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US OR: Pot Measure To Go Before The Voters

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:00
Seattle Times, 23 Jul 2014 - Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use after state elections officials on Tuesday said the measure qualified for the November ballot. The measure would allow adults 21 and older to buy and possess marijuana and would give the Oregon Liquor Control Commission the job of regulating and taxing the drug.

US WA: Pot May Not Be Windfall For Washington State

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:00
Washington Post, 23 Jul 2014 - A slow start to sales, high taxes and easy-to-get medical marijuana may translate to lesser-than-expected revenue from Washington state's newly legal recreational pot market, according to a report from Moody's, the credit rating agency. Marijuana for recreational use went on sale in Washington this month and is taxed three times - 25 percent each at the production, wholesale and retail levels - in addition to state and local sales taxes. Combined, the trio of taxes translate to an effective rate of 44 percent, Moody's found.

US DC: Column: Just Say Whatever

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:00
Washington Post, 23 Jul 2014 - Pity the Lonely Anti-Weed Crusaders, Whose Clout Has Gone Up in Smoke As pro-marijuana forces deployed their sidewalk soldiers to gather signatures to put pot legalization on the District's November ballot, Aaron McCormick, a 47-year-old city native and father of three, watched with growing alarm.

US WA: Where Does Your Legal Weed Come From?

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:00
The Stranger, 23 Jul 2014 - I Traveled to Eastern Washing to Visit a Bunch of Pot Farms The first place your legal pot comes from is officially a mystery. When Washington State issued licenses to grow recreational marijuana, a license given to 90 applicants so far, it included a clever "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Within the first 15 days after getting a permit, growers could source their plants anywhere, including illegal sources. After all, what other kinds of sources were there? There were no such things as legal plants yet.

US DC: Column: Just Say Whatever

Medical Marijuana - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:00
Washington Post, 23 Jul 2014 - Pity the Lonely Anti-Weed Crusaders, Whose Clout Has Gone Up in Smoke As pro-marijuana forces deployed their sidewalk soldiers to gather signatures to put pot legalization on the District's November ballot, Aaron McCormick, a 47-year-old city native and father of three, watched with growing alarm.

US WA: Where Does Your Legal Weed Come From?

Medical Marijuana - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:00
The Stranger, 23 Jul 2014 - I Traveled to Eastern Washing to Visit a Bunch of Pot Farms The first place your legal pot comes from is officially a mystery. When Washington State issued licenses to grow recreational marijuana, a license given to 90 applicants so far, it included a clever "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Within the first 15 days after getting a permit, growers could source their plants anywhere, including illegal sources. After all, what other kinds of sources were there? There were no such things as legal plants yet.

It’s Official: Oregon Legalization Initiative Qualifies For The 2014 Ballot

NORML Blog - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 17:21

Oregon voters will decide this November in favor of a statewide initiative to regulate the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana.

State election officials today announced that petitioners, New Approach Oregon, had submitted enough valid signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

The proposed ballot initiative (Initiative Petition 53) seeks to regulate the personal possession, commercial cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis to adults. Taxes on the commercial sale of cannabis under the plan are estimated to raise some $88 million in revenue in the first two years following the law’s implementation. Adults who engage in the non-commercial cultivation of limited amounts of cannabis for personal use (up to four marijuana plants and eight ounces of usable marijuana at a given time) will not be subject to taxation or commercial regulations.

Passage of the initiative would not “amend or affect in any way the function, duties, and powers of the Oregon Health Authority under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.”

A statewide Survey USA poll released in June reported that 51 percent of Oregon adults support legalizing the personal use of marijuana. Forty-one percent of respondents, primarily Republicans and older voters, oppose the idea. The poll did not survey respondents as to whether they specifically supported the proposed 2014 initiative.

Alaska voters will decide on a similar legalization initiative in November. Florida voters will also decide in November on a constitutional amendment to allow for the physician-authorized use of cannabis therapy.

Oregon: Marijuana Legalization/Regulation Measure Officially Qualifies For Ballot

Hemp News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:21

It’s official: Oregon voters will decide in November whether to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana for adults 21 and over.

