The Brains Of Marijuana Users Are Different, Especially If They Start Young

While the U.S. is only now starting to explore modern medical uses of marijuana, for centuries, women around the world have harnessed the magical green leaves.

TEXAS:  If you’re confused about what marijuana use really does to people who use it, you’re not alone. For years, the scientific research on health effects of the drug have been all over the map. Earlier this year, one study suggested that even casual marijuana use could cause changes to the brain. Another found that marijuana use was also Read the full article…

The Heart of Leadership: Why Women + Pot = Power

“Our lives dictate that we must get out of our comfort zones to evolve the species,” noted Diane Fornbacher in her talk. “And the cannabis movement is an excellent vehicle for that.”

By Blair Lyonev What would an industry led by women look like? The MJBA Women’s Alliance dares to ask. Tattooed, buttoned-up, pencil-skirted, dreadlocked, twenty-something-to-seventy-something, wide-eyed, canny, high-octane, high-test, high-heeled, serene, essentially-oiled, blown out, crunchy, sleek, seasoned, demure, loud-mouthed, smart-assed, mothering, laughing, crying, drinking, pot-friendly women. These are the women who assembled in a hotel conference Read the full article…

A Look At Legalizing Marijuana In The US

Nearly half of all states have legalized medical marijuana, with Colorado and Washington serving as bellwethers for recreational use, and the US is amid an end to a prohibition on par with that of alcohol. But just how will the Green Rush grow? And why is it attracting some surprising advocates among doctors, entrepreneurs, politicians, attorneys, and businesspeople?

Nearly half of all states have legalized medical marijuana, with Colorado and Washington serving as bellwethers for recreational use, and the US is amid an end to a prohibition on par with that of alcohol. But just how will the Green Rush grow? And why is it attracting some surprising advocates among doctors, entrepreneurs, politicians, Read the full article…

In New York City, Marijuana May Mean Ticket, Not Arrest

The change would remake the way the police in New York City handle the most common drug offenses and would represent Mayor Bill de Blasio’s most significant effort since taking office to address the enduring effects of the department’s excessive stop-and-frisk practices.

NEW YORK:  The New York Police Department, which has been arresting tens of thousands of people a year for low-level marijuana possession, is poised to stop making such arrests and to issue tickets instead, according to law enforcement officials. People found with small amounts of marijuana would be issued court summonses and be allowed to continue Read the full article…

The Life of a Pot Critic: Clean, With Citrus Notes

Every week, Mr. Browne takes a city bus from his home in Denver’s Highland neighborhood, crosses a street called Green Court, lands at one of the city’s downtown marijuana dispensaries to choose his product, and gets paid to smoke it.

COLORADO:  Jake Browne was seated in a yellow suede chair, carefully rotating a marijuana bud between his fingers. “I’m looking for bugs, mildew, things I wouldn’t want to ingest,” he said, leaning forward to hold the nickel-size flower up to the light. He paused, then took a sip of water from a cup with a Read the full article…

State’s Medical Marijuana Licensing Proceeds In Secret

the state is deciding entirely in secret who will get potentially lucrative operating licenses.

ILLINOIS:  Since they won the Super Bowl, members of the 1985 Chicago Bears have made second careers out of promoting apple-pie products like McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and G.I. Joe. Now, they can add a more countercultural item to the menu: medical marijuana. Emery Moorehead, former tight end for that once-dominant franchise, is part of a business Read the full article…

New Policy Could Reduce Marijuana Possession Arrests

"Decriminalization of cannabis in five states between the years 2009 and 2014 was associated with large and immediate decreases in drug-related arrests for both youth and adults. ... The sharp drop in arrest rates suggests that implementation of these policies likely changed police behavior as intended."

NEW YORK:  Police will stop arresting people for low-level possession of marijuana and will instead simply issue a summons, sources said. The NYPD and Mayor de Blasio are prepared to initiate a change in policy that would drastically reduce the number of arrests for possession of pot, according to law-enforcement sources. The department had already Read the full article…

Pot Legalizations Push U.S. Closer To Weed Business Boom

The legalization of recreational marijuana in two more states plus the District of Columbia this week mounts pressure on the federal government to decriminalize cannabis — nudging America closer to a weed business boom.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Voter legalization of recreational marijuana in two more states plus the District of Columbia this week mounts pressure on the federal government to decriminalize cannabis — nudging America closer to a weed business boom, pot advocates and opponents agree.A federal law banning marijuana sales remains the biggest blockade to the dawn of Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization: The Rise Of A Drug From Outlaw Status To Retail Shelves

The growing strength of the movement to legalize marijuana represents a sea of change for a drug that first became prominent as a symbol of the 1960s counterculture.

OREGON:  After voters in Washington and Colorado voted to legalize marijuana in 2012, Alison Holcomb would tell pot activists it was too early to say that the rest of America was ready to accept the drug. Holcomb, an American Civil Liberties Union official who managed Washington’s legalization campaign, recalled that nearly a dozen states – Read the full article…

Boulder Takes New Look At Pot-Shop Merchandising Ban

The city reconsiders code bans to retail marijuana establishments from selling or giving away any products with their name or logo.

COLORADO:  You can buy pot in Boulder, and you can buy pot-leaf shirts. But you can’t buy shirts with the logo at any of the city’s retail marijuana shops. The city code bans retail marijuana establishments from selling or giving away any products with their name or logo. Several Boulder City Council members believe it Read the full article…