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Helping leaders make informed decisions about marijuana

Underage drinkers heavily exposed to magazine ads for alcohol brands they consume

7/8/14–According to a study based on materials provided by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, drinkers between the ages of 18 and 20 see more magazine advertising than any other age group for the alcohol brands they consume most heavily, raising important questions about whether current alcohol self-regulatory codes concerning advertising are sufficiently protecting young people. [Journal Reference: David Jernigan et al. Youth Alcohol Brand Consumption and Exposure to Brand Advertising in Magazines. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, July 2014]. Read

Alcohol Taxes Should Be Tripled

TMR_Pocket_Article84__5.29.145/27/14–According to a Pew study, most people see marijuana’s relative harmlessness as a reason for to regulate marijuana as lightly as alcohol is regulated. When asked if alcohol would still be more harmful to society than marijuana if marijuana were just as easy to get a hold of as alcohol is now, 63 percent said that yes, it would be. Read

Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014

7/28/14–Republican Congressman Scott Perry (Pennsylvania) along with Representative Steve Chohen (D-TN-09) and Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA-10) introduced the “Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014 (H.R.)” to Congress today – Monday, July 28, 2014. The bill proposes to exclude industrial hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) from the definition of marijuana, ensuring that children and individuals with epilepsy and other debilitating seizure disorders have access to life-changing Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil and therapeutic hemp such as the Charlotte’s Web™ brand of hemp products. Read

Medical marijuana oil bill aims to help children across U.S.

7/29/14–The bill by a Pennsylvania representative could get oil in the hands of parents across the nation by allowing it to be shipped across state lines. No longer would parents need to relocate to Colorado, said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., who announced it. Read

Legalization of recreational marijuana: Profits before safety?

7/26/14–As recreational use of marijuana recently became legal in Washington state, many concerned parents and educators feel this decision is sending the wrong message to our youth and teens. While sales continue to be brisk in Colorado, one expert voices concern about the drug serving as a gateway for youth and teens searching for harder drugs. Read

Study: Tourism interest in Washington down slightly after pot sales

7/25/14–Marijuana tourists continue flocking to Colorado, but Washington has seen a slight decrease in travel interest since it became only the second state to allow recreational pot sales; however, in contrast, interest in Colorado is up 20% since the state’s recreational market launched Jan. 1, a new study by Massachusetts-based travel firm Hopper finds. Read

HOAs taking on marijuana

7/27/14–Although a few HOAs have willingly changed their rules to accommodate legal marijuana use or home-growing, many more are banning home pot smoking. Homeowners associations can’t ban members from using marijuana in their homes. But if neighbors can see or smell weed, HOAs have every right to regulate the drug as a nuisance. Read

Visiting home after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana

7/26/14–The Boston Globe reporter Katie Johnston “investigates” the new “tourist attraction” during her visit home following the legalization of recreational marijuana. “I’m happy to report that, at least where I traveled, Colorado does not seem to have been transformed into a stoner paradise.” Read

Pasco bans marijuana sales

7/21/14–The Pasco City Council voted 6-1 Monday evening to ban recreational and medical marijuana businesses in the city limits. Read

Legal marijuana milestone heads for Seattle museum

7/22/14–The first recreational marijuana sold legally in Seattle will be put on display at the city’s Museum of History and Industry after a woman donated part of her purchase Tuesday. The museum has been collecting artifacts on Washington’s marijuana initiative and plans to display the items this fall. It is also hosting a traveling exhibit in April 2015 to explore prohibition, and marijuana will be incorporated into that exhibit, said museum spokeswoman Jackie Durbin. Read

Marijuana questions head for city ballots

7/27/14–Marijuana questions could pop up on ballots in at least 17 cities across Michigan this summer and fall. The questions aim to ease or eliminate local penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana, an approach that supporters call decriminalization. Read

Why 2014 is a major election year for marijuana reform

7/27/14–Voters in several states and municipalities nationwide will head to the polls this November and decide whether or not to radically alter the way many parts of America deal with marijuana. Read

No marijuana issues on 2014 Arkansas ballot

7/7/14–Arkansas voters will not be deciding any issues related to marijuana use this election year. Two measures, one for medical marijuana and the other for recreational use, have both failed to gather enough signatures to make it onto the November ballot. Read

Marijuana legalization in Oregon: Just one pot measure now in running for November ballot

6/23/14–Medical marijuana businessman Paul Stanford is giving up on his campaign to qualify two ballot measures for the November ballot that were aimed at giving adults broad rights to grow and possess marijuana. Although Stanford is ending his campaign, it appears highly likely that a marijuana legalization initiative sponsored by New Approach Oregon will qualify for the November ballot. Read

