California – the Make-or-break Marijuana State

USA Today:  “Although state elections are now in the books for another two years, it’s not too early to start thinking about which states could be the next to introduce legal marijuana and medical marijuana legislation in the next election. Though we could theoretically see as many as a dozen states bringing some degree of marijuana vote in front of their citizens in 2016, no state has greater make-or-break potential for the marijuana movement than California.”

By |2014-12-01T07:59:54-07:00November 29th, 2014|California News, Video|Comments Off on California – the Make-or-break Marijuana State

Arizona Doctors can’t be Charged for Marijuana Referrals

East Valley Tribune: “Doctors who recommend marijuana to patients can’t be charged with crimes even if they did not follow the procedures required by law, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.  The judges acknowledged that Robert Gear, a Phoenix naturopath with offices in several communities, had been charged with recommending the drug to a patient without having access to 12 months of her medical records. That is a requirement under the law.  Gear was indicted on charges of forgery and fraudulent schemes after saying on a form required by the Department of Health Services that he had, in fact, seen those records.”

By |2014-11-24T19:11:30-07:00November 24th, 2014|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Marijuana Crimes, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Doctors can’t be Charged for Marijuana Referrals

Feds Taxing Marijuana Businesses to Death

Vox:  “Due to a section of the tax code known as 280E, many state-legal marijuana businesses have to pay taxes on their expenses — unlike other legal businesses, which are allowed to deduct them. For some businesses, this can drive their effective tax rates to 70 to 85 percent of their profits, which is enough to force many shops and growers out of business.  ‘It’s basically a dagger at the throat of the entire legal cannabis industry,’ said Steve DeAngelo, co-founder of California-based medical marijuana dispensary Harborside Health Center.”

By |2015-01-28T22:15:35-07:00November 17th, 2014|Stories & Articles, Tax Issues|Comments Off on Feds Taxing Marijuana Businesses to Death

Vets Want VA to OK Medical Marijuana

Washington Post:  “At a time when the legalized use of marijuana is gaining greater acceptance across the country, Rising is among a growing number of veterans who are coming out of the “cannabis closet” and pressing the government to recognize pot as a legitimate treatment for the wounds of war. They say it is effective for addressing various physical and psychological conditions related to military service — from chronic back pain and neuropathic issues to panic attacks and insomnia — and often preferable to widely prescribed opioid painkillers and other drugs.”

By |2014-11-16T07:54:38-07:00November 16th, 2014|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Vets Want VA to OK Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana is Here whether We Like It or Not

Ahwatukee Foothills:  “It’s been four years since Prop. 203 was passed in Arizona, the proposition that made medical marijuana legal in the state and tasked the Arizona Department of Health Services with creating a medical marijuana program.  The program took time to create and it has been slowly adjusted as time has gone on, but one thing was established in the beginning: Ahwatukee Foothills would have a dispensary.”

 

By |2017-02-04T07:38:58-07:00November 13th, 2014|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Medical Marijuana is Here whether We Like It or Not

New York City NYC to Stop Small Marijuana Arrests

New Jersey Herald:  “Thousands of people carrying small amounts of marijuana may no longer be arrested or face criminal charges, [New York] city officials announced Monday, marking a significant shift in how the nation’s biggest city approaches policing pot.”

By |2015-04-06T18:57:50-07:00November 12th, 2014|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on New York City NYC to Stop Small Marijuana Arrests

Study Says Pot Smokers’ Brains Shrink

Los Angeles Times:  “Experimental mice have been telling us this for years, but pot-smoking humans didn’t want to believe it could happen to them: Compared with a person who never smoked marijuana, someone who uses marijuana regularly has, on average, less gray matter in his orbital frontal cortex, a region that is a key node in the brain’s reward, motivation, decision-making and addictive behaviors network.”

By |2017-02-04T07:38:59-07:00November 10th, 2014|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Study Says Pot Smokers’ Brains Shrink

Pot Growers Stealing Water

NBC Bay Area:  “The water that flows through California’s public lands and state parks is the life blood of the forests’ ecosystems. But in the midst of a water shortage, the Investigative Unit has found some criminals are disrupting nature’s course and stealing massive amounts of water meant for public lands. . . . According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), in the last two years, illegal marijuana grows have stolen 1.2 billion gallons of water.”

By |2014-11-07T16:39:54-07:00November 7th, 2014|California News, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Pot Growers Stealing Water

DC, Alaska & Florida Vote to Legalize Marijuana

USA Today:  “Marijuana has been legalized in Washington D.C., Oregon and Alaska as a series of sidelined pro-cannabis referendums were ushered in during the midterm elections.  The legalization has provided a new high for the marijuana lobby, two years after Colorado and Washington led the way in approving cannabis for recreational use.”

By |2014-11-05T07:59:05-07:00November 5th, 2014|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on DC, Alaska & Florida Vote to Legalize Marijuana

Section 280E Killing Marijuana Profits

USA Today:  “new pot shops that voters approve may not be able to survive a drug war-era tax code

[Internal Revenue Code Section 280E] that already threatens many businesses in Colorado and Washington state.  Under this tax code the federal government stands to make more money from the sale of marijuana than those legally selling it. And that could be enough to shut down many shops.”

By |2017-02-04T07:38:59-07:00November 4th, 2014|Real Estate Issues, Stories & Articles, Tax Issues|Comments Off on Section 280E Killing Marijuana Profits

3 Arizona Prosecutors Oppose Pot Legalization

Arizona Republic: “Three of Arizona’s top prosecutors are calling for support from political and civic leaders to oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.  Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery are demanding that state leaders “stand on the side of decreasing drug use among youth,” according to a statement released Thursday by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.”

By |2014-11-03T19:04:02-07:00November 3rd, 2014|AZ Legislation, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on 3 Arizona Prosecutors Oppose Pot Legalization