Colorado budget proposal calls for new task force to target illegal marijuana ops

Published: Nov 1, 2017, 6:35 pm • Updated: Nov 1, 2017, 6:35 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Colorado aims to establish a state law enforcement unit dedicated to investigating and, ideally, eradicating illegal marijuana grow operations that have cropped up throughout the state. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s $…

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Congressman proposes budget amendment to protect marijuana research from DOJ

Published: Sep 1, 2017, 10:00 am • Updated: Sep 1, 2017, 10:11 am By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff A Republican congressman has proposed an appropriations amendment to provide safe harbor for medical cannabis research in the majority of U.S. states. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a freshman lawmaker representing the western…

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Massachusetts top Dems argue over what to fix first: state budget or marijuana bill

Published: Jul 5, 2017, 7:25 pm • Updated: Jul 5, 2017, 7:25 pm By Steve Leblanc, The Associated Press BOSTON — The state’s top Democratic lawmakers clashed Wednesday over who’s to blame for the failure to pass two key pieces of legislation: an overdue state budget and a highly-watched bill…

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Connecticut GOP not on board for Dems’ proposal to legalize marijuana to balance budget

Published: May 16, 2017, 2:14 pm • Updated: May 16, 2017, 2:14 pm By The Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. — Democratic legislative leaders are proposing to legalize the retail sale of marijuana, authorize at least one new casino and “pave the way for tolls in Connecticut” as ways to balance…

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Colorado looks to marijuana tax as budget fix, stretching the limits of what voters approved

Published: May 2, 2017, 7:54 pm • Updated: May 2, 2017, 8:48 pm By John Frank and Alicia Wallace, The Denver Post In last-minute negotiations between Colorado lawmakers on a major spending bill, a dubious budget fixer has emerged: marijuana taxes. The tentative legislation unveiled this week seeks to extract additional…

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Connecticut eyes legalizing recreational marijuana to solve budget woes

Published: Mar 13, 2017, 8:58 am • Updated: Mar 13, 2017, 8:58 am By The Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s continuing fiscal woes, coupled with a new law that fully takes effect next year in neighboring Massachusetts, have prompted state lawmakers to take their most serious look yet at…

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