressed the audience and stated, “This administration that we have just voted in to our federal government is going to be the biggest test of the American democracy since the Civil War. We should all be profoundly concerned, and what we did is the most devastatingly destructive thing we could’ve done on a national front.”  He stated this during a portion of the panel discussion where the speakers were urging people in the cannabis industry (or entering the cannabis industry) to work together on collaborative efforts in order to keep the ground we have made so far and also to, hopefully, gain more. 

It appears that Nadelmann and other panelists, such as Dale Sky Jones, Exectuive Chancellor at Oaksterdam University, who followed up Nadelmann’s statement and urged cannabis industry professionals to stand in a unified voice, were spot on about this being a critical time for us to stand together, since now we are facing an anti-marijuana U.S. Attorney General.  Yes, Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Senator whom President-elect Trump nominated to this position, seems to have some kind of cruel plan in store to modify the way our federal government approaches states that legalized marijuana.  

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/trumps-attorney-general-nominee-destroy-current-cannabis-policies/


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7 Reasons President Trump Is Unlikely to Fight Legal Marijuana

Category: Politics | Posted on Fri, December, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

A look at why it would be hard to stop what the states have started

With Donald Trump nominating Cabinet members who have spoken out against legal marijuana, some are arguing that the war on drugs may make a comeback. But while there’s reason for anxiety among those selling recreational marijuana legally in states like Colorado and Washington, an all-out war remains unlikely.

Experts say that trying to undo legalization at this point would come with serious economic and political hurdles.

Read More:http://time.com/4594445/legal-marijuana-trump-sessions-policy/


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