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Wed
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Dec

Legal marijuana must bring true equity

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On March 30, 2021, tears glistened in my eyes as I announced the passage of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act in the state Assembly. It had been eight long years since sen. Liz Krueger, my ally and co-sponsor, introduced the landmark bill in the state Senate, a blink of an eye compared to the decades of suffering and overcriminalization inflicted on communities of color by prohibition. Our herculean work was supported by a decade of effort and advocacy from courageous legislators and advocates.

Wed
22
Dec

Five years after Massachusetts voters approved marijuana legalization, some lawmakers seek increased restrictions

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Last month marked five years since Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana, but state lawmakers find themselves weeding through proposed restrictions on a product that researchers say can harm the health of youths.

On a 2016 ballot question, Massachusetts residents approved legalization, joining California, Maine and Nevada voters in doing so that year. Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon previously had legalized recreational marijuana.

Under the Massachusetts law, adults older than 21 are permitted to use, grow and sell marijuana in limited quantities without legal consequences. The state began allowing licensed recreational sales in 2018, bringing 14 recreational dispensaries, out of a total of 165 in the state as of Sept. 1, to Berkshire County.

Wed
22
Dec

More than $153K worth of psilocybin mushrooms, tablets, marijuana seized in Madison County

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A Louisiana woman is facing felony drug charges following a traffic stop in Madison County.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stopped Natalie Borchers, 44, of New Orleans, for a speeding violation on I-70 on Friday, Dec. 17.

During the traffic stop, troopers said criminal indicators were observed and a drug-sniffing K9 alerted to the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, troopers found 50 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, 20 pounds of marijuana, and 3 pounds of psilocybin-laced tablets worth approximately $153,000.

Tue
21
Dec

President Biden Comes Under Pressure From All Sides Over His Cannabis Legalization Stance

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Biden remains either silent or negative in the face of his inaction on the topic of cannabis legalization, which is supported by nearly three-quarters of the U.S. adult population.

Adding to the chorus of lawmakers pressuring President Joe Biden on cannabis legalization, on Monday Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) urged the President via Twitter to take unilateral action on cannabis policy.

“Biden needs to lean on his executive authority now. He has been delaying and underutilizing it so far,” AOC tweeted.

“There is an enormous amount he can do on climate, student debt, immigration, cannabis, health care, and more. Time is running out—we need to move and use alternative paths.”

Tue
21
Dec

Police allege duo planned to donate proceeds from illegal cannabis to hate group

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Woman and man in Michigan arrested for illegally manufacturing marijuana with intent to distribute.

Two members of the Brotherhood Forever in Michigan are alleged to have grown illegal cannabis in the state so they could provide at least some of the proceeds to fund another chapter of the group in Tennessee.

It is alleged the woman and man, both in their early 30s, “are associated with a federally classified hate group known as Brotherhood Forever, a group closely associated with the Aryan Nation,” notes a statement from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT).

Tue
21
Dec

State Regulators Grant License to Second Hoboken Medical Marijuana Dispensary

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New Jersey State regulators have approved the license application for a second company to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Hoboken. The state license, approved earlier this month, is the last step in the process allowing Terrapin to open in the city. 

“We are thrilled to be moving forward with plans to bring critical cannabis medicine to patients in New Jersey,” said Chris Woods, owner and CEO of the Colorado based Terrapin.

Tue
21
Dec

Sacramento Police Investigate Burglaries Targeting Cannabis Distributors

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Sacramento police are investigating a series of burglaries targeting local cannabis distributors.

The thieves are breaking into warehouses in the early morning hours and taking off with up to $100,000 worth of marijuana.

A bent and busted iron fence was just some of the damage left behind by a crew of cannabis crooks.

“They cut gates, they drove vehicles through walls, they pulled out all the stops to get in,” said Brandy Moulton, CEO of Sovereign.

Sacramento police say there’s been more than 50 marijuana business break-ins since August, including at least six in just the last week.

“We unfortunately have seen an enormous increase in cannabis related burglaries,” said Sacramento Police Sgt. Matt Young.

Tue
21
Dec

10 years later, industry says Washington’s legal marijuana needs an update

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Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of the passage of I-502, the ballot initiative that Washington voters approved 56–44% in November 2012, becoming – along with Colorado – the first states in the nation to take the plunge into marijuana legalization.

I-502 created a regulated market that generates hundreds of millions in tax dollars for the state through the sale of small amounts of marijuana and other cannabis products to those 21 and over.

A lot has changed in the last nine years, but some key aspects of the policy remain the same, and the industry says it is time for updates.

Tue
21
Dec

Cannabis could come to the beach cities. This is how

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A Long Beach dispensary chain is largely behind the effort to open up El Segundo, Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo to legal weed.

Beach city residents may soon be able to walk down the street to purchase marijuana, of both the recreational and medicinal varieties.

At least if a couple of budding cannabis moguls have their way.

Nearly simultaneous efforts are underway in El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach to either persuade the respective city councils to open the door to cannabis dispensaries or send the issue to voters next year.

Tue
21
Dec

Delano City Council discusses changing ordinance that bans Cannabis business

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While recreational cannabis sales are legal in California, they are banned throughout most of Kern county, including Delano, City Council revisited that rule Monday night

“We’ve have known that it’s been trafficked in our community on both sides of town, this just allows us to put up a sign with a green cross that says, ‘buy it now, buy it here,’” expressed one member of the public.

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