Montana ballot measure to ban all marijuana approved for signatures

5/29/14–Backers of a proposed ballot measure that would make marijuana illegal in Montana can begin gathering signatures. Supporters need to obtain at least 24,175 signatures of registered Montana voters by June 20 to qualify I-174 for the ballot, including at least 5 percent of the voters in 34 of the 100 state House district. Read

Rand Paul proposes measure to shield state medical marijuana laws from feds

7/24/14–Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday filed an amendment in the Senate that would protect states that implement medical marijuana laws, as well as patients and physicians in those states, from federal prosecution. Read

Marijuana brings a divided congress together

7/18/14–A bipartisan effort to help marijuana entrepreneurs is emerging. The House passed an amendment this week that should help marijuana businesses get banking services in the 23 states where marijuana is legal in some form. Interestingly, marijuana is one of the few issues Democrats and Republicans can agree on –at least as far as the banking amendment, it’s partly about public safety and transparency. Read

Another marijuana grower suspected of starting California wildfire

7/24/14–Edgardo Fournier of Perris was suspected of tending a large marijuana grow in the Sequoia National Forest and is being charged with starting a 1,600-acre wildfire there July 11, the second suspected marijuana grower believed to have sparked a major blaze this year. He was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Fresno on five counts that include marijuana cultivation of 2,090 plants, damaging forestlands and setting timber afire. Read

Marijuana activist shocked by his own arrest

TMR_Pocket_Article167_6.17.146/15/14–As a paid blogger and marijuana activist, Chris Goldstein has been caught up in a swirl of hearings, media conferences, and street theater for more than a decade, but for him the effort came with an unanticipated setback. He was prosecuted for smoking a marijuana cigarette during a monthly public protest staged in the shadow of the Liberty Bell last August. Read

Feds test affects of alcohol and marijuana while driving

7/25/14–A small group of volunteers spent much of the last year getting drunk and stoned on marijuana furnished by the federal government before getting behind the wheel. The volunteers were part of what federal scientists say was the most comprehensive study ever conducted on how marijuana, and pot combined with alcohol, affect drivers. The data now being analyzed ultimately will help regulators decide how stoned is too stoned to drive. Read

Teen driver in crash was high on marijuana with 8 kids in car

TMR_Pocket_Article208_7.7.147/5/14–A 16-year-old girl will likely face a vehicular assault charge after a bizarre car accident on State Route 9, just north of Marysville in Snohomish County. Washington State Patrol troopers believe Samantha Weldon was high on marijuana when she was driving her family home from her grandparents’ house before 1 a.m. Saturday. Troopers said they will recommend as many as eight counts of reckless endangerment, one for each child in the vehicle. Read

The Northeastern Institute of Cannabis will teach classes like “Medical Marijuana 101″

TMR_Pocket_Article214_7.8.147/7/14–The Northeastern Institute of Cannabis, located in Natick, Mass., announced that it will soon start accepting applications and begin offering classes in late August or early September teaching students about the medical uses of marijuana, growing techniques, the logistics of operating a dispensary, as well as the science, history and legal landscape of the industry. Read

‘Cannabis College’ students banking on medical marijuana

5/20/14–When you think about a college degree you think of things like economics, communications or poli sci. But a group of students in Tampa is learning something that right now is actually illegal to do in the State of Florida. They’re learning how to cultivate marijuana. Read

The business take on marijuana

7/24/14–With marijuana becoming more openly discussed, the Mitchell County Substance Abuse Coalition is helping businesses understand the impacts the drug can have on their operations. “As employers, I think it’s really important for us to be well-informed on the issue, and the negative impact it may have on our workforce. We also need to be really proactive versus reactive when it comes to protecting the safety of our consumers and employees,” said Shelly Russell of the Mitchell County Regional Health Center. Read

5 owners of Oregon day cares have medical marijuana cards

7/23/14–Five Oregon home-based, day-care centers are owned by people who have medical marijuana cards, officials said, prompting Gov. John Kitzhaber to say they should have to choose between their business and their marijuana. The state Office of Child Care has long viewed medical marijuana use as a private health matter that isn’t disclosed to the general public or parents of children at the centers. Read

