The 14th episode of Toke Signals TV with host Steve Elliott takes a look at some of the biggest marijuana news stories of the past week.
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A Gallup poll released on Tuesday shows 58 percent of voters nationwide “think the use of marijuana should be made legal.” Only 39 percent of respondents said they do not. Support increased by eight percentage points since Gallup asked the same question in October 2011, at which time it found a record-high 50 percent in favor.
The poll is the first conducted by Gallup since voters in Colorado and Washington approved ballot measures making marijuana legal for adults 21 and older and establishing state-regulated systems of marijuana cultivation and sales. It also comes nearly two months after the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would not interfere in the implementation of those state laws and others that effectively regulate marijuana for medical use.
The national poll of 1,028 registered voters was conducted October 3-6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent. The full results are available here.
State Plans To Force Medical Marijuana Patients To Use I-502 Recreational Marijuana Stores
The Washington State Liquor Control Board on Monday proposed new rules that would effectively outlaw medical marijuana dispensaries next year and home growing by patients when recreational marijuana stores start opening as I-502, approved by voters last November, is implemented in the state.
The work group, which also included representatives of the Department of Health and the Department of Revenue, was formed after state lawmakers (and law enforcement) “raised concerns” that licensed marijuana stores wouldn’t be able to compete with medical marijuana dispensaries.
Patients are currently allowed 15 plants of any size and 24 ounces of dried marijuana under Washington’s medical marijuana law. The new rules would force patients — many of whom are quite ill and on limited incomes — to stop growing at home or in collectives, and to buy the heavily taxed marijuana which will theoretically be available in state-licensed stores next summer.
It was bound to occur once marijuana legalization started actually happening. The prohibitionists and the drug warriors never go down without a fight; they always find an angle. This time, as two states — Colorado and Washington — have already legalized (in a limited way) recreational cannabis, the new bugaboo is driving while high.
Nobody’s sure how to solve the question of when someone is just too stoned to drive, but that doesn’t keep plenty of people from offering “solutions” to the “problem” — which is now graduating from “just” a problem, thanks to sensationalist mainstream press coverage, and becoming an “epidemic” or even a “crisis.”
Welcome to legislation by press hysteria, same as you got in the U.K. a few years ago when tabloid press coverage about “killer Skunk weed” which supposedly “causes psychosis” resulted in Britain actually backtracking on its own progressive cannabis laws.
(Hemp News)Three months after the District of Columbia’s medical marijuana program became operational, dispensaries in the nation’s capital say they are losing money.
“All medical marijuana businesses are operating at a loss,” David Guard, general manager at D.C. dispensary Capital City Care, told Andrea Noble at the Washington Times.
The District’s medical marijuana regulations are among the strictest in the nation, and that is part of the problem. The D.C. program is under close scrutiny because of its proximity to federal lawmakers and agencies.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is challenging a proposal to put a ballot measure which would legalize medical marijuana before state voters in the November 2014 general election. Bondi on Thursday sent a petition to the Florida Supreme Court, along with the campaign’s ballot language and petitions.
Atty. Gen. Bondi claims that People United For Medical Marijuana (PUFMM), led by Orlando attorney John Morgan, filed misleading ballot language in describing how widely medical marijuana would be allowed under the measure, reports Scott Powers at the Orlando Sentinel.
Bondi also complained that the ballot language failed to note that even if Florida voters approve the measure, marijuana will still be illegal under federal law.
A law already approved by Uruguay’s lower house of Congress and expected to pass in the Senate would make it the South American nation the first in the world to tax and regulate the legal production, distribution and sale of cannabis, reports The Associated Press.
Calzada said marijuana sales should start in the second half of 2014 at the price of $1 per gram, reported the El Pais newspaper.
The Marijuana Policy Project has submitted comments recommending revisions to the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services’ proposed medical marijuana compassion center regulations. MPP is particularly concerned that the proposed rules would result in an inadequate supply of medical marijuana by allowing only a single compassion center — instead of the three provided for in the law — and allowing it to grow only 150 plants.
Failing to allow for an appropriate and consistent supply will cause qualifying patients to either have to continue frequenting the criminal market or suffering without a medicine that can improve their quality of life, according to MPP. It will also seriously compromise the financial sustainability of successful compassion center applicants, according to the organization.
Delaware is one of 20 states and the District of Columbia to allow patients to use marijuana to treat certain medical conditions, but development of compassion centers to provide safe access to their medicine was temporarily halted in 2011. In August, Gov. Jack Markell decided to move forward with implementing a more limited program and tasked the Division of Public Health with setting the rules for compassion center licensing and operation.
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