Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog https://wheresweed.com/blog Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed Tax Commission approves new marijuana regulations https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/tax-commission-approves-new-marijuana-regulations <p>Last year Nevada had an early start to their&nbsp;recreational marijuana program&nbsp;and this week the state&#39;s Tax Commission unanimously voted in favor of new regulations for the budding industry&#39;s next year. Regulations were decided on adding 66 new cannabis licenses and how to award them as well as legalizing home delivery from dispensaries. The Nevada Legislative Commission needs to give final approval before these new regulations go into effect. The state has so far approved almost 300 cannabis businesses including cultivation facilities, productions facilities, testing laboratories and dispensaries.</p> <blockquote> <p>The eight-member commission voted 8-0 in favor of adopting 258 pages of pot regulations, which replace temporary &ldquo;early start&rdquo; regulations put in place to govern the Nevada marijuana industry from July through the end of 2017.</p> <p>Additions to the permanent regulations adopted today include guidance for the state&rsquo;s selection of recipients for 66 new pot licenses and allowance of home delivery.</p> </blockquote> Marijuana-friendly states ask Congress to make banking legal for the weed industry https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/marijuana-friendly-states-ask-congress-to-make-banking-legal-for-the-weed-industry <p>Though the legal marijuana industry is seeing continued success as each new state legalizes, one major pitfall in the industry is the lack of banking. This means that almost all&nbsp; cannabis dispensaries around the U.S. operate completely with cash only which can make some business difficult. Banks wont take a chance working with marijuana dispensaries due to the plant&#39;s federally illicit status and fears of being accused of money laundering. In response to the prolonged problem a group of 18 attorney generals from legal cannabis states have written a letter for Congress asking that banks be allowed to work with cannabis companies under protections from the federal government. With proper banking transaction records it would be easier for all parties to keep track of proper tax revenues and remove any question of ilicit dealings.</p> <blockquote> <p>To alleviate those fears, a bipartisan group of 18 attorneys general from states with recreational and medical marijuana wants to bring the industry&rsquo;s financial side out of the shadows, and they&rsquo;re asking Congress for help in a new letter</p> <p>To address these challenges, we are requesting legislation that would provide a safe harbor for depository institutions that provide a financial product or service to a covered business in a state that has implemented laws and regulations that ensure accountability in the marijuana industry such as the SAFE Banking Act (S. 1152 and H.R. 2215) or similar legislation.</p> </blockquote> Los Angeles to start sales of recreational marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/los-angeles-to-start-sales-of-recreational-marijuana <p>There has been a lot of buzz surrounding California&#39;s newly legalized recreational marijuana law, but many of the incoming recreational marijuana dispensaries are still unable to sell recreational products as they await final approval from the state. In the meantime many medical dispensarie have continued selling medical marijuana while they wait to expand. The city of Los Angeles has already approved many dispensaries though they&#39;re only taking applications from currently opperating medical dispensaries. Both recreational users and business owners are eager to have full access and the wait is almost over. Businesses awaiting state approval hope to hear back this week.</p> <blockquote> <p>WHTC in Studio City already sells medical marijuana. It has received the first recreational license to sell from the city; however, it is still waiting for final approval from the state.</p> <p>&quot;We have filed only for medicinal. I&#39;m going to wait and see how things play out in the city and then apply for recreational,&quot; said David Slocum of Mother Nature&#39;s Remedy.</p> </blockquote> New York to look at legalizing recreational marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/new-york-to-look-at-legalizing-recreational-marijuana <p>As many neighboring states have passed legislation and begun the process of legalizing recreational marijuana, New York regulators are&nbsp;considering the pros and cons of legalizing recreational use within their state. Gov. Coumo initiated funding for a study that would address possible futures for New York if they relaxed their cannabis laws. The study would be run by the state Department of Health and work alongside State Police for research. Coumo is part of the reason the state&#39;s medical marijuana program is so strict, but as more and more states have furthered their legalization efforts he is choosing to stay ahead of the curve by pushing research based policy. New York already has over 40,000 medical patients and recreational users are expected to make up much more.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The study would examine the effect of legalization in Massachusetts, Vermont and possibly New Jersey would have on New York and what types of potential roadblocks could exist if the state were to relax its marijuana laws, particularly as the Trump administration has given prosecutors more leeway to prosecute federal-level marijuana laws.</p> <p>&quot;I don&#39;t know how long it will take,&quot; Mujica said. &quot;We just announced it. But again, once the states around you start to regulate an activity or allow it, there is leakage, there are criminal justice impacts, there are economic impacts, and so we want to see what goes on.&quot;</p> </blockquote> City council approves marijuana dispensary, state decision pending https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/city-council-approves-marijuana-dispensary-state-decision-pending <p>Toledo, Ohio city council is eager to get their city&#39;s patients proper medicine as they vote overwhelmingly to approve the first medical marijuana dispensary at a former veterinary clinic. The list of locations available for future dispensaries is still being considered by state regulators but Toledo officials are ahead of the curve and prepared for the incoming change. Ontop of the special-use permit approved for the dispensary the city council also approved a grant for over $75,000 for the Ohio Drug law Enfrocement Fund. Officials are hoping medical marijuana will be great help to those currently dependent on harmful opioids.</p> <blockquote> <p>Toledo city council voted to approve a marijuana dispensary at a former veterinary clinic on Sylvania Avenue. Members voted 11-1 in favor of the special-use permit. The move could pave the way for Glass City Alternatives LLC to operate a medical marijuana dispensary from the now-vacant building.</p> <p>Council President Matt Cherry said he was pleased with the decision. &ldquo;I am glad we voted to allow this dispensary, which will allow people with medical issues to use that drug instead of opioids,&rdquo; Mr. Cherry said.</p> </blockquote> Judge orders Illinois to expand medical marijuana qualifying conditions to include pain https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/judge-orders-illinois-to-expand-medical-marijuana-qualifying-conditions-to-include-pain <p>Illinois has a fairly extensive list of qualifying conditions for it&#39;s medical marijuana program but a judge has ordered that intractable pain be included with in that list of around 40 other illnesses. The decision comes after a patient&#39;s lawsuit directed at including her condition of osteoarthritis as chronic pain. Rheumatoid arthritis is a qualifying condition for medical marijuana but the Illinois Department of Public Health has denied adding intractable pain multiple times even after the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board&nbsp;voted to include it 10-0. After the director of the health department denied intractable pain again for &quot;lack of high quality data&quot; the judge then ordered Illinois officials to add the condition under the fact that the director was incorrect and the International Statistical Classification of Diseases does indeed recognize the condition as chronic pain and therefore it deserves to be included as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. The decision is currently on hold as the Department of Health is appealing the decision.</p> <blockquote> <p>The Illinois Department of Public Health had rejected intractable pain &mdash; defined as pain that&rsquo;s resistant to treatment &mdash; but Cook County Judge Raymond Mitchell ordered the agency to add the condition.</p> <p>The judge in his Friday ruling found that Shah&rsquo;s decision was &ldquo;clearly erroneous,&rdquo; noting that the director said the condition was not listed in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, or ICD, by the World Health Organization, and was not recognized as a unique medical condition.</p> <p>But the advisory board cited ICD codes that did recognize the condition as a form of chronic pain, the judge wrote in his opinion.</p> <p>The request to add intractable pain cited papers by two medical journals that together reviewed 45 clinical studies of marijuana to treat chronic pain.