Legal Marijuana Stirs Hope in Illinois Town Posted by CN Staff on October 06, 2015 at 05:32:29 PT By Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer Source: Chicago Tribune Illinois -- A skunky aroma fills the room in which hundreds of lush marijuana plants grow, some nearly ready for harvest. Grower Ashley Thompson, a former high school agriculture teacher in this rural part of southeastern Illinois, takes the scent of weed home with her. She doesn't mind. It's the fragrance of money and jobs.
"My family says I smell," said Thompson, who quit the classroom to work for Ataraxia, one of a handful of cultivation centers in Illinois, which is one of 23 states with medical marijuana. "I can't tell though." Read More... Marijuana Subject to Product Liability Claim Posted by CN Staff on October 06, 2015 at 05:21:29 PT By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press Source: Associated Press Denver -- Two marijuana users in Colorado filed a lawsuit Monday against a pot business they said used an unhealthy pesticide to grow their weed — a case that lawyers say is the first product liability claim in the nation involving the legal marijuana industry.
The case underscores disagreement over what chemicals should be allowed in the cultivation of pot and leaves the plaintiffs facing a dilemma: The U.S. government still regards almost all marijuana as an illicit drug and there are no federal safety guidelines for growing it. Read More... How Oregon’s MJ Law Compares with Washington’s Posted by on October 02, 2015 at 05:26:32 PT By Evan Bush, Seattle Times Staff Reporter Source: Seattle Times Oregon -- With Voodoo doughnuts in hand, some Portlanders got their first taste of legal, recreational, purchased-in-Oregon weed early Thursday morning.
With cheaper taxes, legal home grow and a regulated medical marijuana system, some in the Washington pot industry worry the state will struggle to compete once Oregon’s market gets running at full speed. Read More... Marijuana Sales Light Up Today Posted by on October 01, 2015 at 05:55:43 PT By Elon Glucklich, The Register-Guard Source: Register-Guard Oregon -- While you were most likely sleeping, sales of marijuana to adults 21 and older became legal in Oregon — just past the stroke of midnight.
Eighty years after “Reefer Madness” shocked the country with its tales of the dangers of marijuana and 50 years after hippies made it a counterculture accessory, Oct. 1 marks the end of prohibition that Oregon marijuana advocates have long hoped for. For opponents of legalization, who worry about its health impacts, it marks a potentially dangerous new turn. Read More... Overcapacity Drives Down MJ Prices In Colorado Posted by on September 30, 2015 at 06:46:51 PT By Debra Borchardt, Contributor Source: Forbes Colorado -- Overcapacity in dispensaries in Colorado is driving down marijuana prices. Retail prices for marijuana have dropped in the third quarter, according to a marijuana store survey by Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist with Converge.
Colas surveyed retail outlets in Colorado and found that marijuana prices fell from $50-$70 for an eighth of an ounce to $30-$45. An ounce fell from $300-$400 to the lower end of $300 an ounce. Colas found that all of his contacts said that greater competition was the reason for the pricing pressure as more retail dispensaries and grow facilities were opened. Read More... S.D. Tribe To Open Nation’s 1st Marijuana Resort Posted by CN Staff on September 29, 2015 at 12:56:47 PT By Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press Source: Associated Press Flandreau, S.D. -- The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota.
But those enterprises have not been immune to competition and the lingering effects of the Great Recession, so the small tribe of 400 is undertaking a new venture — opening the nation’s first marijuana resort on its reservation. The experiment could offer a new money-making model for tribes nationwide seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos. Read More... Is Marijuana a Single Species? Posted by on September 29, 2015 at 06:12:28 PT By Phillip Smith, Alternet Source: AlterNet USA -- Is all marijuana from a singles species, cannabis sativa? Or are there three distinct species: cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis?
Weed connoisseurs have long grappled with the issue as, intent on their pursuit of a more perfect buzz, they have now built up a couple of generations’ worth of experience with plant breeding, hybridization and cross-pollination. That was pretty much all in the pursuit of getting high, but in the past couple of decades, interest has also turned to cannabinoids other than THC, such as cannabidiol (CBD), with all its apparent medicinal properties, not to mention increased interest in industrial hemp. Read More... Every Minute Someone Gets Arrested for Marijuana Posted by on September 28, 2015 at 12:08:10 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- The nation's law enforcement agencies are still arresting people for marijuana possession at near record-high rates, according to the latest national data released today by the FBI. In 2014, at least 620,000 people were arrested for simple pot possession -- that's 1,700 people per day, or more than 1 per minute. And that number is an undercount, because a handful of states either don't report arrest numbers to the FBI, or do so only on a limited basis.
