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Sponsors Cancel Drug Summit in Madras Posted by on August 22, 2014 at 12:07:03 PT By Jeff Mapes Source: Oregonian Oregon -- A nonprofit group has canceled an October anti-drug summit in Madras -- which was to feature a prominent opponent of marijuana legalization -- after complaints were raised by sponsors of the ballot measure that would permit recreational use of the drug.

The sponsors of the legalization initiative, Measure 91, charged this week that it was wrong for summit organizers to use federal funds to help pay for an appearance by Kevin Sabet, a former White House drug adviser who has formed an organization opposing marijuana legalization. Read More... MJ Prohibition Must Take a Historical Perspective Posted by on August 21, 2014 at 05:11:35 PT By Jelani Hayes, The Huffington Post Source: Huffington Post USA -- When the New York Times called for the federal government to repeal its prohibition of marijuana and let the states decide its fate -- for medicinal or recreational use, production, and sale -- it did not rely solely on issues of the here and now, such as economics, science, public safety, and current levels of racial disparities in arrests and incarceration rates (all of which are important considerations). Instead, through the publication of seven pieces, the editorial board provided a more comprehensive argument in support of their stance, connecting today's legalization movement to the past's criminalization crusade. For the New York Times, history matters -- as it should for the legalization campaign nationwide. Read More... Marijuana Regulators Have Done ‘A Very Good Job’ Posted by on August 19, 2014 at 10:50:22 PT By Reid Wilson Source: Washington Post Denver -- When Colorado voters passed a ballot measure in 2012 legalizing marijuana for recreational use, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) was in the minority voting no. But two years later, eight months into the legalization experiment, Hickenlooper says he’s pleased with the way his state has handled voters’ wishes.

“I think [state regulators have] done a pretty good job. Not perfect, but all things considered, I think they’ve done a very good job,” he said in an interview in his office at the state Capitol. “I’m a constant-improvement person, so I always see ways to make things better.” Read More... So What If Michael Brown Had MJ In His System Posted by on August 18, 2014 at 13:37:38 PT By Nick Wing and Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post Source: Huffington Post Missouri -- The St. Louis County medical examiner's report on the body of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, found that Brown had "marijuana in his system" when he died, according to a Washington Post article Monday.

This development should not have come as a surprise to anyone who has ever been or known a teenager, but some still expected the toxicology report to be a "bombshell." It isn't. Read More... Connecticut Growers Tending Marijuana Crops Posted by on August 17, 2014 at 05:28:41 PT By Kenneth R. Gosselin, The Hartford Courant Source: Hartford Courant Connecticut -- For months, Advanced Grow Labs LLC — one of Connecticut's four medical marijuana growing companies — slogged through the process of competing for a state license, securing local zoning approvals, and outfitting a building to state regulations that are as a tough as those at any pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Now, managing partner David Lipton knows his West Haven company is getting close: He planted his first marijuana seeds almost three weeks ago. "I did my own tray, the D.L. tray," Lipton said last week. "My tray is looking pretty good; they're about 3 or 4 inches high now. Finally, we're not just buying stuff, we're dealing with something that grows." Read More... After Legalization, Hempfest More Celebration Posted by on August 16, 2014 at 05:26:54 PT By Katharine Schwab Source: Seattle Times Washington -- Seattle’s very own “protestival” is back — without much to protest. Hempfest 2014 has the usual tie-dye T-shirt-wearing, dread-headed, high-minded attendees, but with marijuana now legal in Washington state, the tone of the 23-year-old festival has shifted from dissent to celebration.

Still, the festival’s guide urges activists to “soldier on in the struggle for full legalization.” “This is the one plant that can revolutionize the world,” said Seattle resident Jacob Junkman, who spends much of his time volunteering at medical dispensaries and was wearing a T-shirt that read “Marijuana is safer than alcohol.” Read More... Public Support for MMJ is Reaching New Highs Posted by on August 15, 2014 at 14:49:50 PT By Sean Sullivan and Scott Clement Source: Washington Post USA -- The legalization of medical marijuana has broad support from the American public. But Republican presidential contenders aren't so high on the idea. Former governor Jeb Bush just came out against amending the Florida constitution to legalize medical marijuana. In a Thursday statement, the Republican said the move could reduce the number of tourists and businesses that come to the state.

“Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire,” Bush said. “Allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts." Read More... Jeb Bush Opposes Florida MMJ Initiative Posted by on August 14, 2014 at 17:23:51 PT By Alex Lazar, The Huffington Post Source: Huffington Post Florida -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is urging Floridians to vote against a medical marijuana ballot measure, according to a statement published Thursday by the Tampa Bay Times.

"Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire," the prospective 2016 GOP presidential candidate said. Read More... The MJ Legalization Movement Loses Pat Robertson Posted by on August 13, 2014 at 20:08:26 PT By Abby Ohlheiser Source: Washington Post USA -- Oh, well: televangelist Pat Robertson has apparently changed his mind on the subject of legal marijuana. Just two years after Robertson said that he thinks the U.S. should “treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” he and his 700 Club network went hard against Colorado’s legalization of the drug this week.

“The little kids are getting high,” Robertson said of the children of Colorado on his Wednesday show. He went on: “Do you want your little 8th grader to be stoned when he goes to school? Well, welcome to Colorado, where pot is legal.” Read More... Pro-Pot Push: The Next Gay Marriage Posted by CN Staff on August 13, 2014 at 17:54:05 PT By Susan Milligan Source: U.S. News & World Report USA -- The image makes supporters of marijuana legalization cringe: a zoned-out-looking, T-shirt-wearing Grateful Dead slacker, his hair long and unwashed and his brain cleansed of any ambition or coherent thought. The caricature is not dissimilar to the distorted images and stereotypes once attached to gay couples. Within the space of just a decade, those unrealistic images of same-sex partnerships quickly disappeared as more Americans embraced their gay colleagues and family members. And with startling alacrity, the law has followed with states adopting same-sex marriage statutes and courts across the country striking down bans on same-sex unions. Read More... Colorado's Marijuana Black Market Is Complicated Posted by on August 13, 2014 at 05:16:35 PT By Matt Ferner Source: Huffington Post Colorado -- Depending on whom you ask, Colorado's marijuana black market has either vanished or expanded since weed was legalized in the state. Mexican pot farmers have anecdotally said they're taking a beating, but one illegal Colorado drug dealer told The Washington Post that his business was growing. So which is it?

Turns out that's a tough question to answer. A comprehensive market analysis, released by the Colorado Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division in July, looked at supply and demand in the state's marijuana market, but the report did not offer granular detail about the supply side. Read More... Canada's 'Prince of Pot' Returns Home After 5 Year Posted by CN Staff on August 12, 2014 at 18:50:20 PT By Reuters Source: Reuters Toronto/ Vancouver -- -A Canadian man jailed for five years in a U.S. federal prison for shipping marijuana seeds across the border returned to his homeland on Tuesday, as laws regulating the drug in both countries have slowly been relaxed.

Marc Emery, Canada's self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot," crossed the border from Detroit, Michigan to Windsor, Ontario, and soon after addressed television cameras and supporters with his wife Jodie Emery by his side. Read More... Gavin Newsom Will Back 'The Right Initiative' Posted by on August 11, 2014 at 15:12:24 PT By Matt Ferner Source: Huffington Post California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who has made no secret of his overall support for marijuana legalization, has now said he's prepared to campaign for a ballot measure in 2016 to permit recreational pot use in the state. During a luncheon meeting for the Marin County Bar Association last week, Newsom said he would back a marijuana legalization measure "if it is the right initiative," The Marin Independent Journal reported.

"The 'right initiative' would be one that addresses age limits -- he doesn't want to see the drug in the hands of kids -- one that addresses advertising, driving under the influence," Andrea Koskey, communications director for Newsom, told The Huffington Post. Read More... Medical Marijuana Research Hits Wall of U.S. Law Posted by on August 09, 2014 at 15:26:21 PT By Serge F. Kovaleski Source: New York Times Arizona -- Nearly four years ago, Dr. Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist at the University of Arizona, sought federal approval to study marijuana’s effectiveness in treating military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. She had no idea how difficult it would be.

The proposal, which has the support of veterans groups, was hung up at several regulatory stages, requiring the research’s private sponsor to resubmit multiple times. After the proposed study received final approval in March from federal health officials, the lone federal supplier of research marijuana said it did not have the strains the study needed and would have to grow more — potentially delaying the project until at least early next year. Read More... Why Marijuana Won’t Become Another Big Tobacco Posted by on August 08, 2014 at 13:10:41 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- I wrote earlier this week about the sophisticated ad campaigns recently launched by supporters and opponents of marijuana legalization. The two camps agree that marijuana is going mainstream but part company on whether this is an ominous development or cause for celebration.

