AUGUSTA, ME — State lawmakers in Maine are moving forward with a legislative proposal to significantly amend various provisions of the state’s 2016 voter-approved cannabis law: The Marijuana Legalization Act. Members of the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee have voted 16 to 1 in favor of overhauling the law, which has yet to be fully implemented. Lawmakers had initially […]
Seizures of indoor and outdoor cannabis crops by the US Drug Enforcement Administration rose in 2016, according to annual data compiled by the agency. According to the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report, agents confiscated more than 5.3 million marijuana plants nationwide in 2016. The total is a 20 percent increase over the agency’s 2015 […]
DENVER, CO — Retail sales of marijuana in Colorado totaled well over $ 1 billion in the first ten months of 2016 and are estimated to reach $ 1.3 billion by year’s end, according to data provided by the state’s Department of Revenue. The sales totals are an increase over last year, when retailers sold $ 996,184,788 in marijuana-related […]
On Tuesday, November 8, nine states will be voting on marijuana related ballot proposals potentially doubling the number of states that allow the recreational use of marijuana and expanding the therapeutic benefits of marijuana use to millions of Americans. Here’s where these measures stand in the latest polls. Arizona: According to an October Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite poll, […]
SPRINGFIELD, MO — Voters will not have the opportunity this November to decide on a proposed statewide proposition to permit the physician-supervised use of marijuana. A Cole County Circuit Judge has upheld a decision by St. Louis election officials to disqualify thousands of petition signatures because voters had mistakenly signed forms indicating that they resided in […]
Today is National Voter Registration Day and we are pleased to present this valuable voter education tool to the marijuana movement: NORML’s updated and revised 2016 Congressional Scorecard. The Scorecard is an all-encompassing database that assigns a letter grade of ‘A’ (the highest grade possible) to ‘F’ (the lowest grade possible) to members of Congress […]
Kentucky ramping up hemp test production in 2016
Moises Vasquez carried an armload of hemp as a crew harvested 27 acres of hemp on an Andy Graves farm near Winchester in October 2015. John Roulac, founder and CEO of hemp superfoods brand Nutiva, is planning to announce that he will buy all the …
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March 4, 2016 – Report: Cannabis Will Overtake Tobacco by 2029
Competition within the cannabis industry is fierce. San Francisco-based Ackrell Capital predicts that the cannabis industry will reach $ 100 billion by 2029, toppling numbers achieved by the tobacco industry, in a recent report. The report predicts that …
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No More Cannabis Clubs and Absolutely No Drive-Thru Dispensaries for Portland
One thing that seems to inevitably come along with marijuana legalization is the implementation of numerous restrictions that change not only state to state, but in some cases county to county. Of course, this is not much different than any other …
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Faith leaders back medical cannabis bill
The Rev. Patty C. Willis of the South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society joins members of the faith community speaking in favor of medical cannabis at the state Capitol on Friday, March 4, 2016, in Salt Lake City. She was joined by representatives …
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Colorado Cannabis Cup may move south for 2016
Mindie Flores exchanges a cash donation for a gram of Moon Rocks at the Kurrupt's Moon Rocks booth during the High Times Cannabis Cup on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Denver Mart. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post) …
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Tilray, Tweed & Whistler Gain Approval to Sell Cannabis Oil
After waiting more than six months, cannabis producers Tilray, which is owned by Privateer Holdings, Tweed, a subsidiary of Canopy Growth (TSXV: CGC), and Whistler Medical, partially owned by PharmaCan Capital (TSXV: MJN) gained approval from …
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Stanton Municipal Medical Cannabis Ballot Measure Campaign Announcement
“Currently the City has a ban on medical cannabis, and since the City of Stanton has dropped the ball on the MMJ policy so much, this is a prime chance for Stanton to lead the way on this policy and set municipal precedent across the state. This …
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Smoke Two Joints in the Morning, Smoke Two More at Night, Legalizing Marijuana is the Number One Suggestion in President Obama’s Virtual Suggestion Box
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The Register published a story yesterday regarding President-Elect Barak Obama’s experiment with a public suggestion box over at change.gov. Change.gov is a sort of government suggestion box where people can ask questions or offer suggestions to the newly elected President that supposedly he’s going to consider. Users on the site can vote suggestions up or down. And the top suggestion amongst the thousands offered to the new President. Yep, you got it, people wanna get high, legally.
From the Register:
"Obama’s Change.gov site will close down its internet suggestion box today, after a week of taking suggestions and opinions on the new administration’s executive policy from the web public at large. In standard Web 2.0 fashion, users can vote up or down on existing entries — the theory being that the best schemes will rise to top.
Supposedly, the "top ideas" will be presented directly to the new Commander-in-chief in the form of a "Citizen’s Briefing Book" following his inauguration on January 20.
Barring any massive last-minute changes, the tip-top idea will be best summarized by the philosopher/poet Chris Tucker in his cinematic role as Smokey: "I’m gunna get you high today, ’cause it’s Friday; you ain’t got no job…and you ain’t got shit to do."
There are lots of other interesting ideas that the general public has come up with including suggestions for bullet trains and light rail, ending Govt sponsored abstinence programs, creating a more green country, etc. But top of the list is legalizing pot.
Barack Obama of course is the first President who has admitted that he smoked pot in the past and actually inhaled frequently because "that was the point."
With the budget woes that are currently facing the country, certainly legalizing marijuana could provide for a windfall of Government revenue. It was largely the need for tax revenues that got the government to end the prohibition against alcohol back after the Great Depression. In an interesting editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle last week the tax benefits of legalizing marijuana were raised once again with the argument being made that the State of California could possibly address our current budget woes by a tax on the popular drug:
"The marijuana crop is valued at .8 billion annually – nearly double the value of our vegetable and grape crops combined. Our state is the nation’s top marijuana producer. Indeed, the average annual value of our marijuana crop is more than the combined value of wheat and cotton produced in the entire United States.
According to government surveys, 14.5 million Americans use marijuana at least monthly but both the producers and consumers of this crop escape paying any taxes whatsoever on it. While precise figures are impossible given the illicit nature of the market, it is reasonable to suggest that California could easily collect at least .5 billion and maybe as much as billion annually in additional tax revenue, if we took marijuana out of the criminal underground and taxed and regulated it, similar to how handle beer, wine and tobacco."
It will be interesting what our new President has to say about legalizing marijuana if he has the political gumption to actually broach the subject. Certainly almost 100,000 people on the internet have. One person though who it looks like doesn’t support marijuana legalization is Obama’s pick for Surgeon General, Sanjay Gupta.
Marijuana Legalization 2016 Risks: Weed Causes Long-Term Verbal Memory Loss …
Marijuana advocates have long touted the plant as a safe substance, arguing it has similar risk factors to alcohol, if not fewer. A new study has found, however, that long-term use may impair verbal memory, Reuters reported Tuesday. “Recreational …
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Patrick Oglesby: Sharing the wealth from marijuana legalization
Wait — won't marijuana taxes be regressive – the opposite of sharing the wealth? Well, even if consumers bear the tax, legalization as a whole will avoid regressivity, so long as the total price of taxed legal marijuana is no higher than current black …
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