Maine: Governor Threatens To Veto Legislation Regulating Voter-Approved Cannabis Sales

Governor LePage has until November 3 to either sign the legislation, veto it, or let it become law absent his signature.

UPDATE:  Maine Governor Vetoes Retail Legalization Implementation MAINE: Republican Gov. Paul LePage has threatened to veto legislation regulating the production and sales of cannabis to adults. Members of the House and Senate approved the legislation this week during a one-day special session, but did so without a veto-proof majority. A majority of Maine voters decided last November in favor of a Read the full article…

Maine: Voter-Initiated Changes In Law Eliminate Marijuana Possession Penalties

aine became the eighth state to eliminate criminal penalties specific to the adult possession and personal use of cannabis.

Language in Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act, specific to the private possession and cultivation of marijuana by adults, took effect on Monday. Maine voters narrowly passed Question 1 on Election Day.

The new law permits adults who are not participating in the state's existing medical cannabis program to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and/or the harvest from up to six mature plants.

Public use of marijuana is a civil infraction punishable by a $100 fine.

MAINE:  Maine became the eighth state to eliminate criminal penalties specific to the adult possession and personal use of cannabis. Language in Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act, specific to the private possession and cultivation of marijuana by adults, took effect on Monday. Maine voters narrowly passed Question 1 on Election Day. The new law permits Read the full article…

Pot Fans, Foes Fume As Washington DC tests Limits Of High Life

"It is kind of the Alice in Wonderland of cannabis legalization. It's like there's all these rules and regulations that no one follows,"

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Almost a year has passed since it became legal to smoke, but not sell, marijuana in Washington, D.C., and pot enthusiasts and opponents alike are chafing under a compromise that leaves smokers in a haze over how to obtain their weed. Sales of equipment to grow the plants indoors are booming, bartenders are Read the full article…

New Party Bus In Denver Caters To Pot Smokers

The company does not give people pot — they have to bring their own.

COLORADO: The High There! Hopper is a free mobile marijuana lounge. The owners say the goal is to keep people off the road who are using pot. They say the bus is completely legal. The company does not give people pot — they have to bring their own. “This is what freedom looks like in Colorado Read the full article…

Fresno County City Approves Medical Marijuana Service

lays groundwork for state regulation of marijuana. Coalinga has decided to move forward with those regulations, with hopes of establishing regulations for marijuana businesses by March.

CALIFORNIA: The Coalinga City Council has voted to allow a medical marijuana dispensary, commercial cultivation and delivery services within city limits, making it the first Fresno County city to embrace new state laws regulating pot. The Fresno Bee reports that the California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act went into effect Jan. 1 and lays groundwork Read the full article…

Recreational Marijuana Tax Begins In Oregon

he data speaks volumes. How is it that only 16 non retail marijuana licenses have been issued in four months. This is creating extreme economic hardship for many businesses.

OREGON: Starting this week, recreational marijuana sales in Oregon will be taxed at 25 percent.   Ever since medical marijuana dispensaries began selling recreational pot on October 1, the sales have been tax-free. The 25 percent tax applies to all recreational sales through the end of 2016. Later this year, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will start Read the full article…

‘Cannabis For Kids’ Legislation Filed In Indiana

The committee voted 10-0 in favor of proposed legislation (SB 72) aimed at providing immunity from prosecution to Hoosier doctors conducting trials on the effectiveness of CBD oil for treating seizures.

INDIANA: State Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, expects her medical marijuana bill to be assigned to the “graveyard committee” again by the speaker of the House. But a marijuana-related bill introduced by Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Jean Leising, a Republican whose district includes southern Henry County, stands a much better chance of being enacted. Errington is calling Leising’s Senate Read the full article…

Parties, Discounts To Mark Start Of Pot Sales In Oregon

Pot shops in Oregon that already sell medical marijuana have made big plans for the historic day - and hope there is enough supply to meet what is expected to be a huge demand.

OREGON: Discounts on pot, free food for folks with the munchies and live music will usher in a historic day for Oregon and for marijuana advocates across the country on Thursday, as recreational sales of the drug that is still illegal under federal law begin in the state. Oregon is one of four states that have Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Arrests: When Will It End?

By Alice O’Leary Randall  DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Some people try to forget the day they were arrested for marijuana possession but, with the hindsight of four decades, I can say it was one of the best things that ever happened to us. It was August 24, 1975 and my husband, Robert C. Randall, and I Read the full article…

Lt. Gov. Newsom: California Will Legalize Cannabis In 2016

“As some folks may know, we’re very likely to have a ballot initiative in 2016 and we have strong confidence that we’ll win.

CALIFORNIA:  Californians will legalize, tax and regulate cannabis for adult use in the 2016 general election, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom told Real Time with Bill Maher Friday. The statement amounts one of to the most strident predictions — from one of the world’s highest ranking politicians — about the success of such an initiative. Lt. Read the full article…