</p> </blockquote> Marijuana mixes with sex at first-of-its-kind cannabis club event https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/marijuana-mixes-with-sex-at-first-of-its-kind-cannabis-club-event <p>Many users like to incorporate cannabis into their sex lives and now for the first time there is a private cannabis club in Colorado Springs, CO that has begun hosting sex parties where adults in open relationships can relax with cannabis while expirimenting with new people. A typical night at the cannabis club features adults rolling joints and playing video games, but after the owner received many offers over the years to host these unique parties they decided to finally give it a try. The party was considered controversial by some online though the owner says everyone attending &quot;was completely respectful&quot; and he is happy to consider hosting more of these unique parties.</p> <blockquote> <p>A controversial cannabis sex party in Colorado Springs continues to raise eyebrows. Jaymen Johnson, owner of Speakeasy Vape Lounge and Cannabis Club, insisted the unusual party he hosted was legal.</p> <p>&ldquo;More open relationships -- exchanging of partners -- stuff like that,&quot; Johnson said.</p> </blockquote> Bill introduced to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/bill-introduced-to-legalize-medical-marijuana-in-kentucky <p>Kentucky could become the next state to legalize cannabis for medical use as the Secretary of State announced a new bill last week. Sick people allover the country have successfully battled through symptoms and tough illnesses using medical cannabis and the facts are undeniable, Kentucky patients&nbsp;just want the ability to use it without being considered a criminal. Opioid overdoses are running rampant in many parts of the country including Kentucky and with cannabis having little to no negative symptoms its easy to understand why patients are eager to try something new. If the new bill passes it would allow those with terminal illnesses, PTSD, eating disorders and more to qualify for medical marijuana. Patients would also be able to grow up to 12 cannabis plants at home.</p> <blockquote> <p>James says she was on five or six medications to try to fight the nausea but nothing worked, other than the medical marijuana.</p> <p>&quot;I need it to just do basic everyday things that everyone does but they&#39;re not appreciative of like just going to the bathroom, just eating without throwing up or just keeping it down,&quot; James said.</p> <p>She is in remission as of last Saturday. While medical marijuana can face controversy, she hopes to see it legalized to help those with serious medical conditions.</p> </blockquote> Legal marijuana cuts violence says US study, as medical-use laws see crime fall https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/legal-marijuana-cuts-violence-says-us-study-as-medical-use-laws-see-crime-fall <p>Mexican drug cartels account for an astounding amount of violent crime, and now for the first time since these southern U.S. states have legalized cannabis there is data to show that legalizing cannabis actually decreases violence. Ontop of taking money from the cartels and putting taxes towards positive government projects, legal cannabis is also proving to literally reduce violent crimes allover states bordering Mexico. On average each bordering state saw a 13% reduction in violent crime, with robberies falling by 19%, and homicides related to the drug trade dropped a hugely significant 41%. As many advocates have been saying for years, by regulating cannabis we are not only taking money from cartels and giving it to the government, but reducing the crimes that are associated with the illegal drug trade.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Gavrilova, along with fellow researchers Takuma Kamada and Floris Zoutman, studied data from the FBI&rsquo;s uniform crime reports and supplementary homicide records covering 1994 to 2012. They found that among the border states the effect of the change in law was largest in California, where there was a reduction of 15% in violent crime, and weakest in Arizona, where there was a fall of 7%. The crimes most strongly affected were robbery, which fell by 19%, and murder, which dropped by 10%. Homicides specifically related to the drug trade fell by an astonishing 41%.</p> <p>&ldquo;When the effect on crime is so significant, it&rsquo;s obviously better to regulate marijuana and allow people to pay taxes on it rather than make it illegal,&rdquo; Gavrilova said. &ldquo;For me it&rsquo;s a no brainer that it should be legal and should be regulated, and the proceeds go to the Treasury.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Nearly 70 Congress members push spending bill amendment to protect state-legal marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/nearly-70-congress-members-push-spending-bill-amendment-to-protect-state-legal-marijuana <p>Despite the will of Attorney General Sessions and others who want to see a legal industry destroyed, nearly 70 U.S. Representatives have signed a letter showing their support for a new provision that would re-enact protections for state legal cannabis businesses from the U.S. Department of Justice. The provision is called the McClintock-Polis Amendment and advocates are hoping to have it included in appropriations or funding legislation. The representatives are concerned with the federal government trying to overstep their boundaries by interfering with businesses that are perfectly legal within each state. Representative Polis says he will continue to push for his Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act which would end federal prohibition, but it could take several years before it gains enough traction to pass.