Just a couple of years ago, discussions of how to deal with marijuana
in the Inland Empire were limited. Now, several Inland jurisdictions
are considering opening up to marijuana businesses, an overdue
development given the failure of prohibition and the anticipated
availability of commercial sales of marijuana in 2018.
Late last month, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to
move forward with plans to draft regulations for marijuana businesses
in the county's unincorporated areas. The move came after an ad-hoc
committee of Supervisors Kevin Jeffries and Chuck Washington concluded
that regulating and taxing marijuana "would enable the County to
better manage an already growing and uncontrolled industry," as
opposed to simply banning marijuana.
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The Boston Freedom Rally was on Boston Common on Saturday.
Thousands of people are expected to flock to Boston Common this
weekend for the 28th annual Boston Freedom Rally - the first time the
marijuana festival has been held since voters approved a ballot
referendum last November legalizing the drug for recreational use.
As of Saturday morning, about 7,400 people indicated on Facebook that
they plan to go to the rally, organized by the Massachusetts Cannabis
The festival, which began Friday, is scheduled to be held from noon to
8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday according to its Facebook page.
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Two initiatives that would amend Detroit's medical marijuana ordinance
to allow dispensaries to open near liquor stores, and grow facilities
to operate legally, will appear on the November ballot, after a Wayne
County circuit judge's ruling earlier this week.
If approved by voters in November, the changes could have a
wide-reaching impact on the city's budding marijuana industry.
Detroit corporation counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Free Press
that the city respects the right of voters to decide but concerns have
been raised about the measures, particularly the one that would impact
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BOSTON -- Marijuana legalization opponents will outnumber supporters
four to one on the new commission that will spearhead the state's
efforts to get a legal marijuana industry up and running by next
summer and then regulate the newly legal market.
Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday appointed Britte McBride, a
lawyer with experience working for the attorney general's office, the
state Senate and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security,
to the newly minted Cannabis Control Commission, and joined Gov.
Charlie Baker and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg in agreeing on two picks
to round out the five-person panel.
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When it comes to buying pot for pleasure, Fresno won't be on the
Retail marijuana dispensaries and other businesses related to
recreational use of marijuana will be barred from setting up shop in
Fresno after the City Council voted 4-3 Thursday to prohibit such
Proposition 64, approved by California voters in November 2016,
legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana. It also
legalized the sale of marijuana for recreational use starting Jan. 1,
2018 -- but gave cities and counties the authority to regulate or
prohibit commercial cannabis operations in their jurisdictions.
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The Inland Empire has its first licensed medical marijuana dispensary,
with Green America now open for business in Perris.
"This is the first time that patients will be able to purchase their
products from a permitted dispensary," said Mark Douglas, chief
executive of the nonprofit that runs Green America. "This is a
historic day not just for Green America Inc., but for the city of
Perris and all of the Inland Empire."
The move comes after more than 77 percent of Perris voters in November
approved Measure K, an initiative put on the ballot by the Perris City
Council to remove the city's ban on marijuana businesses. The measure
permits dispensaries in industrial and commercial zones, with strict
rules on record keeping, buffers from schools and more.
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To weed or not to weed? That is the question for Michigan's
As the state board that will regulate Michigan's new medical marijuana
law begins to craft the rules that will govern the multimillion dollar
industry, the state's cities, townships and villages must decide
whether they want in or out.
As they are making their decisions, local officials are being
bombarded with phone calls from people who want to gain a foothold in
the medical marijuana business and are promising untold riches for the
communities that let them in.
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An arm of the White House's anti-drug office has asked Massachusetts
and several other states where medical marijuana is legal to turn over
information about their registered patients, triggering a debate over
privacy rights and whether state officials should cooperate with a
federal administration that appears hostile to the drug.
Dale Quigley, deputy coordinator of the National Marijuana Initiative,
or NMI, has asked Massachusetts health officials for demographic data
on the age, gender, and medical condition of the state's approximately
40,000 registered medical marijuana patients. Quigley is a former
police officer in Colorado with a long history of speaking out against
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LANSING -- The Board of State Canvassers gave approval Thursday to a
new proposed ballot effort to amend the state constitution to fully
legalize recreational use of marijuana without taxing the drug.
