Vermont Decriminalizes Marijuana Starting Monday

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VERMONT: As of Monday, Vermont will be the 17th state to decriminalize marijuana possession. A bill passed earlier this year goes into effect then. The measure, House Bill 200, was sponsored by Rep. Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington), with a tripartisan group of 38 cosponsors. It ends criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of Read the full article…

Update on Marijuana Zoning in Seattle

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SEATTLE: In the wake of the passage of I-502, the City Council is considering setting limits on where marijuana-related activity can take place in Seattle. Legislation to set zoning limits was discussed on June 24 at the Full Council, and eventually held under July 22. Four committee meetings were held to review the legislation, beginning Read the full article…

Medical marijuana referendum takes first step toward ballot

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An effort to get Florida voters to approve the use of medical marijuana, led by Orlando lawyer John Morgan, is ready for the state Supreme Court to review — a first step toward getting it in front of voters on the November 2014 ballot. Morgan said Friday he has approved final language of a proposed ballot Read the full article…

At Pa. capitol, longshot marijuana legalization bill gets NAACP support

David Scott, left, a representative of the NAACP, announces the group's support of a marijuana legalization bill introduced by state Sen. Daylin Leach, right.

PENNSYLVANIA: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People threw its support behind the measure, saying the war on drugs in America unfairly targets minorities and that there is a “staggeringly disproportionate” arrest rate compared with white drug users.

Oregon House narrowly approves bill legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries

Rich Studley of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce says businesses are in a “no-win situation.” He says employers would have to ignore marijuana use or else pay higher unemployment taxes if a fired worker collects unemployment aid.

OREGON: The state House voted 31-27 on Monday to legalize and regulate dispensaries. The bill goes next to the Senate. Under existing law, the state’s nearly 55,000 medical marijuana cardholders must grow the pot themselves or find a person to grow it for them.