Marijuana

Marijuana, legal or not, creates secondhand smoke, which is a form of indoor air pollution. If we truly want safe, healthy, smokefree spaces, then they should be free from particulate matter created by tobacco cigarette smoke, marijuana smoke, and secondhand aerosol from electronic smoking devices. Nobody should have to breathe secondhand marijuana smoke at work or where they live, learn, shop, or play. Smoke is smoke and marijuana smoke is a form of indoor air pollution. Read ANR's position paper, Protecting Nonsmokers from Secondhand Marijuana Smoke for more information.

To assist the tobacco control movement with facts and resources about secondhand marijuana smoke, we have created a few fact sheets and infographics. Our subject matter experts are also available to speak to groups and coalitions about preparing for and responding to marijuana secondhand smoke issues and policies. Contact us at 510-841-3032 or anr@no-smoke.org.


Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Contains Hundreds of Chemicals
- Just Like Secondhand Tobacco Smoke


  • Secondhand marijuana smoke contains fine particulate matter that can be breathed deeply into the lungs;
  • Secondhand marijuana smoke contains many of the same cancer-causing substances and toxic chemicals as secondhand tobacco smoke. Some of the known carcinogens or toxins present in marijuana smoke include: acetaldehyde, ammonia arsenic, benzene, cadmium, chromium, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, isoprene, lead, mercury, nickel, and quinoline;
  • Marijuana smoke contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active chemical in cannabis;
  • Learn more in our Secondhand Marijuana Smoke fact sheet.

 

Marijuana Smokefree Policy Trends


Laws addressing marijuana have grown from approximately 30 local laws in January, 2014, to 68 local laws in January, 2015, and 143 local laws in January, 2016. These numbers are the sum total of all laws/policies in our laws database that address or mention marijuana. As of April 3, 2017 there are 216 municipalities and 10 states that specifically restrict marijuana use in some or all smokefree spaces.

There are now at least 1,536 college or university campus sites that are 100% tobacco-free; of these, 1,400 also prohibit e-cigarette use, 701 also prohibit hookah use, and 120 also prohibit smoking/vaping marijuana.

Click the map for model policy language for including secondhand marijuana smoke in your smokefree policies. Or contact us for
technical assistance and support for model policy language for including secondhand marijuana smoke in your smokefree policies.

 

Resources and Recommendations


Taking a page from Big Tobacco's playbook, "Buddie the Marijuana Mascot" promotes marijuana use in Ohio. Is this the new Joe Camel targeting kids?

Ohio has legalized medical marijuana, and not recreational use, but even so, marijuana proponents are trying to normalize its use with tactics like "Buddy the Marijuana Mascot".

CLICK HERE for ANR's position paper, Protecting Nonsmokers from Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

 

Maine's marijuana social clubs likely to be no-smoking venues
Press Herald - September 25, 2017

But we had consensus on keeping our smoking ban intact.” ... Current law bans public cultivation or consumption, which doesn't give the 36 million people who ...

Marijuana social club rules likely to ban smoking
Mainebiz - September 25, 2017

The 128th Legislature is considering a bill to license marijuana social clubs, but it doesn't include an exemption to the state's law that bans smoking in public ...

LA is set to be a hot market for marijuana sales. But there might not ...
Los Angeles Times - September 25, 2017

And smoking pot will remain illegal anywhere that cigarette smoking is banned. ... Can't smoke it in a rental car,” said George Boyadjian, president of 420 College, ... Epstein argued that if Los Angeles doesn't want those renters to smoke .... Ban on recreational marijuana businesses OK'd by Huntington Beach City Council.

Reader: You Don't Need a 4/20 Rally to Smoke Weed in Denver!
Westword - September 24, 2017

They should definitely ban it. Who wants to wait in line and get gated in just to smoke a joint in the park? Let the free-range tokers have their lawn back.

Ballot initiatives aren't about marijuana
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - September 24, 2017

FAIRBANKS — Cannabis, marijuana, pot, whatever you want to call it, isn't part of my life. I'm indifferent to the personal choices of those who do choose to ...

Marijuana ballot confusion: Each Fairbanks-area voter will have one ...

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - September 24, 2017

They voted 158-98 last year to ban commercial marijuana operations in the city and won't ... Couldn't the proponents of banning a commercial marijuana industry here have just ... on a measure prohibiting legalized commercial marijuana operations in the city but also .... $60 members, students, & military/$70 general public.

Pot sellers trade group pushes marijuana benefits, big business boom
MyNewsLA.com - September 22, 2017

Marijuana is about to become big business with the legalization of adult pot use in California January 1, but backers of a two-day trade association conference winding up Friday are in a battle with a group opposing “big marijuana.” The California Cannabis Industry Association and the National Cannabis Industry Association are putting on a business-to-business conference for all things marijuana at a Marriott hotel near Disneyland. But a national organization focused on regulating legal marijuana is battling the cannabis business conference as a gathering of “big marijuana” leaders whose product is having a negative effect on poorer communities. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, told City News Service that statistics from states that have legalized marijuana are showing significant increases in driver-impaired crashes and arrests of blacks and Latinos under 21. …

Denver marijuana rally organizer appeals permit being pulled
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel - September 22, 2017

DENVER — The organizer of Denver's 4/20 Rally is fighting back against the city after it permanently pulled his permit and placed him under a three-year ban on ...

Colorado's Healthy Kids Survey seeks answers from students on ...

Colorado Springs Gazette - September 22, 2017

After Colorado voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 and retail shops started opening in the small town of Manitou Springs, school officials wondered if ...

Marijuana Industry Conventions a Pot of Gold for Casinos, Says Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
Casino.Org News - September 22, 2017

Marijuana business conventions should potentially be allowed to host their events inside casino resorts in Las Vegas and around Nevada, says Governor Brian Sandoval (R). This, despite a recent clear mandate just last month from the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) for industry operators to have a hands-off approach when it comes to inviting in cannabis kingpins. But in an executive order issued this week that’s in apparent direct conflict to that directive, Sandoval instructed the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee to review how the resort and gambling sector might work together with the marijuana industry after all. ...

Marijuana moratoriums to be extended
Valley Courier - September 21, 2017

The marijuana consumption club moratorium was extended until May 1 of next year, ... could affect how or if the council moves forward with consumption clubs.

You May Soon Be Able To Board A Marijuana Party Bus In Boston
The Fresh Toast - September 21, 2017

Loopr, a Denver-based bus service designed specifically for cannabis ... cannabis lovers can enjoy the herb as the bus tours local dispensaries, hotels and bars.

Light up the lounges: An argument for recreational cannabis clubs
Las Vegas Weekly (blog) - September 21, 2017

Marijuana advocates scored a major victory last November, when voters approved recreational cannabis. But its pathway remains an obstacle course: the ...

News Briefs
Valdez Star - September 20, 2017

Public comments will be taken through Oct. 27 on a proposal that would allow authorized retail marijuana shops in Alaska to provide a place for people to ...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 22 - 25
Sonoma Index-Tribune - September 21, 2017

Apparently you cannot escape the smell of marijuana anywhere in town. I realize there's an ordinance about public smoking here but, with Sonoma being ...

Pro-pot industry group leads in fundraising ahead of Fairbanks vote
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - September 20, 2017

Alaska voters legalized commercial marijuana growing and retail sales statewide in 2014. Since then, Fairbanks has been viewed by many as one of Alaska's ...

All Aboard
North Coast Journal – September 21, 2017

Legal recreational marijuana is barreling down on the Golden State, with retail ... through town as the bus stops at dispensaries, clubs, hotels and restaurants.

Las Vegas Officials Waiting for Denver to Act on Legalizing Pot ...
Meetings & Conventions - September 21, 2017

... city of Denver approves the nation's first marijuana club before they further discuss ... Denver allowed businesses to submit applications to open marijuana clubs in ... a Facebook video last week promoting their plans for a "vape bar" facility. ... is prohibited, including at Las Vegas' world-famous casinos, bars, restaurants, ...

Scarborough passes marijuana moratorium
The Forecaster - September 21, 2017

SCARBOROUGH — The Town Council on Wednesday passed a six-month moratorium on marijuana clubs and retail sales and pushed forward a discussion ...

Marijuana social clubs delayed until 2019
The Ellsworth American - September 20, 2017
http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/maine-news/marijuana-social-clubs-delayed-2019/

... allow licensing for marijuana social clubs until 2019, according to Bar Harbor ... When reached by email about the delay in social club licensing, Rosen said, ...

Council favors marijuana stores
The Daily Post - September 21, 2017

... voted unanimously to recommend continuing its 1997 ban on dispensaries. ... Siegel noted that smoking marijuana is “socially acceptable” in Mountain View. ... 1, council banned outdoor grow operations in an interim urgency ordinance before ... 1, council at an upcoming meeting will vote on two ordinances, one banning ...

Nevada casinos may cash in on marijuana, if allowed
Reno Gazette Journal - September 20, 2017

"This is not about smoking marijuana at casinos, this is business. ... It's one thing to sell marijuana at a casino, but it's another to just talk business," said Sen.

4 Strategies to Address Weed Smoking in City Parks
Efficient Gov (press release) (blog) - September 19, 2017

Here are four ways cities are working to address weed smoking in all public areas, ... including parks, sporting events, moving vehicles, casinos, hotels, concerts, ...

Vegas waiting to see how Denver's social marijuana venues work ...
The Cannabist - September 20, 2017

Vegas waiting to see how Denver's social marijuana venues work out before trying ... and on U.S. property, from national forests to federally subsidized housing.

Nevada's Governor Thinks Smoking Weed Will Trigger Federal ...
HIGH TIMES - September 18, 2017

Nevada's Governor Thinks Smoking Weed Will Trigger Federal Crackdown ... adopted strict no-marijuana policies under duress from state casino regulators.

Chico City Council makes recommendation on marijuana
KRCRTV.COM - September 19, 2017

"Streamline all marijuana related laws into one City ordinance (i.e., repeal Chapter ... (d) regulate the smoking of marijuana in public, and (e) ensure consistency ...

Poll: Broad support among Utahns for medical marijuana ballot ...
Utah Policy - September 20, 2017

With legislative inaction, a group now puts forward a citizen petition which would set up a medical marijuana (non-smoking) system in Utah, where a limited ...

