Marijuana Should Be Sold Like Alcohol: CAMH

For those just now starting to explore the world of weed, there’s a lot of etiquette to learn.

CANADA:  Marijuana should be legal and sold in the same manner as alcohol, Canada’s largest addiction and mental health facility says. “Canada’s current system of cannabis control is failing to prevent or reduce the harms associated with cannabis use,” said Dr. Jurgen Rehm, a research director at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Read the full article…

Companies Preparing To Grow, Sell Medical Marijuana In New York

Cannabis growers in New York are preparing to be part of what could be a very lucrative business.

NEW YORK:  While the rollout of New York’s medical marijuana program is at least 15 months away and it doesn’t look like the state will get a federal waiver to get the drug sooner for ailing children, cannabis growers are preparing to be part of what could be a very lucrative business here. The parameters Read the full article…

New At The Pot Shop: Milder Marijuana For Novices

In the game of who can move past marijuana propaganda the fastest, Canada just drew a “move 5 spaces card.”

COLORADO:  Recreational marijuana sellers are reaching out to novice cannabis users with a raft of edible products that impart a milder buzz and make it easy for inexperienced customers to find a dose they won’t regret taking. In many ways, the marketing shift is the pot-industry equivalent of selling beer and wine alongside higher-alcohol options such Read the full article…

6,300 Illinoisans Apply To Use Medical Marijuana

The Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that about 6,300 Illinois patients have applied to use medical marijuana.

ILLINOIS:  Illinois doctors have signed off on Illinois medical marijuana for patients with cancer, severe fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. Those are the most frequent health problems showing up in the forms submitted by doctors to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The department announced Wednesday that about 6,300 Illinois patients have started Read the full article…

Fardon: ‘Careful’ Banks Can Invest In Legal Illinois Marijuana

Fardon visibly squirmed in his chair at the event Wednesday morning when finance attorney Richard Demarest Yant asked him if Chicago banks have the all-clear to accept funds from legal marijuana businesses.

ILLINOIS:  Banks that accept money from legal Illinois marijuana growers won’t “come on our radar for prosecution” if they are “careful” and “transparent” and “follow the laws,” U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon said. Addressing the issue of Illinois’ move to legalize medical marijuana in the new year in public for the first time Wednesday morning, Fardon Read the full article…

Rick Steves Campaigns For Marijuana Legalization In Oregon: Q&A

I am anti-prohibition when the prohibition is causing more problems than the drug it is supposed to deal with.

OREGON:  Rick Steves, the travel guru who was a key supporter of Washington’s recreational marijuana law in 2012, arrived in Oregon Tuesday to kick off a 9-stop tour promoting the campaign to legalize pot. Steves, 59, of Edmonds, Wash., argued that marijuana legalization is a civil liberties issue that other countries have successfully grappled with. He pointed Read the full article…

Marijuana Offenders Could Have Records Sealed After D.C. Council Vote

Under a new proposed bill, residents who have been convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses could apply to have those criminal records sealed.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  District residents who have been convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses could apply to have those criminal records sealed under a bill granted initial approval by the D.C. Council on Tuesday. The change is being considered amid a period of great upheaval for the city’s marijuana laws, which have gone from strict prohibition Read the full article…

Exploding ‘Pot Pop’ Removed From Three Marijuana Shops

State law says Top Shelf had to quarantine any marijuana product for 72 hours to allow the opportunity for LCB officers to inspect the products for compliance.

WASHINGTON:  When Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham took delivery of 330 bottles of a brand new marijuana infused soda on September 28, they were excited to promote it to their customers. They sold ten bottles of legal sparkling pomegranate soda made by Mirth Provisions of Longview on the first day. But when employees opened up Read the full article…

Marijuana-Smoking Canadian Mountie Found Dead

After provoking a nationwide debate over his smoking marijuana in uniform, a RCMP officer has died of an apparent suicide.

CANADA:  A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer with a medical marijuana prescription for job-related stress has died of an apparent suicide after provoking a nationwide debate over his smoking in uniform. Corporal Ronald Francis died Monday afternoon, officials said Tuesday. “It appears no one else was involved in the death,” RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown Read the full article…

Marijuana Investors, Suppliers Gather For Investment Conference

"We feel there is a very close parallel between the typical Houston high net worth oil and gas investor and the cannabis investor," said organizer Doug Leighton. "Very high risks, but very high reward."

TEXAS:  Marijuana is illegal in Texas, but that didn’t stop suppliers and investors of the legal marijuana trade from coming together at the Westin Hotel in Memorial City. More than 100 people attended the two-day Marijuana Investment Conference on Oct. 5-6, the first of its kind in Texas. “We feel there is a very close Read the full article…