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Las Vegas Prepares For Recreational Marijuana Sales

 

Powered by one of the world’s biggest tourism industries, Nevada is preparing to do the same on July 1. A May report published by Gov. Brian Sandoval’s task force on marijuana estimates that up to 63 percent of recreational buyers will be tourists.

 

 


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Legal Marijuana Makes It Tough For Police To Take Advantage Of Your Rights

 

 

According to a report from the Stanford Open Policing Project, which analyzed more than 100 million traffic stops across 31 states, motorists of all races are as much as three times less likely to be stopped and searched where, thanks to legalization, marijuana is no longer available as an excuse.

 

 


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InCaseYouMissedIt: Investing in Cannabis is a No-Brainer

A new bill was passed that would effectively end the prohibition on the use of medicinal cannabis. While it was certainly a happy occasion to note the bipartisan effort put in, it is also frustrating to most to still have the struggle behind legalization. To have the amount of pushback against legislation in favor of a plant that has the ability to help many, is asinine to the majority of the public’s opinion.

 


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The process of legalizing marijuana doesn’t have to be difficult. It also doesn’t have to be undermined in secret. However, as the farce unfolding in Massachusetts proves, unwilling or outright hostile lawmakers can absolutely turn a simple process into a drawn-out drama—and they can also act like an Illuminati cabal and deliberately circumvent the will of the voters. And do it behind closed doors, because why not? Transparency is overrated.

As marijuana retail outlets in Nevada—which legalized cannabis at exactly the same time as Massachusetts, where voters approved a remarkably similar ballot initiative—prepare to record the first legal sale of recreational cannabis on Saturday, Massachusetts lawmakers are once again rewriting the basic tenets of the ballot initiative.

But this time, they’re doing so in a closed-door session, in which members of the public and the news media were ejected, which began Monday.

To the advocate or activist involved with the democratic process, this is only the latest affront in a series of slights that began almost the very moment legalization was approved.

Within a short time, in a rare special session, lawmakers pushed the deadline for retail dispensaries to open back six months—with a clear message that there could be further delays.

State lawmakers have also elected to almost double the voter-approved tax on marijuana, and also took for themselves regulatory power—including the ability to ban cannabis activity outright—that the ballot initiative delegated to a popular vote.

That’s not great, but much better than the plan cooked up by the State House to outright repeal the voter-approved legalization bill and replace it with something else.

In the age of the Republican-controlled Congress’s version of “repeal and replace,” that was enough to compel the Marijuana Policy Project to urge Massachusetts voters to flood their representatives’ offices with calls.

To the casual spectator—like some of the 1.8 million voters who wanted to be able to buy weed at a licensed store and pay taxes on the transaction—the need for secrecy isn’t immediately clear. For the Boston Globe, the cloistered process is an eyebrow-raiser.

“Hashing out differences between House and Senate bills in secret has long been the norm at the State House,” the newspaper observed. “But keeping deliberations about how to rewrite a voter-passed law hidden is notable, even by Beacon Hill’s opaque standards.

It’s worth pointing out that Massachusetts’s political establishment, which is now in charge of rewriting the state’s marijuana law, absolutely hates marijuana legalization.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was one of the chief opponents of the voter-approved measure, and Governor Charlie Baker, who will be responsible for signing whatever the cannabis klatch comes up with into law, campaigned against the measure, on the flimsy argument that legalization would be a drain on state resources.

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Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. (TBPMF) Expands Focus of Commercialization Activities

 

Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. (“Tetra” or the “Company“) (CSE:TBP)(TBP.CN)(CNSX:TBP)(TBPMF), announced Wednesday (6-28) that it will also commercialize novel cannabinoid based formulations for the treatment of pet conditions.

 

 


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Legislation Is Taking More Of An Interest In Marijuana Propositions

 

Marijuana-related legislation has received more support in Congress this year than ever before. In reference to a report from MassRoots, there are now more federal lawmakers backing marijuana bills, especially those seeking to remedy the banking problem for the marijuana industry, than in past sessions.

