The Future of Marijuana Policy: The South

Historically, the conservative south has been the primary resistance of marijuana legalization. Unsurprisingly, support for marijuana legalization has been germenating across the south in recent years. The southern populace (and the rest of the nation) is in favor of marijuana legalization, but the legislature remains stiff on the issue.

Policy changes in the south would be a huge signal for the future of the nation, and the pieces have been put in place to have a serious impact in 2014 and beyond.  

Florida (Medicinal): Florida is potentially the most interesting state regarding the fight for medicinal marijuana. A split decision in the Florida Supreme Court decided that a ballot initiative contained the proper language regarding a proposed constitutional amendment and met all legal requirementsto bevoted on in November.

Though the Initiative, which proposes a constitutional amendment to legalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons, faces stiff resistance from conservative lawmakers (including republican Governor Rick Scott), a Quinnipiac University poll shows 82% of Floridians in favor of the amendment.

420 Investor Alan Brochstein called Florida the “most important state” regarding marijuana legalization. “People will move there. Medical marijuana would spawn a huge industry in Florida.”

Brochstein stressed the importance of last month’s Legal in Florida Marijuana Business Conference, noting that it shows businesses are planning for positive results at the ballot box in 2014. The 420 Investor also hinted at a rumor of a potential upcoming conference in West Palm Beach.

Kentucky (Medical): In January, Kentucky State Senator Perry Clark (D-Louisville) proposed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. According to Kentucky.com, 52% of Kentucky’s citizens are in favor of legalization. The bill is under review, and no vote date is set. 


Maryland (Medical Expansion & Recreational): The gears are moving in the direction of recreational legalization in Maryland, with a decriminalization bill introduced in the legislature (which was passed in the state Senate), as well as a leading Gubernatorial Candidate, Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery), that has marijuana legalization as a part of her campaign platform. The decriminalization bill was killed in the House of Delegates Thursday, but the legislature has formed a task force to further study the potential impacts of marijuana decriminalization/legalization.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Maryland for over a year, but it has remained unavailable to patients due to state restrictions. Last month, the state senate overwhelmingly approved (127 to 9) a bill that makes the drug accessible through the prescription of a doctor. The measure is predicted to pass quickly in the state house, and become law.  

Though nothing is set in stone, things look positive for “The Free State.”

Oklahoma (Recreational): State Senator Constance “Connie” Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) recently introduced SB 2116, which would fully legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The bill covers all facets of legalization, including taxation and regulation. Though there are a majority in support of marijuana decriminalization, the bill faces stiff opposition in the Oklahoma State Senate Public Safety Committee.

Tennessee (Medical): Rep. Sherry Jones (D-Nashville) and other Tennessee lawmakers hoped to re-legalize medical marijuana this year, but on March 25th, the bill failed in senate. Opponents to the bill called for more testing.

Legal medical marijuana, which was legal in Tennessee for a short time in the 1980’s, is a wildly popular policy for Tennessee’s residents. An MTSU poll shows a strong majority in favor in medical marijuana.

Honorable Mention:

Arkansas (Medical): Arkansas has two medicinal marijuana ballot initiative hopefuls, but both are yet to met the minimum signature requirement.

*This is part four of a five-part series that covers every region of the United States. Check back soon to see pending legislation/ballot initiatives in the East.*

Part One: The Future of Marijuana Policy: Northwest

Part Two: The Future Of Marijuana Policy - Southwest

Part Three: The Future Of Marijuana Policy - Midwest 

 

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11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

The best Black Friday deals from Amazon are still coming hard and fast because the holiday is not yet upon us and the mega-retailer prefers to keep consumers on the hook for as long as possible—spending as much money as possible. 

To that end, here are some of the best Black Friday deals from Amazon that you might want to consider today.

Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set

Regular Price: $172

Sale Price: $138.88

Calphalon’s 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set is designed with stainless steel, stay-cool handles along with pour spouts. The nonstick surface is PFOA-free and built with hard-anodized aluminum that is both durable and conducts heat extremely well. The set includes 2 fry pans, a sauce pan with cover, saute pan with cover and large stock pot with cover.

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation

Regular Price: $144

Sale Price: $85.49

The 2nd Generation AirPods from Apple connect to all Apple devices and give you an enhanced listening experience. Plus, they come with a case that keeps them safe and allows you to charge them in a secure environment. With over 24 hours of battery life, access to Siri and easy setup, you can start listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts today.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Running Shoes

Regular Price: $129.98

Sale Price: $89.98

The Adidas Women’s Ultraboost 21 running shoe is perfect for anyone who likes a short run, maybe a 5K, half marathon or more. Coming in several colors and styles, you can slip these shoes on, enjoy the cushioned outsole, sink into the supple insole and secure laces.

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer

Regular Price: $129.99

Sale Price: $97.83

The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer allows you to crisp, roast, reheat and even dehydrate food products faster and cheaper than ever before. It has a 4-quart capacity and offers a wide temperature range along with several time settings so that you can customize each dish to your needs. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher safe.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Regular Price: $199.95

Sale Price: $99

Beats by Dr. Dre are among the best headphones on the market, and the Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones include the Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth and 40 hours of battery time. These headphones even have a built-in microphone and offer an adjustable fit so that you can be comfortable whether you’re listening to an Android or iOS device.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

Regular Price: $198.98

Sale Price: $175.98

The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner allows you to keep your home spotless and clean up after your pets. The cleaner comes with the Hoover Paws and Claws Deep shampoo and a storage mat to keep the floor dry once it’s put away.

LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum

Regular Price: $999.00

Sale Price: $851.71

The LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum and Wet Mop All in One Tower is designed to work in homes with several pets or children and clean up all the messes that life brings. The battery lasts up to 2 hours, and there’s an extra removable battery that gives you even more cleaning time and power.

Breville Fresh and Furious Blender

Regular Price: $278.60

Sale Price: $199.95

Breville, a top name in blenders and juicers, offers the Fresh and Furious Blender, featuring 50-ounce capacity, Vac Q technology, pre-programmed cycles, LCD display and lid with pull ring. With the Fresh and Furious Blender, you can make everything from a smoothie to a soup and everything in between.

Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $89.99

Sale Price: $55.63

The Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer is designed for professional use, but it works perfectly in the home. With 1875 watts of power, 6 heat and speed settings and a lightweight design, you can easily style your hair and utilize the diffuser, cut back on the frizz and stretch the 8 ft cord for maximum functionality.

Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Regular Price: $160

Sale Price: $97.38

The Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket from Columbia is designed to be light for everyday use, but it’s heavy enough to protect you from the cold. The plush fleece lining, security pocket, water resistant fabric, 2-way zipper, and zippered hand pockets make the jacket both protective and functional.

ConAir InfinitiPro Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $49.99

Sale Price: $29.99

ConAir is one of the biggest names in hair and beauty, and the InfinitPro is an 1875 watt hair dryer designed for professionals with ceramic technology. The dryer comes with a diffuser and concentrator, and it allows you to blow out your hair just the way they would at the salon.

Deals the Experts Are Hoping For

Experts believe that Amazon’s Black Friday sale could linger for quite some time. It all started with the Prime Early Access sale on October 11 and 12. Previously, Amazon has offered the “Epic Deals” sale that ran through late October. 

This is to say that any sale could come up at any time. 

Even so, those monitoring Amazon are looking forward to a few potential deals, including:

  • Apple Watch
  • AirPods (any generation)
  • MacBook Pro
  • Large, underpriced TVs
  • Amazon Echo
  • More small home appliances (Dyson or Shark vacuums, Instant Pots, etc.) 

While these predictions are based on last year’s Amazon Black Friday Sale, it’s important to remember that most Black Friday sales are fairly consistent and push the products that are most likely to sell.

 

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