Music Legend Nelson To Roll Out Own Brand Of Marijuana

TEXAS: Music legend Willie Nelson is jumping into the movement to commercialize marijuana and plans to roll out his own brand of cannabis that he intends to make “the best on the market.” The singer-songwriter announced in a statement Monday that Willie’s Reserve will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, two states where Read the full article…

Colorado Seeks Permission To Grow & Study Pot At State Universities

legalization of the drug here has raised questions about its health effects, questions that can only be answered by studying large amounts and different strains of marijuana.

COLORADO:  After years of trying to stamp out marijuana use on college campuses, Colorado officials are now asking the federal government to allow its state universities to grow their own pot. The reason, they say, is that the legalization of the drug here has raised questions about its health effects, questions that can only be Read the full article…

Utilities Struggle To Control Appetites In Energy-Hungry Marijuana Industry

"This has become a major issue with most of the regional utilities, now that we have legalized the recreational use of cannabis in this state. There is a huge new industry that's popping up, grow operations. They're getting as much as 200 watts per square foot of lighting power density, which is astronomical," he said. "How are they going to handle and manage this industry?"

WASHINGTON:  Kurt Nielsen is on a strange assignment, especially for a public employee. As the manager of the Lighting Design Lab, which is a spinoff of Seattle’s power company, he has been tasked with finding energy-efficient lights for the growing of marijuana. Most of the country’s legal cannabis farming, in Washington and Colorado, is happening Read the full article…

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

So, if adults in Colorado and Washington legally consume weed after work, away from the job site or the office, they must remain mindful of the drug rules at the shops and offices where they ply their trades, according to labor-law experts in both states.

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…

“Where’s The Pot Store?” Legal Weed On Sale In Southwest Washington

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By Bailey Hirschburg The most surprising thing about the opening of Vancouver, Washington’s first pot store opening was how mainstream it was. Like a totally sedate, black-Friday opening folks lined up as early as 3 a.m. the night before, eagerly awaiting the chance to catch a whiff of history. I arrived about 8:30am, and already Read the full article…

Maryland Lt. Gov. Brown Discusses Measures On Marijuana

Still, Brown underscored that he is not ready to endorse full legalization in Maryland yet. He said he is advocating a "slow-as-we-go" approach.

MARYLAND:  Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said Friday that Colorado and Washington state should be applauded for moving ahead with legalizing marijuana but he wants to learn more about what happens in those states before he would support legalizing it in Maryland. Brown, who is running in the Democratic primary for governor, talked about measures relating Read the full article…

In 2 States, Corner Cannabis Store Nears Reality

Vincent Graham, a center manager in Denver, helped Mark Paquette, a patient with a marijuana order.

COLORADO: Starting early next year, any adult with a craving or curiosity will be able to stroll into a strip mall or downtown shop in Colorado or Washington State and do what has long been forbidden: buy a zip-lock bag of legal marijuana. After landmark votes made marijuana legal for recreational consumption, users in these two states will Read the full article…

Editorial: Congress Lags Public On Marijuana Legalization

A marijuana plant grows at the River Rock marijuana growing facility in Denver.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  A Gallup poll released this week showing that 58 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana should send a clear message to Congress. It is time to talk seriously about decriminalizing marijuana on a federal level and leaving the regulation of pot to the states. The federal government already is leaning this way Read the full article…

High Marijuana Taxes Could Derail Legalization Plans

Colorado tax on marijuana has been upheld by a federal court despite claims that paying it amounts to self-incrimination violating the Fifth Amendment.

COLORADO: When Congress banned marijuana in 1937, it did so in the guise of taxation, imposing a prohibitive levy on cannabis and created criminal penalties for those who failed to pay it. Marijuana taxes also played a prominent role in what may be the beginning of the end for pot prohibition: the legalization measures that voters in Colorado and Washington approved Read the full article…