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California County Calls for State Aid to Combat Cannabis Farms Politics 

California County Calls for State Aid to Combat Cannabis Farms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California state senator has asked Gov. Jerry Brown to help a rural county deal with a dramatic proliferation of illegal marijuana farms by declaring a state of emergency. Siskiyou County supervisors earlier declared a local emergency after the sheriff said his department is outmanned by the illegal farmers, who some residents complain are wrecking the environment and attracting violent crime. Emergency declarations give government officials flexibility to quickly react to natural disasters and other catastrophes and can lead to grants and other financial help. Read…

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Washington Sees Declines in Teen Use, Treatment Admissions Since Legalization Politics 

Washington Sees Declines in Teen Use, Treatment Admissions Since Legalization

For legalization opponents eager to see regulated cannabis markets fail, a new government report out of Washington state isn’t yielding much in the way of talking points. Since 2012, when the state became one of the first in the country to legalize cannabis for adult use, consumption rates among minors have remained stable or fallen. The number of admissions to treatment for cannabis use disorder—and in fact, all admissions involving cannabis—have gently declined. There’s even some evidence that legalization in the Pacific Northwest “may have led to a drop in…

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Maine Lawmakers Propose 20% Sales Tax on Adult-Use Cannabis Politics 

Maine Lawmakers Propose 20% Sales Tax on Adult-Use Cannabis

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers want to double the recreational marijuana sales tax to 20 percent. The Legislature’s marijuana legalization committee will consider the issue at a Sept. 26 public hearing. Lawmakers say they’ll likely postpone legalization of recreational marijuana sales past February. The committee had supported adding a 10 percent excise tax on business owners who sell marijuana on top of the 10 percent sales tax. A draft marijuana bill released Tuesday calls for a 20 percent sales tax. Read the full article

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