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MI: Lansing Voters to Decide on Marijuana Legalization Ordinance in November

September 9th

LANSING, MI — Lansing voters will decide this fall in favor of a municipal initiative repealing criminal and civil penalties involving the adult possession of cannabis by adults on private property. Initiative proponents, Coalition for a Safer Lansing, collected some 7,000 signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the 2013 November ballot. The Lansing City Clerk’s […]

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Denver Seeks 3.5 Percent Tax on Retail Marijuana Sales

September 1st

DENVER, CO — The city of Denver, in a first step toward regulating newly legal recreational marijuana, will ask voters to approve a 3.5 percent sales tax on pot sales in a citywide ballot measure in November, a city official said on Tuesday. The municipal sales tax, if approved at the polls, would be on […]

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Lansing, Michigan Mayor Supports Marijuana Decriminalization Proposal

August 6th

LANSING, MI — Voters in the Michigan capital of Lansing could have the opportunity to decriminalize marijuana in the city in November, and the proposal is supported by the city’s mayor, Virg Bernero (D). Marijuana reform activists turned in over 6,000 signatures on Monday to place a proposal on the city-wide November ballot that would amend the city […]

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Two More Michigan Cities to Vote on Marijuana Decriminalization

August 1st

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FERNDALE, MI — The Michigan communities of Ferndale and Jackson will vote on local marijuana decriminalization initiatives, backers said this week as they handed in petitions full of registered voter signatures. Backers said they were certain they had enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. “There is no doubt we have enough signatures,” said [...]

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Denver City Council Approves 5 Percent Marijuana Tax

July 30th

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DENVER, CO — The Denver City Council approved a five percent marijuana tax when recreational sales begin next year in a 7-5 vote Monday afternoon. The municipal tax, which voters must now approve, would be in addition to a proposed 25% state wide tax, which also must be approved by voters in November. The tax [...]

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Colorado Springs, CO: No Recreational Marijuana Stores

July 23rd

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Colorado’s second largest city, Colorado Springs, is on the verge of banning recreational marijuana retail stores, forfeiting a projected $3 million in  recreational marijuana sales taxes for the city.

The City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether or not to ban retail pot shops under last year’s Amendment 64, which legalized retail sales of cannabis to adults in the state.

Four of nine city council members have said that they plan on voting against allowing retail marijuana stores in the city, but even if the council votes to allow the retail sale of marijuana to adults 21 or older, Mayor Steve Bach says he will veto any ordinance allowing the stores to open in the city.

There does not appear to be enough support on the council to overturn a mayoral veto.

Colorado Springs is the second largest city in the state, behind Denver.  Located at the base of Pike’s Peak and the Rocky Mountains, the city is a popular tourist destination, with an estimated 5 million visitors annually.

It was projected that recreational marijuana sales in the city would generate approximately $3 million annually in tax revenue for the city.  Sales would be limited to one ounce of pot for Colorado residents or a quarter of an ounce for out of state visitors.

Colorado Springs is the county seat of El Paso County, where Amendment 64 passed by 10 votes.  Even before the election, county commissioners for El Paso Count. . . . . READ MORE

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Maine: Portland Voters to Decide on Marijuana Legalization in November

July 16th

PORTLAND, ME — Voters in Portland will decide in November if they want to legalize marijuana possession by adults in Maine’s largest city following a public hearing held Monday evening in response  to a citizen-proposed ordinance that would allow those 21 or older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

Citizens for a Safer Portland, a coalition of organizations that include the Portland Green Independent Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, the Libertarian Party of Maine and the Marijuana Policy Project, collected nearly double the 1,500 signatures that were required to place the matter before the City Council.

Following Monday’s hearing, the City Council had three choices: adopt the ordinance as written, send the referendum to the voters, or offer an alternative proposal alongside the ordinance proposed by residents.

The city council voted 5-1 to send the proposed ordinance to the citywide ballot on November 5 to be decided by the voters.  City Councilor David Marshal, a proponent of marijuana legalization, was the lone vote in favor of adopting the ordinance immediately.

If approved by voters, the initiative would allow adults aged 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana with city limits.  Currently, possession of the same amount of marijuana in the state of Maine is a fine-only offense.

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Maine: Public Hearing on Marijuana Legalization Tonight in Portland

July 15th

PORTLAND, ME — A public hearing will be held Monday night by the Portland City Council to discuss legalizing the possession of marijuana by adults within the city.

The hearing is in response  to a citizen-proposed ordinance that would allow adults to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

After the hearing is held, the city council will have to either decide whether to adopt the ordinance as written, send the referendum to the voters, or offer an alternative proposal alongside the ordinance proposed by residents.

If the council elects to send the proposal to voters, a vote would have to be scheduled on the referendum within 90 days.

If approved by voters, the initiative would allow adults aged 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana with city limits.  Currently, possession of the same amount of marijuana in the state of Maine is a fine-only offense.

The proposal would prohibit smoking of marijuana in public spaces, such as schools and on public transportation,and allow landlords to prohibit it in their apartments.

Proponents of the ordinance gathered over 3,200 signatures to place the proposal on the ballot this year, far more than the 1,500 signatures that were required.

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ME: Portland City Council to Hold Marijuana Legalization Hearings July 15

June 18th

PORTLAND, ME — The Portland City Council voted unanimously Monday to hold a public hearing on the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana by adults.

The hearing will be held Monday, July 15 in response to a citizen-proposed ordinance that would allow adults to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

After the hearing is held, the city council will have to either decide whether to adopt the ordinance as written, send the referendum to the voters, or offer an alternative proposal alongside the ordinance proposed by residents.

If the council elects to send the proposal to voters, a vote would have to be scheduled on the referendum within 90 days.

If approved by voters, the initiative would allow adults aged 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana with city limits.

The proposal would prohibit smoking of marijuana in public spaces, such as schools and on public transportation,and allow landlords to prohibit it in their apartments.

Proponents of the ordinance gathered over 3,200 signatures to place the proposal on the ballot this year, far more than the 1,500 signatures that were required.

It’s unclear what effect the ordinance would have as it would contradict both state and federal law, although the possession of up to 2.5 ounces has been decriminal. . . . . READ MORE

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Subverting Democracy in Springfield, Missouri

May 24th

What a long, strange trip it has been for cannabis law reform activists in Springfield, Missouri.

About a year ago, Springfield activists requested financial help gathering enough signatures to place a  local marijuana decriminalization measure on the November 2012 ballot.  Under the proposed measure, citizens possessing under 35 grams of marijuana would be subjected to a civil infraction, instead of a misdemeanor offense, thus preserving the educational and employment opportunities of those caught with personal amounts of marijuana.

Local Springfield attorney, Robert Sweere, urged the City Council to respect the will of the voters. Unfortunately, the council voted 7-2 to repeal the ordinance and demonstrate their lack of respect for their constituents and the democratic process.

Local Springfield attorney, Robert Sweere, urged the City Council to respect the will of the voters. Unfortunately, the council voted 7-2 to repeal the ordinance and demonstrate their lack of respect for their constituents and the democratic process.

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