Revised U.S. Stance on Marijuana Will Be Felt Beyond Borders

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday issued surprise guidance directing its attorneys not to sue states that have moved to de-criminalise the recreational use of marijuana, so long as those states implement strict regulatory regimes. [Read more…]

Seattle Hempfest Kicks Out Man Trying To Roll World’s Largest Marijuana Joint

WASHINGTON: I came across a story today while I was cruising around the Twittersphere. It appears that a guy was trying to break the record for the world’s largest marijuana joint, but his attempt was thwarted and he was kicked out of the event. Per TheStranger.Com: [Read more…]

Planning Commission Had its Say, Now Everett City Council to Consider Marijuana Rules

At its Wednesday meeting the Everett City Council will consider recommendations for interim zoning regulations for growing, processing and selling legal marijuana in Everett. The City Council will get a briefing on Wednesday and then a public hearing is set for the 28th of this month. [Read more…]

Planning Commission Had its Say, Now Everett City Council to Consider Marijuana Rules

At its Wednesday meeting the Everett City Council will consider recommendations for interim zoning regulations for growing, processing and selling legal marijuana in Everett. The City Council will get a briefing on Wednesday and then a public hearing is set for the 28th of this month. [Read more…]

Proposed limits on recreational pot shop locations

Should recreational marijuana shops be allowed to be next door to each other? It is a question being raised by Denver City Councilman Paul López, as he proposes five amendments to the law regarding recreational marijuana.

Colorado voters approved the use and sale of recreational marijuana in November 2012. However, lawmakers in different cities are still working on rules surrounding the process. López is proposing five amendments that would, among other things, require that recreational marijuana shops not be within 2,500 feet of each other.

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COLORADO: Proposed limits on Pot Shops

Colorado marijuana stores likely to be concentrated in few cities

COLORADO: Call it the pot patchwork.

When first-of-their-kind stores selling recreational marijuana are allowed to open in January, they look increasingly likely to be confined to only a handful of communities in the state. Dozens of Colorado cities and counties have in recent weeks voted to ban the stores — and their sibling cultivation and marijuana-infused products businesses. [Read more…]

Pot consultant: Legal pot will work only if police target black market

WASHINGTON:  The stated goal of Washington’s new marijuana law is to stop treating adult pot use as a crime. But Washington’s pot consultant says this experiment in legalization will only work if the police aggressively target the black market. And he’s concerned that won’t happen.

The sponsors of Initiative 502 were clear. They said it was time for a “new approach” to marijuana in Washington. They wanted to allow adult pot use, free up law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes and “take marijuana out of the hands of illegal drug organizations.” But on that last point, the state’s official pot consultant Mark Kleiman says just because there’s a legal market doesn’t mean the black market will disappear overnight. [Read more…]