The proposal from Abrogate Prohibition Michigan of Midland would
nullify all laws prohibiting or regulating the use of marijuana and
impose no fines, taxes or penalties on its use.
"I call it the Second Amendment of cannabis," sponsor Timothy Locke
told the Free Press, comparing it to the U.S. constitutional provision
granting the right to bear arms.
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The Democrat-controlled Massachusetts Legislature sent an overhaul of
the voter-passed marijuana legalization law to Governor Charlie
Baker's desk Thursday - but not before a top Republican lit into the
The Senate enacted the measure on a 32-6 vote. On Wednesday, the House
voted 136-11 to move the bill forward.
Baker is expected to sign the measure, which would raise cannabis
taxes from what the ballot question envisioned, merge oversight of
recreational and medical marijuana, and change how cities and towns
can ban pot shops.
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The legislation proposed in Massachusetts wouldn't change the basic
marijuana rights of adults that the ballot question put in place.
The Massachusetts Legislature is advancing an overhaul of the
voter-passed marijuana legalization law Wednesday, when both chambers
are expected to accept a House-Senate compromise bill in the afternoon.
A final Senate vote, which would send the bill to the governor, is
scheduled for Thursday.
The legislation would change the legalization law passed by 1.8
million voters in November.
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California's county fairs -- those wholesome showcases of agricultural
bounty -- could become places to score some pot.
Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed a bill that details how to carry out
the November 2016 ballot measure that legalizes recreational marijuana
as of January 2018. Tucked deep in the text is an option for county
fairs to allow sampling and sales for people 21 and older in
The Stanislaus County Fair has had "minor discussions" among the board
and Chief Executive Officer Matt Cranford about the issue, spokeswoman
Adrenna Alkhas said by email.
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Oviedo City Council members this week agreed to let the city's
moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries expire Aug. 5, making it
likely that Oviedo will become the first Seminole County municipality
to allow such businesses.
Council members also directed city staffers Monday to draft an
ordinance that will treat medical marijuana dispensaries under the
same zoning regulations as pharmacies.
Pharmacies in Oviedo are allowed to operate only in certain office and
commercial zoning districts, which are mostly located along major
thoroughfares. Council members are expected to vote on a new ordinance
in the coming weeks to allow pharmacies and medical marijuana
dispensaries to operate only in certain commercial zoning districts,
but not in zoning districts for offices.
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Massachusetts companies cannot fire employees who have a prescription
for medical marijuana simply because they use the drug, the state's
highest court ruled Monday, rejecting arguments from employers that
they could summarily enforce strict no-drug policies against such patients.
Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants said a California
sales and marketing firm discriminated against an employee in its
Foxborough office who uses marijuana to treat Crohn's disease when it
fired her for flunking a drug test without first trying to reach an
accommodation with her.
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Representative Ronald Mariano, a Quincy Democrat and the majority
leader, spoke about the revisions to the marijuana law on Monday at
the State House.
The Massachusetts Legislature is expected to approve a broad overhaul
of the voter-approved marijuana legalization law this week after House
and Senate negotiators agreed on a bill Monday that would hike
marijuana taxes and change how communities can ban local pot shops.
But the compromise immediately raised the specter of a serious legal
challenge, and the bill drew a rebuke from the top lobbyist for cities
and towns who said, should it pass, most municipalities would have
trouble implementing the law.
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Tax rates and questions of local control have dominated the
conversation surrounding the Legislature's rewrite of the
voter-approved marijuana law. But for former firefighter Sean Berte,
who spent eight months in federal prison for cultivating marijuana,
the bill spells out something else entirely: a second chance.
Berte initially swore off the drug that he says cost him his job, his
life savings, and his freedom. But now, he sees an opportunity in the
green-leafed plant - this time, on the right side of the law.
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An initiative to amend Detroit's medical marijuana ordinance to allow
dispensaries to operate near liquor stores, child-care centers and
parks could appear on the November ballot, after a group behind the
effort submitted thousands of signatures backing the measure.
Citizens for Sensible Cannabis spokesman Jonathan Barlow confirmed his
group submitted petitions late last month seeking to amend Chapter 24
of the city's code.