Marijuana addiction is rare, but very real

7/20/14–Most people can use marijuana without becoming addicted. But for users with vulnerabilities like stress, mental illness, or a genetic predisposition, the risk of dependence is real. Dr. Alex Stalcup, medical director of the New Leaf Treatment Center in Lafayette, CA, recommends a simple test for addiction. “To make the diagnosis, we propose an experiment. In the experiment, we ask you for a defined period of time not to use. The basic question that we ask is, ‘Okay, so you smoke pot, that’s not the issue. Can you not smoke pot?’ Someone who’s not an addict, that’s not a problem..” Read

Of non-marijuana drug users in the ER, nearly all are problem drug users

7/7/14–Of emergency patients who reported any drug other than marijuana as their primary drug of use, 90.7 percent met the criteria for problematic drug use. Among patients who reported cannabis (marijuana) as their primary drug, almost half (46.6 percent) met the criteria for having a drug problem, according to a study published online in Annals of Emergency Medicine. [Journal Reference: Wendy L. Macias Konstantopoulos, Jessica A. Dreifuss, Katherine A. McDermott, Blair Alden Parry, Melissa L. Howell, Raul N. Mandler, Garrett M. Fitzmaurice, Michael P. Bogenschutz, Roger D. Weiss. Identifying Patients With Problematic Drug Use in the Emergency Department: Results of a Multisite Study. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.05.012]. Read

‘World’s first’ recreational marijuana ad takes on prohibition policies

TMR_Pocket_Article236_7.20.147/15/14–Crop King Seeds, a breeder of marijuana in Canada, has released what the company calls “the world’s first” recreational pot commercial. The Vancouver company has posted the part advertisement, part pro-marijuana public service message on YouTube, but has yet to air the spot. Read

Marijuana ads signal new strategy in push to legalize

7/11/14–While marijuana lobbyists once were content to play nice in their media messaging, the new ads reflect a confrontational style aimed at exposing records and getting elected leaders to board the pot legalization bandwagon _ or at least get out of the way. The ads are tougher and more visceral, often featuring pleas from ill people who want to use marijuana legally. Read

Pot oil explosions a growing problem

TMR_Pocket_Article209_7.7.147/3/14–Explosions caused by methamphetamine labs are all but gone from southern Nevada neighborhoods, but a new and similar threat is popping up with greater frequency in homes and apartments all over the Las Vegas valley. Changing attitudes and laws about marijuana have given rise to homemade labs designed to create highly concentrated forms of pot, but making it is dangerous, and not only for the participants. Read

2014 Dab Report: Breaking Dab

6/18/14– According to the 2014 Dab Report featured in High Times, the best way to tackle the serious public concerns posed by the rise of concentrates is through legalization and regulation rather than prohibition. The report further states that it’s through scientific research that the healing powers of cannabis are being proven and unfounded myths of its harmfulness dispelled, and it’s only through respect for legitimate scientific study and pragmatic problem-solving that any societal challenges can be effectively addressed that may arise as a result of marijuana’s legalization –including concentrates. Read

Biotech entrepreneurs fill marijuana testing niche

7/8/14–At Cascadia Labs, employees with backgrounds in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries test a variety of products with one common ingredient, consumed by thousands of patients across Oregon: medical marijuana. Co-owner Jeremy Sackett has joined Oregon’s medical marijuana industry, where new regulations aimed at increasing quality and safety have helped spawn businesses headed up by people with backgrounds in science and the legal profession.  Read

Canadian cannabis company buys huge facility for $13M

7/17/14–A prospective medical marijuana company in Canada has purchased a 300,000-square-foot facility for roughly $13 million U.S. dollars. The facility, when fully built up, has a maximum cultivation space of 600,000 square feet, the firm said. Benjamin Ward, the company’s President and CEO, stated the facility is the ideal structure for “a large-scale medical marijuana production plant.” Read

Recap of the High Times Cannabis Cup

7/10/14–The Sonoma County Fairgrounds played host to the Cannabis Cup  which was equal parts trade show and celebration of pot in all its forms. Rows of vendors served up typical county fair refreshments of hot dogs and kettle corn next to glass blowers, NORML booths, and massage chairs. The presentation of a medical marijuana recommendation allowed entrance into the gated area which proved the real draw. Read

Mom killed by husband who was ‘hallucinating after eating a marijuana cookie’

TMR_Pocket_Article245_7.22.147/22/14–A Denver, Colorado mother has been shot dead in front of her children by her ‘hallucinating’ husband while she was on a 13 minute call to 911, police said. Kristine Kirk, 44, called for help around 9:30p.m. Monday, telling dispatchers that her husband Richard Kirk, 47, was ‘talking about the end of the world’ and ‘scaring’ their three children. A source told FOX31 investigators are looking at whether he had eaten a marijuana cookie. Read

