While the federal government continues to sandbag the issue of allowing marijuana to be regulated in the same way as alcohol and tobacco under the legitimacy that is American commerce, more of the population is coming forward in support of ending decades of pot prohibition, once and for all. The latest Quinnipiac poll, which was […]

In 2016, more countries legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes. Marijuana, or cannabis, is “the most widely cultivated, produced, trafficked and consumed drug worldwide,” according to the World Drug Report, but its legality has long been a topic of debate worldwide. In the US, Maine recently confirmed legalized recreational marijuana use, […]

In the United States, medical marijuana is not legal in all states and only half the country’s patients can be treated with cannabis. In addition to this, some advocates in states like Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska are willing to legalize recreational marijuana. However, all of this could change if the DEA reclassifies the plant […]

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PETITION LANGUAGE BALLOT TITLE: Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions BALLOT SUMMARY: Allows medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute […]

Recreational marijuana use has been legal in Seattle since 2012, but I still felt like I was getting away with something when I walked into a dispensary there this fall. There was a bouncer waiting behind a roped-off entryway on the otherwise quiet Capitol Hill side street. He passed my driver’s license through a small […]

Ohio voters are deciding today whether to pass the state’s controversial ballot measure, Issue 3, that would legalize marijuana and grant a de-facto monopoly on production of the plant to the ballot measure’s wealthy backers. The issue has split the drug reform community, with some national groups offering tepid last-minute endorsements and others steering clear […]

One way to examine the effects of dispensaries on local economies is to consider the impacts on states where recreational cannabis has been legalized, which currently includes Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington — as well as in the District of Columbia. Before considering impacts in other states, let’s first take a look at Colorado, the […]

Nearly a year behind schedule, Florida health officials on Monday selected five “dispensing organizations” to grow, process and distribute non-euphoric medical marijuana for a select group of sick patients. But many in the industry believe that the biggest challenge in the drawn-out process is yet to come. Click here to read the entire article on […]

November is upon us, and although this month will surely be quieter than next year’s presidential election, it doesn’t mean that cannabis advocates are taking a break. In fact, quite the contrary — Ohio is pulling out all of the stops to legalize cannabis, but they’ve created quite a heated debate among the locals. Can […]

Marijuana legalization now enjoys majority support in the U.S. — 52 percent of Americans support legalization, 42 percent oppose it, and 7 percent remain undecided, according to the latest General Social Survey. But most changes to marijuana law aren’t happening at the federal level, they’re happening in the states. In some, possession and use remains […]

The march to bring marijuana legalization before California voters in 2016 ramped up Thursday with the announcement by a group of longtime Bay Area cannabis advocates that they have hired heavy-hitting Democratic political strategists and plan to release a draft of the proposed initiative in the coming weeks. Click here to read the entire article […]

Gov. Bill Haslam will sign into law a measure that allows limited usage of cannabis oil for medical reasons in Tennessee. The governor had said several times he wasn’t opposed to the bill, but confirmed Tuesday he could sign the bill as soon as the end of this week. “We do plan to sign that. […]

Tommy Chong remembers the day federal agents raided his glass pipe business, making arrests and smashing bongs along the way. The 2003 raids, infamously known as Operation Pipe Dream, targeted 54 other individuals in a desperate attempt by the United States government to strike fear into marijuana smokers across the country. Chong became the face […]

Legalized marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the country with 74 percent market growth from 2013 to 2014, according to a report released Monday. ArcView Market Research has published its third State of Legal Marijuana Markets report, showing that the industry reached $2.7 billion in total sales nationwide last year, up from $1.5 billion in […]

Two new measures that would decriminalize cannabis and establish a medicinal cannabis program in the state of South Carolina have been introduced by a bipartisan group led by house minority leader James Todd Rutherford. Medical Marijuana Bill To Allow Safe Access For Patients House Bill 3140, entitled “Put Patients First Act,” would help qualifying patients […]

Vermont lawmakers are considering whether to become the first state Legislature to legalize marijuana. Four states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational cannabis, but in each of those cases, it was voters at the ballot box, not lawmakers, who changed the law. Vermont could become the first state in history where elected officials […]

During a series of YouTube interviews Thursday, President Obama demonstrated a remarkably laissez-faire attitude toward marijuana legalization experiments in the states. And he signaled strongly that the Obama administration wouldn’t be taking to the hustings to try to beat back legalization efforts, as previous administrations had been wont to do. “What you’re seeing now is […]

