Marijuana industry prepares for 2014, but is Colorado ready?

Kate Panetta of Natural Remedies, left, is preparing medical marijuana for a customer at the dispensary. Denver, Colorado. August 29, 2013.

COLORADO:  In four months, adults in Colorado will be able to walk into a store, plunk down cash and leave with a drug that used to land people in prison.

Poll: Utahns support legalization of medical marijuana

57 percent of Utahns oppose legalizing marijuana for personal use but 61 percent support allowing individuals to use marijuana if their doctor has prescribed it.

UTAH: A new poll of registered voters has found that Utahns are opposed to the legalization of marijuana for recreational use but are supportive of allowing the use of cannabis for medical situations.

Federal marijuana enforcement directive cheered by legalization advocates

Obama administration is "deferring its right to challenge" marijuana legalization laws in states that permit pot and regulate the substance.

OREGON: News on Thursday that the federal government plans to ease back on some of its marijuana enforcement will provide momentum to architects of a marijuana legalization initiative in Portland, according to a supporter of legalization who is planning a get-out-the-vote barbecue in September

How to regulate pot when it's legal

Public perceptions about pot have come a long way, from the dire warnings of "Reefer Madness" to growing acceptance of medical marijuana.

CALIFORNIA: It’s becoming a cliché: The tide is turning in the debate over cannabis. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, publicly reversed his position and now supports medical cannabis.

Sirota: Applauding a former drug warrior’s contrition

Public figures like Gupta who admit their errors can end up being far more trustworthy than those who never admit to being wrong.

COLORADO: Whether it is the impeached Bill Clinton leaving office with solid approval ratings or the once-disgraced Eliot Spitzer now surging in New York City electoral polls, there is ample evidence that America forgives public figures for their transgressions. And yet, contrition is not exactly common on the public stage.

Sirota: Applauding a former drug warrior’s contrition

Public figures like Gupta who admit their errors can end up being far more trustworthy than those who never admit to being wrong.

COLORADO: Whether it is the impeached Bill Clinton leaving office with solid approval ratings or the once-disgraced Eliot Spitzer now surging in New York City electoral polls, there is ample evidence that America forgives public figures for their transgressions. And yet, contrition is not exactly common on the public stage.

Colorado Poll: Marijuana Bill Won't Bring Rocky Mountain High

Dispensaries are awaiting a Michigan Senate vote on proposed legislation that would fully legalize the type of transactions and grow operation the business needs to allow it to succeed.

COLORADO: Colorado voters support 54 – 41 percent the state’s new law legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Support is 73 – 24 percent among Democrats and 54 – 39 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 63 – 35 percent.