Michigan Poll: Don’t Raise State Sales Tax, Tax Marijuana Instead
Poll Finds Higher Support Among Michigan Voter For Taxing Marijuana Verses Raising Sales Tax For Road And School Funding

LANSING, MI -- With Michigan voters scheduled to return to the polls in May to vote on a proposal to raise the state's sales tax from 6 to 7 percent to fund education and road improvements, a new poll has found that voters would rather legalize and tax marijuana instead. Michigan sales tax vs marijuana pollThe proposed sales tax hike was approved by the legislature late last year, and will head to voters for final approval in a special election on May 5th.  The proposed tax increase would generate approximately $300 million for education and approximately $1.2 billion for road repairs. The Survey USA poll, released Thursday, indicates that the majority of Michigan voters are against raising state sales tax to pay for roads and schools.  Of the 500 registered Michigan voters surveyed in the poll, only 43% support raising the state sales tax, while 49% opposed the tax hike. The poll found that the same Michigan voters would overwhelmingly approve legalizing marijuana instead, with 64% of Michigan adults likely vote in favor of taxing and regulating the plant.  Of those polled, only 28% of respondents opposed regulating marijuana like alcohol. Support for taxing and

Wyoming House Vote Kills Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

CHEYENNE, WY — Marijuana possession in Wyoming will remain a criminal offense for another year after lawmakers in the Wyoming House voted down a proposal to decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of cannabis. In a floor vote in the House on Wednesday, lawmakers voted 38 to 22 to kill House

Post Legalization In Colorado, Marijuana Arrests Way Down

DENVER, CO — The pro-reform group Drug Policy Alliance recently released a comprehensive report examining Colorado’s first full year of retail sales of recreational marijuana. DPA reports that in 2010 Colorado had 9,022 cannabis possession arrests; in 2014 it had 1,464 arrests (an 84% reduction). Also, cannabis cultivation and selling

Defendant Moves for Dismissal in Widely Watched Federal Medical Marijuana Case

SPOKANE, WA — A motion to dismiss has been filed in a widely watched federal medical marijuana case involving a family from rural northeastern Washington State. Larry Harvey, 71, of the Kettle Falls Five has moved for dismissal of his case or an order preventing further prosecution. The motion relies

NCAA to Re-Examine Drug Testing Policy

The NCAA announced Thursday that it plans to re-examine its approach to drug testing student-athletes for recreational drug use. The news comes just days after two University of Oregon football players were suspended for the College Football Playoff national championship game for testing positive for marijuana. The NCAA Competitive safeguards committee

Proposal to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession Filed in Kentucky

Proposal to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession Filed in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, KY — A state Senator from Kentucky has filed legislation that would decriminalize the adult possession of marijuana in Kentucky. Senate Bill 79, the Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Act, was filed late last week by Senator Perry Clark (D-Louisville), who has also filed a separate measure to legalize medical…

Poll: 60% of Virginia Voters Support Marijuana Decriminalization

Poll: 60% of Virginia Voters Support Marijuana Decriminalization

RICHMOND, VA — A poll conducted by the firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) revealed that 60% of Virginia voters would support decriminalizing the adult possession of small amounts of marijuana, indicating strong support for state Senator Adam Ebbin’s marijuana decriminalization measure, Senate Bill 686. Decriminalization had majority support from…

How You Can Help End Cannabis Prohibition in Pennsylvania

How You Can Help End Cannabis Prohibition in Pennsylvania

A lot of people ask what can they do to help us end the prohibition of cannabis and hemp in Pennsylvania. That’s a great question. First off, let’s review where we are at this precise moment in time. 1. Tom Wolf was just elected to be the next Governor…

Marijuana Reform in the 2015 Legislative Session

Marijuana Reform in the 2015 Legislative Session

A new year brings hope to many Americans still living under the iron fist of cannabis prohibition, as legislative sessions begin to get underway around the country.  Lawmakers in several states have already pre-filed marijuana-related legislation or announced intentions to do so.   The next month will bring a…

