If a customer could be engaged in criminal activity, banks are prohibited from doing business with the customer. MPP doesn’t grow or sell marijuana. However, an audit of the organization’s accounts by PNC reportedly revealed that MPP received some funding from businesses in the marijuana industry. Although these businesses operate in states where marijuana has been legalized, because use and sale of marijuana remains illegal under federal law, PNC apparently decided it could no longer do business with MPP. The organization had been a customer with PNC Bank since it was founded in 1995. PNC is just one bank. MPP is just one organization. It’s possible that this recent development doesn’t lead to anything further. However, it’s also possible that PNC’s decision is just the first domino to fall in a series of many others. Although many major banks deny that they conduct business with companies in the marijuana industry, research by financial services publication American Banker found otherwise. An analysis revealed that in Massachusetts alone, four major national banks did business with numerous marijuana-related customers. In 2014, the U.S.
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I didn’t plead with these businesses to make as much money as possible and then use that money to get the hell out before it’s too late. That’s not the united front the American cannabis industry is after. These are hopeful, optimistic business owners who have watched cannabis laws slowly change in their favor, and they’re doing all that they can to work with lawmakers and educate citizens to continue that trend. This American industry is looking not just to make history but to make America a better place for generations to come. Their tax money is making a significant difference in their local communities — how many of us see our taxes directly contribute to anything worthwhile (and by worthwhile I mean schools, roads, libraries — not foreign wars). The cannabis industry is about innovation as much as it is about fighting against oppression. That’s the American way. And it’s all of our jobs as American citizens to remind the federal government what that means: When we the people vote to legalize something, we legalize it. The president doesn’t have the power to overturn our votes. Our faltering economy needs the American cannabis industry to continue to grow and succeed. It’s really that simple.
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However, the Catholic Church in Mexico widely opposes the use of marijuana, and a Nov. 2015 telephone poll by the El Universal newspaper found that 66% of Mexicans opposed legalizing the drug (albeit the question appears to have been phrased in terms of recreational legalization as opposed to medical). Comparatively, support for recreational legalization in the U.S. tends to hover around 60%. In other words, Mexico’s legalization of medical weed seems to be more of a baby step than a full-ranging expansion of medical pot access. What’s more, it doesn’t appear as if the U.S. will be following the suggestion of Pena Nieto and aligning its marijuana policies with that of its neighbor to the south. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had its opportunity to reschedule marijuana last year away from its current schedule I categorization following two petitions to do so, but chose to keep its status the same. The DEA cited a lack of risk-versus-benefit analyses, as well as a lack of marijuana-use oversight as reasons to keep its scheduling unchanged. Congress shares the same opinion, with lawmakers wanting to see additional clinical evidence before considering a federal medical marijuana bill. Mexico’s legislation also fails to clear up how it’ll deal with keeping children from accessing marijuana, as well as keeping impaired drivers off the roads.
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“This is the most responsible way to regulate marijuana,” said Josh Hovey, a spokesperson for the coalition. “There are already those out there who are operating medical marijuana business. Burying our heads in the sand and ignoring the adult-use side of the marijuana market isn’t going to solve any problems.” The bill Marijuana Stocks also creates a structure for the recreational marijuana industry that’s much like the medical industry as state licenses would be issued to growers, processors, transporters, testing facilities and retailers. Townships and cities would again choose whether or not to allow recreational marijuana businesses. “Our initiative would have a very similar approach to (the medical marijuana laws passed in 2016),” Hovey said. “… All of the work they’re doing now will give them a fairly good position to be in when the adult-use comes into play.” Michigan first legalized medical marijuana in 2008. But marijuana advocates here know the leap from medical to recreational legalization can be considerable. In 2016, the group MI Legalize put forward a similar petition effort to legalize recreational marijuana. It failed to make the ballot, however, because of a lack of valid signatures of support within the legally required 180-day window. MI Legalize took the case to the Michigan Supreme Court, but the Court declined to hear the appeal.
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The Department of Agriculture/ Weights & Measures will issue permits to outdoor cultivators up to 10,000 square feet in certain agricultural zones, but applicants must schedule an appointment. Edibles manufacturers and dispensaries must start with the permit department and then get approvals from the Environmental Health Department. There are five dispensaries in operation in unincorporated Sonoma County. The current ordinance allows for nine. “There is a scramble, certainly people are working to get their ducks in a row,” said Craig Litwin, a cannabis consultant whose firm the 421 Group is Green Rush helping clients navigate the county permitting process. Litwin said his company’s clients are mostly cultivators, of which “a solid handful” have their permits ready to be submitted on Wednesday, and “many others (are) waiting in the wings.” Ricard anticipates about 100 businesses will show up with application packages on Wednesday to the county’s permit office in the county government complex in Santa Rosa. They’ll be greeted by receptionists, given a number and directed to waiting areas. Two staff members will be on hand to prescreen applications, weeding out paperwork with obvious omissions while shepherding prepared applicants to county planners. The planners will meet with applicants for about 45 minutes or an hour for an intake procedure, a first step that gets them into the computer system and establishes a relationship with a planner who will work with the business.
