Pot Researcher Abruptly Fired By University Of Arizona

“I pulled all my evaluations and this is not about my job performance.”

ARIZONA:  The University of Arizona has abruptly fired a prominent marijuana researcher who only months ago received rare approval from federal drug officials to study the effects of pot on patients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. The firing of Suzanne A. Sisley, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, puts her research in jeopardy and Read the full article…

Delaware Judge Mulls Medical Marijuana Suit

State officials, meanwhile, are continuing to negotiate a contract with Lally, president of First State Compassion Center, after he submitted the top bid for the medical marijuana operation.

DELAWARE:  A Delaware judge is mulling whether to dismiss a lawsuit against a lobbyist who once worked for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper in a dispute over who should be allowed to operate Delaware’s first medical marijuana dispensary. The judge heard arguments Monday on Mark Lally’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit but did not indicate when Read the full article…

Puyallup Police Get Educated On New Frontier Of Drug Labs

Federal prosecutors are seeking a 10-year, maximum sentence for a man who joined two tech workers in running a hash-oil operation that exploded

WASHINGTON: When an unexpected THC/hash oil drug lab explosion occurred in the 1500 block of Shaw Road on May 20, the Puyallup Police Department and Central Pierce Fire and Rescue responded not wholly knowing what to expect. “We never have had anything like this before,” said Captain Scott Engle, spokesperson for the police department. “This is Read the full article…

South Africa Parliament Introduces Bill To Legalize Dagga

Last year Oriani-Ambrosini was diagnosed with stage four, inoperable lung cancer, which forms the background to this bill.

SOUTH AFRICA: The Medical Innovation Bill, a bill to legalize Cannabis in South Africa for medical, economic and industrial purposes, was introduced in parliament today. The bill was submitted by Member of Parliament, Mario GR Oriani-Ambrosini from the Inkatha Freedom Party. The Medical Innovation Bill aims to make provision for innovations in medical treatments by legalizing Read the full article…

Treasury Defends Rules On Banks, Marijuana Sellers

"Without any guidance, there would be a proliferation of cash-only businesses, and that would make it impossible to see when there are actions going on that violate both federal and state law and that ... would be a real concern," Lew told the House subcommittee on financial services. "We thought that the clarity, bringing it into daylight, was a better solution."

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Tuesday defended the Obama administration’s guidelines to banks conducting transactions with legal marijuana sellers as congressional Republicans questioned whether the guidance amounts to tacit federal approval of a drug illegal in most states. The Justice and Treasury departments issued a roadmap in February that would allow the new Read the full article…

ILLINOIS: Waging war against drug prohibition

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It was 25 years ago when James Gierach, a municipal attorney living in Palos Park, created political ripples by saying that marijuana should be decriminalized. “It was a gathering of Cook County Democratic Party committeemen, and I was trying to get them to slate me for state’s attorney,” Gierach recalled Monday. I asked what the Read the full article…

ACLU: Steep Drop In Pot Cases Has Freed Up Resources

Washington's top cannabis companies convened last weekend at the MJBA Vendor Fair in Seattle. Legalization has resulted in fewer arrests, and a Green Rush of new business opportunity.

WASHINGTON:  Legalization of marijuana in Washington has resulted in far fewer pot arrests, thereby freeing up law-enforcement and court resources, the ACLU says. But Ian Goodhew, of the King County Prosecutor’s Office, said prosecutors handled few misdemeanor pot cases before the law took effect. A steep drop in charges filed against adults over 21 in Read the full article…

These 'Bitcoins For Marijuana' Try To Solve Legal Weed's Big Heist Problem

Their developers promise safety and security -- and they just may change the course of the drug war in the process.

Bitcoin isn’t the only digital currency changing the way we pay for things. Two new cryptocurrencies aimed at allowing people to safely buy drugs — legal or illegal — may provide new payment alternatives to the largely cash-only industries. Their developers promise safety and security — and they just may change the course of the Read the full article…

D.C. Council Member Wants Marijuana Testing Banned From The Hiring Process

Mayoral candidate and Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large).

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Mayoral candidate and Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large) wants to amend a measure currently under consideration by the D.C. Council to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana to prohibit testing for marijuana by potential employers. Orange has proposed an amendment to the “Simple Possession of Small Quantities Of Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Read the full article…

Legal Pot To Generate $190 Million For Washington: Report

The forecast by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council showed that $51 million in revenue is expected for the 2015-2017 biennium from marijuana production and sales.

WASHINGTON:  Washington’s new legal recreational marijuana market is expected to bring nearly $190 million to state coffers over a four-year period starting in mid-2015, according to an economic forecast released Wednesday. The forecast by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council showed that $51 million in revenue is expected for the 2015-2017 biennium from marijuana production Read the full article…