5 States Now Considering Marijuana Legalization — Welcome To The "Green" Revolution?

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The news: After watching Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana go into effect on January 1, it seems as if other states are now lining up to legalize as well. And once things get rolling (if they haven’t already), the United States could find itself in the midst of a very real marijuana revolution.

New York, Tennessee, Florida, Arizona, and Kentucky, along with Washington, D.C., will all very likely see a bill, ballot initiative, or executive order for legalization – be it medical or recreational – in 2014. Check it out: [Read more…]

A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick?

WASHINGTON:  This year, for the first time, national polls show a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. Gallup has been asking the question for four decades, and now it says 58 percent favor legalization.

Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana in November 2012, and the two states have spent the past year setting up the rules for new, legal markets.

“Marijuana is now normal. It’s normal in Colorado and Washington, and I think it’ll soon be normal in most other states,” says Keith Stroup, a founder of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. [Read more…]

A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick?

WASHINGTON:  This year, for the first time, national polls show a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. Gallup has been asking the question for four decades, and now it says 58 percent favor legalization.

Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana in November 2012, and the two states have spent the past year setting up the rules for new, legal markets.

“Marijuana is now normal. It’s normal in Colorado and Washington, and I think it’ll soon be normal in most other states,” says Keith Stroup, a founder of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. [Read more…]

Basalt Colorado To Lift Medical Marijuana Ban

COLORADO: The Town of Basalt is poised to repeal its 2-year-old moratorium on medical marijuana businesses, while keeping a 1-year-old stay on recreational pot shops in place for six more months while it drafts rules to govern that industry.

At a special meeting Tuesday night, the council decided unanimously that it was high time to lift the ban on the medical industry, albeit in a limited way.

In a unanimous vote, the seven-member body directed town staff to update Basalt’s medical marijuana code by Dec. 10, meaning it could be approved — and the moratorium lifted — before the end of the year.  [Read more…]

New Laws Chart Course For Marijuana Legalization

COLORADO: Nearly a year after Colorado and Washington voted to become the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, the detailed rules governing how pot will be grown, sold and taxed are finally complete. And as the two states implement their different approaches to getting high, the whole world is watching. [Read more…]

New Laws Chart Course For Marijuana Legalization

COLORADO: Nearly a year after Colorado and Washington voted to become the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, the detailed rules governing how pot will be grown, sold and taxed are finally complete. And as the two states implement their different approaches to getting high, the whole world is watching. [Read more…]

Colorado’s Marijuana Debate Heats Up As Pot Activists Argue Against Heavy Taxation

COLORADO: Marijuana sellers and growers in Colorado joke that it’s rare for an industry to seek a tax on its own product — in their case, a 25 percent tax rate that goes before voters next month. Republicans, Democrats and large dispensary owners agree the taxes will boost state revenues and pay for the nation’s first intense state oversight of the recreational pot business. [Read more…]

Feds Seek To Corral Medical Marijuana 'Wild West'

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: When the Obama administration recently announced it wouldn’t challenge the decision by Colorado and Washington voters to fully legalize marijuana, criticism rained down. [Read more…]

Washington State Unveils Recreational Pot Rules

WASHINGTON: Recreational pot users in Washington state would have as many as 334 stores where they would be able to buy marijuana for their smoking pleasure, and the first could open as early as next spring under new regulations released this week. [Read more…]

Federal marijuana enforcement directive cheered by legalization advocates

OREGON: News on Thursday that the federal government plans to ease back on some of its marijuana enforcement will provide momentum to architects of a marijuana legalization initiative in Portland, according to a supporter of legalization who is planning a get-out-the-vote barbecue in September [Read more…]