 



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Innovative Marijuana Cultivation Techniques Are Progressing In Italy

Italy is becoming one of the most progressive countries in Europe for cannabis cultivation, production, and innovation. Or maybe it has always been.

Alongside olives, tomatoes and the world’s best lemons, Italy has been growing hemp and cannabis for hundreds of years as industrial crops. Cannabis was essential to Italy’s shipping industry, which it supplied with material to make ropes, rigging, and sails.

 


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PotNetwork Holding, Inc. (POTN) Will Be Featured On A National Radio and Webcast Show

 

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How Important Is Your Budtender

 

 

Budtenders working in weed dispensaries have a lot of influence over their customers, especially those who aren’t sure what they need, want or are looking for. Thankfully, most budtenders are knowledgeable and very helpful. While many started off behind the counters when the industry was still operating in the so-called “legal gray” area, they have learned on, and off, the job.

 

 


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Legal Marijuana Makes It Difficult For Law Enforcement To Search Your Vehicle

Drug policy experts often say that the health risks of marijuana use are relatively minor compared to the steep costs of marijuana enforcement: expensive policing, disrupted lives, violence, and even death.

Law enforcement agencies, however, have often been at the forefront of opposition to marijuana legalization. One reason is that the drug, with its pungent, long-lasting aroma, is relatively easy to detect in the course of a traffic stop or other routine interaction. It’s an ideal pretext for initiating a search that otherwise wouldn’t be justified — even if that search only turns up evidence of marijuana use and nothing more.

 


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Representatives of a legislative committee reviewing Massachusetts’ recreational cannabis law recently said that when it comes to taxing sales of the substance, legislators will look to strike a balance between increasing revenue for the state and discouraging the underground market. Democratic Representative Mark Cusack and Democratic Senator Patricia Jehlen were recently chosen to head the panel, which is anticipated to propose legislation later this year. Cusack said during an interview that it was important to find the “sweet spot” for cannabis tax.

Cusack stated, “We also want to make sure we are not overtaxing and sending people back to the black market.” The law, approved by voters in November, calls for a 3.75% excise tax on recreational marijuana sales that would be assessed on top of the state’s regular 6.25% sales tax. Cities and towns could assess an additional 2% tax on sales within their own communities. Cusack and Jehlen said that several states that had already legalized recreational marijuana, including Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, impose considerably higher tax rates.

Cannabis shops are not expected to open in Massachusetts until, at the earliest, mid-2018. The legislators said they would seek a tax rate that would be high enough to produce adequate revenue to cover regulatory and enforcement costs associated with the new law but low enough to prevent cannabis users from returning to illegal sources to buy the substance. Jehlen said the goal was to provide safe access to cannabis and “kill” the underground market.

The panel is also weighing other possible modifications in the law, including regulation of edible cannabis products and limits on the concentration of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. Legalization supporters have opposed the legislative review, noting the law was approved by about 54% of Massachusetts voters and should be given a chance to work before any changes are made. Legislators insist that the will of voters would be respected but suggest that few actually read the entire text of the ballot question before casting their votes. Cusack said, “I think there are some unanswered questions and room for improvement.”

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Nearly 1.8 million people in Massachusetts voted in favor of legalizing cannabis. However, did they really mean to do that? It is a crazy sounding question to present about a simple yes-or-no ballot proposition, but such are the mental gymnastics now being played by a pair of Massachusetts legislators. They are doing it for a governor who has made his distaste for legalization well known. Massachusetts voters approved legalization in November, approving Question 4 by nearly seven percentage points, despite opposition from nearly every major state politician. Since then, possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over has been made legal, but elected officials have done everything they can to undo or delay much else.

Several legislators called a special holiday session to delay the opening of recreational cannabis shops by six months. In January, a key state senator introduced legislation to sharply reduce the amount of marijuana adults can possess and grow at home, also to delay the first legal, over-the-counter sale by two years. Now, state Senator Patricia Jehlen and Rep. Mark Cusack are open to making more changes to the voter-approved law, changes due by June. Possible changes could include raising the tax rate, giving local municipalities more leeway to limit the number of cannabis retail stores and messing with plant and possession limits.