Denver Vape and Play Hopes to Be Denver's First Pot Lounge
Westword- - September 18, 2017

Denver Vape and Play Hopes to Be Denver's First Pot Lounge ... ready to accept applications for social cannabis consumption areas in late August, ... The proposed lounge will have a U-shaped bar where an attendant will load and ... Because of the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, there will be no smoking allowed inside.

Federal Laws Do Not Preempt Connecticut Law Providing ...
The National Law Review - September 18, 2017

Federal Laws Do Not Preempt Connecticut Law Providing ... confer a legal right to smoke marijuana and do not protect medical marijuana users ... required to comply with the Drug-Free Workplace Act and those who employ a ...

Conflicting advice on cannabis market presented to Maine's ...
Press Herald - September 18, 2017

... their adult-use products at the same counter or point of sale as their medicine. ... how an increased availability of cannabis might affect alcohol or tobacco use.

Clarification sought on how to enforce marijuana regs in Cambridge
Wicked Local Cambridge - September 19, 2017

The city solicitor will also review the municipal ordinance restricting youth access to tobacco products and smoking in workplaces and public spaces to ...

Busy times in downtown Fairbanks
Fairbanks Daily News- - September 19, 2017

It has been an interesting year for downtown — with a variety of happenings, as usual. As a sampling, consider: Two pot shops and two liquor licenses re-entered downtown. The Mecca Bar went smoke-free, with the Big I to follow this winter.

Fairbanks Borough Assembly kills on-site cannabis use resolution
Fairbanks Daily News- - September 18, 2017

It doesn't mesh with our smoke free workplace resolution. It doesn't critique the regulations. I think it should include a comment on the regulations, and it should ...

City still unsure about regs for marijuana edibles
kodiakdailymirror.com – September 18, 2017

The Kodiak City Council on Thursday approved the first readings of the city’s first two ordinances aimed at regulating marijuana businesses. The first ordinance would designate the city as the local regulatory authority for marijuana, which City Manager Mike Tvenge said will ensure Kodiak receives funds from license application fees.

Board approves 27 marijuana licenses where prohibition on Oct. 3 ballot
Alaska Journal - September 19, 2017

The Marijuana Control Board renewed 21 cannabis business licenses and approved 25 new businesses at its Nome meeting Sept. 14-15, but concerns were expressed that more than half of these license holders face a shutdown from Oct. 3 municipal elections.

Cannabis on Campus: Why Does Marijuana Legalization End in ...
Cannabis Now - September 18, 2017

Cannabis on Campus: Why Does Marijuana Legalization End in College? ... marijuana still smells like a cause for removal from housing and dismissal from ...

As Ottawa eyes public pot ban, Denver opens door to vape rooms
CBC.ca - September 18, 2017

As the City of Ottawa begins to ponder its options for regulating marijuana — including an outright ban on public consumption of the drug — Denver, Colo., is setting the stage for legal smoking rooms, and at least one pot advocate there is recommending this city loosen up. Denver is about to become the first jurisdiction in North America to license businesses for the public consumption of marijuana, long considered a glaring policy hole in Colorado's relatively liberal pot laws. ,,,

Kids are why pot should be restricted
News Miner – September 17, 2017

Physical health consequences: The amount of tar inhaled and the level of carbon monoxide absorbed by marijuana smokers are three to five times greater than from tobacco smoke. Marijuana contains more cancer-causing chemicals than tobacco. Just as tobacco smoke impacts non-smokers, children and youths who are not marijuana smokers themselves will be subject to the harmful effects of second- hand smoke.

As California prepares for a cannabis business boom, Oakland's ...
Diablo Magazine - September 17, 2017

So far, San Ramon and Danville have banned dispensaries as well as ... voted in June to extend its existing smoking ban to include weed), 64 percent are ...

Public pot puffing, no cop crackdown
Boston Herald - September 16, 2017

And though it's illegal to smoke marijuana in public, a police spokesman said ... affront to the enacted smoking ban in City parks including Boston Common,” the ...

Marijuana lounges in Clark County a complicated matter
Las Vegas Review-Journal - September 16, 2017

Smoking in public is illegal, and all casinos have been told to ban it on their properties. Giunchigliani said tourists complain they have no place to smoke the ...

Will Las Vegas Be 'Amsterdam on Steroids'? Door Opens for Pot Lounges
NBCNews.com - September 16, 2017

A man uses a pipe to smoke marijuana. ... The one place unlikely to allow pot is casinos, which follow gaming regulations and could jeopardize their state ...

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL BANNING POT USE IN MOVING VEHICLES
East County Magazine - September 16, 2017

September 16, 2017 (Sacramento) – Smoking or consuming marijuana in any form while driving or riding in vehicles will be illegal in California starting January ...

On-site pot consumption resolution voted down in Fairbanks Assembly
Alaska Public Radio Network - September 15, 2017

A resolution supporting on-site consumption of marijuana at licensed establishments was voted down by the Fairbanks Borough Assembly at a meeting ...

Turning a new leaf: Soldotna ends marijuana moratorium
Kenai Peninsula Online - September 15, 2017

Soldotna's moratorium on commercial marijuana will end on January 1, ... Craig Aglietti, co-owner of the Anchorage marijuana store Dankorage, spoke at the ...

Ban on marijuana operations in Fairbanks would close dozens of businesses
Alaska Dispatch News - September 14, 2017

FAIRBANKS — Initiatives to ban marijuana operations in the Fairbanks area on the Oct. 3 ballot will decide the future of legal commerce in cannabis. …

Alaska Is Teaming Up With Local Pot Shops for a Statewide ...
MERRY JANE - September 14, 2017

According to local NBC affiliate KTUU, next month the Responsible Consumer campaign will debut a television ad featuring two of Alaska's retail pot shop ...

California must set policies now to curb teen cannabis use
San Francisco Chronicle - September 14, 2017

Next year, cannabis will be for sale in California stores. ... Although the new law includes some limitations on advertising to minors, the promise of ... that one minute of exposure can impair arterial function in a manner similar to that of tobacco, ...

Sen. Jerry Hill bill banning pot use in cars signed
San Mateo Daily Journal - September 14, 2017

Smoking or consuming marijuana in any form while driving or riding in vehicles will be specifically prohibited by law in California Jan. 1 under a bill by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that Gov. Jerry Brown signed Monday. …

Sound Familiar? Nevada's Social Pot Consumption Hopes Stall
Westword - September 14, 2017

… Consuming cannabis in public is illegal in Colorado, thanks to a sentence in Amendment 64 ... Nevada also has indoor smoking bans, but they're less restrictive. …

Recreational Marijuana Lounges Set To Open In Nevada, Governor Opposed to Idea
The Inquisitr - September 14, 2017

… Per a decision by Nevada’s Legislative Counsel Bureau, current recreational marijuana legalization laws do not have an explicit prohibition on marijuana lounges or similar facilities. Cities and counties are authorized to create rules and regulations for businesses to open the pot spots. The Bureau’s opinion opens the door for Nevada tourists to smoke pot in public. However, hotels and casinos continue to be excluded. …

Council to vote on marijuana rules ($$)
Kodiak Daily Mirror - September 13, 2017

The Kodiak City Council is scheduled to vote on local regulations for marijuana businesses.

The council on Thursday will vote on the first reading of two ordinances. …

Assembly to discuss merits of allowing marijuana sampling rooms
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - September 13, 2017

... of authorizing cannabis stores to open consumption rooms, and Alaska would ... The resolution is modeled after one that passed the Anchorage Assembly in ...

Council lifts marijuana protests
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - September 13, 2017

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board ultimately decides whether a marijuana business license is issued to a company, but the city can protest these licenses.

'Yes' on marijuana measures
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - September 13, 2017

Letter to the editor: There's a healthy live-and-let-live attitude in Alaska that helped to ... want to see valuable resources spent on “locking folks up” for marijuana.

Alaska teams up with local marijuana shops in new cannabis ...
KTUU.com - September 13, 2017

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A new state-funded campaign is warning Alaskans about the potential dangers of legal marijuana-use. The Alaska Department of ...

Nevada legislative counsel: Local governments can approve pot ...
Tahoe Daily Tribune - September 13, 2017

Nevada legislative counsel: Local governments can approve pot smoking ... where patrons are allowed to use marijuana and to impose other restrictions on ...

Door opens for public marijuana smoking lounges in Las Vegas [VIDEO]
KTNV Las Vegas - September 13, 2017

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - A door has possibly opened for smoking pot in public places in Nevada, including in Las Vegas. The Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau released a legal opinion this week that stated local governments can issue permits allowing consumption in designated places. …

I-Team: Pot smoking could be approved in businesses [VIDEO]
KLAS-TV - September 12, 2017

I-Team: Pot smoking could be approved in businesses ... Because the industry has kind of been constrained and there's been a lot of restrictions so this is really ...

Official 'Made In Alaska' Cannabis Is a Thing Now
Cannabis Now - September 12, 2017

Normalization of cannabis commerce is crucial to the long-term success of legalization, and official state recognition is a big deal. Without real progress on the ...

Idyllwild's Hicksville Pines resort embraces cannabis tourism as 420-friendly ‘bud and breakfast’
Press-Enterprise - September 12, 2017

Idyllwild's Hicksville Pines resort embraces cannabis tourism as 420-friendly 'bud and ... Room 420 will remain special, as the only spot in the lodge to allow in-room smoking. ... Since they don't give out that address, they couldn't have a public ...

Smoking pot while driving or riding in a car in California will soon be punishable with a fine
Los Angeles Times - September 12, 2017

With state-licensed marijuana sales months away, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill that prohibits smoking or consuming cannabis while driving or riding in a vehicle in California. …

Pot Ads Come To In-Flight Mags, Courtesy Of Allegiant's 'Sunseeker'
MediaPost Communications - September 12, 2017

I’ll let readers come up with their own puns about the “mile-high” club. But broad prohibitions on advertising for legal recreational marijuana enacted in many places are no laughing matter. That's why it’s kind of a big deal that pot ads are now appearing in a somewhat unexpected medium — in-flight magazines — courtesy of Allegiant Air. Allegiant Air’s Sunseeker in-flight magazine is carrying what it claims is the first-ever ad for legal weed, touting the wares of Acres Cannabis, a dispensary and kitchen based in Las Vegas, where Allegiant has its main hub, per the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the news. …

No State Laws Specifically Ban Cannabis Lounges in Nevada
MERRY JANE - September 12, 2017

One of the primary concerns since Nevada launched its fully legal marijuana market ... “Think about how many bars we have or wine tasting facilities and events.

