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Maine marijuana referendum campaign intensifies

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-8-48-30-am10/11/16--With the election a month away, Maine marijuana advocates are airing television ads in an effort to overcome resistance from law enforcement groups, concerned parents, and some members of the medical cannabis community to get recreational use of marijuana approved in the state. Read

Travel TV host Rick Steves: Massachusetts can learn from Europe on marijuana

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-10-49-21-pm10/12/16--Travel show host Rick Steves says the U.S. can learn from Europe when it comes to easing restrictions on marijuana. Steves told about 175 people at the University of Massachusetts that “Europe is very into pragmatic harm reduction, ” and doesn’t believe in moralizing or imprisonment. Read

Former DEA agents rally in support of marijuana legalization in Arizona

fb-square-english-spanish10/12/16--Former special agents Finn Selander and Michael Capasso, two unlikely proponents of marijuana legalization, stopped by Arizona State University to campaign on behalf of Proposition 205, the state’s initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana. If it passes on Nov. 8, Prop. 205 would legalize the possession and consumption of recreational marijuana for adults over 21. Read

Senate panel misinformed voters about marijuana

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-9-43-14-pm10/12/16--Yes on 4, the campaign seeking to legalize marijuana for adults and regulate it the same way the state regulates alcohol, has released a rebuttal to the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana's report from March, which was stocked with warnings about legalization. Read

New bill would legalize marijuana in Delaware

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-9-34-08-pm10/12/16--A bill legalizing marijuana for Delaware adults is expected to be introduced in January when the General Assembly reconvenes. Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington, who penned Delaware's medical marijuana bill, said she will propose a bill that would legalize marijuana for Delawareans 21 and older. Read

Maine AG says Question 1 would allow children to have pot

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-10-41-24-am10/13/16--Maine Attorney General Janet Mills issued a revised assessment that the bill would make it legal for children to possess up to 2.5 ounces of the drug. In Mills’ notes, she wrote that the “the initiated bill purports to allow only people over 21 years of age to buy and consume marijuana, however it says nothing about people under the age of 21. Nothing in this bill makes it unlawful for a child to possess marijuana — there are no penalties.” Read

Prop. 64: Does it protect small pot farms or favor big biz?

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-11-47-15-pm10/5/16--Reactions to California's Proposition 64 vary among members of Humboldt County’s cannabis community. Some see the measure as playing to special interests that will eventually overtake the small farming community. Others are still on the fence while some are ready for California to join Washington state and Oregon to turn the West Coast into the Weed Coast. Read

Dr. Bronner’s pours $100K into Arizona pro-marijuana campaign

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-10-04-14-am10/7/16--Dr. Bronner's, a body care products company using hemp and hemp oil in some of its products, has donated $100,000 to the campaign to legalize marijuana in Arizona. The California-based company also announced in mid-September its intention to spend $660,000 supporting recreational marijuana measures in Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada. Read

Five more states could legalize recreational marijuana on election day

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-26-27-pm10/10/16--There are nine state ballot measures regarding the legalization of marijuana that will be voted on this November. Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada are all looking to legalize recreational marijuana, while Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota are proposing medical marijuana legislation. Read

Culinary Union endorses legalized recreational marijuana measure

fb-square-english-spanish10/10/16--Culinary Workers Union Local 226,  Nevada’s largest labor union, which represents more than 57,000 workers statewide, announced its support of the Ballot Question 2 initiative Monday, in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational adult use. Read

Poll shows slight support growth for legalized marijuana in Arizona

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-8-50-51-am10/10/16--A poll from OH Predictive Insights showed 51 percent of respondents said they would vote against Proposition 205 on Aug. 28. Forty percent said they would vote for it. When a new poll was conducted a month later, 47 percent of respondents said they were against the measure while 43 percent said they would vote for it. Read

Medical marijuana farmers, county seek common ground

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-9-14-03-pm9/27/16--County Supervisors and cannabis farmers have yet to find common ground on how to regulate medical marijuana in Butte County. While the Inland Cannabis Farmers Association has a new medical marijuana regulation measure on the November ballot, the county seems to be leaning against the measure. Read

Panelists share views at legalizing marijuana forum

fb-square-english-spanish9/27/16--The Public Health Department sponsored an informational forum in an attempt to help voters answer questions about legalizing recreational marijuana. Though the forum was intended to provide unbiased education, the featured presentations carried a similar undertone – that voting yes on question four was not in the state’s best interest. Read

