Washington House Approves Allowing Tribes to Participate in Cannabis Industry

By Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – The saginawgrossepointeWashington state House of Representatives passed by a wide margin a bill to allow the state’s Native American tribes to formally participate in the state’s legalized marijuana business.

The bill passed the House Thursday with bipartisan support in an 80-18 vote Thursday afternoon. It authorizes the governor’s office to negotiate compacts with tribal groups that want to coordinate their marijuana businesses with the state’s rules.

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New Hampshire Committee Approves Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis

New Hampshire’snewhampshire House Committee on Criminal Justice voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve House Bill 618, a measure that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

If approved into law, the proposal would make the possession of up to half an ounce of cannabis a simple ticket rather than an arrestable misdemeanor. Under current law, the possession of any amount of cannabis can result in a year-long jail sentence.

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Bills to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Rhode Island’s House and Senate

Senate Healthbliss and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller and Representative Scott A. Slater have introduced companion bills in Rhode Island’s House and Senate to make cannabis legal for adults 21 and older, and to establish a system in which cannabis is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.

“Marijuana prohibition has been a long-term failure,” Senator Miller said at a press conference held today. “Forcing marijuana into the underground market ensures authorities have no control of the product. Regulating marijuana would allow the product to be sold safely and responsibly by legitimate businesses in appropriate locations.”

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North Carolina Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Approved by House of Representatives

North Carolina’smedcan full House of Representatives has given initial approval to House Bill 78, a proposal to legalize the possession, private cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis.

House Bill 78 would legalize the possession of up to 24 ounces of cannabis for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. Patients would also be authorized to cultivate cannabis, with grow spaces limited to 250 feet of total canopy space, which would be “measured by the combined vegetative growth area, excluding any garden space devoted to cannabis plants that are not mature and female but which are cultivated for the purpose of maintaining the largest and most productive canopy of mature female cannabis plants”.

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New Hampshire House Passes Measure to Expand State’s Medical Cannabis Program

On WednesdayMedical Marijuana New Hampshire’s full House of Representatives passed House Bill 476, a measure to add epilepsy, lupus, Parkinson’s disease and dementia to the list of conditions that qualify an individual to become a legal medical cannabis patient.

Under New Hampshire’s current medical cannabis law, an individual must have both a debilitating disease such as cancer, glaucoma or AIDS, and conditions such as significant weight loss, severe pain or wasting syndrome, to qualify as a medical cannabis patient. A similar proposal was discussed last year, but died in the House after Governor Maggie Hassan threatened to veto it.

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Florida SWAT Cop Guns Down Unarmed Man in Cannabis Raid

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org

A Volusia crimesceneCounty sheriff’s deputy on a dawn SWAT team pot raid shot and killed an unarmed resident of the home Tuesday. Derek Cruice, 26, becomes the 10th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

According to The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Cruice was unarmed and no weapons were found in the house. Police did find about nine ounces of marijuana, as well as a scale, a drug ledger, marijuana smoking pipes, plastic bags and about $3,000 in cash.

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Hawaii House Committee Approves Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

A proposalMedical marijuana is shown in a jar at The Joint Cooperative in Seattle to legalize medical cannabis dispensaries in Hawaii has been approved with a 13 to 2 vote by the state’s House Finance Committee. The measure has already received unanimously approval in the House Judiciary Committee, meaning it will now be up for a full House vote.

House Bill 321 would establish a system of production centers and dispensaries for medical cannabis, with a minimum of 21 dispensaries being authorized throughout the state. The proposal mandates that each county – other than Kalawao – have at least one operating dispensary.

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D.C. Council Votes Unanimously to Prohibit Pre-Employment Drug Testing for Cannabis Use

Washington D.C.’sRecreational cannabis use could be legal after the votes Council has given approval to legislation which would prohibit employers from testing potential employees for cannabis use. The vote was unanimous.

The proposal, titled the Prohibition of Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing Emergency Act, was introduced by Councilmember Vincent Orange and would ban employers from testing for cannabis until after an offer for employment has been made.

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Bill to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Georgia

Georgia Statelegalizemeyo Senator Curt Thompson has filed a constitutional amendment which would legalize the possession, use and state-licensed distribution of recreational cannabis. The proposal also addresses the medical use of cannabis by allowing patients to purchase the medicine tax-free.

Under Senator Thompson’s proposal, the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis would be legal for those 21 and older. Cannabis retail outlets would be established as a means of safe access to the substance.

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A D.C. Man Walks Into A Police Station And Asks For Cannabis… And Gets It

By Martin Austermuhle, American University Radio

D.C. policecanna often confiscate drugs during the course of searches and arrests, but now D.C. residents are legally allowed to ask for them back — and one recently did.

According to D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), a resident walked into the Sixth District police station in Ward 7 on Monday and asked an officer on duty to return his marijuana to him, which had been confiscated during a prior arrest.

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Survey: Majority of Americans Support Legalizing Recreational Cannabis

For thelarge_15749_madmanogbud_1333590824 first time in the poll’s 43 years of existence, the Gold Society Survey has found that a majority of Americans support the legalization of recreational cannabis. The survey is considered by many to be the absolute gold standard in public opinion research, and is widely regarded as the single best source of data on societal trends.

According to the poll, 52% of those in the United States support the legalization of cannabis, with just 42% opposed; the remaining 6% are undecided. This marks an almost 20% increase from 2004, when 33% of those in the U.S. responded that they support legalizing cannabis, and a 9% increase from the last time the survey was conducted in 2012.

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Utah Senate Approves Measure to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Utah’s 1edit_medical_marijuana1full Senate has given approval to a proposal to legalize medical cannabis. The measure, filed by Republican State Senator Mark Madsen, was approved with a 16 to 13 vote.

Senate Bill 259 would allow those with debilitating conditions such as HIV/AIDS and epilepsy to possess and use cannabis-infused products such as edibles, lotions, oils and tinctures. Smoking cannabis, however, would remain prohibited.

Senate Bill 259 would authorize dispensaries to distribute cannabis products to qualified patients. These outlets would be licensed by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

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