Medical pot dispensaries bill would 'add a new layer to the enforcement'

“This is a brand new program. If we get them done sooner, that would be a great success, but I suspect it will take us the full year to get this program up and running.”

OREGON: Oregon lawmakers approved a bill that adds dispensaries to the state’s outlets for medical marijuana, but some critics are still not happy with the last-minute changes that caused lawmakers to pass it. The state House of Representatives approved the bill on Saturday. It establishes a licensing system for medical marijuana outlets. The bill, which passed Read the full article…

Sheriff: I Just Want Cannabis Off the Front Pages

Sheriff Tom Allman is proof that a drug warrior can “evolve” into supporting the Drug Peace over the Drug War.

CALIFORNIA: Sheriff Tom Allman calls the decision to permit his county’s cannabis farmers (even before federal law changes) part of his “law enforcement evolution.” A local boy, he knew how eighty percent of his Emerald Triangle economy was derived. As a newly elected Sheriff, he flew over his jurisdiction and thought, “So that’s how that conservative Read the full article…

Medical marijuana dispensaries a signature away from approval

Medical Marijuana dispensaries a signature away from approval

OREGON: SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Medical marijuana dispensaries are a signature away from being legal in Oregon. The state House of Representatives approved a bill Saturday to establish a licensing system for medical marijuana outlets. The bill, which passed 32-27, now goes to Gov. John Kitzhaber to sign.

Petitioners Hope to Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use in Alaska

Marijuana Ballot Petition

ALASKA: Supporters of an initiative that would create a legal market for marijuana in the state are at the beginning of a long campaign to get more than 30,000 signatures and allow Alaskan voters to decide next year on marijuana legalization. Petitioners began collecting signatures across Alaska about a week ago for a law regulating the Read the full article…

Marijuana stories: Patients eager to come out of shadows when law passes

lawmakers are moving ahead with legislative efforts to allow for the limited use of medical ‘cannabis’ while simultaneously forbidding anyone from either inhaling the herb or possessing its flowers

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Ted Wright’s wife was wasting away before his eyes. Ravaged by constant nausea and vomiting – the side effects from a clinical trial drug that was keeping her cancer at bay – Cindy Wright had rapidly lost more than 30 pounds. “She couldn’t eat,” her husband recalled. “And they said, ‘You’ve got to Read the full article…

A Wisconsin dad faces deportation for smoking weed as a teenager

Timofeev and his two daughters, Sasha, 16, and Kylie, 7, are close. 'He's one of my favorite people,' says Sasha.

WISCONSIN: By the time Alex Timofeev got home from work at the Nakoma Country Club, had dinner and relaxed with his customary cup of tea, it was past midnight. When the doorbell rang in the early morning he tried to ignore it. But the ringing was insistent so he left his fiancée in bed, threw Read the full article…

Connecticut Town wants a time-out on marijuana business

Shelton, CT town officials want moratorium on medical marijuana sales

CONNECTICUT: Before the state has even adopted the regulations concerning the growing and dispensing of medical marijuana, Shelton’s zoning commission wants a time-out to stop and think. It is proposing a six-month moratorium on implementing the new regulations so commission members will have time to study the nearly 100-page document and fully understand it. A public Read the full article…

Medical marijuana, global warming and animal neglect: Oregon Legislature today

Oregon medical marijuana dispensary busts put people in jail before the laws  changed.

OREGON: Could this be the penultimate day of the 2013 Oregon Legislature? The antepenultimate? In any case, lawmakers and their loyal aides are thisclose to freedom from the Capitol for the summer. The House meets at 3 p.m. and is scheduled to take up a priority bill of the senate President, Peter Courtney, D-Salem. Senate Bill 6 increases punishment for Read the full article…

Medical marijuana, global warming and animal neglect: Oregon Legislature today

“Droves of Wisconsinites are leaving this state because it’s going backwards"

OREGON: Could this be the penultimate day of the 2013 Oregon Legislature? The antepenultimate? In any case, lawmakers and their loyal aides are thisclose to freedom from the Capitol for the summer. The House meets at 3 p.m. and is scheduled to take up a priority bill of the senate President, Peter Courtney, D-Salem. Senate Bill 6 increases punishment for Read the full article…

Missouri police officer gets approval to moonlight as Show-Me Cannabis lobbyist

MISSOURI:  St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has reversed course and will allow a veteran officer to moonlight as a lobbyist for a pro-marijuana organization. Dotson wrote to police Sgt. Gary Wiegert on Tuesday saying his request for “secondary employment” will be allowed.