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Nevada Judge Halts Early Start to Recreational Marijuana Sales

CARSON CITY, NV — Nevada’s anticipated July 1 start to recreational marijuana sales could be delayed following a judge’s ruling earlier this week on a complaint from the alcohol industry.

A district judge issued an order Tuesday banning the state’s Department of Taxation from enforcing a May 31 application deadline for medical marijuana dispensaries applying to take part in the early recreational cannabis sales slated to start July 1, indicating possible delays.

Voters approved Question 2 in November, legalizing marijuana possession in Nevada starting January 1 of this year.  Under the measure passed by voters, state regulators were given until the end of this year to establish rules and regulations to govern the cultivation, production, testing, and sale of marijuana, with retail sales expected to begin January 1, 2018.

After state lawmakers expressed interest in allowing early retail marijuana sales at medical marijuana dispensaries, which had been successful in Oregon after voters approved a similar measure in 2014, state regulators pushed for an early start to retail sales in Nevada.

Last month, the Nevada Tax Commission voted 6 to 1 to allow medical marijuana businesses in good standing to apply for “early start” licenses.

But that decision has been met with resistance from The Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada, who filed a legal complaint arguing that Question 2 gives liquor wholesalers exclusive rights to marijuana distribution licenses for the first 18 months of cannabis sales in the state.

On Tuesday, a district judge in Carson City agreed, issuing a temporary restraining order, putting the application process on hold.

“The statute clearly gives a priority and exclusive license to alcohol distributors, in order to promote the goal of regulating marijuana similar to alcohol,” the judge ruled.

Tuesdays’ court order means the state cannot issue cannabis distribution licenses to anyone except licensed liquor wholesalers.  A hearing on the temporary restraining order is expected within the next couple of weeks.

Until then, the extent of the impacts and potential delays to the early start program remains unclear.

An attorney representing the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada, Sam McMullen, told the Las Vegas Review Journal that the group’s intent was not to delay retail marijuana sales.

“We just want our rightful place. We don’t want to slow this down inordinately,” McMullen said.

According to a spokesperson for the Department of Taxation, however, only one licensed alcohol wholesaler has applied for a marijuana distribution license.

Distribution licenses cost $15,000 under the temporary regulations that go into effect with the state’s early start program.  Distributors are responsible for transporting marijuana and marijuana products from cultivation and production facilities to dispensaries.

State regulators from the Department of Taxation say they had reached out to alcohol distributors in November, but received “insufficient interest” in the recreational cannabis industry.

The department said it only a handful of liquor dealers showed minor interest, but no concrete business plans were submitted for how those companies would distribute marijuana.

“While some were ‘interested,’ none followed up to indicate that they had a plan going forward to be ready to serve the market or that they had sorted out issues with respect to their federal liquor license,” the department said in March.

Because liquor distributors are licensed on the federal level, where cannabis remains illegal, acting as a distributor of marijuana in Nevada could put those licenses at risk.

In March, the department decided that it would open the applications for distribution licenses beyond alcohol distributors, because the cannabis industry would not be able to operate.

Some existing medical marijuana providers in Nevada, however, question why distributors are even needed, with many dispensaries operating cultivation facilities within or near their retail operations.

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Maine Lawmakers Pass Bill to Implement Marijuana Legalization Initiative

AUGUSTA, ME — The Maine Legislature has passed a bill to fund the implementation of the successful 2016 marijuana legalization initiative and change the agency that will regulate marijuana for adult use.

The Senate on Thursday passed LD 243 unanimously “under the hammer,” without debate or a roll call vote, sending it to Gov. Paul LePage for final approval.

The House passed it “under the hammer” on Wednesday.

LD 243 would transfer the authority to oversee adult-use marijuana from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS).

The Bureau would be responsible for licensing adult-use marijuana businesses and creating and enforcing regulations.

LD 243 also allocates $200,000 to the Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation and $1.4 million to DAFS to implement Question 1.

“We hope Gov. LePage will give swift approval to this bill so we can begin to see some meaningful progress on establishing Maine’s adult-use marijuana program,” said David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project and campaign manager for the Yes on 1 campaign. “In the meantime, the Legislature should allow Maine’s existing medical marijuana businesses to begin serving adults 21 and older. This approach was successful in Oregon, and it is now being adopted in Nevada. It would work for Maine, as well.”

“Initiating adult sales in existing medical marijuana businesses would allow for a slower rollout and give regulators time to make adjustments. It would immediately generate much-needed tax revenue and provide adults with a safe way to purchase marijuana. Marijuana is a legal product now, and Mainers want it to be sold in licensed stores, not on Craigslist and Facebook,” Boyer added.

Parts of the new law too effect in January, making it legal for adults 21 and older to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana.

