New Marijuana Law Side Effect: Youth Possession Now A Felony

Asotin County Prosecutor Ben Nichols says Senate Bill 5052 contains the new language.

Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Ann Rivers of La Center says the tougher penalty was designed to deter minors from trying an adult drug.

WASHINGTON: A prosecutor in southeastern Washington has charged three teens with felonies for marijuana possession, saying a new law demands the higher level of offense. The Lewiston Tribune in Idaho reports three teens ages 14, 15 and 17 have been charged in nearby Asotin County with felonies that could net them up to five years in Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Users Concerned About Drug Supply

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CANADA:  A medical marijuana user in Amherst, N.S., says he’s concerned about the supply of the drug after waiting almost a month to get a prescription filled. Sam and his wife Tanya are among the roughly 40,000 Canadians with an authorization to possess medical marijuana. Their last names are being withheld for safety reasons. Health Read the full article…

Marijuana At Airports: Colorado and Washington Adjust To New Laws

Colorado and Washington airports adjust to new marijuana laws

COLORADO:  It’s been about six months since specialty shops selling recreational marijuana began operating legally in Colorado. In July, the first batch of shops licensed to sell retail weed will open in Washington State. Both states prohibit locally-purchased pot from crossing state lines and marijuana remains illegal under the federal laws that also govern the Read the full article…

FBI Balks At Background Checks For Washington State Retail Marijuana

WASHINGTON:  The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that’s long been Read the full article…

O.PenVape: ‘Google of Marijuana’ NOT Publicly Traded

CEO Todd Mitchem told CNBC Open Vape sells its cartridges for as much as $40 a pop and that it receives about 270,000 orders a month. Mitchem also told CNBC, as they toured O.PenVape's offices, that the company grew 1600% in 2013 and he believes it will become "the Google of cannabis."

NEW YORK: Message to pot stock speculators: O.PenVape, the company featured on CNBC in a feature about the marijuana industry, is a private and not publicly traded. So if you are buying shares in a pot stock this morning, it is NOT stock in O.PenVape. On Wednesday evening, CNBC aired an hour-long feature ‘Marijuana in America: Colorado Pot Rush,’ which included interviews with a handful Read the full article…

Legal Pot Coming Soon? 50-State Marijuana Law Roundup

13 states may follow Colorado and Washington State’s lead and legalize recreational use—either at the ballot box or in state capitols. Medical marijuana is on the table in 16 states.

The march towards good sense and marijuana freedom continues apace. To give a glimpse of what’s in store for 2014, here’s a 50-state guide to legislation and ballot measures that are in the works thus far this year. By my count, 13 states may follow Colorado and Washington State’s lead and legalize recreational use—either at Read the full article…

Colorado Rep. DeGette Touts Legal Marijuana In Fundraising E-mail

A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming at the Botanacare marijuana store ahead of their grand opening on New Year’s day in Northglenn, Colorado.

COLORADO: Less than a week after the first state-sanctioned sales of marijuana began in Colorado, a U.S. lawmaker from the state is using the issue to raise money. Rep. Diana DeGette (D), who represents Colorado’s 1st district and is chief deputy whip in the House, sent an e-mail to supporters on Monday arguing that “the world didn’t Read the full article…

West Plains Warehouse Could Host Eastern Washington's First Legal Marijuana Crops

Some of Eastern Washington’s first marijuana crop might be grown and harvested in converted warehouses between a gravel pit and Spokane International Airport in a West Plains industrial park.

WASHINGTON: With more than 1,100 applications to grow legal marijuana in Washington, the state has no shortage of would-be entrepreneurs eager to jump into the new industry created by voters last year. But don’t expect the successful marijuana-growing businesses to feature aging hippies sporting tie-dyed shirts and vacant looks. Stringent state regulations for security, testing and Read the full article…

Study Looks At Marijuana Demand In Washington

The median figure they came up with, 175 metric tons, is more than twice what the state estimated before voters approved Washington's legal weed law last year. But officials have been aware since June that RAND's researchers were headed toward the higher number, and they say the new study won't require any sudden changes to the rollout of the state system.

WASHINGTON:  Figuring out how much marijuana people use has been one of the trickiest, and most important, questions facing the bureaucrats who are setting up Washington state’s new legal pot system. Underestimate demand, and marijuana fans might stick with their black market dealers. Overestimate it, and the surplus legal production could wind up being diverted Read the full article…

Study Looks At Marijuana Demand In Washington

The median figure they came up with, 175 metric tons, is more than twice what the state estimated before voters approved Washington's legal weed law last year. But officials have been aware since June that RAND's researchers were headed toward the higher number, and they say the new study won't require any sudden changes to the rollout of the state system.

WASHINGTON:  Figuring out how much marijuana people use has been one of the trickiest, and most important, questions facing the bureaucrats who are setting up Washington state’s new legal pot system. Underestimate demand, and marijuana fans might stick with their black market dealers. Overestimate it, and the surplus legal production could wind up being diverted Read the full article…