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Oregon marijuana law could face legal challenge, city and county associations say

Oregon's new marijuana legalization law is on shaky legal ground when it tries to limit the ability of local governments to tax and regulate retail sales of the drug, lawyers for cities and counties argued Wednesday.

The warning of potential legal action came as the counties and cities continued to press the Oregon Legislature to rewrite the marijuana measure approved by voters last November.

The local governments want the ability to levy their own taxes on retail marijuana sales, and they want more latitude to prohibit local sales altogether.

"Frankly, I would prefer to work with you than go to court," Rob Bovett, legal counsel for the Association of Oregon Counties, told legislators studying the implementation of Measure 91.

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Former Denver Bronco Nate Jackson Calls For NFL To Allow Marijuana

DENVER (AP) – Former Broncos tight end Nate Jackson says he believes the NFL will have no choice but to remove marijuana from its lists of banned substances in the near future.

Speaking at a marijuana business conference, Jackson called on the league to allow medical marijuana as a means to help players deal with the physical and psychological pain and head injuries inherent to their profession.

Jackson said he avoided opiate painkillers as much as he could during his six-year career from 2003-08. Instead, he self-medicated with marijuana so that he wouldn’t retire addicted to prescription drugs like so many of his contemporaries, he said.

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Marijuana for Dessert? Weed Ice Cream Sparks Conversation in Vermont

Recent comments from the founders of the ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's about legalized marijuana are sparking discussion in Vermont, a state where lawmakers in both chambers of the state legislature have introduced recreational marijuana legalization bills.

In a video interview with the Huffington Post, after a viewer suggested a flavor containing marijuana for states where it is legal, Ben & Jerry's co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield signaled support for the idea.

"If it were my decision, I'd be doing it," Cohen said in the Huffington Post conversation, referring to manufacturing ice cream for the edible marijuana market.

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Navajo Lawmaker Firm on Stance Against Legalizing Marijuana

A lawmaker on the country's largest American Indian reservation has introduced a bill to reaffirm the tribe's stance against legalizing marijuana.

Navajo Nation Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie says legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use contradicts Navajo values and tradition.

His bill introduced this week comes in response to an announcement last year by the U.S. Department of Justice to allow American Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana within certain guidelines.

Navajo lawmakers can take action on Yazzie's bill after a public comment period.

Yazzie has said legalizing marijuana would drive up crime rates and drug addiction on the vast reservation that extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

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Longview Republican files marijuana legalization bill

Conroe Police Department Public Information Officer Dorcy Riddle stands amongst 10 to 20,000 marijuana plants waiting to be cut down by authorities Aug. 21, 2013, in Conroe, Texas. Investigators found the plants, but no suspects, through undisclosed procedures with the help of different agencies. They plan to cut them down and incinerate them after they're dried. (AP Photo/ Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)

Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, filed a bill Monday to legalize marijuana by removing all mention of the drug from state statutes.

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Growing opposition in Ohio to legalizing marijuana

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, OH – The debate on legalizing marijuana continues.

Just one day after a group pushing to legalize weed filed a new version of a proposal to get it passed, there is now a growing movement to stop them in their tracks.

The organization Responsible Ohio, has raised  more than 35 million dollars to put the controversial topic on the November ballot.

And just this week, resubmitted a new version of its proposal to Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine.

Bolander says, “We know that marijuana is in our communities now, we know that it’s accessible, but it’s not safe.”

But opponents say making it legal would be just as dangerous.

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Marijuana gets lift as 2016 presidential race takes shape

WASHINGTON — Early signs indicate that marijuana entrepreneurs may have little to worry about as the 2016 presidential campaign takes shape, with some top-rung hopefuls warming to the idea of letting states decide whether to legalize recreational pot.

On the Republican side, those potential candidates include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, both of whom have admitted to using the drug during their younger years, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who has said he was no “choir boy” in college.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she never experimented with marijuana but appears open to the idea of allowing states to legalize it.

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Marijuana smokers should be held to the same standard as drinkers

It’s never been easier to smoke weed in the United States than it is today.

Marijuana is now legal to use, possess and grow in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and — as of last week — the District of Columbia.

Rica Madrid poses for a photograph as she rolls a joint in her home on the first day of legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

18 more permit the limited use of pot for medicinal purposes and, by 2020, it’s predicted that the number of states with full legal use will nearly quadruple.

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Cannabis country: Researcher forecasts next 5 states likely to OK recreational marijuana

LAWRENCE — With laws going into effect last week that legalized recreational marijuana in both Alaska and Washington, D.C., a researcher into the history of cannabis’ acceptance has predicted the next five U.S. states where voters could be inclined to approve marijuana use for relaxation and enjoyment.

Barney Warf, professor of geography at the University of Kansas, is the author of “High Points: An Historical History of Cannabis,” published in the peer-reviewed journal Geographical Review in September 2014.

Warf said legalization can be “hard to predict,” but he made his forecast of states expected to legalize cannabis based on their current laws and voter leanings.

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Tribal Marijuana Conference: A 10-Year Window for Tribes to Capitalize

On February 28 some 75 tribal leaders from across the country met to discuss forming the first “Tribal Cannabis Association” at the Tulalip Resort Casino on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington State.

This followed a packed day on February 27 of “Tribal Marijuana Conference” presentations and panels with speakers as diverse as former U.S. Attorney Troy Eid (current chair of President Barack Obama’s National Indian Law and Order Commission) to the city attorneys of both Seattle and Boulder, Colorado, who gave in-depth overviews of how implementation of state laws legalizing marijuana possession and usage is proceeding in their respective cities.

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