</p> <blockquote> <p>Nearly 70 U.S. representatives signed onto a letter sent Friday to U.S. House of Representatives leadership asking for the inclusion of the provision, known as the McClintock-Polis Amendment, that ensures U.S. Department of Justice funds cannot be used to interfere with states that have authorized some form of marijuana legalization.</p> <p>&ldquo;Specifically, we are concerned with several attempts to apply federal law upon commerce related to cannabis that is conducted entirely within the boundaries of states that have legalized such commerce,&rdquo; the representatives wrote. &ldquo;While the federal government is legitimately empowered to regulate interstate commerce, the measures adopted by states such as California, Oregon and Colorado are aimed solely at intrastate commerce and as such should not be interfered with.</p> </blockquote> A Tiny Texas Town Takes a Chance on Medical Marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/a-tiny-texas-town-takes-a-chance-on-medical-marijuana <p>Texas&#39; new medical marijuana law is about as limited as a functioning medical marijuana law can be, however it might be just the right start for a conservative state worried about taking a big leap. One of&nbsp;only three medical marijuana licenses have been granted to Knox Medical who have put down roots in the small town of Schulenburg, Texas, or more specifically just outside of city limits. Though the city has a population of only 3,000 people, highly conservative people at that, the small town is located about an hour and a half from Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, making the&nbsp;limited market available to a much larger portion of the state&#39;s population. Schulenburg is also home to plenty of land for farming that is more than far enough away to accommodate location regulations. Currently the law is limited, as well as the small amount of doctors registered to make prescriptions, but the potential to begin a truly helpful medical marijuana program in such a large state is invaluable.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Last September, a farm near Schulenburg, Texas, a quiet, conservative town of fewer than 3,000 people, became a medical-marijuana dispensary. Knox Medical, based in Florida, owns the farm and is one of the three newly licensed cannabis outfits in Texas to start selling cannabidiol, or CBD, a substance derived from low-THC marijuana. When deliveries start going out to patients this month, Schulenburg, home to distinctively painted churches and the Texas Polka Music Museum, will become one of the first legal outposts for medical marijuana in Texas.</p> </blockquote> Staties, BPD to feds: We won’t bust bud in Bay State https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/staties-bpd-to-feds-we-wont-bust-bud-in-bay-state <p>Several states across the U.S. have made it clear that they have no intention of helping the federal government on any crackdowns of state legal marijuana businesses and this week Massachusetts joined that list. The Public Safety Secretary representing the state police told the media that they intend on enforcing state law which is what the Massachusetts people voted on. Despite Massachusetts state police choosing state over federal law, a Massachusetts-based U.S. Attorney says he cannot guarantee protections for any marijuana businesses, cultivators or customers, though he did not specifically address the local law enforcement&#39;s statements. Even with tensions running high officials plan to continue with regulating the incoming industry and beginning ahead of the July deadline.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>If the feds bust any local pot shops, they&rsquo;ll be on their own &mdash; state police and Boston cops won&rsquo;t assist in any crackdown on businesses that are legal under state law, local authorities said.</p> <p>Public Safety Secretary Daniel Bennett, who oversees the state police, told the Herald yesterday, &ldquo;We have a state law that we&rsquo;re intending to enforce, and the state law was voted on by the people of Massachusetts. We have no intention of raiding a pot shop that is legal under state law.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Each individual dispensary will have to take the necessary steps to ensure their patients are being served in a secure setting,&rdquo; said David Torrisi, executive director of the Commonwealth Dispensary Association. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s primarily an inconvenience, but the security issue is real.