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A look at the ballot initiatives of four states poised to legalize cannabis

With the midterm elections taking place tomorrow, it’s likely that some more states will be joining those who have legalized cannabis.

Currently there are nine states who have legalized recreational cannabis with 29 having legalized medical cannabis in some form. The plant is still illegal at the federal level but the most recent poll taken by Gallup Polling shows overall support of cannabis in the US to be at 66 percent.

“Clearly the national momentum is on our side and we see that in the national polls, but national polls don’t dictate state-level results,” said Matthew Schweich, deputy-director of the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project.

“We still have a fight on our hands in every single state where we’re trying to legalize.”

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How the cannabis landscape could change post election

After the mid-term elections, the nation may look even more cannabis-friendly.

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05
Nov

American support for marijuana hits a new high

This has proven to be a monumental year for the cannabis industry.

We've watched the first cannabis-derived drug be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, witnessed Vermont OK adult-use weed entirely through the legislative process, and stood in awe as Canada became the first industrialized country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana.

That's a pretty good year -- and it just got even better.

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05
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Wisconsin hemp advocates optimistic despite struggles

Willie Hughes was one of the Wisconsin farmers growing hemp legally for the first time in about seven decades, and he wanted his crop to thrive.

Growing hemp carried uncertainty. What care did it need? How is it harvested? What’s its legality, considering the federal government still classifies it as an illegal substance?

Many curious farmers chose to stay on the sidelines and not grow hemp this year. They wanted to see how others handled it before jumping in. Hughes put extra pressure on himself.

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05
Nov

Disgraced at Olympics over marijuana, snowboarder hopes to ride to cannabis success

Ross Rebagliati, a pioneering Olympic snowboarder, keeps his gold medal hidden inside a beat-up cabinet in his modest home, next to an ashtray holding his car keys and a plastic bag of weed, writes Dan Bilefsky at New York Times.

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05
Nov

Medical marijuana cardholders decline in Oregon

Medical marijuana patients and growers in Josephine County and across the state are abandoning the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.

Long considered a source of Oregon’s black market, medical marijuana is fast falling victim to a combination of red tape and a different kind of market force: the convenience of recreational retail sales.

“Medical could officially have a gravestone,” said Kit Doyle, who formerly sold medical marijuana but switched to hemp products through his business, the Murphy Hemp Company.

The number of patients registered with the OMMP is half of what it was a year ago. Statewide it dropped 41 percent, from 59,137 to 34,892. In the county it was almost 50 percent - from 7,027 to 3,540.

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02
Nov

Three House candidates who could affect marijuana legalization

How exciting for Michigan and North Dakota to be voting on marijuana legalization and for Missouri and Utah to be voting on medical cannabis. What a time to be alive! In general, it’s a great election for marijuana–unless you live in a state that’s not voting to end marijuana prohibition, right?

Wrong! With help from our friends at NORML, we’ve identified three candidates who may be on your ballot for the US House of Representatives who could make a huge difference in state and federal marijuana policy.

Fri
02
Nov

North Dakota: If recreational marijuana is legalized, how will it be taxed?

Recreational marijuana sales could bring in a lot of tax dollars, but there is still nothing set-in-stone to determine how that money would be spent if Measure 3 passes.

It's a question, our State Legislature will decide. As your local election headquarters, KX News has been following the issues and topics you'll find on your ballot Tuesday.

The tax commissioner has already said, recreational marijuana will be subject to a 5 percent general state sales tax if it becomes legal. But it could also be taxed on top of that, for a sin tax, like alcohol and tobacco currently are.

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02
Nov

Supporters and opponents of recreational cannabis point to Colorado as Michigan prepares to vote on legalization

In the last six years nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. On Tuesday, Proposal 18-1 will allow voters to decide if Michigan will become the tenth state.

When debating the legalization of pot, supporters and the opposition often point to the states where it’s now legal.

Supporters say, the sky has not fallen and the states have actually benefited. The opposition paints a much more grim picture of the effects.

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02
Nov

UK’s legalization of medical cannabis sparks talk of possible recreational laws

The United Kingdom announced today a relaxation of its cannabis laws that will allow specialist doctors to prescribe cannabis-based products for certain patients. It’s a modest change to the U.K.’s cannabis laws. But it’s one that has already sparked a conversation on the broader legalization of cannabis for adult-use. Recent surveys put support for adult-use legalization at 59 percent. Top officials within the U.K. government, however, are denying that the rescheduling of cannabis-based medical treatments is a step toward full legalization.

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