32 Politicians Support Med. Marijuana in New York Posted by on April 23, 2014 at 15:42:16 PT By Mandy Hofmockel Source: Newsday New York -- A sizeable number of elected officials representing Long Island who responded to a recent newsday.com survey said they support legalizing the use of medical marijuana in New York.
Of Long Island’s 81 local, state and federal elected officials, 32 mostly Democratic respondents said they support legalizing medical marijuana, two said they would not support such a measure, and 47 would not say whether they would support it. Read More... Brooklyn, Proposing To End Prosecutions Posted by on April 23, 2014 at 15:28:21 PT By Stephanie Clifford Source: New York Times New York -- The Brooklyn district attorney’s office will stop prosecuting people arrested on charges of possessing small amounts of marijuana, according to a confidential policy proposal that the district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, sent to the New York Police Department this month.
The policy is part of a broader push on the part of Mr. Thompson, who took office this year, to look at alternatives to court for low-level offenders. The district attorney’s office is also participating in a task force looking into placing 16- and 17-year-olds who commit low-level, nonviolent misdemeanors, like scrawling graffiti or riding bicycles on sidewalks, into a short behavioral program, rather than the court system. Read More... Alaska Pot Legalization Vote in November Posted by CN Staff on April 23, 2014 at 08:34:27 PT By Steve Quinn Source: Reuters Juneau, Alaska -- A ballot initiative that could make Alaska the third U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana will go before voters in a general election in November rather than in August as previously scheduled, officials said on Monday.
The move means that a broader swath of the public is likely to vote on the issue than if it had gone before voters as scheduled during a state primary election in August. Read More... Arizona Court Rules on DUI Law for Marijuana Users Posted by CN Staff on April 22, 2014 at 15:42:53 PT By Brian Skoloff, Associated Press Source: Associated Press Phoenix -- Authorities can't prosecute Arizona motorists for driving under the influence of marijuana unless the person is impaired at the time of the stop, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in the latest opinion on an issue that several states have grappled with across the nation.
The ruling overturned a state Court of Appeals decision last year that upheld the right of authorities to prosecute pot smokers for DUI even when there is no evidence of impairment. Read More... State Senate Panel Advances MMJ Regulations Posted by on April 22, 2014 at 09:20:08 PT By Patrick McGreevy Source: Los Angeles Times Sacramento -- Medical marijuana dispensaries in California would have to get state Public Health Department licenses, and doctors who recommend pot would face new standards for examining patients under legislation supported Monday by a state Senate panel.
The measure, supported by members of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, also clarifies the authority of cities and counties to prohibit pot shops within their borders. Read More... Is Sentencing Reform a Move Toward Legalization? Posted by on April 21, 2014 at 17:15:07 PT By Eric E. Sterling Source: Huffington Post Washington, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in his video speech of the week, has said that federal drug sentences are too long, and that he is hiring a dozen attorneys to process the applications for presidential commutation of sentence that he anticipates coming from thousands of federal prisoners. This is wonderful news!
This follows the action of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 30, 2014, reporting S. 1410, the Smarter Sentencing Act, which shortens the mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses that Congress enacted in 1986. Read More... U.S. To Expand Clemency Criteria for Drug Offender Posted by CN Staff on April 21, 2014 at 11:39:11 PT By Julia Edwards Source: Reuters Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Justice Department will widen the criteria it uses to decide which drug offenders to recommend to the president for clemency, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Monday.
The department expects thousands of drug offenders currently serving time to be eligible for reduced sentences under the new clemency guidelines and it will prepare to review an influx of applications, Holder said in a video address. Read More... Public Smoke-Out Marks Pot Holiday in Colorado Posted by CN Staff on April 21, 2014 at 08:17:56 PT By Sadie Gurman, Associated Press Source: Associated Press Denver -- Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.
The 4:20 p.m. smoke-out in the shadow of the Colorado capitol was the capstone of an Easter weekend dedicated to cannabis in states across the country. Although it is still against the law to publicly smoke marijuana in Colorado, police reported only 130 citations or arrests over the course of the two-day event, 92 for marijuana consumption. Read More... Marijuana Fans Pack 4/20 Events Posted by CN Staff on April 21, 2014 at 05:50:32 PT By Keith Coffman and Bryan Cohen, Reuters Source: Reuters Reuters -- Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered in Colorado and Washington state over the weekend for an annual celebration of cannabis culture with rallies, concerts and trade shows in the first two U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana.