The new frontier of marijuana edibles regulation

7/21/14–Until Colorado and Washington went full-blown legalization, the general regulation standard for edibles was “buyer beware.” However, this mentality doesn’t provide the community with the credibility it’s seeking. Regulation not only means the actual amount of pot contained inside of the edibles — Colorado is already working towards creating a definition of what a “reasonable amount of pot” in edibles is — but also how to keep the food from becoming contaminated. Read

Cheeba Chews production halted by state marijuana license denial

TMR_Pocket_Article244_7.22.147/20/14–Cheeba Chews grew into one of the biggest successes of Colorado’s medical marijuana industry, but stopped production after the state in March denied the business license application of Green Sky Confections, which had a licensing agreement to produce and distribute the brand. The Colorado Department of Revenue cited 20 grounds for denial, including allegations of hidden ownership interests, off-the-books employees, an employee who had not passed a criminal-history check, record-keeping failures and unsanitary kitchen conditions. Read

Marijuana poses more risks than many realize

7/27/14–Doctors say they’re increasingly fielding questions about the safety of marijuana, as use of the drug rises and more communities consider legalizing it. Read

Magnetic Resonance Imaging study finds brain abnormalities in regular marijuana users

7/20/14–People who regularly use marijuana show significant abnormalities in areas of the brain associated with motivation and emotion, a team of Swiss researchers has found. The scientists discovered changes in the volume of gray matter — the tissue containing brain cells — in regular marijuana users compared with occasional ones. Read

16 jobs being created by the marijuana industry

7/27/14–The new marijuana industry is creating more revenue and a multitude of opportunities in just about every function. What are some of these jobs, what do they pay, and how can you get one? Sixteen of them featured in this article are giving local economies a boost. Read

Is marijuana becoming a legitimate business in the United States?

7/26/14–On July 18, the House of Representatives voted in favor of an amendment designed to make it easier for banks to do business with marijuana-related businesses by preventing the SEC and the U.S. Treasury from penalizing banks for lending money and engaging in other banking activities with marijuana-based businesses in states where it is legalized. Read

Budding business in loans for marijuana startups

7/24/14–Stiff financial hurdles for starting a medical marijuana business in Illinois are creating a way for investors to get involved by providing loans and letters of credit to help Illinois marijuana-related firms get started. This business opportunity is expected over the long term to be very lucrative, as it has been in other states that have legalized marijuana. Read

The pitfalls of marijuana-related penny stocks

7/21/14–According to Cody Willard, Revolution Investing writer for MarketWatch, every single pot penny stock he has put a warning out about is down 50%-90% in the last five months. He claims to have saved his readers millions of dollars over the last six months as the collective valuations of the stocks he’s warned against dropped by several hundred million dollars. As he continues to caution about the hype surrounding penny stocks, Willard says the best marijuana-related penny stocks to buy now and/or own are none of them. Read

Georgia governor pushes for marijuana trials

7/15/14–Georgia governor Nathan Deal is calling for trials to test the effectiveness of the marijuana derivative, cannabidiol.  He recently pushed for clinical trials since 23 states and Washington D.C. have already legalized access to medical marijuana. Read

Parents say their son needs medical marijuana

7/14/14–A Savannah, Georgia couple hopes their son can participate in clinical trials. Their two-year-old has Dravet Syndrome, and they feel medical marijuana could help stop his frequent and severe seizures. Coopers parents have seen the benefits of what the drug has done for other children. They’ve called Savannah doctors to sign up. Read

Will attitude shift affect marijuana laws?

7/13/14–The increasing acceptance of marijuana across America has some in law enforcement concerned it will increase demand for “harder” drugs. Public support for legalizing marijuana use is at an all-time high of 54 percent in 2013, compared with 41 percent in 2009 and 16 percent in 1989, according to Pew Research polling. The shift on marijuana is helped along by a trio of major marijuana lobbying groups — Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project and NORML. Read

Oregon marijuana legalization advocates aim for ‘the new gold standard’

TMR_Pocket_Article221_7.9.147/8/14–One of the country’s leading drug policy reformers visited Oregon Tuesday to make a pitch for legalizing pot, calling the recreational marijuana initiative headed to the November ballot “the new gold standard” of marijuana reform efforts. Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, called Oregon’s effort to legalize marijuana is “the No. 1 priority ” for his New York-based organization. Read

