Medical Marijuana Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Medical marijuana supporters flocked to Capitol Hill on Monday to push for legislation that would prohibit the federal government from restricting state medical-marijuana laws. “We’re doing this work,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access, a pro-medical-pot group that brought 152 people to Washington to lobby 300 members of Congress. “It’s Read the full article…

Maryland Gov. O’Malley Will Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill, He Says

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MARYLAND:  Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday that he will sign a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. On a 34-to-8 vote, the Senate gave final approval to the legislation Monday afternoon. The bill would impose only civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of the drug. Read the full article…

WA Liquor Control Board Approves Lottery Process for Retail Marijuana Stores

"Fear of stigma seems to be slowly giving way to larger business concerns."

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Liquor Control Board has approved staff’s recommendation for a lottery that will select the apparent successful applicants for marijuana retail licenses. The independent, double-blind process will take place April 21-25, 2014, and will produce an ordered list of applicants that the agency will use to continue its retail licensing process. The Read the full article…

Money Is Flowing To A New Social Network For Weed Smokers

"MassRoots is a semi anonymous private network where you can find other users that are interested in cannabis," said Leighton

MASSACHUSETTS:  Although Isaac Dietrich didn’t win the top spot of The Peter Thiel Fellowship, he was among 40 finalists which was enough to encourage his dream to be an entrepreneur. While Thiel co-founded Paypal during the tech boom, Dietrich founded the cannabis social networking site MassRoots.com which secured funding from Boston-based hedge fund manager Doug Leighton. Read the full article…

Massachusetts Sandwich Entrepreneur Fills Pot Seed Need

Business is booming, according to Zachariah Kay, owner of Bay State Seed.

MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts residents with certain medical conditions have been able to obtain doctor certificates for medical marijuana for more than a year, but dispensaries are still months away from opening. So a Sandwich entrepreneur has stepped into the breach, selling seeds that his customers can plant to produce marijuana crops for their own use. Business is Read the full article…

DEA Chief: Marijuana Legalization Just ‘Makes Us Fight Harder’

Leonhart, who reportedly criticized President Barack Obama for comparing marijuana to alcohol during a closed-door meeting with a law enforcement organization, suggested during testimony Wednesday before a House Appropriations subcommittee that voters in Washington state and Colorado were duped into legalizing marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Far from being discouraged by the shifts in public opinion, state laws and even within the Obama administration on the legalization of marijuana, federal drug agents are now driven to “fight harder,” Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart said Wednesday. Leonhart, who reportedly criticized President Barack Obama for comparing marijuana to alcohol during a Read the full article…

Cannabis Mom Worried About “Drug-Endangered Child” Bill

The bill says whether drugs are legal or illegal children could be harmed, but in Riddle's situation, she said, “All I'm doing is growing a simple plant trying to help cut costs of how much his cancer treatments are for our family."

COLORADO: A mother growing marijuana at home to treat her child’s cancer is worried a new Colorado bill in the state senate could ban her from doing so. It was introduced on April 1 trying to define what’s called a “drug-endangered child”. It’s all part of the Colorado Children’s Code, hoping to stop child abuse. Sierra Read the full article…

Maryland House Of Delegates Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

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MARYLAND: It’s not a law yet, but it’s right on the edge. If the governor goes along, getting busted for pot won’t mean jail, provided those joints don’t contain to too much marijuana. Right now in Maryland, if you’re caught with enough marijuana to roll one joint or enough to fill a greenhouse, it’s a criminal Read the full article…

Telluride Colorado Airport Clarifies Marijuana Rules

According to TEX Board Chairman Jon Dwight, the board is attempting to walk a fine line between conflicting federal and state laws.

COLORADO: The Telluride Regional Airport Authority has decided to handle the issue of marijuana at the airport with an advisement to passengers. The board voted at its March meeting to install signs at TEX that advise anyone boarding flights that they risk prosecution if they enter federal airspace with marijuana. The new warning signs will be Read the full article…

Despite Support In Party, Democratic Governors Resist Legalizing Marijuana

Gov. Jerry Brown, who helped craft the deal, should not only sign the bills into law, but he should stay focused on ensuring their smooth, effective implementation.

CALIFORNIA:  California voters strongly favor legalizing marijuana. The state Democratic Party adopted a platform last month urging California to follow Colorado and Washington in ending marijuana prohibition. The state’s lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, has called for legalizing the drug. But not Gov. Jerry Brown. “I think we ought to kind of watch and see how things go Read the full article…