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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 ‚Äúgateway drug‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúwill of the voters.‚ÄĚ

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.

Fri
07
Jan

New Hampshire House Votes To Legalize Marijuana Possession And Cultivation

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‚ÄúOutside of the 1950s B horror movies, it has never been the job of the government to protect you from a plant,‚ÄĚ Rep. Max Abramson (R) said ahead of Thursday‚Äôs vote.

On Thursday, the GOP-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill to legalize marijuana possession and personal cultivation for adults. Members passed the legislation, sponsored by Rep. Carol McGuire (R), in a 241-113 vote.

This comes one day after the chamber narrowly rejected a separate, broader legalization proposal that would have regulated commercial production and sales, reported Marijuana Moment.

‚ÄúIt is not‚ÄĒand never has been‚ÄĒthe job of the government to try to protect you from hurting yourself,‚Ä̬†Rep. Max Abramson¬†(R) said ahead of Thursday‚Äôs vote.

Fri
07
Jan

Adult Use Marijuana Is Now Legal in Montana. So Why Can't Everyone Enjoy It?

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Montanans voted to legalize in 2020, then things got complicated.

As a sign of the changing times, voters in conservative Montana approved recreational marijuana in November 2020. Now the state's dispensaries are preparing for recreational cannabis sales expected to create a $325 million adult-use cannabis market in just three years.

Sales started on January 1, 2022. But they won't happen in every county‚ÄĒat least not initially. Montana lawmakers have decided that counties where voters did not support legalization, must hold a separate referendum to make sales legal in their county.

Fri
07
Jan

Second petition filed to legalize recreational cannabis in Oklahoma

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Oklahomans could see on the ballot this year competing state questions to legalize recreational marijuana. 

A second initiative petition to legalize recreational marijuana use in Oklahoma for anyone 21 years or older was filed Tuesday with the secretary of state's office.

Campaign spokeswoman Michelle Tilley said this measure is a new version of a recreational cannabis initiative petition she helped with two years ago. That petition, State Question 807, didn't make it on the statewide ballot partly because the start of the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult to collect signatures. 

"This is an effort that started several years ago but has grown," she said.

Fri
07
Jan

Firefighter tested positive for marijuana after deadly fire truck crash, charged with vehicular homicide

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A firefighter was arrested after a fire engine struck two vehicles on a highway in Livingston Parish, leaving an elderly woman dead. The Denham Springs Police Department confirmed Thursday that Cody Kahl, 24, was arrested for the deadly crash, which happened June 13 on Pete's Highway. Investigators said Kahl was driving the fire engine behind a pickup truck towing a trailer and failed to slow down as traffic was coming to a stop. The truck rear-ended the corner of the trailer and then crossed into the opposite lane, striking another vehicle head-on. The driver of the vehicle hit head-on, 83-year-old Gail Rippel, died in the hospital shortly after the crash.

An arrest warrant said bloodwork showed Kahl had marijuana in his system at the time of the wreck.

Fri
07
Jan

NY Gov. Pledges $200M To Boost Social Equity Efforts As Part Of Cannabis Legalization Program

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) is set to pledge $200 million to support social equity applicants within the state’s burgeoning marijuana market.

On Wednesday, Hochul revealed an extensive State of the State book, laying out the plan for 2022, including policies she will pursue as well as her intentions to promote equity and economic justice in the cannabis industry.

Thu
06
Jan

SD Republicans Believe Medicaid Worse Than Marijuana

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When I took my deep drag yesterday morning on the Legislature’s big marijuana bong, I noted in passing that Representative Will Mortenson’s Republican friends (and Republicans are the prime sponsors of all 26 marijuana bills in the hopper) appear to be ignoring his advice to leave marijuana policy alone until after voters get their say on the marijuana initiative that he is sure will make the November ballot. Mortenson expressed this wish even though marijuana initiative organizers had not at the time of his writing over a month ago yet submitted their initiative petition for a repeat vote on legalizing marijuana.

Thu
06
Jan

‚ÄėThe people of Mississippi are ready for it‚Äô: Medical marijuana advocates hopeful legislators will pass bill

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The new legislative session began on Tuesday. At the top of the list for state lawmakers to discuss is the medical marijuana program.

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