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Marijuana Industry News November 8, 2013

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It had been an eventful week for marijuana law as voters passed several initiatives.  Below we’ve recapped a few of the election highlights:


Citizens  in the Michigan metropolitan areas of Ferndale, Jackson, and Lansing chosen to decriminalize marijuana.  In the 3 metropolitan areas, citizens 21 and older will be allowed to own as much as one ounce of marijuana on private property without penalty.  The metropolitan areas of Flint and Detroit also have passed similar laws and regulations.  Michigan voters approved medicinal marijuana in November of 2008.


Citizens in Colorado made the decision to do something on the concept that marijuana might help purchase needed services.  Voters passed a stride which will permit a 25% tax on marijuana.  The 25% really is jeopardized if your 15% excise tax along with a 10% florida sales tax.  The money produced is anticipated to pay for the expense connected with running the marijuana industry too for creating new schools in Colorado.  Governor Hickenlooper said around the voter passed law by saying “We are grateful voters approved funding which will permit a powerful regulating atmosphere, much like liquor is controlled.”  “We is going to do all things in our energy to make certain kids don’t smoke pot which we do not have people driving who’re high. This ballot measure gives Colorado the opportunity to regulate marijuana correctly.”  However, much like Washington, you will find concerns the condition will phase the medical program which may pressure patients in have to pay more for his or her medication.  Some experts have the taxes will end up being excessive.


As the law is not transformed in Miami, it’s obvious the minds of citizens have, like the relaxation of the nation.  To gauge curiosity about medicinal marijuana, Miami voters were requested when they support medicinal marijuana.  Apparently they are doing as 64% of voters approved to simply 36% disapproving.  The idea am popular, it received 1,000 more yes votes compared to mayor did.  The group People U . s . for Medicinal Marijuana, were pleased.  They intend on attempting to introduce an amendment to Florida’s metabolic rate that will permit medicinal marijuana.  Benjamin Pollars from the organization stated “This would be a really low turnout election in Miami Beach it’s a comparatively old electorate, but still it got near to 65 % from the election.”  Medical treatment is a vital problem for Florida’s older population and it is no wonder

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Michigan May Be Election’s Unsung Hero


Now that we are almost a week removed from the historic 2012 election, new stories are emerging in the aftermath.  Colorado and Washington State are receiving most of the headlines in the world of marijuana reform for enacting landmark legislation that will see recreational marijuana legalized.  Massachusetts has received some attention as well for approving a medical marijuana program and becoming the 18th state to do so.  These stories cover both the west and east coast, but as was the case in the presidential election, the Midwest would have a lot to say about marijuana reform.

Michigan is known for its progressive medical marijuana program.  It is one of the only states that allows for suffering minors to receive legal medical cannabis prescriptions.  Its flagship city, is now going to take a more progressive approach toward rebuilding its ailing economy and crime problem.  Last week, Detroit voters decided to decriminalize marijuana.  Several other Michigan cities witnessed residents enact similar measures as Flint and Grand Rapids also decided to shift away from failed marijuana policies.

The tension between law enforcement and Michigan residents has been steadily rising for several years now.  Even as Michigan residents have voiced their desire to alter marijuana laws, state Attorney General Bill Schuette has been notorious for disregarding the will of the people.  Nobody likes a sore loser, and elections are set up to highlight which ideas win out.  However, it seems that many are sticking their fingers in their ears and singing loudly and ignoring the vote tallies.  Previously, those who lost the elections were expected to step aside.

In Michigan, we still now hear the losers resolving to carry on as if there was not some monumental election last week.  Flint police Chief Alvern Lock said “We’re still police officers and we’re still empowered to enforce the laws of the state of Michigan and the United States.  We’re still going to enforce the laws as we’ve been enforcing them.”  We at are wondering exactly when Michigan police were granted the authority and time of day to act as enforcers of federal law.  It would seem there is much to do in fighting crime in Michigan besides moving heaven and earth looking for artificial crimes.  As Brian Morrissey of Coalition for a Safer Flint stated “”If the city police want to follow state law rather than city law, then maybe the state should be paying their salary.”  Is there room for police in Michigan to moonlight as federal agents?

