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New $35 million CBD civic plaza opens with a splash

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AT long last, Ipswich’s heart is beating once again.

Thousands of people flocked to the official opening of the CBD’s new one hectare civic plaza on Saturday.

The $35 million Tulmur Place forms part of stage two of the $250 million redevelopment of the city centre.

It features a performance stage, large screen, pavilions and grassed areas and overlooks the Riverheart Parklands.

Ipswich mayor Teresa Harding and Paul 'Campo' Campion from River 94.9 at the official opening of Tulmur Place.

Ipswich mayor Teresa Harding and Paul ‘Campo’ Campion from River 94.9 at the official opening of Tulmur Place.

It should be a popular spot during the summer with its water play area already a hit with the little ones and there are events planned in the plaza every day up until December 20.

Tulmur is an Indigenous term for Ipswich and the Gateebil Gurrnung Aboriginal Corporation’s Yugara Traditional Dancers performed a smoking ceremony to open the space.

Indigenous artworks adorns the plaza’s pavilions.

The council hopes it will prove to be the perfect link within the heart of the city between Riverlink Shopping Centre, Ipswich Art Gallery, the Top of Town and the rest of the CBD.

The Ipswich Central Library, which opens onto the plaza, will open on December 7 and the new children’s library and nine-level council administration building are on track to be finished mid next year as part of stage three of the Nicholas Street Precinct.

A new one-way vehicle road between Brisbane and Bell streets will be installed to make visiting the space easier.

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A retail, food and entertainment precinct is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Mayor Teresa Harding said the opening of Tulmur Place was just the beginning.

“We want this to be a place that you are all proud to call your own, a space for culture, events, the arts, festivals and entertainment,” she said.

“We’re going to have 800 council workers in that (administration) building and I think that will attract a lot of businesses here.

“(An agreement with a cinema operator) is with the lawyers at the moment.

“We hope to announce that pretty soon. That will be an anchor tenant.

“I think the people of Ipswich have waited for 10 years. I hope the wait has been worth it.

“I think it’s just going to get bigger and better.”

Deputy mayor and Ipswich Central Redevelopment Committee chair Marnie Doyle said the council has eight heads of agreement with businesses for its future retail, food and entertainment precinct.

“We’ve received new interest in the last couple of weeks from some really exciting offerings,” she said.

“We look forward to be able to share that early in the new year once we get those locked away.

“We look forward to attracting not only residents but visitors and then moving forward it’s only the beginning.

“We’ve got a masterplan we’re developing and it will be a very strategic focus supported by our new planning scheme we’re developing to attract investors, who will create other spaces (throughout the CBD) to compliment this.”

Trottie Becke owner Alexis Cornish was inundated with customers on Saturday as they walked along the old mall to Tulmur Place.

Her family has operated the store in the mall for 26 years and moved into a new space across from the old one just two years ago.

She took over the shop from parents Julie and Kevin and said she owed it to the support of loyal customers over the past couple of years as foot traffic dramatically dropped off.

“We’ve been OK,” she said.

“It could have been a lot better with walk past customers which we hope (the redevelopment) will start to bring in.

“Today has been fabulous … pretty wild which is great.

“It’s just great to see people in the mall again.”

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MMJRecs What Does The 2020 Election Mean For Medical Marijuana?

Marijuana was legalized in five more states on Election Day in November 2020. New Jersey, Arizona, and Montana all voted

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Marijuana was legalized in five more states on Election Day in November 2020. New Jersey, Arizona, and Montana all voted to legalize recreational marijuana, while South Dakota legalized medical and recreational marijuana and Mississippi voted to legalize medical marijuana.

These votes are another leap forward in the medical marijuana revolution that has been sweeping the country over the past decade. With so many states now voting in favor of medical and recreational marijuana legalization, surely it is only a matter of time before marijuana – of the medical variety, at least – becomes legal at the federal level. It seems more and more clear that the federal ban on marijuana is out of step with public opinion.

But it is still difficult to know what will happen next and what the timeline will be. It seems like the tide is only moving in one direction – but how long will it take for MMJ to become legal nationwide and on the federal level? What does the 2020 election mean for medical marijuana? Will these positive 2020 marijuana legalization ballots lead to federal legalization? Will marijuana be legalized in 2021? Which presidential candidate supports legalization? And what are Joe Biden’s marijuana policies?

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Image by RexMedlen on Pixabay: What do the 2020 election results mean for medical marijuana?

What Does The 2020 Election Mean For Medical Marijuana?

Overall, the 2020 election results were very positive for medical marijuana patients and the MMJ industry. The COVID pandemic has hit many state economies hard, and there is a recognition that legal marijuana, whether medical or recreational, is a big money-maker. The election has shown, through the passing of all marijuana legalization bills (and the support for Joe Biden, who is MMJ-friendly), that there is huge support for MMJ legalization.

2020 Marijuana Legalization Ballot

The 2020 marijuana legalization ballots were a big step in the direction of nationwide legalization. With all five marijuana legalization ballots being passed, there are now 15 states in which recreational marijuana is legal. Medical marijuana is now legal in all states except three.

Will Marijuana Be Legalized In 2021?

Despite the ever-increasing amount of legal marijuana states, and the legalization trend only moving in one direction, it seems unlikely that marijuana will be fully legalized in 2021. Both presidential candidates support states’ rights to choose, and with three states still holding out on legalizing MMJ, it seems unlikely that the federal government will legalize in the near future.

With recreational marijuana still only legal in 15 states, it is highly unlikely that the federal government will legalize recreational marijuana potentially against the wishes of a large number of states.

Which Presidential Candidate Supports Legalization?

Both of the main presidential candidates in the 2020 election supported states’ rights to choose whether marijuana is legal or not, to what extent, and in what form.

Joe Biden Marijuana Policies

Joe Biden is in favor of medical marijuana legalization and allowing states to set their own MMJ policies. He has stated his support for modest federal marijuana policy reform, for marijuana decriminalization, and for expungements for people with marijuana convictions. However, he does not support full federal legalization of recreational marijuana.

Image by gjbmiller on Pixabay: Medical marijuana is now legal in a large majority of US states.

Medical Marijuana Card Advantages

Even in states in which recreational marijuana is legal, it is still an advantage to have a medical marijuana card. An MMJ card means that you get priority in times of shortage. Medical marijuana can also be priced more cheaply than recreational varieties, and possession limits can be higher for medical marijuana patients.

What Are the Qualifying Conditions For A Medical Marijuana Card?

The qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card vary state by state. Some states are very liberal. In Oklahoma, for example, there is no list of official qualifying conditions. An OK MMJ doctor can prescribe MMJ for any condition that they believe would be improved by MMJ treatment. Most other states are not so liberal, however.

The following conditions will qualify you for an MMJ card in most states:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy-induced anorexia
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Elevated intraocular pressure
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Lupus
  • Moderate to severe vomiting
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Nausea
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Persistent muscle spasms
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Seizures
  • Severe pain
  • Spinal cord injury or disease
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Wasting syndrome

How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card

The best way to get a medical marijuana card is to arrange an online consultation with an MMJ doctor through MMJRecs. MMJRecs will arrange a face-to-face video consultation with an MMJ doctor in your state who will verify that you qualify for MMJ treatment. You will then be emailed an MMJ letter, which you can submit to your local MMJ authorities.

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