Craig Ex of Expert Joints talks Season 3, Karma Cup, and Vapor Central Smoke Out

Craig Ex of Expert Joints talks Season 3, Karma Cup, and Vapor Central Smoke Out

With its 104th episode, Expert Joints LIVE! officially wrapped up Season 2. We spoke with the host, Craig Ex, about the year looking back, what his plans are for Season 3, and a few favorites to look out for at the upcoming Karma Cup, which he’s hosting, in Toronto Sept. 9-10.

Cannabis Life Network: Now that Season 2 of Expert Joints LIVE! has come to an end, what were some of the biggest highlights looking back?

Craig Ex: We did the recap of the top 20 biggest moments on Episode 104, the season finale. Coming in at  #1 was Tim McBride, the former cannabis trafficker whose operation in the 80’s was responsible for smuggling 30 million pounds of cannabis into the USA.

Tim wrote a book on his adventures, and he traveled to Vancouver all the way from Florida. He’s been involved in so many of my shows, Skyping in throughout the season, and it was great to finally have him there in-person.

#2 was doing a livestream from Vancouver’s 4/20 celebration at Sunset Beach on my show. That was big. #3 was the Rob Moore cartoon. I actually got made into a cartoon! It was a lot of fun doing that.

Also, being able to shoot at Weedmaps out in California, that was crazy. It was a lot of fun. And of course, bringing Jen (aka Loudonio) onto the show and welcoming her as my cohost.

Who were a few of your most memorable guests and why?

Aside from Tim McBride, being able to get D420k and Remo on the show stands out. And of course, Freddie “Da Weed King” Pritchard being on the show was a good time too. All those guys are awesome.

I heard that Freddie Pritchard has a brand new show on Pot Tv as well.

Yeah, the Great Cannabian Smoke Show, which I kind of helped instigate to some degree. I mean, they had always been talking about the possibility of doing it and I pushed it along and helped make that happen. It’s very good to see Freddie on his show. He definitely belongs on Pot Tv.

So what made you push to get Freddie on Pot Tv?

He’s been a big supporter since day 1, and he’s been proven right on so many of the things that he’d been saying, especially in the last couple years. He’s such a strong activist and Pot Tv’s the place for activists so it’s a natural home. It’s good to see him on the network doing his thing.

Looking towards the future, what plans do you have for Season 3 of Expert Joints LIVE!?

Season 3 is going to come with new graphics, new audio, new segments- just a refreshed new look.

There’s not going to be a huge change or departure from the format, but we are going to make a couple changes and tweaks to keep it fresh and interesting.

As well, we will be starting out this season, or the preliminary for the season, at the Karma Cup September 9-10th.

But, for Season 3, the big thing is moving out from the Pot Tv studios and into Studio710.

What do you want to do more of in Season 3?

Bigger names, more guests, more products. I would also love to have some live performances on the show. Maybe even some live glass-blowing at some point if we can.

Obviously I have a couple destinations, a few big events, and a few big names that I’d like to target.

But really, just the progression and evolution of the show. I’m stepping up the production values with more prizes and more fun.

Also, maybe a little more of the normalization, like getting some sponsorships to make Expert Joints LIVE! look more and more like a late night talk show.

Are you trying to go a little more mainstream in the cannabis industry?

No. I’m still going to do my thing. I’m always going to be looking to highlight the voices in the community- a nice cross-selection from a wide spectrum of folks in it.

A lot of craft producers and a lot of people are making fantastic products and I want to keep up with what’s new and innovative.

I’m just looking to do it bigger and better and fancier than ever

You’re hosting the Karma Cup. What are you most looking forward to?

It’s great to be able to see friends and familiar faces I don’t get to check in with all the time. It’s a great get together and a social opportunity as well.

My favorite part is the trophy presentation and handing out the awards to the 45 lucky winners  across 15 different categories. It’s so much fun to be able to celebrate the success of all these people’s hard work and to be able to hand out these trophies to these folks who make some beautiful products that folks have voted on.

But what’s even more satisfying is when those people are friends of mine or people I’ve had on the show or worked hard to break.