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified that the New Approach Oregon petition campaign has turned in enough valid signatures to qualify the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act for the November ballot.

According to the Secretary of State's website, 145,030 unverified signatures were submitted for verification. Of those, 88,584 signatures, or 64.41 percent of the 135,722 accepted for verification, were valid. To qualify for the ballot, 87,213 were needed.

The New Approach campaign is celebrating Tuesday's achievement by hosting its first voter registration canvass led by young Oregonians who will be decisive in winning a new approach to marijuana.

“This is our moment to be part of history and lead a movement,” said Dominique Lopez, metro regional organizer for New Approach Oregon. “Treating marijuana use as a crime has failed, but together we can win a more sensible approach and better the lives of Oregonians.”

Tuesday's announcement comes almost exactly two weeks after Washington state began regulated sales of marijuana. New data shows that Washington state has received $318,000 in excise taxes in the first 10 days of regulated marijuana sales.

The proposed measure in Oregon would allow for licensed and regulated cultivation and sales of marijuana. Sales would be taxed to generate money for schools, state and local police and drug treatment, prevention and mental health programs.

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Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative Officially Qualifies For Ballot

The Weed Blog - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:10
It’s official – Oregon voters will get the chance to vote on marijuana legalization again this year. Oregon joins Alaska for qualifying a marijuana legalization initiative for the 2014 Election. I’m hopeful that Washington D.C. will also qualify, which seems likely based upon the number of signatures they submitted. As a lifelong Oregonian, I’m ecstatic [...]

How To Identify Leaf Miner Damage On Your Marijuana Plants

The Weed Blog - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:00
By Robert Bergman Leaf miners are any number of insect species whose larvae burrow between the epidural layers of leaves, feasting on the plants’ cells as it goes.  Leaf miners leave a tell-tale trail behind them, evident by a white or brown squiggly pattern on the tops of the cannabis leaves. Adult leaf miners are [...]

U.S.: New Medical Marijuana Guidelines Issued By National Herbal Medicine Industry Group

Hemp News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:46

Botanical medicine standards released as Colorado medical marijuana business sees first product recall in U.S.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) on Tuesday released its long-awaited medical marijuana manufacturing guidelines, completing its compendium of industry standards which include regulatory recommendations for cannabis from seed to sale. The AHPA manufacturing guidelines come as licensed Colorado business "At Home Baked" sees the country's first medical marijuana product recall.

A new nationwide program called Patient Focused Certification (PFC), a project of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), aims to bring greater standardization to the medical marijuana industry. The PFC program uses the recently completed AHPA guidelines in combination with standards set by American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) for the plant's identity, purity, quality and botanical properties. Together, these standards have the means to bring greater accountability to the industry and increased safety for patients, according to the group.

"Although medical marijuana is one of the safest medicines used today, it's important for patients to have industry standards that ensure the highest product quality and reliability," said ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer. "The AHPA guidelines issued today not only provide a blueprint for product recalls, like the one in Denver, but also establishes sound manufacturing procedures that will help avoid such recalls in the future."

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Washington: Moody's Says High Taxes May Slow Marijuana Revenue

Hemp News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:14

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

High taxes and a low number of storefront licenses mean that revenue from legalized marijuana sales in Washington state could be "minimal" this year, according to Moody's Investor Service.

State-licensed recreational marijuana stores opened in Washington on July 8, and the state estimated it will collect $51.2 million in revenues during the upcoming 2015-2017 biennial budget, reports Robin Respaut at Reuters. But Moody's said on Monday that high taxes, marketplace competition and supply challenges could lower that number.

The ratings agency warned that Washington's sky-high excise tax of 25 percent -- applied at three points along the supply chain, producer, processor and retailer -- and sales taxes of 9.6 percent might deter consumers. Combined, the trio of 25 percent taxes means an effective rate of 44 percent tax, Moody's calculated, reports Niraj Chokshi at The Washington Post.

