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Ballot Campaign Launches To Allow Marijuana Bars Posted by on July 02, 2015 at 13:29:09 PT By Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times Source: Washington Times Denver -- The same pro-pot advocates who brought legalized recreational marijuana to Colorado launched Thursday a ballot campaign to allow adult “marijuana bars” in Denver.

Mason Tvert and Brian Vicente, who led the successful 2012 statewide initiative campaign for Amendment 64, announced they have formed the Campaign for Limited Social Use to “allow the use — but not sale — of marijuana at commercial establishments in areas restricted to individuals 21 or older.” Read More... Ohio Legislature Strikes Back Against Marijuana Posted by on July 02, 2015 at 05:00:06 PT By Liz Essley Whyte Source: Time Ohio -- A campaign to legalize marijuana in Ohio took a step closer to making November’s ballot Tuesday, after its promoters turned in more than twice the required number of signatures.

But the measure will face competition at the polls. Ohio legislators also approved their own ballot measure on Tuesday to undermine the pot plan, which lawmakers worried would amount to a “marijuana monopoly” because of its provision that only 10 growers would control the wholesale pot market. Read More... Gov. Inslee Signs Marijuana Reform Bill Posted by CN Staff on July 01, 2015 at 05:28:43 PT By Gene Johnson, The Associated Press Source: Associated Press Olympia -- Washington state's recreational marijuana law has a new tax structure under a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

The new law eliminates the current three-tier tax structure and replaces it with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale — a change sought by the legal-pot industry. To encourage more cities and counties to allow marijuana businesses, the bill directs the state to share pot revenue with jurisdictions that do so. It also allows them to adopt more flexible zoning for where pot grows and stores can be located. Read More... State MJ Laws Complicate Federal Job Recruitment Posted by on June 29, 2015 at 05:04:57 PT By Matthew Rosenberg and Mark Mazzetti Source: New York Times Washington, D.C. -- For all the aspiring and current spies, diplomats and F.B.I. agents living in states that have liberalized marijuana laws, the federal government has a stern warning: Put down the bong, throw out the vaporizer and lose the rolling papers.

It may now be legal in Colorado, in Washington State and elsewhere to possess and smoke marijuana, but federal laws outlawing its use — and rules that make it a fireable offense for government workers — have remained rigid. As a result, recruiters for federal agencies are arriving on university campuses in those states with the sobering message that marijuana use will not be tolerated. Read More... Two Ways to Get Free Marijuana This Week Posted by on June 29, 2015 at 04:53:25 PT By Brad Tuttle Source: Time Oregon -- As of July 1, new Oregon laws go into effect making it legal for adults ages 21 and up to possess and use recreational marijuana. It’s legal to grow marijuana in the state—up to four plants per residence, out of public view—and share it with other of-age adults too.

Applications for large-scale growers and retailers aren’t being accepted until early 2016, and no Oregon stores are expected to have marijuana for sale until the fall of 2016. For the time being, then, while recreational marijuana use is legal, people aren’t allowed to buy or sell it. Read More... Recreational MJ Bill Passes Oregon Committee Posted by on June 26, 2015 at 05:22:19 PT By Saul Hubbard, The Register-Guard Source: Register-Guard Salem -- Oregonians over the age of 21 would be allowed to purchase recreational marijuana at existing medical marijuana dispensaries starting Oct. 1, under a bill approved Thursday by a key legislative committee.

Recreational users would be limited to buying one quarter- ounce of dried marijuana and four immature plants from the dispensaries, under Senate Bill 460. They would not be able to buy recreational marijuana infused oils or edible products at the dispensaries. Until the state is able to get its new sales taxation system up and running in January 2016, recreational sales will be untaxed. Read More... Oregon House Passes Bill Modeling New MJ Industry Posted by CN Staff on June 26, 2015 at 05:05:15 PT By Sheila V. Kumar, The Associated Press Source: Associated Press Salem -- After months of negotiations and right before recreational pot becomes legal, Oregon House legislators passed a bill Wednesday setting up the state's legal marijuana market.