Children’s Hospital sees surge in kids accidentally eating marijuana

4/10/14–The number of children coming into Colorado’s largest pediatric emergency department after accidentally eating marijuana is on pace to more than double last year’s total. According to Michael DiStefano, the medical director of the Children’s Hospital Colorado emergency department, most of the children admitted are between 3 and 7 years old. Read

Kids poisoned by medical marijuana, study finds

5/27/14–Legalizing marijuana may have unintended consequences. Since medical marijuana was legalized in Colorado, more than a dozen young children have been unintentionally poisoned with the drug, researchers report. About half the cases resulted from kids eating marijuana-laced cookies, brownies, sodas or candy. In many cases, the marijuana came from their grandparents’ stash, the investigators said. Read

Marijuana advocates deliver petitions to City Hall

7/24/14–Decriminalization of marijuana in Wichita moved a step closer to a public vote Thursday when advocates turned in petitions with nearly twice as many signatures as they need to put the question on the November ballot. Petition organizers Esau Freeman and Janice Bradley presented a sheaf of papers they say contain the names of more than 5,800 people who signed in favor of decriminalizing possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Read

264 charged with marijuana possession since city council voted to decriminalize

7/21/14–On June 19th, Philadelphia City Council voted to decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, passing a bill introduced by Councilman Jim Kenney. But Mayor Michael Nutter opposes the bill, and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has said that he will continue to make marijuana arrests, even if the bill is signed into law. In the month following the bill’s passing, 264 citizens were charged with the crime. Read

Volcano Vaporizer

6/24/14–In depth operation guide to the Volcano Vaporizer, featuring the Digit, Classic, Easy Valve, and Solid Valve. Video

Canada vending machines pop out marijuana

TMR_Pocket_Article91_5.30.145/26/14–Proprietor Chuck Varabioff hopes to install marijuana vending machines in nursing homes and medical clinics. His business, British Columbia Pain Society, is one of about 400 pot stores — which call themselves medical marijuana dispensaries — in the western Canadian city.  They’re all part of a booming medical marijuana industry that operates in a legal gray zone since a federal court ruling recently overturned Ottawa’s latest attempt to regulate its distribution. Read

Colorado Springs businesses sprout from marijuana legalization

7/15/14–For starters, marijuana businesses demand a variety of services and products, creating an economic boost across sectors, said Phyllis Resnick, lead economist at the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University. Manufacturing and real estate are two areas that have been particularly affected, she said. Colorado Springs’ medical marijuana industry, coupled with legal recreational possession and use, have been enough to spawn a number of ancillary businesses. Read

Washington medical marijuana grower opens farm to tours

6/14/14– Tom Lauerman decided to turn his small marijuana grow into a commercial one. He is opening up his medical marijuana farm to visitors, hoping Washington’s nascent cannabis tourism industry is a boon to growers. For now, Washington state’s tourism industry is taking a cautious approach to the potential for marijuana-related tourism. The issue of where the shops can locate remains controversial. Read

The number of marijuana dealers in the United States

7/16/14–According to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 29.7 million Americans 12 or older had smoked marijuana within the past year. Additionally, based on FBI statistics, there were about 94,900 arrests for marijuana sale or manufacturing in 2011. And while this number accounts for the entire marijuana production apparatus in the U.S. — at all steps in the chain, from producers to major traffickers to low-level part-timers — exact calculations are difficult to report. Read

Marijuana use among youths is increasing

7/13/14–A recent News-Leader article presented information from Springfield Public Schools about drug use in the district, with particular focus on an increase in marijuana-related incidents in the middle and high schools. Beyond Springfield, national studies show that marijuana use now exceeds cigarette use among eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders, and 6.5 percent of all 12th-graders are daily marijuana users. Read

New York Times stirs debate with call for ending U.S. ban on marijuana

TMR_Pocket_Article254_7.28.147/27/14–The editorial board of The New York Times has issued a dramatic call for the federal government to repeal its ban on marijuana, saying officials should leave the question of legalization up to state governments. The Times’ editorial received widespread attention from both sides of the issue. Read

The case for legalized marijuana

7/27/14–The New York Times became the largest newspaper to endorse decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level, and the buzz behind legalizing marijuana is growing louder since this endorsement was announced. Video

Marijuana isn’t necessarily safe to treat what ails us

7/26/14–The state of Texas is deciding whether to embrace medical marijuana as approved policy, perhaps in the spirit of Gov. Rick Perry’s receptivity to “states’ rights” on marijuana. While the Legislature will have several bills to consider by 2015, an important question remains unanswered: Is medical marijuana really what it seems – a compassionate response to genuine suffering? Or is it a bait-and-switch move by drug legalizers? Read

