Rare Hearing For Marijuana Growers In Federal Court

I-502 brought major changes to cannabis in Washington, but those have come about from regulating a system that was never regulated in the first place.

CALIFORNIA:  Usually federal courts strictly enforce the nationwide laws against the Marijuana, and have rebuffed challenges to the government’s classification of the drug as one of the most dangerous narcotics. But that could change this week when a federal judge in Sacramento, in a criminal case against 7 men charged with growing Marijuana on national forest land in Read the full article…

City Bans Marijuana Related Businesses

Recreational marijuana buyers would pay a flat 37 percent pot tax, plus sales tax, under a proposal headed to the desk of Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

WASHINGTON:  The Sammamish City Council adopted an ordinance Oct. 21 that will prohibit businesses from growing, processing or selling marijuana in the city limits. The council approved the new law by a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Don Gerend providing the lone opposition. Since last December, the city had passed two temporary moratoriums to keep recreational Read the full article…

Medical Pot Dilemma: Where To Get The First Seeds?

While marijuana may not be hard to find, getting the first seeds for medical operations often involves either descending into the underground market or crossing state lines -- a violation of state and federal laws.

ILLINOIS:  As more states legalize medical marijuana, there’s one stage in the process nobody wants to talk about: the part where people still have to break the law. After growers obtain licenses, plan for security and build facilities, they then must obtain their first seeds or cuttings — while regulators turn a blind eye. “It Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization — A Step Toward Social Justice

A lawmaker on the country’s largest American Indian reservation has introduced a bill to reaffirm the tribe’s stance against legalizing marijuana.

CALIFORNIA:  Marijuana legalization advocates announced a plan last month to put an initiative to tax, control and regulate the adult consumption of marijuana on the 2016 ballot in California. As a retired police officer who spent more than 20 years on the force and who has closely watched legalization in Colorado and Washington, I’m here Read the full article…

Uruguayans Chose New President In Tight Contest

Uruguayans choose a new president Sunday in a contest that could also determine the future of the country's pioneering marijuana law.

URUGUAY:  Uruguayans were choosing a new president Sunday in a contest that could also determine the future of the country’s pioneering marijuana law. Outgoing President Jose Mujica led Uruguay through economic prosperity and gained worldwide acclaim for social reforms such as the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage. His left-leaning Broad Front coalition leads in Read the full article…

Medical marijuana: Florida Parents Fight To Help Children Suffering With Seizures

Florida’s march into the world of medical marijuana is fraught with differing opinions by legislators, medical professionals and patients.

FLORIDA:  Nicolas Peruyero was 8 years old, blind and unable to walk or talk when his mother saw a documentary about the benefits of medical marijuana and its promise to reduce seizures. For a few moments, Nancy Peruyero imagined what Nicolas’ life might be like without the relentless myoclonic seizures every day. And for the Read the full article…

Michigan Appeals Court Rules That Medical Marijuana Law Trumps Unemployment Law

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MICHIGAN:  A new ruling in a Michigan appeals court stated that if an employee gets fired only because they use medical marijuana, they still qualify for unemployment benefits. Three lower Michigan courts’ rulings were upheld: In Michigan, medical marijuana laws trump unemployment laws. In other words, if you live in Michigan and get fired because Read the full article…

Walla Walla Votes Not To Ban Marijuana

Walla Walla has been moving towards allowing pot shops, and this week, a narrow vote by City Council will allow future growing, processing, and retail sales of marijuana.

WASHINGTON:  Walla Walla had the chance to ban marijuana sales, but is going to allow it in the city. It will be the second local community to do so, with the first in Prosser. All three Tri-Cities have put permanent bans in place. Melissa and her sister have owned Tiki Teriyaki and surrounding properties on Read the full article…

Can You Guess How Much Money Legalizing Marijuana Would Save?

Even if the public's opinion of whether marijuana should be legalized varies state by state, a lot of money is spent in policing marijuana, which is listed as a schedule 1 illicit drug.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  In just a little more than two weeks, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia will become the third through fifth states (and capital in the case of D.C.) of the country to vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana sales. While an October 2013 Gallup poll showed that, for the first time Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization: Myths And Politics Debunked By Former White House Drug Spokesman Robert Weiner As Referenda Approach Election Day

Harm reduction sometimes gets confused with marijuana legalization.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Robert Weiner, former White House Drug Policy spokesman for six years and spokesman for the Housed Narcotics Committee as well, also former spokesman for the House Government Operations Committee, has defused the myths and politics about marijuana legalization as numerous state and city referenda will be held on the issue in a Read the full article…