States

Why Prohibition Must End

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Citizens of states that have not yet legalized marijuana face consequences that can still be substantial. Cultivation or sale of marijuana on all but the smallest scale can occasion a five-year mandatory minimum in some states even now. Among other problems, property used for these “crimes” may still be subject to federal forfeiture laws. As we already know, Federal tax ...

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Marijuana Lawyers are Set Free in Colorado and Washington States

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Some lawyers who specialize in marijuana deals and marijuana clients have worried about possible legal ramifications with their respective State Bar or otherwise. Federal law holds that marijuana is illegal regardless of state laws, and attorneys cannot help their clients participate in illegal activities. There has not been any case law known to this author giving protection to attorneys who ...

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New Jersey Going in the Right Direction

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New Jersey Senator Nicholas Scutari will hold a press conference next Monday to formally introduce a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis. “We’re not delusional about how simple the effort [will] be,” says Senator Scutari. “But I think from a standpoint of moving this state and this country forward on its archaic drug laws, I think it’s a step in the ...

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Florida OK with Cannabis Extracts for Medical Use

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Florida’s legislature has given unanimous approval to a proposal to legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes. The measure, introduced by Republican Representative Matt Gaetz, now heads to the House Judiciary Committee, after which it will be sent to the full House. The bill provide a defense to Floridians who use marijuana extracts for medical purposes provided they have in hand ...

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Georgia Takes a Step Toward Legalization

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Georgia’s Senate has given unanimous approval to a proposal to legalize cannabis oil for medical purposes. The measure passed earlier this month with a 171 to 4 vote. Academic medical centers in the state will be permitted to produce low-THC cannabis oil for those with cancer, glaucoma and seizures. The law will also provide protection from arrest for anyone who ...

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Oregon in Unique Position

Oregon is unique compared to other states when it comes to marijuana. Medical marijuana businesses have been around since enactment of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program in 1998. Most dispensaries have operated as private clubs and delivery services. Lately there has been an explosion in storefronts. Meanwhile medical marijuana has operated in a grey area at best and in an ...

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Money for Nothing

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Tens of millions of dollars will be refunded to Colorado taxpayers since taxes made from marijuana sales are far exceeding initial estimations. Colorado’s Office of Legal Services to the Joint Budget Committee said this week stating that if Colorado collects more than $67 million in taxes, money will be refunded to taxpayers. The most current forecasts are that the state ...

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New Hampshire Watch

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee approved a bill that will remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The measure is expected to pass in the House when it comes to a vote later this month. HB 1625 will make possession of up to one ounce of marijuana punishable by a civil fine of up to ...

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Cornhuskers and Hoosiers Favor Hemp Production

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Under a proposed law, industrial hemp will be removed from Nebraska’s list of controlled substances, making legal the planting, cultivation and production of this form of cannabis. Farmers wishing to grow hemp will need a license from the state’s Department of Agriculture. The annual fee will be $150. The legislative proposal to legalize hemp was approved 32 to 1. The ...

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DC = De-Criminalize

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Washington, DC, is poised to decriminalize small-time marijuana possession after the city council gave final approval to a decriminalization bill. Mayor Vincent Gray has signaled his support. The “Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2014” (Council Bill 20-409) eliminates arrests for the possession of less than an ounce and replaces it with a $25 fine. Police still can seize any ...

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