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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Maine’s Re-Legalization Survives Recount Challenge
Dec29

Maine’s Re-Legalization Survives Recount Challenge

The voters in Maine decided to re-legalize cannabis.  The opposition called for a recount of the vote — then gave up.  Maine and Massachusetts, both east of the Mississippi, have re-legalized!  Here’s more: The group opposing Maine’s marijuana legalization initiative has withdrawn its recount effort. Last month, representatives from ‘No on 1’ requested a recount of the vote totals specific to Question 1:...

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Adjusting the Rules in Denver
Nov28

Adjusting the Rules in Denver

In that most re-legalized of states, Colorado, the rules around legal cannabis are changing in specific locations.  In Denver:   Denver voters approved a municipal measure on Election Day to permit licensed establishments to allow for the consumption of cannabis on site. Voters decided 53 percent to 47 percent in favor of I-300. The local measure creates a four-year pilot program regulating businesses that wish to allow...

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