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Dispensaries and the New Legal Niches of Marijuana in California

It is no secret that the legal framework concerning Cannabis in the Unites States of America is rapidly changing the last years. The cannabis industry is now the fastest growing industry in the United States.  California seems to be the leader in Cannabis sales compared to the other States. There is far more legal marijuana sold in California than Colorado and Washington.

Since more than have the voters in California approved the marijuana legalization measure, known as Proposition 64, on November last year, the adults in California can grow their own cannabis plants and use the drug in their homes. The new law is called the Adult Use of Marijuana Act or AUMA.

State agencies are now designated to impose taxes at the retail and cultivation level of marijuana, license marijuana and regulate it. But recreational shops will not be able to function until January 2018. Before then, you still need a doctor’s prescription to get medical cannabis until that time.

The Dispensaries are popping up and there is a whole new market that consists of new services and new jobs. As the Marijuana market comes out from the underground to legitimate distribution, new eras in the consumption of marijuana is beginning. In a lot of states, marijuana is gaining more and more acceptance on various levels.

Different legal age groups have started discovering the marijuana market for themselves. New products are being tried out and new ideas are being converted to products for sale.

Marijuana edibles, high end concentrates and tourist related marijuana spa and tours are a few of the blooming ideas. The competition is also on the increase as more people enter the market to take a share of a fast-growing sector in the economy. Marijuana marketing is more advanced than ever before due to increased competition.

Although the legalization of marijuana could take a different turn during Trump’s presidency, another big headline in the cannabis industry in the US was the New York Stock Exchange’s approval to list a marijuana company on its exchange for the first time

Research by marijuana market research firm, the Arcview Group has shown that the state of California makes up more than 25% of all legal marijuana sales in all 50 US states plus Canada.

Well-established medical pot markets in many states still account for much of the country’s legal marijuana sales, but recreational marijuana sales is expected to help fuel the cannabis market’ s soaring growth over the next few years.

The biggest driver of growth in coming years is sure to be new laws being passed by states.

There is a possibility that in the future, marijuana dispensaries will be replaced by online shops where the products will be delivered straight to consumers.

In 2015, Americans spent at least $5 billion on legal recreational and medical cannabis.

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Nevada Retail Marijuana Sales to Begin This July

Nevada regulators have approved rules to allow for the expedited sales of cannabis to adults.

Members of the Nevada Tax Commission voted 6 to 1 on Monday to license select medical dispensaries to engage in retail sales of non-medical cannabis.

Dispensaries in good standing with the state will be able to apply for “early start” licenses on May 15. Those facilities who are approved by state regulators will be able to engage in adult use marijuana sales on July 1.

A majority of voters decided last November in favor of The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, a voter-initiated measure regulating the commercial marijuana market.

Provisions in the law eliminating criminal penalties regarding the personal possession of personal use quantities of cannabis took effect on January 1, 2017.

Separate provisions in the measure regulating the commercial production and sales of cannabis were initially slated to take effect on January 1, 2018.

Regulators decision to expedite marijuana sales is in sharp contrast to the actions of lawmakers in several other states, including Maine and Massachusetts — both of which have taken steps to delay adult use marijuana sales by several months.

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Anti-Cannabis Group Violated CA Campaign Finance Laws, Commission Finds

A leading anti-cannabis advocacy group has agreed to pay thousands of dollars in fines for violating California campaign finance laws as organizers fought Proposition 64, a November ballot measure that legalized adult-use cannabis in the state.

The committee allegedly failed to identify special interests that contributed more than $50,000.

SAM Action Inc., the political arm of anti-legalization organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana, has reportedly signed off on $6,000 in fines recommended by the enforcement staff of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). The group told investigators that the violations were “inadvertent.”

The proposed penalty comes less than two weeks after SAM Action Inc. threatened to identify the financial ties of any congressional representative to support a measure by US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) aimed at protecting state-legal medical marijuana from federal intervention. “The representatives who sign on to this letter will be investigated, and any ties to the pot industry lobby will be exposed,” the group warned.

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According the FPPC, however SAM has struggled to expose even its own financial ties. As the Patrick Greevy of the Los Angeles Times reports, the group, founded by former Obama administration drug policy advisor Kevin Sabet, failed to disclose numerous campaign details to regulators as the group fought Prop 64:

The violations included not changing the campaign committee’s name to include its major donor, Juliet Schauer, a retired art professor and Pennsylvania activist who contributed $1.36 million to the group to cover expenses in California and other states considering marijuana legalization.

The committee also was late in disclosing five Schauer contributions, failed to accurately report the total amount of contributions and failed to file a list of its top 10 contributors, as required by the state Political Reform Act.

SAM maintains the violations were “inadvertent,” according to the FPPC report, and were caused by “inexperience with California campaign reporting requirements.”

The state commission will consider approving the recommended fines on April 20.

