Marijuana

ANR’s Position on Exposure to Secondhand Marijuana Smoke:

Marijuana smoke is a form of indoor air pollution. Therefore, ANR includes marijuana within our definition of smoking, and all of our model laws and policies include a prohibition on smoking marijuana wherever smoking of tobacco products is not allowed. ANR does not have a position on whether marijuana should be legalized; however ANR is against smoking in ways that harm other people. In states where marijuana is legalized, marijuana use should be prohibited in all smokefree spaces.

Nobody should have to breathe secondhand marijuana smoke at work, in public, or where they live. If we want healthy, smokefree air for workers and the public, then products like marijuana and electronic smoking devices (which can be used to “vape” a wide range of substances, including marijuana and hash oil) must not be used in smokefree environments where others are forced to breathe the secondhand emissions.

Smokefree is Smokefree: Nobody should have to breathe secondhand marijuana smoke at work, in public, or where they live.

 

 

 

 

 

Read our Secondhand Marijuana Smoke fact sheet for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Florida committee decides Amendment 2 doesn't include smoking, vaping, edibles
The Cannabist - March 29, 2017

A bill to implement Florida's medical marijuana constitutional amendment has passed its first committee in the state's House of Representatives. …

Wisconsin City Removes Fines for Marijuana Possession and ...
NORML Blog (blog) - March 28, 2017

Under the new ordinance, adults 21-years and older will no longer be ... exempt from a fine, but a $200 fine will still be given to those caught smoking in public. ...

Despite pot legalization, don't plan to spark up at Coachella Fest
The Desert Sun - March 28, 2017

One thing that Proposition 64 did not legalize, however, is smoking weed in ... FAQ section, which even bans the use of medical marijuana, which has been legal ...

Coachella Is Getting a Marijuana "Oasis"
SPIN - March 28, 2017

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. …

Condo boards brace for medical marijuana smoke complaints [VIDEO]
KITV Honolulu - March 27, 2017

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. …

Members-Only Cannabis Clubs Promise Privacy and Exclusivity ...
L.A. Weekly - March 27, 2017

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 ...

Peabody council advances ban on smoking pot in public
The Salem News - March 26, 2017

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. …

Arkansas lawmakers put limits on smoking medical marijuana
Stuttgart Daily Leader - March 26, 2017

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 ...

Marijuana use declines among 10th-graders
Kitsap Sun - March 26, 2017

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. …

County leaders explore path to cannabis policy
Merced County Times - March 24, 2017

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 ...

Illinois Lawmakers Introduce Twin Cannabis Legalization Bills
The Marijuana Times - March 24, 2017

… 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. …

Denver Digital Agency Spins Off Marijuana Focused Marketing Agency
SYS-CON Media (press release) - March 24, 2017

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. …

Can the US marijuana industry continue to grow like a weed?
The Providence Journal - March 24, 2017

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. ...

Arkansas lawmakers put limits on smoking medical marijuana
Malvern Daily Record - March 24, 2017

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. …

Will teens smoke more pot when it's legal? They didn't in this US state
Globalnews.ca - March 23, 2017

… 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. …

City to look at medical marijuana laws impact
Sanibel Captiva Islander - March 22, 2017

Storjohann also asked if regular smoking ordinances apply to ... said, adding that in general smoking is preempted by the state of Florida.

Panel OK's pot clubs

Pueblo Chieftain - March 22, 2017

Colts' Cody sets bar high, hits 6-8 in first outing .... The clubs could allow indoor smoking, if they have fewer than three employees. ... The bill bars the clubs from serving food beyond pre-packages snacks or coffee; state liquor ... Colorado's pot club bill awaits a vote by the full House, though sponsors hint that amendments ...

Gillam: Use pot tax for research
Searcy Daily Citizen - March 22, 2017

The other two concern regulations on smoking medical marijuana and the regulation or ... Monday morning, the ban would be on smoking marijuana "in places where smoking is already banned," basically "mirroring the Clean Indoor Air Act."...

Medical Marijuana Update
Drug War - March 22, 2017

An Arizona medical marijuana nurses group filed suit against the restrictions, ... Last Wednesday, a bill to ban edibles and public smoking won a committee vote. ... growing their own plants and restricts the use of smoked medical marijuana to .

Pot club showdown nears between Colorado governor, lawmakers
McClatchy Washington Bureau - March 20, 2017

Sponsors counter that the clubs would still be subject to the Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans indoor smoking unless the establishment has no more than three ...

Fairfield Town Council may update smoking ordinance to include marijuana, electronic cigarettes
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel - March 20, 2017

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. …

Here's how much Massachusetts could make off legal marijuana
MassLive.com - March 20, 2017

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 ...

Marijuana Supporters Urge State Panel Not To Revise Recreational Pot Law
CBS Boston / WBZ - March 20, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - Backers of legalized recreational marijuana are urging Massachusetts legislators to hold off on any major changes to the voter-approved law. ...

As Colorado Gets Ready To Allow Pot Clubs, Indoor Smoking Still An Issue
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. … "Even 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. … Seven 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. …

Longmont considers marijuana home-grow limits
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 ...

Juneau's second pot shop close to opening
Juneau Empire (subscription) - March 19, 2017

The Fireweed Factory will open up their marijuana retail shop between the Imperial Billiards & Bar and Benjamin Franklin Store on Front Street.

Greeley Health Line: Readers ask how can I start exercising, how do ...
Greeley Tribune - Marxh 18, 2017

Q - Does smoking marijuana affect those with asthma differently?
A - If you have asthma, most experts agree it's best not to smoke anything. William Culver, an asthma and allergy specialist with Banner Medical Clinic in Loveland, said folks with asthma are more reactive to irritants, no matter the kind of smoke. He recommends folks avoid even secondhand smoke if they have asthma. He went on to say there is no safe way to inhale marijuana, whether smoke or vapor. If you have asthma, it looks like edibles are the way to go. ...

Council to take a first peek at new cannabis laws
Davis Enterprise - March 18, 2017

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. …

Council tackles marijuana clubs
Sentry - March 17, 2017

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. …

Veterans Fight for the Right to Free Marijuana
L.A. Weekly - March 17, 2017

... 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 ...

Should Peabody ban recreational marijuana businesses?
The Boston Globe - March 17, 2017

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 ...

Pot shops are coming. Where to put them?
The Boston Globe - March 17, 2017

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 ...

Cannabis 101 de-hazes legal weed for seniors
seattlepi.com - March 16, 2017

A group of nine seniors from Sound Vista were taught how medicinal marijuana differs from recreational; the differences between smoking, vaping, eating or ...

Arkansas House panel OKs edible-pot ban
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.

Belmont signals cautious approach to pot rules: Officials suggest ...
San Mateo Daily Journal - March 16, 2017

Councilmembers also agreed the state law, which bans pot smoking in public places and ... The city may consider amending current zoning rules to allow or ban ...

Yucca Valley moves toward banning marijuana businesses
Hi-Desert Star - March 15, 2017

Around 50 people attended the hearing on a town proposal to ban marijuana ... As presented Tuesday, the ordinance completely bans any businesses from ... "I remember hundreds of thousands of people smoking pot in public parks," he said. ... and takes marijuana, and asked why it should be banned when prescriptions ...

Vail, Beaver Creek hotel concierge services assisting with pot ...
Vail Daily News - March 16, 2017

Gone are the days of just weed brownies. Now, there are cookies, gummies, cakes, hard candies, chocolate bars and more. Unlike smoking cannabis, where ...

Where is the weed?
Ferris State - March 16, 2017
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Study: Marijuana use increases risks of stroke, heart failure
East Bay Times - March 16, 2017

... marijuana smoke while taking a break in the smoking room at the Kush Expo in ... harmful effects on blood vessels from secondhand marijuana smoke in rats, ...

Oakland Cannabis Company Gives Back to Cancer Patients
SF Weekly - March 15, 2017

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, ...

San Luis Obispo to chart new course on marijuana regulation
KEYT - March 15, 2017

The passage of Prop 64 allows adults to smoke and grow recreational marijuana ... The City Council will keep the marijuana restrictions in place while it begins ...

Placentia leaders looking at extending public smoking ban to pot ...
OCRegister - March 15, 2017

The city currently bans smoking inside any building or structure owned or leased by the city. The City Council is looking at applying that ban to all city facilities, ...

Board Of Supervisors Bans All Marijuana Businesses In ...
KPBS - March 15, 2017

Board Of Supervisors Bans All Marijuana Businesses In Unincorporated San Diego ... The ban includes all medical and non-medical marijuana facilities, ... "It has taken decades to educate the public about the unhealthy effects of smoking.

Florida Lawmakers Continue Their Attempts to Further Restrict ...
The Marijuana Times - March 15, 2017

But now lawmakers are attempting to severely restrict the law we chose. ... to unnecessary restrictions - and that's not including the proposal created by the state ... Now, a House bill introduced would go as far as to ban smoking and vaping of ..

Federal law trumps Nevada's marijuana initiative
Nevada Appeal - March 14, 2017

With marijuana smoking illegal in public places, hotel rooms, and casinos, ... wrote Moapa Paiute Tribal leaders that use of pot on tribal land at a planned March ...

Bill Limiting MMJ Smoking Fails Again in Ark. Senate
Ganjapreneur - March 14, 2017

The Arkansas Senate has again rejected a medical cannabis smoking ban after the measure was initially defeated by the body last week, the Times Record ...

Enlucem Releases Findings of Calif. Consumer Cannabis Study
MilTech - March 14, 2017

They represent a different demographic, they favor alternative formats to smoking, and look for different cannabis benefits," notes Ana Hory, CEO of Enlucem.

Pot Clubs And Social Consumption Might Soon Be The Norm In Colorado
Colorado Public Radio - March 14, 2017

… 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. …

City leaning toward pot operations: Half Moon Bay may be first in county to allow commercial marijuana operations
San Mateo Daily Journal - March 13, 2017

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 housing.

Secretary of State offers pot shop ballot bill
Wicked Local Plymouth - March 13, 2017

… 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 regulation. …

Bill Could Leagalize Pot Consumption in Public Places [AUDIO]
Reno Public Radio - March 13, 2017

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. …

Beer Industry Could Lose $2 Billion From Legal Marijuana
Forbes - March 13, 2017

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. …

Florida MMJ Bill Would Ban Smoking Weed, Eating Edibles and Vaping
Marijuana.com (blog) - March 13, 2017

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. …

This Bill Would Eliminate the Federal Ban on Marijuana
Men's Health - March 13, 2017

… 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. …

Really High Noon in the Nevada Desert
POLITICO Magazine - March 12, 2017

LAS VEGAS-It had the makings of a duel in the desert, the first clash between ... In the days leading up to the Cannabis Cup-which is the pot world's version of ...

Mansfield mulls marijuana moratorium
Wicked Local Raynham - March 12, 2017

The town will ask voters at Town Meeting to approve an 18-month moratorium on recreational marijuana sales. …

The Rise of Nationalism Worldwide and What It Means for Marijuana
The Marijuana Times - March 12, 2017

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. …

ID card, smoking bills among under-the-radar proposals
Sacramento Bee - March 12, 2017

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. …

Nevada senator proposes bill to legalize cannabis clubs and marijuana use at events
KRNV My News 4 - March 11, 2017

… 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 ...

Colorado Senate passes first-in-nation pot clubs bill
Summit Daily News - Mar 11, 2017

... 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.

You Could Legally Light up in Nevada as Soon as July 1
Leafly - March 10, 2017

... festivals, casino bars, clubs, outdoor events, massage parlors or other public spaces where the ... Where Can I Smoke Legally in a Legal State? ... Casinos could request to allow marijuana at a bar, but not at card tables or slot machines.

Vegas tourists will need public places to smoke their weed, Nevada ...
The Cannabist - March 10, 2017

Segerblom said Nevada should give local governments the discretion to designate businesses, festivals, casino bars, clubs, outdoor events, massage parlors or ...

ORHS Youth Ambassadors travel to Capitol for substance abuse ...
Oak Ridge Today - March 10, 2017

Currently, these issues include the desire to have tobacco-free parks in Anderson County, the risks involved with legalizing medical or other uses of marijuana, ...

Study links pot use to higher risk for stroke, heart failure

CBS News - March 10, 2017

New research analyzing millions of U.S. medical records suggests that marijuana use raises an adult's risk of stroke and heart failure. The study ...

City Still Figuring Out How to Implement Recreational Marijuana in ...
The People's Vanguard of Davis (subscription)- - March 8, 2017

In November 2016, the City adopted an urgency ordinance that addresses "medical ... No smoking of marijuana is allowed where smoking tobacco is prohibited. ...

Editorial: Let other cities be guinea pigs on marijuana
Oroville Mercury Register - March 9, 2017

Editorial: Let other cities be guinea pigs on marijuana ... been allowed for people with medical marijuana recommendations) and no smoking in public buildings ...

Marijuana clubs approved in Colorado Senate
The Durango Herald - March 9, 2017

John Hickenlooper is hinting that he'll veto the measure unless it bans indoor smoking. ... The bill doesn't say whether those clubs could allow people to smoke pot ... 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.

Colorado governor suggests he may veto pot clubs bill without ...
The Denver Post - March 8, 2017

But the governor wants it banned, citing a ban on cigarette smoking in public ... smoking in workplaces in Colorado," he said, suggesting allowing pot smoke ....

Florida's Voter-Approved MMJ Law Could be Gutted Under House ...
Ganjapreneur - March 9, 2017

... 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, ...

Florida's Voter-Approved MMJ Law Could be Gutted Under House ...
Ganjapreneur - March 9, 2017

... 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, ...

Much was learned at Tribe's first cannabis symposium
Tacoma Weekly - March 9, 2017

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 pain relief.

RTD launches campaign to remind folks not to be the worst on public transportation [VIDEO]
9NEWS.com - March 8, 2017

… Another note -- despite the fact marijuana is legal in Colorado, RTD says to toke up elsewhere. And yes, that applies to your vape pen, bro. …

Florida Medical Cannabis Bill Would Outlaw Smokable and Edible ...
Miami New Times - March 8, 2017

"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.