Just seeing people get recognition. You win a Karma Cup and you’re on the map. It’s a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to doing that.

How does the Karma Cup compare to other competitions?

There’s a lot of different cups out there and everybody’s doing relatively the same thing: you have a bunch of varieties, people vote on it, and you hand out some prizes.

But Karma Cup is, at this time, the most respected and biggest cup in the country with more than a 100 different entrants.

It’s the biggest package held in Toronto, the biggest city, put on by Sarah Sunday and her amazing team.

The name carries a lot of weight and it’s because of the level of people who enter it.

Any strains or growers that we should be on the lookout for?

Last year Thompson Caribou Concentrates took home 7 trophies! Can they win that many again or how will they do?

Of course, we saw Liberty Farms come in and go 2-for-2. Two entries, two victories, and two firsts at that! That was pretty impressive.

The other big questions are always “Who’s going to be the new and emerging talent? Who’s the name that gets broken?”

Finding that is always exciting to me and I’m looking forward to that.

Is it an opportunity for you to come out and scout the unknowns?

100%. It’s a chance to see the emerging people, the emerging products, and I try to see who’s the best of the best and then see if we can work together.

There are also great networking opportunities with all the vendors, panelists, and speakers. Lots to see and do, and lots of people to talk to

It’s great if you have questions about your products or providers because they’re often right there- you can walk down and talk to them yourself!

There’s also a lot of free support activities and if you’re a judge or you have tickets, you get access to all these different lounges.

It’s a pretty all inclusive package and I hope a lot of people come down and support Sarah Sunday and all her efforts, and check out the Karma Cup .

Are you a judge as well?

I’m supposed to be, but whether i get my kit in time, I don’t know yet.

But yes, I’m supposed to be helping to judge it, host it, MC it, and I’ll probably do some more activities throughout the weekend. Maybe even some live streams; it’s hard to say.

We’ll be running our feet off, that’s for sure.

What can you tell me about the event at Vapor Central Toronto?

It’s September 8th, which is a Friday night, and we will be having a big smoke out at with some of the finest bud, just like we did previously with Liberty Farms. There’s also a little meet and greet, just like we did during the Cannabis Life Conference.

It’s an opportunity for people to come out, meet some producers, and smoke some product.

Also, we’ll probably give away some stuff.

It will be a great kick-off for the Karma Cup and a chance to meet some of the entrants.

With the Season 3 premiere still weeks away, do you have any free time?

Well it’s not going to be free. I’m taking 4 weeks off from the show to get set-up at the new studio and with all the changes going on, it going to take time to mastermind and put together.

But it’s also an opportunity to regroup and get a few things done on the to-do list.

I’ll be back Sept. 7 with a special Season 3 preview from Vapor Central, with the smoke-out/meet and greet the next day. Anyone who’s around is welcome to come down and watch the show.

Catch it at 4:20 PST, 7:20 EST.

Anything else on your plate right now?

The only other thing is the new studio I’m doing my show from, Studio710, is Vancouver’s first multimedia marijuana production facility, space, studio.

In addition to my show, they’re going to be doing many other shows and other content.

Working there is a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it.

Catch Craig Ex and Season 3 of Expert Joints LIVE! every week starting Sept. 7.

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Published at Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:00:52 +0000

Governors: Sessions should back off pot

Governors: Sessions should back off pot

The Columbian / Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska — Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a one-time Republican no longer affiliated with a party, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week asking the Department of Justice to maintain the Obama administration’s more hands-off enforcement approach to states that have legalized the drug still banned at the federal level.

It comes after Sessions sent responses recently to the governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, who asked him to allow the pot experiments to continue in the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana. Sessions detailed concerns he had with how effective state regulatory efforts have been or will be.

Washington state also responded to Sessions this week. Gov. Jay Inslee said the attorney general made claims about the situation in Washington that are “outdated, incorrect, or based on incomplete information.”

“If we can engage in a more direct dialogue, we might avoid this sort of miscommunication and make progress on the issues that are important to both of us,” Inslee and that state’s attorney general wrote to Sessions.

Since taking office, Sessions has promised to reconsider pot policy, providing a level of uncertainty for states that have legalized the drug. A task force assembled by Sessions encouraged continued study of whether to change or rescind the approach taken under former President Barack Obama.

