Cocoa Beach Passes Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance

The drug that landed a lot of black folks in prison is now making legal fortunes for others.

FLORIDA:  Cocoa Beach will allow pot to be dispensed in a few locations in the city if Florida voters in November approve a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana. Commissioners passed an ordinance Thursday evening 4-1 to limit where legal marijuana can be distributed and treatment centers can operate. City Commissioner Ben Malik said the Read the full article…

Quebec Hospital To Allow Medical Marijuana Use In Rooms

Charles Bury used his vaporizer (the wooden box) in the Sherbrooke University Hospital Centre during palliative care for liver cancer.

CANADA: Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at Quebec’s Sherbrooke University Hospital Centre have unanimously approved the use of medical marijuana in patients’ rooms. “By law we are here to help to maintain and promote and heal patients. So in the process, if at one point marijuana has to be used, we should be there for the patient,” Read the full article…

Rand Paul, Cory Booker Join Forces to Protect Medical Marijuana From Feds

major medical marijuana bill expected on Tuesday

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Three senators proposed amendments Wednesday to ban the Justice Department from spending money to combat medical marijuana in states that allow it. Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., are sponsoring an amendment to broadly ban action against state medical marijuana laws. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., is sponsoring an amendment that would specifically Read the full article…

Budding Recreational Pot Industry Sparks Innovation And Investment

A flock of gung-ho investors who’ve traveled to a hotel north of Boston to hear product pitches in an industry that, until recently, was strictly illicit.

WASHINGTON: Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado and Washington state, and though it’s still illegal under federal law, more states are considering the move, setting the stage for a potential gold rush that could conceivably rival the repeal of prohibition. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to entrepreneurs looking to cash in on the cannabis industry. LESLIE Read the full article…

Oregon Legalization Drive Says It Has Enough Signatures To Put Marijuana On Ballot

If the trend toward legalization spreads to all 50 states, marijuana could become larger than the organic food industry.

OREGON:  New Approach Oregon reports this morning that it has gathered more than 100,000 signatures, and says… That’s more than the minimum required to qualify a measure for the (November 2014) ballot that would tax, legalize and regulate marijuana use in Oregon. To qualify, the campaign needs to turn in 87,213 valid signatures to the Oregon Read the full article…

Now Appearing: Hemp, For First Time In Decades

Currently 12 states have legislation on the books that would allow cultivation of hemp as laid out in the recent Farm Bill.

COLORADO:  Proponents of industrial hemp say it’s one of the most misunderstood plants in the world. It’s related to its far more controversial cousin, marijuana, but lacks the THC that gives marijuana its psychedelic properties. The first federal law mentioning hemp came in 1937. Congress discouraged the high THC varieties of cannabis, like marijuana, while exempting farmers who Read the full article…

Potshots Over Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment

MMJ Amendment in Florida receives backing from both sides.

FLORIDA:  The gloves are off in the Amendment 2 battle to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. The main pro-amendment group pleads for money for a final push while anti-amendment groups that have stayed largely in the shadows have come out swinging. Rhetoric is ramping up as each side takes potshots at the other’s credibility. The Read the full article…

Oklahoma State Senator Quotes Genesis 1:29 To Seek Marijuana Legalization – Does God Prefer Edibles?

"We're putting forth Genesis 1:29 as the basis of this campaign," KFOR.com quoted Sen. Johnson, a Democrat, as telling supporters at the State Capitol on Friday after filing the petition with the office of the Oklahoma secretary of state.

OKLAHOMA: “Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” Anugrah Kumar, of the Christian Post brings us the story that Oklahoma Senator Quotes Genesis 1:29 to Seek Marijuana Legalization, by means of a statewide Read the full article…

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…