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…

Proposal To Limit Prosecutions Of Marijuana Cases In Brooklyn

The policy is part of a broader push on the part of Mr. Thompson, who took office this year, to look at alternatives to court for low-level offenders

NEW YORK:  The Brooklyn district attorney’s office will stop prosecuting people arrested on charges of possessing small amounts of marijuana, according to a confidential policy proposal that the district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, sent to the New York Police Department this month. The policy is part of a broader push on the part of Mr. Read the full article…

An Ohio Newspaper Just Accidentally Ended The “Should We Legalize Marijuana?” Debate

"On behalf of the Dayton City Paper staff, we apologize, but we were unable to locate a debate writer who was able to submit a view opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Ohio at this time."

OHIO:  This is kind of awkward. While attempting to summarize the marijuana prohibition debate following full-scale legalization in Colorado and Washington, Ohio’s Dayton City Paper accidentally proved how it’s almost absurd to even call this a “debate.” One DCP staffer was supposed to argue for and one against legal marijuana. The only problem? They couldn’t find anyone who disagreed. Read the full article…

Missed Deadline Pushes Alaska Marijuana Initiatives To General Election

The switch would happen because of a constitutional rule requiring a 120-day waiting period after a legislative session before an initiative can be put to a vote. It would affect ballot questions to slow down the proposed Pebble Mine, to regulate marijuana like alcohol, and to hike the minimum wage.

ALASKA:  Because the Legislature did not meet its midnight deadline, three citizen’s initiatives are expected to be moved from the August primary to the November general election. The switch would happen because of a constitutional rule requiring a 120-day waiting period after a legislative session before an initiative can be put to a vote. It Read the full article…

Schumer Takes A Wait-And-See Approach On Medical Marijuana In New York

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NEW YORK: U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is taking a wait-and-see attitude on legalizing medical marijuana in New York state. Speaking to members of the Advance Editorial Board, he also gave good grades to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, but said that City Hall needs to keep an eye on crime rates or else de Blasio Read the full article…

Nurse Practitioners Added To List Of Those Who Can Prescribe Medical Marijuana

The amendment , which was signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage last week and goes into effect in August, will allow nurse practitioners to prescribe the medication, members of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine announced Saturday.

MAINE:  The state’s medical marijuana law, first approved by Maine voters in 1999, has been amended, and the biggest change replaces the word physician with the words “medical provider.” The amendment , which was signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage last week and goes into effect in August, will allow nurse practitioners to prescribe the medication, members Read the full article…

Colorado Legalized Marijuana Tax Revs Ahead Of Expectations: Moody’s

Moody's Investors Service, in a report released Friday, said legal sales in Colorado will reduce the size of the black market and revenue from legal sales will mean more tax payments flowing into state coffers.

COLORADO: Colorado, the first state to tax legalized recreational marijuana sales, expects to bring in an estimated $98 million in revenue this year, exceeding the state’s original expectations by 40 percent. The state began levying sales and excise taxes on recreational marijuana on January 1, 2014. Moody’s Investors Service, in a report released Friday, said legal sales Read the full article…