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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... Fighting Marijuana Legalization Is Bad Politics Posted by on August 30, 2015 at 09:57:38 PT By Kristen Gwynne Source: Rolling Stone USA -- A new Public Policy Polling survey from early primary states Iowa and New Hampshire has found that a solid majority of Republican respondents approve of states' rights to carry out marijuana policy reform without the feds cracking down. The survey, commissioned by the Marijuana Majority, found that 64 and 67 percent of Republican respondents in Iowa and New Hampshire, respectively, agree that "states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference." Read More... Marijuana Does Not Affect Brain Volume Study Finds Posted by on August 27, 2015 at 14:02:36 PT By Alexandra Sifferlin Source: Time USA -- Using marijuana does not cause changes in brain volume, a new study suggests.

Public health experts have cited concerns that using marijuana could be associated with structural changes in the brain. However, a new trial comparing the brains of marijuana users and non-users to their siblings reveals that marijuana use likely does not cause changes in brain volume. Read More... $200 Million Collected In Marijuana Taxes Posted by on August 27, 2015 at 05:49:37 PT By Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post Source: Huffington Post Washington and Colorado -- The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana have collectively raked in at least $200 million in marijuana tax revenue, according to the latest tax data -- and they're putting those dollars to good use.

In Colorado, after about a year and a half of legal recreational marijuana sales, the state has collected more than $117 million in excise taxes from both the recreational and medical marijuana markets, according to the most recent data from the Colorado Department of Revenue. Read More... Butt Out of Marijuana Reform Posted by on August 26, 2015 at 05:21:16 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- By significant margins, Republican voters in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire say that states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference. Sixty-four percent of GOP voters in Iowa say that states should be able to carry out their own laws vs. only 21 percent who say that the federal government should arrest and prosecute people who are following state marijuana laws.

In New Hampshire, that margin is even slightly higher with 67 percent of GOP voters saying the feds should stay out. Read More... Women in Weed Posted by on August 21, 2015 at 05:45:11 PT By Gogo Lidz Source: Newsweek USA -- It seems fitting that a plant called Mary Jane could smash the patriarchy. After all, only female marijuana flowers produce cannabinoids like the potent THC chemical that gets users buzzed. Pot farmers strive to keep all their crops female through flowering female clones of one plant, called the Mother. And women are moving into the pot business so quickly that they could make it the first billion-dollar industry that isn’t dominated by men. Read More... How is a Pro-Pot State Keeping Teens Away from MJ Posted by on August 20, 2015 at 08:53:28 PT By Kelsey Warner, Staff Writer Source: Christian Science Monitor Colorado -- One of the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana is taking steps to keep teens from using the drug.

Colorado, in its second public service campaign since pot became legal at the start of 2014 for people over 21, was careful this time to not vilify the drug. Instead, after Health Department officials talked with more than 800 minors through focus groups, school visits, and phone interviews to help craft the campaign, the ads seek to send the message that marijuana use early in life can stymie a child’s potential. Read More... Today's MMJ Dispensaries Tomorrow's Pot Sellers Posted by on August 19, 2015 at 05:37:57 PT By Vicki Almond Source: Baltimore Sun Maryland -- Applications for licenses to operate 15 medical cannabis growing facilities, 15 processing plants and 109 dispensaries in the state of Maryland will begin in the next few weeks. The citizens of Baltimore County, and residents throughout Maryland, are relying on their county council members and county commissioners to serve them well when it comes to the location of these medical cannabis facilities.

While the General Assembly has only legalized medical marijuana, which is a decision I wholeheartedly support, local government cannot be so short sighted as to just focus on today and ignore tomorrow. Read More... Medical Marijuana Arrests: When Will It End? Posted by on August 18, 2015 at 04:55:49 PT By Alice O'Leary Randall Source: Huffington Post USA -- Some people try to forget the day they were arrested for marijuana possession but, with the hindsight of four decades, I can say it was one of the best things that ever happened to us.

It was August 24, 1975 and my husband, Robert C. Randall, and I were living a rather ordinary life, just eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. in a neighborhood that could kindly be referred to as "pre-gentrification." The Metropolitan Police executed the warrant, ransacked our house and removed six marijuana plants from our sun deck. It was, of course, traumatic and life-changing. Read More... Rauner Uses Veto To Call for Changes to MJ Bill Posted by CN Staff on August 14, 2015 at 17:17:34 PT By Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune Source: Chicago Tribune Illinois -- Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday used his veto powers to rewrite a bill aimed at decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, saying the measure that lawmakers sent him would let people carry too much pot and sets fines too low.