Even if officials are still desperately clinging to failed policy and false memories of the imaginary golden age of the 1950s, this election clearly showed the people are not living inside such ridiculous bubbles.  Elected officials are not accustomed to answering to anyone, but they certainly have bosses.  In fact, over 100 million of them casted their votes last week.  Lawmakers and officers may not yet respect their bosses, but the writing on the wall is clear.  There may be more peaks and valleys but marijuana reform is coming, via the will of the people and bureaucrats beware, suppressing the majority has a habit of accelerating change.  Many analysts believe we saw this last week, as the non-white voter turnout was higher than ever and perhaps in response to voter suppression attempts.  We would like to take this time to congratulate the voters in Detroit and to send a friendly warning to authorities.  The Detroit metro area is one of the most populous regions in the America, located in one of the larger states.   Politicians and law enforcement beware, you are drastically outnumbered in your misguided quest to fight the people.  Even as the economy improves, nobody wants to be unemployed, most especially elected officials.

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Medical Marijuana Industry News September 14, 2012


New Bills In Congress Would Allow States to Decide Medical Marijuana…

As detailed often on, one of the biggest concerns for the medical marijuana industry is that is in a state of legislative limbo.  Patients are often left to wonder if they will have access to their medication.  Additionally, dispensaries face many difficulties operating in under the current system.  For the most part they are prevented from utilizing bank accounts or credit unions.  This results in high levels of marijuana and cash on premises, and dramatically increases the likelihood of being robbed.  Additionally, these businesses cannot benefit from the tax code or deduct expenses, making their survival challenging.  Several new laws in Congress have been introduced that would actually address these concerns.  Three different bills, HB 1983, HB1984, and HB1985, would allow dispensaries to take advantage of electronic banking, tax deductions, and would allow states to decide if they wish to permit medical marijuana by re-scheduling marijuana.  While similar bills have failed previously, there seems to be more bi-partisan support than ever for re-hauling the government’s approach toward medical marijuana.  While support was previously higher from Democrats, they have now been joined by fiscally conservatives who no longer want to see funds wasted on DEA raids.  Additionally, there is a growing call for returning many rights back to the states.


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Two Marijuana Dispensaries to Open in Vermont…

The federal crackdown and raids on marijuana dispensaries may not be producing the intended outcomes, especially in the Northeast.  In recent months, Connecticut has approved a measure to permit medical marijuana and even under the well known Republican Governor, Chris Christie (who does not support the program) New Jersey is close to dispensing marijuana to patients.  There is momentum across the country as Detroit, the state of Washington, Colorado, and Oregon will see their residents vote to regulate and legalize even recreation marijuana use.  A successful ballot initiative has also given residents of Arkansas the opportunity to vote on enacting a medical marijuana program.  In Vermont, two marijuana dispensaries have been given the green light to open.  One of the dispensaries will be located in Burlington while another will open its doors in Waterbury.  Vermont legalized medical marijuana in 2004 but patients are responsible for growing and cultivating their own medicine.  Patients in Vermont can possess up to 2 ounces and own 3 plants.  Last year Vermont lawmakers passed a new law that would allow up to 4 dispensaries to open.  The two dispensaries are expected to open in 6 months with additional applications to fill the other 2 openings under review.


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Seattle’s Children’s Alliance Supports Marijuana Legalization Initiative…

Supporting marijuana reform was previously career suicide in the public arena. Over the past few years there have been surprising supporters of marijuana reform including televangelist Pat Robertson and Progressive Insurance Chairman Peter B. Lewis.  However, an even more surprising group of supporters have revealed themselves.  A Seattle based non-profit group named The Children’s Alliance has come out in support of Initiative 502, which if passed by Washington State residents, would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana in a way that is similar to how alcohol is handled.  The group’s main focus is on protecting children’s futures.  Although whites and African Americans consume marijuana at similar rates, non whites are significantly more at risk for being arrested for it.  Often these arrests are of teens and having a criminal record can seriously jeopardize their ability to get a job, housing, or gain college acceptance.  Jon Gould, Deputy Director of The Children’s Alliance said “The status quo is not working for children, particularly children of color. Public policy ought to move us further toward racial equity and justice, and Initiative 502 is one step forward to that.”


