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Nebraska Adds Recreational Marijuana Initiative to 2022 Campaign
The push to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska is gaining steam. Now, buoyed by the success of both medical and recreational initiatives in South Dakota, activists are adding a legalization initiative for the 2022 ballot, reports 1011 AM radio news in Lincoln.
One state senator there tells KETV-7 in Omaha that its vital to making Nebraska an attractive place to live.
That’s Nebraska State Senator Adam Morfeld.
Activists for 2022 are pushing a medical initiative that simply says, “Persons in the State of Nebraska shall have the right to cannabis in all its forms for medical purposes.”
Morfeld says legalization would protect more Nebraskans than just medical marijuana would.
Details Emerge on New Jersey Recreational Marijuana
Late Friday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and legislators said they have reached an agreement on setting up the new recreational marketplace mandated by the 2-to-1 win for marijuana legalization last month.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that two bills are winding through the legislature, which has until December 17th to work out any details.
One bill will set the legal possession limit for marijuana by adults at six ounces.
The other bill sets up the Garden State’s cannabis marketplace. State sales tax of 6.625% will apply to all marijuana purchases, as well as a $10 / ounce tax on marijuana priced above $350, increasing up to a $60 / ounce tax on marijuana priced below $200.
The Assembly and Senate differ on other aspects of the legislation. The Assembly opposes the Senate’s call to distribute those marijuana tax revenues solely to communities impacted by the drug war, while the Senate opposes the Assembly’s call to limit cultivation licenses.
Rastafarian Laments Mississippi Imprisonment Post-Medical Vote
A Jamaican-born musician serving time in Mississippi prison for his medical marijuana use says racism put him behind bars.
Patrick Beadle, age 48, was driving through Madison County, Mississippi when he was pulled over for allegedly crossing a lane line.
“The only reason I was pulled over was dreadlocks and I was driving a new car,” he told The Clarion-Ledger. “My phone showed no intention to visit anyone in Mississippi.”
Police discovered 2.89 pounds of marijuana that Beadle had picked up in Oregon, but found no other indicia of trafficking, like money, paraphernalia, scales, or separate packaging.
Mississippi passed its medical marijuana initiative last month by a 37-point margin.
India’s Largest Paper Endorses Cannabis Legalization
“India… must reverse course and decriminalize marijuana.”
That’s the pronouncement from the editorial page of The Times of India, the largest newspaper in the world’s most-populous democracy.
The editorial notes the hypocrisy of India voting last week at the United Nations to recognize the medical utility of cannabis, while its government is engaged in a crackdown on marijuana use by popular celebrities in its Bollywood movie industry.
“The fact is marijuana use has long been part of Indian tradition,” The Times writes. “It was only under American pressure that the Indian government banned all narcotic substances, including marijuana, in the 1980s.”
The Times points out that marijuana has been legalized now in 15 US states.
Former Guam Governor Worries Marijuana Smell Harms Family-Friendly Tourist Image
Former Guam Governor Carl Gutierrez worries that loosening of Guam’s marijuana laws without curtailing public use could have a detrimental effect on tourism.
Pacific Daily News published Gutierrez’s op-ed where he worries public pot smoking will repel families with children.
Gutierrez referred to a recent trip he took to Las Vegas. Cannabis is legal in Nevada, but public consumption is punished as a misdemeanor with a $600 fine, the harshest punishment in any legal state.
“Yet in practice, it seems more forbidden on the Las Vegas Strip,” Gutierrez writes. “Off-strip Vegas feels a little looser… [with] the constant pungency of cannabis smoke, which was also detected in fleeting puffs on the street.”
Gutierrez serves as president and CEO of Guam Visitors Bureau.