Marijuana Industry Could Be Worth $35 Billion Posted by on October 24, 2014 at 09:21:31 PT By Matt Ferner Source: Huffington Post USA -- If all 50 states legalized marijuana and the federal government ended prohibition of the plant, the marijuana industry in the United States would be worth $35 billion just six years from now.
That's according to a new report from GreenWave Advisors, a research and advisory firm that serves the emerging marijuana industry in the U.S., which found that if all 50 states and the federal government legalized cannabis, combined sales for both medical and retail marijuana could balloon to $35 billion a year by 2020. Read More... Seattle Sends Warning Letters To Pot Shops Posted by CN Staff on October 24, 2014 at 05:49:53 PT By Evan Bush, Associated Press Source: Associated Press Seattle -- The city of Seattle is warning more than 300 medical marijuana businesses that their days could be numbered. Officials have sent letters to medical marijuana growers, processors and dispensaries reminding them they need to either shut down or be licensed by the state by next summer.
The problem is that the Legislature hasn’t yet created a licensing system to allow sales of medical marijuana. Read More... MJ Legalization Pitch for People Who Don't Smoke Posted by on October 23, 2014 at 10:11:26 PT By Emily Badger Source: Washington Post Portland -- The Yes on 91 office here, a rented suite on the second floor of a drab professional building by the convention center, is full of moms. They're staging a press conference in favor of Oregon's ballot measure to legalize marijuana — a dueling production to the moms across town who are holding their own event railing against it.
To clarify, the Yes on 91 moms don't want to legally buy marijuana. Nor do they want their kids to have access to it. In fact, that's their argument. Read More... Appeals Court: Medical Marijuana No Bar to DUI Posted by on October 22, 2014 at 09:00:53 PT By Howard Fischer, Capitol News Services Source: Arizona Daily Sun Phoenix -- A medical marijuana card is not a get-out-of-jail-free card for motorists found with active components of the drug in their system, no matter how little, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
The judges rejected arguments by the attorney for Travis Darrah that the positive drug test, by itself, cannot be used to convict him of driving under the influence of drugs. The judges said prosecutors need not prove actual impairment. Read More... A Surprise and a Reversal on Edible Marijuana Posted by on October 22, 2014 at 07:36:42 PT By Lawrence Downes Source: New York Times Colorado legalized the growing, selling, smoking and eating of recreational marijuana more than 10 months ago, but it still hasn’t resolved some major questions about how this new market is supposed to work.
The Associated Press reported on Monday that the state Health Department was proposing to ban nearly all forms of edible marijuana, to make it easier to keep children from overdosing. The proposal was one of several ideas presented to a state-sponsored working group considering safety regulations for the marijuana industry. Read More... Fix Pot Law Conflicts So Industry Can Grow Posted by on October 21, 2014 at 06:35:27 PT Editorial Source: Chicago Sun-Times Illinois -- Here’s what’s clear: A marijuana gold rush is coming to Illinois. Here’s what’s not so clear: How will fundamental conflicts between state and federal laws governing marijuana be resolved? Because until those conflicts are worked out, too much of this lucrative industry will be a cash business, ripe for fraud and organized crime, and nobody — consumers or suppliers — can feel completely safe from federal snooping and sanctions.
About half the states, including Illinois, have enacted laws authorizing marijuana for medical use, and two — Washington and Colorado — have legalized it for recreational use. In Los Angeles, a new smart phone app lets medical marijuana users get deliveries right to their doorsteps. Read More... Colorado Health Officials Want To Ban Edibles Posted by on October 20, 2014 at 14:59:02 PT By Matt Ferner Source: Huffington Post Colorado -- Health officials in Colorado are calling for what is nearly a full ban on retail marijuana edibles in the state, just 10 months after the first recreational sales of marijuana began.
The Associated Press' Kristen Wyatt first reported Monday on the Colorado Department of Health and Environment's request for a ban on the majority of marijuana-infused food products in the state. Read More... After California Decriminalized Marijuana Posted by on October 18, 2014 at 11:18:47 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- A new report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice adds to the growing body of evidence that legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana does not lead to any number of doomsday scenarios envisioned by legalization opponents. Looking specifically at California, where full marijuana decriminalization went into effect on Jan. 1, 2011, the report finds that "marijuana decriminalization in California has not resulted in harmful consequences for teenagers, such as increased crime, drug overdose, driving under the influence, or school dropout. In fact, California teenagers showed improvements in all risk areas after reform." Read More... MJ Legalization is Making The World a Better Place Posted by on October 17, 2014 at 11:48:01 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- No pressure, Colorado and Washington, but the world is scrutinizing your every move.