When will marijuana stores open in Alaska?

fb-square-english-spanish9/27/16--Cynthia Franklin, executive director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, says marijuana shops are merely weeks away from opening. Yet, across Alaska, testing facilities are the linchpin marijuana growers and retailers need for moving forward. Read

9 states to vote soon on expanding legal access to marijuana

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-8-07-33-pm9/28/16--Five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — will consider legalizing the recreational use of pot. Three others — Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota — will decide whether to permit marijuana for medical purposes. Montana will weigh whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law. Read

Nevada, 4 other states vote next month on legalizing recreational marijuana

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-11-17-13-am9/25/16--Nevada joins California, Arizona, Massachusetts and Arizona as one of five states voting this November on whether to legalize recreational marijuana. If the measure passes, it would allow adults to legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana, or 1/8 ounce of concentrated marijuana, effective Jan. 1. Read

When a lie travels: comparing alcohol to marijuana

fb-square-english-spanish9/25/16--Proponents of legalization have seized on a seemingly clever argument: marijuana is safer than alcohol. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has taken this argument across the country. Their latest strategy is labeled Marijuana vs. Alcohol. It is a very misleading message based on bad social science and sophistic public deception. Read

PBS’ Rick Steves supports the legal marijuana ballot question in Massachusetts

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-10-24-55-pm9/21/16--Travel show host and author Rick Steves is supporting the Yes on 4 campaign in Massachusetts. Steves will be making a four-day tour through the state in October, hoping to convince voters to approve the ballot question that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. Read

Marijuana-legalization ad plugs money for Arizona schools

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-9-41-27-pm9/22/16--The campaign to legalize marijuana unveiled a new ad Thursday touting the potential financial benefits to Arizona public schools. The ad will air on Facebook, Instagram and other digital platforms. Read

Where would $1 billion in pot money go if California marijuana is legalized?

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-6-26-08-pm9/16/16--An estimated $1 billion in new tax revenue would be directed toward specific new or expanded programs such as drug use prevention and treatment, helping at-risk youth, law enforcement, environmental clean-up and research if California marijuana is legalized. Read

Ballot question calls for lower taxes for Massachusetts marijuana

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-6-17-50-pm9/19/16--The proposal to legalize small amounts of recreational marijuana for adults calls for a tax rate on pot sales that would be lower than states that have previously legalized the drug. Critics argue the tax structure envisioned may not generate enough revenue to cover the regulatory and enforcement costs associated with marijuana legalization. Read

Will efforts to legalize marijuana in California go up in smoke?

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-10-28-15-am9/15/16--Sacramento News & Review writer David Downs reports that California will not legalize marijuana in the 2016 general election unless voters plan on actually doing something about it. Overconfidence has become public enemy No. 1 for cannabis law reform, experts say. Read

If marijuana is legalized, where would $1 billion in new tax revenue go?

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-10-10-19-am9/16/16--An estimated $1 billion in new tax revenue would be directed toward specific new or expanded programs such as drug use prevention and treatment, helping at-risk youth, law enforcement, environmental clean-up and research. Read

Question of marijuana ads on TV shapes legalization battle

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-9-56-29-am9/15/16--Opponents of marijuana legalization have hit a nerve with their contention that Proposition 64 would allow pot ads on primetime television in the Golden State. Read

Chronicle recommends: legalize marijuana Yes on Prop. 64

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-8-15-32-am9/15/16--The San Francisco Chronicle is encouraging readers to vote yes on Proposition 64, stating that it would bring discipline and oversight to an industry that is operating in the shadows, to the detriment of public health, the environment, and public safety. Read

Mexico president following California marijuana vote

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-10-00-25-pm9/15/16--Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has proposed liberalizing his country's drug laws, privately asked California lawmakers visiting Mexico about a state measure to legalize recreational marijuana. Read

What happens if pot is legal? Riverside County wants to know

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-9-20-43-pm9/13/16--If California voters pass Proposition 64 in November, Riverside County supervisors want to be ready. The Board of Supervisors asked county staff to study and report back on potential effects, good and bad, should voters approve the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Read

Sobriety tests for marijuana a concern as voters weigh legalization

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-10-15-51-pm9/14/16--Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack is concerned that there is currently no way for police to test if a driver is under the influence of marijuana. However, supporters of Question 4 to legalize the adult use of marijuana in Massachusetts have said that such concerns are not reason enough to oppose the ballot question. Read

