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TOP: Center City to get its first marijuana dispensary - Philly

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 01:04
philly.com (US) Center City to get its first marijuana dispensary - Philly Cannabis Coverage Center City to get its first marijuana dispensary The site of a future marijuana dispensary is pictured in the 1200 block of Sansom Street in Center City. (Thu Apr 26 14:04:35 2018 PDT)
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TOP: Long Island News Stories on Sports, Politics and More - Newsday

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 01:02
TOP: Long Island News Stories on Sports, Politics & More - Newsday (US) [ ...] ... (Thu Apr 26 14:02:30 2018 PDT)
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TOP: Cory Booker Articles, Photos, and Videos - Chicago Tribune

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 01:01
chicagotribune.com (US) Senate Minority Leader Schumer introduces measure to decriminalize marijuana The Senate's top Democrat announced Friday that he is introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana. (Thu Apr 26 14:01:42 2018 PDT)
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TOP: Barack Obama Articles, Photos, and Videos - Chicago Tribune

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 01:01
chicagotribune.com (US) The times they are a-changinb . Who was b unalterably opposedb to marijuana legalization as recently... (Thu Apr 26 14:01:42 2018 PDT)
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How the growing weed industry gets around anti-cannabis ad policies on Facebook and other platforms - Digiday

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 21:01

Digiday

How the growing weed industry gets around anti-cannabis ad policies on Facebook and other platforms
Digiday
Meanwhile, social media platforms like Weedmaps and MassRoots, which cater exclusively to marijuana enthusiasts, have emerged, ready to take the ad dollars that Facebook, Instagram and others are so ready to give up. However, platforms like MassRoots ...

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Marijuana's Midwest Breakthrough: Michigan to Vote on Legalization in November

Alternet - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 19:21
The Wolverine State could be the first to free the weed in the heartland.

The Midwest could soon see its first state end marijuana prohibition. State officials in Michigan announced Tuesday that a marijuana legalization initiative has enough valid voter signatures to appear on the November ballot. Polls in the state suggest it will win.

That would be a major breakthrough for legal marijuana. So far, legalization has been limited to West Coast, Rocky Mountain, and New England states, but a victory in Michigan this fall would free the weed in a major Midwest state. Legal marijuana would no longer be limited to the country's fringes, but would have a home in the heartland, and that would lay the groundwork for a more rapid erosion of pot prohibition at the state level.

There's a chance some other state could beat Michigan to the punch—there are legislative efforts still alive in several states—but legalizing weed at the statehouse has proven to be a frustrating, years-long task. With a ballot initiative, voters accomplish as much (if not more and better) in one fell swoop.

It's not absolutely official yet—the state Board of Canvassers is set to formally certify the count on Thursday—but the Board of Elections announced Monday that it counted 277,370 valid voter signatures, nearly 10 percent more than the 252,523 required to be approved for the ballot.

The initiative, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, would:

  • Legalize the possession and sale of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for personal, recreational use and up to 10 ounces at home.
  • Legalize the cultivation of up to 12 plants, as well as the fruits of the harvest.
  • Tax marijuana sales at a rate of a 10 percent excise tax at the retail level as well as a 6 percent sales tax. The estimated revenues from the taxes are at least $100 million.
  • Split those revenues with 35 percent going to K-12 education, 35 percent to roads, 15 percent to the communities that allow marijuana businesses in their communities and 15 percent to counties where marijuana businesses are located.
  • Allow communities to decide whether they’ll permit marijuana businesses.
  • Restrict purchases of marijuana for recreational purposes to 2.5 ounces, but an individual could keep up to 10 ounces of marijuana in their homes.
  • Allow the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), and not the politically appointed licensing board that will regulate the medical marijuana side of the issue, to regulate and license marijuana businesses, including growers, transporters, testers and dispensaries.
  • Set up three classes of marijuana growers: up to 100, 500 and 2,000 plants.

The initiative was put together by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a combined effort of veteran state activists and the ACLU of Michigan and national drug reform groups, including the Marijuana Policy Project and the Drug Policy Alliance. It was built on the back of a 2016 initiative campaign that came up just short on signatures.

The initiative looks well-positioned to win in November, riding as it does pot's ever-increasing wave of popularity. A February poll had support for legalization in Michigan at 57 percent, while a March poll came in at 61 percent. Those are the kinds of polling numbers initiative and referendum experts like to see at the beginning of the campaign because they suggest that even with the inevitable erosion of support in the face of opposition attacks, the measure still has a big enough cushion to pull off a victory.

Support for legalization has also seeped into the state Democratic Party, with all four Democratic gubernatorial candidates now behind it. Ditto for the state attorney general race, with both Democrats now embracing legalization.

No mainstream Republicans have embraced the initiative, but there have been reports that state GOP politicians are now considering passing a legalization bill in the legislature in a bid to blunt voter turnout in what they fear could be a Blue Wave election. They worry that the chance to vote for marijuana could produce an electorate more likely to throw them out of office.

They may well be right. The day after election day, Michigan could wake up to both legal marijuana and a Democratic majority in the state House and/or Senate. Wouldn't that be something?

