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« Reply #75 on: June 26, 2017, 08:32:09 pm »
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Utah Patients Coalition working to get medical marijuana on the ballot in Utah:

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Utah Patients Coalition launches 2018 medical cannabis ballot initiative campaign

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Utah Patients Coalition has launched its 2018 ballot initiative campaign to establish a medical cannabis program for patients in Utah.

The proposed ballot initiative would allow patients to legally and safely access medical cannabis with the recommendation of their doctor. It represents a conservative approach to medical cannabis policy by prohibiting home cultivation and prohibiting smoking medical cannabis.

Utah voters support a medical cannabis ballot initiative by a strong margin. Utah Patients Coalition released polling results that found the following:

When asked how they would vote on a ballot initiative to allow doctors to recommend medical cannabis as a treatment for cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, and other serious illnesses, 73% of respondents said they would vote yes (with 49% saying they would definitely vote yes). Only 20% said they would vote no, and 7% were undecided. A majority of Utahns in every age category said they would vote yes on the initiative;

79% of Utahns said they support medical cannabis in principle; and

72% of Utahns said that they would be more likely to support an initiative that allows doctors to recommend medical marijuana for chronic pain.

Utah Patients Coalition is supported by a number of groups including: TRUCE, a Utah patient advocacy group; Libertas Institute, a Utah free market think tank; and the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s leading marijuana policy reform organization.

Having filed the ballot initiative with the lieutenant governor, Utah Patients Coalition will now await initial approval and a fiscal note from the state. The next step will be a series of seven regional meetings with voters. After that, Utah Patients Coalition can begin collecting the 113,143 signatures required for qualification for the 2018 ballot.

As a local, I think it'll pass. Enough people support medical marijuana (even with the Reefer Madness attitude among the halls of power in the state) that if they can get it to the ballot, it'll win. The most recent campaigns have even been headed by active Mormon moms who are a far cry from the stereotypical view of a medical marijuana user.
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« Reply #76 on: June 27, 2017, 10:19:40 pm »
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Utah Patients Coalition launches 2018 medical cannabis ballot initiative campaign

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Utah Patients Coalition has launched its 2018 ballot initiative campaign to establish a medical cannabis program for patients in Utah.

The proposed ballot initiative would allow patients to legally and safely access medical cannabis with the recommendation of their doctor. It represents a conservative approach to medical cannabis policy by prohibiting home cultivation and prohibiting smoking medical cannabis.

Utah voters support a medical cannabis ballot initiative by a strong margin. Utah Patients Coalition released polling results that found the following:

When asked how they would vote on a ballot initiative to allow doctors to recommend medical cannabis as a treatment for cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, and other serious illnesses, 73% of respondents said they would vote yes (with 49% saying they would definitely vote yes). Only 20% said they would vote no, and 7% were undecided. A majority of Utahns in every age category said they would vote yes on the initiative;

79% of Utahns said they support medical cannabis in principle; and

72% of Utahns said that they would be more likely to support an initiative that allows doctors to recommend medical marijuana for chronic pain.

Utah Patients Coalition is supported by a number of groups including: TRUCE, a Utah patient advocacy group; Libertas Institute, a Utah free market think tank; and the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s leading marijuana policy reform organization.

Having filed the ballot initiative with the lieutenant governor, Utah Patients Coalition will now await initial approval and a fiscal note from the state. The next step will be a series of seven regional meetings with voters. After that, Utah Patients Coalition can begin collecting the 113,143 signatures required for qualification for the 2018 ballot.

As a local, I think it'll pass. Enough people support medical marijuana (even with the Reefer Madness attitude among the halls of power in the state) that if they can get it to the ballot, it'll win. The most recent campaigns have even been headed by active Mormon moms who are a far cry from the stereotypical view of a medical marijuana user.

Hmmm... that's pretty interesting.

Any feedback yet from the LDS leadership on this potential ballot initiative yet?

Assuming based upon what you have posted that it would be a high CBD/ Low THC scene?