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Updates on Upcoming Ballot Initiatives

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We at are always trying to report on the newest developments for the upcoming 2012 election in November.  Ballot initiatives have been the largest contributor to a restoration of rights that we have seen dissipate over the last century.  Because of this, we would like to provide highlights on some of the ballot initiatives that could see result in more legalization and decriminalization of cannabis.

First we were happy to read about new polls that show Colorado residents seemed inclined to legalize marijuana this November.  The group Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol collected enough signatures to get the issue to the ballots and will be voted on by the people.  However, a previous 2006 vote in Colorado was rejected by the people so there is still doubt.  Fortunately polls are showing that a majority of residents in Colorado seemed more likely to approve the measure this time around.  A survey conducted by the Public Policy Polling group showed that 47% are currently in favor of Amendment 64 and legalization while 38% oppose the measure with 15% unsure.  There appears to be a very real chance that Colorado will be legalizing and regulating marijuana after November.

Michigan has demonstrated the value of ballot initiatives for a while now.  Kalamazoo had its residents vote and approve a measure that made marijuana the lowest priority for its police department.  Additionally, Detroit will vote to drastically decriminalize marijuana this November.  Grand Rapids appears to be the next Michigan city ready to take matters into their own hands.  A group named Decriminalize GR collected enough signatures which had to amount to 5% (6,565 signatures) of the Grand Rapids population.  The signatures were approved and were considered valid by the City Commission.

A failure of governing has resulted in the people taking the initiative.  We need access to medication and a system of regulation that will tax, test, and dispense marijuana.  As politicians have begged for the issue to disappear we can thank the people for accepting that cannabis is here to stay, and needs to be regulated.


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Detroit Lawmakers Attempt to Block Ballot Initiative to Decriminalize Marijuana


Michigan has been a hotbed of marijuana reform activity over the course of the past several years.  They are one of the 16 states with legalized medical marijuana and have had local municipalities attempt decriminalization efforts, usually met with opposition by state Attorney General Bill Schuette.

The marijuana reform movement has had to rely heavily on ballot initiatives grassroots support as politicians have had a hard time breaking away from lobbyists who desperately want to uphold antiquated cannabis laws.   Marijuana reform has many accomplishments including helping patients and pushing forward decriminalization efforts that can help non-violent offenders to avoid incarceration.  It is also is allowing the American public access to a unique perspective in what is normally a very closed door political system.  Americans can now see that so much more is at hand than simple matters of right or wrong.  Lobbyists, special interests and long held stubborn beliefs carry more weight in Washington D.C. and state governments than struggling patients and those whose lives are ruined by small possession marijuana charges.

A recent entry in the Detroit Free Press sheds even more light on this issue in Michigan.  Efforts to totally decriminalize small marijuana possession had gained considerable momentum as of late.  However, the Detroit political machine is in full force and has filed a suit with the Michigan Supreme Court to disqualify a ballot initiative that would eliminate penalties associated with low level cannabis possession.  Detroit’s legal department claims that the ballot issue would not create a legitimate ordinance because marijuana is not legal on a state level.  Activists and patients are accustomed to this desperate political argument as relief is often prevented by this line of thinking.  Of course what is most interesting is this the same state (like many others) that has already sided with its people by providing medical marijuana on a state wide level even though it conflicts with federal law.  Proponents of the ballot initiative seemed unfazed as Tim Beck, who heads the initiative through an organization called Coalition for a Safer Detroit, stated “The law is on our side, and we have every expectation that the people of Detroit will vote on this in 2012.”

