Legal Use Of Marijuana Clashes With Job Rules

Even as 23 states allow medical or recreational marijuana, employment experts say that most businesses are keeping their drug-free policies.

COLORADO:  Brandon Coats knew he was going to fail his drug test. Paralyzed in a car crash when he was 16, he had been using medical marijuana since 2009 to relieve the painful spasms that jolted his body. But he smoked mostly at night, and said marijuana had never hurt his performance answering customer calls Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana ID Card Applications Top 2,000

If L.A. doesn't change its existing rules, all medicinal pot shops in the city's boundaries will be illegal in 2018.

ILLINOIS:  More than 2,000 people registered for Illinois medical marijuana identification cards in the first three days of applications, dwarfing the number the program’s administrators had envisioned, the state announced Friday. Authorities began taking electronic applications Tuesday from patients whose last names start with letters A through L, with those people able to register through Oct. Read the full article…

Bachman’s Owners Line Up To Grow Marijuana For Minnesota

The two companies picked by the state will have a duopoly on the state's legal supply of marijuana to those with medical needs, estimated at 5,000 to 15,000 people.

MINNESOTA:  The state of Minnesota began taking applications Friday from companies that want to become one of the state’s two certified marijuana growers. Owners of Bachman’s Inc. intend to apply, but the Minneapolis-based floral and garden center emphasized that the company itself has nothing to do with the application. It’s not clear if CEO Dale Bachman or Read the full article…

Oregon Marijuana Events Should Be Investigated By Feds, Rep. Earl Blumenauer Says

Rep. Earl Blumenauer on Friday called for a federal investigation into whether taxpayer dollars are being improperly spent on marijuana education events.

OREGON:  Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer on Friday called for a federal investigation into whether taxpayer dollars are being improperly spent on marijuana education events that he said appear to be aimed at influencing voters to oppose the November ballot measure that would legalize the drug. In a letter to White House drug czar Michael Botticelli and another top Read the full article…

Delaware Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Continues

The Colorado Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill to add marijuana businesses to the list where EBTs can't be used to withdraw cash.

DELAWARE:  A Delaware judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against a lobbyist and former aide to U.S. Sen. Tom Carper who was chosen to operate Delaware’s first medical marijuana dispensary. Vice Chancellor John Noble on Friday refused to dismiss a complaint against First State Compassion Center and Mark Lally. Former Lewes city councilman A. Read the full article…

Washington CPA: Update on 25% Marijuana Excise Tax

"If you any person in a trade or business receives a payment of $10,000 or more in any single transaction or series of transactions they are required to file a form 8300 within 15 days of receiving the cash.  Please note that a “person” includes an individual, a company, a corporation, a partnership, an association, a trust, or an estate.  You should also be aware that “cash”  includes cashier’s checks, money orders, bank drafts and traveler’s checks.

By Dean G. Guske, CPA Over the last several weeks, there has been quite a bit of discussion about how to apply the 25% excise tax to your sales. I have read a few emails that have been forwarded to me for interpretation and have had some conversations with clients about what to do. I’m Read the full article…

Marijuana Makes Honeys Higher

THC levels were noticeably higher when female rats had increased estrogen levels due to ovulation.

WASHINGTON:  According to a new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the hormonal composition of women makes them more sensitive to the effects of marijuana. Oddly, women develop a tolerance to THC much faster than men. The research project has an odd origin. Psychology professor at Washington State University, Rebecca Craft, noticed one day Read the full article…

Life In Prison For Pot And Other Travesties Of Marijuana Prohibition

Jeff Mizanskey walked out of a Missouri prison a free man on Tuesday, after spending two decades behind bars for marijuana related charges.

MISSOURI:  Now that growing and selling marijuana are legitimate businesses in Colorado and Washington, the injustice of sending people to prison for engaging in those activities is starker than ever before. This week at Reason.com, for example, Aaron Malin highlighted the case of Jeff Mizanskey, a Missouri man who has served 21 years of a life sentence Read the full article…

Washington State Patrol Showcases Tools For Identifying Drugged Drivers

While 5 nanograms per milligram is the limit for marijuana impairment through blood testing, it doesn't mean a driver under the limit isn't still impaired. It is also difficult to say how soon following consumption of marijuana a person should get behind the wheel.

WASHINGTON:  Law enforcement officers in Washington are no longer just asking drivers if they’ve been drinking when they’re pulled over, as legalized marijuana in the state adds the question, “Have you smoked anything today?” The Washington State Patrol on Wednesday brought in local drug recognition experts to explain the process for determining driver impairment during Read the full article…

MJNN Exclusive: Bush’s Drug War At 25, Part IV

As we look to the next 25 years, the public today feels that the deadly bacteria eating our nation's soul is in fact, drug war politics. We're moving from a golden age of the drug war, to an age of reform. Low level drug arrests are widely criticized, random drug testing is viewed as needlessly invasive. Marijuana legalization is increasingly popular, as are sentencing, prison, and police reforms.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part four of a four part series that Mr. Hirschburg has written for MJ News Network, as part of our Cannabis Elections 2014 coverage. By Bailey Hirschburg Part IV: “…nothing but a handful of useless chemicals…” Following the addresses, Bush received a small bump in public approval, but it dissipated in the following weeks as Read the full article…