DC Adds A New Factor To Nation’s Debate On Legalizing Pot

This set-up renders the district especially vulnerable to the whims of national politicians, some of whom—historically, at least—have prioritized partisan interests over D.C.’s right to self-determination.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  A debate over legalizing marijuana in the nation’s capital is focusing on the outsized number of arrests of African Americans on minor drug charges. The racial justice aspect of the campaign is one of many factors making the District of Columbia’s pot legalization push different from what’s happened in Colorado, Washington state Read the full article…

DEA May Be Losing The War On Marijuana Politics

"For 13 of the 14 years I have worked on this issue, when the DEA came to a hearing, committee members jumped over themselves to cheerlead," said Bill Piper, a lobbyist with the Drug Policy Alliance, a pro-legalization group. "Now the lawmakers are not just asking tough questions, but also getting aggressive with their arguments."

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…

Medical Marijuana Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Medical marijuana supporters flocked to Capitol Hill on Monday to push for legislation that would prohibit the federal government from restricting state medical-marijuana laws. “We’re doing this work,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access, a pro-medical-pot group that brought 152 people to Washington to lobby 300 members of Congress. “It’s Read the full article…

High On Capitol Hill: 'I Will Always Be Able To Buy Pot From Friends Who Work On The Hill'

Members of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law addressed the Fairfax County legislative delegation this weekend.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Riding the high, so to speak, of Colorado’s legalization of the recreational use of cannabis, six members of the Northern Virginia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, spoke before the Fairfax County legislative delegation over the weekend. In the video above, you can hear murmurs in the crowd when the Read the full article…

In Oregon Pot Bill Under Discussion For 2014

Prozanski hopes his bill will help Oregon avoid the pitfalls of voter-written initiatives.

OREGON: State lawmakers are going to debate whether they should pass a bill asking voters if Oregon should legalize recreational marijuana. That’s because Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, announced plans Friday to introduce a referral bill on marijuana during the 2014 session. “We should not at this point ask the voters to pass a detailed bill without Read the full article…

In Oregon Pot Bill Under Discussion For 2014

Prozanski hopes his bill will help Oregon avoid the pitfalls of voter-written initiatives.

OREGON: State lawmakers are going to debate whether they should pass a bill asking voters if Oregon should legalize recreational marijuana. That’s because Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, announced plans Friday to introduce a referral bill on marijuana during the 2014 session. “We should not at this point ask the voters to pass a detailed bill without Read the full article…

Seattle Weed Delivery Co-Op Gets Early Jump On Retail Pot

They’re a rotating group of seven entrepreneurs who will bicycle recreational marijuana to your Capitol Hill home, no medical card required.

WASHINGTON: Meet the Raccoons, your friendly neighborhood marijuana delivery men. At least for now. They’re a rotating group of seven entrepreneurs who will bicycle recreational marijuana to your Capitol Hill home, no medical card required.

21 marijuana stores planned for Seattle, 1,000-foot rule changed

The Denver County Fair is dropping marijuana exhibits from the event — a year after some people said they were unwittingly served pot-infused chocolate in the "Pot Pavilion."

WASHINGTON: The numbers are in: Seattle is planned to have 21 legal marijuana retail locations starting in 2014. 40 additional stores could dot King County, and there will be 334 legal pot retail locations allowed statewide.