New pot gym in California: How bad is it to exercise while high?
Fox News - March 8, 2017

Inhaling marijuana smoke can cause irritation and inflammation of the lungs and bronchial ... 5 MILITARY-INSPIRED MOVES FOR A FULL-BODY WORKOUT.

US: Alaska pot regulators to reconsider onsite use
Deccan Chronicle - March 8, 2017

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 the board. …

Medical Marijuana Leader: Smoking, Eating Bans Would 'Cripple ...
KASU - March 7, 2017

Monday, the smoking ban failed a Senate floor vote by 14 votes, 10-15, but it could ... We began with the legislation banning smoking and ingesting marijuana, ...

Arkansas Ban On Smoking Medical Marijuana Fails In Senate ...
WKNO FM - March 7, 2017

An attempt to ban the smoking of medical marijuana fell short in the ... to lungs was not a persuasive argument to Hutchinson as to why it should be banned.

Council preview - March 7, 2017
Santa Monica Daily Press - March 7, 2017

At the City Council meeting, staff will recommend leaders prohibit recreational marijuana businesses in Santa Monica…. Proposition 64 legalized possession of up an ounce of pot for anyone over the age of 21. Smoking is allowed in a private home or at a business licensed for on-site cannabis consumption. Businesses looking to open under the new law will have to get both a state and local permit. Even without dispensaries or recreational pot shops in city limits, Santa Monica staff expects cannabis related tourism will grow in Santa Monica. ...

Colorado legislature looks to address the "wild west" of pot clubs
The Denver Post - March 7, 2017

Colorado legislature looks to address the "wild west" of pot clubs ... New Year's Eve invite-only party celebrating the start of retail pot sales, at a bar in Denver. ... clubs with indoor smoking and consumption of bring-your-own cannabis. .... Marijuana shops, bars and restaurants that serve liquor can't participate in Denver's ... Senate Bill 184 would define "open and public" this way: Marijuana consumption is not allowed in a place easily viewable from outside its perimeter and where "a substantial number of the public" has access without restriction. ...

Louisville council bans medical marijuana dispensaries
Canton Repository - March 7, 2017

Smoking medical marijuana in a public area that prohibits smoking carries a $150 ... Gave final approval to ban feeding the waterfowl in Constitution Park due to ...

Nevada Gaming Commission Warns Casinos Not to Get High on Pot ...
Casino.Org News - March 7, 2017

Among the latter was the Nevada Gaming Commission, and the casino regulatory ... card due to that nagging backache can legally and freely smoking cannabis, ...

Bill presented to allow public marijuana use in Nevada
Las Vegas Review-Journal - March 6, 2017

Budtender Kyle Ransom adjusts a display at BLM Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Dispensary on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Bridget Bennett/Las ...

4/20 marijuana fest advocate refuses to abide by park board ban on ...
Straight.com - March 7, 2017

4/20 marijuana fest advocate refuses to abide by park board ban on cannabis events ... Meanwhile, the parks control bylaw outlaws smoking on city beaches and ... and Green commissioner Stuart Mackinnon who supported banning the event.

Israel decriminalizes marijuana use, implements fine instead
SFGate - March 6, 2017

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 ...

Colorado could end co-op growing to crack down on black-market marijuana
Denverite (blog) - March 6, 2017

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. …

Where is Marijuana Legal In The US? Map and List Of States That Don't Allow Medical or Recreational Weed [VIDEO]
International Business Times - March 5, 2017

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: …

Unity residents split on banning recreational marijuana establishments
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel - March 5, 2017

… 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. …

Nevada Legislation Would Allow Recreational Pot Shops to Open ...
MERRY JANE - March 5, 2017

State Senator Tick Segerblom has introduced measures that would speed up the regulation process and allow cannabis lounges with on-site consumption. …

Chico considering local marijuana laws
Chico Enterprise-Record - March 5, 2017

… 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. …

Northern North Dakota senator raises concerns about high cost of medical marijuana
Bismarck Tribune - March 5, 2017

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. …

Our View: Today's marijuana is more powerful than pot of our youth
Today's News-Herald - March 5, 2017

… 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. …

Mountain Town News: Can Taos hit the 100 percent mark for renewables?
Summit Daily News - March 4, 2017

… 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 changes. …

Colorado Senate Committee Advances a Bill to Allow Cannabis Clubs
The Marijuana Times - March 4, 2017

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. …

Where to Find the Best Legal Cannabis Lounges
Leafly - March 4, 2017

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 owner's permission. …

Legal marijuana could overtake manufacturing in job creation by 2020
Business Insider - March 3, 2017

… 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. …

11 Senators Call On Trump Team To Allow Sale Of Recreational Marijuana
The National Memo (blog) - March 3, 2017

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. …

Colorado Pot Clubs Bill Passes Committee, Moves to Senate
Westword - March 3, 2017

… 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 five-to-two vote. …

Colorado lawmakers inch towards allowing marijuana consumption clubs
Colorado Springs Gazette - March 2, 2017

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. …

Arkansas panel advances bill to ban smoking medical marijuana
KSPR - March 2, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) An Arkansas Senate committee has advanced bills to change the medical marijuana law approved by voters in November by banning ...

Fact check: Councilman's column on pot misstates use by children
Fresno Bee - March 2, 2017

"Proposition 64, also known as the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, not ... You could be fined $100 for smoking in public and $250 for doing it near a school.

Private marijuana clubs pass first test before Colorado legislature
Washington Times - March 2, 2017

This May 5, 2011, file photo shows a unidentified man smoking medical ... Senate Bill 63, which would have authorized marijuana clubs with fewer restrictions.

Is marijuana safe for teens? American Academy of Pediatrics says no
Scope (blog) - March 2, 2017

Marijuana smoke is toxic, similar to secondhand tobacco smoke. The use of vaporizers or hookahs does not eliminate the toxic chemicals in marijuana smoke.

Condo owners weed out smoke
Boston Herald - March 2, 2017

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. …

Bill to delay Ark. medical marijuana fails, state sen. Rapert claims ...
THV11.com - March 1, 2017

... Senate Bill 357, which would ban the smoking of medical marijuana. In defense of the bill, the state senator claimed that banning the smoking of the substance ...

First-Time Weed Tourist? Here's What to Do and What Not to Do
MERRY JANE - March 1, 2017

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 ...

Legislative Committee Gathers Public Input to Implement Marijuana ...
WABI - February 28, 2017

The Maine legislature delayed retail marijuana sales until February of 2018. ... planning a petition effort in Farmington to ban retail shops and smoking clubs.

Feds threaten to shut down giant Las Vegas marijuana festival
Boston Herald - February 28, 2017

One of the world's largest marijuana festivals, which is expected to be held this week on tribal land outside of Las Vegas, has been facing a possible shutdown ...

Marijuana industry angered by White House reversal
Chicago Tribune - February 27, 2017

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 ...

Cannabis Concentrates Have a Problem With Pesticides
L.A. Weekly - February 27, 2017

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."…

Lawmakers say marijuana not responsible for opioid crisis
Cortez Journal - February 27, 2017

DENVER - When a White House spokesman this week said the Department of Justice likely would step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states ...

Campus enforcement of pot ban is hazy, students say
Amherst Wire - February 27, 2017

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.

Marijuana Not Benign: Warn Teens, Parents, AAP Says
Medscape - February 27, 2017

... 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.

The Trump administration's nonsensical stance on marijuana
Washington Post - February 27, 2017

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. …

Colorado Governor Hickenlooper "Getting Close" to Giving Marijuana Legalization Full Support
MERRY JANE - February 27, 2017

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. …

New Mexico State Legislature contemplating legalizing marijuana
KVIA El Paso - February 27, 2017

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 ...

Tourists continue visiting ER for marijuana use
Vail Daily News - February 27, 2017

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. …

Hickenlooper: States have 'sovereignty' on recreational marijuana issue…
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. …

Could This Scary Finding Lead to Tighter Marijuana Regulations?
Madison.com - February 26, 2017

… 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 ...

Marijuana industry angered by White House reversal
The Spokesman-Review - February 24, 2017

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. ...

Cannabis friendly bus hits Aspen streets this weekend
Aspen Times - February 24, 2017

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. …

In-depth: Pot smoking speakeasies [VIDEO]
KRON4.com - February 24, 2017

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. ...

Trump administration sets sights on state recreational marijuana laws
Christian Science Monitor - February 24, 2017

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. …

Alaska AG says feds couldn't overturn state's pot law
The Daily Herald - February 23, 2017

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 use. …

Lawmakers, industry leaders denounce White House marijuana enforcement signals
The Colorado Statesman - February 23, 2017

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. …

3 Practical Challenges for Employers Created by Legalized Marijuana
JD Supra (press release) - February 23, 2017

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: ...

Denver social marijuana advisory group works through details - but disagrees about alcohol
New lawsuit challenges state liquor rule that will keep alcohol-serving businesses from seeking permits
Denver Post - February 23, 2017

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. …

Arkansas Poll: Majority Support Smoking Medical Marijuana
KASU- - February 22, 2017

Do you support or oppose a ban on smoking medical marijuana? ... the banning of the smoking of marijuana, meaning that marijuana could only be delivered by ...

Second hand MJ smoke reaching children
Ukiah Daily Journal - February 23, 2017

Smoking marijuana is still banned in public places and within 1,000 feet of a school, day-care center or youth center and other locations where tobacco is ...

Marijuana use at MVRHS is well above state and national averages
Martha's Vineyard Times - February 22, 2017

... cigarettes, and prescription pills are on the decline, marijuana use is on the rise. ... The declining rates of tobacco and alcohol use, both on the Vineyard and ... YTF focused on youth access and use of substances, predominantly alcohol, ...

Holland city council members voice concerns on allowing medical ...
HollandSentinel.com - February 22, 2017

He voiced his opposition to passing an ordinance. ... Fias said Colorado now leads the country in every age group for smoking marijuana. He added that in a ...

Medical Marijuana Bill passes Senate
Prairie Public Broadcasting - February 23, 2017

The bill allows marijuana to be smoked, if a doctor determines smoking is the ... Oley Larsen (R-Minot) does not like the idea of allowing smoking of the marijuana plant. "It is illegal to smoke dope in North Dakota, as far as the Feds consider it," ...

Paso Robles bans smoking in public places starting in March
The San Luis Obispo Tribune - February 23, 2017

Paso Robles bans smoking in public places starting in March ... Tuesday to adopt an ordinance banning tobacco and marijuana smoking in public places around the city. ... State law has banned smoking in playgrounds, workplaces, bars and ...

Ohioans could buy 6 oz. of medical marijuana every 90 days, under draft
cleveland.com - February 23, 2017

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, ...

Changes are Coming to Oregon's Cannabis Industry
The Marijuana Times - February 23, 2017

... (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. …

Pesticides and Pot: What's California Smoking? [VIDEO]
NBC Southern California - February 23, 2017

... about those pesticides being inhaled when people smoke or vape marijuana. ... And someone smoking or vaping pot with Myclobutanil in it "could become ill ...

Legislative panel advances medical marijuana expansion
DesMoinesRegister.com - February 23, 2017

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 the law. …

Judge says Denver's drug user ban in parks is unconstitutional ...
The Denver Post - February 22, 2017

Judge says Denver's drug user ban in parks is unconstitutional, dismisses one ... after police observed him smoking marijuana in Commons Park in October.

More stringent medical marijuana bill passes Senate
Bismarck Tribune - February 22, 2017

The bill, with tougher restrictions and oversight than approved by voters in November, ... Among the key changes made to the bill are to allow smoking of medical ...

Marijuana lounges could come to Oregon
KTVZ - February 21, 2017

Oregon Senate Bill 307 would make it legal to smoke marijuana at temporary events. ... "Which is a really essential component in reducing exposure to secondhand smoke. ... "Social norms around smoking have changed significantly," he said.

Arkansas Poll: Majority Support Smoking Medical Marijuana
KUAR - February 21, 2017

Do you support or oppose a ban on smoking medical marijuana? ... the banning of the smoking of marijuana, meaning that marijuana could only be delivered by ...

Measure allowing marijuana clubs awaits vote
The Durango Herald - February 21, 2017

Senate Bill 63, which would allow clubs where recreational marijuana could be ... industry that leaves visitors at risk of violating the law by smoking in public.

York County mayor continues push for lighter marijuana charges
Carlisle Sentinel - February 21, 2017

He also says that the ordinance would allow the police department to focus on ... but there would be a $250 fine for possession and $350 for smoking in public.

Hair drug testing: Useful information for marijuana consumers
The Cannabist - February 21, 2017

It sounds like he's been abstaining from smoking marijuana, as well as ... in the test results due to some types of hair and exposure to secondhand smoke.

Recreational pot hearings in March, April
The Guam Daily Post (press release) (registration)-February 19, 2017

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 …

Legal cannabis shops get cleanup as pot becomes posh
Toledo Blade - February 19, 2017

... 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. ...

Marijuana News Roundup: How Safe Is Smoking Pot? [VIDEO]
24/7 Wall St. - February 19, 2017

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." …

North Dakota Legislature marches toward midsession break
Bismarck Tribune - February 19, 2017

… Rules written to oversee the state's voter-approved medical marijuana law have made some of the measure's backers smoking mad. …

Colorado town getting a drive-through marijuana shop
NBC-2 - February 19, 2017

PARACHUTE, Colo. (AP) - The western Colorado town of Parachute is getting a drive-through marijuana shop, believed to be the first in the state. …

Legal pot: What effect on local business, workers?
Hanford Sentinel - February 18, 2017

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 ...

Cannabis industry opposes call for plain packaging and bans on…
Two Row Times - February 17, 2017

... 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 ...

Colorado warms to pot clubs despite federal uncertainty
Wyoming Tribune - February 17, 2017

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. …

What's next for Oregon pot: Merging medical and recreational markets, higher taxes, clubs [VIDEO]
OregonLive.com - February 17, 2017

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. …

Kenai Peninsula pot businesses may add $5M boost to economy
KTUU.com - February 17, 2017

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' operations. ...

Pro-Marijuana Lawmakers Form First Ever Congressional Cannabis Caucus
Consumerist - February 17, 2017

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."…

The Adult Use of Cannabis Act, explained: A Q&A with Jared Moffat
RI Future - February 17, 2017

… 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. ...

