CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The Latest on the legal battle of the launch of
Nevada's recreational pot sales
The deputy director of Nevada's Department of Taxation says state
regulators still intend to have the necessary licenses in place July 1
to start selling marijuana for recreational use despite an ongoing
lawsuit over the regulations.
Anna Thornley testified in Carson City District Court on Monday that
the state has planned since February to have the "early start" program
up and running by July to start bringing in tax revenue before a
permanent system must be adopted on Jan. 1, 2018.
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Despite the upheaval of the current presidential administration, some
things just haven't changed, like acting DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg's
Obama-era insistence last month that "marijuana is not medicine."
Though he also stated that he'd "be the last person to stand in the
way" if medical uses of marijuana rise through the FDA process.
(Here's where we count on Sue Sisley's research in Phoenix.)
But Rosenberg doesn't seem to pay attention to what happens in
Phoenix. If he did, he might hear about a small clinic using marijuana
to treat opioid addiction.
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Thanks for the June 2 editorial, "Possession penalties are too
While any discussion about reforming Wisconsin's draconian marijuana
laws is certainly welcome, decriminalization is an old idea that still
leaves out a legal source for pot.
As your editorial noted, eight states have already legalized pot for
adult use. More states are currently in the process. Our neighbors
Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota, which already have medical
marijuana, are all exploring legalizing adult use.
Wisconsin is ready, too. The July 2016 Marquette Law School Poll found
59 percent favoring legal pot for adults. Wisconsinites also have long
supported medical use by even higher margins. Yet failure to "get it
done" has cost Wisconsin at lot.
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HAYFORK, Calif. - The red and purple opium poppies that his family
grew on a mountainside half a world away were filled with an
intoxicating, sticky sap that his mother traded for silver coins to
feed her children and pay for their escape.
Adam Lee smiles at the memory of a childhood in war-torn Laos and
voyage to America, where he spent decades adapting to life in big cities.
Now 47 years old, Mr. Lee has returned to the mountains - the Trinity
Alps of Northern California - and to a career farming a different
mind-altering crop for his livelihood: marijuana.
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In Heather Mac Donald's "Mandatory Minimums Don't Deserve Your Ire"
(op-ed, May 26) about mandatory minimum sentences (MMS), she writes
that 10-year mandatory minimum prison sentences are only given to
large-scale traffickers. In 2004 I was sentenced to 55 years in
federal prison for selling $1,000 worth of marijuana while possessing
a firearm. The judge who sentenced me called my punishment "unjust,
cruel and even irrational" and compared it to the much shorter federal
sentences given to repeat child rapists, murderers and even some terrorists.
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High Times, the magazine that has chronicled the transformation of
marijuana use from an underground vice to a major American business,
said on Thursday that it had been acquired by a group of investors
that includes Damian Marley, son of the reggae star Bob Marley.
The group, led by Adam Levin, the founder of the investment firm Oreva
Capital, bought a controlling interest at a price that values the
magazine at $70 million, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
In a news release, the new ownership group said it planned to expand
the publication's audience and its events business.
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Detroit's crackdown on illegally operating medical marijuana
dispensaries has shuttered 167 shops since the city's regulation
efforts began last year and dozens more are expected.
Detroit corporation counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Free Press
that 283 dispensaries were identified last year, all of which were
"None of them were operating lawfully," Hollowell said. "At the time I
sent a letter to each one of them indicating that unless you have a
fully licensed facility, you are operating at your own risk."
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Jeanine Moss never expected to get into the cannabis industry. But
that was before her hip-replacement surgery.
Ms. Moss, 62, of Marina Del Ray, Calif., had quit her job as a
marketing consultant before she had her hip done in 2014. As she left
the hospital, her doctors handed her a "shopping bag filled with
opiates," she said. The drugs made her disoriented and woozy.
So she switched to medical marijuana, which is legal in California and
was familiar to her, having grown up in the nearby Venice section of
Los Angeles. Within a week, she had tossed away her
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Mandatory Minimums Don't Deserve Your Ire Jeff Sessions's policy won't
lock up harmless stoners, but it will help dismantle drug-trafficking
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being tarred as a racist-again-for
bringing the law fully to bear on illegal drug traffickers. Mr.
Sessions has instructed federal prosecutors to disclose in court the
actual amount of drugs that trafficking defendants possessed at the
time of arrest. That disclosure will trigger the mandatory penalties
set by Congress for large-scale dealers.
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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday he is vetoing a bill that would
have made the state the first to legalize marijuana through
legislation rather than a ballot measure, but he also left the door
open for legalization.
The bill, passed by the Vermont House and Senate, would have made it
legal for adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana
and grow a limited amount starting in mid-2018. The bill also called
for a commission to propose yet-more legislation that could have
created a taxed, regulated market later on.
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WASHINGTON - As a senator, Jeff Sessions was such a conservative
outlier on criminal justice issues that he pushed other Republicans to
the forefront of his campaign to block a sentencing overhaul, figuring
they would be taken more seriously.
