Marijuana, legal or not, creates secondhand smoke, which is a form of indoor air pollution. If we truly want safe, healthy, smokefree spaces, then they should be free from particulate matter created by tobacco cigarette smoke, marijuana smoke, and secondhand aerosol from electronic smoking devices. Nobody should have to breathe secondhand marijuana smoke at work or where they live, learn, shop, or play. Smoke is smoke and marijuana smoke is a form of indoor air pollution. Read ANR's position paper, Protecting Nonsmokers from Secondhand Marijuana Smoke for more information.
To assist the tobacco control movement with facts and resources about secondhand marijuana smoke, we have created a few fact sheets and infographics. Our subject matter experts are also available to speak to groups and coalitions about preparing for and responding to marijuana secondhand smoke issues and policies. Contact us at 510-841-3032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Contains Hundreds of Chemicals
Marijuana Smokefree Policy Trends
Laws addressing marijuana have grown from approximately 30 local laws in January, 2014, to 68 local laws in January, 2015, and 143 local laws in January, 2016. These numbers are the sum total of all laws/policies in our laws database that address or mention marijuana. As of April 3, 2017 there are 216 municipalities and 10 states that specifically restrict marijuana use in some or all smokefree spaces.
There are now at least 1,536 college or university campus sites that are 100% tobacco-free; of these, 1,400 also prohibit e-cigarette use, 701 also prohibit hookah use, and 120 also prohibit smoking/vaping marijuana.
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Ohio has legalized medical marijuana, and not recreational use, but even so, marijuana proponents are trying to normalize its use with tactics like "Buddy the Marijuana Mascot".
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Canada's cannabis community needs vapour lounges
When David Deif wants to smoke a joint - which is often - he's grateful
to have a place ... marijuana from being smoked anywhere regular smoking
district, PD reminding community about the risks of public smoking
Summer is coming, which means more people will be outside enjoying
warm weather, which often includes imbibing a cold beverage on the patio
of a local bar or restaurant - or enjoying marijuana. But area law enforcement
wants to remind users that weed use is still illegal if it is within
sight, or at least smelling distance, of the public.
Cannabis Clubs Coming to Oregon? The Proposed Bill Sounds Promising
An Oregon Senate bill could bring cannabis clubs to the state, giving locals and ... Would-be club operators would need to apply for a state license and pay ... Senate Bill 307 would allow state-licensed lounges to permit cannabis consumption among adults 21 and older, provided the city or county has not banned cannabis establishments.
To pot or not to pot?
... even "second hand smoke" can have an adverse effect on
a child's brain, although there is no serious penalty for having a young
one riding in a marijuana ...
Area Man's Vision to Convert Winery Estate Into Weed Destination
the Best Pot Party in California
Public Consumption of Marijuana on the Horizion?
governor vetoes bill to legalize marijuana, suggests revisions
of Marijuana Industry Creates Wealth of Opportunity for Companies With
Foresight and Action
and Tobacco Spliffs Least Common in U.S., Says Study
board will revisit onsite consumption at July meeting
Dakota jury finds consultant not guilty in pot case
decision on marijuana needs review
what just changed in Washington state marijuana laws
eyeing recreational pot options
Wants Cannabis Social Clubs
tourist's guide to navigating Alaska's marijuana market
Public Health Head Eyes First Medical Marijuana ...
To get Guam's stalled medical marijuana program moving forward, the
head of public health wants to hold the first official meeting of the
medical marijuana ...
snuffs annual 4/20 pot rally for three years over trash, noise
Denver has extinguished the annual 4/20 marijuana rally at Civic Center
Park for three years and fined organizers $20,000 after numerous complaints
about trash and noise emanating from last month's celebration.
Jeff Hunt, director of the conservative Centennial Institute, delivered
a petition with 4,000 signatures to Mr. Hancock last week asking him
to cancel the event, saying attendees and performers broke the law by
smoking pot at the park.
identify main factors of home indoor air pollution: marijuana surprisingly
plays a big role
A new study led by San Diego State University researchers has identified the most important factors that go into home indoor air pollution. Tobacco and marijuana smoking turned out to be some of the biggest offender marking the first time the drug was found to play such a role. Out of the total, 44 (22.8%) of families reported at least one household member smoking at least one cigarette indoors in the 7-days prior to the interview. Homes without indoor cigarette smoking reported indoor smoking of cigars (1.3%), hookah (0.8%), electronic cigarettes (14.1%), marijuana (10.1%), and other drugs (0.7%). Nearly all families reported opening a window (95.3%) or opening a door (96.9%) for ventilation purposes. Most homes (60.1%) reported using an exhaust fan in their kitchen and 8.3% of homes used an air purifier. No significant differences in ventilation activities were seen between homes with indoor and outdoor smoking, except the use of central air conditioning which was higher among homes without indoor cigarette smoking (25.5% vs. 6.8%).
Robinson and the City of Portland lobby to allow marijuana lounges in
Former Trail Blazer Cliff Robinson joined Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly this week in supporting a bill that would allow social consumption of cannabis in Oregon. Senate Bill 307 would allow licensed lounges for marijuana consumption, meaning people could smoke or vape cannabis in a social setting outside of their personal homes. Portland officials called the bill "a common-sense approach" that would allow tourists and residents to consume legal cannabis, which they can now purchase but may not be able to actually use. Opponents of the bill say that social consumption of cannabis exposes people to secondhand smoke and normalizes marijuana use for children. "A recent study from the Journal of the American Heart Association encourages secondhand smoke laws extend to marijuana because both tobacco and marijuana smoke impair blood vessel function similarly," the Oregon Nurses Association wrote in their testimony. "Like tobacco, studies have found that smoking marijuana can irritate the lungs and lead to breathing problems like cough, excess mucus, bronchitis, and worsening of conditions like asthma and cystic fibrosis."
Lawmakers craft good compromise for social pot consumption
If your landlord wont let you smoke weed in your apartment, where do you go? Its illegal to consume in public, in parks, on sidewalks, in bars or restaurants. Many tourists encounter the same problem. The result is lots of confusion and no way for some people to consume a legal product legally. It deserves a legislative fix. Senate Bill 307 originally was drafted to permit licensed locations that allow social consumption of pot at temporary events and in permanent smoking lounges. Health officials argued the new rules would violate clean-air regulations, injure those breathing secondhand smoke and normalize pot use in the minds of youngsters. A revised version of the bill discussed this week by the Joint Committee on Marijuana Regulation would eliminate temporary event-focused options and require smoking lounges to be smoking porches to allow for ventilation. It would require active opt-in from local governments. Marijuana edibles would not be allowed, and no alcohol or tobacco products could be consumed.
Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel
Im not a fan of driving while stoned mostly because it makes me super paranoid but I know plenty of other people who swear by it. When they do, theyre going against the advice of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which claims marijuana can slow reaction time, impair judgment of time and distance, and decrease coordination. But its still hard to scientifically peg down whether stoned driving is anywhere near as bad as driving buzzed from a couple drinks, or over-the-limit drunk-driving. Regardless, California Senate Bill 65 is currently making its way through the state Legislature.
approach to dealing with marijuana laws
on social cannabis gets makeover
young adults, cigarettes more pleasurable with alcohol than with pot
can you legally smoke pot in Colorado?
backs cannabis lounge bill, envisions 'craft' tourism boost
Sioux tribe's cannabis resort consultant faces trial on drug ...
marijuana still a no in Walnut Creek
smoking lounges could be next in Oregon
officials look to halt smokable marijuana
Where can I drink alcohol and smoke pot in public?
Social Clubs Are A Social Justice Issue, Says Retired ...
gave bad info
Beach Wants Ultrastrict Medical Pot Rules: "Odor ...
of Minnesota medical marijuana patients say treatment has ...
Smoking pot on the Las Vegas Strip
medical marijuana companies report $11M losses
to vote on pot ordinance, slightly higher budget in June
look to halt smokable medical pot
Medical Dispensaries Are Getting Around the State's Vape ...
drops subpoena for Argus Leader reporter
To Get High In Vegas
Robinson Submits Testimony to Salem Joint Committee on ...
Unveils Bill to Legalize Marijuana in NJ
TRENTON - A New Jersey lawmaker revealed the long-awaited details of his plan to legalize marijuana on Monday, rolling out legislation to regulate and tax ...
Gov Undecided On Signing Marijuana Legalization Bill
Governor Phil Scott (R) of Vermont has voice concern over signing the marijuana legalization bill passed last week by the state legislature. The Vermont bill, if signed, would legalize possession of less than an ounce of cannabis. It also allows for cultivation of two mature plants at a residence. There is no change to the DUII laws in the bill. The fear of increased traffic fatalities and DUII seems to be a seminal concern of the governor.
Files Adult-Use Marijuana Ballot Initiative
The Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (also known
as ... the Michigan Cannabis Coalition, the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana
Law Section ...
Marijuana In Denver Just Got More Social
After six months of negotiating and committee hearings, Denver on Thursday
became the first city in the nation to allow social cannabis consumption.
Businesses in the Mile High City will be able to apply for annual permits
allowing adult patrons to consume their own cannabis as part of a four-year
pilot program. The social experiment gives Denver cannabis enthusiasts
the ability to share cannabis socially without fear of arrest.
Weed's No. 1 Enemy
As president and CEO of boot-strapped Smart Approaches to Marijuana
(SAM), co-founded by former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Sabet would like to
slow the momentum of the cannabis legalization movement. B
seen how long it took for tobacco to lose favor-80 years, and of course
they're still making a ton of money," Sabet says against the drone
of airline announcements in the background. "That started from
a very small group, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, which started
in 1976 in Berkeley. I've studied these groups and their successes and
failures, and I have a long view on all of this."
selling smokable pot to patients
Legislature again ignores voters
for Denver social marijuana use permits includes waivers for ...
Latest: Pot Club Regulations Elude Colorado Lawmakers
Allergic to Weed
Enacts City-wide Smoking Ban
Laguna Beach has become the first city in Orange County to effectively
ban smoking in all public places. The City Council voted unanimously
Tuesday to ban smoking in all outside areas including sidewalks, parking
lots, streets, alleys, outdoor dining areas and common areas of apartment
buildings. The vote expands the city's current smoking restrictions,
which previously included public beaches and parks and areas considered
a fire hazard.
The ban includes "vape" pens and e-cigarettes,
and also effectively bans the use of marijuana in public areas. Proposition
64, which passed in November, ...
marijuana patients fear change to smokeless housing
Patients face murky legality as they await medical marijuana ...
Pot-Possession Program Will Advance in Flagler ...
Hawk social clubs remain smokeless
John Scarffe, Black Hawk. Social clubs that would allow consumption of alcohol and marijuana came before the Black Hawk City Council during a regular meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 3 p.m.,
talk about marijuana without hysterical name-calling | Quigley
the Man Trying to End the Denver 420 Rally Turned Against ...
in Smoke: Florida Legislature Can't Agree on Medical Marijuana
Morgan Threatens To Sue Legislature
rights regarding marijuana cultivation, possession and ...
Cannabis Advocacy Network rally for the 4th annual ...
and Marijuana: Gaming Legislators Conference June 9-11 ...
can smoke cigarettes on the boardwalk. Why not pot, advocates ...
... it's sticking with its position banning smoking of marijuana on the boardwalk. ... the borough attorney said officials were within their right to ban the smoking of ...
Editorial: The new DUI: Driving after smoking pot
PD Editorial: The new DUI: Driving after smoking pot ... take a car parked inside a pet store to show that driving under the influence should be banned, too. ...
Public Cannabis Smoking Clubs Arrive In California?
There's a popular misconception that cannabis is a party drug. ... opportunities to enjoy it in a regulated public social setting, such as at a bar, restaurant, movie theater, nighttime museum event, ... Will smoking clubs be the next cocktail bars? ...
advocates fear legalized marijuana could reignite ...
The looming federal legalization of marijuana has anti-smoking activists
worried about ... marijuana could reignite the debate about public smoking
in Canada. ..
number of teens hospitalized for pot in Colorado
bill targets low-income cannabis patients who vape
They argued against the inclusion of electronic cigarettes on the ground
that it will increase the risk of eviction and therefore homelessneess
among public ...
Adults' Perceptions of Marijuana, Cigarette, E-Cigarette Safety May
Be Based on Mistaken Beliefs about Risks, Georgia State Study Shows
The study participants "gauged harms in nuanced ways, with
criteria for judging harm differing between tobacco and marijuana products
and comparing them with alcohol, illicit drugs and pharmaceuticals,"
the researchers said in the article "Perceived harms and benefits
of tobacco, marijuana and electronic vaporizers among young adults in
Colorado: Implications for health education and research." The
lead author is Dr. Lucy Popova, assistant professor of health promotion
and behavior and a researcher at the school's Tobacco Center of Regulatory
Science (TCORS). Researchers conducted interviews with 32 adults in
Colorado, ages 18-26, who used marijuana, tobacco or e-cigarettes within
a month of the study. (In 2014, Colorado became the first state to legalize
retail marijuana sales. Today, nearly 30 states have legalized medicinal
marijuana and eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized
general use by adults.)
Weed Is Legal in Florida, But Smoking It Won't Be
Edibles and vaping is okay, but "marijuana in a form for smoking"
is still banned. ... Senator Rob Bradley, told local reporters that
the smoking ban was based on ...
Point could be second city in Orange County to ban smoking
A plan to ban smoking from Dana Point's public areas - the sidewalks, alleys, parking lots and garages - is moving ahead. City Council members have agreed to pursue a citywide smoking ban, directing the city attorney and staff to develop a "high-level road map" looking at risks and benefits of smoking and vaping in public places. The ban would also apply to marijuana.
Why Disney Will Ban Cannabis From Their Theme Parks
THAT NEW BUZZ IN PORTLAND?: It's the Potlandia Tour ...
Faculty will vote on whether or not to approve Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana's proposed changes to the student handbook-including clarifying the University's policy on marijuana and switching to gender-neutral language-at Tuesday's faculty meeting. Last November, Massachusetts residents voted to legalize the possession, recreational use, and eventual sale of marijuana. The state's new policy on legal recreational use went into effect on Dec. 15, and the sale of recreational marijuana has been delayed by the state legislature until mid-2018. "Although Massachusetts law now permits adults aged 21 or older to possess and consume marijuana under certain circumstances, federal law prohibits the possession, use, or distribution of marijuana, including for medical purposes, on Harvard property or as part of a Harvard activity," the handbook would read. Khurana will also move to include vaping as a prohibited activity under the College's smoking policy: "This is also an opportune time to clarify the College's stance on vaping. Following the approach taken by University efforts to implement tobacco-free policies on campus, the use of vaping in the Houses and dorms should be prohibited," the memo reads
Golden Retriever Sickened by Discarded Marijuana Edible
A dog owner in Colorado learned the hard way the importance of being
more careful where she walks her dog. Now she is speaking out in hopes
of preventing ...
Finds Link In Marijuana Shops To Increased Property Crime
A three-year study conducted in Denver has linked higher levels property
crime to proximity of legal marijuana shops. The research found that
higher property crime does not necessarily occur in the immediate areas
next to marijuana stores but in adjacent areas. Researchers determined
that 84 more property crimes happen per year in the neighborhoods near
marijuana shops compared to neighborhoods not close to shops.
Alive For Football - May 1, 2017
Marijuana is becoming more accepted, but pot smokers have few places
to legally ... Driving under the influence would remain illegal, and
smoking in public ...
Norwalk Reflector - May 1, 2017
"The medical field frowns on pregnant women using marijuana,"
said the 27-year-old ... Public health officials, however, say the implications
surrounding its ... that the long-term effects of smoking cannabis during
pregnancy are still unclear. ...
of legal pot moves swiftly in Colorado Legislature since voter approval
Inside the room, the largest of the spaces afforded for legislative hearings, at least another dozen cannabis lobbyists listened to the proceedings. They were basking in pro-marijuana support from a seemingly unlikely source, a conservative lawmaker from the suburbs of Fort Collins. "We've got to care about those people, and we have to let them know that they're accepted and that they are valued members of our society," Republican Sen. Vicki Marble said of marijuana consumers. She was speaking in support of a bill she sponsored, which would have allowed for marijuana consumption clubs, where consumers could purchase and consume marijuana on site. Marble introduced the bill because tourists and people who can't smoke where they live have no place to smoke cannabis.
Public Health ponders where marijuana can be used
The report also expressed concern that smoking or vaping cannabis in
public ... The report urged that the same restrictions that apply to
tobacco and vaping ...
can you do if your neighbours are smoking cannabis?
Would you know what to do if you suspected your neighbours were smoking
... near your home could be smoking, or even growing, the banned substance.
may bar cops from helping with crackdown on marijuana
DENVER - Colorado may prohibit law enforcement officers from assisting
in a potential federal marijuana crackdown. The state House voted 56-7
Wednesday to bar public employees from assisting federal agents in "arresting
a Colorado citizen for committing an act that is a Colorado constitutional
right." The Colorado bill doesn't specifically mention marijuana.
But sponsors say it is inspired by threats that federal authorities
may try cracking down on the marijuana industry.
Denver Business Journal - April 28, 2017
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, fresh from a meeting this week with
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, says he doesn't expect that the
Trump administration will crack down on marijuana sales in Colorado
and other states that have legalized it.
marijuana ordinance tabled in Carlsbad
medical marijuana regulations "an insult" to Floridians ...
of Reno backs off recreational marijuana moratorium
guide on renters' rights and the legalization of marijuana
senators vote to OK smoking pot in businesses, among ...
tribes fear Trump will be a buzzkill for their marijuana business
Island's Enhanced Supervision Housing unit inmates smoke ...
Meeting Spells Out Reasons to Ban Sale of Recreational ...
in Smoke: Marijuana activists cuffed after lighting up at US Capital
Can Sort of Legally Smoke Weed in California but Maybe Not in Your Apartment
Although the state of California has given adults the green light to
smoke weed recreationally and approved a limited amount of home grow,
Angelenos who rent their residence may still have one big hurdle to
jump: landlords. Under Proposition 64 and reigning landlord-tenant policy,
rental leases can ban smoking on the premises, tobacco or otherwise.
Even if the contract doesn't explicitly address marijuana, there are
a number of other pre-fabricated stipulations - including a "no
illegal drug" policy, a nuisance clause and a rule banning tenants
from violating state or federal law - that can be invoked to put the
kibosh on your cannabis, experts say.
TheJointBlog (blog) - April 24, 2017
"The real solution to this is legalizing it in the state of Pennsylvania
as they did in Colorado," said Mayor Kenney earlier today. "We
won't have to use police resources in these kinds of activities and
actions." The comment came as Kenney was responding to questions
about a Saturday raid on a marijuana "smokeasy".
KSPR - April 24, 2017
Is marijuana a religion? Apparently, it is in Denver. The International
Church of Cannabis recently opened its doors despite some pushback by
a public official. Following no clear-cut dogma, the church describes
itself as a place for those who "ritually take the sacred flower
to find inspiration and meaning." "It's really just meditating
and finding yourself. It's kind of having your own mind and believing
and going with it," a churchgoer told KMGH. Since the church opened
on 4/20, worshippers have been allowed to smoke inside the building,
but only during private, invitation-only events. The city axed the church's
original plans to allow the public to take part.
lawmakers don't think pot billboards should be appealing to kids
Washington state lawmakers are looking to crack down on roadside marijuana
billboards that feature cannabis plants, cuddly animals or other images
they fear could attract children to the drug. The Legislature on Thursday
passed a wide-ranging set of tweaks to the state's marijuana laws, including
new rules for what can and can't appear on pot billboards.
lawmakers learning how, why to legalize marijuana
Illinois lawmakers learning how, why to legalize marijuana ... Smoking
in public would be prohibited, and driving under the influence would
WSAW - April 21, 2017
... Recreational marijuana is legal in the District of Columbia as
a result of a ballot initiative voters approved in 2014. Giving it away
for free is also legal, so participants in Thursday's action won't be
risking arrest. The city government has been barred by Congress from
taxing pot or regulating its sale.
Detroit Free Press - April 21, 2017
An organization that finds spiritual meaning in marijuana use has found
a new home at an existing church building on the city's south side.
The First Cannabis Church of Logic and Reason, led by Rev. Jeremy Hall,
will begin holding services at Inner Ascended Masters Ministry, 5705
S. Washington Ave. on April 30. Hall describes the agreement the church
has with the ministry as "cross promotion of their business."
The church is expected to push against a proposed city ordinance
aimed at regulating medical marijuana establishments
a Colorado pot club - a rare and endangered species
It's the fish tank featuring a colorful reef made of glass marijuana pipes that ultimately sets the Speakeasy Vape Lounge apart from any other strip-mall bar and confirms what it really is: one of the United States' only legal pot clubs.Marijuana users rally in mass disobedience over cannabis legalization
ABC10 - April 21, 2017
DENVER - A heavy cloud of marijuana smoke hanging over Civic Center
Park tells you all you need to know: 420 has arrived. Tens of thousands
of marijuana enthusiasts celebrated increasing cannabis legalization
with rallies across the country on Thursday, April 20.
Colorado, marijuana possession is legal in the District of Columbia,
but public consumption is prohibited, as is possession on federal land.
Michigan Radio - April 21, 2017
A new study from the University of Michigan finds that levels of first-time
marijuana use among college students are at a 30-year high. The study,
published in the American Journal of Public Health, says 51 percent
of college students ages 19 to 22 became first-time marijuana users
in 2015. That's up from 41 percent in 2014 and 31 percent in 2013. Study
author Richard Miech says college students are about 50 percent more
likely to become pot users than their peers who aren't enrolled in college.
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel - April 21, 2017
DENVER - Colorado lawmakers have rejected a last-minute proposal to
ban marijuana churches where users can congregate inside and smoke pot.
The House vote came Thursday on the 4/20 holiday after it debated whether
to try stamping out attempts to use religious freedoms to open places
where marijuana users can gather.
It's illegal in Colorado to
consume marijuana indoors in places considered public.
The Spokesman-Review - April 21, 2017
On 4/20, a day some marijuana users celebrate, Washington lawmakers
passed new restrictions on the way the drug can be advertized by the
state's licensed pot shops.
TIME - April 20, 2017
In the first quarter of 2017, the number of marijuana DUIs dropped
by 33.2% from ... When the state first legalized recreational marijuana
three years ago, CDOT ...
New York Times - April 20, 2017
For the International Church of Cannabis in Denver, there were three
reasons to celebrate on Thursday.
And third: A challenge to the
church's legality, in the form of an amendment proposed in the state's
House of Representatives, was shut down almost as quickly as it arose
on Thursday morning.
t is still illegal to smoke in Denver's
public spaces. And some decisions on legal usage are still left up to
cities, creating a patchwork of laws that legislators are still working
NBCNews.com - April 20, 2017
MERCED, Calif. - The Sisters of the Valley, California's self-ordained
"weed nuns," are on a mission to heal and empower women with
their cannabis products.
The Denver Channel - April 20, 2017
In Colorado, it's against the law to smoke marijuana in public,
but it has become almost a tradition for many people to do so during
the 420 Rally at Civic Center Park. "We can assume a lot of people
here today are under the influence," said CDOT spokesman Sam Cole.
"It is truly frightening, the number of marijuana users who think
it's safe to drive when high." Cole said CDOT's survey shows nearly
50 percent of the people think it's no big deal to drive while high.
Valley Courier - April 20, 2017
Citing concerns with zoning and code compliance, the Alamosa city council
on Wednesday night unanimously denied the city's first pot club request.
Colorado Creative Clouds had submitted a permitted use by special review
request to open 24K, a private cannabis consumption club, at 507 Bell
Avenue adjacent to Main Copy Source and just off Main Street across
from Trinidad State Junior College.
OCRegister - April 20, 2017
Although no dispensaries ever opened in the city, the Laguna Woods
Medical Cannabis Club has a medical marijuana cooperative, and it may
run into issues ...
