WA Liquor Control Board Clarifies Next Steps In Its Preparation To Issue Marijuana Licenses

WASHINGTON:  The Washington State Liquor Control Board today approved staff’s recommendations to limit the number of individual marijuana producer licenses to one and initially limit production at 70 percent, clearing a path for the agency to begin issuing producer and processor licenses. “Today’s Board action clears an obstacle and allows the agency to begin issuing Read the full article…

Arizona Poll Shows Growing Support For Legalized Pot

A new statewide poll shows 51 percent of those asked said the drug, now authorized for those with a medical need, should be made available to all, compared with 41 percent opposed.

ARIZONA:  Arizona voters may be ready to follow the lead of Colorado and Washington residents and make marijuana use by anyone legal. A new statewide poll shows 51 percent of those asked said the drug, now authorized for those with a medical need, should be made available to all, compared with 41 percent opposed. Jim Read the full article…

The Feds’ Scary Reassurances To Banks That Deal With State-Licensed Marijuana Businesses

This Las Vegas bank is eager to do business with MMJ dispensary

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  On Friday the Treasury Department and the Justice Department issued guidelines for banks that do business with state-licensed marijuana suppliers. According to Attorney General Eric Holder, the aim of the memos is to reassure financial institutions that are leery of accepting cannabusinesses as customers because they worry it will attract unwanted attention from federal regulators and prosecutors. Read the full article…

Washington State Legislators Pass Hemp Nullification Bill

Rep. Matthew Shea Gets Hemp Bill Passed in Washington State House

WASHINGTON:  State legislators in the Washington House of Representatives just voted unanimously (97:0) to approve HB1888, which effectively nullifies the federal ban on hemp within the state of Washington. State Rep. Matthew Shea (R-Spokane Valley) is the bill’s main sponsor. “This is a phenomenal bill, expanding freedom, allowing jobs to be created – a new market Read the full article…

The Priceline Of Pot: WikiLeaf Offers Discounts To Marijuana Customers

According to Nelson, the WikiLeaf model is simply taking the cannabis market to its inevitable, consumer-driven conclusion, albeit a little sooner than expected.

COLORADO: When you book a flight online, you’re unlikely to use American Airline’s website directly. Like most money-conscious consumers, you’ll visit a price comparison site like Kayak or Expedia instead. Same goes for hotel reservations, rental cars, even consumer goods ranging from iPhone cases to toothbrushes. Why not apply that same logic to pot? That’s the concept Read the full article…

As Marijuana Laws Change, Health Risks Of Pot Use Are Weighed

In this case, the president seems to be more correct than the government, says Richard Miller, professor of pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "No question about it," Miller says. "It's absolutely clear that marijuana is much less dangerous than alcohol."

Now that people in Colorado (and, soon, Washington state) can buy marijuana about as easily as they can pick up a 12-pack of Bud Light, it’s a good time to ask: How risky is it to turn to pot? President Obama has already shared his opinion, telling the New Yorker magazine, “I don’t think [marijuana] is more Read the full article…

Would Rick Scott Sign A Medical Marijuana Bill?

While Republican and Democratic lawmakers are rushing to advance bills legalizing some forms of marijuana for medicinal use, the governor has refused to say whether he would sign a bill – even one favored by GOP lawmakers which would only legalize a non-euphoric version nicknamed “Charlotte’s Web.”

FLORIDA:  Florida’s sudden rush to legalize marijuana for the sick or dying is heading toward a potentially important speed bump: Gov. Rick Scott. While Republican and Democratic lawmakers are rushing to advance bills legalizing some forms of marijuana for medicinal use, the governor has refused to say whether he would sign a bill – even one favored Read the full article…

New York Poll: Legalize Marijuana

Applicants had to pay a refundable registration fee of $200,000 along with a non-refundable $10,000 fee. For a comparison, in Oregon, the application fee is $4,000 and in Massachusetts, there is a Stage One application fee of $1,500 and a Stage Two application fee of $30,000.

NEW YORK:  Voters in New York state support the legalization of marijuana for both medical and personal use, according to a new poll released Monday. The Quinnipiac University poll shows that 88 percent of voters in the Empire State back the legalization of medical marijuana, compared to 9 percent who oppose it. A majority of voters in Read the full article…

Don't Blame Eric Holder For Confusing Pot Policies

aine became the eighth state to eliminate criminal penalties specific to the adult possession and personal use of cannabis.

Language in Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act, specific to the private possession and cultivation of marijuana by adults, took effect on Monday. Maine voters narrowly passed Question 1 on Election Day.

The new law permits adults who are not participating in the state's existing medical cannabis program to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and/or the harvest from up to six mature plants.

Public use of marijuana is a civil infraction punishable by a $100 fine.

By Mark Kleiman WASHINGTON:  Federal law makes it a crime to grow, sell or possess cannabis. New state laws in Colorado and Washington state permit those activities, and officials there are issuing licenses to local companies to commit what remain federal felonies. The U.S. Department of Justice announced in August that it would give a Read the full article…

Smoke Signal? Hawaii Senate Panel Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana

Ultimately, Hawaii Senate panels were of two minds on Thursday, killing a bill to legalize marijuana — "We felt Hawaii was not ready for legalization at this time," said Sen. Will Espero — and pushing forward legislation that calls for a fine of just $100 for possession of an ounce of pakalolo.

HAWAII: Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Cheech and Chong are paying attention to the Hawaii Legislature? Posted on the pot-toking comedy duo’s official website this week was an alert that two Hawaii state Senate committees were preparing to hear a pair of bills that could “bring needed sensibility to Hawaii’s marijuana laws.” Cheech and Chong (or Read the full article…