The measure creates regulations for medical and recreational marijuana, and includes a compromise allowing local jurisdictions to opt out of legalization. Members of a joint committee tasked with implementing Measure 91 had previously deadlocked on the issue of local control, and the measure stalled for weeks while lawmakers worked out an agreement. Read More... Backers of Marijuana Issue in Ohio are Organized Posted by on June 25, 2015 at 07:28:14 PT By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch Source: Columbus Dispatch Ohio -- Leading up to a November ballot-box showdown over marijuana legalization, ResponsibleOhio is suited up, on the field, and has lots of strength on the bench. The opposition, meanwhile, isn’t near the stadium, has no uniforms and lacks enough players to even field a team.

If nothing else, the marijuana-legalization debate shows that ResponsbileOhio is no fly-by-night organization of potheads. It’s a diverse, business-oriented team that includes veteran Republican strategist Neil Clark and 270 Strategies, a group which helped run President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Read More... How Much Does Marijuana Impact Your Driving? Posted by on June 23, 2015 at 04:51:51 PT By Eliza Gray Source: Time USA -- A rigorous federal research study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers new data on the effects of marijuana on driving performance.

The exact impact of marijuana on driving ability is a controversial subject—and it’s become more important states continue to loosen their drug laws. And, while drunk driving is on the decline in the U.S., driving after having smoked or otherwise consumer marijuana has become more common. According to the most recent national roadside survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of weekend nighttime drivers, 8.3 percent had some alcohol in their system and 12.6 percent tested positive for THC—up from 8.6 percent in 2007. Read More... Obama Administration Just Made MMJ Research Easier Posted by on June 22, 2015 at 17:50:36 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- A long-standing bureaucratic obstacle to privately-funded medical marijuana research has just been removed, effective immediately. Until today if you wanted to conduct marijuana research, you'd need to do the following:

1. Submit your study proposal to the Food and Drug Administration for a thorough review of its "scientific validity and ethical soundness." Read More... White House Takes Huge Step Forward Posted by on June 22, 2015 at 17:36:24 PT By Ryan Grim, The Huffington Post Source: Huffington Post Washington, D.C. -- The White House took a major step forward on Monday to support research into the medical properties of marijuana, lifting a much-maligned bureaucratic requirement that had long stifled scientific research.

By eliminating the Public Health Service review requirement, the Department of Health and Human Services will help facilitate research into the drug. Read More... The Conflict Between Federal and State MJ Laws Posted by on June 21, 2015 at 05:06:23 PT By John Hudak Source: Newsweek Colorado -- This week, the Colorado Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling on the topic of medical marijuana and employment practices.

In Coats v. Dish Network, an employee sued for wrongful termination after he tested positive for marijuana. The plaintiff is a quadriplegic who used medical marijuana outside of working hours. Brandon Coats was a registered medical marijuana user, accessing the product in a manner consistent with state constitutional guarantees and state statute. Read More... Delaware Decriminalized Marijuana This Week Posted by on June 20, 2015 at 05:02:44 PT By James Queally Source: Los Angeles Times USA -- Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill Thursday that decriminalized marijuana use, and a host of ballot measures and legislative initiatives could push other states closer to decriminalization or legalization before the year is over.

The bill, which passed the state Senate by a vote of 12-9 on Thursday, makes the consumption or possession of less than an ounce of marijuana in private punishable with a civil fine. Read More... Delaware Decriminalizes Marijuana Posted by on June 19, 2015 at 09:54:41 PT By Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post Source: Huffington Post Delaware on Thursday became the 20th state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Gov. Jack Markell (D) signed House Bill 39 into law Thursday night, not long after the state Senate approved the bill 12-9. No state Republican senators voted in favor of the bill Thursday, and no Republicans supported it when it passed the House earlier this month. Read More... Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Youths Use Posted by on June 17, 2015 at 06:55:12 PT By Benedict Carey Source: New York Times USA -- Marijuana use did not increase among teenagers in the states in which medical marijuana has become legal, researchers reported Monday. The new analysis is the most comprehensive effort to date to answer a much-debated question: Does decriminalization of marijuana lead more adolescents to begin using it?

The study found that states that had legalized medical use had higher prevailing rates of teenage marijuana use before enacting the laws, compared with states where the drug remains illegal. Those higher levels were unaffected by the changes in the law, the study found. Read More... Workers Can Be Fired for Marijuana Use Posted by on June 16, 2015 at 06:23:30 PT By Jack Healy Source: New York Times Denver -- Even in one of the country’s most marijuana-friendly states, smoking pot off the job and away from work can still get an employee fired.