US Rep. Jared Polis joins with congressional colleagues to create ...
Colorado Springs Gazette - February 16, 2017

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. ...

Cannabis clubs could be coming
Bend Bulletin - February 16, 2017

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. …

Colorado warms to pot clubs, despite federal uncertainty
Las Vegas Sun - February 16, 2017

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. … "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." …

Private grows of marijuana:State may trim number of plants allowed ...
Wet Mountain Tribune - February 16, 2017

One of those changes will probably restrict the private growth to 12 plants per ... That issue can be controlled by rental leases totally restricting marijuana growth. ... "No, but my greater concern is from the effects of being exposed to smoking ...

Maternal marijuana: Cannabinoids in breast milk
spectroscopyNOW.com - February 15, 2017

If mothers smoke the drug or inhale secondhand marijuana smoke, what effects will ... the levels of cannabinoids in breast milk associated with passive smoking.

AR bill seeks to ban medical marijuana "edibles"
KTAL - February 14, 2017

Senator Gary Stubblefield's legislation bans "combining medical cannabis with ... This bill follows another bill seeking to ban the smoking of medical marijuana.

Hawaii senator wants Health Department to get behind edible medical cannabis
PACIFIC BUSINESS NEWS - February 14, 2017

Hawaii state Sen. Will Espero said the Hawaii State Department of Health needs to get on board with the legalization of edible medical marijuana products. "The Department of Health is an anti-smoking…

Penn. Township Changes Zoning Ordinance To Allow MMJ Facility
Cannabis Business Times - February 14, 2017

Township Changes Zoning Ordinance To Allow MMJ Facility ... in several forms such as pills, ointments and gels, it would not be available in smoking form.

Borough Council Revises Marijuana Possession Ordinance
State College News - February 14, 2017

Back in August, State College Borough Council approved an ordinance that allowed ... Under the ordinance, individuals in possession of or smoking a small ...

Landlords seek to ban marijuana with new clause, but can they?
CTV News - February 13, 2017

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 up. … 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. …

Man seeks to bring marijuana business to small Alaska town
KTUU.com - February 13, 2017

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 ...

Marijuana still illegal on University of Maine campus, even after ...
The Maine Campus - February 12, 2017

The University of Maine is a smoke free campus and the same penalties will apply for having marijuana on school grounds. Robert Dana, the vice president for ...

Summit County sees highest rate of marijuana-related ER visits in the state
Aspen Times - February 12, 2017

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 industry. …

Modesto ponders smoking ban in all city parks
Modesto Bee - February 11, 2017

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. …

How to Take Humongous Hits of Weed
MERRY JANE - February 10, 2017

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. …

REPORT: Colorado sells more than $1 billion of marijuana in 2016
KKCO-TV - February 10, 2017

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. …

Minnesota Lawmakers Work to Legalize Marijuana
Marijuana Resources (blog) - February 10, 2017

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. …

Governor Cuomo opposes recreational pot [VIDEO]
WGRZ.com - February 10, 2017

Governor Andrew Cuomo has gone as far as to legalize medical marijuana in New ... reiterating his opposition Wednesday to legalizing recreational marijuana, ...

Marijuana and the workplace
An in-depth look into the limitations of Prop 64
KEYT - February 10, 2017

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. …

Ludlow considering moratorium on retail sales of recreational marijuana
MassLive.com - February 10, 2017

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 December. …

Paso bans smoking in public
San Luis Obispo County (CA) New Times - February 9, 2017

City Council unanimously decided to adopt a more comprehensive ordinance banning smoking-e-cigs, vaporizers, pipes, cigars, and cannabis-in public...jurisdictions have the right to regulate smoking marijuana in areas where smoking tobacco is prohibited.

Weed and Prejudice
North Coast Journal - February 9, 2017

Having spent most of my early 20s in bars that allowed smoking (there used to be a few that evaded the smoking ban by being employee-owned and I knew ...

Amsterdam West? Legislature considers Colorado marijuana consumption clubs
Colorado Springs Gazette - February 9, 2017

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. …

Ten Takeaways From Denver's Second Social Consumption ...
Westword - February 9, 2017

"People are finding places to smoke marijuana outside of a controlled ... but the only restrictions that the committee has officially endorsed are that consumption ...

Bills to make marijuana smoking legal enter fray
Minnesota Public Radio News (blog) - February 9, 2017

Bills to make marijuana smoking legal enter fray .... in reality it is just a facade that goes along with the passive aggressiveness of "Minnesota Nice". ... it transdermally or using vaporizers which eliminate combustion reducing smoke by 97%.

Medical Marijuana supporters unhappy with proposed regulations
Prairie Public Broadcasting - February 9, 2017

... limit the allowable forms of cannabis to oils and pills - meaning smoking is not ... approach" to medical cannabis - and she said North Dakota is moving much ...

Workers couldn't be barred from smoking marijuana off-hours under ...
The Register-Guard - February 9, 2017

SALEM - Employers in Oregon would be prohibited from banning marijuana use by employees during their days off under a bill introduced in the state Senate.

Business owners fight to mix bud and booze
BusinessDen - February 8, 2017

But even now, the founder of Sexy Pizza and marijuana dispensary Denver Relief ... He suspects there are lots of bar and restaurant owners that worry about the ... the space to those age 21 or older, and follow other applicable smoking laws.

Should Council allow Medical Marijuana business in city limits?
Cut Bank Pioneer Press - February 8, 2017

"I spent 20 years in the military and that has taught me to always have a Plan B," he ... "There are two parts to marijuana and comparing the kind that people smoke to ... Most patients using medical marijuana are not smoking it, but rather using ...

Senate Bill would make several changes to ND Compassionate ...
Valley News Live - February 8, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR TV) The Compassionate Care Act was passed by North Dakota ... "Many patients can only obtain the medical benefits by smoking.

Bill would remove restrictions on smoking pot during off-hours
Statesman Journal - February 8, 2017

Employers in Oregon would be prohibited from banning marijuana use by employees during their days off under a bill introduced in the Oregon Senate. The bill ...

The State of Marijuana in California for 2016
Nanalyze - February 8, 2017

… 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 ...

Tom Elias: State should ban marijuana billboards
Ventura County Star - February 7, 2017

Tom Elias: State should ban marijuana billboards ... That would strengthen the portion of Proposition 64 that bans billboards hawking pot from ... and Palmdale, see it differently, warning that billboards can make pot smoking seem like fun, ...

Cañon City Council OKs parking time limit
Canon City Daily Record - February 7, 2017

... regulations for community marijuana cultivation facilities and second reading ... majority vote first reading of an ordinance prohibiting smoking in public parks ...

New law protects landlords' rights to prohibit medical marijuana
The State News - February 7, 2017

New law protects landlords' rights to prohibit medical marijuana ... A spokesperson for apartment housing owned by Community Resource Management ...

West York plans town hall meeting on marijuana ordinance
York Daily Record/Sunday News - February 6, 2017

West York plans town hall meeting on marijuana ordinance ... not waste time and money on ordinances that might be changed by the state. He also asked: If it's an underage child who is smoking the marijuana, who is going to pay the fine? ...

Vape for Vets: O.penVape Donates to Grow for Vets
The Marijuana Times - February 7, 2017

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. …

Countywide Marijuana Growing Tax on Ballot in Sonoma
Cannabis Business Times - February 6, 2017

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 underground. …

Marijuana legalization could normalize smoking again, Canadian experts warn [AUDIO]
Globalnews.ca - February 6, 2017

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. …

Condominium Association Life: Who's liable for taxes derived from ...
TCPalm - February 5, 2017

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. …

Aspen sells nearly $10 million in pot in 2016
Aspen Times - February 6, 2017

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 ...

The Denver INDO Expo Caters to Grows of All Sizes
The Marijuana Times - February 4, 2017

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 ...

Pass That Super Bowl As Marijuana Sales Expected To Spike Over 20%
Forbes - February 3, 2017

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 ...

Most Legal States Don't Allow Cannabis Consumption In Public Places
Civilized - February 3, 2017

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: …

State abandons proposal for in-store marijuana consumption
Alaska Dispatch News - February 3, 2017

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. …

Playing catch-up on marijuana
Harvard Gazette - February 3, 2017

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. …

Doctors report increase in illness linked to heavy marijuana use [VIDEO]
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News - February 3, 2017

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. …

The Future of Cannabis Clubs
Dope Magazine - February 3, 2017

… 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. …

Town of Truckee seeks input on future of marijuana regulation
Tahoe Daily Tribune - February 3, 2017

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. …

Pro talk: Colorado agriculture office shares pot knowledge
The Cannabist - February 3, 2017

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 ...

Calexico First City To Consider Cannabis Permits
Imperial Valley Weekly - February 2, 2017

... was to remain illegal while driving a vehicle, anywhere smoking tobacco is, ... cannabis facilities shall have an electronic point of sale system that produces ...

Brandes bill would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana
Pensacola News Journal - February 2, 2017

"Somebody is going to sell raw bud, and someone is going to smoke it. .... However, the inclination of the Legislature is to try to ban smoking in the course of ...

Everything you need to know about the new marijuana law
Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald (subscription) - February 2, 2017

The law also stipulates that the same limitations that apply to smoking tobacco ... Casas, who supports legalization, said he argued for keeping restrictions loose ...

Alaska ponders pot lounges
Herald & Review - February 1, 2017

They hope the state marijuana board puts in place restrictions to keep onsite ... They share concerns about cruise ship passengers smoking pot in alleys or on ...

Should People Be Allowed To Smoke Up At Legal Retail Marijuana ...
Consumerist - February 1, 2017

Ventilating the area is also an issue, while some retail shops would also have to get waivers for local ordinances banning smoking. In any case, the brothers say ...

No, You Still Can't Smoke Weed in Public
The Portland Mercury - February 1, 2017

I see people smoking pot on sidewalks and outside bars. ... Without SB 307, Oregon's Indoor Clean Air Act currently restricts smokables and "inhalant delivery ...

Parkinson pot bill
The TN Ledger - February 1, 2017

But she adds Rallings believes smoking marijuana is counterproductive for ... William Lamberth to turn back ordinances passed in Memphis and Nashville ...

Colorado on marijuana: ER visits, poison-control calls down even as ...
The Denver Post - February 1, 2017

Strong evidence that marijuana smoke contains many of the same cancer-causing chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Research is conflicting as to whether ...

Proposed Medical Marijuana Bills Limit Edibles, Smoking In Arkansas
5newsonline.com - January 31, 2017

The proposed amendment would ban smoking medical marijuana in Arkansas. It also removes part of the bill that would allow landlords to permit a medical marijuana patient to smoke in a leased property.

San Diego City Council to take up recreational pot rules [VIDEO]
CBS 8 San Diego - January 31, 2017

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 ...

Op-Ed: Prop. 64 Is No Free-for-All
San Jose Inside (blog - January 31, 2017

Do you know that it is still illegal to smoke marijuana in public, or any place where tobacco is prohibited? ... State licensing is not set to begin until 2018. ... possess marijuana if you are under 21-just as it is illegal to buy cigarettes or alcohol.

THC test time: How to calculate the amount of THC you're toking in a ...
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. ...

San Diego City Council to take up recreational pot rules [VIDEO]
CBS 8 San Diego - January 31, 2017

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 ...

Oregon lawmakers propose bill to protect marijuana-using workers from being fired
HR Dive - January 30, 2017

… 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. …

San Diego City Council Considers Ban On Marijuana 'Supply Chain'
KPBS - January 30, 2017

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. …

Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Maine
News3LV - January 30, 2017

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 ...

South City takes temporary time-out on pot businesses
San Mateo Daily Journal - January 30, 2017

Recreational marijuana sales and commercial cultivation in South San Francisco ... existing public smoking ban, marijuana use is not allowed on city property.

Public use of marijuana to be debated during Nevada Legislature session
The Daily Millbury - January 29, 2017

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. …

Apple Vaporizer? Did Apple Just File Patent For The iVape?
Green Rush Daily - January 29, 2017

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? …

City hosts open forum to shape local mariuana policy
Davis Enterprise - January 28, 2017

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 …

New Hampshire Considers Bills to Expand Medical Marijuana Access
The Marijuana Times - January 27, 2017

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. …

Marin County To Consider Ban On Nonmedical Marijuana
A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7 at the Marin County Board of Supervisors meeting
Patch.com - January 27, 2017

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. …

Town of Truckee seeks input on future of marijuana regulation
Sierra Sun - January 27, 2017

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. …

Could These 8 States Legalize Marijuana in 2017?
The Cheat Sheet - January 27, 2017

Last year, several states legalized marijuana for recreational use, joining the small, select club that kicked it off. And though the incoming presidential ...

Maine's Gov. LePage Snubs Bill to Delay Recreational Marijuana?
Marijuana.com (blog) - January 27, 2017

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. …

Medical Marijuana In Seniors Housing And Senior Care Communities
Mondaq News Alerts (registration) - January 27, 2017

These days, medical marijuana is increasingly viewed as a legitimate alternative ... its use has become acceptable enough that "medical marijuana clubs" have ...

As More Voters Legalize Marijuana, States Left With Regulatory Hurdles
Huffington Post - January 27, 2017

Voters in the state legalized recreational marijuana in the November 2016 ... a licensing system for marijuana smoking clubs, prohibit advertising marijuana ...

Marijuana Use in Early Adolescence May Affect Verbal IQ
News18 - January 27, 2017

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. …

Palm Desert may relax ban on marijuana businesses [VIDEO]
The Desert Sun - January 26, 2017

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. …

Commission approves medical pot dispensary ordinance
The Union of Grass Valley - January 26, 2017

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 ...

Milpitas: Council bans smoking in outdoor dining areas
Milpitas Post - January 26, 2017

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." …

Marijuana shops are trying to look like Apple stores
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines - January 26, 2017

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 long haul." …

She thought she found the perfect renter for her home. Until she ...
McClatchy Washington Bureau - January 26, 2017

... to grow pot indoors, the Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley is encouraging landlords to specifically address marijuana in all leasing contracts.

