Legalization in New Jersey Collapses Vote Cancelled The New Jersey State Senate vote on legalizing recreational marijuana was cancelled.  This is a major blow to Gov. Phil Murphy on one of his signature campaign issues.  Bill sponsors hope it can be brought back in late fall 2019 but they are going to have to bring more Senators on board.  Sponsors are tight-lipped about what they would change to get those additional votes. Democratic Majorities Across the Board Like New York, New Jersey Democrats now control the executive and legislative branches (Assembly and Senate both) but I think what the New Jersey and New York Democrats are finding that they have to actually read the bills.  Back when their Republican opposition was sure to stop the bills they didn’t even bother to try to work the bills to make them better.  They just cried obstruction.  Now that they don’t have a scapegoat who always just says no (pun intended) the Democrats must bear the responsibility for the lack of support on these same bills that they formerly supported 100%. An Urban Split It is interesting how Democratic urban representatives are split.  Some look to legalization as an opportunity to… 

Cuomo Drops Recreational Marijuana From the Budget Governor Cuomo has agreed to drop recreational marijuana regulation from his proposed budget.  He and leaders of the Senate and Assembly say it could be taken up again before the legislative session ends on June 19th.  Even though Cuomo indicated that there is a $3 billion that could have been helped out by legalization to the tune of $300 million, he said they just ran out of time to get it all done.     Tax the Rich Instead No surprise here as Cuomo sprinkled his budget full of big policy items still being haggled over.  He says he replaced it with a tax on people who have condos and co-ops in NYC worth $5 million or more.  The rich just can’t get out of NY fast enough and Cuomo and his colleagues can’t seem to kick them out fast enough. Are they High? I think there should be mandatory drug testing daily for our Governor and elected legislature to see if their vote should count or not. Banana Haze So NY’s ”three men in a room” budget negotiations continues (albeit “two men and one woman in a room”) in secret… 

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Cuomo Screws NY’s Medical Marijuana Industry

Don’t Let the Screen Door Hit You on the Way Out… Governor Cuomo unveiled his proposed budget (page 200 of this link) which includes a recreational marijuana law called the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. For those who are invested in the big marijuana companies it is disappointing but small businesses will be happy (except New York is the least friendly state to business in the nation). For the companies who have invested in New York for the Governor’s Medical Marijuana plan, he is thanking them with taking away their ability to expand into recreational marijuana and allowing medical marijuana patients to grow their own – a double whammy likely to make NY a disaster for them.  The three tier distribution model according to the governor’s speech will make sure the licenses don’t just go to the dreaded rich people.  He is dreaming of Washington and Sandra Lee will be the next Dolly Madison.  Call Your Legislators – Tell Them You Want Real Jobs Cue the lobbyists and legislators to start negotiating this turkey.  Contact your state legislators now – there is still time to correct this turkey.  There are lots of bombs in the Governor’s proposed budget… 

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HOT New York Marijuana Jobs – Columbia Care in Brooklyn Heights

  Apply on Columbia Care’s website here – they are opening a new dispensary in Brooklyn Heights. Per Diem Pharmacist Columbia Care LLC – New York, NY Part-time   Dispensary/Pharmacy Technician Columbia Care LLC – New York, NY Full-time, Part-time   Columbia Care is currently hiring full and part-time per diem pharmacists and dispensary technicians for their new, not yet opened, Brooklyn Dispensary. This is a great opportunity to join one of the fastest growing companies in the country and be a part of a new dispensary. This Brooklyn dispensary will be their 4th in the state joining Manhattan, Rochester and Riverhead. A great opportunity for a caring, motivated individual to carry out our mission and vision in Brooklyn, New York. The Dispensary will be located in Brooklyn Heights and is targeting an early 2019 grand opening. They are seeking coverage for multiple shifts including weekends.

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Hemp Legalized, Jobs to Follow

Hemp Legal President Donald Trump just made hemp legal in all 50 states. The 2018 Farm Bill Trump signed earlier this month allows for hemp cultivation and the transfer of hemp-derived products across state lines for commercial or other purposes. Now that Jeff Sessions, one of the Trump Administration’s biggest opponents to legal marijuana, is no longer the U.S. Attorney General, the Feds have removed all restrictions on the sale, transport, or possession of hemp-derived products produced in a manner consistent with the law. What is Hemp? Hemp and marijuana are both Cannabis plants, but hemp has less than 0.3% of THC, the psychoactive chemical that gets folks high. Marijuana has between 5-35% of THC. Hemp has many industrial uses and can be found in food, clothing, body care products and even automobiles. It’s most important use for now is the extraction of CBD oil – but stay tuned.  Hemp is so versatile it alone will create several new industries. What’s Next? Look for job opportunities to expand exponentially in the CBD market – cosmetics, foodstuffs, drinks, supplements, pharmaceuticals- the list is endless. It’s going to take a little time to grow some hemp and prove certain uses… 

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Marijuana Wars in Nebraska and Neighboring Colorado