Rauner said while he supports the "fundamental purposes" of keeping people out of jail and cutting court costs, such a significant change in drug laws "must be made carefully and incrementally." Sponsors of the bill pushed back, saying the changes are "low-hanging fruit" when it comes to reforming the criminal justice system and contending the governor is working against his own goal of reducing the number of prison inmates. Read More... Sheriffs are Asking for Armored Trucks Posted by on August 11, 2015 at 12:49:48 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- If you're going to wage war on drugs, you need to be outfitted like a warrior.

That seems to be the rationale behind hundreds of police department requests for armored trucks submitted to the Pentagon between 2012 and 2014. The requests, unearthed in a FOIA request by Mother Jones magazine, shed light on how the war on drugs has directly contributed to the militarization of local police forces in recent years. Read More... Marijuana Law Creates Confusion Posted by on August 10, 2015 at 07:47:40 PT By Brianna Gurciullo and Karen Mawdley Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- About 30 party guests wearing suits and summer dresses mingled in the candlelit back yard of a small, private home in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Northwest Washington and snacked on hors d’oeuvres to the sound of jazz. Instead of cocktails, they sipped gourmet coffee and tea infused with marijuana.

In the kitchen, servers poured hot and iced drinks for the tasting party. They were showcasing products from House of Jane, a California-based company that sells cannabis-infused beverages. Jane’s Brew C-Cups were on display in the living room, stacked on a table alongside similarly branded coasters. Read More... Congress and Obama Have Been Too Timid on Reform Posted by on August 08, 2015 at 12:13:51 PT The NYT Editorial Board Source: New York Times Washington, D.C. -- Even as support for ending marijuana prohibition is building around the country, Congress and the Obama administration remain far too timid about the need for change.

Last year, residents in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia voted to join Colorado and Washington State in making recreational use of marijuana legal. Later this year, residents of Ohio are expected to vote on a ballot measure that would legalize it. Nevadans will vote on a legalization proposal next year. And Californians could vote on several similar measures next year. Read More... Butt Out of Our Marijuana Laws Posted by on August 07, 2015 at 08:08:30 PT By Niraj Chokshi Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- State lawmakers are calling on the federal government to change its drug laws to let states experiment with marijuana and hemp policy.

The National Conference of State Legislatures, the de facto bipartisan group of lawmakers, passed a resolution at its annual meeting Thursday calling on the federal government to amend the Controlled Substances Act to authorize state marijuana laws and on the administration to keep its nose out of state pot policies. Read More... Chris Christie Says Drug War Is A Failure Posted by on August 06, 2015 at 10:57:25 PT By Matt Ferner, National Reporter Source: Huffington Post New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said on Monday that the war on drugs has been a "failure" -- even though he has vowed to enact a federal crackdown on marijuana, a substance that has been a primary target of the drug war for decades.

"This is a disease and the war on drugs has been a failure -- well-intentioned, but a failure," Christie said at a presidential forum in New Hampshire on Monday. He went on to say that the country should "embrace" people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, offering them a chance at rehabilitation rather than incarceration. Read More... Heroin Is Clearly More Dangerous Than Marijuana Posted by on August 05, 2015 at 18:50:10 PT By Matt Ferner, National Reporter Source: Huffington Post Washington, D.C. -- The new Drug Enforcement Administration chief has finally made it clear: Marijuana is safer than heroin.

DEA head Chuck Rosenberg told reporters Wednesday morning at the administration's headquarters that "heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana," clarifying a less definitive statement he made last week, when he said marijuana is "probably not" as dangerous as heroin. Rosenberg said cannabis is still "harmful and dangerous," but that his original remarks should have been clearer. Read More... Teen Marijuana Users Turn Out Fine Posted by CN Staff on August 04, 2015 at 08:42:53 PT By David Downs Source: SF Gate USA -- Stay off weed, teens. But if you screw your life up, don’t blame the pot. Cannabis use by teenage boys was not linked to later physical or mental health issues, psychotic symptoms or asthma, concludes a major new study published by the American Psychological Association.

Cannabis law reform critics have long-charged that pot use leads to poor life outcomes, and used this claim to support draconian pot punishments like school expulsion, job loss, and imprisonment for even casual marijuana users. Read More... 2016: The Marijuana Election Posted by on August 02, 2015 at 05:01:01 PT By Jessica Sion and Tim Baker Source: Newsweek USA -- In the past few years, the U.S. has been steadily growing support for marijuana reform. From the presidential candidates to the general public, this progressive attitude has become a hot topic for debate, and as an election year approaches, everyone—from governors to legislators to those who would be president—seems to have an opinion on the issue.

