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Federal Marijuana Legalization: NOT Optional

Though about half of the states and the District of Columbia have legalized or decriminalized the use of marijuana for either medicinal or recreational use, marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is a Schedule I drug, which means it is deemed to have a high potential for abuse

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How Should Marijuana Be Taxed, Part II

This is part II of a two part series on marijuana excise taxes. In part I, I discussed various rationales behind excise taxes and how those rationales do or do not apply to cannabis. In this post, I will discuss how states generally handle marijuana excise taxes and how they generally should handle marijuana excise

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How Should Marijuana Be Taxed?

This is part I of a two part series on marijuana excise taxes. In part I, I discuss rationales behind excise taxes and how those rationales do or do not apply to cananbis. In part II, I discuss how states generally handle marijuana excise taxes and how they generally should handle marijuana excise taxes. In

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Iowa Cannabis: Bit By Bit

Nick Taiber, city councilman at large for Cedar Falls, Iowa, recently proposed decriminalizing marijuana within Cedar Fall’s city limits. Taiber explained his proposal on his blog: I proposed we consider a non-enforcement policy of cannabis statutes in our city. While no city can make a law in conflict with State and Federal law, we can

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Marijuana Legalization Map

Below is an updated map on the current state of marijuana legalization in America. The District of Columbia recently voted to decriminalize marijuana and Maryland will follow with decriminalization in October 2014. Please note that this map is subject to change as states continue to address marijuana legalization.

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Legalization Stirring In The Heart Of Texas

We’ve written before about the “Just Say No” attitude of some states towards legalization of marijuana, Texas being one of them. We have also written extensively about cities and counties that ban marijuana within states that allow it, as per the below: We’ve Sued Wenatchee Over Its Cannabis Ban Because The Voters Should Decide San

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U.S. Marijuana Legalization Map

Below is a map of the United States highlighting where each state sits regarding marijuana legalization. The map also highlights the states with marijuana legislation in the works for 2014, 2015, and 2016. Note that this information was compiled from a variety of reliable sources (one of which can be found here) and is subject

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How to Sue a City or County Over Cannabis

Our cannabis lawyers have recently been getting an increasing number of inquiries about how to sue cities and counties in both Washington and Oregon. The Washington calls have been coming since Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued an opinion stating that Washington cities and counties can “opt out” from I-502. Our Oregon calls have

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Maryland Momentum on Marijuana

Two important bills about marijuana use are headed to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s desk after being approved by Maryland’s General Assembly on Monday. Decriminalization for Using or Possessing Less than Ten Grams of Marijuana One bill, Senate Bill 364 which would become effective on October 1, 2014, decriminalizes using or possessing less than ten grams

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The Seven Deadly Marijuana States

With marijuana legalization (rightly) sweeping the nation, it has become too easy to think that nationwide legalization is both inevitable and imminent. But it’s not. There are still plenty of states (Alabama, Maryland, Texas, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Indiana, and Missouri come first to mind) sticking to the same Just Say No attitude that has failed the Federal