OmniCannabis II: The amending

by Bailey Hirschburg This is a follow up to an earlier story reported by MJNewsNetwork: OMNICANNABIS: The WA State Senate Made Behemoth Pot Legislation, And It May Be Too Big To Fail In the end, my observation in the first omnicannabis article was omniscient, “in rushing to remove the band-aid from this wound, Washington Senators sacrificed Read the full article…

Questions, Answers About North Dakota And Medical Marijuana

By Blake Nicholson, Associated Press NORTH DAKOTA: With the pending signature of Gov. Doug Burgum, medical marijuana will become legal in North Dakota. Here’s a look at what’s next: WHEN WILL IT BE AVAILABLE? Within a year, according to state health officials who will regulate the system. The health department expects five of every 1,000 North Read the full article…

California Campaign Watchdog Fines Legal Marijuana Opponents

By Associated Press CALIFORNIA: California’s campaign watchdog said Monday that it is proposing fines of nearly $10,000 against opponents of the state’s new recreational marijuana law for violations last year. The Fair Political Practices Commission announced the actions against two campaign committees that unsuccessfully fought Proposition 64. About 57 percent of voters approved legalizing recreational Read the full article…

Trees And Marijuana Lead Salem City Council Agenda

OREGON: Trees and commercial marijuana production top the agenda for the Monday, Sept. 28, Salem City Council meeting. There will be a first reading of Ordinance Bill 22-15, which would amend city code to restrict the commercial production of recreational marijuana to indoor production sites, or outdoor sites within exclusive farm use zone.  The council Read the full article…

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles Leaving State House Aims For King County Council

WASHINGTON: Washington State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a long-time backer of marijuana legal reform, will not seek re-election as a democratic State Senator in the next election, choosing instead to set her sites on a District 4 Seat on the King County Council. The veteran politician, named “Advocate of the Year” at this year’s Hempfest, is busy Read the full article…

Speakers: End Of Marijuana Prohibition A Matter Of Time

OREGON: U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer says the end is in sight for a national prohibition on marijuana that has lasted eight decades. A retired California judge who was the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012 thinks the end could come within the next two years. Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, and Judge Jim Gray offered their Read the full article…

Chris Christie To Legal Marijuana Smokers: Enjoy It While You Can Because He’ll Enforce Federal Ban

NEW JERSEY: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is attracting attention to his struggling presidential campaign by making it clear he doesn’t want to recognize state laws legalizing recreational marijuana. In town hall meetings in New Hampshire and an appearance on Fox News this week, Christie said that if elected, he intends to overturn state marijuana legalization Read the full article…

Legalized Marijuana Would Be Eliminated Under A Christie Presidency

NEW JERSEY: Gov. Chris Christie vowed Sunday to eliminate legalized marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington if he’s elected president. The governor, speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said his administration would use federal rules that outlaw marijuana to clamp down on states that legalized recreational pot use. “Yes sir,” Christie told host John Dickerson Read the full article…

The Secrets Behind The Midterms

By E.J. Dionne Jr. There’s a hidden history to the nasty midterm election campaign that will, mercifully, end on Nov. 4. What’s not being widely talked about is as important as what’s in the news. Under appreciated fact No. 1: The number of Democratic seats that are not in play this year.In planning their effort to take control of the Read the full article…

How Will Presidential Politics Affect 2016 Push For Pot Legalization?

Advocates expect another major push for marijuana legalization in 2016, a strategy that is likely to force presidential candidates to take a position on the drug. Some wonder if their efforts will be tripped up if Hillary Clinton turns out to be the Democratic nominee. CNN’s Dan Merica takes a look at presidential politics and the Read the full article…