Based upon your experience and knowledge of Utah politics, how difficult would it be to get this initiative on the ballot to meet the signature requirements?
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« Reply #77 on: June 28, 2017, 10:33:12 pm »
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Utah Patients Coalition launches 2018 medical cannabis ballot initiative campaign

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 Created: 26 June 2017
Utah Patients Coalition has launched its 2018 ballot initiative campaign to establish a medical cannabis program for patients in Utah.

The proposed ballot initiative would allow patients to legally and safely access medical cannabis with the recommendation of their doctor. It represents a conservative approach to medical cannabis policy by prohibiting home cultivation and prohibiting smoking medical cannabis.

Utah voters support a medical cannabis ballot initiative by a strong margin. Utah Patients Coalition released polling results that found the following:

When asked how they would vote on a ballot initiative to allow doctors to recommend medical cannabis as a treatment for cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, and other serious illnesses, 73% of respondents said they would vote yes (with 49% saying they would definitely vote yes). Only 20% said they would vote no, and 7% were undecided. A majority of Utahns in every age category said they would vote yes on the initiative;

79% of Utahns said they support medical cannabis in principle; and

72% of Utahns said that they would be more likely to support an initiative that allows doctors to recommend medical marijuana for chronic pain.

Utah Patients Coalition is supported by a number of groups including: TRUCE, a Utah patient advocacy group; Libertas Institute, a Utah free market think tank; and the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s leading marijuana policy reform organization.

Having filed the ballot initiative with the lieutenant governor, Utah Patients Coalition will now await initial approval and a fiscal note from the state. The next step will be a series of seven regional meetings with voters. After that, Utah Patients Coalition can begin collecting the 113,143 signatures required for qualification for the 2018 ballot.

As a local, I think it'll pass. Enough people support medical marijuana (even with the Reefer Madness attitude among the halls of power in the state) that if they can get it to the ballot, it'll win. The most recent campaigns have even been headed by active Mormon moms who are a far cry from the stereotypical view of a medical marijuana user.

Hmmm... that's pretty interesting.

Any feedback yet from the LDS leadership on this potential ballot initiative yet?

Assuming based upon what you have posted that it would be a high CBD/ Low THC scene?

Based upon your experience and knowledge of Utah politics, how difficult would it be to get this initiative on the ballot to meet the signature requirements?

You're in luck, because it turns out the LDS Church put out this statement yesterday:

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"Lawmakers across the country have wrestled with whether to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. This discussion raises legitimate questions regarding the benefits and risks of legalizing a drug that has not gone through the well-established and rigorous process to prove its effectiveness and safety.

During the 2017 legislative session, a bill was passed that appropriately authorized further research of the potential benefits and risks of using marijuana. The difficulties of attempting to legalize a drug at the state level that is illegal under Federal law cannot be overstated.

Accordingly, we believe that society is best served by requiring marijuana to go through further research and the FDA approval process that all other drugs must go through before they are prescribed to patients."

Basically, they're on the MOAR RESEARCH BUT SERIOUSLY, REEFER MADNESS GUYS train. Though they have actually supported extremely limited, low-THC cannaboid oil treatments for sick kids.

And I don't know much about CBD and THC, but from what I understand, all serious efforts to legalize it in Utah have focused on low THC treatments.

As for getting the initiative on the ballot, it's rather difficult, but doable. A decade ago, we managed to force lawmakers to put vouchers on the ballot (when they wanted to pass it secretly in the legislature) and then crushed vouchers by a ballot vote, so its certainly doable if the will is there. And even with the LDS Church's refusal to really support medical marijuana, I think it will pass. Most Mormons don't even think of marijuana as Reefer Madness anymore, and a lot of people have sick relatives and friends who could use medical marijuana. Heck, recent efforts have been spearheaded by faithful Mormon moms, as I said.

