• Democrat Lawmaker seeks Legalization of Marijuana in Wisconsin

    April 14, 2015

    Rep. Melissa Sargent, a Democrat lawmaker from Madison, has taken steps to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin with the argument that it would reduce crime and improve the economy of the state. The bill was introduced on Monday. It sought to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. Melissa argued that legalizing pot will not only boost revenue, but also create more employment opportunities.

    While Melissa Sargent has taken a bold step to introduce the legislation, there is a bleak possibility that it would gain any traction, as Republicans control both chambers in Wisconsin and they are not very curious to support the measure. Currently, only Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and the District of Columbia have allowed recreational marijuana, while 20 other U.S. states(in total, 24) have approved the use of medical marijuana.

    “Some politicians have demonized the use of marijuana,” said Sargent. “But what is truly criminal is the money that Wisconsin is losing by not legalizing marijuana. Legalization is a solution that would increase freedom, prosperity and security for people throughout the state”, she added. She had moved a similar legislation last year too, but that failed to make any progress.

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker too opposed the legislation, which was evident from an email from his Press Secretary. He strongly believes that marijuana acts as a gateway drug for other dangerous substances and can't be allowed to be legalized. In February 2014, he went on to say that people can behave sensibly while drinking beer and enjoy it, but the same won't be possible when they smoke weed.

  • 10% Marijuana Tax proposed in Michigan for Development Projects

    April 13, 2015

    While several marijuana proposals are doing the round in Michigan, an activist group has sought to include a tax system, which will impose 10% tax on retail sales of marijuana so that they revenue can be utilized to develop roads, schools and other infrastructure and social projects. This 10% tax would be in addition to the state sales tax.

    40 percent of the total revenue will go to the Michigan Department of Transportation, while another 40 percent will go to School Aid Fund. The remaining 20 percent will go to the local government. The new proposal on Michigan's 2016 ballot seeks to allow residents to grow up to 12 plants of cannabis at home.

    The Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee has released the draft language of its ballot proposal, which included the above clauses. The draft will be submitted to the Bureau of Elections next week. But, prior to that, the committee is seeking public input. If the draft is approved by the Board of State Canvassers, it will begin collecting signatures in June 2015.

    The marijuana proposal would allow adults over 21 years of age to legally possess and consume pot. Hemp farming would also be legalized while allowing the residents grow up to 12 plants at home for personal use. Pro-marijuana people believe that Michigan can get something between $100 and $200 million in tax revenues from marijuana and hemp sales.

    As Colorado generated $60 million from marijuana sale in 2014 by imposing a higher tax rate, the pro-Marijuana groups in Michigan believe that their state could gain more, as it has a bigger population as compared to Colorado. The Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee will have to collect 250,000 signatures in a 180-day period in order to make it to the 2016 ballot.

  • Brent Reviews the Vapor Genie

    April 08, 2015

    The Vapor Genie has been around for awhile, and it is unique in that it uses an ordinary lighter to achieve vaporization. It currently sells for $55 on eBay, but is it worth it? Read Brent K's full review of the Vapor Genie.

  • Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Opposes Anti-Vaporizer / e-Cig Senate Bill SB-140

    April 07, 2015

    I am opposed to the anti-e-cigarette bill, SB 140 by Senator Leno (D-SF).  This bill is aimed at demonizing e-cigarettes as a tobacco related product.

    I support the position of California NORML “objecting to the bill on the grounds that I would jeopardize patients’ ability to lawfully medicate in virtually all indoor spaces, including private meeting rooms, lounges, restrooms, dining areas, places of employment, and even in patients’ own residences in many multi-unit dwellings.  Presently, vaporizers offer a safe and convenient way for patients to inhale their medicine in these and other areas where smoking I prohibited.  SB 140 would effectively force patients out on to the streets and 20 feet from doorways unless they can find one of the very rare legally allowed indoor smoking rooms, which are polluted by tobacco smoke.”

    Vaporization is a harm reduction tool which should be embraced not demonized.  As stated by Cal NORML “E-cigarettes and vaporizers are fundamentally safer than smoking because they don’t emit the innumerable toxins, carcinogens, tars, and particulates produced by combustion.”

    I also urge the Senate Health Committee and the legislature to amend SB 140 to exempt medical cannabis vaporizers from the definition of e-cigarettes.

    Nate Miley
  • Liz Reviews the VaporBrothers Dabbler (Vape Pen)

    April 03, 2015

    Read Liz's full review of the VaporBrothers Dabbler Vape Pen.

  • Former Sheriff pushes for Marijuana Legalization in Maine

    March 31, 2015

    Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, a police officer-turned-politician, has launched a massive effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Maine. The bill submitted by Mark Dion, seeks permission to sell marijuana for recreational purpose while taxing it at 15 per cent. The legislation also wants marijuana to be used by adults of 21 and older.

    The bill is in the draft stage and further details are being incorporated into it. However, Mark revealed that he is planning to limit the number of retail pot stores to 20 so that they are not easily available to people. The bill aims at setting up a regulatory structure for retail stores and cultivators, and tax on sales.

    Mark Dion was Cumberland County Sheriff for 12 years and a Portland police officer for 21 years before being elected as a House member. He admitted that his proposal is a bit conservative by nature, but he believes it would address all concerns related to legalization of recreational marijuana.

    Paul McCarrier, president of Legalize Maine, has adopted a cautious approach, saying he wants to see the language of Dion's proposal before making any comment. Legalize Maine has been making efforts to collect signatures to legalize recreational marijuana in the state by 2016.

    Dion’s bill is backed by the Maine Association of Dispensary Owners. However, Scott Gagnon, Director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana Maine, has opposed any move to legalize recreational marijuana. Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, also has submitted a marijuana legalization bill, but she has not yet drafted the provisions.

  • New York may approve Medical Marijuana with Restrictions

    March 31, 2015

    While 23 States in the United States have already legalized medical marijuana and three have approved the recreational use of pot, New York is moving forward with a plan to legalize medical marijuana. However, the legislation will come up with a number of restrictions, it is reported. The Department of Health is working on making things better for the drug users.

    The New York Times reports that the new bill would allow only 20 medical dispensaries, run by five organizations, to be established throughout the state. That means, many patients may not have access to medical marijuana, as they can't find out a store in their vicinity.

    In addition, only patients suffering from a list of 10 'life-threatening' conditions, would be allowed to use medical marijuana. They include multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, ALS and AIDS. Patients suffering from diseases other than the listed 10, won't have any access to medical marijuana even though they might need it.

    The bill also has a new definition of "terminally ill" patients, who can avail medical marijuana. Only those patients with a life expectancy of one year or less can be termed as "terminally ill" and will be allowed to use medical marijuana for their treatment. That would prevent the elderly people from accessing the drug. The law also prohibits the smoking of medical marijuana. It can be administered only as an individual dose of raw or concentrated form of pot.

    New York's medical marijuana law should go into effect by 2016 if it is approved during the ballot initiative.