Legalization is not Inevitable

Marijuana is Not Winning in Court or in the State Governments

1) Responsible Ohio had put together investors to get marijuana on the ballot in 2015. Secretary of State is not accepting the signatures and that there will not be enough signatures by the deadline: “ResponsibleOhio raised nearly $1.7 million during the first half of the year from investors with a stake in the marijuana growing sites outlined in its proposed constitutional amendment. Almost all donations from the entities were for $50,000 or more,” according to an article in the Cannabist.  Many signatures were not legitimate. 

2) In California, a Northern California appeals court ruled that marijuana businesses cannot deduct business expenses on their tax returns.

3) Journal of the American Medical Association  (JAMA) published a major study to say Medical Marijuana would not meet the requirements of FDA approval.

4) Colorado Health Department rejected PTSD as a condition for Medical Marijuana. More and more evidence is pointing to the fact that marijuana makes PTSD worse.

5) University of British Columbia revamps medical school curriculum to not include medical marijuana.

6) On June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that employers can fire employees for off-duty “medical” marijuana use. 

7) A Denver – based marijuana credit union was denied by the Federal Reserve.

8) In Maryland governor Larry Hogan vetoed a bill to decriminalize marijuana paraphernalia.

9) In Maine, the House soundly rejected a ballot to legalize marijuana by a vote of 98 to 45. An identical measure had been introduced two years earlier, in 2013, when it was defeated by only 4 votes.  The legislators make better choices when educated.

If anything the story in Maine is proof that legislators are moving against the marijuana lobbyists and industry now that an opposition is organized.

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