Alaska Marijuana Legalization Vote Delayed Until November

Alaska’s vote to legalize the production and retail sale of recreational marijuana has been postponed until November, officials announced on Monday. With this opportunity, Alaska is potentially set to become the third U.S. state to legalize recreational pot. The measure was originally expected to go to the ballots in August, during the state’s primary election, but it […]

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Colorado Receives $3.2 Million in Marijuana Taxes for February

Colorado state, according to figures released by state authorities, earned $3.2 million in marijuana tax revenue during the month of February.  This is more than the $2.9 million that the state earned during January, which marked the advent of the state’s marijuana legalization experiment. Although, while marijuana tax revenue did see an increase, the state’s […]

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How Cartels Suffer From Marijuana Legalization

The recent push for marijuana law reform, while popular with the majority of American citizens, has upset more people than just die-hard prohibitionists and the DEA: criminals, as well, are suffering as a result of legalization. It’s often been said that the weed kids are smoking these days is much more potent than what their […]

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Obama Administration Willing to Work with Congress to Reschedule Marijuana, Holder Says

The national conversation about marijuana legalization took a new turn last Friday when Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama administration would be willing to work with Congress on rescheduling marijuana from its current Schedule 1 status. Rescheduling the drug is far from actual legalization, but it would certainly ease the process of researching […]

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Oregon Lawmakers Drop Proposed Ban on Sugary Medibles

Oregonian dispensaries and medical marijuana patients can rest easy knowing that popular cannabis-infused edibles such as cookies, brownies, and hard candies are, for the most part, safe from a recently-proposed ban. Last month, Oregon lawmakers presented a new set of medical marijuana rules that would have prohibited the sale of sweet medibles.  The ban was […]

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Colorado Government Cracks Down on MMJ

The state of Colorado has begun a thorough investigation of the medical marijuana industry, which will quite likely result in a serious crackdown on the growing options of medical marijuana caregivers in that state. The Colorado Health Department announced on Friday that it will be contacting doctors and asking them why they have recommended that […]

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Oregonians Might Get to Vote for Marijuana Three Times in 2014

Some people were surprised when Washington legalized marijuana in 2012 and Oregon did not, though the issue went up for vote in Oregon that year and received 47% support.  This year, Oregon voters are being faced with two different legalization initiative campaigns, and both of them seem likely to reach the ballot—one of those campaigns […]

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Legal Cannabis Research: Dropping the Curtain on Marijuana Prohibition?

According to federal law, marijuana is a highly-dangerous drug. The DEA lists it as a schedule 1 narcotic, meaning that it has no federally-recognized medical properties. And until recently, though nearly half the states in the country have adjusted state laws to allow for medical marijuana programs, the federal government has remained inflexible on the […]

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Washington’s MMJ Market to Remain in Limbo

The medical marijuana program in Washington State has been the target of many controversies since the revolutionary passage of Initiative 502, the law that legalized recreational marijuana-use across the state in late 2012.  According to the Seattle Times, there had been much pressure for state lawmakers to pass regulations for medical marijuana, but after an […]

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Washington D.C. Decriminalizes Pot, Congress Might Have Something to Say About It

The U.S. capital joined the popular movement to end marijuana prohibition last week. In a groundbreaking effort, the D.C. Council passed a bill last Tuesday that decriminalizes marijuana, replacing current criminal penalties for the possession of one ounce or less with a $25 civil fine.  Smoking marijuana in public will still be a misdemeanor crime, […]

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Washington Updates I-502 Rules to Foster Competition

The Washington State Liquor Control Board made a ruling last week that should spark the hopes of small-scale ganjapreneurs around the state. The change dramatically affects how licenses are distributed to marijuana producers, cutting the number of licenses a person or company can have to only one (from a previous potential for three) and limiting […]

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Rolling in the Green: Expectations for the Cannabis Boom

Right now someone is legally purchasing marijuana for recreational use in Colorado. Actually, lots of people are buying marijuana—more than was initially expected. Recent reports state that Colorado has raised its predicted tax revenue for the next fiscal year from $70 million to just under $100 million based on $610 million in expected sales. When […]

