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Montgomery County Council Urges Maryland Assembly to Decrimi...

On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Council unanimously adopted a resolution de-prioritizing certain marijuana offenses and urging the state to decriminalize possession of marijuana paraphernalia. This is just the latest step towards humane and sensible marijuana policies in Maryland. The county’s resolution comes on the heels of Gov. Martin O’Malley...

Marijuana Ballot Initiative Gaining Support as Advocates Pro...

A ballot initiative in Oregon is gaining support and local marijuana policy reform advocates describe it as their “number one priority,” the Oregonian reports. New Approach Oregon is working in conjunction with Drug Policy Alliance and others to raise awareness of their campaign to pass the ballot initiative, which would allow adults to possess up ...

Washington: State-Licensed Retail Cannabis Sales Begin

Washington’s first state-licensed retail cannabis operators opened for business this morning. The state’s Liquor Control Board issued 24 marijuana retailer licenses late last week. (Under state regulations, the Board may issue up to 334 licenses to retail facili...

Washington DC: Marijuana Initiative Backers Turn In 57000 Si...

Proponents of a District initiative to permit the possession and cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana by those age 21 or older have turned in 57,000 signa...

Legal Marijuana Sales Begin TODAY Across Washington

Today, one year and eight months since 55% of Washington voters chose to do away with the failed experiment of marijuana prohibition by creating a regulated and taxed system of adult marijuana distribution, retail marijuana stores will be open to the public! Washington is the second state to allow adult-use marijuana sales; Colorado’s retail stores...

Despite Legalization Thousands of Americans Still Go to Jail...

The temptation is to celebrate the enormous progress we have made over the last few years by legalizing marijuana for medical use in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Even more importantly, we’ve legalized marijuana for all adults in Colorado and Washington. Thus, it’s easy to presume we’re getting near the finish line in th...

New York Becomes the 23rd Medical Marijuana State!

On Saturday, July 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law, making New York the 23rd state with an effective medical marijuana law. The law goes into effect immediately, although patients are not expected to have legal protections or safe access to medical marijuana until 2016. The law’s passage is the product of many […...

MPP-backed initiative in York Maine has been submitted to to...

A petition that would allow adults to use marijuana has gotten the required amount of signatures and has been submitted to the Board of Selectmen, Seacoast Online reports. The Board of Selectmen in York is scheduled to consider and possibly take action on the petition later today. According to MPP Maine Political Director David Boyer, […]

Oregon: Marijuana Initiative Backers Turn In 145000 Signatur...

Proponents of a statewide initiative to regulate the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana have turned in 145,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office. The proposed ballot initiative (

Here’s What Colorado Looks Like 6 Months into Legalization

July 1st 2014 marked the 6 month anniversary of the launch of Colorado’s great social experiment – the legalization and regulation of marijuana for all adults age 21 and over.  News coverage of the state’s highly scrutinized, yet burgeoning retail cannabis industry has been lukewarm, but a review of the last six months shows that (although in...

Washington: State-Licensed Cannabis Retailers To Open Next W...

Washington’s first wave of state-licensed cannabis retail stores are anticipated to open for business next week. The state’s Liquor Control Board is expected to begin issuing lice...

Arizona Medical Marijuana Researcher Fired Cites Political R...

This week, University of Arizona professor and leading medical marijuana researcher Dr. Sue Sisley was fired from her position at the university. The University of Arizona refused to renew Dr. Sisley’s contract after advocates engaged in a contentious political struggle with state lawmakers to secure funding for her clinical study on the beneficial...

Vermont’s Medical Marijuana Improvement Bill Takes Effect

The provisions of SB 247 took effect today, moving Vermont’s marijuana policies yet another step forward. This new law eliminates the cap of 1,000 patients who may access dispensaries, allows naturopaths to certify patients, and allows dispensaries to deliver marijuana to patients. But that’s not all: Legislators also authorized a study of whether ...

Colorado Retail Marijuana Application Rules Changed to Open ...

It’s been exactly six months since legal retail marijuana sales began in Colorado, and today is the first day that retail marijuana business licenses are open to all applicants — not just those who previously held medical marijuana licenses. Click here for an application checklist and the required application forms. Please note that these licenses ...

Florida’s Push for Medical Marijuana Supported by Attorney J...

Jacksonville-based attorney John Morgan has given a multi-million dollar donation to the medical marijuana campaign in Florida, Jacksonville.com reports, and will now invest even more in helping seriously ill Floridians find relief. Morgan has added $4 million of his own money in support of Amendment 2, a medical marijuana ballot initiative that wi...

Bill Clinton Encourages States to Experiment with Marijuana ...

Former President Bill Clinton spoke Sunday on Meet the Press expressing his belief that states should ‘experiment’ with allowing adults to use marijuana recreationally, Washington Post reports. “I think we should leave it to the states,” Clinton said. “If the state wants to try it, they can. And they’ll be able to see what happens.” […]

State Lawmakers Approve Low-THC Medical Marijuana Bills

Spurred on by recent stories of epileptic children finding relief by using marijuana extracts that contain high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD), lawmakers have begun adopting bills allowing for medical marijuana to be used as long as it is minimally psychoactive, the Denver Post reports. The oil in these stories is made from specific strains of [̷...

Getting High with Hunter S. Thompson

“I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits – and millions of Americans agree with me.” –Dr. Hunter S. Thompson One of the serendipitous occurrences in my life was meeting the late Hunter S. Thompson, the orig...

Massachusetts Regulators Approve 11 Dispensary Applications

The rollout of Massachusetts’ medical marijuana program has been proceeding more slowly than anticipated, but a major milestone was reached last week with the approval of 11 dispensary applications. The Department of Public Health granted eleven provisional certificates on Friday, and it’s possible that some of the approved dispensaries will be rea...

Colorado Sting Operations Fail to Bust Any Marijuana Shops f...

State regulators and state police recently performed sting operations on 20 different marijuana stores in the Denver and Pueblo areas to determine compliance with state law, reports 9 News. The conclusion they reached was undisputed: None of the stores were breaking the law by selling marijuana to people under the age of 21. In Colorado, […]

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