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Sun
06
Sep

Marijuana-Legalization Efforts and Their Impact on the Presidential Race

With the race for the White House heating up, the “politics of marijuana” is looming as a possibly significant factor.

Twenty-four state ballot initiatives on marijuana legalization in 16 states have been filed already and will be voted on in November 2016, including in the “swing states” of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Sun
06
Sep

Marijuana supporters see reasons for optimism

WILKES-BARRE — When Les Stark of the Keystone Cannabis Coalition organized a rally in Wilkes-Barre last year, he was excited at the prospect of new state laws on medical cannabis and industrial hemp.

He’s still waiting, but the status of marijuana in Pennsylvania may be changing. Several bills are moving through the state Legislature. Stark, of Exeter Township in Berks County, is confident that when he organizes an event next year in the city, medical cannabis and farmed hemp will be legal in the state.

Sun
06
Sep

Taxes Earned from Legal Cannabis Sales Passes $200 Million in Washington and Colorado

Legal cannabis cannabis sales in Colorado and Washington have garnered their states a combined $200 million in tax revenue since January 1st, 2014, according to the most recent data released by each state.

In Colorado, recreational and medical cannabis sales have brought in nearly $120 million in taxes and fees for the state. In Washington, legal cannabis sales have resulted in over $80 million in taxes for the state. Combined, over $200 million in taxes have been earned between the two states.

Legal recreational sales began January 1st of last year in Colorado, and began six months later in Washington.

 

Sun
06
Sep

Who's legalizing marijuana in U.S.?

 

Advocacy groups have poured millions of dollars into legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana in states across the country.

One of the most powerful and influential groups — Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project – was behind successful recreational measures in Alaska and Colorado, two of four states that now allow recreational use. MPP organizers hope to replicate those efforts in five other states during the 2016 elections, an undertaking they say will — if successful — prove significant for the effort to end marijuana prohibition.

One of them, Arizona, is a state that conservative icon Barry Goldwater called home. It frequently makes national headlines for controversial measures on immigration and gay rights.

Sat
05
Sep

3800 marijuana-related summonses in three months in NYC

NEW YORK – Young African American and Latino mothers with their children walk down the bustling blocks of Liberty and Fulton in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Boys' sneakers scuffle on the cement courts at the park where they play a pickup basketball game.

East New York is home to nearly 175,000 people. Less than 10 percent are Caucasian and most are younger than 45 years old. Many of them seldom leave Brooklyn. About 35 percent live below the poverty line, and only about 8 percent have earned a college degree. The 75th Precinct, which encompasses the area, has accounted for the second-highest number of marijuana possession summons in New York in 2015, similar to the years when it accounted for the most marijuana arrests.

Sat
05
Sep

Spainish police bust marijuana plantation set up by inmate on prison leave

MADRID – Spanish authorities say an inmate has set up what police say is the country’s largest outdoor illegal marijuana plantation.

The 47-year-old Spaniard set up the operation within a 7.4 acre olive grove purchased while on prison leave, Interior Ministry spokesman Federico Pozuelo says.

The prisoner relied on a 59-year-old Lithuanain assistant to tend 75,000 cannabis plants weighing five metric tons. The drugs are valued at 5 million euros ($7.4 million CAD).

Police say the farm, situated in central Albacete, was surrounded by a protective perimeter wall of dung and garbage that masked the plants’ telltale aroma.

Sat
05
Sep

Marijuana plants 'as tall as Christmas trees' found in North Carolina man's garden

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. --

Marijuana plants as large as "Christmas trees" have been seized from a North Carolina man's garden.

WGHP reported that Kelly Gene Hines, 53, of Hickory, faces various charges in connection to the incident including trafficking and manufacturing marijuana.

Officers reportedly found the plants after checking out a tip about another house in the area. Officials said more than 20 marijuana plants were found growing near the home, including one that weighed 23 pounds.

Sat
05
Sep

Police seize over 260 pounds of synthetic drugs worth $2.3M

Two men have been indicted in the District’s largest-ever synthetic drug bust, in which police seized more than 250 pounds of a substance marketed as Bizarro from a storage space in Northwest D.C.

On August 27, Maryland State Police and the Metropolitan Area Drug Task Force intercepted the drugs after they were shipped from the West Coast.

The new law allows district officials to shut down any business – typically liquor stores and gas station – caught selling the synthetic drugs, which are supposed to produce a high similar to marijuana, but instead have been known to launch people on hallucinations and violent rampages.

Sat
05
Sep

Phillipeans: marijuana plants uprooted in Badian

CEBU, Philippines – A reported presence of armed men has led police operatives to a marijuana plantation in the mountain barangay of Apatong, Badian town Friday morning.

Members of the Regional Public Safety Battalion-7 disco-vered at least P2 million worth of marijuana plants in the barangay’s Sitio Busay.

Superintendent Jonathan Pineda, of RPSB-7 headquarters, said they have received information about the presence of armed men in the area, prompting them to send some of their personnel.

While in pursuit of the reported armed men, the team of policemen accidentally stumbled upon the marijuana plantation. The police operatives aborted the hot pursuit operation and uprooted the marijuana plants instead.

Sat
05
Sep

Actions appropriate in approval of pot greenhouse

The Torrance County Commission and the county's planning and zoning director acted appropriately when they approved a marijuana greenhouse in the Loma Parda subdivision near Mountainair.

 

Findings of fact were presented to the Commission at its regular meeting on Aug. 26. The Commission accepted the findings 2-1 with Commissioner Julia DuCharme opposing its acceptance.

The findings were the final step in the appeal process on the decision Planning and Zoning Director Steve Guetschow made in approving the greenhouse for operation. Guetschow contended in June that the greenhouse was allowed under the county's zoning ordinance.

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