KTUU.com - April 20, 2017
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - After two years of operating in a legal gray-area,
downtown Anchorage's only marijuana social club has been ordered to
shut its doors.
consumption club denied
During Wednesday night's Alamosa city council meeting, which drew a
standing-room-only crowd, the council unanimously voted to deny the
city's first request for a cannabis consumption club.
rejects attempt to ban pot churches [VIDEO]
Colorado lawmakers have rejected a last-minute proposal to ban marijuana churches where users can congregate inside and smoke pot. t's illegal in Colorado to consume marijuana indoors in places considered public.
PTSD marijuana bill advances to House vote, gains amendments focused
Colorado doctors should be allowed to recommend medical marijuana in
treating PTSD symptoms of adults, but there should be additional guardrails
when it comes to children, state lawmakers decided Thursday. An amended
Senate Bill 17, which would add post-traumatic stress disorder to Colorado's
list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, passed a second
reading Thursday in the state House.
CW39 - April 20, 2017
"We're just expecting to get slammed," said Craig
"C.J." Fuchs of Studio420, a pipe shop and smoking room in
Englewood, Colorado. "We're expecting to be probably packed from
Thursday to Sunday."
Native Roots, a company with 14 dispensaries
in Colorado, is marking 4/20 with its "smokin' token promotion,"
where any customer buying an ounce of marijuana during the month of
April could potentially win 12 free ounces, distributed one per month
over the next year.
The Denver Post - April 20, 2017
The Colorado House on Thursday rejected a last minute attempt
to ban pot use in churches, an amendment that was introduced on the
same day the controversial International Church of Cannabis opened in
The bill debated Thursday originally would have made Colorado
the first state to regulate marijuana use in pot clubs. But after Gov.
John Hickenlooper threatened to veto the measure, the latest version
backs off of that goal, leaving Colorado with a patchwork of local regulations
on the subject. The pared-back version passed 35-30, without the ban
on churches. It now heads back to the Senate, which must agree to the
House version or send it to conference committee before it can be sent
to the governor.
Civilized - April 20, 2017
West Virginia Becomes The 30th State To Legalize Medical Marijuana.
By John ... The state Bureau of Public Health will oversee implementation
of the law.
a Colorado pot club - a rare and endangered species
It's the fish tank featuring a colorful reef made of glass marijuana
pipes that ultimately sets the Speakeasy Vape Lounge apart from any
other strip-mall bar and confirms what it really is: one of the United
States' only legal pot clubs. The fact that it and a few dozen like
it already exist in Colorado was all but lost in a recent fight over
whether the state would become the first to regulate such establishments,
underscoring the patchwork approach that legal weed states have taken
in sorting out where it's OK to consume pot in public. Colorado allows
pot clubs, but state lawmakers ultimately decided against a plan to
regulate them statewide. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper warned that
passing the measure could invite a federal crackdown. The capital city
of Denver, meanwhile, has approved but not yet enacted so-called "social
use" of marijuana at places like coffee shops or yoga studios.
Compromise Won't Allow Smoking
Florida patients may be able to vape or munch on medical-marijuana
products but they almost certainly won't be allowed to light up joints
or take bong hits, under a compromise being worked on by House and Senate
The House bill also bans vaporizing or edible marijuana
products, an element House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, the bill's
sponsor, said could change.
Colorado Springs Independent - April 19, 2017
Colorado Springs sits squarely in the intersection of marijuana and
sport. It's home to both the United States Olympic Committee and the
U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), and situated in a state that's leading
the country in drug policy reform. Evolving attitudes toward cannabis
have led sports agencies that regulate its use to reconsider their stance
- somewhat. The debate over elite athletes' marijuana use often comes
back to pain management, which, in the world of sports, is traditionally
handled with pharmaceuticals like Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet.
Flagpole Magazine - April 19, 2017
You also aren't allowed to consume on the premises, so if you're staying
at a regular hotel, get something discrete like a vape pen, or look
for a hostel, hotel or ...
WCSH-TV - April 19, 2017
Recently, Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, sat down with Yahoo News to talk about how that vote has worked in Colorado so far. He said his two biggest fears after the Amendment passed was the potential spike in teenage use and an increase in overall use. But, Governor Hickenlooper says overall, not much has changed. He says, "People fight over which data sets to use, but the largest database we have -- it's thousands of kids -- shows that teenage use is essentially flat."
Nation's First Drive-Thru For Weed Is Opening In Colorado
The first business in the nation to offer legal marijuana at a drive-thru
window is opening Thursday in Colorado on the unofficial cannabis holiday
4/20. The business, called Tumbleweed Express, turned a rundown building
previously used for car washes into a drive-thru marijuana store in
Parachute, a town in western Colorado. Officials in Parachute originally
granted a license to the business in February. The store had planned
to open in March but later pushed the grand opening to coincide with
April 20, the annual marijuana holiday celebrated by smokers, reports
CBS San Francisco.
RollingStone.com - April 19, 2017
With many puritanical lawmakers trying to make their imprint
on the nation's pot policy, we don't want anyone to hit a snag and have
some random cop toss you in the back of her squad car over a little
- or even a lot of - greenery. So here are the rules of the road:
Westword - April 19, 2017
... of the venues are providing buses where you can smoke, but be wary
of smoking in public. ... You must be 21 to consume or possess marijuana
JD Supra (press release) - April 19, 2017
As the Rhode Island General Assembly actively considers proposed legislation
that would legalize marijuana use statewide, employers around the state
are bracing for the impact in the workplace while they are already adjusting
to the growing use of medical marijuana across the state. The push for
legalization could put even greater pressure on employers statewide
as they attempt to set and enforce standards of behavior in the workplace,
and maintain safety, while also trying to navigate a series of individual
rights created by any form of legalized or authorized marijuana use.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - April 19, 2017
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks marijuana shops sold more than $1.079 million
worth of product during their first four months of operation, based
on the city's 5 ...
Globalnews.ca - April 19, 2017
As the federal government moves closer to legalizing the use of recreational
marijuana, the debate is intensifying over the impact of driving while
stoned. One of Canada's leading automotive journalists is suggesting
the issue may be overblown. David Booth, senior writer for Postmedia
Driving, says he has not been able to find one study that definitively
says the use of marijuana will increase the number of serious traffic
accidents or fatalities.
18: Where there's smoke, there's marijuana
There have been plenty of articles lately about the legalization
of marijuana yet nobody seems to be talking about where people will
be allowed to smoke. I smell it nearly every time I'm walking in my
neighbourhood and it's not even legal yet. We have made such great progress
over the past 20 years limiting cigarette smoke. Remember when people
used to be able to smoke in restaurants and on patios? Most of us are
so happy to live in a nearly smoke-free environment. Now I am very worried
that when pot is fully legalized, the smell will be everywhere.
long until smoking pot is legal everywhere?
Given current trends, you have to wonder how long before marijuana consumption is as common as having a beer or adult beverage in bars, at backyard ... But with Canada and maybe more than 20 U.S. states allowing legal pot by 2018, can the U.S. government avoid inhaling the secondhand smoke? It seems only a matter of time that it is legal everywhere. The International Church of Cannabis will be keeping the faith.
want right to ban tenants from growing marijuana
Landlords are expressing concern about the federal government's plan
to legalize the growing of marijuana in homes, saying it presents a
safety risk, may bother other tenants and could damage properties.
hazards, secondhand smoke main concerns for Nova Scotia landlords
Landlords' main concerns with marijuana legalization in Nova Scotia
are protecting ... problems or small children who are worried about
legalization make teens more likely to use marijuana?
Some teens say their likelihood of using weed hasn't changed since
the Liberal government announced details of its legalization plan -
though they say it's made them more aware of information on both sides
of the debate. Government officials announced Thursday that cannabis
would be made legal for recreational use by July 2018, and those aged
18 and over will be able to buy and grow a small amount of the drug
Not in rental units, Quebec landlords say
A lobby group representing Quebec landlords believes that authorizing
the possession, consumption and production of marijuana could be a danger
to the rental housing market and renters' social lives. According to
the president of the Association des propriétaires du Québec,
Martin Messier, the Trudeau government isn't taking into consideration
the impact legalizing marijuana would have on the "small communities"
that are residential buildings. More and more, Messier said, people
are looking to live in smoke-free apartments. The odour coming from
marijuana, he added, is an even greater nuisance and the root of many
Ticking as Florida Legislature Disagrees on How to Implement medical
Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, would ban smokeable marijuana as well as prohibit
edibles and vaping. The House bill would also limit the number of growers
in the ...
Colorado Legislators Gut Bill Authorizing Cannabis Consumption Clubs
If cannabis consumers in Colorado continue to have trouble finding
places outside their homes where they can legally enjoy the marijuana
they can legally buy, they can thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Yesterday Collorado legislators gutted a broadly supported bill that
would have authorized cannabis consumption clubs, citing uncertainty
about how a Justice Department run by an old-style pot prohibitionist
has backed off plans for marijuana clubs
Colorado lawmakers have backed off plans to regulate marijuana clubs,
saying the state could invite a federal crackdown by approving Amsterdam-style
pot clubs. Thursday's vote in the state House was perhaps the starkest
display yet of how pot states are unsure how to proceed regulating the
drug under President Donald Trump. The Colorado bring-your-own club
proposal could have been the nation's first statewide pot club regulation,
with Alaska pot regulators recently putting on hold plans there to regulate
on-site pot consumption at dispensaries. Colorado's bill initially had
substantial bipartisan support. But lawmakers ultimately sided with
Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has warned that bold changes may anger federal
drug enforcers. "Given the uncertainty in Washington, this is not
the time to be . trying to carve off new turf and expand markets and
make dramatic statements about marijuana," Hickenlooper told The
Denver Post last month.
backs off plans for 'Amsterdam-style' marijuana clubs
Colorado lawmakers have backed off plans to regulate marijuana clubs,
saying the state would invite a federal crackdown by approving ...
lawmakers reflect as medical marijuana bill heads to governor
It was a huge milestone Thursday in a long journey for Mary Rennich
who watched an amended medical marijuana bill pass and head to the governor's
desk for an assured signature compared with two years ago when she recalled
choking up as similar legislation went down in flames.
vow to continue fighting after Memphis pot ordinance repealed [VIDEO]
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam repealed an ordinance reducing pot ...
Others said it's the wrong decision, and smoking weed should not be
a crime at all. ...
of marijuana bills move forward in Nevada Legislature
The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act allows smoking on casino gaming floors
where children are prohibited from loitering and in bars that do not
serve food, and ...
New "International Church of Cannabis" Will Open for Worship
4/20 may fall on a Thursday this year, but for cannabis enthusiasts
in Denver, a new weed-themed church will make it feel like a Sunday.
The International Church of Cannabis will open on the highest of holidays,
as "the first large venue in the world where adults can legally
consume cannabis in a social environment."
lawmakers don't want to be pot club pioneers after all
Colorado lawmakers have backed off plans to regulate marijuana clubs,
saying the state would invite a federal crackdown by approving Amsterdam-style
pot clubs. The state House voted Thursday to amend a bill that would
have set rules for how private pot clubs could work.
Coachella's 'no-drugs' policy, cannabis brands are using the festival
to build buzz
Fashion brands have a long history of leveraging the party scene around the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (which this year runs April 14-16 and ...
Carlos narrows scope of city pot rules: Councilmembers rule out ...
... San Carlos officials opted to restrict retail marijuana sales and
explore other rules ... the council restrict retail sales in the near
term and consider easing restrictions in ... is expected to include
a discussion of smoking in multi-family dwellings.
doctors voice concerns ahead of marijuana legislation
As Justin Trudeau's Liberal government tables its long-awaited marijuana
legislation, Canada's doctors have a message about pot: Just because
it will eventually be legal, doesn't mean it's safe.
is how Colorado could help pot shops under a federal ...
Tribes Believe Legal Cannabis May Be Their Economic ...
pot may confuse teens into thinking it's safe
looks to ban medical marijuana businesses
to decriminalize marijuana up for debate in New Smyrna ...
to Do in Las Vegas When You're Stoned
You Need to Know about California's New Cannabis Policy
to make the most of your weed vacation in the Mile High City
Fresh Toast Marijuana Legislative Roundup: April 10
Pot bills offer sensible changes
County aims to be the healthiest county by 2030
eyes marijuana law moratorium
Reefer Madness is in the details
GOP leaders ask Sessions for help with marijuana laws
Consumption Group Debates Alcohol, Smoking Indoors and ...
Governor Signs Another Batch of Medical Marijuana Bills
Colorado Springs marijuana by the numbers
of vaping trend: Police seize hundreds of cartridges of THC ...
Congress is Full of Marijuana Bills
council to consider medical pot zone
Marijuana legalization to affect Maine lifestyle
On Colorado Pot Clubs Delayed
Dakota House committee approves medical marijuana bill
votes for more restrictions to medical marijuana
legalization to affect Maine lifestyle
Games Came Back To Santa Monica
Bans Marijuana, But There's Old School Ways Around It
AM: GA CBD Bill Advances, SD MedMJ & Legalization ...
40 amendments, North Dakota medical marijuana backers ...
lawmakers still fighting medical marijuana | Opinion
disjointed stash of marijuana bills
of North Dakota medical marijuana unhappy with rules
Great Marijuana Debate
Senate passes medical marijuana bill to House
OK With Your Bus Driver Smoking Marijuana?
Touting Cannabis at the State Legislature
Hartman: Federal law trumps Nevada's marijuana initiative
committee decides Amendment 2 doesn't include smoking, vaping, edibles
A bill to implement Florida's medical marijuana constitutional amendment
has passed its first committee in the state's House of Representatives.
City Removes Fines for Marijuana Possession and ...
pot legalization, don't plan to spark up at Coachella Fest
Is Getting a Marijuana "Oasis"
Just because marijuana is legal in a state doesn't mean it's legal at a music festival; Coachella attendees are officially prohibited from bringing drugs on festival grounds, even though obtaining legal marijuana in California is as easy as walking into a store and saying, "Hey, I'd like to buy some legal marijuana." But WeedMaps, described by Tech Crunch as "the Yelp of marijuana dispensaries," has a plan: TMZ reports that WeedMaps and marketing firm Talent Resources are partnering up to build an "oasis" for weed smokers, located six miles from the festival.
boards brace for medical marijuana smoke complaints [VIDEO]
HONOLULU - Right now there are some 13,000 medical marijuana patients
registered in the state and that number is only expected to grow as
the state's first dispensaries open later this year. Many of those patients
live in condominiums and apartment complexes. Industry watchers say
complaints about marijuana smoke are on the rise. Two years ago lawmakers
tried to set the framework to balance out one person's medicinal need,
with another's right to be smoke-free. "The compromise is about
allowing medical marijuana in other forms, except for smoking if there
are other prohibitions about smoking in the building," said Rep.
Della Au Bellati. And that is why Associa Hawaii has been reaching out
to its members on how best to manage smoking complaints.
Cannabis Clubs Promise Privacy and Exclusivity ...
The scene was set for the kick-off event of Privée Social club,
a members' only cannabis club that curates high end weed products, puts
on cannabis-centric ...
council advances ban on smoking pot in public
Public consumption of pot will be doubly illegal in Peabody, once city councilors sign off on a new ordinance in a couple of weeks. Councilors showed unilateral support Thursday for a measure put forward by police Chief Tom Griffin to enact a local ordinance barring people from consuming marijuana in public places. It would be similar to a city ordinance banning drinking of alcohol in public.
lawmakers put limits on smoking medical marijuana
The state Senate voted 31-1 Thursday for the bill to prohibit smoking medical marijuana anywhere tobacco smoke is banned. It also bans anyone under 21 from ...
use declines among 10th-graders
PORT ORCHARD - Marijuana use has declined among Kitsap County 10th-graders
since the drug was legalized for adult recreational use in the state,
results ... Questions about e-cigarette use were added to the survey
two years ago, and health officials were troubled when 23 percent of
10th-graders and 27 of 12th-graders reported vaping. Results in 2016
were more positive, with 10 percent of 10th-graders and 23 percent of
12th-graders saying they vaped.
leaders explore path to cannabis policy
The Merced County Board of Supervisors this week weighed in on the direction they feel the county should take in light of the state's legalization of marijuana by a 56 percent vote in the Nov. 2016 election. If you walk down your sidewalk smoking a joint, now it's unlawful. ... If there is no ban in place on the recreational side, the state could issue a local license ...
Lawmakers Introduce Twin Cannabis Legalization Bills
Things such as smoking (or any form of using cannabis) would still be illegal while driving and while in public - and it would be fined at a maximum of $100.
Digital Agency Spins Off Marijuana Focused Marketing Agency
JEMSU, LLC announced today the spin-off and launch of Marijuana Marketing Gurus, LLC along with updated branding, social media and a new website. Along with their new look and feel, Marijuana Marketing Gurus is offering full creative and digital agency services to cannabis clients nationwide.
the US marijuana industry continue to grow like a weed?
Legalized pot in North America will continue to grow at a compound annual rate of 27 percent through 2021, according to an Arcview Market Research report. ...
lawmakers put limits on smoking medical marijuana
Arkansas lawmakers have given final legislative approval and sent to
the governor a bill limiting where medical marijuana patients can smoke
the drug. The state Senate voted 31-1 Thursday for the bill to prohibit
smoking medical marijuana anywhere tobacco smoke is banned. It also
bans anyone under 21 from smoking medical marijuana, bans smoking the
drug around anyone under the age of 14 or knowingly smoking the drug
in the presence of a pregnant woman. It would also ban smoking medical
pot in motor vehicles, aircraft or motorized watercraft.
teens smoke more pot when it's legal? They didn't in this US state
That may all be true - but the good news is that legalization
doesn't seem to make the problem worse. New American survey data shows
that legalization doesn't have any effect on how much pot teenagers
consume. Between 2014 - when legal marijuana began to be available in
Washington state - and 2016, regular use actually fell among teens and
pre-teens there, newly released data shows.
to look at medical marijuana laws impact
Storjohann also asked if regular smoking ordinances apply to ... said,
adding that in general smoking is preempted by the state of Florida.
Use pot tax for research
club showdown nears between Colorado governor, lawmakers
Town Council may update smoking ordinance to include marijuana, electronic
The Town Council will be updating an existing ordinance to prohibit vaping and marijuana consumption at parks, playgrounds and other recreating areas in town at its Wednesday night meeting.
how much Massachusetts could make off legal marijuana
The legal marijuana market in Massachusetts could lead to $64 million
in state ... The law broadly legalized recreational marijuana use for
adults over the age of 21. ... Goldberg last year pointed to some of
the first states to legalize marijuana, like ... (e.g., more states
legalizing recreational marijuana could potentially impact ...
Supporters Urge State Panel Not To Revise Recreational Pot Law
BOSTON (AP) - Backers of legalized recreational marijuana are urging
Massachusetts legislators to hold off on any major changes to the voter-approved
NPR - March 20, 2017
For three years, recreational pot has been legal in Colorado, but using
it in public is still against the law. That will change this summer
when pot clubs are slated to open. A blinking "open" sign
hangs on the outside of an old building in a dark industrial zone just
outside the Denver city limits. When the front door opens, smoke billows
out. Inside is one of the state's few pot clubs, called iBake. Recently,
members celebrated the anniversary of its opening.
in the hotels, like the Ramada Inn, they gave me a problem, you know,
tried to kick me out just off the smell," he says.
other states have legal recreational pot, but only Nevada is close to
licensing public pot use.
One conundrum is around smoking. Colorado,
like many states, doesn't allow indoor smoking in public places.
She says no filtration system can remove all the second-hand smoke from
a room. And Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has said he'd veto the state's
pot club bill if it allows indoor smoking. Think outdoor patios and
rooftop bars. But O'Bryan's concerns go beyond that. She's worried that
some proposals would allow any type of business - like a yoga studio
or a laundromat - to permit marijuana use.
The Denver Post - March 20, 2017
Longmont's City Council will hold a Tuesday night public hearing on an ordinance that would regulate and limit the growing of marijuana inside homes for ...
second pot shop close to opening
The Fireweed Factory will open up their marijuana retail shop between
the Imperial Billiards & Bar and Benjamin Franklin Store on Front
Health Line: Readers ask how can I start exercising, how do ...
Q - Does smoking marijuana affect those with asthma differently?
to take a first peek at new cannabis laws
The Davis City Council could set the course for local cannabis policy
Tuesday, as much-anticipated ordinances on outdoor cultivation and zoning
for dispensaries will appear before the council for input.
tackles marijuana clubs
While one South Portland City Councilor is expressing enthusiasm for the cash cow marijuana might become to city coffers, his peers are taking a dim view of at least one potential use for the newly legal product - as the organizing focal point of socalled social clubs.
Fight for the Right to Free Marijuana
... vape pen company, and Incredibles, a producer of edibles and concentrates.
... As for the young bucks: "A lot of veterans are big on vaping
and edibles," said ...
Peabody ban recreational marijuana businesses?
Many in law enforcement believe legalizing marijuana during the current
opioid ... is anything "gentlemanly" about gentlemen's clubs,
but I support people's right to ... How can nude bars, which are generally
considered seedy and extremely ...
shops are coming. Where to put them?
A medical marijuana dispensary plans to open in Hanover this summer
next to ... THC-infused chocolate bars to one heavy on children's meals
and ice-cream ... In Norwell, a medical marijuana growing facility and
dispensary is planned at 400 ...
101 de-hazes legal weed for seniors
A group of nine seniors from Sound Vista were taught how medicinal
marijuana differs from recreational; the differences between smoking,
vaping, eating or ...
Arkansas Online - March 16, 2017
"We are only banning the sale of cookies with marijuana in it or brownies with marijuana in it," she said. ... It bans medical marijuana smoking where cigarette smoke is outlawed and in cars. ... HB1400 originally banned all marijuana smoking. ... Hutchinson also said he does not support a medical marijuana smoking ban.
signals cautious approach to pot rules: Officials suggest ...
Valley moves toward banning marijuana businesses
Where is the weed?
Marijuana use increases risks of stroke, heart failure
Cannabis Company Gives Back to Cancer Patients
The vape oil company operated out of several places across California
before the founders chose Oakland for its base of operations. Lee says
the city's "historic, ...
leaders looking at extending public smoking ban to pot ...
Of Supervisors Bans All Marijuana Businesses In ...
law trumps Nevada's marijuana initiative
Limiting MMJ Smoking Fails Again in Ark. Senate
Releases Findings of Calif. Consumer Cannabis Study
Clubs And Social Consumption Might Soon Be The Norm In Colorado
Some research from the state suggests tourists are cooling to
Colorado's pot scene, and a lack of a legal places to use it might be
why. "We do not want people coming on vacation and leaving on probation,"
says Vicki Marble, a Republican state senator who's part of a bipartisan
group searching for a solution. A bill is making its way through the
state legislature that officially allows private marijuana clubs like
iBake, but members would still have to BYOP: Bring your own pot. Kayvan
Khalatbari, a marijuana businessman and advocate behind Denver's attempt
at legal social consumption of marijuana, calls it "not ideal for
consumers, but it is a step in the right direction." Khalatbari's
voter initiative forced the city of Denver to create a kind of marijuana
version of a liquor license. Though consumers would still have to bring
their own pot, it would basically allow any business that doesn't already
serve alcohol to allow marijuana use. The business would have to get
some neighborhood approval, and keep children out. The city is shaping
the details of that now.
leaning toward pot operations: Half Moon Bay may be first in county
to allow commercial marijuana operations
Those looking to cash in on California's mounting green rush may start
looking toward the coast as Half Moon Bay is moving to become the first
in San Mateo County to legalize commercial marijuana operations.
Supporters contend allowing large-scale marijuana cultivation at existing
... concerns about exposure to secondhand smoke particularly in multi-family
of State offers pot shop ballot bill
Like the medical marijuana referendum that preceded it, the
ballot question that allowed for the creation of recreational marijuana
emporiums is finding it difficult to go from voter approval to workable
Could Leagalize Pot Consumption in Public Places [AUDIO]
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow local governments
to decide whether adults will be able to use recreational marijuana
in public places. Nevada could soon become the first state to legalize
the consumption of marijuana in public places. Senate Bill 236 would
allow city and county officials to decide to permit short or long-term
pot consumption at casinos, bars, outdoor events and other public places
as long as they are not within 1000 feet of a school or community facility.
