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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,...

Mixed Signals in Florida + IL Prepares for Applications & Study on MMJ Delivery

Posted on  September 09, 2014 by  News Admin

Polls show differing levels of support for medical cannabis legalization in Florida, Illinois gears up for MMJ applications and a study examines the impact of marijuana delivery services. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week:   Florida Polls All Over the Board Two polls surfaced this week that attempt to gauge the level of support for Amendment 2, the measure to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. One – conducted by a firm called Gravis Marketing – found that 64% of registered voters surveyed would vote “yes” on the initiative. Cannabis advocates rejoiced, saying the measure appears poised for success just two months out from the election. But not so fast. Shortly after Gravis released its survey data, a separate poll by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service emerged, finding support levels at just 57%. The poll was conducted in collaboration with the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research, the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9. The two polls differ in several ways. But they both use language from the text of Amendment 2, so they are similar in a key regard. The result of the Bob Graham Center poll is cause for huge concern, as the MMJ measure needs 60% of the vote to pass. If it’s the more accurate of the two polls, medical marijuana might not become a reality in Florida this November. What’s more, both polls show lower levels of support than one...

Washington State to Ban Marijuana Delivery, Online Sales

Posted on  April 28, 2014 by  News Admin

Recreational marijuana customers in Washington State will have to complete their purchases in a store, not online. This week the state’s Liquor Control Board proposed changes to the state’s recreational marijuana law which would prohibit the retail sale of marijuana over the internet and prohibit marijuana home delivery. Not one member objected to the proposed changes, which will likely be approved at a later meeting. Home delivery is currently a common practice with in Washington State’s medical marijuana industry. The online dispensary finder WeedMaps.com shows at least 15 medical marijuana delivery businesses in the greater Seattle area alone. At least one member of the Liquor Control Board, Chris Marr, said that the popularity of marijuana delivery within the state’s medical marijuana industry swayed the group toward proposing the ban. The Liquor Control Board does not want the recreational industry to follow that trend, Marr said. Marijuana delivery services have traditionally flourished in under-regulated markets such as California, however entrepreneurs in regulated states have also attempted to sidestep laws with creative business models. In 2013, Colorado Springs police shut down the company Billygoatgreen MMJ which offered a delivery-for-donations service. Delivery services are illegal in Colorado, which requires customers to purchase cannabis in store. The laws ensure that all customers show identification proving they are over 21.