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Wed
12
Jan

‘Something’s not right in southern Oregon’: alarm at rise of illegal pot farms

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Armed men in pickup trucks rule over vast illicit industry that has transformed rural counties, depleting water and scaring locals

Christopher Hall parks his old Toyota on a dirt road that dead-ends in a forest in Oregon’s Illinois Valley. He points out a cluster of greenhouses surrounded by piles of trash, and the hillside above, which has been terraced and entirely stripped of vegetation. Guard dogs run through a small clearing, barking at us.

Tue
11
Jan

Flint City Council approves measure allowing recreational marijuana for 8th ward facility

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 A medical marijuana shop in Flint is looking to add recreational pot use to its business.

At tonight’s city council meeting, members discussed approving a license for the local dispensary located in Flint’s 8th ward.

During the meeting, Councilman of the 8th ward, Dennis Pfiffer, stated that he was not in favor of granting the dispensary a license and believes that doing so will increase crime within his ward.

Other council members were not in agreeance with Pfiffer and immediately dismissed the idea of blocking the facility from being granted a license for sell of recreational use of marijuana, citing other marijuana facilities that are operating within the community with a lack of issues.

Tue
11
Jan

Maryland Lawmakers Debating Whether to Legalize Recreational Marijuana or Put It on Ballot

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Maryland lawmakers are meeting this week to start their 90-day legislative session to discuss topics concerning the $4.5 billion budget surplus, COVID-19, climate change and legalizing recreational marijuana.

The Democratic-controlled Maryland General Assembly will plan how to manage the surplus for the current and upcoming fiscal years, and state Senate President Bill Ferguson said they need to be careful how they approach the budget.

"I think people have heard this $4.6 billion like it's time that we can fund everything possible, but we've got to be very, very thoughtful and moderate about how we approach it, because we don't want to set ourselves up for a fiscal cliff in two to three years from now," Ferguson said.

Tue
11
Jan

Florida lawmakers work to change medical marijuana program as 2022 legislative session begins

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Florida's 2022 legislative session kicks off on Tuesday and this year lawmakers are working to pass a bipartisan medical marijuana bill.

Florida doesn’t have recreational marijuana and for its medical marijuana program, people have to have a valid medical reason and need to be able to get the marijuana prescribed.

Tue
11
Jan

Gavin Newsom gets behind marijuana tax reform, signaling change to cannabis industry

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Facing a possible industry revolt over California cannabis tax structure, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signaled that he is open to rethinking the taxes the state levels on marijuana growers and purchases. The governor included in a budget proposal he released this week that he “supports cannabis tax reform and plans to work with the Legislature to make modifications to California’s cannabis tax policy to help stabilize the market.”

Asked to expand on the language at a press conference, Newsom said, “There was intention by having that language in the budget. It is my goal to look at tax policy to stabilize the market.”

Tue
11
Jan

Austin voters could decriminalize small amounts of pot in November

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“Small possession of marijuana is not the type of violation that we want to stockpile jails with,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday.

As greater numbers of Texas voters sour on harsh punishment for marijuana offenses, Austin voters will likely decide in November whether to effectively decriminalize the drug.

The ballot measure, pushed by the group Ground Game Texas, would forbid Austin police officers in most cases from ticketing or arresting people on low-level pot charges like possessing small amounts of the drug or related paraphernalia — unless the offenses are tied to more severe crimes. The city also would not pay to test substances suspected to be marijuana — a key step in substantiating drug charges.

Tue
11
Jan

Wyoming Activists Prepare Cannabis Reform Initiatives

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Like many other states, Wyoming is gearing up for cannabis reform on the legislative sector in 2022. Here’s to positive change!

Activists in Wyoming are circulating petitions for two ballot measures to reform cannabis policy in the state, including one to legalize medical marijuana and a second to reduce penalties for cannabis-related crimes.

Tue
11
Jan

More Red States Are Going Wild For Weed

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The proven perks of taxable marijuana sales that benefit legalized states are beginning to outweigh the antiquated “gateway drug” mentality in many areas of the nation.

When liberal leaning states like California, Washington and Colorado sparked the movement towards marijuana legalization it hardly invoked much surprise. Marijuana legalization seemed closely connected to progressive liberal ideals at the time. It was also not earth-shattering news when recreational marijuana sales in these Democratic states skyrocketed and these states all reaped tangible benefits.

Mon
10
Jan

Federal law still treats marijuana as an illegal drug, creating headaches for states

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Most states in the U.S. are in violation of a major federal drug statute.

 The 1971 Controlled Substances Act lists marijuana in the most dangerous category defined in the law, on par with cocaine and heroin because of its supposed potential for abuse and lack of medical applications. 

But 36 states plus the District of Columbia allow either full legalization for adult use or wide scale medical use, putting them at odds with federal law. Congress so far has been unable to come up with a solution, despite support from leading Democrats for a smoother relationship between the states and the federal government.

Mon
10
Jan

As clock ticks, headwinds build against passage of Mississippi medical marijuana

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For some time after the Supreme Court shot down a vote of the people to create a Mississippi medical marijuana, it appeared fait accompli that lawmakers would enact a program, per the “will of the voters.”

Legislative leaders got to work over the summer to draft a bill. Gov. Tate Reeves said he would call lawmakers into special session to pass it once there was general agreement on the plan.

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