As they explained to the Boston Globe, they can justify doing this because the voters weren’t quite sure what they were doing with their ‘yes’ votes. Jehlen stated, “I don’t think the voters were expressing deep engagement with every single sentence. But I think the idea of allowing people to own and use and grow marijuana legally, that is what is our mandate, to protect that.” Cusack argued, “I think the will of the voters is they wanted recreational marijuana, not that they sat there and read every word of the ballot measure before they voted for it. It was really: Do you want it or do you not?”

Like other legalization measures in other states approved last fall, Question 4 set clear basic rules on cultivation, possession and when they could expect sales. Whether Cusack and Jehlen tinker with bureaucratic minutiae or make fundamental changes remains to be seen, Jehlen, says that reducing the number of plants allowed “would be an error,” but to suggest that voters didn’t quite comprehend what they were doing is condescending.

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Lawmakers in Massachusetts went through a 6 month delay in the sale of cannabis for recreational use,saying they needed more time to dabble with a legalization measure that voters accepted in November.
According to a copy of the legislation posted online, House and Senate voted to push back the licensing of marijuana shops from January 1, 2018 til July 1, 2018. Personal use, possession, and cultivation became legal on December 15, making Massachusetts one of eight states in the country to take that step since voters in Washington and Colorado first approved the idea in 2012.

President-elect Donald Trump plans to leave this hanging after he is sworn in on January. 20. Marijuana still remains illegal at the federal level. Only by the Obama administration has the legalization occurred.
Democrat Senate President Stan Rosenberg of Massachusetts announced public health and safety are the reasons for the delay in sales. He said, “This short delay will allow the necessary time for the legislature to work with stakeholders on improving the new law.” Rosenberg stated, “Luckily, we are in a position where we can learn from the experiences of other states to implement the most responsible recreational marijuana law in the country.”

Legislation pushed back all deadlines in relation to retail sales, regulation, and taxes. A “cannabis control commission” that was to be appointed by March 1 is given a deadline to materialize by September 1.
Jim Borghesani (who ran the campaign to legalize cannabis in MA) said advocates learned of the legislation on Tuesday night. “We’re very disappointed with what they did and with the way they did it,” he stated. “We’re disappointed that they extended this awkward period we’re in now where possession is legal but sales are not.” Republican Governor Charlie Baker is expected to sign the delay bill into law. Spokeswoman Lizzy Guyton said this will work with public health officials to put legalization into place.

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Cannabis activists were celebrating Thursday while a new voter-approved law became effective in Massachusetts. The new law allows individuals over the age of 21 to possess, cultivate and use limited quantities of recreational marijuana. Licensed retailers in Massachusetts will still be waiting at least another year before they will be able to legally sell cannabis. Various supporters of legalization are skeptical over whether Massachusetts lawmakers may seek to change or delay the law’s full implementation in the coming months.

Law enforcement officials are confused as per what exactly is allowable under the law and they cautioned the public of a potential increase in people driving under the influence of marijuana. Keith Saunders; holding a container with what he claimed to be a little less than an ounce of marijuana flower, stated “yesterday this would have been a $100 fine.” Saunders, a board member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), celebrated the new law outside the historic Massachusetts Statehouse along with other activists.

“Ultimately, we are moving toward taking the existing marijuana market in Massachusetts and bringing it above board,” he said.

Massachusetts is the only East side state where recreational cannabis is legal. Maine will soon follow if a recount upholds passage of a ballot measure there. Previously Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska legalized recreational marijuana and last month, voters in California and Nevada approved ballot measures as well. Adults can have up to an ounce of marijuana on them, outside their home, In Massachusetts. They can possess up to 10 ounces inside the home as well as cultivate a dozen pot plants per household. After spending nearly 30 years advocating for more lenient marijuana laws; Bill Downing admits to a mix of satisfaction and trepidation.

