Four Governors Send Letter to Trump Administration Officials Urging them Respect State Marijuana Laws

Governors from four states have joined forces in sending a letter to Trump Administration officials urging them to support state marijuana laws.

In the letter dated today, Governors Bill Walker (Alaska), John Hickenlooper (Colorado), Kate Brown (Oregon) and Jay Inslee (Washington) begin by asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to “engage with us” before embarking on any changes to regulatory and enforcement systems regarding marijuana.

The governors then protect the Cole Memo, stating that overhauling it is “sure to produce unintended and harmful consequences”. They state that “Changes that hurt the regulated market would divert existing marijuana product into the black market and increase dangerous activity in both our states and our neighboring states”.

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Colorado Governor Signs Bill Requiring Schools to Allow Medical Cannabis Use

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Tinctures are a common medical cannabis ingestion method for those under 18.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed into law legislation that requires schools to establish policies allowing students who are medical cannabis patients to use their medicine while at school. The governor’s signature comes roughly a month after the measure was passed in the House of Representatives with a 56 to 9 vote; it was passed in the Senate unanimously, 35 to 0.

The new law is an expansion of a law Colorado lawmakers passed last year, which allows school districts to create policies allowing the use of medical cannabis on school premises. However, the law didn’t require districts to allow its use or create a standardized policy for medical cannabis; this has led to just one school district in Colorado (Falcon School District 49 in El Paso County) beginning the process of enacting a medical cannabis policy.

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Colorado Governor Who Called Cannabis Legalization ‘Reckless’ No Longer Opposes it

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (Photo: CPR.org)

In 2012, Colorado voters gave approval to Amendment 64, legalizing recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older. Among the law’s most vocal and prominent opponents was the state’s Governor, John Hickenlooper, who called the decision by voters “reckless”. At the time, Hickenlooper said he would “wave a magic wand” to reverse the decision, if he could. Now, over three and a half years later, the governor has changed his tune.

During a recent discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, Hickenlooper said; “If I had that magic wand now, I don’t know if I would wave it… It’s beginning to look like it might work.”

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Colorado Legislature Passes Legislation Allowing Medical Cannabis Use in Schools

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Cannabis tincture.

Colorado’s full legislature has given overwhelming approval to legislation that would allow students who are medical cannabis patients to use their medicine while at school. The vote in the House of Representatives was 56 to 9, while the vote in the Senate was unanimous, 35 to 0.

Colorado lawmakers last year passed a measure allowing school districts to create policies allowing the use of medical cannabis on school premises. However, the law didn’t require districts to allow its use, and currently just one school district in Colorado (Falcon School District 49 in El Paso County) has begun the process of enacting a medical cannabis policy.

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Colorado Governor Signs Bill to Reduce Cannabis Tax, Establish One Day Cannabis Tax Break

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law Thursday a bill that will permanently cut the state’s tax on recreational cannabis sales, in addition to establishing a one day cannabis tax-break.Welcome-to-Colorado-Marijuana-Green-Rush_grande

The tax cut, from 10% to 8%, will go into effect in early 2017. Proponents of the move believe it will lower the price of cannabis which will help the legal cannabis market compete with the black-market.

The proposal also establishes a one day cannabis tax break, or what some call a tax holiday. On September 16th of this year, cannabis sales won’t be subject to the state’s 10% sales tax. This is due to what Governor Hickenlooper, who is publicly opposed to legalization, calls a “fiscal glitch” with the constitutional.

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Colorado Legislature Passes Legislation to Establish Hemp Seed Program, Sent to Governor for Consideration

seedsColorado’s full Legislature has given approval to Senate Bill 196, a proposal to establish a certified hemp seed program. The measure has been sent to Governor John Hickenlooper, who’s expected to sign it into law.

If signed by Governor Hickenlooper, or allowed to become law without his signature, Senate Bill 196 would establish a hemp seed program through the state’s Department of Agriculture, allowing farmers to apply with the Department to receive hemp seeds which they could then use for legally cultivating industrial hemp.

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Colorado Governor Signs Bill to Allow Those on Probation to Use Medical Cannabis

Colorado useGovernor John Hickenlooper has signed House Bill 1267 into law, allowing those on probation to use medical cannabis.

Medical cannabis has been legal in Colorado since voters approved Amendment 20 in 2000. However, the use of the medicine while on probation or parole has remained prohibited.

House Bill 1267, which takes effect immediately, changes that.

“If it’s in the constitution, you should have the right to use it on probation;” says Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton), the bill’s primary sponsor.

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Bill to Allow Medical Cannabis in Schools Passes Colorado Legislature, Governor Plans to Sign

coloradoLegislation to allow students to use a cannabis medicine at school has cleared Colorado’s House with overwhelming support, and has passed the Senate with unanimous support. The bill now goes to Governor John Hickenlooper; a spokeswoman for the campaign says he plans to soon sign the bill into law.

“We allow children to take all sorts of psychotropic medications, whether it’s Ritalin or opiate painkillers, under supervised circumstances. We should do the same here,” says Representative Jonathan Singer, the bill’s primary sponsor. “Jack’s Amendment will assure that children don’t have to choose between going to school and taking their medicine”.

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Colorado Governor Signs Bill Banning Use of EBT Cards at Cannabis Outlets

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A Colorado EBT card.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed legislation (HB 15-1298) into law that prohibits the use of electronic benefit cards (EBTs) at legal cannabis outlets.

Cannabis outlets now join liquor stores, casinos and gun shops as locations where EBT cards can’t be used. Opponents of the measure argued that it could it could place a burden on families in some neighborhoods, as ATMs at cannabis outlets may be closer than any other ATM, or any bank. However, proponents of the bill garnered widespread support this session after numerous reports of EBT cards being used at medical cannabis dispensaries.

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Colorado Bill to Allow Those on Probation or Parole to Use Medical Cannabis Passes Legislature, Heads to Governor’s Desk

bong-bud-fire-lighter-marijuana-Favim.com-114485House Bill 1267, a proposal to allow those on probation or parole to use medical cannabis, has been passed by Colorado’s House of Representatives and Senate, sending it to Governor John Hickenlooper for consideration.

“If it’s in the constitution, you should have the right to use it on probation,” says Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton), the bill’s primary sponsor.

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