New Gallup Poll Finds Record Support For Making Marijuana Legal In U.S. – 64%

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A new Gallup poll released Wednesday shows support for making marijuana legal in the U.S. has reached a record level of 64%, up from 60% last year and 50% in 2011. This year’s national survey shows the greatest approval for ending marijuana prohibition in the history of the study, and the first time that a majority Read the full article…

New Measure Eligible for California’s November 2016 Ballot

On June 30, 2016, the Secretary of State will certify the initiative as qualified for the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot

CALIFORNIA: Secretary of State Alex Padilla today announced that an initiative is eligible for the November 8, 2016, General Election ballot. In order to become eligible for the ballot, the initiative needed 365,880 valid petition signatures, which is equal to five percent of the total votes cast for governor in the November 2014 General Election. An Read the full article…

MILegalize Extends Deadline For Petition Signatures

“We’re really strong financially," Hank said.  "We’ve received or have pledged to us more than $500,000.”

MICHIGAN: A Lansing-based group collecting signatures to get a marijuana-legalization question on statewide ballots next year says it’s extending its petition campaign past a previous deadline of Dec. 21 that its leaders had set. “For a variety of reasons, MILegalize is extending its campaign,”  Lansing attorney Jeffrey Hank, chair of the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee, said Read the full article…

Americans Are High On Weed Approximately 288 Million Hours A Week

According to a professor of public policy, Americans spend about 15 billion hours a year high on marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  How much do Americans love weed? According to Jonathan Caulkins, a professor of public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, Americans spend about 15 billion hours a year high on marijuana. He doesn’t believe this is a good number to have arrived at. Caulkins, author of “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs To Know,” which will Read the full article…

Votes Signal Growing Support In Congress For Legalized Marijuana Protections

The House voting Wednesday to prevent the Justice Department from meddling in states that allow medicinal use of the drug signalS growing support for even broader protections of legalized pot.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Congress‘ openness toward marijuana use continues to grow, with the House voting Wednesday to prevent the Justice Department from meddling in states that allow medicinal use of the drug and signaling growing support for even broader protections of legalized pot. The chamber voted to lay off medical marijuana, 242-186, for the second year in Read the full article…

Libertarians, Green Party Oppose ResponsibleOhio’s Marijuana Legalization Plan

"There is nothing 'responsible' about ResponsibleOhio," Libertarian Party of Ohio Political Director Tricia Sprankle said in a statement. "This isn't a proposal to restore rights to Ohioans. It's a crony scheme to line the pockets of a few wealthy investors."

OHIO: ResponsibleOhio’s plan to legalize marijuana through a limited number of commercial growers is being criticized by two staunch supporters of marijuana legalization — the Green Party of Ohio and Libertarian Party of Ohio. The two groups join grassroots pro-pot groups in opposing ResponsibleOhio’s proposed constitutional amendment, which would legalize marijuana for medical and personal use but limit commercial growing to10 Read the full article…

Bill To Limit Medical Marijuana Growers Gets Strong 29-1 Vote In Oregon Senate

With the release of the latest draft of Michigan’s medical marijuana dispensary bill, sponsor Rep. Michael Callton has taken The Provisioning Centers Act in a “drastically different” direction.

OREGON:  The Oregon Senate delivered a powerful message in support of tightening regulation on medical marijuana Wednesday by voting 29-1 for a bill aimed at curbing diversions to the black market. Although the measure has drawn intense opposition among many patients and growers, lawmakers said that the success of the state’s new recreational pot market depends Read the full article…

ITEP Releases A Best Practices Guide On Taxing Marijuana At The State Level

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) has written a new report providing a comprehensive overview of best practices for taxing marijuana and the potential impact these taxes could have on state and local revenue.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  While the focus of marijuana legalization debates is rightly on the potential health and criminal justice impacts, the decision to legalize marijuana also has real implications for state and local revenue. Over the past two decades, 23 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws allowing the production and use of Read the full article…

New Quinnipiac Poll: 50 Percent Of Ohio Supports Legalization Plan

Quinnipiac, an independent Connecticut-based polling institute that regularly surveys Ohio voters, found that 52 percent support allowing possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, while 44 percent oppose.

OHIO: A campaign to legalize personal and medical marijuana use in Ohio starts with slightly more than 50 percent of the state supporting the concept, according to a poll by Quinnipiac University released on Monday. Whether those 50 percent will support the specific plan now going through the signature-gathering process is another question. Quinnipiac, an independent Read the full article…

After Losing At The Ballot Box, Marijuana Opponents Make A Hail Mary Pass To The Courts

legal experts say that plaintiffs in a series of lawsuits brought against the state of Colorado for its marijuana regulation regime face slim chances of succeeding -- if the courts agree to hear them at all.

COLORADO:  After losing at the ballot box and in the court of public opinion, marijuana opponents are turning to the federal judiciary in an attempt to halt the momentum of marijuana legalization efforts happening at the state level. But legal experts say that plaintiffs in a series of lawsuits brought against the state of Colorado for its marijuana regulation regime face slim chances Read the full article…