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Denver NORML Announces Marijuana Lounge Initiative

Denver NORML Announces Marijuana Lounge Initiative

This past Friday, Denver NORML announced a new effort to enact a municipal voter initiative this year in Denver to legalize the social use of marijuana in certain venues within the city. The initiative will be known as “Responsible Use Denver,” and will seek to legalize private marijuana clubs for those 21 and up, as well as protect businesses that permit responsible adult marijuana use.

There are a number of important fixes needed to the initial legalization laws, but none impact more smokers than the current ban on marijuana smoking outside a private home.

Alaska officials are discussing the possibility of allowing marijuana smoking at some licensed marijuana retailers, and the DC City Council recently approved private marijuana clubs, and then reversed themselves in a second vote a few minutes later. So far, none of the legalization jurisdictions permit smoking outside a private home.

During 2015, an effort to license certain bars in Denver, CO, to permit marijuana smoking in areas where tobacco smoking is permitted, was circulated as a municipal voter initiative, before being withdrawn by the sponsors only a day before it was to be certified for the ballot. No public explanation was ever provided for the strange turn of events.

Denver NORML said their goal is to pick up where others left off in 2015. “We greatly appreciate the previous attempt to bring this issue to Denver voters, but we want to get this done,” said Jordan Person, executive director of Denver NORML.

Marijuana smoking is a social activity, and there is absolutely no valid reason to deny marijuana smokers the right to congregate and enjoy their favorite herb in a social setting. We should not be limited only to smoking in our homes.

In Colorado, a state which counts tourism as among its major industries, the level of tourism since marijuana was legalized has continued to grow, and 49% of those tourists say the right to smoke marijuana legally was one of the reasons they chose to travel to Colorado on vacation. Yet, the large majority of those marijuana tourists (with the exception of a small number who manage to stay at a marijuana friendly hotel or bed and breakfast), have no legal place to smoke the marijuana they legally buy.

That is a situation that cannot continue, and cries out for some common sense relief. Marijuana smokers need places they can congregate socially where, if they wish, they can also smoke marijuana. Either we legalize and regulate those smoking venues, or black-market “smokeasies” will continue to surface.

“NORML wants to bring Denver closer to the goal of treating marijuana like alcohol, as the voters overwhelmingly approved when Amendment 64 was passed in 2012,” Person said.

These could be Amsterdam-style coffee shops, where marijuana and food is available, but no alcohol; they could be smoking areas in existing bars that do sell alcohol; or they could be private clubs, where members pay a modest fee to enter. It would be instructive if different jurisdictions tried different models, providing us some guidance as we move forward.

And NORML is the right organization to push for this change. We represent the interests of marijuana smokers, and it is our obligation to bring the marijuana smoking culture above ground, and out of the closet; and nothing will accomplish that goal more effectively than the establishment of legal marijuana smoking areas in states that have legalized marijuana.

“We are coming from the perspective of the consumer and not as industry business owners or representatives,” Person said, “but of course we will work with a broad-based coalition of consumers, industry groups and business to gather the needed signatures and to ensure passage.”

It’s time we consumers get-up, stand-up, light-up and demand this right; we should not permit the prohibitionists to limit our smoking only to private homes.


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Pittsburgh NORML and Colorado NORML Wager Weed vs. Booze for Steelers-Broncos Playoff Game

Pittsburgh NORML and Colorado NORML Wager Weed vs. Booze for Steelers-Broncos Playoff Game

PITTSBURGH, PA — Executive Director of Pittsburgh NORML Patrick K. Nightingale challenged Board Member of Colorado NORML Chris Chiari to a friendly wager on the Steelers/Broncos game this coming weekend and the stakes are as you can say HIGH!

If Pittsburgh wins the game then Chris from CO Norml will personally provide one ounce of marijuana. Chris Chiari of CO NORML says “I’m offering to host some of the folks from Pittsburgh NORML for a house party, they’ll have to come here to legally consume their winnings. It’s exciting to see the City of Pittsburgh move forward with their decriminalization efforts.”

Mr. Chiari adds, “Hopefully the rest of the state will follow suit and eventually fully legalize so that they can take advantage of some of the over 70 million tax dollars generated last fiscal year in Colorado which was nearly double what alcohol brought in.”

If Denver wins the game then Patrick from Pgh Norml will send the equal retail amount of Pittsburgh based liquor brands Wigle Whiskey (http://wiglewhiskey.com ) and Clique Vodka ( http://CliqueVodka.com ) out to their friends in Colorado.

Patrick states; “While the City of Pittsburgh and the Office of the Mayor just signed decriminalization into effect, state wide cannabis remains illegal. We at Pittsburgh Norml contend that weed is safer than alcohol we must still abide by the laws of our state.”

