Legal Pot By The Numbers: 99 Stores Licensed, $64 Million In Sales

Statewide, at least 99 stores have been licensed in 27 of Washington’s 39 counties, though that doesn’t mean they are operating.

WASHINGTON:  After a rocky start and supply troubles, the recreational marijuana industry is slowly gaining ground in Washington state. With the new year upon us, here are some numbers that help put things in context. In Seattle, just eight retail marijuana stores have been licensed by the Liquor Control Board; seven are open. The LCB allotted Read the full article…

What Did Coloradans Search For Most Often On Google This Year?

Residents of the Centennial State looked up "marijuana" more than the residents of any other state in 2014.

COLORADO:  In the digital age, almost nothing is a secret — and that includes what you search for on Google. Estately, which bills itself as the “addictive, easy way to shop for homes” online, put together a list of the terms that residents of each state searched for the most. The data was compiled using Google Trends, Read the full article…

The Year In Pot: Legal Sales And Anti-Marijuana Voices Boomed

Marijuana has never had a year like 2014.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Marijuana has never had a year like 2014. The first aboveboard just-for-fun cannabis markets rose in Colorado and Washington. Voters in Oregon and Alaska passed ballot initiatives to create the same. And a consistent majority of Americans said they support plans to legalize the drug nationwide, according to polls by NBC News and others. Read the full article…

Witnessing The Birth of An Industry: MJBA CEO David Rheins Looks Back At 2014

It's been an amazing year for  the legal cannabis industry and the MJBA.

By David Rheins  2014 has been an amazing year for those of us on the front lines of the legal cannabis movement. Thanks to the support of the now 300+ cannabis business members, dozens of sponsors and thousands of supporters, the b2b trade group I run, Marijuana Business Association (MJBA), has grown rapidly.  We’ve been Read the full article…

My Best Guess on Outcomes of Marijuana Initiatives

NORML will be holding its 2015 Legislative Fly-In in Washington, DC, on May 21 and 22

BY Keith Stroup  DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  This column is being written a couple of days prior to the November 4th election, and will be published on Monday, Nov. 3, election eve. So it only seems appropriate to offer my prognosis on the four statewide marijuana-related voter initiatives, as well as a number of municipal voter initiatives in Read the full article…

The Secrets Behind The Midterms

Two of the states on that extended list, Colorado and Iowa, have paid off for Republicans. It’s still far from certain that they will defeat Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado or Rep. Bruce Braley in Iowa, who is trying to hold retiring senator Tom Harkin’s seat. Republicans have a clear shot at both, and this has strengthened their chances of taking the majority.

By E.J. Dionne Jr. There’s a hidden history to the nasty midterm election campaign that will, mercifully, end on Nov. 4. What’s not being widely talked about is as important as what’s in the news. Under appreciated fact No. 1: The number of Democratic seats that are not in play this year.In planning their effort to take control of the Read the full article…

Seattle’s Best Edibles 2014

Many of the products entered into the third annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup held in Washington State would have made regulators proud, as companies vying for new customers have adapted their edible items to different tastes and dosage needs.

WASHINGTON:  While Washington State continues to roll out regulations governing legal cannabis, edibles makers are getting prepared, lab testing, researching and experimenting with dosage, flavors and new ideas for fantastic infused products. Under the new regulations developed by the Liquor Control Board, infused hard candies, gummies and lollipops will not be allowed, since these could Read the full article…

Dems Rally Around Marijuana In 2014 Push

A bi-partisan group of House members sent a letter to the White House on Wednesday morning requesting a change in federal marijuana policy.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Lawmakers across the country are turning to relaxed marijuana laws as a winning issue ahead of 2014. A bi-partisan group of House members sent a letter to the White House on Wednesday morning requesting a change in federal marijuana policy. Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon led the group of 17 Democrats plus California Read the full article…

Dems Rally Around Marijuana In 2014 Push

Colorado's police chiefs are gathering to talk about legal weed,  from highway safety to home hash production.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Lawmakers across the country are turning to relaxed marijuana laws as a winning issue ahead of 2014. A bi-partisan group of House members sent a letter to the White House on Wednesday morning requesting a change in federal marijuana policy. Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon led the group of 17 Democrats plus California Read the full article…

Alaska Voters Could Legalize Pot This Summer

Health Canada says licensed medicinal marijuana producers can now produce and sell cannabis oil and fresh marijuana buds and leaves as well as the dried form.

ALASKA:  Enough petition signatures have been verified to place an initiative seeking to legalize marijuana on the ballot this summer in Alaska, election officials said Tuesday. The petition has met all the thresholds necessary to appear on the Aug. 19 primary ballot, the Alaska Division of Elections said. The lieutenant governor’s office said it had Read the full article…