“I am both celebrating and worrying that the law might not be implemented properly,” says Downing, member liaison for the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition.

His skepticism is a result of public statements made by Democratic legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker promising a review and possible changes to the law. A law which passed by over 240,000 votes out of nearly 3.8 million votes cast.

“It’s legal. I just hope everyone plays by the rules,” Baker stated Thursday.

Although the governor strongly opposed legalization; he pledged once again, that the will of the voters will be respected. He then went on to cite “ambiguities” in the law and said legitimate concerns were raised concerning public health and safety. Secretary of Public Safety Daniel Bennett; sent a memo to police departments in Massachusetts on Wednesday, saying the implementation of recreational pot “will create a complex web of different rules” that law enforcement must navigate.

“Within certain limits, the new law authorizes some conduct that had previously been prohibited. Beyond those limits, however, possession, cultivation and distribution of marijuana remain illegal under state law,” wrote Bennett.

Cannabis activists dismissed critics who were saying legalization will lead to many social and public safety issues.

“The worst you could do is maybe listen to Pink Floyd for two hours rather than one hour,” joked a man playing the guitar as he serenaded supporters in front of the state Capitol building.

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Seven states legalized marijuana in some form on Election Day. California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada showed up to support recreational marijuana, while Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota passed ballot initiatives legalizing medical marijuana. As the governor of Colorado said at the time the state legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, users shouldn’t “break out the Cheetos” just yet. Sales are still a ways away.

Here’s a summary of when residents can use marijuana legally within their states:

Arkansas
For the people who live in Arkansas with one of 17 qualifying medical conditions — including cancer, glaucoma, and fibromyalgia — may now buy marijuana legally with a doctor’s recommendation.

The downside is that there’s no one currently ready sell patients their medicine yet. A newly made state commission will start accepting licensing applications for dispensaries and cultivation facilities on June 1, 2017. It could be a year before the first retailer opens.

California
Residents of the one of the nation’s most pot-friendly states may now use, possess, and transport up to an ounce of marijuana — roughly a sandwich bag full — for recreation, starting immediately.

Yet, there’s no place to legally buy it until January 1, 2018, when the state can begin issuing licenses to marijuana dispensaries that allow them to sell nonmedical bud.

Those eager to light up before 2018 can still do so by becoming a medical marijuana patient. And if you happen to find yourself in possession of a friend’s bud, that works, too.

Florida
Florida broadened access to its existing medical marijuana program by adding 10 new qualifying conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Sunshine State will begin issuing identification cards for patients and registering dispensaries and cultivation facilities by October.

Maine
The most nail-biting ballot initiative of the election gave Mainers the right to possess a whopping 2.5 ounces of marijuana, more than double the limit in most other states. It goes into effect 30 days after the governor certifies the election results.

The state has nine months to develop regulations for licensing recreational marijuana dispensaries and “marijuana social clubs,” delaying retailers possibly for years.

Massachusetts
Massachusetts, which made medical marijuana legal in 2012, will allow residents to consume and carry small amounts of weed without a prescription beginning December 15.

The ballot initiative clears a path for marijuana retail stores to open in the state as early as January 1, 2018, which could bring in some $300 million in new tax revenue.

Nevada
Voters gave a resounding yes to recreational marijuana in Nevada, where it will become legal to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, effective January 1.

The ability to sell will take much longer. The measure directs Nevada’s taxation office to implement regulations by the end of 2017 in preparation for a 2018 retail launch.

North Dakota
Patients with one of a dozen qualifying medical conditions may have an unprecedented 3 ounces of marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. If the resident lives 40 miles from a dispensary, they may grow up to eight plants for personal use. The law takes effect in February.

