Major shift: CA Democrats’ Proposed Platform Plank Calls For Full Legalization Of Pot

The proposed platform change comes as 3,000 California Democrats met this weekend at a 3-day convention in Los Angeles, where they heard an appeal Saturday by California Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom on the issue.

CALIFORNIA:  With proponents arguing that it could put billions into state coffers and provide crucial jobs, California Democrats on Sunday will move to insert a plank in their party platform calling to “support the legalization, regulation and taxation of pot in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol,” the Chronicle has learned. The proposed platform Read the full article…

Major shift: CA Democrats’ Proposed Platform Plank Calls For Full Legalization Of Pot

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would back a Marijuana legalization measure “if it is the right initiative.”

CALIFORNIA:  With proponents arguing that it could put billions into state coffers and provide crucial jobs, California Democrats on Sunday will move to insert a plank in their party platform calling to “support the legalization, regulation and taxation of pot in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol,” the Chronicle has learned. The proposed platform Read the full article…

Maine Democrat Tries to Make Marijuana And NSA Wedge Issues

Bellows is relying on wedge issues to form, as she tells TIME, an “unusual coalition of support” around civil liberties, including legalizing marijuana.

MAINE:  Susan Collins is the only Republican Senator facing re-election in a state carried by Obama in 2012. Yet her Democratic challenger, Shenna Bellows, a former Maine American Civil Liberties Union director, has received little outside financial funding or national political guidance.

Jerry Brown Worries About Marijuana Legalization And ‘Potheads’

"I'd really like those two states to show us how it's going to work. The problem with anything, a certain amount is OK. But there is a tendency to go to extremes. And all of a sudden, if there's advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation?

CALIFORNIA:  Gov. Jerry Brown said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that “fiscal discipline is the fundamental predicate of a free society,” but it may help if everyone isn’t getting stoned. Expressing reservations about legalizing marijuana for recreational use, Brown said a great nation requires a more alert citizenry “than some of the potheads might be Read the full article…

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Vows Workable Medical Marijuana Program This Year

MARYLAND:  A bipartisan group of state lawmakers vowed Friday to pass legislation this year to create a workable medical marijuana program that would cover children with debilitating conditions as well as adults. Dels. Cheryl D. Glenn and Dan K. Morhaim, sponsors of two bills that would replace legislation passed last year that is widely regarded as a Read the full article…

Washington State Mayors Want Cut Of Pot Tax Revenues

WASHINGTON: Almost 100 mayors from across the state are urging state lawmakers turn over a portion of legal marijuana tax revenues to cities to pay for local law enforcement and other costs arising from the new law. In a letter sent to Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders, the mayors — including Seattle’s Ed Murray — say that Read the full article…

Former Congressman’s Unusual Dealings With Marijuana Company Detailed In Lawsuit

Delahunt is listed as a manager of Triple M Managment Company LLC, but the application does not spell out Delahunt’s share of income from the management company.

MASSACHUSETTS: A non-profit company led by former Massachusetts Congressman William D. Delahunt, which received three coveted state licenses last month for medical marijuana dispensaries, intends to give 50 percent of the company’s revenue to a management firm that is controlled by Delahunt and his business partners in the marijuana dispensary. In its license applications, Delahunt’s dispensary Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Coming To The Carolinas Next?

We found politicians – both Democrat and Republican – who say they're advocates.  We couldn't find any politician or group saying they're flat-out against oils high in CBD.

NORTH CAROLINA:  The push to legalize “Charlotte’s Web”, a strain of medical marijuana in liquid form given to children suffering from pediatric epilepsy, is increasing in both North and South Carolina. Makers of the drug say this particular strain can’t get you high.  Parents agree, and are uprooting their lives in the Carolinas to move Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Has Its Place In Pennsylvania, State Legislators Say

Caltagirone said he is in support of a law that makes medical marijuana legal

PENNSYLVANIA: When the recreational use of marijuana became legal in Colorado and Washington state in January, talk of medical marijuana reared its head and again ignited a nationwide debate about the merits of smoking pot to treat disease. Currently 20 states and Washington D.C. allow individuals to legally possess and smoke marijuana for medical reasons. Although Pennsylvania Read the full article…

Florida Republicans Soften Stand On Medical Marijuana

"The quality of his life was undermined by this intense nausea," Gaetz recalls. "Ron Mudd said to me, 'I understand that marijuana might help; can you get me some?' And I did, and it helped."

FLORIDA:  E. Ronal Mudd was a Methodist chaplain who helped open Florida’s first hospice in Jacksonville, then became a cancer patient in it. By 1984, Mudd’s final weeks were consumed with just trying to keep his food down. He asked a friend to get him some marijuana. That friend was Don Gaetz, now the Republican Read the full article…