This Pot In News: Missouri Marijuana Measures Can Go 3 Ways; Georgia’s Next Governor May Expand Medical Accessibility; North Dakota To Vote on Legalization

This Pot In News: Missouri Marijuana Measures Can Go 3 Ways; Georgia’s Next Governor May Expand Medical Access; North Dakota To Vote on Legalization

This Pot in News is Monterey Bud’s weekly column offering his thoughts on the crucial stories of the week. Every Saturday, Monterey Bud recaps the information and tells us why he cares — and why we should, too.

The anticipation of larger legalization spread dramatically during the week ending Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018.

A Missouri poll indicates likely voters back amending the state’s constitution to legalize medical marijuana. Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee supports expansion of the state’s medicinal cannabis program, as well as the decriminalization of small amounts of cannabis. Again, another question for the voters to repay.

With some good news for politically ambivalent times, here is a closer look at the week’s marijuana headlines.

Medical Marijuana in Missouri: The Show Me State Shows It Cares

Most of residents in Missouri support marijuana reform, according to a survey conducted by Real Clear Politics between Aug. 8 and 9, 2018. Of 1,785 likely voters, the survey found that 54 percent support amending the constitution to permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. And in a red red state, that support for real medical marijuana is probably good news for Democratic US Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Up for her third semester, McCaskill is running neck-and-neck with the state’s Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley. While McCaskill advised the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “I really do think medical marijuana should be passed,” Hawley has just recently stated that he’s “inclined” to encourage among the three medicinal cannabis initiatives on this November’s ballot, according to the Perry County Republic-Monitor community paper.

Missouri, which initiative do you think works?

  • Amendment 2: The Medical Marijuana and Veteran Healthcare Services Initiative would legalize medical marijuana for medicinal purposes, tax all sales at 4%, and allocate funds for healthcare services for veterans.
  • Amendment 3: The Medical Marijuana and Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute Initiative would legalize medical marijuana for medicinal purposes, tax sales at 15 percent, and allocate funds to establish a Biomedical Research and Drug Development Institute.
  • Proposition C:  The Medical Marijuana and Veterans Health Care Services, Education, Drug Treatment, and Public Safety Initiative would legalize medical cannabis, tax sales at 2 percent, and allocate revenue on veterans services, drug treatment, education, and law enforcement

The survey found strong support for legalizing medicinal cannabis. But while the medical marijuana question was responded to in the August poll, many of those surveyed remained confused over who could best reflect the will of the people in the Show Me State. According to the survey, both McCaskill and Hawley polled at 47 percent.

With less than 80 days until the election on Nov. 6, 2018, a vast majority of voters in Missouri are hoping to convert this green wave of support into real reform come November. If there was ever an issue to assist a red state turn blue, the reform of marijuana law is definitely it.

Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Expansion of Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization

Under Georgia’s current medical marijuana law, qualified patients are allowed to possess no more than 20 fluid ounces, or 591.5 milliliters, of low-THC petroleum — provided that they can find it.

Passed and signed into law by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal in 2015, Haleigh’s Hope Act Enables the use of the therapeutic oil at any given time for certified patients. But while the legislation made it legal to possess the oil, it also made it illegal for patients to develop medicinal cannabis or buy the oil in condition.

And that’s a problem Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams aims to repair.

“Currently, Georgia allows registered patients to use cannabis oil — but the sale and transport of cannabis oil is illegal,” Abrams tweeted Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. “I support legalization of medical cannabis, expansion of in-state cultivation of medical cannabis, and decriminalization of small amounts of cannabis.

Meanwhile, Abrams’ Republican opponent, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, voiced a slightly more conservative opinion on the topic. Kemp said that he would defer to the state’s recently appointed study commission findings, and stated “I’d definitely be open and supportive” should the commission’s recommendation be to expand the state program, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s Politically Georgia page.

Notoriously labeled “the worst Secretary of State in the US” by Better Georgia, a left-leaning affiliate of the national progressive advocacy organization ProgressNow, Kemp is purportedly prepared to turn his suspicious attention-to-detail from protecting the state’s election infrastructure — violated data, tampered elections, and lawsuits galore — to Georgia’s executive branch.

Oh, and another thing: according to some 2018 survey performed by AJC Poll, 77 percent of Georgians support an expanded law to distribute medical marijuana. In other words, vote Abrams in 2018 if you encourage greater access to medical cannabis

North Dakota Voters Cast Their Ballots On Legalization This November

Legalize ND has successfully submitted more than 14,000 valid signatures to the office of the Secretary of State, mandating their marijuana legalization initiative is placed on the ballot Nov. 6, 2018.

The ballot measure, formally titled the North Dakota Marijuana Legalization and Automatic Expungement Initiative, would establish one of the least restrictive marijuana legislation in the US. In addition to legalizing all forms of marijuana — such as concentrates — it would allow adults 21 and older to possess, cultivate, and distribute marijuana for recreational purposes to other adults.

In addition, the expungement of past marijuana records would be implemented for any breach of a controlled substance that’s been legalized.

Legal weed and your life back?

Between 2014 and 2016, more than 7,000 North Dakota residents were arrested for simple marijuana possession, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. From expunging past marijuana records, those with past offenses would no longer face the revocation of a professional license, the denial of access to public housing, or the suspension of their driver’s licenses.

Published at Sat, 18 Aug 2018 16:00:24 +0000

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