Washington Pot Lottery Starts This Week

The state Liquor Control Board received 2,100 applications for retail stores but they'll only issue 334.

WASHINGTON: Retail stores in Washington State will need a license to sell pot. A lottery will start Monday to determine who can open up shop. The state Liquor Control Board received 2,100 applications for retail stores but they’ll only issue 334. Rick Garza, the control board’s director, talked with KING 5′s Mark Wright about the lottery Read the full article…

Colorado Slows Medical Marijuana Crackdown

While cannabis smoke has been implicated in respiratory dysfunction, including the conversion of respiratory cells to what appears to be a pre-cancerous state [5], it has not been causally linked with tobacco related cancers [6] such as lung, colon or rectal cancers.

COLORADO: Colorado appears to be giving up on its effort to crack down on medical marijuana growers who are using a legal loophole to grow high numbers of pot plants without the kind of oversight faced by commercial growers. The Colorado Department of Health and Environment said in a statement Monday that it was reviewing Read the full article…

Missed Deadline Pushes Alaska Marijuana Initiatives To General Election

The switch would happen because of a constitutional rule requiring a 120-day waiting period after a legislative session before an initiative can be put to a vote. It would affect ballot questions to slow down the proposed Pebble Mine, to regulate marijuana like alcohol, and to hike the minimum wage.

ALASKA:  Because the Legislature did not meet its midnight deadline, three citizen’s initiatives are expected to be moved from the August primary to the November general election. The switch would happen because of a constitutional rule requiring a 120-day waiting period after a legislative session before an initiative can be put to a vote. It Read the full article…

4/20 Redux: Watch the Fusion Marijuana Marathon

"You'll see politicians throughout the country now take little bit of a wait and see attitude to examine what is happening in those two states before moving forward," Kelly said. "In a way it is a gift, what happened in Colorado and Washington, its giving us a venue to look closely at the issue" of marijuana legalization.

Yesterday Fusion aired a special day of 420 programming that examined the cultural, economic, and medicinal relevance of marijuana in America and took a satirical look at the many issues surrounding the legalization of pot. Below are some of the highlights: WATCH: Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly: Colorado Pot Legalization a Test Case for Nation WATCH: The Read the full article…

US Supreme Court Reject’s Florida Drug Testing Appeal

The decision by the nation's highest court means that the ruling by the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals finding the plan unconstitutional stands.

FLORIDA: The US Supreme Court Monday declined to review a lower court ruling that found unconstitutional Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) plan to randomly drug test state employees. The decision by the nation’s highest court means that the ruling by the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals finding the plan unconstitutional stands. The drug test-happy governor Read the full article…

Obama Plans Clemency For “Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands” Of People Sentenced For Drug Law Violations

New marijuana regulations that passed the State Senate last week would retroactively clear the records of people who have been convicted of criminal offenses of “possession, delivery or manufacture” of marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Scrawled on the inside of Barbara Scrivner’s left arm is a primitive prison tattoo that says “Time Flies.” If only that were the case. For Scrivner, time has crawled, it’s dawdled, and on bad days, it’s felt like it’s stood completely still. She was 27 years old when she started serving a Read the full article…

Tens Of Thousands Raise Joints, Pipes And Vaporizer Devices In Denver Pot Party

Thousands of tourists and marijuana activists are getting an early start celebrating the unofficial stoner holiday of 4/20.

COLORADO:  Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. The 4:20 p.m. smoke-out in Read the full article…

Denver’s 4/20 Celebrations A Mostly Mellow Affair

Thousands more attended the sold-out High Times Cannabis Cup, also held in Denver, where Denver Post staff writer Eric Gorski reports that marijuana companies offered samples to people over 21 and those with Colorado medical marijuana cards.

COLORADO: Perhaps nowhere was Sunday’s 4/20 celebration bigger than in Denver, where thousands gathered at events across the city to openly recognize what the editorial director of High Times Magazine called “the national stoner holiday.” The Denver Post’s John Ingold reports that tens of thousands of people gathered Sunday at Civic Center Park, sending up “a collective smoke cloud Read the full article…

Cannabis Cup: Denver Holds Festival In The Shadow Of State Capitol

The festival in Denver's Civic Center Park is the most visible sign of the transformation. It started as a defiant gathering of marijuana activists, but this year the event had an official city permit, was organized by an event management company and featured booths selling funnel cakes and Greek food next to kiosks hawking hemp lollipops and glass pipes.

COLORADO:  Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of 20 April has gone mainstream in the first state in the US to legalize recreational marijuana. Tens of thousands gathered this weekend in Colorado for cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment, from a marijuana industry expo called the Cannabis Cup; to 4/20-themed concerts at Read the full article…

Marijuana Has Come A Long Way Since Last 4/20

Now, as the fourth month of sales winds to a close, Denver has still not descended into the crime-filled hellscape that some members of law enforcement predicted. In fact, overall crime in Mile High City appears to be down since legal pot sales began.

COLORADO:  The first month of legal sales generated $14 million. Those millions were brought in by only 59 marijuana businesses that were able to get through the application process, and represent just a fraction of the approximately 550 outlets in the state eligible for retail licenses. Now, as the fourth month of sales winds to a Read the full article…