Nationwide, more than 1 in 20 arrests were for simple marijuana possession. Twenty years ago, near the dawn of the drug war, fewer than 2 percent of arrests were for pot possession. But that rate rose steadily throughout the 1990s and 2000s, even as those years saw a shift toward less-restrictive marijuana laws at the state level. Read More... Making a Business Out of Marijuana Isn’t Easy Posted by on September 27, 2015 at 04:47:31 PT By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch Source: Columbus Dispatch Ohio -- Running a marijuana business is more than a pipe dream, says Justin Breidenbach: It’s about taxes, banking, liability, supply and demand.
Breidenbach, an associate professor of accounting at Ohio Wesleyan University who has been studying the economics of pot for two years, concludes that there’s potential for big money to be made if Ohio legalizes pot on Nov. 3. But, he says, marijuana entrepreneurs might go through a minefield to get there. Read More... SJC Bans Police Stops Solely for Suspected MJ Posted by on September 23, 2015 at 10:43:21 PT By Travis Andersen and John R. Ellement Source: Boston Globe Massachusetts -- In a decision hailed by civil rights advocates and supporters of marijuana legalization, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday that police cannot stop motorists solely because they suspect the vehicle’s occupants are in possession of the drug.
The Supreme Judicial Court based its 5-2 ruling largely on a measure that voters approved in 2008 that reduced possession of an ounce or less of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil violation punishable by a fine. Read More... Initiative Would Expunge Marijuana Crimes Posted by on September 23, 2015 at 09:42:12 PT By Jim Provance, Blade Columbus Bureau Chief Source: Toledo Blade Columbus -- Backers of a marijuana legalization amendment on this fall’s ballot filed petitions on Tuesday to put a separate proposed law in legislators’ laps to expunge criminal convictions for past pot offenses that would no longer be illegal.
The proposed initiated statute assumes voters will approve Issue 3 on Nov. 3 to make Ohio the first state east of Colorado to legalize pot for medical and recreational purposes, which remains a big question mark. Read More... Legalizing Weed Unlikely to Turn Kids into Pothead Posted by on September 22, 2015 at 10:45:15 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- A central idea of the war on drugs has always been that loosening restrictions on drug use — by decriminalizing it, or allowing medical use, or legalizing some drugs completely, or even simply discussing legalization — will "send the wrong message" to kids and lead to increased teen drug use and all the problems associated therewith.
But particularly in the realm of marijuana policy, the evidence has repeatedly shown this notion to be inaccurate. After all, 20 states have passed decriminalization measures. And since 1996, 34 states have passed some sort of medical marijuana bill. But, according to two new studies published in the past month, teen use of marijuana has fallen over that same period. Read More... Oregon’s Legal Sale of MJ Comes With Reprieve Posted by on September 21, 2015 at 05:54:39 PT By Kirk Johnson Source: New York Times Portland, Ore. -- About 15 years ago, when she was in her 20s, Erika Walton handed a bong to someone who turned out be a police officer, and was cited for marijuana possession. She paid the fine, she said, but the violation lingered on, haunting her record.
On a recent afternoon, Ms. Walton was at a free legal clinic here in Oregon’s largest city, filling out paperwork to have that infraction forever sealed. Once the process is complete, she will be able to legally say to an employer, landlord or anybody else who asks that she has never been convicted or cited for any drug crime at all. Read More... Marijuana: The Gateway to the White House Posted by on September 18, 2015 at 08:48:21 PT By Josh Pearson Source: Huffington Post USA -- During last night's Republican debate, Jeb Bush, one of the leading Republican candidates and former Governor of Florida, admitted yet again to smoking marijuana when he was young. "Forty years ago I smoked marijuana, and I admit it."
This is commonplace now if you're running for President. Clinton admitted it, Jeb's brother George W. admitted it, and so did Obama. Apparently, one of the side effects of marijuana use may be the Presidency of the United States -- use with caution. Read More... Ohio Supreme Court Orders New Ballot Language Posted by on September 17, 2015 at 05:58:55 PT By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch Source: Columbus Dispatch Ohio -- The Ohio Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the Ohio Ballot Board crafted misleading language for the Nov. 3 marijuana-legalization constitutional amendment and ordered the board to redo it. The court said the Ballot Board, chaired by Secretary of State Jon Husted and controlled 3-2 by Republicans, erred in “four critical respects” in the language. The board will be called back to meet, possibly as soon as Friday.
