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Thu
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Jun

Rhode Island Legislative Session Comes To A Close After Some Marijuana Reform Victories

Out of Rhode Island:

The Rhode Island legislative session came to close early on Saturday morning.  Unfortunately, despite overwhelming public support for reform, leaders of the House and Senate did not allow legislators to vote on the Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act this year.

Other notable outcomes of the 2016 legislative session include:

— Passage of Article 14 in the state budget, which makes significant changes to the medical marijuana program. You can find a summary of the new regulations here.

Thu
23
Jun

Watch: NFL players speak out on marijuana policy


When NFL lineman Eugene Monroe spoke out publicly against the NFL’s ban on marijuana, it sparked a national conversation about the merits of cannabis as an alternative method of pain management for players.

“What I noticed was that former players would openly speak about their experiences being addicted to opioids that they were prescribed by their team doctors,” Monroe told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.

Monroe, who was recently released by the Baltimore Ravens, has found an ally for his cause in Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan.

Wed
22
Jun

Trump Tuesday: The Trump Parody Video Going Viral in Japan

The L.A.-based creator of the "Trump For World President" video tells us those who get the joke are the ones he made it for, and those who don't are even more amusing.

TOKYO—Japan loves Donald Trump—so much it wants to hug and kiss him—at least that’s the impression you might get from the Japan Supports Donald Trump For World President 2016 Banzai! video that has now been seen over 14 million times on Facebook and 3 million times on YouTube. 

It’s a masterpiece that looks as if it were created by Japan’s best advertising agency Dentsu (the one embroiled in a scandal over bribery and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics), but it’s actually a parody: a hilarious riff on Trump’s campaign and Japanese advertising. 

Wed
22
Jun

Cayman Islands: Caricom Decriminalisation of Marijuana Report Expected Next Month

St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Hon Dr Ralph Gonsalves believes another year of consultations is possible before a regional decision is made on the decriminalisation of medical marijuana and small quantities of the drug.

This even as the Regional Marijuana Commission is expected to deliver its report to Caricom next month on the controversial issue which has drawn widespread debate including here in Cayman.

Dr Gonsalves, speaking with The Cayman Reporter last Thursday (16 June) during a brief visit to the Legislative Assembly, said regional consultations on the issue were inaugurated in his country last Wednesday.

Wed
22
Jun

New Zealand: Cannabis Starts Great Town-Hall Conversation

Key public figures are set to assemble at the Auckland Town Hall next week to host a public discussion on the impacts of cannabis laws in New Zealand communities.

The launch of the "Let's Start The Conversation" campaign - a national vehicle to create informed community discussion and debate around the impacts of current cannabis laws - kicks off on Monday, June 27th with a Town Hall Assembly in Auckland officially endorsed by Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the New Zealand Criminal Bar Association.

Wed
22
Jun

Massachusetts Recreational Marijuana Supporters To File Signatures For Ballot Question

Could recreational marijuana use be legalized in Massachusetts?

Those who say “yes” plan to file more than 25,000 voter signatures with city and town clerks by a Wednesday deadline, thereby clearing one of the last hurdles to secure a spot for their proposal on the November ballot.

Only 10,792 certified signatures are required at this stage, but sponsors of ballot initiatives typically try to gather much more in case some signatures are disqualified for various reasons.

Supporters of other proposed ballot questions tell The Associated Press they also have collected enough signatures to easily exceed the threshold.

Wed
22
Jun

Congress Considers Changing Federal Policy Toward Marijuana Research

Pot’s staunchest opposing forces giving in to medical marijuana.

A legion of Congressional lawmakers, some of which have advocated against the reform of marijuana laws in the not so distant past, have joined forces in an effort to eliminate some of the restrictive barriers that have jammed up the cannabis plant for the past several decades by introducing legislation that would make it easier for the scientific and medical communities to study its therapeutic benefits.

Wed
22
Jun

Will More Marijuana Research Result in Better Legislation?

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D) of Oregon, crowned “Congress’s top legal pot advocate,” by Rolling Stone, found an unlikely ally for his latest marijuana-related bill: Rep. Andy Harris (R) of Maryland. The conservative Republican introduced a provision that effectively blocked D.C. from loosening its pot laws, launching him to the center of the controversy about marijuana legalization as pot’s most vocal opponent.

Wed
22
Jun

Legal Weed Sparks Colorado Debate - Why Not Allow Pot Clubs?

Legal marijuana is giving Colorado a stinky conundrum. Visitors can buy the drug, but they can't use it in public. Or in a rental car. Or in most hotel rooms.

The result is something marijuana advocates and opponents feared — people toking up on sidewalks, in city parks and in alleys behind bars and restaurants — despite laws against doing so. And they're getting dinged with public marijuana consumption tickets.

From the capital city of Denver to mountain resorts like Aspen and Breckenridge, police wrote nearly 800 citations in for the new crime of public consumption in 2014, the first year recreational sales began.

Wed
22
Jun

Legalize Marijuana for the Taxes? It's No Pot of Gold

Learn from Colorado's folly. Unless Arizona does something about medical marijuana, legalization won't produce promised revenues.

Forty percent of the taxes on marijuana would be directed to the Department of Education for construction, maintenance and operation costs, including compensation of K-12 teachers. Another 40 percent would be set aside for full-day kindergarten programs. And 20 percent would go to the Department of Health Services for unspecified uses. Revenue from the taxes could not flow into the state's general fund, which would allow it to be spent for other purposes.

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