For Pot Inc., the Rush To Cash In Is Underway

This is a time when old-guard marijuana legalizers meet a new breed of capitalist.

NEW YORK:  More than a year before the first legal dose of marijuana will be dispensed in New York, a group of entrepreneurs gathered at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square in late October to discuss strategy with an influential state lawmaker. It was the weekly meet-up of the Cannabis and Hemp Association, which Read the full article…

My Best Guess on Outcomes of Marijuana Initiatives

NORML will be holding its 2015 Legislative Fly-In in Washington, DC, on May 21 and 22

BY Keith Stroup  DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  This column is being written a couple of days prior to the November 4th election, and will be published on Monday, Nov. 3, election eve. So it only seems appropriate to offer my prognosis on the four statewide marijuana-related voter initiatives, as well as a number of municipal voter initiatives in Read the full article…

Voters To Decide Pot Issue In Michigan, Across Country

In politics, as in so many other things, the rule is: Follow the money.

MICHIGAN:  Tuesday’s election is the first in Michigan and first across the nation to reflect a widespread movement in the change of attitudes on the issue of legalizing marijuana. Residents will vote on ballot measures to significantly amend marijuana laws in four states — Alaska, California, Florida and Oregon — as well as in Washington, Read the full article…

Washington State Attorney Dresses Up As Jedi To Sue City For Banning Retail Marijuana Sales

The power of the weed is strong with this one.

WASHINGTON:  The power of the weed is strong with this one. A Washington attorney dressed as a Jedi sued the city of Clarkston for banning retail marijuana sales, according to reports. Rick Laws, wearing a white swath similar to Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars movies,” filed the motion against the city and four councilmen Read the full article…

Canada Will Tax Marijuana Just Like Tylenol

The legalized marijuana business is likely to hit $10 billion in 2015 alone.

CANADA:  Tax Court Justice Campbell Miller just ruled that marijuana will be subject to federal Goods & Services Tax (GST) like Tylenol, cough drops and other over-the-counter drugs. The ruling confirms the government’s intent to legalise, regulate and tax medical marijuana in Canada. This is an important ruling, given that recent legislative changes have created Read the full article…

Maine Marijuana Votes Foreshadow Statewide Push

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) has written a new report providing a comprehensive overview of best practices for taxing marijuana and the potential impact these taxes could have on state and local revenue.

MAINE:  Maine might soon be going to pot. Ballot questions about the legalization of marijuana in two Maine cities are a run-up to a statewide legalization drive in 2016, pro-marijuana activists say. They hope success in Tuesday’s election is a bellwether for a statewide vote to legalize the drug. Pro-pot activists are also following the Read the full article…

What Will Voters Do? Down To The Wire For Medical Marijuana

Some pollsters are convinced Amendment 2 will get more than 50 percent of the vote, but fall short of 60.

FLORIDA:  Amendment 2 is a toss-up instead of a shoo-in. The poll numbers for the measure to legalize medical marijuana have been see-sawing over the past few months, but the percentage in favor has been dropping. The latest poll Thursday showed 59 percent in favor. A poll on Wednesday showed 50 percent in favor. That’s Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Company To List On ASX

Although listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, PhytoTech will use marijuana grown in California and Uruguay to develop medical products in Israel.

AUSTRALIA:  In the United States, it is known as the dot bong boom. And although in Australia cannabis does not – yet – flow as freely, the first medical marijuana company is about to list on the Australian Securities Exchange. Perth-based PhytoTech Medical will lodge its disclosure document in late November, with the aim of Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Is On Every Ballot This Election

To date, 34 states and the District of Columbia have passed some kind of legislation recognizing the benefits of medical cannabis only 11 of these laws were passed by voter initiative and all of them have been further defined by state legislation.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  As the November 4th midterm elections approach, everyone interested in marijuana policy islooking at various voter initiatives across the country: legal adult use of marijuana in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., and a robust medical cannabis law in Florida.  But as interesting as it is to see which parts of the country will Read the full article…

Federal Marijuana Bill Would Legalize Some Cannabis Strains

Once the process is complete, she will be able to legally say to an employer, landlord or anybody else who asks that she has never been convicted or cited for any drug crime at all.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Doctors in Macon, Georgia, told Janea Cox that her daughter, Haleigh, might not live another three months. Cox had heard that a form of medical marijuana might help, but it wasn’t available in central Georgia. So a week after hearing the ominous diagnosis, she and Haleigh packed up and moved to Colorado Read the full article…