Canada Union Head Calls For Marijuana Sales Through LCBO

OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas says the Ontario liquor stores are already well-equipped to handle marijuana sales responsibly and safely.

CANADA:  Marijuana should be sold in LCBO stores if Ottawa goes ahead with plans to legalize the drug, according to the head of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas says the Ontario liquor stores are already well-equipped to handle marijuana sales responsibly and safely. “There would not be any need Read the full article…

Voices: Oregon Legalizes Pot, And Nobody Cares

OLCC protects privacy of retail transactions.

OREGON: What if we legalized marijuana and no one really cared? That’s the overwhelming feeling I get standing inside Zion Cannabis in downtown Portland as customers buy marijuana from the friendly staff  five days after legalized marijuana legislation went into effect Oct. 1. No muss, no fuss. Oregon is the third American state to legalize recreational Read the full article…

Portland Projects 480 New Marijuana Businesses, $1.4 Million In Revenue From City Fees

Excited customers lined up outside dispensaries in Portland, waiting for the clock to strike midnight.

OREGON: Portland wants to charge retail marijuana stores up to $3,750 to open their doors, fees city officials say will help recoup costs associated with regulating the industry. With $890,000 in estimated annual expenses, the hefty fees proposed on marijuana businesses are meant to offset the city’s costs, officials said. So how many marijuana stores, processors, wholesalers and Read the full article…

LA Times Editorial Gov. Brown, sign the medical marijuana bills

http://mjnewsnetwork.com/?s=Jerry+Brown

CALIFORNIA: Nearly 20 years after voters legalized medical marijuana, California lawmakers have finally passed legislation to regulate the growth and distribution of cannabis for patients’ use. In the final hours of their session last week, legislators passed three bills that together establish a system to license, test and track medical marijuana from “seed to sale.” Gov. Read the full article…

Teen Marijuana Use Not Linked To Later Depression, Lung Cancer, Other Health Problems, Study Finds

While the rate of monthly teen marijuana use did tick upward in those states, the change wasn't statistically significant, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University tracked 408 males from adolescence Read the full article…

Feds Should Legalize Hemp Farming, Too

Should an enterprising Connecticut farmer legally plant a field of industrial hemp, federal agents could swoop in and pull up the (harmless) plants.

CONNECTICUT:  Federal authorities are way behind the bush on dealing with hemp, but an increasing number of states, now including Connecticut, have it right. The General Assembly passed a bill this spring that legalizes industrial hemp. Hemp can now be grown, used and sold here. This is good news, because hemp is a remarkably versatile Read the full article…

In Ohio 2nd Marijuana Legalization Issue Gets OK From Ballot Board

cannabis has many medical benefits

OHIO: Another effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio is proceeding toward the ballot. The proposed constitutional amendment backed by Better for Ohio would legalize both medical and recreational marijuana and set guidelines for cultivation, sale and use. The spokesman for the state’s elections chief says the Ohio Ballot Board decided Thursday that the amendment contains Read the full article…

Legalizing marijuana: What Oregon Can Learn From Colorado About Regulating Edible Pot

"You're telling these people, 'Here is a Reese's peanut butter (cup) look-alike. It's got 100 milligrams of THC in it. Cut it into 10 pieces,'" said Meg Collins, an executive at Good Chemistry, a Denver-based chain of marijuana shops.

COLORADO: For all the care Colorado took in launching its regulated marijuana industry last year, it turns out the state misjudged the willpower of the typical American when it comes to chocolate. Colorado early on established a single serving of marijuana as 10 milligrams of THC, but left it to giddy and often novice consumers of Read the full article…

For Marijuana, A Second Wave Of Votes To Legalize

Legalization is not about independent people smoking marijuana in their homes, but a commercialization and industrialization of an industry.

OREGON:  Two years after voters in Colorado and Washington State broke the ice as the first states to legalize sales of recreational marijuana to adults, residents of Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., will vote next week on ballot measures patterned on those of the two pioneers. People on both sides of the issue say these initiatives could determine whether Read the full article…

Campaign To Legalize Marijuana In D.C. Selects New Slogans For November Vote

This set-up renders the district especially vulnerable to the whims of national politicians, some of whom—historically, at least—have prioritized partisan interests over D.C.’s right to self-determination.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The campaign to legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital has settled on its slogans for D.C. voters. The two lines were not tested with focus groups or polled for impact, but campaign chairman Adam Eidinger said he is confident that organizers have nailed it. The simple message that voters will continue to see on Read the full article…