Nevada local governments have OK to license marijuana lounges
Las Vegas Review-Journal - September 12, 2017

Able to buy but with nowhere to smoke, Las Vegas tourists and locals could soon have a place to light up their weed. An opinion from the Legislative Counsel Bureau released Monday said no state law prohibits local governments from permitting for marijuana consumption in businesses. That means Nevadans and visitors could soon be able to light up a joint in pot-friendly lounges, cafes, yoga studios and possibly even at special events like the Electric Daisy Carnival. …

Borough, pot, property values
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - September 11, 2017

The marijuana industry claims that concerns about the impacts of commercial marijuana business are nothing more than “fear-mongering.” If there is no reason to be concerned, then why has the Fairbanks North Star Borough government gone to such extremes to protect its properties from the impacts of the marijuana industry? …

Bring Your Own Bud to This Downtown LA Social Club
L.A. Weekly - September 11, 2017

Ever find yourself downtown wishing you had a spot to blaze before heading to a game at the Staples Center or a show somewhere nearby? Whether you live ...

Panel bans pot at Vegas airport
Mohave Valley News - September 10, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Recreational marijuana may be legal in Nevada, but add McCarran ... Clark County commissioners have banned marijuana possession and advertising ... Commissioners decided the ad ban won't apply to the advertising .

Will Fairbanks succumb to the lies about marijuana?
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - September 10, 2017

To read that Fairbanks and Alaska should give in to the black market because ... The distribution of cannabis taxes also included $50 million for education, $16 ...

Enough is enough: Marijuana affects community, families
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - September 10, 2017

It’s just pot” — words that haunted my memory recently and prompted this letter. A young couple with a baby, pulling their car to the curb, then getting the baby out of its car seat, holding it in the front seat as the young man proceeded to first light a joint, then get out a glass pipe, heating it with a hand-held torch, inhaling till he started coughing and I interrupt them: “You shouldn’t be doing that around the baby.” The young lady opened her door and answered, “It’s just pot. It’s legal. At least it’s not as bad as meth!”…

San Carlos officials scope pot rules
San Mateo Daily Journal - September 9, 2017

... on how to update zoning to include regulations on uses such as manufacturing, ... where marijuana and tobacco smoking is currently prohibited, and thought ...

Kenai Council rejects loosening marijuana setbacks
Kenai Peninsula Online - September 9, 2017

An effort to loosen city restrictions on where marijuana businesses can ... the former property of Larry's Club, a bar and restaurant on Kenai's northwest side that ...

Marijuana use among young adults at highest rate in over 20 years
Washington Times - September 8, 2017

However, despite marijuana use increasing, young adults smoking hookah pipes and e-cigarettes are trending downwards, which the researchers note could be ...

Vote 'Yes' against marijuana
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - September 7, 2017

Like the proverbial Whack-a-Mole, marijuana onsite consumption is an idea that just doesn’t die. For opponents, we felt a glimmer of hope when the Marijuana Control Board seemed to put the idea on permanent hold last fall. Unfortunately, the industry-friendly board has once again proposed regulations allowing onsite consumption that are open for public comment through Oct. 27. …

Boro to weigh revision to senior tax exemption: Ordinance would eliminate exemption for alcohol, tobacco, pot
Daily News – September 7, 2017

If an ordinance introduced at Tuesday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting passes, senior citizens might need to start forking over a few extra cents the next time they have a beer. The Assembly voted to introduce Ordinance 1840, which would eliminate the senior sales-tax exemption for alcohol, tobacco, tobacco products, marijuana and marijuana products.

Marijuana grow gets green light despite vigorous neighborhood opposition
Daily News Miner – September 7, 2017

They provided a 100-page binder outlining their opposition to the ... Neighbors hostile to Green Bee said they will continue their fight. ... is planning to grow cannabis in a new 2,400-square-foot building across from her home

Medical Marijuana Protections Blocked by House Committee ...
Newsweek - September 7, 2017

The Trump administration and GOP legislators seem hell-bent on halting any initiative to legalize marijuana, be it medical or recreational. The House Rules Committee on Thursday blocked an amendment that prevents the Department of Justice from using federal money to enforce prohibition measures against states that approved medical marijuana consumption.

Brooklyn DA's Pledge to Reduce Marijuana Prosecutions Makes ...
WNYC - September 7, 2017

(Several people WNYC interviewed at Brooklyn Criminal Court said they were arrested for smoking in public, including a 17-year-old boy who claimed the police ...

What We Know About Medical Marijuana's Effect On Heart Disease
AlterNet - September 6, 2017

... life styles and bad habits including: fatty foods, smoking, drinking, and sloth. ... can eventually restrict blood flow in the arteries to the point of heart attack.

Albany plans parking restrictions near key intersections
East Bay Times - September 6, 2017

In other action, the council approved a resolution adopting the 2017 Economic Development Strategic Plan and an ordinance amending the Smoking Control Ordinance to expressly state that the ordinance applies to marijuana smoke as well as tobacco smoke.

Homer City Council to consider marijuana business on the Spit
Alaskajournal.com - September 6, 2017

If an officer entered a cannabis business and was exposed to smoke, that officer ... from smoke with a filtration system or a ventilation system,” Mlynarik said.

First Western Alaska marijuana licenses to be taken up in Nome
Alaskajournal.com - September 6, 2017

Thomas and James Fejes of Anchorage are both seeking retail licenses for Nome ... in the police blotters of rural Alaska, not many applicants have stepped up with .... local entities that have separate duties over authorizing land use and taxes.

Half Moon Bay considers expanding pot rules
San Mateo Daily Journal - September 4, 2017

In Half Moon Bay, voters overwhelmingly approved legalizing marijuana ... the city to prohibit medical marijuana from being smoked in multi-family housing....

Marijuana taxes for July bring in $577000
webcenter11 - September 5, 2017

Fairbanks still has the most pot growing businesses of any municipality in the state, with 12 of Alaska's 46 cultivating operations based in the greater Fairbankis...

State allows marijuana businesses to apply for 'Made in Alaska' logos
Juneau Empire (subscription) - September 1, 2017

The state-run “Made in Alaska” program is accepting applications from marijuana businesses. …

Marijuana store creates community divide in Talkeetna
KTUU.com - August 31, 2017

TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) - Marijuana is causing a divide in a quirky Alaska tourist town in the shade of the continent's tallest mountain. The High Expedition Co. …

Commission recommends Spit opens for pot
Homer News - August 31, 2017

The Homer Spit, once excluded from the commercial cannabis narrative in ... Lloyd Stiassny, a former Homer resident, owns another Uncle Herb's in Anchorage. ... Officers in the state of Alaska are not allowed to use marijuana recreationally or ...

Atascadero works with its community on cannabis regulations
New Times SLO - August 31, 2017

The purpose of the meeting was to begin drafting an ordinance for personal ... the city will work to refine its regulations on smoking or consuming cannabis in ...

Albanese pledges to sue FAA as mayor
Queens Chronicle - August 31, 2017

Asked if he supported smoke-free housing, Dietl said that he would. Then, he accused de Blasio of smoking pot. “Smoke-free housing means no pot smoking, ...

Student Government back in full swing
Daily Illini - August 31, 2017

... had its first meeting of the semester last night. Among the discussions was a recommendation to support the use of medical marijuana in University Housing.

Will Fresno pass a ban on marijuana businesses? Council members ...
Fresno Bee - August 29, 2017

The only exception to the ban would be laboratories that test marijuana for either ... lighting up, getting loaded and smoking pot is a fine thing,” Bredefeld said. ... Marijuana delivery services are already banned under the city's current laws, but ...

'Personal responsibility': Lompoc Council moves toward marijuana ...
Lompoc Record - August 29, 2017

... Lompoc Council moves toward marijuana policy light on restrictions .... Regarding marijuana smoking, the council seemed in consensus that it should not be ...

Longmont staff proposes $316 million municipal budget for 2018
Longmont Times-Call - August 30, 2017

The second ballot measure proposes imposing a special 3 percent tax on the retail sales of marijuana and marijuana products, if the city proceeds to allow a limited number of pot shops to operate within Longmont. The city staff has projected that that 3 percent retail marijuana sales tax — which would be in addition to the basic municipal sales tax that the city also would collect on retail marijuana purchases — would generate almost $290,000 in its first year of collections.

The Alaska town that inspired 'Northern Exposure' is in a battle over ...
NET Website - August 30, 2017

Among the biggest issue for critics is the lack of places for tourists to puff the marijuana they buy – smoking pot in public is illegal, and that led to fears the nearby river park would become the place to partake. Alaska State Troopers say there were no citations issued for anyone consuming marijuana in public in Talkeetna from April 1 to July 1, the same as last year. But opponents argue Talkeetna is lawless, with the closest trooper an hour away. “What are we supposed to do?” asked Stoltz, the bed and breakfast owner. “Are we going to take the law into our own hands? Duct-tape him?”

Marijuana mess
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - August 30, 2017

I am writing this letter to let everyone know what happens when a marijuana grow operation wants to open next door to you. This is my own personal experience. First off, unlike when an alcohol establishment opens, you are not contacted in any way. If you don't know it is happening, you won't be able to go to the borough meetings and protest the operation. …

Marijuana store splits residents in Alaska tourist town
The Cannabist - August 30, 2017

TALKEETNA, Alaska - The presence of a marijuana retail store has caused a ... ice cream or slip through its back door for a cold one at the West Rib Bar and ...

