Woburn, MA City Council Extends Medical Marijuana Moratorium A Year

"This (extension of the moratorium) will give us a little bit of time, but we're not going to ignore the voters."

MASSACHUSETTS: On a unanimous vote, the Woburn City Council at its recent meeting extended the moratorium on medical marijuana shops by one year, until Dec. 31, 2014. The council imposed the moratorium in February, but it was slated to expire at the end of this year. Several other communities have imposed temporary bans in the wake Read the full article…

West Plains Warehouse Could Host Eastern Washington's First Legal Marijuana Crops

Some of Eastern Washington’s first marijuana crop might be grown and harvested in converted warehouses between a gravel pit and Spokane International Airport in a West Plains industrial park.

WASHINGTON: With more than 1,100 applications to grow legal marijuana in Washington, the state has no shortage of would-be entrepreneurs eager to jump into the new industry created by voters last year. But don’t expect the successful marijuana-growing businesses to feature aging hippies sporting tie-dyed shirts and vacant looks. Stringent state regulations for security, testing and Read the full article…

Maine DHHS Denies Bid To Make Marijuana Legal For Tourette’s

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services this week denied a request by Dr. Dustin Sulak to add Tourette’s syndrome to the list of qualifying medical conditions that marijuana use is allowed to treat.

MAINE: Peter Hasty said if he couldn’t use marijuana to control severe muscular tics caused by Tourette’s syndrome, he would be confined to his home in Ellsworth. “I would not be able to go out the door,” Hasty said. “It (marijuana) has vastly improved my quality of life.” Although medical marijuana is legal in Maine, Tourette’s Read the full article…

Marijuana Businesses In Colorado Can Get Insurance, But It's Pricey

An Indian tribe in South Dakota that plans to start selling marijuana has chosen a Colorado-based company to grow and distribute the drug on the reservation.

COLORADO: Colorado’s marijuana-related businesses have to work a little harder and pay more to insure their businesses because standard carriers won’t cover them, but they are able to get the coverage they need. Standard insurance carriers like Farmers Insurance Group, State Farm Insurance and others so far aren’t covering pot businesses in the state because of the conflict between Read the full article…

Uruguay President Mujica Signs Marijuana Law

Bureaucrats now have until April 9 to write the fine print for regulating every aspect of the marijuana market, from growing to selling in a network of pharmacies.

They hope to have the whole system in place by the middle of next year. But as of Tuesday, growing pot at home is legal in Uruguay, up to six plants per family and an annual harvest of 480 grams.

URUGUAY:  A spokesman for President Jose Mujica of Uruguay says the leader has quietly signed into law the government’s plan to create a regulated, legal market for marijuana. Presidential secretary Diego Canepa told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Mujica signed the legislation Monday night. That was the last formal step for the law to Read the full article…

In Costa Rica, Candidates Tell Pot Smokers Not To Hold Their Breath On Marijuana Legalization

Costa Rica’s two leading presidential candidates have said they do not support the full legalization of marijuana in Costa Rica. Proponents of medical marijuana, however, might glean some hope from the candidates’ responses.

COSTA RICA: It looks like there will be little momentum in Costa Rica from Uruguay’s historic legalization of marijuana last week. Costa Rica’s two leading presidential candidates have said they do not support the full legalization of marijuana in Costa Rica. Proponents of medical marijuana, however, might glean some hope from the candidates’ responses. Soon after Read the full article…

Police Groups Furiously Protest Eric Holder’s Marijuana Policy Announcement

The missive was signed by the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, the National Sheriffs’ Association,
the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Narcotic Officers Associations’ Coalition, the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association and the Police Executive Research Forum.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A broad coalition of law enforcement officers who have spent the past three decades waging an increasingly militarized drug war that has failed to reduce drug use doesn’t want to give up the fight.

Eric Holder Says DOJ Will Let Washington, Colorado Marijuana Laws Go Into Effect

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will not block Washington and Colorado Marijuana legalization.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The United States government took an historic step back from its long-running drug war on Thursday, when Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado that the Department of Justice would allow the states to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use Read the full article…

The Incredible Impact of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Medical Marijuana Special

Neurosurgeon tells CNN's Piers Morgan science is on the side of marijuana

NEW YORK: A little over a week ago, Dr. Sanjay Gupta aired a one hour CNN special on medical marijuana. The impact of his special and an op-ed that he wrote for CNN - where he apologized for his past opposition to medical marijuana – has been incredible! In the run-up to Gupta’s CNN special, his op-ed made Read the full article…

The Mysterious History Of ‘Marijuana’

The House Judiciary Committee plans to move marijuana from the state’s list of controlled substances to regulated substances.

Marijuana has been intertwined with race and ethnicity in America since well before the word “marijuana” was coined. The drug, my colleague Gene Demby recently wrote, has a disturbing case of multiple personality disorder: It’s a go-to pop culture punch line. It’s the foundation of a growing recreational and medicinal industry. Yet according to the ACLU, Read the full article…