Gov. O’Malley To Sign Bill Decriminalizing Small Amounts Of Marijuana

Adams County selected 10 entrepreneurs by lottery Tuesday afternoon to begin the process to open a marijuana business.

MARYLAND:  A busy day in Annapolis Monday. Governor Martin O’Malley will sign off on big changes to the state’s marijuana law, even though there’s still heated opposition. Senate Bill 364 is one of more than 100 bills the governor will sign Monday. Monday, Governor Martin O’Malley will sign a bill decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Read the full article…

Are Baby Boomers Ready To Give Marijuana A Second Chance?

That is a weighty question for cultural anthropologists and cool-eyed business analysts alike as the once celebrated, later maligned, but explicitly contraband cannabis plant goes legit — for the first time in nearly 80 years — in a new era of medical and recreational use.

Are aging baby boomers ready to rekindle a long-ago love affair with marijuana? That is a weighty question for cultural anthropologists and cool-eyed business analysts alike as the once celebrated, later maligned, but explicitly contraband cannabis plant goes legit — for the first time in nearly 80 years — in a new era of medical Read the full article…

Colorado Legislators Take It Slow On Pot Spending

But the Joint Budget Committee wants to wait to spend marijuana taxes the year after they are collected. That would leave the state with just $20 million to spend in the budget year that starts in July.

COLORADO:  Legislators proceeded cautiously Tuesday when deciding how to spend marijuana tax money, the state’s biggest and most volatile new source of revenue. Gov. John Hickenlooper has asked for $54 million in spending from marijuana taxes in order to fund law enforcement, anti-drug programs and health care for substance abusers. But the Joint Budget Committee Read the full article…

Nurse Practitioners Added To List Of Those Who Can Prescribe Medical Marijuana

The amendment , which was signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage last week and goes into effect in August, will allow nurse practitioners to prescribe the medication, members of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine announced Saturday.

MAINE:  The state’s medical marijuana law, first approved by Maine voters in 1999, has been amended, and the biggest change replaces the word physician with the words “medical provider.” The amendment , which was signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage last week and goes into effect in August, will allow nurse practitioners to prescribe the medication, members Read the full article…

Will Legalization Spark Marijuana Research?

The discovery means that women who are ovulating may have a much stronger reaction to the THC, possibly because it gets amplified when it interacts with estrogen, she said.

WASHINGTON: In a secluded lab in Pullman, furry vermin are providing startling revelations about marijuana and its effects on the sexes. Rebecca Craft, a researcher at Washington State University, has been studying the creatures, male and female rats, to see if they react differently to the drug. And it looks like she’s on to something, Read the full article…

Colorado Legalized Marijuana Tax Revs Ahead Of Expectations: Moody’s

Moody's Investors Service, in a report released Friday, said legal sales in Colorado will reduce the size of the black market and revenue from legal sales will mean more tax payments flowing into state coffers.

COLORADO: Colorado, the first state to tax legalized recreational marijuana sales, expects to bring in an estimated $98 million in revenue this year, exceeding the state’s original expectations by 40 percent. The state began levying sales and excise taxes on recreational marijuana on January 1, 2014. Moody’s Investors Service, in a report released Friday, said legal sales Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Companies Flood Florida Ahead Of Ballot Measure

Medical marijuana remains illegal after Amendment 2 received just 57 percent of the required 60 percent supermajority needed to pass the constitutional amendment.

FLORIDA:  The medical marijuana industrial-complex is in full swing in Florida. With the question of legalizing medical marijuana apparently heading to voters on the Nov. 4 ballot, entrepreneurs are popping up in an effort to get in on the ground floor of the movement. Eighteen medical marijuana companies have registered with the state this year. Read the full article…

Colorado Farmers Wonder: How To Get Hemp Seeds?

Bo Shaffer of Delta Tech talks about hemp plants with an attendee at the NoCo Hemp Expo in Windsor on April 5.

COLORADO:   Farmers in Colorado and at least 10 other states are preparing to plant, cultivate and harvest hemp legally for the first time since the crop was outlawed more than 50 years ago. As they learn about the crop’s preferences and the best methods to harvest the seeds for oil or the long stalks Read the full article…

Pot Luck: Could Marijuana Be Used To Treat Diabetes?

Marijuana users also had smaller waist circumferences and higher levels of HDL cholesterol than never users.

NEBRASKA: In research dubbed “remarkable” by an accompanying editorialist, US doctors describe how current users of marijuana appear to have better blood glucose control than never or former users. Existing cannabis smokers had lower levels of fasting insulin and were less likely to be insulin resistant than nonusers; this finding remained true even when patients Read the full article…

Justice Department Giving Washington State Access To FBI Database

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.

WASHINGTON: After a year of requests, the U.S. Justice Department says it is giving Washington state access to an FBI database so it can conduct nationwide background checks on people who apply to run legal marijuana businesses. In a statement provided to The Associated Press, the department said Thursday that allowing the checks is consistent Read the full article…