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Tennessee:  Small Steps / Right Direction
May24

Tennessee: Small Steps / Right Direction

The states of the old confederacy are some conservative places, but even there small steps in the direction of re-legal cannabis are being taken.  Attend: On the criminal front: Legislation signed into law reduces marijuana possession penalties for repeat offenders.  House Bill 1478 amends third-time marijuana possession offenses from a Class E felony, punishable by up to six years in prison, to a misdemeanor offense, punishable by no...

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MMJ in the Old Confederacy
May23

MMJ in the Old Confederacy

Medical marijuana is seeping into the states of the old confederacy.  North Carolina is approaching eventual re-legalization via MMJ.  Now it’s Alabama stepping up to health. Here’s more: [Alabama] Governor Robert Bentley signed legislation into law last week expanding legal protections for qualified patients who use cannabidiol-dominant (CBD) extracts for therapeutic purposes. Under the legislation, House Bill 61 aka...

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Relegalized Cannabis Would Equal 28 Billion in Taxes
May23

Relegalized Cannabis Would Equal 28 Billion in Taxes

What’s the current estimate of the tax value of nationwide legal cannabis?  $ 28,000,000,000.00  – that’s a big number. The imposition of conventional tax rates on the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis nationwide would yield an estimated $28 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue, according to an analysis provided by The Tax Foundation – an independent think-tank based in Washington,...

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About Tomorrow:  Arbitrary THC Limits & Driving
May18

About Tomorrow: Arbitrary THC Limits & Driving

Once the world “re-legalizes”, how will a police officer detect if a driver is impaired by cannabis?  Hail Mary Jane has been following this issue for a long time.  Limits on THC metabolites have emerged and answered the question.  And here’s the latest twist in the story — such limits mean nothing.   Per se limits for THC are arbitrary and may misclassify drivers who are not behaviorally impaired,...

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Colorado Tweaks Legal Cannabis
May16

Colorado Tweaks Legal Cannabis

As the Colorado cannabis experience grows deeper in understanding, the state is making a few changes to their law.  Here’s more:   The Sunset Bill included a section that eliminated the differential between resident and non-resident purchasing limits. Under the new amendment, non-residents would be able to purchase the same amount of product as residents, up to one ounce (or its equivalent) of marijuana. . . . The proposed...

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Re-Legalization Gains in the Heartland
May15

Re-Legalization Gains in the Heartland

  As re-legalized cannabis seeps from the coast into the heartland, again and again it is medicinal marijuana that opens the door. Here’s some of what’s going on in a few states: OHIO “With a proposed constitutional amendment on the horizon, the House voted 71-26 on Tuesday to potentially make Ohio the 26th state to give residents legal access to medical marijuana. Some members expressed reluctance about the...

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