Marijuana industry prepares for 2014, but is Colorado ready?

Kate Panetta of Natural Remedies, left, is preparing medical marijuana for a customer at the dispensary. Denver, Colorado. August 29, 2013.

COLORADO:  In four months, adults in Colorado will be able to walk into a store, plunk down cash and leave with a drug that used to land people in prison.

Effort to Defelonize Drug Possession Launches in Washington

Under this new proposal, the possession of a controlled substance – when not intended for distribution – would be reduced from a felony charge, to a misdemeanor (carrying a maximum sentence of 90 days, rather than 5 years).

WASHINGTON: The nonprofit organization Sensible Washington announced today that they will be moving forward with new legislation designed to defelonize drug possession in the State of Washington. The group plans to have the proposal filed in the upcoming legislative session.

Reefer Sadness: You can smoke it, but you can't buy it

Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver City Council don't want to even smell marijuana.

WASHINGTON: Colorado and Washington state have both legalized the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana — but while a majority of voters supported the change at the polls last year, there is currently no outright legal way to buy non-medical marijuana.

Colorado Poll: Marijuana Bill Won't Bring Rocky Mountain High

Dispensaries are awaiting a Michigan Senate vote on proposed legislation that would fully legalize the type of transactions and grow operation the business needs to allow it to succeed.

COLORADO: Colorado voters support 54 – 41 percent the state’s new law legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Support is 73 – 24 percent among Democrats and 54 – 39 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 63 – 35 percent. 

Colorado Poll: Marijuana Bill Won't Bring Rocky Mountain High

Lawmakers think they have at least a partial solution to cities banning marijuana businesses: paying the locals to let licensed weed come to town.

COLORADO: Colorado voters support 54 – 41 percent the state’s new law legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Support is 73 – 24 percent among Democrats and 54 – 39 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 63 – 35 percent. 

Marijuana Legalization by State in the U.S. & More on TakePart Live with Jacob Soboroff

1.) States with legal medical marijuana
2.) States with decriminalized marijuana possession laws
3.) States with both medical and decriminalization laws
4.) States with legalized marijuana

CALIFORNIA: Diane Goldstein of Cops Say Legalize Drugs gives Jacob Soboroff, Cara Santa Maria, Zach Selwyn and Stephen Gutwillig of D.P.A. a law enforcement perspective on marijuana legalization.