Leafist Weekly Cannabis News Roundup - Issue 5
As 2016 comes to a close, we can all reflect on what a record year it's been for the cannabis industry. A lot of changes are coming to the industry in 2017. There's been quite a bit of speculative predictions surfacing for 2017, more warnings and even those who remain "scared" of cannabis tossing out moratoriums and bans. Here's what's been going on for the last week of 2016 in the cannabis world.
This story is getting national attention. A Texas cop catches a teen smoking cannabis outside a movie theater. Instead of slapping the cuffs on him, the officer chose to take an alternate approach. The two had a nice conversation and the cop told the teen to do 200 push-ups and he'd be let go.
Following the completion of his push-ups, the teen hugged the cop and thanked him.
There are initiatives pending in Texas at this time to decriminalize simple marijuana possession. There are also initiatives pending discussion to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in the state.
Although Maine voters approved legal recreational marijuana in November, there are plenty of groups opposing it. In some cities, moratoriums are being enacted. In others, they are considering complete bans on recreational marijuana. Even if some cities become "dry", that won't stop residents from going to a neighboring city to purchase their marijuana.
It is expected that 2017 will be the year that lawmakers and legislative supporters of federal marijuana reform and full legalization will push the government to do something. More than half of the U.S. has some form of legal marijuana, with many others with legislation in discussion. More information via research is available to back supporters in making a valid argument to the U.S. Federal Government.
Sorry Massachusetts. We know you were looking forward to legal recreational marijuana being able to be purchased on January 1, 2018, but the state has approved a bill to delay that. So, now, you'll have to wait until July 1, 2018 to legally purchase recreational marijuana in your state. It may be legal for you to possess and use it now, but you have no options to legally purchase recreational marijuana for another 18 months.
Canada continues to make positive strides toward legalizing recreational marijuana. Most recently, parties agree that the Canadian approach will be to restrict access/use and heavily regulate the program. Canada's prohibition hasn't worked, they realize this. So, Prime Minister Trudeau and his committee of cannabis supporters will continue moving forward toward legalization.
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We at Leafist wish you all a safe entry into the New Year. As always, thank you for all of your engagement, sharing of our content and continued support. Consume responsibly and don't enter 2017 with a driving while stoned charge. We'll see you all right back here next week.