Nightingale further proclaims, “We just made some pretty major headlines with the NFL and Steelers franchise a few months back with our logo issue so we are hoping the team can make some headlines for us and help us draw awareness to our cause as even most players would benefit from the healing properties of cannabis vs. traditional narcotics.”

The game airs Sunday afternoon on CBS.


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SCOTUS Should Dismiss States’ Challenge to Colorado Marijuana Legalization, Solicitor General Says

SCOTUS Should Dismiss States’ Challenge to Colorado Marijuana Legalization, Solicitor General Says

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Solicitor General, Donald Verrilli Jr., issued a statement Wednesday advising the Supreme Court not to hear a lawsuit Nebraska and Oklahoma filed against Colorado’s marijuana legalization law last December.

Oklahoma and Nebraska attorneys general filed the suit in hopes of re-criminalizing marijuana in Colorado, claiming it had created a burden on their own law enforcement agencies and because marijuana is still federally illegal.

The Solicitor General stated, “Entertaining the type of dispute here – essentially that one state’s laws make it more likely that third parties will violate federal and state law in another state – would represent a substantial and unwarranted expansion of this court’s original jurisdiction.”

“I’m happy to see the administration is supporting states’ rights to decide their own marijuana policy,” said Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.)executive director for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a criminal justice group working to end marijuana prohibition. “If Nebraska and Oklahoma want to stop wasting police resources on marijuana, they should be working hard to legalize and control it.”

Marijuana is legal for adult-use in 4 states and the District of Columbia and legal for medical uses in 23 states and D.C. California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine are all assembling campaigns to legalize marijuana for adult-use by initiative process in the 2016 elections.

Vermont, Rhode Island, and New Jersey are among states working on legislation that would do the same.


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Obama Administration Urges Supreme Court to Dismiss States’ Suit Against Colorado Pot Law

Obama Administration Urges Supreme Court to Dismiss States’ Suit Against Colorado Pot Law

In a brief filed Wednesday, the US Solicitor General urged the Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit by the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado’s marijuana legalization law.

The two states had filed the lawsuit in December 2014, complaining that “the State of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system” and that “marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining Plaintiff States’ own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems.”

Nebraska and Oklahoma argued that Colorado’s voter-approved system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce conflicts with the Controlled Substances Act and thus violates the Constitution’s supremacy clause.

They seek an injunction invalidating the sections of the Colorado legalization law that regulate legal marijuana commerce.

But in its brief urging the high court to dismiss the lawsuit, the Solicitor General argues that the Supreme Court is not the proper venue for the case because Nebraska and Oklahoma show no direct injury by the state of Colorado (as opposed to third parties acting criminally) and it is thus not a proper case of original jurisdiction.

The proper jurisdiction, the Solicitor General suggested, was federal district court.

The state of Colorado is fighting the lawsuit, and the Solicitor General’s brief largely followed the arguments of the state in its briefs.

Drug reformers applauded the action.

“We are pleased the DOJ agrees that this lawsuit borders on the frivolous.  States have historically been allowed to establish their own criminal laws,” said Jolene Forman, staff attorney for the Drug Policy Alliance. “Moreover, Colorado is putting resources into ensuring its policies follow DOJ guidelines and has worked extensively with the DOJ towards this goal.”

The Federal government itself has not challenged the regulatory law in Colorado nor did they choose to interfere with its implementation. To the contrary, the government has deprioritized enforcement of state-level marijuana reforms and acknowledged the interests that both states and the Federal government have in openly regulating marijuana.

“Nebraska and Oklahoma’s primary problems are their own punitive policies regarding marijuana use and possession,” said Art Way, Colorado State Director of the  Drug Policy Alliance. “It is not Colorado’s fault these states look to spend such a high degree of law enforcement and judicial resources on marijuana prohibition.  Nebraska and Oklahoma should look to establish policies based on the potential harm of marijuana as opposed to simply using marijuana as the gateway to their criminal justice systems.”

“This is the right move by the Obama administration,” said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority. “Colorado and a growing number of states have decided to move away from decades of failed prohibition laws, and so far things seem to be working out as planned. Legalization generates tax revenue, creates jobs and takes the market out of the hands of drug cartels and gangs. New federal data released this week shows that as more legalization laws come online, we’re not seeing an increase in teen marijuana use, despite our opponents’ scare tactics,” he continued.

“The Justice Department is correct here: This lawsuit is without merit and should be dismissed.”


This article is licensed under a modified Creative Commons Attribution license from StopTheDrugWar.org and was first published here.


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Legal Marijuana Access Motivates Colorado Tourism

Legal Marijuana Access Motivates Colorado Tourism

DENVER, CO — Nearly one out of two tourists visiting Colorado acknowledge that their decision is motivated by the state’s permissive attitude toward marijuana, according to the findings of a just-released study commissioned by the Colorado Tourism Office.