"The tax structure in Washington state is likely to be a major deterrent for consumers who do not see the value in obtaining a product from a storefront as opposed to a medical dispensary," Moody's analyst Andrea Unsworth wrote in the report, entitled "Tax Revenues from Legalized Marijuana Will Be Minimal in Washington State."

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Medical Marijuana For Epilepsy Approved In Illinois

The Weed Blog - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 14:56
The battle to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois was very hard fought. After numerous failed attempts, Illinois’ Legislature finally approved a medical marijuana bill last year. While the bill was better than nothing, it was a far cry from a true medical marijuana bill. The list of qualifying conditions was one of many deficiencies in [...]

New Hampshire: One Year After Medical Marijuana Law, Patients Still Risking Arrest

Hemp News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 14:26

On Wednesday — the first anniversary of Gov. Hassan’s signing of H.B. 573 — Rep. Donald ‘Ted’ Wright will join patients and advocates at a demonstration in front of the State House

One year after New Hampshire adopted a law intended to allow seriously ill people to use medical marijuana, patients are still facing criminal penalties for marijuana possession.

On Wednesday — the first anniversary of Gov. Maggie Hassan’s signing of H.B. 573 — Rep. Donald “Ted” Wright (R-Tuftonboro) will join patients and advocates at a demonstration in front of the New Hampshire State House to discuss a list of grievances and requests to the governor. Patients will then deliver the list to Gov. Hassan’s office.

The list of grievances and requests is pasted below and available online at http://mpp.org/NHgrievances.

“Patients have nothing to celebrate on the first anniversary of New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law,” said Matt Simon, the Goffstown-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “Implementation of the program has been beset by needless delays, and people with debilitating conditions still face criminal penalties for possessing any amount of marijuana. This situation is unacceptable.

“We’re fed up with state officials’ stonewalling,” Simon said. “It’s time to start listening to the seriously ill people the medical marijuana law was intended to help.”

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Bring The High Times Cannabis Cup To Portland, Oregon

The Weed Blog - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 14:00
One of the first events I ever attended on behalf of TWB was the 2012 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles. Jay Smoker and I were provided passes to the event by High Times, and VIP passes by WeedMaps. On the drive down to Los Angeles from Oregon we were like school children [...]

Washington Cannabis Edible Rules Need Improvement

The Weed Blog - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:00
The Washington State Liquor Control Board released new rules for cannabis edibles that are sold in stores. Washington started allowing recreational retail stores to sell cannabis on July 7th. The rules allow cannabis edibles in some cases, but not all cases. Cannabis-infused brownies and cookies are OK, but cannabis-infused candies are not. The reasoning behind [...]

Uruguay Delays Legal Marijuana Sales Until 2015

The Weed Blog - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:00
Uruguay legalized cannabis in December 2013. Uruguay’s President and cannabis supporters worldwide were hoping to see legal cannabis sales start this year. However, it appears that legal cannabis sales in Uruguay will have to wait until 2015. According to comments made by Uruguay President Jose Mujica, there have been complications implementing the new law. Per RT.Com: [...]

World Health Organization Calls For Drug Decriminalization

The Weed Blog - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:15
In a report published earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) made a clear call for broad drug policy reforms, including decriminalization of drug use, harm reduction practices such as syringe exchange and opioid substitution therapy, and a ban on compulsory treatment for people who use drugs. This report by the United Nations’ leading health agency [...]

Canadian Marijuana Growers Should Get Agricultural Tax Breaks

The Weed Blog - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:32
Tax breaks and exemptions are created to help businesses grow and succeed so that they can contribute to the economy. Many business owners will tell you that without some of their larger tax breaks, they wouldn’t be in business. The agricultural industry is no exception. Agricultural companies in Canada rely on a lucrative tax break [...]

Marijuana, Reefer Madness, Fake Experts and Politicians

Salem-News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 04:39
I was introduced to marijuana in 1928 when I discovered that the Mexican kids in my hometown, Klamath Falls, Oregon, were smoking it, which I believed to be “locoweed”! I discovered later that the rolled cigarettes they were enjoying were not Jimson weed, most commonly called locoweed, but marijuana. Jimson is not marijuana, but produces many similar effects.