In Alaska, Walker said he shared Sessions’ concerns about the dangers of drug abuse but said state rules for marijuana businesses address federal interests, including public health and safety concerns. The governor said Sessions cited a 2015 state drug report in raising questions about Alaska’s regulations but noted that the first pot shops didn’t open until late last year.

The state is taking “meaningful” steps to curb illegal pot use, especially by those who are underage, Walker and state Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth wrote in the letter obtained through a public records request.

In a separate letter, Lindemuth was more pointed.

“Given the diversity of public sentiment regarding marijuana throughout the country, marijuana regulation is an area where states should take the lead,” she wrote.

Alaska political leaders have long pushed back on issues where they think the federal government is overstepping its bounds. The state’s lone U.S. House member, Republican Rep. Don Young, said he has never smoked pot but supports states’ rights.

Alaska voted on it, “and the federal government should stay out of it,” he said last year.

The largest voting bloc in the state is not affiliated with a political party, though President Donald Trump won with just over 50 percent of the vote last fall. Voters in 2014 approved recreational marijuana, with about 53 percent support.

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Published at Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:45:18 +0000

Oregon Coast attracts pot shops but doesn’t change vibe

Oregon Coast attracts pot shops but doesn’t change vibe

The Columbian / Associated Press

NEWPORT, Ore. — Eddie Biggar sports a black-and-green suit dotted with tiny green leaves as he dances jovially on a corner of the Pacific Coast Highway.

Some two-and-a-half hours southwest of Portland, he owns the sidewalk. Just like a sign-waiver might promote the local pizzeria, The Weedman boasts $5 grams, urging customers down the street to CannaMedicine.

The state has licensed pot dealers in every Oregon county bordering the Pacific Ocean, with the highest number near the beach here in Lincoln County, state data show. But there’s little so far to suggest marijuana is changing the coastal economy, which is already largely fueled by tourism.

Still, there’s no question many out-of-towners are heading into coastal pot shops. Retailers say they’ve seen people from China, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and South Korea.

“I’ve never seen so many different IDs in my life,” Shane Ramos-Harrington said in Touch of Aloha, his Hawaii-themed marijuana outpost in the area of Depoe Bay, a community boasting the “world’s smallest harbor.”

In the sales room, a chalk board displaying daily deals promised a 5-percent discount to customers outfitted in Hawaiian shirts.

Ramos-Harrington came from Oahu and opened the business, now looking to spread a little aloha to Oregon. That means putting energy into people — if they come into his store upset, hopefully they’ll leave happy.

Near the coastal town of Yachats (yah-hawts), where hills cascade toward the ocean and visitors can buy crab fresh off the boat, Deb Cardy opened her uncluttered home for business.

Northeast Forest Hill Street branches off U.S. Highway 101 like a pine needle on a branch — that is, if the branch crossed through three states.

Hang a left onto the dirt street and you’re practically at Cardy’s front door. The nearby ocean is her white noise. “You can hear the seals barking at night,” the 61-year-old said.

Cardy has found a market for those wanting a place to stay the night and partake, with one of only five cannabis-friendly lodgings in Oregon listed on website Kush Tourism. She is running a new kind of bed-and-breakfast: a 420-friendly house within earshot of the Pacific.

She keeps hints of how welcome the crop is scattered around her house: “The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook” on a counter; a small green cross above the numbers 420 and a smiley face on a wooden sign in her window; and three jars of her stash on a shelf near the front door.

“You don’t have to have marijuana leaves on everything,” she said.

The house is a one-story setup built in 1938 on enough land for her Artic Wolf-Huskie mix, Mia, and a fire pit.

Cardy came here after working almost four decades as a Colorado property manager.

“This is the most relaxing thing that you can do,” she said.

Cardy, a medical marijuana patient, said she first used at age 12.

She wants to join other property owners on the coast to give vacationers a comfortable way to enjoy weed and the water.

“I live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet,” Cardy said. “Why would I not want to share it?”

Larry Aguayo booked a stay with his wife last year.

