Marijuana Offenders Could Have Records Sealed After D.C. Council Vote

Under a new proposed bill, residents who have been convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses could apply to have those criminal records sealed.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  District residents who have been convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses could apply to have those criminal records sealed under a bill granted initial approval by the D.C. Council on Tuesday. The change is being considered amid a period of great upheaval for the city’s marijuana laws, which have gone from strict prohibition Read the full article…

Exploding ‘Pot Pop’ Removed From Three Marijuana Shops

State law says Top Shelf had to quarantine any marijuana product for 72 hours to allow the opportunity for LCB officers to inspect the products for compliance.

WASHINGTON:  When Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham took delivery of 330 bottles of a brand new marijuana infused soda on September 28, they were excited to promote it to their customers. They sold ten bottles of legal sparkling pomegranate soda made by Mirth Provisions of Longview on the first day. But when employees opened up Read the full article…

Marijuana-Smoking Canadian Mountie Found Dead

After provoking a nationwide debate over his smoking marijuana in uniform, a RCMP officer has died of an apparent suicide.

CANADA:  A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer with a medical marijuana prescription for job-related stress has died of an apparent suicide after provoking a nationwide debate over his smoking in uniform. Corporal Ronald Francis died Monday afternoon, officials said Tuesday. “It appears no one else was involved in the death,” RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown Read the full article…

Marijuana Investors, Suppliers Gather For Investment Conference

"We feel there is a very close parallel between the typical Houston high net worth oil and gas investor and the cannabis investor," said organizer Doug Leighton. "Very high risks, but very high reward."

TEXAS:  Marijuana is illegal in Texas, but that didn’t stop suppliers and investors of the legal marijuana trade from coming together at the Westin Hotel in Memorial City. More than 100 people attended the two-day Marijuana Investment Conference on Oct. 5-6, the first of its kind in Texas. “We feel there is a very close Read the full article…

The Small And Scrappy Campaign That Could Legalize Marijuana In Washington, DC

The 'Yes on 71' campaign to legalize marijuana in DC has basically one person doing a bulk of the work.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  From the outside, the marijuana legalization campaign in Washington, DC, certainly doesn’t look like an effort destined for victory. Instead of full-time staff, Yes on 71 has basically one person doing a bulk of the work. Lacking a big tour bus, the campaign uses volunteers’ cars, bicycles, and a tiny orange bike-car called an Elf. The Read the full article…

Seattle’s Best Edibles 2014

Many of the products entered into the third annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup held in Washington State would have made regulators proud, as companies vying for new customers have adapted their edible items to different tastes and dosage needs.

WASHINGTON:  While Washington State continues to roll out regulations governing legal cannabis, edibles makers are getting prepared, lab testing, researching and experimenting with dosage, flavors and new ideas for fantastic infused products. Under the new regulations developed by the Liquor Control Board, infused hard candies, gummies and lollipops will not be allowed, since these could Read the full article…

Is Florida Medical Marijuana Already Legal? Debate Brews

A Jacksonville law firm is trying to convince sheriffs that Florida law has for decades allowed severely ill patients who meet certain criteria to cultivate and smoke their own pot.

FLORIDA:  A Jacksonville law firm has created a firestorm in the already heated debate about whether Floridians should allow doctors to order medical marijuana for sick patients. Lawyer Ian Christensen and his colleague Christopher Ralph contend that a constitutional change isn’t necessary because current state law allows severely ill patients to grow and consume their Read the full article…

Church Members Protest Seattle Pot Shop As Too Close For Comfort

“We’re talking to youth about how it’s not OK to smoke pot, and outside, we’ve got this shop making a statement that opposes what we’re teaching.”

WASHINGTON:  When a new retail shop started constructing its location at 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in Seattle’s Central District, the Mount Calvary Christian Center had no problem allowing the business to excavate under part of the church’s property. The primarily black church has been happy to see once rampant crime at the intersection Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Prescribing By Doctors Felt To Be Unclear

"They are being quite restrictive in who can access medical cannabis."

CANADA:  Some Canadian doctors continue to have concerns about prescribing medical marijuana after new guidelines were released for family physicians. Earlier this week, the College of Family Physicians of Canada released preliminary guidance to its 30,000 members on prescribing dried cannabis. The college said there’s no research evidence supporting use of medical marijuana for low-back pain or Read the full article…

Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Users Finding High Prices

“The problem is that for many patients, it can be difficult for them to find a doctor who is even willing to provide them medical marijuana in the first place,”

CONNECTICUT:  In October 2013, Barbara paid $150 to have a doctor certify her need for medical marijuana, plus $100 to register with the state Department of Consumer Protection. This month, she will pay another $250, without having been able to buy the legally grown cannabis until this fall. “When I first got (the registration card) last Read the full article…