Elections Director Daniel Baxter said the group met the threshold of
required signatures and his department has since turned the initiative
over to the Detroit City Council, which is expected to consider it
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Nevada officials have declared a state of emergency over marijuana:
There's not enough of it.
Since recreational pot became legal two weeks ago, retail dispensaries
have struggled to keep their shelves stocked and say they will soon
run out if nothing is done to fix a broken supply chain.
"We didn't know the demand would be this intense," Al Fasano,
cofounder of Las Vegas ReLeaf, said Tuesday. "All of a sudden you have
like a thousand people at the door.aE&We have to tell people we're
limited in our products."
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The Coalinga City Council voted 4-1 on Thursday to immediately allow
commercial marijuana cultivation within city limits.
Councilman Ron Lander cast the lone no vote. The ordinances required a
four-fifths majority to pass.
The council also approved the sale of the city's dormant prison,
Claremont Custody Center, to Ocean Grown Extracts for $4.1 million.
Ocean Grown will transform the prison into a medical cannabis oil
This sale will immediately bring Coalinga's general fund into the
black. City Manager Marissa Trejo said Coalinga was $3.3 million to
$3.8 million in debt.
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At least 103 cities and towns - nearly one-third of all Massachusetts
communities - have placed outright bans or other restrictions on
marijuana businesses since voters legalized the drug for recreational
use in November, according to a Globe analysis.
And another 47 municipalities are actively considering restrictions,
the review found, as local elected officials express unease about the
state's venture into legalized recreational marijuana.
Most of the restrictions are temporary, intended to allow local
officials time to consider where marijuana shops should be allowed to
operate in their communities - if at all.
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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Most of Nevada's recreational marijuana retailers
are optimistic an emergency regulation that state officials are
expected to approve will help keep them from running out of pot
supplies, but some are "running on fumes," an industry official said
The State Tax Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on an emergency
measure Gov. Brian Sandoval endorsed late last week in an effort to
allow the state to issue pot distribution licenses currently banned by
a court order.
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Could Michigan be next to legalize marijuana? The stars are aligning,
say fans of legal cannabis.
After a flubbed effort last year, supporters of marijuana legalization
in Michigan can celebrate reaching a milestone at a posh $250-a-plate
fund-raiser Thursday night.
Their new petition drive has gathered 100,000 signatures in just six
weeks, putting the campaign well ahead of schedule and giving leaders
reason to believe that this year's petition drive will manage to put
the legalization question on Michigan ballots, spokesman Josh Hovey
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TALLAHASSEE -- Arguing that Florida legislators violated voters'
intent when they prohibited smoking for the medical use of marijuana,
the author of the state's medical marijuana amendment sued the state
on Thursday to throw out the implementing law.
John Morgan, the Orlando trial lawyer who spearheaded and financed the
successful campaign to make medical access to cannabis a
constitutional right, filed the lawsuit in Leon County Circuit Court
Thursday morning, asking the court to declare the law implementing the
2016 constitutional amendment unenforceable.
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Independence Day is a celebration of freedom. But on this July Fourth,
for the first time in more than a century, our freedoms in
Massachusetts include the ability to legally buy, possess, and use
These privileges took effect in December, after voters approved a
ballot question on recreational pot use. And that measure remains the
law of the land, despite state legislators' ongoing debate over a
rewrite of the rules.
But it's worth remembering that this freedom is heavily qualified. So,
after consulting with law enforcement experts and studying guidance
issued by state officials, here are some recreational marijuana do's
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They arrived -- by the hundreds, on foot, in party buses and Uber
rides -- at a strip mall marijuana dispensary, and the merchandise
started flying off the shelf: Snake Eyes OG, double chocolate chunk
"What we're experiencing right here and now is history," Ross Goodman,
co-owner of Las Vegas ReLeaf, said early Saturday as he stood behind a
glass counter at the pot shop watching staff shuffle patrons in and
out. "This is the future and we're a part of ending
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The fate of marijuana legalization, enshrined in law by about 1.8
million Massachusetts voters, is now in the hands of a half-dozen
lawmakers meeting in secret.
