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Recreational Marijuana Legalization Leads Polling in Five States

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In the 2012 election, Colorado and Washington became the first US states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for all adults through passage of a ballot initiative. In 2014, Oregon and Alaska did the same. The 2016 election has the legalization of recreational marijuana on the ballot in five new states. This election, Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada all have measures on the ballot that will ask the voters of their respective states to legalize adult recreational use of cannabis.

Here is a summary of the latest polling available leading up to this Tuesday’s (November 8, 2016) Election Day:
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2016 Colorado Cannabis Cup CANCELED

High Times Withdraws Permit Application for Cannabis Cup in Pueblo.

The 2016 Colorado Cannabis Cup saga appears to have come to an end and the result for prospective attendees and exhibitors is not a good one. There will be no Cannabis Cup in Colorado this year, at least not around the annual 4/20 (April 20) day of cannabis celebration.

The trouble started when High Times Magazine, the presenter of the Cannabis Cup, was denied a permit to hold the 2016 Cannabis Cup at Denver Mart, where it had been held the previous two years. Officials from Adams County, a county just to the north of Denver where the Denver Mart is located, denied the permit application citing security concerns and the open use of marijuana at the event.

High Times’ next move was to attempt to move the Cannabis Cup 120 miles south to Pueblo, Colorado. The first dates announced were for April 15-17. Then, due to the timing of their permit application in Pueblo and a law requiring a minimum of 75 days notice, it was changed to April 22-24. Pueblo County officials had said the permit decision would be expected “no later than March 23”.
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2016 Colorado Cannabis Cup Dates Changed to April 22-24

Permit problems in Pueblo forced a change of dates for the 2016 Cannabis Cup.

Earlier in February, High Times was denied a permit to hold the 2016 Cannabis Cup at Denver Mart. This forced them to look elsewhere to hold the event that was attended by upwards of 100,000 people over three days last year.

denver-cannabis-cupHigh Times then announced the Cannabis Cup would be moving about 120 miles south, to Pueblo, Colorado on April 15-17. But due to permit application rules in Pueblo that require the application to be filed at least 75 days before an event, High Times now has to move the event back one weekend, to April 22-24. (more…)

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2016 Cannabis Cup Moving to Pueblo Colorado

High Times is moving the 2016 Cannabis Cup from Denver to Pueblo.

In a last minute move, High Times Magazine, the presenter of the Cannabis Cup, has moved this year’s event to Pueblo, Colorado. Normally hosted at the Denver Mart, organizers had to find a new venue after the Denver Mart’s permit request was denied by Adams County officials.

denver-cannabis-cupThe 2016 Colorado Cannabis Cup will take place at a soon-to-be-disclosed location in Pueblo over three days: Saturday, April 16 – Monday, April 18. As of this writing, the official website of the event states that tickets will go on sale next week. Last year’s Cannabis Cup drew over 100,000 people over the course of three days in Denver.
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2016 Denver Cannabis Cup Moving to New Venue

UPDATE: Pueblo Selected as New Location for 2016 Cannabis Cup (Read More)

High Times is selecting a new location for the 2016 Denver Cannabis Cup.

Contrary to some reports that the event is cancelled, as of this writing, sources at High Times have said that the 2016 Cannabis Cup in Denver is still on. However, they are deciding on a new location for this year’s Cup due to permit problems at the Denver Mart, which hosted the event the last two years.

denver-cannabis-cupThe commissioners of Adams county (located just north of Denver) unanimously denied the Denver Mart a permit for the event. The Cannabis Cup permit denial decision came after testimony from several law enforcement officials who warned of people using cannabis openly at previous Cannabis Cup events and a drug task force official who cited two minor incidents.
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Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin in Oregon

Existing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Begin Recreational Sales on October 1

October 1, 2015 is the start of recreational marijuana sales in Oregon. Many people who want to be a part of history will wait outside the 203 existing medical pot shops that are selling recreational weed so they can be some of the first purchasers in the state.
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Oregon Legalizes Recreational Marijuana - Celebrations in Portland

VIDEO: Oregon Celebrates Legal Recreational Marijuana – July 1, 2015

As of midnight, July 1 recreational use of marijuana is legal in Oregon. The first state to decriminalize marijuana in 1973, Oregon now joins Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Washington D.C. as the only states with legal recreational cannabis.

portland-oregon-burnside-burn-7-1-15Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts celebrated the end of marijuana prohibition in Oregon by gathering in Portland to share marijuana at midnight on the first of July. Portland dispensaries joined the celebration, giving away marijuana for free.

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Oregon's Medical Marijuana Mishaps

Written by Ryan Baker

medical_marijuana_shopOregon recently passed a bill that would allow the legal recreational use of marijuana. Unfortunately, it looks like the legalization movement there is already facing some pretty harsh opposition on the front lines. On Monday, a special state senate committee passed a measure 5-0 that would further restrict the use of pot for medicinal purposes, something that has already been legalized in 23 states and Washington D.C. Supporters of the bill believe this will “[stem] the flow of pot to the black market”.

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Recreational Marijuana is Now Legal in America's Capital

Washington, D.C. has Legalized Recreational Marijuana.

As of 12:01 AM today, recreational marijuana is legal in the capital city of the United States of America. Voters approved the law, Initiative 71, in November 2014 with 70% support. The law legalizes the possession and private use of cannabis, but does not legalize public consumption. It also does not allow for the sale of recreational marijuana, which has been legal in Colorado and Washington state for over a year.

What is in Washington D.C.’s Legal Marijuana Law?:

  • Allows possession of up to two ounces of marijuana for adults 21 and older.
  • Allows possession of up to six pot plants.
  • Allows consumption of marijuana on private property.
  • Allows people to give another person 21 or older up to 1 ounce of pot.
  • Allows the use or sale of paraphernalia for the use, growing, or processing of marijuana or cannabis.
  • Does not allow sales of marijuana.
  • Does not allow public consumption of marijuana.

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