Pennsylvania Bill Decriminalizing Small Marijuana Amounts Moves Forward

A bill being introduced Monday would amend the Controlled Substances Act -- the federal law that criminalizes marijuana -- to exempt plants with an extremely low percentage of THC, the chemical that makes users high.

PENNSYLVANIA:  Over the objections of the mayor, a Philadelphia City Council committee today approved a bill that completely decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill, authored by Councilman Jim Kenney, would make possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana — about an ounce — a simple “code violation,” punishable only by Read the full article…

Sacramento County To Limit Indoor Marijuana Growth

Sacramento County acts to limit medical marijuana home grows to 9 plants.

CALIFORNIA:  Sacramento County supervisors are expected Tuesday to limit the indoor growth of marijuana to nine plants per house in unincorporated areas. The indoor restriction comes nearly two months after the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to ban outdoor marijuana growth, joining a number of other California cities and counties that have targeted cultivation in response Read the full article…

Mexican President Hints To Change In Marijuana Laws

Mexican President Hints May Be Open To Change In Marijuana Laws

MEXICO:  Mexico and the United States cannot pursue diverging policies on marijuana legalization, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was quoted as saying on Sunday, hinting he may be open to following the lead taken by some U.S. states in changing drug laws. Political pressure has grown in Mexico to take a more liberal stance on Read the full article…

Jamaica Mulls Legal Marijuana (No, It’s Not Already Legal)

The Department of Justice announced that it would permit marijuana legalization on Indian reservations, a decision that has perplexed American Indian leaders, who say that the last thing many tribes want is more lax federal law enforcement.

JAMAICA:  This tourist mecca may soon be known as the Colorado of the Caribbean. Given the ready availability of “ganja” as the locals call it, many outsiders assume marijuana is already legal in Jamaica, but it’s not … yet. Encouraged by legalized marijuana in Colorado, Washington state and Uruguay — the first country to legalize Read the full article…

Colorado’s Marijuana Sales Are Skyrocketing

With such promising numbers and a continuing upward trend in sales, the legalization of recreational marijuana has had a positive effect on Colorado’s economy.

COLORADO:  It hasn’t been long since Colorado officially legalized marijuana, and within a short time period, marijuana sales are already flourishing. According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, in March alone, retail taxes on recreational marijuana reeled in $1.898 million to the Colorado government. After adding in medical marijuana sales tax and licenses, the first three months Read the full article…

Clark County Nevada Selects 18 Applicants For Medical Pot Licenses

Commissioners want to spread dispensaries across seven regions in the county and place those businesses in heavily populated areas.

NEVADA:  Following three days of hearings and a lengthy voting process, the number has been reversed. The Clark County Commission on Friday narrowed a list of 81 applicants for medical marijuana dispensaries to 18. Voting took three hours, but for the applicants, the process started months ago. Over the last three days, each applicant had Read the full article…

Thurston Has Its First State Licensed Pot Grower

Thurston Has Its First State Licensed Pot Grower

WASHINGTON: This will not be a new line of work for Jeff Gilmore. “There hasn’t been a day I haven’t gotten up at 6 a.m. and started selling pot in the last 45 years,” Gilmore said. What is new is state government’s stamp of approval. The Liquor Control Board handed a marijuana producer-processor license May Read the full article…

NY Senate, Assembly Sponsors Agree On Same-As Medical Marijuana Bill

Sources say changes introduced by Sen. Diane Savino, a Staten Island Democrat, are expected to be matched on Monday with amendments to the Assembly bill by its lead sponsor in that house, Richard Gottfried, a Manhattan Democrat.

NEW YORK:  The Senate’s lead sponsor of a measure to legalize medical marijuana has amended her bill in a way that is designed to address concerns raised by some legislators, paving the way for a possible vote by both houses of the Legislature on the long-stalled effort before the 2014 session ends in the next Read the full article…

Unexpected Delivery Of $40,000 Worth Of Marijuana Arrives On Uptown Resident’s Porch

An attorney appearing in court on behalf of a client was cited for possession after dropping a two ounce bag of marijuana on the floor.

LOUISIANA: An Uptown resident was stunned to find an estimated $40,000 worth of marijuana in a package addressed to his home Tuesday morning, and he and his family are disturbed by the mystery of who sent it and why as they hope for answers from federal investigators, he said. The man — who lives near Read the full article…

Massie Eats Hemp, Says It’s ‘Rope, Not Dope’

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KENTUCKY: The effort to legalize industrial hemp has turned the national spotlight on Kentucky. In the past month, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Garrison, received rock star treatment with a write-up in Rolling Stone and eating a hemp seed candy bar on Fox Business Network show ‘The Independents’ with former MTV VJ Kennedy. “Look, I’m going to eat hemp Read the full article…