In the Weeds: Operation of a state medical marijuana program

7/17/14–While marijuana use for medicinal purposes has been on the legislative agenda in many states outside the Southern region for a number of years, Southern state legislatures only recently have begun to grapple with the complexities of the issue. Many Southern lawmakers cite stories of families with children suffering from severe seizure or muscular disorders as the impetus for the push toward some form of legalization. But for every family that puts a face on the issue, lawmakers are confronted with a plethora of questions about the science behind medical marijuana and about ways to implement a program in their state. This webinar offered a scientific perspective on marijuana for medical use and discussion on state medical marijuana programs. Sue Rusche, CEO of National Families in Action and executive editor of The Marijuana Report.Org, actively participated as a panelist in the discussion sponsored by the Council on State Government. Audio

Law unclear on whether medical marijuana users could also sell drug

7/23/14–A Pima County Superior Court judge may have paved the way for the state’s more than 52,000 medical marijuana users to get into business of selling the drug, at least to each other. Judge Richard Fields threw out charges filed by prosecutors against Jeremy Matlock who was indicted last year on charges of illegally selling marijuana, ruling that the wording of the 2010 voter-approved law does not make what he did illegal. Read

AP correction: Marijuana research-professor fired

7/21/14–In a story July 18 about marijuana researcher, Suzanne Sisley, who was fired from the University of Arizona, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the university is looking for a new researcher who can raise more money. The study is already funded. A corrected version of the story: Professor aims to resume research on pot and PTSD. Firing of Arizona professor highlights difficulty of US research into medical marijuana. Read

Bid to overturn San Jose medical marijuana regulations falls short

7/22/14–Advocates failed to get the required number of signatures for a proposed ballot measure seeking to overturn the rules, which severely restrict where dispensaries can locate. The failure means that most of San Jose’s 80 or so dispensaries will have to close within a year. Read

Marijuana delivery: Is capitalism turning us into the laziest people on Earth?

7/17/14–As reported by LA Times’ David Pierson, mobile marijuana businesses now number in the hundreds across Southern California. Nationwide, marijuana delivery services have nearly tripled in three years, from 877 to 2,617, according to Weedmaps, a Yelp-like online directory for marijuana businesses. Although services offering the convenience of marijuana by phone (or text or email) aren’t legal, the increasingly high numbers indicate steady use of the service and considered by Pierson to be another way capitalism is conspiring to turn Americans into the laziest and most indolent people on Earth. Read

What the health board’s doing about medical marijuana

7/16/14–New rules for the medical marijuana program in Colorado are under consideration by the state Board of Health Wednesday. The board is looking at new rules to limit high-volume caregivers, and setting guidelines for marijuana-related research grants awarded by the Health Department. Read

Colorado marijuana audits receive national recognition

TMR_Pocket_Article187_6.24.146/22/14–The Colorado Office of the State Auditor is being recognized as one of the best in the country, with national awards for its work auditing the state’s medical marijuana regulatory system last year. The National State Auditors Association gave Colorado its Excellence in Accountability Award in the large performance-audit category, which is given to only one winner each year for government auditing excellence. Read

Understanding new medical marijuana laws

6/25/14–The first Medical Cannabis Symposium is designed to help medical professionals understand how marijuana can help treat health problems. Many Connecticut pharmacists and doctors gathered at the Aqua Turf in Southington Wednesday to learn about the medicinal use of cannabis, and what they need to know when consulting patients. Read

Medical marijuana requests on the rise

6/13/14–Medical marijuana prescriptions have been available since 2012 in Connecticut, but Dr. Corey Jaquez says back then, he would only see one to two requests per week. These days, business is booming with as many as 14 consultations each week. Read

Washington DC looks to throw MMJ businesses a lifeline

6/13/14–Lawmakers in Washington DC are poised to loosen the city’s restrictive medical marijuana program, which would provide a lifeline to local cannabis businesses that are struggling to survive. Read

Marijuana-friendly ordinances OK’d

7/24/14–Urbana does not have any laws that govern cannabis dispensaries and cultivation, and the plan commission Thursday night approved changes to city ordinances that regulate where and how marijuana shops can open. Assuming the city council gives the green light, the businesses that operate legally under the new state rules on medical marijuana would be allowed to open in the city’s industrial, business or agricultural districts. Read

Illinois patients to doctors: What about marijuana?

