Getting Medical Marijuana On The Ballot In Oklahoma

The legalization of medical marijuana could be on the ballot in Oklahoma on November 8. Petitions have been submitted to Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge. Benge's office has completed counting the signatures, and have announced a total of 67,761 signatures collected from Oklahomans who want the proposed state question to be on the ballot. This is more than the 65,987 signatures needed for an initiative petition to be placed on an election ballot. However, the fight is not quite over. G...
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Why Are Local Governments Opting Out of Tax Holidays?

Localities throughout the nation are opting out of tax holidays that encourage economic growth for local businesses. When this year’s weekend of the “Back to School Tax Holiday” came around, Aya Katz looked forward to buying a laptop for her daughter, a senior in high school. Normally Aya shops for school supplies in the Wal-Mart store in Houston, Missouri, but when she looked up the Tax Holiday online, she learned that the City of Houston, the nearby City of Licking, as well as the entire C...
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FDA Imposes New Vaping Regulations, Begins Destruction of Industry

As the vaping industry grows, government oversight grows just as much. States wasted no time in beginning to crack down on vaping sales and vaping in public. Most states put age restrictions purchasing and selling e-cigarettes and vape pens. Many require special licenses and permits for vape shops. This industry has been scrutinized and regulated from its conception. However, the federal government was not content allowing the states to each handle issues of vaping and vape sales without addi...
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Massachusetts AG chips away at Second Amendment Rights

In the wake of shootings in Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown and Aurora, on July 20, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued a ban on certain firearms. She sent a notice to all gun sellers and manufacturers that her office would be intensifying enforcement of the state's ban on assault weapons, including "copycats" of the Colt AR-15 and the Kalishnikov AK-47. For nearly twenty years, manufacturers have been altering firearms to be outside the ban's specifications. In fact, Healey's...
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Smoking Bans – Who Should Decide?

More and more groups are popping up around the country advocating for state and local governments to implement smoking bans in privately owned bars, restaurants, and other establishments saying that second-hand smoke is a danger to society and that bans imposed on smoking is necessary for the health and safety of workers and patrons. At first glance, many people, smokers and non-smokers alike, think this is a good thing. However, upon further research, it turns out that these bans are harmful...
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