Cannabis Extract Bill May Run Into Constitutional Problems

UTAH:  It’s hard enough to get conservative Utah legislators to vote for any bill that may be connected with marijuana or hemp. But put on a negative constitutional note, and the challenge becomes greater. Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, has HB105, a bill that would allow Utahns to purchase a liquid extract of hemp, a grass product Read the full article…

Oklahoma SB 2116: The Legalization of Marijuana

OKLAHOMA:  Marijuana is legal in Colorado and Washington, could Oklahoma be next? Not anytime soon, says one local state senator, and he doesn’t plan on hearing a new bill proposing the legalization of marijuana in his senate subcommittee. Senate Bill 2116 would tax and regulate marijuana in Oklahoma and let people have small amounts, up Read the full article…

Bainbridge Council To Discuss Progress In Developing Permanent Regulations For Marijuana business

WASHINGTON: The state Attorney General’s Office recently stated that local governments are not required to implement Washington’s new marijuana law in their jurisdictions. But experts at the Municipal Research and Services Center say that attorney general opinions are not binding in state courts. The Bainbridge Island Planning Commission began work on developing permanent regulations for recreational Read the full article…

Antonio Cromartie: NFL Shouldn't Ban Marijuana

NEW YORK:  NFL players should be allowed to smoke marijuana if they want to, according to Antonio Cromartie. During a recent interview for an entertainment website, the Jets cornerback said the league is wasting its time by banning the drug. “They need to just let it go,” Cromartie told Thisis50.com, a site affiliated with the Read the full article…

Can Marijuana Make John Hanger Governor?

PENNSYLVANIA:  John Hanger might not be the first guy you’d think of to be the “pot candidate” in this year’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign: He’s a Penn Law grad who has held several reasonably high-profile state posts during his career. Still, it’s Hanger’s aggressive pro-legalization stance that has come to define his candidacy. He both embraces that distinction Read the full article…

Marijuana Decriminalization Advances in Washington, D.C.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The city council in Washington, D.C., took a first step toward decriminalizing marijuana in the nation’s capital amid a widening U.S. push to loosen sanctions against users of the drug. The District of Columbia council, on an 11-1 vote, gave initial approval yesterday to lowering the punishment for possession of as much as an ounce Read the full article…

Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Lead To Fewer Suicides

A team of economists’ newly published report in the American Journal of Public Health suggests states that have legalized medical marijuana may see a reduction in suicide rates in young men.  The researchers took a close look at state-level suicide data over a 17-year period, from 1990 to 2007, from the National Vital Statistics System’s mortality detail Read the full article…

Alaska Voters Could Legalize Pot This Summer

ALASKA:  Enough petition signatures have been verified to place an initiative seeking to legalize marijuana on the ballot this summer in Alaska, election officials said Tuesday. The petition has met all the thresholds necessary to appear on the Aug. 19 primary ballot, the Alaska Division of Elections said. The lieutenant governor’s office said it had Read the full article…

Former Cop Is 'Linchpin' Of Campaign To Legalize Marijuana

MARYLAND:  Not long after Neill Franklin stepped behind a lectern in Annapolis to argue for making marijuana legal, the retired law enforcement officer was fighting tears again. It happens all the time — whenever he pauses to think of the futility of the war on drugs and the lives he says have been wasted. “We’ve been at Read the full article…

Democrat Ruben Gallego Introduces Arizona Marijuana-Legalization Bill

ARIZONA: As promised, Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego has submitted a bill that would legalize marijuana possession in Arizona. Twelve other Democrats signed on to sponsor or co-sponsor the bill, House Bill 2558. Gallego, an Iraq War veteran, has said the bill would “regulate and tax marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.” His proposal doesn’t include anything Read the full article…