Almost 200 Applications Filed For Vancouver’s Pot Dispensary Licence

The city of Vancouver has received nearly 200 applications from illegal medical marijuana dispensaries seeking business licences.

CANADA:  The city of Vancouver has received nearly 200 applications from illegal medical marijuana dispensaries seeking business licences, setting off a process that is expected to dramatically reduce the number of such operations while making Vancouver the first jurisdiction in Canada to regulate storefront pot sales. Citing the proliferation of illegal pot shops, city council Read the full article…

Want To Reduce Illegal Immigration? End The Drug War.

Addressing drug war violence in Mexico and Central America will help curb illegal immigration into the U.S.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Several GOP presidential hopefuls have over the last few weeks offered wildly extreme and generally unrealistic proposals for deterring illegal immigration — largely spurred by Donald Trump’s grandiose plan to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, then let a few of the “good ones” back in, all while building a Read the full article…

Oregon Hemp Farmer Says Startup Going Slow

One of Oregon’s first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get the industry going.

OREGON:  One of Oregon’s first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going. Josephine County Commissioner Cheryl Walker says that fertile seed is expensive and hard to come by, because the federal government prohibits imports. Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the Read the full article…

Metro’s Top Cop Says He Wants To Keep Medical Pot Businesses Safe

Clark County's top law enforcement officer told a room full of marijuana business owners Thursday that he wants to work with them.

NEVADA:  In a state where selling pot could once net you life in prison, Clark County‘s top law enforcement officer told a room full of marijuana business owners Thursday that he wants to work with them. Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who heads the 3,200-officer Metropolitan Police Department, made light of the historic nature of his appearance at a Read the full article…

Scientists Fear Legalization Will Lead To GMO Marijuana

cannabis has many medical benefits

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  A team of researchers at Phylos Bioscience launched the Cannabis Evolution Project last year in an effort to map the genetic structure of marijuana, effectively protecting the biodiversity of cannabis from corporate interests, such as Monsanto, which might be tempted to capitalize on legal weed by securing exclusive patents on select strains. For years Read the full article…

Doctor Fights Charges He Misled Patients About Marijuana

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ILLINOIS:  Supporters of an Illinois doctor who’s in trouble for a marijuana recommendation say his case could have a chilling effect on other doctors’ participation in the state’s medical cannabis pilot program. Dr. Joseph J. Starkman, 36, faces possible suspension or revocation of his license for multiple violations of the Medical Practice Act. He is Read the full article…

Oregon Recruiting 11 Recreational Marijuana Inspectors

At the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, jobs are being created to get ready for implementing recreational marijuana policies.

OREGON:  The day when recreational marijuana will be available for purchase in Oregon is fast approaching. At the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, jobs are being created to get ready for implementing recreational marijuana policies. Some context: On Oct. 1, medical marijuana dispensaries in most areas will begin selling some kinds of marijuana products to consumers. Read the full article…

Questions Linger Around State’s Medical Marijuana Program

The New York State Department of Health continues to say medical marijuana will be available to patients by this coming January, but families and advocates aren't so sure.

NEW YORK:  The New York State Department of Health continues to say medical marijuana will be available to patients by this coming January, but families and advocates aren’t so sure. Christine Emerson has been fighting for the medicine for her daughter Julia. “It takes 3 months to grow and harvest the plants,” Emerson said. “So Read the full article…

Say ‘Hi’ To Buddie: ResponsibleOhio’s Marijuana Mascot

Meet Buddie, the muscular, cape-wearing marijuana bud mascot of ResponsibleOhio.

OHIO:  Buddie, the muscular, cape-wearing marijuana bud mascot of ResponsibleOhio, joined the group’s bus tour to promote marijuana legalization. Buddie’s first stop was Tuesday at the University of Toledo and ResponsibleOhio insists the mascot is geared toward young adults. “Buddie is going to college campuses only to promote ‘Buddie’s 21 and Up Club’ and engage Read the full article…

Marijuana Does Not Affect Brain Volume, Study Finds

A new study suggests using marijuana does not cause changes in brain volume.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Using marijuana does not cause changes in brain volume, a new study suggests. Public health experts have cited concerns that using marijuana could be associated with structural changes in the brain. However, a new trial comparing the brains of marijuana users and non-users to their siblings reveals that marijuana use likely does not cause Read the full article…