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 […]

Advocates of legal marijuana in Oregon have gathered more than the required number of signatures to get a measure on the November ballot that could permit recreational use of the drug by adults. New Approach Oregon said the group had collected over 100,000 signatures – more than the 87,213 needed by July 3 – for […]

Kentucky’s industrial hemp commission approved regulations setting guidelines for research projects that are meant to reintroduce the crop but are being stalled by a legal fight over distribution of seeds. Holly Harris VonLuehrte, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer’s chief of staff, said the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had approved an import permit for hemp seeds. State officials have been assured […]

In the best-case scenario for pro-pot campaigners, there could be two initiatives on Oklahoma’s November ballot: One that would allow medical marijuana and another that would comprehensively dismantle current cannabis policies. Local marijuana reform advocates hope their state will live up to its nickname – the Sooner State – by becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction […]

For the first time, Quinnipiac, found that the majority of Florida voters think marijuana should be legal. Among registered voters in Florida, 53 percent support making it legal for adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use while, 42 percent oppose legalization. This represents a dramatic increase in support in less than a year. When Quinnipiac […]

Although Uruguay’s Congress approved recreational cannabis months ago,  it was just this week that the government of President José Mujica announced all the details . The law officially takes effect tomorrow, May 6. The regulations allow three forms of access to marijuana that Uruguayans can choose from. However, only one form of access can be chosen. The choices […]

Citing strains on the criminal justice system and the economic costs of enforcing anti-marijuana laws, a group of democratic lawmakers are pushing for the creation of a task force to pursue legalizing and regulating marijuana in Illinois. Cook County Commissioner, John Fritchey, said he will introduce a resolution on May 21, asking the General Assembly […]

Originally scheduled for August, the ballot initiative that could make Alaska the third U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana has been pushed back until November 2014’s general election. The reschedule is due to a constitutional provision that requires initiatives to be placed on the first statewide ballot 120 days following the end of the legislative […]

There has been some question recently about whether New Approach Oregon would have the resources to get on the ballot, but the campaign manager of the  initiative expressed confidence about qualifying for the November ballot. Her group started collecting signatures last week. Liz Kaufman, the veteran political consultant running the campaign for New Approach Oregon, […]

Several German legal experts believe that criminal prosecution of cannabis users doesn’t serve the desired purpose. Lorenz Böllinger, emeritus professor of criminal law at Bremen University, founded the ‘Schildow Circle’ two years ago. It now consists of 122 criminal law professors who are campaigning to legalize the sale and ownership of marijuana. “Marijuana consumers are […]

Four University of Texas at Dallas criminology researchers have just published an article that supports the argument that medical marijuana legalization does not pose a danger to public health in terms of violent crimes. Their method of research relied on analyzing the association between state medical marijuana legalization and state crime rates for Part I […]

Last month the Jamaican government said it was planning to decriminalize possession of specific amounts of marijuana, now it seems the marijuana growers are the ones who are divided on the issue. Some people who are growing the crop illegally say they do not want a change in the law because “they fear the licences to […]