This Week In Cannabis 6/20

The Right to Know. The Right to Grow.

Silver State Wants Green Production
On Tuesday, Nevada’s Clark County commissioners approved 101 medical marijuana applications for production, cultivation, and laboratory facilities spanning from Laughlin to Las Vegas.

Breakdown of approved applications as follows:
-58 permits for cultivation
-38 permits for production facilities
-5 permits for laboratories that will test MMJ products

The votes were mostly unanimous, with the commissioners only rejecting 5 applications.

Applications will still need to gain state approval, but the seven-hour hearing and its results represent the continuing acceptance of marijuana production as a viable state operation and medical resource.

Oregon Voters Blaze Trail
Legalizing recreational marijuana use might be on Oregon’s November ballot thanks to the efforts of marijuana advocates in the state helping to meet and exceed the 87,213 signature mark.

It could be a case of second time’s a charm, as a similar ballot measure didn’t find sympathetic voters in 2012. The Oregon ACLU has put its weight behind it this time, too, and with the support for legalization growing, advocates believe that it will make a difference this time around.

Florida Cool With Oil
Florida’s Republican Governor, Rick Wilson, has OK’d the use of cannabidiol (CBD) to treat a narrow scope of medical conditions, like childhood epilepsy.

What the passing of the “Charlotte’s Web” bill means to the push on November’s ballot for an amendment that would provide a broader interpretation of medical marijuana in Florida is subject to debate; but it still represents a recognition of the medical benefits of marijuana, which for those and their families that it will help, is a victory.

Smoke on D.C. Horizon?
Will they? Won’t they? D.C.’s decriminalization efforts could see progress soon.

The 60-day congressional review period regarding a decriminalization bill signed by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray back on March 31, is drawing rapidly to a close. U.S. News is reporting that lawmakers will not have enough time (or the inclination) to put up the requisite fight to halt the bill’s eventual passage. Meaning that next month the district could start issuing a $25 civil fine for possession up to 1 ounce, instead of the six months in jail and a $1,000 fine previously bestowed.

However, D.C. residents should be aware of the fine print if the bill does go unchallenged. According to U.S. News, District police will still continue to arrest people who consume in public. Legal language that would have decriminalized smoking in public was removed from the bill early on by council members. Instead, they reduced penalties to a maximum fine of $500 and 60 days in jail. District law enforcement will also continue to confiscate marijuana when they issue tickets.

Another loop hole to the bill is U.S. Park Police and other federal law enforcement agencies, who will continue to press federal charges. If you get caught by federal law enforcement you can face fines up to $1,000 and 1 year in jail. Approximately 22% of land in D.C. is federally owned, but Park Police can make arrests in any part of the city.