Voters in both Western states approved ballot initiatives in 2012 allowing personal possession and use of marijuana by anyone aged 21 and or older for purposes of just getting high, though public consumption of pot remains illegal. Read More... Marijuana Has Come A Long Way Since Last 4/20 Posted by on April 20, 2014 at 09:13:11 PT By Matt Ferner and Nick Wing Source: Huffington Post USA -- What a difference a year makes. From 4/20, 2013, to 4/20, 2014, marijuana has taken big steps out of the shadows of the black market and into the light of the mainstream -- from record high popular support and the first legal recreational sales, to an entire country legalizing marijuana.
Here’s a look at the last 12 months of marijuana milestones: Read More... If You Support Legal MJ, Memorize These 13 Stats Posted by on April 19, 2014 at 16:54:33 PT By Hunter Stuart, The Huffington Post Source: Huffington Post USA -- Regardless of your feelings about legalizing marijuana, it's hard to deny that legal weed would be a bonanza for cash-strapped states, just as tobacco and alcohol already are.
With Colorado and Washington starting to tax and regulate recreational weed sales, and medical marijuana legal in 18 other states, we can finally start to put some hard numbers on the industry's value. Read More... MMJ Trade Show Draws Big Crowd To Bangor Posted by CN Staff on April 19, 2014 at 15:43:08 PT By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff Source: Bangor Daily News Bangor, Maine -- Entrepreneurs, caregivers, physicians, patients and people who believe pot should be legalized for recreational use packed the third annual Home Grown Maine trade show Saturday.
Sponsored by the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, the show featured a combination of exhibitors and workshops. Information offered ranged from information on greenhouses and grow room construction to security systems to organic cultivation to business formation and taxes. Read More... Whoopi Goldberg Pens Column on Marijuana Use Posted by on April 19, 2014 at 05:19:09 PT By Lyneka Little Source: Wall Street Journal Colorado -- Whoopi Goldberg is a new columnist for the “The Cannabist,” the Denver Post website that covers marijuana. In her debut column titled “My vape pen and I, a love story,” Goldberg describes her use of the vape pen (a pen-sized vaporizer) to help combat glaucoma.
“The View” host writes, “My vape pen and I maintain a mostly private relationship. Sure, I’ll sometimes show my pen to a friend or share her with a close confidant. But mostly it’s just she and I working through my pain. And her ability to help me live comfortably with glaucoma makes her one of the more important figures in my day to day. Read More... 4/20 in Denver: The Rise of a New Entertainment Posted by on April 18, 2014 at 20:06:39 PT By Ricardo Baca, The Denver Post Source: Denver Post Colorado -- As Denver musician Wes Watkins booked springtime shows for his gospel-tinged band the Other Black, one date on the calendar took absolute priority.
"I decided that we had to play 4/20," Watkins said of the stoner holiday known as 4/20, or April 20. "We played last 4/20 at 11 o'clock at night, and it was a laid back and silly show because everybody was so tired and stoned. Read More... Medical Marijuana Referendum Supporters Mobilize Posted by CN Staff on April 18, 2014 at 05:24:40 PT By Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel Source: Sun-Sentinel Florida -- One of the hottest political campaigns of 2014 will kick into high gear this weekend as proponents of legalizing medical marijuana mobilize for a day of political organizing.
From locations in Fort Lauderdale, West Delray and 11 other communities, they'll be conducting phone banks, hoping to start converting casual supporters into committed voters. "We're trying to get our volunteers mobilized and get the word out to as many people as we possibly can," said John Makris, a Boca Raton CPA who is a volunteer organizer for United for Care: People United for Medical Marijuana. Read More... Medical Marijuana Entrepreneurs Decry Fees Posted by CN Staff on April 17, 2014 at 06:02:16 PT By Robert McCoppin, Tribune Reporter Source: Chicago Tribune Illinois -- Vegetables, flowers and herbs grow in rows of green at Robert Boyce's greenhouses in Lake Zurich — but what he'd really like to grow is marijuana. Boyce, a horticulturist and landscape design architect, has run Natural Environments Greenhouses and Nursery and a florist shop for many years. He's done work for the Chicago Botanic Garden and several Chicago-area public parks.