The decision appeared to be a victory for ResponsibleOhio, the group backing the marijuana-legalization amendment that Ohioans will accept or reject in the Nov. 3 election. The group went to the Supreme Court challenging ballot language it argued was misleading and deceptive to voters. Read More... As CA Considers MJ Laws, Paul Calls Out Christie Posted by on September 17, 2015 at 05:46:46 PT By David Weigel Source: Washington Post Simi Valley, Calif. -- The 15 leading Republican candidates for president have arrived in California just as the state closes in on a fully legal regime for medical marijuana.
Californians have been buying marijuana with medical exception cards since it was legalized by a 1996 ballot measure, but only this month has the state's Democratic legislature passed comprehensive bills to regulate the industry. The state's Department of Food and Agriculture would oversee cultivation; the Department of Public Health would monitor quality. Come Election Day 2016, it's highly likely that Californians will vote on whether to legalize the drug, full stop. Read More... Colorado Treats Buyers to One-Day MJ Tax Break Posted by on September 17, 2015 at 05:32:49 PT By Julie Turkewitz Source: New York Times Denver -- Some called it Christmas for stoners. Others warned of marijuana anarchy.
Marijuana products across Colorado were nearly tax free on Wednesday — a one-time tax break forced by a quirk in the state Constitution. The break knocked away the state’s 10 percent tax on cannabis purchases — which is imposed on top of the existing state sales tax and any municipal taxes — and marijuana shops around the state spent months coordinating their distribution plans, advertising deep discounts in addition to the tax vacation and encouraging customers to start lining up at dawn. Read More... First Legal Harvest of MJ Fueling Gray Market Posted by on September 17, 2015 at 05:21:03 PT By Aaron Davis Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- In upper Northwest Washington, marijuana buds the size of zucchinis hang drying in a room once reserved for yoga. In the Shaw neighborhood, pot grown in a converted closet sits meticulously trimmed, weighed and sealed in jars. Elsewhere, from Georgetown to Capitol Hill to Congress Heights, seven-leafed weeds are flowering in bedrooms, back yards and window boxes.
Welcome to the first crop of legal pot in the nation’s capital — where residents may grow and possess marijuana but are still forbidden to sell it. Read More... Voters Ease Penalties for Marijuana Posted by on September 16, 2015 at 05:28:00 PT By Tom Troy, Blade Political Writer Source: Toledo Blade Ohio -- Toledo residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of a citizen-led initiative to abolish penalties in city law for possession and cultivation of marijuana on Tuesday, two months before the state’s voters will decide an amendment that would fully legalize the sale and use of marijuana in Ohio.
With all 226 precincts reporting, the vote was 11,197 to 4,760. If it is enforced as written, people could still be prosecuted for possession of marijuana, but would not be jailed or fined for amounts up to 200 grams. Read More... Legalizing Marijuana Could Help CA Drought Posted by on September 16, 2015 at 04:24:56 PT By S.E. Smith Source: Rolling Stone California -- A flight over Mendocino County puts California's drought into stark perspective. You soar over arid hills, browning trees and bone-dry riverbeds. As the state continues to battle the drought and its effects, its leaders are considering every possible means to cut water usage, but there's an obvious culprit that could merit a closer look: marijuana. Fully legalizing marijuana production for all uses — rather than only permitting people to grow up to six plants for private medical use — would allow the state to regulate the drug more closely, and that would include a serious crackdown on water usage. Read More... District Pot Farmers Show Off Their Harvest Posted by on September 13, 2015 at 10:44:03 PT By Perry Stein Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- When Samson Paisely entered the buds of his marijuana plant in the D.C. State Fair’s first-ever marijuana competition Saturday, he wanted to pay tribute to a man who legalized another once-illicit substance. So he named the strain of marijuana “Delano,” after Franklin Delano Roosevelt — the president who repealed the country’s prohibition of alcohol in 1933.
“If we can repeal prohibition, then surely we can smoke [marijuana] in America,” said Paisely, 45, who grew the plants in his Adams Morgan home. Read More... Leading Anti-Marijuana Group Got Facts Wrong Posted by on September 13, 2015 at 10:33:24 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- "HHS finds heavy marijuana use soaring among young people," the press release from Project SAM, the nation's leading anti-marijuana legalization group, said. "Today, the Department of Health and Human Services found that heavy marijuana use among monthly users – defined as 20 or more days of marijuana use per month – significantly increased among 12-to-17 year-olds in 2014 compared to 2013."
