Michigan Marijuana Legalization Drive Reaches 100,000 Signatures

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Michigan Marijuana Legalization Drive Reaches 100,000 Signatures | Paul Armentano Proponents of a Michigan voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the personal use and retail sale of cannabis statewide has gathered over 100,000 signatures in the past six weeks. Advocates must collect a total of 252,523 valid signatures from registered voters by mid-November in order to qualify the measure — the Michigan Regulation and […] Michigan Marijuana Legalization Drive Reaches 100,000 Signatures | The Daily Chronic The Daily Chronic

Action Alert: Tell the Senate to Expand Veterans’ Access to Medical Cannabis

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Action Alert: Tell the Senate to Expand Veterans’ Access to Medical Cannabis | NORML This Wednesday, July 12th, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee will convene to discuss the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. This legislative debate provides lawmakers with the opportunity to expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nation’s veterans. Presently, V.A. doctors in states where cannabis therapy is permitted are forbidden […] Action Alert: Tell the Senate to Expand Veterans’ Access to … Read More

Tale of Two New Yorks as NYPD Continues Discriminatory Marijuana Arrests

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Tale of Two New Yorks as NYPD Continues Discriminatory Marijuana Arrests | Drug Policy Alliance NEW YORK, NY — The Marijuana Arrest Research Project will release a major report Tuesday, commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance. The report, Unjust and Unconstitutional: 60,000 Jim Crow Marijuana Arrests in Mayor de Blasio’s New York, shows that despite changing mayoral administrations and police commissioners, the NYPD continues to make large numbers of unjust and […] Tale of Two New Yorks as NYPD Continues Discriminatory … Read More

Oregon’s Legal Marijuana Economy is Generating Millions, Report Says

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Oregon’s Legal Marijuana Economy is Generating Millions, Report Says | NORML SALEM, OR — Oregon’s state licensed cannabis industry has created over 12,500 new jobs and is generating over $ 300 million in annual wages, according to a preliminary economic report provided to the legislature’s House Committee on Economic Development and Trade. The report, authored by Whitney Economics, identified over 900 cannabis-related businesses (as of February 21, 2007), with another 1,225 businesses […] Oregon’s Legal Marijuana Economy is Generating Millions, Report Says | The Daily … Read More

Nevada Reaps $500k in Pot Taxes while Massachusetts Earns Nothing

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Nevada Reaps $ 500k in Pot Taxes while Massachusetts Earns Nothing | Scott Gacek Two of the states that legalized the adult use of marijuana in November have taken very different approaches to the opening of the retail marijuana marketplace. In Nevada, where lawmakers and state regulators pushed for an early start to retail marijuana sales six months before the voter-approved measure called for it, marijuana sales began just […] Nevada Reaps $ 500k in Pot Taxes while Massachusetts Earns … Read More

Lawsuit Challenges Florida’s Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban

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Lawsuit Challenges Florida’s Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban | Paul Armentano Representatives of Florida for Care filed litigation Thursday challenging a statewide ban on medical cannabis smoking. The suit was expected after lawmakers approved legislation (SB 8A) in June amending Amendment 2 — a voter initiated constitutional amendment permitting the use and distribution of medical cannabis. Seventy-one percent of voters approved the amendment in November. Senate […] Lawsuit Challenges Florida’s Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban | The Daily Chronic The Daily Chronic

When LA Closed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Crime Went Up

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When LA Closed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Crime Went Up | Paul Armentano The closure of medical marijuana dispensaries is associated with an increase in larceny, property crimes, and other criminal activities, according to data published in the Journal of Urban Economics. Researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine assessed the impact of dispensary closures on neighborhood crimes rates in the city […] When LA Closed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Crime Went Up | The Daily … Read More

Delaware Creates Marijuana Legalization Task Force

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Delaware Creates Marijuana Legalization Task Force | Marijuana Policy Project DOVER, DE — The General Assembly passed a concurrent resolution Saturday morning to create a task force that will study regulating and taxing marijuana for adult use in Delaware. The Adult Use Cannabis Task Force “shall study adoption of a model for regulation and taxation of adult-use cannabis in Delaware, including local authority and control, […] Delaware Creates Marijuana Legalization Task Force | The Daily Chronic The Daily Chronic

Drug War Torture: South Dakota Forcibly Catheterizes Three-Year Old

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Drug War Torture: South Dakota Forcibly Catheterizes Three-Year Old | Phillip Smith The state of South Dakota is practicing a form of drug war excess tantamount to torture, according to a pair of federal lawsuits filed by the ACLU on June 28. One suit charges that law enforcement and medical personnel subject drug suspects to forcible catheterization if they refuse to submit to a drug test. The […] Drug War Torture: South Dakota Forcibly Catheterizes Three-Year Old | The Daily … Read More

Will Congress Let Jeff Sessions Shut Down Medical Marijuana?

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Will Congress Let Jeff Sessions Shut Down Medical Marijuana? | Justin Strekal This week, the House Appropriations Committee released its 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which determines the funding levels for numerous federal agencies, including the Department of Justice. Predictably, the bill does not include language — known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment — limiting the Justice Department from taking action against state-sanctioned medical cannabis producers, […] Will Congress Let Jeff Sessions Shut Down Medical Marijuana? | The Daily … Read More

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