Those legislators' first action on Monday was to kick out members of
the news media, close the door, and begin their deliberations to
reconcile fundamentally different Senate and House rewrites of the
ballot question that legalized adult recreational marijuana's use and
"We're going to ask the press to leave," said Senator Patricia D.
Jehlen, the Senate's point person on pot policy.
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BOSTON -- After a week of sharp divisions and heated rhetoric over the
future of the state's recreational marijuana law, it's now up to a
conference committee of six legislators to try and sort everything
On one hand, there's a House bill that infuriated pro-marijuana
activists by proposing a major overhaul of the voter-approved law. On
the other, a more restrained Senate bill won praise from the groups
behind the November ballot question.
Democratic Rep. Mark Cusack, the House bill's lead author, suggested
before the votes that the two chambers were in about 80 percent
agreement on their respective approaches.
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Criminal charges filed against petition circulators accused of
falsifying signatures on petitions for the marijuana-legalization
ballot issue in 2015 show that people must be careful, Delaware County
Prosecutor Carol O'Brien said.
"It serves as a cautionary note that people circulating petitions need
to be very careful and follow the law when they are gathering
signatures," O'Brien said. "People need to be careful to only sign
their own names."
O'Brien commented Friday as four cases continued to move through
Delaware County Common Pleas Court.
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On the heels of a House rewrite Wednesday of the state's adult-use
recreational marijuana law, approved by voters in November, local
reaction has been mixed.
Increasing the tax rate on marijuana sales from 12 percent to 28
percent and allowing local governing boards to ban or limit pot stores
without asking local voters are among the more significant changes in
the House bill.
On Thursday, the debate over reshaping the law shifted to the state
Senate, where a more modest set of revisions to existing law appeared
headed for passage.
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Looking beyond Gov. Chris Christie and seeing a more socially liberal
future, Democratic lawmakers opened their campaign to legalize
marijuana in New Jersey with a lengthy legislative hearing Monday.
Although no vote was planned on the bill that was introduced last
month, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing formally set in motion a
campaign to make New Jersey among the first states in the Northeast to
legalize marijuana. Voters in eight other states and Washington, D.C.,
have approved marijuana legalization, but New Jersey would be the
first to do so through legislation.
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High Times, the magazine that has chronicled the transformation of
marijuana use from an underground vice to a major American business,
said on Thursday that it had been acquired by a group of investors
that includes Damian Marley, son of the reggae star Bob Marley.
The group, led by Adam Levin, the founder of the investment firm Oreva
Capital, bought a controlling interest at a price that values the
magazine at $70 million, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
In a news release, the new ownership group said it planned to expand
the publication's audience and its events business.
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Detroit's crackdown on illegally operating medical marijuana
dispensaries has shuttered 167 shops since the city's regulation
efforts began last year and dozens more are expected.
Detroit corporation counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Free Press
that 283 dispensaries were identified last year, all of which were
"None of them were operating lawfully," Hollowell said. "At the time I
sent a letter to each one of them indicating that unless you have a
fully licensed facility, you are operating at your own risk."
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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday he is vetoing a bill that would
have made the state the first to legalize marijuana through
legislation rather than a ballot measure, but he also left the door
open for legalization.
The bill, passed by the Vermont House and Senate, would have made it
legal for adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana
and grow a limited amount starting in mid-2018. The bill also called
for a commission to propose yet-more legislation that could have
created a taxed, regulated market later on.
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When California voted 57% to 43% last November to legalize
recreational marijuana-the eighth state to do so-it fertilized a
national market whose value by some estimates could top $20 billion by
2020. The ballot initiative was backed by a phalanx of
progressives-Napster founder Sean Parker provided the seed funding-and
liberal interest groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union.
But now as state lawmakers debate how to regulate the industry, one
worry is that the Teamsters will hijack the process and corner the pot
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BALTIMORE - As more states relax their approach to marijuana, police
departments are rethinking how many hits are too many for aspiring
Maryland just passed a new standard, set to take effect in the state
June 1, that bars applicants if they smoked pot in the past three
years, the same policy used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The longstanding, previous policy had ruled out those who had used
marijuana at least 20 times or at least five times since age 21.
