Oregon Marijuana Legalization: Weed Smell Could Trigger $500 Fine In Pendleton

Come July 1, it will be legal to possess and use marijuana recreationally in Oregon. But in the eastern town of Pendleton, recreational marijuana smokers might not want to hit the bong too hard once legalization hits. The municipal authorities have labeled the smell of marijuana a nuisance and plan to fine residents should the scent travel to a neighbor’s property, KNDO of Yakima, Washington, reported Wednesday. Pendleton reworked its nuisance ordinance — which deals with problems like loud music or barking dogs — to include marijuana smell, the station reported. The resulting fine could cost marijuana smokers up to $500.

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Illinois Senate passes marijuana decriminalization bill

Under a measure approved Thursday by the Illinois Senate, low-level cannabis possession would go from a crime with fines up to $2,500 and up to a year in a jail to penalties likened to a traffic ticket. Carrying small amounts of marijuana would result in a fine instead of an arrest under a measure approved Thursday by the Illinois Senate.


Utah lawmakers plan to ‘carefully’ consider medical marijuana

Lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to carefully consider potential implications of medical marijuana use in Utah. Members of the Health and Human Services interim committee mulled over a long list of questions at the start of several months of in-depth study on the matter, hoping to better understand possible benefits and/or consequences of legalization.


Texas medical marijuana bill heading to Gov. Abbott

The Texas House gave final approval Tuesday to a limited medical marijuana bill that would give epilepsy patients access to trace amounts of cannabis oil. The next stop is Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, marking a milestone that marijuana-reform advocates say is nothing short of historic in Texas.


IL marijuana industry pins hopes on skeptical governor

Advocates of Illinois’ troubled medical marijuana experiment hope to reassure investors by pushing to have lawmakers extend it beyond 2017, when it expires, but the initiative faces an uncertain fate on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk. Entrepreneurs and backers say the success of the four-year program does not depend on an extension. But after a year of stumbles, lawsuits and delays, they believe it would send a signal that the program won’t end before the state can work out the problems and do a proper evaluation.


Legal Marijuana Cultivation Is Driving A Technology ‘Revolution’ In Industrial Agriculture

Deep within a cedar forest in British Columbia, Dan Sutton is building what he hopes will be the most energy-efficient, high-technology greenhouse for growing cannabis. Spurred by the booming market for medical marijuana, he and a group of biologists and engineers have experimented for almost three years with digital sensors, lighting arrays, software programs and ventilators to design a greenhouse system with the lowest energy costs and highest crop yields.


Judge orders marijuana plant quarantine to continue

On March 25, the Denver Department of Environmental Health found evidence that plants at six locations had been contaminated by pesticides which are not approved by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The businesses involved cannot sell the marijuana which has been placed on hold. Grower Organic Greens Inc. asked Denver Court Judge John Madden to allow the marijuana to be cultivated. The debate centered over the use of a fungicide known as Eagle 20. The health department found logs at cultivation sites that show Eagle 20 was being used.


Marijuana Prohibition Is Unscientific, Unconstitutional And Unjust

A few days before the House of Representatives passed a federal ban on marijuana in June 1937, the Republican minority leader, Bertrand Snell of New York, confessed, “I do not know anything about the bill.” The Democratic majority leader, Sam Rayburn of Texas, educated him. “It has something to do with something that is called marihuana,” Rayburn said. “I believe it is a narcotic of some kind.”