Nov 262014
 November 26, 2014
Washington DC Moves Closer To Allowing Recreational Marijuana Stores

D.C. lawmakers voted yesterday in favor of legislation that would legally regulate and license the production, distribution and sale of marijuana in the District of Columbia during a meeting of the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, which is chaired by D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large). Today’s action by D.C. lawmakers on a tax and regulate bill comes just three weeks after nearly 70 percent of voters in the District of Columbia approved Initiative 71, a ballot initiative that legalizes possession of up to two ounces of marijuana for adults over the age of 21 and allows individuals to

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Nov 262014
 November 26, 2014
Texas NORML's 7th Annual Activist Training Day

Texas is going to be a tougher state to get marijuana legalized in compared to other states. Unlike other states that have already legalized marijuana, Texas does not have a citizen initiative process. That makes marijuana activism that much more important in the Lone Star State. Texas NORML is hosting it’s seventh annual activist training day. I know that a lot of our readers are from Texas based off of our analytics, and I highly encourage all of you to attend. Below is more information about the event: Saturday, December 13th. 2014 from 2:30-5:30pm Capitol Building, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX

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Nov 252014
 November 25, 2014
Marijuana Enforcement In Boulder Is Costing Less Than Anticipated

Kevin Sabet always wants to talk about the costs associated with marijuana legalization. He has stated many times that for every dollar that legal marijuana generates, there will be 10 dollars in ‘social costs.’ Of course, Mr. Sabet has never provided specifics, and definitely has never provided any proof to back up his claim. If Boulder, Colorado is any indicator of the costs associated with marijuana legalization, even enforcement doesn’t cost as much as previously anticipated. Per Daily Camera: In a supplemental budget appropriation made in early 2014, the City Council approved $75,000 for outside legal assistance, $100,000 for forensic

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Nov 252014
 November 25, 2014
Marijuana Legalization Proposal Filed In Georgia

When it comes to marijuana legalization efforts, the State of Georgia is probably not the first state that pops into your mind. But, despite Georgia not being at the top of people’s ‘marijuana legalization watch list,’ marijuana legalization efforts are underway in the Peach State. Per The Joint Blog: Georgia State Senator Curt Thompson has filed a constitutional amendment aimed at legalizing recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older. Senate Resolution 6 will be considered by the state’a Legislature when it reconvenes on January 12th. If approved by lawmakers, it will be placed on the ballot to be voted on

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Nov 252014
 November 25, 2014
Respecting 'Stoner Culture' Will Pay Off For New Marijuana Investors

The landscape of the marijuana world is changing a lot these days. For a long time the marijuana industry operated in the shadows. The industry back then was largely comprised of stoners that were part of the counter culture movement. Yes, some were hippies who wore tie dye and listened to Grateful Dead. I was certainly ‘that kid’ when I was growing up. I wore tie dye Grateful Dead tour shirts to school all the time. For the record, I’m 33 years old, so this all took place in the 1990’s (not exactly the flower child era!). I was proud

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Nov 252014
 November 25, 2014
High Times Amsterdam Cannabis Cup Proceeds Despite Threats By Mayor

Amsterdam was once the ‘Mecca of marijuana.’ They had the best marijuana on the planet according to my friends that traveled there, and their laws were very liberal. After all, that’s why High Times always held their annual Cannabis Cup event there. But it appears that those days are gone, as this year’s Cannabis Cup has been the target of Amsterdam’s mayor. Per The Cannabist: The Amsterdam ‎Cannabis Cup‬ was shut down on Sunday — its first day — for fear that “all participants would be arrested,” according to organizer High Times magazine. The mag said the mayor’s office had

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Nov 242014
 November 24, 2014
Tell Your Oregon Reps To Support Will Of The Voters On Measure 91

After reading this story in the Statesman-Journal, I think it is vitally important for supporters of Oregon’s Measure 91 to contact their state representative and senator and urge them to respect the will of the voters on Measure 91.  You can find your legislators here and then send them an email or letter.  There are four basic areas the League of Oregon Cities and other lobbyists are fighting us over: Right of cities to establish local marijuana taxes; Right of cities to establish bans on marijuana licenses without a vote of the people; Establishment of a blood-draw ng/ml THC DUID limit

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Nov 242014
 November 24, 2014
Washington Legislature Needs To Pass Medical Marijuana Industry Regulations

Washington’s medical marijuana industry needs regulations to be passed by the Washington Legislature. Right now there is currently a crackdown in Seattle and the rest of the state on medical marijuana businesses due to hazy rules at best, or no regulations at worst. This public policy limbo is having a negative affect on safe access in Washington State, especially in Seattle, where an effort to close medical marijuana businesses has been underway for some time now. Per KUOW.Org: Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said city officials hope the state legislature will resolve this tension by passing regulations for medical marijuana.

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Nov 242014
 November 24, 2014
City of Portland Wants To Hire A Marijuana Regulator

I got contacted more last week about a job opening that I ever have in my life. That job opening is with the City of Portland (Oregon), and apparently it’s a job that will be in charge of marijuana regulation for the rose city. I have no interest in living and working in Portland, Oregon, but if you live in Portland, Oregon, and want to work on the front lines of Oregon’s marijuana legalization implementation process, I encourage you to check it out. Per Willamette Week: As first reported in Wednesday’s Murmurs, Portland City Council on Nov. 12 approved a

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Nov 242014
 November 24, 2014
Colorado Marijuana Credit Union Could Be Open By January 1st

The banking industry has not been kind to the marijuana industry. There are more and more banks that are willing to open accounts for marijuana businesses, but most of them still shy away from working with marijuana businesses. The United States Department of Justice released guidelines that were supposed to help banks navigate the grey areas surrounding marijuana banking, but those guidelines left a lot of questions unanswered, and even created some new ones. There is a plan to ope the first ever state chartered marijuana credit union in Colorado at the beginning of next year, which will be very

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