Pot Can Bring In All The Tax Money It Wants, Colorado Springs Will ...
Colorado Public Radio - August 30, 2017

… The citizens group is urging city counselors to put a measure on the ballot in the fall to legalize recreational pot stores within city limits. It recently paid for a study that found recreational pot sales could raise more than $20 million a year for the city. "We're feeling a lot of momentum towards allowing these sales and fixing this problem. It's just a matter of timing," Elliott said.
Colorado Springs residents are clearly getting marijuana - just in other ways. The city has the highest medical marijuana rate in the state, there are 6,000 more people on medical marijuana in the city than in Denver, which has a larger population, according to state numbers. The city of Manitou Springs, just a few miles down the road at the base of Pike's Peak, has two recreational pot stores that have more than doubled that small town's general tax revenues. Manitou is using some of their additional cash to fix its own stormwater problems. …

Anti-legalization group urges feds to "systematically shut down" cannabis industry
The Cannabist - August 30, 2017

… Last week, governors from Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana, each sent letters to the attorney general defending their respective regulatory regimes, designed to uphold the Cole Memo. That Obama-era memo outlined law enforcement and financial oversight priorities for states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. On the fourth anniversary of the memo, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a non-profit group opposed to marijuana legalization, announced it had sent a report to Sessions and other lawmakers detailing how those states have failed to live up to the responsibilities it laid out. Based on their report, "The Cole Memo: 4 Years Later," SAM recommends that Sessions "take measured action to successfully protect public health and safety. Limited Federal resources should be used to target the big players in the marijuana industry who are circumventing DOJ guidance and state regulations." In a phone conference Wednesday, Kevin Sabet, President of SAM, went further, saying, "We do not want individuals prosecuted - we want the industry to be accountable. This industry - starting from the top - should be systematically shut down." …

Pro-marijuana group shoots for 2018 to propose recreational pot sales in Colorado Springs
The Denver Post - August 30, 2017

Advocates for legalized recreational marijuana sales in Colorado Springs are setting their sights on a 2018 ballot proposal, since the chances of getting on El ...

How Vaporizers Impact the Cannabis Market
Equities.com - August 29, 2017

This is the reason why entrepreneurs in this field are embracing vaping technology ... On a practical standpoint it is a consumer electronic product that helps with ...

An Eater's Guide to Denver
Eater Denver - August 29, 2017
https://denver.eater.com/2017/8/29/16180854/best-food-denver-restaurants-city-guide

Does It Smell like Marijuana Everywhere in Denver? Absolutely not. Marijuana is legal for medical and recreational purposes. It has brought a large number of tourists and a ton of revenue to the State, but not an overarching pot stench. Sure, you'll smell it occasionally next to a dispensary or walking down the street behind a particularly excited group of weed fans but as a general matter, restaurants and bars and open spaces in general remain unaffected.

Harvest season includes first full cannabis crop in Alaska
Must Read Alaska (blog) - August 29, 2017
http://mustreadalaska.com/harvest-season-first-cannabis-crop-alaska/

… The next stage of legalized marijuana use is under consideration, which would allow for social clubs or cafes that would operate similar to bars that serve alcoholic beverages. Regulations to enable such public consumption are under consideration and are currently open to public comment. It's a move that been requested by a diverse cross-section of the population - tourism, local government, and consumers have all requested it. The tourism industry has wanted a solution to tourists buying cannabis and then using hotel rooms or rental cars to consume it. They prefer a licensed establishment where tourists can use product safely. Consumers of pot who rent in pot-free buildings also have been seeking places where they can get high, proponents say. The Walker Administration has slow-walked this part of the regulatory process, while publicly claiming to support the voter initiative that was Ballot Measure 2. His administration has let the tourism season go by without providing a viable mechanism for tourists to actually consume the pot they buy in Alaska. However, last week, the State of Alaska posted a notice of a change in regulations that would allow retail licensees to apply for onsite consumption permits. Under the proposal, the state would allow cannabis buying and consuming on site, either by vaporization or smoking, in one gram limits. No concentrates would be allowed but pot-laced consumables and pot-free food could be sold. There is a proposed rule that would protect cannabis cafe workers from exposure to marijuana smoke while working. …

Alaska On-Site Cannabis Consumption Proposal Unveiled
Ganjapreneur - August 29, 2017
https://www.ganjapreneur.com/alaska-on-site-cannabis-consumption-proposal-unveiled/

... “the remainder of the premises” either as a separate building or by a secure door, with its own ventilation system, if smoking were permitted by the retailer.

Smoking Weed in Public
Valley Advocate - August 28, 2017
http://valleyadvocate.com/2017/08/28/smoking-weed-in-public/

First she laughed, then she said she would show me. While weed is legal in the state, you're not supposed to light up wherever you want. Smoking in public is a ...

Nevada Gaming Commission Says Casinos Can't Be Buds With ...
Casino.Org News - August 25, 2017
https://www.casino.org/news/nevada-gaming-commission-says-casinos-wont-be-buds-with-marijuana

The Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC) extinguished any rumors this week that the state regulator might ease its position on legalized recreational marijuana Commission members told the casino industry to steer clear of any relationships linked to the cultivation of marijuana, and shouldn’t hold conventions or expos that promote the use or sale of cannabis.

Should Lawrence ban the sale of recreational marijuana?
The Boston Globe - August 25, 2017
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2017/08/25/should-lawrence-ban-sale-recreational-marijuana/pOWT5ZybP6ijIQDVoFdqRI/story.html

The question of whether Lawrence should ban the sale of recreational ... the proliferation of marijuana smoking on the streets, sidewalks, parks, and in other ...

Denver Begins Accepting Applications for Public Marijuana Smoking ...
Civilized - August 25, 2017
https://www.civilized.life/articles/denver-public-marijuana-areas/

Basically, it would be similar to how restaurants have smoking and non-smoking areas. Even if the city approves a license for a business, other neighborhood ...

I toke thee to be my wife: inside a cannabis wedding in California
The Guardian - August 25, 2017
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/25/california-cannabis-wedding-carmel-zak-walton-dani-geen

Dani Geen takes a hit of cannabis shortly after saying I doob in front of her ... a joint alongside bridesmaids and groomsmen, all smoking, said: “I'm feeling good. ... in your mind”) and the dab bar at the reception in nearby Monterey, where a pot ... “Down the road, people won't call it a cannabis wedding, because bud bars ...

State of potheads — how is marijuana now celebrated?
San Francisco Chronicle - August 24, 2017
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/State-of-potheads-how-is-marijuana-now-11957164.php

People walk down Main Street smoking pot like it's no more unusual than chewing gum ... Suburban moms brag on Facebook about getting drunk at book club ...

Cannabis on campus: the University of Laval calls for clear guidelines
The Sherbrooke Times - August 24, 2017
https://sherbrooktimes.com/cannabis-on-campus-the-university-of-laval-calls-for-clear-guidelines/1027

Don't close the door to the use of marijuana on campus, the University of Laval claims to be from Quebec, “clear guidelines” to determine where it will be ...

Soldotna introduces ordinance to continue pot ban
Peninsula Clarion News – August 24, 2017
http://peninsulaclarion.com/local/news/2017-08-24/soldotna-introduces-ordinance-continue-pot-ban

The Soldotna City Council has introduced an ordinance that would turn the city’s two-year moratorium on marijuana businesses into an indefinite prohibition of commercial production, testing and sale of marijuana within city limits.

Chiloquin city council clears way for recreational marijuana sales
KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 - August 23, 2017
https://kobi5.com/news/regional-news/chiloquin-city-council-clears-way-for-recreational-marijuana-sales-59679/

Mayor Mark Cobb believes recreational marijuana sales will be a good thing for ... Mayor Cobb says tax revenues from sales will go toward improving law ... could generate revenue for the tribe, it could also jeopardize federal funding.

Smoke this: John Morgan adds plaintiffs to marijuana lawsuit
SaintPetersBlog (blog) - August 23, 2017
http://saintpetersblog.com/john-morgan-marijuana-lawsuit/

The suit seeks a declaratory judgment that the smoking ban runs counter to the amendment's language. Lawmakers recently approved and Gov. Rick Scott ...

Kush Tourism's Michael Gordon
Travel Weekly- - August 22, 2017
http://www.travelweekly.com/In-the-Hot-Seat/Kush-Tourism-Michael-Gordon

Public consumption of cannabis remains illegal in the U.S., but several states have passed their own laws legalizing private marijuana use, and pot-related ...

Federal Court Rules that Medical Marijuana User's Claim Under ...
JD Supra (press release - August 21, 2017
http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/federal-court-rules-that-medical-70459/

The United States District Court of the District of Connecticut became the first federal court to issue a ruling that federal law does not preempt a state law that ...

Boro pot tax on Oct. ballot
Ketchikan Daily - August 22, 2017
http://www.ketchikandailynews.com/article/20170822/ARTICLE/170829991

Come October, voters will get to have a say on whether or not they want a special 5-percent sales tax on marijuana in the borough. At Monday’s meeting, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly passed an ordinance that will allow voters on Oct. 3 to decide whether to impose the tax, which includes tax credit for the City of Ketchikan. The language of the ordinance says that the new taxes, if approved, would kick in at the start of 2018.

Rutgers psychiatrist offers insight into Marijuana Legalization Health ...
The Jersey Tomato Press - August 22, 2017
http://thejerseytomatopress.com/stories/rutgers-psychiatrist-offers-insight-into-marijuana-legalization-health-effects-on-teens-and-young,18960?category_id=56&town_id=1&sub_type=stories

As more states pass laws legalizing marijuana use, health experts are voicing concern over the impact such legislation would have on young adults up to age 25

What are the real ramifications of legalizing pot ? No one knows yet
Chicago Sun-Times - August 22, 2017
http://chicago.suntimes.com/lifestyles/what-are-the-real-ramifications-of-legalizing-pot-no-one-knows-yet/

How legalized marijuana is affecting our society has no clear answers, scientists ... operations and marijuana users moving to big cities without jobs or housing.

Denver to start licensing first pot clubs, but few may apply
fox6now.com - August 22, 2017
http://fox6now.com/2017/08/22/denver-to-start-licensing-first-pot-clubs-but-few-may-apply/

Colorado’s largest city is on the brink of licensing some of the nation’s first legal marijuana clubs. But Denver’s elaborate hurdles for potential weed-friendly coffee shops and gathering places may mean the city gets few takers for the new licenses. Denver voters approved bring-your-own-pot clubs in a ballot measure last year after city officials’ dragged their feet on calls to give legal pot smokers a place to use the drug. The city plans to start accepting applications by the end of the month.

Clallam Planning Commission supports prohibition of pot sales in ...
Peninsula Daily News - August 22, 2017
http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/politics/clallam-planning-commission-supports-prohibition-of-pot-sales-in-joyce/

... Commission has backed a proposal to restrict marijuana sales in Joyce. ... “Parents smoking around youth and youth smoking it in general leads to bad health, ...

Smoking banned on BC Ferries starting 2018
Nanaimo News NOW (press - August 22, 2017
http://nanaimonewsnow.com/article/547038/smoking-banned-bc-ferries-starting-2018

This ban applies to tobacco, marijuana and e-cigarettes. In a release, BC Ferries referenced complaints they receive related to secondhand smoke, but did not ...

