“Florida Cannabis Act” Would Legalize Marijuana

Sensible Florida and an associated group, Regulate Florida. Together, they have developed a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana for adults.

FLORIDA: Michael Minardi is on a mission to make recreational marijuana legal in Florida next year. Asked how he would do that, considering that a ballot measure to legalize just medical marijuana didn’t pass in 2014, he says, “We’re going to use science, and we’re going to use stats.” Minardi is a West Palm Beach attorney Read the full article…

Marijuana Stores Could Double In Washington State

Now under a new state law, “gray market” marijuana providers must get state retail licenses or close their doors.

WASHINGTON: Washington could get lots more pot stores. State regulators will allow medical marijuana providers to seek retail licenses later this fall. There are no strict limits on how many new licenses could be granted, and there is no requirement that they focus on medical patients. This sounds like it could mean more competition. But it Read the full article…

Oregonian To OLCC: Allow Out-of-State Marijuana Business Investment

The fees, which marijuana industry representatives say are excessive, are spelled out in the latest draft of temporary rules issued Friday by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

OREGON: When crafting a marijuana legalization measure, it is necessary to balance several objectives, including: personal freedom and public safety; tax revenue and responsible use; free speech and advertising restrictions designed to keep marijuana out of the hands of minors; and out-of-state competition vs. protecting in-state mom and pops. When drafting Measure 91, we co-authors carefully considered Read the full article…

Denver Makes Plans For Symposium On Local Marijuana Regulation, Seen As First Of Its Kind

Mayor Michael Hancock and his administration is taking a new opportunity to exhibit pride in the city’s regulation of the retail cannabis industry.

COLORADO:  Denver city officials didn’t exactly embrace Amendment 64 before voters statewide — and heavily in Denver — approved recreational marijuana legalization in 2012. But Mayor Michael Hancock and his administration is taking a new opportunity to exhibit pride in the city’s regulation of the retail cannabis industry. This week the city’s Office of Marijuana Policy, headed Read the full article…

Advocates In Denver, Home To Legal Marijuana, Seek Public Place To Smoke

Under a thicket of state, local and private regulations, marijuana use in the state at the forefront of legalization is banned from parks and sidewalks, airport smoking areas, hotel rooms, gallery events, nightclubs and nearly every other corner of public life.

COLORADO:  Whether bought from a downtown shop or cadged from a friend’s basement greenhouse, legal marijuana is easy to find in Colorado. Places to smoke it, not so much. Smoking in private homes and on front porches is allowed. But under a thicket of state, local and private regulations, marijuana use here, in a state Read the full article…

Denver Cracks Down On Pesticide Use In Pot Products

Denver health officials say they are holding marijuana products that show pesticides the state says cannot be used on cannabis.

COLORADO:  Denver health officials Tuesday began inspecting and quarantining hundreds of marijuana products because their labels listed pesticides not approved for use on cannabis. The move comes about six months after the city quarantined 100,000 plants at 11 grow facilities over concerns about pesticides. Although pesticides are widely used on crops, their use on cannabis Read the full article…

Previously Undecided, House Speaker Shap Smith Now Favors Legalization

House Speaker Shap Smith now he says he'll work to pass a legalization bill in the 2016 session.

VERMONT:  Backers of a plan to legalize marijuana in Vermont have received some significant legislative support from House Speaker Shap Smith. For more than a year, Smith has been undecided about this issue but now he says he’ll work to pass a legalization bill in the 2016 session. For months, Smith has taken a “wait and see” Read the full article…

More College Students Regularly Smoke Marijuana Than Tobacco, Survey Finds

More U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana over tobacco cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice.

MICHIGAN:  More U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana, which has supplanted tobacco cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice among undergraduates who light up regularly, a study released Tuesday found. Just under 6 percent of the full-time students surveyed by University of Michigan researchers for the annual “Monitoring the Future” study Read the full article…

Miley Cyrus Kept VMAs Party Going In MTV Press Room By Handing Out A Joint And Avocados

Cyrus entertained journalists backstage by sharing a couple of her favorite things: joints and avocados.

CALIFORNIA:  Miley Cyrus let her personality (and her love of marijuana) shine while hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, and apparently, the party didn’t end when the cameras stopped rolling. Cyrus entertained journalists backstage by sharing a couple of her favorite things: joints and avocados. TMZ obtained a video of the 22-year-old “We Can’t Stop” singer entering the Read the full article…

City Council To Ponder Early Marijuana Sales

Salem City Council has two decisions to make about marijuana sales in the city, and members will begin the process Monday.

OREGON:  The Salem City Council has two decisions to make about marijuana sales in the city, and members will begin the process Monday, Aug. 31. The most immediate is whether the city is going to allow or prohibit the “early sales” period beginning on Oct. 1, of recreational marijuana from medical marijuana facilities. A decision Read the full article…