FEDERAL

Title: Rep. Blumenauer launches PAC to defeat anti-pot lawmakers

Author: Statesman Jnl

Date: 8 November 2017

URL: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2017/11/08/rep-blumenauer-launches-pot-committee-target-anti-marijuana-lawmakers/842138001/?mc_cid=4e63473e86&mc_eid=178dec0b63

Extract:  Oregon’s leading marijuana advocate in Congress, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, has formed a political action committee aimed at unseating anti-marijuana lawmakers.

The Portland Democrat’s Cannabis Fund is one in a growing suite of similar committees paying to promote weed-friendly candidates and policies. Pot committees raised at least $177,840 in the 2015-16 election cycle, Federal Election Commission records show.

Rep. Blumenauer Launches Cannabis Fund to Unseat Prohibitionist Lawmakers

CONNECTICUT

Title: Connecticut Medical Marijuana Facility Owner Faces Drug Charges

Author: Courant.com

Date: 8 November 2017

URL:  http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-news-medical-marijuana-facility-owner-arrested-on-drug-charges-20171108-story.html

Extract: The principal of the Portland-based CT Pharmaceutical Solutions has surrendered his medical marijuana employee license and has been charged by Portland police after the state Department of Consumer Protection reported an anonymous tip this summer that he was “diverting marijuana” from the facility.

Andrew Bozzuto, 54, of North Branford, was taken into custody on Oct. 2 and charged with possession of a controlled substance and illegal sale of a controlled substance, police records show. Bozzuto surrendered his individual license but the company, which produces marijuana for medical purposes, is still operating. A lawyer for CT Pharmaceutical Solutions said the company is cooperating with police.

 

 

INDIANA

Indiana Prosecutors Pen Letter Opposing All Forms of Cannabis Legalization

 

MAINE

Maine’s New MMJ Rules Permit Surprise Caregiver Inspections

 

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey’s New Governor Says He will Legalize Cannabis

 

Title: With Phil Murphy’s win, it’s ‘full steam ahead’ for legal marijuana

Author: NJ.com

Date: 8 November 2017

URL:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/11/hold_murphys_victory_is_the_first_step_toward_a_ma.html?mc_cid=4e63473e86&mc_eid=178dec0b63

Extract: TRENTON — Democrat Phil Murphy’s victory in the governor’s race Tuesday night drives New Jersey “full-steam ahead” toward legalizing marijuana and cultivating an estimated $1.3 billion industry, the sponsor of the legislation said.

Throughout the campaign, Murphy has embraced the idea of making marijuana available for recreational use for people 21 and older. Early on, he made his support well-known that he would sign a legalization bill when it arrived on his desk.

 

Goodbye Chris Christie, and Good Riddance

 

Title: New Jersey marijuana legalization push gets big boost with Murphy’s win Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney hopes to pass a recreational legalization measure as soon as the new governor gets settled

Author: Cannabist

Date: 8 November 2017

URL: http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/11/08/new-jersey-marijuana-legalization-murphy/91951/

Extract:  TRENTON, N.J. — Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in New Jersey say Phil Murphy’s win Tuesday night will pave the way for pot legislation.

NJ.com reports Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to succeed term-limited Gov. Chris Christie. Murphy is a strong supporter of legalizing and taxing marijuana. The governor-elect has highlighted an estimated $300 million in tax revenue from legal pot that he says could help fund education programs and public worker pensions.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Title:  Governor: More than 4,000 in Pa. seek medical marijuana

Author: Daily Item.com

Date: 8 November 2017

URL: http://www.dailyitem.com/news/local_news/governor-more-than-in-pa-seek-medical-marijuana/article_b33cbe0a-828f-5351-81b4-2e544734e1f6.html

Extract: HARRISBURG – More than 4,000 people have registered with the state to try to get medical marijuana for themselves or a loved one, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday.