Delaware Group Urges State To Begin Medical Marijuana Sales

A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy in their battle to stop the expanding industry: racketeering lawsuits.

DELAWARE:  Medical marijuana advocates say the state has taken too long to implement the 2011 law that established Delaware’s program and are urging Markell to act. Much of the issue stems from the state pursuing a single pilot medical marijuana dispensary, rather than one in each county, which the law allows, said Zoe Patchell, legislative Read the full article…

PA: NORML Interviews: PA State Senator and US Congressional Candidate Daylin Leach

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NORML recently interviewed Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach regarding marijuana law reform and the role it has played in state politics and his campaign. While serving in Harrisburg, Senator Leach introduced measures to legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes. In addition to currently serving in the state Senate, Daylin Leach is also a Read the full article…

Legalize PA Brings Pittsburgh Musicians Into The War Over Marijuana

Hanger Jam: Legalize PA, which features the diverse lineup of Good Brother Earl, BEAM, Truth and Rites, Josh Verbanets and Jasiri X, was initially conceived as a benefit for the gubernatorial campaign of John Hanger.

PENNSYLVANIA:  Pittsburgh musicians enter the discussion on the legalization of marijuana Saturday at Mr. Smalls and — guess what — they’re all for it. Even if they don’t use it themselves. Hanger Jam: Legalize PA, which features the diverse lineup of Good Brother Earl, BEAM, Truth and Rites, Josh Verbanets and Jasiri X, was initially Read the full article…

Marijuana Advocates Take The Spotlight At Minnesota Capitol

“We didn’t see the medical marijuana folks having a lot of luck,” said Nathan Ness, an organizing director for the group. Nationally, NORML lobbies across the country for the legalization of marijuana.

MINNESOTA: Recreational marijuana advocates say that medical marijuana proponents have had a shot at legalization. Now it’s their turn. Backers of recreational legalization say they support the medical marijuana bill and tried to let its backers have the spotlight but grew frustrated at the lack of movement. Minnesota NORML is taking its own push more Read the full article…

Latest Pew Poll: Legalization Of Marijuana Is Inevitable

Fifty-four percent of respondents say that marijuana ought to be legal now, according to the poll. The total is the highest percentage of support ever reported by Pew and marks an increase of two percent since 2013.

Seventy-five percent of Americans believe that the personal consumption and retail sale of cannabis will eventually be legal for adults, according to national polling data released this week by the Pew Research Center. Pew pollsters have been surveying the public’s attitudes regarding marijuana legalization issue since 1973, when only 12 percent of Americans supported regulating the substance. Read the full article…

Washington Cannabis Industry Convenes This Weekend For MJBA Vendor Fair Seattle

MJBA Vendor Fair is a one stop shop for legal cannabis businesses -- literally everyone and everything you need to know to start and grow your legal cannabis business all in one place.

WASHINGTON: Washington State’s legal marijuana business community will convene this weekend in Seattle for a two-day trade show featuring more than 30 of the state’s top cannabis brands. MJBA Vendor Fair Seattle, is being produced by the Marijuana Business Association, a national industry trade group based in Seattle, whose mission is the creation of a legitimate, Read the full article…

Marijuana Backers Hit A Political Chord

“We're no longer talking about whether marijuana should be legal, [but] about when it should be legal,” St. Pierre said.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Not long ago, Allen St. Pierre couldn’t get an audience with many politicians. When he tried to send them campaign contributions, the checks were returned. His efforts to persuade the political establishment to take seriously the legalization of marijuana were met with blank stares, or worse. But now lawmakers are beating a Read the full article…

Marijuana Backers Hit A Political Chord

“We're no longer talking about whether marijuana should be legal, [but] about when it should be legal,” St. Pierre said.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Not long ago, Allen St. Pierre couldn’t get an audience with many politicians. When he tried to send them campaign contributions, the checks were returned. His efforts to persuade the political establishment to take seriously the legalization of marijuana were met with blank stares, or worse. But now lawmakers are beating a Read the full article…

Petition Aims To Put Medical Marijuana To Nebraska Vote

“It's a proposed constitutional amendment, just allowing (medical) patients the access to possess, grow and distribute amongst other patients medical marijuana,” Smith said.  A person would need a doctor's recommendation to legally possess medical marijuana.

NEBRASKA:  The state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws — is circulating a petition to put the initiative up for voter approval, said John Smith of McCook, the chapter’s executive director. “It’s a proposed constitutional amendment, just allowing (medical) patients the access to possess, grow and distribute amongst other patients Read the full article…

Tevlin: Legalizing Pot Is This Former Businessman's Passion

The incident motivated Quast to help start the Minnesota chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML), of which he is now executive director.

MINNESOTA: Randy Quast built a hugely successful trucking company, then sold it and retired at age 37. He didn’t become a political activist until police knocked in his door and arrested him. Quast had smoked marijuana “very discreetly” for years to control anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. “I would never have had the business success I Read the full article…