The Fiasco In Denver: Putting The Cart Before The Horse

There is no valid reason for such a limitation, and it really reflects the remaining stigma many non-smoking Americans still associate with the use of marijuana – that it may be tolerated in the home, but is somehow an offense to society to permit smoking in a public venue.

By Keith Stroup COLORADO:  The embarrassing episode this week in Denver, when the sponsors of a city-wide initiative to legalize marijuana smoking in some bars and lounges withdrew their initiative, even after qualifying for the ballot, reminds us of the need to thoroughly vet these types of projects – especially those with the potential to set-back the Read the full article…

Hundreds Celebrate Marijuana’s New Legal Status In Oregon

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OREGON: The smoke rose in bursts from the crowd and mingled in a hazy cloud. Those who weren’t too busy inhaling cheered when midnight struck. It was July 1 and recreational marijuana had just become legal in Oregon. “This is history in the making,” said Leeyah Pham of Portland as her friends took turns at a marijuana pipe. Hundreds Read the full article…

Oregon Celebrates With Free Weed As Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal

High on the top of the Burnside Bridge in Portland, they gathered, uniting to celebrate the legalization of recreational marijuana use in their state.

OREGON:  High on the top of the Burnside Bridge in Portland, they gathered, uniting to celebrate the legalization of recreational marijuana use in their state. A large group of people collected at the bridge Tuesday night, waiting for the stroke of midnight when Oregon’s Measure 91 went into effect. The state now allows recreational use for people 21 Read the full article…

House Members Reauthorize Measure Protecting State Sanctioned Medical Marijuana Programs

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A majority of the US House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to reauthorize legislation limiting the Justice Department’s ability to take criminal action against state-licensed operations that are acting in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states. House members voted 242 to 186 in favor of the amendment, offered by Reps. Dana Read the full article…

House Floor Vote To Protect States’ Marijuana Laws Pending In Congress

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Members of the United States House of Representatives are anticipated to vote this week (perhaps as earl as Wednesday) on a series of amendments to a Justice Department spending bill. These amendments seek to limit the federal government’s intrusion in states that have regulated various aspects of marijuana production and access. Specifically, Representatives Tom McClintock Read the full article…

MJBA Spokane Moves To New Home With May Meetup

According to company leaders, Blue Roots utilizes a Vertically Integrated Continuous Cultivation System (VICCS)®, which allows the producer to maintain a continual harvest schedule in an efficient and hyper controlled environment, while increasing capacity without increasing the overall footprint.

By Morgan WASHINGTON: More than three dozen leading cannabis industry professionals turned out this week for May monthly meetup of MJBA Spokane this week.  The regular meeting was the first at MJBA’s new location – Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar. The upscale restaurant elegantly situated lakeside created a welcoming environment for cannabis entrepreneurs looking for information, community and Read the full article…

Seattle Cannabis Freedom March 2015: We Don’t Want Your Drug War!

Cannabis Basics and Joy Beckman lead Seattle Cannabis Freedom March

WASHINGTON:  On Saturday hundreds of cannabis activists and enthusiasts gathered in Volunteer Park and then took to the streets of Seattle for the sixth annual Cannabis Freedom March. The police escorted procession was led by Ah Warner’s Cannabis Basics car with hemp activist Joy Beckerman standing out of the sunroof with a blow-horn. While nobody was Read the full article…

Cannabis Freedom March In Seattle Is Saturday May 9th

The Cannabis Freedom March is Sat May 8th 11am-7pm

WASHINGTON: Medical marijuana is undergoing a sea change in Washington State after Governor Inslee signed SB 5052 into law, officially putting the state’s unregulated mmj dispensary system under the oversight of the LCB (Liquor and Cannabis Board) and integrating it into the I-502 recreational marijuana regulatory scheme. Hundreds of cannabis activists and community supporters are expected to Read the full article…

This Season’s Crop Of Medical Marijuana Bills May Be The Last Before The Storm

While prospective ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana and tweak pot laws pile up, state lawmakers are preparing to take what may be a final stab at bringing order to the medical marijuana trade.

CALIFORNIA:  While prospective ballot initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana and tweak pot laws pile up in the California Secretary of State’s office, state lawmakers are preparing to take what may be a final stab at bringing order to the medical marijuana trade before even further chaos is unleashed. Senate Bill 643, with the tentative support of California NORML Read the full article…

Pot Politics And The Power Of The Purse

The power of the pocketbook magnified by the resonance of digital and social media, is normalizing cannabis use in America. Pot Smoking Presidents, epileptic children and marijuana moms have redefined the social graph. Yesterday’s radical has adopted new rules and morphed into today’s business pioneer. Reflecting this change, NORML has unveiled a business partnership program, Seattle Hempfest has adding its own business summit to this year’s venerated music and free speech festival, and even right-wing business magazine Forbes has launched a pot blog.

Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world. Emma Goldman By David Rheins All of us working in the legal cannabis industry owe a great debt to the selfless sacrifice of the many political activists who came before us.  Generations have stood up, protested, gotten arrested and worse over these many decades in a Read the full article…