Seattle Marijuana Farmers Readying First Crop For Retail Sales

One of Colorado’s largest chains of marijuana stores on Wednesday laid off 65 employees — or about 45 percent of the company’s total workforce

WASHINGTON: Aspiring marijuana retailers will soon learn whether they’ve landed a coveted license to sell pot legally in Washington. And growers are already hard at work to make sure there’ll be plenty of product as soon as possible. At a non-descript warehouse at the foot of Seattle’s Magnolia bluff, thousands of marijuana plants in various Read the full article…

Legalize PA Brings Pittsburgh Musicians Into The War Over Marijuana

Hanger Jam: Legalize PA, which features the diverse lineup of Good Brother Earl, BEAM, Truth and Rites, Josh Verbanets and Jasiri X, was initially conceived as a benefit for the gubernatorial campaign of John Hanger.

PENNSYLVANIA:  Pittsburgh musicians enter the discussion on the legalization of marijuana Saturday at Mr. Smalls and — guess what — they’re all for it. Even if they don’t use it themselves. Hanger Jam: Legalize PA, which features the diverse lineup of Good Brother Earl, BEAM, Truth and Rites, Josh Verbanets and Jasiri X, was initially Read the full article…

Vermont House OKs Legal Marijuana Study

Trisha Conti (left), senior forensic chemist at the Vermont Crime Laboratory, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

VERMONT:  The Vermont House on Thursday passed a measure calling for a study of marijuana legalization, while a Senate committee struggled to find a standard to determine when a driver is impaired by drugs. If the Senate and Gov. Peter Shumlin agree, the legalization study would be focused mainly on the fiscal impact of regulating Read the full article…

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens: Marijuana Should Be Legal

If only our current Justices were as enlightened.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Retired Justice John Paul Stevens made some news in an interview with NPR’s Scott Simon on Thursday. Scott asked him if the federal government should legalize marijuana. “Yes,” Stevens replied. “I really think that that’s another instance of public opinion [that's] changed. And recognize that the distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages Read the full article…

Legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t increase use among adolescents, study says

A proposed constitutional amendment from the group ResponsibleOhio would allow Ohioans over 21 to use marijuana, which would be grown and sold by regulated entities operated by 10 individuals.

Parents and physicians concerned about an increase in adolescents’ marijuana use following the legalization of medical marijuana can breathe a sigh of relief. According to a new study at Rhode Island Hospital which compared 20 years worth of data from states with and without medical marijuana laws, legalizing the drug did not lead to increased Read the full article…

Proposal To Limit Prosecutions Of Marijuana Cases In Brooklyn

The policy is part of a broader push on the part of Mr. Thompson, who took office this year, to look at alternatives to court for low-level offenders

NEW YORK:  The Brooklyn district attorney’s office will stop prosecuting people arrested on charges of possessing small amounts of marijuana, according to a confidential policy proposal that the district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, sent to the New York Police Department this month. The policy is part of a broader push on the part of Mr. Read the full article…

Indiana Seeks Federal Approval For Growing Hemp

The newly legal hemp industry is entering its second growing season with some big questions for producers experimenting with marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin.

INDIANA:  Indiana‘s seed commissioner is seeking federal approval for the state’s farmers to begin growing industrial hemp under a newly passed state law. Seed Commissioner Robert Waltz said Thursday that he’s asked the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grant the state permission to allow hemp to be grown for Read the full article…

NY: 32 politicians support medical marijuana in New York

Politicians supporting MMJ.

A sizeable number of elected officials representing Long Island who responded to a recent newsday.com survey said they support legalizing the use of medical marijuana in New York. Of Long Island’s 81 local, state and federal elected officials, 32 mostly Democratic respondents said they support legalizing medical marijuana, two said they would not support such Read the full article…

Colorado policymakers fire back at Gov. Christie over pot comments

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DENVER — Few people still take New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seriously as a presidential contender, which may explain the governor’s comments Monday derisively referring to this critical swing state as a land of “head shops popping up on every corner.” During a radio appearance Monday, Christie responded emphatically to a caller who asked about Read the full article…

To Keep Business Growing, Vendors Rebrand Pot’s Stoner Image

Alison Ledden, marketing director for The Farm, a recreational marijuana store in Boulder, Colo., says some customers come in thinking they're at a specialty grocer, not a marijuana store.

COLORADO:  From the outside, Jan Cole’s recreational marijuana store in Boulder, Colo., just feels welcoming. Big glass windows let in natural light, and the walls are painted in soothing earth tones. Cole used her background in spa management to build a “warm and inviting” pot shop that puts customers at ease. In fact, the store’s Read the full article…