Legalization/Decriminalization

Maine: State Delays Recreational Cannabis Sales

Maine won’t be able to meet its February deadline to allow recreational cannabis sales, according to state officials.

Republican State Sen. Roger Katz said the agencies responsible for the recreational market rollout don’t have sufficient time before the deadline to perform such tasks as licensing growers, writing departmental rules and hiring new inspectors.

Last Month, Gov. Paul LePage stated he wished the Maine Legislature had repealed the referendum-passed law legalizing recreational cannabis use.

“I would have just repealed it and said, ‘Listen, federal law says it’s illegal, let’s move to the federal government and let them deal with this,’” LePage said. “In fact, I’m urging (U.S. Attorney General) Jeff Sessions to put the hammer down on states that have recreational marijuana.”

The special legislative committee, which is working on laws to regulate recreational cannabis production and sales, does not have an official timeline for roll-out, all of which… Continue reading

Ex-NOPD Officer Kicked Opioid Addiction,Touts Cannabis for Pain Treatment

Jerry Kaczmarek still remembers the moment when his life began hurtling toward addiction. He was sitting in his police cruiser on Race Street writing out a report when the radio crackled with the signal for an armed robbery in progress.

He zipped around the corner onto Magazine Street, only to come car-to-car with the 16-year-old stick-up artist. “The next thing you know, instead of slowing to stop, he pushed on the gas pedal and just slammed right into me,” he said.

Kaczmarek’s injuries, from that run-in and others, forced the New Orleans police officer into early retirement in 2002, and soon he was hooked on the painkillers doctors had prescribed him.

He isn’t taking pills any more, though. And he credits one thing with saving him from the same scourge that has ruined so many lives in the U.S. over the past decade: high-grade marijuana from Colorado, where the… Continue reading

Tennesseans’ Support for Medical Cannabis Reflect National Polling Numbers

 

A December, 2016 Vanderbilt poll showed that 75% (7.5 out of 10) of Tennessee citizens believed that medical cannabis should be legal, which is apparently right on par with the rest of the nation.

An April, 2017 poll showed that 8 in 10 Americans now think cannabis should be legal for medical use. Nearly half — 49% — approve of smoking it for recreational​ purposes, according to the new poll commissioned by Yahoo! News and performed by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

The survey asked a representative sample of 1,122 adults nationwide via phones. It posed a series of questions about people’s feelings and perceptions about cannabis, a plant that has increasingly gained public acceptance.

While the Americans surveyed mostly supported use of medical cannabis, 69% said they didn’t think pregnant women should partake.

70% said they believe cannabis is less dangerous than alcohol and cigarettes.

67%… Continue reading

Washington’s Retail Marijuana Sales See Major Increase in August

Washington’s Retail Marijuana Sales See Major Increase in August

Washington’s Retail Marijuana Sales See Major Increase in August

by Ibrahempovic

Washington’s legal marijuana sales in August reached $6.9 million, more than doubling July’s total of $3.2 million in retail sales.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board recently released marijuana sales data ranging from the start of recreational sales on July 8 (when Washington went legal) to September of this year, and the data shows legal weed is on the rise.

The increase in sales reflects both an increase in retail shops, an increase in supply, increase in buyers, and of course, eight extra days to buy legal weed.

Likewise, Washington is seeing a correlated increase in legal weed tax dollars. August’s sales have thus resulted in over $1.7 million in tax dollars for the state, compared to the $804,890 tax total in July.

Through one week of sales, September has reached nearly $2 million in sales, putting the month… Continue reading

For first time, Colorado sells more recreational pot than medical pot

For first time, Colorado sells more recreational pot than medical pot

For first time, Colorado sells more recreational pot than medical pot

Article by: KRISTEN WYATT , Associated Press
Updated: September 10, 2014 – 5:30 PM

DENVER – Colorado is now selling more recreational pot than medical pot, a turning point for the newly legal industry.

Tax records released by the state Department of Revenue on Wednesday showed that the state sold $29.7 million worth of recreational marijuana in July, the most recent data available. That was slightly higher than the $28.9 million worth of medical marijuana sold in June.

Colorado has many more medical pot shops than recreational pot shops, which are open to all over 21. Colorado has some 500 medical shops, fewer than 200 open to all adults.

Since January, Colorado has reaped more than $37 million in taxes from marijuana. That figure includes taxes, licenses and fees from both medical and recreational pot.

Why Some States’ Highly Conservative Approach to Legalizing Medical Marijuana Is Failing Patients Who Need It

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Why Some States’ Highly Conservative Approach to Legalizing Medical Marijuana Is Failing Patients Who Need It

By Paul Armentano

Why Some States’ Highly Conservative Approach to Legalizing Medical Marijuana Is Failing Patients Who Need It

September 3, 2014

Lawmakers in nearly a dozen states in 2014 enacted legislation that promised to provide patients, particularly those suffering from intractable epilepsy, the opportunity to use cannabidiol (CBD) – a nonpsychotropic plant cannabinoid recognized for its anti-convulsant properties. The problem? So far, patients in none of these states possess the ability to legally access the compound. And there is no indication that this situation is going to change any time soon.

That is because CBD remains classified as a schedule I prohibited substance under federal law. (Congressional legislation, HR 5226, to amend CBD’s status was introduced in July.) As a result, multiple federal agencies — including the FDA, DEA, NIDA (US National Institute… Continue reading

The hazy world of legal pot

Marijuana laws put workers in tough spot
Trevor Hughes
@TrevorHughes USA TODAY

DENVER Every time he goes to work, Harvard-trained lawyer Andrew Freedman faces federal prosecution over the source of his paycheck: Colorado’s burgeoning marijuana industry.

Freedman, the governor’s chief marijuana adviser, faces prison time if federal prosecutors decide to step in. That’s because federal law still considers marijuana as dangerous as heroin or cocaine, and prosecutors could easily bring drugtrafficking charges if they choose. Freedman’s salary is paid by the taxes collected on legal marijuana sales.

“I’m in murky territory every day,” Freedman said.

Tens of thousands of marijuana growers, bud tenders, edibles makers, store owners and couriers working in Colorado and Washington and any of the other 21 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized recreational or medical marijuana face the same penalties.

The risk is even greater for dozens of former cops and soldiers working… Continue reading

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