Marijuana Brands Push Past Bans To Go National

Cecilia Sivertson, shows off her Nana's Secret Soda at a recent Marijuana Business Association meetup in Seattle.

NEW YORK: Marijuana may still be an illegal drug at the Federal level, but that isn’t stopping some companies from building a national presence. “I think people are already positioning themselves for a national cannabis industry,” said David Bienenstock, a marijuana consultant. “The people who make a smart move now will be rewarded later.” The opportunity for Read the full article…

Denver Accepts Tweaks to Pot-Themed Concerts

On Tuesday, the symphony said three events first announced in April, dubbed Classically Cannabis and scheduled to kick off later this month at a private Denver gallery, would be invitation-only. The symphony also removed information about the events from its website and is refunding tickets purchased already.

COLORADO:  Denver is pleased with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra‘s efforts to align its bring-your-own-cannabis fundraising concerts with laws that authorize — but still regulate — marijuana use in Colorado, the city attorney said Wednesday. “We are pleased the (symphony) revisited their planned events and worked to come into compliance with state and city laws,” city Read the full article…

San Jose City Council Delays Vote On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The measure would impose new rules on pot clubs. If approved, dispensaries would have to be at least 1,000 feet away from schools, day care centers, churches, recreation centers, parks, libraries and other collectives, 500 feet from rehab centers and 150 feet from homes.

CALIFORNIA: Both sides in the debate over the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in San Jose filled city council chambers for a contentious meeting Tuesday night, though council members delayed a vote on a proposed ordinance. The measure would impose new rules on pot clubs. If approved, dispensaries would have to be at least 1,000 feet Read the full article…

Hemp Seeds Could Be In Kentucky Hands By weekend

The U.S. is unquestionably the largest market for hemp products

KENTUCKY:  Federal officials could release a 250-pound shipment of hemp seeds to Kentucky by the end of the week, according to a spokeswoman for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. The shipment arrived in Louisville last week, but the Drug Enforcement Agency told Comer his department would have to apply for a Schedule I controlled substance Read the full article…

NFL Reportedly To Renegotiate Drug Policy, Reduce Marijuana Punishments

A source told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the renegotiation of the drug policy, which has been going on since 2011 and includes testing for HGH, also will significantly increase the threshold for a positive marijuana test and reduce the punishments for violations involving that drug.

Marijuana has been a hot topic in both college football and the NFL recently, and the NFL is reportedly set to address the issue by renegotiating the current drug policy. The new rules will reportedly reduce the punishments handed out for marijuana use, per Dan Graziano of ESPN.com: When and if the NFL’s new drug policy is finalized and Read the full article…

Stop The War On Drugs, Says Top Republican

Conservatives like Portman, troubled by the vast federal spending on jails and seeking a distinctly conservative approach to crime and poverty, have found allies in Democrats and civil libertarians who have long argued for a less punitive approach to illegal drugs.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Ohio Republican Rob Portman, a leading figure in his party who is sometimes mentioned as a candidate for president in 2016, will call for a reevaluation of the “war on drugs” and the massive prison population it has created in a speech set for Tuesday and shared exclusively with BuzzFeed. But Portman Read the full article…

Colorado Collects More Than $20 Million From Marijuana Sales

Statewide pot-supply shortages slowed the edibles’ arrival, but manufacturers also were stifled by emergency regulations from the state Liquor Control Board, which has taken a cautious approach to opening the marketplace.

COLORADO:  Colorado raked in nearly $22 million from marijuana taxes, licenses and fees in the first three months of recreational pot sales, according to state Department of Revenue data released Thursday. Sales of recreational marijuana were nearly $19 million in March, up nearly one-third from about $14 million in February, according to state figures. The state has Read the full article…

In NY GOP’s View On Pot Easing

"There's a stigma out there that we're the 'Party of No,'" Langworthy said Wednesday, adding that he's been speaking to Republican state senators and prodding them to support the bill.

NEW YORK: In another sign that momentum might be shifting on the issue of medical marijuana, a rising leader in the Western New York branch of the state Republican Party is calling for the passage of a bill that’s currently blocked in the GOP-controlled Senate. Approval of the measure, contends Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy, would help with the Read the full article…

Colorado House Backs Down, OKs Hemp-Farmers’ Access To Financial Co-Op System

Acquiescing to Senate insistence that hemp farmers be allowed to join the cooperatives, representatives voted 33-31 for House Bill 1398, sending it to Gov. John Hickenlooper's desk for approval and, ultimately, a showdown with federal banking regulators.

COLORADO: Backing down from a five-hour fight over whether industrial hemp farmers should be able to access a new credit union-like arrangement for marijuana businesses, the state House narrowly passed a bill that would create the first cooperative of its kind. Acquiescing to Senate insistence that hemp farmers be allowed to join the cooperatives, representatives voted Read the full article…

‘Charlotte’s Web’ Cannabis Oil Showing Great Results For Girl

Jenna, 8, and her family moved to Colorado in January from Minnesota. She has epilepsy and had been on a waiting list for the cannabis oil known as Charlotte’s Web, which is now legal to use under Colorado’s new marijuana laws.

COLORADO: One of the dozens of families who moved to Colorado in order to treat their kids with a cannabis oil that helps combat seizures says they are seeing outstanding results. Jenna, 8, and her family moved to Colorado in January from Minnesota. She has epilepsy and had been on a waiting list for the cannabis Read the full article…