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Vermont Senate passes bill to legalize recreational marijuana use https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/vermont-senate-passes-bill-to-legalize-recreational-marijuana-use <p>After a final vote in the Senate legislators have passed Vermont&#39;s recreational marijuana bill. Now the bill is on it&#39;s way to Governor Scott&#39;s desk where he is expected to sign it making Vermont the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through legislation instead of a voter initiative. If signed by Gov. Scott and made into law adults over 21 would be able to possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis and grow 6 plants in their home, but currently there is no legislation creating a market for retail sales in the state. Last year a commission was created to assess the&nbsp;possibility of retail sales in the future. Vermont is also on the list of states who have made it clear they do not care what Attorney General Sessions thinks and will not help any federal crackdowns of state legal marijuana businesses. Neighboring state New Hampshire also passed a recreational marijuana bill this week but the NH Governor has so far not been supportive of legalization.</p> <blockquote> <p>Republican Gov. Phil Scott is expected to sign the bill, which passed the Democratic-controlled Senate by a voice vote. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed the measure last week. Although Vermont is one of the most politically liberal states, it is also one of 23 in the nation that do not allow ballot initiatives.</p> <p>The Vermont bill would allow those 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, two adult plants and four immature plants beginning on July 1. It does not immediately clear the way for retail sales of the drug, leaving that up to a commission created last year to study how to tax and regulate it.</p> </blockquote> California bill would automatically erase prior marijuana convictions https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/california-bill-would-automatically-erase-prior-marijuana-convictions <p>After having legalized medical marijuana and now recreational marijuana, California legislators have proposed a bill that would erase past marijuana convictions. When Californians passed Proposition 64 legalizing recreational cannabis, part of the law included expunging and reducing some marijuana crimes down from felonies to misdemeanors, but the law makes it so offenders must go through the costly and complicated process by themselves. Many people who could benefit from this law, around 100,000 people, have no idea they can even do it. The newly proposed bill would automatically wipe away eligible marijuana crimes, often effecting young minorities the most. Another bill gaining traction this year would would stop state and local law enforcement from helping any federal efforts to prosecute any state legal cannabis businesses, a move which would protect innocent citizens after Session&#39;s recent lifting of marijuana business protections.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require county courts to automatically expunge eligible records. It&rsquo;s one of several efforts to build on the choice California voters&rsquo; made to legalize marijuana despite fresh threats from the federal government.</p> <p>The bill would &ldquo;give folks who deserve it under the law the fresh start they&rsquo;re entitled to,&rdquo; Bonta said, adding that pot convictions have disproportionality affected young minorities.</p> </blockquote> Recreational marijuana use could be on 2018 Missouri ballot https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/recreational-marijuana-use-could-be-on-2018-missouri-ballot <p>A new statewide voter initiative has been approved for circulation in Missouri that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state for adults over the age of 21. Advocates will be hard at work this year to get the initaitive on the 2018 voter ballot, they must collect enough signatures equaling 8% of the population in 6 districts making a total of about 160,000 total signatures needed. If the initiative makes it on the ballot and is passed it would mean all non-violent marijuana offenders in Missouri would be released and have their crimes expunged. Recreational cannabis sales would be taxed with an additional 5% that would go straight towards K-12 schools and the Missouri Veterans Association.</p> <blockquote> <p>For the first time, there is a chance the legalization of recreational marijuana use could find its way on a Missouri statewide ballot in 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>It also calls for non-violent marijuana offenders in Missouri to be released and have crimes relating to their marijuana crimes to be wiped from the public record. As currently written, the initiative calls for a 5 percent additional sales tax to be added to marijuana sales, with half those proceeds going to K-12 education and the other half going to the Missouri Veteran Administration.