ITEP Releases A Best Practices Guide On Taxing Marijuana At The State Level

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  While the focus of marijuana legalization debates is rightly on the potential health and criminal justice impacts, the decision to legalize marijuana also has real implications for state and local revenue. Over the past two decades, 23 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws allowing the production and use of Read the full article…

New Quinnipiac Poll: 50 Percent Of Ohio Supports Legalization Plan

OHIO: A campaign to legalize personal and medical marijuana use in Ohio starts with slightly more than 50 percent of the state supporting the concept, according to a poll by Quinnipiac University released on Monday. Whether those 50 percent will support the specific plan now going through the signature-gathering process is another question. Quinnipiac, an independent Read the full article…

After Losing At The Ballot Box, Marijuana Opponents Make A Hail Mary Pass To The Courts

COLORADO:  After losing at the ballot box and in the court of public opinion, marijuana opponents are turning to the federal judiciary in an attempt to halt the momentum of marijuana legalization efforts happening at the state level. But legal experts say that plaintiffs in a series of lawsuits brought against the state of Colorado for its marijuana regulation regime face slim chances Read the full article…

DC’s Newly Elected Attorney General Says Marijuana Legalization Can Go Forward

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Advocates say marijuana legalization, which passed as a ballot initiative in November, still stands because it was enacted before Congress intervened. The initiative legalized the possession, growing, and gifting of small amounts of marijuana, but not sales. The congressional spending deal that tried to block legalization says the DC government may not Read the full article…

Congressional Budget Deal May Upend Marijuana Legalization In D.C.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Tucked in the massive spending bill needed to prevent a federal government shutdown may be a measure sought by conservative House Republicans to halt marijuana legalization in the nation’s capital, advocates for the measure say. Seven in 10 D.C. voters backed an initiative last month to follow Colorado and Washington state in legalizing marijuana. But three Read the full article…

California Lt. Gov. Will Back Legalization Of Marijuana

CALIFORNIA:  California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has made no secret of his overall support for marijuana legalization, he now says he is prepared to campaign for a ballot measure in Y 2016 to permit Recreational Marijuana (RM) use in the Golden State. During a luncheon meeting for the Marin County Bar Association last week, Mr. Newsom said he Read the full article…

Legalizing Pot Closer To The Ballot In Lewiston, Maine

MAINE:  Marijuana advocates took a major step forward in getting the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana for those 21 and older on the November ballot in Lewiston. Citizens for a Safer Maine submitted more than 1,250 signatures at City Hall Friday. That number is well beyond the 859 needed to qualify for the Read the full article…

Peter Lewis’ Family Leads In $250,000 Donation To Oregon Initiative Campaign

OREGON:  A political action committee formed by family members of the late billionaire insurance executive Peter Lewis has given $250,000 to a marijuana legalization initiative that backers are seeking to qualify for the November ballot in Oregon. Lewis, who died last year, had turned Progressive into one of the country’s largest auto insurers and was a major donor Read the full article…

NAACP Backs Marijuana Federalism

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recently endorsed a bill that would make the federal ban on marijuana inapplicable to people who grow, possess, or distribute cannabis in compliance with state law. H.R. 1523, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013, would essentially repeal (or at least limit) federal pot Read the full article…

Portland Police Chief, Maine Attorney General Say Portland Pot Legalization Vote Won’t Change Enforcement Strategies

MAINE: Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said people celebrating the city’s groundbreaking marijuana legalization effort presented no trouble for his officers. But he said police will continue to issue citations for possession of the drug under state law when necessary. “We didn’t have any problems at all,” Sauschuck told the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday morning.