Retired Justice John Paul Stevens: Marijuana Should Be Legal

If only our current Justices were as enlightened.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Retired Justice John Paul Stevens made some news in an interview with NPR’s Scott Simon on Thursday. Scott asked him if the federal government should legalize marijuana. “Yes,” Stevens replied. “I really think that that’s another instance of public opinion [that's] changed. And recognize that the distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages Read the full article…

Legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t increase use among adolescents, study says

A proposed constitutional amendment from the group ResponsibleOhio would allow Ohioans over 21 to use marijuana, which would be grown and sold by regulated entities operated by 10 individuals.

Parents and physicians concerned about an increase in adolescents’ marijuana use following the legalization of medical marijuana can breathe a sigh of relief. According to a new study at Rhode Island Hospital which compared 20 years worth of data from states with and without medical marijuana laws, legalizing the drug did not lead to increased Read the full article…

Proposal To Limit Prosecutions Of Marijuana Cases In Brooklyn

The policy is part of a broader push on the part of Mr. Thompson, who took office this year, to look at alternatives to court for low-level offenders

NEW YORK:  The Brooklyn district attorney’s office will stop prosecuting people arrested on charges of possessing small amounts of marijuana, according to a confidential policy proposal that the district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, sent to the New York Police Department this month. The policy is part of a broader push on the part of Mr. Read the full article…

Indiana Seeks Federal Approval For Growing Hemp

The newly legal hemp industry is entering its second growing season with some big questions for producers experimenting with marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin.

INDIANA:  Indiana‘s seed commissioner is seeking federal approval for the state’s farmers to begin growing industrial hemp under a newly passed state law. Seed Commissioner Robert Waltz said Thursday that he’s asked the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grant the state permission to allow hemp to be grown for Read the full article…

NY: 32 politicians support medical marijuana in New York

Politicians supporting MMJ.

A sizeable number of elected officials representing Long Island who responded to a recent newsday.com survey said they support legalizing the use of medical marijuana in New York. Of Long Island’s 81 local, state and federal elected officials, 32 mostly Democratic respondents said they support legalizing medical marijuana, two said they would not support such Read the full article…

Colorado policymakers fire back at Gov. Christie over pot comments

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DENVER — Few people still take New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seriously as a presidential contender, which may explain the governor’s comments Monday derisively referring to this critical swing state as a land of “head shops popping up on every corner.” During a radio appearance Monday, Christie responded emphatically to a caller who asked about Read the full article…

To Keep Business Growing, Vendors Rebrand Pot’s Stoner Image

Alison Ledden, marketing director for The Farm, a recreational marijuana store in Boulder, Colo., says some customers come in thinking they're at a specialty grocer, not a marijuana store.

COLORADO:  From the outside, Jan Cole’s recreational marijuana store in Boulder, Colo., just feels welcoming. Big glass windows let in natural light, and the walls are painted in soothing earth tones. Cole used her background in spa management to build a “warm and inviting” pot shop that puts customers at ease. In fact, the store’s Read the full article…

Oregon Conference On Cannabis Therapeutics Explores The Endocannabinoid System and Aging

The baby boomers are reaching retirement age; this conference will promote understanding cannabis as beneficial not only as a medicine for the ill, but also as helpful in preventing many health problems, keeping systems in balance and protecting us from stressors.

OREGON: Patients Out of Time will bring their clinical cannabis conference series to Portland, Oregon, offering professional training and continuing education credits for doctors, nurses, other health care professionals. Pre-conference workshops take place on May 8th at Portland University Place Hotel, with separate tracks for doctors, for nurses, and, new this year, for lawyers (offering CLEs), aimed at those who are 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…

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…