ACLU asks Denver to stop enforcing drug user ban in parks amid ...
The Denver Post - January 26, 2017

ACLU asks Denver to stop enforcing drug user ban in parks amid decline in suspensions ... Denver police banned 40 people from specific parks during the first 10 ... people suspended from Commons Park concurrently for pot-smoking Oct. 14 ...

Will Israel Decriminalize Marijuana Use? Public Security Minister ...
International Business Times - January 26, 2017

It recommended a 1,000-shekel ($265) fine for those caught using marijuana for ... was recommended only for offenders caught smoking in public, Erdan said.

Arkansas May Consider Ban on Smoking Medical Marijuana
OzarksFirst.com - January 26, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KARK) - Governor Asa Hutchinson says he's willing to consider a ban on the smoking of medical marijuana if it gets passed by the ...

Ark. Lawmakers Eye Drastic Changes to Medical Pot Law
OzarksFirst.com - January 25, 2017

Rapert says smoking medical marijuana is just as harmful as tobacco, and he ... Asked whether a ban on smoking would go against what he thought he was ...

Voters approve moratorium on retail cannabis
Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald - January 25, 2017

Smoking of marijuana will be limited to private residences. ... which is expected shortly, would mean the establishment of marijuana retail stores and social clubs ...

Luchini's bill to delay retail pot gets unanimous committee support
The Ellsworth American - January 25, 2017

Luchini's bill to delay retail pot gets unanimous committee support ... more time to draft rules regarding retail establishments such as stores and social clubs that would offer marijuana, ... Additionally, marijuana will not be allowed to be smoked in public smoking areas if the amendment is approved. ... Bar Harbor, ME 04609. ...

O, Cannabis: Can I Give You Some Weed? and Other Important ...
Valley Advocate - January 24, 2017

Recreational marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts on Dec. 15, 2016 ... of marijuana within city halls, schools, police stations, and public housing facilities. ...

Should We Give the Stoners a Place to Smoke?
Philadelphia magazine - January 24, 2017

It was organized after the briefly enforced wall-sitting ban in Rittenhouse, which the Friends of Rittenhouse Square said was due in part to constant pot-smoking ...

West York may reduce marijuana penalty
York Daily Record/Sunday News - January 23, 2017

The West York Borough Council is looking at a proposed ordinance that would ... The proposed fines would be $250 for possession and $350 for smoking in ..

On the lack of medical research for e-cigarettes and marijuana
Highlander Newspaper - January 23, 2017

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. …

Massachusetts Municipalities Eye Moratoriums On Pot Stores
WAMC - January 23, 2017

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 marijuana. …

Denver starts work on allowing pot in public, a first in US
WTHITV.com - January 21, 2017

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. ...

Secondhand marijuana smoke
Marshall Independent - January 21, 2017

… 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. …

Editorial: Sandoval ups the ante on benefits of smoking pot
Elko Daily Free Press - January 21, 2017

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
NBC 10 Philadelphia - January 20, 2017
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Rittenhouse-Square-Marijuana-Protest-411332455.html

The action, scheduled to start at 4 p.m., initially protested the now-defunct sitting ban, which went up in smoke after Major Jim Kenney tweeted over the weekend ...

Philly cops meet with potsmokers to plan a bust
Philly.com - January 19, 2017

Poe, along with a community of local marijuana activists, have planned a Rittenhouse Square ... Fines are $25 for possession and $100 for smoking in public.

West York could lessen some marijuana penalties
ABC27 - January 18, 2017

But Mauck just drafted an ordinance that would reduce penalties for ... 30 grams would be a $250 fine and smoking marijuana in public would be a $350 fine.

Unusual restrictions on medical marijuana businesses in PA
Allentown Morning Call - January 18, 2017

If you think Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program is going to be a pot-smoking free-for-all, you'll be disappointed. For one thing, the law prohibits the sale ...

Rolling protest: Pot advocates plan inauguration joint giveaway
WTOP - January 18, 2017

On Inauguration Day, 5,000 joints of marijuana will be given away at Dupont ... co-founder Adam Eidinger believe smoking in public during the inauguration ...

Denver Will Be The First City In The US To Endorse Public Pot Use
Daily Caller - January 18, 2017

It also bans smoking marijuana indoors and for any patrons under the age of 21. Colorado's Liquor Control Board is barring anyone with a liquor license from ...

Council sets rules for SH pot facilities
Sweet Home New Era - January 17, 2017 (subscription)

After revising the proposed ordinance, the council held the first and second ... "Don't think about guys lying in the streets or smoking in the park," Brown said.

Where does research on marijuana stand?
Truth Initiative (American Legacy Foundation) - January 17, 2017

the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine conducted an in-depth review of the health effects of marijuana from existing research dating from 1999 through August 2016. The report was sponsored by a group of federal, state and nonprofit ...

Where can you smoke weed in California? Public and private ...
Mic - January 17, 2017

Smoking while driving also remains illegal. ... Californians cannot smoke marijuana anywhere in public unless it's specifically permitted by local ordinance.

Dear Dr. Roach: Marijuana smoke
Herald & Review - January 17, 2017

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column on secondhand marijuana smoke, you said, "... current regulations make high-quality research on marijuana and its effects ...

Willie Nelson Isn't Worried About Trump Taking Away His Cannabis
Civilized - January 16, 2017

Making it illegal again won't stop people from smoking. They should have learned ... in our country," King said. "We've done a good job banning indoor smoking.

The Best Ways to Cut Down on Cannabis Smoke Stench
MERRY JANE - January 16, 2017

However, since we're not in college anymore, let's take a look at what else is out there. Air purifiers are an excellent investment for those who smoke cannabis.

NSAC Votes to Study Removing Marijuana From Banned ...
Marijuana.com (blog) - January 16, 2017

"I do not think the penalties should be the same for smoking marijuana as it is for taking performance-enhancing drugs, yet it is. It's exactly the same. Look at how

Florida dispensaries aim to 'normalize' medical marijuana
Belleville News-Democrat - January 15, 2017

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 ...

Waterboro selectmen to consider banning retail marijuana
Bangor Daily News - January 15, 2017

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. …

Adolescent Marijuana Use May Be on the Rise After All, New Study Shows
Motley Fool - January 15, 2017

… 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.

Donald Trump On Weed Legalization: What's In Store For Marijuana Stocks?
Insider Monkey (blog) - January 15, 2017

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. …

Branding the bud: Marijuana companies want California to issue trademarks for pot
LA Daily News - January 14, 2017

Marijuana distributors are already lining up to pick brand names for their buds once ... Amanda Conley, a founder of the National Cannabis Bar Association. ...

Snyder Signs Bill To Let Landlords Bar Marijuana In Rentals
CBS Local - January 14, 2017

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that lets landlords prohibit medical marijuana patients from growing or smoking the drug on leased residential property. …

Pittston schedules special town meeting to discuss recreational marijuana
Voters will be asked to decide on a temporary ban on pot shops and social clubs
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel - January 14, 2017

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. …

What We Know And Don't Know About The Effects Of Marijuana
Forbes - January 14, 2017

… 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. …

Why Are More Older Americans Smoking Marijuana? It's Not Just For Medical Benefits
The Inquisitr - January 14, 2017

… 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. …

Massive marijuana research report details knowledge base with eye on future
The Denver Post - January 13, 2017

… 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. …

Not a fan of Question 4 and here's why
Wicked Local Marblehead - January 13, 2017

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. …

Two-Thirds of Cops Support Legalizing Marijuana in Some Form
Law Street Media (blog) - January 13, 2017

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. …

Study: Despite some good, marijuana can cause schizophrenia, depression, other problems
NH1 News - January 13, 2017

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.
The experts also called for a national effort to learn more about marijuana and its chemical cousins, including similarly acting compounds called cannabinoids. The current lack of scientific information "poses a public health risk," said the report , from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Patients, health care professionals and policy makers need more evidence to make sound decisions, it said. For marijuana users or those considering it, "there's very little to guide them" on amounts and health risks, said Dr. Marie McCormick of the Harvard School of Public Health, who headed the committee. …

Rhode Island marijuana legalization proponents gear up to try again
The Cannabist - January 13, 2017

Some Rhode Island lawmakers hope to join neighbor Massachusetts in legalizing recreational marijuana. Pictured: Jars of marijuana sit on a counter during a ...

Experts have only a hazy idea of marijuana's myriad health effects, and federal laws are to blame
Baltimore Sun - January 13, 2017

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, ...

Colorado Municipal League plans bill that could cripple cannabis use in Denver businesses
Denverite - January 12, 2017

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." ...

New Legislation Allows Landlords The Option To Ban Medical Marijuana [VIDEO]
9&10 News - January 12, 2017

"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. …

Bourne Selectmen Receptive To Idea Of 'Opting Out' Of Recreation Marijuana Sales
CapeNews.net - January 12, 2017

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. … He clarified 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. …

Despite legalization, you'll still get busted for smoking weed in ...
SFGate - January 12, 2017

California voted to legalization marijuana by passing Proposition 64 in November. Effective immediately ... consumption. Smoking in public remains illegal.

United approves additional occupant fee
OCRegister - January 12, 2017

The policy is similar to the city's ordinance, which prohibits smoking in all public areas. If passed when revisited in February, the policy will prohibit smoking in all

Carmel acts to impose pot restrictions ahead of Prop. 64.
Monterey County Weekly - January 12, 2017

64 takes effect, adults will not be allowed to smoke marijuana in a public place ... restricting medicinal marijuana came down to preserving the city's character, ...

Warren boards favor moratorium on pot retailers, social clubs
Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald (subscription) - January 12, 2017

Smoking of marijuana will be limited to private residences. ... bans the establishment of retail marijuana stores and social clubs in Warren for a six-month period, ...

Expert: Probably not discrimination for landlords to ban Rx pot
WOODTV.com - January 11, 2017

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - Michigan has a new law that gives landlords the authority to ban tenants from smoking or growing medical marijuana. But is it a form ...

As Anti-Pot Trump Administration Gears Up, Cuomo & Lawmakers ...
Gothamist - January 12, 2017

Research shows that white people smoke pot at comparable, and in the case of ... the inclusion of unusual restrictions on the state's medical cannabis program, ...

Wheelchair-bound woman smokes 'blunt' on subway, ruckus ensues
New York Post - January 12, 2017

A cell phone video that went viral Wednesday purportedly shows a woman in a wheelchair smoking a "blunt" on an M train and arguing with a young straphanger, just before being tossed off the subway - wheelchair and all. "Get the f-k off my train!" the ..

Council making rapid progress on pot ordinance
Sweet Home New Era - January 12, 2017

The prohibition will take effect if the council adopts an ordinance during a ... "Don't think about guys laying in the streets or smoking in the park," Brown said.

You Can't Sit on the Wall in Rittenhouse Square Anymore
Philly Magazine - January 12, 2017

6 hours ago - A Philly tradition has ended: New signs went up this week prohibiting sitting on the wall in Rittenhouse. Police are enforcing the new rule.

Nearly 100 Conclusions on the Health Effects of Marijuana and Cannabis-Derived Products Presented in New Report; One of the Most Comprehensive Studies of Recent Research on Health Effects of Recreational and Therapeutic Use of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - January 12, 2017

WASHINGTON - A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a rigorous review of scientific research published since 1999 about what is known about the health impacts of cannabis and cannabis-derived products - such as marijuana and active chemical compounds known as cannabinoids - ranging from their therapeutic effects to their risks for causing certain cancers, diseases, mental health disorders, and injuries. The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report considered more than 10,000 scientific abstracts to reach its nearly 100 conclusions. The committee also proposed ways to expand and improve the quality of cannabis research efforts, enhance data collection efforts to support the advancement of research, and address the current barriers to cannabis research.

Recreational pot backers want to ignite sales in R.I. ahead of Mass.
Providence Journal - January 11, 2017

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. ...

South City eyes new pot rules: Officials examine local marijuana ...
San Mateo Daily Journal - January 11, 2017

...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 ...

Is it OK to smoke marijuana in California?
Sierra Star - January 10, 2017

This legalization is not without current restrictions and future controls and laws which may ... Smoking marijuana is legal in California, but not in public places.

Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill to let landlords bar marijuana in rentals
Detroit Free Press - January 10, 2017

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that lets landlords prohibit medical marijuana patients from growing or smoking the drug ...

Planning Commission mixed on rules for pot
Sweet Home New Era - January 10, 2017 (subscription)

City staff have prepared an ordinance proposal that created a 1,000-foot buffer zone ... The public won't see people hanging outside the businesses smoking ...

Springfield Housing Authority banning pot smoking on their property
wwlp.com - January 10, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - All Springfield Housing Authority properties are smoke-free, and that now explicitly includes a ban on smoking marijuana. ...

Calvo bill would legalize marijuana for recreational use
Pacific Daily News - January 10, 2017

Smoking marijuana in public still would be outlawed under the proposed measure. ... find more than six cannabis plants in the home, among other restrictions.".

Investigators suspect driver accused in fatal crash on Capitol Drive ...
fox6now.com - January 10, 2017

... he was in his vehicle with a girl who had been smoking marijuana, but he hadn't ... if there was any marijuana in his system, it was from secondhand smoke.

This DEA tweet accidentally reveals one of the big arguments for ...
Vox - January 10, 2017

That's because of various policies, including education campaigns, mandatory warning labels, public and workplace smoking bans, and higher taxes on tobacco ...

Weed Activists Will Hand Out 4200 Joints To Make Trump's Inauguration Lit [VIDEO]
Elite Daily - January 9, 2017

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. …

Guam Governor Crafting Legal Marijuana Legislation
Marijuana.com (blog) - January 9, 2017

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. ...

Hull: Town Considering Ban on Recreational Sale of Marijuana
95.9 WATD-FM (blog) - January 9, 2017

The Hull board of selectmen are considering placing a moratorium on the sale of recreational marijuana. …

Bill Drafted to Legalize Home Marijuana Cultivation in Washington ...
TheJointBlog (blog) - January 8, 2017

Cannabis is legal to possess and purchase in Washington State, but growing it for personal use remains a felony. A newly drafted bill would change that. …

Marijuana Use To Skyrocket At Golden Globes
The Inquisitr - January 8, 2017

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 ...

