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      Volume 16 Issue 24
      06/20/2013





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      From NORML.org:

      Nevada: Governor Authorizes Creation Of Medical Cannabis
      Dispensaries

      Colorado: Governor Signs Law Regulating Commercial Hemp
      Production

      Vermont Becomes 17th State To End Criminal Sanctions For
      Marijuana Possession Offenses

      Recent Action Alerts:

      California: Senate Passes Measure Clarifying Legal Status Of
      Medical Marijuana Dispensaries; Assembly Bill Stalls

      Pennsylvania: Medical Marijuana Legislation Introduced

      Ohio: Legislation Introduced To Legalize Medical Use Of
      Marijuana


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      Nevada: Governor Authorizes Creation Of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries


      Carson City, NV: Republican Gov. BrianSandoval has signed legislation,
      Senate Bill 374, authorizing for the creationof up to 66 medical
      marijuana production and distributionfacilities.
      Under the new law, state regulators will oversee the creation
      oflicensed establishments to produce, test, and dispense cannabis
      andcannabis-infused products to authorized patients. Nevada
      votersenacted astate constitutional amendment in 2000 mandating
      statelawmakers to allow for physicians to authorize qualified
      patientsto consume and grow cannabis. However, that law did not provide
      forfacilities where patients may obtain medicinal cannabis.
      Approximately 3,800 Nevadans are presently authorized to growand/or
      consume cannabis under state law.
      Senate Bill 374 imposes limits on the home cultivation ofcannabis if
      patients reside within 25-miles of an operatingdispensary. However,
      patients who are cultivating specific strainsof cannabis not provided
      by a local dispensary may continue toengage in the home cultivation of
      such strains. Patients who havean established history of cultivating
      medical cannabis prior toJuly 1, 2013, also may continue to do so until
      March 31, 2016.
      The bill also amends possession limits from one-ounce to two
      andone-half ounces and increases plant cultivation limits from
      threemature plants to twelve.
      Medical marijuana products dispensed by state-licensedfacilities will
      be subject to standard state sales taxesas well as a 4 percent excise
      tax, of which 75 percent will bedirected to education and 25 percent
      will be directed towardimplementing and enforcing the regulations.
      Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey, Maine, New Mexico, and RhodeIsland have
      state-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries up andrunning. Similar
      dispensary outlets are in the process of openingin Connecticut,
      Massachusetts, Vermont, and Washington, DC.
      For more information, please contact Erik Altieri, NORMLCommunications
      Director, at (202) 483-5500 or Paul Armentano, NORMLDeputy Director,
      at: paul@....

      Colorado: Governor Signs Law Regulating Commercial Hemp Production


      Denver, CO: Democrat Gov. John Hickenloopersigned legislation, Senate
      Bill 241, into law creating a newprogram within the Department of
      Agriculture to oversee theregulation of commercial hemp production.
      Hemp is a distinctvariety of the plant species cannabis sativa that
      contains onlyminute (less than one percent) amounts of
      tetrahydrocannabinol(THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in
      marijuana.
      Senate Bill 241 classifies cannabis possessing no more thanthree-tenths
      of one percent THC as an agricultural commodity andestablishes a
      nine-member committee within the state Department ofAgriculture to
      oversee the creation of regulations governing thelicensed cultivation
      of hemp for commercial and research purposes.The Department must adopt
      regulations for the new program no laterthan March 1, 2014.
      Unlike similar laws enacted in other states, SB 241 does not
      mandatefarmers seeking state-issued hemp cultivation licenses to
      firstgain federal approval. The US Controlled Substances Act makes
      nolegal distinction between marijuana and industrial hemp.
      Federal legislation, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, to amend
      the ControlledSubstances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the
      definition ofmarijuana is currently pending before Congress.
      For more information, please contact Erik Altieri, NORMLCommunications
      Director, at (202) 483-5500 or Paul Armentano, NORMLDeputy Director,
      at: paul@....

      Vermont Becomes 17th State To End Criminal Sanctions For Marijuana
      Possession Offenses


      Montpelier, VT: Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlinsigned legislation into
      laweliminating criminal penalties for adults who possess personal
      useamounts of cannabis and/or hashish.
      The new law amends penalties for the possession of up to oneounce of
      marijuana and/or marijuana paraphernalia by a person 21years of age or
      older from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by upto six-months in
      jail and a $500 fine) to a civil fine only - noarrest, no jail time,
      and no criminal record. The law alsodecriminalizes possession of less
      than five grams of hashish.
      Vermont's new law is similar to existing 'decriminalization'laws in
      California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska,New York,
      Oregon, and Rhode Island, where private, non-medicalpossession of
      marijuana is treated as a civil, non-criminaloffense.
      Five additional states - Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, NorthCarolina,
      and Ohio - treat marijuana possession offenses as afine-only
      misdemeanor offense.
      Three states - Alaska, Colorado, and Washington - impose nocriminal or
      civil penalty for the private possession of smallamounts of marijuana.
      Vermont's new law takes effect on July 1, 2013.
      For more information, please contact Erik Altieri, NORMLCommunications
      Director, at (202) 483-5500 or Paul Armentano, NORMLDeputy Director,
      at: paul@....




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