As Washington State Begins Selling Legal Cannabis, Is Pot Nation On The Way?

Despite a shift toward public acceptance of medical marijuana use, only 24 states and the District of Columbia have made it legal. Legislation has been proposed in another 18 states, but not all have followed suit, with Idaho passing legislation reaffirming its stand against the legalization of marijuana altogether.

WASHINGTON:  Sales of recreational marijuana begin today in Washington state, bringing to two the number of states where adults are allowed to legally buy pot whether or not they have a medical condition (real or feigned) for which it might be helpful. The experience of Washington and Colorado is going to accelerate the acceptance of legalization, and Read the full article…

Marijuana Study Backed By Feds Delayed After Researcher’s Firing

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ARIZONA: As legal marijuana expands in the USA, with recreational sales starting Tuesday in Washington state, a first-of-its-kind pot study approved by the federal government is hitting a snag. A researcher who received federal approval to study medical marijuana’s effects on veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome was terminated from her university position, further delaying the long-awaited Read the full article…

Denver Post Weed Critics Smoke And Tell

"You are also going to have visual cues from marijuana whether it's dense, or does it tend to grow a little bit longer, different colors, all those things help you make that full diagnosis," Browne said.

COLORADO:  Jake Browne is a paid pot critic. Just as a wine critic can tell a Cabernet from a Merlot by sniffing, he can do the same with marijuana, reports CBS News’ Barry Petersen. “You are also going to have visual cues from marijuana whether it’s dense, or does it tend to grow a little Read the full article…

D.C. Marijuana Petition: What It Means

Oklahoma judge dismissed 30 drug cases in a single day because employees of a private company helped arrest the defendants.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  They needed 22,000 signatures. Instead, they got more than 55,000. The D.C. Cannabis Campaign says it’s collected twice as many signatures required to get a marijuana legalization bill on the ballot this November. The initiative would take efforts a step further than just decriminalizing marijuana — it would legalize it.  

Legal Marijuana Sales: Washington Issues First Pot Shop Licenses

Washington issued the first pot shop licenses overnight.

WASHINGTON:  Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses on Monday with a middle-of-the-night email alerting bleary-eyed pot-shop proprietors that they’ll finally be able to open for business. “We’re pretty stoked,” said John Evich, an investor in Bellingham’s Top Shelf Cannabis, in a 2:30 a.m. Pacific time interview with The Associated Press. “We haven’t had Read the full article…

Still-Divided Washington Readies For Start Of Recreational Marijuana Sales

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WASHINGTON: John Larson, a recently retired high school science and math teacher, hopes to be in the first wave of legal recreational marijuana salespeople opening shop here in Washington State this week. Mr. Larson, 67, who was talked into the venture by his children, said he had never tried marijuana, and, in fact, voted against legalizing Read the full article…

Marijuana Shortage Seen Ahead Of Washington State retail pot rollout

The industry keeps on growing

WASHINGTON:  His glass pipes are on display and final regulatory hurdles nearly cleared, but the biggest concern for Cannabis City owner James Lathrop as he opens his Seattle pot shop this week is the possibility of running out of mind-altering bud in a matter of hours. “What do you do when your shelves are empty? Read the full article…

DC Marijuana Legalization Campaign Will Submit 58,000 Signatures

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Monday at 10 a.m., the D.C. Cannabis Campaign will submit 58,000 signatures to the D.C. Board of Elections at 441 4th Street NW Suite 250,  in order to place Initiative 71 on the November ballot. The Board of Elections will have 30 days to verify that the campaign has the required 23,780 Read the full article…

Marijuana Shortage Seen Ahead Of Washington State Retail Pot Rollout

Washington's marijuana retail rollout will encounter shortages.

WASHINGTON:  His glass pipes are on display and final regulatory hurdles nearly cleared, but the biggest concern for Cannabis City owner James Lathrop as he opens his Seattle pot shop this week is the possibility of running out of mind-altering bud in a matter of hours. “What do you do when your shelves are empty? Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Initiative Popular With Florida Seniors

As medical marijuana shops have opened, the industry has experienced a boom, hiring everyone from growers to retail workers.

FLORIDA:  As a teenager and later, as a wife and mom, Mary Greene never considered trying marijuana for any purpose. That was before she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 10 years ago. Now 57 and a grandmother, she lives in constant pain but doesn’t want to be heavily medicated, she said. Pat Suit, who’s in Read the full article…