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Cities and Counties Banning Cannabis: Why Not Let The People Decide?

By Hilary Bricken Washington State cities and counties continue to implement bans and temporary moratoria to prevent recreational marijuana from becoming a reality within their borders. How can these local governments even opt out of I-502? According to municipalities, they can prohibit I-502 for the following reasons:+ The opinion from the office of the State Attorney General (AG) regarding I-502 + Inherent police powers + Federal prohibition We briefly analyze each of these alleged sources of banning power in the context of I-502 as follows: The State AG’s opinion. In January 2014, the AG’s office formally opined that, among other things, nothing in I-502 prevents local authorities from banning I-502 facilities. In turn, cities and counties have used that opinion to justify prohibiting State-licensed marijuana businesses. We sued Wenatchee over its ban (which is based almost entirely on the AG’s opinion) and we are confident that this will not be the last anti-marijuana city against which one of our clients takes legal action. Though the A/G’s opinion is influential, it is certainly notbinding and it has no legal power. It is one attorney’s … Read the full article

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2014 Ballot Measures Certified: Countdown To Marijuana Legalization Begins

Three ballot measures adopted by Alaska voters  this month were certified Wednesday afternoon by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, the Alaska Division of Elections announced in a short press release. “The election is a wrap,” elections director Gail Fenumiai said after the announcement. The certification begins the 90-day countdown to the enactment of three ballot measures passed by Alaska voters on Nov. 4: Ballot Measure 2, which legalizes recreational … Read the full article...

“You get older, you get sick, you start getting diseases, your bones stop working as well as they used to and you’re presented with this pharmacopoeia of different drugs that you have to take just to get through the day,” said Ben Pollara, who leads United for Care, the pro-Amendment 2 campaign. “To the extent that seniors can use marijuana to supplement or replace any of those drugs I think is a good thing.”

Florida Seniors’ Interest In Medical Marijuana A Pivotal election point

FLORIDA: The debate over legalizing medical marijuana in Florida constantly generates talk of young people potentially flooding the polls. But seniors are the most reliable voters and could be key to the outcome of the measure. Though polling on Amendment 2 has been erratic, seniors have been showing a level of interest in the initiative that underscores the fact they may benefit most from its passage. “You get older, you get sick, you start getting … Read the full article...