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Secretary of state plans to audit marijuana program
Oregon`s enforcement of marijuana production and sales will get its first audit from the secretary of state.
The audit will offer an official look at how well Oregon regulates its marijuana program, which is run by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
The audit will look at how the state keeps track of the largely cash-based industry, including the effectiveness of its financial regulations, whether regulators are keeping close tabs on the amount of marijuana produced and whether the state provides timely and appropriate guidance to marijuana businesses.
In a letter ove....
Week in Review: Nevada MJ consumption lounges, national cannabis testing & Maine rec rules
Bart Schaneman, John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey
A new legal interpretation says marijuana consumption lounges dont violate Nevada law, U.S. senators are calling for national cannabis testing protocols, and Maine releases draft rules for its recreational MJ industry.
Heres a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.
Sin City consumption lounges
An independent legal agencys conclusion that Nevada law doesnt prevent marijuana businesses from establishing a public cannabis consumption lounge or hosting an event that allows recreational MJ use is a big deal, according to one ind....
More growers, lower wholesale prices in Colorados recreational marijuana market
The Average Market Rate AMR for a pound of wholesale marijuana in Colorados recreational market has hit an all-time low, pushed down by the continuous flow of new cultivation facilities coming online, increased efficiency among existing growers and a rising number of outdoor grow operations.
Moreover, the market forces working to push wholesale marijuana prices lower show no sign of abating, a prospect likely to further squeeze growers margins.
Used by the Colorado Department of Revenue to levy excise taxes, the AMR is determined twice a year based on the average price o....
Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform
Earlier this month, citing racism, bigotry, and mass-incarceration, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party adopted a resolution to support Democratic candidates and policies which promote the full repeal of cannabis prohibition by its removal from the Controlled Substances Act, and to support the creation of new laws which regulate it in a manner similar to other culturally accepted commodities.
The resolution was drafted by Derek Rosenzweig, long-time cannabis activist from Pennsylvania and former board member of PhillyNORML. This change in party policy comes as Pennsylvania A....
The Joint Blog | September 18, 2017 Legislation to end mandatory minimum sentences for all drug offenses has been filed in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Federal Bill Introduced to Eliminate Mandatory Minimum Sentences for all Drug Offenses
The legislation H.R. 3800 was introduced by Representative Maxine Walters, a Democrat from Californias 43rd legislative district. It would end the practice of applying mandatory minimum sentences to offenses involving illegal substances. Mandatory minimum sentences require judges to give offenders a specific and typically harsh sentence regardless of extenuating circumstances.
Mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes was greatly scaled back under President Obamas terms as president. However, current President Trump and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently reve....
The Joint Blog | September 17, 2017 The legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado has had no impact on road fatality rates, according to a new study published by the American Journal of Public Health.
Study Finds Road Fatalities Unaffected by Marijuana Legalization
Researchers at the University of Texas evaluated motor vehicle crash fatality rates in the first 2 states with recreational marijuana legalization and compared them with motor vehicle crash fatality rates in similar states without recreational marijuana legalization. They used the US Fatality Analysis Reporting System to determine the annual numbers of motor vehicle crash fatalities between 2009 and 2015 in Washington, Colorado, and 8 control states. They compared year-over-year changes in motor vehicle crash fatality rates per billion vehicle miles traveled before and aft....
California lawmakers call to federally reschedule marijuana
California will soon begin to regulate a voter-approved initiative to legalize recreational pot use in 2018, and is likely the reason why state lawmakers are now calling on the federal government to reclassify marijuana.
A joint resolution approved by the California Assembly on Thursday presses the U.S. Congress to reschedule cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act CSA, reports Forbes Tom Angell.
The Senate resolution passed with a 60-10 vote, and also implores the feds to amend restrictions on scientific research, open more banking options for businesses, and expand....
