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US CA: Column: The Year In Weed

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 01 Jan 2015 - A year into legal, recreational (or as advocates would have us say, "adult use") pot sales in Colorado - and six months into Washington sales - the sky still hasn't fallen. That's a relatively short period of time on which to base any long-term predictions, but here's one that's nearly certain: Legalization will continue to spread. The smooth (but not without hiccups, unfulfilled expectations and uncertainties) rollout of legal weed means a cascade of states will follow. Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. legalized pot in 2014 (looks like Congress will kill the capitol's buzz, though). California is almost certain to jump on the weedwagon in 2016. What will that look like?

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US CA: Area Vexed By Mishmash Of Pot Rules

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 05 Jul 2015 - From Yuba County officials' perspective, there is a bit of a domino effect that comes into play when talking about regulating medical marijuana cultivation. The notion is growers were pushed out of Butte County and into Yuba when the former enacted tighter growing regulations and when voters last year

US WA: Legal Pot, Year 1: Neither Best nor Worst Forecasts

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 05 Jul 2015 - WHAT HAPPENED? The revenue bonanza predicted by some for recreational marijuana hasn't materialized in the first year; nor have the horrors imagined by opponents. Before Washington voters could decide on legal weed, finance whizzes in state government had to project its tax bounty.

US WA: Legal Pot Sales Earn Wash. $70m In Taxes

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 05 Jul 2015 - Two New Laws Aim to Give Some Relief to Farmers, Processors and Retailers SEATTLE (AP) - Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day. And, who knows - the industry might even start making some money.

CM BC: Column: Cannabis And Compromises

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 07:00
Pique Newsmagazine, 02 Jul 2015 - In 2012 Colorado voters legalized the sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational purposes. Some ski towns have embraced marijuana, treating it little differently than alcohol. But others have been biding their time. To Vail and other towns, cannabis use by visitors and residents is an undeniable reality. But that doesn't mean they will allow stores selling THC-infused products.

US CA: Wtf, Dfw?

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 02 Jul 2015 - Our Writer Encounters Mavmit, the Department of Fish and Wildlife's Mysterious Anti-Marijuana Task Force After a strange encounter with an agent from the Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team, our writer asks: If the Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to catch drug dealers, do they know what they're doing?

US NJ: Column: What Are They Smoking Running For

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 04 Jul 2015 - This week our infamous governor, Chris Christie, made headlines again with the announcement of his presidential campaign, following the release of polls showing an all time low approval rating by NJ residents. He's also ranked 11th, last place, among all the Republican candidates. Among the many crazy policies he has proposed is his stance on weed. He recently stated that he would go after legal cannabis states if elected president. With the public support for cannabis growing, and the number of states with legal recreational and medicinal cannabis growing, does Christie really seriously believe the majority of Americans will support a candidate with prohibition campaign?

Canada: Buyer Beware

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 02 Jul 2015 - Tough to Get Mortgage, Insurance for Former Grow Op Homes, Brokers Say At first glance, the mid-century, three-level Winnipeg home was everything Sarah Fehr and her fiancee had been looking for. It was located in the right neighbourhood, had a double garage and the backyard was spacious enough for the couple's two pugs to frolic in. Perhaps most importantly, it was reasonably priced.

US OR: Editorial: Pot Prohibition Ends

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 07:00
The Register-Guard, 01 Jul 2015 - New freedom for marijuana brings responsibility According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about one in eight Oregonians smoke marijuana at least once a month. That means more than 300,000 Oregonians are free of a cause for fear today. Those people no longer have to worry about being arrested for marijuana possession. The most important provision of Measure 91, approved by the voters last November, takes effect today, ending pot prohibition.

US CO: Denver Campaign Wants Pot In Bars

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 04 Jul 2015 - DENVER (AP) - Beer? Wine? Or weed? A campaign is under way to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only permit people over 21. Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a petition drive to allow what they call "limited social marijuana consumption" at bars.

US CO: Denver Campaign Would Allow Marijuana Use In Bars

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 07:00
The Sun, 04 Jul 2015 - DENVER (AP) - Beer? Wine? Or weed? A campaign is underway to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21. Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a petition drive to allow what they call "limited social marijuana consumption" at bars.

US: Obama Plans Broader Use Of Clemency

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 04 Jul 2015 - WASHINGTON - Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, he will probably commute more sentences at one time than any president has in nearly half a century. The expansive use of his clemency power is part of a broader effort by Mr. Obama to correct what he sees as the excesses of the past, when politicians eager to be tough on crime threw away the key even for minor criminals. With many Republicans and Democrats now agreeing that the nation went too far, Mr. Obama holds the power to unlock that prison door, especially for young African-American and Hispanic men disproportionately affected.

CN BC: Scuffle Mars Annual Pot Protest

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 02 Jul 2015 - Organizer Cries Foul Over 'Violent' Treatment by Police, Who Say They Acted After Observing a Marijuana Sale An event that's been held for 19 years without incident - Vancouver's annual Canada Day marijuana protest - erupted in an ugly confrontation between protesters and police, leaving many up in arms over the city's policing of pot smokers.

CN BC: A Chaotic Cannabis Day Amid Arrests, Politicking

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 02 Jul 2015 - Advocates Accuse Police of Being Too Aggressive Arrests and political haggling cast a dark cloud over the annual Cannabis Day event outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Wednesday. The protest and marijuana festival faced official opposition this year from the City of Vancouver, which ordered organizers to cease advertising the festivities and insisted the unsanctioned event required permits to exist.

CN ON: 'Let's Get Rid of the Stigma'

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:00
The Tribune, 02 Jul 2015 - Rally Held on Canada Day in Front of Courthouse Rob Thibault is happy to have his life back. He was part of a small rally every year Canada Day to celebrate and educate people about medicinal marijuana.

US AZ: Column: Anti-Marijuana Campaign Says More About

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:00
Daily Courier, 03 Jul 2015 - Marijuana causes kids to kill themselves! It makes IQs drop!! If children accidentally eat edibles, they will be poisoned!!! OK, now that I have your attention, I just want to say that none of the above is proven to be true. But Sheila Polk, Yavapai County attorney, and her anti-drug MATForce group has spread such propaganda in statewide programs and billboards.

CN BC: Column: Pot Bylaw Muddying The Waters

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 02 Jul 2015 - Vancouver City Council and the police department have clouded the national debate on cannabis with their approach to pot and are pumping money into the pockets of organized crime. Anyone who has followed the controversy about marijuana since the heyday of the Le Dain Commission can only shake his or her head at the lack of common sense. Every intelligent person who has studied marijuana and the laws that criminalize it has concluded the century-old prohibition should end and the easily cultivated weed more appropriately regulated to help the sick and stop the imprisonment of our kids.

CN BC: Drop Limits On Pot Transport, Lawyer Urges

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 01 Jul 2015 - Citing a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling, a B.C. lawyer has asked a Federal Court judge to strike down limits on how much medical marijuana can be carried at one time and whether an individual's grow site can be relocated. John Conroy is representing small-scale growers challenging the federal government's attempt to prevent them from cultivating their own pot and instead move to a regulated commercial system. Patients, or the producers they designate, are currently able to continue growing cannabis under the terms of a Federal Court injunction as they await a final decision.

CN BC: Cannabis Day Protest Gets Downsized

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 01 Jul 2015 - July 1 event will move to smaller south side of the Vancouver Art Gallery this year, and will ban vendor booths and large stage Organizers of the annual Canada Day marijuana protest are facing a frosty reception from authorities this year after refusing a last minute request from the city to move their hazy party from downtown Vancouver.