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Marijuana may be legal in California, but it’s still not allowed at Coachella https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/marijuana-may-be-legal-in-california-but-its-still-not-allowed-at-coachella <p>Coachella is one of the most popular music festivals in the U.S. and being located in California, one of several states to have recently legalized recreational marijuana, concert goers might think that the festival will be welcoming of cannabis, but unfortunately this is just not true. The city hosting Coachella, Indio, actually has laws against selling, manufacturing, testing, processing, and even growing cannabis.Ontop of that, the festival&#39;s promoter, Goldenvoice, has set their own rules banning marijuana and cannabis products during the festival. Despite these anti-cannabis rules Coachella still sold out in a matter of hours and will feature major artists such as Beyonce, Eminem, andthe Weeknd.</p> <blockquote> <p>Despite state law allowing for the possession of certain amounts of marijuana and the consumption of it at one&rsquo;s home, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has banned marijuana and marijuana products at the concert this spring in Indio, according to the policy set by concert promoter Goldenvoice.</p> <p>Coachella has never allowed marijuana on festival grounds, but some may have expected that policy to change after California joined several other states in legalizing recreational marijuana last year. The law, which took effect Jan. 1, says adults 21 years old and over can have, use and give away up to one ounce of pot, and cultivate no more than six plants for personal use on private property.</p> </blockquote> Difficulty Arises In Receiving Prescriptions For Medical Marijuana In North Texas https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/difficulty-arises-in-receiving-prescriptions-for-medical-marijuana-in-north-texas <p>Medical marijuana has been legal in Texas now for several weeks but there have been many delays that are stopping patients from getting their medication. The first licensed dispensary to open, Know Medical, is still unable to provide any medicine as they&#39;re waiting for their first orders. Many people around the state are very interested in getting the medication but the lack of doctors able to prescribe the drug is causing most of the hold-up. After all the lobbying done by families in need to legalize medical marijuana in the state, there are only 8 doctors in all of texas able to prescribe cannabis&nbsp;making it extremely difficult for families around the state to even begin the process. The available medical cannabis is a low-THC oil that is not smoked and used primarily for intractable epilepsy.</p> <blockquote> <p>It has been for weeks, but Know Medical, the first licensed dispensary to hit the market, says it&rsquo;s still waiting on its first order. Families who advocated for a legalized version of the drug say the absence of orders isn&rsquo;t due to a lack of interest but rather difficulty getting a doctor to prescribe it.</p> <p>Only eight doctors in the state are approved to do so. Not a single one is in North Texas.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s so frustrating to know that&rsquo;s it there and we&rsquo;re not able to access it yet,&rdquo; said Patty Bates-Ballard.</p> </blockquote> Vermont Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/vermont-lawmakers-approve-marijuana-legalization-bill <p>Vermont has been ready to end cannabis prohibition for some time now and it&#39;s finally almost here. Despite Attorney General Session&#39;s recent move to lift protections from state legal cannabis businesses, Vermont legislators moved to legalize the possession of cannabis as well as the ability to grow the plant in your home. An earlier version of the bill was mostly supported last year but turned down by Governor Scott because he does not want to end cannabis prohibition by starting with legal commercial sales. The new bill passed last week by the Vermont House of Representatives does not include sales, but it does make Vermont the first state to legalize cannabis through the legislature as opposed to voter initiatives. With New Jersey&#39;s new Governor to be sworn in this month New Jersey could follow as the next state to fully legalize cannabis through the legislature.</p> <blockquote> <p>Under the Vermont legislation, an earlier version of which passed the Senate last summer, commercial sales of cannabis would not be allowed. But if the proposal is enacted, as is expected, the state would become the first to legalize marijuana by an act of lawmakers. To date, all eight states that have ended cannabis prohibition have done so via voter initiatives.