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Full Text of Alaska Initiative "An Act to tax and regulate the production, sale, and use of marijuana"

Posted on  September 25, 2014 by  News Admin

Download the initiative in PDF format here.    “An Act to tax and regulate the production, sale, and use of marijuana.”BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:*Section 1. AS 17 is amended by adding a new chapter to read:Chapter 38. The regulation of marijuana Sec. 17.38.010. Purpose and findings.(a) In the interest of allowing law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes, and to enhance individual freedom, the people of the state of Alaska find and declare that the use of marijuana should be legal for persons 21 years of age or older.(b) In the interest of the health and public safety of our citizenry, the people of the state of Alaska further find and declare that the production and sale of marijuana should be regulated so that:(1) Individuals will have to show proof of age before purchasing marijuana;(2) Legitimate, taxpaying business people, and not criminal actors, will conduct sales of marijuana; and(3) Marijuana sold by regulated businesses will be labeled and subject to additional regulations to ensure that consumers are informed and protected.(c) The people of the state of Alaska further declare that the provisions of this Act are not intended to diminish the right to privacy as interpreted by the Alaska Supreme Court in Ravin v. State of Alaska.(d) Nothing in this Act proposes or intends to require any individual or entity to engage in any conduct that violates federal law, or exempt any individual or entity from any requirement of federal law,...

Oregon Cities Levy Taxes in Hopes of Rec Law Passage

Posted on  September 12, 2014 by  News Admin

For many voters, a key selling point of recreational cannabis legalization is the possible tax windfall from the sale of cannabis and related products. At least two cities in Oregon are taking action now, weeks before the results of the state vote on marijuana legalization, in the hopes of securing such a windfall for their own municipalities. Under Measure 91, only the state has the authority to tax marijuana. By acting now, however, the community of Hillsboro – in the suburbs of Portland – and Ashland near the California border both hope to have their local marijuana tax grandfathered in, should the measure pass. Ashland has already completed its measure and established the additional tax. Hillsboro’s city council will vote next week on a similar proposal. While the cities might benefit financially, they also risk encouraging marijuana businesses to establish in other locations.

MMJ Application Process Kicks Off in Minnesota

Posted on  September 10, 2014 by  News Admin

The Minnesota Department of Health has opened up the application process for the state’s two coveted licenses to manufacture, process and sell medical cannabis. The completed 36-page application must be submitted with a $20,000 application fee and 20 copies of the manufacturer’s comprehensive business plan. Applications are due Oct. 3. The manufacturers will be chosen by December, according to a timeline released by the Department of Health. Health officials also have released a second draft of the regulations manufacturers must operate under. The updated rules include details on packaging, promotions and record-keeping. Under the state’s vertically integrated “seed-to-sale” program, the two licensed manufacturers must each open at least one dispensary by mid-2015 and another three the following year. Entrepreneurs have shown keen interest in securing the licenses, as has been seen in other states rolling out an MMJ program. The state will only allow sales of non-smokable forms of medical cannabis, such as oils and edibles. Manny Munson-Regala, an assistant commissioner for the department, said that additional manufacturers may be allowed in the future. That decision would be made after this initial application process and early roll-out efforts can be assessed.

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