Missouri Police Sergeant Hired as Pro-Marijuana Lobbyist

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Sergeant Gary Wiegert is now a lobbyist for Show-Me Cannabis Regulations.

Sergeant Gary Wiegert has been a police officer in St. Louis for over 30 years. During this time he’s twice been president of the St. Louis Police Officer’s Association, and for years has been the head of the local police union.

Now, he’s lobbying to reform the city and state’s failed cannabis policies. He was recently hired by the non-profit, pro-legalization group Show-Me Cannabis Regulations, which has been attempting to legalize cannabis in Missouri for the past couple years. In addition to full legalization, the group has been working towards legalizing medical cannabis, as well as bringing city-level decrim in places like St. Louis.

This marks one of the first times in cannabis reform history where an active police officer is also an active lobbyist for a pro-marijuana group.

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Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Filed in Missouri

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A bill that would legalize the possession and personal cultivation of medical cannabis in Missouri was recently filed, and assigned a bill number; House Bill 688. If the measure passes through the legislature, it would be put to a vote of the people in 2014.

According to Dan Viets, board member of the grassroots, pro-legalization group Show-Me Cannabis Regulations: 

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Oaksterdam University Holding Fundraiser to Recover from Federal Raid

Last year Oaksterdam University, the famous cannabis college in Oakland, was raided by federal officials. Despite this raid, the college has continued, though were obviously hit hard financially from the federal bullying. onthegreen_hp

To help recover from this, the college is holding a fundraiser on April 2nd, from 12PM to 8PM, titled Oaksterdamn on the GREEN.

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Maryland Lawmakers Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana

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Senate Bill 297 would decriminalize the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis in Maryland.

On the same day a measure to legalize cannabis was scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee approved Senate Bill 297 to decriminalize the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis.

The bill now moves to a full Senate vote, where its passage would send it to the House, then governor. If it becomes law, possessing up to 10 grams in the state would change from a misdemeanor, to a simple $100 ticket.

As-mentioned, lawmakers today also scheduled a hearing for a measure recently introduced that would legalize cannabis, House Bill 1453, which will be heard on Tuesday, March 19.

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WA Lawmakers Vote to Use Legal Marijuana Revenue to Expand Early Learning

By a vote of 59-38, Washington’s House of Representatives voted today to approve a measure that would direct revenue that might be raised from Initiative 502 to expand early learning.

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Legal cannabis retails outlets are expected to begin opening next year, baring federal interference, and a large portion of the tax revenue was directed to the state’s general fund, which the legislature has control over.

This vote is the first clear indication that lawmakers are expecting an incoming revenue stream, and it’s the first time they’ve shown any lean towards where they want the money to go.

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New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Bill Advances

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New Hampshire could be the next state to legalize medical marijuana.

New Hampshire House lawmakers on the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee voted 14-1 today in favor of passing HB 573, a bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

The bill (now on its way to a full House vote), if passed, would grant N.H. residents the right to possess and purchase cannabis for medical purposes, or to grow their own (up to 3 plants, in a space no larger than 50 ft). It would also allow patients from out of state to possess cannabis, though no more than 2 ounces.

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Illinois Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Legislation

By a vote of 11-4, Illinois’s House Human Services Committee approved HB 01, to legalize medical marijuana in the state. The bill is now up for consideration of a full IL-medical-marijuana-640x259House vote, where its passage would send it to the Senate.

The measure would authorize the Department of Public Health to issue licenses to qualifying patients who receive a recommendation from a doctor. Those who do would be able to legally possess up to 2.5 ounces in a 14 day period, and cannabis cultivation and distribution centers would be authorized for qualifying patients to obtain their medicine.

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Initiative Launches in Idaho to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Compassionate Idaho, a non-profit, grassroots reform group, has been attempting to legalize medical3660_419544238096137_2125050601_n marijuana in Idaho for several years now. Having built up their base, learned from past efforts, and attempting to harness growing momentum, the group has announced that they’ll soon begin collecting signatures on a new initiative aiming for the 2014 ballot.

We had the chance to speak with Lindsey Rinehart, Executive Director of Compassionate Idaho, regarding this upcoming effort.

According to Lindsay, the intent of the measure is simple, “We are seeking to legalize medical marijuana for seriously ill and terminally ill patients.

Recent polling shows that roughly 80% of residents in our country support such a move, as does 75% of those in Idaho.

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Bill Legalizing Hemp in Kentucky Passes House Committee

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Senate Bill 50 took its next step towards becoming law today, by passing through Kentucky’s House Agriculture and Small Business Committee.

Recently Kentucky’s Senate voted 31-6 to approve legislation to legalize industrial hemp in the state, sending to the House. Today, the bill passed through the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee with just one dissenting vote, Republican Tommy Turner. The measure has multiple high-profile endorsers such as U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnel.

The bill now awaits being scheduled for a full House vote, although Speaker Greg Stumbo hasn’t said whether or not he’ll allow it; he’s recently stated concerns. We urge constituents to contact him, asking him to allow a full floor vote.

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Oregon Initiatives to Legalize Marijuana in the Works

The proponents of last year’s Measure 80 to legalize cannabis, which was on Oregon’s ballot, oregon-cannabis-tax-act-octa-2012 announced today that they’re planning a new effort to get measures on the ballot in 2014, if the legislature doesn’t act this session.

This past November the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (Measure 80), which would have legalized cannabis for adults, had a great showing, though ultimately failed with a vote of 47% to 53%. Despite the defeat, these final numbers surprised many in the political world, as just two years prior an initiative to allow medical cannabis dispensaries failed with a considerably lower vote.

Now, the proponents of this act are getting behind recent efforts in the state’s legislature to bring legalization to the state. But if they don’t act swiftly, they’re taking action themselves.

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