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Tue
09
Aug

Marijuana Industry Watches 'Game Changer' South Dakota Cases

All eyes in the marijuana industry are on South Dakota following the news last week that the state's top prosecutor would bring felony charges against a pair of consultants who helped a Native American tribe grow marijuana.

While federal raids have taken place across the country as tribes enter into marijuana and hemp growing operations, industry officials think South Dakota is the first state to bring charges against a pair of marijuana consultants who helped the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cultivate its crop.

Tue
09
Aug

Portland's Cannabis Consigliere Leaves Top Pot Law Firm

Amy Margolis is setting up her own weed-focused law practice after leaving Emerge Law Group.

A prominent cannabis lawyer has left one of Oregon's biggest marijuana law firms.

Amy Margolis has left Emerge Law Group, a Portland firm that has played a key role in shaping the state's recreational cannabis policy.

Margolis tells WW she has set up her own weed-focused law firm, Margolis Legal, in Portland after leaving  Emerge.

"There's no bad reason," says Margolis. "I've been practicing on my own for a long time. I was ready to engage with clients in a new way."

Tue
09
Aug

The Situation With Medicinal Cannabis In Europe – A Complete Overview

Medicinal Cannabis Sativex and Bedrocan are now available in many European countries, and several have infrastructure in place to supply patients with medicinal cannabis. So which countries are moving with the times, and which are dragging their heels? Where are medicinal and recreational users most (and least) free to utilize their drug of choice? Let’s take a look at the facts.

Tue
09
Aug

Less Than 72 Hours Left to Sign Petition Putting Legalization of Medical Marijuana on Ballot

How far would you go to help a loved one in your life?

That is the question being asked by members of Oklahomans for Health.

For someone who is suffering from the pain of lupus, or for someone who is dying from cancer, members of Oklahomans for Health say to get medical marijuana legislation on the ballot in November.

To find the closest location to sign a petition putting the legalization of  medical marijuana on the ballot, go to the map at oklahomansforhealth.com. A list of businesses is provided that have petitions to sign. Less than 72 hours is left to sign the petition.

Tue
09
Aug

British Man Who Ran Cannabis Advice Centre Jailed for 20 Months

A man who operated a controversial “cannabis advice centre” from a Dundee shop-front has been jailed after pleading guilty to stashing £35,000 worth of drugs in his home.

Nik Brown, who ran the Dundee Cannabis Collective from a premises on Dundee’s Strathmartine Road, championed drug legalisation and claimed to give members of the public advice on the benefits of using medicinal cannabis.

Brown, of Laing Street, was found to be in possession of more than £35,000 worth of cannabis in September last year after fire crew attended his home following reports of a fire.

They forced entry and extinguished a small kitchen fire, which started because the accused had left food unattended on the cooker.

Tue
09
Aug

Some NFL Execs Open to Changing League's Marijuana Testing Policy

Most of America is ready for the legalization of marijuana, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. 

Americans support full legalization of marijuana by a 54 to 41 percent margin. Voters also support allowing adults to legally use medical marijuana if prescribed by a doctor by an 89 to 9 percent margin. 

So far, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. California, Maine, Nevada and Massachusetts will be voting on full legalization in November. Medicinal marijuana is currently legal in 25 states.

Mon
08
Aug

Marijuana, Tobacco Taxes Could Bring $2 Billion (or More) to California

Smoking marijuana or tobacco could come at a heftier price after November in California.  (Photo: Thinkstock)

California voters will be asked in November whether or not the state should levy new taxes on two 'sins' -- tobacco and marijuana use. 

Often referred to as 'sin taxes,' an excise tax on a good that's considered harmful is intended to curb the use of that good by increasing its cost to the consumer.

For Californians in November,  will weigh whether tobacco should have a higher tax rate and if marijuana should be legalized and taxed? If voters approved the two measures, Props. 56 and 64 respectively, the measure have the potential to bring $2 billion in tax revenue to the state, according to the Legislative Analyst's Office.

Mon
08
Aug

The Hazy Politics of Cannabis

All it will take is a quick neighborhood stroll for the next resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to confront the United States’ stunningly inconsistent marijuana laws. The president cannot legally light up a joint at home, of course — it’s federal property, after all — yet a private party down the street would be chill, thanks to the District of Columbia’s legalization vote. But, even there, POTUS couldn’t legally buy any weed. How far might he or she go to address it come 2017?

Mon
08
Aug

Michigan Marijuana Campaign Says It's Not Too Late to Make '16 Ballot

The campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan says there’s still time to get the question on the November ballot. That was a core issue in the most recent briefs filed last week in the MI Legalize campaign’s challenge to an elections board decision that petition drive fell short in the required number of signatures.

The Board of State Canvassers said too many signatures were more than 180 days old when the petitions were turned in. The rule exists to ensure that only the names of currently registered voters are counted. MI Legalize says the rule is anachronistic when it’s very easy to check the names against the state’s online database of registered voters. So the campaign is asking a state Court of Claims judge to order the state to count the older signatures.

Mon
08
Aug

Florida Campaign for Medical Marijuana Trumps Number On 2 Opposition Donations Nearly 700 to 1

The fight over medical marijuana has raked in big money from both supporters and opponents of the constitutional amendment, but far more donations have come from the campaign fighting for medical marijuana in Florida than those fighting against it.

Donations towards the Yes on 2 campaign outnumbered donations from Drug Free Florida by nearly 650 to one, with Yes on 2 receiving over 7,000 donations to Drug Free Florida’s 11 donations.

This isn't the first time Florida has seen a constitutional amendment to legalize medical pot. Voters last cast their ballots on the amendment in 2014, when it missed the necessary 60 percent to pass by only two points. 

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