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California: Los Angeles Voters To Decide On Marijuana Tax
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Los Angeles, CA: Members of the Los Angeles City Council have decided to place a proposal on the March 8, 2011 municipal ballot that, if approved by voters, would impose a five percent citywide tax on medical cannabis sold at local dispensaries.
The measure defines the proposed fee as a ‘gross reimbursement’ rather than a tax.
In November, voters in several California municipalities – including Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, and Stockton – approved local tax measures regarding the imposition of business or sales taxes on medical marijuana.
If approved, revenue from the city’s medical cannabis tax would be used to fund public safety and fire and rescue efforts.
For more information about this and other municipal marijuana taxes, please visit: http://hightimes.com/legal/ht_admin/6808.
California: Oakland Now Accepting Applications For Industrial Medical Marijuana Grows
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Oakland, CA: Oakland city officials are seeking to license up to four industrial-sized medical marijuana grow operations within the city limits. City officials began accepting applications from prospective growers this week.
Licensed growers would be required to pay a $211,000 annual fee to the city of Oakland to operate the cultivation sites.
The permits do not set limits regarding the quantity of cannabis that licensed producers may cultivate at each given site.
According to The Associated Press, “The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration did not return messages seeking comment on how the agency might respond if the city-approved operations actually started growing pot.”
For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Deputy Director, at (202) 483-5500.
New Jersey: Health Officials To Hold Public Hearing On Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules
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Trenton, NJ: The state Department of Health and Senior Services will hold a public hearing on Monday, December 6 to discuss proposed rules for New Jersey’s nascent medical marijuana program. The hearing will take place between 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, First Floor Auditorium, Health and Agriculture Building, 369 South Warren Street (at Market Street), Trenton, New Jersey 08608.
In October, health officials released draft regulations regarding the implementation of the state’s Compassionate Medical Marijuana Act, which was signed into law in January. The proposed rules limit the manufacture of medical cannabis to two licensed facilities, restrict the percentage to THC that may be present in the plant to no more than ten percent, and limit the varieties of legally available cannabis to no more than three strains.
Critics of the regulations say that they are unduly restrictive and are “not consistent with the intent of the legislature.”
Members of the New Jersey Assembly voted this week in favor of a concurrent resolution that seeks to force DHHS to revise their proposed regulations. However, the Senate has yet to vote on the issue.
The public has until January 14, 2011, to comment on the proposal. Persons wishing to comment on the proposal must submit their comments in writing by regular mail to Ruth Charbonneau, Director, Office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Office of the Commissioner, NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, P O Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360. Written comments must be postmarked on or before January 14, 2011.
For more information please visit NORML New Jersey at: http://www.normlnj.org or the Coalition for Medical Marijuana – New Jersey at: http://www.cmmnj.org.