Obama’s Nominee For A Top DOJ Slot Has Said States Should Legalize Marijuana

Weed businesses that scored licenses to grow in Illinois are looking for investors.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The Post’s Sari Horwitz reports that Obama intends to nominate Vanita Gupta, currently director of the ACLU’s Center for Justice, to lead the civil rights division of the Justice Department. Gupta also currently leads the ACLU’s National Campaign to End Mass Incarceration. Horwitz writes: Gupta, 39, who was born in the Philadelphia area to immigrant Read the full article…

Activists Rally In Favor Of Medical Cannabis Use

About 60 advocates protested the inaction of the Massachusetts government in granting patients access to medical cannabis, which was legalized in November 2012.

MASSACHUSETTS:  Massachusetts residents and activists protested outside the Department of Public Health Tuesday to rally for medical cannabis use for patients in need. About 60 advocates protested the inaction of the Massachusetts government in granting patients access to medical cannabis, which was legalized in the Commonwealth in November 2012. More than 20 dispensaries were approved Read the full article…

D.C. Marijuana Legalization Initiative Receives Endorsement Of Major Labor Organizations

An attorney appearing in court on behalf of a client was cited for possession after dropping a two ounce bag of marijuana on the floor.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Today, the Service Employees International Union, United Commercial Food Workers, and D.C.  Working Families endorsed Initiative 71, D.C.’s marijuana legalization initiative. Initiative 71, which is on the November 4th ballot, would legalize the possession of up to two ounces marijuana for adults over the age of 21, and allows individuals to grow Read the full article…

Misinformation May Have Killed Medical Marijuana

Until the House takes up medical cannabis again in 2015 patients can either cross their fingers and hope for a different result in the new year, or move somewhere else.

PENNSYLVANIA:  After all that, it seems as though medical cannabis will not be legalized in Pennsylvania this year. What began as a bill to help in the fight against ailments like childhood epilepsy, AIDS and glaucoma will likely end today the way legislation in the Pennsylvania House often does: By being ignored after a so-called Read the full article…

Anaheim Pulls Plug In Effort To Eliminate Medical Marijuana Shops That Open Illegally In City

Now under a new state law, “gray market” marijuana providers must get state retail licenses or close their doors.

CALIFORNIA:  Anaheim is literally pulling the plug on pot shops that keep popping up despite a law forbidding the businesses. Officials have used its operation of utilities to cut off water and power to dispensaries in the city that’s home to Disneyland, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday. Nine shops closed last month and eight Read the full article…

Colorado Marijuana Revenues Hit A New High

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COLORADO:  New figures from the Colorado Department of Revenue show that recreational marijuana sales continued to climb in August, the most recent month for which data are available. Recreational sales totaled approximately $34.1 million in August, up from $29.3 million the previous month. Medical marijuana also jumped sharply in August, after several months of flat or declining Read the full article…

Marijuana Bunkers Called Waste Of Canada’s Best Farmland

The state attorney general's office asks federal health and education officials for Colorado's colleges and universities to "obtain marijuana from non-federal government sources" for research purposes.

CANADA:  The province’s decision to allow heavily fortified medical marijuana production factories to be built on top of good agricultural farmland isn’t sitting well with municipal politicians. Several Lower Mainland cities wanted the new commercial pot producers that are being licensed by the federal government to be relegated to industrial land, arguing the high-security buildings Read the full article…

Denver Police Warn Trick-Or-Treaters Of Marijuana-Infused Candy

Denver police are warning that any candy not sealed in a recognizable, brand-name wrapper could be infused with marijuana.

COLORADO:  Denver police have warned parents to beware tricks rolled inside Halloween treats this year: marijuana-infused candy. The Denver police department posted a YouTube video on Monday that shows how difficult it is to tell ordinary candy apart from knock-off candy that edible marijuana manufacturers buy in bulk and spray with a hibiscus hash oil. Read the full article…

Where Marijuana Is Legalized, Decriminalized Or On The November Ballot

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DISTRICT IF COLUMBIA:  Marijuana policy is nothing if not complicated. A patchwork of laws governs its use, possession and sale. Federally, it’s illegal. But some states have decriminalized the drug, removing criminal penalties for possession of small amounts. Some have allowed its distribution and sale for medical use. And, in Washington or Colorado, you can walk Read the full article…

DC Adds A New Factor To Nation’s Debate On Legalizing Pot

This set-up renders the district especially vulnerable to the whims of national politicians, some of whom—historically, at least—have prioritized partisan interests over D.C.’s right to self-determination.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  A debate over legalizing marijuana in the nation’s capital is focusing on the outsized number of arrests of African Americans on minor drug charges. The racial justice aspect of the campaign is one of many factors making the District of Columbia’s pot legalization push different from what’s happened in Colorado, Washington state Read the full article…