Industry Could Lose $2 Billion From Legal Marijuana
Beer sales could take a huge hit if more states legalize recreational
marijuana. A new report from Cannabiz Consumer Group (C2G) predicts
that the beer industry could lose more than $2 billion in retail sales
due to legal marijuana.
MMJ Bill Would Ban Smoking Weed, Eating Edibles and Vaping
Last November, 71% of Florida voters passed Amendment 2, a bill that
legalizes medical cannabis in the Sunshine State. Now, Florida lawmakers
must shape the regulations for the state's medical marijuana program
- and the proposed regulations from Representative Ray Rodrigues won't
help many patients. The new proposal, House Bill 1397, would ban medical
marijuana patients in Florida from smoking cannabis and consuming THC-infused
edibles. Moreover, barring a terminal illness, patients would be prohibited
from even vaporizing plant material. Florida would also be able to revoke
medical marijuana prescriptions once a patient is deemed cured.
Bill Would Eliminate the Federal Ban on Marijuana
However, a bipartisan bill currently making its way through Congress could restrict the government's ability to punish pot smokers. The bill, which is being referred to as the "Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017," would remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act, putting its enforcement in the hands of the states. The act was originally introduced in 2015 by Bernie Sanders, but Virginia's Republican representative Tom Garrett joined Sanders' cause by re-introducing the legislation in late February. The move has since received further support from a handful of other legislators.
High Noon in the Nevada Desert
mulls marijuana moratorium
The town will ask voters at Town Meeting to approve an 18-month moratorium
on recreational marijuana sales.
Rise of Nationalism Worldwide and What It Means for Marijuana
From the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States
to Brexit and rising unrest in Europe, the concept of nationalism is
gaining steam in many parts of the world. Tired of what they see as
rampant immigration and the relinquishing of national sovereignty to
other organizations, many are embracing parties and politicians who
want to put their respective country "first". For the most
part, nationalism roughly coincides with what is considered "right
wing" on the political spectrum. The right wing is not exactly
known for supporting things like marijuana legalization, and this holds
true for most parties and party leaders that currently espouse nationalism
in their country.
card, smoking bills among under-the-radar proposals
Sen. Peter Micciche said his bill to restrict public smoking doesn't remove a smoker's right to smoke; it simply limits their ability to "adversely affect the health of Alaska's nonsmoking employees." The measure would not prevent smoking at authorized, licensed marijuana establishments in free-standing buildings. Marijuana regulators are mulling permitting people to smoke or consume cannabis at stores where they can legally buy it.
senator proposes bill to legalize cannabis clubs and marijuana use at
SB 236 would allow for businesses like cannabis clubs and give
local governments the ability to issue permits for marijuana use at
events like concerts and ...
Senate passes first-in-nation pot clubs bill
... has said that he'll veto the pot club measure unless it bans indoor
smoking. ... The bill doesn't say whether those clubs could allow people
to smoke pot indoors. ... to chafe at the fact that the club bill doesn't
expressly ban indoor smoking. ... inside the clubs, even though marijuana
sales in clubs are banned under the bill.
Could Legally Light up in Nevada as Soon as July 1
tourists will need public places to smoke their weed, Nevada ...
Still Figuring Out How to Implement Recreational Marijuana in ...
Let other cities be guinea pigs on marijuana
clubs approved in Colorado Senate
Voter-Approved MMJ Law Could be Gutted Under House ...
Voter-Approved MMJ Law Could be Gutted Under House ...
... use, or administration of marijuana in a form for smoking or vaping
or in the form of commercially produced food items made with marijuana
or marijuana oils, ...
was learned at Tribe's first cannabis symposium
Dr. Sexton also addressed the use of vape pens for concentrates, stating
that they can give too much of a dose and much more than needed for
launches campaign to remind folks not to be the worst on public transportation
Another note -- despite the fact marijuana is legal in Colorado,
RTD says to toke up elsewhere. And yes, that applies to your vape pen,
Medical Cannabis Bill Would Outlaw Smokable and Edible ...
"It goes further than the current statute in terms of restricting medical marijuana," says Ben ... use, or administration of marijuana in a form for smoking or vaping or in the form of ... The restrictions perplex pro-marijuana advocates like Pollara.
pot gym in California: How bad is it to exercise while high?
Alaska pot regulators to reconsider onsite use
In an abrupt about-face, Alaska marijuana regulators on Tuesday decided
to once again attempt to write rules that would allow the onsite consumption
of pot in retail stores.
Nicholas Miller, a board member from
Anchorage representing the industry, said he's in favour of all types
of consumption, including smoking and vaping - an idea that Mlynarik
was sour on because of concerns about second-hand smoke. Miller said
he didn't want to totally rule out smoking and vaping, adding there
could be considerations for separate, outside areas. The lone dissenting
vote was from Loren Jones of Juneau, who represents public health on
Marijuana Leader: Smoking, Eating Bans Would 'Cripple ...
Ban On Smoking Medical Marijuana Fails In Senate ...
council bans medical marijuana dispensaries
Gaming Commission Warns Casinos Not to Get High on Pot ...
presented to allow public marijuana use in Nevada
marijuana fest advocate refuses to abide by park board ban on ...
decriminalizes marijuana use, implements fine instead
Israel has just decriminalized the use of recreational marijuana. If caught smoking in public for the third time, users will undergo probation. Only on the fourth occasion will there be a criminal charge involved. Israel is currently ...
could end co-op growing to crack down on black-market marijuana
Colorado may ban collective marijuana growing under a bill that calls
some patient-owned marijuana grows a "public nuisance." A
bill up for its first hearing in a House committee Monday would ban
co-op pot growing by setting a statewide limit of 12 marijuana plants
per residential property. The change would effectively force some medical
marijuana patients to buy from a licensed grower instead of growing
their own plants.
is Marijuana Legal In The US? Map and List Of States That Don't Allow
Medical or Recreational Weed [VIDEO]
Twenty-nine states, as well as the District of Columbia, passed laws
that allow the use of legal marijuana-whether for medical purposes or
recreationally-for adults 21 and up. While a few states have allowed
the use in very specific cases, there are still 21 states across the
U.S. that do not offer a comprehensive marijuana program. Check out
a list of states that have yet to legalize marijuana below:
residents split on banning recreational marijuana establishments
In the ordinance, establishments are defined as stores, cultivation
facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities and
social clubs. It's similar to the ban enacted by Oakland in December,
which is what Schaefer said he used as a template.
Legislation Would Allow Recreational Pot Shops to Open ...
State Senator Tick Segerblom has introduced measures that would speed
up the regulation process and allow cannabis lounges with on-site consumption.
considering local marijuana laws
Citizens can offer their ideas about potential local marijuana
regulations at the City Council meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council
Chambers, 421 Main St.
No matter what ordinance may be adopted
by the city, it cannot prohibit the use of marijuana by those 21 and
older, or prohibit cultivation of up to six marijuana plants per residence,
or tax marijuana cultivated for personal use. When it comes to businesses
that sell or deliver non-medical, or "recreational," marijuana,
the city can actually choose to prohibit them entirely. It could also
decide to alter city zoning and land use codes, regulate where the businesses
are located and tax them. Taxes would cover costs associated with things
such as licensing, regulation, tax collection, enforcement and auditing.
They would require voter approval. The city can also prohibit smoking
and possession in certain public places, such as near schools and in
places where smoking tobacco is already not allowed. Already on the
books are city regulations for the cultivation of medical marijuana
and exposure to marijuana smoke. The city attorney is proposing the
city adopt explicit language that forbids city employees from smoking
marijuana to maintain a drug-free work place policy already adopted.
North Dakota senator raises concerns about high cost of medical marijuana
Republican Minot senator raised concerns about the price of medical marijuana at a town hall meeting over the weekend -- making note that he asked for a fee of only $25 to get an authorization card instead of the $200 fee proposed so far in the Senate bill.
View: Today's marijuana is more powerful than pot of our youth
The pot obtained legally in the United States today is a distant
cousin to the ditch weed of yesterday. Today's pot is highly cultivated,
precisely engineered and far more potent. Growers tinkering with marijuana
strains manipulate levels of a plant's 60 active ingredients known as
cannabinoids. One of these, cannabidiol, or CBD, has analgesic and anti-inflammatory
properties, making it appealing to chronic pain sufferers. Psychoactive
side effects come from another ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
If medical marijuana has high CBD content, that doesn't automatically
mean that it has low THC content. Pain relief may also mean that the
user is higher than a kite.
Town News: Can Taos hit the 100 percent mark for renewables?
But Colorado is still fine-tuning its legalization. One issue
still up in the air is how much public consumption will be tolerated.
Aspen has allowed three private events in Aspen during the past three
Winter X Games in which attendees could openly and legally consume marijuana.
But you can't smoke it in hotels, nor in public bars. Denver officials
are working on regulations to open a one-year pilot of bring-your-own
marijuana clubs. State lawmakers may consider measures to allow either
"tasting rooms" run by marijuana dispensers or smoker-friendly
clubs akin to cigar bars. Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron says he's open to
having a conversation about businesses that allow public consumption.
The Aspen Times explains that the city decided against private pot clubs
in 2015 because of ambiguity in state law concerning private smoking
venues, along with worries about how they could negatively affect Aspen's
image. Colorado is still assessing the impact of legalization on public
health, a process that is likely to take many years. The fundamental
problem is that because it was illegal, there was no baseline for measuring
Senate Committee Advances a Bill to Allow Cannabis Clubs
Since Colorado and Washington first legalized recreational marijuana
use, the topic of cannabis clubs has certainly been one of much debate
- and so far only Denver, Colorado has laws on the books that specify
where people can publicly consume cannabis (via licensed businesses
in the area). Surprisingly, lawmakers are now considering a bill that
would make cannabis clubs legal in the entire state. Senate Bill 184
was passed with a 5-2 vote in the Senate Business, Labor and Technology
Committee after a lengthy three hour debate; it is now expected to be
heard and voted on at the Senate floor.
to Find the Best Legal Cannabis Lounges
Cannabis is legal for medical patients in 29 states and all of Canada.
It's legal for all adults in eight of those states and in Washington,
DC. But in most of those places, smoking, vaping, dabbing and even eating
cannabis are illegal anywhere except private locations with the property
marijuana could overtake manufacturing in job creation by 2020
A new report from New Frontier Data, a business intelligence
firm focused on cannabis, projects the legal weed market will create
more than a quarter of a million jobs by 2020. In comparison, manufacturing
jobs are expected to decline by 814,000 by 2024, according to the Bureau
of Labor Statistics.
Senators Call On Trump Team To Allow Sale Of Recreational Marijuana
Eleven senators asked the Trump administration Thursday to allow states
to tax and sell recreational marijuana. The senators wrote a letter
to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, reminding him that President Donald
Trump said on the campaign trail that the issue of legalization should
be left up to states.
Pot Clubs Bill Passes Committee, Moves to Senate
Senate Bill 184, titled Private Marijuana Clubs Open and Public
Use, would allow local municipalities to authorize privately owned marijuana
clubs, and the proposal crossed the first hurdle this week. After a
hearing that took more than three hours, the Republican-held state Senate's
Business, Labor and Technology Committee approved the bill in a bipartisan
lawmakers inch towards allowing marijuana consumption clubs
State lawmakers on Wednesday began slowly moving toward allowing marijuana
consumption clubs, even as the White House has signaled a possible crackdown.
One of two bills passed the Republican-controlled Senate Business, Labor
and Technology Committee with bipartisan support. Another, Senate Bill
192, would allow for marijuana deliveries. It also was heard Wednesday,
though lawmakers delayed a vote on the measure. Cannabis consumption
clubs took center stage.
panel advances bill to ban smoking medical marijuana
check: Councilman's column on pot misstates use by children
owners weed out smoke
Pot may be legal in Massachusetts, but don't even think about toking
Afghan Kush or cultivating some Chronic buds if you live in certain
buildings - including the ritzy Residences at The InterContinental in
Boston. That building's condominium trust has banned vaping, smoking
tobacco, clove, marijuana or electronic cigarettes and harvesting marijuana
inside the waterfront high-rise - and experts say "just say no"
is likely to be a growing real estate trend.
to delay Ark. medical marijuana fails, state sen. Rapert claims ...
Weed Tourist? Here's What to Do and What Not to Do
Tourists account for a large percentage of cannabis customers in adult-use states. In Colorado alone, marijuana tourism brought the state $100 million last year, or roughly 17 percent of all cannabis sales. Don't plan to smoke or vape inside. The public place you're in must comply with an Indoor Clean Air Act, prohibiting smoking and vaping on premises. Also, if the ...
Committee Gathers Public Input to Implement Marijuana ...
industry angered by White House reversal
That means one in five American adults can smoke, vape, drink, or eat
cannabis as they please under state law. Meanwhile, over half of the
nation's states have ...
Concentrates Have a Problem With Pesticides
Weed vapes have a pesticide problem. Think you're vaping pure cannabis
oil? Think again. Some oils and concentrates that get tested have turned
out to be contaminated with toxic chemicals. "This is really nasty
stuff," says Adam Lustig, CEO and founder of Higher Vision Cannabis,
which specializes in a signature oil. "The amount of damage to
someone's health you can do with pesticides is huge."
say marijuana not responsible for opioid crisis
DENVER - When a White House spokesman this week said the Department
of Justice likely would step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws
in states ...
enforcement of pot ban is hazy, students say
Most said they do not see the marijuana ban being enforced in an ...
I don't think if it was allowed on campus people would go out in the
street and start smoking.
Not Benign: Warn Teens, Parents, AAP Says
... the toxicity of secondhand marijuana smoke, and the influence parents can ... in smoking marijuana once or twice a week in 2015, down from 55% in 2007.
Trump administration's nonsensical stance on marijuana
Nov. 8 was both the best of nights and the worst of nights for marijuana
law reformers. That night, four states approved medical marijuana laws
and another four voted to legalize marijuana use for all adults. But
for many advocates, Donald Trump's election served a substantial blow
to law reform.
Governor Hickenlooper "Getting Close" to Giving Marijuana
Legalization Full Support
Once a hardcore opponent of the marijuana legalization movement, Colorado
Governor John Hickenlooper appears to be slowly changing his tune with
respect to what it means to legalize the leaf for recreational use.
In recent interviews, the governor of the first legal jurisdiction in
the United States now says he's "close" to giving it his full
support. "You know, at first, I opposed it," Hickenlooper
said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "And most elected
officials did. But our voters passed it 55-45. It's in our Constitution.
[And] I took a solemn oath to support our Constitution." Earlier
last week, in response to the Trump Administration signaling the coming
of a recreational marijuana crackdown, Hickenlooper said it would be
a drastic mistake to pull the plug on legal weed. "I think it's
the wrong time to pull back from this experiment, and if the federal
government's going to come and begin closing in and arresting people
that are doing what's legal in different states, my god, it creates
a level of conflict that's going to be very difficult," Hickenlooper
told MSNBC on Friday.
Mexico State Legislature contemplating legalizing marijuana
New Mexico State Legislature contemplating legalizing marijuana ...
a long shot, but New Mexico could be the next state to legalize marijuana,
pending the outcome of the legislative session. ... Law enforcement
agencies, Vigil said, fear legalizing marijuana could lead to more impaired
drivers. ... U.S. Public Health Service ...
continue visiting ER for marijuana use
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - A new report shows a correlation between the legalization
of recreational marijuana and an uptick in emergency room visits for
complications associated with the drug's use, particularly in Routt
County. The Colorado Department of Health and Environment's report,
"Monitoring Health Concerns related to Marijuana in Colorado in
2016" was released in late January and uses marijuana-related hospital
billing codes to count the number of visits related to use of marijuana,
which was legalized recreationally in 2014. According to the report,
74 people visited an emergency room in Routt County between 2011 and
2013 for something related to marijuana consumption, a rate of 17 per
1,000 people, the second-highest rate among Colorado, counties behind
Summit County, according to the report.
The Denver Channel - February 27, 2017
"It's never my choice to be in conflict with federal law,"
Hickenlooper said when Todd noted that federal agencies have for the
past several years looked the other way when it comes to enforcing federal
recreational rules that prohibit recreational marijuana use. "But
our voters passed it. It's in our constitution," Hickenlooper said.
"I took a solemn oath to support our constitution." He said
states' sovereignty should be respected when it comes to recreational
marijuana. Colorado sold more than $1.3 billion of recreational and
medical marijuana last year, and some industry leaders have said the
dismantling of the legal recreational industry in Colorado would cause
a recession. "At this rate, it's a sovereignty [issue] - the states
have a sovereignty just like Indian tribes have a sovereignty, and just
like the federal government does," Hickenlooper said.
This Scary Finding Lead to Tighter Marijuana Regulations?
An experience with one of his cancer patients led Dr. Joseph
Tuscano to investigate the safety of medical marijuana. The patient
had been told by a dispensary that inhaling an aerosolized marijuana
blend would be safer than smoking. However, the patient developed a
rare fungal lung infection after using the product. This infection wasn't
curable, and the young man ultimately died.
The team concluded
that smoking, vaping, or inhaling aerosolized marijuana could pose serious
risks for patients, especially those with weakened immune ...
industry angered by White House reversal
The cannabis industry was rattled Thursday after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he expects the Department of Justice to increase enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational pot, even in states where it's already legal. Along with the District of Columbia, eight states have legalized recreational use among adults, including California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada just this past November. That means one in five American adults can smoke, vape, drink, or eat cannabis as they please under state law. Spicer's statements reanimated industry concern that first arose when Republican President Donald Trump's short-list of potential attorney general nominees emerged. The final pick, former senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a Republican, has long opposed cannabis use, but is a major proponent of state's rights. ...
friendly bus hits Aspen streets this weekend
Starting Friday night and throughout the weekend of Feb. 25-26, a tour
bus will be making 30-minute loops in Aspen while its passengers are
allowed to partake in cannabis consumption. The bus trips are part of
a product rollout by New York-based Toast, the marketer of low-powered
marijuana cigarettes. The products cannot be sold on the bus, but will
be available at The Original Leaf dispensary in the North of Nell building
in downtown Aspen.
Pot smoking speakeasies [VIDEO]
On Thursday night, we go in-depth on pot smoking speakeasies. Since early November, it has been perfectly legal for an adult over age 21 in California to smoke marijuana even without a medical condition. However, we remain in a state of legal limbo, since it is against the law to buy pot without a medical marijuana ID card. That will change in 2018, but KRON4's Maureen Kelly found one Bay Area city with a number of underground clubs where it is already happening. ...
administration sets sights on state recreational marijuana laws
He suggested that President Trump views medical marijuana in a more
... Maine - and Washington, D.C. have legalized both medicinal and recreational
marijuana. ... federal prohibitions in states that had passed legislation
legalizing the drug. ... the federal government in states that have
voted on laws to legalize marijuana.
AG says feds couldn't overturn state's pot law
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A representative for the Alaska attorney general's
office said a change in how the federal government enforces its own
marijuana laws would not affect state marijuana laws. Alaska's law legalizing
recreational marijuana wouldn't be overturned, Department of Law spokeswoman
Cori Mills said Thursday after White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggested
during a press briefing that President Donald Trump's administration
might crack down on states that have legalized marijuana for recreational
industry leaders denounce White House marijuana enforcement signals
Word that the White House could begin cracking down on the marijuana
trade in states that have legalized the drug drew swift rebuke Thursday
from Democratic lawmakers in Colorado, the first state to cultivate
a recreational pot industry. "Whether it is building a wall or
stripping protections for trans students, President Trump has already
shown he's willing to trample Colorado values to further his regressive
agenda," said state Sen. Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, in a statement.
"Now, he's going to use his Department of Justice to trample states'
rights? The people of Colorado voted for the legalization of recreational
marijuana, and the federal government needs to respect the will of Coloradans."
Fenberg said it was time for his fellow lawmakers, including those across
the aisle, to back up their rhetoric by standing up to the administration
on behalf of the state and its constitution.
Practical Challenges for Employers Created by Legalized Marijuana
When Massachusetts voters legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal
purposes four years ago, the impact on most employers was limited to
clarifying that "legal" marijuana use was still generally
prohibited in the workplace. Now, Massachusetts has legalized limited
use of recreational marijuana. Although the recreational marijuana use
law also provides that employers may prohibit employees from reporting
to work or performing work under the influence of marijuana, the new
law is raising practical challenges for employers. Here are three ways
that employers may consider changing what they have been doing: ...
social marijuana advisory group works through details - but disagrees
Denver city officials have brought together a disparate group to advise
them on how to implement the city's first-of-its-kind social marijuana
use permit program. When the panel met this week, the gaps between competing
interests were hard to miss. Neighborhood advocates and others wary
of open marijuana consumption pressed during a two-hour discussion Wednesday
for concrete restrictions on a number of fronts for Initiative 300-authorized
consumption areas. Businesses will be able to apply later this year
for city permits to create set-off, 21-and-over areas where customers
can consume their own cannabis. But among marijuana legalization activists
on the panel, a chief sponsor of Initiative 300 said that while he was
looking to compromise, he could only move so far. Emmett Reistroffer
from Denver Relief Consulting, who led the pro-300 campaign, warned
that too many changes could make the new law unrecognizable to voters.
Poll: Majority Support Smoking Medical Marijuana
hand MJ smoke reaching children
use at MVRHS is well above state and national averages
city council members voice concerns on allowing medical ...
Marijuana Bill passes Senate
Robles bans smoking in public places starting in March
could buy 6 oz. of medical marijuana every 90 days, under draft
Patients would be limited to buying the equivalent of 40.5 grams of
THC in vaping oils, 19.8 grams of THC in transdermal patches and 9 grams
of THC in edibles, ...
are Coming to Oregon's Cannabis Industry
... (likely such as fairs), as well as allowing for cannabis lounges
(or clubs) where people could gather to smoke, vape or eat their cannabis
in a social setting.
and Pot: What's California Smoking? [VIDEO]
... about those pesticides being inhaled when people smoke or vape
marijuana. ... And someone smoking or vaping pot with Myclobutanil in
it "could become ill ...
panel advances medical marijuana expansion
A panel of lawmakers said Wednesday they're committed to advancing
legislation expanding Iowa's limited medical marijuana program.
The bill bans smoking and vaping of medical cannabis oil, and it creates
criminal penalties for patients and producers who intentionally violate
says Denver's drug user ban in parks is unconstitutional ...
stringent medical marijuana bill passes Senate
lounges could come to Oregon
Poll: Majority Support Smoking Medical Marijuana
allowing marijuana clubs awaits vote
County mayor continues push for lighter marijuana charges
drug testing: Useful information for marijuana consumers
pot hearings in March, April
If you missed last week's public hearing in the legislature about the proposed recreational marijuana use, there will be more opportunities to voice your input. The legislative Committee on Appropriations and Adjudication will hold hearings on March 16 at 2 p.m., and on April 5, at 5 p.m. in the legislature
cannabis shops get cleanup as pot becomes posh
... carefully arranged on sleek wooden tables lined with iPads. It's a retail scene reminiscent of an Apple store, but the high-tech gadgets on sale are vape pens. ...
News Roundup: How Safe Is Smoking Pot? [VIDEO]
While beliefs that marijuana is a gateway drug or that its use may lead to brain damage or psychosis may finally be on their way out (see another story below), there remain real questions about the quality and safety of cannabis. States where marijuana is legal either for medicinal or recreational use have been struggling with setting up testing labs to verify that the weed being sold does not contain harmful substances left behind from growing. A new study from the University of California at Davis now recommends that users avoid smoking cannabis. The report was published in the journal "Clinical Microbiology and Infection."
