New York Could Legalize Medical Marijuana Next Week

Moving legislation to the Rules Committee happens routinely in Albany near the end of a legislative session in order to bring a bill to a full vote, and advocates say they have more than enough "yes" votes for the CCA to pass.

NEW YORK: A bill to legalize medical marijuana in New York state cleared what may have been its final obstacle Thursday. Sen. Diane Savino (D) said at a press conference in Albany Thursday that the Compassionate Care Act — which would legalize medicinal use of the drug in New York — has been moved from Read the full article…

The Truth About Driving While Stoned

It’s high time we separate fact from fiction in the stoned driving debate

ILLINOIS:  Recent stories about a ‘new’ study showing marijuana DUIs have tripled are recycling an old study that proved nothing of the sort. It’s high time we separate fact from fiction in the stoned driving debate. Nathan Palmer was headed to his job at a Peoria, Illinois Pizza Hut in July 2011 when his car Read the full article…

New Report Blasts DEA For Spending 4 Decades Obstructing Marijuana Science

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

WASHINGTON: The Drug Enforcement Administration has been impeding and ignoring the science on marijuana and other drugs for more than four decades, according to a report released this week by the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy reform group, and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a marijuana research organization. “The DEA is a police Read the full article…

Uncertainty Dominates New Legal Hemp Market

Hemp is prized for oils, seeds and fiber, but its production was prohibited for five decades because the plant can be manipulated to enhance a psychoactive chemical, THC, making the drug marijuana.

COLORADO: Marijuana’s square cousin, industrial hemp, has come out of the black market and is now legal for farmers to cultivate, opening up a lucrative new market. That was the idea, anyway. Would-be hemp farmers are having mixed success navigating red tape on everything from seed acquisition to processing the finished plant. It will take Read the full article…

Jamaica Mulls Legal Marijuana (No, It’s Not Already Legal)

The Department of Justice announced that it would permit marijuana legalization on Indian reservations, a decision that has perplexed American Indian leaders, who say that the last thing many tribes want is more lax federal law enforcement.

JAMAICA:  This tourist mecca may soon be known as the Colorado of the Caribbean. Given the ready availability of “ganja” as the locals call it, many outsiders assume marijuana is already legal in Jamaica, but it’s not … yet. Encouraged by legalized marijuana in Colorado, Washington state and Uruguay — the first country to legalize Read the full article…

North Carolina Legislator Introduces Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana

The main groups representing Canadian doctors have declared they will not participate in Health Canada's upcoming anti-drug campaign targeting young people.

NORTH CAROLINA: A local lawmaker filed a bill to allow the use of medical marijuana.Rep. Kelly Alexander (D-Mecklenburg) is behind the legislation.“Cannabis is a substance that does have medical applications that are provable,” Alexander said.Alexander said hearing about people who struggle with chronic pain, specifically veterans, is a big reason for his push. He also said the Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Passed By NY Senate’s Health Committee for the first time

The Health Committee approved the bill on a 9-8 vote, with one Republican, Sen. William Larkin of Orange County, joining eight Democrats in voting “yes.”

NEW YORK: Backers of legalizing medical marijuana in New York were flying high Tuesday after the measure cleared a state Senate committee for the first time. The Health Committee approved the bill on a 9-8 vote, with one Republican, Sen. William Larkin of Orange County, joining eight Democrats in voting “yes.” Medical marijuana advocates, who have Read the full article…

Marijuana Boom Spawns Ancillary Businesses

"The sky's the limit," said Wu, 35, a New York University business school graduate and former vice president at Wedbush Capital Partners. "As long as states continue to adopt, we're going to double growth each and every year."

CALIFORNIA:  Ben Wu took a six-figure pay cut when he left a career in private equity for a shot at the marijuana boom. Trained to spot small businesses with big potential, he started this year as chief executive of Kush Bottles, a Santa Ana company that sells child-resistant plastic cannabis containers. It took some persuading Read the full article…

Coalition in Oklahoma Hopes To Put Marijuana On November Ballot

State Sen. Connie Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) championed several pro-marijuana bills that lawmakers rejected. She believes the time is now to let the people of Oklahoma decide.

OKLAHOMA:  State lawmakers said no to legalizing marijuana in Oklahoma, but a coalition is hoping to bring the issue to the voter. And they’re hoping the voter says yes. State Sen. Connie Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) championed several pro-marijuana bills that lawmakers rejected. She believes the time is now to let the people of Oklahoma decide. Read the full article…

Marijuana Advocates Take The Spotlight At Minnesota Capitol

“We didn’t see the medical marijuana folks having a lot of luck,” said Nathan Ness, an organizing director for the group. Nationally, NORML lobbies across the country for the legalization of marijuana.

MINNESOTA: Recreational marijuana advocates say that medical marijuana proponents have had a shot at legalization. Now it’s their turn. Backers of recreational legalization say they support the medical marijuana bill and tried to let its backers have the spotlight but grew frustrated at the lack of movement. Minnesota NORML is taking its own push more Read the full article…