Assembly to talk new taxes: Marijuana might take center stage
Ketchikan Daily News - August 21, 2017

Monday's Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting is poised to hold four separate public hearings, but it appears much of the meeting may be eclipsed by ...

Go to court, pot opponents
Fairbanks Daily News - August 17, 2017

To the editor: May I suggest that if you feel that you are or will be injured by a marijuana business that you take the matter to court? That's one reason why we ...

Enough with the marijuana fear mongering

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - August 20, 2017

FAIRBANKS — A copy of Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Lance Roberts' newsletter was shared with me. I had the experience of seeing firsthand ...

Word From Seattle's Hempfest: 'Nobody's Hiding' Anymore
Leafly - August 21, 2017

Last weekend brought Seattle Hempfest—AKA the biggest annual cannabis ... It can be used for so many resources — plastic, fuel, housing, paper products, ...

Nevada gaming regulators wrestling with pot policies
Las Vegas Review-Journal - August 19, 2017

Placards in Colorado hotel rooms discourage smoking and marijuana use. ... legal in Nevada and you can smoke marijuana in the casino,” Mannelly said. “But with the stance that the state Gaming Control Board has taken, casinos are taking ...

Native American Tribes Eye Lucrative Marijuana Market
Voice of America - August 21, 2017

An increasing number of Native American tribes are looking to the marijuana .... more than $500 million in tax revenue from marijuana sales since it legalized the .

Retail marijuana favored by public meeting attendees
The Weekly Packet - August 17, 2017

An August 10 public meeting to discuss five proposed ordinances, each one ... all prohibition ordinances, selectmen will craft an ordinance regulating the retail use, ... chemical components of marijuana samples through science, not smoking.

Walker pushes back on federal marijuana rules
News Miner – August 18, 2017

FAIRBANKS—Gov. Bill Walker sent a letter this week to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions defending Alaska’s ability to regulate marijuana acc…

First They Came for Our Soda. Now, They've Come for Our Blunt ...
East Bay Express - August 18, 2017

California already has some of the lowest tobacco-smoking rates in the ... But for cannabis users, smoking a blunt is often a practical move: The wraps burn ...

How will Pataskala's new medical marijuana law work?
The Newark Advocate - August 18, 2017

In short, the ordinance would permit businesses that either cultivate or process the drug. The new state law permits vaporization, but it prohibits smoking medical ..

Clallam Planning Commission supports prohibition of pot sales in ...
Peninsula Daily News - August 18, 2017

Clallam County, which adopted a marijuana ordinance in 2015, is home to ... “Parents smoking around youth and youth smoking it in general leads to bad health ..

National legalization of marijuana as the next big political issue
Patheos (blog) - August 15, 2017

Twenty-nine states have legalized marijuana for medical uses. ..... You don't see as much tobacco smoking in public as you used to, because of the social ...

You can buy legal marijuana in four months. But is California ready ...
Sacramento Bee - August 18, 2017

She is the director of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (formerly the ... ban on smoking cigarettes and vaping in workplaces, including at bars and restaurants. But smoking or vaping weed apparently would be permitted at cannabis ...

Pre-emptive packaging
Chico News Review - August 17, 2017

In a news release, Nielsen said youth “are susceptible to commercials and ... for Butte County Public Health, sees “parallels there” between marijuana and tobacco. ... While medical sales and personal possession, cultivation and use are legal, sales for ... repeatedly versus 12.2 percent who smoke cigarettes as habitually.

Weed revenues for the Yukon's territorial, First Nations and ...
Yukon News - August 17, 2017

Those who follow the new Alaska Marijuana News section of Anchorage’s Alaska Dispatch News will know that Alaska hit a new milestone in June. Marijuana revenues for the state topped US$500,000 per month for the first time. Colorado, whose legalization went into effect more than a year before Alaska’s, hit a milestone of its own in May: Over US$500 million — yes, million — in government revenue has been raised since legal marijuana sales began on Jan. 1, 2014. All of which raises the question of how much money weed will generate for the Yukon’s governments, assuming legalization occurs as planned in Canada next year.

Nevada judge clears way for expanded marijuana distribution
Associated Press - August 17, 2017

A judge cleared the way Thursday for Nevada to allow more businesses to move marijuana from growers to stores in an effort to keep up with overwhelming demand since recreational pot sales began last month. Carson City District Judge James Russell lifted an order blocking regulators from issuing pot distribution licenses to anyone other than alcohol wholesalers. Nevada's voter-approved law is unique among pot states in providing liquor wholesalers exclusive rights to distribute marijuana unless they could not keep up with demand.

Governors of 2 pot states push back on Trump administration
Associated Press – August 17, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administr…

Cannabis Clubs: When Will Their Day Come?
WeedDaily.net - August 16, 2017

But when public use is banned, that creates a problem for many individuals, including visitors who do not have their own private residence to smoke in, and ...

Liberty Twp. to extend medical marijuana ban
Hamilton Journal News - August 15, 2017

Liberty Twp. trustees are poised to extend a temporary ban on medical marijuana ... The law doesn't permit smoking marijuana, but permits vaporizers, patches, ...

Marijuana activists plan eclipse service in DC basilica
Washington Examiner - August 14, 2017

Marijuana activists plan eclipse service in DC basilica ... giving away joints and for smoking in public — said she won't be attending the D.C. event due to recent ...

Meet One of the Activists Fighting for the Rights of Native Americans ...
MERRY JANE - August 15, 2017

The compact outlines that the tribal businesses must agree to collect the same amount as the state tax. It keeps things in the market pretty fair, but that taxation ...

Timeline: Mariijuana laws in the United States
WTSP 10 News - August 14, 2017

1998: Numerous states pass medical cannabis laws and patient protections: Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Arizona, but Arizona's legislature fails to enact it.

133% leap in children admitted to ER for marijuana, study finds
fox6now.com - August 14, 2017

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

Marijuana Smokers Have Higher Chances Of Dying From Hypertension Study Finds
Science Times - August 13, 2017

... 34 percent of them were typically non-smokers, 21 percent of them were only marijuana smokers, 20 percent uses smoked both marijuana and cigarettes, ...

Holy smoke! The church of cannabis
The Guardian- - August 13, 2017

It started, naturally, with a group of friends smoking a joint. ... the first for breaking the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, which bans smoking in public places, ... He introduced an amendment that would ban pot use in churches, but to date it has ..

Where is the local protection from pot businesses?
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - August 13, 2017

There were a lot of people in Alaska who voted for that proposition because they thought it would ... How exactly do you have a designated driver in a smoking facility? ... This is exactly like every other statewide marijuana law in the U.S. In fact, ...

Owner of Tracy's Crab Shack registers to run for Assembly
Juneau Empire (subscription) - August 11, 2017

Tracy LaBarge, who owns or co-owns businesses including Tracy's Crab Shack, SALT Alaska, McGivney's Sports Bar and Grill and also a new cannabis ...

Marijuana Use Triples Death Risk from Hypertension
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News - August 9, 2017

… This is exactly what a team of investigators at the Georgia State University (GSU) School of Public Health set out to accomplish, reporting their recent study findings in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology in an article entitled “Effect of Marijuana Use on Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Mortality: A Study Using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Linked Mortality File.” …

Will I Get High From Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke?
The Fresh Toast - August 9, 2017

Judging from my daily strolls around Lake Merritt, smoking a joint in public—at least in hipster enclaves like Oakland—is now less stigmatized than enjoying a ...

Otisfield board approves ordinance, ordinance amendments
Lewiston Sun Journal - August 8, 2017

... of Selectmen Chairman Hal Ferguson said Tuesday that the board voted Aug. 2 to approve an ordinance prohibiting retail marijuana stores and social clubs in ...

Pot deemed "perfect for Sin City" - but tricky for tourists
WDEF News 12 - August 8, 2017

Anything goes in Las Vegas, right? Wrong. On the Strip, buying marijuana legally is one thing, smoking it is another. Last month Nevada became the eighth state to allow the sale of recreational pot to adults 21 and over. The law mandates that legally bought marijuana be consumed in a private residence - nothing public, which includes casinos, hotels, cars and sidewalks. Armen Yemenidjian, who owns a dispensary, said the law puts most of his customers in a tough spot, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann. …

Alaska's marijuana shops, mapped
Alaska Dispatch News - August 7, 2017

Alaska's cannabis industry is up and running. Here's a map of all the stores open statewide as of Aug. 7, 2017. …

Pull all stops
Ketchikan Daily News - August 7, 2017

Monday's Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting is likely to revolve around two key issues: Grants and pot. During the Assembly's most recent meeting on July 17, Assembly members discussed how to supplant the ever-dwindling economic development fund. The fund has provided grants to a number of groups and community organizations in the past. Those groups include a number of arts organizations. Assembly members recently rejected a plan to create an ad-hoc committee to evaluate how to fix the shrinking fund. Instead, they directed Borough Manager Ruben Duran to evaluate the economic development fund, weigh the available options, and consider new taxes on marijuana to finance it. …

Does Sen. Booker's marijuana legalization bill have a chance?
The Cannabist - August 7, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. - An effort to legalize marijuana at the federal level inched ahead ... which just called for enacting a public health emergency in a recent interim report, ... federal use and possession convictions, in addition to legalizing the drug. ... ought to be legalized" and also commissioned a task force earlier this year to ...

Marijuana devastated Colorado, don't legalize it nationally
USA TODAY - August 7, 2017

Last week, Senator Cory Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Act in an effort to legalize marijuana across the nation and penalize local communities that ...

At what cost legalizing marijuana
Santa Maria Times (subscription) - August 6, 2017

Also, I would hate to be forced to smell the toxic and repulsive secondhand marijuana smoke and dodge high drivers. The next step will be exporting marijuana ...

Attorney General questions Colorado's marijuana management
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel - August 5, 2017

Sessions asks how Colorado is addressing the findings, which he says are relevant to the marijuana debate. Hickenlooper and the governors of Alaska, Oregon ...

