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Thu
17
Sep

State buys pot tracking system, despite lawsuit

Liquor commission has signed a contract for pot tracking system even as lawsuit from competitor continues in court.
 

 

SALEM — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission continues to move ahead with implementing its seed-to-sale tracking system for recreational marijuana, despite a lawsuit filed by an unsuccessful bidder.

Thu
17
Sep

Republicans Get Blunt About Marijuana at GOP Debate

When talk turned to weed at the tail end of last night's three-hour Republican primary debate, the candidates delivered some of the most spirited exchanges of the evening.

Rand Paul, the libertarian-leaning senator from Kentucky who has long championed cannabis legalization, wasted no time in calling out what he described as the hypocrisy of enforcing laws against marijuana. In doing so, he also put the heat on Jeb Bush, calling out the former Florida governor on his pot-smoking days in high school.

Thu
17
Sep

The Word 'Monopoly' To Stay On Ohio Ballot For Marijuana Legalization Initiative

The ResponsibleOhio marijuana legalization initiative has created a lot of controversy due to a provision that gives the exclusive rights to grow marijuana for profit to just ten entities. Some people refer to this as a ‘monopoly’ on marijuana cultivation, while others have said that it’s not actually a monopoly because it involves ten entities, so it should be called a ‘ten-opoly.’ The ResponsibleOhio campaign tried very hard to ensure that the word ‘monopoly’ was not on the ballot when voters vote yes or no on whether to approve marijuana legalization in Ohio. Unfortunately for the ResponsibleOhio campaign, the effort did not work. Per Cleveland.Com:

Thu
17
Sep

Rand Paul Fighting for Marijuana and Drug Policy

Senator Rand Paul talks about how marijuana legalization should be protected by states like Colorado and Washington. Paul has always defended letting the states legalize marijuana and that incarcerating people for consuming weed has been a disaster and needs to change. Paul stood out on the Republican stage as the only candidate to defend marijuana and states' rights.

Thu
17
Sep

The White House Blacklisted Bolivia for Growing Coca While US States Sell Legal Weed

The US has again "decertified" Bolivia over what it calls a failure to comply with international narcotics agreements, despite recent data showing the country has achieved an unparalleled decrease in coca cultivation compared to other Andean nations in South America.

The decision, while widely expected, was roundly criticized by drug policy experts, who called the move hypocritical given that the US may be in contravention of UN drug conventions due to legalized marijuana markets in several states.

Thu
17
Sep

Colorado Attorney General investigates marijuana companies using 'organic'

 Because marijuana is illegal under federal law, and use of the term organic is federally regulated, a licensed cannabis business cannot be certified as organic no matter their practices

Colorado’s attorney general is investigating several marijuana businesses over concerns the word “organic” in their names or advertising might be misleading to consumers.

The office is reviewing complaints from consumers that the “merchants have been misrepresenting their product when they say ‘organic’ or ‘organically grown,'” said Roger Hudson, spokesman for Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. “We’re looking for information inside those complaints to make a determination on what those next steps are. Is it consumer fraud? Is it criminal?”

Thu
17
Sep

Republicans Debate Marijuana Legalization: Jeb Bush Admits To Smoking Pot

Top-tier Republican candidates participating in the second GOP debate Wednesday night huffed and puffed over marijuana legalization as more states move to allow voters to legally light up. One Republican candidate even admitted to getting high in his youth.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said the drug war has gone too far, noting that there were racial implications associated with it. He advocated for more rehabilitation and less incarceration, and said it was hypocritical for candidates who had smoked pot in the past to oppose medical marijuana. 

Thu
17
Sep

Colorado marijuana-tax holiday saves growers big bucks

DENVER — Tim Cullen smiled when he reckoned a one-day marijuana-tax holiday in Colorado had probably saved him tens of thousands of dollars.

Cullen, the owner of Colorado Harvest Co., a chain of marijuana dispensaries, was among the many growers and shoppers who benefited Wednesday from a quirk that required the state to suspend a 10 percent sales tax and a 15 percent wholesale excise tax for a day.

While shoppers saved roughly $20 an ounce, or about 33 cents per joint, pot growers saved $300 a pound.

 

“I probably saved $45,000 before lunch,” Cullen said.

 

Looking over a small tangle of pot shoppers in his suburban Denver shop, Cullen said the crowds weren’t huge, but the tax break would be a big win anyway.

Thu
17
Sep

Toledo, Ohio Votes Yes To Decriminalize Marijuana By Wide Margin

During a city-wide vote on Tuesday September 15, 70% of Toledoans said YES to removing all criminal penalties for possession of under 200 grams of marijuana and reducing penalties for larger possession offenses.

Thu
17
Sep

Albania Declares Itself Marijuana-Free

Albania says its campaign against the drugs trade is going well with most of the marijuana plants in the country being destroyed.

Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri said 99.2%, or 690,000 cannabis plants in 44 hectares (109 acres) seen on aerial maps, have been destroyed so far this year.

Mr Tahiri said drug growers had moved to high mountainous areas to plant cannabis, using small planes to take it abroad. 

"The fight against drugs knows no end," he said. "It has a high cost and it is extremely difficult, but it continues."

The southern European country is a major producer of the plant and the authorities started their fight against the drugs trade last year.

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