Oregon Senate Committee Tweaks Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill

Pot shops in Oregon that already sell medical marijuana have made big plans for the historic day - and hope there is enough supply to meet what is expected to be a huge demand.

OREGON:  A committee in the Oregon Senate has amended a House-approved bill that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program to license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries statewide. Two significant changes were made to the bill Saturday by the Senate Committee on Rules following concerns voiced from the Oregon District Attorneys Association, who changed their position on the bill Read the full article…

New York legislation will never be progressive

Gov Cuomo

NEW YORK: Earlier this year, New York looked poised to become the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana. The state Assembly passed a bill by a 99-41 margin June 3. A Quinnipiac poll taken that week indicated that 70 percent of New Yorkers supported the idea. And in the state Senate, the Republicans who had Read the full article…

New York legislation will never be progressive

Gov Cuomo

NEW YORK: Earlier this year, New York looked poised to become the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana. The state Assembly passed a bill by a 99-41 margin June 3. A Quinnipiac poll taken that week indicated that 70 percent of New Yorkers supported the idea. And in the state Senate, the Republicans who had Read the full article…

Marijuana's march toward mainstream confounds feds

Brent Miller in one of the grow rooms of his medical marijuana grow operation in Seattle.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — It took 50 years for American attitudes about marijuana to zigzag from the paranoia of ‘‘Reefer Madness’’ to the excesses of Woodstock back to the hard line of ‘‘Just Say No.’’ The next 25 years took the nation from Bill Clinton, who famously ‘‘didn’t inhale,’’ to Barack Obama, who most emphatically Read the full article…

Landlord Challenges Feds in Calif Medical Pot Case

CALIFORNIA:  The feds never kicked down the door of Tony Jalali’s building and raided the medical pot shops that rented space from him. Letters were sent to him informing him that having a dispensary in his Orange County office building violated U.S. law and it could be taken from him. Once a lawsuit was filed Read the full article…

American Mayors: Let Them Smoke Pot

Earnest described the Obama administration's position on marijuana as mainly focused on prosecuting drug traffickers rather than individual users.

It has been more than seven months since voters in Colorado and Washington State chose to legalize marijuana for recreational use, in contravention of federal drug laws. It has been more than three months since Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would announce his department’s response to the new statutes “relatively Read the full article…

American Mayors: Let Them Smoke Pot

Earnest described the Obama administration's position on marijuana as mainly focused on prosecuting drug traffickers rather than individual users.

It has been more than seven months since voters in Colorado and Washington State chose to legalize marijuana for recreational use, in contravention of federal drug laws. It has been more than three months since Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would announce his department’s response to the new statutes “relatively Read the full article…

L.A. releases list of 134 medical marijuana clinics allowed in the city

CALIFORNIA: The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office on Friday released a list of 134 medical marijuana dispensaries that will be qualified to operate under Proposition D, the May 21 measure approved by city voters.

Vermont Decriminalizes Marijuana Starting Monday

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VERMONT: As of Monday, Vermont will be the 17th state to decriminalize marijuana possession. A bill passed earlier this year goes into effect then. The measure, House Bill 200, was sponsored by Rep. Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington), with a tripartisan group of 38 cosponsors. It ends criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of Read the full article…

Update on Marijuana Zoning in Seattle

Marijuana in Seattle

SEATTLE: In the wake of the passage of I-502, the City Council is considering setting limits on where marijuana-related activity can take place in Seattle. Legislation to set zoning limits was discussed on June 24 at the Full Council, and eventually held under July 22. Four committee meetings were held to review the legislation, beginning Read the full article…