That was the take-home message of an event today at the Brookings Institution, discussing the international impact of the move toward marijuana legalization at the state-level in the U.S. Laws passed in Colorado and Washington, with other states presumably to come, create a tension with the U.S. obligations toward three major international treaties governing drug control. Historically the U.S. has been a strong advocate of all three conventions, which "commit the United States to punish and even criminalize activity related to recreational marijuana," according to Brookings' Wells Bennet. Read More... New Civil Rights Chief More Evolved On Marijuana Posted by on October 16, 2014 at 05:50:38 PT By Ryan J. Reilly Source: Huffington Post Washington, D.C. -- The newly named acting head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has called for the legalization and regulation of marijuana, putting her ahead of Attorney General Eric Holder on that issue.
Vanita Gupta, the senior American Civil Liberties Union attorney who will take over the Civil Rights Division next week, wrote a CNN column last month praising the legalization and taxation of marijuana in Washington and Colorado. Her column focused on the story of Jeff Mizanskey, a Missouri man sentenced to life in prison for buying a few pounds of marijuana. Gupta argued there was a much better option than incarceration. Read More... Nominee for DOJ Slot Said States Should Legalize Posted by on October 15, 2014 at 15:53:10 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- The Post's Sari Horwitz reports that Obama intends to nominate Vanita Gupta, currently director of the ACLU's Center for Justice, to lead the civil rights division of the Justice Department. Gupta also currently leads the ACLU's National Campaign to End Mass Incarceration. Horwitz writes:
Gupta, 39, who was born in the Philadelphia area to immigrant parents, has been praised by a wide array of political activists for her civil rights work, especially on prison reform, an issue on which liberals and conservatives have found common ground. Read More... Colorado Marijuana Revenues Hit a New High Posted by on October 15, 2014 at 06:03:17 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- New figures from the Colorado Department of Revenue show that recreational marijuana sales continued to climb in August, the most recent month for which data are available. Recreational sales totaled approximately $34.1 million in August, up from $29.3 million the previous month.
Medical marijuana also jumped sharply in August, after several months of flat or declining sales. Medical sales figures were just under the recreational total, at $33.4 million. One goal of creating Colorado's recreational marijuana market is to shift customers away from the medical market. Read More... Medical Marijuana Deserves Support Posted by CN Staff on October 15, 2014 at 05:43:15 PT By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board Source: Sun-Sentinel Florida -- Forget the politicians, self-styled experts and pollsters. Amendment 2 is about helping sick people.
The amendment would change the state constitution to legalize medical marijuana. It gives doctors a tool to help patients facing death or fighting to live another day. It allows the sickest patients to decide for themselves whether medical marijuana is right for them. And it gives the state ample room to regulate how marijuana dispensaries operate and to oversee who issues and receives a card identifying patients eligible to buy medical marijuana. Read More... Marijuana Legalization Could Be Drawn Out Posted by on October 13, 2014 at 05:40:24 PT By Mike DeBonis Source: Washington Post Washington -- D.C. voters are likely to legalize marijuana possession in the District next month. But it could be many more months, perhaps a year or more, before residents would be able to legally purchase non-medicinal marijuana.
And in the interim, the organizers of the ballot initiative — which is supported by nearly two-thirds of likely voters, according to recent polls — are warning lawmakers not to delay its basic provisions of the voter initiative, which would allow the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and the home cultivation of as many as six cannabis plants. Read More... Our View: It's Time To Legalize Marijuana Posted by on October 12, 2014 at 05:53:41 PT Editorial Opinion Source: Mail Tribune Oregon -- In 2012, we recommended voters reject a ballot measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana because it was badly written and likely to create more problems than it solved. This year, a group of legalization advocates have put forward a very detailed, carefully worded initiative that has none of the drawbacks of the 2012 measure.
