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Republican Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, who would have vetoed the Illinois medical marijuana laws.

Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner wouldn’t have allowed medical pot in Illinois had he been governor over this past term. Since he’s not governor, though it’s easy for him to sit back and play armchair quarterback when it comes to medical cannabis and criticize the current administration for following through with the will of the people and their elected officials.
But medical marijuana is legal, and now Rauner says he would milk it for all he can. His latest idea? Give out grow and dispensary licenses to the highest bidders, effectively cutting out small business owners and giving preferential treatment not to those who care about patients and medicine, but those who purely see dollar signs in the new industry.

Coleen Danger.

Gov. Mark Dayton took to the radio yesterday morning to say that his proposal to research medical marijuana hasn’t gotten any love from the advocates of broader legalization. He put the prospects of passing it between “slim and none.”
However, those same advocates plan to add part of the Dayton proposal as an amendment and are open to compromising on some points. They contend that the governor’s version of a medical marijuana program — despite his assertions — would help no one in the immediate future.

Photo by Chalmers Butterfield/Wikimedia Commons.
The Springs has changed since this photo, but cannabis attitudes have stayed the same.

Colorado’s second-largest city will not be allowing retail recreational marijuana sales, opting instead to ban the industry outright as is allowed under Colorado’s Amendment 64.
The city joins a growing list of about two dozen cities and counties around the Centennial State with cannabis business bans.

Massachusetts medical marijuana laws passed last November allows for up to 35 nonprofit dispensaries around the state, and draft regulations to guide the industry were just released today.
Among the proposed rules is the determination that a 60-day supply of marijuana can be up to ten ounces per patient and that all dispensaries would have to grow their own cannabis.

In most states, simple possession of small amounts of hash is treated exactly the same as possession of marijuana — punishable as a misdemeanor. But not in Texas.

By David B. Sloane, Attorney
DFW NORML Public Information Officer
In Texas, possession of so-called “hash” is classified as a felony of varying degrees of severity depending on how much is possessed by aggregate weight. 
In the overwhelming majority of states, simple possession for small amounts of hash derived naturally from the marijuana plant is treated exactly the same as possession of marijuana — punishable as a misdemeanor. Even states known for their draconian drug laws treat hash the same way as they treat marijuana.
Doesn’t care about patients: Sen. Vicki Schmidt (R-Topeka) said “I have no interest on hearing the bill”

‚ÄčEven though a bill which would legalize the medical use of marijuana is now in both houses of the Kansas Legislature, lawmakers haven’t shown any interest in making it a law.

Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City) introduced Senate Bill 354, the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act, during Monday’s session. It was referred to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, where it will likely sit without a hearing, reports Chris Hong at LJWorld.
“I have no interest on hearing the bill,” the arrogant and uncaring Sen. Vicki Schmidt (R-Topeka) said haughtily. Schmidt chairs the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.