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…

Colorado Edible Pot Ban Off Table, Work Continues On Limits

Work is continuing on efforts to require pot-infused food and drink to have a distinct look when they are out of the packaging.

COLORADO:  A ban on most forms of edible marijuana at Colorado dispensaries is off the table. But work is continuing on efforts to require pot-infused food and drink to have a distinct look when they are out of the packaging. The state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division plans one more meeting of a workgroup made up of Read the full article…

Missouri Council Votes Against Changes To Marijuana Ordinance

Columbia city council votes against decriminalizing the growing of marijuana.

MISSOURI:  Columbia city council members voted against changes to the city’s marijuana ordinance Monday night. Amendments proposed lowering the penalty for people in Columbia who are caught growing two or fewer marijuana plants. The new penalty would fine the person $250 for owning the plants, the same fine for having 35 grams of marijuana or Read the full article…

How Will Presidential Politics Affect 2016 Push For Pot Legalization?

"If she has to find herself running against a conservative Republican in 2016, I am fearful, from my own view here, that she is going to tack more to the middle. And the middle in this issue tends to tack more to the conservative side."

Advocates expect another major push for marijuana legalization in 2016, a strategy that is likely to force presidential candidates to take a position on the drug. Some wonder if their efforts will be tripped up if Hillary Clinton turns out to be the Democratic nominee. CNN’s Dan Merica takes a look at presidential politics and the Read the full article…

Colorado May Ban Marijuana Foods

The Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce will not endorse the latest proposed changes to the state ‘s edible marijuna regulations that call for the placement of a “THC Stop Sign” on each pot-infused package and marijuana serving.

COLORADO:  Colorado health officials want to ban many edible forms of marijuana, including brownies, cookies and most candies. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has recommended that retail marijuana edibles be limited to lozenges and tinctures. The recommendation was obtained by The Associated Press in advance of a third and possibly final workgroup Read the full article…

Uruguay’s Roll-Out Of Marijuana Experiment Faces Election Risk

Washington voters won’t be asked this fall if they want to keep changes made this spring to the state’s medical marijuana laws.

URUGUAY:  Uruguay is struggling to roll out the commercial production and sale of marijuana and its ground-breaking experiment could be dropped or watered down if an opposition candidate wins this month’s presidential election. The South American country is the world’s first to permit the cultivation, distribution and use of marijuana, aiming to wrest control of Read the full article…

Marijuana Inventory Tracker Seeds Trust In New Ventures

Banks must review state license applications for marijuana-selling clients, understand the types of products to be sold and monitor public sources for any negative information about the business.

WASHINGTON:  The business of dispensing legal marijuana is in its infancy, where it is likely to stay unless regulators, bankers and newly licensed sellers have technology in place for tracking the sales activity, compliance and the credit worthiness of the new businesses. Lately, new tools have become available that would allow banks to become more Read the full article…

WeedHire’s Third Quarter 2014 Cannabis Jobs Report Shows Increasing Demand In Government Positions

Local lawyer finds renewed passion for his practive acting as a matchmaker between cannabis-industry investors and the growers, processors and retailers who are in search of investment.

NEW JERSEY:  The findings of the Third Quarter 2014 Cannabis Jobs Report show significant demand by state governments looking to fill regulatory and other positions, including senior level positions with the Minnesota Department of Health. Annual pay for the positions typically ranges from $60,000 to $105,000. “With marijuana now legal in 23 states, the green Read the full article…

Marijuana Initiative Under Fire In Oregon

States with legal hemp cultivation and medical marijuana programs just got historic support from Congress.

OREGON:  Oregon voters recently received an anti-marijuana postcard in the mail which is covered with a lot of ostensible reasons to vote against a pending ballot measure. The No on 91 campaign seeks to inform Oregon voters to the ills of marijuana using undocumented claims and fear tactics. The shadowy organization is rumored to be Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Debate Focuses On What Is An Approved Drug, And Language Of Proposed Amendment

Opponents argue that medical marijuana isn’t needed because an FDA-controlled version is already available.

FLORIDA:  Voters will consider making Florida the 24th state and the first in the South to approve a comprehensive medical marijuana program, but opponents argue a synthetic form of marijuana already offers medical relief that’s controlled by the Food and Drug Administration. The debate over medical marijuana in Florida has raged between supporters who cast Read the full article…