Madison residents to vote on six-month moratorium on retail marijuana, social clubs
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel - January 7, 2017

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 business. …

America's $6.7 billion marijuana habit, mapped
Washington Post - January 6, 2017

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. … It's also 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 to pot. …

Nevada tax officials seek funds to create recreational pot rules
Reno Gazette Journal - January 6, 2017

Nevada tax officials are seeking a nearly $900,000 loan to hire four officers to create regulations for the newly passed recreational marijuana law. …

New Medical Cannabis Law Submitted in Missouri
The Weed Blog (blog) - January 6, 2017

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. ...

Vomiting disorder on rise in weed-friendly Colorado
Medical Xpress - January 6, 2017

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. …

Wisconsin Legislators Propose Dueling Bills Related to Marijuana
WUWM - January 6, 2017

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. …

Local marijuana businesses face challenges while waiting for retail licenses
NRToday.com - January 6, 2017

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. ....

Los Banos, Calif., Ordinance Bans All Commercial Cannabis
Cannabis Business Times - January 6, 2017

An ordinance requiring marijuana growers in Los Banos to register with the city was modified Wednesday to ensure privacy and then adopted unanimously by ...

Haze Around Florida's Medical Marijuana Law & New Year, New ... [AUDIO]
WJCT NEWS - January 6, 2017

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, ...

Secondhand Marijuana Smoke and Your Children
Yahoo News - January 6, 2017

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 …

Yolo Supervisors consider final marijuana ordinance next Tuesday
Daily Democrat - January 6, 2017

… 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) …

Legislators Seek Ban on Pot Smoking While Driving
SF Weekly - January 5, 2017

... introduced Senate Bill 65, which would ban smoking cannabis while driving. ... the first step of banning the consumption of cannabis while actively operating a ...

Los Banos council passes modified recreational marijuana regulations
Los Banos Enterprise - January 5, 2017

It also bans smoking marijuana on city grounds, and allows for administrative ... The state law also allows local governments to completely ban businesses or ...

Bill Allowing Landlords To Ban Medical Marijuana Smoking Goes To ...
WDET - January 5, 2017

Among them is a bill that would allow landlords to include a provision in their leases preventing tenants from smoking or growing medical marijuana. Bill sponsor ...

City of Henderson considers one-year ban on recreational ...
Las Vegas Review-Journal - January 5, 2017

The Henderson City Council is proposing a one-year ban on all commercial ... cities across the nation - including in Maine, Ohio and Florida- bans lasting one ...

Wilkes-Barre Council Members Plan Push to Decriminalize Pot
wnep.com - January 4, 2017

Gilbert is still working on writing the ordinance. It could mirror that of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, where people just receive fines for possessing or smoking ...

Pot advocates to hand out joints during Trump's inauguration
New York Daily News - January 4, 2017

... in 2015 to legalize recreational marijuana, although city lawmakers have put in place tight restrictions on it use, including a ban on smoking in public spaces.

Marijuana: How Long Does it Stay in the System?
TheJointBlog (blog) - January 4, 2017

This includes how frequently you smoke, and the type of drug test used. ... This is because it can get in the hair through secondhand smoke, and contact with ...

January 4, 2017 - Recreational Pot Is Officially Legal in Nevada
CULTURE Magazine (subscription) - January 4, 2017

Smoking at home is legal, however, in any county. The new law will not effect drug-free workplaces or restrictions imposed by the Transportation Security ..

Elko revelers busted for smoking pot in public
KRNV My News 4 - January 4, 2017

... were arrested late Saturday for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. ... a few minutes later, Nevada's marijuana laws prohibit smoking in public.

Editorial: Don't allow toking and driving
East Bay Times - January 4, 2017

It also bans public pot smoking and driving under the influence of marijuana, although that ... Most states, including California, ban roadside tobacco billboards. ... 64 banned marijuana advertisements only on interstate highways crossing the

Los Banos City Council set to vote on marijuana regulations
Los Banos Enterprise - January 3, 2017

Possession of, smoking or ingesting marijuana would also be prohibited within ... The ordinance also bans the sales of marijuana, which wouldn't be allowed ... Senior Planner Stacy Souza Elms said the ban could be lifted in the future as the ... cultivation inside structures not deemed private residences would be banned ...

California Lawmakers Propose Bill Outlawing Cannabis Use While Driving
The Marijuana Times - January 3, 2017

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. …

Maine governor signs measure allowing recreational marijuana use
The Fiscal Times - January 3, 2017

… 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. …

Can Passive Marijuana Smoking Affect Children?
BoldSky - January 2, 2017

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! …

Questions as recreational marijuana legal in Nevada Jan. 1 [VIDEO]
KTNV Las Vegas - December 30, 2016

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.

Prohibition Pot Prices Aren't Deterring Teen Marijuana Use
Weed News - December 29, 2016

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. …

Camarillo extends pot restrictions
Camarillo Acorn - December 29, 2016

Since California voters legalized nonmedical marijuana in November, many cities across ... just as they try to protect people from secondhand cigarette smoke.

Marijuana consumption business gets cease-and-desist order
Englewood Herald - December 29, 2016

… 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, …

T.G.I. Fridays Location Posts Unsanctioned "No Marijuana Odor" Sign
Weed News - Dec 29, 2016

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 ...

California needs a specific ban on smoking pot while driving, these lawmakers say
Los Angeles Times - Dec 29, 2016

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 ...

Towns consider moratoriums after Maine voters legalize pot
Argus Press - December 23, 2016

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. …

Pot competition up in the air
Eureka Times Standard - December 22, 2016

The planned second Humboldt County Cup marijuana competition at the Humboldt ... and city ordinances also don't allow smoking in public places or facilities. …

Council OKs temporary ban on marijuana shops, social clubs in Gardiner
Press Herald - December 22, 2016

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. …

Puff Daddies
Tucson Weekly - December 22, 2016

The survey showed that 7.4 percent of teenagers regularly smoke pot, a 10 percent ... Combined with loosening restrictions on marijuana in several states, ...

Newburyport preparing for recreational pot use
The Daily News of Newburyport - December 22, 2016

"Additionally, the city must determine if it is interested in restricting pot shops. This may require a referendum vote to restrict or permit this use." ... "Smoking can't be done in a car, and law enforcement officials will work with how to deal with ...

Stan Statham: My take on marijuana
Red Bluff Daily News - December 22, 2016

More specifically, I think a marijuana cigarette is more harmful than lighting up a Lucky Strike. ... Think of either tobacco or marijuana cigarettes this way: Nature must first ... were Pall Malls until I switched to Salem's with a better tasting menthol.

Pot ads along highways? Lawmakers wrangle over legalization's ...
Los Angeles Times - December 21, 2016

Five state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would bar advertisements for ... pot should be lumped in with the same prohibitions on alcohol and tobacco ads, ...

Bill which allows landlords to ban medical pot awaits Governor's ...
WSYM-TV - December 21, 2016

A bill which would allow landlords to prohibit medical marijuana patients from growing or smoking the drug on leased residential property is on Governor ...

Smoking pot In Front Of Kids: Is it The Right Thing To Do? [Study]
Latinos Health - December 20, 2016

The city council in Amsterdam has recently voted in favour of introducing a citywide ban on smoking marijuana in public areas. A successful trial ban in the ...

How Does Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Affect Children?
Law Street Media (blog - December 20, 2016

The doctors expect the negative effects of secondhand marijuana smoke on ... A separate study found that pregnant women are smoking pot at a higher rate ...

Israeli Army to Allow Off-duty Soldiers to Smoke Marijuana Up to ...
Haaretz - December 20, 2016

Israeli Army to Allow Off-duty Soldiers to Smoke Marijuana Up to Five Times ... A ban on smoking marijuana or partaking of any other drugs while on the base ...

Rowely police give tips for legal pot
Wicked Local Ipswich - December 19, 2016

No civil penalties or tickets may be issued for legal possession of marijuana or ... the ages of 18-20 remains a misdemeanor, while sale to minors remains a felony. ... Consumption of marijuana in any place that bans the use of tobacco (bars, ...

Doctors Say Parenting And Pot Smoking Don't Mix
NPR - December 19, 2016

… 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. …

Vaping trend is not without risk
Nashua Telegraph - December 19, 2016

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 ...

Task Force Releases Report on Cannabis Legalization in Canada
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[1] 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 purposes. ….

Marijuana secondhand smoke could have serious adverse effects on children: study
Mic - December 19, 2016

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. …

How will legalized recreational marijuana affect the gaming industry?
Las Vegas Review-Journal - December 17, 2016

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. …

Oxnard smoking, vaping ban in effect on Tuesday
Ventura County Star - December 16, 2016

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. …

Recreational weed may be legal, but you can't smoke in public and ...
Boston Business Journal - December 15, 2016

Public officials and employer consultants say that despite the legalization of marijuana for recreational use as of Thursday, little will publicly change. Although .
Bills let landlords ban medical pot smoking, growing
The Detroit News - December 15, 2016

The bill specifies that landlords can use a written lease to ban tenants from growing or smoking marijuana on site. …

Recreational marijuana legal in your state? Not on campus
USA TODAY - December 15, 2016

The use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana is therefore not allowed in any university housing or on any other university property," Blaguszewski said in an

Orange City wants to be ready for marijuana joints
The West Volusia Beacon - December 14, 2016

Retail goods may include cannabis for smoking, as well as pills, oils and candy-like ... The Deltona City Commission passed a marijuana-regulation ordinance in ...

High Anxiety? The Meeting Planners Common Sense Cannabis ...
Meetings Net - December 14, 2016

... Fla., and Philadelphia, Pa., have tweaked local ordinances concerning marijuana use, ... For outdoor events ask venue management for details on smoking.

Faison's Folly? Pushing Pot as a Conservative
Memphis Daily News - December 14, 2016

But when it comes to the cannabis plant, the East Tennessee legislator is ready to ... Prohibition started and even then was confined to jazz clubs and "tea pads." .... But we also know people have been smoking marijuana and using other illicit ...

Health chief concerned about youth as legal pot era dawns
Wicked Local Wellesley - December 14, 2016

The law will also prevent the consumption or smoking of marijuana in a public place where smoking tobacco is prohibited. Smoking has been banned in ...

Legal pot leaves "complex web" for cops, public safety secretary says
The Valley Dispatch - December 14, 2016

Legal pot leaves "complex web" for cops, public safety secretary says ... BOSTON -- On the eve of marijuana legalization in Massachusetts, Secretary of ... that a defendant was seen drinking alcohol in a bar shortly before his motor vehicle stop ... be allowed to stop drivers who they believe are smoking marijuana in their car…

The Battle to Smoke in a Public Space
The Source Weekly (press release) - December 14, 2016

As Smoke Signals noted a few weeks ago, Denver took a big leap forward last ... All the restrictions have left many interested business owners confused about ...

City may ban outdoor pot growing
Ceres Courier - December 14, 2016

Cities cannot ban the growing of pot inside a home but they can place ... The new state law does not allow the smoking of marijuana in a public place, including ...

2016 teen survey shows no increase in marijuana use for third year ...
The Cannabist - December 13, 2016

Vaping - the use of electronic cigarettes - had been one area of concern in recent years. But this year, teen vaping declined for the first time since the ...

Ask a Stoner: I Need a Good Portable Bong
Westword - December 13, 2016

Dear Stoner: It's so cold out right now, and I can't smoke in my apartment. ... First, I would find out if your apartment complex bans only smoking, smoking and ...

Lawmakers Open to Doubling Fine for Smoking Pot in Public
Boston magazine (blog - December 13, 2016

The city should hike the fine for smoking weed in public to $200. ... for legalization, also says he is open to taking another look at the smoking-in-public fine...

Here's what you can - and cannot - do when pot becomes legal ...
The Boston Globe - December 12, 2016

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. …

Randolph officials adjust to legal marijuana
Wicked Local Randolph - December 12, 2016

… Timilty addressed the impact of the legalization of recreational marijuana. "There is ... The legislation also allows marijuana bars, licensed marijuana shops and ...

Pro-pot group raised $354442 in 2016 effort
Pueblo Chieftain - December 11, 2016

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. …

Prop. 64 - The Basics: Q&A on Marijuana Legalization
JD Supra (press release) - December 10, 2016

A local government can allow marijuana smoking in public, on-site consumption of marijuana at retailers or dispensaries, or can otherwise regulate public ...

HealthWatch: Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke Warning [VIDEO]
CBS Local - December 8, 2016

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 ...

Regular cannabis use could damage eyesight, study suggests
The Independent - December 8, 2016

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. …

Prop. 64 made cannabis legal in California, but what does that mean?
The Inquirer - December 7, 2016

… 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. …

Countdown to legal pot: Where can you legally smoke pot after Jan. 1?
Elko Daily Free Press - December 8, 2016

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 ...

Beware: Children can passively 'smoke' marijuana, too
Medical Xpress - December 7, 2016

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. …

Marijuana chemicals found in urine of children exposed to smoke
AAP News - December 7, 2016

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.
"While documenting the presence of metabolites of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in children does not imply causation of disease, it does suggest that, like tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke is inhaled by children in the presence of adults who are using it," authors said in the study "Detecting biomarkers of secondhand marijuana smoke in young children" (Wilson KM, et al. Pediatr Res. Dec. 2, 2016, http://go.nature.com/2hat9tp). While previous research has found toxic chemicals in marijuana smoke, studies have not been done on the impact of secondhand marijuana smoke on children, according to the report whose lead author, Karen M. Wilson, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, is chair of the AAP Section on Tobacco Control Executive Committee and an investigator with the AAP Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence. …

City Council to consider ban on retail marijuana businesses
The Ellsworth American - December 7, 2016

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. …

Sonoma County supervisors set special election for marijuana tax
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. …

CSU professors to study recreational marijuana impact on college campuses
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." …

Question 4: Nothing will change on campus
The Beacon - December 7, 2016

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. …

This major Alaskan city is straggling behind as other cities charge ahead with pot shop openings
The Cannabist - December 7, 2016

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. … Anchorage Assembly member Dick Traini has been leading efforts to add regulatory steps for potential marijuana businesses since voters legalized pot statewide in 2014. …

Legal marijuana is having an unexpected effect on the beer industry - and Anheuser-Busch should be worried
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 …

County seeking pot moratorium
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 ...