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Dozens of activists, including some military veterans, plan to light
joints Monday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol - federal land where
committing the offense could draw a sentence of up to a year in jail -
as part of an effort to urge a reluctant Congress to support marijuana
"Monday @ High Noon" reads a flier for the event, calling on Congress
to also remove marijuana from the nation's list of most-dangerous
drugs. "Mass Civil Disobedience @ 4:20p - East Side of the US Capitol."
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Major anti-pot campaign funder lands DEA approval of THC drug amidst
flurry of lawsuits
Ethics is a hazy argument when it comes to marijuana.
On one hand, opponents of legalization argue that the plant is harmful
to society and individuals, and therefore should not be used. "Good
people don't smoke marijuana," remember?
On the other, little evidence exists to show that marijuana was even
made illegal on ethical grounds, and thousands of individuals' lives
are affected by simple possession of a joint, regardless of context.
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SANTA ROSA, Calif. - In the heart of Northern California's wine
country, a civil engineer turned marijuana entrepreneur is adding a
new dimension to the art of matching fine wines with gourmet food:
cannabis and wine pairing dinners.
Sam Edwards, co-founder of the Sonoma Cannabis Company, charges diners
$100 to $150 for a meal that experiments with everything from
marijuana-leaf pesto sauce to sniffs of cannabis flowers paired with
sips of a crisp Russian River chardonnay.
"It accentuates the intensity of your palate," Mr. Edwards, 30, said
of the dinners, one of which was held recently at a winery with
sweeping views of the Sonoma vineyards. "We are seeing what works and
what flavors are coming out."
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State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, and Rep. Chris Taylor,
D-Madison, recently introduced legislation that would place an
advisory referendum on the November 2018 general election ballot
asking state voters if they support legalizing medical cannabis.
In 2012, after Washington and Colorado voters passed initiatives
legalizing cannabis for adult use, the Associated Press published an
article looking at potential legalization in other states.
Wisconsin was included: "Republican Gov. Scott Walker said ... he's
not interested in legalizing marijuana. The only way he sees it
happening is if state residents approve the idea in a referendum
similar to Colorado and Washington."
Walker has not weighed in on the advisory referendum proposal since it
was introduced, but his 2012 comments to the AP certainly suggest he
should welcome Sen. Erpenbach and Rep. Taylor's proposal to let voters
Gary Storck, Madison
Will lawmakers gut key parts of marijuana law?
A marijuana joint was rolled.
Marijuana legalization advocates fear the Massachusetts Legislature, which
has already delayed the opening of pot shops, will now gut several key
parts of the law approved by 1.8 million voters in November.
Public comments from Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg about potential
changes are setting off alarm bells among backers.
Rosenberg has raised the prospect of lawmakers sharply increasing the
marijuana tax rate, lowering the 12-plant-per-household limit on
homegrowing pot, and even raising the legal age for purchase, possession,
and use up from 21.
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[photo] A marijuana bud.
Across New England, two issues appear to be driving legislatures this year
- - and they both have to do with drugs.
States are grappling with the emergence of marijuana legalization. But the
region is also the epicenter of the opioid crisis, with overdose rates in
New Hampshire among the highest in the country.
These two debates - separate, but not unrelated - transcend party.
Marijuana legalization efforts have been supported by Democrats and
Republicans, but none of the region's six governors fully support
recreational use of the drug. On the opioid crisis as well, there is
bipartisan consensus about the importance of the issue - as well as the
fact there's no silver bullet to solve the problem.
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Holyoke has a number of old mill buildings that Mayor Alex B. Morse
believes would make an excellent location for the industry.
HOLYOKE - Vacant mill buildings along a series of canals serve as constant
reminders of this impoverished city's halcyon days as the Paper City of
the World. But the mayor has a distinctly 21st-century plan for the old
Alex B. Morse imagines marijuana growing in them.
Morse, the 27-year-old wunderkind who has been in office for more than
five years , believes his hometown is on the upswing, with the lowest
rates of crime and unemployment in many years. But the city, with a
poverty rate almost three times the state average, requires an infusion of
industry. And the state's nascent recreational marijuana business, he
says, would be a perfect fit.
