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?

That figure could mean the state's estimate is shockingly low for how much money it'll make when pot taxes kick in this January.

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…

Hallandale Beach Florida Has Approved Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Hallandale Lawmakers have unanimously passed a bill for marijuana decriminalization.

FLORIDA: Hallandale Lawmakers have unanimously passed a bill for marijuana decriminalization.  Miami- Dade started the trend with Miami Beach, Key West and now Hallandale Beach has followed suit. Police will have the option to fine individuals $100 if caught with a 20 grams or less of marijuana instead of jail time. Florida cities are steaming ahead towards legalizing medical marijuana in 2016

Black Lives Matter Organizers Call For Marijuana Decriminalization

Activists leading the fight to stop the killing of African Americans by police officers unveiled a series of policy proposals on Friday.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Activists leading the fight to stop the killing of African Americans by police officers unveiled a series of policy proposals on Friday aimed at converting the attention the Black Lives Matter movement has generated into fundamental reforms that could transform the way law enforcement interacts with the communities it is charged with serving and protecting. Included Read the full article…

ILL Gov Rauner Uses Veto To Call For Changes To Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Rauner said while he supports the "fundamental purposes" of keeping people out of jail and cutting court costs, such a significant change in drug laws "must be made carefully and incrementally."

ILLINOIS: Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday used his veto powers to rewrite a bill aimed at decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, saying the measure that lawmakers sent him would let people carry too much pot and sets fines too low. Rauner said while he supports the “fundamental purposes” of keeping people out Read the full article…

This Man Is Serving More Than 13 Years In Prison For Two Joints Worth Of Marijuana

he state Board of Pardons and Parole rejected Noble's petition for clemency in May simply because he hasn’t served 10 or more years in prison yet

LOUISIANA: This summer, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed a bill that significantly decreases criminal penalties for marijuana possession in the state. But for some prisoners already serving time on marijuana charges, the state’s old draconian drug laws continue to apply. Take the case of Bernard Noble. A 49-year-old father of seven, Noble is serving more than 13 Read the full article…

Hallandale Beach Decriminalizes Marijuana Possesion

Hallandale Beach is officially the first city in Broward County that will punish marijuana violations with a fine instead of an arrest.

FLORIDA:  Hallandale Beach is officially the first city in Broward County that will punish marijuana violations with a fine instead of an arrest. On Wednesday night, Hallandale Beach Commissioners unanimously approved a new measure that will make marijuana possession a civil offense rather than a criminal one. Anyone caught with 20 grams of pot or Read the full article…

D.A.R.E. Accidentally Publishes Pro-Marijuana Legalization Post

The controversial substance abuse prevention group D.A.R.E. accidentally showed a surprisingly progressive change in its ideology this week.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The controversial substance abuse prevention group D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) appeared to have made a surprisingly progressive change in its ideology Monday when it published a letter to the editor endorsing marijuana legalization. It turns out it was an accident. The post, titled “Purchasing marijuana puts kids at risk,” was published in The Columbus Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization 2015: United Kingdom Could Legalize Weed After 150,000 Brits Sign Petition

"Legalizing cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs,"

GREAT BRITAIN: United Kingdom lawmakers may consider a bill that would legalize cannabis after an online petition garnered the support of more than 150,000 people. The petition asks for lawmakers to allow the sale, production and use of marijuana. Petitions that exceed more than 100,000 signatures require a formal response from the government and the House Read the full article…