Hallandale Beach Florida Has Approved Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

FLORIDA: Hallandale Lawmakers have unanimously passed a bill for marijuana decriminalization.  Miami- Dade started the trend with Miami Beach, Key West and now Hallandale Beach has followed suit.

Police will have the option to fine individuals $100 if caught with a 20 grams or less of marijuana instead of jail time.

Florida cities are steaming ahead towards legalizing medical marijuana in 2016

Washington Marijuana Market Mellows

WASHINGTON: Ramsey Hamide looked across the packed shelves and piled boxes of product in the cramped backroom of Main Street Marijuana and stretched out his arms.

“Look at this,” the store manager said, smiling victoriously. “Nonstop, growers are coming, bringing us samples, new products.”

It’s a vastly different world from six months ago, when Main Street, Clark County’s first recreational marijuana store, opened its doors on July 9 to widespread shortages.

For the first few months, Hamide spent days on the road, courting growers across the state and trying to build relationships that would secure at least a modest amount of stock for his mostly barren shelves.

But by November and December, the situation had changed significantly, with growers coming to Vancouver to court him, hawking a wide variety of strains, edibles, lozenges and even some oils and concentrates.

Shortly before he spoke to The Columbian on a December afternoon, a new grower dropped by unannounced with a bag of samples for store employees to try, hoping to make a sale. The asking price per gram was too high, so employees sent him away — something unheard of just six months ago.

Alaska Marijuana Legalization Would Generate Millions In Taxes

ALASKA:  If Alaska voters decide in next week’s election to legalize marijuana, sales to adults will generate millions in state tax revenue.

That’s according to a comprehensive report released Monday by the Marijuana Policy Group, an organization of Colorado researchers and economic consultants.

The first year of legal recreational marijuana sales would mean about $7 million in state taxes, according to Marijuana Policy Group, which previously analyzed the marijuana market in Colorado, one of two states where recreational sales are legal. Alaska’s legal recreational marijuana sales would account for about 22 percent of total demand in that first year — or about four metric tons, according to the research.

“Previous studies incorrectly assume that all demand will quickly shift to regulated markets,” the researchers noted. “In our experience, such assumptions are naïve.”