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When asked how he would vote on an initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol that is set to appear on the Nevada ballot in 2016, Senator Sanders said he would likely vote “Yes.”
Hillary Clinton was asked if she has taken a position on such proposals, now that it has been a year since she said she wanted to wait to see what happens in Colorado and Washington. She said she was undecided on the issue, but that we should stop imprisoning people for pot use. She also said she supports medical marijuana.
The other three candidates in the debate, Lincoln Chafee, Martin O’Malley, and Jim Webb, were not given the opportunity to answer questions regarding marijuana policy.
Hillary Clinton is feeling the heat when it comes to federal marijuana policy. Just after her first primary debate with fellow Democrats who want to be President, Clinton is finally giving some answers about how she’d handle states which have legalized cannabis.
Clinton had declined to take a position on marijuana legalization in Tuesday’s CNN debate, but she wasn’t asked at the debate how she’d handle legalization by states as President, reports Brandon Rittiman at KUSA.
In stark contrast to GOP candidate Chris Christie, who has said he’d use federal power to stop legalized sales of marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington, Clinton said “I want to give you the space” to experiment with cannabis policy.
“I really believe it’s important that states like Colorado lead the way so we can learn what works and what doesn’t work,” Clinton told 9NEWS political reporter Rittiman. “I would certainly not want the federal government to interfere with the legal decision made by the people of Colorado.”
Governor Jerry Brown on Friday signed the trio of bills known as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act that will establish regulation of commercial medical cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and transportation, as well as create a state-level licensing system in California for the first time since the medical cannabis program was enacted in 1996.
The bills establish a new agency within the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, which will oversee the system and work with other agencies that will be involved in licensing key areas of activity, such as cultivation and testing. The bureau will develop detailed rules by January 2017, and businesses will begin to apply for state licenses in January 2018, at which point the current system of collectives and cooperatives will be phased out. Medical marijuana businesses will need to obtain local approval to continue operating.
The California Legislature passed Assembly Bills 243 and 266 and Senate Bill 643 on September 11th, with overwhelming support in both the Assembly and the Senate.
“Governor Brown’s approval of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act ushers in a new era in California,’” said Assemblymember Rob Bonta, the lead sponsor of AB 266. “Patients will have more assurances that their products are safe.”
You can’t legally drive around in Washington state with an “open container” of marijuana. The state, thanks to a law passed by the Legislature last summer, now bans open cannabis containers in vehicles.
The law, which went into effect September 26, means that using marijuana in vehicles, or driving with open containers of cannabis or infused products, is illegal, repots Brooks Johnson at The Longview Daily News.
Washington State Patrol troopers said they are trying to get the word out, since they’ve encountered many motorists who had no idea that what they’ve been doing for years is suddenly against the law.
“One trooper reports contacting a motorist on a recent traffic stop who was carrying a quart-size plastic zip-lock full of ‘pungent’ marijuana buds in the console of his vehicle,” according to a WSP press release. “The driver told the trooper he didn’t know it was illegal to do so.”
Some medical dispensary owners had hoped that October 1, the day recreational marijuana sales became legal in Oregon, would be a saving grace for struggling businesses, reports Kristyna Wentz-Graff at The Oregonian.
“Most people are hanging on until the climate gets better,” said Sam Heywood, co-owner of the Portland dispensary Farma, a few days before recreational sales went into effect. “If it didn’t have that horizon where the regulatory climate is expected to improve, I suspect a lot of people would have given up by now.”
But Donald Morse, director of the Oregon Cannabis Business Council, is skeptical cannabis will change the fortunes of struggling dispensaries. According to Morse, there seems to be a widespread expectation of making millions off Oregon’s recreational marijuana market, but insiders say factors including over saturation, bad locations, amateurish business practices and the difficulty and expenses of running cash-only businesses are leading shops to close.
When Americans think of cannabis destinations in Europe, that usually means Amsterdam. Those a bit more in the know might even mention the nascent cannabis clubs of Spain. But many haven’t heard of the biggest green-light district of all: Christiania, in the heart of Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen.
Christiania, established in 1971 by hippie squatters, is one of the largest communes in history, reports Julia D’Orazio of News.com.au. Its population includes people from all walks of life, including hippies, businessmen, and outsiders, who are quickly integrated into the community.
The commune is a stand-alone municipality within Copenhagen, and over its history, it has seen legal battles over ownership of land and constant debates over the way of life it represents. Creative and free-spirited people, along with anarchists and outsiders, poured into the area once it declared its independence on an old abandoned military base.
Christiania is known as a peaceful and tolerant sanctuary; it covers 34 hectares populated with warehouses, huts, makeshift houses, and creative artwork reflecting its bohemian character. Its streets are lined with unusual buildings made from recycled and repurposed materials and low-budget do-it-yourself projects.
Police said a 22-year-old Ohio man last week called 9-1-1 from amidst a pile of munchies to report he was “too high” on marijuana, reports Kaily Cunningham at Fox 8 Cleveland.
When officers arrived, they were directed to an upstairs bedroom by the caller’s granddad. As they went up the stairs, they could hear “groaning from the room at the end of the hall.”
When the opened the door, they found the 22-year-old laying in a fetal position amidst “a plethora of Doritos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and Chips Ahoy cookies,” according to the police report.
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