And only tangentially related, but Utah was the deciding state to overturn Prohibition, despite the then LDS Church President Heber J Grant being vocally and politically in favor of Prohibition.
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« Reply #78 on: June 30, 2017, 11:54:08 pm »
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As of midnight (Nevada time), marijuana is officially legal in the state.
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« Reply #79 on: July 01, 2017, 09:31:35 pm »
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As of midnight (Nevada time), marijuana is officially legal in the state.

There are (44) local retail shops something like (34) in Las Vegas (3) in Reno and (7) elsewhere?

Maybe my math is wrong, but its pretty dang close....

I suspect the major shortage of a local supply-chain, lack of local Subject Matter Experts (SME), not to mention the dearth of Knowledge, Skills, and Experience (KSE) will in the short-term benefit small family farmers in Oregon and Colorado to meet the demand in a market that might well exceeds Colorado within the next 5 years ("What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas")....

Although Herb isn't really my "bag" anymore, I still celebrate the expansion of freedom and end of prohibition in yet another state in the Union....

Tax, Regulate, reduce the economic and social costs of mass incarceration involved with non-violent drug related offenses (Traditionally targeting MJ), and take the revenue to focus on much more pressing societal problems including education and drug treatment programs, rather than how Nevada used to be.... (Real vintage sign image used below)

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« Reply #80 on: July 10, 2017, 06:24:33 pm »

http://www.rgj.com/story/news/marijuana/2017/07/08/nevada-fire-resources/452606001/

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Nevada dispensaries licensed to sell recreational marijuana are running out of pot less than a week after the legal market came to life, according to the state Department of Taxation.

On Friday, taxation officials announced that Gov. Brian Sandoval had endorsed the department's "statement of emergency," allowing state officials to consider adopting an emergency regulation that could alleviate the shortage.

The regulation would allow the department to consider a larger pool of applicants for distribution licenses, licenses that permit the transport of recreational marijuana from the cultivation and packaging facilities to the dispensaries.The Nevada Tax Commission will vote on the regulation on Thursday.

Looks like legalization is a massive success in Nevada so far. Perhaps too successful!
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« Reply #81 on: July 10, 2017, 11:27:56 pm »
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Marijuana Prohibition in Michigan is done!

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Marijuana Legalization Hits 100,000 Signature Milestone

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Monday, July 10, 2017

LANSING, MI — Supporters of marijuana legalization announced today that the signature collection effort is running ahead of schedule with more than 100,000 signatures collected to-date. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol must collect 252,523 valid signatures to place the question on Michigan’s Nov. 2018 ballot.

“The support we are seeing across the state has been fantastic. We are getting calls and emails everyday from people who understand that marijuana prohibition is a massive failure and asking where they can sign and how they can help,” said coalition spokesperson Josh Hovey. “If we can keep up this momentum, we will have all signatures in four months rather than the six months required by state law.”

The majority of the petition collection campaign is being coordinated by CRMLA via paid signature collectors. The group has collected 99,209 signatures from paid petition gatherers. CRMLA coalition member MILegalize added 3,216 from its initial volunteer petition turn-in for a total of 102,425 signatures collected to-date.

If approved by Michigan voters in November 2018, the initiative would:

Legalize personal possession, cultivation, and use of limited amounts of cannabis for adults 21 and older:

Legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp;
License marijuana businesses that cultivate, process, test, transport, and sell marijuana;
Protect consumers with proper testing and safety regulations for retail marijuana; and
Tax marijuana at retail levels with a 10 percent excise tax and 6 percent sales tax, which will support K-12 public schools, roads, and local governments.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is partnership between grassroots activists and key organizations, including: the Marijuana Policy Project, the ACLU of Michigan, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Patients Rights Association, Michigan NORML, MI Legalize, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition, and lawyers from the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section.

https://www.regulatemi.org/press/marijuana-legalization-hits-100,000-signature-milestone/
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« Reply #82 on: July 11, 2017, 03:28:31 am »
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Marijuana Legalization Hits 100,000 Signature Milestone

JULY 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           
Monday, July 10, 2017

LANSING, MI — Supporters of marijuana legalization announced today that the signature collection effort is running ahead of schedule with more than 100,000 signatures collected to-date. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol must collect 252,523 valid signatures to place the question on Michigan’s Nov. 2018 ballot.