Now Mr. Sessions is attorney general and need not take a back seat to
anyone when it comes to imposing his ultratough-on-crime views. The
effect of his transition from being just one of 535 in Congress to
being top dog at the Justice Department was underscored on Friday when
he ordered federal prosecutors to make sure they threw the book at
criminal defendants and pursued the toughest penalties possible.
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More U.S. workers are testing positive for illicit drugs than at any
time in the last 12 years, according to data coming out today from
Quest Diagnostics Inc., one of the largest workplace-testing labs in
The number of workers who tested positive for marijuana rose by 4%,
while positive results for other drugs also rose. The increases come
against a backdrop of more liberal marijuana state laws and an
apparent resurgence in the use of drugs like cocaine and
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In a move expected to swell federal prisons, Attorney General Jeff
Sessions is scuttling an Obama administration policy to avoid charging
nonviolent, less-serious drug offenders with long, mandatory-minimum
Mr. Sessions's new guidelines revive a policy created under President
George W. Bush that tasked federal prosecutors with charging "the most
serious readily provable offense."
It is the latest and most significant step by the new administration
toward dismantling President Barack Obama's criminal justice legacy.
And it defies a trend in state capitals-including several led by
conservative Republicans-toward recalibrating or abandoning the
mandatory-minimum sentences popularized during the "war on drugs" of
the 1980s and 1990s.
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Colorado's edible pot industry goes from public enemy to public-health
leader, and wants Canada to take note
BOULDER, Colorado - A tray of tempting pastel-coloured candies sits on
a countertop inside AmeriCanna's production facility. Although shaped
like pot leaves and stamped with Colorado's universal symbol for the
mind-altering ingredient in cannabis - a diamond containing the
letters "THC" - the gummies would only provide a sugar high at this
Working with precision and speed, the kitchen supervisor uses a device
to soak each candy with marijuana extract, so that each piece contains
exactly 10 milligrams of THC, a single dose under the state's
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ALBANY - When the State of New York approved the use of medical
marijuana in 2014, the applicants to dispense the drug were vetted and
reviewed by a panel of experts said to have deep backgrounds in
The identities of the panel's members had been a mystery since. By
July 2015, the panel had chosen five companies that would receive
exclusive statewide medical marijuana licenses, a potentially
lucrative award in a state with nearly 20 million residents and
hundreds of thousands of potential patients.
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The Atlanta City Council is considering making the penalty for getting
caught with pot similar to finding a parking ticket flapping on your
The effort is based on the idea that black residents are
overwhelmingly the target of marijuana enforcement in the city,
staining them with jail time, fines and arrest records that follow
them in life.
The effort was put forward by Councilman Kwanza Hall, a mayoral
candidate who has tried to carve out his place in the crowded mayor's
race by pushing to do away with some quality-of-life offenses such as
spitting, jay walking, idling and loitering - things one often does
while smoking weed.
When California voted 57% to 43% last November to legalize
recreational marijuana-the eighth state to do so-it fertilized a
national market whose value by some estimates could top $20 billion by
2020. The ballot initiative was backed by a phalanx of
progressives-Napster founder Sean Parker provided the seed funding-and
liberal interest groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union.
But now as state lawmakers debate how to regulate the industry, one
worry is that the Teamsters will hijack the process and corner the pot
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BALTIMORE - As more states relax their approach to marijuana, police
departments are rethinking how many hits are too many for aspiring
Maryland just passed a new standard, set to take effect in the state
June 1, that bars applicants if they smoked pot in the past three
years, the same policy used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The longstanding, previous policy had ruled out those who had used
marijuana at least 20 times or at least five times since age 21.
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Atlanta wants to join a growing number of U.S. cities that are
lowering the penalties for small amounts of marijuana use.
But leaders learned last week that getting there won't be
The City Council sent legislation meant to lower fines and eliminate
jail time for possession of an ounce or less of pot back to a
committee last week after members had a host of questions. Chief among
their concerns was whether there was buy-in from the Atlanta Police
Department and city courts, two groups whose backing would be crucial
to making such a plan work. Elected officials also fear that being too
lenient would take away the deterrent of marijuana use.
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"Isn't it cute?" said Molly Peckler, holding a delicate gold-chain
necklace adorned with a cannabis-leaf charm away from her neck. "It's
a perfect representation of my approach to cannabis."
With sunlight pouring in through a sliding-glass door in the apartment
she shares with her husband, Marc Peckler, a software salesman, Ms.
Peckler explained how she believed a shared love of cannabis could be
the spark in a relationship.
"Cannabis is almost an analogy for being authentic," said Ms. Peckler,
32, the founder of Highly Devoted in Los Angeles, an online matchmaker
that connects cannabis-using singles. "If this is a part of your life,
then you should be open and honest about that, especially if you're
trying to start a romantic relationship with someone."
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