What The Elections Tell Us About The Future Of Marijuana Legalization

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  While voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia passed measures in favor of legalizing pot, Florida rejected the use of medical marijuana. The various campaigns and their outcomes offer valuable insights into the politics of pot, now that 17.5 million Americans live in states that permit retail marijuana. Philip Wallach and John Read the full article…

Marijuana-Legalization Supporters See Next Battleground In California

CALIFORNIA:  After victories in Oregon; Washington, D.C.; and Alaska, marijuana-legalization supporters are setting their sights on the next battleground: California. The state is expected to play an anchor role in a push for pot legalization in the 2016 election, said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which backed this fall’s legalization campaigns. Read the full article…

Answers: How Will Oregon’s Marijuana Law Work?

OREGON:  Oregonians voted 55% to 45%Tuesday to legalize recreational sales and consumption of marijuana for people who are 21 or older. Question: When can I start smoking? Here’s what happens next: Answer: Oregonians and visitors with an interest in lighting up a joint will have to wait until at least July 1, 2015, when the Read the full article…

R.I.’s Third Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open In Warwick On Monday

RHODE ISLAND:  Following a series of fits and starts that date to 2011, the state’s third and final dispensary, Summit Medical Compassion Center, is set to open its doors on Monday to sell medical marijuana to patients registered with the state. The dispensary is a low-key facility in a commercial plaza at 380 Jefferson Blvd., Read the full article…

Cannabis industry: Enforcing contracts

TEXAS:  One of the many problems created by the conflict between federal and state marijuana law is uncertainty in the enforceability of certain contracts.  Judges can, and in cannabis cases often do, void contracts for violating federal policy. Attendees at the Marijuana Investment Conference in Houston voiced their concerns about the possibility of federal law Read the full article…

Voters Lit Up For Marijuana In The Midterms

OREGON:  “You did it! Isn’t this amazing?” Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer said to a room full of supporters in Portland on Tuesday night after being reelected. But he wasn’t celebrating his own win, he was celebrating another victory for legal pot. “You knew we could do better than the failed policy of prohibition,” Blumenauer said. Read the full article…

Washington, D.C., Voters OK Legal Pot, But Congressional Hurdles Remain

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  District of Columbia voters have overwhelmingly approved legalizing marijuana, but pot smokers in the U.S. capital still need congressional approval before they can legally light up. Washington voters passed Initiative 71, 65 percent to 28 percent on Tuesday, joining Oregon and Alaska in victories that add fuel to the pot legalization movement. Read the full article…

Amendment 2 Fails: Medical Marijuana Remains Illegal In Florida

FLORIDA:  Medical marijuana remains illegal after Amendment 2 received just 57 percent of the required 60 percent supermajority needed to pass the constitutional amendment. If the amendment had passed, Florida would have joined 23 other states and the District of Columbia in making marijuana usage for medicinal purposes legal. Amendment 2 was arguably one of the Read the full article…

Guam Votes For Medical Marijuana

GUAM:  Voters in the Pacific territory of Guam have backed legalising medical marijuana, despite opposition from governor Eddie Calvo, early results from a referendum showed Wednesday. About 56 percent of islanders were in favour of the move, according to preliminary results from the referendum held Tuesday to coincide with a scheduled gubernatorial election, which Calvo Read the full article…

South Portland Votes To Legalize Pot For Those Over 21; Lewiston Rejects Legal Pot

MAINE:  In a pair of municipal votes likely to foreshadow a statewide referendum in two years, Lewiston and South Portland residents decided at the polls Tuesday whether to legalize recreational marijuana for residents over 21 in those cities. Unofficial results from South Portland indicate voters there have supported the legalization ordinance by a healthy margin. The ordinance was enacted Read the full article…