Study: Marijuana Regulation Reduces Organized Crime Activity

NORWAY: The regulation of marijuana for medical purposes is associated in a decrease in violent crimes committed by Mexican drug trafficking organizations, according to data published in The Economic Journal. A team of researchers from Norway and the United States assessed the relationship between medical marijuana regulation and criminal activity (homicides, assaults, and robberies) in Mexican border states. Researchers reported that Read the full article…

Pittsburgh’s Proposed Marijuana Decriminalization Would Free Up Law-Enforcement Resources

PENNSYLVANIA: Most people can come up with a slew of reasons to decriminalize or even legalize marijuana: It has proven medicinal benefits; it consistently accounts for fewer deaths annually than alcohol consumption; and many believe minorities are disproportionately persecuted for its possession. But another case for decriminalizing marijuana is that it can reduce the strain on Read the full article…

Ohio Initiative Would Expunge Marijuana Crimes

OHIO:  Backers of a marijuana legalization amendment on this fall’s ballot filed petitions on Tuesday to put a separate proposed law in legislators’ laps to expunge criminal convictions for past pot offenses that would no longer be illegal. The proposed initiated statute assumes voters will approve Issue 3 on Nov. 3 to make Ohio the Read the full article…

Maryland Governor O’Malley Targets Marijuana Voters

MARYLAND: Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley is making a play for the marijuana vote. The former governor of Maryland will speak with Colorado lawmakers and business owners on Thursday about legalizing marijuana, according to his campaign. Colorado was one of the first states to legalize pot, and O’Malley plans to use the state as a case Read the full article…

Monopoly On Ohio Marijuana Market Could Be Cloudy Issue

OHIO: If the federal government ever lifts its national prohibition of marijuana, ResponsibleOhio‘s proposed monopoly on growing it in Ohio likely would go up in smoke. That’s because of the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause, which reserves the ability to control trade between states exclusively for the federal government, constitutional scholars say. Ohio can do what it Read the full article…

Hemp Homes Could Hit New High As Growing Cannabis Gets Legal

By Wendy Koch, National Geographic  The Declaration of Independence was drafted on paper made from it. Henry Ford built car parts with it. George Washington grew it. Now, as more farmers are allowed to harvest this multi-purpose plant, hemp might see a new heyday—in homes. The United States is rolling out a come-back mat for an ancient Read the full article…