“The support we are seeing across the state has been fantastic. We are getting calls and emails everyday from people who understand that marijuana prohibition is a massive failure and asking where they can sign and how they can help,” said coalition spokesperson Josh Hovey. “If we can keep up this momentum, we will have all signatures in four months rather than the six months required by state law.”

The majority of the petition collection campaign is being coordinated by CRMLA via paid signature collectors. The group has collected 99,209 signatures from paid petition gatherers. CRMLA coalition member MILegalize added 3,216 from its initial volunteer petition turn-in for a total of 102,425 signatures collected to-date.

If approved by Michigan voters in November 2018, the initiative would:

Legalize personal possession, cultivation, and use of limited amounts of cannabis for adults 21 and older:

Legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp;
License marijuana businesses that cultivate, process, test, transport, and sell marijuana;
Protect consumers with proper testing and safety regulations for retail marijuana; and
Tax marijuana at retail levels with a 10 percent excise tax and 6 percent sales tax, which will support K-12 public schools, roads, and local governments.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is partnership between grassroots activists and key organizations, including: the Marijuana Policy Project, the ACLU of Michigan, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Patients Rights Association, Michigan NORML, MI Legalize, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition, and lawyers from the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section.

https://www.regulatemi.org/press/marijuana-legalization-hits-100,000-signature-milestone/

What's the deadline to get enough sigs to make it to the ballot as a citizen's initiative?

I'm fairly confident that if it makes it to the voters in Michigan it will likely pass, but frequently even in states where citizen ballot initiatives are common, ballot thresholds can make it tight towards the endgame, especially if a chunk of supporters are relatively younger and more likely to move around and such, which can create a much higher % of "invalid" signatures when the SoS does the "spot checks", and I'm sure that Washtenaw and Ingham will be disproportionately audited on this particular initiative....
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« Reply #83 on: July 11, 2017, 10:20:58 pm »
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What's the deadline to get enough sigs to make it to the ballot as a citizen's initiative?

I'm fairly confident that if it makes it to the voters in Michigan it will likely pass, but frequently even in states where citizen ballot initiatives are common, ballot thresholds can make it tight towards the endgame, especially if a chunk of supporters are relatively younger and more likely to move around and such, which can create a much higher % of "invalid" signatures when the SoS does the "spot checks", and I'm sure that Washtenaw and Ingham will be disproportionately audited on this particular initiative....

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What's the deadline to get enough sigs to make it to the ballot as a citizen's initiative?

I'm fairly confident that if it makes it to the voters in Michigan it will likely pass, but frequently even in states where citizen ballot initiatives are common, ballot thresholds can make it tight towards the endgame, especially if a chunk of supporters are relatively younger and more likely to move around and such, which can create a much higher % of "invalid" signatures when the SoS does the "spot checks", and I'm sure that Washtenaw and Ingham will be disproportionately audited on this particular initiative....

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Yes, the campaign behind is being run quite well - they are ahead of target on signing and are trying to get a strong support in their polling for their proposals. Revenue wise it is mid-range, plant restriction wise it is one of the least restrictive.

A speaker from MI Legalize came to our last monthly meeting. I liked how the new laws did not create any new more stringent penalties where there were not before.

Of course the police are not very forthcoming with comments on it but a lot of other groups they've put the proposals to have been fairly supportive.
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« Reply #85 on: July 15, 2017, 12:49:41 pm »
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Illinois should legalize it so they can tax it and help themselves out of their black hole of debt.
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« Reply #86 on: July 19, 2017, 07:21:56 am »
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Decriminalization signed in New Hampshire
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« Reply #87 on: July 19, 2017, 09:22:12 am »
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>thinking anyone in the hellhole known as Springfield has enough of a brain to use this idea.
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« Reply #88 on: July 19, 2017, 02:59:45 pm »

This is going to soon become a lot more ubiquitous, so I won't post about it much, but:

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/342754-tax-revenue-for-legal-weed-sales-in-colorado-exceeds-500-million

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Tax revenues from marijuana sales have increased every year since 2014, when the state made more than $76 million, according to a report released Wednesday by cannabis strategic planning firm VS Strategies.

