Legislators Want To Put Marijuana Rules On The Fast Track, Clearing Up Details

ALASKA:  With legalized marijuana a month away, lawmakers are hoping to fast track legislation they hope will clear up legal gray areas.

On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced Senate Bill 30 to address underage consumption, what constitutes a public place (because public consumption of marijuana will still be illegal) and addresses driving with marijuana.

Ballot Measure 2, which passed by wide margins in the Fairbanks and Juneau areas, makes marijuana possession, use and growing legal when the law officially goes into effect on Feb. 24, 2015. Commercial production and sales will follow next year.

North Pole Republican Sen. John Coghill, the vice-chair of the Judiciary Committee, said the bill is intended to give law enforcement clarity with how to enforce the changes. He said the goal is to get the bill passed before Feb. 24.

Proposal Would Put Marijuana On Missouri Ballot

MISSOURI:  Supporters of legalized marijuana are getting an early start on a petition drive to put the measure on Missouri’s 2016 ballot.

Columbia attorney Dan Viets has already submitted an initiative petition to the secretary of state’s office. That’s the first step in an approval process that could clear the way for supporters to start collecting signatures from registered

The proposed constitutional amendment would make it legal to manufacture, sell and use marijuana in Missouri for people age 21 and older. Viets said Thursday that the measure is intended to tax and regulate marijuana in the same way as alcohol.

The Missouri initiative comes after voters on Tuesday approved legalized marijuana in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. Recreational use of marijuana already is legal in Colorado and Washington state.



Uruguay To Sell Legal Marijuana For $1 A Gram

URUGUAY: Uruguay’s drug tsar says the country plans to sell legal marijuana for $1 a gram to combat drug-trafficking, according to a local newspaper.

The plan to create a government-run legal marijuana industry has passed the lower house of Congress, and Uruguay’s president, José Mujica, expects to push it through the Senate soon as part of his effort to explore alternatives in the war on drugs. [Read more…]