Marijuana Legalization, Decriminalization Bills Filed in Arizona

Marijuana Legalization, Decriminalization Bills Filed in Arizona

PHOENIX, AZ — Medical marijuana is already allowed in Arizona, but one lawmaker has introduced two bills for consideration in the 2015 legislative session that could bring further reform to the Grand Canyon State. State Representative Mark Cardenas (D-Phoenix) says that while a long shot, his proposed House Bill 2007…

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No Deal: Georgia Governor Kills Medical Marijuana Bill

No Deal: Georgia Governor Kills Medical Marijuana Bill

ATLANTA, GA — Last week, a local headline screamed “Gov Deal Supports New Medical Marijuana Bill”  — but what it did not say was that this “new bill” essentially killed any efforts to get legal cannabis medicine to the people of Georgia. House Bill 1, sponsored by Rep Allen Peake (R) is…

Push to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Florida Continues

Push to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Florida Continues

TALLAHASSEE, FL — The push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida continues with a two-pronged campaign, supporters said on Friday, sharing plans to mount another ballot drive in 2016 as a way to pressure state lawmakers to consider legislation permitting cannabis for medical purposes. A constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana…

Kentucky House Speaker Introduces Medical Marijuana Bill

Kentucky House Speaker Introduces Medical Marijuana Bill

FRANKFORT, KY — The medical marijuana issue got a big boost in Kentucky this week when a bill was introduced by House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg). The bill, House Bill 3, would make medical marijuana legal for Kentucky patients who are certified by a physician. It would task the Department…

Hawaii Task Force Recommends Establishment of Marijuana Dispensaries

Hawaii Task Force Recommends Establishment of Marijuana Dispensaries

HONOLULU, HI — A state-sponsored task force is recommending that Hawaii lawmakers take steps to allow for the state licensed production and dispensing of medical cannabis to qualified patients. According to local news reports, the task force is set to recommend lawmakers begin granting applicants licenses to grow and dispense…

Illinois Medical Marijuana Permits Delayed, No Explanation Given

Illinois Medical Marijuana Permits Delayed, No Explanation Given

CHICAGO, IL — Without explanation, Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration has conceded it missed its end-of-the-year target for deciding which businesses will receive permits to begin the state’s pilot program with medical marijuana. Some observers think the decision could come in a matter of days. The lag will force cultivation center…

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Bill to Legalize Hemp Cultivation in the United States Filed in Senate

Bill to Legalize Hemp Cultivation in the United States Filed in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC — A bill to legalize industrial hemp cultivation and production nationwide has been filed in the United States Senate with bi-partisan support, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The bill, Senate Bill 134, was filed last week by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).  The bill is co-sponsored by…

Is the Federal War on Medical Marijuana Really Over?

Is the Federal War on Medical Marijuana Really Over?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – While the recently passed Congressional spending bill prohibits the federal government from using allocated funds to prevent the implementation of state laws where medical marijuana is legal, the effect of the bill in battleground states like California remains unclear. Earlier this month, Congress passed and…

President Signs Federal Spending Bill Protecting State Sanctioned Medical Marijuana Programs

President Signs Federal Spending Bill Protecting State Sanctioned Medical Marijuana Programs

WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama signed spending legislation into law on Tuesday that includes provisions limiting the Justice Department’s ability to take criminal action against state-licensed individuals or operations that are acting are in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states. Specifically, an amendment sponsored…

President to Sign Federal Spending Bill Protecting State Sanctioned Medical Marijuana Programs

President to Sign Federal Spending Bill Protecting State Sanctioned Medical Marijuana Programs

WASHINGTON, DC — House and Senate lawmakers have approved spending legislation that contains a historic provision restricting the Justice Department from interfering with the implementation of state-sanctioned medical cannabis and/or hemp programs. Members of the Senate approved the House version of the bill Saturday night. President Barack Obama indicated…

Federal Spending Bill Prohibits DOJ from Undermining State Medical Marijuana and Hemp Laws

Federal Spending Bill Prohibits DOJ from Undermining State Medical Marijuana and Hemp Laws

WASHINGTON, DC — The final “cromnibus” federal spending bill that Congress passed over the weekend contains historic language prohibiting the U.S. Justice Department from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws. The spending bill also includes a bipartisan amendment that prohibits the DEA from blocking implementation of…

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