From Niche To Normal – Cannabis Use Becoming More Accepted In The United States

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NEW YORK: Growing numbers of consumers support the legalization of cannabis in some form and a majority believes it has a positive impact on the economy, according to the newly released 2018 Fall Cannabis Culture Poll, developed jointly by leading global communications agency BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe), PSB Research and Civilized, a premium media and lifestyle Read the full article…

PA Representative Wheatley To Introduce Legislation To Legalize Marijuana

PA REP WHEATLEY  IS PRO LEGALIZATION

PENNSYLVANIA:  Pointing to the success similar programs are having in other states, Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said he plans to introduce legislation which would legalize the sale of marijuana in Pennsylvania. “States from coast to coast have embraced legalization and those states are reaping the economic and criminal justice benefits,” Wheatley said. “It is time Read the full article…

Giambra Will March In NYC Cannabis Parade On Saturday

“I believe we can help a broad section of our population by legalizing recreational marijuana, both medically and financially, and that’s why I’m going to be there Saturday adding my support to the effort.”

NEW YORK:  It was back in January in frigid Buffalo that former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra called for the “toughest, tightest regulated” legalized marijuana bill in the United States as a way to raise billions of dollars in tax revenue to fix New York State’s crumbling infrastructure. Giambra called taxing legalized recreational marijuana “a Read the full article…

A New Day In The Garden State

“I advocate for legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana sales to adults.”  Murphy wants New Jersey to “join other progressive states such as California, Massachusetts, Washington, and Colorado by legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana.”

By Stu Zakim Today, long suffering New Jersey residents got a breath of fresh air when new Governor Phil Murphy presented his first budget for fiscal 2019 to the members of the NJ Senate and Assembly in Trenton. After years of Chris Christie and his archaic views of Cannabis, both as Governor and State Attorney Read the full article…

Canada Union Head Calls For Marijuana Sales Through LCBO

OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas says the Ontario liquor stores are already well-equipped to handle marijuana sales responsibly and safely.

CANADA:  Marijuana should be sold in LCBO stores if Ottawa goes ahead with plans to legalize the drug, according to the head of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas says the Ontario liquor stores are already well-equipped to handle marijuana sales responsibly and safely. “There would not be any need Read the full article…

Voices: Oregon Legalizes Pot, And Nobody Cares

OLCC protects privacy of retail transactions.

OREGON: What if we legalized marijuana and no one really cared? That’s the overwhelming feeling I get standing inside Zion Cannabis in downtown Portland as customers buy marijuana from the friendly staff  five days after legalized marijuana legislation went into effect Oct. 1. No muss, no fuss. Oregon is the third American state to legalize recreational Read the full article…

Portland Projects 480 New Marijuana Businesses, $1.4 Million In Revenue From City Fees

Excited customers lined up outside dispensaries in Portland, waiting for the clock to strike midnight.

OREGON: Portland wants to charge retail marijuana stores up to $3,750 to open their doors, fees city officials say will help recoup costs associated with regulating the industry. With $890,000 in estimated annual expenses, the hefty fees proposed on marijuana businesses are meant to offset the city’s costs, officials said. So how many marijuana stores, processors, wholesalers and Read the full article…

LA Times Editorial Gov. Brown, sign the medical marijuana bills

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CALIFORNIA: Nearly 20 years after voters legalized medical marijuana, California lawmakers have finally passed legislation to regulate the growth and distribution of cannabis for patients’ use. In the final hours of their session last week, legislators passed three bills that together establish a system to license, test and track medical marijuana from “seed to sale.” Gov. Read the full article…

Teen Marijuana Use Not Linked To Later Depression, Lung Cancer, Other Health Problems, Study Finds

While the rate of monthly teen marijuana use did tick upward in those states, the change wasn't statistically significant, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University tracked 408 males from adolescence Read the full article…

Feds Should Legalize Hemp Farming, Too

Should an enterprising Connecticut farmer legally plant a field of industrial hemp, federal agents could swoop in and pull up the (harmless) plants.

CONNECTICUT:  Federal authorities are way behind the bush on dealing with hemp, but an increasing number of states, now including Connecticut, have it right. The General Assembly passed a bill this spring that legalizes industrial hemp. Hemp can now be grown, used and sold here. This is good news, because hemp is a remarkably versatile Read the full article…