Local growers, advocates celebrate feds' marijuana stance

WASHINGTON: Local marijuana growers and advocates celebrated the federal government’s announcement that the Department of Justice would not sue Washington or Colorado to stop the states from allowing recreational marijuana use.

Federal marijuana enforcement directive cheered by legalization advocates

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

Marijuana expert suggests state contract with feds

COLORADO: A professor who serves as a lead consultant on implementing Washington state’s marijuana law has suggested that the U.S. Department of Justice enter into contracts with both Washington and Colorado to avoid a federal crackdown on state-licensed businesses that will sell marijuana.

What Obama’s team should say about marijuana

WASHINGTON: With Washington’s top attorney girding his loins for a possible fight over the state’s legal marijuana system and with the state far down the road in implementing I-502 … with national polls completing an about face on marijuana that seems to grow more pronounced with each new poll

What Obama’s team should say about marijuana

WASHINGTON: With Washington’s top attorney girding his loins for a possible fight over the state’s legal marijuana system and with the state far down the road in implementing I-502 … with national polls completing an about face on marijuana that seems to grow more pronounced with each new poll

State Officials: DOJ Has Given ‘Tacit Approval’ For Legalized Marijuana

COLORADO: Colorado officials say they believe they have “tacit approval” from the U.S. Justice Department to implement voter-approved laws legalizing marijuana.

Coming Out of the Closet: My Experience with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program

OREGON: This past week saw groundbreaking events take place in the drug policy reform movement. Most notable were Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary CNN ‘Weed;’ Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement of plans to change to the federal sentencing guidelines that could reduce the number of people in federal prisons for low-level drug law violations; federal Judge Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Advocate Slams Eric Holder's Speech: 'How Dare He'

CALIFORNIA: Attorney General Eric Holder’s call for “sweeping” changes to the way the Justice Department handles drug offenses Monday drew praise from lawmakers and civil rights activists. But not all advocates were satisfied.

Advocates of Drugs-Sentencing Reform Welcome Eric Holder's Policy Overhaul

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Anthony Papa was in debt and desperate for cash when he accepted an offer, from a bowling buddy, to get involved in a drug deal. In exchange for $500, the father-of-one was to deliver an envelope containing four ounces of cocaine from the Bronx to Mount Vernon, New York.