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California`s pot regulator warns 900 marijuana shops that they must stop operating without a state license
Californias pot regulation agency has sent 900 warning letters to marijuana shops suspected of operating without state licenses.
Lori Ajax, the chief of the state Bureau of Cannabis Control, also sent a cease-and-desist notice to the marijuana-location service Weedmaps, telling it to stop advertising sellers that lack a permit, officials said Wednesday.
Ajax, the first person to hold her post, notified Weedmaps that a new state law that took effect Jan. 1 requires all marijuana sellers to have state licenses and all advertisements to contain the state license number.
Vermont lawmakers propose bill limiting marijuana odor
Legal marijuana users in Vermont may want to invest in an air freshener.
The Burlington Free Press reports lawmakers are currently considering a bill that could allow cities and towns to classify marijuana odor as a public nuisance and a ticketable offense.
Current law prohibits people from consuming marijuana in public places, including sidewalks and hotels. The bill Republican Representatives Scott Beck and Janssen Willhoit introduced Thursday would give local governments more authority to regulate consumption on private property as well.
Republican Gov. Phil Scotts ma....
California orders Weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed marijuana businesses
March 7, 2018
The honeymoon is over for Weedmaps and Californias gray-market marijuana businesses.
The California Bureau of Cannabis Control sent a cease-and-desist letter last month to Irvine-based Ghost Management Group, the owner of popular marijuana dispensary finder Weedmaps.com, ordering the company to stop advertising unlicensed operators or face unspecified criminal and administrative penalties.
Sacramento authorities recently sent their own cease-and-desist letter to the company over the same issue.
Weedmaps is one of the industrys most successful online advertising platforms....
Alaska Senate Refuses to Hear Measure on Marijuana Policy
JUNEAU, Alaska AP The Alaska Senate was supposed to consider a measure Wednesday saying the federal governments new enforcement policy on marijuana is an affront to Alaska voters, who voted to legalize recreational use.
Instead, a member of the Republican-led Senate majority offered something quite different.
The Senate refused to consider Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardners proposal, which was a response to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinding Obama-era guidance that allowed legalized marijuana to flourish by limiting federal enforcement.
Sessions axed that....
Denver Initiative Would Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms
A group called Colorado for Psilocybin is attempting to decriminalize the possession of psilocybin magic mushrooms in Denver.
The group is working to place the Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative on Denvers general election ballot. The proposal would decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of dried mushrooms, or two pounds of uncured mushrooms. Possessing more than this would be a simple citation, with the fee being up to $99 for the first offense. This would be increased by increments of $100 for subsequent offenses; the initiative clarifies that the fine would never be above $999.
Im a big believer in cognitive liberty, and so whatever people decide to consume I think is up to them....
Israel Lawmakers Unanimously Pass Bill to Legalize Marijuana Through First Reading
Legislation to legalize the use of marijuana was passed through its first reading in the Israel Knesset Legislature today.
The bill, which was passed through its first reading in a unanimous vote, has been spearheaded by Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, who says Israel wants to reduce the harms of drug usage regularly but avoid as much as possible the criminal stigmatization of average citizens.
MK Tamar Zandberg Meretz said that the passing of the bill marks another important step on the road to our victory. She notes that the law is far from perfect, but it is a foot in the door on the way to a policy of full legalization.
According to The Jersuael Post, the new b....
Business Health Lifestyle Legal Activism Science Reviews Trump wants death penalty policy for drug dealers, report finds
Donald Trump has privately become more enthusiastic for adopting drug policies inspired by countries that believe in capital punishment.
President Trump would love to have a law to execute all drug dealers here in America, though hes privately admitted it would probably be impossible to get a law this harsh passed under the American system, according to a report from Axios.
According to five sources who have spoken to Trump about the issue, he often leaps into a passionate speech about how drug dealers are as bad as serial killers and should all get the death penalty.
Pennsylvanias medical marijuana dispensaries running dry
Pennsylvanias budding medical marijuana dispensaries have just about run out of pot.
