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Hawaii Medical marijuana dispensary law will face challenges

If a bill that sets up a medical marijuana dispensary system in Hawaii becomes law, the state’s Department of Health will have about a year to come up with administrative rules. Currently, the bill sits on Gov. David Ige’s desk after being passed by members of the state House and Senate earlier this week.

Under the proposed law, eight medical marijuana dispensary licenses will be issued; three on Oahu, two each on the Big Island and Maui County, and one on Kauai. Under the proposed program, each licensee can have two retail locations, for a total of 16 statewide.

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Carly Fiorina Wouldn't Enforce Federal Marijuana Ban In States With Legalization

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said on Thursday that as president, she would not enforce the federal ban on marijuana in states that have legalized the substance.

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UK: The Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol Party Beat BNP By A Big Margin

This might be the first time you've heard of them but the Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol party, or CISTA, beat BNP in the amount of total votes in the General Election by a significant margin. 

Here is how we done. The results from the 32 seats we contested. Thank you to the thousands of people who voted for us. We have only just begun...

Posted by CISTA on Friday, 8 May 2015

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Legalise dagga; don’t just criticise it

Cape Town - Thousands of protesters marched through the city on Saturday calling for the legalisation of dagga.

A protester lights what looks like a giant spliff after a pro-cannabis march in Cape Town. Photo: TRACEY ADAMS. 
(Credit: WEEKEND ARGUS)

The crowd of about 5 000 was led by Johannes Berkhout, a champion of the benefits of smoking marijuana, and Jeremy Acton, president of the Dagga Party.

The protesters sang, chanted and waved Rastafarian flags as they called for the right to light up a joint.

They gathered at the corner of Keizersgracht and Tenant Street, marched down Darling Street into Long Street and back down through the Company’s Garden to their original meeting point.

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Ohio Legislators look to make push to legalize marijuana difficult

Supporters of three proposals to put legal marijuana in the Ohio Constitution are pushing for a spot on the fall ballot. But there is growing talk of a move by the General Assembly to undercut full legalization.

Sources say legislators want to create a more restrictive alternative to legalizing marijuana in Ohio than what is being proposed by private, for-profit groups as a way to undermine those approaches.

One option is passage of House Bill 33 — a proposal that would legalize cannabis-derived medicines for those with seizure disorders — either in its present form or by slightly expanding it.

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City of Victoria drafting new marijuana bylaws

VICTORIA – Victoria has become the latest British Columbia city to draft new bylaws for medical marijuana dispensaries, as Vancouver considers a plan to regulate illegal pot shops.

City council in the province’s capital voted Thursday to ask staff to draft business licensing and zoning regulations, which could impose fees and new rules on security, record keeping and selling to minors.

 

Mayor Lisa Helps said she thought it was a “good sign” when Victoria Police Insp. Scott McGregor told council at the meeting that the department doesn’t object to regulation.

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May

Jamaica: Opposition Raises Questions About Ganja Law

Opposition senator Robert Montague has asked the Justice Minister to indicate what measures have been put in place to protect Jamaicans under the new ganja law.

In questions tabled in the Senate this morning, Senator Montague sought answers to how the police will verify that a substance found in the possession of an individual is in fact ganja.

He also wants to know what recourse is available to someone who is wrongfully ticketed for breaching the ganja law.

Senator Montague says the Justice Minister must indicate how the Police will objectively establish that someone is in possession of the allowable two ounces or less of ganja.

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08
May

Election 2015: Where the Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol party beat the Tories

Sure the Conservatives won the General Election, but they were beaten by a pro-cannabis party in a few choice constituencies

Many Brits will have come across the Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol (CISTA) party for the first time when they looked at their ballot paper on Thursday. Others will still probably never have heard of this niche party.

But though they're small and - yes - focused on one single issue, they notched up a couple of triumphs in the 2015 General Election.

The Cannabis party beat the BNP

This party beat the British National Party in terms of votes, this year.

A few years back there were serious concerns that the BNP could win seats and thus change British politics forever.

Yet now the party is all but destroyed.

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Congress: House Lawmakers Narrowly Defeat Measure To Allow Veterans Greater Access To Medical Marijuana

Washington, DC: Members of the US House of Representativesnarrowly defeated a proposed amendment that sought to allow veterans greater access to cannabis therapy.

House members rejected the amendment by a vote of 210 to 213. One hundred and seventy-five Democrats voted for the measure, while eight voted against it. Thirty-five Republicans voted for the amendment, while 205 voted against it.

A similar measure was defeated in 2014 by a vote of 195 to 222.

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How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about

Several industries have become notorious for the millions they spend on influencing legislation and getting friendly candidates into office: Big Oil, Big Pharma and the gun lobby among them. But one has managed to quickly build influence with comparatively little scrutiny: Private prisons. The two largest for-profit prison companies in the United States – GEO andCorrections Corporation of America – and their associates have funneled more than $10 million to candidates since 1989 and have spent nearly $25 million on lobbying efforts.

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