Category: legalization

Nevada Says State Law Doesn’t Prevent Cannabis Lounges from Opening

Getty Nevada has been debating on whether to allow cannabis clubs in the state for those who are either visiting from out of state, or who don’t have a private residence where they can consume the herb legally. While no law was passed during the legislative session that would allow it, the Legislative Counsel Bureau has announced that nothing in the Nevada cannabis law prevents a business from establishing a lounge, or hosting an event where cannabis consumption is allowed. “I think the local officials, at least the ones I heard from, were saying we don’t want to get...

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Opioid Maker That Fought AZ Marijuana Legalization in More Trouble

AP The pharmaceutical company behind the much-maligned opioid Fentanyl is in hot water yet again, this time under investigation by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who says the company – Insys – has been deceptive and downright fraudulent in their marketing and selling of Subsys, a spray form of Fentanyl. Charges were officially filed late last month. “Insys lied to insurers, concealed key facts from doctors and patients, and paid doctors sham ‘speaker fees’ in exchange for writing prescriptions, all in order to increase the sales of Subsys, without regard for the health and safety of patients,” Brnovich said....

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New Study Shows Youth Marijuana Use has Not Gone Up in Washington

Getty A new cost-benefit analysis of Washington’s marijuana legalization law by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy shows that cannabis use among young people is not on the rise, as some who favor prohibition predicted with the passage of I-502 in 2012. In fact, according to a biannual survey of school-age children in Washington, marijuana use among those in sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grades has been stable or declining since the passage of I-502. Among 10th graders, for example, marijuana use (in the preceding year) went from 20% of those surveyed in 2010 to about 17% of...

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U.S. Border Patrol to Continue Marijuana Seizures in Maine, Despite Legalization

Getty Last November, voters in Maine approved Question 1, a ballot measure that legalized adult use cannabis sales, growing and possession in the state. Despite that, the top U.S. Border Patrol agent in Maine is warning that federal law still applies when it comes to marijuana as far as his agency is concerned. “Be careful,” said Chief Daniel Hiebert, who heads the Houlton sector of the Border Patrol. “If they want to keep their marijuana, don’t do anything that is going to get our agents’ attention.” He oversees almost 200 agents that cover roughly 600 miles of border that...

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More Money Going to Federal Lobbying Efforts From the Marijuana Industry

Getty There is no doubt that federal law has a major impact on marijuana law reform efforts. In fact, not only does federal law affect what happens on a federal level, it also casts a dark shadow over efforts at the state level. Many state politicians balk at the very idea of marijuana law reform simply because it is illegal federally. This means that if cannabis law reform efforts are ultimately to succeed, then the industry is going to have to gain some influence in the halls of power in Washington D.C. And for better or worse, the way...

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Michigan Activists Have Gathered Over 200,000 Signatures Already

Getty Voters in Michigan are getting closer to finally having the opportunity to vote on marijuana legalization in the 2018 election. Even though the next election is over a year away, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol in Michigan has been working hard over the last few months to gather the needed number of signatures – 252,523 – before their 180-day window was up. At this point they have officially gathered over 200,000 signatures – and they hope to have 350,000 signatures or more by October, with their deadline in November. Last year, efforts to legalize cannabis in...

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