</p> <p>Vermont fell just short of ending marijuana prohibition in 2017. Both legislative chambers approved a legalization proposal, but Scott vetoed it. However, the governor then laid out a few small revisions he wanted legislators to make in order to garner his signature. The Senate quickly acted to make the requested changes, but the House wasn&rsquo;t able to overcome procedural hurdles to pass the revised bill in time during a short special session over the summer.</p> </blockquote> What Republicans are saying about Jeff Sessions’s war on marijuana https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/what-republicans-are-saying-about-jeff-sessionss-war-on-marijuana <p>Earlier this week when Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled back protections of state legal marijuana businesses he not only wrinkled the feathers of cannabis businesses and consumers allover the country, but he also genuinely upset many U.S. lawmakers. It might be expected for Democrat lawmakers to be fighting back, but even in the often politically divided climate we are living in, the Republican lawmakers are also very upset with Session&#39;s attempt to unhinge the marijuana industry. When you&#39;re talking about the cannabis industry you&#39;re not just talking about a small political movement anymore, you&#39;re talking about 230,000 workers and jobs, $6.7 billion in annual sales, and a strong majority of U.S. voters&#39; support. With so much backing the industry it&#39;s not hard to believe that cannabis is one of the few issues with bipartisan support. Senators and Representatives are voicing their distate for Sessions&#39; recent move and some have even made plans to fight back.</p> <blockquote> <p>While Congress has lagged far behind the public on questions of marijuana policy, numbers like the ones above have won many lawmakers over to reformers&#39; side. Democratic lawmakers have harshly criticized the Justice Department&#39;s move, but more surprisingly a number of Republican lawmakers have weighed in with sharp criticism as well.</p> <p>&ldquo;This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation. With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the Attorney General lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Here's where you can legally smoke weed in 2018 https://wheresweed.com/blog/2018/jan/heres-where-you-can-legally-smoke-weed-in-2018 <p>If you like to travel or are planning a fun trip around the U.S. it might be useful to know where you can legally purchase and smoke cannabis in 2018, the list might be bigger than you think! There are currently 29 states with medical marijuana, but also 9 states that allow adults to purchase cannabis without a doctors recommendation.</p> <p>Alaska legalized in 2015 and is home to some popular tourist spots and cannabis clubs, adults can possess up to 1 ounce. California legalized recreational pot this year though some cities have opted out of recreational sales. Enjoy buying cannabis in CA during the day but sales are prohibited from 10pm-6am. Colorado was a pioneer for legal cannabis and now houses more dispensaries than starbucks or mcdonalds! Maine voters said YES to allow the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, though legislators are still working to regulate a system of sales for the state.</p> <p>Massachusetts adults can possess up to 1 ounce and grow up to 12 plants, but sales aren&#39;t expected to begin until July of this year. Adults in Nevada can purchase up to 1 ounce or buds or 1/8 ounce of edibles or concentrates, though supplies have been limited at times. Visitors and residents in Oregon can possess 1 ounce of marijuana and gift edibles to be consumed in private. Sales in the state have supported $85 million in taxes towards schools, police, local government and public health initiatives. Washington legalized the same year as Colorado and helped jumpstart the budding industry. Adults can carry up to 1 ounce of buds, but to grow at home you must be a registered medical card holder. Last but not least is our nation&#39;s capital, Washington D.C. where adults can possess up to 2 ounces, gift up to 1 ounce and even order cannabis online.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Starting January 1, it is legal to smoke marijuana without a doctor&#39;s letter in nine states and use medical marijuana in 29 states. Support for the drug reached new highs in 2017. A Gallup poll showed that 64% of Americans favor legalization, and even a majority of Republicans back it.</p> <p>Adults 21 and over can light up in Alaska. In early 2015, the northernmost US state made it legal for residents to use, possess, and transport up to an ounce of marijuana &mdash; roughly a sandwich bag full &mdash; for recreational use. The first pot shop opened for business in late 2016.</p> <p>California began issuing temporary licenses to dispensaries in December that will allow those stores to sell nonmedical marijuana. The licenses will become valid on January 1, 2018.</p> </blockquote>