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Vermont Is One Signature Away From Legalizing Marijuana

19 January 2018, 02:06 | Tara Lloyd

Vermont Is One Signature Away From Legalizing Marijuana

Vermont Is One Signature Away From Legalizing Marijuana

And indeed, younger age groups are much more likely to support legalization-79 percent of Americans in the age group from 18 to 34 support recreational legalization. Days later, the top official of the U.S. Department of Justice made a decision to jeopardize this legal status.

In the opening days of the Arizona Legislature's 54th session, two competing bills hit the stands this month, one in support of the state's medical marijuana industry, and one to start chipping away at it.

The states that have allowed the sale of recreational marijuana are enjoying a significant boom in retail tax revenues from the product. It set a start date for recreational weed sales of January 1, 2018. While smoking or ingesting some grass is as legal as enjoying a beer in eight states, including the largest, California, it is a "Schedule 1" drug under federal law, in the same category as heroin and LSD.

Film sophomore Cameron Hill said he believes that students over 21 should be able to use cannabis in their dorm rooms to ensure that they have a safe place to consume marijuana.

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US Attorney in Massachusetts Andrew Lelling had this to say after Jeff Sessions had his rescindment of the Cole memo, "I understand that there are people and groups looking for additional guidance from this office about its approach to enforcing federal laws criminalizing marijuana cultivation and trafficking, I can not, however, provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution". "However, because federal government classifies marijuana as an illegal substance, banks providing services to state-licensed cannabis businesses could find themselves subject to criminal and civil liability under the Controlled Substances Act and certain federal banking statutes", the letter states.

According to research conducted by doctors Marcus Bachhuber and Julia Arnsten from Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY, 65 percent of medical marijuana dispensary customers in Colorado reported using marijuana to treat pain.

Louisiana's law, passed in 2015 and updated again in 2016, allows use of medicinal marijuana for cancer patients, a severe form of cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and other specific diseases, according to the Associated Press. The Washington Post reported in September of last year that the arrest rate for marijuana possession in the US increased slightly in 2016, accounting for more than 5 percent of all arrests that year.

With these guidelines removed, the growing MA pot industry has been thrown into uncertainty. "The rescission of the Cole Memo is incongruent with the overwhelming USA public opinion in favor of marijuana legalization and the existing laws of a majority of US states".

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As for Republicans, they're discovering that states' rights gives them a way to abandon the GOP's traditional (and increasingly untenable) position on pot with a modicum of dignity.

But Kelly Bence, manager of Club Pitbull, a marijuana shop about a half-mile from the state capitol building, said that her business was taking a "the wait-and-see approach".

Senator Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, introduced this bill in August of 2017, and Democratic Representatives Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna of California are introducing its House companion bill on Wednesday.

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is plowing ahead with its preparations for the debut of recreational pot sales in July, despite a recent change in federal law enforcement policy that has put a cloud of uncertainty over the marijuana industry.

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