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Poll: How will Christie's anti-marijuana stance affect his 2016 chances?

TRENTON — If Gov. Chris Christie is elected president, states that have legalized marijuana would see this short-lived freedom go up in smoke.

Marijuana is legally available for purchase and recreational use in Colorado and Washington, despite its illegal status under federal law. However, President Obama's administration hasn't penalized the states nor forced them to roll back the initiatives that voters in those states approved.

In an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation in June, the Republican governor said his administration would use federal rules that outlaw marijuana to clamp down on states that legalized recreational pot use.

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Jamaica Mulling Options for Taxing Marijuana

SAN JUAN – Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce has proposed four different sets of levies on medicinal marijuana and is eager to receive feedback from the population, an official confirmed to EFE on Friday.

The ministry has proposed a licensing fee and income tax as well as cultivation, distribution and sales taxes.

“As with every other food, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical product, the new cannabis products will have to meet specific relevant health, safety and environmental requirements, as well as the required standards for product quality, labeling and packaging,” Minister Anthony Hylton said in a statement.

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The Next 12 States to Legalize Marijuana

1. Ohio - Ohio voters will decide Nov. 3 whether to legalize marijuana with a constitutional amendment to institute a revolutionary proposal that backers say will create a billion-dollar industry in the next four years.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Wednesday the private investor group ResponsibleOhio had collected 320,267 signatures of registered Ohio voters, 14,676 more than necessary to qualify for the general-election ballot. ResponsibleOhio spent more than $2 million since March on the petition drive to put its proposed Marijuana Legalization Amendment before voters.

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Pigeon caught smuggling drugs into Costa Rican prison

A pigeon smuggling cocaine and cannabis into a Costa Rican prison has been caught by guards. The winged criminal was intercepted as it landed in the grounds of the medium security La Reforma jail, in San Rafael de Alajuela.

Guards found a small sack strapped to the bird's chest containing around 14g of cocaine and 14g of cannabis.

Costa Rica's Ministry of Justice and Peace posted a mugshot online of the bird, using the headline "narcopaloma", meaning "drugs dove".

Guards believe the pigeon was groomed by an inmate, who had trained it to act as a courier.

It was taken to a zoo, where keepers said it may have to remain in captivity, as it had become accustomed to being hand fed.

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Almost 80 cannabis shipments sent to NI, Belfast court told

Prosecutors say 16 charged over suspected racket linked to Italian factory growhouse

Nearly 80 consignments of cannabis were imported into Northern Ireland in a multi-million pound international trafficking operation, it was alleged in Belfast High Courton Friday.

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Changes proposed for state's medical marijuana law

Florida lawmakers passed the so-called Charlotte's Web medical marijuana law two years ago -- but to date nobody has been helped.

That may change under a bill filed for the 2016 legislative session that would remove the limit on the number of growers and expand the number of diseases that qualify for use to include HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, or any terminal illness. Only cancer patients and seizure sufferers qualify now.

The current law has been bogged down in red tape from the Department of Health as well as litigation from nursery owners trying to position themselves as one of only five cannabis growers in the state.

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The bank of weed is open for business

Oh, no big deal, it’s just a marijuana get-together.  A bunch of guys are chatting, about weed, yes. But the talk is also about revenue, and futures, and even the NASDAQ. Turns out, we’re at a convention center for a business expo on cannabis. And it’s crawling with straight-laced financiers and ex-Wall Streeters. The host, Scott Greiper — a former analyst and New York banker who’s president of Viridian Capital Advisors, the country’s first advisory firm and investment bank totally devoted to cannabis — is bullish: “This is going to be the cash crop of the world.”

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The politics of pot: Ballot initiatives on marijuana could cost $40 million in 2016

Ohioans will vote this November on a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana now that a group backed by cannabis-industry speculators has collected enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot, the office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday.

Ten investment groups put up a combined $3.4 million to bankroll the initiative through a state-level group called Responsible Ohio, records show. In addition to legalizing the use of marijuana for adults over 21 and for medicinal purposes, the constitutional amendment would limit marijuana growing to just ten plots of land throughout the state. The investment groups backing the amendment own or hold options on all of that land.

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Ohio: Opponents of marijuana legalization to launch campaign Monday

Organized opposition to marijuana legalization in Ohio has been slow developing, but a coalition touted as “broad and diverse as this state has ever seen” will be rolled out Monday.

Opponents plan a press conference at 2 p.m. at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The event comes a day before a showdown at the Ohio Ballot Board where crucial wording will be worked out for the marijuana legalization constitutional amendment voters will see at the Nov. 3 election.

 

State Rep. Mike Curtin, D-Marble Cliff, a vocal opponent of ResponsibleOhio’s for-profit plan to legalize marijuana for personal and medicinal use, said the coalition will include medical and professional organizations, business, faith groups, and children health advocates, among others.

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Vancouver Police say illegal marijuana store had ties to organized crime

Vancouver Police have now executed a search warrant on an illegal marijuana store after it was determined that the store had ties to organized crime.

Members of the VPD’s Drug Unit executed the warrant at Limelife Society, located at 4866 Rupert Street.

Police say one employee was arrested and released at the scene and police seized some evidence as part of their investigation.

In July, investigators say they received information that the store had ties to an organized crime group. Further investigation revealed that marijuana was being sold to youth and to those without a valid license.

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