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Mon
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.

Fri
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.

Fri
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.

Fri
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.

Fri
02
Nov

Mexican Supreme Court declares prohibition of recreational cannabis unconstitutional

On Wednesday, Mexico’s Supreme Court established a legal precedent for the adult-use of marijuana, as they officially declared cannabis prohibition a violation of Mexicans’ constitutional rights.

The decisions send a clear message to the country’s Congress to create legislation for adult-use. Despite the news, Mexicans celebrated cautiously; unsure of how and when the legal victory will guarantee their rights to cultivate, sell, and consume.

Fri
02
Nov

Medical marijuana barriers to fall as Florida politicians from both parties back reform

In 2011, I made a relatively meek attempt at pulling together a campaign to place an amendment legalizing medical marijuana before Florida voters. I couldn’t raise enough money for a poll, nor could I find an individual of any stature or credibility who would serve as chairman of a political committee.

Two years later, after Colorado and Washington State became the first states to legalize marijuana for adult use, the environment was much different: a poll showed 71 percent support among Florida voters, and Orlando super-lawyer John Morgan decided to bring the full weight of his voice - and his checkbook - to the effort.

Fri
02
Nov

Canada: Medical cannabis user finds prescription unaffordable now that recreational marijuana is legal

Shane Moore's landlords won't let him grow his own, meaning he'd have to pay $1,500/month for his medicine.

Shane Moore was prescribed opiates for a back injury years ago. He got hooked. It took years to shake the habit and even longer to feel relief without painkillers.

"Sometimes I hit the floor it was so bad," he said of his back pain, sitting in his Confederation neighbourhood apartment. Moore discovered cannabis was effective as a pain reliever.

For Moore, cannabis is both a harm-reduction measure — it helped him kick opiates — and a medicine. He said it treats both his pain and his anxiety.

He was prescribed 3 grams of cannabis a day by his family doctor, with his psychiatrist's blessing.

Thu
01
Nov

Singapore government may test for cannabis use upon entry into country

Canadians travelling to Singapore are being warned that they may be subject to a drug test before entering the country.

Travel Canada announced Wednesday that custom officers can request a drug test when you arrive in Singapore, which could result in arrest even if the drug was consumed before travelling to the country. 

“Custom officers can request a drug test at the point of entry to #Singapore,” Travel Canada tweeted. “If you test positive for drugs, you can be arrested and prosecuted, even if the drugs were consumed prior to your arrival in the country.”

Thu
01
Nov

Ohio doctors are charging hundreds of dollars for marijuana recommendations

Ohio legalized medical marijuana only a few months ago, and things have gotten off to a rocky start. And now it appears doctors may be taking advantage of the newly legal industry, writes Joseph Misulonas.

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