We think Ballot Measure 91 strikes the right balance between Colorado's overly permissive law and Washington state's excessively restrictive statute. Voters should approve it. Read More... Vote on Legalizing Marijuana in D.C. Posted by on October 12, 2014 at 05:45:27 PT By Marc Fisher Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- The campaigns for and against legalizing marijuana in the nation’s capital are not exactly sophisticated — no targeted robo-calling, no TV commercials, no get-out-the-vote drive. The Yes side instead papers streetlamp poles with signs that say just “Legalize.” The No side counters with its simple slogan, “Two. Is. Enough. D.C.,” meaning that legal alcohol and tobacco give Washingtonians all the mind-altering substances they need.
The head of the No campaign, Will Jones, says he has never smoked pot, doesn’t drink except at weddings and believes marijuana is an expressway to heroin and the like. The head of the Yes campaign counters with an assurance that weed “is nontoxic and no one has ever overdosed from it.” “Believe me,” said Adam Eidinger, “it would have happened to me by now.” Read More... MJ Legalization Advocates Outspending Foes Posted by on October 10, 2014 at 19:21:13 PT By Niraj Chokshi Source: Washington Post Alaska -- Proponents of a ballot measure legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Alaska have at least one thing going for them: money.
The main organization promoting the cause, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, has spent just over $827,000 as of campaign filings submitted last Friday, more than a dozen times the amount spent by their opponents. The “Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2,” the group opposed to the measure, has spent just under $69,000 so far. For the proponents of legalization, all that spending leaves them with about $40,000 on hand. For opponents, about $27,000 remains to be spent should they choose. Read More... John Morgan Tours Florida To Tout Med Marijuana Posted by CN Staff on October 10, 2014 at 15:14:07 PT By Stephen Nohlgren, Times Staff Writer Source: Tampa Bay Times Tampa -- Outside the University of South Florida student center last week, a luxury bus originally customized for rock stars idled by the curb. The soft hum of its air conditioning was drowned out by students chanting, "Yes on 2! Yes on 2!'' In the bus, Mr. Marijuana warmed up for another day of barnstorming.
Multimillionaire attorney John Morgan, 58, said he did not foresee this whirlwind 19 months ago, when he took over a campaign to legalize medical marijuana by putting it in Florida's Constitution. But he clearly has embraced it. Read More... No, MJ is Not Actually as Addictive as Heroin Posted by on October 10, 2014 at 05:54:27 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- You may have read this week that a new "20-year research study" on marijuana use "finally demolishes claims that smoking marijuana is harmless," and has found that it "makes you stupid," that "smoking marijuana over the long-term can develop cancer" [SIC], and that marijuana is "as addictive as heroin." At least, that's what you'd conclude if you'd read most media coverage of the study. But if you'd actually read the study yourself (which I highly recommend!), you'd likely walk away with very different conclusions. Read More... New Poll: Crist, Medical Marijuana On The Upswing Posted by on October 09, 2014 at 16:29:44 PT By Scott Bihr Source: News-Press Florida -- Democrat Charlie Crist continued his surge in the polls and the medical marijuana measure received a much-needed shot in the arm in a new survey released today. Crist leads Gov. Rick Scott 43 percent to 38 percent in the University of North Florida poll. Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie receives 10 percent, and 8 percent are undecided.
It marks the fourth poll this week that shows Crist leading the incumbent. In the other three, Crist registered small leads of 1, 2 and 2 percentage points. All are within their respective margins of error. Read More... Sanjay Gupta Discusses Medical Marijuana Posted by on October 09, 2014 at 16:20:42 PT By Luca F. Schroeder, Contributing Writer Source: Harvard Crimson Massachusetts -- CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta discussed the possibilities and challenges in expanding medical marijuana at the Institute of Politics on Wednesday.
The John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum event, moderated by Harvard Medical School associate professor Staci A. Gruber, comes just two days after the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital announced a “landmark new program” examining medical marijuana. The program will “explore the potential impact of medical marijuana on cognition, brain structure and function,” according to the announcement, and was funded by a $500,000 gift from best-selling crime writer Patricia Cornwell. Read More... Should Medical Marijuana Be Legal in Florida? Posted by on October 09, 2014 at 09:13:37 PT By J.J. Colagrande Source: Huffington Post Florida -- In less than one month, Florida will decide if medical marijuana should be legal. Amendment 2 on the ballot "allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician." This proposal amends our state's constitution which requires a super-majority of at least 60 percent of the vote. Currently, the issue is polling at an average of sixty-eight percent. So the question lingers like a roach in an ashtray: should we legalize medical marijuana? Read More... Rick Steves Books a New Kind of Tour Posted by on October 08, 2014 at 06:04:54 PT By Jill Harris, Drug Policy Alliance Source: Huffington Post Oregon -- Guidebook author and TV host Rick Steves has travelled the world for three decades with an appetite for more than just new foods and cultures. He's also had a keen interest in understanding how different countries address similar problems. As he notes in his book, "Travel as a Political Act," one particularly serious issue he's had his eye on is drugs. In part, "learning why Europe has fewer drug-related deaths, less drug-related incarceration, and less drug consumption per capita than we do here in America." Read More... Hickenlooper Almost Had a Point Posted by on October 07, 2014 at 19:59:15 PT By Arit John Source: Bloomberg.com Colorado -- What would Governor John Hickenlooper tell other governors whose states may follow Colorado's lead and legalize recreational marijuana? We're pretty sure he would call it “reckless.”
