Jeff Mizanskey, Sentenced To Life With No Parole On Marijuana-Related Charge, Walks Free

Jeff Mizanskey walked out of a Missouri prison a free man on Tuesday, after spending two decades behind bars for marijuana related charges.

MISSOURI:  A man sentenced to life in prison without parole on a marijuana-related charge walked out of a Missouri prison a free man on Tuesday, after spending two decades behind bars. The release of Jeff Mizanskey followed years of lobbying from family, lawmakers and advocates for the legalization of marijuana, who argued that the sentence Read the full article…

These Colorado Military Vets Are Suing Over Marijuana

Five PTSD patients from Colorado are suing the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment and the Colorado Board of Health for rejecting PTSD as a qualifying condition to use medical marijuana.

COLORADO:  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental ailment that affects people who have experienced serious traumatic events in their lives. It is typically found in people who have served in the military during wars, people who have been sexually abused, and people who have witnessed or experienced many other dreadful situations. People suffering from Read the full article…

EXCLUSIVE MJNN Q&A With Bruce Barcott, Author: Weed The People. The Future Of Legal Marijuana In America

Two years from now the entire West Coast will be state-legal. Ten years from now 20 states will allow legal, regulated cannabis. Twenty years from now nearly all states will.

By David Rheins MJNN: Your book Weed the People is a NY Times bestseller, and you recently authored a cover story about Marijuana for Time Magazine. Why has the mainstream media finally started paying attention to cannabis? BB: The mainstream media is paying attention to cannabis because it’s become a movement too big and too legitimate to Read the full article…

Doctor Fights Charges He Misled Patients About Marijuana

The case of an Illinois doctor who's in trouble for a marijuana recommendation could have a chilling effect on other doctors' participation in the state's medical cannabis pilot program.

ILLINOIS:  Supporters of an Illinois doctor who’s in trouble for a marijuana recommendation say his case could have a chilling effect on other doctors’ participation in the state’s medical cannabis pilot program. Dr. Joseph J. Starkman, 36, faces possible suspension or revocation of his license for multiple violations of the Medical Practice Act. He is Read the full article…

Questions Linger Around State’s Medical Marijuana Program

The New York State Department of Health continues to say medical marijuana will be available to patients by this coming January, but families and advocates aren't so sure.

NEW YORK:  The New York State Department of Health continues to say medical marijuana will be available to patients by this coming January, but families and advocates aren’t so sure. Christine Emerson has been fighting for the medicine for her daughter Julia. “It takes 3 months to grow and harvest the plants,” Emerson said. “So Read the full article…

‘Smoke Buddy’ Mobile Marijuana Cart Illegal, Oregon Officials Say

The Smoke Buddy, a medical marijuana mobile cart seen in North Portland, has been determined as illegal.

OREGON:  A mobile cart selling marijuana in Portland is illegal, the Oregon Health Authority said Monday. The Smoke Buddy cart has been seen in North Portland. Jonathan Modie, a spokesman for the health authority, which oversees the state’s dispensary system, said mobile marijuana operations and delivery services are illegal under Oregon’s rules. “Any transfer of marijuana to Read the full article…

Going To Pot: Will Legal Weed Hurt Medical Marijuana Users In Washington?

Almost everything about medical marijuana in Washington is about to change, as the state moves to regulate its 17-year-old medical marijuana program.

WASHINGTON:  Stephen Damgaard uses medical marijuana for nerve damage in his spine, eating a small brownie made with cannabutter each morning. The weed in the butter comes from one of Seattle’s many medical dispensaries — an untaxed and illegal medical pot shop that up until now has been tolerated by authorities. But almost everything about Read the full article…

Smyth: VPD Left To Regulate Medical Marijuana Shops Amid Uncertain Haze Of Legality

It’s police versus pot shops in the escalating battle over “medical” marijuana in Vancouver.

CANADA:  It’s police versus pot shops in the escalating battle over “medical” marijuana in Vancouver — and the cops say it’s keeping them busier than a bud grower at harvest time. Marijuana shops are sprouting like weeds all over the city. And despite claims that the stores are helping sick people by providing them with Read the full article…

Some Illinois Health Systems Say No To Medical Marijuana

Some health systems are forbidding doctors from recommending medical cannabis because the drug is still illegal at the federal level.

ILLINOIS:  Patients must have a doctor’s signature to buy medical marijuana in Illinois, but some health systems are forbidding doctors from putting pen to paper because the drug is still illegal at the federal level. Others are cautiously allowing doctors to participate in the pilot program, even conducting training sessions to make sure doctors know Read the full article…

Larry Harvey, Famed Washington Medical Marijuana Patient, Dies From Cancer

Larry Harvey, a Washington state medical marijuana patient who had faced years in prison in a high-profile federal medical marijuana case, died Thursday at age 71.

WASHINGTON:  Larry Harvey, a Washington state medical marijuana patient who had faced 10 years in prisonin a high-profile federal pot case, died Thursday at age 71, a family spokeswoman said. Harvey succumbed to pancreatic cancer in Colville, Washington, Kari Boiter, a medical marijuana activist and spokeswoman for the family, told HuffPost. Federal prosecutors dropped all charges against Harvey Read the full article…