Maine 'bud and breakfast' wants to offer pot vacations, but some ...
Bangor Daily News - August 3, 2017

Next Wednesday, Aug. 9, voters at a special Town Meeting in Cornish will decide whether to prohibit all manner of retail marijuana - stores, social clubs, cultivation, testing and manufacturing in town. The following Tuesday, Aug. 15, barring some unforeseen circumstance, the Laughing Grass Inn, where paying guests may choose to accept gifts of complimentary edible marijuana products and take part in a free happy hour, will open for a three week stint. …

City bans retail marijuana [VIDEO]
Foster's Daily Democrat - August 3, 2017

SANFORD - The city council voted on Tuesday night to ban retail marijuana operations in the community. … The ordinance affects all five areas of retail-marijuana licensing under state law: establishments such as stores; cultivation facilities; product manufacturers; testing facilities; and social clubs. …

Cannabis on the Colorado border: Trinidad sued after enacting pot club moratorium
The Cannabist - August 3, 2017

… Meanwhile to the south, about 15 miles from the Colorado-New Mexico state line, the city of Trinidad is going through an even larger boom thanks to sales of adult-use cannabis. Between January and May of this year, the city's cannabis businesses brought in $14.2 million in gross sales from legal marijuana, Trinidad city attorney Les Downs told The Cannabist. Trinidad's sales in that span accounted for about 2 percent of the state's overall sales of cannabis products, based on Colorado sales tax data monitored by The Cannabist. Considering that Colorado has been averaging $100 million or more in monthly sales of legal cannabis for the past 12 months, that's not small change. But not all of Trinidad's businesses are flourishing, such as one catering to visitors looking for a place to legally consume their cannabis purchases. Last month, entrepreneurs Kate Mullen and Laurie Lyon filed a lawsuit against several Trinidad officials, including Mayor Phil Rico, alleging that a city campaign of intimidation against their dual business - the Feed Your Head shop and 420 Smoke Lounge - ultimately resulted in their closure this past May. …

LA Considers Plan for City-Owned Bank Friendly to Marijuana Businesses
Entrepreneur - August 3, 2017

… Despite marijuana being legal at least for medical use in 29 states, cannabis remains illegal at the federal level. That prevents major interstate banks from providing loans and other routine financial services to marijuana businesses, leaving most marijuana businesses operating on a cash-only basis. In a speech given at City Hall in July, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson laid down a plan for the city to create a bank that serves both the marijuana industry and other city needs, such as supporting companies that build affordable housing. In his speech, Wesson said, "When our grandchildren tell stories of us, what will they say? Will they say we were brave?" …

Commissioners weigh banning pot use, ads at airport despite ...
The Nevada Independent - August 2, 2017

Step off a plane and into the terminal at McCarran International Airport, and tourists are likely to find immediate signs of what awaits them in Las Vegas - multiple bars and rows upon rows of slot machines. But the latest temptation available in Las Vegas - recreational marijuana - would go unadvertised at the airport if a proposed ordinance is enacted by the Clark County Commission. Members of the commission took no issue with the first part of the proposed ordinance, which would make it unlawful to "possess, consume, use, display, transfer, sell, transport or grow marijuana" on any airport property, given unanswered questions between state and federal law and possible violations of drug-free workplace requirements required for certain federal grants. …

Counties and Municipalities are Grappling with How to Regulate ...
Lexology (registration) - August 2, 2017

The new law contains a state preemption provision that addresses how Florida counties and municipalities can regulate dispensaries within their boundaries ...

Make marijuana accommodation at coastal accommodations [VIDEO]
Statesman Journal - August 1, 2017

… He also told the story of five home-based lodgings that have opened along the Pacific, and the homeowners who operate these bed-and-breakfasts who could be considered marijuana pioneers. These are people who recognize that in Oregon, marijuana can be smoked in homes, but not hotels. So they are acting to end the double standard that exists in Oregon accommodations. Hotel guests can enjoy their ocean vistas on a deck or balcony with a glass of wine or beer. But if a guest wants to enjoy a rolled cigarette of Blue Dream or Cherry Pie, they're out of luck at conventional hotels. These establishments are sticking stubbornly to their "no-smoking" policies. That's understandable, most nonsmokers of any substance don't want to inhale someone's secondhand smoke. So hotels, motels and other inns cling to policies designed for cigarette, cigar and pipe smokers. But that leaves those who want to relax and enjoy marijuana out on a limb. We believe space should be set aside to allow recreational users to safely use these legal products. Barring that, we support these tourists, acting legally, turning to people who will rent them a room in a home and allow them their choice. …

Pomona to discuss, hear input about recreational marijuana at public meetings
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin - August 1, 2017

Community members with questions and comments associated with the local and state regulation of recreational marijuana are invited to take part in one of three meetings organized by the city, the first of which is scheduled for tonight. … City Council members have begun moving to establish local regulations. On July 17, City Council members gave preliminary approval to a proposed ordinance that call for requiring the issuance of permits for the indoor cultivation of marijuana for personal use. Also, under the proposal prohibitions on smoking marijuana in designated areas would also be set. The council is expected to have a final vote in September. …

Booker plans to legalize marijuana
NorthJersey.com - August 1, 2017

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is set to introduce a bill Tuesday to make marijuana legal at the federal level, marking the first time the New Jersey Democrat has come out in favor of full legalization and further stoking tensions with a Trump administration that has sought to roll back the clock on federal drug policy. The Marijuana Justice Act, as Booker is calling his bill, would also allow people serving time for marijuana-related offenses to be resentenced and automatically expunge federal marijuana use and possession crimes. It uses federal funds to encourage states to liberalize their marijuana laws, Booker said in a statement ahead of the bill's formal introduction. …

Alaska marijuana tax revenue jumps to over $500,000 in June
Alaska Dispatch News - August 1, 2017

The marijuana industry brought $512,500 in state tax revenue in June, the most in a single month so far, according to the Alaska Department of Revenue. "This is really incredible," wrote Kelly Mazzei, excise tax supervisor for the tax division. "We knew it would happen; we just didn't know when." …

State officials preparing to unveil permanent pot regulations
The Nevada Independent - August 1, 2017

Nevadans could catch a glimpse as early as next week of the proposed permanent regulations that will shape the state's recreational marijuana industry. …

Las Vegas 420 Rooms offers solution for Recreational Cannabis ...
Digital Journal - August 1, 2017

The big hotels will not allow smoking in or around their properties due to their ... owner should be aware of before listing, but none that restrict cannabis usage. ...

Cannabis Is Good Business, But Is it Good for Native Culture?
Indian Country Today Media Network- - July 31, 2017

Download our free report, Intergenerational Trauma: Understanding Natives' ... Two, on tribal lands that have non-Native residents, marijuana laws are easier to enforce. ... “It seems we keep moving toward vices – smoking, drinking, gambling ...

City Of Englewood Tries To Shut Down Marijuana Club
CBS Local - July 31, 2017

A marijuana club in Englewood says it will appeal a recent decision by a hearing examiner that upholds an order that the club was must shut down. …

Mass Court Clouds Marijuana in the Workplace Issues
Lexology (registration) - July 31, 2017

A recent unanimous decision by the highest state court in Massachusetts sends a warning signal to employers in all states. Marijuana in the workplace is a complex and unsettled legal issue that will require all employers to navigate a veritable minefield. Even if you are in a state other than Massachusetts, this recent case may provide important guidance for employers facing the legal specter of pot in the workplace. …

In the last frontier, Alaska's pot shops aim for tourists [VIDEO]
USA TODAY - July 31, 2017

ANCHORAGE - Marijuana store manager Will Ingram's eyes light up when he thinks about thousands of cruise ship passengers pouring off shuttle buses a block from his newly opened shop. With money to spend and a few hours to burn, Ingram, whose shop is on the main street of this Alaskan city's tourist district, thinks visitors from the Lower 48 are primed to become his customers in one of the few states where any adult legally can buy pot. … Like other states that have legalized recreational cannabis, Alaska bars public consumption, and regulators recently shut down a cannabis club where people were smoking pot. …

No to marijuana bans
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - July 31, 2017

In 2015, Ballot Measure 2, which legalized recreational cannabis, went into effect. Voters in Fairbanks spoke loudly in favor of legalization, along with about 53 percent of the voters in the state. What, if any, adverse effects did this vote have on our community? None that I can see. … Now, however, a small but vocal group has appointed itself the arbiter of morality and "right living," and has managed to gain enough signatures to put Proposition 1 and Proposition A on the October ballots. One of these measures would ban all retail cannabis businesses within the city of Fairbanks and the other is a proposed ban for the entire borough. Make no mistake, this move is an open attempt to subvert the will of the people. Practically all objections to marijuana's presence in our community that I have heard or read have been based on ignorance, misinformation, fear and outright prejudice. Are we to be subject to the tyranny of the minority? Are we living in a borough governed on the principle of "Let my conscience be your guide?" …

York's new marijuana law at a glance
York Daily Record/Sunday News - July 31, 2017

York Mayor Kim Bracey on July 25 signed into law a bill making possession of small amounts of marijuana or hashish, or smoking it in a public place, a civil offense rather than a crime. …

In Maine, the marijuana comes to you [VIDEO]
USA TODAY - July 31, 2017

This past fall, Maine voters legalized marijuana as of the start of this year, but lawmakers still are developing a system of state-regulated stores to sell it.

In the state of the Puritans, chance to buy pot legally moves ahead [VIDEO]
USA TODAY - July 31, 2017

Marijuana entrepreneur Jaime Lewis breathed a sigh of relief at the red tape, delays and legislative infighting as Massachusetts lawmakers fiddled with the state's cannabis legalization plan …

In politically charged DC, cannabis is a cottage industry [VIDEO]
USA TODAY - July 31, 2017

WASHINGTON - Stuck between Congress and voters' will, residents of this politically charged town are becoming urban gardeners, turning closets and living ...

California city to use pot shops to fight racial inequities [VIDEO]
USA TODAY - July 31, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. - Convicted marijuana dealers are getting help to go legal under a precedent-setting system here. The city's "Equity Applicant" system aims to ...

How California Can Utilize Surplus Marijuana Other Than Smoking ...
International Business Times - July 28, 2017

This hadn't been a problem until now, as the surplus was exported to other states, but a new law set to go into effect in January will ban growers from selling their ...

