New Policy Could Reduce Marijuana Possession Arrests

"Decriminalization of cannabis in five states between the years 2009 and 2014 was associated with large and immediate decreases in drug-related arrests for both youth and adults. ... The sharp drop in arrest rates suggests that implementation of these policies likely changed police behavior as intended."

NEW YORK:  Police will stop arresting people for low-level possession of marijuana and will instead simply issue a summons, sources said. The NYPD and Mayor de Blasio are prepared to initiate a change in policy that would drastically reduce the number of arrests for possession of pot, according to law-enforcement sources. The department had already Read the full article…

Pot Legalizations Push U.S. Closer To Weed Business Boom

The legalization of recreational marijuana in two more states plus the District of Columbia this week mounts pressure on the federal government to decriminalize cannabis — nudging America closer to a weed business boom.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Voter legalization of recreational marijuana in two more states plus the District of Columbia this week mounts pressure on the federal government to decriminalize cannabis — nudging America closer to a weed business boom, pot advocates and opponents agree.A federal law banning marijuana sales remains the biggest blockade to the dawn of Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization: The Rise Of A Drug From Outlaw Status To Retail Shelves

The growing strength of the movement to legalize marijuana represents a sea of change for a drug that first became prominent as a symbol of the 1960s counterculture.

OREGON:  After voters in Washington and Colorado voted to legalize marijuana in 2012, Alison Holcomb would tell pot activists it was too early to say that the rest of America was ready to accept the drug. Holcomb, an American Civil Liberties Union official who managed Washington’s legalization campaign, recalled that nearly a dozen states – Read the full article…

Boulder Takes New Look At Pot-Shop Merchandising Ban

The city reconsiders code bans to retail marijuana establishments from selling or giving away any products with their name or logo.

COLORADO:  You can buy pot in Boulder, and you can buy pot-leaf shirts. But you can’t buy shirts with the logo at any of the city’s retail marijuana shops. The city code bans retail marijuana establishments from selling or giving away any products with their name or logo. Several Boulder City Council members believe it Read the full article…

E-Cigarette Firm Eyes Emerging Cannabis Oil Market

An Oklahoma-based electronic cigarette retailer is looking to build a national franchise in the marijuana industry.

OKALAHOMA:  As more states approve the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an Oklahoma-based electronic cigarette retailer is looking to build a national franchise. Marijuana is illegal under federal drug laws. But voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., approved ballot measures Tuesday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, joining Washington state and Colorado. Read the full article…

Vermont To Hold Hearing On Marijuana Legalization

Health care leaders and entrepreneurs are competing for five licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana in New York as patients seek improved access to the drug.

VERMONT:  A public hearing is planned this week on the possible legalization of marijuana in Vermont. The Wednesday hearing will be held statewide via Vermont Interactive Television. Earlier this year the Legislature ordered the administration to study marijuana legalization. A report is due in January. The state contracted with the RAND Corporation to examine issues Read the full article…

Babies Test Positive for Marijuana From Soaps And Shampoos

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NORTH CAROLINA:  Babies TeA study done by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has shown that some commercial baby soaps can cause a false positive for marijuana in urine tests. Products such as Johnson & Johnson’s Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Baby Wash & Read the full article…

How Will Legal Marijuana Work In Rural Alaska?

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ALASKA:  Early next year, Alaskans will be able to legally buy, transport, and use small amounts of marijuana. The initiative will not be law until three months after the vote is certified, and the state has more time to come up with rules for marijuana sales. In the meantime, there are still many questions about Read the full article…

Colorado Residents Looking At Pot Tax Rebate

Colorado’s economy is improving, but much of the new money is due to tax collections exceeding the state’s revenue cap, triggering rebates under TABOR for the first time in 15 years.

COLORADO:  Last Monday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper unveiled the state’s $26.8 billion proposed budget for next fiscal year. The budget includes $167.2 million in tax rebates for Colorado taxpayers, including $30.5 million in rebates due to total state recreational pot revenue that was higher than predicted. The rebates are mandated by the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights Read the full article…

Financial District Marijuana Dispensary Pushed

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MASSACHUSETTS:  A New York-based medical marijuana chain is one step closer to opening a pot dispensary in Boston’s Financial District — and just blocks from Millennium Tower, the new $680 million luxury skyscraper going up in Downtown Crossing — after regulators yesterday gave it the green light to move to the final stage of the Read the full article…