 

 

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BC government set to unveil recreational marijuana legislation on Thursday - Globalnews.ca

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 16:41

Globalnews.ca

BC government set to unveil recreational marijuana legislation on Thursday
Globalnews.ca
One of the aspects of legalization that may remain unclear for some time is what constitutes impaired driving under the influence of cannabis. Farnworth said the federal government has not been clear about this, and notes there is no widespread ...
BC set to introduce rules on regulating recreational marijuanaCHEK

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Subject of Smith-McCrossin marijuana story says comments - CBC.ca - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:59

CBC.ca

Subject of Smith-McCrossin marijuana story says comments - CBC.ca
CBC.ca
An Amherst business woman says she was misrepresented by Tory leadership candidate Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin when the politician recently referred to her during a debate at Province House.

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Inkster teen accused of selling marijuana-laced Fruity Pebbles cereal - Detroit Free Press

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:40

Detroit Free Press

Inkster teen accused of selling marijuana-laced Fruity Pebbles cereal
Detroit Free Press
An Inkster teen is accused of selling cannabis-infused Fruity Pebbles to students at Tinkham Educational Center in Wayne. Rawn Emanuel Williams, 17, was arraigned Friday on a charge of controlled substance — delivering and manufacturing marijuana. He ...
Teen shares regret in marijuana-infused Fruity Pebbles treats caseWXYZ

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Scientists create 'Am I Stoned' app to test sobriety of cannabis users - The Independent

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 09:34

The Independent

Scientists create 'Am I Stoned' app to test sobriety of cannabis users
The Independent
Scientists have developed a prototype for an app that's been designed for cannabis users so that they can determine whether or not they're actually high. The app, called “Am I Stoned”, has been created by researchers from the University of Chicago to ...

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Does Marijuana Make You Forget to Remember? - Live Science

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 09:21

Live Science

Does Marijuana Make You Forget to Remember?
Live Science
Still, the findings may not apply to all marijuana users, the researchers said. The participants in this study were young, on average 24 years old, and were relatively high-functioning and well-educated, as half had at least one university degree. "We ...

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A Closer Look at the Cannabis Market - Entrepreneur

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 08:49

Entrepreneur

A Closer Look at the Cannabis Market
Entrepreneur
An important thing to know before getting into the marijuana industry is what the current market looks like. Since most of the top analytics firms in the space collaborated in New Frontier Data's “The Cannabis Industry Annual Report: 2017 Legal ...
Medical Marijuana Bill Gains Backing of Key Republican in HouseBloomberg
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta to Jeff Sessions: Medical marijuana could save many addicted to opioidsCNN
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Cannabis Cultivation Will Be A Race To The Bottom - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 08:31

Forbes

Cannabis Cultivation Will Be A Race To The Bottom
Forbes
For example, the average wholesale cost of cannabis in Colorado has dropped from nearly $3,500 per pound at the start of legalization in 2013 to roughly $1,012 a pound on April 1, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue. In Oregon, where the ...

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Cannabis and machete seized in £1m Cardiff raid - BBC News

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 08:05

BBC News

Cannabis and machete seized in £1m Cardiff raid
BBC News
Cannabis and growing equipment worth £1m, money and a machete were seized during a police raid. About 900 cannabis plants and several bags of the Class B drug were found at a property in Newport Road in the Roath area of Cardiff on Tuesday. The raid ...

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FL: Police: PSL man found making marijuana grow room - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news and weather

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 01:48
wflx.com (US) FL-news & weather Police: PSL man found making marijuana grow room Lucie man is facing drug charges after police said they found him converting a room at his home into a marijuana-growing operation. (Wed Apr 25 18:48:40 2018 PDT)
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OR: Motorist who struck bulls while on meth must pay over $23K - KPIC

Drug News Bot - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 01:47
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OR: Memo: Trump's VA pick said to have crashed car while drunk, given out opioid - KPIC

Drug News Bot - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 01:47
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FL: Medical marijuana moratorium to run out in Seminole County

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 01:45
wesh.com (US) Medical marijuana moratorium to run out in Seminole County People who support medical marijuana accused Seminole County's commission of ignoring the will of the voters who approved medical marijuana in a landslide. (Wed Apr 25 18:45:17 2018 PDT)
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OR: Prosecutor on Justice's opioid crackdown favors tough tact - KOIN

Drug News Bot - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 01:45
koin.com (US) Prosecutor on Justice's opioid crackdown favors tough tact - KOIN Prosecutor on Justice's opioid crackdown favors tough tact "We need to use tough prosecutions if we are going to get our way out of this epidemic. (Wed Apr 25 21:45:58 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $explicit_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $propaganda_theme2(80%), $propaganda_theme3(60%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme6(65%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $drug_policy(100%), $govt_prohib_other(100%), $prohibition_agency(100%), $chemicals(100%), $pharms(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $analgesic(100%), $anesthetic(100%), $opioid(100%), $stimulant(100%), $narcotic(100%), $cocaine(100%), $fentanyl(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%), $youth(60%), $legalism(55%), $aggrandizement(100%), $msm(100%), $mockingbird(100%), $assoc_press(100%)]
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OR: Are You Too Stoned To Drive? New Phone Games Could Help You Decide - Jefferson Public Radio

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 01:43
ijpr.org (US) Scientists are teaming up with app developers to solve some very tricky problems: how to identify weed impairment on the road. (Wed Apr 25 21:43:14 2018 PDT)
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