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Massachusetts Governor Sued of Marijuana Businesses Non-Essential Status

Bay Area marijuana businesses to sue Gov Baker

Oh dear, I guess Gov Charlie Baker expected a firestorm over not allowing essential status for marijuana businesses,  but he probably wasn’t expecting a lawsuit. 

Bay Area Marijuana Businesses File Lawsuit

The Associated Press is reporting that a group of cannabis dispensaries in the Bay Area has filed to sue Baker on Wednesday 8th April. They have asked, “the court to allow recreational pot shops to reopen, saying the closure will cause serious harm to the industry.”

Baker came out fighting stating, “Significant numbers of the customers who procure cannabis at recreational marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts are not from Massachusetts. Making those sites available to anybody from the northeast would cut completely against the entire strategy we’re trying to pursue.”

It will be an interesting battle and Mary Jane’s Garage will keep you posted.

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2 New Bills Expand Medical Cannabis Access in Louisiana

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On 6th May 2 new bills to advance home deliveries of medical cannabis were approved by Louisiana’s lawmakers. The news is even more interesting because it involves a Representative who has in the past voted down every single move to decriminalize all forms of marijuana.

State Representative Changes Stance on Medical Cannabis

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Rep. Larry Bagely (R)

Interestingly,  both new bills were sponsored by a former staunch opponent of marijuana in all forms. Rep. Larry Bagely (R) said of his bill, “I’ll say this. I have never been a proponent of medical marijuana. I voted against every piece of legislation that came down because I just didn’t believe in it and I thought there was an ulterior motive. But now, constituents in my area, they come to me and they ask me for help because they’re having pain, they can’t find things to cure the pain. They’re using opioids, some of them, they’ve just got problems that the doctors can’t seem to help.”

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It’s Time to Legalize Cannabis Federally: Cory Booker

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Cory Booker appeared in a Facebook video this week and claimed that the time has come to legalize cannabis on a Federal level. In the video, he says, “We need to end this federal prohibition.”

Asked about whether to legalize cannabis nationally Booker did not pull any punches

We wrote in December how Senators Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren had introduced news to the Senate. Now Booker has come out strongly to push for federal legalization.

Answering a question from someone called Tom,  he stated, “I cannot tell you how much I agree with you, Tom. There are people throughout this country right now who have PTSD from their military service, children falling into seizures with things like Dravet syndrome, not able to access what is a lifesaving drug for some people. Enough is enough. We need to end this federal prohibition.”

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9,000 Cannabis Convictions Quashed in California

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Great news in California as 9,000 get their cannabis convictions taken off the record books permanently. The Golden State’s Expungement program is removing non-violent low-level weed crimes for its citizens.

11,500 Cannabis Convictions Affected

Santa Clara County in the Golden State cleared almost 11,500 convictions altogether. These affected about 9,000 individuals. In a move that has proved popular among cannabis users in particular but the general population as well, District Attorney Jeff Rosen made the announcement.

DA Rosen said, “Too many people who have committed low-level offenses and paid their debt to society remain hampered by old criminal records in their efforts to get back on track. The justice system must always evolve toward fairness and equality.”

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