Dakota Legislature marches toward midsession break
Rules written to oversee the state's voter-approved medical marijuana law have made some of the measure's backers smoking mad.
town getting a drive-through marijuana shop
PARACHUTE, Colo. (AP) - The western Colorado town of Parachute is getting
a drive-through marijuana shop, believed to be the first in the state.
pot: What effect on local business, workers?
Now that recreational pot is legal in California, what will be the effect on local businesses? Some of the shops in Hanford that sell bongs and vaping equipment probably would. "If it's legal, why not?" said Rad Alkobadi, co-owner of Sal's Tobacco and ...
industry opposes call for plain packaging and bans on
... fighting for the Canadian government to require plain packaging for cigarettes. ... Mahood began advocating for plain packaging on tobacco in the mid-1980s. ... vowed to ban branding on cigarette boxes and a bill was introduced in the Senate. ... In terms of advertising, Battley said he believes that cannabis should be ...
warms to pot clubs despite federal uncertainty
At risk of raising the ire of the White House, Colorado is on the brink of becoming the first state with licensed pot clubs. But the details of how these clubs will operate are as hazy as the underground clubs operating already. Denver officials are working on regulations to open a one-year pilot of bring-your-own marijuana clubs, while state lawmakers are expected to consider measures to allow either marijuana "tasting rooms" run by marijuana dispensaries, or smoke-friendly clubs akin to cigar bars.
next for Oregon pot: Merging medical and recreational markets, higher
taxes, clubs [VIDEO]
Oregon lawmakers will consider a wide range of marijuana issues this session, including a proposal to merge key elements of the state's longstanding medical program with the tightly controlled recreational one and a bill that would allow cannabis-friendly clubs and special events. But Oregon's Indoor Clean Air Act prohibits the use of marijuana, along with tobacco, in public areas and workplaces. And the state's leading public health officials strongly oppose proposals that would weaken the law. Marijuana smoke is harmful, they argue, and events and establishments that feature marijuana smoking send the wrong message to young people.
Peninsula pot businesses may add $5M boost to economy
KENAI, Alaska (AP) - With several marijuana businesses up and running
on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska, industry estimates show
the businesses could contribute $5.3 million annually to the local economy.
But the peninsula's growing pot industry also faces an electoral
challenge this year. Phelps says an October ballot measure to ban commercial
marijuana operations would shutter 16 of the 17 business licensees'
Lawmakers Form First Ever Congressional Cannabis Caucus
Now that marijuana is legal in some for or another - whether for recreational or medicinal use - in 28 states, a bipartisan group of four lawmakers have joined forces to create the first Congressional Cannabis Caucus, aimed at reconciling federal regulations banning marijuana with states' laws. In a Thursday press conference, Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (CA), Earl Blumenauer (OR), Don Young (AK), and Jared Polis (CO) announced the new caucus, the first of its kind (as if anyone had any doubts about that). The goal of the group will be to "discuss, learn and work together to establish a better and more rational approach to federal cannabis policy."
Adult Use of Cannabis Act, explained: A Q&A with Jared Moffat
RIF: If passed, will people all of a sudden be smoking pot in
public parks? ... ban cannabis establishments, and they could also impose
zoning restrictions. ...
Rep. Jared Polis joins with congressional colleagues to create ...
WASHINGTON - Marijuana now has its own official club in Congress, thanks to Colorado congressman Jared Polis and three of his colleagues. The Boulder lawmaker on Thursday joined with fellow Democrat Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, as well as Republicans Dana Rohrabacher of California and Don Young of Alaska, in launching the Cannabis Caucus- a group dedicated to promoting and protecting the nascent industry of legalized weed. ...
clubs could be coming
Few Bendites would be shocked to discover public indulgence in marijuana
is more prevalent since voters legalized the plant in November 2014.
But public consumption is still illegal, although a bill in the Oregon
Legislature, if passed, would permit marijuana consumption at special
events and in licensed lounges. Senate Bill 307 would create a cannabis
lounge license for clubs where patrons may consume marijuana, with restrictions.
The same bill would create a license for temporary events at which marijuana
may be consumed. Marijuana business owners in Bend said they see an
opportunity if the bill passes.
warms to pot clubs, despite federal uncertainty
At risk of raising the ire of the White House, Colorado is on the brink
of becoming the first state with licensed pot clubs. But the details
of how these clubs will operate are as hazy as the underground clubs
"No voter in Colorado voted to allow
the use of marijuana on their sidewalk, in their parks, in their public
view," said state Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver. "But that's essentially
what we've done by not allowing private club space for marijuana uses."
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed pot legalization
but is undecided on signing a bill to allow clubs, said he's not sure
how the administration would respond to clubs. "I don't know whether
we'd be inviting federal intervention, but certainly that's one argument
I've heard used persuasively," Hickenlooper said Thursday. The
governor did indicate he'd veto a bill that allowed indoor smoking,
not just smoking on enclosed private patios. The Denver clubs would
have to abide by clean-air laws banning burned marijuana inside; the
statewide proposal would allow indoor smoking with "proper ventilation."
"We spent a long time letting everyone know that smoking is bad
for you," Hickenlooper said. "Just cause that smoke makes
you happy, and dumb, doesn't mean it's good for you."
grows of marijuana:State may trim number of plants allowed ...
marijuana: Cannabinoids in breast milk
bill seeks to ban medical marijuana "edibles"
senator wants Health Department to get behind edible medical cannabis
Township Changes Zoning Ordinance To Allow MMJ Facility
Council Revises Marijuana Possession Ordinance
seek to ban marijuana with new clause, but can they?
Some Montreal landlords are banning the use of cannabis in their rental
units. As the likely legalization of marijuana looms, many are currently
renewing leases with a new clause that forbids tenants from smoking
The catch: Tenants are not required to sign the clause, because
legally, whatever terms they agreed to in their original lease are the
terms which stand. If there is no smoking ban on the lease, the landlord
cannot force their tenant to comply.
seeks to bring marijuana business to small Alaska town
PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) - Now that marijuana businesses are up and ... been voted down once, but Wilson says he's looking to get another public vote this ...
still illegal on University of Maine campus, even after ...
County sees highest rate of marijuana-related ER visits in the state
Marijuana use for adults in northwestern Colorado increased by nearly
6 percent from 2014 to 2015 according to a study from the Colorado Department
of Health and Environment. The report, "Monitoring Health Concerns
Related to Marijuana in Colorado in 2016," was released on Jan.
30, and was put together based off surveys. It looked at marijuana use
in adults and children, as well as pregnant women. In the northwestern
part of Colorado in 2014, 10.3 percent of adults reported using marijuana
in the past month. The same group jumped up to 16 percent the next year.
But Mike Van Dyke, the chief of toxicology for the department, said
that there's just not enough data to really predict true trends in the
ponders smoking ban in all city parks
Modesto is considering banning smoking in all of its 75 city parks
as well as in certain other public spaces. The City Council's Great
Safe Neighborhoods Committee will take up the proposal at its Monday
meeting and could recommend it be sent to the full council for adoption.
The meeting is open to the public. Modesto currently bans the use of
tobacco - including chewing tobacco - within 50 feet of children's play
areas, including park playgrounds. The proposal would extend the ban
throughout city parks and include the smoking of marijuana.
to Take Humongous Hits of Weed
While some of us are delving into the wondrous world of microdosing
to enhance productivity and inspiration as well as treat various mental
health conditions, others are sizing up the situation through a much
larger lens. Welcome to the world of macrodosing, where "more is
more," "bigger is better," and "size matters."
Whether you're hosting a party, chilling out with friends, recovering
from surgery, or battling illness, you're certain to get your fill with
this curated list of mega-size products and colossal cannabis accoutrement.
Vaporizing cannabis is more healthful than smoking. When combusting
cannabis, you also inhale tar and ash.
Colorado sells more than $1 billion of marijuana in 2016
DENVER (AP)-- Newly released state figures show Colorado's marijuana
... the third straight year for growth since the state legalized recreational
marijuana sales. ... and goes toward other areas such as public health
and law enforcement.
Lawmakers Work to Legalize Marijuana
Minnesota lawmakers have started developing proposals to legalize marijuana.
They are hoping to have the question posed to Minnesota voters in a
ballot next year as opposed to going through legislature. 8 states have
now legalized recreational marijuana and many more are jumping on board
this year to make it happen in their state. While other states are prepared
to try and pass it through legislature this year in an effort to move
things along as quickly as possible, Minnesota lawmakers want to present
it to the people to decide. With multiple legalization proposals in
the works, it's likely that at least one will reach the ballot and allow
the public to decide.
Cuomo opposes recreational pot [VIDEO]
Governor Andrew Cuomo has gone as far as to legalize medical marijuana
in New ... reiterating his opposition Wednesday to legalizing recreational
and the workplace
Even though possession laws have changed, your employer's view of the
drug might not have - and even using it off the clock could be a breach
of company policy. According to Santa Maria Attorney Michael Clayton,
Proposition 64 succeeded on the 2016 ballot because it's limited and
does not create new rules in the workplace. "Prop 64 says lets
legalize marijuana and move from there," said Clayton. "Everything
is uncharted ground. One step at a time. Baby steps as we go."
Clayton points to a failed 2010 Ballot Measure, Prop 19 which prevented
employers from disciplining or firing employees who use marijuana. California's
new pot law also does not protect workers with medical marijuana cards.
considering moratorium on retail sales of recreational marijuana
The Ludlow Board of Selectmen has joined the growing list of Massachusetts
municipalities that support a moratorium on the retail sale of marijuana
in the commonwealth, which legalized recreational use of the drug in
bans smoking in public
West? Legislature considers Colorado marijuana consumption clubs
Could Denver become Amsterdam West? A bipartisan bill in the legislature,
Senate Bill 63, would allow for marijuana consumption clubs. Licenses
would be issued to establishments where retail or medical marijuana
could be sold and consumed. Clubs would be limited to people at least
21 years old. Under the bill, all marijuana products would be consumed
or disposed of at the club. Gov. John Hickenlooper voiced concerns about
the public health impact of such a law, and also said it could easily
draw the ire of the federal government.
Takeaways From Denver's Second Social Consumption ...
Bills to make marijuana smoking legal enter fray
Marijuana supporters unhappy with proposed regulations
couldn't be barred from smoking marijuana off-hours under ...
owners fight to mix bud and booze
Council allow Medical Marijuana business in city limits?
Bill would make several changes to ND Compassionate ...
would remove restrictions on smoking pot during off-hours
State of Marijuana in California for 2016
Above we see an over 400% growth in vaporizer use for 2016 with
1 in 5 orders having a vape product and 1 in 3 users having tried a
vape product at least once ...
Elias: State should ban marijuana billboards
City Council OKs parking time limit
law protects landlords' rights to prohibit medical marijuana
York plans town hall meeting on marijuana ordinance
for Vets: O.penVape Donates to Grow for Vets
The Colorado cannabis community is working for veterans on two fronts;
legislatively with SB17-17, and medically, through the efforts of companies
like O.penVape - who just donated over four-thousand dollars to the
organization Grow for Vets.
Marijuana Growing Tax on Ballot in Sonoma
Sonoma County voters in March are being asked to approve a tax on cannabis
cultivation, which officials say will help pay for the impacts of growing
the crop that was recently legalized for recreational use. Known as
Measure A on the March 7 ballot, it faces little opposition as a key
industry group says most growers would rather pay a tax than a costlier
permitting structure. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors placed
the measure on the ballot in conjunction with an ordinance to regulate
the thousands of marijuana growers in the county, who currently operate
legalization could normalize smoking again, Canadian experts warn [AUDIO]
Health officials worked tirelessly for decades to warn consumers about
the risks of smoking. In a new editorial in the Canadian Medical Association
Journal, a University of Toronto scientist asks if Canadians, health
officials and policy analysts are considering how marijuana legalization
could be a step backwards. There are at least 33 known carcinogens in
marijuana smoke and it's been tied to cancer, respiratory problems and
heart disease. "Smoking of anything is really bad for you, but
in the public debate of legalizing marijuana, there is very little addressing
of smoking," Dr. Robert Schwartz told Global News.
Association Life: Who's liable for taxes derived from ...
Q: In our condominium we have a rule that prohibits smoking on the lanai. However, recently an owner told me that he is going to obtain a prescription for medical marijuana and does not believe he can be prevented from smoking it on his lanai. What do you think? A: This is a very cutting edge issue which has been thrust to the forefront in Florida due to the recent adoption of the medical marijuana amendment to the Florida Constitution. Secondhand smoke is a legally recognized nuisance and it is quite common for associations to prohibit smoking on the lanai and other places because the smoke drifts into other units. The Fair Housing Act requires associations to grant reasonable accommodations to persons with handicaps or debilitating medical conditions. A reasonable accommodation is an exception to a particular rule. In this case, the person would seek an exception to the no smoking rule so they could smoke legal medical marijuana. While this is a new legal issue and I am sure there will be more to come, my initial opinion would be that the board would not be required to grant an exception to the no smoking rule in this case. The critical issue is whether the requested accommodation (I want to smoke medical marijuana on the lanai) is reasonable? First, the smoke in general is a nuisance and in the case of marijuana may have an intoxicating effect, even secondhand, I think this is called a contact high.
sells nearly $10 million in pot in 2016
Dispensaries in Aspen sold more than $9.7 million worth of marijuana in ... alcohol sold in Aspen in 2016 - which does not include alcohol sold at bars and ...
Denver INDO Expo Caters to Grows of All Sizes
From picks to shovels, the INDO Expo is a showcase for the leaders
in the cannabis cultivation space - and beyond. Last weekend, the INDO
Expo came to the Mile High City for their fifth showcase. Nature's Herbs
and Wellness was on-site with a wheel of goodies ranging from a beer
koozie to a rechargeable vape pen battery. denver-INDO-expo-img-2 ...
That Super Bowl As Marijuana Sales Expected To Spike Over 20%
The Super Bowl isn't just for beer drinkers, marijuana consumption also jumps for the big game. According to the Nielsen Company, nine out of 10 people watch the super bowl at someone's home making it easy to smoke pot recreationally while watching football. As a result of these newer clients, she said that pre-rolled joints were a big hit among the younger customers, while older shoppers preferred vape pens. " Some ...
Legal States Don't Allow Cannabis Consumption In Public Places
Alaska on Thursday rejected a proposal to make it the first state in the nation allowing consumption of marijuana in retail cannabis stores. Recreational marijuana is legal in another seven states and the District of Colombia. Here is where each of those states stand with cannabis consumption at places where marijuana is sold:
abandons proposal for in-store marijuana consumption
A proposal to allow customers to consume marijuana at retail pot stores in Alaska was abandoned Thursday by the state Marijuana Control Board. In a 3-2 vote at the board's regularly scheduled meeting, the project was taken off the table. Loren Jones, who holds the public health seat on the board, and Peter Mlynarik, the public safety seat, both cited public comment complaining about the possibility of secondhand smoke in a public establishment. Rural board member Mark Springer, who often acts as the swing vote in board proceedings, said he was also skeptical ventilation technology existed that could allay some of those concerns. Springer urged additional caution given the new presidential administration and the attorney general nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions R-Ala., who has taken an anti-marijuana stance.
catch-up on marijuana
With marijuana legalization advancing in several states, including Massachusetts, scientists are working to answer questions about the drug's effectiveness as a medicine and its impact on health and the brain. In doing so, they face a disconnect between state and federal policy, including marijuana's continued categorization as a Schedule I controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration.
report increase in illness linked to heavy marijuana use [VIDEO]
Emergency room doctors in Colorado are seeing a jump in cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, an illness linked to heavy marijuana use. Doctors tell News 5 that CHS is rare, apparently affecting chronic marijuana users with a range of symptoms including constant vomiting. Some marijuana advocates say they don't believe it, but doctors say it's all too true. Speakeasy marijuana club members in Colorado springs say they've never heard of CHS and say the illness could be attributed to other issues.
Future of Cannabis Clubs
Colorado voted on Initiative 300 in the 2016 election and it passed. Although some Colorado cities have allowed certain clubs to exist as a BYOP establishment, this new measure permits the consumption of cannabis in permitted spaces like restaurants and bars for patrons of legal age. As with all good things, there are a few catches. Colorado has strict clean air acts that protect customers and employees, so smoking inside will be a big no-no. Vaping and edibles are no-holds-barred indoors, but the blunt my friends is going to have to be passed around outside. And establishments must possess support from a local association-a registered neighborhood or restaurant association for example. Colorado's forethought in regards to cannabis consumption and the canna-tourism industry has caught our attention and we can't help but wonder what this means for the future of cannabis clubs. Whether you're a Portlandian, Seattleite, Anchorage native or Vegas nightlife enthusiast, one thing is for certain - cannabis clubs, large and small, are coming to a neighborhood near you. We've dusted off our crystal ball and dared to look into the future of cannabis clubs.
of Truckee seeks input on future of marijuana regulation
he town of Truckee is hosting the first of a series of marijuana regulation workshops on Feb. 9 to address the recent passage of Proposition 64 and develop local policy. Local jurisdictions will need to decide how marijuana is allowed to be cultivated, whether that is indoor or outdoor, how it can be manufactured and processed, how it is taxed, as well as how it can be sold and delivered.
talk: Colorado agriculture office shares pot knowledge
DENVER - North Carolina wants to know if marijuana could one day replace ... some that have legalized weed, others that joked their states will legalize pot ...
First City To Consider Cannabis Permits
bill would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana
you need to know about the new marijuana law
ponders pot lounges
People Be Allowed To Smoke Up At Legal Retail Marijuana ...
You Still Can't Smoke Weed in Public
on marijuana: ER visits, poison-control calls down even as ...
Medical Marijuana Bills Limit Edibles, Smoking In Arkansas
Diego City Council to take up recreational pot rules [VIDEO]
Prop. 64 Is No Free-for-All
The Cannabist - January 31, 2017
If it was 4:20 p.m. and I decided to smoke half of it, how much THC then? ... According to his informative 1990 report "Marijuana Smoking: Factors That Influence the ... as much as 40 percent to 50 percent THC is lost in this sidestream smoke. ...
Diego City Council to take up recreational pot rules [VIDEO]
For the first time, the City Council Tuesday will take up proposed
rules for establishments that plan to deal in recreational marijuana
in San Diego.
Additional restrictions would be made that involve
public safety, such as not smoking or vaping marijuana in public or
at special events, prohibiting the ...
lawmakers propose bill to protect marijuana-using workers from being
Senate Bill 301 bars employers from firing workers for using lawful substances and for making non-use of a substance a condition of employment, says WRIC.
Diego City Council Considers Ban On Marijuana 'Supply Chain'
San Diego would allow recreational marijuana sales, but would prohibit
commercial cultivation of the plant and testing for its safety and potency,
under a proposal that goes before the City Council on Tuesday.
marijuana becomes legal in Maine
Another would include funding to begin regulating marijuana. ... Or
in a vehicle on a public way: This goes for drivers and passengers and
... Or in a daycare facility or workplace smoking area: An exception
to the allowance of marijuana in ...
City takes temporary time-out on pot businesses
Recreational marijuana sales and commercial cultivation in South San
Francisco ... existing public smoking ban, marijuana use is not allowed
on city property.
use of marijuana to be debated during Nevada Legislature session
Marijuana is legal to possess in Nevada, but using it anywhere but
inside of a private residence is a big no-no.That is something the state's
most weed-friendly lawmaker wants to change."If we're going to
bring people here for marijuana tourism, they need a place to use it,"
State Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, said. "We don't want them
walking up and down the Strip smoking. Let's give them some place to
go."Segerblom intends to introduce a bill this session, which begins
Feb. 6, that would give governments at the city and county levels the
authority to issue public marijuana-use permits for just about every
possibility. Big events like the Electric Daisy Carnival, bars, hookah
lounges or even designated pot-friendly streets or sidewalks would all
be fair game if Segerblom's bill were to pass.
Vaporizer? Did Apple Just File Patent For The iVape?
In major news out of Silicon Valley, tech giant Apple has just revealed
that it filed patents for an Apple vaporizer back in July of 2016. The
bombshell announcement dropped on January 26, when Apple went public
with the patent application the company had filed for a "sublimator/vaporizer."
People are understandably stoked, especially considering how the announcement
came a few weeks after California legalized recreational cannabis. Could
it be a mere coincidence that Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, CA
put out a patent for an Apple vaporizer just months before California
legalized recreational cannabis? Or is Apple about to make moves into
the legal marijuana market?
hosts open forum to shape local mariuana policy
This week, city of Davis officials will host a public forum to gather
input on what cannabis policy will look like in Davis following the
passage of Proposition 64 on the November ballot. The forum will begin
at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.
The Adult Use of Marijuana Act passed with
Hampshire Considers Bills to Expand Medical Marijuana Access
New Hampshire legalized medical marijuana three years ago, and since
then thousands have been able to find relief through medical cannabis
where there was nothing else that has helped. Now the state will have
the opportunity to consider multiple bills, all aimed at expanding access
by putting additional medical conditions on the list of those that qualify
for the state's medical marijuana program.
County To Consider Ban On Nonmedical Marijuana
With the state licensing of recreational cannabis businesses less than a year away in California, the Marin County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposed ban on nonmedical cannabis business activities in unincorporated areas of Marin during its next two meetings.
of Truckee seeks input on future of marijuana regulation
The town of Truckee is hosting the first of a series of marijuana regulation
workshops on Feb. 9 to address the recent passage of Proposition 64
and develop local policy.
These 8 States Legalize Marijuana in 2017?
Last year, several states legalized marijuana for recreational use, joining the small, select club that kicked it off. And though the incoming presidential ...
Gov. LePage Snubs Bill to Delay Recreational Marijuana?
Loaded with weighty consequences, Maine's obstinate Gov. LePage made
it abundantly clear he has no intention of signing the current moratorium
bill state lawmakers hurried through the legislative process on Thursday.
As a direct result, Maine's recently passed 'Question 1' could fire
up next Monday as scheduled.
Marijuana In Seniors Housing And Senior Care Communities
These days, medical marijuana is increasingly viewed as a legitimate
alternative ... its use has become acceptable enough that "medical
marijuana clubs" have ...
More Voters Legalize Marijuana, States Left With Regulatory Hurdles
Voters in the state legalized recreational marijuana in the November 2016 ... a licensing system for marijuana smoking clubs, prohibit advertising marijuana ...
Use in Early Adolescence May Affect Verbal IQ
If you start smoking weed as early as 14, it may cause brain impairment
in the areas of verbal intelligence quotient (IQ) and specific cognitive
abilities by the time you reach 20, researchers warned.
Desert may relax ban on marijuana businesses [VIDEO]
Palm Desert appears to be on a path toward lifting a long-existing ban on marijuana dispensaries as a result of California's new law allowing recreational marijuana use by anyone 21 and older.
approves medical pot dispensary ordinance
Nevada City Planning Commissioners approved the Medical Cannabis Dispensary Ordinance during a five hour meeting Thursday that began with a standing room-only crowd, and ended with no one in the audience. "If a kid wants to get marijuana, they're not going to go to a dispensary to get it," Thiem said. "At-risk behavior is a social issue. I understand the concerns of the ...
Council bans smoking in outdoor dining areas
Milpitas has expanded its smoking ban to include outdoor dining areas
around the city beginning on Feb. 2. The City Council on Jan. 3 held
a second reading to adopt the expanded smoking ban to include marijuana,
e-cigarettes and hookahs. "We did tremendous outreach to 22 restaurants
that have outdoor dining areas and 17 hotels, two of them have outdoor
dining areas, and basically all of them were supportive," Edesa
Bitbadal, the city's economic development director, told the council
at the initial reading of the ordinance on Dec. 6. "Ninety one
percent of hotels and restaurants were supportive."
shops are trying to look like Apple stores
It's a retail scene reminiscent of an Apple store, but the high-tech
gadgets on sale are vape pens. After years of bulletproof glass and
burglar bars, marijuana shops are starting to get a makeover. Cannabis
entrepreneurs, borrowing from successful retailers such as Apple and
Whole Foods, are opening dispensaries with natural light, spacious displays
and open-floor plans. With weed now legal for recreational use in eight
other states, such amenities could attract an anticipated glut of new
customers who are less familiar with cannabis and may be put off by
the industry's generally dingy shopping experience. There is an "upscale
revolution in cannabis retailing," said Troy Dayton, chief executive
of Arcview Group, a marijuana research and investment business. "It
now makes sense to invest in your property and make it awesome for the
thought she found the perfect renter for her home. Until she ...
asks Denver to stop enforcing drug user ban in parks amid ...