On Regulations.Gov, right now, the Federal Food and Drug Administration FDA is soliciting public comments with regard to the therapeutic utility and abuse liability of various controlled substances, including cannabidiol CBD.
The agency will consider these comments prior to preparing a formal response to the World Health Organization, which is considering placing the substances within their international drug scheduling code.
Now, to be frank, its a little silly that the FDA is seeking public comment on a topic that would normally be judged based on the merits of evidence....
Colorado marijuana companies brace for flood of cannabis from outdoor grows
With some of the largest licensed outdoor grow facilities in the country, Pueblo County produces a significant amount of Colorados wholesale marijuana and this years harvest could be its biggest.
Its understandable, then, that indoor and greenhouse wholesale growers across Colorado might be worried about a possible flood of product this fall.
But the states growers neednt necessarily brace for a dip in the price of a pound of cannabis, according to industry insiders.
Analysts say any worry is unwarranted because:
Most of the outdoor crop has already been contracted as....
Largest veterans group urges Trump, VA to allow medical marijuana
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Largest veterans group urges Trump, VA to allow medical marijuana
By Oscar Pascual on August 24, 2017 at 4:51 PM
Americas largest group of war veterans are pushing for safe, legal access to cannabis for medical use.
The American Legion, which represents 2.3 million members, voted on Thursday in favor of urging the Trump administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow patients to discuss medical marijuana and receive recommendations from VA doctors, reports Vice News.
U.S. veterans ten....
Rolling Stone | 8/28/2017 RICO laws were written to combat organized crime kingpins but now they`re being used against state-legal marijuana businesses
How Anti-Mafia Laws Could Bring Down Legal Pot
A 10th-Circuit court ruling could provide a road map for people who hate marijuana to initiate the collapse of legal weed in America. (image:P. Solomon Banda/AP)
Amanda Chicago Lewis
Most people have strong feelings about marijuana`s distinctive dank odor. Suspicious landlords sniff for it. High-school hot-boxers roll down all the windows of their cars and drive around for hours trying to get rid of it. Mainstream candle and soap companies seek to recreate it for high-end, non-psychoactive mood settings. And now, it`s quietly becoming clear that the powerful smell of legal cannabis could become its ultimate undoing the thing that causes the entire legalization experiment to disappear in a poof of smoke.
How Booming Israeli Weed Industry Is....
Nevada Court Lifts Block On Marijuana Wholesalers Because Stores Desperately Need More Pot
Mary Beth Quirk
Good news for the recently legalized recreational marijuana industry in Nevada: To help meet overwhelming local demand, a state court judge has opened up the pool of applications for pot distribution licenses.
Nevada marijuana retailers have been running low on their marquee product in recent months because wholesale alcohol distributors in the state are currently the only companies allowed by law to distribute the drug. The exclusivity window will end in about 16 months, but retailers need a solution now.
There will likely be a bunch of new applications now that Carson C....
Senate Bill Would End Federal Marijuana Prohibition, Offer Reparations
On Capitol Hill, a newly proposed bill would legalize marijuana on the federal level while withholding federal funds for prisons to states whose marijuana laws disproportionately incarcerate people of color. New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker unveiled the bill in a Facebook Live video, warning of the harsh long-term penalties faced by people convicted on marijuana possession charges.
Sen. Cory Booker ``Its so hard to find a job. You cant get business licenses. You cant get Pell Grants. You cant get public housing or even food stamps. So many things are cut off to yo....
Representatives Andy Harris, M.D. R-MD-01, Earl Blumenauer D-OR-03, H. Morgan Griffith R-VA-09, and Zoe Lofgren D-CA-19 introduced H.R. 3391: The Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017.
This Act amends the federal law to facilitate clinical investigations involving the use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products.
As you may know, there are many benefits to medical cannabis. Those suffering from PTSD, Tourettes Syndrome, Parkinsons Disease, and many other debilitating conditions have found relief because of medical marijuana.
But, despite the fact that over 200 millio....
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