Michigan: Marijuana Possession Becomes Legal Next Week

MJLegalMICHIGAN: Key provisions of the state’s voter-initiated marijuana measure will take effect next week. Members of the Board of State Canvassers certified the midterm election results on November 26, and Proposition 1: The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act becomes law on Thursday, December 6.

Provisions specific to the adult possession and cultivation of cannabis will take immediate effect. Those over the age of 21 may legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and/or 15 grams of cannabis concentrates in a private residence. Adults may also legally cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants in private, and possess the harvest (up to ten ounces) of those plants. Public use of cannabis will remain a violation of law.

Under the new law, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has up to 12 months to begin accepting applications from those seeking to operate licensed cannabis businesses.

Michigan is the tenth state to regulate the adult use of marijuana, and it is the ninth to do so via voter initiative.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit Michigan NORML.

D.C. Marijuana Possession Arrests Drop By 99% In 2015

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Washington D.C. just celebrated its first anniversary of legalized recreational marijuana. Last November, D.C. implemented laws that legalized marijuana use, possession and cultivation within a person’s home, but not the retailing of marijuana.

The Metropolitan Police Department’s recently released data reveal marijuana possession arrests drastically reduced, by 99.2%, in 2015. Here is a look at marijuana possession arrests in previous years:

2011: 2346

2012: 1553

2013: 1215

2014: 895

2015: 7

“I’m not policing the city as a mom, I’m policing it as the police chief — and 70% of the public supported [legalization],” said Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Marijuana Ads To Air In Major Texas Cities

TEXAS: It’s the final push for a group wanting to decriminalize marijuana in Texas.

A cable TV ad began airing Tuesday in a few major cities, including San Antonio. The ad is in support of a bill that would make having under an ounce of pot only a citation offense. But local law enforcement says some of the commercial’s arguments don’t add up.

In the ad, Russell Jones, a former narcotics officer in California and current Texas Hill Country resident, says “Law enforcement officials have more important things to do with their time” than arrest people for possessing pot.

Though he is a proponent of legalizing the drug, Jones told KSAT he’s backing the decriminalization bill, because “I think people in Texas are ready to have this discussion.”

Blasts Blamed On Hash Oil Lead To Federal Charges

WASHINGTON:  The chemical process used to make hash oil — a method so fraught with volatility that police compare it to making methamphetamine — has come under attack by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan’s office filed criminal charges against eight people in connection with recent explosions attributed to the manufacture of hash oil in Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland and Puyallup. One case involved a massive explosion and fire at a Bellevue apartment complex in November that resulted in the death of former Bellevue Mayor Nan Campbell.

While possession and consumption of hash oil are legal in Washington. However, Durkan said its manufacture is not.

“Under state law, there is no legal way to make hash oil right now. Every one of these home systems is a violation of federal law and state law,” Durkan said during a news conference. “If you’re doing it you should stop.”