Dispensary News

Legislation to decriminalize marijuana possession has been filed in the Texas Legislature.

State Representative Joe Moody has prefiled legislation that would decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. The measure would make it so that anyone caught with up to an ounce could be fined a maximum of $250, but would not receive any jail time or criminal record. This is in stark contrast to current law, where possessing up to an ounce is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and up to six months in jail (as well as a misdemeanor charge on your record).

“Civil penalty legislation is the first thing I’ve filed on the first day of filing for the 86th Session”, said Moody in a press release. “There’s been an incredible swell of bipartisan support since last session, and the official Texas Republican and Democratic platforms both approve of this kind of reform now,”. Moody says he’s “optimistic that this will be the session we finally see smarter, fairer marijuana laws in Texas.”

According to a poll released in April and conducted by Quinnipiac University,  61% of voters in Texas are in favor of ending cannabis prohibition, with just 39% opposed.

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Two people were shot and killed early Monday morning at a Koreatown cannabis dispensary, according to a press release from the Los Angeles Police Department. At 4:20 a.m., officers from the LAPD’s Olympic Division responded to a shooting call at the 400 block of Western Avenue. When they arrived, officers found a “locked and secured marijuana dispensary.”

Police contacted a woman who said that she was an employee of the cannabis dispensary. She told officers that she and several customers had been inside the dispensary when they heard gunshots fired in the waiting room of the business. The employee and customers then escaped the dispensary through the building’s back door, according to police.

Once police officers gained entry to the business, they found two shooting victims in the waiting room of the marijuana dispensary. The victims were later pronounced dead at the scene of the crime. The victims have not yet been identified by police.

An LAPD spokesperson has reported that both victims were adults but declined to give the name of the cannabis dispensary and whether it is legally authorized to operate, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. Police did not comment on a possible motive for the

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What’s it take to get a white guy picked up on cannabis charges in downtown Montreal in post-legalization Canada? Longtime Toronto-based marijuana advocate Marc Emery found out on Sunday the answer is: rather a lot. The Montreal Gazette reports that Emery spent upwards of two hours loudly hawking marijuana-emblazoned merch in front of a government-run cannabis store, which he says is illegal under current law. His pop-up was an attempt to confront the state’s legal system over what Emery sees as major failings in the new Quebec Cannabis Regulation Act.

According to Emery, the offending language in the legislation is the section declaring that, “any operator of a business selling, giving, or exchanging a product that is not cannabis and contains a name, logo, slogan associated directly with the SQDC, a brand of cannabis or an authorized producer” is eligible for a fine of up to $62,500 Canadian.” In addition, “any person … not complying with the standards established by the government in matters of promotion” of cannabis is liable to a fine of between $5,000 and $500,000.”

What Exactly is Emery Fighting?

Emery’s issue is not that he would like to be able to sell the pot leaf flags,

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Almost a decade after her husband’s memoir Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Michelle Obama wants to tell her own story. Her autobiography Becoming, set to release tomorrow, follows the former first lady’s coming of age tale. In it, she candidly explores her youth. She even includes some aspects many people of her stature would leave out… namely, that she smoked pot.

Sharing is Caring

On a recent interview with 20/20 for the book, she faces questions about her admission. When host Robin Roberts wonders why Obama would write so openly about her pot use as a kid, she replies very simply.

“That’s what I did,” she tells her interviewer. Then continuing on, she states, “That’s part of the becoming story. Everybody had something that they had to work through, something that they were figuring out.”

For Obama, her trials, tribulations, and triumphs as a young person contributed to where she has gotten today. Her “becoming story” relies on these experiences. Her successes rely on these experiences. So naturally, Michelle Obama wonders, “Why would I hide that from the next generation?”

Inhale—That’s the Point

Like Michelle, Barak has remained open about his marijuana use. When running

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The wave of marijuana legalization in recent years has more and more Americans toking up legally and experimenting with everything from candy to skincare products infused with cannabis. But, there’s one type of cannabis product that’s been getting a lot of buzz — and, it won’t even get you high.

CBD products have become increasingly popular in recent years, as more and more producers market CBD as the new “it” drug for the health and wellness set — one that has been touted as a pain reliever and a treatment for anxiety, among other potential applications. Last year, consumer sales of CBD products topped $350 million in the United states, more than triple the amount sold in 2014, and various estimates predict the market could reach $2 billion within the next two to four years.

So, what exactly is CBD — and why are you able to get your hands on it even if you don’t live in a state where cannabis is legal?

– Read the entire article at CNBC News.

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