“Any governor that looks at doing this before we see what the consequences are, I would view it as reckless,” he said during a debate Monday, according to the International Business Times. Read More... It Was Reckless For Colorado To Legalize Marijuana Posted by on October 07, 2014 at 12:04:28 PT By Matt Ferner, Huffington Post Source: Huffington Post Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), a vocal opponent of his state's legalization of marijuana, said Monday that recreational marijuana laws are "reckless." Hickenlooper was asked during a gubernatorial debate about other state governors who may be considering legalizing marijuana.
"I would view it as reckless before we see what the consequences are" in Colorado, Hickenlooper said, International Business Times reported. His Republican challenger, Bob Beauprez, agreed with the "reckless" characterization, according to Politico. Read More... Oregon Rolls Out Legal-Pot Plan Posted by on October 06, 2014 at 17:26:14 PT By Hal Bernton, Seattle Times Staff Reporter Source: Seattle Times Portland -- Matt Price sells 100 different kinds of edibles, tinctures, buds and other marijuana offerings to the patients who frequent Cannabliss, the medical dispensary he opened up in a historic brick building that once served as a fire station.
Unlike in Washington, Price’s medical-marijuana business is licensed by the state, and all the pot he sells is subject to mandatory testing and labeling. Read More... Yes To Marijuana Ballot Measures Posted by on October 06, 2014 at 06:08:16 PT New York Times Editorial Source: New York Times USA -- The decision by California voters in 1996 to legalize medical marijuana produced a wave of similar initiatives around the country. Less than two decades later, over half the states allow at least limited medical use. Now it looks as though recreational use of the drug may follow the same path.
In 2012, Washington State and Colorado legalized recreational marijuana. This November, voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia will decide whether to do the same — effectively disregarding the misguided federal ban on a drug that is far less dangerous than alcohol. Decades of arresting people for buying, selling and using marijuana have hurt more than helped society, and minority communities have been disproportionately affected by the harsh criminal penalties of prohibition. Read More... Is Oregon Next To Go Green? Posted by on October 04, 2014 at 07:57:19 PT By Anna Staver, Statesman Journal Source: Statesman Journal Oregon is know for being green, but this November voters will decide just how green they really want to be. That’s because Oregonians get to choose whether they want to legalize recreational marijuana for people who are 21 or older.
Measure 91 would allow a person to possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana and to cultivate up to four plants. It would also give the Oregon Liquor Control Commission authority to oversee and regulate recreational sales, which would start in January 2016. It would be similar to the way the commission regulates wine and beer rather than alcohol because the state wouldn’t own or distribute marijuana products. Read More... MMJ Firm Can Question State Pot Czar Posted by on October 03, 2014 at 13:47:01 PT By Bob McGovern Source: Boston Herald Massachusetts -- Attorneys for a company that had been denied a license to operate medical marijuana dispensaries will have the chance to question the executive director of the state agency charged with examining dispensary applications, a Superior Court judge has ruled.
Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts Inc. can depose Karen van Unen, the executive director of the Department of Public Health’s Massachusetts Marijuana for Medical Use Program, according to Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas Billings. Read More... Philadelphia Decriminalizes Marijuana Posted by on October 02, 2014 at 10:38:44 PT By Hunter Schwarz Source: Washington Post Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) signed an ordinance Wednesday decriminalizing the possession and use of up to 30 grams of marijuana.
“I do not condone marijuana use, it is illegal,” Nutter said in a statement. “But the punishment needs to be proportionate to the crime, and these are common sense changes that will have a positive impact on many Philadelphians.” Read More...
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