That was the unanimous conclusion of the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday, in a closely watched workplace lawsuit involving a customer service worker who uses medical marijuana to help soothe the painful spasms he has suffered since a car accident left him paralyzed. The worker, Brandon Coats, was fired from Dish Network in 2010 after testing positive for marijuana in a random drug test. Read More... MMJ Laws Won't Turn America's Teens Into Stoners Posted by on June 16, 2015 at 06:12:01 PT By Becca Andrews Source: Mother Jones USA -- Concerned parents and conservative lawmakers, fear not: Laws legalizing the use of medical marijuana won't be your child's gateway into drug use, according to new research published on Monday.

By now, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of medical marijuana. The peer-reviewed study in the Lancet Psychiatry found that legalization of medical marijuana at the state level does not increase recreational pot use by teens. Read More... Workers Can Be Fired for Using Pot Off-Duty Posted by CN Staff on June 15, 2015 at 08:46:27 PT By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press Source: Associated Press Denver -- Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. The state Supreme Court ruled Monday that a medical marijuana patient who was fired after failing a drug test cannot get his job back. The case has big implications for employers and pot smokers in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana.

Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational pot in 2012. Though the case involves medical marijuana, the court's decision could also affect how companies treat employees who use the drug recreationally. Read More... Marijuana Legalization Would Create 35,000 Jobs Posted by on June 11, 2015 at 13:11:15 PT By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch Source: Columbus Dispatch Ohio -- A proposal to legalize marijuana that is likely headed toward Ohio’s fall ballot would create nearly 35,000 direct and indirect jobs in the state and generate an annual economic output of $7 billion, says a new report today coordinated by Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters.

“Legalization is coming to Ohio. We need to accept the reality is going to happen,” Deters said at a press conference at the Ohio State University Moritz School of Law where the report, “Marijuana & Ohio, Past Present and Potential” was unveiled. Read More... The FDA Should Review Medical Marijuana Posted by on June 09, 2015 at 04:23:22 PT By Dan Perkins, Contributor Source: Hill Washington, D.C. -- Many states across the nation are considering the legalization of marijuana; some are talking about the medical uses for marijuana, while other states are talking about the fun derived from being high and also being high on the possible tax revenues to be gained through the open sale of this controlled substance. My home state of Florida last fall had a constitutional amendment on the ballot. That amendment would have made medical marijuana legal in the state. The proponents chose the route of trying to amend the state constitution to make marijuana legal in Florida; for those of you who don't know, the voters summarily rejected it. Read More... What '60 Minutes' Didn't Tell You About Marijuana Posted by on June 08, 2015 at 04:56:14 PT By Debra Borchardt, Contributor Source: Forbes Colorado -- On Sunday night, ’60 Minutes’ revisited a story it had previously aired on the state of Colorado’s legalized marijuana industry, going back to the state in order to get an update. The story gave a great broad overview of the industry, but by trying to cover so many parts of this business, many things were missed.

The ’60 Minutes’ piece, called ‘Colorado Pot,’ noted that it isn’t easy to make money in legalized marijuana, but then like most of these general stories, zoomed in on the giant safe full of cash. The public assumes that because these businesses are awash in cash that they are profitable. That isn’t necessarily the case. The story did touch on the seed-to-sale software, but didn’t note that for the huge warehouse full of plants featured in the story, the software company could be charging anywhere from $0.25 to $0.45 an RFID or bar-code. These bar-codes can’t be reused and a big warehouse like the one on the show that is growing thousands of plants is spending thousands for inventory tracking. Read More... Hospitals Back Providers Applying for MMJ Licenses Posted by on June 06, 2015 at 20:30:59 PT By Anemona Hartocollis Source: New York Times New York’s new medical marijuana program has drawn the interest of several major hospitals, which have formed alliances with aspiring growers to try to make the drug accessible to their patients.

