Marijuana Politics

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Wed
24
Jun

The Marijuana Market: Everybody Wants A Piece

A lot of people use marijuana because it's fun. But it's also serious business, and last week entrepreneurs looking for a piece of the marijuana market convened at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in New York City. (image credit: Karsten Strauss)

At regular intervals throughout the year, just about every industry takes time out to get its ranks together to network, entertain potential clients and show off new products. The burgeoning U.S. cannabis industry is no different, and the 2015 Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition, held in New York from June 17-19, displayed more than a few crossover companies: those with know-how in other industries, hoping to show how their products can play a part in the weed world.

Wed
24
Jun

Banning medical-marijuana edibles bad for patients: BC civil rights group

VANCOUVER – A British Columbia civil rights group is asking the City of Vancouver to reconsider its plans to ban dispensaries from selling edible forms of medical marijuana.

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association says there are logistical challenges to regulation but that an outright ban would just transfer the problem to patients.

Vancouver is poised to pass precedent-setting policies that would require dispensaries to pay a $30,000 licensing fee and stay a minimum distance from schools and other pot shops.

The proposed regulations would allow for the sale of dried marijuana and pot oil, which the city says patients could use to make their own brownies and cookies, for example.

Councillors are set to decide on the controversial regulations tomorrow.

Wed
24
Jun

Maine Legislature soundly rejects marijuana legalization bills

AUGUSTA, Maine — If Maine is going to “free the weed,” the Legislature wants no part of the process.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate overwhelmingly affirmed on Monday that they would not pass a law to legalize, tax and regulate recreational use of marijuana. The House rejected LD 1380, a bill by longtime legalization advocate Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, that would have put the question out for a public vote. The bill was defeated 98-45.

Wed
24
Jun

Banning medical-marijuana edibles bad for patients: B.C. civil rights group

A British Columbia civil rights group is asking the City of Vancouver to reconsider its plan to ban dispensaries from selling edible forms of medical marijuana.

The request comes as city council prepares to vote Wednesday on new zoning regulations for medical marijuana shops, even though the sale of pot in any form by dispensaries remains illegal under federal drug laws.

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association said it recognized the logistical challenges to regulation, but it argues an outright ban on items such as cookies and brownies would just transfer the problem to patients.

“This is not comparable to other kinds of medication,” said Micheal Vonn, the organization’s policy director.

Tue
23
Jun

Drug War Game Changer: Is California Going to Legalize Marijuana?

On June 14, more than 200 people gathered at the Sebastopol Grange for a fundraiser and organizing meeting of  local pot growers, the Sonoma County Growers Association. They were being mentored by their northern neighbors from Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity counties, the Emerald Growers Association, which already has lobbyists in Sacramento and is in the middle of the effort to legalize weed in California next year. The Emerald Triangle is the largest marijuana growing area in the country's largest marijuana producing state.

Tue
23
Jun

Pot politics fracture the GOP

Pot policy is splintering the GOP.

GOP support for medical marijuana is on the rise as backers look to couch legalization as a states’ rights issue, while other Republicans are fighting tooth and nail to beat back recreational pot laws like the one approved in Washington, D.C.

The division reflects a political conundrum for the party, which is torn between social conservatives who still see marijuana as a gateway drug, and libertarian-leaning voters who want to legalize pot.

The GOP’s internal conflict has been on full display of late, as Congress has voted on a series of conflicting marijuana measures — frustrating advocates on both sides of the fight over legal pot.

Tue
23
Jun

Cannabis Industry Flexes Its New Political Muscle

It was a classic political fundraiser — semi-formal, with chicken, potatoes and salad on the menu.

The jovial donors sipped gin cocktails and Oregon pinots at the Left Bank Annex on Portland’s East Side earlier this month.

But the 300 attendees who came to support Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, represent a newly energized group: They’re members of the cannabis industry, now in an era where their product is legal for recreational use.

“People that I’ve been working with — in some cases for years dealing with trying to modernize our marijuana laws — came together and they threw me a little party,” Blumenauer said. “It was great fun.”

Tue
23
Jun

White House Takes Huge Step Forward In Fight Over Marijuana Research

The Obama administration has removed a major regulatory barrier standing in the way of desperately needed research into medical marijuana.

On Monday, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which oversees the United States' overall drug-fighting efforts, announced it will no longer require scientists seeking to study medical marijuana to pass a stifling Public Health Service review process, the Associated Press reports.

While this may seem like a small step for marijuana research, the recent announcement could pull the lynch pin that opens the floodgates for a wave of future scientific marijuana research that could add to the already growing list of potential medical applications of the substance. 

Mon
22
Jun

America’s DEA Proposes a Massive Increase in Government Marijuana Production to Meet Research Demands

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has proposed a  massive increase in the amount of marijuana it will allow to be produced this year. The DEA’s objective is to meet the demands of researchers studying medicinal uses of marijuana.

The Controlled Substances Act, a law which categorizes drugs in accordance with their risk of abuse and medical benefit, provides for the DEA to control the growing and production of Schedule I and II drugs for research purposes. Cocaine and marijuana are both Schedule I drugs.

Mon
22
Jun

EXPERT PREDICTS SATAN WILL VISIT OREGON WHEN MARIJUANA BECOMES LEGAL IN JULY

Lock up your animals, and board up your windows Oregon, we have some incredibly disturbing news from War On Drugs expert Linda Blair. Recently, Blair spoke with ThatOregonLife.com and gave some startling insight on the legalization of the pot in Oregon.

According to Blair, when the devil’s lettuce is introduced to Oregon July 1st for the first time to innocent Oregonians all across the state, we could see numbers as high as 1 in 3 Oregonians losing their lives to random violent deaths as a result of Satan himself visiting Oregon.

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