Legislators talk marijuana in preseason hearing

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-10-15-48-pm9/12/16-- Vermont’s Joint Justice Oversight Committee sat through testimony about factors playing into the state's recreational marijuana legalization efforts. Back in the spring, the House voted overwhelmingly against the Senate-passed plan to legalize the drug. Some representatives said they felt too rushed to make a decision. Read

Assemblyman calls for redo of vote on marijuana cafe ban

fb-square-english-spanish9/12/16--Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Matt Cooper wants to revisit the proposed pot cafe moratorium in the city of Fairbanks,  which failed in a close vote last week.  Read

California’s history with recreational marijuana

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-2-44-54-am9/13/16--Los Angeles Times put together a timeline of the Golden State's history with cannabis, which stretches back more than a century to the Poison Act of 1907. Read

Marijuana ballot battle pulls state into federal court

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-1-57-21-am9/11/16--After a string of setbacks in state courts — including a refusal to hear their case by the Michigan Supreme Court earlier this week — marijuana activists turned to federal court as they continue battling to put a legalization question before Michigan voters this fall. Read

Marijuana pays for schools in Colorado — kind of — but how will it help Maine?

fb-square-english-spanish9/10/16--Many voters are unsure about how money generated from legalizing marijuana will be spent. Tax analysts say the potential for more revenue from pot shouldn't be the sole reason to support marijuana legalization because it may not be enough to solve big budgetary problems that states face. Read

Forum on legalizing marijuana issues

fb-square-english-spanish9/11/16--The Sandwich Democratic Town Committee will host a panel discussion on Monday, health September 19, about the November ballot question regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana. Read

Marijuana legalization dollars roll into Mass. ahead of ballot question

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-12-42-46-am9/12/16--The campaign pushing to legalize marijuana and establish a new pot retail system in Massachusetts has raised more than $2.4 million in 2016, with $2.1 million coming from one source, a D.C.-based cannabis reform advocacy group. Read

Maker of dangerous opioid is spending big to stop legal pot in Arizona

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-11-11-51-am9/10/16--Insys Therapeutics, a controversial pharmaceutical company that makes a highly addictive opioid, donated $500,000 to a campaign fighting a ballot measure in Arizona that would legalize recreational marijuana. Read

Poll shows slight approval edge for legalized marijuana in Arizona

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-8-04-02-am9/8/16--About 50 percent of Arizona voters favor a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana use for Arizona adults 21 and older, according to an Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll of registered voters. Read

Advocates press case for legal recreational marijuana

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-7-55-20-am9/8/16--Representatives of the Yes on Question 2 campaign cited a study from Las Vegas-based RCG Economics that concluded recreational marijuana would add more than 6, 200 jobs in the first four years after legalization, including nearly 3,000 jobs outside the marijuana industry. Read

6 ways recreational pot would change California — and 7 ways it wouldn’t

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-8-58-22-am9/6/16--California’s Proposition 64 would make recreational marijuana legal in the state. If the law passes, it would mean a big shift in the way the state regulates marijuana. Jacob Margolis of KPCC clearly outlines 6 ways recreational pot would change California and 7 ways it wouldn’t. Read

Why marijuana legalization in liberal Mass. might be a tough sell

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-11-23-46-pm9/6/16--The most recent polling has suggested Massachusetts voters may be having second thoughts about full legalization ahead of the fall’s campaign. In May, one poll found a 46-43 percent advantage for the opposition. Another poll in July found a 10-point lead for the ‘no’ crowd. Read

Definitive guide to marijuana on the 2016 ballot

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-10-02-24-pm9/19/16--Legal cannabis has been a hot topic in the march to Election Night 2016. The Cannabist features a rundown of the states with legal recreational and medical cannabis on the line as well as those with potential ballot measures. Read

Guest commentary: marijuana ordinance should wait

 acting on Hollister’s medical marijuana ordinance before the upcoming election results doesn’t make sense. The primary reason for waiting is to get the Nov. 8 local vote view on Proposition 64, ampoule the closely related proposal for recreational marijuana. Read

With marijuana legalization vote looming, Bangor leaders weigh restrictions

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-1-26-09-pm8/23/16--Bangor officials are preparing for the potential legalization of recreational marijuana by considering ways they might restrict cannabis sales and use in the city. Read

Marijuana-legalization campaign sues over Arizona ballot language

saying it is "inaccurate and misleading." Read