Unreasonable Search and Seizure The Nebraska Supreme Court just rejected an argument that legalization of pot in Colorado should change the standards for searching vehicles in Nebraska. In Nebraska in 2017, a state trooper after watching a car, at high speed, nearly cause an accident at an intersection made a traffic stop. When the trooper approached the vehicle, she smelled burned marijuana. The driver denied that there was marijuana in the vehicle or that marijuana had ever been in the car, and said she would not consent to a search. But the trooper did initiate a search, and found 4 grams of methamphetamine. What is Criminal about Illegal Pot? The driver was arrested and eventually found guilty of possession of drugs. She appealed based on what she maintained was an unreasonable search – the theory being that because the odor of marijuana no longer suggested criminal activity.  Well the judge might have bought that in Colorado but not in Nebraska where pot is not legal. Among the arguments she raised was that the legalization of marijuana in nearby Colorado had “eroded the legal premise” for conducting a warrantless search because “the odor of marijuana standing alone no longer… 

Legalization and Law Enforcement

Legalization and Law Enforcement and Marijuana Marijuana has been federally outlawed since 1937, and now its stigma is being erased by the day. Ten states allow recreational use and over 30 have medical marijuana.  Marijuana is on more and more state ballots every November.  Studies are showing that the regulation around legalization cuts access for kids in many cases.  An Illinois advocate says “You see some decreases among youth because you’re cutting off their access. The guy slinging weed on the corner in my neighborhood, I’ve never seen him ‘card,’ not once, and you see slight increase in people over 50 because their knees hurt.” Law Enforcement Agencies Remain Opposed Law enforcement agencies remain opposed.  This is understandable because it will make their jobs much more difficult. “People are saying this (legalization) is inevitable because of the changes in the Legislature and the governor’s chair, and it’s clever on the part of the sponsors to keep repeating that in the hopes that people will believe it,” said Ed Wojcicki, executive director of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. “I don’t know that we should assume that.” It’s much easier to enforce a law that is black and… 

New York Marijuana News Update

New York Marijuana News Update Governor Cuomo’s Plan Governor Cuomo is going to propose marijuana regulation. Note, he calls it “regulation” and not “recreation” so as not to remind anyone that marijuana can be fun.  He will propose it as a part of his proposed budget for the 19-20 fiscal year. I have been predicting this for months- since the Governor issued the Health Department’s report ahead of the election to signal his new position on legalization, ahem, I mean regulation.  Because marijuana legalization has a revenue component, Cuomo does not need any legislators to introduce a bill for him.  The state constitution allows him to propose whatever he likes as a part of the budgeting process if it has a fiscal impact, so he can take all the credit. New York Will Screw it Up If you are wondering how it will go, one can expect the state will tax it too high, will allow local governments to pile on and tax it into oblivion, will allow town boards to ban it completely (we have whole towns in NY that are orthodox Jewish and allowed to be segregated if you can believe that) and will not allow… 

Little Ole’ Tompkins County NY and Marijuana

Tompkins County Legislature Declares Support for Marijuana Legalization in New York The Tompkins County Legislature has officially declared its support for marijuana legalization in New York by issuing a formal resolution. Tompkins County is in rural Central NY and includes the city of Ithaca, home of Cornell University.  Cornell stands to be in the forefront of agricultural hemp and marijuana research and must be eagerly awaiting legalization. An Interesting Read Here is the resolution in part. It reads like a total damnation of marijuana prohibition in the US and NY especially: WHEREAS, since the drug war was initiated in the 1970s, over $1 trillion has been spent nationally enforcing drug laws, including those pertaining to marijuana, and WHEREAS, the existing drug laws have contributed significantly to the mass incarceration of two million American citizens which represents the highest imprisonment rate of any nation and 25% of the world’s prisoners, and WHEREAS, marijuana is the most widely used illicit substance and marijuana possession is the most commonly charged drug offense; accounting each year for over 600,000 Americans who are arrested, imprisoned, fined, or otherwise criminalized and stigmatized, potentially for life, because of their use of marijuana, and WHEREAS, New York State… 

Canadian Cannabis Shortage

Widespread Canadian Cannabis Shortage Experts are predicting Canada will suffer a legal weed shortage until at least 2020.  What do Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Saskatchewan have in common?  They have all had serious cannabis shortages. Devastating for Business and Hourly Employees One dispensary took only a few hours to sell out and had to close their doors before lunch on opening day.  This is devastating for the businesses that depend on the predicted revenue and employees who depend on the hours of pay they expected to get. One dispensary suspended online sales because they sold have their inventory online in minutes. Government’s Inaction – Time to Speak Up! Everyone said this wasn’t going to happen, but seriously, the government kills just about everything it touches.  The government doesn’t care about businesses failing or investors’ money going down the drain.  Government has little regard for business and most government employees have never had to make a payroll or pay attention to the bottom line. Instead of re-grouping and re-engineering their processes, they will continue to slow walk the applications for licenses unless they are re-motivated. Convicting Government Incompetence – Time to Speak Up!…