Among Colorado vacationers surveyed, 49 percent said that cannabis’ legal status influenced their decision, with 22 percent of them saying that it was “extremely influential.”

A record number of tourists visited the state in 2014. Recreational sales of cannabis to adults became legal in Colorado on January 1, 2014.

The results of a statewide Quinnipiac University poll commissioned this past November reported that 55 percent of Colorado voters support the state’s present marijuana policies, and that 53 percent of respondents believe that the policies have been “good for the state.”


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Snoop Dogg Launches Leafs By Snoop – A Premium Cannabis Product Line

Snoop Dogg Launches Leafs By Snoop – A Premium Cannabis Product Line

There are a few love stories that transcend time, Romeo & Juliet, Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and Snoop Dogg and Trees. On Monday, Snoop Dogg launched his personal brand of cannabis products called Leafs By Snoop.

Leafs By Snoop Launches in Colorado

Leafs By Snoop (LBS) is a premium cannabis product line that offers hand-weighed flowers, concentrates and edibles. At the moment the Leafs By Snoop products are available in a few dispensaries in Colorado, but as legalization efforts forge ahead, expect to see LBS products everywhere marijuana is sold.

Snoop announced the launch of his cannabis products at a party in Denver, Colorado.

“It’s a true blessing that I can share the products I love so much with y’all today,” said Snoop, “From the flower to concentrates and edibles, it’s all handpicked by yours truly so you know it’s the hottest product out there. It’s the real-deal and you gotta get out to Colorado to try it first!”

Snoop was directly involved with each of the products offered by Leafs By Snoop, each and every one was hand-picked by the King himself. If I am going to trust anyone’s word on weed, it’s Snoops, so I can only imagine how awesome these products are.

Leafs By Snoop currently offers 8 different strains of bud, 4 Indica heavy hybrids, 3 Sativa heavy hybrids and 1 heavy-cannabidiol strain. Sold in ⅛ oz, ¼ oz and 1 oz packages.

Edibles include some handmade, fair-trade chocolate bars infused with cannabis oil, peanut butter gems, gummies and fruit chews.

Snoop Doggs Ascent To Marijuana Royalty

This isn’t the first step Snoop has taken towards building his Marijuana Empire, he recently launched a cannabis media company called Merry Jane. The marijuana icon of our time is cashing in on the legalization movement, and we couldn’t be happier! I couldn’t think of anyone more passionate or knowledgeable on the subject of marijuana, if it’s good enough for Snoop, it’s good enough for me!

One major issue I do have with Snoop’s launch of Leafs By Snoop is the fact that I wasn’t invited to the launch party, I guess I am pretty small potatoes. My life-long dream of sharing a blunt with Snoop may not happen. But I’ll settle for packing a blunt with LBS herb, hand picked by Snoop himself.


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Feds Balk at Licensing Marijuana Sellers’ Credit Union

Feds Balk at Licensing Marijuana Sellers’ Credit Union

DENVER, CO — The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City asked a federal judge to dismiss a pot-friendly credit union’s lawsuit, saying it does not want to further “an illegal purpose” by giving the credit union a master account.

Fourth Corner Credit Union filed its lawsuit against the Federal Reserve branch in July, after it was denied a master account with the federal banking system. Without a master account, Fourth Corner can’t open or function as an electronic banking facility.

The credit union has been tasked by the state of Colorado with solving the problem of the nearly all-cash marijuana industry and the accompanying lack of access to banking services.

Fourth Corner hopes to create a financial space for marijuana companies to establish payroll, direct deposits, and take credit cards as payment. Since retail marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2013, marijuana dispensaries have even had to deliver their taxes directly to the Internal Revenue Service in large bags and boxes of money since they have been barred from the banking system and are forced to operate entirely on a cash basis.

But the Federal Reserve branch filed a motion to dismiss the credit union’s lawsuit, arguing that the federal banking system has to abide by federal law – which still prohibits the sale of both medicinal and recreational marijuana, the paths of states like Colorado, Washington and Oregon notwithstanding.

Forcing them to give Fourth Corner Credit Union a master account would be furthering “criminal activity,” the Federal Reserve argues.

“It is illegal to knowingly conduct, manage, supervise, or control a money transmitting business that involves the transportation or transmission of funds known to have been derived from a criminal offense, or intended to support unlawful activity,” the bank’s motion says.

“The manufacture and distribution of marijuana is prohibited by federal criminal law. So is aiding and abetting the manufacture, distribution, and dispensing of marijuana. Even transporting or transmitting funds known to have been derived from the distribution of marijuana is illegal.”

In its motion, the Federal Reserve branch notes that if Colorado had legalized the trade of endangered animals from North Korea and tried to create a banking system for those activities it would have rejected that application too.

The present situation, similarly, cannot be sanctioned,” the motion says.

Colorado’s marijuana industry is estimated to bring in $700 million a year.


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