Yet none of that is enough to qualify for a license to grow pot under the new state law allowing medical marijuana, for which having a green thumb may not be as important as having lot of green to put up. Read More... Eric Holder Cautiously Optimistic About Marijuana Posted by on April 16, 2014 at 07:22:32 PT By Ryan J. Reilly, The Huffington Post Source: Huffington Post Charleston, S.C. -- Attorney General Eric Holder is "cautiously optimistic" about how things are going in Washington state and Colorado following the legalization and state regulation of marijuana.
But the nation's top law enforcement official, who spoke to The Huffington Post in an interview on Friday, also said it was tough to predict where marijuana legalization will be in 10 years. Read More... Study Finds Signs of Brain Changes in Pot Smokers Posted by CN Staff on April 16, 2014 at 06:07:20 PT By Malcolm Ritter, The Associated Press Source: Associated Press New York -- A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say. The young adults who volunteered for the study were not dependent on pot, nor did they show any marijuana-related problems.
"What we think we are seeing here is a very early indication of what becomes a problem later on with prolonged use," things like lack of focus and impaired judgment, said Dr. Hans Breiter, a study author. Read More... From Demon Weed To God’s Plant Posted by on April 16, 2014 at 05:45:32 PT By Matt Mellema Source: Slate Magazine Colorado -- Jesse Stanley sees marijuana as “God’s plant.” He is one of five brothers—all alums of an evangelical high school—who grow medical marijuana from their two dispensaries in Colorado Springs, Colo. As he put it to the website FaithStreet: “God is moving in the hearts of men and women and children around the world about this plant in ways that I never would’ve imagined.”
The Stanleys got into the marijuana business in 2009 because of a cousin who was in pain and wasn’t helped by conventional treatment. Several years in, they made an unexpected breakthrough. The mother of a 5-year-old girl named Charlotte came into their dispensary seeking help for her daughter’s severe epilepsy. Wary about giving marijuana to a young girl, the Stanleys took a strain called “Hippie’s disappointment” that was low in THC (the chemical that gives the buzz), and created a new blend, high in cannabidiol (the chemical with the medical potential). Charlotte could take it in small doses. Read More... Denver's 4/20 Rally Grows Up Posted by on April 15, 2014 at 16:22:53 PT By Jon Murray, The Denver Post Source: Denver Post Colorado -- Sales of recreational marijuana may be legal, but organizers of next weekend's 4/20 festival in Denver — billed as the largest in the world — have a fine line to walk.
They nearly got the two-day event canceled after the organizers' attorney asked the city to endorse public pot-smoking by attendees. Read More... Denver: Pot-Loving 420 Rally This Weekend Posted by on April 15, 2014 at 16:07:26 PT By Mary Forgione Source: Los Angeles Times Colorado -- If you're celebrating Easter this weekend in Denver, you might also ingest a bit of the city's pot-celebrating 420 Rally that has been expanded to a two-day event this year.
The 420 Rally, once an underground event but now very much above ground, embraces Colorado's Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana use when it was signed itno law last year. Read More... Oregon Cities Impose MMJ Dispensary Moratoriums Posted by CN Staff on April 15, 2014 at 14:58:40 PT By The Associated Press Source: Associated Press Portland -- At least 71 Oregon cities have moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries, and more than 40 others are considering bans, according to the League of Oregon Cities and the Association of Oregon Counties.
The Legislature allowed local governments to impose a one-year ban, if enacted by May 1. The law also gives local governments the ability to regulate when and where pot shops may operate. Read More... What Perfect Marijuana High Would Feel Like Posted by on April 15, 2014 at 05:26:31 PT By Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post Source: Huffington Post World -- Marijuana users really enjoy strong weed, but would prefer that it came without paranoia, memory loss and impaired ability to function. That's according to a new report from the Global Drug Survey in partnership with The Huffington Post, which anonymously surveyed more than 38,000 users around the globe.
All marijuana is not created equal. Effects can vary depending on the plant variety, cultivation, processing and blending. Cannabis has two major plant types -- indica and sativa -- and hundreds of hybrid strains with different characteristics. It's produced in forms that include dried flowers, oil and wax. Read More... A Step Toward Sanity on Marijuana Posted by on April 14, 2014 at 13:24:50 PT Baltimore Sun Editorial Source: Baltimore Sun Maryland -- In 2010, Baltimore City police made 64,525 arrests, and more than 7,000 of them — 11 percent of the total — were for simple possession of marijuana. That represents thousands of man-hours by Baltimore City police, Central Booking officials, prosecutors, public defenders, judges and others, all of whom had better things to do. That year Baltimore recorded 224 homicides, ranking it among the five deadliest cities in the nation. And the enforcement of laws against possession of marijuana isn't just an issue in Baltimore; overall, the state logged more than 22,000 marijuana possession arrests in 2010, the third most per capita of any state in the nation. Read More... Marijuana Measure Could Boost Florida Democrats Posted by CN Staff on April 14, 2014 at 06:34:00 PT By Michael J. Mishak, The Associated Press Source: Associated Press Miami -- Democrats in the nation's largest swing-state see the question of whether to legalize medical marijuana as a rare source of hope and high voter turnout in this year's midterm elections.
Party operatives are pushing a constitutional amendment that would make Florida the first state in the South to legalize some pot use. Polls show the measure has widespread public support, and it's particularly popular among young voters — a critical part of the Democratic coalition with historically weak turnout in non-presidential election years. Read More... Are Baby Boomers Ready To Give MJ a Second Chance? Posted by on April 13, 2014 at 05:48:07 PT By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff Source: Boston Globe Massachusetts -- Are aging baby boomers ready to rekindle a long-ago love affair with marijuana? That is a weighty question for cultural anthropologists and cool-eyed business analysts alike as the once celebrated, later maligned, but explicitly contraband cannabis plant goes legit — for the first time in nearly 80 years — in a new era of medical and recreational use.
For many who smoked marijuana in their dorms in the ’60s and ’70s, it was an act of rebellion, a communal experience, and maybe a political statement. Today’s product is more likely to be marketed as anti-inflammatory than anti-establishment. And, to the distinct discomfort of some, it may come in a neat corporate package rather than an illicit nickel bag. Read More... Nurse Practitioners Can Prescribe Med Marijuana Posted by CN Staff on April 12, 2014 at 18:50:54 PT By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff Source: Bangor Daily News Bangor, Maine -- The state’s medical marijuana law, first approved by Maine voters in 1999, has been amended, and the biggest change replaces the word physician with the words “medical provider.”
The amendment , which was signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage last week and goes into effect in August, will allow nurse practitioners to prescribe the medication, members of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine announced Saturday. Read More... Northern Va. Families Move to Colorado Posted by on April 12, 2014 at 16:58:26 PT By Tom Jackman Source: Washington Post Colorado -- For the parents of children with intractable epilepsy, the stream of constant seizures, emergency room visits and powerful medications can become a demoralizing blur. Beth Collins of Fairfax County said her teenage daughter suffered as many as 300 epileptic seizures per day.
“There were days when I just laid in bed with her and prayed,” Collins said, “and watched her because I wasn’t sure what would happen.” Now, the seizures have all but stopped. Each day, Collins gives her daughter Jennifer a dose of medical marijuana oil from a syringe, as any parent might administer liquid medicine to a child. Read More... Md.'s Marijuana Laws Leave Unanswered Questions Posted by on April 12, 2014 at 12:10:57 PT By Mark Puente and Michael Dresser Source: Baltimore Sun Maryland -- Now that the state's medical marijuana program has been revived, officials say it will take about 15 months for the first patients to buy the drug legally in Maryland. Shannon Moore hopes her twin sons survive.
Her 3-year-olds Nicolas and Byron already have lived longer than expected while battling as many as 30 seizures a day from Miller-Dieker syndrome, a disease that causes brain deformities. Moore hopes a marijuana extract will reduce their seizures. Read More... CO Legalized MJ Tax Revs Ahead of Expectations Posted by CN Staff on April 12, 2014 at 07:59:42 PT By Robin Respaut, Reuters Source: Reuters Reuters -- Colorado, the first state to tax legalized recreational marijuana sales, expects to bring in an estimated $98 million in revenue this year, exceeding the state's original expectations by 40 percent. The state began levying sales and excise taxes on recreational marijuana on January 1, 2014.
Moody's Investors Service, in a report released Friday, said legal sales in Colorado will reduce the size of the black market and revenue from legal sales will mean more tax payments flowing into state coffers. Read More...
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