Marijuana Legalization Measure Introduced in Pennsylvania

Recently Senator Daylin Leach introduced Senate Bill 528, titled the Regulate Marijuana Act. If passed, the measure would legalize the possession, cultivation, transportation and retail sale of marijuana, to adults 21 and older.  Adults pennsylvania_flag_slide_showwould be authorized to grow up to six plants, three of which could be mature. In addition, the measure would make it legal for adults to give away up to one ounce to other adults.

The bill would direct the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to license and regulate the sale of marijuana through retail outlets, and directs the General Assembly to enact an excise tax on marijuana that’s either sold or transferred.

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Colorado Senate Committee Votes Unanimously to Approve Hemp Legalization Measure

Today Colorado’s Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Committee approved Senate Bill 241 with a unanimous vote. The bill, which is sponsored by Senator Gail Schwartz, would enable farmers to register for 10-acre industrialhempplots in order to study the viability of different hemp varieties.

In addition, the measure would explicitly allow larger, full-scale farms to operate, as long as they register with the Department of Agriculture. Advocates, however, feel it could be a while before someone takes that risk, given that is has a larger possibility of drawing federal attention.

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Maine Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Approve Measure Allowing Hemp Cultivation

Today, with a vote of 9-1, Maine’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee approved a measure explicitly allowing hemp cultivation in the state, even before a federal change takes place. Under current Maine law,kentucky-set-to-be-first-state-to-legalize-hemp-production.si hemp is legal for certain purposes, though the law mandates that an individual can’t receive a license to grow until federal law changes – this measure would remove that requirement, and would allow farmers in the state to begin cultivating hemp this year.

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New Cannabis Price Index Allows Consumers to Compare Rates Online

In the midst of a quickly growing cannabis industry, two entrepreneurs have taken the business of cannabis to a new level; a stock-market style cannabis price index.

Launched in February by creators Joseph Slotin and Matthew Hudson, the new online Cannabis Price Index is comprised of data, such as in-store listings, compiled from legal outlets; right now it’s solely indexbased on medical cannabis sales, although they plan to show recreational prices as well once legal markets are in place. The primary goal is to determine the daily average price (and THC content) of cannabis per gram across the country. Additionally, this site provides a perfect comparison of prices for patients, ranging from the cheapest cannabis available, to the most expensive on the market.

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Maryland Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Legislation, Heads to Governor’s Desk

Maryland’s Senate, with an overwhelming 42-4 vote, approved legislation today, the last dMaryland_MMJay of the legislative session, which authorizes certain hospitals to dispense medical marijuana to patients. The measure also passed the House recently with a strong 108-28 vote.

Now that the measure has officially passed both chambers of the state’s legislature, it heads to Governor Martin O’Malley’s desk, who will have final say on whether or not the bill will become law this year. It’s expected that he’ll sign the measure.

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Reminder: Over 500 Top Economists Support and have Lobbied for Legalization

Milton Friedman, who was one of the most well-known economists in the world, was joined by over 500 additional economists in signing a letter which broke down the economic benefits of legalization. The letter, which was written in 2005, was sent to then-President George Bush, Congress, and every state’s governor and legislature. bill-gives-states-marijuana-tax-power-thcf

The letter states “Marijuana legalization — replacing prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation — would save $7.7 billion per year in state and federal expenditures on prohibition enforcement and produce tax revenues of at least $2.4 billion annually if marijuana were taxed like most consumer goods. If, however, marijuana were taxed similarly to alcohol or tobacco, it might generate as much as $6.2 billion annually.”

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Industrial Hemp Officially Legal in Kentucky

As it passes midnight in Kentucky, Senate Bill 50 officially becomes law. The measure, which legalizes industrial hemp in the state, recently passed the Senate and House, giving the governor until April 6th at iENAhv8Luhy811:59PM to either sign the bill into law, veto it, or let it become law. With no veto or signature, and with it now being April 7th, the bill has officially become law.

Under this new measure, hemp production is now legal in Kentucky. However, with the federal government still seeing hemp as a schedule 1 drug next to the likes of heroin and other dangerous substances, Kentuckians will need to wait until a federal change to take place to begin production.

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81% in Oregon Believe Marijuana Legalization to be Inevitable, Says New Poll

Recently lawmakers approved a measure legalizing marijuana for adults, sending it through its initial committee with a strong 6-3 vote.cannabis6small

New polling released Friday indicates that the public is in support of such a move, and the majority of those who aren’t still see it as an inevitability.

The polling, which was conducted by DHM Research and initiated by New Approach Oregon, found that 50%, compared to 45%, support the idea of legalizing marijuana for adults.

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Oregon’s Largest Newspaper Comes Out in Support of Legalization Measure

Yesterday The Oregonian, the largest media outlet in Oregon, called on lawmakers to support House Bill 3371, a measure which would legalize marijuana for adults. The bill recently passed out of its initial committee, the House Judiciary Committee, with a a vote of 6-3.33455021_30630b685e_z-300x225

According to the editorial, “Many Oregonians believe legalization is on the way, according to a recent poll commissioned by New Approach Oregon. An astounding 81 percent of likely voters told pollsters that pot will be legal here “sooner or later.” A more modest, but still noteworthy, 50 percent of those polled support legalization, according to Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall, which conducted the survey.”

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Former Government Drug Adviser Attempting to Research Magic Mushrooms, Calls Drug Laws a “Disgrace”

Professor David Nutt, a former drug adviser to the U.K., is attempting to study whether a chemical found in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, can be useful in treating depression. Research published last year indicmagic-mushroomsates that it is, but Professor Nutt wants to run clinical trials, and he now has the funding to do so. The problem? He doesn’t have a way of obtaining science-grade psilocybin because of the government’s draconian drug laws.

“We are between a rock and a hard place, which is very unfortunate”, stated Professor Nutt to the BBC, “if this is an effective treatment for patients then they’re obviously being denied that possibility so one of the things we have to do now is have a more rational debate about the way the drugs laws are being implemented.”

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