Mexico to consider moratorium on marijuana clubs
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. …

Your Good Health
Times Colonist - December 6, 2016

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.

Next steps for implementing Denver's social pot use law
The Cannabist - December 6, 2016

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. …

Wellington council mulls marijuana ban
Chronicle Telegram - December 6, 2016

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. …

Canada's Prime Minister Takes Another Step Towards Legalization
Marijuana.com (blog) - December 6, 2016

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. …

New effort underway to expand medical marijuana use in Texas
KEYE TV - December 6, 2016

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. …

Supervisors to talk smoke-free areas, marijuana
TheReporter.Com - December 6, 2016

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. ...

Prosecutor, defender consider legal pot impact: Proposition 64 to ...
San Mateo Daily Journal - December 5, 2016

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 or fine.

Massachusetts gaming regulators to study casino industry and possible impact of legalized marijuana
World Casino Directory - December 5, 2016

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. …

New Marijuana Laws Hazy
Mountain News - December 5, 2016

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.

Recount of vote that legalized marijuana in Maine begins
Seacoastonline.com - December 5, 2016

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. …

Landlords hope to keep marijuana growing, smoking in check
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 settings. …

Marijuana, smoke-free county update on Solano County agenda
Fairfield Daily Republic - December 4, 2016

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. …

Green Report: Colorado Cannabis Clubs - An under-reported part ...
Rocky Mountain Collegian - December 4, 2016

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, ...

How soon could Denver businesses open the first social marijuana use areas? It's still not clear
Summer 2017 is when city may be ready to accept permit applications under Initiative 300, spokesman says
The Denver Post - December 3, 2016

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. …

City proposes high price tag for marijuana business license
East Oregonian (subscription) - December 2, 2016

… 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 in place. …

More Medical Marijuana Patients Using Vaporizers, Studies Find
The Daily Chronic - December 2, 2016

… Subjects in the study said that they preferred vaping because it "reduce[d] the negative health consequences associated with smoking." In another study ...

Could Legalizing Pot Diminish California's Gains Against Smoking?
EGP News - December 1, 2016

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. …

Medical marijuana's impact on residential landlords
Akron Leader Publications - December 1, 2016

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. …

Ireland moves towards legalizing marijuana for medicinal use
WHTC - December 1, 2016

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. …

Can you be fired for legally using marijuana?
WMTW Portland - December 1, 2016

… 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. …

Want to get (legally) high in New York? Say you have chronic pain
New York Post - December 1, 2016

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 program....

Weed Wrecks the Brain - The Evidence Mounts
LifeZette - November 30, 2016

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 disease. …

More Americans Are Smoking Marijuana And Driving, But Identifying Them Is Tricky
Forbes - November 30, 2016

… 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." …

Editorial: Everybody must get stoned? Not so fast
Ripon Commonwealth Press - November 30, 2016

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 ...

Trump on Pot
North Bay Bohemian - November 30, 2016

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 so.

Obama says marijuana should be treated like 'cigarettes or alcohol'
The Providence Journal - November 30, 2016

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." …

Philadelphia City Council panel OKs regulatons on medical marijuana locations
Newsworks.org - November 30, 2016

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. …

Tax could push buyers to illegal pot
One Evergreen columnist argues Washington's 37-percent tax on pot could drive buyers underground and out of state
The Daily Evergreen - November 30, 2016

The Washington state legislature quietly passed a measure last year that slapped consumers of marijuana with a 37 percent tax at the point of sale. …

Denver Businesses Have Creative Ways To Make Cannabis Part Of Social Fabric
Civilized - November 29, 2016

… 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." …


Calimesa agrees to short-term ban on Prop. 64 to look at long-term ...
Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror - November 28, 2016

Calimesa agrees to short-term ban on Prop. ... night to draft an interim ordinance banning commercial and recreational marijuana use, while ... "I see someone smoking a joint going down the freeway, that scares the crap out of me," Davis said.

SB Ordinance Committee Recommends Smoking Ban
Santa Barbara Edhat - November 28, 2016

Smoking was also redefined to include marijuana smoking. ... The current ordinance prohibits smoking in public areas like bus stops, ticket or boarding areas of ...

Marijuana in Massachusetts, what happens now that it's legal?
News@Northeastern - November 28, 2016

Of course, the enforcement of cigarette smoking bans and public drinking is often ... Some Massachusetts towns have chosen to ban liquor stores, and I suspect ...

The pot train could still go off the tracks, and here's how
Medical Xpress - November 28, 2016

The Controlled Substances Act bans pot even for medical purposes. A closer ... "Who is going to stop people from smoking pot in a residence in Denver? ... The proposal would have banned some 80 percent of the pot products on shelves.

What Marijuana Researchers Want From The Feds
Marijuana.com (blog) - November 28, 2016

… Scientists also want to increase research on different methods of delivery for marijuana beyond just smoking and vaping, to include oral, sublingual, rectal and ...

Legalization of marijuana sparks an increase in fears for road safety
The Globe and Mail - November 28, 2016

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 ...

Experts debate expanded use of medical marijuana
TCPalm - November 27, 2016

Health department officials, too, won't confirm whether the state's ban on smoking cannabis will be lifted under rules that will be drafted over the next six months.

Santa Fe Police to be retrained on city's mellow pot ordinance
Santa Fe New Mexican - November 27, 2016

A Santa Fe teenager prepares a pipe to smoke marijuana at his home on .... of an arrest or conviction in terms of getting public housing or public financial aid in ...

Nevada: No Pot Smoking In Casinos
MERRY JANE - November 24, 2016

While it is perfectly acceptable for people to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in Las Vegas casinos, it will likely be a long time before gambling patrons are ...

Can your landlord 'just say no' to marijuana now that Prop 64 passed?
The San Diego Union-Tribune - November 24, 2016

"The landlords could also say yes, but they are allowed to say no and restrict it ... of reasons why a potential ban on tenants smoking pot would stand up in court. ...

Legalized Marijuana Could Drive A New Tech Boom
Forbes - November 23, 2016

The tobacco and alcohol industries lobby heavily against legalizing marijuana because it ... Will smoking and driving be an issue? ... as drinking and driving is an issue for alcohol and health issues and secondhand smoke are for cigarettes.

Cannabis Farms On the New Jersey Turnpike? Maybe Sooner Than ...
Leafly - November 23, 2016

Current public consumption restrictions-which really apply only to smoking and vaping as a practical matter-create an environment where people ...

Marijuana News: Denver Releases New Law; Is it Good News Or ...
Science World Report - November 23, 2016

The question now is that, how will it affect the non-smokers? ... If urine tested, the nonsmokers can be positive for cannabis after 2 to 11 hours after the exposure.

Gaming board wants feedback on pot impact
Worcester Telegram - November 23, 2016

Noting that state law requires Massachusetts casinos to be smoke-free, Commissioner Enrique Zuniga said, "The good news is that our casinos are ...

If you rent an apartment in Massachusetts, you may not be able to ...
MassLive.com - November 23, 2016

Landlords can ban smoking, growing, production and displays of marijuana on any ... lease obligations and this is something the landlord can restrict," Fine said.

State's marijuana measure hazy
Minot Daily News - November 22, 2016

... have passed medical marijuana have done so with definite restrictions on usage. ... Schools and other institutions have anti-smoking regulations to prohibit ...

MDHA to terminate leases over marijuana citations
WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.com - November 22, 2016

MDHA to terminate leases over marijuana citations ... marijuana. But others could lose their housing, even if an offense never shows up on their criminal record.s

Port Clinton seeks medical marijuana ban
Sandusky Register - November 22, 2016

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, ...

Ask a Stoner: How to Stay High on the Sly at Thanksgiving
Westword - November 22, 2016

And these spots won't pop up everywhere; the new ordinance only allows vaping and edibles in private areas inside and smoking in private outside areas like ...

Go Long Alternative Cannabis Consumption Methods?
Seeking Alpha - November 22, 2016

"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 ...

Will pot smoking be allowed in Massachusetts casinos?
MassLive.com - November 22, 2016

"The good news is our casinos are non-smoking, and they will continue to be non-smoking, regardless of what materials you may be smoking," said ...

Could legalized pot curb state's drive against smoking?
Daily Democrat - November 22, 2016

8, also could be a boon to the tobacco industry at a time when cigarette smoking is down ... Despite the decline in smoking, the use of e-cigarettes has increased ...

With Proposition 64's Election Victory, the Cannabis Industry Is ...
OC Weekly - November 22, 2016

The cannabis industry made solid chess moves in the election earlier this ... 64, the cost of a citation for smoking in public has just jumped from $100 to $250.

Pot Ban in Denver Bars Continues Despite Yes on 300 Win - and Here's Why
Westword - November 21, 2016

Last week, as we reported, the Denver social-marijuana-consumption measure ... Public consumption of marijuana in restaurants and bars will dramatically ...

Denver to Allow Marijuana in Bars: What's the Health Impact?
Yahoo Sports - November 21, 2016

… 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. …

HVAC's Growing Role in the Marijuana Industry
ACHR NEWS - November 21, 2016

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.

Why legal pot is suddenly in big danger
Washington Post - November 21, 2016

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.

Australia Just Became The First Continent To Legalize Marijuana ...
MensXP.com - November 21, 2016

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.

Colorado officials snuff out pot use at Denver bars, restaurants with liquor
9NEWS.com - November 21, 2016

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 ...

Bills lining up in Legislature relating to marijuana issues
The Missoulian - November 20, 2016

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. …

Denver Voters Approve Social Use Marijuana Measure
The Daily Chronic - November 20, 2016

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. …

Colorado's pot paradox: Recreational marijuana is legal, but it's tough to find a place to consume it
Los Angeles Times - November 20, 2016

… 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. … "This 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 it." …

Businesses With Liquor Licenses Should Be Allowed To Permit Marijuana Use
Weed News (blog) - November 20, 2016

Marijuana is legal in more places than ever, but there are still a lot of circumstances that marijuana use is prohibited, even in legal states. … 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
The Student Life - November 18, 2016

In addition, Pomona College remains a smoke-free campus," Pomona's Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Campus Life Christopher Waugh wrote in an ...

Will legal marijuana lead to more people smoking tobacco?
89.3 KPCC - November 18, 2016

Despite the decline in smoking, the use of e-cigarettes has increased dramatically over the past few years, with nearly 10 percent of adults ages 18 through 24 ...

DC Residents Create '420-Friendly' Housing Network
NBC4 Washington - November 18, 2016

D.C. law allows residents to grow marijuana, but many people who use it have trouble finding a landlord who doesn't mind. A Facebook page called "420 ...

Prohibition of pot use in hotel-casinos likely to continue after Question ...
Las Vegas Sun - November 17, 2016

19 hours ago - Even after Question 2's passage last week, casinos will likely avoid dealing with the marijuana industry and continue to prohibit guests from ...

New Brunswick government adds marijuana to Smoke-free Places Act
Canadian Television (CTV) (ca) - November 17, 2016

… has joined Nova Scotia in adding marijuana to its Smoke-free Places Act, and the same rules will apply as they currently do for tobacco or e-cigarette users. If marijuana becomes legalized in New Brunswick; people won't be able to light up wherever they…

Could Legalizing Pot Diminish California's Gains Against Smoking?
California Healthline - November 17, 2016

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 ...

Denver approves limited marijuana use in bars, restaurants
Washington Examiner (blog) - November 17, 2016

Initiative 300 won't let people smoke marijuana, but they can consume their own stash through vaping, dabbing concentrates or pot edibles. Non-service ...

Stoner City, USA
In Denver it's now easier to get high in public than to smoke cigarettes.
Wall Street Journal - November 16, 2016

… 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. …

Denver Votes to Allow Weed Use in Restaurants and Bars
Eater - November 16, 2016

Restaurants and bars in Denver could begin allowing patrons to BYOW (bring your own weed) in the coming months, making it the first U.S. city to do so: An initiative that would allow bars, cafes, and other businesses to seek permits for on-premises marijuana use has passed. …

Denver Social Pot Use Opponent Predicts Big Problems ...
Westword - November 16, 2016

... she predicts a slew of problems when it comes to implementing the ordinance. ... Smoking will only be allowed in outdoor areas such as patios or on rooftops.

Reno will stop prosecuting low-level marijuana possession
Reno Gazette Journal - November 16, 2016

Other offenses such as driving under the influence, possession by a minor, providing marijuana to a minor or smoking in public would still be ...

Paiute tribe close to launching large-scale marijuana operation
KTNV Las Vegas - November 16, 2016

The Paiute Native American tribe in Las Vegas plans to capitalize on the ... their smoke shop has been a primary source of revenue for the tribe, but Spotted ...

Backers pushing marijuana legalization in Arizona concede defeat
Arizona Daily Star - November 16, 2016

… That includes consuming "edibles" and "vaping" indoors; smoking actually has to occur outdoors, albeit out of public view. The Marijuana Policy Project released ...

Social pot in Denver: how it works
9NEWS.com - November 15, 2016

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.

'Yes On 300' Marijuana Supporters Declare Victory In Denver
CBS Local - November 15, 2016

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, ...

Backers declare victory after Denver's social marijuana use measure shows wider lead
Denver Post - November 14, 2016

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. …

County Commission rejects marijuana law for second time
The Commercial Appeal - November 14, 2016

The ordinance, sponsored by commissioners Reginald Milton and Van Turner, ... "You can get a decrease of eight IQ points from smoking marijuana. ... of legalizing marijuana for medical uses believe ordinances like this one, which mirrors ...

Angels pot dispensary decision delayed
Calaveras Enterprise - November 14, 2016

... School Theater for a council meeting to decide on a citywide smoking ban. ... The city's medical cannabis ordinance bans dispensaries within 1,000 feet of ...

Editorial: Sonoma and the legal pot Wild West
Sonoma Index-Tribune - November 14, 2016

But, with apologies to those loathe to pot-smoking clichés, few would describe ... outdoors, while passing prohibitive restrictions for cultivating plants indoors.

