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The Daily Chronic is the Voice of the Reform Generation. It is our mission to provide the highest quality,most objective, accurate, and up to date news affecting and relevant to the cannabis community as marijuana law reform sweeps the United States, North America, and the rest of the world. We believe: A strong community news source is essential to a strong community. We are the voice of the cannabis community, written by the cannabis community for the cannabis community. We must appeal to the cannabis community while being respected by peers within the news industry. We must be socially responsible members of our community, and provide financial contributions to those organizations who provide our content. We are the marijuana activist’s daily newspaper. Written by those actively working to reform marijuana laws at the local, state and federal level, The Daily Chronic helps to spread the word to other marijuana activists, and the cannabis community at large. As a community supported media outlet, The Daily Chronic’s articles are written and submitted by representatives of leading reform organizations large and small. We are a recognized news source on Google News, providing a world-wide audience to your grass-roots organization. Our articles are often referenced by major media outlets such as ABC News and The Huffington Post, as well as over 300 independent blogs worldwide. The Daily Chronic reaches over 4,200 readers daily, primarily in the United States and Canada. Our international audience reaches viewers in over 150 countries on six continents. In 2013, our monthly readership has grown — and continues to grow — exponentially, as our network of field reporters and contributing grass-roots organizations continues to grow.

Another City in Pennsylvania Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

TJ Baker | July 22, 2017 YORK, PA — Another city in Pennsylvania has voted to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a fine-only offense. Earlier this week, the York City Council voted to decriminalize the possession of under 30 grams of marijuana, reducing the penalty to a maximum fine of $100 and no jail time for first-time offenders. A second offense within five years would result in a fine of $300, with a third carrying a $600 fine.  For those that can not afford to pay the fines, there is an option for offenders to perform community service instead. Under state law, marijuana possession is a criminal misdemeanor that carried up to 30 days in jail, a $500 …

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45% of Americans Have Tried Marijuana

NORML | July 21, 2017 According to recently released polling data from Gallup, nearly half of all Americans have tried marijuana at one point in their lives, an all time high since they began asking the question in 1969 when only 4% of Americans admitted to having tried the substance. Additionally, 12% of survey respondents said they currently consume marijuana. Gallup concludes: “With 29 U.S. states allowing medical marijuana use, and eight allowing recreational use, legal cannabis is taking hold in American society. There may be obstacles to marijuana becoming fully “accepted” in the United States. Attorney General Sessions appears to be cracking down on marijuana use, and driving under the influence of pot continues to be a concern for …

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Colorado’s Tax Revenue From Legal Marijuana Is Over Half-Billion Dollars

NORML | July 20, 2017 Revenues from Colorado’s legal cannabis industry have surpassed over a half-billion dollars since retail sales began on January 1, 2014. According to an analysis by VS Strategies, cannabis-related taxes and fees have yielded $506,143,635 in new state revenue over the past three and one-half years. Local tax revenue was excluded from the analysis. Much of the revenue raised has gone to fund school construction projects, school-drop out and substance abuse prevention programs, and grant funding. The half-billion dollar total far exceeds initial projections. Tax revenue from legal cannabis sales in Oregon and Washington have also exceeded regulators’ initial expectations. In Nevada, where retail sales to adult became legal on July 1, retailers reported over 40,000 …

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Agree on Question 4 Implementation Measure

A supporter holds up a “Yes on 4” sign at the 2016 Boston Freedom Rally (Scott Gacek/The Daily Chronic) NORML | July 20, 2017 BOSTON, MA — Massachusetts House and Senate leaders have reconciled a pair of bills seeking to amend Question 4 – a voter-approved measure regulating the licensed production and sale of marijuana. The compromise bill raises the maximum tax rate that can be imposed on commercial cannabis transactions from 12 percent to 20 percent. Medical marijuana retail sales will not be subject to taxation under the new plan. The revised bill limits the ability of local communities to ban retail facilities if a majority of voters approved Question 4, but it makes it easier for communities to do so …

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Study Linking Cannabis Use and Increased Risk of Metabolic Syndrome Is Inconsistent With Prior Data

