Obama Ignores America’s Fastest-Growing Industry in State Of The Union Address

Notably absent from his speech was any mention of the fastest-growing industry in America, an industry that has consistently and voluntarily paid its workers above the minimum wage, even at lower skilled entry level positions.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: During last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama made the controversial declaration that he would sign an executive order raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour for federal contract workers. Notably absent from his speech was any mention of the fastest-growing industry in America, an industry Read the full article…

County Executive McCarthy Vetoes Pierce County Council Prohibition On Marijuana Businesses

McCarthy described her action as a "friendly veto." But she said the council's ordinance is "ostensibly a ban." She said she doesn't believe Congress will remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/11/25/2913650/mccarthy-vetoes-county-council.html#storylink=cpy

WASHINGTON:  Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has vetoed the County Council’s ordinance that prohibits licensed marijuana businesses from operating until the U.S. Congress removes marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances. McCarthy said the county’s ordinance conflicts with state law. She said the county must comply with state law, which permits the licensing of Read the full article…

Going Rogue: U.S. Attorneys In California Defy Obama On Medical Marijuana

Harborside Health Oakland

CALIFORNIA: Last week, the Alameda County (CA) Board of Supervisors passed a resolution asking the Federal government to, “end Federal interference on the municipal and state laws allowing medical marijuana, and… requests that President Obama begin a discussion about the potential benefits of reforming federal laws on marijuana use in all forms, including medicinal and recreational uses.” Their Read the full article…

NAACP Backs Marijuana Federalism

H.R. 1523, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013, would essentially repeal (or at least limit) federal pot prohibition in the 21 states that allow medical or recreational use of the drug.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recently endorsed a bill that would make the federal ban on marijuana inapplicable to people who grow, possess, or distribute cannabis in compliance with state law. H.R. 1523, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013, would essentially repeal (or at least limit) federal pot Read the full article…

Ephrata WA Adopts Interim Zoning For Marijuana Businesses

“No one’s comfortable with it, that’s for sure,” city administrator Wes Crago said of the approval. “But for a smaller town, it’s about risk management as much as anything else.”

WASHINGTON: The Ephrata City Council on Wednesday adopted an interim zoning plan for marijuana businesses. The plan is a six-month measure that specifies where marijuana retail or production facilities can be located in the city of Ephrata until the city planning commission and city council come up with a final map. State law prohibits marijuana businesses within 1,000 Read the full article…

Ephrata WA Adopts Interim Zoning For Marijuana Businesses

“No one’s comfortable with it, that’s for sure,” city administrator Wes Crago said of the approval. “But for a smaller town, it’s about risk management as much as anything else.”

WASHINGTON: The Ephrata City Council on Wednesday adopted an interim zoning plan for marijuana businesses. The plan is a six-month measure that specifies where marijuana retail or production facilities can be located in the city of Ephrata until the city planning commission and city council come up with a final map. State law prohibits marijuana businesses within 1,000 Read the full article…

Washington, Colorado Still Waiting For Federal Response On Marijuana Legalization

One can now imagine how nearly eight decades of marijuana prohibition will end -- not with the sudden crash of congressional action, but hollowed out from within as states one by one take matters in their own hands.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: It’s been nearly six months since Attorney General Eric Holder said the federal response to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado was coming “relatively soon,” but officials in those states are still waiting.

Lawyers Debate Best Ways To Sell Marijuana–No Joke

The rules are designed to "create a robust regulatory and enforcement environment that protects public safety," the Colorado Department of Revenue, which will oversee the industry, wrote in its cover letter.

CALIFORNIA: No joke. At the recently concluded American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco—as at most other gatherings—lawyers like to talk. They may be contentious or cooperative, but they do like to talk. Especially about something controversial, and especially about outsmarting the government.

Lawyers Debate Best Ways To Sell Marijuana–No Joke

The rules are designed to "create a robust regulatory and enforcement environment that protects public safety," the Colorado Department of Revenue, which will oversee the industry, wrote in its cover letter.

CALIFORNIA: No joke. At the recently concluded American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco—as at most other gatherings—lawyers like to talk. They may be contentious or cooperative, but they do like to talk. Especially about something controversial, and especially about outsmarting the government.