The Fast Rise Of Marijuana ‘Schools’

Many scientists in the United States would love to do experiments using pot, like the ones done in California, but it's been incredibly difficult to study because it is classified as a Schedule 1 drug.

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word: pot. Yes, it almost harks back to a classic scene in “The Graduate.” A growing number of schools offering courses in all things weed-related are trying to pull young people with the promise of newly created jobs in the booming medical marijuana field. Read the full article…

White House Says Marijuana Policy Is States’ Rights Issue

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) called Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) a "tyrant" for meddling in the District's governing process with the amendment, pointing out that Maryland just voted to decriminalize marijuana possession.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Obama administration believes marijuana policy is a states’ rights issue, the White House said Monday in opposing Republican-led legislation that would prevent Washington, D.C., from using local funds to decriminalize marijuana possession. The GOP-sponsored House amendment would prevent D.C. “from using its own local funds to carry out locally-passed marijuana policies, which again undermines the principles Read the full article…

Seattle’s First Legal Pot Shop Runs Out Of Marijuana

The second store, Uncle Ike's, is expected to open in the Central District any day.

WASHINGTON: Seattle’s first and only recreational marijuana store had to close on Friday after running out of stock in just three days since Washington became the second U.S. state to allow pot sales to adults. Cannabis City opened in Seattle on Tuesday with at least 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) of marijuana for sale, and by close Read the full article…

Puff, Puff, Pink Slip: Legal Weed Use Still Carries Job Risk

So, if adults in Colorado and Washington legally consume weed after work, away from the job site or the office, they must remain mindful of the drug rules at the shops and offices where they ply their trades, according to labor-law experts in both states.

WASHINGTON: You’re not being paranoid: Even in Washington and Colorado, smoking a legal joint after work could still get an employee fired. The whirlwind firing-turned-rehiring of a tie-dye-bedecked marijuana buyer in Spokane last week – followed by an admission Friday by Seattle’s City Attorney that he took pot to work – only clouded chronic confusion Read the full article…

America’s Drug Companies Are Bankrolling The Crusade Against Legal Weed

Although the government had initially been aiming for year-end, marijuana could start being sold from pharmacies in March.

As more U.S. states legalize marijuana, special interest groups that have a financial stake in the fight have been pushing back under the guise of fighting drug abuse. Last week, The Nation published an interesting look at who’s driving the fight against the legalization of marijuana. Pharmaceutical companies that make billions off painkillers and police unions are Read the full article…

DEA May Be Losing The War On Marijuana Politics

"For 13 of the 14 years I have worked on this issue, when the DEA came to a hearing, committee members jumped over themselves to cheerlead," said Bill Piper, a lobbyist with the Drug Policy Alliance, a pro-legalization group. "Now the lawmakers are not just asking tough questions, but also getting aggressive with their arguments."

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation’s war on drugs. Lately, however, the Drug Enforcement Administration has found itself under attack in Congress as it holds its ground against marijuana legalization while the resolve of Read the full article…

College Students’ Spending on Marijuana: Survey Results

-16% of students surveyed admit to spending money on marijuana every month.

-10% of surveyed students claim to spend at least $300  per year.

-1% admit to spending at least $6,000 per year.

Despite the stereotype of the “broke college student”—the young adult who spends so much money on tuition and books that they’re reduced to a diet of ramen and tap water—this demographic actually has a considerable amount of spending power, and many businesses and industries have the potential to capitalize on this valuable consumer base. The Read the full article…

Arizona OKs Medical Marijuana For Patients With PTSD

But Humble said he is approving the drug for use only to help patients deal with the symptoms of PTSD. He said there is no evidence that marijuana can be useful to actually treat or cure the condition.

ARIZONA: Thousands of Arizona veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will soon be able to obtain marijuana legally. State health director Will Humble decided Wednesday there is at least one study showing the drug can be helpful in treating the symptoms of PTSD. He said that, combined with some anecdotal evidence, provides what he needs under Read the full article…

Cuomo signs New York’s medical marijuana bill

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ALBANY, N.Y. – As Gov. Andrew Cuomo sat down to ceremonially sign New York’s medical-marijuana bill into law, a 10-year-old girl stood by his side. Amanda Houser, of Suffern, New York, suffers from Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that begins in infancy and causes her to experience multiple seizures a day and adhere Read the full article…

Seattle’s Top Cop Buys Pot — Legally!

Alison Holcomb, author of I-502, opens Seattle's first legal pot shop.

WASHINGTON: The Evergreen State became the second state in the union to allow for recreational marijuana sales to adults.  More than 200 customers waited in line, along with an equal number of press — straight, cannabis and internet — at Seattle’s Cannabis City in SODO. ACLU Attorney and I-502 author Alison Holcomb spoke, as did Read the full article…