Gov. Baker Signs Bill Making Changes To Marijuana Law
CBS Boston / WBZ - July 28, 2017

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill that makes changes to the state's voter-approved recreational marijuana law on Friday. The law sets up different procedures for cities and towns to follow if they want to restrict marijuana stores, depending on how their residents voted on the November ballot question. Some argue that provision could leave the bill vulnerable to a constitutional challenge. …

Las Vegas Marijuana Tour Buses Hit Legal Speed Bump
The Fresh Toast - July 27, 2017

While a few choice bus companies started making their plans - and in some cases implementing them - to create marijuana themed buses where passengers can sit back and really enjoy the ride, a sneaky little law rose to the surface. It turns out that Nevada has a state law that prohibits one from ingesting pot inside a moving vehicle. …

City looking at prohibiting retail marijuana
Foster's Daily Democrat - July 27, 2017

This past spring, the council established a marijuana task force - a mix of city officials ... It's human nature - the more you restrict, the more the public demands.

Smoke Lounge Owners Battle Trinidad Over Signage, Pot Rules
Westword - July 27, 2017

Update below: The owners of a now-closed "luxury smoke lounge" on Trinidad's dispensary-clogged Main Street have filed suit against the city's mayor, police, city council and district attorney, claiming that shifting local policies about pot consumption and weed-related signage doomed their business. …

The cannabis candidate: Gavin Newsom dominates donations from growing industry aiming for influence
Los Angeles Times - July 27, 2017

The fundraising dinner for Gavin Newsom in Salinas was in most ways a typical night for a political candidate. Local business leaders paid up to $5,000 for a chance to talk with the man aiming to be California's next governor over cauliflower bisque, strip steak and Meyer lemon pudding cake. The hosts that March evening were in the agriculture business, in a region known for its lettuce, grapes and strawberries. But they left their signature dish off the menu: candy infused with marijuana. California will soon have open sales of recreational marijuana, and it needs to decide how to regulate its newest cash crop. Hoping to influence those decisions, the cannabis industry is seeking access to the state's political leaders. …

Lawmakers halt bill to let VA doctors prescribe pot for pain
Greeley Tribune - July 27, 2017

The measure would have allowed VA doctors to consider medical marijuana for ... medical marijuana through the VA in states where it has been legalized.

Washington State's Marijuana Waste Problem
waste360 - July 27, 2017

Washington State's decision to legalize recreational marijuana has generated revenue for the state, but it's also created a new waste problem thanks to 1.7 ...

Moratorium on recreational marijuana retailers set for Holyoke ...
MassLive.com - July 26, 2017

Marijuana smoking is not allowed in public. People can smoke inside their homes, though prohibitions may apply for renters or those living on federally subsidized property....

Los Angeles considers creating a bank for pot industry
Daily Democrat - July 26, 2017

City Leaders here are looking into the possibility of setting up a public bank that would do business with marijuana dispensaries, as well as cater to affordable housing developers. The announcement comes as Oakland also is considering opening its own bank. San Francisco officials also approved a new Office of Cannabis in advance of recreational marijuana sales starting in California next year. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday also directed the new office to analyze disparities that keep certain minority groups out of the cannabis business. Its other task is to make recommendations on how to keep medical marijuana affordable. …

Florida's New Medical Marijuana Law is a Mixed Bag
Sarasota - July 26, 2017

… Not only did the state prohibit smoking, the Legislature also has tighter restrictionsthan most states on who can qualify to get marijuana. There are about a ...

Should landlords be able to ban smoking, growing pot in apartments?
CTV News - July 26, 2017

A large group of Halifax, N.S. landlords is voicing their concern about the prospect of renters growing and smoking marijuana in their units when the federal ...

On-site cannabis use: What stands in the way
KTUU.com - July 25, 2017

Eating or smoking cannabis products inside licensed retail shops could soon become a reality, in Alaska. The state's marijuana control board approved a proposal outlining some guidelines for on-site consumption, at a meeting in Fairbanks, earlier this month. The board is looking for suggestions on how on-site consumption should work. Inside marijuana retail stores, like Alaska Fireweed, customers, like Camilo Giraldo who is visiting Alaska from Colombia, can buy cannabis products, but can't use them. …

Haines marijuana business hopefuls present goals to the assembly [AUDIO]
KHNS Radio - July 25, 2017

Sean McNamara applied for a license to open Alaska Mountain Growers. Like Glacier Bay Farms, he wants to operate both a cultivation facility and dispensary.

Damariscotta Residents Express Mix of Views at Hearing on Marijuana
The Lincoln County News (subscription) - July 25, 2017

During the July 19 hearing, Shari Sage expressed concern about secondhandsmoke, but asked that the town not approach recreational marijuana-related ...

West Lincoln puffs over medical marijuana application
Niagarathisweek.com - July 25, 2017

WEST LINCOLN - The application for a medical marijuana grow op in West Lincoln ... herself dizzy one day from a co-workers second-hand marijuana smoke.

Maine Legislative Panel Mulls Raising 10 Percent Tax on Marijuana
Insurance Journal - July 25, 2017

As the legalization of recreational marijuana sales in Maine nears, ... fees as well as a 10 percent tax on sales by retail marijuana stores and social clubs.

What You Need to Know: Paris Board of Selectmen
Lewiston Sun Journal - July 25, 2017

… Jackson spoke about the state deciding its regulations, which are due by February 2018 after voters approved recreational marijuana in November 2016. He proposed establishing an ad hoc committee to examine various aspects of recreational marijuana in town regarding retail outlets, social clubs and agricultural production, along with possible ordinances and licensing fees. …

Maine Town Inhabitants Picked Up Trash to Receive Free Marijuana
Beacon Transcript - July 25, 2017

… The Summit Medical Marijuana owner, Dennis Meehan, declared he got his inspiration from a Colorado cannabis club. Last summer, the club organized an ...

A Little Pot with that Pinot? California Weed Farms and Wineries Pair Up
Men's Journal - July 25, 2017

Picture this: You're enjoying one of Northern California's famed wine tours - travelling to sunny vineyards, sampling the finest pinot noir, dining on farm-to-table meals. But this jaunt entails a few extra stops: sanctioned visits to local cannabis farms, where you're welcome to tour the fragrant marijuana plants and sample the latest Mendocino Kush in the on-site tasting rooms. Excursions like this could be the result of the first-ever Wine and Weed Symposium, a business conference being held on August 3 in Santa Rosa, California. …

United States: Nevada's Looming Marijuana Shortage: Emergency Regulations Adopted
Mondaq News Alerts (registration) - July 25, 2017

On July 13, the Nevada Tax Commission (the "Commission") held a public hearing to discuss the potential marijuana product shortfall facing the state's dispensaries following the launch of state-authorized recreational marijuana sales in Nevada on July 1. The reason for the potential product shortfall: a provision in the initiative petition that legalized recreational marijuana in Nevada that gave an 18-month monopoly on recreational marijuana distribution to licensed liquor distributors. As of the date of the hearing, there were only two liquor distributors that had received licenses as marijuana distributors. This number appears to be far short of what will be needed to restock Nevada's 47 licensed retail marijuana dispensaries, which report ongoing heavy traffic from recreational purchasers. According to news sources, these 47 dispensaries reported more than 40,000 retail transactions in the first weekend of recreational sales. …

Is a Federal Marijuana Crackdown Imminent?
MERRY JANE - July 25, 2017

The federal marijuana crackdown that drug reform advocates have speculated ... Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety submits its review on policies pertaining ... "I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the ...

How Many Americans Actually Use Marijuana?
Oregon Cannabis Connection - July 25, 2017

Marijuana has become legal in the state I was born and raised in (Oregon), along with seven other states and Washington D.C.. There is still a stigma attached to marijuana consumption, but the stigma isn't as strong as it has been in past decades in America. A lot of people are either trying marijuana for the first time, or coming back after a long layoff. I am often asked the question, 'how many Americans consume marijuana?' Gallup has an annual poll that gets to the bottom of that very question, in addition to asking about how many Americans have tried marijuana at least once in their life as opposed to being a current consumer. Below are excerpts about the results of this year's poll: As more U.S. states legalize marijuana use, 45% of Americans say they have tried marijuana at least once, a new high in Gallup's trend since 1969. A separate question finds 12% of Americans saying they currently smoke marijuana, far less than those who say they have tried the drug. The percentage saying they smoke marijuana has nearly doubled since Gallup first asked this question in 2013, although there has been no meaningful increase over the past three years. Last year when the poll was conducted, Gallup found that 43% of Americans had tried marijuana at least once, with 13% of poll participants stating that they were current users. I find it very interesting that in 1969 only 4% of Americans had tried marijuana, and support for legalization was only at 12%. Zoom forward the last Gallup poll (October 2016) which found that 60% of Americans supported legalization. …

State Rep. Hannah Kane backs changes to marijuana law
Wicked Local Westborough - July 25, 2017

State Rep. Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, served as one of the three House conferee members, who along with three Senate conferee members negotiated the Marijuana Conference Committee Report, is backing changes to the state's recreational marijuana law to provide cities and towns with more flexibility to limit the number of local marijuana dispensaries. …

A former Jets player is suing Jeff Sessions to legalize marijuana
Washington Post - July 25, 2017

Former NFL player Marvin Washington is one of five plaintiffs who are suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice and the Drug ...

Nevada's legal pot industry ramping up delivery services
Tahoe Daily Tribune - July 25, 2017

LAS VEGAS - Nevada's marijuana industry is ramping up its home delivery ... It remains illegal to light up in public places, including casinos, restaurants and ...

Pot: your risk of going to jail or getting just a ticket depends on where ...
Fox 4 - July 24, 2017

... the 20-year old cook and manager-in-training was caught smoking pot in his ... In Alachua County, commissioners were quick to pass an ordinance allowing ...

