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Rec legalization, MMJ bills on tap in Maine

A Maine lawmaker plans to take another shot at legalizing recreational marijuana, saying it’s important to “get ahead of the issue” and set policy before two pro-cannabis groups introduce private initiatives. State Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, intends to craft a bill next year to regulate and tax cannabis – which would rank as her fourth […]

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Recreational marijuana approved for 2016 ballot in Nevada

Recreational marijuana legalization will be on Nevada’s 2016 ballot after state officials verified that advocates secured enough signatures to automatically put the issue to voters. Secretary of State Ross Miller certified that proponents submitted enough signatures to add the initiative to the ballot in two years, the Associated Press reported. The Nevada Coalition to Regulate Marijuana […]

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Cannabis legalization could bring Arizona $48M annually

If Arizona officials want an extra $48 million a year, they should legalize marijuana. That’s how much the state stands to make if it winds up legalizing recreational sales, according to a recent report by the Arizona assembly’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee. The report was prompted by a handful of Democrats who have been tossing […]

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Two rec legalization measures possible on Maine ballot for 2016

Legalize Maine, an advocacy organization for legalized recreational cannabis in the northeastern state, announced a plan to have its own referendum on the 2016 ballot, joining the Marijuana Policy Project in seeking to put the issue to a vote. The group said its goal is not to step on MPP’s toes, but feels if there […]

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California attorney general says cannabis legalization `inevitable’

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said cannabis legalization in the state is “inevitable” as advocates prepare to put recreational marijuana on the 2016 ballot. Legalization in Colorado and Washington are good test subjects for California, where use of medical cannabis has been legal since 1996, she told Buzzfeed News. Harris said that as attorney general, […]

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200K signatures filed in Nevada for rec legalization

Cannabis activists in Nevada on Wednesday filed almost twice the required number of signatures with the state for a petition to legalize recreational marijuana. Organizers hope to force either a legislative vote on legalizing recreational marijuana or get the issue on the 2016 ballot. The Nevada Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in roughly […]

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Nevada will weigh rec marijuana

Nevada lawmakers will tackle the recreational marijuana issue early next year, whether they’re ready to or not. Advocates have reportedly collected more than 100,000 signatures for a measure that would legalize the production, sale and use of recreational cannabis. As a result, the state Legislature must take up the proposal as a bill and vote […]

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Arizona rec legalization effort officially begins

The Marijuana Policy Project has formally filed documents in Arizona to start work on a 2016 ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older. The initiative has not yet been written, but it is expected to be similar to Colorado’s Amendment 64, which voters approved in 2012. A proponent working with […]

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Arkansas legalization proposals gain steam

Arkansas could become one of the first Southern states to legalize medical or recreational marijuana if any of three potential ballot measures succeed in the 2016 election. One measure would allow for medical marijuana use only, another would permit use and possession of recreational marijuana, and a possible third would legalize MMJ but with much […]

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2014 or 2016 better for CA marijuana legalization bid?

Supporters of a marijuana legalization initiative in California are still weighing whether to aim for next year’s ballot or wait until 2016, highlighting the vigorous debate within cannabis circles over the best time to campaign for such a bill. A group led by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) submitted a bill last week with the […]

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