Does The Legal Marijuana Industry Have A Race Problem?

The marijuana industry is mostly saturated with white males, many of whom are not only employed by businesses but also run them.

WASHINGTON:  For decades, people of color have paid a heavy price for the war on drugs. It’s well known that minorities are arrested and jailed at disproportionate rates on marijuana-related charges. But, now that recreational weed is legal in Washington, are those same people who were once likely to be racially profiled reaping the benefits of the industry of Read the full article…

Oregon’s Hot Hash Oil Market Drives Demand For Marijuana ‘Trim’

Once considered garbage, trim has transformed into gold, fetching up to $400 a pound.

OREGON:  Cameron Yee opened a gallon-sized plastic bag of dried leaves from a popular strain of cannabis called Lemon Haze. He thrust his hand into the bag and gave the leaves a vigorous stir. As recently as a few years ago, the small leaves snipped from harvested cannabis flowers ended up in the trash. After Read the full article…

Demand Grows For New Ways To Consume Marijuana

A growing number of consumers seek a more discreet and portable marijuana experience that companies continue to develop anything from coffees to breath sprays.

WASHINGTON:  Smoking is clearly the popular way to consume marijuana, as demonstrated by the thousands of pounds of marijuana flower legally sold each week. A growing number of consumers seek a more discreet and portable experience that companies continue to develop — anything from coffees to breath sprays to candies. However, when a suspected marijuana-infused Read the full article…

Going To Pot: Will Legal Weed Hurt Medical Marijuana Users In Washington?

Almost everything about medical marijuana in Washington is about to change, as the state moves to regulate its 17-year-old medical marijuana program.

WASHINGTON:  Stephen Damgaard uses medical marijuana for nerve damage in his spine, eating a small brownie made with cannabutter each morning. The weed in the butter comes from one of Seattle’s many medical dispensaries — an untaxed and illegal medical pot shop that up until now has been tolerated by authorities. But almost everything about Read the full article…

Smyth: VPD Left To Regulate Medical Marijuana Shops Amid Uncertain Haze Of Legality

It’s police versus pot shops in the escalating battle over “medical” marijuana in Vancouver.

CANADA:  It’s police versus pot shops in the escalating battle over “medical” marijuana in Vancouver — and the cops say it’s keeping them busier than a bud grower at harvest time. Marijuana shops are sprouting like weeds all over the city. And despite claims that the stores are helping sick people by providing them with Read the full article…

Some Illinois Health Systems Say No To Medical Marijuana

Doctors seek alternatives to opioids

ILLINOIS:  Patients must have a doctor’s signature to buy medical marijuana in Illinois, but some health systems are forbidding doctors from putting pen to paper because the drug is still illegal at the federal level. Others are cautiously allowing doctors to participate in the pilot program, even conducting training sessions to make sure doctors know Read the full article…

Larry Harvey, Famed Washington Medical Marijuana Patient, Dies From Cancer

Larry Harvey, a Washington state medical marijuana patient who had faced years in prison in a high-profile federal medical marijuana case, died Thursday at age 71.

WASHINGTON:  Larry Harvey, a Washington state medical marijuana patient who had faced 10 years in prisonin a high-profile federal pot case, died Thursday at age 71, a family spokeswoman said. Harvey succumbed to pancreatic cancer in Colville, Washington, Kari Boiter, a medical marijuana activist and spokeswoman for the family, told HuffPost. Federal prosecutors dropped all charges against Harvey Read the full article…

Claims That Marijuana Smell Offensive Go Up In Smoke, Odor Ruled Nicer Than Garbage

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that the smell of marijuana is not inherently offensive.

OREGON:  The smell of marijuana is not inherently offensive, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday. The court tossed out charges against a man who was convicted of crimes after an officer inspected his home when smelling the drug. Comparing the smell of marijuana to perfume or pungent spices, the three-judge panel stated that Read the full article…

Judge Says Marijuana Dispensary Video Can Be Used In Probe Of California Police

A judge has ruled surveillance video showing the police raid of a medical marijuana dispensary in California can be used as evidence concerning the conduct of the officers involved in the operation.

CALIFORNIA:  Surveillance video showing the police raid of a medical marijuana dispensary in California can be used by investigators, a judge has ruled, curbing law enforcement’s efforts to keep the video from being entered as evidence in the probe concerning the conduct of the officers involved in the operation. Cameras inside the Sky High Collective Read the full article…

Eleven Years After Being Approved, Montana’s Medical Marijuana Industry Faces An Existential Threat

Those who remain in the state’s medical marijuana system deal in a combination of currency and uncertainty as they await the outcome of a state Supreme Court case that could cripple what’s left of the industry.

MONTANA:  Gone are the flashing green neon lights on street corners advertising $200 ounces of marijuana in Billings and Butte and beyond. Gone are the traveling cannabis caravans of doctors infamous for signing up hundreds of medical marijuana hopefuls in a single day. The vast majority of the nearly 30,000 patients and 4,900 providers that Read the full article…