Aguayo, a drummer, did a wedding gig about half an hour away in Newport, a much bigger city north of Yachats. They roomed at Cardy’s afterward.

“It was just like being at home, knowing that we can go in there, we could medicate, not having to worry about going outside in the rain,” Aguayo said. “At the motels, you’ve got to go outside.”

During the trip, the Myrtle Creek, Ore., couple also celebrated their anniversary at Cardy’s place, which now runs $110 a night on home-sharing website Airbnb.com.

When they arrived, Cardy was ready to make dinner for them, Aguayo said, and there was a “big fat apple pie just like Mom makes.”

And snacks in the bedroom, his wife Cindy said.

Larry Aguayo said: “Snacks. That’s a big thing. In the 420 world, we like to eat.”

A wave of retailers followed in the wake of the crop’s legalization here, even though it remains federally illegal.

At Pipe Dreams Dispensary in oceanfront Lincoln City, a map on an interior wall inviting visitors to stick a pin in it to mark where they’re from shows people come in from all manner of countries: Canada. India. Saudi Arabia. Spain.

Anyone can buy marijuana if they’re old enough and have identification, Pipe Dreams owner Randy Mallette said.

“They can buy it, but there’s nowhere for them to enjoy it. They can’t take it to a hotel room,” Mallette said. “Maybe if they get an edible — but vaporizing, smoking and that whole culture is muted in a way.”

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Published at Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:05:55 +0000

Medical Marijuana Rulemaking Process Officially Underway in Michigan

Medical Marijuana Rulemaking Process Officially Underway in Michigan

Medical Marijuana Rulemaking Process Officially Underway in Michigan

On July 20, 2017, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (the “Department”) filed Requests for Rulemaking under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (“MMFLA”), 2016 PA 281, and the Marihuana Tracking Act, 2016 PA 282 with Michigan’s Office of Regulatory Reinvention (“ORR”). On Tuesday, August 8, these RFRs were approved.

Michigan law provides the ORR with authority to approve Requests for Rulemaking “only after it has indicated in its response to the request for rule-making submitted by an agency that there are appropriate and necessary policy and legal bases for approving the request for rule-making.” MCL 24.239(3). Because the MMFLA explicitly requires the Department to promulgate rules, MCL 333.27206, and because the Marihuana Tracking Act requires the Department to establish a statewide tracking system, there was little doubt the requisite “appropriate and necessary policy and legal bases for approving the request for rule-making” existed.

This approval was a necessary first step. But the work is just beginning. Now that the RFR has been approved, proposed rules may be drafted and submitted to ORR, a “Small Business Impact Statement” and a “Regulatory Impact Statement” must be prepared, public hearings held, and the rules reviewed by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.

The entire rulemaking process will unfold over a number of months. As we have reported previously, there simply is not time for this process to conclude before applications for licensure can be submitted December 15 of this year. Consequently, the Department will need to issue emergency rules to govern the industry during the time before permanent rules are fully promulgated.

As we reported last week, the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board has set a public meeting for August 21. We anticipate that more information about the rulemaking process may be announced at that time.

Clearly, there is a lot of work left to do, and this week’s approval of the Request for Rulemaking is just the start. Stay with us as the rulemaking process continues to unfold.

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Published at Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Lit and Fit

Lit and Fit

Just say YES! To the Lit and Fit Lifestyle

So, everybody says stoners are lazy…. right?

Wrong!

I want to introduce you to the #litandfit lifestyle movement…

WARNING: the gains are contagious!

Earlier this year I decided that I wanted to get off my butt and start breaking the stereotype of lazy stoner. I am not going to lie.. Making the change from couch potato to squat master hasn’t all been a walk in the park… But it has been a ton of fun!

I want to share some key factors that have contributed to my commitment to the lit and fit lifestyle.

Cannabis, my crew (aka support network), and the GAINS!

I wasn’t always a couch potato. It truly is a learned art, and after years of a sedentary lifestyle I had it perfected. It took approaching my 30th birthday, gaining 40lbs and a good friend to snap me out of the #couchlife. I have to thank for my bestie Julia for introducing me to ganja gym sessions. I discovered that although I greatly dislike exercising, I love exercising after puffing a doobie. AND the more cannabis I have had, the more I love whatever physical activity I am doing. Which brings me to my next point.