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“Whether it’s growing and selling cannabis or it’s all the other businesses that are spawned from the cannabis industry.” A man uses an electronic cigarette April 23, 2014, in Chicago. The first battle affecting recreational marijuana’s future in Florida may have already started. Morgan is suing the state over lawmakers’ decision this summer that patients qualifying for medical cannabis may not actually smoke it. They must instead stick to marijuana-infused balms, oils and substances that can be “vaped.” Morgan said some patients find that smoking cannabis is more effective in relieving symptoms than other ways of ingesting the drug. Besides, he said, voters gave a clear message to the Legislature that medical marijuana should be available in all forms. “Sixty percent is a landslide; 71 percent, I don’t know what that is,” Morgan said. “And I do know that the people of Florida knew exactly what they were voting on when they voted. And when they were voting on it, the vast majority, if not 100 percent, knew that Green Rush smoke was included.” House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, said blocking smokable cannabis is a matter of public health because inhaling smoke is not healthy or a proper way to take a medicine. Rodrigues said little to specifically counter Morgan’s argument about voter intent, saying that it is now a matter for the courts. “We believe the Legislature has enacted an implementing bill that is true to both the letter and the spirit of the constitutional amendment, and we believe we will prevail in court,” he said.
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Gov. Ricardo Rosselló signed the Law to Improve the Study, Development and Research of Cannabis for Innovation, Applicable Norms and Limits (MEDICINAL Law). The territory’s previous administration signed an executive order in 2015 to legalize medical cannabis, but Rosselló said that move was insufficient. Puerto Rico: Young Generation Creating an Island of Cannabis Opportunity “The previous administration ignored the legislative process and, following an executive order, promulgated a regulation without due discussion with all sectors and representatives elected by the people,” he said after signing the bill, adding that those who doubted legalization could gain traction in the legislature were “wrong.” “As a scientist, I know firsthand the impact that medicinal cannabis has had on patients with various diseases.” Ricardo Rosselló, Governor of Puerto Rico “Since this administration began, we have been working to create an effective legal framework for patients and the medical cannabis industry, by legislation and with the input of all experts in the field,” he continued. “This advanced legislation recognizes medical cannabis as an alternative medical treatment, while maintaining all safeguards to protect the general public.” Rosselló, who was a scientist before becoming Puerto Rico’s governor, said he believes the law does addresses an important public health issue. He studied biomedical engineering and economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan. He later did research at Duke University, focusing on stem cell research. Puerto Rico Just Legalized Medical Marijuana “As a scientist, I know firsthand the impact that medicinal cannabis has had on patients with various diseases,” he said. “The time has come for Puerto Rico to join the flow of countries and states that have created similar legislation.” The new law will also steer tax revenue toward health care.
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But some lawmakers think that’s close to changing. It is legal in eight states, nationwide, plus the District of Columbia. We spoke with several people on the streets of Monroe County, and found it difficult to find anybody to go on camera, and say they think recreational marijuana should stay illegal. Some lawmakers are confident that New York is close to joining the group of eight states where it is legalized. “Marijuana has been around a long time. It doesn’t really cause any bad effects,” Reuben Granger of Rochester told us. “Up to a certain amount, you should be able to do what you want to do. It’s America.” Other supporters of legalized marijuana we found admitted they had some reservations, but ultimately still thought New York should go ahead and change the law. For example, Randi Barrell told us, “I think it should be legalized recreationally, but also alcohol is legal and it comes with problems as well.” “It impacts peoples’ patterns of behavior and ability to manage and function,” said Laura Lemmey, who told us she thinks it would be safer if officials were able to regulate the drug. Both Granger and Barrell said they think it will eventually be legalized. If it’s a question of when, the answer may lie somewhere in the Javits Center, in New York City.
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if the bill passes. Canada’s recreational marijuana bill has three major problems The key word in the previous sentence is “if.” Right now, Canada is debating Trudeau’s bill, and there are three components to the opposition that could halt or delay its progress . To begin with, conservatives in Canada’s Parliament are concerned about the home-grow option in the current bill. While it would only make sense for a recreational legalization bill to allow households to grow their own cannabis, conservatives contend that it would give minors easier access to weed. Adolescent access to pot has long been a sticking point when trying to legalize adult-use marijuana throughout Canada and the U.S. Secondly, conservatives are also concerned about drivers being impaired behind the wheel. With alcohol, there’s a very cut-and-dried method of determining if a person is impaired: a breathalyzer test, along with a field sobriety test. There’s a well-defined barrier of 0.08% blood-alcohol content that draws a line in the sand for law enforcement in the U.S. between legal and illegal. There are no guidelines when it comes to testing for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis. THC stays in the body for days or weeks, potentially leading to positive readings well after a person has used a cannabis product.
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But some lawmakers think that’s close to changing. It is legal in eight states, nationwide, plus the District of Columbia. We spoke with several people on the streets of Monroe County, and found it difficult to find anybody to go on camera, and Medical marijuana stocks say they think recreational marijuana should stay illegal. Some lawmakers are confident that New York is close to joining the group of eight states where it is legalized. “Marijuana has been around a long time. It doesn’t really cause any bad effects,” Reuben Granger of Rochester told us. “Up to a certain amount, you should be able to do what you want to do. It’s America.” Other supporters of legalized marijuana we found admitted they had some reservations, but ultimately still thought New York should go ahead and change the law. For example, Randi Barrell told us, “I think it should be legalized recreationally, but also alcohol is legal and it comes with problems as well.” “It impacts peoples’ patterns of behavior and ability to manage and function,” said Laura Lemmey, who told us she thinks it would be safer if officials were able to regulate the drug. Both Granger and Barrell said they think it will eventually be legalized. If it’s a question of when, the answer may lie somewhere in the Javits Center, in New York City. That’s where two New York State Legislators pushing legalized recreational marijuana made their case.
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