The bipartisan Congressional Cannabis Caucus released the following statement in response to White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s suggestion that the Trump administration will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana.
At risk of raising the ire of the White House, Colorado is on the brink of becoming the first state with licensed marijuana clubs. But the details of how these clubs will operate are as hazy as the underground clubs operating already.
Sales of marijuana products in Washington state have for the first time surpassed $200 million in a quarter. Other news outlets report that residents and visitors bought more marijuana than ever before in the second quarter of 2016, based on an analysis of purchase and tax records from two state agencies.
In a very narrow margin, Mainers have approved legalizing recreational marijuana, according to the Bangor Daily News. Yes on 1 is declaring victory with results showing marijuana legalization ahead by one percent of the vote. The opposition says it’s not ready to concede.
California, the first state to legalize medical marijuana 20 years ago, will vote in November on whether to legalize recreational use for people over the age of 21. With 39 million residents and the world’s 6th-largest economy, California’s status could resonate throughout the country. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Mike Taibbi reports.
By a vote of 7-2, Pittsburgh City Council passed a measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana this morning.
The bill allows city police to fine up to $100 for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, or 8 grams of hashish, instead of citing them for a misdemeanor. Its sponsor, Public Safety Committee chair Daniel Lavelle, previously said the measure was intended to “help break the damning life-long consequences of unemployment, lack of education, and being caught in a revolving criminal justice system.”
The court ruled that growing and consuming marijuana is covered under the right of ‘free development of personality’, but won’t allow sales of the drug. The Mexican government has granted the first permits allowing for growing and possession of marijuana for personal use. The government’s medical protection agency said the permits will apply only to the four plaintiffs who won a November supreme court ruling.
Oregon adults will be able to legally purchase recreational marijuana beginning Oct. 1, about a year earlier than had been expected.
Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a law on Tuesday allowing the sale of recreational marijuana in existing medical marijuana dispensaries, starting just three months after Oregon’s reformed marijuana law went into effect.
Recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon as of today. People 21 and older can now possess up to an ounce of pot when away from home and up to 8 ounces at home. It’s also legal to grow up to four plants per household.
Retail sales of recreational marijuana would begin as soon as Oct. 1 in Oregon, far sooner than had been expected, under a bill approved Thursday by a state legislative committee.