Presidential Candidates Read More... Marijuana Bank Suing Feds for 'Equal Access' Posted by on July 31, 2015 at 10:55:08 PT By Tim Devaney, Contributor Source: Hill Colorado -- A Colorado financial institution is suing the federal government to be allowed to serve the state’s growing marijuana industry, according to a report in The New York Times.

The Federal Reserve earlier this month rejected the application from The Fourth Corner Credit Union in Denver, because it intends to provide banking services to state-licensed marijuana businesses. Read More... DARE Published an Op-ed Calling for Legalization Posted by on July 31, 2015 at 07:25:29 PT By Claire Landsbaum Source: New Yorker Magazine USA -- The war on drugs is over, and weed won. D.A.R.E., the organization designed to plant a deep-seated fear of drugs in the minds of every late-20th-century middle schooler, published an op-ed calling for marijuana legalization.

Written by former deputy sheriff Carlis McDerment in response to a letter in the Columbus Dispatch, the op-ed explains that it's impossible for law enforcement to control the sale of marijuana to minors. "People like me, and other advocates of marijuana legalization, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to children," McDerment writes. "We just happen to know that legalizing and regulating marijuana will actually make everyone safer." Read More... Oregon To Begin Recreational Marijuana Sales Early Posted by on July 29, 2015 at 06:16:28 PT By Matt Ferner, National Reporter Source: Huffington Post Oregon adults will be able to legally purchase recreational marijuana beginning Oct. 1, about a year earlier than had been expected.

Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a law on Tuesday allowing the sale of recreational marijuana in existing medical marijuana dispensaries, starting just three months after Oregon's reformed marijuana law went into effect. Read More... Federal Laws Have Banks Turning Away Posted by CN Staff on July 27, 2015 at 16:25:15 PT By The Associated Press Source: Associated Press Anchorage, Alaska -- Federal laws tying marijuana money with money laundering has banks turning away marijuana businesses.

While marijuana businesses will be able to get licenses and make sales starting May 2016 in Alaska, the cash involved is still taboo for banks, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported. Read More... Senate Committee Passes Crucial Marijuana Reform Posted by on July 23, 2015 at 15:56:54 PT By Bill Piper Source: Huffington Post Washington, D.C. -- A key Senate committee passed a bill today allowing the nation's capital to establish regulated marijuana stores and let banks provide financial services to state-legalized marijuana dispensaries. These are just two of several marijuana reforms advancing in Congress. Meanwhile sentencing reform is gaining steam, and the U.S. is shifting towards treating drug use as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue. Read More... Seniors Are Seeking Out States Where MJ is Legal Posted by on July 23, 2015 at 04:16:02 PT By Chris Taylor Source: Time Oregon -- When choosing retirement locales, a few factors pop to mind: climate, amenities, proximity to grandchildren, access to quality healthcare. Chris Cooper had something else to consider – marijuana laws.

The investment adviser from Toledo had long struggled with back pain due to a fractured vertebra and crushed disc from a fall. He hated powerful prescription drugs like Vicodin, but one thing did help ease the pain and spasms: marijuana. Read More... Marijuana Ingredient Can Help Heal Broken Bones Posted by on July 21, 2015 at 12:08:11 PT By Matt Ferner, National Reporter Source: Huffington Post Israel -- Scientists in Israel are exploring another medical use for marijuana: Their research indicates that a compound in the plant helps heal bone fractures.

The new study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, found that broken bones healed faster and stronger when the patient received the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol, or CBD. Read More... How ‘Medical’ Is Marijuana? Posted by on July 20, 2015 at 17:43:37 PT By Aaron E. Carroll Source: New York Times USA -- It is becoming easier to get marijuana, legally. In the last 20 years or so, 23 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have passed laws that make it legal to use marijuana for medical treatments. So have some countries, like Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Israel and Spain.

Advocates believe that this has allowed many with intractable medical problems to receive a safe and effective therapy. Opponents argue that these benefits are overblown, and that advocates ignore the harms of marijuana. Mostly, opponents say that the real objective of medical marijuana is to make it easier for people to obtain it for recreational purposes. Read More... Who’s Right on Marijuana? Justice Or the IRS? Posted by on July 20, 2015 at 04:37:22 PT By John Hudak Source: Newsweek Washington, D.C. -- In downtown Washington, D.C., the Department of Justice asserts that marijuana enterprises are free to exist, while immediately across 10th Street, the IRS tells those businesses they are illegal drug-trafficking operations ineligible for the benefits other corporate entities enjoy.

Which is it? Right now, it is both. This dual status presents commercial challenges for marijuana businesses, carrying serious consequences for individuals, patients, investors, law enforcement, courts, accountants and others. Read More...

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