Alarming findings indeed -- but untrue. Read More... Calif. Lawmakers Reach Agreement on Med Marijuana Posted by on September 11, 2015 at 13:23:22 PT By Patrick McGreevy Source: Los Angeles Times California -- Lawmakers who have been negotiating a plan to regulate medical marijuana in California said late Thursday that they have reached an agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown on legislation to be acted on by Friday's deadline.
The proposal would create a new state office that, along with cities, would issue licenses for medical cannabis dispensaries. Marijuana growers also would face regulations enforced by the state. Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) said the compromise drops a proposed excise tax that would have brought in $60 million for policing and environmental protection. Read More... DeWine Supports Ballot Board Over Summary Posted by on September 09, 2015 at 05:42:28 PT By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch Source: Columbus Dispatch Ohio -- Attorney General Mike DeWine defended the Ohio Ballot Board summary of a marijuana legalization proposal, saying it gave voters a “plain speak” description of a “supersized amendment.”
DeWine’s filing with the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday said the board took ResponsibleOhio’s complicated and lengthy amendment and fairly condensed it to “a digestible, comprehensible format.” The overall amendment is so wordy, DeWine said, that it would increase the total length of the Ohio Constitution by more than 10 percent. Read More... Colorado Raises $150 Million From Marijuana Posted by on September 06, 2015 at 19:21:01 PT By Michelle Toh, Staff Writer Source: Christian Science Monitor Colorado has brought in more than $150 million in marijuana tax revenue, according to official state data. That doesn't make it a budgetary panacea, warn lawmakers.
"The big lesson we tell other states is you probably shouldn't legalize marijuana if you want to make money – that's not why you do it," said J. Skyler McKinley, deputy director of the governor's Office of Marijuana Coordination, to the Huffington Post. "You do it because you think that a regulated marketplace might be safer than an unregulated marketplace, or you believe that the war on drugs didn't work." Read More... American Indian Tribes Are Getting Into Marijuana Posted by on September 04, 2015 at 09:44:16 PT By Eliza Gray Source: Time South Dakota -- This New Year’s Eve, Tony Reider wants to throw a party unlike any his South Dakota tribe has seen.
There will be live music, food, outdoor games—and, floating over the revelry, a haze of marijuana smoke, from a first-of-its-kind pot lounge that is set to open by the end of the year, said Reider, the tribal president of the Flandreau Santee Sioux in Flandreau, S.D. Read More... Massachusetts AG OKs Marijuana Ballot Initiatives Posted by CN Staff on September 02, 2015 at 14:46:24 PT By Jacqueline Tempera Source: Reuters Boston -- Ballot initiatives from two marijuana advocacy groups were approved by the Massachusetts attorney general on Wednesday, leaving it up to voters to decide whether pot smoking should be legal in the state.
The proposals, submitted to State Attorney General Maura Healey by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and the Bay State Repeal, argue that legalizing the drug will make it easier to regulate its sale and prevent underage kids from accessing it. Read More... Entrepreneurs Push for MMJ Zoning Posted by on September 02, 2015 at 08:18:36 PT By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun Source: Baltimore Sun Maryland -- Entrepreneurs eager to get a foothold in the nascent medical marijuana business in Maryland asked Baltimore County Council members Tuesday to pass zoning laws that would allow them to operate..
Travis Radebaugh, a member of the family that operates Towson-based Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses, told council members his company is ready to start growing marijuana — if the council allows farming operations in rural zones. Read More... Group Seeks To Legalize Marijuana in Florida Posted by on September 02, 2015 at 07:59:48 PT Orlando Sentinel Source: By Scott Powers, Staff Writer Florida -- Petitions are hitting the streets soon for a new proposed constitutional amendment that would fully legalize marijuana use, possession and cultivation by adults in Florida.
A political action committee called Floridians For Freedom, associated with a longtime marijuana advocacy group called the Florida Cannabis Action Network, announced Tuesday it has gotten state approval to begin seeking signatures to get their measure on the November, 2016, ballot. Read More... Marijuana Tops Cigarettes as Daily Habit Posted by CN Staff on September 01, 2015 at 16:16:44 PT By The Associated Press Source: Associated Press USA -- More US college students are making a habit of using marijuana, which has supplanted cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice among undergraduates who light up regularly, a study released Tuesday found.
Just under 6 percent of the full-time students surveyed by University of Michigan researchers for the annual ‘‘Monitoring the Future’’ study reported using pot either every day or at least 20 times in the previous 30 days. Read More...
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