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Washington House Approves Vote to Ban Dispensaries

The Washington House of Representatives voted on Monday to approve the bill H.B. 2149.  The bill seeks to phase out the state’s medicinal marijuana dispensaries, reacting to the fear that these businesses will detract from the recreational market.  The medical market is currently poised to present unregulated competition for the taxable, state-licensed recreational stores. The […]

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Feds Allow Banks to Serve Cannabis Industry

Last Friday, the federal government carried through on last month’s promise and delivered new banking regulations intended to help banks include legal marijuana businesses among their clients. Previously, banks had been required to turn away customers with marijuana companies, which are technically operating in violation of federal law, and this has left the cannabis industry […]

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States and Feds Show Signs of Wavering Marijuana Prohibition

With recreational use legalized in two different states, 2013 was a big year for marijuana enthusiasts.  2014 is gearing up to be even bigger and more monumental if social and political patterns are to be trusted. The nation has watched Colorado and Washington very closely since the states began the great legalization experiment last year, and […]

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The Farm Bill’s Passage: Anticipating a Legal U.S. Hemp Market

Prospective hemp farmers are expecting a go-ahead soon from the federal government, which would allow pilot hemp-growing programs to be established in the 10 states around the country where its been legalized. Hemp is the sober strain of cannabis (containing less than 1% THC), and even though it has huge potential for becoming an industrial […]

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State-Owned Bank Could Serve Marijuana Industry in WA

Senator Bob Hasegawa of Seattle has proposed a solution to the cash-only economy that medical (and soon recreational) marijuana companies have existed in since its legalization: a state-run bank designed and constructed solely to handle all of the controversial industry’s revenues. In general, banking and cannabis simply do not coincide in today’s world of shifting […]

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State of the Union Lacks Important Legalization Topic

President Obama gave his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, in which he touched upon a variety of topics that predictably resonated well with liberal-minded citizens. And while it’s great to hear about immigration reform and the very real problem of income inequality between genders, there remained a looming issue in the […]

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New Banking Regulations Expected for Cannabis Industry

The trail to federally-recognized marijuana services was unveiled last week when Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Obama administration would soon release regulations that will allow banks to do business with legal marijuana businesses.  Though the proposed solution is not as game-breaking as many would have hoped, at least it’s something. As things stand […]

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What Kind of Ex-Stoner is President Obama, Anyway?

Marijuana legalization (first medically and now recreationally) has been a relevant topic for many years, and its proponents have often looked to President Barack Obama for a meaningful reaction of some sort: a glimpse of his former stoner self perhaps, or even a warning sign of troublesome drug policies to come.  Well, in a recent […]

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A Tale of Two Systems: Recreational & Medical Cannabis in Washington State

The deadline for submitting applications to grow, produce and/or sell marijuana in Washington has passed and the state liquor control board (WSLCB) has reported receiving over 2,500 applications. Out of those applications no more than 334 retail stores would be allowed statewide, while restrictions on growers will center around a cap on the number of […]

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New Rules Proposed for Washington State’s Medical Marijuana System

With retail sales of marijuana set to begin in a matter of weeks, Washington State’s Medical Marijuana Work Group, which is comprised of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington State Department of Revenue, released new recommendations relating to the sale and distribution of medicinal marijuana within […]

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Federal Government Won’t Interfere with State Marijuana Laws (For Now)

The Department of Justice announced a long-awaited update to their Marijuana Enforcement Policy at the end of last month, stating that the DOJ would no longer interfere with legal and medicinal marijuana operations in states where marijuana is legal. However, the DOJ did not rule out future enforcement efforts. They left interpretation of the new […]

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Marijuana Dispensaries Raided in Washington State

On July 24th, armed members of the Drug Enforcement Agency raided four medicinal marijuana dispensaries in the South Sound region of Washington State. Per federal authorities, the raids are a part of an investigation dating back to 2011, the year before Initiative 502 passed. No arrests were made, but DEA agents did seize supplies of […]

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