7/23/14–Illinois doctors, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice organizations are ramping up for their role as gatekeepers in the state’s new medical marijuana program. “It’s already an issue,” said Dr. Martha Twaddle of Barrington-based JourneyCare, which specializes in end-of-life care. “People are asking, ‘What about marijuana?’” Read

Maine nurse practitioners can recommend marijuana starting Aug. 1

7/28/14–Nurse practitioners in Maine can legally certify patients to use medical cannabis beginning Friday. Nurse practitioners will join physicians as medical professionals who can legally recommend marijuana to patients suffering from qualifying conditions approved by state government, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder and others. Read

Managing medical marijuana’s growing pains

6/7/14–An empathy for people battling illnesses and an ability to navigate through controversy will serve Patricia Rosi well as she manages half of Maine’s medical marijuana dispensaries. Read

Medical marijuana rules for doctors raise concerns

7/25/14–Proposed rules for Maryland’s nascent medical marijuana system are drawing objections from a leading advocate, who says the regulations could discourage doctors from participating. Read

Dennis marijuana tax may go up in smoke

7/22/14–Dennis voters at Town Meeting approved a 5 percent tax on marijuana sold at dispensaries. A home rule petition was needed for the tax to go into effect and it was sent to the Legislature’s joint committee on revenue July 8. State Rep. Cleon Turner, D-Dennis, who filed the bill on behalf of the town said that while he thinks it makes sense for towns to have a way to recoup any expenses spent on things such as increased police patrols, should they be needed, he’s doubtful the tax will ever become a reality. Read

Medical Marijuana 101: Massachusetts doctors head to the classroom

6/23/14–Doctors, lobbyists and advocates for medical marijuana gathered for the Massachusetts Medical Society’s first continuing education course on the use of marijuana to treat medical issues. Some of the roughly 80 physicians at this course came because, as of July 1, they will need to complete a continuing education course in marijuana for medical purposes if they want the option of certifying patients. Others came because they’ve already been asked to sign the forms and don’t feel prepared. Read

Cannabis Cup attracts thousands of marijuana enthusiasts to Vienna Township

7/26/14–Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts made their way to Clio Saturday, July 26, to medicate, hear a Grammy-winning musician and bond over their love for the plant. Auto City Speedway opened its gates on Saturday morning for the Cannabis Cup, High Times magazine’s concert, expo and trade show to celebrate marijuana. Read

Dispensary solution on horizon in Michigan?

7/17/14–Michigan lawmakers could be close to approving a solution to the state’s medical marijuana problems. The state Senate on Wednesday advanced two bills to the floor. One bill would legalize medical marijuana dispensaries, while the other would approve edibles products. If the bills pass, they would help rejuvenate Michigan’s battered MMJ industry. Read

City moves forward on medical marijuana

7/24/14–Mesquite has been in quandary over the marijuana issue for more than a month. The council voted 4-1 during its July 8 meeting to delay introducing anything about medical marijuana until the second meeting in January 2015. Mesquite residents gave the City Council an earful Tuesday on all the reasons for and against medical marijuana despite Mayor Al Litman’s caveat when he opened the meeting that its purpose was just to allow a reading of a bill for introduction; no voting was ever going to take place. Read

Commentary: the myth of regulation

7/16/14–Moapa Valley Progress editor Vernon Robison poses the question in his commentary, “How is a sensible person supposed to engage in an intelligent conversation about the medical benefits of marijuana; and talk about how we will all be better off if it is regulated by government agencies; when we all know that we aren’t just talking about medical use at all…? Robison argues that nothing can be seen as what it is, everything seems to be nonsense. He draws a parallel between the medical marijuana debate and Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole. Read

New Hampshire celebrates bittersweet anniversary of medical marijuana program

7/24/14–Instead of rejoicing, medical marijuana patients and advocates “celebrated” the first anniversary of the state’s decision to legalize the drug by holding a demonstration to raise awareness for the delays the state’s medical marijuana program has faced. They also delivered a list of grievances and requests to New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office. Read

Parents press Christie on Rx marijuana

TMR_Pocket_Article255_7.30.147/27/14–New Jersey’s medical-marijuana program is coming under fire from a group of parents, who are setting up orange traffic cones on a sidewalk in front of the Statehouse each week to make their point, simply and colorfully. The program needs repairs, they say, and Gov. Christie is blocking changes that would help their severely ill children get treatment their doctors have recommended. The cones are intended as a visual reference to Bridgegate. Read

