Starting in 2017, graduates from Pueblo County, CO, high schools can be eligible to receive a scholarship funded by the states marijuana tax. With 60% of the county voting in favor, growers should be expecting to pay 5% more in taxes by 2020. These taxes are expected to generate $3.5 million in taxes, half of which will go towards funding towards scholarships. Pueblo County spokesperson:
The whole point of the scholarship program was to make higher education a reality for families who can’t afford to send their kids to school because of debt.
To get around Oregon’s marijuana law’s timing — from July 1st possession for recreational use will be legal, but it cannot be sold until fall of 2016 — the state’s marijuana growers will give away as much as 7 grams plus cannabis seeds to over 21s with ID, at an event on June 30. NORML:
While it becomes legal to possess and cultivate cannabis, there is no legal place in Oregon to buy marijuana itself or cannabis seeds and starts. Portland NORML will educate the public and our partners will give away thousands of seeds and hundreds of pounds of marijuana this year so Washington State and the black market do not benefit from our new marijuana legality.
This is more than free weed. This is more than vendors, food and vapes. This is history in the making!
The University of Denver announces it has received a $45,000 commitment from a Denver law firm to enable one faculty member to serve as the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy. This law professor will devote his time and resources toward the development of marijuana law and policy. Vicente, who is funding this position for three years with an option to renew, attended DU’s law school on a full merit scholarship and was encouraged by his professors to pursue drug policy reform.
I want to give back to the university who supported me
Nelson launches his own brand of marijuana, Willie’s Reserve. The brand will be sold in Washington state and Colorado where recreational marijuana is legal. The brand’s purpose is to support nationwide legalization of marijuana and to offer “clean and consistent products”. Nelson’s rep:
Somewhat controversially, Willie has spent a lifetime as an outspoken supporter of cannabis for personal use and for industrial hemp production.
Alaska puts Ballot Measure 2 into effect which legalizes recreational marijuana. Alaskans who are 21 or older can legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes. Mason Tvert, communications director for drug policy reform group Marijuana Policy Project:
State laws allowing adults to use marijuana are becoming less and less of a novelty. It won’t be long before it’s the rule instead of the exception nationwide. Colorado and Washington are proving that regulating marijuana works, and soon Alaska will, too.
Voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. approve marijuana legalization. In Oregon, the law legalizes personal possession, manufacture and sale of marijuana for people 21 years of age and older, as well as create a commercial regulatory system for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana. Alaska’s law taxes and regulates the production, sale and use of marijuana, making the use legal for people over 21 years old. Washington, D.C.’s proposal allows for a person over 21 years old to possess up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use and grow up to six cannabis plants in their home. It also allows people to transfer up to one ounce of marijuana to another person, but not sell it. Drug Policy Alliance:
The pace of reform is accelerating, other states are sure to follow, and even Congress is poised to wake from its slumber.
The Justice Department will not challenge state laws that allow for the medical and recreational use of marijuana as long as the drug sales do not conflict with eight new federal enforcement priorities, including the distribution of marijuana to minors and sales that assist or act as cover for trafficking operations. Although the directive will apply nationwide, it will largely affect the 20 states and the District of Columbia that allow for medical marijuana use, and Colorado and Washington where state laws allow medical and recreational use by adults.
Washington legalizes recreational marijuana, allowing Washingtonians 21 years old or older to possess up to one ounce. Selling marijuana or smoking marijuana in public remains illegal. SPD police spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee:
The police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a `Lord of the Rings’ marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to.
Colorado voters pass Ammendment 64 which legalizes the recreational use of marijuana for Coloradans 21 years of age or over. A64 allows Coloradans to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their home. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper:
The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly.