New Hampshire: Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession Offenses

Governor signs marijuana decriminalization bill into law.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation into law decriminalizing minor marijuana offenses. The new law, which takes effect in mid-September, eliminates criminal penalties for the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of cannabis and/or up to five grams of hashish for those age 18 and older. First and second time offenders will face a $100 Read the full article…

Study: Cannabis Dispensaries Deter Crime

crime is down in towns with legal weed

CALIFORNIA: The forced closure of medical cannabis retail facilities is associated with an uptick in crime, according to data published in the Journal of Urban Economics. University of Southern California researchers assessed the impact of dispensary closures on crime rates in the city of Los Angeles. Investigators analyzed crime data in the days immediately prior to and then immediately Read the full article…

Poll: Americans Want States, Not The Feds, To Have Final Say Regarding Marijuana Policies

Americans Want States, Not The Feds, To Have Final Say Regarding Marijuana Policies

NEW YORK: By a margin of more than six to one, Americans say that individual states should be autonomous with regard to laws governing the use and sale of marijuana, according to survey data compiled by Survey USA and commissioned by the advocacy group Marijuana Majority. Seventy-six percent of respondents – including supermajorities of Republicans (72 percent), Independents (78 Read the full article…

From Threat To Joke: How Are Your Cops Treating Weed?

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By Bailey Hirschburg My old spectrum for judging cops on pot ranged from “Officer I’m still cool” to “Sheriff Buzzkill.” But I’m wondering if it’s out of date. “Officer I’m still cool” was typically a local cop at protests or public events. He would always remind you he didn’t MAKE pot laws, he was just ENFORCING them. Read the full article…

Poll: Marijuana Safer Than Opioids, But Moms Shouldn’t Use

Pot is safer than opiods

By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press COLORADO: Americans think it’s safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain, but they were less comfortable with children and pregnant women using pot to treat medical conditions, according to a new Yahoo/Marist poll released Monday. Two-thirds of the respondents in the telephone survey said opioid drugs such as Vicodin Read the full article…

Poll: Support For Marijuana Legalization Climbing

pot is popular

ILLINOIS: The percentage of Americans who “think the use of marijuana should be legal” has increased dramatically over the past ten years and now stands at a record high, according to polling data compiled by the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey. The survey has tracked adults’ opinions on legalizing marijuana since the early 1970s. The survey reports that 57 Read the full article…

Canada: Trudeau Administration Seeks To Legalize Marijuana By July 2018

Canadians love to smoke pot

CANADA:  Legislation is anticipated from the Trudeau administration in early April to regulate the use, production, and sale of marijuana. In 2015, the Liberal Party pledged to “legalize and regulate” marijuana if Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister. The forthcoming legislation will likely be modeled after recommendations issued in 2016 by a federal task force. Members of the task force called on Read the full article…

7 in 10 Californians 21 & Older Ready to Use Cannabis Products Recreationally

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CALIFORNIA: Enlucem, a strategic brand consultancy currently advising startups in the cannabis space, announced today the results of a detailed consumer study of Californians’ attitudes toward cannabis products. Results of the 800-person survey found that the market potential for medical marijuana and other future cannabis products in California is staggering – between 15 million and Read the full article…

New Report from Eaze Shows Record Legal Marijuana Use in California

“These data points all point to the same thing: the normalization and mainstream acceptance of marijuana use”

CALIFORNIA: Following decades of stigmatization and prohibition, a new data report titled, Eaze Insights: State of Cannabis 2016, reveals that Californians are increasingly comfortable with marijuana use and are embracing its benefits. The new report released today by Eaze, the fastest growing marijuana technology company, draws insights from the user behavior of more than 250,000 patients across Read the full article…

Legislators Move To Delay The Enactment Of Voter-Initiated Marijuana Laws

legislators push back on marijuana reform

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Legislators in a number of states are pushing forward measures to delay the enactment of several voter-initiated marijuana laws. In Arkansas, House lawmakers unanimously voted in favor of legislation, House Bill 1026, to postpone the deadline for establishing the state’s new medical marijuana program by 60 days. Fifty-three percent of voters approved Issue 6 on Election Read the full article…