Initiative Filed to Legalize Recreational Cannabis in Nevada

An initiative to legalize the recreational use, possession and distribution of cannabis has been filed in Nevada by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana. Advocates will have until November 11th to collectnevada 101,667 valid signatures; if they’re successful, lawmakers will consider the measure during the 2015 session. If lawmakers reject the measure, it would be automatically put to a vote of the people in 2016.

Under the proposed law, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis would be legal for everyone 21 and older. Cannabis retail outlets would be authorized to distribute the substance.

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Colorado Makes $3.2 Million in Tax Revenue on Legal Cannabis in February

Legal cannabis sales has earned the State of Colorado over $3 million in tax revenue for the month of February alone. This numbercannabismoney represents an increase of roughly $300,000 from the tax revenue earned by the state in January.

Of the $3.2 million collected, $1.43 million came from a special 10% sales tax on recreational cannabis, with $438,253  coming from the state’s standard 2.9% sales tax.

The states 2.9% sales tax on medical cannabis produced $1.02 million in tax revenue in February.

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Wisconsin County Votes in Favor of Legalizing Cannabis

Voters in Dane County, Wisconsin have approved an advisory referendum which urges the state to legalize recreational cannabisdanecounty. The referendum was approved with 64.5% of the vote.

Dane County, which has a population of roughly half a million, is the second-most populous county in Wisconsin.

A poll released last year by Marquette University Law School found that 50% of those in Wisconsin support the legalization of cannabis, with just 44% opposed.

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Support for Legalization in Colorado Up Since Start of Recreational Cannabis Sales

New polling conducted by Public Policy Polling has found that support for cannabis legalization is on the raise in Colorado over a year after voters approved Amendment 64, and less than 3 months after the start of recreational coloradocannabis sales.

According to the poll, 57% of those in the state support cannabis legalization, with just 35% opposed; 54% voted in favor of Amendment 64.

In December – a month before the start of recreational cannabis sales in Colorado – Public Policy Polling found support for cannabis legalization to be at 53%, indicating that support has risen 4% in the past few months.

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New Hampshire House Committee Advances Proposal to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

The New Hampshire House Ways and Means Committee has advanced House Bill 492, a proposal to legalize nhcannarecreational cannabis, to the full House.

The proposed law – which passed the House in January but was sent back to committee to rework the bill’s tax system – would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and would legalize state-licensed cannabis retail outlets to distribute cannabis to those 21 and older.

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Washington D.C. Board of Elections Approves Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

Washington D.C.’s Board of Elections gave approval today to an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis. The Board will now have 20 days to give the proposal a ballot title and summary.dcmj Once this, plus a 10-day public review period is finished, advocates can begin gathering signatures in an attempt to put it to a vote this November. Roughly 250,000 valid signatures will need to be collected by July 7th.

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Poll: 87% in Ohio Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

A new Quinnipiac University poll has found that 87% of those in Ohio support the legalization of medical cannabis, with only 11% opposed. The poll also found a majority of the state – 51% to 44% – to be in support of legalizing recreational cannabis.

Ohio's flag.
Ohio’s official state flag.

“Ohioans’ views of marijuana are complicated. Twice as many voters think alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, and about half the state’s voters think the two are equally harmful,” said Peter Brown, Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

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Proposal to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Announced in Florida

Florida State Representative Randolph Bracy has announced that he will soon be filing legislation to legalize recreational cannabis. According to Bracy,florida Senator Dwight Bullard will be filing a companion bill in the Senate.

In bringing forth the issue of legalization, Bracy homes to raise concerns surrounding the injustices of cannabis prohibition, such as the disproportionate effect it has on minors and minorities. Bracy also argues that legalization would bring forth much-needed new jobs and revenue for the state.

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All Eyes on Florida and Alaska

Although cannabis law reform continues to take place across the country, residents of two states in the U.S. have the opportunity this year to drastically change the landscape in the movement to legalize cannabudrecreational and medicinal cannabis; Alaska and Florida.

In Alaska, voters will have the opportunity this August to legalize cannabis, through a constitutional amendment, for all adults 21 and older. Similar to Colorado’s Amendment 64, the initiative voters will be considering would legalize cannabis possession, private cultivation and state-licensed sales. If approved, Alaska would become the third state in the U.S. to legalize recreational cannabis; it would be a clear, undeniable sign that cannabis legalization is a certain inevitability, and that recent victories have sped up the process.

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Oklahoma Activists Plan Cannabis Legalization Rally and Lobby Day at State Capitol

Advocates of cannabis legalization will gather at the Oklahoma State Capitol tomorrow at 9 A.M. to begin a full day of rallyingokcapitol and lobbying, in an effort to change strict anti-cannabis laws in the state, and to encourage legislators to support Senate Bill  2116 (a measure recently filed to legalize recreational cannabis for those over 21).

Oklahoma N.O.R.M.L. will be hosting a training session in Room 104 designed to inform citizens on the most effective way to lobby their lawmakers, and how to follow important bills through the legislature. The session will begin at 10 A.M., and will be located in Room 104.

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