Following in the footsteps of Portland, Maine last year, activists in York, Maine say they have collected enough signatures to get a pot legalization measure on the November city ballot.
If approved by voters, the measure would make the possession in the city of up to one ounce of pot legal for adults 21 and up. The penalty is currently a $600 fine.
Citizens for a Safer Maine today announced that they had collected 200 signatures - twice the amount required - and have submitted them to the city recorder for verification.
The measures would largely be symbolic. Marijuana possession of up to 2.5 ounces is a civil infraction in Maine, with a maximum punishment of a $600 fine. While it would give York cops room for discretion, there's no sign that they would respect the measure. Police in Portland say they'll still enforce state laws. The measure also doesn't legalize the cultivation or purchasing of cannabis
Last month, pot activists cheered as the U.S. House approved an amendment to a spending bill that will end funding for U.S. Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration raids on #$%$ operations and patients otherwise following their state law.
Now a companion amendment in the U.S. Senate has found traction with Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Democrat Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey. A second senate amendment sponsored by Sen. John Walsh, a Democrat from Montana, would protect patients in medical cannabis states from prosecution for firearms possession and use.
In 2011 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released a statement making their answer clear: "any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition."
Walsh's amendment to the House appropriations bill addresses the issue that many Western medical cannabis users face: my medicine or my hunting weapons?
"This measure will ensure that patients can hunt, purchase ammunition and protect their homes without fear of prosecution," Walsh said in an statement to U.S. News and World Report.
The Marijuana Policy Project cheered the move and commended Walsh for standing up for patient hunters.
Montanans take their Second Amendment rights very seriously and hunting is an important part of our heritage and culture," Chris Lindsey, a legislative analyst for MPP said in a statement
AFAI's Marijuana Holdings Americas Enters Oregon For First Licensed #$%$ Retail, Grow Facilities
Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (OTC: AFAI) announced today that its subsidiary Marijuana Holdings Americas, Inc. is pursuing its first licensing arrangements in Oregon. Oregon has just recently released rules for its licensed #$%$ facility (MMF) program, with the application process set to begin March 3, 2014. After consultations with Oregon based legal counsel, the Company's current plans are to pursue more than one licensed operation in Oregon, through a wholly owned Oregon domiciled subsidiary. The Company shall operate in conjunction with local Oregon resident(s) who serve as the legally required "PRF" (Person Responsible for Facility), thereby fulfilling State residential and licensing requirements.
The Company further announces that it has retained the services of Oregon CannaBusiness Compliance Counsel, LLC. (OC(3) ) a leading industry law firm which includes Leland R. Berger, attorney at law and Leia Flynn, an industry insider and expert. The Company has also retained John C. Lucy IV, an Oregon attorney expert in the emerging legal cannabis sector.
"We have selected Oregon for both grow and retail operations", states CEO Craig Frank, "because we believe it will be one of the next states to legalize recreational marijuana, and having a strong footprint in the state allows us to be well positioned as the market further develops. We are delighted to have OC(3) on our team to guide us and provide a strong foundation in Oregon, our first of many anticipated markets".
The Company has established its roadmap for a comprehensive and integrated entrance into select markets with legal marijuana, as well as states with laws pending. In all, the Company has identified ten markets within which it intends to focus.
"We are approaching the legal marijuana business as we would any other venture -- building a well-conceived strategy which we can then carefully and thoughtfully execute", continues Mr. Frank. "Our plan is to enter the markets that lawfully permit marijuana cultivation and sales and establish a brand and infrastructure that supports further growth as the market expands and more states legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational uses".
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Will be 23rd state
New York was on the cusp of becoming the latest state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes Friday.
The state Senate passed a bill that would limit consumption to edibles, pills, and oils—prohibiting the smoking or sale of actual marijuana plants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the bill, which passed the Senate 49 to 10 after state leaders announced a legislative compromise Thursday.
“This legislation strikes the right balance,” Cuomo said in statement Thursday when the compromise was first reached. #$%$ has the capacity to do a lot of good for a lot of people who are in pain and suffering, and are in desperate need of a treatment that will provide some relief. At the same time, #$%$ is a difficult issue because there are risks to public health and safety that have to be averted. I believe this bill is the right balance, and I commend the members of the Legislature who worked so hard on this measure.”
New York will be the 23rd state to legalize #$%$, according to the New York Daily News.
The state Department of Health will be charged with the regulation and licensing of #$%$ manufacturers and distributors. The bill will place a seven-cent tax on marijuana sales.
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Been 3 month since News was release about the store. Tic-Tak
Craig said to stop by the store again. If someone there they will let you in to see the store. As long as there is no weed in the store.
I had an idea, if your friend goes to a bar nearby, why not have him come by and say hello. As long as we have no product in the store we are happy to have him come in and see the store. Just have him stop by. Anytime.
Why or how this individual decided it is furniture or equipment we are waiting to have delivered is beyond me. How did he arrive at this conclusion. Maybe we are waiting for a package from our home office in FL.....did anyone think of that?
The jumping to conclusions - mostly false conclusions - does not serve anyone's interests. Let us do what we are supposed to do and we'll let you know through legal and accepted channels once we have done it.
On Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM, Petroskyms wrote:
Had a beer around the corner from the new store front yesterday. Looks like they're waiting on the office equipment/furniture delivery per the note taped to the front door. The note is for the delivery person to call some
The Food and Drug Administration could change the federal controlled substance scheduling of marijuana, possibly opening up the plant for wider medical usage. Interestingly, the review was initiated by a Drug Enforcement Agency request, according to the Huffington Post, which broke the story.
"FDA conducts for Health and Human Services a scientific and medical analysis of the drug under consideration, which is currently ongoing," FDA spokesman Jeff Ventura told HuffPo. "HHS then recommends to DEA that the drug be placed in a given schedule. DEA considers HHS' analysis, conducts its own assessment, and makes a final scheduling proposal in the form of a proposed rule."
The review will consider things like how easily the plant can be abused, the scientific evidence for medical efficacy, the general scientific knowledge of a drug, the level of abuse, public health risks and whether or not the drug "is an immediate precursor of a substance already controlled under this subchapter." Basically, they look to see if the benefits of a drug outweigh the downsides - and with cannabis, that should be a slam-dunk.
If cannabis is re-scheduled, it could open up the doors for more scientific studies of cannabis by taking away the red tape surrounding marijuana research in this country currently. Or, the FDA could continue to ignore the medical benefits of cannabis like they've been doing for decades. In fact, the FDA has refused to change the status of cannabis twice in the last 14 years; once in 2001 and again in 2006.
But public opinion in this country is rapidly shifting and more and more states are passing #$%$ laws - the total is up to 23 now with New York recently approving #$%$ regulations. Even the FDA recognizes that, updating it's guidelines for marijuana use last Friday with some relatively optimistic-sounding language.
"The FDA is aware that there is considerable interest in its use to attempt to treat a number of medical conditions, including, for example, glaucoma, AIDS wasting syndrome, neuropathic pain, cancer, multiple sclerosis, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and certain seizure disorders."
New Approach Oregon, a group looking to legalize limited amounts of herb for adults 21 and up, will submit 145,000 signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State today, 57,000 more than required.
If the signatures are approved, it will mean that the Control, Regulate and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act will be on the November ballot. Adults 21 and up would be able to purchase cannabis at retail stores as well as grow their own at home so long as there aren't more than four pot plants growing at a time and no more than eight ounces of herb on site. Homegrowers would also be able to keep up to sixteen ounces of infused products like edibles, oils and butter.
Regulation would be left up to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
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