Puff, Puff, Pink Slip: Legal Weed Use Still Carries Job Risk

WASHINGTON: You’re not being paranoid: Even in Washington and Colorado, smoking a legal joint after work could still get an employee fired. The whirlwind firing-turned-rehiring of a tie-dye-bedecked marijuana buyer in Spokane last week – followed by an admission Friday by Seattle’s City Attorney that he took pot to work – only clouded chronic confusion Read the full article…

America’s Drug Companies Are Bankrolling The Crusade Against Legal Weed

As more U.S. states legalize marijuana, special interest groups that have a financial stake in the fight have been pushing back under the guise of fighting drug abuse. Last week, The Nation published an interesting look at who’s driving the fight against the legalization of marijuana. Pharmaceutical companies that make billions off painkillers and police unions are Read the full article…

DEA May Be Losing The War On Marijuana Politics

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation’s war on drugs. Lately, however, the Drug Enforcement Administration has found itself under attack in Congress as it holds its ground against marijuana legalization while the resolve of Read the full article…

College Students’ Spending on Marijuana: Survey Results

Despite the stereotype of the “broke college student”—the young adult who spends so much money on tuition and books that they’re reduced to a diet of ramen and tap water—this demographic actually has a considerable amount of spending power, and many businesses and industries have the potential to capitalize on this valuable consumer base. The Read the full article…

Arizona OKs Medical Marijuana For Patients With PTSD

ARIZONA: Thousands of Arizona veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will soon be able to obtain marijuana legally. State health director Will Humble decided Wednesday there is at least one study showing the drug can be helpful in treating the symptoms of PTSD. He said that, combined with some anecdotal evidence, provides what he needs under Read the full article…

Cuomo signs New York’s medical marijuana bill

ALBANY, N.Y. – As Gov. Andrew Cuomo sat down to ceremonially sign New York’s medical-marijuana bill into law, a 10-year-old girl stood by his side. Amanda Houser, of Suffern, New York, suffers from Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that begins in infancy and causes her to experience multiple seizures a day and adhere Read the full article…

Seattle’s Top Cop Buys Pot — Legally!

WASHINGTON: The Evergreen State became the second state in the union to allow for recreational marijuana sales to adults.  More than 200 customers waited in line, along with an equal number of press — straight, cannabis and internet — at Seattle’s Cannabis City in SODO. ACLU Attorney and I-502 author Alison Holcomb spoke, as did Read the full article…

One Spokane Marijuana Store Set To Open Today

WASHINGTON:  Three stores in north Spokane are among the 25 applicants awarded Washington’s first licenses to sell recreational marijuana, but only one expects to open today, the first day such sales are legal. The state Liquor Control Board announced the first list of store licenses it is issuing for communities across Washington on Monday. Of the Read the full article…

Tacoma Pot: Don’t Look For Marijuana On Sale Tuesday When State Allows First Legal Retail Sales

WASHINGTON:  Unless customers want to drive to Seattle or Kelso, those parties celebrating the opening day of retail marijuana sales will just have to wait. Where more than 2,000 enterprises applied with the state for a retail license, and where 334 were finally chosen – some by lottery – the State Liquor Control Board early Read the full article…

Washington’s Legal Marijuana Industry Open For Business

WASHINGTON: More than a year and a half since voters in Washington overwhelmingly voted for the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults, retail stores in the Evergreen State will finally open for business on Tuesday, July 8. Around two dozen venues around the state are expected to open their doors — a fraction of the 334 Read the full article…