Philly.com reports Friday that high demand has caused the two open dispensaries in the Philadelphia region to go nearly dry less than two weeks after sales started under Pennsylvanias new medical marijuana program.
TerraVida Holistic Center in Bucks County says its operating on modified hours and the Keystone shop in Devon has issued a statement saying the stores closed until further notice.
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Hemp State Highlight: Kentucky invests in hemp but wonders if peak has passed
Kentucky checks all the boxes for nourishing a hemp revival.
Climate suited to the plant? Check.
Friendly regulations from a state willing to experiment and invest in hemp? Check.
Lots of cheap land and a processing infrastructure that includes in-state decortication and CBD extractors? Check and check.
So why do some agronomists fear that Kentucky has reached its hemp zenith?
Its a matter of how big the hemp market is going to get.
Its kind of reached a peak, said David Williams, a plant and soil scientist at the University of Kentucky, which owns several h....
Vermont House Votes to Allow Cops to Administer Saliva Tests for Drugs During Traffic Stops
Vermonts full House of Representatives gave preliminary approval yesterday to House Bill 237, which would allow law enforcement to administer saliva tests for drugs during traffic stops.
The House gave approval to the measure in a voice vote yesterday after 2.5 hours of debate and after approving several rather inconsequential amendments. Representative David Potter D, the bills primary sponsor, says that under his proposal the saliva tests alone cant result in an arrest or conviction, though it can play a factor. The measure requires at least two peer-reviewed studies to verify the accuracy of the devices being deployed before they can be used.
According to Potter, overall impairment would still be determined by police who are trained as Drug Recognition ....
Theres No Such Thing as Medical Marijuana, Says U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary
At a recent press conference about opioids the United States Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that theres no such thing as medical marijuana.
There really is no such thing as medical marijuana, Azar said during the press conference, which was held in Ohio. There is no FDA-approved use of marijuana, a botanical plant. I just want to be very clear about that.
The remarks were in response to a reporters question asking for Azars opinion regarding medical marijuana as a potential pain relief alternative to opioids.
Azars comments, though disappointing and ridiculously out-of-touch, arent exactly surprising. After all, the federal government still has marijuana listed as a schedule 1 controlled substance, putting it....
California initiates enforcement against approximately 500 unlicensed marijuana businesses
Less than two months after Californias legal cannabis industry launched on New Years Day, state officials are starting to target hundreds of marijuana companies that are operating illegally without a license.
The states Bureau of Cannabis Control has sent out about 500 cease-and-desist letters to companies that are doing business but havent begun the application process, an agency spokesman told Marijuana Business Daily.
Just this past week we went from going to licensed operators to do compliance checks to now sending out cease-and-desist letters to the unlicensed operat....
Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Approve Marijuana Decrim Bill
In a surprising move Alabamas Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve a bill to decriminalize certain marijuana possession offenses.
The committee has voted 6 to 4 to pass Senate Bill 251, which was filed by Senator Dick Brewbaker. The proposal would create the crime of possession of marijuana in the third degree for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana and would provide that a first or second conviction would be a violation with applicable fines that would not appear on a persons criminal record and a third or subsequent offense would be a Class A misdemeanor. Under current law, the possession of any amount of marijuana for personal use is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
Chronicle AM: Jail Populations Drop, ME Pot Social Clubs Go Up in Smoke, More... 2/22/18
Jail populations have been declining for a decade. (image:Wikimedia)
An Arizona pot poll has good numbers, asset forfeiture reform bills move in a couple of states, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports on declining jail population numbers, Maine lawmakers appear ready to do away with pot social clubs the voters voted for, and more.
Jail populations have been declining for a decade. Wikimedia
Arizona Poll Has Strong Support for Legalization. A new poll from OH Predictive Insights and the Consumer Choice Center had support for marijuana legalization at nearly two-thirds. Some 62.9 percent of respondents supported taxin....
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