Pot Fans, Foes Fume As Washington DC tests Limits Of High Life

"It is kind of the Alice in Wonderland of cannabis legalization. It's like there's all these rules and regulations that no one follows,"

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Almost a year has passed since it became legal to smoke, but not sell, marijuana in Washington, D.C., and pot enthusiasts and opponents alike are chafing under a compromise that leaves smokers in a haze over how to obtain their weed. Sales of equipment to grow the plants indoors are booming, bartenders are Read the full article…

Who’s Legalizing Marijuana In U.S.?

MPP organizers hope to replicate those efforts in five other states during the 2016 elections, an undertaking they say will — if successful — prove significant for the effort to end marijuana prohibition.

By Brianna Gurciullo, Karen Mawdsley and Katie Campbell, News21 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Advocacy groups have poured millions of dollars into legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana in states across the country. One of the most powerful and influential groups — Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project – was behind successful recreational measures in Alaska and Colorado, two Read the full article…

Wanted: A DEA top cop who doesn’t blow our money on pot | NJ.Com Editorial

No, the real reason we're glad to see this longtime DEA administration official go is her antiquated and unreasonable views on marijuana. We don't need our nation's top drug enforcement officer to be wasting any more taxpayer dollars on totally pointless pot prosecutions.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Good riddance to Michele Leonhart, chief of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, on her very timely retirement. Not because of the prostitute parties paid for by local drug cartels, though that was handled badly — the DEA agents who admitted to participating were suspended for only a few days, not fired. Leonhart says she isn’t Read the full article…

Marijuana News: Pot Law About To Take Effect In Washington, D.C.

Residents and visitors to Washington, D.C., will soon be able to possess, share and grow marijuana under a new law.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Residents and visitors to Washington, D.C., will soon be able to possess, share and grow marijuana under a new law. But that law doesn’t allow for the creation of a regulated marijuana industry, raising a key question: How will people obtain the drug? In December, after voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to legalize Read the full article…

Eric Holder Would Be ‘Glad To Work With Congress’ To Reschedule Marijuana

Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, the attorney general has the authority to "remove any drug or other substance from the schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule." Holder didn't indicate Friday that he would be willing to do that unilaterally.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The Obama administration would be willing to work with Congress if lawmakers want to take marijuana off the list of what the federal government considers the most dangerous drugs, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday. “We’d be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at Read the full article…

Decriminalization Arrives, And D.C. Police Prepare For Sea Change In Marijuana Laws

A lengthy civic debate over how to handle the most minor of drug offenses culminated at midnight Wednesday when a marijuana decriminalization law passed by the D.C. Council this spring completed a 60-day congressional review period and took effect.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: On Wednesday, a D.C. police officer who caught someone carrying a small amount of marijuana was required to launch his suspect on an onerous journey through the criminal justice system — possibly involving handcuffs, fingerprinting and forensic analysis. On Thursday, that same officer faces the simpler task of pulling out a ticket Read the full article…

Decriminalization Arrives, And D.C. Police Prepare For Sea Change In Marijuana Laws

Starting Thursday possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in D.C. will only get a $25 ticket, not jail time.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  On Wednesday, a D.C. cop who catches someone carrying a small amount of marijuana is required to launch his suspect on an onerous journey through the criminal justice system — one likely to involve handcuffs, fingerprinting and forensic analysis. On Thursday, that same cop will face the simpler task of pulling out Read the full article…

Marijuana Is At Center Of Feud In Capital

Marijuana decriminalization in DC has sparked a feud between the mayor and lawmakers.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  A law to make marijuana possession in the District of Columbia punishable by only a $25 ticket, one of the laxest drug laws in the nation, has ignited a feud between Washington’s mayor and a Republican House member days before it is to take effect. Mayor Vincent C. Gray urged district residents Read the full article…

US Lawmakers Support For DEA On Marijuana Fading Fast

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is under attack in Congress as it tries to stem the tide against Marijuana legalization.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  This year, the DEA’s role in the seizure of industrial hemp seeds bound for research facilities in Kentucky drew angry rebukes from the Senate’s most powerful Republican. The GOP-controlled House recently voted to prohibit federal agents from busting Medical Marijuana operations that are legal under state laws. And that measure brought one of the Read the full article…

Marijuana Growers Aim To Patent Their Products

Marijuana growers aim to patent their products.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  There’s money – legal money — to be made in marijuana. And while that pleases growers, it also concerns them. The marijuana business is poised to grow as more states explore legalization. Washington state opened up its first recreational shops Tuesday, and Colorado already has legalized pot. Plus, legal distribution of medical marijuana is Read the full article…