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  1. Ron Strider

    CA: Modesto Not Decided On Having Marijuana Businesses, But It Could Have A Tax Ready

    Modesto voters in November will decide whether to impose a tax of as much as 10 percent on marijuana businesses, whose proceeds the city says would be used for any government purpose, including parks and recreation, neighborhood safety and creating jobs. The City Council voted 5-2 on Tuesday...
  2. Ron Strider

    MA: No Decision Yet On Recreational Marijuana Law

    Friday was the self-imposed deadline to come to an agreement on the marijuana bill but a final proposal has yet to come out of Conference Committee. Lawmakers are racing against the clock to get a final bill to revise Massachusetts marijuana law to Governor Charlie Baker's desk, but they'll...
  3. Ron Strider

    MA: Six Questions About How The Legislature Will Rewrite The New State Pot Law

    Massachusetts legislators were toiling in secret Thursday to finalize a rewrite of the voter-passed marijuana legalization law, trying to iron out differences between a House version that would alter major parts of the ballot measure and a Senate bill with more modest changes. If House and...
  4. Ron Strider

    Colorado Supreme Court Won't Hear Adams County Marijuana Tax Case

    The Colorado Supreme Court won't hear a case that pits a Colorado county against three cities within its boundaries in a dispute over who has the authority to levy special sales taxes on retail marijuana. The decision, made June 19, means that the lower court's order against Adams County remains...
  5. Ron Strider

    O Cannabis!: Mass. Politicians Want to Charge How Much For An Eighth

    The battle over how recreational marijuana will be taxed and managed in Massachusetts will come to a head Friday. Gov. Charlie Baker has said he wants a bill on his desk by June 30 in order to allow enough time for retailers to apply for marijuana sales licenses and open shop on July 1, 2018...
  6. Ron Strider

    The 6 Key Issues Mass. Lawmakers Will Try To Agree On Before Passing Pot Law Overhaul

    Differences between the House and Senate marijuana bills are being ironed out this week on Beacon Hill. Both chambers last week passed their own bills calling for changes the recreational marijuana law passed by voters last November. Now a six-member conference committee made up of House and...
  7. Ron Strider

    MA: Dueling Pot plans Offered

    Marijuana users won't be able to legally buy weed for another year, but proposed changes to the state's new pot law could affect how much they pay for it and what cities and towns have to do to ban retail shops. Dueling bills were approved by the House and Senate this week, and lawmakers will...
  8. Ron Strider

    MA: Taxing Marijuana And Banning Pot Shops

    The House and Senate have staked out their positions on changes to the voter-approved marijuana legalization law and both branches appear primed to finally debate the issue this week and hand the divergent bills off to a conference committee. Rep. Mark Cusack, the House co-chair of the...
  9. Ron Strider

    MA: Dude, Don't Bogart Our Marijuana Revenues

    Paging Grover Norquist: Antitax anxiety has broken out on Beacon Hill, with some Democratic lawmakers suddenly professing concern about raising taxes on recreational marijuana as part of a needed set of reforms to the state's new pot law. A proposal to levy a 28 percent tax on marijuana sales...
  10. Ron Strider

    Massachusetts Marijuana Tax Could Hit 56 Percent, Legalization Proponents Argue

    Massachusetts marijuana advocates were enraged on Wednesday, saying taxes on Bay State marijuana could skyrocket to 56 percent under a State House plan to overhaul the legalization law approved by voters. Hours later, state House Speaker Robert DeLeo said lawmakers will not vote on the bill...
  11. Ron Strider

    MA: Beacon Hill Pot Bill Vote Delayed

    Beacon Hill leaders have abruptly canceled tomorrow's anticipated vote to revamp the state's legalized marijuana law amid what House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo called "procedural" issues and unspecified concerns over the bill's language. The bill faced blistering criticism from legalized pot...
  12. Ron Strider

    A 28 Percent Tax On marijuana? That's The Plan Under the latest Bill

    In a sweeping rewrite of the voter-passed marijuana legalization measure, House leaders will advance a bill Wednesday that would more than double the total tax on recreational pot and give municipal officials – instead of local voters – the power to ban cannabis shops and farms. The...
  13. Ron Strider

    CA: Wonder Weed Won't Cure All Our Financial Ills

    To hear many local officials talk about it, you'd think those narrow, serrated leaves were made of gold. Mounting unfunded pension costs? Wonder weed will pay the bills. Mental health costs rising? Sell more wonder weed. Worried that public safety won't have enough cars or cops to fill...
  14. Ron Strider

    Bill Overhauling Massachusetts Legal Marijuana Law Expected To Surface This Week

    Massachusetts House lawmakers are expected to take up a bill this week that would change the marijuana law endorsed by voters last November. A Massachusetts House source told MassLive.com that House lawmakers are aiming for a Thursday vote. The State House News Service, an independent wire...
  15. Ron Strider

    MA: State Lawmakers To Vote On Pot Law Rewrite This Week

    Massachusetts lawmakers, toiling behind closed doors, could vote as soon as Thursday on an overhaul of the voter-passed marijuana legalization law. The state House of Representatives has scheduled a formal session for June 15, and one of the bills expected to be on the docket is a pot law...
  16. Ron Strider

    CA: Modesto Moves Closer Toward Taxing Marijuana Businesses

    Modesto officials Tuesday will continue their discussion about putting a marijuana tax on the November ballot. The City Council will consider a proposed cannabis business tax of as much as 10 percent on companies' gross revenues. The tax would apply to medical and nonmedical marijuana...
  17. Ron Strider

    Is The Revenue Department Ready For Montana's Weed Tax Tidal Wave

    This spring, the state Legislature passed a 4-percent sales tax on medical marijuana. The same deliberative body that could not bring itself to issue bonds for schools and rural water systems had no problem taxing medicine, probably because we all know medical marijuana is actually for fun. For...
  18. Ron Strider

    CA: Marijuana Dispensary Map Released By LA's City Controller

    In January, recreational marijuana use will become legal in the state of California. Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin released today a handy map of medical marijuana dispensaries operating within the city prepare for that event. Of course, the map isn't necessarily meant for...
  19. Ron Strider

    Nevada Marijuana Tax Bill Revived, Sent To Governor

    Days after failing twice amid a bitter tug-of-war between lawmakers, Nevada's special sales tax on marijuana was revived and sent to the governor's desk on the final day of the Legislature. Senate Bill 487, which would implement a 10 percent tax on retail marijuana sales in Nevada, was...
  20. Ron Strider

    Nevada Legislature Approaches Final Hours Of Session

    Nevada lawmakers are on the last day of a session that became focused on disagreements over education savings accounts, capital improvements and a proposed marijuana tax. The education funding debate had lawmakers working to resolve budget uncertainty in the final days of the 2017 session...
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