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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law Government Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Marijuana Officially Legal but States Await Feds’ Reaction

Marijuana stores in Colorado and Washington won’t be open for at least a year, but new laws legalizing the drug took full effect in both states this month. Washington’s Initiative 502 kicked in on Dec. 5, sparking a midnight gathering of marijuana enthusiasts near Seattle’s Space Needle to celebrate the occasion. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper formalized Amendment 64 into his state’s constitution just days later. Though President Obama said there wouldn’t be a federal campaign against individual marijuana users in Colorado …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law Marijuana Video by Kate Stafford  
Know the Search Laws to Avoid a Pot Bust [Video]

  The new laws legalizing marijuana in some states make an ounce of weed almost as easy to buy as a bottle of beer.  For example, voters in Colorado and Washington made recreational use of pot lawful, it’s still illegal in Oregon. Lawyers.com reporter Kate Stafford explains some of the legal rights of pot smokers. To avoid getting busted, it is essential that you know the laws of search and seizure. Keith Stroup, a criminal law attorney who founded the …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law Government Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Colorado, Washington & Massachusetts Vote For Marijuana

Voters in Colorado and Washington threw down the gauntlet before the federal government Tuesday, legalizing marijuana for recreational use in defiance of federal law. Though a similar measure failed in Oregon, marijuana reform advocates scored additional victories in Massachusetts, which became the 18th state to legalize medical marijuana, and in the cities of Detroit and Grand Rapids, which decriminalized personal possession. The Colorado and Washington referendums promise to usher in a new era of marijuana law, allowing the drug to …

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Posted 2 years ago in Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Can Marijuana Lift Colorado Out of the Recession?

Colorado raked in $5 million in tax revenue in 2011 from medical marijuana businesses, and its cities collected hundreds of thousands more from the budding industry. With Colorado voters poised to legalize marijuana for recreational use this November, their tax coffers could be facing an avalanche of new funds currently being lost to the black market. But tax revenues aren’t the only potential economic benefit hinging on legal weed. If voters pass Amendment 64, which would legalize marijuana and regulate …

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Appeals Court Considers Marijuana Reclassification

More than 10 years after it was initially filed, the latest petition to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act is finally giving the herb its day in court. The current classification lumps cannabis in with drugs such as heroin, LSD and mescaline. The District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments this week in the case of Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration, providing an opening for medical marijuana reform advocates …

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