The argument put forth by the anti-legalization Grass Is Not Greener coalition is a novel one, and worth digging into. "If we’re not careful, the marijuana industry could quickly become the next Big Tobacco," its Web site warns. Read More... New Mexico Woman Sues Employer Over Medical Pot Posted by CN Staff on August 07, 2014 at 15:05:13 PT By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press Source: Associated Press Albuquerque, N.M. -- A New Mexico physician’s assistant who also is a medical marijuana patient says one of the state’s largest health care providers violated her rights when it fired her following a positive drug test.

Donna Smith is the latest medical marijuana patient to go to court to seek protections for workers who have been fired due to their participation in the state’s medical marijuana program. She filed her lawsuit against Presbyterian Healthcare Services in state district court in June, and her attorney is now seeking a hearing date. Read More... Marijuana Issue on The Ballot for D.C. Posted by on August 07, 2014 at 06:12:03 PT By Andrea Noble, The Washington Times Source: Washington Times Washington, D.C. -- D.C. residents will vote on legalizing the recreational use and possession of marijuana when they head to the polls in November. The D.C. Board of Elections voted unanimously Wednesday to allow the ballot initiative to go before voters.

If approved, Initiative 71 would allow an adult over the age of 21 to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana and to grow up to six plants in his or her home. However, it would not legalize the sale of marijuana. Read More... D.C. Voters To Decide on Marijuana Use Posted by on August 06, 2014 at 08:36:45 PT By Mike DeBonis Source: Washington Post Washington -- D.C. residents will vote in November on whether to legalize marijuana use in the nation’s capital after elections officials voted Wednesday to place the question on the ballot.

The three-member D.C. Board of Elections voted unanimously Wednesday morning to approve the ballot initiative, certifying that activists gathered the tens of thousands of voter signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot. Read More... Times Readers Make Cases for Marijuana Posted by on August 05, 2014 at 20:01:35 PT By Juliet Lapido Source: New York Times USA -- We learned something about New York Times online commenters recently: They are far, far more supportive of marijuana legalization than the average American.

Over the last 10 days, The Times’s Editorial Board published a series calling for an end to the federal ban on marijuana. This stance, we realized, was hardly avant-garde. As we noted in an essay on public views, a majority of Americans now favor legalizing use of the drug. But this majority is not especially large: 54 percent to 42 percent, according to the Pew Research Center’s latest poll. Read More... Highway Fatalities in CO are at Near-Historic Lows Posted by on August 05, 2014 at 13:27:51 PT By Radley Balko Source: Washington Post Colorado -- Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes, we’ve seen an increase in the number of drivers testing positive for the drug who were involved in fatal car accidents. The anti-pot group SAM recently pointed out that even before the first legal pot store opened in Washington state, the number of drivers in that state testing positive for pot jumped by a third. Read More... Pro-MJ Advocates Raise $1 Million in Oregon Posted by CN Staff on August 05, 2014 at 06:17:39 PT By Courtney Sherwood Source: Reuters Portland, Ore. -- Supporters of a recreational marijuana ballot initiative in Oregon have raised $1 million in their effort to legalize, regulate and tax use of the drug by adults, campaign finance documents showed on Monday.

The state said last month the initiative qualified for the November ballot, meaning Oregon could become only the third U.S. state after Colorado and Washington to allow recreational pot use. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Read More... The Marijuana Media Miracle Posted by on August 05, 2014 at 05:37:50 PT By Michael Wolff, USA Today Network Source: USA Today USA -- The coming legalization of marijuana, advocated last week by The New York Times in perhaps the most noted editorial in its history, will create a consumer product as sought after as cigarettes (in their day) and booze. Hence, legalized marijuana, among its other lucrative effects — including closing gaps in state budgets with certain heavy taxes — offers a gold mine for the media business.

Media have, in many ways, never recovered from the loss of cigarette advertising, one of the all-time great revenue generators for newspapers, magazines, television, radio and advertising agencies. Marijuana could be as big a market as cigarettes and, as pot brands try to establish and distinguish themselves, as prodigious an advertiser. Read More... MJ Opponents Concede Pot has Gone Mainstream Posted by on August 05, 2014 at 05:01:41 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- Last week, the New York Times ran a six-part editorial series advocating for the national legalization of marijuana. In response, advocacy groups on either side of the legalization debate took out dueling full-page advertisements in the paper. Conflicting messages aside, the ads are notable for what they agree on: that marijuana use has officially moved out of the basement and into the boardroom.

I've placed them side-by-side for comparison below — click through for larger versions. Read More... Rules for The Marijuana Market Posted by on August 04, 2014 at 19:32:49 PT By Vikas Bajaj Source: New York Times USA -- As voters and lawmakers in more states decide to legalize marijuana, policy makers will have to answer a fresh and difficult question: How should governments regulate the production and sale of the drug?

Beyond keeping marijuana out of the hands of minors, a good regulatory system has to limit the increase in drug abuse that is likely to accompany lower prices and greater availability after legalization. It should protect consumers from both dangerous and counterfeit products, reducing the physical risk from a psychoactive substance. And a well-regulated system should undermine and eventually eliminate the black market for marijuana, which has done great damage to society. Read More... How My Parents Became Late-Life Pot Moguls Posted by on August 04, 2014 at 05:39:55 PT Editorial Source: New York Magazine Oregon -- At some point in the middle of my 70-year-old mom's bong rip, as the distinctive schalp schlap schlap sound echoed in the kitchen, it dawned on me that my family life had recently taken a strange turn. Through a haze of pungent smoke I saw not just the woman who raised me, but a late-life social pioneer. Just a few years ago, my parents were a solid middle-class couple in a wholesome midwestern town who faced a fairly normal array of financial uncertainties and stresses as their careers wound down. But now, they have embarked on an astonishing second act in life — call it a Walter White retirement. Today, Mom and Dad are on the West Coast, living at the edge of the law, and bringing home huge wads of cash growing extremely high-grade weed in their backyard. Read More... Denver Celebrates Pot At The County Fair Posted by CN Staff on August 03, 2014 at 17:46:46 PT By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press Source: Associated Press Denver -- Marijuana joined roses and dahlias Friday in blue ribbon events at the nation's first county fair to allow pot competitions. This weekend's Denver County Fair includes a 21-and-over "Pot Pavilion" where winning entries for plants, bongs, edible treats and clothes made from hemp are on display.

There's no actual weed at the fairgrounds. Instead, fairgoers will see photos of the competing pot plants and marijuana-infused foods. A sign near the entry warns patrons not to consume pot at the fair. Read More... Boomers Stand To Benefit Most From Marijuana Posted by on August 03, 2014 at 04:59:02 PT By Mary Wozniak Source: Florida Today Florida -- Baby boomers are the group that stands to benefit most from medical marijuana, and their numbers may be key to whether Amendment 2 passes or fails, activists say. In addition, industry experts say boomers 50 and older will likely drive growth of medical marijuana revenue.

The latest poll released Monday by Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University shows an average 88 percent of Floridians are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. Election Day is Nov. 4. Read More... The Great Colorado Weed Experiment Posted by on August 02, 2014 at 14:37:30 PT By Lawrence Downes Source: New York Times Colorado -- In January, Colorado defied the federal government and stepped with both feet into the world of legal recreational marijuana, where no state had gone before.

For seven months Coloradans have been lawfully smoking joints and inhaling cannabis vapors, chewing marijuana-laced candies and chocolates, drinking, cooking and lotioning with products infused with cannabis oil. They are growing their own weed, making their own hash oil and stocking up at dispensaries marked with green crosses and words like “health,” “wellness” and “natural remedies.” Tourists are joining in — gawking, sampling and tripping in hotel rooms. Business is growing, taxes are flowing, cannabis entrepreneurs are building, investing and cashing in. Read More... High in the Rockies, a Chill Marijuana Debate Posted by on August 02, 2014 at 14:21:34 PT By Lawrence Downes Source: New York Times Unnison, Colo. -- Getting a feel for Gunnison, Colo., a town in the Rockies about four and a half hours southwest of Denver, takes a bicycle and a few minutes. On Main Street and nearby blocks you will pass a Wal-Mart, a pizza place called Pie-Zans, a bike-repair-and-espresso shop, the offices of The Gunnison Country Times, the campus of Western State Colorado University and Traders Rendezvous, which claims to have the state’s largest collection of antlers and mounted animal trophies. Ride long enough and you will find seven churches and five liquor stores, six if you count the Safeway. Read More... Coalition Runs NYT Ad To Dispute MJ Editorial Posted by on August 02, 2014 at 12:21:07 PT By Niraj Chokshi Source: Washington Post USA -- A coalition of groups is running a full-page advertisement in the New York Times this weekend, advocating against the maturing movement to legalize marijuana.

The ad comes in response to a New York Times editorial series launched last weekend arguing for an end to marijuana prohibition. In it, the newspaper’s editorial board advocated for an end to the federal ban on the drug. The ad, pictured below, features a businessman with the pasted-on head of a hippie, a visual metaphor for what the groups warn is the disconnected perception and reality when it comes to legalization. Read More...

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