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FPPC enforcement staff have also proposed $3,500 in fines against a campaign committee dubbed Public and Mental Health Advocates Against 64, a group that was sponsored by and received major funding from SAM Action Inc. In advertisements opposing Prop 64, the campaign committee allegedly failed to identify the names of special interests that contributed more than $50,000.

“Special interests were not identified in the committee name until 15 days before the election,” West wrote in the report, “which was 107 days after the deadline to identify these economic or other special interests.”

Prop 64 passed in November with support from 57% of state voters.


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Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Proponents Victorious in Ballot Fight

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Proponents Victorious in Ballot Fight | NORML

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The state Supreme Court of Oklahoma has ruled in favor of the proponents of a forthcoming statewide ballot measure to regulate medical cannabis access. In a 7 to 1 ruling, justices rejected the state attorney general’s rewording of the initiative’s ballot title and ordered that the measure’s initial language be restored. […]

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Proponents Victorious in Ballot Fight | The Daily Chronic


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California Gov. Moves to Align Medical and Recreational Marijuana Regulation

California Gov. Moves to Align Medical and Recreational Marijuana Regulation | Drug Policy Alliance

SACRAMENTO, CA — Late Tuesday afternoon, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposal to align medical marijuana regulations passed by the Legislature in 2015 and the 2016 Adult Use of Marijuana Act, both of which call for commercial licensing and regulation to begin in January 2018. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, Proposition 64, was passed by […]

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Nevada Lawmakers Moving Forward With Expedited Plan For Adult Use Marijuana Sales

Nevada Lawmakers Moving Forward With Expedited Plan For Adult Use Marijuana Sales | NORML

CARSON CITY, NV — State officials in Nevada are holding firm on an expedited plan to begin adult use marijuana sales in July, despite comments from the Trump administration indicating a forthcoming crackdown in states that regulate its commercial production and sale. Nevada Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein told the Associated Press that the agency […]

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The Challenge of Marijuana Legalization in the Trump Era

Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally in February 2016. (Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore)

Senator Sessions is now the US Attorney General. Activists against Prohibition wait nervously to see what the new Administration will do….

There have been uncertain signals over the past few months from President Trump and a number of his advisers — everything from harsh rhetoric to States’ Rights Libertarianism.

Specific policies may come soon.

As we wait, those of us in the legalization community may wish to ponder the following thoughts:

Regardless of what the Feds do, there are still many battles to be fought on the state and local level.

On the Left, there is intense competition for activists. Issues of overt racism can bring demonstrators to the streets. Our issue is one of racism as well, but of a less direct form. Stirring up people to work for incarceration reform takes constant effort.

Street protests have a place, but so does policy work within the system.

There are many Trump supporters on our side. Care must be taken not to alienate them.

Even if there is a federal crackdown on retail cannabis sales, an expanding culture of home growing is beyond their ability to suppress.

Federal arm twisting can easily force college administrators to act as government stooges. Yet those administrator’s position, as inherent antagonists for students, creates great organizing potential for an important body of activists.

We must always be cautious of our cause being portrayed as hedonism, or as a matter of purely commercial concern. A better society with expanded human rights is our true goal.

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Marijuana is Now Legal in Maine as Question 1 Takes Effect

PORTLAND, ME — A voter-approved initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine officially takes effect today, making it legal for adults 21 and older to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana.

“Maine voters made it clear that it’s time to end the failed and costly policy of punishing adults for their choice to responsibly use marijuana,” said Alysia Melnick, an attorney with the Yes on 1 campaign. “This is a win for personal privacy, personal responsibility, and civil liberties. Now that the law has taken effect, our efforts must turn to the timely and effective implementation of the remaining parts of the law, to ensure that all Maine taxpayers benefit.”

Under Question 1, which voters approved in November and Gov. Paul LePage certified on December 31, adults 21 years of age and older can legally possess up to two and a half ounces of marijuana, grow up to six flowering marijuana plants and 12 non-flowering plants, and possess the marijuana harvested from those plants inside their residence. It will remain illegal to use marijuana in public and to drive while impaired by marijuana. The law will not affect employers’ drug-testing policies or their rights to prohibit marijuana use by employees.

The Legislature is in the process of establishing a regulated system of marijuana cultivation and sales, which is currently scheduled to be up and running by February 1, 2018.

“Now that adults can legally possess and consume marijuana, they need places where they can legally purchase it,” said David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, who served as campaign manager for the Yes on 1 campaign. “The next step is to take the criminal element out of production and sales. We are hopeful that the legislature will respect the will of the voters and work quickly to establish a sensible regulatory system.”

Marijuana is now legal for adults in eight states, including Maine, as well as in the District of Columbia. The measures approved by voters last November in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada took effect on November 9, December 15, and January 1, respectively. The laws in Alaska, Oregon, and D.C. were adopted in November 2014, and the laws in Colorado and Washington were adopted in 2012.

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