Marijuana and Cannabis News Archive
New York state Sen. Liz Kreuger has introduced a bill that would legalize the possession, use and sales of limited amounts of cannabis for New York adults.
The bill would legalize the sales of up to two ounces of cannabis to adults 21 and up, but it would also legalize the possession and use of cannabis for all adults 18 and up - including a group of 18- to 20-year-old adults that have managed to be ignored so far in other state legalization measures.
Yesterday, Colorado officials unveiled the Marijuana Inventory Tracking Solution, or MITS, a system intended to keep tabs pot for sale in Colorado. But while the press was invited to the event, a number of medical marijuana patients coordinated by the Cannabis Therapy Institute invited themselves -- to protest what they believe will be regular breaches of confidentiality.
The effort to legalize marijuana in Missouri continues as ten different legalization proposals have been sent to the Secretary of State Jason Kander's office and are open for public comment.
But these aren't just changes to laws. They're changes to the Missouri State Constitution, similar to what Colorado has and done so in a way so no buzz-kill state legislator can try to repeal it. The Riverfront Times has the full story.
Attorneys in Washington and Colorado advising clients on how to best follow state marijuana laws are still violating state ethics codes and could be sanctioned or lose their license to practice law because marijuana remains federally illegal.
That's the tentative ruling from both the Colorado and Washington bar associations, though both admit they are hesitant to pursue any sanctions and have asked their respective Supreme Courts to fix the matter.
For the first time a Field Poll survey of California voters shows that a majority believe marijuana should be legalized and regulated sales to adults with ID should be allowed. A previous poll conducted in 2010 showed a 50 percent split among voters just months before Proposition 19 failed in California.
Only 31 percent of the state opposes legalization.
Marijuana fans were up in arms when we reported last year on USC research that suggested a link between pot smoking and testicular cancer. Well, this should raise your spirits. Swiss researchers using mice as subjects believe there could be a possible positive link between weed and better erections.
Nanette Gonzalez/LA Weekly.
Update 12/11/13 - 8:20 a.m.: Uruguay yesterday became the first country in the world to legalize and regulate cannabis sales as well as legalize the home cultivation for adults over 21. The Uruguayan Senate yesterday gave final approval to the proposed measure, passing the bill over to President Jose Mujica, who is expected to sign it into law. The bill passed with a 16-13 majority.
"Today is an historic day. Many countries of Latin America, and many governments, will take this law as an example," Sen. Constanza Moreira said after the vote.
Three marijuana-related bills in Michigan leaped initial hurdles this morning, passing out of the House Judiciary committee. The first would allow for medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in the state again legally and the other makes legal marijuana-infused products including edibles and tinctures.
A third measure passed allowing pharmacies to sell and produce "pharmaceutical grade" cannabis that is if the FDA ever allows such a thing to happen. All three measures move on to the full House for consideration.
At a briefing yesterday morning, Public Safety Committee chair Sheffie Kadane wondered why business owners aren't punished when police catch someone doing or selling drugs at a bar or restaurant. "My understanding is in some of these places, it's just blatantly out in the open there, passing drugs, selling drugs ... Shouldn't the owner be liable some way if they're doing drugs in his facility, whether he knows it or not -- and I'm sure he knows it."
Yesterday, Denver city councilwoman Susan Shepherd predicted that an amendment allowing people to smoke pot on their front porches and front lawns -- a reversal of a ban that seemed certain to pass -- would be approved at a meeting last night, and she was right. The new rules sailed through.