Going to the gym is better with a friend… right?

HELL YES!

Especially when you are doing it lit and fit. Along with the fact that pre-workout doobies are so much more enjoyable with a crew, I find that making exercise dates with friends keeps me accountable. It’s much harder to miss a workout when you have another person counting on you to be there. It’s also easier to add more reps when you are trying to keep up with your much fitter friend (yes Jason I am talking to you!).

Grab your crew and get out to the gym, park, lake, just get to your favourite workout spot because the #litandfit gains are waiting.

It truly is the gains that have me hooked. Since committing I have increased my mobility, lost a bunch of the extra weight, and improved my cardio (better lungs for bigger tokes). Everyday that I make the choice to get up and continue with the lit and fit lifestyle makes the next day easier.

The lit and fit lifestyle is all inclusive. It is for everybody and every body. All you have to do is grab a friend, light a joint and start!

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Published at Sat, 12 Aug 2017 01:10:08 +0000

Utah Medical Marijuana Advocates Given Approval to Begin Signature Gathering on Initiative

Utah Medical Marijuana Advocates Given Approval to Begin Signature Gathering on Initiative

Advocates of a Utah initiative to legalize medical marijuana have been given approval to begin signature gathering.

Utah Patients Coalition have received approval from Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to place their medical marijuana legalization initiative on the November, 2018 ballot. The group must now collect 113,143 by January in order to put the measure to a vote of the people.

“We plan to gather the first signatures by next week and be finished prior to the 2018 legislative session in January,” said DJ Schanz, campaign co-director for Utah Patients Coalition, in a press release. “Our volunteers—many of them patients or caregivers themselves—have been ready and eagerly waiting; it feels good to know we will have scheduled events in the coming weeks for those who have waited years for this.”

If placed on the ballot and passed into law, the measure would legalize the possession, use and licensed distribution of cannabis-based medicines such as oils, tinctures and pills. Unfortunately actually smoking marijuana would remain prohibited.

According to polling release late last month, 78% of Utah voters support the proposed initiative to legalize medical marijuana,

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:24:31 +0000

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Announces Second Public Meeting

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Announces Second Public Meeting

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Announces Second Public Meeting

In June, Dykema provided coverage on the Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board’s first public meeting, which allowed members of the public to address the Board for the first time. At that meeting, Chairman Rick Johnson indicated that there would be “at least” one public meeting between the end of June and October 2017.

This week, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced that the Board’s second public meeting will be held on August 21 at 1:30 p.m. Likely in response to the overflow crowd at the first public meeting, the location has changed to the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in Big Ten Conference Room A. Those unable to attend the meeting in person will be able to stream the meeting live on the Bureau of Medical Marihuana’s website.

As we noted, although the first public meeting was largely an opportunity for the Board to listen to the public, as opposed to a question and answer session, important insights were gained. Dykema will be monitoring the second public meeting for any new information that may come out.

Please check back with the Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Cannabis legalization about violence?

Cannabis legalization about violence?

Cannabis legalization is about violence. Because when you label something violent, the government has its modus operandi.

Just ask Quebec’s jail guard union.

“According to union president Mathieu Lavoie, any contraband leads to violence — and marijuana could join the list of items which includes tobacco, medications and cell phones.”

Even a former inmate of 17 years agrees more violence could be a result, but he stresses that ”Violence in prison is often linked to debts, whether that’s drugs or gambling.”

Funny, you could make parallels with Canadian society.

Nevertheless, a Senator on a committee concerning cannabis legalization thinks smoking legal cannabis in prison can be used as a reward for good behaviour.

“If we can just make smoking a privilege and ask people, ‘You want to smoke? You have to make some effort in your rehabilitation process.’”

Hey, that hits close to home.

There is no pre-existing right to cannabis, it’s a privilege government is rewarding its citizens.

“Oops, sorry, we were wrong. Here’s some legal weed. But you can only buy from our dealers, you know, those former politicians and police officers.”