Activists should only be motivated by the actions our elected officials have taken.  Clearly, lawmakers feel well within their comfort zone to ignore the pleas of Americans.  Three quarters of this country agrees with medical marijuana and half even support total legalization.  A ballot initiative is organized and conducted by the people, typically without the support of big time corporate lobbyists.  Apparently politicians fear us far less than them, but they seem to have overplayed their hand, and whether they like it or not reform is coming.

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History of the Cups

Denver Cannabis CUp

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It is finally time for the Denver Medical Cannabis cup.  If you are in Denver this weekend, please come and visit us as we will be one of the sponsors of the event!  We are sure patients will gather for another safe event as they have in the past.  But first, a quick look on how we got here…

The first Cannabis cup was organized by Steven Hager, of High Times Magazine.  In 1987 Amsterdam was the most famous of cities for legalized consumption of marijuana. So it was held there, in a great smoke-off to find the finest marijuana that a person could smoke.  In 25 years the contest has matured; there are multiple categories, seeking the best strains, hybrids, consumables, seeds and so forth.  It has also developed into a massive trade show, where builders of bongs can showcase their latest pipes, vaporizers, and novelty papers.  Vendors also bring in t-shirts and other apparel and all other kinds of accessories.  As the Cup has grown, it has incorporated other elements that have accompanied marijuana use.  It has embraced spirituality and the counterculture ideas of the late 60’s and 70’s.  Also, as politics have shifted across the world, so have the ideas espoused by the Cup’s sponsors and attendees.


Today, the United States is host to four of High Times’s Medical Marijuana Cups.  In Detroit, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  The First one was the San Francisco Cup in 2010.  Last year saw the inaugural events for Denver and Los Angeles also.  These are not just pothead toke-fests as conservative demagogues would paint them; they’re not dens of sin, iniquity and crime, or doorways to destruction.  These are modern affairs, full of people with honorable agendas seeking to help people who are suffering from various ailments. For many of these patients, cannabis holds the best treatments they can hope to receive.  New categories include judging for high CBD (cannabidiol) strains, which the medical community now agrees hold the key to treating many neuromuscular disorders.  One of the largest growing segments of the Cup community is for political activism.  Most major events now have devoted sections to increasing political awareness.  On a national stage most politicians won’t touch the topic of marijuana; there are few candidates, like Ron Paul and Gary Johnson, who are willing to discuss it.  But on state and local levels, many politicians are eagerly discussing with their constituents.  Also, there are many active groups like NORML, LEAP and ASA who attend these gatherings and try to increase awareness and activism.  For years the pro-marijuana lobby was small and quietly ignored.  Now attitudes are turning from universal recreational use (like alcohol and tobacco)  to a focus more on compassionate care and medical use, at least in enough cases now to be taken more seriously.    Also, by highlighting the many failures of the 40 year-old “War on Drugs” people have realized that change, on a federal level, is necessary for the health of the Union and its people.  All of this has helped the Cups to grow from crowds of hundreds to tens of thousands of supporters.

The Seattle HempFest is another event that has grown from very humble roots.  The first one was held in Seattle in 1991, with only 500 people in attendance; last year’s event estimated close to 300,000 attendees!  At each of these events people have gathered peacefully for several days.  Recently, Cannabis use, in public, has been tolerated with no ill effects.  Alcohol sales are banned at Hemp Fest, too.  And in that wake, there have been no riots, no fights, no dangerous crimes committed.  This is a far cry from the mighty fears that Henry J Anslinger stirred up when he pushed to have marijuana made illegal in the 1930’s.  In 1991, there were no laws anywhere for compassionate use.  Then, in 1998 Washington State passed their medical marijuana legislation.  In 2003, Seattle made marijuana its lowest police priority and in 2008 the city stated it “would no longer prosecute simple possession cases.”  This year, the state legislation approved patient cannabis gardens and an ordinance for cannabis collectives.  With perseverance and patience, even the smallest of groups can hope to accomplish great deeds.

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