State Senator Dave Lewis, (R) Helena, introduced a bill which would tax medical marijuana growers and want more open bookkeeping. Growers would be accredited, file periodical reports, submit to inspections, and be taxed 10% on each sale.
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If you haven’t been watching the news or reading the news on the internet then you have been missing out that Arizona has become the 15th state to legalize medical marijuana. People have been waiting for the rules to go in place so they can open up a dispensary. Arizona will have 124 dispensaries in total throughout the state.
The Virginia State Crime Commission is discussing whether the state should join the nine other states that have banned the substance known as Spice, medical marijuana. The commission reports that the use of the synthetic marijuana is on the rise nationally to be banned. Virginia is contemplating banning the dangerous drug of Spice due to the fact people have been dying from the drug. There are 70 known reports in the state this year alone.
About 15 people slipped behind a partitioned-off section of a downtown Fort Worth restaurant to hear Dallas police Officer Nick Novello and others support the legalization of marijuana. Novello said, “The war on drugs today has left carnage.”
In Providence, R.I. twenty-one applicants have applied to the state to run one of three medical marijuana centers that the state has agreed to open for patients with chronic illness or debilitating pain. The deadline to file the applications was Friday at noon. This was right after the state announced that none of the previous 15 applicants qualified.
Back in October there was a raid on a suspected marijuana grower, who actually turned out to be a medical marijuana patient. Now the Seattle Mayor, Mike McGinn, is calling for the city, King County police, and prosecutors to join him in a review of marijuana enforcement policies.
They are saying that Prop 19 failed in part due to many proponents emphasizing the wrong arguments for legalization. Many supporters promised major benefits to California’s budget because of reduced expenditure on marijuana prohibition and increased revenue from marijuana taxation. Not to mention Mexican drug violence would fall substantially.
Yesterday was a really tough day for medical marijuana initiatives. Arizona had Prop 203, which would create a tight regulated medical marijuana dispensary system had a very close race. Supporters landed about 49% of the vote and those opposed were about 50% of the vote. Unfortunately the state needed 58% of votes in the remaining precincts, which was an unlikely level of variation from the rest of the state.
The measure failed yesterday by a little over 6,000 votes. If Prop 203 became legal it would have allowed people, with sever pain, to be able to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The reason why people opposed it was that they say citizens would have faked pain in order to get a prescription for marijuana. If that is the case wouldn’t it be better to legalize marijuana fully then? This way you don’t have to worry about people falsifying records and pretending just to smoke marijuana.
South Dakota could become the 15th State in the United States to legalize medical marijuana today. If voters agree with supporters that it’s an issue of compassion it could pass. This wouldn’t be the first time they voted on the subject matter however. About four years ago patients suffering from a debilitating medical condition legal access to marijuana only received 48 percent of the vote.