Marijuana prohibited on UC property, despite passage of Prop. 64
UC Santa Cruz - November 14, 2016

UC prohibits the use, possession and sale of marijuana-in any form-on all university property, including university-owned and leased buildings, housing and ...

What legal marijuana means for SLO County
The San Luis Obispo Tribune - November 13, 2016

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, ...

Fresno, Valley voters didn't want pot, but they got it. Here's what will ...
Fresno Bee - November 12, 2016

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...

Criminal disease
The Yale Herald - November 11, 2016

In most cases, punishment for smoking weed is fairly lenient. ... Casual use on campus usually involves occasional marijuana smoking and is ... Our drug policies are reflective of an old mindset, one that restricts unconventional behavior. ...

Is Pittsburgh's marijuana decriminalization effort working?
The Incline - November 11, 2016

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 ...

Prop. 64: What to Know Now That Marijuana is Legal in California
NBC Southern California - November 10, 2016

By passing Proposition 64, Californians over 21 years of age can now legally smoke marijuana privately, and can have up to 28.5 grams of ...

Prop 64: Next steps for Nevada County
The Union of Grass Valley - November 10, 2016

The county's existing cultivation ordinance requires homeowners to have certain zoning ... The downtowns of Grass Valley and Nevada City allow no smoking.

Maine chooses to legalize marijuana for recreational use
The News Tribune - November 10, 2016

People 21 or older will now be allowed to use up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana, and retail marijuana shops and social clubs could open around the state.

In Massachusetts, recreational marijuana now legal
WMUR Manchester - November 10, 2016

"I do think that it's very interesting any time a government tries to ban a substance ... "Everybody I know who wants to smoke marijuana can find it easily and ...

Commentary: More states must decriminalize marijuana
The Ithacan - November 10, 2016

The states that legalized the recreational use of marijuana have seen millions of ... 30 grams is $25 fine, and the punishment for smoking in public is a $100 fine.

Recreational marijuana approved in Nevada: When and where can ...
KTNV Las Vegas - November 9, 2016

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, ...

Lakeland city commissioners hear both sides in marijuana ...
The Ledger - November 9, 2016

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.

Not so fast: Redondo Beach bans marijuana cultivation in the city
Beach Reporter - November 9, 2016

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 ...

Marijuana Legalization Marks Victories In At Least Six States
TPM - November 9, 2016

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. …

Marijuana Legalization Falls Short In Arizona
Civilized - November 9, 2016

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. ...

Initiative 300: Denver's social marijuana use measure too close to ...
The Cannabist - November 9, 2016

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. …

If Proposition 64 passes, here's what Californians can do ...
The Cannabist - November 8, 2016

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.

Social marijuana use on ballot for Denver; Pueblo considers ...
The Denver Post - November 8, 2016

Social marijuana use on ballot for Denver; Pueblo considers recreational ban ... indoors (allowing vaping and edibles, but not smoking) or outdoors (allowing ...

Initiative 300: Everything you need to know about Denver's social ...
The Denver Post - November 8, 2016

A man exhales marijuana smoke at Ibake, a pot club in Englewood. ... area, including permitting or restricting concurrent uses, consumptions, or services offered, ...

Will smoking pot become legal after election day?
USA Today - November 7, 2016

Voters in Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota are asking voters whether to permit medical use for certain conditions, like cancer or chronic pain.

When will your local pharmacy carry cannabis?
VatorNews - November 8, 2016

Medical cannabis, however, is only subject to the 2.9 percent sales tax. ... the production and sale of alcohol or conventional prescription medications," said ...

Voters could legalize marijuana for quarter of all Americans
AOL News - November 8, 2016

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 ...

How the spread of legal weed could impact Colorado home prices
The Denver Channel - November 7, 2016

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.

Last look at marijuana ballot question ahead of Election Day
WCVB Boston - November 7, 2016

California cities ban pot sales ahead of state vote
VVdailypress.com - November 7, 2016

The town of Apple Valley banned recreational use "to the extent such use is illegal ... of the recreational marijuana industry, from planting seeds to smoking buds. ... The organization was unsure how many cities have enacted bans ahead of ...

Why Denver NORML Isn't Supporting Social Pot Use Initiative 300
Westword - November 7, 2016

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." …

Denver voters will consider pot use in bars, restaurants - even coffee shops [VIDEO]
Initiative 300 would allow social consumption
The Denver Channel - November 7, 2016

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. …

Five states consider legalizing recreational marijuana use
WTTV CBS4Indy - November 7, 2016

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....

Smell from Boulder marijuana grow draws $14000 in fines
9NEWS.com - November 7, 2016

(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.

Majority of Americans may soon be living with legal marijuana
Maroon - November 7, 2016

"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 ...

Portland council to consider marijuana moratorium tonight
Press Herald - November 7, 2016

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. …

Saco will consider moratorium on recreational pot businesses
Press Herald - November 7, 2016

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, ...

Will Legal Marijuana Give Home Prices a New High?
Realtor.com News - November 7, 2016

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. …

San Jose bans sales of recreational marijuana ahead of election
SportNewsCity - November 7, 2016

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.

Why Massachusetts ACLU Urges Voters to Say Yes to Question 4 and Recreational Cannabis
MERRY JANE - November 6, 2016

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. …

Kimberly Hartke: Colorado City's Experience Portends a Grim Future ...
Noozhawk - November 6, 2016

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.

Survey says pot support may have peaked
Pueblo Chieftain - November 6, 2016

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. …

California Expecting High Tax Revenue on Marijuana
GreatNews - November 6, 2016

... 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", ...

Nancy Pelosi Takes the "High" Ground, Supports Prop 64 Legalizing ...
Breitbart News - November 5, 2016

On Friday Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) announced that she supports Prop 64, the voter initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California. …

Life in prison for pot? If Prop. 64 passes,…
The Mercury News - November 4, 2016

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 ...

Health impacts of legal marijuana fuel debate over Question 4
Berkshire Eagle (subscription) - November 4, 2016

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 ...

60 Minutes Stirs the Pot With Piece on Colorado's Cannabis Challenges
Westword - November 3, 2016

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. …

Norway to hold hearing on marijuana club moratorium
Lewiston Sun Journal - November 3, 2016

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 ...

'No Need For A Stampede': California Cities Ban Cannabis Sales ...
Civilized - November 3, 2016

'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 ...

Marijuana ballot won't apply to NU
The Huntington News - November 3, 2016

"Marijuana is easily accessible and almost as common as smoking cigarettes. ... at Boston University, said the initiative could bring about beneficial restrictions...

Pot Gamble
Oregon Business - November 3, 2016

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, ...

What does marijuana legalization mean for stoned driving?
The Verge - November 3, 2016

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 ...

A No-BS Guide to Prop 64, the Weed Legalization Bill
Thrillist - November 2, 2016

Presumably, this won't affect tobacco smoking, but any challenges to that remain ... individual counties could further restrict these licenses to protect local farms.

California cities ban pot sales ahead of state marijuana legalization ...
The Denver Post - November 2, 2016

California cities ban pot sales ahead of state marijuana legalization 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 related ...

Quiet, Please -
Jefferson Public Radio - November 2, 2016

Noisy crowds are a regular, and indeed expected thing at music clubs that ... Smoking. And I'm not talking tobacco. Pot smoke at concerts is nothing new, ...

Smokers and Nonsmokers Alike Should Support the End of ...
Loyola Phoenix - November 2, 2016

This year has been full of unprecedented political momentum for supporters of marijuana policy reform in the United States. This election day, five state ballots ...

Legalizing recreational marijuana is bad for public health
STAT - November 2, 2016

Much like Big Tobacco, the billion-dollar commercial marijuana industry cares more ... homes and shipping it across the US, increasing youth access to the drug.

How does recreational marijuana affect tourism?
KTNV Las Vegas - November 1, 2016

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 ...

Column: It's time to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts
Wicked Local Watertown - November 1, 2016

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 ...

KOLD INVESTIGATES: The Politics of Pot
Tucson News Now - November 1, 2016

... 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 ...

Lane County parks smoking ban up for public hearing Tuesday
The Register-Guard - November 1, 2016

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. …

Workplace prohibition weighs into employee marijuana use ...
The Cannabist - November 1, 2016

... things like cost, government tracking of purchases and workplace bans all ... while a similar share said the possibility of arrest for smoking in public would ...

Ask a Stoner: Will Secondhand Pot Smoke Get Me High?
Westword - November 1, 2016

Scientific studies have shown that being exposed to large amounts of marijuana smoke in an unventilated room - aka hotboxing - can increase your heart rate ...

San Francisco city leaders anticipate Prop. 64 will pass
KTVU - October 31, 2016

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 ...

The $2.4 billion marijuana industry created over 18000 new jobs in Colorado last year
Chicago Tribune - October 31, 2016

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. …

What New Jersey can learn from Colorado about legalizing pot
Philly.com - October 31, 2016

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. …

What to expect if Nevada legalizes recreational marijuana
Las Vegas Sun - October 31, 2016

… 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 fine. …

Will Seattle cannabis tourism take a hit if other states legalize weed?
MyNorthwest.com - October 31, 2016

… 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. …

Teens' beliefs about marijuana documented in new Stanford study
Scope (blog) - October 31, 2016

… 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. …

Alaska board tweaks proposed rules for in-store pot use
Juneau Empire (subscription) - October 31, 2016

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. …

Clean Home May Help Keep Kids' Asthma in Check
Philly.com - October 31, 2016

…Electronic cigarettes and marijuana also emit airborne particles that can trigger asthma, the report stated. For any child using daily asthma medication or ...

CBS Highlights Problems After Marijuana Legalization in Colorado
NewsBusters (blog) - October 30, 2016

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. …

Legalizing pot hurts kids and the poor, California bishops say
Crux - October 30-2016

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. …

Curious about legal pot? Here's how the industry is preparing for new users
Sacramento Bee - October 30, 2016

… 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. …

Real progressives will vote Yes on Prop. 64
The Leaf Online - October 30, 2016

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. …

A Closer Look at Prop 64 in California: Part 1
The Marijuana Times - October 30, 2016

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 ...

Crazy crowds in Alaska as marijuana shop opens
Morning Ticker - October 30, 2016

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. …

'Pot Prop' 64: Clearing the haze on complex measure
San Bernardino County Sun - October 29, 2016

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. …

Second time around, emotions running cooler on Palisade pot vote
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel - October 29, 2016

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. …

The dog ate my pot brownie: Legalization fuels increase in stoned pets
Washington Post - October 28, 2016

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. …

Ask a Stoner: Is a Vaporizer or One-Hitter Better for Stretching Your ...
Dallas Observer - October 28, 2016

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 ...

Marijuana Legalization 2016: A Voter Guide
Live Science - October 28, 2016

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 ...

Citizens group unfairly attacked
Pueblo Chieftain - October 27, 2016

…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. …

Some question Pendleton's marijuana odor ordinance - Northwest
East Oregonian - October 27, 2016

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - City officials say Pendleton's marijuana odor ordinance is necessary, but some residents say the law is bound to ...

State marijuana worker rules could be strictest in nation
Kenai Peninsula Online - October 26, 2016

"I believe the current regulations being proposed for occupational licensing in the ... from working in the alcohol or tobacco industry simply doesn't make sense.".

Anchorage zoning laws force cannabis shops to cluster
Alaskajournal. - October 26, 2016

Erika McConnell, the Anchorage municipality's marijuana land use planner, .... playgrounds, correctional facilities and public housing - it only requires 200 or...

Fact Check: Bill Montgomery's claims on Colorado teen marijuana ...
AZCentral.com - October 26, 2016

... 2012, after voters there approved a ballot measure to make possession and private ... Colorado had the nation's highest percentage of youth marijuana use, ... because youth engagement in other behaviors - tobacco use and risky sex, ... year after CVS stopped selling cigarettes, 95 million fewer packs of cigarette were ...

Hutchinson says he's looking at alternate medical pot plan
Russellville Courier - October 26, 2016

Hutchinson says he's looking at alternate medical pot plan ... The proposal would bar patients from smoking marijuana as a treatment. Hutchinson stopped short ...

Medical Marijuana Not a Lure for Kids: Study
Bismarck Tribune - October 26, 2016

However, the study did find that people over 25 were smoking more marijuana after the ... For example, he said, will parents smoke pot in front of their children?

HINGHAM COMMENTARY: Marijuana prohibition is complete failure
Wicked Local Hingham - October 26, 2016

Prohibits consumption in a public place or anywhere where tobacco smoking is not ... "A city or town may adopt ordinances and by-laws that impose reasonable ...

Planning Commission approves pot store at Cannery Lofts
Daily Astorian - October 26, 2016

The Warrenton City Commission voted to restrict marijuana businesses east of ... But residents were concerned about people shopping at West and smoking ...

Why proposed rules for marijuana jobs in Alaska's pot shops are being criticized
The Cannabist - October 26, 2016

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. …

Medical marijuana legal in Ohio, but patients still can't get it
Columbus Dispatch - October 26, 2016

… But as of yet - and probably not until 2018 - patients in Ohio cannot legally buy marijuana for medical purposes. … Ohio will not permit smoking marijuana for medical purposes. Alternatives are vaping, oils, patches and edibles. Officials with the Ohio Commerce Department, ...

Rep. Dan Douglas to Push for Medical Pot If Measures Lose
Arkansas Business Online - October 25, 2016

The proposal would bar patients from smoking marijuana as a treatment. ... from licensed dispensaries, but differ in the drug's regulations and restrictions.

Despite city ordinance, students with marijuana still face punishments
Daily Helmsman - October 25, 2016

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 ...

Vaping Cannabis Revolutionized With Wax Liquidizer
WebWire (press release) - October 25, 2016

Wax Liquidizer has revolutionized the Vaping and Cannabis industry by ... The introduction of Wax Liquidizer allows cannabis consumers to Vape or Dab ...

Not So Fast! Know the Side Effects of Marijuana Legalization before ...
City Watch - October 24, 2016

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 ...

Legalizing Marijuana
New York Times - October 24, 2016

"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. …

Pros and cons of Prop. 205: Marijuana initiative's murky language ...
East Valley Tribune - October 24, 2016

... 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, ...