The report shows the total revenue from marijuana totaled almost $199 million in 2016, and Colorado has already taken in almost $100 million in taxes through May.

So it looks like they could be in for over or about 220 million in tax revenue. Just for Colorado. Imagine a state like California, where I think the total tax revenue was projected to hit over a billion.

Honestly, it still boggles my mind how other states are passing on this opportunity to tax a substance people are already using en masse. If I could say something to them, it would be: Face it. Your side lost. Whether you like it or not, cannabis prohibition is coming to a close. Might as well fill some budget holes with sales taxes on it or stupidly pass on it out of stubbornness.
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« Reply #89 on: July 31, 2017, 04:05:52 pm »
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New poll in Utah shows 77% support for medical marijuana:

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Over 75 percent of Utahns support medical marijuana ballot initiative, a new poll says


That relatively high level of backing isn’t surprising to medical-marijuana advocate Christine Stenquist. The people of the Beehive State, she said, “are ready for this issue.”

The proposed initiative, filed in June by a group called the Utah Patients Coalition, would allow the use of medical marijuana in the form of topicals, oils and edibles for qualifying illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, MS, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and autism. Smoking marijuana, driving while intoxicated by medical cannabis and all public use would be prohibited.

This past week, the coalition held 10 public hearing across the state on the proposal. Supporters must now collect 113,143 signatures from registered voters — which need to be submitted to the state by April 15 — to get the question of legalizing medical marijuana on the November 2018 ballot.

The poll, conducted by Dan Jones & Associates, found that more than three-fourths of both men and women support the initiative. About 65 percent of Republicans back the measure, the poll found, compared to about 97 percent of Democrats who favor it.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.95 percentage points.

Support for medical marijuana appears to be rising. A Tribune-Hinckley Institute poll commissioned in January found that 54 percent of Utah voters somewhat or strongly approved of legalization, while some 43 percent somewhat or strongly disapproved.

July’s poll found that 20 percent somewhat or strongly oppose the proposed ballot initiative.

Utah lawmakers this past session decided against legalization, given the uncertainty of whether President Donald Trump’s administration will enforce federal marijuana laws.

Instead, they passed measures to fund research in Utah into medical marijuana’s potential benefits.

State lawmakers tried to legalize medical marijuana last year with two dueling bills, but a compromise proposal failed in the session’s final hours when legislators found that there was no money to implement the program.

Lawmakers did, however, pass a law in 2014 that allows Utahns with severe epilepsy to import whole-plant cannabidiol extracts from states where medical marijuana is legal.

Of note is that 45% strongly support, and almost 33% somewhat support, with only about 20% strongly opposing or somewhat opposing.

If it gets on the ballot, it's going to win. I'm absolutely sure of it.
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« Reply #90 on: July 31, 2017, 06:26:30 pm »
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Legalization seems to have much more bipartisan support in the West, to nobody's surprise
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« Reply #91 on: August 02, 2017, 01:48:27 am »
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Not sure if this is the best thread to post, or if it belongs more in the Gubernatorial FL category but Politico just profiled John Morgan as a contender for FL GOV '18...

Still, even simply running for Governor as a dark-horse Democrat will raise the profile of Legalized Marijuana in Florida, in a way that your establishment Dem candidate will not. Additionally, if he rolls the dice and makes a run, it will likely significantly increase Dem turnout in a midterm election, that would potentially have down-ballot impact as well in what might be a very interesting year for incumbent Republicans in the US House.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/01/can-weed-make-john-morgan-governor-of-florida-215446
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« Reply #92 on: August 17, 2017, 03:07:35 pm »
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Michigan approves collecting of signatures for 2018 ballot initiative for marijuana legalization
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