Friday was the deadline for companies to apply to become one of up to five licensed medical marijuana producers and distributors in the state. The State Health Department said on Friday that it was not yet able to release the number or names of the companies that had applied. Read More... What Marijuana Really Does To Your Brain Posted by on June 05, 2015 at 09:38:56 PT By Laura Donovan Source: USA -- The Journal of Neuroscience report is bolstered by a 2003 study conducted by the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, which came up with similar results regarding the effect of marijuana on the brain. Though the 2003 research found that chronic marijuana users may experience a reduction in the ability to remember and learn, other cognitive abilities were not impacted, and “from a neurocognitive standpoint, the small magnitude of these effect sizes suggests that if cannabis compounds are found to have therapeutic value, they may have an acceptable margin of safety under the more limited conditions of exposure that would likely obtain in a medical setting,” the study found. Read More... Clergy Join Push To Legalize Marijuana Posted by CN Staff on June 03, 2015 at 10:59:24 PT By Manya Brachear Pashman, Chicago Tribune Source: Chicago Tribune Illinois -- The marijuana decriminalization bill that could soon go to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk has an array of supporters, including civil libertarians, prosecutors and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Its supporters also include clergy. Protestant pastors and Jewish rabbis are lobbying lawmakers in Illinois and in states across the Northeast as part of a push toward legalization, which they see as a moral cause encompassing issues such as race, fair housing and employment. Read More... Lawmakers Brace for Marijuana Vote-a-Rama Posted by on June 02, 2015 at 08:02:03 PT By Tim Devaney Source: Hill Washington, D.C. -- Lawmakers are prepping for what could turn into a marijuana vote-a-rama Wednesday, sources say. Pot advocates expect lawmakers to introduce at least half a dozen marijuana-related appropriations amendments that would roll back the Justice Department’s authority to enforce drug laws around the country.

The marijuana amendments would handicap the Department of Justice (DOJ) in its fight with states over the enforcement of local pot laws. Read More... Latest Economic Lifeline Is a Leafy One Posted by on June 02, 2015 at 04:16:50 PT By Anemona Hartocollis Source: New York Times Town of Wallkill, N.Y. -- Don Crawford comes from a long line of Orange County farmers. Though he no longer tends dairy cows, he still cuts hay for the thriving equestrian industry, and cringes at the creep of the suburbs.

So when a stranger came to town and announced plans to grow marijuana on the fallow land next to his, Mr. Crawford was thrilled. “It’s better than a bunch of houses,” he said. Read More... Congress Considers Medical Marijuana for Veterans Posted by on May 29, 2015 at 11:08:49 PT By John Hudak Source: Newsweek Washington, D.C. -- Marijuana policy is changing the way Congress thinks and acts.

Like most new areas of policy—or policies new to Congress—it is not happening through a ground-breaking, fast moving, all-encompassing policy shift. Instead, through small steps—small victories for marijuana supporters—Congress is showing signs of change, at least in regard to medical marijuana, that depart dramatically with the institution’s historical support for the war on drugs. Read More... Seattle To Shutter Dozens Of MMJ Dispensaries Posted by CN Staff on May 27, 2015 at 13:46:12 PT By Gene Johnson, Associated Press Source: Associated Press Seattle -- With Washington state overhauling its medical marijuana law, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the city is planning to shutter dozens of dispensaries.

Murray on Tuesday announced plans to require a new special business license for marijuana establishments, akin to those required for taxi operators and pawn shops. Under the mayor’s plan, the businesses will be required to obtain the licenses by July 2016. Read More... Rauner Should Sign Sensible Marijuana Bills Posted by on May 25, 2015 at 14:03:29 PT Editorial Source: Chicago Sun-Times Illinois -- One bill would reset the starting date for a pilot program allowing ill people to buy medical marijuana. A law permitting medical marijuana passed in 2013, but because of bureaucratic delays, not a single patient has been able to get legal pain-easing pot.

As the law now stands, the pilot program will end Jan. 1, 2018, just 2½ years from now. That’s not much time, given that the pilot program isn’t even up and running yet and no one is sure when it will be. The new bill would reset the deadline to about four years after the first dispensary opens. Read More... Senate Committee Approves Historic Measure Posted by on May 22, 2015 at 05:13:50 PT By Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post Source: Huffington Post Washington, D.C. -- The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a historic bipartisan amendment Thursday that aims to increase veterans' access to medical marijuana.

The Veterans Equal Access Amendment, added to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, passed the committee 18-12. The measure allows Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their veteran patients. Read More...

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