The Future of Marijuana Policy: MJNN’s Exclusive Q&A With BOTEC’s Mark Kleiman

.  If Democrats get both houses and the presidency, federal prohibition isn’t long for this world. Otherwise, state-by-state will continue.

By David Rheins It’s time for marijuana policy, and marijuana policymakers  in this country to get serious.  Over the past twenty years medical marijuana has grown wild and wide, with a patchwork of 24 different state policies, no two alike.  Adult-use marijuana has been legalized in four states, plus DC, and here too each local market Read the full article…

Don't Blame Eric Holder For Confusing Pot Policies

Colorado backs away from pot clubs

By Mark Kleiman WASHINGTON:  Federal law makes it a crime to grow, sell or possess cannabis. New state laws in Colorado and Washington state permit those activities, and officials there are issuing licenses to local companies to commit what remain federal felonies. The U.S. Department of Justice announced in August that it would give a Read the full article…

Don't Blame Eric Holder For Confusing Pot Policies

aine became the eighth state to eliminate criminal penalties specific to the adult possession and personal use of cannabis.

Language in Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act, specific to the private possession and cultivation of marijuana by adults, took effect on Monday. Maine voters narrowly passed Question 1 on Election Day.

The new law permits adults who are not participating in the state's existing medical cannabis program to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and/or the harvest from up to six mature plants.

Public use of marijuana is a civil infraction punishable by a $100 fine.

By Mark Kleiman WASHINGTON:  Federal law makes it a crime to grow, sell or possess cannabis. New state laws in Colorado and Washington state permit those activities, and officials there are issuing licenses to local companies to commit what remain federal felonies. The U.S. Department of Justice announced in August that it would give a Read the full article…

Washington’s Pot Adviser Urges Congress To Stop Commercial Marijuana, But Not Legal Marijuana

“The combination of the Controlled Substances Act and state-level legalization creates a conflict: The states are licensing individuals and firms to commit federal felonies.”

WASHINGTON: The top adviser in Washington’s effort to create a legal marijuana market was asked by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to submit his thoughts on “Conflicts Between State and Federal Marijuana Laws.”

Washington’s Pot Adviser Urges Congress To Stop Commercial Marijuana, But Not Legal Marijuana

“The combination of the Controlled Substances Act and state-level legalization creates a conflict: The states are licensing individuals and firms to commit federal felonies.”

WASHINGTON: The top adviser in Washington’s effort to create a legal marijuana market was asked by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to submit his thoughts on “Conflicts Between State and Federal Marijuana Laws.”

Amid ‘Gold Rush’ To Legal Pot Sales, Many Questions Remain

Will Amsterdam-style cannabis coffee shops be coming to a Seattle?

WASHINGTON: Calling it a “gold rush mentality,” Washington state’s top marijuana consultant predicts that thousands of people will apply for licenses to sell and produce the drug for recreational use as the state prepares to open 334 pot stores by June 1, 2014.

Marijuana expert suggests state contract with feds

Mark Kleiman advises a partnership between the federal government and the states, both of which legalized the recreational use of marijuana last fall.

COLORADO: A professor who serves as a lead consultant on implementing Washington state’s marijuana law has suggested that the U.S. Department of Justice enter into contracts with both Washington and Colorado to avoid a federal crackdown on state-licensed businesses that will sell marijuana.