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Pot legalization movement seeks first foothold in Northeast

BOSTON — Having proven they can win in the West, advocates for recreational marijuana hope the Nov. 8 election brings their first significant electoral victories in the densely populated Northeast, where voters in Massachusetts and Maine will consider making pot legal for all adults.
Supporters believe “yes” votes in New England would add geographical diversity to the legalization map, encourage other East Coast states to move in the same direction and perhaps build momentum toward ending federal prohibitions on the drug.
“We have to get to a point where we can win legalization voter initiatives in other parts of the country,” said Keith Stroup, founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, a leading group in the legalization movement.
Three other states — California, Arizona and Nevada — are also voting on recreational pot. If the California initiative passes, marijuana will be legal along the entire West Coast. Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Al..

Some question Pendleton’s marijuana odor ordinance

PENDLETON, Ore. — City officials say Pendleton’s marijuana odor ordinance is necessary, but some residents say the law is bound to bring trouble.
The East Oregonian reports that the Pendleton City Council in June passed an ordinance prohibiting “unreasonable” amounts of marijuana odors from leaving a property and entering another.
Pendleton attorney Will Perkinson says the ordinance is too vague and it doesn’t distinguish between medical and recreational marijuana or properly establish the level of odor a marijuana smell would need to reach to be considered harmful.
Since the odor law went into effect, there have been two cases where it has been enforced.
The City Council has not reconsidered the ordinance, but the planning commission is set to consider zoning regulations for marijuana retailers at a meeting Thursday.

Pot laws still hazy in workplace

WASHINGTON — After getting busted himself, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said it’s time for Americans to have an “overdue conversation” about marijuana in the workplace.
On July 8, 2014, the first day that retail stores began selling marijuana in Washington state, Holmes went to Cannabis City in Seattle and plopped down $80 for two 2-gram bags of weed. Then he went back to his office and put the drugs on his desk, not realizing that even though his purchase was legal under state law he had just violated the city’s drug-free workplace policy.
“It was a completely inadvertent violation, but it was a violation nonetheless,” said Holmes, who apologized and fined himself $3,000, donating the money to Seattle’s downtown emergency services.
If prosecutors can’t keep up with the maze of competing marijuana laws these days, one might forgive regular folks who feel a little hazy about them.
And workplace attorneys said the issue promises to become even more puzzling for employers and emp..

Pot industry created 18K jobs in Colorado in 2015

In 2015, the legal marijuana industry in Colorado created more than 18,000 new full-time jobs and generated $2.4 billion in economic activity, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of the economics of legal cannabis in the state.
The study, conducted by the economic consulting firm Marijuana Policy Group, is based on two years of sales numbers from the state of Colorado. It measured both the direct effects of legalization — including close to $1 billion in retail sales in 2015 — and the industry’s spillover effects on the Colorado economy.
These indirect impacts of marijuana legalization came from increased demand on local goods and services: growers rent warehouse space and purchase sophisticating lighting and irrigation equipment, for instance. Marijuana retailers similarly rely on other companies, like contractors, lawyers and book-keeping services, to conduct their own businesses.
“If this is done right, regulated right, taxed right, this industry can bring real economic ben..

Complex Announces ComplexCon Daytime Panel Program

LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Today Complex announced additional details on its “first ever cultural World’s Fair” ComplexCon, taking place in Long Beach, CA on Saturday, November 5th & Sunday, November 6th. Daytime programming tracks led by curators including: Jay Pharoah, TJ Miller, Dennis Hayseburg, Sam Jackson, Snoop Dog, and Takashi Murakami will kick off Saturday November 5th in the Long Beach Convention Center Grand Ballroom. Complex Conversations themes dig into core elements that make up pop culture including Comedy, Entertainment, Marijuana/Cannabis Culture, Movies, Music, Politics, Sci-Fi, Social Justice, Sneakers, Sports and Technology.
Jesse Williams has joined ComplexCon as an influential speaker spearheading Complex Conversations, a new format of panel discussions with a live audience. Williams will lead a 90-minute panel to discuss technology from a very unique perspective and has been hands on with shaping the conversations for each panel. Williams is..

OLCC Deems Strain Names Unsuitable For Children

Oregon, what’s going on?
Earlier this month the OLCC (Oregon Liquor Control Commission) reviewed 500 strain names, and out of the 500 they deemed 20 of them inappropriate because they appeal to minors. Because of this names like Charlotte’s Web, or Girl Scout Cookies won’t be allowed on the labels or packaging of medical or recreational cannabis.
Here’s the literature from the bulletin via the OLCC: September 23, 2016 ‐ Today, the OLCC passed a temporary rule that clarifies the restrictions on product wording commonly associated with products marketed by or to children. The Commission’s current rules allow it to regulate marijuana strain names attractive to minors but not those marketed by minors such as “girl scout cookies”. The action directs staff at OLCC to fairly implement criteria to restrict a narrow set of strain names that refer to cartoon characters, or are names associated with toys and games marketed to or by children.
The Commissioners and OLCC staff have reviewed a l..