Bernie Sanders’ Plan for Pot

Yesterday’s News – May 20, 2015


Image: Creative Commons

Image: Creative Commons


Bernie Sanders is From Vermont, So He’s Cool

During a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pointed to his home state of Vermont – and his track record of cannabis friendly policies – to illustrate how marijuana reform would look under his administration: “The State of Vermont voted to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana and I support that. I have supported the use of medical marijuana. And when I was mayor of Burlington, a city with a large population, I can tell you very few people were arrested for smoking marijuana. Our police had more important things to do.” As for where he stands on total legalization and regulation, Mr. Sanders promises to pay close attention to Colorado and offer more information soon: “I’m going to watch very closely to see the plusses and minuses of what they have done…I will have more to say about this issue in the coming months.” WRK can confirm, having lived in Burlington for several years, that very few people are arrested for cannabis. Thankfully. Matt Ferner has more coverage at The Huffington Post:



Oregon Still Fine Tuning the Details

On Monday, Oregon lawmakers proposed eliminating the “harvest tax,” which would tax marijuana flowers at $35 an ounce and leaves at $10 an ounce, and replacing it with a more traditional sales tax. Sen. Floyd Pozanski feels a sales tax will incentivize people to purchase from state-regulated dispensaries; he and his supporters worry that “a set in stone tax of $35 dollars an ounce could make legal marijuana uncompetitive with the black market.” He is also one of two legislators who want to allow medical shops to sell recreational cannabis, as the Oregon Liquor Control Commission in charge of the rollout has said it doesn’t believe new recreational shops will be licensed and operating before the fall of 2016. Senator Ted Ferrioli has been pushing to begin sales as early as July 1. Jeff Mapes at The Oregonian has the full story:



You Know What I Need. Or Maybe You Don’t.

If you’re looking to raise money for your cannabis start-up, Forbes has a pretty solid list of people to call and ask for some cash. Deborah Borchardt examines a few of the groups looking to invest in marijuana. Though problems with medical dispensaries in Massachusetts and Washington DC, as well as the continuing question of how – or even if – California will regulate, have slowed growth projections, there are still more and more investors coming into the industry.



Jake Browne Sticks His Nose in It

Lindsey Bever at the Washington Post spent some time with cannabis aficionado Jake Browne of The Cannabist, the Denver Post offshoot that handles all things marijuana. Anyone who’s done a strain review search has likely come across Mr. Browne’s work, especially if they find themselves crafting more strain reviews than they thought they would when they started a cannabis review and lifestyle website. The article provides a look into his process of writing about weed, including both its appearance and effects, and illustrates how good marijuana reviews are similar to something you’d see in a high-end wine magazine.






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