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Washington: Governor Inslee Vetoes Hemp Bill In ‘Fit Of Childish Rage’

(Hemp News)

Rep. Cary Candotta [House Republican Organizational Committee]
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Rep. Cary Condotta
[House Republican Organizational Committee]

You have to love state Rep. Cary Condotta of Chelan, Washington. This straight-shooting libertarian-leaning Republican calls it as he sees it, and he’s very unhappy with Gov. Jay Inslee.

Inslee, piqued with the Washington Senate for not agreeing to a House budget, vetoed 27 bills in a row, according to Condotta, including an industrial hemp bill.

“Apparently in a childish fit of rage our moron, yes that’s what I said moron, governor has vetoed a number of really good bills including our hemp bill which was three years in the making,” Condotta posted on Facebook late Thursday night. “I would hope that Democrats and Republicans alike would immediately start a recall campaign for this idiot who has never had any business holding this office to start with.”

“I think we have grounds to find him unfit for office,” Condotta posted. “He has accomplished absolutely nothing in his four years and now has unaccomplished a lot fo hard work because he’s emotionally unstable.

“Enough,” Condotta posted. The state deserves a competent governor, Democrat or Republican, that has the talent and maturity to lead.”

Massachusetts Lawmakers Plan To Ban Home Cultivation If Marijuana Legalized

(Hemp News)

Massachusetts voters haven’t even legalized marijuana yet, and already state lawmakers are planning how to gut important parts of the law, in case it passes.

A sharply worded Senate report released on Tuesday says that if voters legalize recreational cannabis in the state, lawmakers should promptly cancel their wishes by outlawing home cultivation, imposing high taxes, and prohibiting most edible products, reports Joshua Miller at The Boston Globe.

While the report from the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana claims not to take an official stance on the proposed ballot question to legalize, it repeatedly, and even shrilly, warns of legalization’s supposed dangers. The authors claim that legalization could make it easier for children to access marijuana — despite the fact that it would be limited to adults 21 and older, and black market drug dealers certainly aren’t asking for ID currently.

The bipartisan 118-page propaganda piece, I mean “analysis,” comes the same week Gov. Charlie Baker, Atty. Gen. Maura Healey, and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston published a scathing op-ed in The Boston Globe opposing legalization, and the Massachusetts Legislature’s judiciary committee heard testimony on the ballot measure.

 

New Hampshire House Approves Marijuana Decrim Bill

(Hemp News)

The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday evening in a voice vote that would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine. The measure will now be considered in the Senate.

HB 1631 would make possession of up to one-half ounce of marijuana a civil violation punishable by a fine of $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense, and $500 for a third or subsequent offense. Under current state law, possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

Nearly three out of four New Hampshire residents (72 percent) think the legislature should decriminalize marijuana possession or make it legal for adults, according to a WMUR Granite State Poll released earlier this month.

“New Hampshire citizens want the legislature to adopt a more sensible marijuana policy,” Simon said. “House members have done their part, and we hope their colleagues in the Senate will join them in supporting this measure.”

 

Maine Legalization Supporters File Lawsuit Challenging Ballot Disqualification

(Hemp News)

Backers of an initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Maine filed a lawsuit in Kennebec County Superior Court on Thursday challenging the Secretary of State’s decision to disqualify the measure from the November ballot.

According to the suit, state officials improperly invalidated thousands of signatures of registered Maine voters and unlawfully denied citizens their constitutional right to vote on the measure.

Campaign leader David Boyer and attorney Scott Anderson announced the details of the suit at a news conference in the office of Portland law firm Verrill Dana. Anderson is representing a group of Maine voters who signed the petition in support of the initiative, including Boyer, State Sen. Eric Brakey, and State Rep. Diane Russell, among others.

Last week, the Secretary of State’s Office announced that the proposed initiative did not qualify for the November ballot. With 61,123 signatures of registered Maine voters required, state officials determined that initiative backers submitted 51,543 valid signatures.

 

Montana Medical Marijuana Patients Ask Court To Delay Harsh Restrictions

(Hemp News)

Medical marijuana patients and their supporters are pushing back against harsh new restrictions on Montana’s program — restrictions so Byzantine, that many providers are closing down rather than try to meet them.

The owners of Montana Advanced Caregivers on Thursday held a barbecue at their location in south Billings. Patients were stocking up on medicinal cannabis because of an uncertain future, co-owner Jason Smith said, reports Matt Hudson at the Billings Gazette.

Smith and his business partner, Rick Abromeit, needed to sell some of their existing stock of marijuana or else risk having an illegal amount once the new law is fully implemented.

The Montana Supreme Court on February 25 upheld provisions of the Montana Medical Marijuana Act, a 2011 bill passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature that, for all practical purposes, shut down the program as it had been run in Montana since voters approved medical marijuana back in 2004.

 

North Dakota: Petition To Put Legalization On Ballot Approved For Circulation

(Hemp News)

A petition to place a measure on the November 8 ballot which would legalize marijuana has been approved in North Dakota.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Wednesday approved the petition, reports Valley News Live. The sponsoring committee will need to get at least 13,452 valid voter signatures in order to qualify for the ballot.

If approved, the measure would make it legal for adults 21 and older to grow, possess, use and distribute cannabis, and would prevent the state from requiring a license to do so (I just love that part!), according to Mike Nowatzki at Forum News Service.

It would also prohibit the state, cities and counties from taxing marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia at more than 20 percent.

 

Toke Signals Must Read of the Week

Rockin’ Strains With Mary Jane

By Steve Elliott

(Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop)

As just about all of us know, cannabis is fun. Not only is using marijuana a rewarding activity, but it also vastly increases the pleasure in other pursuits — be it food, sex, music, art, nature, you name it.

Zen philosopher Alan Watts, back in the 1960s, said, and I paraphrase, “Only a few marijuana smokers really listen to music.” Watts may have slightly overstated his case, but there’s no denying that cannabis adds entire new worlds to the realm of music appreciation.

Who can forget the first time they got high and listened to music? Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was my inaugural auditory experience while high on cannabis, and I will always remember how both the words and music of “Us and Them” (and the entire album) resonated more deeply than ever before.

The right weed can open one’s mind to music in a way that perhaps nothing else can. Artificial distinctions of genre, of gender, of culture, and of context fade right away when one encounters music where it is meant to be enjoyed: In a place of ecstatic appreciation, joy, and pleasure.

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