Israel Decriminalize Marijuana Use? Public Security Minister ...
Lawmakers Eye Drastic Changes to Medical Pot Law
approve moratorium on retail cannabis
Cannabis: Can I Give You Some Weed? and Other Important ...
We Give the Stoners a Place to Smoke?
York may reduce marijuana penalty
the lack of medical research for e-cigarettes and marijuana
Within the past decade, e-cigarettes have been marketed as the safe, economic-friendly alternative for users to get their nicotine fix instead of from cigarettes via nicotine-infused oils like peanut oil. A similar rhetoric is found for marijuana use, where views are skewed toward seeing it as an entirely positive medical drug to ease symptoms like depression and anxiety. What separates vaping and marijuana from cigarettes, though, is ultimately the lack of extensive medical research into them which severely delegitimizes them.
Municipalities Eye Moratoriums On Pot Stores
Adults in Massachusetts can legally possess small amounts of marijuana
for personal use, and even grow up to a dozen plants at home. But, it
may be a while before people can go to a store in their neighborhood
to purchase pot products. Officials in several municipalities in western
Massachusetts including Agawam, Chicopee, West Springfield, and Springfield
are proposing to put local moratoriums in place on the sale of recreational
starts work on allowing pot in public, a first in US
Denver is starting work Wednesday on becoming the first city in the
nation to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places such as
coffee shops, yoga studios and art galleries. Voters narrowly approved
the "social use" measure last November. But the ballot proposal
didn't spell out many rules for how the marijuana could be consumed,
beyond saying that the drug can't be smoked inside and that patrons
must be over 21. ...
Mostly, the regulations come from the federal government, which, in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, categorized marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, like heroin. Drugs in this category are considered by the U.S. government as having no accepted medical use, and thus have very tight regulations on study. Moreover, research has to be done with marijuana obtained via a federal research supplier, and news reports indicate that this is another obstacle to performing research. In the previously mentioned study on marijuana, the authors compared inhaled secondhand smoke from marijuana against inhaled secondhand smoke from tobacco, and found that blood vessels were damaged more by the marijuana than by the tobacco. The way I wrote in the column was not clear. I appreciate the note from the author of the study, and apologize for the confusion.
Sandoval ups the ante on benefits of smoking pot
If Nevadans smoke enough marijuana our students might turn out to be smarter than those in Colorado. That was one take-away from this week's State of the State address, when Gov. Brian Sandoval proposed an additional pot tax. The 10 percent on retail sales would be on top of the 15 percent wholesale tax. All of the money would be funneled into education. In the same week, Colorado's governor proposed raising the pot tax there a mere 2 percent, to a total of 12 percent. The extra tax would generate nearly $100 million a year, which is roughly the amount of the deficit currently facing Colorado's public school system. Sandoval's pot tax hike is the only revenue enhancement listed in his budget, which would increase spending by about 11 percent over the biennium. The extra 10 percent pot tax is expected to generate around $50 million a year - and no one is likely to complain about it unless they want to be considered a pothead or anti-education.
Marijuana Activists Gather for 'Smoke-In' at Rittenhouse Square
York could lessen some marijuana penalties
restrictions on medical marijuana businesses in PA
protest: Pot advocates plan inauguration joint giveaway
can you smoke weed in California? Public and private ...
Dr. Roach: Marijuana smoke
Nelson Isn't Worried About Trump Taking Away His Cannabis
Best Ways to Cut Down on Cannabis Smoke Stench
Votes to Study Removing Marijuana From Banned ...
dispensaries aim to 'normalize' medical marijuana
Vials of cannabis-laced sprays, lotions and tinctures line display shelves a few steps from handbags specially designed to tote marijuana products. The store will soon begin sales of vaporizers, which are used much like electronic cigarettes. Products high in the euphoria-producing component of marijuana ...
selectmen to consider banning retail marijuana
WATERBORO, Maine - As the Legislature begins on Tuesday examination of a bill that would delay most aspects of the newly approved recreational marijuana law until February 2018, Waterboro selectmen are mulling whether to ban retail pot establishments altogether.
Marijuana Use May Be on the Rise After All, New Study Shows
Entering 2016, 23 states had legalized medical cannabis while residents in another four states had legalized the sale of recreational pot. By year's end, five new states have legalized medical cannabis, two of which did so entirely through the legislative process (Ohio and Pennsylvania). What's more, the number of recreation-legal weed states doubled to eight, with Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, and the crown jewel, California, all voting in favor of their respective state's pot initiative. However, a new study from the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program is especially worrisome. The study found that Washington state teens (Washington legalized recreational weed in 2012) saw an uptick in pot use following the 2012 vote, and a significantly higher-than-average drop in the "perception of harmfulness," which is a measure of how teens view the dangers of marijuana use.
Trump On Weed Legalization: What's In Store For Marijuana Stocks?
While Canada is on the brink of legalizing Cannabis country-wide in
2017, the U.S is still engulfed in skepticism and legal ruffle about
the substance. The election of Donald Trump wasn't good news for the
marijuana industry. As with most issues, Trump isn't clear about his
stance on pot. But in the past, he had supported giving Schedule 1 or
Schedule 2 status to marijuana. Schedule 1 status substances are considered
federally illegal and perceived to have no medical benefits, whereas
Schedule 2 substances are considered to have some medical benefits,
but with addictive ingredients. Experts think that even if Marijuana
gets Schedule 2 status, things won't be too easy for companies dealing
in it, as they would come under the control of the FDA, which would
control the THC content (the psychoactive component of marijuana) in
their batches, along with putting in other restrictions. Donald Trump's
nomination of Senator Jefferson Sessions for the post of attorney general
has made the future of marijuana legalization in the country even more
blurry, because the Senator has a history of loathing pot.
the bud: Marijuana companies want California to issue trademarks for
Marijuana distributors are already lining up to pick brand names for their buds once ... Amanda Conley, a founder of the National Cannabis Bar Association. ...
Signs Bill To Let Landlords Bar Marijuana In Rentals
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that lets landlords prohibit medical marijuana patients from growing or smoking the drug on leased residential property.
schedules special town meeting to discuss recreational marijuana
n 10 days, Pittston voters will decide whether they want to put in
place a temporary ban on the commercial marijuana enterprises that will
now be allowed in Maine following a statewide referendum vote in November.
While Question 1 also makes provisions for retail shops and social
clubs, where people could gather to smoke or otherwise consume marijuana,
it also allows cities and towns to impose regulations on those operations
or to ban them outright.
We Know And Don't Know About The Effects Of Marijuana
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) have recently released a thorough, rigorous and weighty report that answers this question. From this point on, anyone who tells you how marijuana can help you, hurt you or not affect you that cannot support their claims with the research summarized in the NASEM report is blowing smoke.
Are More Older Americans Smoking Marijuana? It's Not Just For Medical
According to a report from Live Science, statistics from the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown an increase
in marijuana use among pot smokers aged 55 to 64, with rates increasing
from 1.1 percent of the population in 2002, to 6.1 percent in 2014.
That's a whopping 455 percent rise, as compared to the rather meager
13 percent increase among younger marijuana users aged 18 to 25 over
the same period of time. And it's those trends that inspired a team
of scientists to release a review of existing studies and see why more
older Americans are smoking marijuana.
marijuana research report details knowledge base with eye on future
In the first comprehensive review by American researchers in decades, their assessment of 10,000 studies since 1999 quantified the weight of research evidence and found cannabis has legitimate medicinal benefits for a variety of ailments, but also has been shown as a contributor to certain mental health issues and, to some degree, has a role as a gateway drug, according to the report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
a fan of Question 4 and here's why
A couple months ago voters passed Question 4, which legalized the possession and home-growing of pot by adults effective Dec. 15. That was easy. The part that established a process and a timetable for licensing, taxing and regulating pot shops, however, has hit a snag. That's been delayed by six months thanks to local legislators. This is the problem I have with Question 4. By making marijuana legal you are giving tacit approval to smoking.
of Cops Support Legalizing Marijuana in Some Form
Like most Americans, a majority of police officers think that marijuana laws should be relaxed, according to a new survey published Wednesday. A Pew Research Center survey of nearly 8,000 policemen and women shows that 68 percent of cops favored relaxing marijuana laws in some form, with 32 percent saying that it should be legalized for both recreational and medical use. Only 30 percent said that weed should not be legal at all.
Despite some good, marijuana can cause schizophrenia, depression, other
It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people
sleep, but it may also raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and trigger
heart attacks. Those are among the conclusions about marijuana reached
by a federal advisory panel in a report released Thursday.
Island marijuana legalization proponents gear up to try again
Some Rhode Island lawmakers hope to join neighbor Massachusetts in legalizing recreational marijuana. Pictured: Jars of marijuana sit on a counter during a ...
have only a hazy idea of marijuana's myriad health effects, and federal
laws are to blame
More than 22 million Americans use some form of marijuana each month, and it's .... federal law also bars scientists from testing these products for contaminants, ...
Municipal League plans bill that could cripple cannabis use in Denver
Consuming cannabis in restaurants and bars throughout Denver could continue to be a pipe dream if the Colorado Municipal League gets its way. The group that represents 99 percent of the cities and towns throughout the state plans to introduce a bill during the 2017 legislative session that would finally define what the "open and public" consumption of marijuana means, said Kevin Bommer, deputy director of the Colorado Municipal League. "It's not quite ready for prime time yet," Bommer said. "We don't have a bill draft finalized or sponsors lined up." ...
Legislation Allows Landlords The Option To Ban Medical Marijuana [VIDEO]
"We probably won't hear from people until they are in a crisis
with their landlord," says Adam Devaney. Those who use medical
marijuana may no longer be able to smoke at rental properties, it's
up to the landlord. In legislation signed by the governor, it gives
landlords the option to ban the use of medical marijuana on their properties.
Selectmen Receptive To Idea Of 'Opting Out' Of Recreation Marijuana
A suggestion that the Town of Bourne can opt out, in part, to the state's
newly approved law legalizing recreational use of marijuana has been
warmly received by the Bourne Board of Selectmen.
that the requirement referred only to package stores-not restaurants
and bars. Selectman Peter J. Meier said that there are 10 liquor stores
in Bourne, so the town would have to approve two recreational marijuana
licenses. The new law does not automatically allow for so-called marijuana
bars, places where people can go and legally smoke marijuana, similar
to a bar where people go to consume alcohol. The senator said that the
town would have to petition the state for permission to allow those
types of establishments. Zoning for those types of businesses should
also be explored, he said.
legalization, you'll still get busted for smoking weed in ...
approves additional occupant fee
acts to impose pot restrictions ahead of Prop. 64.
boards favor moratorium on pot retailers, social clubs
Probably not discrimination for landlords to ban Rx pot
woman smokes 'blunt' on subway, ruckus ensues
pot backers want to ignite sales in R.I. ahead of Mass.
Trying to beat Massachusetts to the punch, marijuana-legalization advocates on Wednesday unveiled a proposal that would allow recreational pot shops to open in Rhode Island before any will be allowed to conduct sales in the Bay State. While the opening of Massachusetts pot shops has been delayed by lawmakers until July 2018, forthcoming legislation would allow existing Rhode Island medical dispensaries to begin recreational sales six months after a bill passes. Such a bill would give Rhode Island a head start on sales if action is taken any time during the six-month legislative session. ...
City eyes new pot rules: Officials examine local marijuana ...
...11, regarding a variety of potential new restrictions designed to rein in the budding industry. The variety of initiatives to be considered include prohibiting smoking pot in public, disallowing commercial sales, restricting outdoor grows and ...
it OK to smoke marijuana in California?
Housing Authority banning pot smoking on their property
bill would legalize marijuana for recreational use
suspect driver accused in fatal crash on Capitol Drive ...
DEA tweet accidentally reveals one of the big arguments for ...
Activists Will Hand Out 4200 Joints To Make Trump's Inauguration Lit
Marijuana reform group DCMJ is planning to give out 4,200 joints on
the morning of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. The group is
doing this as a form of protest. Their biggest concern is Trump's choice
of attorney general pick, Jeff Sessions. They worry Sessions will roll
back the progress made on weed rights.
Governor Crafting Legal Marijuana Legislation
Less than a month after making headlines by suddenly endorsing marijuana legalization, the Republican governor of Guam is now actively writing legislation to end cannabis prohibition in the U.S. territory. ...
Town Considering Ban on Recreational Sale of Marijuana
The Hull board of selectmen are considering placing a moratorium on the sale of recreational marijuana.
Drafted to Legalize Home Marijuana Cultivation in Washington ...
Cannabis is legal to possess and purchase in Washington State, but
growing it for personal use remains a felony. A newly drafted bill would
Use To Skyrocket At Golden Globes
Following the recent legalization of recreational marijuana use in California, the drug is expected to run rampant at tonight's 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. In 2014, comedian Sarah Silverman revealed she was carrying a vape pen full of liquid THC while chatting to E! Host Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet at the ...
residents to vote on six-month moratorium on retail marijuana, social
Residents will get a chance to vote Monday night on imposing a 180-day
moratorium on retail marijuana sales and social clubs to give town officials
time to consider what approach to take in regulating those types of
$6.7 billion marijuana habit, mapped
The marijuana industry is at a crossroads. Voters have approved recreational
marijuana measures in eight states plus the District of Columbia. When
these laws become fully implemented in the next few years, more than
one in five American adults will live in places where they can walk
into a store and legally purchase marijuana.
The latest data
release from that survey breaks those numbers down even further, looking
at marijuana consumption at the state level. It finds that there's considerable
variation in the prevalence of marijuana use by state.
instructive to compare the map of marijuana use against the national
drinking map. One notable difference is that people in the northern
plains states are heavy drinkers, but more abstemious when it comes
tax officials seek funds to create recreational pot rules
Nevada tax officials are seeking a nearly $900,000 loan to hire four
officers to create regulations for the newly passed recreational marijuana
Medical Cannabis Law Submitted in Missouri
Missouri attempted to put medical marijuana on the ballot in November 2016. ... fell short by 23 signatures needed to make its way to the public for voting. ...
disorder on rise in weed-friendly Colorado
Long-term heavy marijuana use can cause chronic vomiting and abdominal
pain in some people, new research suggests. And the syndrome
could become more frequent and pervasive as more states legalize use
of the drug, according to health experts. Cases of the disorder, which
is called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), doubled in Colorado
as access to legal marijuana
became widespread, said Dr. Kennon Heard. He is chief of medical toxicology
for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Legislators Propose Dueling Bills Related to Marijuana
Marijuana is a hot topic again in the Wisconsin Legislature. A couple
Republican state Senators said Thursday they'll introduce a bill to
legalize possession of CBD oil, a marijuana extract used to treat seizures.
At the same time, some Democrats want to legalize marijuana for medical
and recreational purposes. Only one proposal seems likely to move forward.
marijuana businesses face challenges while waiting for retail licenses
Retail marijuana sales and purchases are on hold in Douglas County,
while a majority of businesses wait for inspections before they can
sell recreationally. As of Jan. 1, businesses must possess a retail
license to sell marijuana to the general public.
the Oregon Liquor
Control Commission comes to their shops and gives them the green light
for a retail license. ....
Banos, Calif., Ordinance Bans All Commercial Cannabis
An ordinance requiring marijuana growers in Los Banos to register with
the city was modified Wednesday to ensure privacy and then adopted unanimously
Around Florida's Medical Marijuana Law & New Year, New ... [AUDIO]
As the use of electronic cigarettes goes up, so do concerns about their safety. Batteries in these gadgets have been known to explode, resulting in broken bones, ...
Marijuana Smoke and Your Children
In November, eight more states legalized marijuana, either for medical reasons or adult recreational use. Legal or not, many Americans smoke pot. Some do so around young children. But emerging research suggests secondhand pot smoke might affect kids' health. While parents may believe using pot is safer and more natural than smoking tobacco, experts say secondhand smoke from pot might be just as hazardous for children's developing bodies and minds
Supervisors consider final marijuana ordinance next Tuesday
Waive second reading and consider adoption of an ordinance amending Chapter 20 to Title 5 of the Yolo County Code regulating medical marijuana cultivation in the unincorporated area of Yolo County to slightly broaden the exception to the cultivation prohibition, provide an appeals process for those denied a license to cultivate medical marijuana by permit and to add a 1,000 foot outdoor cultivation setback from tribal lands. (No general fund impact) (Nunes/Tengolics)
Seek Ban on Pot Smoking While Driving
Banos council passes modified recreational marijuana regulations
Allowing Landlords To Ban Medical Marijuana Smoking Goes To ...
of Henderson considers one-year ban on recreational ...
Council Members Plan Push to Decriminalize Pot
advocates to hand out joints during Trump's inauguration
How Long Does it Stay in the System?
4, 2017 - Recreational Pot Is Officially Legal in Nevada
revelers busted for smoking pot in public
Don't allow toking and driving
Lawmakers Propose Bill Outlawing Cannabis Use While Driving
One of the biggest concerns for lawmakers after the legalization of marijuana (at any level) seems to be the risk to the roadways. Unfortunately, things are a bit confusing when it comes to charging someone with driving under the influence of marijuana - so much so that Arizona courts recently decided that simply having THC metabolites in your system is not enough to have you convicted of a DUI. In California, cannabis breathalyzers are already having their first test run - and have been for a couple of months - but even if they can read how much THC is in your system, determining whether or not you're actually impaired is another story. In hopes of preventing stoned driving, Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblyman Evan Low have introduced Senate Bill 65, which Hill says closes a "loophole" in Proposition 64. What is the said loophole? While it is illegal to drive with an open container of cannabis in the car, the law did not specifically outlaw smoking or vaporizing (or otherwise consuming) while actually driving - which this bill would do.
governor signs measure allowing recreational marijuana use
The law will allow adults aged 21 and older to use the drug
in private, but not public places, and to possess up to 2.5 ounces (70.9
grams) of marijuana. "Mainers will no longer be punished for using
a substance that is safer than alcohol," said David Boyer, who
led the legalization campaign, in a statement.
Passive Marijuana Smoking Affect Children?
Now, most of us already know that smoking cigarettes can be very harmful
for our health and when the people around you smoke passively, it can
affect them ... So, if you are still confused about whether passive
smoking of marijuana can affect your children, then read along more
to find out!
as recreational marijuana legal in Nevada Jan. 1 [VIDEO]
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - Recreational marijuana will be legal in Nevada starting
Jan. 1. ... They cannot smoke in public and need to be on their own
property. ... In addition, employers can still ban marijuana and fire
employees for smoking pot.
Pot Prices Aren't Deterring Teen Marijuana Use
The Washington Post is the latest media outlet to report on the UC
Davis study that's claiming Washington's 8th & 10th graders have
been influenced by marijuana legalization there, reducing their perception
of marijuana's harm and leading them to smoke it more.
extends pot restrictions
Since California voters legalized nonmedical marijuana in November,
many cities across ... just as they try to protect people from secondhand
consumption business gets cease-and-desist order
The notification came as a cease-and-desist order from Tim Fiene, acting as Englewood special counsel dealing with the issue of Studio 420 operating a marijuana consumption club. In the letter, Studio 420 was ordered to stop allowing the smoking or consumption of marijuana or marijuana products at its location within 14 days. The letter said that the 2015 business license application stated the business would be selling tobacco products and other items, but the company has since advertised it is a social or membership club providing a place for the use and consumption of marijuana. The club, according to the letter, is in violation of laws prohibiting public consumption of marijuana. Studio 420, formerly called iBake Englewood,
Fridays Location Posts Unsanctioned "No Marijuana Odor" Sign
Even though smoking's been banned in restaurants, you can smell the
residue of it in their hair and on their clothes. Are they seated and
served at T.G.I. Fridays ...
needs a specific ban on smoking pot while driving, these lawmakers say
California needs a specific ban on smoking pot while driving, these
lawmakers say ... "This legislation makes our laws for smoking
[marijuana] while driving .... harsher sanctions against criminals,
extra restrictions on companies such as Uber ...
consider moratoriums after Maine voters legalize pot
Towns and cities around Maine are taking a cautious approach to the
new state law that legalizes marijuana and are considering moratoriums
on the sale of the drug within their limits.
competition up in the air
The planned second Humboldt County Cup marijuana competition at the Humboldt ... and city ordinances also don't allow smoking in public places or facilities.
OKs temporary ban on marijuana shops, social clubs in Gardiner
Gardiner officials are moving ahead with a temporary ban on marijuana
retail shops and social clubs inside city limits.
That task force
would examine what Gardiner wants to do about the retail shops, social
clubs and commercial growing facilities, and would be charged with coming
up with recommendations to take to the City Council.
preparing for recreational pot use
Statham: My take on marijuana
ads along highways? Lawmakers wrangle over legalization's ...
which allows landlords to ban medical pot awaits Governor's ...
pot In Front Of Kids: Is it The Right Thing To Do? [Study]
Army to Allow Off-duty Soldiers to Smoke Marijuana Up to ...
police give tips for legal pot
Say Parenting And Pot Smoking Don't Mix
This woman uses marijuana to treat her migraines and insomnia,
but she never uses it around her 5-year-old son. (She asked that her
name not be used because marijuana use remains a federal offense.) "I
don't want to impact his air quality by the decisions I'm making,"
she says. This is the right decision, according to research by Dr. Karen
Wilson, a pediatrician and lead author of a study showing that children
absorb chemicals from secondhand marijuana smoke. "This is the
first time we've been able to demonstrate that there are detectable
marijuana metabolites in the urine of children who've been exposed to
marijuana," says Wilson, who is the Debra and Leon Black division
chief of general pediatrics at Mount Sinai in New York.
trend is not without risk
Just as possession of marijuana for personal enjoyment becomes legal
in this state, ... And that's the why the rise in e-cigarette use by
teens is of particular concern. As with tobacco, it's already illegal
for minors to buy e-cigarettes, but like other ...
Lexology (registration) - December 19, 2016
The government has taken yet another step towards the legalization
of cannabis for recreational use in Canada, with the release of the
final report from the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation
(the "Task Force"). The report provides guidance on the design
of a new regulatory framework to manage the use of cannabis for recreational
secondhand smoke could have serious adverse effects on children: study
It turns out that despite a perception among some that exposure to secondhand pot smoke is safer than similar exposure to cigarette smoke, some doctors believe it could be just as bad - or worse - and that parents who smoke or vape marijuana around their young children could be putting them in danger, NPR reported Monday. A new study looked at children between the ages of 1 month and 2 years who had been hospitalized for for the lung infection bronchiolitis and found that, when their urine was tested for trace levels of "marijuana metabolites," 16% overall tested positive. Among children whose caregivers said they had been around people using marijuana, 75% of samples tested positive.
will legalized recreational marijuana affect the gaming industry?
It's a cinch that if you're walking the Strip on New Year's Eve you'll
come across at least one person - maybe dozens - who will be toking
in the new year with a celebration of the arrival of legalized recreational
marijuana in Nevada.
The line in the sand drawn by gaming regulators
is based on federal law. The control board and the commission say that
because the federal government views marijuana use as illegal, so do
state gaming regulators.
smoking, vaping ban in effect on Tuesday
Oxnard's smoking ban, which affects most outdoor areas in the city, goes into effect on Tuesday. The ordinance, passed unanimously by City Council in September, applies to tobacco, marijuana and vaping.
weed may be legal, but you can't smoke in public and ...
marijuana legal in your state? Not on campus
Anxiety? The Meeting Planners Common Sense Cannabis ...
