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California County Tries To Ban Pot Farms As Medical Weed Business Thrives

Posted on  April 25, 2014 by  News Admin

Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California's cannabis industry. U.S. states are increasingly moving to drop curbs on marijuana following landmark voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state in 2012 that legalized the drug for recreational use. But in California, where medical marijuana is legal but recreational use is not, state laws are hazy on who is allowed to grow and sell the drug, leading to a chaotic and largely unregulated marketplace of street-corner pot dispensaries, illegal cannabis farms and inappropriate prescribing by unethical doctors. Cities and counties have struggled to impose order on an piecemeal basis as the state wrestles with developing a regulatory framework for the thriving if messy medical marijuana industry. "A huge number of complaints were received last year from residents with regard to outdoor marijuana cultivation," said Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, who introduced the measure to ban marijuana gardens as a public nuisance. "Many were close to schools, group homes and other sensitive uses." The fields can also be dangerous, as owners use weapons and dogs to guard their investments. Ten slayings currently under prosecution in the county have been linked to attempted marijuana theft, she said. On Tuesday, the board unanimously signaled its intent to approve MacGlashan's ordinance, which will be up for a final vote on May 13. The board postponed a...

Nevada MMJ Businesses Scramble to Meet Application Deadline

Posted on  April 23, 2014 by  News Admin

Not one business submitted its preliminary review form to the Clark County Department of Business on Wednesday, which is when the office began accepting applications for dispensary and cultivation licenses. The deadline to submit 12 copies of the form - which must include a business plan, financial statements and an FBI-approved background check for each business owner – is 3 p.m. on April 22. There are 10 dispensary licenses currently up for grabs in unincorporated Clark County, though there are no caps on the number of cultivation facilities. Those 10 dispensary licenses do not cover cities such as Las Vegas, where local lawmakers are drafting medical marijuana regulations of their own and hope to finish by early summer. Al Marquis, a lawyer who is working with several businesses, said entrepreneurs are struggling to get their paperwork in order due to the short window to apply. Clark County announced its application process on March 19. After filing the preliminary review form, businesses must then submit an application for a special use permit on May 2. That application must show that the business does not violate zoning or land use rules. Each application also carries a nonrefundable $5,000 fee. Local officials have not provided a date for when they will name the winners.

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...

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