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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 Regulators, Dispensary Owners Meet

Posted on  July 01, 2014 by  News Admin

Medical marijuana regulators in Oregon have conducted two dozen surprise visits at dispensaries over the past three months, one of which resulted in a closure. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which oversees the state’s cannabis industry, shared that information at a weekend meeting with more than 100 marijuana business owners and employees. Officials held the meeting to discuss the first few months of the state’s legal dispensary program. Tom Burns, director of the dispensary program, said a dispensary in Portland was forced to close after inspectors witnessed consumption of cannabis on the premises, the sale of products to unlicensed customers and security problems. At the meeting, regulators provided dispensary representatives with a checklist to prepare for the inspections. Action items on the list include making sure surveillance equipment records for 30 days, using proper packaging and labeling, and being stringent with checking patient licenses. Businesses also need to prepare for an inventory audit by regulators to ensure products are not being sold to the black market, Burns said. The forum allowed business representatives to pepper regulators with questions. Among the queries: Can a dispensary remain open if a school opens next door? (No.) Can a dispensary ditch the childproof packaging if the customer is elderly and isn’t around children? (No.) Is the dispensary or the grower responsible for ensuring that products are tested? (Dispensary.) Can a dispensary sell seeds to a grower? (No.)

Cops Nationwide Forced to Revise Tactics When Raiding Cannabis Grow Ops

Posted on  June 30, 2014 by  News Admin

The exact cost of a marijuana raid in America is hard to put an accurate estimate on. The first, and most important, question is, "the cost to whom?" Besides their livelihood, their reputation in the community, and even one's freedom, the financial costs of a marijuana raid can be overwhelming to the suspect - whether they are ultimately found guilty, or not. As marijuana goes more mainstream, however, state and local law enforcement officials are looking to revise their own decades-old procedures when it comes to busting weed growers, before their own departments' budgets get flipped upside down by pot cultivation cases gone bad. In years past, regardless of the state you were growing in, if the cops kicked down the door to your grow op, they would pull every plant from the site for ammunition to use in the upcoming case. This evidence would be left in some police department basement, dying by the minute. But now, with more and more white-collar upper-middle class business types catching heat from the law for dabbling in the weed game, lawsuits have begun to spring up across the country from acquitted suspects in pot cases demanding that their property be returned to them in the same condition it was confiscated. But obviously, the cops aren't mixing nutrient solutions and adhering to a strict lighting schedule in these evidence rooms, so the seized plants start wilting immediately. A cancer patient in Colorado Springs needed a court order to get the police to give...

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