Liberal legalization isn’t respecting the industry that has cultivated the plant and made BC Bud world-renowned.

The government is just granting Canadians the privilege of smoking.

You want to grow it? 4 plants per household and only after x level of bureaucracy. Where x is determined by geography.

Grow it commercially? First, make some effort toward statism.

Fill out this form, invest this capital (outside the price range for many start-ups), also, follow these parameters, follow these guidelines, wait for approval from Health Canada’s bureaucrats who clearly aren’t the experts but act the part anyway.

This is how cannabis legalization is shaping up to be. This is how the entire country works.

Clearly, legalization isn’t about recognizing some pre-existing right to your own body and mind.

But BC Bud isn’t just going to disappear. Where will all those people go? Into the courts to receive an absolute discharge? What a waste of resources, especially at a time when murderers walk free.

With police still waging the drug war, perhaps this Quebec jail guard union is right. Under legalization, there will be more violence.

But the aggression won’t come from Canadian cannabis connoisseurs, who continue trading peacefully in protest.

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Published at Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:21:44 +0000

Banks don’t like risks associated with legal marijuana business

Banks don’t like risks associated with legal marijuana business

The Columbian / Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Billions of dollars are expected to flow through California’s legitimate marijuana industry next year when recreational pot becomes legal, but most of those businesses won’t be able to use banks.

The reason: Many banks don’t want anything to do with pot money for fear it could expose them to legal trouble from the federal government, which still lists marijuana as illegal — and regulates the banking industry. There is uncertainty over how the Trump administration will react.

Because of those fears, pot dispensary operators in the 29 states where the drug is legal, either for medical or recreational purposes, often find themselves nervously handling obscene amounts of cash.

During the Obama administration, the Justice Department issued guidelines to help banks avoid federal prosecution when dealing with pot businesses in states where the drug is legal.

But most banks don’t see those rules as a shield against charges that could include aiding drug trafficking. And they say the rules are difficult to follow, in effect placing the burden on banks to determine if a pot business is operating within the law.

For example, the Justice Department wants to make sure pot profits in states where marijuana is legal are not being funneled to gangs or cartels. Banks are unsure how to make such a determination.

The number of banks and credit unions willing to handle pot money is growing, but they still represent only a tiny fraction of the industry.

Colorado tried in 2015 to set up a credit union to serve the marijuana industry but was blocked by the Federal Reserve. A court ruling last month could open the door for another attempt.

Elsewhere around the country, the Oregon Department of Revenue built a fortress-like office for dropping off and counting cash.

Some pot businesses have tried to open bank accounts by setting up management companies or nonprofit organizations with ambiguous names — in other words, by misleading the banks. But those accounts can be shut down if a bank realizes where the money is coming from.

“It is not normal for people to walk around with millions of dollars of cash. We have to deal with this reality,” lamented Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, who has proposed creating a municipal bank that would serve cannabis businesses.

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Published at Sat, 05 Aug 2017 13:00:37 +0000

Lawmakers in York Pass Ordinance to Decriminalize Marijuana for Those 18+

Lawmakers in York Pass Ordinance to Decriminalize Marijuana for Those 18+

The York City Council has given approval to an ordinance that decriminalizes the possession of slightly over an ounce of marijuana.

Marijuana StudiesThe ordinance, approved on a 4 to 1 vote, decriminalizes the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis for those 18 and older: The measure was introduced by Councilmember Judy Ritter-Dickson.

Under the approved law, those caught possessing marijuana – as long as it’s under 30 grams and not for distribution purposes – will be fined $100 for a first offense, rather than being arrested and charged with a criminal misdemeanor. For a second offense, the fine will be raised to $250, and $500 for a third offense. If someone commits more than three violations in a five year period, they can still face a misdemeanor charge and the potential of jail time.

Smoking in public will be treated in a similar manner, with the first three offenses in a five year period being a simple civil infraction, the only difference being an increase in the price of the fine; $150, $300 and $600.

With passage of the ordinance York now joins, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh as Pennsylvania cities that have decriminalizes or lowered the penalties for marijuana possession.

York, located in York County, has a population of around 43,000.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Mon, 31 Jul 2017 18:09:55 +0000