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The impact of today’s marijuana legalization ballot initiatives will set the course for the next four years’ drug policy in the United States and hopefully pave the way for a more inclusive, less archaic system. If the polling data stands tomorrow as it has for the last week we can also be seeing a boost in capital markets associated with Marijuana Stocks from the Nasdaq to the OTC. California, a long bell weather for social change is pivitol to US consensus with regards to marijuana. Should they, as well as other states, legalize the use of recreational marijuana, many onlookers, pundits and politicians including President Obama could get behind a paradigm shift guided by the logic that current prohibition is doomed to fail.

The initiatives in the state California and Massachusetts seem to be strongly supported to pass, with recent polls showing support over 60% in both states. The Nevada and Maine seem to be coin flips if you account for the margin of error in averaging out polls, yet margins are still in favor of passage. Arizona is another state that is a coin flip, you can thank INSY Therapeutics for their $5,000,000 contribution in opposition of the bill. Clearly Big Pharma realizes that it’s a zero-sum game and marijuana passage destroys their bottom line as pain medication is the industries bread and butter.

California:

The most current poll, by USC Dornsife and the Los Angeles Times, reveal 58 percent of voters are in full support of the measure while only 37 percent stand against it. Keep in mind that most of the revenue generated in the United States comes out of California just on the medical marijuana side. Recreational passage seems likely and a flood of investors both public and private will rush to dip their toe, if not their whole bodies in the California market. Ancillary companies aiding in this expansion both public and private stand to make large investments into this market. The average of all polls on the question that took place since Sept. 1 displays 56 percent of support for the measure, while 32 percent opposed to it, and 8 percent are not sure how to vote.

Nevada:

Currently polls in Nevada have revealed conflicting outcomes, there has also been a lot of money coming in from casino mogul Sheldon Adleson to try and keep gabling the vice industry of the state. Last year, Adelson contributed $10m to defeat the measure in Florida, still polling data is leaning towards passage in two Bendixen & Amandia International polls. The Rasmussen poll show stronger support for a market that is already well capitalized. Should the measure pass, Nevada and the Las Vegas market will be in our opinion the best game in town. Low cost of energy and cheap water (surprisingly) will have infrastructure measures being scaled up.

Arizona:

Polls show that the state of Arizona is the one true toss-up among the five marijuana legalization measures under consideration. Throughout six surveys that were carried out since September 1, the measure has crossed the 50 percent threshold only 2 times. Averaged out, the numbers show 47 percent of support for the measure, 46 percent who are not in favor and stand in opposition of the measure, and 7 percent undecided. The direction those undecided voters take will determine the fate of the measure.

Maine:

Maine is hard to tell with two polls on the marijuana measure have been fielded since Sept. 1. Both show favorable support for the measure, averaging out at 52 percent & 40% who oppose it, but it’s Maine. No one is there and we don’t anticipate a robust market to start.

Massachusetts:

God doesn’t want Massachusetts to have medical marijuana? Didn’t jesus heal the sick? The Boston Archdiocese of the Catholic Church donated $850,000 dollars to fight the measure, the biggest donation ever from a religious party on any side of a marijuana initiative. Maybe they should work on fighting alcohol since it actually kills people. It didn’t look good for Massachusetts, but maybe the drunkards will be hungover and vote yes for the measure. The silver lining here is that since September polling averages show 54 percent support over the latest six polls, with only 35 percent opposing it, so maybe the devil has a sense of Humor.

Florida:

Amendment 2 will pass because we have been spending big bucks supporting it along with United for care, John Morgan and a bunch of others. Latest poll said 73% in favor and Floridians would be morons to not vote #YesOn2 since this is a state that’s main industry besides tourism is real estate and with banking restrictions the only way people will be able to launder their profits legally they’ll have to use real estate. Keep in mind that this measure will be expanded most likely because the current license holders will never be able to meet demand. Also factor in Florida neighbors watching closely, especially in the bible belt as opioid addictions drop and tax revenue swells. Companies positioned here will have 1st mover advantage and there are already a few on our radar, but rather than say which ones, we would rather get people to get out and vote. Tomorrow we will tell you where the opportunities are at. Cheers-

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