Folly? Pushing Pot as a Conservative
chief concerned about youth as legal pot era dawns
Battle to Smoke in a Public Space
may ban outdoor pot growing
a Stoner: I Need a Good Portable Bong
Open to Doubling Fine for Smoking Pot in Public
what you can - and cannot - do when pot becomes legal ...
Despite earlier fears of a delay, marijuana will be legalized in Massachusetts on Thursday, Dec. 15. But that doesn't mean you'll be able to stroll into a store and purchase the drug. Here's a look at what you can and can't do on Dec. 15.
officials adjust to legal marijuana
Timilty addressed the impact of the legalization of recreational marijuana. "There is ... The legislation also allows marijuana bars, licensed marijuana shops and ...
group raised $354442 in 2016 effort
Growing Pueblo's Future, the pro-recreational marijuana group that
successfully fought back attempts to end the burgeoning industry here,
raised $354,442 over several reporting cycles, representing the largest
donor base in the 2016 election races in Pueblo. Citizens for a Healthy
Pueblo, the group that attempted to end the 1,300-job, multimillion-dollar
business in the county, reported raising $55,338 in its efforts, one
that relied upon posing questions about legal cannabis' impact on Pueblo.
64 - The Basics: Q&A on Marijuana Legalization
A local government can allow marijuana smoking in public, on-site consumption
of marijuana at retailers or dispensaries, or can otherwise regulate
Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke Warning [VIDEO]
BOSTON (CBS) - You've heard of the harms of second-hand tobacco smoke
but what about second-hand marijuana? Researchers just published the
first study ...
cannabis use could damage eyesight, study suggests
Regularly smoking cannabis may damage users' eyesight by triggering
an abnormality in the retina, a new study has found. Researchers in
France tested 28 cannabis smokers and 24 people who did not use the
drug to see how well their retinal cells responded to electrical signals.
64 made cannabis legal in California, but what does that mean?
But don't be too mad that this initiative passed, and also don't celebrate too hard. Prop. 64 doesn't mean the streets of California are going to be filled with cannabis smoke, because it's actually still illegal to be smoking on public property, and frankly, prop. 64 makes smoking cannabis outside just like drinking alcohol outside - cannabis will be just like an open alcohol container.
to legal pot: Where can you legally smoke pot after Jan. 1?
It is known that smoking or consuming marijuana in a casino or bar
is not allowed. The Nevada Gaming Control Board does not want to mix
marijuana with ...
Children can passively 'smoke' marijuana, too
Relaxing with a joint around children is not very wise. Not only do youngsters inhale harmful secondary smoke in the process, but the psychoactive chemicals in the drug are taken up by their bodies as well. This warning comes from Karen Wilson of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence in the US. She led the first study showing that it is possible to pick up traces of THC, the primary psychoactive chemical in marijuana, in the urine of children exposed to secondary marijuana smoke. The findings are published in Springer Nature's journal Pediatric Research.
chemicals found in urine of children exposed to smoke
Psychoactive chemicals were found in children exposed to secondhand
marijuana smoke, according to a new study. The findings come as an increasing
number of states legalize medical or recreational marijuana, often without
prohibitions on adults' use when children are present.
Council to consider ban on retail marijuana businesses
ELLSWORTH - he City Council will consider a ban on marijuana shops,
social clubs and other retail pot businesses in the wake of the decision
by Maine voters last month to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
The prospect of those types of pot businesses remains distant. A statewide
recount that is expected to take a month or more got started this week.
If it upholds the pro-legalization tally from November, state officials
then have nine months to put specific rules in place for such businesses.
Petaluma Argus Courier - December 7, 2016
Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday voted to call a special election
this March asking voters to impose new taxes on the cultivation and
sale of marijuana which, if passed, is expected to provide the funding
for implementation of broad and sweeping new regulations governing the
county's lucrative marijuana industry.
Rocky Mountain Collegian - December 7, 2016
A group of Colorado State University professors recently received a
$186,500 grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
to study the impact of legalized, recreational marijuana on young adults.
"It is designed to look at existing data to determine the
impact of legalizing recreational marijuana on marijuana use among adolescents
and young adults," Conner said.
Colorado was one of the
first states to legalize and implement marijuana in 2012 and 2014. Conner
believes that this new study will provide information to other states
that have or wish to legalize recreational or medical marijuana in the
future. "It will provide a road map to other states," Conner
said. "Five states just voted to either legalize or loosen the
laws on marijuana. We can help tell them
what will happen (if)
they change their legislation on marijuana."
4: Nothing will change on campus
The Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) held a panel discussion with members of Residential Programs and Services, the Office of Student Conduct, and Public Safety about Massachusetts's legalization of recreational marijuana and the implications it will have on federally funded colleges across the commonwealth. MCLA is a part of the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, which does not allow the use of marijuana on campus, and it will continue to be involved with this. Since the plant is not federally legalized, for the school to continue to receive money from the federal government, not only for student financial aid but for other grants for the school, the College must abide by this law, even though marijuana is legal in Massachusetts.
major Alaskan city is straggling behind as other cities charge ahead
with pot shop openings
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Marijuana shops have started to open up for business
in Fairbanks, Juneau and Valdez, but Anchorage is still weeks away from
having its first open pot retailer. Enlighten Alaska co-owner Jane Stinson
said the business in Anchorage's Spenard neighborhood has experienced
some setbacks. She said thieves stole about $5,000 worth of equipment
over the Thanksgiving holiday and the business has had problems with
getting the building it rents up to city code.
member Dick Traini has been leading efforts to add regulatory steps
for potential marijuana businesses since voters legalized pot statewide
Business Insider Nordic - December 7, 2016
Beer sales are taking a hit in states where marijuana is legal. So
far this year, beer volumes have dropped roughly 2% in Colorado, Oregon,
and Washington, which have all legalized recreational pot, according
to Neilsen data cited in a recent report from Cowen & Co. At the
same time, marijuana consumption has grown in those states. The data
indicates that many beer drinkers are swapping their six-packs for marijuana
instead, and that has major implications for the beer industry
San Mateo Daily Journal - December 7, 2016
A temporary moratorium on marijuana-related activities such as cultivation
and distribution was asked for by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
Tuesday to allow time for a slower, deliberate approach to implementing
Proposition 64 that may include a regional effort with cities.
There were also questions about a possible county tax and effect on
decades of county work on "smoke-free norms," according to
the county. The county's ...
Lewiston Sun Journal - December 6, 2016
The Board of Selectmen will soon consider a moratorium on marijuana
clubs. Selectman Reggie Arsenault, who is also a member of the Planning
Board, handed to selectmen Tuesday night a draft of a moratorium ordinance
on retail marijuana establishments and stores, and retail marijuana
social clubs. The ordinance, initiated by Police Chief Roy Hodsdon,
would be for six months.
On Nov. 8, Maine voters narrowly approved
legalizing recreational use of marijuana, allowing municipalities to
regulate the location and operation of retail marijuana establishments
and retail marijuana social clubs, and to adopt and enforce regulations
for such uses.
Dear Dr. Roach: With the rash of states voting to legalize marijuana, have there been any studies on the effects of secondhand smoke from pot, or is this something we will hear about years from now, as with tobacco? I can't answer that directly, since current regulations make high-quality research on marijuana and its effects very difficult to do in this country. However, there is a study on laboratory rats, which shows deleterious effects on blood vessels of rats exposed for one minute to secondhand marijuana smoke. This effect appears to be larger in secondhand smoke compared with inhaled smoke. Thus, it is reasonable to suspect that secondhand smoke may cause problems in humans. However, the amount of marijuana smoked is much less than the amount of tobacco smoked for most people; so, considering everything, it might not be as bad as the effects of secondhand tobacco smoke. Regardless of the legal aspects, keeping marijuana smoke away from people who don't want it is a public health issue.
steps for implementing Denver's social pot use law
Denver licensing and legal officials told City Council members Monday that they still had plenty of work to do to implement the first-of-its-kind social marijuana use law approved by city voters last month. "Our plan is to implement the will of the voters within the confines of the law," said Ashley Kilroy, executive director of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses. She's also the longtime director of the Office of Marijuana Policy.
council mulls marijuana ban
On Dec. 19, Council will hold a final reading on a law that if passed would ban the growing, cultivating and selling of medical marijuana.
Prime Minister Takes Another Step Towards Legalization
Canada's marijuana landscape continues to be as confusing as ever. At the top, Justin Trudeau pushes forward with the process of legalization. Canada's Prime Minister has accepted the report handed in by the marijuana task force and their suggested framework is scheduled to be made public by December 21st. On the ground, however, marijuana dispensaries have cultivated in every major metropolis across the country, with each respective mayor and police force dealing with the issue in their own way.
effort underway to expand medical marijuana use in Texas
State Senator Jose Menendez plans to file a bill Tuesday morning that would expand the use of medical marijuana in Texas. 28 states have already approved the use of medical marijuana, including many conservative states.
to talk smoke-free areas, marijuana
Smoke-free designated areas and marijuana policies are slated to come
before the Solano County Board of Supervisors today. At the morning
meeting, supervisors will hear a final report on plans to transition
county facilities to smoke-free facilities. Officials will also hear
about reducing the number of designated smoking areas from 30 to 28,
and the possibility of further reducing that number over time. ...
defender consider legal pot impact: Proposition 64 to ...
About 120 pending criminal charges related to marijuana must be dismissed
in San Mateo County ... Smoking in public is likely to result in a ticket
gaming regulators to study casino industry and possible impact of legalized
In the state of Massachusetts, there are gambling facilities in the
works that would cater to players who enjoy table games, slots and more.
The casino industry is emerging in the state and gambling regulators
do not want to see the industry harmed in any way by outside interference.
It was announced last week that the State Gaming Commission is now looking
to study the impact that legalized marijuana would have on the casino
industry as it begins
. Smoking will not be allowed in any public
places where cigarette smoking is not ... as well as the public for
comments on marijuana and the gambling industry.
Marijuana Laws Hazy
Proposition 64, which legalized possession of up to one ounce of marijuana
for adults for recreational use, went into effect on Nov. 8 when California
voters approved the initiative measure.
Marijuana may not be
consumed in any public place. Licensed ... Smokers may not smoke marijuana
in any location where tobacco smoking is prohibited.
of vote that legalized marijuana in Maine begins
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine marijuana proponents' hope of home growing
by Christmas is in jeopardy because a recount of the legalization ballot
question could take weeks. The recount began Monday in Augusta. Maine
residents voted to legalize marijuana on Nov. 8.
Worcester Telegram - December 4, 2016
Despite the promise of landlords and housing authorities having the
right to ban homegrown marijuana under the new voter-approved recreational
use law, there are still concerns about cultivation and use in those
smoke-free county update on Solano County agenda
Solano County supervisors are being asked to approve another 45-day
urgency moratorium on marijuana cultivation and other related businesses.
The board will also get a final report on the county's effort
to shift away from designated smoking areas at its buildings and other
facilities - including county parks - to being fully smoke-free. The
work began last year. The program includes cessation efforts for both
county employees and the public.
Report: Colorado Cannabis Clubs - An under-reported part ...
One of my favorite places to go in Colorado Springs used to be a cannabis
club named "The Lazy Lion." This members-only cannabis club
was for adults, ...
soon could Denver businesses open the first social marijuana use areas?
It's still not clear
For Mutiny Information Cafe on Denver's South Broadway strip, the city's recently passed social marijuana use voter initiative could allow for once-a-month Saturday night gatherings that mix vaping, edibles and dancing. Other businesses are considering the possibilities opened up by the successful ballot measure, ranging from one-off events to allowing pot consumption areas on-site daily. The owner of a yoga and spinning studio on East Colfax is mulling the idea of occasional special events that might couple marijuana with meditation or Thai massage.
proposes high price tag for marijuana business license
The Pendleton City Council has scheduled a Dec. 20 hearing for
an ordinance that would create a special marijuana business license.
With Pendleton voters passing a series of measures Nov. 8 that legalizes
medical and recreational marijuana sales and levies an additional 3
percent tax, the city has until Jan. 3 to put the regulatory scheme
Medical Marijuana Patients Using Vaporizers, Studies Find
Subjects in the study said that they preferred vaping because
it "reduce[d] the negative health consequences associated with
smoking." In another study ...
Legalizing Pot Diminish California's Gains Against Smoking?
California's decision to legalize marijuana was touted as a victory
for those who had argued that the state needed a system to decriminalize,
regulate and tax it. But the new law, approved by voters on Nov. 8,
also could be a boon to the tobacco industry at a time when cigarette
smoking is down and cigarette companies are looking for ways to expand
their market, according to researchers in Los Angeles County and around
the state. They warn that unless the state proceeds carefully, the legalization
of marijuana for recreational use could roll back some of the gains
California has made in reducing the use of tobacco.
marijuana's impact on residential landlords
Q: Since Ohio law now allows limited use of medical marijuana, what does that mean for me as a residential landlord? A: Ohio's new medical marijuana law conflicts with the federal law that applies to landlords. The Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA) forbids the use of any prescribed marijuana, because marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule 1 drug that doctors cannot prescribe. Further, the CSA forbids landlords from knowingly leasing rental housing to a user, possessor or cultivator of any type of marijuana. Under the federal CSA, a landlord may be prosecuted or lose property for allowing any marijuana use. Q: As a landlord, what must I do to protect myself from federal prosecution? A: Change your lease to prohibit all forms of marijuana if this language is not already included. Also, change your tenant selection policy to exclude marijuana users if it does not exclude them already. Your rental application forms should ask applicants if they currently use illegal drugs, and the question should specifically name marijuana or all Schedule 1 drugs. Q: Must I allow the use of medical marijuana if a tenant claims she or he has a disability and is a qualified patient under the law? A: If a tenant asks to use medical marijuana, there is a process you can follow.
moves towards legalizing marijuana for medicinal use
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland moved closer to legalizing marijuana for medicinal use when the minority government said on Thursday it would not block the first reading of a bill that is backed by all other parties.
you be fired for legally using marijuana?
Voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voted Nov. 8 to approve the use of recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, where it had previously been legalized. (A recount of Maine's close result is scheduled.) More than two dozen states have medical marijuana programs. But the drug is still against federal law. Bottom line: You can't come to work high. You can still be drug tested. And you can still be fired -- or not hired -- for failing a drug test even if you're not the least bit impaired at work. All the states with legalized recreational pot have exemptions for workplace drug policies.
to get (legally) high in New York? Say you have chronic pain
Thousands of New Yorkers suffering from "chronic pain" will
soon be allowed to buy medical marijuana, the state Health Department
announced Thursday. Officials said they are adding chronic pain as a
qualifying condition for coverage under New York's medical marijuana
Wrecks the Brain - The Evidence Mounts
As the use of marijuana increases nationwide, another study is out
showing the dangers of the so-called "harmless" drug. Marijuana
can reduce blood flow to nearly all areas of the brain - and over the
long term, put users at increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer's
Americans Are Smoking Marijuana And Driving, But Identifying Them Is
Alcohol breath analyzers don't detect marijuana. In fact, there's
no comparable roadside test for that drug. And yet, as psychiatrist
and marijuana researcher Dr. Igor Grant told me, "the number of
stoned drivers has skyrocketed."
Everybody must get stoned? Not so fast
Everyone else drinks; I'm only smoking weed; it's not that big of a
deal.' Those substances ... We don't care that they inhale our second-hand
smoke. We publicly ...
Could Trump and a Republican Congress try to roll back the clock and
force federal pot prohibition down the throats of states that have gone
down the path toward legalization? Marijuana remains illegal under federal
law, and Trump and the Congress could, in theory, try to put the genie
back in the bottle. But is that actually going to happen? I don't think
says marijuana should be treated like 'cigarettes or alcohol'
In an "exit interview" with Rolling Stone magazine, President
Barack Obama said that marijuana use should be treated as a public health
issue similar to tobacco or alcohol and called the current patchwork
of state and federal laws regarding the drug "untenable."
"Look, I've been very clear about my belief that we should try
to discourage substance abuse," Obama said. "And I am not
somebody who believes that legalization is a panacea. But I do believe
that treating this as a public-health issue, the same way we do with
cigarettes or alcohol, is the much smarter way to deal with it."
City Council panel OKs regulatons on medical marijuana locations
As Pennsylvania prepares to launch its medical marijuana program, a
Philadelphia City Council committee has approved restrictions on where
the pot can be grown and distributed.
The final version of the
bill removes the restrictions from around houses of worship, said Paula
Burns of the planning commission. She said the facilities will not have
people smoking pot inside or outside.
could push buyers to illegal pot
The Washington state legislature quietly passed a measure last year
that slapped consumers of marijuana with a 37 percent tax at the point
Businesses Have Creative Ways To Make Cannabis Part Of Social Fabric
Eymer said his restaurant, which he aims to have open by 4/20 of 2017, won't just offer patrons the option of openly consuming cannabis. It will also offer infused meals as well as the option to "vape and hit a rig at the bar."
Ordinance Committee Recommends Smoking Ban
in Massachusetts, what happens now that it's legal?
pot train could still go off the tracks, and here's how
Marijuana Researchers Want From The Feds
Scientists also want to increase research on different methods of delivery for marijuana beyond just smoking and vaping, to include oral, sublingual, rectal and ...
of marijuana sparks an increase in fears for road safety
They've all got cute names, like "Better Vape than Never,"
and they're sprouting up as fast as, well, mushrooms. The Canadian entrepreneurial
drive - that ...
debate expanded use of medical marijuana
Fe Police to be retrained on city's mellow pot ordinance
No Pot Smoking In Casinos
your landlord 'just say no' to marijuana now that Prop 64 passed?
Marijuana Could Drive A New Tech Boom
Farms On the New Jersey Turnpike? Maybe Sooner Than ...
News: Denver Releases New Law; Is it Good News Or ...
board wants feedback on pot impact
you rent an apartment in Massachusetts, you may not be able to ...
marijuana measure hazy
to terminate leases over marijuana citations
Clinton seeks medical marijuana ban
PORT CLINTON - City officials are considering a temporary ban of the
sale or ... 8 allowing pre-approved patients to inhale marijuana in
non-smoking form, ...
a Stoner: How to Stay High on the Sly at Thanksgiving
"Smoking the plant will become a thing of the past soon,"
says one attendee at Bloomberg's cannabis industry event yesterday.
A handful of industry insiders we ...
pot smoking be allowed in Massachusetts casinos?
legalized pot curb state's drive against smoking?
Proposition 64's Election Victory, the Cannabis Industry Is ...
Ban in Denver Bars Continues Despite Yes on 300 Win - and Here's Why
Last week, as we reported, the Denver social-marijuana-consumption
measure ... Public consumption of marijuana in restaurants and bars
will dramatically ...
to Allow Marijuana in Bars: What's the Health Impact?
The new law, called Initiative 300, mandates a four-year pilot plan in the city that allows bar and restaurant owners to apply for permits to allow marijuana use on their premises. Users won't be able to smoke indoors, but they will be able to smoke in outdoor areas. They'll also be able to vape marijuana (using electronic cigarettes) or consume marijuana edibles on properties with permits. However, restaurants and bars won't be able to sell marijuana, so the rules will by BYOP - bring your own pot. One thing Denverites won't have to worry about much with the new law is getting a secondhand high. That's not because marijuana can't cause "contact highs." Research suggests that, in some extreme situations, it can. But this depends on the room ventilation and the strength of the pot smoked. A series of studies conducted at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine put nonsmokers in a closed plexiglass room with six smokers puffing away at joints containing either 5.3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in pot) or 11.3 percent THC. Previous research on secondhand effects had mostly used fairly weak weed, the researchers wrote in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology in 2015, which isn't a good representation of the increasingly concentrated pot being sold today. A study of seized illegal pot published in February 2016 found that the average strength of marijuana has increased from about 4 percent THC in 1995 to about 12 percent in 2014.
Growing Role in the Marijuana Industry
The extensive HVAC work inside of the marijuana grow facility shown here ... Twenty-nine states currently have laws legalizing marijuana for medicinal .... There is still some pushback across the country to legalized marijuana, ... "The market will continue to expand as more states legalize medical and recreational cannabs.
legal pot is suddenly in big danger
The four newly legalizing states (California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada) ... For example, Sessions could effectively ban marijuana products that are ... role honors the voters' wish to have recreational marijuana legalized while at the same time limiting corporate profit-seeking tactics that could harm public health.
Just Became The First Continent To Legalize Marijuana ...
Australia just made history by becoming the first continent in the world to legalize marijuana, following a vote that was taken by their Parliament this Wednesday.
officials snuff out pot use at Denver bars, restaurants with liquor
Bars, restaurants and other businesses licensed to serve alcohol will
not be allowed to also host "social marijuana" use despite
passage of a Denver initiative on ...
lining up in Legislature relating to marijuana issues
BUTTE -- The Montana Legislature will have up to 10 bills relating
to marijuana to debate when it opens on Jan. 2. The bills range from
a blanket negation of the medical marijuana law to reforms that would
return access to medical marijuana patients who are still cut off despite
the Nov. 8 passing of citizens' Initiative 182.
Voters Approve Social Use Marijuana Measure
Denver voters approved a municipal measure on Election Day to permit
licensed establishments to allow for the consumption of cannabis on
site. Voters decided 53 percent to 47 percent in favor of I-300. The
local measure creates a four-year pilot program regulating businesses
that wish to allow adults to consume marijuana on their premises. Business
would not be able to sell or provide marijuana to patrons, nor would
customers be permitted to smoke cannabis indoors. (Vaping cannabis or
consuming edibles indoors is permitted.) Smoking cannabis will be permitted
in licensed outdoor venues.
pot paradox: Recreational marijuana is legal, but it's tough to find
a place to consume it
A few days earlier, Denver voters had approved the use of cannabis
in bars, restaurants and other public places, opening for Landes and
other business owners a new world of possibilities.
has been the missing ingredient," Landes said. "You have people
coming to Denver to enjoy legal pot, and they have had no place to use
With Liquor Licenses Should Be Allowed To Permit Marijuana Use
Marijuana is legal in more places than ever, but there are still a
lot of circumstances that marijuana use is prohibited, even in legal
I can go into a bar in Oregon, purchase a bottle of beer,
and drink it on site. I can also do it at a restaurant. However I can't
consume marijuana in any public place in Oregon, especially on a premises
that has a liquor license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
Banning marijuana anywhere that alcohol is sold is the opposite
of that. It's time for activists to roll up our sleeves and push for
a once-and-for-all solution.
CA Marijuana Law
Will Not Impact 5C Policies
Residents Create '420-Friendly' Housing Network
of pot use in hotel-casinos likely to continue after Question ...
Brunswick government adds marijuana to Smoke-free Places Act
Legalizing Pot Diminish California's Gains Against Smoking?
California's decision to legalize marijuana was touted as a victory for those who had argued that the state needed a system to decriminalize, regulate and tax it. to the tax on cigarettes and increases taxes on electronic cigarettes that contain nicotine and other tobacco products. The money will help ...
approves limited marijuana use in bars, restaurants
Initiative 300 won't let people smoke marijuana, but they can consume their own stash through vaping, dabbing concentrates or pot edibles. Non-service ...
Bars and restaurants will now be able to give customers an option
of consuming pot a la carte. While patrons won't be allowed to smoke
indoors, they can vape away and there may be designated smoking areas
outdoors. Bars will also be prohibited from selling weed alongside food
and drink-thus protecting licenced marijuana dispensaries from competition-so
hipsters will have to bring their own pot.
Votes to Allow Weed Use in Restaurants and Bars
will stop prosecuting low-level marijuana possession
tribe close to launching large-scale marijuana operation
pushing marijuana legalization in Arizona concede defeat
pot in Denver: how it works
Colorado's state marijuana laws ban consumption at retail locations, which means ... However, limiting or banning alcohol consumption can be made part of the ... Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans smoking in the vast majority of indoor areas.