Hope Township medical marijuana advocate to rally in Trenton

TMR_Pocket_Article241_7.21.147/17/14–A Warren County advocate for medical marijuana plans to return today to the New Jersey State House in Trenton to call for changes to the state’s medical marijuana program. To call attention to what she sees as needed changes, Jennie Stormes, a registered nurse from Hope Township, organized a Jax’s Cannabis Journey rally for 11 a.m. at the State House. Read

Op-Ed: The failure of New York’s medical marijuana law

7/27/14–In the opinion article written by Ben Morris, he argues that Governor Andrew Cuomo gave New Yorkers a bill that fails on so many levels instead of signing a bill that provides vast, quick access to medical cannabis. Morris also comments that Cuomo is making patients wait nearly two years to get their medicine, and restricting the number of diseases or ailments eligible for cannabis. The law also allows for the governor to remove the law at any time. Read

Medical marijuana: Lawmakers may back clinical trials

7/12/14–Medical marijuana may be signed into law in New York state, but the battle continues. Many families aren’t happy about the fact that it will still take another year and a half until forms of medical marijuana can be put into the hands of patients who need it. State lawmakers are pushing to speed up and expand the clinical trials for medical marijuana in New York State. Read

Medical marijuana dispensary issues tackled during Tigard City Council meeting

7/22/14–Potential conflicts between state and federal law prompted plenty of discussion in Tigard on Tuesday as the city council explored how a planning commission might tackle medical marijuana dispensaries. With Measure 53 headed to voters in November, which could legalize recreational marijuana use in Oregon, councilors agreed it was pertinent to write a provision into the Tigard Development Code allowing medical dispensaries to operate within city limits. Read

Dispensary owners meet with state officials to air complaints, ask questions

TMR_Pocket_Article205_7.2.146/28/14–More than 100 medical marijuana dispensary representatives gathered in downtown Portland Saturday to complain, question and comment on the new law governing retail sales of medical cannabis. For more than two hours, dispensary owners, their employees and marijuana growers peppered Tom Burns, the dispensary program director, with detailed questions about how to meet the state’s 31 pages of rules. Read

A spike in medical marijuana prices could boost black market sales

6/5/14–In New Mexico, there’s concern over proposed changes to the medical marijuana program. Concerns include the worry that increased licensing fees will lead to a spike in prices, forcing some patients to buy their supply on the streets. Read

Chafee signs legislation that changes Rhode Island’s medical marijuana law

7/9/14–Legislation that amends Rhode Island’s medical marijuana law, resetting the amounts of marijuana that can be grown in some settings and establishing new regulatory mechanisms, has been signed by Governor Chafee. Read

Advocates for medical marijuana patients criticize proposed changes to R.I. law

6/4/14–Advocates for people with debilitating conditions who use medical marijuana criticized proposals Tuesday to reduce the number of plants a caregiver can possess in Rhode Island, asserting it fails to consider the amount required to produce the oils and tinctures that effectively manage patients’ pain. Read

Marijuana edibles sales heat up

7/21/14–The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a cottage industry. It includes baked goods, candies, infused oils, cookbooks and classes. Edibles and infused products such as snack bars, olive oils and tinctures popular with medical marijuana users have flourished into a gourmet market of chocolate truffles, whoopie pies and hard candies as Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana in the past year. Read

Seattle police uncover historic marijuana grow operation

6/4/14–Seattle police on Tuesday uncovered one of the largest marijuana grow operations in recent memory, but after they confiscated most of the 2,663 plants, officers let the grower go. After getting several complaints from neighbors about “an overwhelming smell” of marijuana coming from a home and warehouse in West Seattle, police served a search warrant on the property. Read

Puyallup man charged in marijuana lab explosion

TMR_Pocket_Article78_5.27.145/22/14–A Puyallup man charged with exploding a marijuana drug lab outside his home told police he was working for a local medical marijuana company, according to court documents. Seth Cleek, 20, pleaded not guilty Thursday to unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and first-degree reckless burning. Read

Jury sent tobacco company a $23 billion message

TMR_Pocket_Article250_7.24.147/21/14–Cynthia Robinson, a Florida widow, who was awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband on Monday called the massive verdict a message to Big Tobacco, even though she likely won’t see much if any of the money. Robinson’s case was originally part of a class-action lawsuit representing between 300,000 and 700,000 Floridians. Read

Smoking while pregnant linked to ADHD in children

TMR_Pocket_Article249_7.24.147/22/14–Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research. This study suggests that nicotine itself, not just tobacco, may be a hazard during pregnancy. Read