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Medical marijuana vote expected in PA Senate committee Tuesday

The Medical Cannabis Act is on the State Government Committee's April 21 calendar

State Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon County, shakes hands with marijuana activists on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg during a September 2014 medical marijuana rally. Folmer's Medical Cannabis Act, or Senate Bill 3, was introduced in the Senate in January. (Mark Walters - York Daily Record/Sunday News)

A bill that would legalize some form of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania will be considered by the Senate State Government Committee on Tuesday, according to the committee's calendar.

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20
Apr

Jamaica: Small farmers included in medical marijuana industry

JUSTICE MINISTER Senator Mark Golding says the Government is aiming to create an inclusive framework for the operation of the medical marijuana industry.

He said the system would be designed in a way to allow for small farmers to operate within a lawful industry.

"We don't want a design which is going to be prohibitive in terms of its requirements that would exclude especially small farmers from participating. That is where we think that there (will) be tremendous economic benefits," he said.

The justice minister was addressing the Rotary Club of Kingston's luncheon held on Thursday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

Mon
20
Apr

Canadian Conservatives For Legal Marijuana Raise Ruckus In Time For 4/20

A new group wants to reclaim what it means to be a “real” conservative by launching a Canadian campaign supporting marijuana legalization.

The first step is playing with Conservative party semiotics, first by giving its logo two green swipes and inserting a new marijuana leaf right in the heart of its “C”.

It’s a symbolic move that generated some buzz in Ottawa on Friday.

“Real Conservatives support legal marijuana,” former MP Inky Mark said in a news release on behalf of a newly-minted group called Canadian Conservatives for Legal Marijuana.

“Stephen Harper has lost his way with his big government campaign against marijuana users,” he said. Mark added “real Conservatives” are ones who stand for values including small government and lower taxes.

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18
Apr

Ohio questions: Whether to legalize marijuana, and how

Should Ohio make marijuana legal, for recreational as well as medical use? In principle, I’m inclined to believe it should, although I don’t — and won’t — indulge.

Is a proposal that is likely to appear on the statewide ballot this November, after years of other plans that failed to qualify, the best way to prepare Ohio to become the fifth state to legalize marijuana fully? That’s a different question, and one that Ohioans will need to examine carefully before we vote. We’ve got plenty of time to decide.

Fri
17
Apr

Two marijuana bills heard in final days of Alaska legislative session

Two pieces of marijuana legislation -- one that would create a Marijuana Control Board and a second that would clarify municipal marijuana regulations -- were heard in the Alaska Legislature on Friday afternoon in the final days of the regular session.

The Marijuana Control Board bill, House Bill 123, was moved out of the Senate Finance Committee on Friday afternoon after public testimony.

The bill includes a fiscal note for $1.57 million that would allow for expansion of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s staff and resources. The Marijuana Control Board would share the ABC Board’s staff and director. 

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17
Apr

Texas Area organization promotes legalizing marijuana

Amarillo, TX - A new pro-cannabis organization in Amarillo is looking to grow its campaign by educating and registering more voters who are in favor of their message.

Amarillo Cannabis Culture knows its got an uphill battle with lots of opposition. We decided to find out for ourselves how hard that battle would be by asking area residents how they feel about the legalization of marijuana, and the responses weren't what we expected.

Fri
17
Apr

Alaska needs an able marijuana regulatory board; lawmakers must act

Last November, voters decided it was time for Alaska to take a more sensible, reality-based approach to marijuana. They replaced the failed policy of prohibition with a mandate that the state regulate and tax marijuana similarly to how we treat alcohol. Yet, with only days left in the legislative session, the Legislature has yet to provide the resources needed to establish a regulatory framework.

Fri
17
Apr

Hayward man arrested in Benicia marijuana investigation

A Hayward man was arrested after 4,859 marijuana plants and three pounds of processed marijuana was found at a warehouse on Stone Road in Benicia Thursday morning.

Thuy Dinh, 34, was taken into custody and arrested by Solano County Detectives after he tried to flee the warehouse through the back door. He was booked into the Solano County Jail for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, conspiracy to cultivate, distribution of marijuana and resisting arrest.

The Solano County Sheriff's Office said the warehouse was divided into 10 rooms, calling it "a very large and sophisticated marijuana growing and processing operation."

Fri
17
Apr

Indio considers regulating medical marijuana

Indio leaders are looking into whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the city.

Officials have created an ad hoc committee to research what role the city could play when it comes to permitting dispensaries and regulating sales.

The decision came after City Attorney Roxanne Diaz gave a presentation updating council members on other cities’ legal battles and pending state legislation.

“We need to fully understand all the issues related to medical marijuana facilities before the state passes any legislation, so that we may consider any city ordinance that might also address these facilities,” Mayor Lupe Ramos Watson said.

Fri
17
Apr

Federal Judge Upholds Marijuana's Status As Schedule I; Still As Deadly As Heroin

Hopes were raised and dashed for supporters of marijuana legalization this Wednesday as U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller upheld marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 drug fully constitutional. Being the first judge in decades to reexamine marijuana’s classification under the Controlled Substances Act, Mueller offered a potential step forward in examining marijuana from the federal standpoint, but she did not feel it was in her power to make that change.

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