Attorney General Mike DeWine Sues Toledo Over Marijuana Decriminalization Law

"This ordinance encourages drug cartels to set up marijuana distribution operations in Toledo with less fear of prison or penalties," DeWine said in a news release. "Absent legal action, it is not hard to imagine international drug rings making Toledo their regional base of operations."

OHIO: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing the city of Toledo over a new voter-approved city ordinance that reduces penalties for marijuana possession and other drug crimes. DeWine asked the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas to invalidate several portions of Toledo’s “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance” approved by voters last month because they contradict Ohio law. Read the full article…

Raid On Tribal Marijuana Farms Underscores Uncertainty Over Pot Laws

Mendocino County sheriff's deputies raid the Pinoleville tribe's marijuana-growing operation near Ukiah on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.

CALIFORNIA: Native American tribes’ efforts to cash in on California’s “green rush” by launching large-scale marijuana growing operations appear to have been premature and ill-advised if recent law enforcement raids on tribal lands are any indication. Pot raids conducted on the Pinoleville Pomo Nation’s Rancheria north of Ukiah this week and on the Pit River and Read the full article…

Metro New York: Bratton Says No More Concessions On NYPD’s Marijuana Policy

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton holds bag of weed.

NEW YORK: NYPD’s top cop told Metro “under no circumstances” will the department make any further reforms on how it deals with marijuana arrests. “We’ve made all the concessions we’re making regarding marijuana,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Wednesday. His resolve comes days after City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and a handful of council members Read the full article…

Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Bans Police Stops Solely For Suspected Marijuana

“Permitting police to stop a vehicle based on reasonable suspicion that an occupant possesses marijuana does not serve [the] objectives” of the law change, Justice Margot Botsford wrote for the majority.

MASSACHUSETTS: In a decision hailed by civil rights advocates and supporters of marijuana legalization, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday that police cannot stop motorists solely because they suspect the vehicle’s occupants are in possession of the drug. The Supreme Judicial Court based its 5-2 ruling largely on a measure that voters approved in 2008 that Read the full article…

Long Beach, Other Cities, Given Leeway In Crafting Medical Marijuana Laws

“The MMRSA (Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act) makes clear that local public entities retain their current right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, and related medical marijuana activities within their respective jurisdictions,”

CALIFORNIA: New legislation that would create California’s first comprehensive attempt to regulate the medical marijuana industry would give Long Beach and other cities considerable leeway to regulate the sales and cultivation of cannabis. Local governments could even enact outright bans on dispensaries and cultivation sites. Such is the view of the Long Beach City Attorney’s Read the full article…

Ohio Says Not So Fast On Marijuana Reform Vote

OHIO: Parts of the so-called “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance” conflict with state law and may not be enforceable.

OHIO: Local advocates for marijuana liberalization were celebrating Wednesday, the day after their campaign to pass a local ordinance received the endorsement of the Toledo voting public. But their euphoria is tempered by realization that parts of the so-called “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance” conflict with state law and may not be enforceable. “I’m on cloud nine,” said Read the full article…

Colorado Just Became The First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Marijuana Than Alcohol

Colorado Just Became The First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Marijuana Than Alcohol

COLORADO: No state has ever generated more tax revenue from marijuana than alcohol—until now. The Colorado Department of Revenue, according to recently released figures, just brought in $70 million in taxes relating to marijuana, compared to less than $42 million for alcohol taxes, over the course of a year. This Wednesday, Colorado is declaring a marijuana Read the full article…

First Legal Harvest Of Marijuana Fueling Gray Market For Pot In U.S. Capitol

Welcome to the first crop of legal pot in the nation’s capital — where residents may grow and possess marijuana but are still forbidden to sell it.

By Aaron C. Davis September 12 at 9:08 PM DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: In upper Northwest Washington, marijuana buds the size of zucchinis hang drying in a room once reserved for yoga. In the Shaw neighborhood, pot grown in a converted closet sits meticulously trimmed, weighed and sealed in jars. Elsewhere, from Georgetown to Capitol Hill to Congress Read the full article…

Missouri Marijuana Campaign Hires Top Political Consultant

Fundraising is key.

MISSOURI: A campaign committee in support of medical marijuana in Missouri has hired a prominent political consultant and started raising money for the cause, signs that a medical pot proposal might have a serious chance of making it on the 2016 ballot. Jack Cardetti, who worked on successful campaigns for Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and Secretary Read the full article…

How Much Money Would Legal Marijuana Bring Ohio?

CBD and Legal Cannabis Market On the Rise

By Anne Saker asaker@enquirer.com OHIO: Just how much money will Ohio rake in should voters approve Issue 3?  Right now, friends, the best I can find is some educated guesses because no one has implemented a limited-grow model for legal marijuana, as Issue 3 would establish. But the guesses do contain the word billion: $2.26 billion: Total Read the full article…