On 300' Marijuana Supporters Declare Victory In Denver
With a more than 17,000 vote lead, proponents of Denver's Initiative 300 are claiming victory. Results published by Denver election officials at 6 p.m. on Monday showed support for the ballot measure leading 53 percent to 47 percent, with overseas and military voters' ballots still not counted. Under the permit, an establishment could allow people 21 and over to vape and consume cannabis products indoors in designated areas, and smoke outdoors, ...
declare victory after Denver's social marijuana use measure shows wider
Denver's ballot measure on social marijuana use appeared more likely
to win passage with the release of updated election results Monday night.
Not all votes are in yet - but it would take a major shift in the tide
to change the result. Support for Initiative 300 was leading 53 percent
to 47 percent in updated results released at 6 p.m., prompting its backers
to declare victory soon after. An opposition group was not yet ready
to concede defeat.
Commission rejects marijuana law for second time
pot dispensary decision delayed
But, with apologies to those loathe to pot-smoking clichés,
few would describe ... outdoors, while passing prohibitive restrictions
for cultivating plants indoors.
prohibited on UC property, despite passage of Prop. 64
Essentially, you can only smoke in the privacy of your home. ... to outright banning at-home cultivation of plants, in addition to bans on delivery services and ... Most of the bans include prohibitions on commercial cultivation of marijuana. ... Paso Robles cannot ban recreational marijuana use under Proposition 64, however, ...
Valley voters didn't want pot, but they got it. Here's what will ...
Proposition 64 legalized recreational marijuana in California and will create sweeping ... Smoking in public could result in a $100 fine, which increases to $250 if...
Pittsburgh's marijuana decriminalization effort working?
City council passed an ordinance that allows police officers to write
citations for possssing less than 30 grams of marijuana and for smoking
pot, rather than ...
64: What to Know Now That Marijuana is Legal in California
chooses to legalize marijuana for recreational use
Massachusetts, recreational marijuana now legal
More states must decriminalize marijuana
marijuana approved in Nevada: When and where can ...
Once someone does get their hands on the stuff, smoking will only be allowed indoors at private homes. There won't be any smoking in casinos or hotel rooms, ...
city commissioners hear both sides in marijuana ...
A specific ordinance has not been created, but other states and counties
in ... "knowing it's illegal and walking streets with it, smoking
on a corner," Walker said.
But smoking weed on the street or in a bar is still banned, and because
there aren't any recreational pot shops, buying and selling recreational
marijuana is ...
Legalization Marks Victories In At Least Six States
California, Nevada and Massachusetts approved measures legalizing the
recreational use of marijuana, while Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota
voted to allow pot for medical purposes. A recreational pot proposal
lost in Arizona. The outcome of another in Maine was too close to call.
Californians approved a measure that raises cigarette prices
by $2 a pack and places new taxes on electronic cigarettes.
Legalization Falls Short In Arizona
The only loss of the 2016 marijuana ballot initiatives is in. Arizona's Proposition 205 - which would have legalized recreational cannabis in the Grand Canyon State - was defeated by a narrow margin of about 80,000 votes according to Politico. That means Arizona has lost its chance to become the 9th state to legalize recreational cannabis, after Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, Nevada, Maine and California. ...
300: Denver's social marijuana use measure too close to ...
Denver's vote on Initiative 300, the measure meant to permit limited
cannabis consumption inside certain businesses, was too close to call
in early returns Tuesday evening. With nearly 46 percent of the projected
vote counted at 10 p.m., the yes vote was leading with 94,462 votes,
or 50.6 percent, to the no vote's 91,997 votes, or 49.3 percent.
Proposition 64 passes, here's what Californians can do ...
Proposition 64, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, would take effect ... laws also prohibit smoking in public areas, be it cannabis or any other substance.
marijuana use on ballot for Denver; Pueblo considers ...
Social marijuana use on ballot for Denver; Pueblo considers recreational ban ... indoors (allowing vaping and edibles, but not smoking) or outdoors (allowing ...
300: Everything you need to know about Denver's social ...
smoking pot become legal after election day?
will your local pharmacy carry cannabis?
could legalize marijuana for quarter of all Americans
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov 8 (Reuters) - Nearly a quarter of Americans will live in areas where recreational marijuana use is legal if voters approve initiatives on ...
the spread of legal weed could impact Colorado home prices
And could it have an impact on housing prices in Colorado, where rent
is up, home ... owner of Elements and Euflora marijuana retail shops
in metro Denver.
look at marijuana ballot question ahead of Election Day
cities ban pot sales ahead of state vote
Denver NORML Isn't Supporting Social Pot Use Initiative 300
In late August, the Denver Responsible Use Initiative, a proposal intended to create venues for the social consumption of cannabis in the Mile High City, fell short of qualifying for the November ballot. Afterward, attorney Judd Golden of Denver NORML, which backed the measure, told us the organization had not yet decided whether it would support a rival initiative, the Neighborhood Supported Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program, should its ballot petition pass muster. Shortly thereafter, the pilot program achieved ballot qualification - and the campaign for what is now known as Initiative 300 is in full swing on the eve of election day. But Denver NORML isn't part of the Yes on 300 campaign's final push. "We took a neutral position on it," Golden says. "We did not endorse and did not publicly oppose."
voters will consider pot use in bars, restaurants - even coffee shops
On Election Day, the Mile High City could become the first large city in America to allow consumption of marijuana in places like bars, coffee shops and even yoga studios. While Initiative 300 would still prohibit public consumption of marijuana, just like alcohol -- bars and restaurants and other venues in Denver could provide designated areas for lighting up. Initiative 300 would allow businesses in Denver to seek permits for bring-your-own marijuana consumption areas.
states consider legalizing recreational marijuana use
On this election day, voters in five states will get to decide whether marijuana should be legal to use recreationally. The drug is still illegal under federal law, but it has grown in popularity over the years. The number of adults who have smoked weed has nearly doubled in three years, according to a Gallup poll released in August....
from Boulder marijuana grow draws $14000 in fines
(AP) - The smell from a Boulder marijuana grow facility has earned the facility's ... the city has administered since recreational marijuana was legalized in 2014.
of Americans may soon be living with legal marijuana
"If all nine states vote to legalize marijuana use by adults, 62 percent of the U.S. ... to address whether marijuana should be legalized federally," Mitchell said. ... is taking significant steps toward legalizing marijuana, Louisiana citizens may be a ...
council to consider marijuana moratorium tonight
The Portland City Council will take up a proposal Monday to place a moratorium on marijuana retail establishments, joining leaders in a growing number of Maine communities who want to be prepared if Maine voters decide Tuesday to legalize the drug.
will consider moratorium on recreational pot businesses
The Saco City Council on Monday will join a handful of communities considering moratoriums on recreational marijuana businesses. Several Maine communities - including Westbrook, Gray, Brewer and Bangor - have enacted or are considering moratoriums in case voters choose to legalize marijuana. Officials in those communities say a moratorium will give them time to develop zoning for those types of businesses or ban them altogether. The Westbrook City Council is due to take a second and final vote Monday on a 180-day moratorium on recreational marijuana facilities, including social clubs, growing operations and retail stores. The Westbrook City Council is due to take a second and final vote Monday on a 180-day moratorium on recreational marijuana facilities, including social clubs, ...
Legal Marijuana Give Home Prices a New High?
Why should everyone, even cannabis abstainers, care? Because when it comes to housing, economics, and lifestyle, this could be a national game changer. If these ballot initiatives pass on Tuesday, some form of legal marijuana will be available in about half the states in the nation-not only making stoners happy but potentially creating more than 100,000 new jobs and billions of dollars in new tax revenues. California, the most populous state in the U.S., boasts the sixth-largest economy in the world. (The Golden State was also the first to legalize medical marijuana, in 1996.) But that doesn't mean that all homeowners in states getting the ganja go-ahead will benefit equally. The realtor.com® data team analyzed residential real estate in the recreational marijuana states and found that certain kinds of cities typically benefit more than others.
Jose bans sales of recreational marijuana ahead of election
San Jose bans sales of recreational marijuana ahead of election ... Herrera says they want to avoid what happened when medical marijuana was legalized. ... Prop 64 says it's still illegal to drive impaired and to smoke weed in public, but it's still ... and Nevada will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana for adults.
Massachusetts ACLU Urges Voters to Say Yes to Question 4 and Recreational
The Massachusetts chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
has been invested in one of this year's state ballot questions: Should
Massachusetts legalize, regulate, and tax recreational marijuana? The
ACLU has come out in favor of Question 4, and has produced a number
of things to help back up its support, including a live map that shows
the racial disparities that still exist in Boston law enforcement's
policing of cannabis. Data from the Boston Police Department shows that
an average of 13 people per week face police harassment or arrest because
of marijuana. The ACLU's live map is updated daily using data from the
Boston Police Department and the latest census information. The results
confirm state and nationwide trends: While people of all races use and
sell marijuana at similar rates, marijuana enforcement is disproportionately
concentrated in communities of color.
Hartke: Colorado City's Experience Portends a Grim Future ...
The City of Pueblo banned retail marijuana, but the County of Pueblo
began to ... about the social costs of public health, traffic safety,
crime and teen drug use.
says pot support may have peaked
Colorado voters may have reached their limit on recreational marijuana, according to a new statewide poll that shows 53 percent of likely voters don't want recreational pot sales expanded, while 35 percent do.
Expecting High Tax Revenue on Marijuana
... over 100 products, ranging from flower strands to vaping products and marijuana-infused body lotions. "It's time to regulate marijuana for adults in California", ...
Pelosi Takes the "High" Ground, Supports Prop 64 Legalizing
On Friday Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) announced that she supports
Prop 64, the voter initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana
in prison for pot? If Prop. 64 passes,
Cooper is one of more than 6,000 people serving time who could potentially have their time behind bars shortened or even go free if Prop. 64 passes on ...
impacts of legal marijuana fuel debate over Question 4
BOSTON - Opponents of the ballot question to legalize retail marijuana sales in .... there were 8,686 licensed bars and restaurants that can serve alcohol in the ...
Minutes Stirs the Pot With Piece on Colorado's Cannabis Challenges
For a segment called "The Pot Vote" that aired Sunday, October
30, 60 Minutes came to Colorado to investigate the marijuana boom. The
piece began as a typical new-industry-brings-ups-and-downs-to-community
piece that swung not so subtly to pose an ominous - and misrepresentative
- picture of what's going on in this state's cannabis industry.
to hold hearing on marijuana club moratorium
The Board of Selectmen voted 4-0 Thursday night to schedule a public
hearing this month on a 180-day moratorium on retail marijuana establishments
and retail marijuana social clubs.
Municipalities can, however,
ban retail marijuana establishments and social clubs, limit the number
of retail establishments and social clubs, or regulate the ...
Need For A Stampede': California Cities Ban Cannabis Sales ...
'No Need For A Stampede': California Cities Ban Cannabis Sales Before Vote ... effects of Proposition 64, which would legalize pot but also allow local bans on sales. ... of the recreational marijuana industry, from planting seeds to smoking buds. ... After medical marijuana was legalized in 1996, roughly 150 cities banned ...
ballot won't apply to NU
"Marijuana is easily accessible and almost as common as smoking cigarettes. ... at Boston University, said the initiative could bring about beneficial restrictions...
They dream of Warm Springs rising-not like smoke but like a mountain slowly ... "The tribe needs innovative sources of revenue, of jobs," says Don Sampson, ...
does marijuana legalization mean for stoned driving?
Beck's team asked subjects to smoke a cannabis cigarette, and then
... issue: there's been very little research into marijuana because
of strong federal restrictions. ... But in real life, people smoke marijuana
of all different kinds, with all different ...
No-BS Guide to Prop 64, the Weed Legalization Bill
Presumably, this won't affect tobacco smoking, but any challenges to that remain ... individual counties could further restrict these licenses to protect local farms.
cities ban pot sales ahead of state marijuana legalization ...
and Nonsmokers Alike Should Support the End of ...
recreational marijuana is bad for public health
does recreational marijuana affect tourism?
There is now a push to allow bars to designate areas for open marijuana
smoking. That also leads to another concern about drivers being intoxicated
on alcohol ...
It's time to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts
For cigarettes, we prohibit sales to minors, push the price up with
taxes and require negative labelling. We also limit second-hand smoke
by prohibiting smoking ...
INVESTIGATES: The Politics of Pot
... 8, whether to legalize recreational marijuana in the state through
Proposition 205. .... The state issued an estimated 1,000 citations
for smoking in public but in ...
County parks smoking ban up for public hearing Tuesday
Lane County residents will get a chance Tuesday to weigh in on a proposal before the Lane County commissioners to ban smoking and use of tobacco products - including chewing and vaping - in county-owned parks. The public hearing starts at 1:30 p.m. in Harris Hall in the Public Service Building at 125 East Eighth Ave. The draft ordinance, which commissioners in September voted 4-1 to bring to a Nov. 1 public hearing, would ban all vaping, the smoking of all tobacco products (i.e. cigarettes of all types, pipes and cigars) and other burnable material, and as the use of chewing tobacco and snuff. The proposal would have no effect on the prohibition against smoking marijuana in parks and other public places; it remains illegal, despite the legalization of recreational use of marijuana.
prohibition weighs into employee marijuana use ...
a Stoner: Will Secondhand Pot Smoke Get Me High?
Francisco city leaders anticipate Prop. 64 will pass
One concern is where to put additional pot clubs or stores. ... a spike
in tourism, but the city would need to decide where smoking pot in public
would be allowed ...
$2.4 billion marijuana industry created over 18000 new jobs in Colorado
In 2015, the legal marijuana industry in Colorado created more than
18,000 new full-time jobs and generated $2.4 billion in economic activity,
according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of the economics of legal
cannabis in the state. The study, conducted by the economic consulting
firm Marijuana Policy Group, is based on two years of sales numbers
from the state of Colorado. It measured both the direct effects of legalization
-- including close to $1 billion in retail sales in 2015 -- and the
industry's spillover effects on the Colorado economy.
New Jersey can learn from Colorado about legalizing pot
When the New Jersey lawmakers arrived at the Denver International Airport a couple of weeks ago, a young woman with shoulder-length dreadlocks greeted travelers with a smile and samples of cannabis-free "Happiness Cream." Welcome to Colorado, the first state in the United States to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and up. After a 2012 referendum, about 500 dispensaries have opened for business, selling cannabis buds for $99 to $225 an ounce, along with chocolates, cookies, and oils. However, the airport, the landing place for many visitors, offers no pot dispensaries, and there is little on display to suggest that recreational marijuana is just an Uber ride away.
to expect if Nevada legalizes recreational marijuana
Almost. Although the ballot question would allow for adults
21 and older to possess and consume marijuana, the new law, if passed,
wouldn't just produce a free-for-all. Language in the bill provides
for the 2017 Legislature to make amendments and clarify technicalities
it believes are too loosely written.
Smoke or consume edibles
on their own private property, including the front yard, backyard or
inside a home or apartment. Smoke or consume edibles on the private
property of others, and venues that obtain a license for marijuana use.
What they could not do:
Smoke in a public place, like
a park, sidewalk, community center, or on private property where it's
not allowed. Penalty: $600 fine
Smoke or consume edibles in a
casino or a bar. Gaming and marijuana don't yet mix, according to the
Nevada Gaming Control Board. As a federally illegal substance, marijuana
isn't welcome in casinos, which are pushed to abide by federal laws
in addition to state laws. With a liquor license potentially at stake,
bars are likely to stay away from legal weed as well, said Joe Brezny,
executive director of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association. State
Sen. Tick Segerblom said he plans to address the issue in the 2017 Legislature,
to make it easier for bars to allow marijuana smokers. Penalty: $600
Seattle cannabis tourism take a hit if other states legalize weed?
But he admits feeling a tad conflicted when he sees the growing number of marijuana legalization initiatives in the country. His heart soars but his wallet trembles. Cannabis store owners across Seattle agree that pot tourism has become a big business in many of the city's 56 cannabis stores, from tourists visiting Bower's store on Stone Way to the cruise ship passengers congregating at Herban Legends on Bell Street. To Bowers and other retailers, the solution to a potential drop in tourism is two-fold: Keep Washington's weed at a "destination" quality that is as respected as local beer, wine, and seafood. And secondly, push to change state law to allow Amsterdam-style smoking cafés as part of the retail industry. He said the current law presents a quandary when an out-of-towner comes into his shop. "They'll buy a joint or buy a vape cartridge and they'll say, 'Oh where can I go to try this product?' And we'll say, 'Well, nowhere.'" This is what legalization 2.0 should look like, he said: A system of limited-use cafes to keep tourism strong and the neighborhoods happy. He said Colorado, for example, has "pot friendly" hotels so tourists are not smoking in parks and alleys.
beliefs about marijuana documented in new Stanford study
To find out why, Stanford developmental psychologist Bonnie
Halpern-Felsher, PhD, and her team recently conducted a survey of 786
students from 10 large high schools across California. They asked teens
about their beliefs about marijuana and their patterns of use. I asked
Halpern-Felsher to describe the highlights of the study, which appears
online in Preventive Medicine.
board tweaks proposed rules for in-store pot use
The public will get a chance to weigh in again on proposed rules that
would allow people to smoke or consume marijuana products at authorized
retail pot stores in Alaska. Marijuana regulators tweaked the proposed
regulations Friday to include new noticing requirement and call for
licensed mechanical engineers to sign off on ventilation plans for stores
that would allow smoking.
Home May Help Keep Kids' Asthma in Check
Electronic cigarettes and marijuana also emit airborne particles that can trigger asthma, the report stated. For any child using daily asthma medication or ...
Highlights Problems After Marijuana Legalization in Colorado
In a report aired on Sunday's 60 Minutes on CBS -- and previewed in
a piece on Friday's CBS Evening News -- medical correspondent Dr. Jon
LaPook highlighted some of the problems seen in Colorado that have increased
in the couple of years since the state legalized marijuana use in 2014.
pot hurts kids and the poor, California bishops say
Several California bishops have come out strongly against Proposition 64, on the ballot this November which would decriminalize marijuana for adults in the state age 21 and older, warning of risks to health, to children, to road safety, and to economically challenged communities.
about legal pot? Here's how the industry is preparing for new users
As Nov. 8 approaches and California voters consider legalizing
marijuana for recreational use, the scene at the BAS Research Center
underscores another factor worth pondering: Pot has evolved well beyond
the hand-rolled joints of the '70 and '80s. Demand from medical marijuana
users for cannabis concentrates - including inhalable hash oils and
super potent waxes called "dabs" - is booming. Specialized
kitchens churn out THC infused-edibles, from savory chocolates to salsas,
that can deliver mind-swirling highs that may extend hours after digestion,
depending on how much one eats. Consumer appetite for these powerful
products is expected to grow even more should Proposition 64 pass. Concentrate
manufacturers in California are gearing up for a potential crush of
new customers, who might be unfamiliar with some of these alternative
forms and require instruction about how to use them safely and responsibly.
progressives will vote Yes on Prop. 64
I have been a progressive political advocate for a half-century. I protested against the KKK, then moved on to civil rights and the Peace in Vietnam, environmental and anti-nuclear movements; for housing, women's rights, transportation, police oversight and other social justice issues. I turned my attention to cannabis legalization 28 years ago and today am a strong supporter of California Proposition 64, which embodies many progressive values and has been endorsed by most progressive political groups.
Closer Look at Prop 64 in California: Part 1
CA became the first state to legalize medical marijuana and Prop. ... "It also removes criminal penalties for marijuana activities committed by minors, ... I don't think the sales should be legal, because I think what that brings is another tobacco ...
crowds in Alaska as marijuana shop opens
It's the start of legal marijuana sales in Alaska, and boy, was it quite a wild experience in Anchorage. The first marijuana store opened for business Oct. 29, and massive lines of people from all around the state immediately formed at Herbal Outfitters in Valdez.
Prop' 64: Clearing the haze on complex measure
Proposition?64, on its surface, poses a simple question: Should people be free to smoke pot in California? But the 62-page initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot asks voters to determine much more than that.
time around, emotions running cooler on Palisade pot vote
Emotions that ran high when voters were asked in 2014 whether they
wanted to allow retail marijuana stores in Palisade seem to have chilled
two years later, with the question again before town residents.
dog ate my pot brownie: Legalization fuels increase in stoned pets
Star, a petite 6-year-old sheltie who competes in dog agility shows,
almost missed a contest this month. She had spent the previous night
at the vet, totally stoned on pot. Her drug trip was an accident. Star
lives in Oregon, where recreational use of marijuana became legal last
year. Her owner's husband had left some loose-leaf pot on the dining
room table, and Star got curious. That was days after her sister, Kicker,
gobbled up a pot-infused hard candy she found in the car, leaving her
wobbling and incontinent. A veterinarian gave both dogs activated charcoal
to absorb the toxin, which contributed to nearly $3,000 in medical bills
and caused Star to poop in the ring during her competition.
a Stoner: Is a Vaporizer or One-Hitter Better for Stretching Your ...
Having a vape with both high and low temps is the best route, in my opinion: That way you can take big, cloudy rips when you're flush with green and tiny ghost ...
Legalization 2016: A Voter Guide
Voters in nine states will have the chance this year to decide whether they want to legalize the recreational or medical use of marijuana. Marijuana could not be consumed in public. .... Heavy users were more impaired than light users a day after smoking on tasks that required attention and ...
group unfairly attacked
Why do nonprofits support 200 and 300? The homeless population has exploded in the last four years, driven largely by the Napa Valley image of Pueblo as the easy place to get marijuana and free handouts. The aggressive newcomers have made it difficult to serve our own needy. Why did the health care community take the unprecedented action in support of 200 and 300? Our hospital emergency rooms have become the primary care facility for this homeless invasion. Oftentimes, the ER is more like a war zone.
question Pendleton's marijuana odor ordinance - Northwest
marijuana worker rules could be strictest in nation
Check: Bill Montgomery's claims on Colorado teen marijuana ...
says he's looking at alternate medical pot plan
Marijuana Not a Lure for Kids: Study
COMMENTARY: Marijuana prohibition is complete failure
Commission approves pot store at Cannery Lofts
proposed rules for marijuana jobs in Alaska's pot shops are being criticized
Alaska's growing marijuana industry is attracting workers, but proposed regulations for employees that many have deemed too harsh may keep industry hopefuls from entering the field. State Marijuana Control Board Chairman Peter Mlynarik said the rules are meant to ensure new hires have some sort of background check. But critics question why they are inconsistent with those required for similar worker permits for Alaska's alcohol businesses. While Alaska's draft regulations have drawn criticism from industry organizations, including the Anchorage Cannabis Business Association, the state has not yet decided on whether to adopt them.
marijuana legal in Ohio, but patients still can't get it
But as of yet - and probably not until 2018 - patients in Ohio
cannot legally buy marijuana for medical purposes.
not permit smoking marijuana for medical purposes. Alternatives are
vaping, oils, patches and edibles. Officials with the Ohio Commerce
Dan Douglas to Push for Medical Pot If Measures Lose
city ordinance, students with marijuana still face punishments
Two students, aged 18 and 22, and two non students, aged 16 and 22, denied smoking. No one was arrested, but the students were still referred to Student ...
Cannabis Revolutionized With Wax Liquidizer
Wax Liquidizer has revolutionized the Vaping and Cannabis industry by ... The introduction of Wax Liquidizer allows cannabis consumers to Vape or Dab ...
So Fast! Know the Side Effects of Marijuana Legalization before ...
Vaping and the contact high - How will weed and vaping commingle, as
vapers exhale lungs-full of pot smoke into the general population? Some
may like the ...
"Our Reefer Republic," by Timothy Egan (column, Oct. 8), makes a good argument for the legalization of marijuana, but he concludes that although legalization is "not without its problems" it has "mostly been no big deal." It has been a "big deal" for children and adolescents. And many adolescents vape cannabis in school bathrooms; with much less, quick-to-dissipate odor, it is difficult to detect.
and cons of Prop. 205: Marijuana initiative's murky language ...
... ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona-you're not getting a ... 205 passes and avoid paying the 15 percent surcharge on retail marijuana. ... for anyone to possess or use marijuana on school grounds and public spaces. ... If the initiative that legalized marijuana in Colorado two years ago had a flaw, ...
Proposition 64: How California Would Legalize Marijuana
"You cannot use marijuana, ingest marijuana in any way, in public," he said. "You can't use it or ingest it anywhere where smoking is prohibited." Proposition 64 ...
explore moratoriums ahead of marijuana vote
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Several municipalities across Maine have moved to enact moratoriums on marijuana social clubs and retailers in anticipation of the ...
John Hickenlooper on Hillary Clinton and
As to whether Denver can ever move toward pot clubs, Hickenlooper
said "perhaps in time - as we acclimatize ourselves to having recreational
marijuana legal ...
physician's argument for Question 2
Approval of Question 2 on the November ballot would permit the private
use of marijuana by adults in Nevada. The subject is emotionally charged,
and the discussion around it has been filled with hyperbole.
Opiate narcotics are to blame for an increasing number of deaths in
this country every year. There are no documented deaths from marijuana
and no cases of overdose from smoked or inhaled marijuana. While marijuana
smoke may contribute to pulmonary diseases when used in excess, typical
amounts of marijuana used are considerably safer than typical amounts
of processed tobacco cigarettes.
300: Is this the marijuana consumption ordinance we've been looking
Initiative 300 on the Denver city ballot would create a mechanism to allow use in public at businesses that obtain a license from the city, similar to a liquor license. This would give tourists, people who live in federally subsidized housing, people whose landlords or HOAs don't allow smoking and people who just want to consume somewhere other than the comfort of their living room for some reason a legal place to do so. This ordinance would allow just about any other kind of business - a bar, a coffee shop, a yoga studio - to apply for a cannabis consumption permit so that people could use marijuana in a designated consumption area within that business
O'Brien of Protect Denver's Atmosphere on Why 300 Is a Bad Idea
Denver Ordinance 300, which is on the ballot this November, would allow
businesses to opt into allowing marijuana on their premises. After proponents
put up a billboard pointing out that allowing restaurants to have private
consumption areas would keep tokers off the sidewalk, Westword sat down
with Rachel O'Bryan, the campaign manager for Protect Denver's Atmosphere,
the group opposing the initiative. An attorney by trade, O'Bryan was
part of a task force that addressed possible criminal-law issues after
Amendment 64 passed, allowing recreational marijuana in Colorado. O'Bryan
makes it clear that her group is not opposed to recreational marijuana
or legalization per se, but opposes 300 specifically as a matter of
Initiative Would Finally Allow Marijuana Use Outside the Home
Four years after Colorado voters approved Amendment 64, which made that state the first jurisdiction in the world to legalize marijuana for recreational use, residents and visitors still struggle to find places where they are allowed to consume the cannabis they are now allowed to buy. Initiative 300, which will appear on the ballot in Denver next month, aims to alleviate that problem by allowing specially licensed businesses to designate areas where customers can consume cannabis they bring with them. It is a tellingly timid response to a frustrating situation that belies Amendment 64's aspiration that "marijuana should be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol."
on 64: Legalize marijuana
We'll be blunt: It's about time. Legalizing weed is pretty damn overdue. And while it would have been fun to lead the nation, Californians will instead fall in third place behind Washington and ...
to hear report on marijuana legalization
The Atasadero City Council will hear a report from the city attorney on Tuesday, Oct. 25, regarding the city's plan if Proposition 64 is passed on Nov. 8 and recreational marijuana becomes legal in California.
64 Rolls Out New Ads, No on 64 Touts Unfavorable New Poll
The proponents of an initiative to legalize marijuana for adults in California ... The video has not been made public as of this morning. ... (In fact, federal communications law prohibits advertising banned drugs on broadcast television and radio. ...
marijuana's potency getting 'higher'
More than two years after Colorado began selling marijuana for recreational use, ... the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, with Colorado implementing it first. ... Data analyzed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and ... Tells PA to Meet REAL ID Requirement or Face Restrictions on Residents Gaining ...
effects on the body, brain, heart and sperm: All your ...
With five more states voting on whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana come November, millions more Americans are closer than ever to being able to ...
ballot item on public marijuana consumption sparks Summit County discussion
A ballot initiative in Denver could allow people or businesses to apply
for a permit to let customers consume cannabis in designated locations.
Philip Wolf, founder of Cultivating Spirits in Silverthorne,
thinks that a ballot initiative like this is beneficial to everyone.
"The fact that we don't have places where people can consume is
an endangerment for our communities in my opinion," Wolf said.
"It forces tourists to consume outside, it forces them to consume
in their cars while they're driving, which doesn't make it safe for
anybody, but it also doesn't make it safe for our tourists who are coming
here to Summit County." Wolf said there's added concern for tourists,
most of whom are coming from places where smoking cannabis is illegal.
Getting a ticket in Colorado for smoking marijuana could cause them
to have difficulties in their local communities or jobs. "That
would be sad if someone got a consumption in public ticket just because
we don't provide a safe space as a community for them to consume,"
ganja? Marijuana dining is growing up,
Smoke Shop Opens in Anticipation of Marijuana ...
policy change smoldered for 17 months in East Lansing
City Hall, activists tout fiscal benefits of marijuana decriminalization
Marking two years of marijuana decriminalization in the City of Brotherly
Love, ... the tickets carry a $100 fine for smoking in public and a
$25 fine for possession.
to Get Rid of the Dank Stench of Weed
The stench of marijuana is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it objectively has a positive association. On the other, that smell is a dead giveaway that you have weed in your possession. Use a vape pen, which doesn't actually burn the marijuana, instead of smoking joints. Or just stick to edibles. If you insist on smellier forms of consumption, stick ...
activists to celebrate Philly's own marijuana holiday
high 60 percent of Americans now back legalizing marijuana ...
Dirty Secrets of Cannabis That Nobody Wants to Talk About
Today, Altria subsidiary Nu-Mark is one of the world's leading manufacturers of electronic cigarettes, signalling that its entry to the cannabis market could look ...
cracking down on public marijuana smoking in downtown ...
on Initiative 300: Denver measure is a reasonable test of social pot
But the fruits of legalization have brought big change. And
we sympathize with criticisms from those alarmed by the prevalence of
pot shops and smelly warehouses - and from illegal toking and vaping
in the streets and alleys and parks. And what about gripes from tourists
who wish to try some legal Colorado weed, or taxpaying residents unable
to use it at home because of pressures from family, condo associations,
housing authorities and apartment rules? What about folks who want to
enjoy getting high in the same way many imbibe alcohol together? Where
are they supposed to go? Thankfully, a four-year pilot program that
would allow restricted use of pot in permitted Denver businesses might
yield some relief for the problem of public use, and we ask that voters
approve Initiative 300.
a Stoner: Which Saves More Weed - A Vaporizer or a One-Hitter
Having a vape with both high and low temps is the best route, in my opinion: That way you can take big, cloudy rips when you're flush with green and tiny ghost ...
pot activists to host 'pop-up weed garden' outside Art Museum
threat posted on pro Initiative 300 political sign in Denver
A Denver woman threw away a sign posted in her front yard without her
permission. A new sign appeared again Monday, but this time, with a
death threat attached. The woman, who did not wish to be identified
for fear of retaliation, said she noticed the first Initiative 300 sign
in her yard in the Baker Neighborhood Sunday.
This time, though,
there was an envelope attached with a note written in black ink on it:
"I'm WATCHING!, If you touch this, I will shoot you in the face.
You have been WARNED."
sales tax revenue grows again
The growth in sales and tax collections seems to have come from
concentrates and extracts, which are used in e-cigarette or vaping pens
and for cooking, Joy ...
convention coming to Portland
The New England Cannabis Convention will be held in Portland for the
second time from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the University
of Southern Maine Sullivan Recreation Complex, 22 Falmouth St.
NECANN co-founder Marc Shepard also announced there will be a vaping
tent for licensed medical marijuana patients at Sable Oaks in South
Legal marijuana would create Big Tobacco 2.0
This law treats the marijuana retailer differently from an alcohol or tobacco retailer, who ... This new regulatory and licensing structure will divert scarce police resources ... That's the way it is with cigarettes, alcohol, and will be with marijuana.
(OTC:MRNJ) to Develop Apps for Cannabis E-Commerce ...
Metatron (OTC: MRNJ) is pleased to announce an agreement with a new electrifying cannabis and e- commerce portal Buzzlink.com to develop mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms. Buzzlink will connect the cannabis community through mobile apps and its website portal as well as provide e-commerce solutions to dispensaries. Buzzlink is is expected to launch spring of 2017 and will be an exciting place for people to find products, hangout and share experiences.
and your baby: What you need to know.
You should also pay close attention to secondhand smoke - from both
marijuana and tobacco. Marijuana smoke has many of the same chemicals
as tobacco ...
It Safe to Vape Around Children?
How do you feel about vaping cannabis around children? I'm (personally) highly opposed to smoking around kids (mainly due to secondhand smoke), but am on the fence about whether vaping around them is actually bad. Are there any studies out there currently testing out whether secondhand vapor can have detrimental effects on little ones (or not)? Or is it more akin to mommy taking an Advil when she has a headache or cramps in front of her kids, or even having a glass of wine with dinner?
Attacked During Performance Will Make You Go WTF
Multi-Platinum, Los Angeles rock band 311, announced the launch of their disposable vape pen - the Grassroots Uplifter on Tuesday. It's a product the band has designed from scratch. Physically, the vape pen is stainless steel, requires no recharging and no refilling. It's described as easy, discreet and convenient to use The vape pen is something the 311 camp has had in the works for nearly two years. Shortly after the announcement, 311 frontman, Nick Hexum, explained to Alternative Nation the intent behind the band launching this product. "About three years ago it occurred to me that vaping concentrates is really the best way to use cannabis. I went out and bought various vape pens on the market and decided there was a lot of room for improvement. Generally, people are using e-cigarettes that were designed for nicotine which requires dilution. It was fun to design something from scratch that worked perfectly with pure CO2 oil. That was another part of our process in determining that pure CO2 oil is definitely the most health-conscious and best tasting concentrate to use." ...
Your freedom to toke vs. my freedom not to breathe it [VIDEO]
Research into the impacts of secondhand marijuana smoke isn't nearly as robust, but at least one study suggests it has similar negative impacts on the ...
marijuana be legalized in California? A look at Proposition 64
Consumption would be prohibited in public places, including bars, restaurants, streets, theaters and entertainment venues. California's medical marijuana ...
guru Rick Steves visits Maine to stump for legal marijuana
Rick Steves says he wants to end the prohibition of marijuana and supports a yes vote in ... The proposal also allows marijuana social clubs in municipalities that ...
64: How has legalized pot changed Colorado 4 years later?
But tourists often have no choice, since smoking is banned in public and in most hotels, while state law doesn't allow for Amsterdam-style weed clubs (though ...
voters consider 'social use' spaces to smoke marijuana
Unlike a recent petition for private clubs for pot in Denver, ordnance 300 would allow the social use of marijuana in regular businesses such as bars or cafes or ...
police dub California marijuana legalization as 'Trainwreck,' urging
no vote on Prop. 64
Several Humboldt County law enforcement heads and an education official have come out against California's marijuana legalization measure Proposition 64 this week, claiming that it would endanger children and drivers, increase drug-related crime and proliferate mental health issues.
on 300 Billboard Supports Marijuana Social Use Initiative
Supporters of the ordinance say it would actually decrease public consumption of marijuana by giving adults private places around the city where they could ...
over a new Leaf: Is Big Marijuana becoming the new Big Tobacco?
As the movement to legalize marijuana continues to gather steam, will consumers have to deal with a cabal of corporate giants along the lines of Big Tobacco? Is this just another excuse to ban the drug, or is there a real threat that "Big Marijuana" may rear its ugly head the near future? ...
legalized marijuana might mean for California employers
Voters will have the opportunity next month to determine whether California joins a growing number of states that have legalized recreational marijuana. If so, what would this mean for employers?
Jose considers major changes to local medical marijuana rules ...
San Jose first began cracking down on pot shops in 2014 after the city saw a dramatic spike in illegal clubs on nearly every street corner. Officials estimated ...
Voices: Effort to legalize marijuana is full of smoke and mirrors
This bill gives landlords no rights to impose (and tenants no rights to enjoy) smoke-free policies. The medical marijuana law allows a landlord to restrict smoking ...
Cannabis Eventually Replace Tobacco as the Sin Tax Cash Cow?
Four other states - Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota - will
have ... seem to drop a bit, perhaps indicating that people are quitting
tax, sheriff's levy are on Clackamas Co. ballots
Those wanting to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii face
... Cities and counties also share in state tax collections, unless
they bar retail sales.
Colorado towns transformed by legalised marijuana
Colorado set a monthly marijuana sales record in August of million ... Marijuana may now be allowed, but the bar is still mandated to serve only ...
ganja in Colorado? Marijuana dining is growing up, slowly
Diners smoke marijuana as they eat dishes prepared by chefs during
an ... fall will consider a proposal to allow marijuana use at some
bars and restaurants as long as ... allow some "social use"
of the drug, leaving the potential for pot clubs or cafes. ... "I
have also munched out after being at the bar and drinking martinis and
Is there a responsible way to approach its increasing use?
Weed, ganga, pot - whatever you call marijuana, facts about its risks
and benefits seem harder to come by than a sober fan at a Willie Nelson
concert. But facts we need! More than 31 million U.S. adults smoke marijuana,
and almost 8.5 million use pot a lot, according to a recent study published
in The Lancet Psychiatry. Somewhere around 1,246,170 folks in 24 states
have authorized prescriptions for medical marijuana (that number includes
estimates from states that don't require registration, and New Hampshire
and Maryland, where no numbers are available yet). Plus, the National
Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that almost 45 percent of 12th graders
and 16 percent of 8th graders have smoked marijuana at least once.
legalization may roll back progress on tobacco, expert fears
If you were king of the world, and you wanted to legalize, you might well say 'Yes, absolutely you can get cannabinoids, but you can only get them by vaping ...
learned about legalized marijuana from Colorado's chief medical officer
As a pediatrician, Dr. Larry Wolk was trained to treat marijuana as
"bad" and "illegal" - and to counsel patients against
But nearly three years after legalization in Colorado,
he said his thinking changed at each turn. On almost every measure,
whether it was rates of hospitalizations, consumption among teens and
adults, or collisions related to marijuana, the pattern was the same:
an initial increase, and then long term stabilization with no increase
from the rates prior to legalization in January 2014.
Should Denver voters pass Initiative 300?
Under the pilot program, businesses would be able to apply permits for bring-your-own marijuana, over-21 consumption areas that are indoors (allowing vaping ...
for a Healthy Pueblo spotlight anti-weed veterans
It is not clear what will happen if voters vote to ban marijuana in
the county and allow ... ban of the early 2000s was going to ruin the
restaurant and bar trade.
just says no
Attorney General Says Legalization Initiative Would Let ...
marijuana use ballot measure could capture attention beyond city - if
voters say yes
A Denver initiative on ballots being sent out this week aims to change that, and one state lawmaker said it could be a "shot across the bow" that persuades the legislature to act on a statewide policy. While some smaller Colorado cities and towns have allowed cannabis clubs, Denver voters are being asked to approve a potentially even more expansive program: Initiative 300 would create a four-year pilot program allowing regular businesses, such as bars or cafes or even yoga studios, to seek permits for bring-your-own marijuana, over-21 consumption areas that are indoors (allowing vaping and edibles, but not smoking) or outdoors (allowing smoking).
'Apple of vaping' made an e-cigarette for marijuana - here's ...
The San Francisco-based startup dubbed the "Apple of vaping"
is back with a device that ... The Pax Era is a vape pen that works
by heating up a liquid form of ...
marijuana safer by legalizing lounges [Perspectives]
open letter to people who smoke marijuana at Red Rocks
Lansing legalizes marijuana smoking, possession for those ...
medical marijuana question: How would Measure No. 5 work if ...
Conversation: Is pot safe for pregnant moms?
Marijuana tourism is big business in Colorado
Whether you inhale or not, you will enter an alternate reality aboard the marijuana bus in Denver. ... ski trips for smoke and vapers, and sightseeing in the countryside while in an .... You can smoke it, vape it, chew it, drink it or slap it in a patch on your arm.
Active Ingredient Makes You Smarter
What's certainly clear, however, is that it's now a subject of scientific inquiry whether the central advice - pot makes you dumb - is even true. In fact, "dope" may indeed make you smarter. It's the reason people smoke it, vape it, cook it up in pot brownies. ...
Tour Guide in Colorado Describes Shift in People Seeking Marijuana Information
Working as a tour guide in the cannabis industry, I interact with lots
of different people from all over the world.
As strangers light
up joints, discuss effects of different strains or edibles, and test
the waters of a vape pen for the first time, I'm reminded of how surreal
on Campus the Subject of Fifth Annual College Symposium
More than one in five students also reported using marijuana by dabbing,
vaping or consuming it (e.g. brownies, cookies, candy). Deputy Health
on the ballot in 9 states
Four others - Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota and Montana - may join
half the ... found that one in eight American adults, 13 percent, say
they smoke marijuana.
council open to more marijuana licenses
Steamboat council open to more marijuana licenses. By Matt Stensland ... They decided not to pursue the topic of allowing marijuana smoking clubs in the city.
State resident halls deal with marijuana
Georgia State resident halls deal with marijuana ... Rolling a blunt has long been illegal in the state of Georgia, but six weeks into a new school ...
Lansing approves marijuana use, possession of small quantities
A new ordinance in East Lansing allows those over 21 to use and possession
... While smoking marijuana on private property under city ordinances
is allowed, ...
Marijuana Vapes Are More and More Seen in Stillwater
Vaporizers heat your "herbal material" (this euphemism pops
up in all public vape discussions, but, let's be honest, very few of
us are jazzed about huffing lavender) until it hits a temperature that
turns active ingredients into a light, inhalable mist. Studies suggest
that vaping is less bad for you than smoking, because lighting things
on fire throws off toxins that you really oughtn't usher into your lungs.
Indeed, New York state's medical marijuana legislation actually disallows
smoking weed and instead advises that patients either eat or vaporize
their analgesic ganj. Stillwater police are now seeing marijuana in
Since the first marijuana shops opened in Colorado two years ago, the
fallout from our western neighbor has reached nearly every part of Kansas.
That's the finding from a new report released Monday by the Kansas Attorney
General's Office. "This report provides the first data-based snapshot
of the specific effects Colorado's experiment in 'legalization' is having
in Kansas," Atty. Gen. Derek Schmidt said.
Alaska Weed Shopkeeper Faces Up to 54 Years in Prison
Charlo Greene, the Alaska reporter who famously quit her job on live
TV, now faces up to 54 years in prison for following through on her
post-employment plans: making legal marijuana available to the public.
Green, 28, is the owner of a marijuana shop called the Alaska Cannabis
Club. And though Alaska legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, the
state has charged her with 14 offenses, including "misconduct involving
a controlled substance," that could add up to 54 years of prison
time if she's convicted.
pot in California: Voters to decide on more than 50 local initiatives
As California voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for
recreational use under ... "There are communities that are trying
to bar the door, and there are ...
Smoking Bylaw Now Includes E-Cigarettes, Marijuana
Kingsville Council has voted unanimously to expand the town's outdoor smoking bylaw to include non-tobacco products. Council approved the changes to the ...
medical pot vaping exemption came from consultations ...
The new e-cigarette regulations banned the use of the devices anywhere
regular cigarettes were prohibited. But the government provided an exemption
Marijuana dangerous, especially for youths
Right here in Pueblo, our study showed that eliminating secondhand smoke exposure significantly reduced the number of heart attacks admitted to our hospitals. Our study repeatedly was reproduced in other cities in the U.S. and around the world. Now, we have marijuana. One wonders how long it will take us to recognize and do something about this drug. Studies already have shown that there is a five times increased risk of a heart attack in the 60 minutes after pot use.
Voting Yes on the Cannabis Social-Use Initiative Allow Consumption at
This November, voters in Denver will have the opportunity to
address the issue with Ballot Question 300, which, if passed, will create
a pilot program that allows limited social cannabis consumption in permitted
private establishments. Consumption would still have to follow the Colorado
Clean Indoor Air Act - meaning that cannabis could only be consumed
indoors in non-smokable forms like edibles or vaporizers, or alternatively
smoked outside in designated areas that aren't visible from the public
right of way.
Marijuana May Soon Become Legal In Five States
Advocates in five states are pushing for recreational marijuana legalization this election year in tight races, arguing the industry will be a revenue boon for their states.
To Get Weed Out Of Your System
According to a study conducted just last year, exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke alone can result in a positive test. Failing your drug test for merely being in the room with marijuana is certainly not worth it, so step outside if your pals start a session if your test is approaching.
Quickly Becoming the Next Weed Generation
Worried your teen kids are smoking pot? Don't. New research by the Center for Disease Control suggests the 55 and older crowd is much more likely to hit that vape or chow down on an edible after dinner. Or maybe before dinner, or frankly even during dinner.
Conversation: Is pot safe for pregnant moms? Does marijuana cause lung
Renee Dotson exhales her marijuana smoke while taking a break in the
.... To be safe, experts recommend making sure there's good ventilation
if you're around ...
Vapium Summit Plus is a geek-chic pot vaporizer, but its ... [VIDEO]
For a new generation of stoners, vaporizers are quickly becoming another
must-have gadget alongside their smartphones.
vs Vaporizing vs Eating Marijuana?
However, on the other hand if your using marijuana recreationally.
Smoking marijuana gives you the most instant high compared to eating
or vaping it. In my opinion it is also a stronger high as well.
Marijuana Firm Launches Association to Support Veterans
Mainstream Partners, a Nevada based medical cannabis licensing, lobbying
and communications firm, launched a robust national initiative earlier
this week. The initiative is geared at providing veterans with safe
and affordable access to medicinal marijuana while supporting the families,
employers, legislators and elected officials who aid them.
mission is focused on supporting veteran access, but they are also open
to non-veteran members as well. For more information on Medical Marijuana
Association or to become a member, visit www.mainstreammj.org. Membership
starts at $35 for veterans and their caregivers, and $50 for civilian
supporters and advocates. Each membership includes two free vape pens
and chargers, custom dog tags with a personal ID number to access industry
rewards and discounts, and a redemption certificate for a $1,550ML oil
cartridge (courtesy of KYND Cannabis Company).
enrollment: A university in Philadelphia to offer marijuana policy class
A university in Philadelphia plans to offer communications students
the opportunity to take a class that analyzes marijuana policy and its
history of prohibition.
Several other universities throughout
the country also offer marijuana policy courses, including the University
of California-Berkeley and the University of Denver.
Justice Disparity Behind Pot Vote
Boyd said he will not try to use the ordinance as the tip of a spear toward ... the police director should not send a message that smoking marijuana is permissible.
to civil: City council changes cannabis changes
The Memphis City Council passed an ordinance by a vote of 7-6 Tuesday
to ... "480,000 deaths from cigarette smoking, including 42,000
from secondhand ...
Park Residents Give Blunt Opinions on Proposed Medical ...
... wouldn't be exposed to customers smoking marijuana around the facility. ... use the cannabis once they purchased it, given the restrictions of Loyola's policy.
marijuana odor may be grounds for lawsuit
Condo owners bothered by smoke smells have the right to file a lawsuit
... In response, the owners have sealed their unit and now run an ionic
marijuana opponents and activists in Mass. spar over ...
"Summertime is Cinder Time," it writes, advertising the Washington-based ... a picture of a woman who appears to be in her 20s smoking a cigarette; and a ... Lewis said legalizing marijuana would turn it into an industry like the tobacco ... He started smoking cigarettes, then moved onto marijuana, then prescription opioids.
Marijuana in Massachusetts - DPH Proposes Amendments ...
In response to concerns expressed at the PHC meeting regarding how marijuana would be handled in non-smoking facilities, DPH noted that the proposed ...
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