Proposed Rules On University Researchers’ Hemp Cultivation May Go Too Far, Utah Lawmaker Says

Rules have been proposed to allow police complete and unrestricted access to industrial hemp seeds and plants grown on Utah university campuses for research purposes.

UTAH:  Police would have “complete and unrestricted access” to industrial hemp seeds and plants grown on Utah university campuses for research purposes under proposed rules to implement a new state law. The administrative rules, which would regulate the implementation of the Industrial Hemp Research Act, “have gone beyond any legislative intent beyond the language, the Read the full article…

MJ Freeway Announces Full Integration With Washington State LCB’s Seed-To-Sale Traceability System For Retail Marijuana Sales

WASHINGTON:  MJ Freeway®, the industry-leading cannabis business software platform, is pleased to announce its integration with the Washington State Liquor Control Board‘s traceability system. MJ Freeway serves cannabis cultivators, infused product producers and dispensaries in providing its premier business management platform built from the ground up specifically for the marijuana industry. MJ Freeway provides integration with Washington’s state system to Read the full article…

Halloween Marijuana Legalization Possible: Federal Definition On Trial

Nationwide marijuana legalization may happen without a vote needed if it is reclassified and therefore no longer considered a Schedule I drug.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Halloween 2014 may be one to remember in regards to marijuana legalization. The big question right now is if legalization (or complete Federal criminalization of the substance) will happen on Halloween. The nationwide marijuana legalization question may get an official answer once and for all – on or near Halloween. For some, Read the full article…

Ontario To Bring In Stronger Punishment For Driving Under Influence Of Drugs

Ontario plans to strengthen the punishment for driving under the influence of drugs, matching those already in place for driving under the influence of alcohol.

CANADA:  Canada’s stance on the legal use of marijuana remains somewhat ambiguous, with rules and their implementation varying on a case-by-case basis. Certain parts of the marijuana debate, most notably the legality of medical marijuana, the recreational use of pot and the hesitance of some law enforcement agencies to crack down on it, continue to Read the full article…

Marijuana Grow Ops Wreck Properties

Marijuana grow operations can cause severe damage to rental properties in the form of the extensive structural alterations.

AUSTRALIA:  In addition to incurring unwanted complications involving law enforcement, the running of marijuana grow operations by tenants can pose a plethora of hazards to the condition of rental properties as well as the health of current and subsequent occupants. One of the chief hazards to properties caused by marijuana grow operations is water damage, given that the illicit cultivation of cannabis involves Read the full article…

Seniors In Laguna Woods Village Are Craving Medical Marijuana

As seniors, who make up the most reliable voting bloc in America, see others get on board with marijuana, they may be drawn to the cause for legalization.

CALIFORNIA:  Inside Laguna Woods Village, retirees with stiff knees and failing eyesight make ready use of wellness centers and medical offices scattered throughout nearby strip malls. Residents such as Peggiann “Benji” Johnson — a breast cancer patient experiencing the side effects of chemotherapy — say one more healthcare service is needed: A marijuana dispensary. As Read the full article…

Medical-Marijuana Patients Still At Risk For DUI Conviction, Appeals Court Confirms

The Court of Appeals judges wrote in Tuesday's opinion that the "carve-out exception" does not "completely ban" the state from prosecuting people under the zero-tolerance law.

ARIZONA:  Medical-marijuana patients are still at risk for a DUI conviction simply for having trace amounts of THC in their bloodstreams, the state Court of Appeals confirmed on Tuesday. In a 3-0 ruling with disclaimers by one judge, the court upheld the conviction of a Mesa man despite an apparent exception for such prosecutions in Read the full article…

Indian River Commission Schedules Medical Marijuana Zoning Meetings

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FLORIDA:  The County Commission scheduled a pair of public meetings next month to discuss approving land use regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries in Indian River County. It’s a contingency plan county leaders want to set up in case Florida voters on Nov. 4 pass Amendment 2, which would expand the permitted use of medical marijuana Read the full article…

Washington State Sheriff Endorses Oregon Marijuana Regulation Measure

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WASHINGTON:  The Sheriff of King County, which includes the greater Seattle area, has taken the unprecedented step of endorsing a marijuana regulation measure on the ballot in the state next door. King County Sheriff John Urquhart supported Washington state’s successful 2012 initiative to regulate marijuana, and he said he supports Oregon’s Measure 91 because Washington state’s regulated Read the full article…

Woman Ousted By Church For Medicinal Marijuana Use

Texas woman says her pastor sent a letter calling on her to stop using marijuana and then the congregation revoked her membership.

TEXAS:  A Beaumont, Texas woman says she has been cast out of her church for her use of medicinal marijuana. Faith Bodle said she uses cannabis extract, an oil derived from marijuana, to treat illnesses like degenerative spine disease, congestive heart failure and arthritis. Bodle said fellow church members at Beaumont Seventh Day Adventist Church Read the full article…