Marijuana makes Lansing, MI ballot for Nov.

City Clerk Chris Swope certified a proposal last week that would allow the use, possession or transfer of less than one ounce of marijuana on private property in Lansing for those aged 21 or older.

MICHIGAN: Lansing residents will see a new ballot initiative to decriminalize recreational marijuana use in November, but it remains unclear whether visiting MSU students will be able to light up without fear.

Activists hope to make Dunedin 'Cannabis capital'

Activist Julian Crawford hopes to make Dunedin, NZ 'Cannabis capital'

NEW ZEALAND: Marijuana legalization advocates in Dunedin have high hopes the city will become Dunsterdam, the cannabis capital of the South Pacific.

Activists hope to make Dunedin 'Cannabis capital'

Activist Julian Crawford hopes to make Dunedin, NZ 'Cannabis capital'

NEW ZEALAND: Marijuana legalization advocates in Dunedin have high hopes the city will become Dunsterdam, the cannabis capital of the South Pacific.

HEMP Party has high ambitions in Australian election

AUSTRALIA: Australia’s HEMP Party formally launched its election campaign on Monday with a call for cannabis to be legalized for personal and medical use, just as it is now for industrial purposes.

Marijuana industry prepares for 2014, but is Colorado ready?

Kate Panetta of Natural Remedies, left, is preparing medical marijuana for a customer at the dispensary. Denver, Colorado. August 29, 2013.

COLORADO:  In four months, adults in Colorado will be able to walk into a store, plunk down cash and leave with a drug that used to land people in prison.

Effort to Defelonize Drug Possession Launches in Washington

Under this new proposal, the possession of a controlled substance – when not intended for distribution – would be reduced from a felony charge, to a misdemeanor (carrying a maximum sentence of 90 days, rather than 5 years).

WASHINGTON: The nonprofit organization Sensible Washington announced today that they will be moving forward with new legislation designed to defelonize drug possession in the State of Washington. The group plans to have the proposal filed in the upcoming legislative session.

Reefer Sadness: You can smoke it, but you can't buy it

Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver City Council don't want to even smell marijuana.

WASHINGTON: Colorado and Washington state have both legalized the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana — but while a majority of voters supported the change at the polls last year, there is currently no outright legal way to buy non-medical marijuana.

Colorado Poll: Marijuana Bill Won't Bring Rocky Mountain High

Dispensaries are awaiting a Michigan Senate vote on proposed legislation that would fully legalize the type of transactions and grow operation the business needs to allow it to succeed.

COLORADO: Colorado voters support 54 – 41 percent the state’s new law legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Support is 73 – 24 percent among Democrats and 54 – 39 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 63 – 35 percent. 

Colorado Poll: Marijuana Bill Won't Bring Rocky Mountain High

Lawmakers think they have at least a partial solution to cities banning marijuana businesses: paying the locals to let licensed weed come to town.

COLORADO: Colorado voters support 54 – 41 percent the state’s new law legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Support is 73 – 24 percent among Democrats and 54 – 39 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 63 – 35 percent.