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Presidential Candidate Says He Used Marijuana and Wants it Legalized

By Michelle Price, Associated Press (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said that he’s used marijuana “a handful of times a long time ago,” and that it’s time for the U.S. to legalize marijuana. Buttigieg, speaking to reporters after touring a legal cannabis dispensary in suburban Las Vegas, was asked about whether he’d ever used marijuana. “I have. A handful of times a long time ago,” he said. He added that he knows people whose lives have been “shaken” by its criminalization and the so-called “war on drugs.” Buttigieg said people still have an image of the marijuana industry and dispensaries that’s based on outdated stereotypes. “When you go into a place like this, it almost reminds you of an Apple store how tidy and carefully it’s laid out, knowledgeable employees an...

Bernie Sanders Vows to Legalize Marijuana (If Elected President)

  Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders just released his plan to legalize marijuana within his first 100 days in office (should he be elected president). He’s vowed to use executive powers to make it happen. Sanders would limit the industry’s size and scope, Vox reported. In the plan, Sanders notes that the attorney general would be instructed to declassify marijuana, completely removing it from the Controlled Substances Act. Congress would be pressured to permanently legalize marijuana. His plan also includes expunging previous marijuana convictions. A clemency board would be formed to expunge certain federal convictions and provide some with “early relief.” Marijuana tax revenues would be used to create a $20 billion grant program for persons of color that are discriminated against...

Netherlands to Give Full Marijuana Legalization a Trial Run

The Netherlands is preparing to introduce a “weed test” in cities other than Amsterdam. The test would allow smaller-sized municipalities to have marijuana sales in coffeeshops (aka cannabis cafes). All products offered to coffeeshop patrons would be tested and display the THC percentages, City Lab reported. Locals may not see the coffeeshops offering marijuana for another year and a half, but officials are hoping it will be sooner than that. Officials must identify and approve growers first. Consumption of marijuana is currently legal in the Netherlands but growing it for commercial purposes is not. Breda Mayor Paul Depla said, “It’s almost the same as being allowed to buy beer in a cafe, but not being allowed to brew one. In that situation an illegal brewery would be setup tomorrow.” Off...

Cannabis in America: $128.8 Billion in Taxes and 1.6 Million Jobs

New Frontier Data, a leader in analytics and business intelligence for the global cannabis industry, released its new study, Cannabis In the U.S. Economy: Jobs, Growth and Tax Revenue, 2019 Edition. The report looks at the current state of legal cannabis jobs and tax revenues and projects the impact that full federal legalization would have on the U.S. economy, especially tax revenue generation and job creation. New Frontier Data new report forecasts that under full federal legalization the cannabis industry could produce nearly $130 billion in additional tax revenues and over 1 million jobs nationwide. “With so much speculation about economic slowdown, the potential for federally legal cannabis to create up to a million new jobs and close to $130 billion in tax revenue is likely going to ...

Las Vegas’ First Marijuana Tasting/Testing Room Opens

The Las Vegas dispensary Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace has opened a marijuana tasting room. The dispensary is located on Paiute Tribal land, a few miles north of The Strip. The dispensary also offers a 24-hour marijuana drive-thru service. Nevada doesn’t permit marijuana tasting rooms yet and the City of Las Vegas doesn’t allow them, Fox 5 Vegas reported. However, since Nuwu is on tribal land, it’s considered a sovereign land. The concept is “try before you buy.” Consumers can visit the dispensary and try different marijuana strains. When the find a strain they like, they can purchase it. The primary idea behind the tasting room is to allow tourists somewhere to use marijuana safely. Dispensary regular, Melissa Applewhite said, “Oh, my god, do you know how super stoked I am for this moment? I ...