Fife’s main argument was that its ordinance remains consistent with Washington’s state constitution. The city further argued that, if local bans were not permitted, the state’s marijuana law couldn’t be enforced since it is trumped by federal law. The second argument gave the case a higher profile.
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Tommy Chong on dancing, aging and (of course) marijuana
Chong will be displaying his moves again Monday night doing a fast salsa with partner Peta. He promises more septuagenarian sex appeal for judge Julianne Hough who expressed pleasure at his smooth moves the first time around.
Philly activist first cited under new decriminalization law
Mike Whiter wore his camouflage Phillies cap and a white and green NORML hoodie as he stood outside of Philadelphia’s City Hall Monday morning and lit a joint. After taking a couple of puffs, a police officer ordered him to drop it and began writing Whiter a $100 citation. Only a day earlier, the same act would have led to an arrest and criminal record.
Pennsylvania medical marijuana bill sponsored by half of Senate
State Sens. Mike Folmer (R) and Daylin Leach (D) took the lead for a second year in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana debate. This year, however, they enjoy the company of 23 senators in sponsoring a bill.
Poll: Virginians ready for marijuana reform
State Sen. Adam Ebbin wants to change Virginia’s strict marijuana laws. He prefiled a bill in October to reduce penalties for marijuana possession to a civil violation and fine rather than a drug crime and the penalties and stigmas that come with it.
A new poll suggests that Virginians stand behind Ebbin in his goal.
Maine lawmakers will consider legalizing marijuana
Marijuana legalization is getting plenty of attention in Maine. Two groups have announced planned petition drives to put their version of legalization on the 2016 ballot. Now a state lawmaker is getting involved. Maine State Rep. Diane Russell confirmed by phone Monday that she will file a bill to legalize marijuana and tax it like alcohol inContinue reading “Maine lawmakers will consider legalizing marijuana”
Pro-cannabis groups offering different paths to legalization in Maine
Maine requires a petition with around 61,000 valid signatures for 2016 initiatives. While volunteers collect some of these, professional campaigns often hire specialized businesses to help. The inevitability of invalidated signatures means groups need to collect much more than the minimum number.
Texas lawmaker proposes marijuana decriminalization
State Rep. Joe Moody announced at a news conference Monday that he’ll introduce a bill to decriminalize simple marijuana possession in Texas. “Our current marijuana policy in Texas just isn’t working,” Moody said. He believes his bill is a step in the right direction. Under House Bill 507, possessing an ounce or less of marijuana is notContinue reading “Texas lawmaker proposes marijuana decriminalization”
Push for 2016 Arizona legalization could get boost from legislative study
Arizona state Rep. Ethan Orr wants to legalize marijuana. He wants it so badly he plans to continue the fight when he leaves public office in January. After Orr lost his seat in a three-way election race tighter than a well-packed bowl, the Republican’s new plan is to team with advocates on a push forContinue reading “Push for 2016 Arizona legalization could get boost from legislative study”
Nevada marijuana legalization officially on 2016 ballot
The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in about 200,000 signatures on Nov. 12 to put its initiative on the 2016 state ballot. The group only needed a little less than 102,000 signatures, so many considered it a safe bet. The state has now made it official. Secretary of State Ross Miller certified the signatures onContinue reading “Nevada marijuana legalization officially on 2016 ballot”