Is Marijuana More Addictive Than Alcohol?

Of all the people who smoke pot, in other words, about 9 percent will become dependent. But of all the people who drink, about 16 percent will become alcoholics.

COLORADO:  So you’re considering a move to Colorado to live a lifestyle that includes the local (herbal) refreshments. But you don’t want to end up like some sort of burnout. You intend to maintain your weapons-grade professional trajectory, balancing it alongside a rigorous weekend mountain-biking regimen. You plan to toke, that is, in moderation. But Read the full article…

Marijuana Industry Battling Stoner Stereotypes

The campaign warns users that edible pot can be much more potent than the marijuana they're smoking — and that the pot-infused treats on store shelves are much stronger than homemade brownies they may recall eating.

COLORADO:  Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot. To get their message across, they are skewering some of the old Drug War-era ads that focused on the fears of Read the full article…

The Importance Of Getting Stoners To Vote On Nov. 4

NORML will be holding its 2015 Legislative Fly-In in Washington, DC, on May 21 and 22

by Keith Stroup Legalization Initiatives on the 2014 Ballot As we approach the midterm elections this November 4th, it is important that everyone understand the right to vote is both a privilege and a responsibility of citizenship that should not be overlooked. Not only do we have federal, state and local candidates on the ballot, but even Read the full article…

Changes In Iowa Medical Marijuana Law Appear Unlikely

After listening to the parents' testimony, a special legislative committee voted 6-4 Thursday to recommend that Iowa allow a strictly regulated system of producing and distributing medical marijuana to approved patients.

IOWA:  Iowa is unlikely to expand its limited medical marijuana law soon, a leading legislator said. “I think we made the changes that we made last year, and we’ll want to see how it works” before debating the issue further, House Speaker Kraig Paulsen said. The Republican from Hiawatha said he doubted members of his Read the full article…

Got a Pot-Centric Business Idea? Marijuana Investment Summit Seeks Pitches

Participants in the Sept. 18 event were chosen from hundreds in earlier rounds of competition that culminate in the face-to-face pitch series this week.

ILLINOIS:  Prospective marijuana entrepreneurs will get a chance to bend the ears of more than 175 investors seeking business opportunities at a pot-centric business conference with a “Shark Tank-like pitch forum” Thursday. Sponsored by the ArcView Investor Network, an alliance of “angel investors” that cultivates partnerships exclusively with marijuana-focused business ideas, the day-long conference at the Read the full article…

Campaign To Legalize Marijuana In D.C. Selects New Slogans For November Vote

This set-up renders the district especially vulnerable to the whims of national politicians, some of whom—historically, at least—have prioritized partisan interests over D.C.’s right to self-determination.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The campaign to legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital has settled on its slogans for D.C. voters. The two lines were not tested with focus groups or polled for impact, but campaign chairman Adam Eidinger said he is confident that organizers have nailed it. The simple message that voters will continue to see on Read the full article…

Report: Madison WI Pot Arrests Higher For Blacks

“The crusade on marijuana has been a palpable failure; an abject failure,” he said. “So let’s acknowledge the failure for what it is, and rededicate ourselves to … a better way to deal with people who have addictions.”

WISCONSIN:  Police in Madison arrest or cite blacks for marijuana offenses at about 12 times the rate they punish whites, according to data analyzed by the Wisconsin State Journal. The State Journal examined 18 months of police drug arrests for its report Sunday. The newspaper said the disparity comes despite national surveys that show blacks Read the full article…

Everything You Wanted To Know About Legalizing Marijuana (But Weren’t Sure You Could Ask)

Alaska is the only state to endorse the private use of marijuana in the home, adding shades of gray to a legal area that is already far from black and white.

ALASKA:  In November, Alaskans will decide whether the state will become the third in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. It’s controversial in that the drug is still illegal at the federal level, but also because it will essentially create a new industry — or at least a newly legitimate industry — in the state. Consideration of legalization Read the full article…

Where There’s Smoke: Medical Marijuana Brings Entrepreneurial Boom To Phoenix

As medical marijuana shops have opened, the industry has experienced a boom, hiring everyone from growers to retail workers.

ARIZONA:  Dustin Johnson isn’t your average drug dealer. Despite a rigorous religious upbringing and an early career in real estate, he found his true calling as president of Monarch Wellness Center, Scottsdale’s only medical marijuana dispensary. Johnson grew up in Scottsdale, attended Scottsdale Christian Academy and received a degree from the Church of Christ-affiliated Pepperdine University Read the full article…

Police Chief: Legalize Marijuana, Use Tax Revenue To Fund Drug Treatment

Police Chief Koval said he would like to see the state “acknowledge the failure” of marijuana prohibition and instead focus on the “infinite amount of challenges” posed by drugs such as heroin.

WISCONSIN:  Madison Police Chief Mike Koval endorsed the legalization of marijuana last week, saying the drug should be regulated and taxed, with revenues used to fund treatment programs for harder drugs. The comments came during an interview with the State Journal Wednesday about data showing African-Americans in Madison were arrested or cited for marijuana offenses Read the full article…