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Marijuana's health effects
A new report says the precise health effects of marijuana on its users
remain something of a mystery. (Jan. 13, 2017)
More than 22 million Americans use some form of marijuana each month, and
it's now approved for medicinal or recreational use in 28 states plus the
District of Columbia. Nationwide, legal sales of the drug reached an
estimated $7.1 billion last year.
Yet for all its ubiquity, a comprehensive new report says the precise
health effects of marijuana on those who use it remain something of a
mystery -- and the federal government continues to erect major barriers to
research that would provide much-needed answers.
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Researchers combed through more than 10,000 scientific studies to
examine the various health effects of marijuana use.
More than 22 million Americans use some form of marijuana each month,
and it's now approved for medicinal or recreational use in 28 states
plus the District of Columbia. Nationwide, legal sales of the drug
reached an estimated $7.1 billion last year.
Yet for all its ubiquity, a comprehensive new report says the precise
health effects of marijuana on those who use it remain something of a
mystery -- and the federal government continues to erect major
barriers to research that would provide much-needed answers.
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Backers of marijuana legalization on Monday stepped up their pressure on
the U.S. Senate to block the confirmation of Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff
Sessions as the next attorney general.
Sessions, a staunch opponent of legalization, angered proponents in April
when he called pot "dangerous" and said that "good people don't smoke
Marijuana backers want the issue aired Tuesday when the Senate Judiciary
Committee begins Sessions' confirmation hearing.
"It's a national thing: This hearing is make or break for the marijuana
folks," said Adam Eidinger, who heads a pro-legalization group in
Washington, D.C., called DCMJ.
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Giving away -- or "gifting"-- up to one ounce of marijuana is now legal in
Massachusetts, but are some people pushing the new law too far?
Days after Governor Charlie Baker signed a measure delaying the opening of
recreational marijuana retail shops statewide by six months, a budding
entrepreneur took to Craigslist to offer people a backdoor approach to
getting their hands on some pot - one that authorities say would violate
the new law.
In an ad posted to the website titled "Bud, weed, marijuana, cannabis," a
person who identified himself as "Corey" listed for sale empty plastic
bags ranging in price from $20 to $325. Depending on which bag is
purchased, the seller promised to include a "gift" of marijuana inside.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren is leading a new effort to make sure vendors
working with marijuana businesses don't have their banking services taken
As marijuana shops sprout in states that have legalized the drug, they
face a critical stumbling block: lack of access to the kind of routine
banking services other businesses take for granted.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, is leading an
effort to make sure vendors working with legal marijuana businesses, from
chemists who test marijuana for harmful substances to firms that provide
security, don't have their banking services taken away.
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Huron could be the second city in Fresno County to allow medical marijuana
cultivation, manufacture and distribution, city documents show. Meanwhile,
growers already are lining up to court neighboring Coalinga, which
approved medical cannabis in July.
But other cities in conservative Fresno County, which has opposed all
marijuana use for decades, remain in opposition to medical cannabis. Some
have even passed resolutions formally opposing California Proposition 64,
the state initiative in the upcoming election that would legalize adult
recreational marijuana use. The initiative is likely to pass, but most of
the county appears ready to forgo millions in potential marijuana revenue
due to public safety concerns.
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Action by the governor and legislature doesn't change a new law that
allows adults 21 and older to possess and use limited amounts of
recreational marijuana and grow as many as a dozen pot plants in their
homes, but it pushes back the timetable for opening retail marijuana
stores from the beginning of 2018 until the middle of that year.
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill Friday
aimed at delaying by up to six months the opening of marijuana shops
in the state until mid-2018.
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In November, Massachusetts voters decided to make recreational
marijuana legal, allowing it to be bought and sold in stores by
January 2018. But this week, state lawmakers quietly voted to delay
the sale date by at least six months.
The delay has outraged some marijuana-legalization advocates, less so
because they'll have to wait a few months to buy pot and more so
because they feel the legislature is trying to subvert the will of the
people by fundamentally changing what they voted for. A similar
skirmish is happening in Maine over the minimum wage, and progressives
in both states are worried that their opponents are trying to delay or
even reverse their remarkable success via ballot initiatives.
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