NORML | July 19, 2017 ATLANTA, GA — The findings of a recent, well-publicized study correlating long-term cannabis use with a slightly increased risk of metabolic syndrome are inconsistent with those of several prior observational studies. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a constellation of risk factors linked with an increased likelihood of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke. Investigators at the Georgia State University School of Public Health assessed the association between subjects’ duration of cannabis use and MetS in a cohort of 3,051 adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) during the years 2011 and 2012. Researchers reported that subjects’ cannabis use history was correlated with a “small, yet consistent increase in odds” for hypertension, obesity and other MetS risk …

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Colorado Has Earned Over $500 Million in Marijuana Revenue Since Legalization

TJ Baker | July 19, 2017 DENVER, CO — Since legal, regulated marijuana sales to adults began in 2014, Colorado has received more than half a billion dollars in marijuana-related revenue, including taxes and fees, according to an analysis of state data released Wednesday by Denver-based VS Strategies. Since 2014, Colorado has imposed a 15% excise tax on wholesale transfers of marijuana for adult use and a special 10% sales tax on retail sales of recreational marijuana, in addition to the 2.9% state sales tax.  Starting July 1, 2017, marijuana became exempt from the 2.9% sales tax, and the special sales tax was increased from 10 to 15%.  Colorado’s marijuana sales totaled over $1 billion last year alone. The state also …

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Uruguay, First Country in the World to Legally Regulate Marijuana, Begins Retail Sales Today

Drug Policy Alliance | July 19, 2017 Today, Uruguay will begin sales of legal marijuana for adult residents, becoming the first country in the world to regulate legal marijuana sales. The marijuana legalization proposal was put forward by former President José Mujica in 2012 as part of a comprehensive package aimed at improving public safety. Uruguay’s parliament gave final approval to the measure in December 2013, making theirs the first country in the world to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adults. “This is a historic moment,” says Hannah Hetzer, Senior International Policy Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance. “In recent years, Latin American leaders have decried the staggering human, environmental and financial costs of the War on …

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New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law

Paul Armentano | July 19, 2017 CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire’s Republican Governor Chris Sununu has signed legislation decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. House Bill 640, which takes effect in 60 days, eliminates criminal penalties for the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of cannabis and/or up to five grams of hashish for those age 18 or older. Under the new law, first time offenders will receive a civil violation punishable by a $100 fine. Presently, first-time marijuana possession is punishable by up to one year in prison, a potential $2,000 fine, and a criminal record. “New Hampshire now will finally join the chorus of states that recognize the baseline level of dignity for it’s citizens and tourists who …

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New Hampshire Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu ” data-medium-file=”https://i1.wp.com/www.thedailychronic.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Chris-Sununu.jpg?fit=300%2C190″ data-large-file=”https://i1.wp.com/www.thedailychronic.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Chris-Sununu.jpg?fit=1024%2C647″/ New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu Marijuana Policy Project | July 18, 2017 CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill into law Tuesday that will decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in the Granite State. The new law will officially take effect in 60 days, making New Hampshire the 22nd state in the nation — and the last of the New England states — to eliminate the possibility of jail time for simple marijuana possession. “The governor deserves credit for his steadfast support of this commonsense reform,” said Matt Simon, the Manchester-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Unlike his predecessors, who opposed similar proposals, …

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Tell AAA to Stop Lying About Marijuana Legalization

NORML | July 18, 2017 Over the first six months of 2017, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has been spreading misinformation and propaganda in a lobbying effort to defeat marijuana legalization legislative efforts in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and other states. As reported by Leafly.com, AAA representatives have recently preyed upon unsubstantiated fears regarding the alleged “increased plague of drugged driving” and the claim that “more babies will be born high” on marijuana in their lobbying efforts against adult use regulatory reforms. The distortions do nothing to advance the public debate surrounding legalization, but they do tarnish the organization’s reputation. Send a message to AAA telling them to put the brakes on lobbying against legalization efforts According to federal data, auto accident …

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