Is Florida Medical Marijuana Already Legal? Debate Brews

A Jacksonville law firm is trying to convince sheriffs that Florida law has for decades allowed severely ill patients who meet certain criteria to cultivate and smoke their own pot.

FLORIDA:  A Jacksonville law firm has created a firestorm in the already heated debate about whether Floridians should allow doctors to order medical marijuana for sick patients. Lawyer Ian Christensen and his colleague Christopher Ralph contend that a constitutional change isn’t necessary because current state law allows severely ill patients to grow and consume their Read the full article…

Church Members Protest Seattle Pot Shop As Too Close For Comfort

“We’re talking to youth about how it’s not OK to smoke pot, and outside, we’ve got this shop making a statement that opposes what we’re teaching.”

WASHINGTON:  When a new retail shop started constructing its location at 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in Seattle’s Central District, the Mount Calvary Christian Center had no problem allowing the business to excavate under part of the church’s property. The primarily black church has been happy to see once rampant crime at the intersection Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Prescribing By Doctors Felt To Be Unclear

"They are being quite restrictive in who can access medical cannabis."

CANADA:  Some Canadian doctors continue to have concerns about prescribing medical marijuana after new guidelines were released for family physicians. Earlier this week, the College of Family Physicians of Canada released preliminary guidance to its 30,000 members on prescribing dried cannabis. The college said there’s no research evidence supporting use of medical marijuana for low-back pain or Read the full article…

Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Users Finding High Prices

“The problem is that for many patients, it can be difficult for them to find a doctor who is even willing to provide them medical marijuana in the first place,”

CONNECTICUT:  In October 2013, Barbara paid $150 to have a doctor certify her need for medical marijuana, plus $100 to register with the state Department of Consumer Protection. This month, she will pay another $250, without having been able to buy the legally grown cannabis until this fall. “When I first got (the registration card) last Read the full article…

Entrepreneurs Eye Emerging Marijuana Markets

As marijuana companies grow more sophisticated and profitable, they are attracting the attention of investors and corporations.

COLORADO:  When James Howler created his marijuana-infused taffy in 2009, the Colorado entrepreneur had trouble finding an accountant willing to keep the books of a company making legally fuzzy medical marijuana candy. Now, five years later, venture capitalists from New York City want to shower him with money for a stake in his Cheeba Chews Read the full article…

Marijuana Infused Edibles Warehouse Opening Soon

"You're telling these people, 'Here is a Reese's peanut butter (cup) look-alike. It's got 100 milligrams of THC in it. Cut it into 10 pieces,'" said Meg Collins, an executive at Good Chemistry, a Denver-based chain of marijuana shops.

WASHINGTON:  Nearly two years after voters in Washington state legalized marijuana, the industry continues to evolve. Next week a SODO company will begin selling marijuana infused edibles to licensed retailers in the Seattle area. The Seattle-based company Db3 Inc. passed the Liquor Control Board’s Infused Edible Operation Inspection and becomes the first company licensed to Read the full article…

Marijuana May Be Protective Against Traumatic Brain Injury

Marijuana appears to have a protective effect on the brain, which could have implications for illnesses that affect the brain.

CALIFORNIA:  Based on a survey of patients with traumatic brain injuries, a group of Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute researchers found those who tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, were more likely to survive than those who tested negative for the illicit substance. We surveyed 446 patients who were admitted to a major urban Read the full article…

Philadelphia Decriminalizes Marijuana

It makes Philadelphia the largest city in the United States to decriminalize marijuana.

PENNSYLVANIA: On Wednesday, Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in the city. The law, which downgrades possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana to a civil offense, goes into effect Oct. 20. While the new legislation does not legalize pot in the City of Brotherly Love, it reduces penalties stemming Read the full article…

Colorado’s First Legal Hemp Harvest Since 1957 Is Underway

Marijuana and hemp growers duke it out in Oregon Legislature

COLORADO:  Boosters of industrial hemp often fondly refer to the plant as a wonder crop, usable in everything from building materials to batteries to breakfast cereal. Since Colorado voters legalized both hemp and marijuana with the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012, hemp advocates have been buzzing about the state’s promise as a manufacturing hub for this dizzying array of products. Read the full article…

Pot Prices Could Come Down As Harvest Ramps Up

Marijuana retailers predict that extra supply from the sun-grown harvests will allow them to cut their prices in half sometime this fall.

WASHINGTON:  Green pastures and barbed wire surround eight grow tents. Irrigation tubes guide water through neat rows. Seasonal employees tie up branches heavy with the fall crop. In many ways, Life Gardens southeast of Ellensburg feels and functions like any farm. “It’s just another crop, other than we grow a Schedule I drug,” said owner Read the full article…