Explaining Proposition 64: How California Would Legalize Marijuana
KPBS - October 24, 2016

"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 ...

Municipalities explore moratoriums ahead of marijuana vote
Bryan-College Station Eagle - October 24, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Several municipalities across Maine have moved to enact moratoriums on marijuana social clubs and retailers in anticipation of the ...

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Hillary Clinton and…
The Denver Post - October 24, 2016

… As to whether Denver can ever move toward pot clubs, Hickenlooper said "perhaps in time - as we acclimatize ourselves to having recreational marijuana legal ...

A physician's argument for Question 2
Las Vegas Sun - October 23, 2016

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. …

Initiative 300: Is this the marijuana consumption ordinance we've been looking for?
Denverite (blog) - October 22, 2016

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…

Rachel O'Brien of Protect Denver's Atmosphere on Why 300 Is a Bad Idea
Westword - October 21, 2016

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 public safety. …

Denver Initiative Would Finally Allow Marijuana Use Outside the Home
A pilot program would let businesses establish "designated consumption areas," subject to approval by local busybodies.
Reason (blog) - October 21, 2016

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." …

Yes on 64: Legalize marijuana
Daily Californian - October 21, 2016

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 ...

Council to hear report on marijuana legalization
Atascadero News - October 21, 2016

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. …

Prop. 64 Rolls Out New Ads, No on 64 Touts Unfavorable New Poll
East Bay Express - October 21, 2016

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. ...

Colorado marijuana's potency getting 'higher'
Gant Daily (registration) - October 21, 2016

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 ...

Marijuana's effects on the body, brain, heart and sperm: All your ...
Mic - October 21, 2016

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 ...

Denver ballot item on public marijuana consumption sparks Summit County discussion
Summit Daily News - October 20, 2016

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," he said. …

Gourmet ganja? Marijuana dining is growing up,…
The Denver Post - October 20, 2016

... fall will consider a proposal to allow marijuana use at some bars and restaurants as long ... drug isn't smoked, with the potential for new outdoor marijuana smoking areas. ... 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 ...

Lunenburg Smoke Shop Opens in Anticipation of Marijuana ...
Fitchburg Point - October 20, 2016

If and when Question 4 passes, do you think the universities should ban the use ... ban recreational use on campus because drinking is banned from campus as ...

Pot policy change smoldered for 17 months in East Lansing
Lansing State Journal - October 20, 2016

When the council finally amended the ordinance last week, it went a step further than the ... It's still a misdemeanor by state law, which supersedes city ordinances. ... RELATED:East Lansing OKs pot smoking, possession of small quantities.

At City Hall, activists tout fiscal benefits of marijuana decriminalization
PhillyVoice.com - October 20, 2016

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.

How to Get Rid of the Dank Stench of Weed
Inverse - October 19, 2016

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 ...

Pot activists to celebrate Philly's own marijuana holiday
Metro.us - October 19, 2016

October 20, the second anniversary of marijuana decriminalization in ... to 30 grams is punishable by a $25 fine, and smoking in public can lead to a $100 fine.

Record high 60 percent of Americans now back legalizing marijuana ...
Hartford Courant - October 19, 2016

Diners smoke pot as they eat dishes prepared by chefs during an evening of ... Montanans will vote on whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical ...

6 Dirty Secrets of Cannabis That Nobody Wants to Talk About
MERRY JANE - October 19, 2016

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 ...

Police cracking down on public marijuana smoking in downtown ...
The Spokesman-Review - October 18, 2016

Spokane police officers won't be doing special marijuana-enforcement patrols, but ... A ticket for pot-smoking in public for those over 21 carries a fine of $103.

Yes on Initiative 300: Denver measure is a reasonable test of social pot use
The Denver Post - October 18, 2016

… 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. …

Ask a Stoner: Which Saves More Weed - A Vaporizer or a One-Hitter
Westword - October 18, 2016

… 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 ...

Philly pot activists to host 'pop-up weed garden' outside Art Museum
Philly.com (blog) - October 18, 2016

That was just marijuana activist N.A. Poe playing the part of Delaware NORML's mascot, ... police now may issue a $25 fine, and a $100 for smoking in public.

Death threat posted on pro Initiative 300 political sign in Denver
The Denver Channel - October 17, 2016

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." …

Pot sales tax revenue grows again
Bend Bulletin - October 17, 2016

…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 ...

Cannabis convention coming to Portland
The Forecaster - October 17, 2016

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 Portland. …

Column: Legal marijuana would create Big Tobacco 2.0
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel - October 17, 2016

… 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. …

Metatron (OTC:MRNJ) to Develop Apps for Cannabis E-Commerce ...
Baystreet.ca - October 17, 2016

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. …

Marijuana and your baby: What you need to know.
BabyCenter (blog) - October 17, 2016

You should also pay close attention to secondhand smoke - from both marijuana and tobacco. Marijuana smoke has many of the same chemicals as tobacco ...

Is It Safe to Vape Around Children?
MERRY JANE - October 17, 2016

… 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? …

311 Attacked During Performance Will Make You Go WTF
Alternative Nation (blog) - October 17, 2016

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." ...

Allhands: Your freedom to toke vs. my freedom not to breathe it [VIDEO]
azcentral.com - October 17, 2016

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 ...

Should marijuana be legalized in California? A look at Proposition 64
Petaluma Argus Courier - October 17, 2016

Consumption would be prohibited in public places, including bars, restaurants, streets, theaters and entertainment venues. California's medical marijuana ...

Travel guru Rick Steves visits Maine to stump for legal marijuana
Press Herald - October 17, 2016

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 ...

Prop. 64: How has legalized pot changed Colorado 4 years later?
The Mercury News - October 17, 2016

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 ...

Denver voters consider 'social use' spaces to smoke marijuana
KIRO Seattle - October 17, 2016

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 ...

Local police dub California marijuana legalization as 'Trainwreck,' urging no vote on Prop. 64
The Cannabist - October 17, 2016

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. …

Yes on 300 Billboard Supports Marijuana Social Use Initiative
Westword - October 17, 2016

Supporters of the ordinance say it would actually decrease public consumption of marijuana by giving adults private places around the city where they could ...

Turning over a new Leaf: Is Big Marijuana becoming the new Big Tobacco?
Salon - October 17, 2016

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? ...

What legalized marijuana might mean for California employers
Business Management Daily - October 17, 2016

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? …

San Jose considers major changes to local medical marijuana rules ...
The Mercury News - October 17, 2016

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 ...

Maine Voices: Effort to legalize marijuana is full of smoke and mirrors
Press Herald - October 17, 2016

… 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 ...

Will Cannabis Eventually Replace Tobacco as the Sin Tax Cash Cow?
The Marijuana Times - October 17, 2016

Four other states - Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota - will have ... seem to drop a bit, perhaps indicating that people are quitting smoking tobacco.

Pot tax, sheriff's levy are on Clackamas Co. ballots
KOIN.com - October 16, 2016

Those wanting to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii face ... Cities and counties also share in state tax collections, unless they bar retail sales.

Fading Colorado towns transformed by legalised marijuana
The Australian - October 16, 2016

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 ...

Gourmet ganja in Colorado? Marijuana dining is growing up, slowly
Las Vegas Review-Journal - October 16, 2016

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 ...

Marijuana: Is there a responsible way to approach its increasing use?
Loveland Reporter-Herald - October 16, 2016

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. …

Pot legalization may roll back progress on tobacco, expert fears
Globalnews.ca - October 16, 2016

“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 ...

Lessons learned about legalized marijuana from Colorado's chief medical officer
CBCNews - October 16, 2016

As a pediatrician, Dr. Larry Wolk was trained to treat marijuana as "bad" and "illegal" - and to counsel patients against using it. … 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. …

Poll: Should Denver voters pass Initiative 300?
The Denver Post - October 15, 2016

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 ...

Citizens for a Healthy Pueblo spotlight anti-weed veterans
Pueblo Chieftain - October 15, 2016

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. …

Council just says no
Camarillo Acorn - October 14, 2016

HAZY… still unclear how the legalization of marijuana will fully ... "While our smoking laws covered it as far as smoking in public, there was just ...

Maine's Attorney General Says Legalization Initiative Would Let ...
Reason (blog ) October 14, 2016

On its face, Question 1 legalizes possession, sharing, and home cultivation ... the provision of alcohol or tobacco to minors without making their possession ...

Denver marijuana use ballot measure could capture attention beyond city - if voters say yes
Denver Post - October 14, 2016

… 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). …

The 'Apple of vaping' made an e-cigarette for marijuana - here's ...
INSIDER - October 13, 2016

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 ...

Make marijuana safer by legalizing lounges [Perspectives]
SFGate (blog ) October 13, 2016

Most modern legalization measures ban public smoking, and do not specifically license lounges. Yet expert journalist Holland notes that "smoking cannabis with

Foster City to explore new rules for pot: Officials consider ban on ...
San Mateo Daily Journal - October 13, 2016

Foster City will consider banning essentially all commercial operations in the Bayfront ... Once a city explicitly bans commercial marijuana activity, the state wouldn't ... Smoking would be permitted in private homes or licensed businesses; but ...

Marijuana and Election 2016: Grading the Candidates and ...
East Bay Express - October 13, 2016

64, but mostly endorses it, with fears about tickets for smoking in public, and taxes. ... advocate full legalization of marijuana, and get the DPFCA's green light.

An open letter to people who smoke marijuana at Red Rocks
9NEWS.com - October 13, 2016

Or maybe the sheer number of people smoking pot makes it impossible for ... Or I wonder if I am getting high on secondhand smoke and it is unsafe to drive ...

East Lansing legalizes marijuana smoking, possession for those ...
MLive.com - October 13, 2016

While it does nothing to change state law, East Lansing approved an ordinance legalizing the use and possession of small quantities for those 21 and older.

The medical marijuana question: How would Measure No. 5 work if ...
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - October 13, 2016

Additional legislation would be necessary to address whether restrictions on smoking within various establishments will include medical marijuana use.

Cannabis Conversation: Is pot safe for pregnant moms?
The Mercury News - October 13, 2016

Renee Dotson exhales her marijuana smoke while taking a break in the smoking .... medical marijuana patients can't smoke in areas where tobacco is banned or within ... The proposed recreational use initiative bans consumption in public or ...

Schensul: Marijuana tourism is big business in Colorado
NorthJersey.com - October 13, 2016

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. …

Marijuana's Active Ingredient Makes You Smarter
Wall Street Daily - October 13, 2016

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. ...

Cannabis Tour Guide in Colorado Describes Shift in People Seeking Marijuana Information
The Weed Blog (blog) - October 12, 2016

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 this is…

Cannabis on Campus the Subject of Fifth Annual College Symposium
vtdigger.org - October 12, 2016

More than one in five students also reported using marijuana by dabbing, vaping or consuming it (e.g. brownies, cookies, candy). Deputy Health Commissioner ...

Pot on the ballot in 9 states
KOBI-TV NBC5 / October 12, 2016

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.

Steamboat council open to more marijuana licenses
Craig Daily Press - October 12, 2016

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.

Georgia State resident halls deal with marijuana
The Signal - October 12, 2016

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 ...

East Lansing approves marijuana use, possession of small quantities
WILX-TV - October 12, 2016

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, ...

Illegal Marijuana Vapes Are More and More Seen in Stillwater
cacuq (blog) - October 12, 2016

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 e-cigarettes. …

Report: Colo. marijuana laws meant higher quality pot and whole and whole new problems for Kansas
WIBW - October 11, 2016

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. …

Watch: Alaska Weed Shopkeeper Faces Up to 54 Years in Prison
Daily Beast - October 11, 2016

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. …

Regulating pot in California: Voters to decide on more than 50 local initiatives in November
Sacramento Bee - October 11, 2016

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 ...

Kingsville Smoking Bylaw Now Includes E-Cigarettes, Marijuana
BlackburnNews.com - October 11, 2016

Kingsville Council has voted unanimously to expand the town's outdoor smoking bylaw to include non-tobacco products. Council approved the changes to the ...

Ontario's medical pot vaping exemption came from consultations ...
Canoe - October 11, 2016

The new e-cigarette regulations banned the use of the devices anywhere regular cigarettes were prohibited. But the government provided an exemption for ...

Bartecchi: Marijuana dangerous, especially for youths
Pueblo Chieftain - October 10, 2016

… 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. …

Will Voting Yes on the Cannabis Social-Use Initiative Allow Consumption at Concerts?
Westword - October 10, 2016

… 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. …

Recreational Marijuana May Soon Become Legal In Five States
The Libertarian Republic - October 10, 2016

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. …

How To Get Weed Out Of Your System
Green Rush Daily - October 10, 2016

… 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. …

Seniors Quickly Becoming the Next Weed Generation
L.A. Weekly - Oct 10, 2016

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. …

Cannabis Conversation: Is pot safe for pregnant moms? Does marijuana cause lung cancer?
OCRegister - October 9, 2016

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 ...

Review: Vapium Summit Plus is a geek-chic pot vaporizer, but its ... [VIDEO]
The Cannabist - October 7, 2016

For a new generation of stoners, vaporizers are quickly becoming another must-have gadget alongside their smartphones.

Smoking vs Vaporizing vs Eating Marijuana?
The Weed Blog (blog) - October 6, 2016

… 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. …

Nevada Marijuana Firm Launches Association to Support Veterans
ThisisReno - October 6, 2016

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. … Mainstream's 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). …

High enrollment: A university in Philadelphia to offer marijuana policy class
The Cannabist - October 6, 2016

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.

Criminal Justice Disparity Behind Pot Vote
Memphis Daily News - October 6, 2016

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.

Criminal to civil: City council changes cannabis changes
Daily Helmsman - October 5, 2016

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 ...

Rogers Park Residents Give Blunt Opinions on Proposed Medical ...
Loyola Phoenix - October 5, 2016

... 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.

Neighbor's marijuana odor may be grounds for lawsuit
Chicago Tribune - October 5, 2016

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 air purify

Recreational marijuana opponents and activists in Mass. spar over ...
MassLive.com - October 5, 2016

"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.

Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts - DPH Proposes Amendments ...
The National Law Review - October 4, 2016

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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