Legal marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the United States and if the trend toward legalization spreads to all 50 states, marijuana could become larger than the organic food industry, according to a new report obtained by The Huffington Post. Researchers from The ArcView Group, a cannabis industry investment and research firm based in Oakland, […]

“We found there hasn’t been much of a change of anything. … Basically, officers aren’t seeing much of a change in how they do police work.” That’s what an unnamed Denver police officer told CBC’s Reg Sherren, who traveled to Colorado to assess how marijuana legalization had impacted the state in the one year since […]

2015 isn’t even three weeks old, but activists throughout America have already begun planting seeds for legalization in 2016, as they envision a green future. From Nashville to Florida and all across America, activists now eye the 2016 election season–when voter turnouts are highest–to place legalization on their states’ and cities’ ballots. The latest example […]

Less than half of Americans want to ban pot It’s not hard to imagine: milk fiends buying illegal, unpasteurized milk in darkened back alleys. Shady dealers running shipments of raw milk across the Mexican-American border. A high-speed police chase down I-95, the suspects tossing gallons of unpasteurized milk out the window in a frantic effort […]

Vermont could follow Colorado in raking in millions of tax dollars from the sale of weed, according to a new study—but only if the drug remains illegal in surrounding states. To be clear, weed is currently legal in Vermont, but only for medical purposes. A bill to make the drug legal for recreational purposes is […]

There are numerous reasons why the prohibition of cannabis is a colossal catastrophe: thousands killed fighting over black market profits, millions arrested, decimating our minority communities, and billions in agribusiness lost because our farmers can’t grow hemp. Sadly, these tragic circumstances seem to fall on deaf ears as far as the public and our policy […]

Last year was an interesting year to say the least. Colorado basically became the first state to effectively legalize marijuana for recreational use and since then, voters in a few other states — Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia — decided that they wanted in on those generous tax revenues as well. The legalization […]

2014 was a big year for cannabis. It saw the birth of Washington’s recreational market, new legislation that legalized cannabis in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C., and even the first national consumer cannabis advertisement, run in The New York Times. The industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, with innovative new products and businesses […]

I have an American Eskimo Dog who LOVES to eat sticks. I’ve tried all sorts of things to discourage this behavior, but it continues nonetheless. The removal of some dead trees this fall left behind some tasty morsels which we did our best to rake up, but whenever the wind blows or the squirrels get […]

Congress passed a federal spending measure over the weekend that includes a provision that will end the federal government’s medical marijuana ban. The measure precludes the Department of Justice and the DEA from preventing states from passing laws that authorize medical marijuana use, distribution, possession or cultivation. The L.A. Times reports that the prospective law […]

Legal weed in the United States is undercutting Mexican competition. With either recreational or medical marijuana legal in more than half of U.S. states, drug cartels south of the border are beginning to find that growing, smuggling and distributing pot is a much less lucrative business. What’s happening: NPR’s John Burnett reported from the ground […]

Police Chief, Mike Koval, of Madison, Wisconsin endorsed the legalization of marijuana , saying the drug should be regulated and taxed, with revenues used to fund treatment programs for harder drugs. Koval said he would like to see the state “acknowledge the failure” of marijuana prohibition and instead focus on the “infinite amount of challenges” […]

Although a majority of Pennsylvanians support the legalization of marijuana, it remains a controversial issue, according to a survey released by Keystone Analytics®. Sixty-nine percent of voters would like to see the legalization of marijuana, with 47 percent in favor of use for medicinal purposes only and 22 percent for any purpose. Twenty-seven percent believe […]

Marijuana was decriminalized in Washington D.C. earlier this summer, but on Nov. 4, District of Columbia voters will join Alaska and Oregon and vote to decide whether to make marijuana legal.  If D.C voters were to approve Question 71, it would become legal to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, grow up to six plants, and share […]

A vote on legalizing recreational marijuana was originally scheduled in Alaska for August 2014 during its primary election, but was delayed until the general election on November 4.  Historically, general elections have greater voter turnout so it puts the power of the decision into more residents’ hands. According to the Alaskan Campaign to Regulate Marijuana […]

Organizers for Initiative 71, a measure that would fully legalize possession of marijuana in the District, plan to announce this week that they are closing in on 60,000 signatures — a comfortable buffer over the 22,600 needed to ensure the measure qualifies for the November ballot.  The city already has medical marijuana dispensaries and is […]