Cannabis 101: Residents School City’s Committee On Marijuana

Juneau city officials were given a weed education on Thursday by concerned citizens and marijuana entrepreneurs.

ALASKA:  City officials got their hands on some pot Thursday, even if just for educational purposes during a public meeting. A small group of concerned citizens headed by James and Giono Barrett, who are planning to open a marijuana business when such establishments become legal next year, wheeled a cart of plants into the City Read the full article…

With Marijuana Legalization, Green Rush Is On In D.C.

Now, from private residences where Washingtonians may grow, possess and use small amounts of the drug to shops where budding entrepreneurs plan to sell accessories for cultivating marijuana plants, marijuana will quickly become a more overt part of the capital’s culture.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  As Thursday dawns on the nation’s capital, marijuana will be a legal intoxicant, though Washington will not be Amsterdam, or even Denver. There will be no pot shops, no open-air smoking, but at least for the moment, the District — for once in its decades-long struggle for the right to govern itself Read the full article…

B.C. Patients Challenging Medical Marijuana Regime In Court

A lawyer representing four patients has launched a constitutional challenge, arguing the federal government violated patient rights when it attempted to ban home growing and instead move production to commercial operations.

CANADA:  A lawyer representing four patients has told a Federal Court judge that Canada‘s new rules governing medical marijuana are forcing them to choose between their health and their liberty. John Conroy launched a constitutional challenge on behalf of the patients, who argue the federal government violated their rights when it attempted to ban home Read the full article…

Counties Shouldn’t Be Able To Double-Tax Marijuana

Two separate bills in Colorado's legislature would allow counties to assess a special sales tax on recreational marijuana even if municipalities in those counties already have a special tax in place.

COLORADO:  Counties and cities have a right to tax their citizens to help the government pay for services — but taxpayers have a right not to be gouged. Two separate bills in Colorado’s legislature would allow counties — with approval from voters — to assess a special sales tax on recreational marijuana even if municipalities Read the full article…

American Indian Tribes To Discuss Legal Pot At Conference

Six Congressional Republicans and six Democrat co-sponsors re-introduced a bill today that would end the federal war on pot in states that had legalized it,

WASHINGTON:  American Indian tribes wrestling with whether to legalize marijuana have scheduled a national conference on the topic next month in Washington state. Organizer Robert Odawi Porter, a tribal law expert and former president of Seneca Nation in New York, says there’s been a lot of discussion among tribes since the Justice Department announced in Read the full article…

Colorado Legislators In A Dither Over Possible Marijuana Tax Refund

A state law may put some of the marijuana tax money directly into residents' pockets, causing quite a headache for lawmakers.

COLORADO:  Colorado’s marijuana experiment was designed to raise revenue for the state and its schools, but a state law may put some of the tax money directly into residents’ pockets, causing quite a headache for lawmakers. The state constitution limits how much tax money the state can take in before it has to give some Read the full article…

Bill Aims To Simplify Taxes On Pot Businesses

Washington state raked in more than $70 million in taxes during its first year of legal and regulated marijuana sales.

WASHINGTON:  At Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver, a bottle of marijuana-infused drink additive comes with three pipes. ZootDrops are supposed to be added into a beverage or consumed on their own, so why does the store’s “promotional pricing” tie their sale to pipes? Taxes. Bundling, or selling pipes and marijuana together, is a loophole that Read the full article…

Higher Education? OSU To Offer Marijuana Policy Course

Students at Oregon State University will have a chance to help shape policies related to marijuana legalization in Oregon as part of a new public policy course taught this winter.

OREGON:  Students at Oregon State University will have a chance to help shape policies related to marijuana legalization in Oregon as part of a new public policy course taught this winter on the OSU campus in Corvallis. “Marijuana Policy in the 21st Century” is a new sociology course developed by Seth Crawford, an instructor in Read the full article…

Washington State Pot Sales Top $60M

The retail marijuana industry has brought in more than $15 million in tax revenue for the state

WASHINGTON:  The Washington State Liquor Control Board said the state’s retail marijuana industry sold more than $63 million worth of pot in 2014. Sales of legal, recreational marijuana in Washington state began July 8. Brian Smith, a spokesman for the Liquor Control Board, said initially there was a limited supply that quickly drove up the price of Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana A Challenge For Legal Pot States

As states loosen marijuana laws, the consequences for noncitizens remain as strict as ever.

WASHINGTON:  A year into the nation’s experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales. In Washington, the black market has exploded since voters legalized marijuana in 2012, with scores of legally dubious medical dispensaries opening and Read the full article…