Last week we told you about the marijuana cultivation bans that are currently sweeping the state of California. We also told you that lawmakers were scrambling to fix the mistake that led to the bans in the first place.
It seems a deadline for cities and counties to decide whether they wanted to ban cultivation was accidently left in the recent medical marijuana regulation legislation passed in California, leaving jurisdictions with little choice but to enact bans before it was too late.
Last year a major shift occurred in the Canadian government: the long-dominant Conservative Party was out and the Liberal Party was in, with a comfortable majority in Parliament. New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has many plans for his country, and one of them is the legalization of marijuana.
According to Forbes magazine, 2016 is going to be a tremendous year for the marijuana industry. The presidential election that happens in 2016 has started to revolve around marijuana legalization. There is a bill called the CARERS Act that would permit states to allow medical marijuana access without fear of the federal government interfering, and would also give states the ability to reschedule marijuana to a Schedule 2 instead of a Schedule 1 drug, resulting in much more research into our favorite plant.
Could Rescheduling Marijuana Be A Bad Thing?
Many predicted that the new medical marijuana regulations passed by the state legislature last year would spell doom for patients in California. Sadly, the doom seems to be spreading throughout the state. What California NORML calls “ban-apalooza” is in full swing.
With ResponsibleOhio dead in the water and the state legislature beginning a long study and debate of the issue, it was starting to look like Ohio voters might not see any cannabis legalization this year to vote on.
Enter the Marijuana Policy Project. Over the last 20 years, MPP has helped change laws in dozens of states. They bring experience and financial donors into a state that sorely needed both.