Boaters advised: Marijuana still illegal on the high seas The Coast Guard warns it still will enforce federal laws against pot.
Though Maine has legalized recreational marijuana, don’t expect the U.S. Coast Guard to be on board with a state law.
Boaters who plan to get out on Maine waters this holiday weekend should prepare to be boarded by federal and state law enforcement officers, who will be out in force as they look for impaired operators as part of the nationwide Operation Dry Water campaign. The annual three-day effort was established in 2009 to raise awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence.
In Maine and the seven other states that have legalized recreational marijuana, the Coast Guard also is threatening fines or even arrest if officers find boat operators in coastal waters to be in possession of pot.
Medical marijuana ID applications start today in Arkansas
Beginning Friday, June 30, the state of Arkansas will accept applications for people who want to use, grow, or sell medical marijuana.
Patients have to have written certification from a physician, licensed in Arkansas, in order to qualify.
You don’t have to live in Arkansas. In fact, patients in any state can qualify to buy marijuana – for medicinal purposes.
Oregon Marks Two Years of Legalized Recreational Pot
This Saturday, July 1st, will mark the two year anniversary of legalized recreational marijuana. Since July 2015 a lot has changed, from perceptions of the drug use to its laws.
Stacy Gilbert is the General Manager of Oregon’s first licensed recreational store. She says the legalization has provided freedom of choice “We only want to move forward with cannabis legislature nationwide. We’d love to see other states follow the road Oregon has paved.
Senator Ron Wyden says marijuana sales have brought in 65-million dollars in tax revenue so far in Oregon. Right now he’s pushing for a bill to protect legal marijuana. This comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently criticized the legalization of the drug in some states.
Oregon was the 4th state to legalize marijuana in the country. On July 1st, 2015, Oregon joined the ranks of only a few states where anyone over 21 can purchase cannabis, with a valid ID. The first year, medical dispensaries with licensing under the Oregon Health Authority were able to sale limited quantity items to adult-use customers. Then last October, those same stores transferred their licensing over to the OLCC system.
W.Va. Medical Cannabis Act Takes Effect on Wednesday
The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act officially goes into effect on Wednesday, but a program to offer medicinal forms of marijuana statewide won’t begin until early 2019.
In preparation, the state Bureau for Public Health has established a Medical Cannabis Advisory Board and has started to develop regulations for implementation of the new law.
Members of the advisory board were named Thursday. They include Dr. Arvinder Bir of Huntington; Col. Jan Cahill, West Virginia State Police superintendent; Michael J. Deegan, a social worker from Cross Lanes; Michelle R. Easton, a pharmacist from Charleston; Dr. James Felsen of Great Cacapon; W. Jesse Forbes of Charleston; Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner and state health officer, Bureau for Public Health; Joseph Hatton, horticulturalist for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture; Kimberly Knuckles, a pharmacist from Beaver; Dr. Rudy Malayil of Huntington; D. Keith Randolph, prosecuting attorney from Madison; Dr. Joseph Selby of Morgantown and Russell A. Williams, a patient advocate from Nitro.