GENERAL ASSEMBLY: House Votes To Allow Growing Of Industrial Hemp

VIRGINIA:  The House of Delegates on Tuesday passed legislation that would allow industrial hemp to be grown in Virginia. The measure now moves to the state Senate, where a similar proposal is pending. Delegate Joseph R. Yost, R-Giles, the measure’s sponsor, on Monday had touted the economic advantages that industrial hemp would provide for the Read the full article…

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Shot Down By Panel

VIRGINIA:  The Senate Courts of Justice Committee on Wednesday killed a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The committee voted 9-5 to “pass by indefinitely,” meaning Senate Bill 686, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, is dead for this legislative session. All of the Republicans on the panel voted in favor of that Read the full article…

Virginia Marijuana Bill Dies In Senate Committee

VIRGINIA:  Each side got a mere five minutes to make its case, but a Northern Virginia lawmaker got what he wanted Wednesday – a discussion about marijuana in the General Assembly. Afterward, as was expected, a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults died in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. Five Democrats Read the full article…

Virginia Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana

VIRGINIA: A Northern Virginia lawmaker is bringing the debate over marijuana to the Virginia Senate. A bill sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana for adults. Ebbin and supporters held a news conference in the Capitol on Thursday to highlight the issue, which he said is headed for a debate in Read the full article…

Husband And Wife Each Running For Congress In Virginia

VIRGINIA:  Dr. Ken and Elaine Hildebrandt made Virginia history this year as the first husband and wife on the ballots for Congress. Ken is running in the 5th district, as he did in 2012, and Elaine is running in the 6th. As Chris Hurst, news anchor at WDBJ7 recently reported, “The main plank in their platform, industrial hemp.” The Read the full article…

The Medical Marijuana Fight Hits Virginia

VIRGINIA: The debate continues about whether or not to legalize medical marijuana. Not just across the country, but in Virginia as well. It’s an issue impacting many families, including one here in the Valley. Two families, both with roots in Virginia, find themselves at the center of the debate. Fighting against lawmakers and government agencies Read the full article…

The First Of Day Legal Retail Weed In Washington

By TwiceBakedinWA I was there for the opening of the first retail marijuana store in Seattle on Tuesday. Cannabis City, a little store in SoDo that sits beside a Subway and is now a major focal point of the city since it is the only place one can legally buy cannabis in the city. I Read the full article…

Big Tobacco Planned Big Marijuana Sales In The 1970s

Tobacco executives anticipated the legalization of marijuana as early as the 1970′s — and they wanted a piece of the action, according to newly discovered documents from tobacco company archives. Public health researchers scanned 80 million pages of digitized company documents for keywords such as, “marijuana,” “cannabis,” “reefer,” “weed,” “spliffs,” and “blunts.” The results, published Tuesday in the Milbank Quarterly, reveal Read the full article…