Ohio Says Not So Fast On Marijuana Reform Vote

OHIO: Parts of the so-called “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance” conflict with state law and may not be enforceable.

OHIO: Local advocates for marijuana liberalization were celebrating Wednesday, the day after their campaign to pass a local ordinance received the endorsement of the Toledo voting public. But their euphoria is tempered by realization that parts of the so-called “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance” conflict with state law and may not be enforceable. “I’m on cloud nine,” said Read the full article…

Monopoly On Ohio Marijuana Market Could Be Cloudy Issue

Ohio may be 5th state to legalize recreational marijuana today

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…

GOP Contenders Just Saying No To Fight Against Pot

Only New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and long-shot candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) support a federal crackdown on state policies legalizing cannabis, which is still classified as a Schedule I drug — the most dangerous category, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

GOP presidential candidates are by and large staying away from the debate over marijuana legalization, an issue once embraced by Republican occupants of the White House. They have stayed largely silent as support for legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana has gained public support.  Fifty-three percent of adults nationwide say marijuana should be legal, while 43 percent say the Read the full article…

Congress Passes Pro-Marijuana Amendments; End of War On Weed “Within Five Years” Predicted

In the strongest sign yet that deciders in Washington may soon be ready to undo federal marijuana prohibition, both Democrats and Republicans voted to approve three pro-cannabis budget amendments — and came very close to approving a fourth in support of recreational marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: It was cannabis Wednesday in Congress, where lawmakers gave the strongest support yet for ending the country’s laws prohibiting marijuana use. In the strongest sign yet that deciders in Washington may soon be ready to undo federal marijuana prohibition, both Democrats and Republicans voted to approve three pro-cannabis budget amendments — and came very close Read the full article…

Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana Introduced In The House

"Polls show that at least 86 percent of Americans say medical marijuana should be available," said Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, in an interview with CBS News.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A bipartisan effort to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level is now underway in both Houses of Congress, and its sponsors acknowledge they face an uphill climb to passage – but they believe the public is on their side. “Polls show that at least 86 percent of Americans say medical marijuana should Read the full article…

Marijuana Tax Up In Smoke? Don’t Worry, Feds Plot 50% Tax

We say there's zero tolerance and no administrative review. That makes someone feel pretty insecure, and that's not fair."

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Marijuana activists look to Colorado as a true leader, with legalized recreational use and tiered tax models. Coloradans and activists nationwide thought legalizing marijuana would mean huge tax revenues. Nationwide, there is a near intoxication promising money, jobs, appreciating real estate, and tax revenues that could achieve so much for so many. Naysayers worry about Read the full article…

Colorado Farmers Wonder: How To Get Hemp Seeds?

Bo Shaffer of Delta Tech talks about hemp plants with an attendee at the NoCo Hemp Expo in Windsor on April 5.

COLORADO:   Farmers in Colorado and at least 10 other states are preparing to plant, cultivate and harvest hemp legally for the first time since the crop was outlawed more than 50 years ago. As they learn about the crop’s preferences and the best methods to harvest the seeds for oil or the long stalks Read the full article…

Anti-Prohibition Committee Wants Massachusetts To Legalize Marijuana By 2016

The 8-1 vote, with Councilman Mark Kersey dissenting, sets zoning and operating restrictions for collectives.

MASSACHUSETTS: Medical marijuana dispensaries haven’t yet opened up in Massachusetts, but pot advocates are trying to keep the momentum of voter support going and are pushing for the legalization of the drug in the next three years. Bay State Repeal, a state ballot question committee dedicated to doing away with marijuana prohibition, filed the necessary paperwork Read the full article…

Senate Panel Tackles Marijuana Laws

"We must have a smarter approach to marijuana policy," Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Federal laws pose “significant obstacles” to regulation of marijuana in states where it is legal and need to be addressed, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Tuesday in a first-ever hearing aimed at reconciling rapidly changing state marijuana laws with a federal prohibition on the drug.

Senate Panel Tackles Marijuana Laws

"We must have a smarter approach to marijuana policy," Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Federal laws pose “significant obstacles” to regulation of marijuana in states where it is legal and need to be addressed, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Tuesday in a first-ever hearing aimed at reconciling rapidly changing state marijuana laws with a federal prohibition on the drug.