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Marijuana Legalization

Started by jdaniele, June 17, 2018, 11:34:39 PM

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"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein


"Constitutional ban on legal pot advances in Idaho"


BOISE, Idaho -- As legal weed becomes a reality in every corner of the U.S., Idaho is putting up a fight.

State lawmakers on Friday moved forward with a proposed constitutional amendment that would bar the legalization of marijuana in Idaho in an attempt to keep the growing nationwide acceptance of the drug from seeping across its borders.

Idaho is one of only three states without some sort of policy allowing residents to possess products with even low amounts of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein


So a big debate right now is the details on how to treat legal marijuana in NJ. As of now police are still arresting people and don't plan to stop until the new laws are on the books.

QuoteAs Trenton debates how police should handle youth marijuana use, cops around the state continue to arrest people of all ages for an offense many expected to become legal in 2021: minor marijuana possession. The laws on weed could change as soon as Monday, and those under 21 might face only fines for using marijuana or drinking if a new bill passes. But for now, the old rules stand.

This new bill would force police to stop pulling people over for possession because the officers themselves could be held accountable.

Quote...the bill includes penalties for police who misuse their power when interacting with underage people on these offenses. If police intentionally and illegally stop, search or detain people for underage drinking or marijuana use, they could face a third degree charge of deprivation of civil rights. That's punishable by a fine of $15,000 and up to five years in jail.

Usually items that go after police directly aren't taken very well and the chance of the bill passing is lower but since tensions are high on the topic it doesn't necessarily rule it out.
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein


Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to legalize adult-use marijuana.


QuoteMore than three years after he took office with hopes of legalizing marijuana in 100 days, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills that together legalize marijuana in New Jersey and put an end to thousands of arrests.

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein


So now that marijuana is fully legal in NJ, how will it work? First the law immediately ends arrests but sales aren't realy legal yet.

QuoteMurphy signed the long-awaited cannabis legalization law on Monday, along with a decriminalization law that ended arrests for possession immediately. But many pieces of the legalization law do not become operative until the commission adopts rules and regulations to guide licensing of new businesses, workplace drug testing and funding for community programs.

Until that happens, there will not be legal marijuana sales.

Something being asked is that since it's still federally illegal can I still be arrested. Technically, yes you can but in the state of NJ all police are managed by NJ laws and thus are governed and managed at that level. This would mean to be charged you would need a federal level officer to perform the arrest. Officers in NJ can perform the arrest but because they're governed by NJ laws they also are punished under NJ laws. This new laws prevents an officer from inquiring about age or whether someone is in possession of the drug.

QuoteThe law establishes an enforcement power, but makes it illegal for law enforcement to use that power. It creates civil penalties for underage drinking or marijuana use, but also penalizes any officer found to have stopped, searched or detained those suspected of using these substances without meeting probable cause standards. The officer could face a charge of deprivation of civil rights — a third degree offense subject to 3-5 years in prison, a fine of $15,000 or both.

According to a New Jersey Policemen's Benevolent Association analysis, this means any officer who sees or smells marijuana or alcohol cannot even inquire about the age of the user to ensure the user can legally possess these substances. The law permanently ties an officer's hands.

It will definitely be interesting to see how this change in the law works out.
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein



NY Cannabis Legalization Could Be Near As Lawmakers Roll Up Deal
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said legal weed is one of his top priorities in the state budget due at the start of April.

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Posted Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 1:37 pm ET|Updated Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 4:01 pm ET

NEW YORK CITY — Embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo hopes the state's chances of legalizing cannabis don't go up in smoke — and it appears lawmakers are ready to roll up a deal.

Cuomo on Wednesday listed legal weed as his first priority for the state's upcoming budget, which has an April 1 deadline.

"Getting it done by the time the budget is passed is essential," he said.

Within minutes of Cuomo's statement, State Sen. Liz Krueger that legislative leaders reached a deal to legalize recreational marijuana, Bloomberg Government reporter Keisha Clukey first reported.


Other outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, reported afterward that New York is poised to become the 15th state to legalize cannabis. Lawmakers likely will vote next week on a measure that takes effect by next year, according to the Journal.

It's a long-sought goal by advocates, many lawmakers and Cuomo himself. He admitted Wednesday that three years of attempts to legalize hemp and recreational marijuana failed to spark up.

The inaction left the state's would-be cannabis industry high and dry as legal markets got set up in Massachusetts and across the river from New York City in New Jersey.

Legal pot in neighboring states effectively ends the debate, Cuomo said.

"We have passed the point of legalized cannabis," he said.

Cuomo's even-more-outspoken support for legalized cannabis came amid a news conference packed with announcements.

And for the first time in days, Cuomo also took questions from reporters. WABC's Dave Evans asked about increasing doubts about whether he can perform his job amid a sexual harassment scandal and potential impeachment inquiry.

"I say it's clearly not true," Cuomo said. "Because the reality is the exact opposite."

Not all politicians are so sure. Mayor Bill de Blasio just that morning again said Cuomo can no longer govern.

"I think he should resign so we can move forward in this state," de Blasio said.

Cuomo's vocal stance on legalizing cannabis — a popular issue in the state — belies that state lawmakers have been working on such a measure independently from the budget.

Krueger told the Wall Street Journal that a soon-to-be-finalized bill would create a new state regulator for cannabis products, decriminalize possession of up to 3 ounces of marijuana and allow New Yorkers to cultivate marijuana for their personal use.
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein


Something new has been coming out called, "Delta-8 THC" and it's having everyone talk. It's basically a fotm of THC from the CBA in hemp but chemically extracted.

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein



QuoteOn Wednesday, the House Rules Committee is set to hold a hearing on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, which would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level. The bill — better known as the MORE Act — would also create provisions for banking and consumer packaged goods sales. The measure is expected to head to the full House for a vote Friday.

QuoteThe MORE Act passed the Democratic-controlled House in December 2020 in a 228-164 vote largely divided along party lines. But it went nowhere in the then-Republican majority Senate.


QuoteThis bill decriminalizes marijuana.

Specifically, it removes marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act and eliminates criminal penalties for an individual who manufactures, distributes, or possesses marijuana.

The bill also makes other changes, including the following:

replaces statutory references to marijuana and marihuana with cannabis,
requires the Bureau of Labor Statistics to regularly publish demographic data on cannabis business owners and employees,
establishes a trust fund to support various programs and services for individuals and businesses in communities impacted by the war on drugs,
imposes an excise tax on cannabis products produced in or imported into the United States and an occupational tax on cannabis production facilities and export warehouses,
makes Small Business Administration loans and services available to entities that are cannabis-related legitimate businesses or service providers,
prohibits the denial of federal public benefits to a person on the basis of certain cannabis-related conduct or convictions,
prohibits the denial of benefits and protections under immigration laws on the basis of a cannabis-related event (e.g., conduct or a conviction),
establishes a process to expunge convictions and conduct sentencing review hearings related to federal cannabis offenses, and
directs the Government Accountability Office to study the societal impact of cannabis legalization.
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein