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1st Illinois Dispensaries Will Likely Launch in 2015

Posted on  June 24, 2014 by  News Admin

The first dispensaries in Illinois might not launch until well into next year, months later than many entrepreneurs envisioned after the state passed its medical marijuana law in 2013. “It’s going to be spring or early next summer before patients have access to this medicine,” Ali Nagib of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)  told a local TV station. At this point, it appears that the first crop of cannabis businesses in the state will receive licenses in the fall or even winter. It will then take several more months for cultivators to produce the first harvest. The state did not set an initial timeline for when dispensaries would open. Nagib said it became clear shortly after the law passed that dispensaries might not be able to open until 2015. But many observers still expected dispensaries to be up and running in Illinois sometime this year, even though it often takes longer than expected to get a regulatory framework in place. Illinois has released draft rules (and already revised them) covering the industry and is now holding public hearings to discuss the proposed regulations. It will accept written comments through June 2. Once it gets feedback from the public, officials must hammer out final rules and then launch the application process for business licenses, which will likely occur later this year. That process – including the vetting of applicants – could take several months to play out. Illinois will license up to 60 dispensaries and 21...

Lawmakers To Announce Introduction of Marijuana Legalization

Posted on  November 14, 2012 by  News Admin

  At least four state legislatures will consider replacing marijuana prohibition with regulation   On Election Day, voters in the states of Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives to remove criminal penalties for adult marijuana use and regulate the substance in a manner similar to alcohol. State legislators from Rhode Island and Maine on Thursday will join the Marijuana Policy Project on a teleconference press call to announce that they are introducing similar bills to tax and regulate marijuana in their state legislatures. Joining on the call will be Rhode Island Rep. Edith Ajello (D-District 3, Providence) and Maine Rep. Diane Russell (D-District 120, Portland). Both of these lawmakers have supported marijuana reform legislation in previous sessions. The Rhode Island Legislature passed medical marijuana legislation earlier this year. Robert Capecchi, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, will be introducing the representatives and moderating the call. In addition to Rhode Island and Maine, similar proposals will be submitted in at least two other states -- Vermont and Massachusetts. "Last week, Washington and Colorado replaced their states' prohibitions on marijuana with a system of regulation and taxation," Capecchi said. "Both measures passed with roughly 55 percent voting in favor. "Gallup found 50 percent support for making marijuana legal last year, and that support has risen over the years," Capecchi said. "We are passing the tipping point when it comes to this issue. "Unfortunately, lawmakers have traditionally been behind public opinion when it comes to marijuana policy reform," Capecchi said. "With these...

Cops Release Guide: How To Smoke Marijuana Legally In Seattle

Posted on  November 13, 2012 by  News Admin

 Washington state's I-502 may not be the best piece of "legalization" legislation you've ever seen; it certainly has its share of warts, including the unscientific DUI blood limits for active THC, and the continued prohibition on home cultivation. But there are definite up-sides to the passage of 502. Among those delicious up-sides is the publication -- by the Seattle Police Department -- of a guide on how to legally use marijuana in the Emerald City. A cop-penned guide on how to legally use marijuana? That shit just couldn't have happened until November 6, man. Let's enjoy the thing, in its entirety. (The cops got a little clever, entitling their magnum dopus "Marijwhatnow? A Guide To Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle.") Now, let's enjoy it together, shall we? The world's first cop-authored guide on smoking legal weed... Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle The people have spoken. Voters have passed Initiative 502 and beginning December 6 th, adults over 21 years old can possess up to an ounce of marijuana (or 16 ounces of solid marijuana-infused product, like cookies, or 72 ounces of infused liquid, like oil) for personal use. Marijuana has existed in a grey area in Seattle for some time now. Despite a longstanding national prohibition on marijuana, minor marijuana possession has been the lowest enforcement priority for the Seattle Police Department since Seattle voters passed Initiative 75 in 2003. Officers don't like grey areas in the law. I-502 now gives them more clarity. Marijuana legalization...

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