Washington State Legislators Pass Hemp Nullification Bill

Rep. Matthew Shea Gets Hemp Bill Passed in Washington State House

WASHINGTON:  State legislators in the Washington House of Representatives just voted unanimously (97:0) to approve HB1888, which effectively nullifies the federal ban on hemp within the state of Washington. State Rep. Matthew Shea (R-Spokane Valley) is the bill’s main sponsor. “This is a phenomenal bill, expanding freedom, allowing jobs to be created – a new market Read the full article…

Marijuana Farmers Unlikely To See Farm Tax Perks

Meg Sanders inspects drying marijuana at her grow house in Denver. The agriculture tax questions facing the marijuana industry are the latest wrinkle for the states flouting federal drug law and trying to establish commercial recreational pot industries. The states have settled how to tax marijuana once it's dried and ready to smoke. But they're still debating how to tax it while it's growing.

COLORADO:   Marijuana farmers and agricultural tax breaks are the next wrinkle facing the states that have legal weed as lawmakers debate how to tax the product while it’s growing. Legislatures in both Colorado and Washington are taking a look at pot farmers this session.

D.A.R.E. Curriculum Drops Pot

D.A.R.E. drops anti-pot agenda

WASHINGTON:  The students who graduated Monday from Kennewick’s D.A.R.E. program will be the last to be taught the potential dangers of marijuana. Nearly 100 fifth graders at Sunset View Elementary accepted their diplomas after the ten week course, which discourages kids from tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. But D.A.R.E. officer Mike Meyer says the national D.A.R.E. Read the full article…

Chuck Schumer: States Should Be Allowed To Legalize Marijuana

"I'd be a little cautious here at the federal level, and see the laboratories of the states, see their outcomes before we make a decision," he said.

NEW YORK:  During a Monday appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Chuck Shumer (D-N.Y.) said states should be allowed to legalize marijuana and act as “laboratories” for drug policy. Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” Schumer was asked by host Chuck Todd what he thinks about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) plan to allow some hospitals to distribute medical marijuana. Read the full article…

Chuck Schumer: States Should Be Allowed To Legalize Marijuana

NEW YORK:  During a Monday appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Chuck Shumer (D-N.Y.) said states should be allowed to legalize marijuana and act as “laboratories” for drug policy. Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” Schumer was asked by host Chuck Todd what he thinks about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) plan to allow some hospitals to distribute medical marijuana. Read the full article…

Lobby Days In Olympia

"Unity is so very important, we need to find common ground." -- Troy Stevens

By Tawnee Cowan WASHINGTON:  As the whole world watches Washington State pioneer the future of recreational marijuana laws and at the same time protect the medical cannabis laws already in existence, we return to Olympia today to continue what we have started. This morning the Committee held one more public hearing on HB 2149. At Read the full article…

Legal Marijuana Touching The Idaho Border

"We decided it was more important to do it right than to do it fast," Stephen Gutwillig, the Drug Policy Alliance's deputy executive director, said Tuesday. "We ultimately came quite close but just decided we didn't have enough of the pieces in place right now."

IDAHO:  With the recent legalization of marijuana in neighboring states, the impact is being felt in Idaho. Drug Recognition Expert Sergeant Winas, explained that, “the biggest thing is somebody that goes to one of these where its(marijuana) is legal , they buy it, they smoke it or whatever and then they come back to our Read the full article…

Marijuana Shop Not Welcome At Yakima, Washington Mall, Owner Says

with new growers entering the market, outdoor growers reaping their first major harvests and a handful of new exclusive business partnerships, representatives from both stores say the worst days are finally over.

WASHINGTON: An entrepreneur who applied with the state to open a marijuana retail store in Yakima’s Chalet Mall Shopping Center will have to find another location if he’s granted a license. The applicant never spoke to the shopping center owners about his or her intentions, according to Chalet Mall co-owner Bill Moultray, who said there’s Read the full article…

Pro-Marijuana Campaign Falls Short, But Sensible B.C. Head Says The War Isn’t Over

Dana Larsen: ‘We’ve created a lot of momentum for the next time.’

CANADA:  He admits he’s lost this pot battle, but Dana Larsen is still convinced the decriminalize-marijuana war will be won in B.C. For 90 days Larsen and his Sensible B.C. canvassers have been asking British Columbians to sign on to have B.C.’s marijuana laws put to a referendum — and more than 200,000 have done Read the full article…

Pro-Marijuana Campaign Falls Short, But Sensible B.C. Head Says The War Isn’t Over

Dana Larsen: ‘We’ve created a lot of momentum for the next time.’

CANADA:  He admits he’s lost this pot battle, but Dana Larsen is still convinced the decriminalize-marijuana war will be won in B.C. For 90 days Larsen and his Sensible B.C. canvassers have been asking British Columbians to sign on to have B.C.’s marijuana laws put to a referendum — and more than 200,000 have done Read the full article…