PA Auditor General Recommends Regulating, Taxing Marijuana

Result would bring in revenue, create jobs, reduce corrections costs

PENNSYLVANIA: Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today Pennsylvania should strongly consider regulating and taxing marijuana to benefit from a booming industry expected to be worth $20 billion and employ more than 280,000 in the next decade. “The regulation and taxation of the marijuana train has rumbled out of the station, and it is time to Read the full article…

WA NORML Pac Lobbyist: Growing Opportunities For Cannabis Consumers

Bailey Hirschburg Lobbyist

By M. Bailey Hirschburg WASHINGTON: It’s difficult asking people to get excited about lobbyists. Who can blame them? There are enough examples of lobbyists putting personal gain and access to power ahead of public good, or striking deals on issues they barely care about just to cash a paycheck. Still, I’m excited to be a Read the full article…

2017 Outlook for Cannabis in Minnesota

2017 Outlook for MN

EXCLUSIVE TO MJNewsNetwork! By Rachelle G MINNESOTA: Often considered one of the more liberal states in the Midwest, Minnesota is fragmented —  a sea of blue centered around the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area surrounded by red rural areas. In terms of cannabis law, Minnesota is a bit ahead of other Midwest states but not by Read the full article…

2016: The Year In Review – NORML’s Top 10 Events That Shaped Marijuana Policy

NORML Top 10 Events of 2016

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, has released its list of the top 10 events that shaped marijuana policy in 2016: #1 Adult Use Marijuana Laws Win Big on Election Day Voters in eight states on Election Day decided in favor of legalizing marijuana. Voters in four states: California, Maine, Read the full article…

Massachusetts State Senators In Colorado To Study Marijuana

Marijuana Elections grow legal cannabis industry

MASSACHUSETTS: Eight state senators are flying into Colorado this week for a primer on life in a state that has already legalized marijuana, in case Massachusetts voters follow suit this November and lawmakers have to decide quickly how to respond. They’re poised to see a cultivation facility, tour a marijuana dispensary, and pepper top state, municipal, Read the full article…

Canada To Become First G7 Nation To Legalize Marijuana

Canada will next year become the first country in the G7 bloc of leading economies to legalize marijuana

CANADA: Canada will next year become the first country in the G7 bloc of leading economies to legalize marijuana, the government said Friday in a speech by the governor general. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had promised the move during the recent election campaign that swept his Liberals to power, after two previous administrations failed to follow Read the full article…

Connecticut Cops Told To Prepare For Legal Recreational Marijuana

Bridgeport police Chief Joseph Gaudett said he has “a feeling” that the state is heading toward full recreational use of marijuana for adults.

CONNECTICUT: — Robert Ticer is no fan of legalized recreational marijuana. And the Avon, Colo., police chief said Thursday that more pot in Connecticut’s future would increase challenges for cops on this state’s roads. “It’s mind-boggling,” he said of marijuana’s spread through Colorado, speaking at the Webster Bank Arena as part of a traffic safety summit. “It’s crazy.” Full legalization Read the full article…

The DEA Has Failed To Eradicate Marijuana. Some Members Of Congress Want It To Stop Trying.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Drug Enforcement Administration is not having a great year. The chief of the agency stepped down in April under a cloud of scandal. The acting administrator since then has courted ridicule for saying pot is “probably not” as dangerous as heroin, and more recently he provoked 100,000 petition-signers and seven members of Congress to call for his Read the full article…

Banking On The Marijuana Industry?

MARIJUANA AND MONEY

OREGON: It is legal to sell marijuana in 23 states. But pot businesses can’t deposit their money in banks because of federal banking laws. While the dilemma has been a back-burner issue in Congress for several years, a solution may be in the works. A provision in the upcoming financial services spending bill would prevent Read the full article…

Advocacy Groups Organize State Wide to Legalize Medical Cannabis in Tennessee

We are here to exercise the will of the vast majority of Tennesseans who approve of providing ill patients safe access to medical cannabis.”

TENNESSEE: As legal reform of cannabis laws continue to progress at a fever pitch nationally and in countries such as Canada, where the newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just last week ordered his Justice Minister to begin proceedings to fully legalize cannabis, reform in southern states has taken a much slower pace until now. Read the full article…