America’s Cannabis Market Worth $53 Billion
Jan23

America’s Cannabis Market Worth $53 Billion

Legal + illegal cannabis = $53,000,000,000.00 in 2016.  Most of it tax free and unregulated.  It’s tax collections that will one day free the weed.   Cannabis consumers spent over $53 billion on marijuana-related purchases in 2016, according to a report released this week by Arcview Market Research. The total includes sales of cannabis in both legal and illegal markets. In jurisdictions where marijuana is legally regulated,...

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2016 Election & Maine Is Re-Legalized !!
Jan12

2016 Election & Maine Is Re-Legalized !!

East of the Mississippi River the walls of cannabis prohibition are falling.  Massachusetts and Maine have been liberated ! Adults in Maine will be able to legally possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis without penalty beginning on Monday, January 30, 2017. Republican Governor Paul LePage on Saturday certified the results of Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act, which then becomes law 30 days later. At that time,...

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Massachusetts — Who’s the Boss?
Jan06

Massachusetts — Who’s the Boss?

Evidently some elected officials in Massachusetts don’t realize another election is coming up.  Time for the voters to demonstrate where the power resides.  Here’s more:   With little debate and without taking public testimony, House and Senate lawmakers voted today to significantly amend Massachusetts’ voter-initiated marijuana law. The vote sets the stage to delay the establishment of state-licensed marijuana retail...

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Tax Revenue Up, Arrests Down in Legal States
Jan05

Tax Revenue Up, Arrests Down in Legal States

Every day that goes by brings more evidence that legal cannabis is a good thing, and not just for cannabis consumers.  Let’s consider tax revenue, youth consumption, traffic safety and arrest rates. Tax revenue collection from retail marijuana sales in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington is exceeding initial projections, according to a report published by the Drug Policy Alliance. The DPA study finds that marijuana-related tax...

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NORML Comments on Nevada Re-Legalization
Jan02

NORML Comments on Nevada Re-Legalization

Is the fact that Nevada became the seventh state to re-legalize lucky?  Lucky 7?  Here’s more:   On Sunday, January 1, Nevada will become the seventh US state to eliminate criminal penalties specific to the adult possession and personal use of cannabis. “What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas,” NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said. “Voters in the western region of the United States are leading the way...

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NORML’s Open Letter to the Next Vice-President
Dec31

NORML’s Open Letter to the Next Vice-President

President-elect Trump has made no secret that his pick for V.P., Mike Pence, will be carrying a large part of the load of leading the country.  Realizing that, NORML has written an open letter to the next V.P.  Here’s a sample: American drug policy is at an important crossroads and the incoming Trump/Pence Administration will inherit an unprecedented schism between state and federal law in regards to the regulation and...

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