In The Weeds: Republicans Paul, Christie, Perry Open To Softer Pot Laws Ahead Of 2016

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Republicans eyeing the White House in 2016 are pushing their party to change its stance and accept a softening of federal marijuana laws — a dramatic shift from the GOP’s most recent contenders who railed against the drug and questioned its medicinal value.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has arguably been the most vocal on the subject, saying the federal government should leave the issue entirely to the states. Texas Gov. Rick Perry also argues that marijuana’s legal status should be a state issue, and he points to drug courts in his state that he said have helped move Texas toward decriminalization. [Read more…]

Canada Wants Weed – Medical Ganja Company Boss Says Country Would Purchase Jamaican Marijuana

JAMAICA:  Canada is willing to purchase marijuana from Jamaica, a lucrative deal that could potentially earn billions of dollars for the country on an annual basis.

Blaine Dowdle, chief executive officer of Canada-based MedCannAccess, is urging Jamaica to act quickly and seize the vast economic opportunity that could come from legalising marijuana and establishing an export market for the product.

According to Dowdle, his country is looking to engage in the potential CDN$1.2-billion medical marijuana market. However, it is very expensive to grow marijuana in Canada, and hence investors there would be more than willing to import it from Jamaica.

Noting that medical marijuana currently retails for approximately CDN$7-$10 per gram in Canada, he said the product was in demand, which makes it a very profitable market.

Dowdle, who was in Jamaica to participate in Sunday’s Cannabis Stakeholders Forum that was staged at the PCJ Auditorium in St Andrew, said MedCannAccess is a leader in the medical cannabis field, working to improve access for patients across Canada.

5 States Now Considering Marijuana Legalization — Welcome To The "Green" Revolution?

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The news: After watching Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana go into effect on January 1, it seems as if other states are now lining up to legalize as well. And once things get rolling (if they haven’t already), the United States could find itself in the midst of a very real marijuana revolution.

New York, Tennessee, Florida, Arizona, and Kentucky, along with Washington, D.C., will all very likely see a bill, ballot initiative, or executive order for legalization – be it medical or recreational – in 2014. Check it out: [Read more…]

Marijuana Debate Catches Fire Among College Students

Support for marijuana legalization has reached a new high — and young adults are fueling the flames.

A Gallup poll released Tuesday revealed a majority of adults back cannabis legalization for the first time since Gallup asked the question in 1969. [Read more…]