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Tue
16
Jun

Could Colombia Legalize Marijuana? Amid Drug War and Trafficking, Lawmakers to Debate Full Legalization

Lawmakers in Colombia, one of the world’s biggest drug producers and the backdrop of an often violent illegal drug trade, could debate legalizing marijuana this year, according to Colombia Reports. While legislators are already moving forward with considering legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, Sen. Roy Barreras from the southwestern city of Cali, once known as the most violent place in the country thanks to its warring drug gangs, hopes to get full marijuana legalization on the table.

Tue
16
Jun

Lawyers Launch the NCBA to Help Clients Navigate Conflicting Laws Governing Cannabis Businesses

A group of lawyers have launched the National Cannabis Bar Association to help clients navigate the conflicting maze of local, state and federal laws that govern cannabis businesses.

 

Mon
15
Jun

Zambia could earn billions from medicinal marijuana crop

Opposition Green Party leader Peter Sinkamba says if he was voted in last January, the country would have been harvesting its first medicinal marijuana crop this month worth US$3 billion from the planned 129 farms countrywide.

Mr. Sinkamba says on his social media posting that to date his party would have earned US $ 3 billion , which is half Zambia’s budget for 2015 had he been voted Republican President .

“ With Green Party in government, by now there would have been no deficit, no nkongole ( debt ) , but a thriving economy like it used to be in the 1960’s and 1970s “ he said.

Chile, the country that produces copper six times more than Zambia has just legalized marijuana, and we are still shamefully grappling with realities, he adds

Mon
15
Jun

Dateline - Growing Hope

Dateline covers the fight for medical marijuana in Virginia, following the families who brought their plea to the state legislature, and beyond to lobby for change at the federal government level.
Mon
15
Jun

Feinstein very slow to ease opposition to medical marijuana

Dianne Feinstein, long one of the Senate’s foremost drug warriors, has shown signs recently of mellowing on the issue of medical marijuana. She’s voted to allow its use by military veterans, pressed for more federal research into the drug and expressed sympathy for marijuana patients.

But when push came to shove in the Senate Appropriations Committee, Feinstein voted no — the only Democrat to do so — on legislation to prevent federal interference with medical marijuana laws in states such as California, whose voters were the nation’s first to legalize pot as medicine 19 years ago. The measure, attached to a spending bill, cleared the committee on a 21-9 vote Thursday and appears likely to become law, extending by a year the restrictions Congress first enacted in December.

Mon
15
Jun

Could Colombia Legalize Marijuana? Amid Drug War And Trafficking, Lawmakers To Debate Full ...

Lawmakers in Colombia, one of the world’s biggest drug producers and the backdrop of an often violent illegal drug trade, could debate legalizing marijuana this year, according to Colombia Reports. While legislators are already moving forward with considering legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, Sen. Roy Barreras from the southwestern city of Cali, once known as the most violent place in the country thanks to its warring drug gangs, hopes to get full marijuana legalization on the table.

Mon
15
Jun

Legislative deal eases way to marijuana sales bans in almost all of eastern Oregon

A sweeping bill to regulate the burgeoning marijuana industry in Oregon is back on track after legislators agreed to make it easier to ban retail pot sales in almost all of the state's eastern counties.

Leaders of the  marijuana committee agreed to give a powerful eastern Oregon lawmaker language that would allow local governments in his region of the state to ban medical and recreational marijuana shops without voter approval.

Rep. Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego and co-chair of the House-Senate marijuana committee, said Friday that the compromise "is not my top choice," but she said it was necessary to prevent the entire legislative package from falling apart.

Mon
15
Jun

Recreational Marijuana Advocates Will Begin Collecting Signatures in Michigan, State Could See Tax Revenue It Desperately Needs

Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers approved the form petitions Thursday for two initiatives that would legalize recreational marijuana. Advocates in Michigan will begin collecting signatures from Michigan voters. WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick said that it will be easy to find enough Michiganders ready for legalizing recreational marijuana to get the initiatives put on the ballot in 2016.

“The sponsors are very confident they can gather more signatures than needed to put this on the statewide ballot.”

Mon
15
Jun

John Morgan Writes a “Big Check” to get Medical Marijuana Amendment 2.0 Up and Running

John Morgan just wrote a “big check” to get a second medical marijuana ballot initiative off the ground.

And a big check it was. $150,000.

“I’m going to do whatever it takes to put medical marijuana back to the people of Florida to make it your decision,” Morgan said in a video statement posted on the website for his group, United for Care.

Morgan said it won’t be the last check he writes, but implores supporters to write their own big checks.

The funding will go first toward paying for a massive petition drive to gather enough signatures statewide to force another constitutional amendment in 2016. Once ballot language is finalized campaign funds will pay for key advertisements and educational outreach dispelling messages from critics.

Sun
14
Jun

Trinidad: Warner admits to involvement in plan to conceal alleged marijuana find at PM's home

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Embattled former FIFA executive and former national security minister, Jack Warner, has claimed that he was involved in a plan to bury the alleged discovery of marijuana at the home of Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar in the Philippines.

Warner, in a statement dated June 6, said he and former deputy commissioner of police Mervyn Richardson planned to bury the drug that was found on April 12, 2013, while the prime minister was in New York.

Warner – the leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) - also named Gary Griffith, then adviser to prime minister and Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal, as being part of the plan to ensure there was no criminal probe into the alleged marijuana discovery.

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