Maine employers advised to hold off on testing for marijuana use
Press Herald - July 24, 2017

Under the new recreational marijuana law, which is scheduled to go into effect in February, the majority of Maine businesses would not be able to test job applicants for marijuana use or fire an employee for a marijuana-positive drug test unless they could also prove use or impairment on the job, according to the state Department of Labor. …

Marijuana Smokers Should Be More Considerate
Smoke 'em if you've got 'em. Just somewhere else, please
Bloomberg - July 24, 2017

I support marijuana legalization, but I wish pot smokers would stop stinking up the sidewalks. I'm not alone. In places where using marijuana no longer carries the threat of a jail sentence, the pungent odor of ganja is increasingly infiltrating daily life -- and annoying nonsmokers. "It used to be kind of neat smelling pot occasionally on a weekend, but now Toronto smells like weed all the time," complains writer Liza Herz, who says she supports legalization. Like cigarette smokers, marijuana smokers get used to the smell and don't notice how loathsome it can be to those who don't share their habits. Unlike cigarette smokers, however, pot smokers haven't yet developed strong norms about not bothering the neighbors. "The worst is that new neighbors in the house behind me smoke all the time, and it wafts into my yard and bedroom like a frightened skunk," says Jessica Lee, a financial professional in Washington, D.C. who says she "used to be for legalization" but changed her mind after seeing so many young people smoking. Once the threat of police sanctions disappears, many people feel free to light up without considering the spillover effects. …

Marijuana backlash: Smell of smoke driving some former proponents away
The Cannabist - July 24, 2017

I support marijuana legalization, but I wish pot smokers would stop stinking up the sidewalks. I'm not alone. In places where using marijuana no longer carries the threat of a jail sentence, the pungent odor of ganja is increasingly infiltrating daily life - and annoying nonsmokers. "It used to be kind of neat smelling pot occasionally on a weekend, but now Toronto smells like weed all the time," complains writer Liza Herz, who says she supports legalization. …

Reefer Madness at Trump's Justice Department
San Diego Free Press - July 24, 2017

The US Department of Justice is preparing to crack down on marijuana use following the release of a report later this week claiming the drug is linked violent crime. The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, organized by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is expected to recommend tougher sentences for those caught growing, selling and smoking pot. …

Jeff Sessions Wants Your Weed (Among Other Things)
Esquire.com - July 24, 2017

In an administration brimming with toxic nostalgia, there is perhaps no more absurd pusher of outdated, debunked, and ultimately destructive policy than Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. After a period of progress on criminal justice in Washington-at least with regard to tone and rhetoric-the former Alabama senator is shifting into reverse and slamming on the gas. He has moved to reinstitute mandatory minimum sentencing whenever possible, a cornerstone of the War on Drugs which led to overly harsh sentencing, ballooned the prison population, and made hardened criminals out of nonviolent drug offenders. Sessions has reversed the Obama administration's planned phase-out of private prisons for housing federal inmates-after all, he intends to have a lot more to house. And perhaps most absurd of all, he has embraced 1980s rhetoric and policy on marijuana, even parroting Nancy Reagan's past-parody invocation to "Just Say No."…

TEDxMileHigh Joins Protect What's Next Youth Pot-Use Prevention Program
Westword - July 24, 2017

For this year's iteration of Colorado's campaign to discourage underage marijuana use, the state teamed up with TEDxMileHigh and media companyCactus to take teens on immersive field trips with movers and shakers across Denver. …

House, Senate tweak marijuana bill
Sentinel & Enterprise - July 24, 2017

… Giving landlords the right to prohibit smoking or growing of marijuana on their ... "This bill increases public health and safety protections, and specifies ways to ...

A move to ban all new medical cannabis outlets in SF
48 Hills - July 24, 2017

San Francisco planners, with very little public discussion, are moving to ban all ... neighbors complain constantly about parking problems and people smoking in ...

Massachusetts Court Finds Medical Marijuana Use May Constitute Reasonable Accommodation
Lexology (registration) - July 24, 2017

On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that an employee fired for using medical marijuana could pursue her claim of handicap discrimination under state law. This is the first decision by any state's high court to recognize a duty to engage in the interactive process with a medical marijuana user to determine whether a reasonable accommodation exists to allow the individual to work. …

Making sense of marijuana in the workplace
Oregon Business News (press release) - July 24, 2017

... Employer safety concerns are not unfounded. Earlier this month the Highway Loss Data Institute, an insurance industry research group dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries and property damage from motor vehicle crashes, released a study linking legalized recreational marijuana to an increase in motor vehicle crashes. The HLDI study focused on crashes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado during the years 2012 to 2016 and concluded that legalizing recreational marijuana use in those states "has resulted in collision claim frequencies that are about 3 percent higher overall than would have been expected without legalization". The HLDI acknowledges earlier studies (before legalization) that failed to find a definitive connection between marijuana use and increased accident rates. …

Any pot ban in Malden would require vote
Daily Item - July 23, 2017

It will be up to voters in this city to decide if Malden bans marijuana sales. The state Legislature's rewrite of the recreational marijuana law passed by voters in 2016 states that communities that passed the legalization referendum last year can only ban pot shops if a majority of voters are in favor of a ban. Malden voters passed the question locally by a 54-46 percent vote. In Medford, it was a bit higher, 58-42 percent. Melrose also backed the ballot question 55-45 percent. …

New law restricts open containers of marijuana in vehicles
The Northern Light - July 22, 2017

A new law will ban the use of marijuana while driving. House Bill 1276 will tighten regulations by prohibiting the transport of marijuana in unsealed containers. The law will take effect statewide on September 26. Initiative 502 had regulations in place to govern how much THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, a person could have in their system while operating a vehicle. However, the bill contained no explicit language saying a person could not smoke and drive. Under the new law, loose joints, unfinished edibles or open bags of marijuana must be kept in the vehicle's trunk or behind the car's rearmost row of seats. …

Feds probe Colorado's regulations, enforcement over marijuana ...
Newburgh Gazette - July 22, 2017

Federal Department of Justice and drug policy officials met privately Wednesday with Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, local police and other community leaders as part of an apparent statewide, closed-door tour focusing on Colorado's burgeoning legal marijuana industry. The Trump administration discussed Colorado's cannabis industry with state and local officials this week during a fact-finding trip focused on the nation's first recreational marijuana marketplace. Federal government officials held similar meetings in Denver on Tuesday, according to the Denver Post. …

Veterans' Access to Medical Marijuana Hinges on Monday Vote
Military.com - July 22, 2017

A measure allowing veterans easier access to medical marijuana garnered bipartisan support in Congress last year and nearly became law. A vote on Monday could be the end of the line this year in another attempt to pass it. The House Rules Committee will soon decide whether to allow Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., to offer an amendment to the Department of Veterans Affairs budget on the House floor. His "Veterans Equal Access" amendment would allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their veteran patients in states where the drug is legal. VA providers would also be able to complete veterans' paperwork required by some states to purchase marijuana. …

County says no smoking weed in tour buses, limos
Las Vegas Sun - July 21, 2017

Clark County officials issued a reminder today that using marijuana in vehicles is illegal, after getting reports of people trying to rent tour buses and limousines for weed excursions. "It is not only illegal to consume marijuana in a moving vehicle. It is illegal to consume marijuana in a public right of way," the county said in a news release. It's also against the law to use the drug in casinos or at the Las Vegas airport. …

As Trump wages war on legal marijuana, military veterans side with pot
Los Angeles Times - July 21, 2017

The Trump administration's attack on legal marijuana, already stymied by large states determined not to roll back the clock, is increasingly confronting an even more politically potent adversary: military veterans. Frustrated by federal laws restricting their access to a drug many already rely on to help treat post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and opioid addiction, veterans have become an influential lobbying force in the marijuana debate after sitting on the sidelines for years. The 2-million-member American Legion this spring got involved in a big way by launching a campaign to reduce marijuana restrictions, which it says hurt veterans and may aggravate a suicide epidemic. …

Colorado's Collected Over $500 Million in Marijuana Tax Revenue Since 2014
Westword - July 21, 2017

Colorado's Collected Over $500 Million in Marijuana Tax Revenue Since 2014 ... in sales tax and licensing revenue, are on pace to continue raising the bar. ...

Council defers on-site pot use
Ketchikan Daily News – July 21, 2017

With the issue spurring nearly an hour of public testimony, the Ketchikan City Council on Thursday night quickly voted 4-0 to stall a decision on whether to back new state efforts to allow on-site marijuana consumption in Alaska's now-many retail pot shops. The vote resulted from the lack of a full dais, with Vice-Mayor Bob Sivertsen and Council Member Janalee Gage absent from the meeting. Council Member Dave Kiffer arrived after the 4-0 vote occurred.

Dan Sebald: Wisconsin up in smoke
Madison.com - July 20, 2017

Dear Editor: Cheech and Chong might find some logic in Rep. Melissa Sargent's claim that farmers replacing wheat with marijuana is going to balance the Wisconsin budget, but let's get serious. Have things gotten so bad in Wisconsin that, like Afghanistan, its cash crop should be a habit-forming drug? Midwestern farmers' kids are dying from opioid abuse, disrupting the succession of the family business, and now a Wisconsin Democrat suggests they should grow marijuana. Fifteen years ago, Madisonians went a long way toward squelching the tobacco industry and raising the general health of the populace via its progressive and influential indoor smoking ban. That was leadership on what proved to be an immensely popular law at the state level. …

Edibles Are The Next Big Thing For Pot Entrepreneurs
Forbes - July 20, 2017

As more states legalize cannabis for recreational use, edibles will become a huge market for entrepreneurs. In California alone, consumers gobbled up more than $180 million worth of marijuana-infused food and drinks last year, 10% of the state's cannabis sales, according to Arcview Market Research. And it's not just California that's seeing a growing edibles market. Sales of pot-infused treats increased 121% last year in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is legal, according to cannabis analytics firm Headset Inc. And since Colorado first allowed recreational marijuana use, sales tripled from $17 million in the first quarter of 2014 to $53 million in the third quarter of 2016. The reason for the explosive growth is that as the pot market expands, it's starting to reach people who don't want to smoke. …

Marijuana board moves to prohibit common lease arrangement
Alaskajournal.com - July 19, 2017

Should a landlord be allowed a percent of sales in lieu of charging rent to a marijuana business? That's a current practice of concern to the Alaska Marijuana Control Office. Such arrangements has the potential to allow a landlord - who is not a licensee - "to exert influence on the operation." Addressing the issue was among the 12 agenda actions sent out for public comment after the Alaska Marijuana Control Board met in Fairbanks July 12-14. By a 3-2 vote, the board settled on a proposal to prohibit future license applicants from lease arrangements that include a percentage of revenue in exchange for rent. Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office Executive Director Erika McConnell estimates at least 25 percent of the nearly 200 marijuana businesses across the state have this sort of lease arrangement. …

Ad makeover for Washington's marijuana industry
KING5.com - July 20, 2017

SoDo pot shops have already begun changing out signs and billboards - bracing for the impacts of a new law that goes in effect on Sunday. "No sandwich boards, no flags, no sign spinners - the things people are putting value judgments on that they find unappealing or gross," said Oscar Velasco-Schmitz, co-owner of Dockside Cannabis. State Senator Ann Rivers, who sponsored the bill restricting marijuana business advertising, says the regulation is akin to restrictions put on alcohol and tobacco industries, and anyone who thinks the marijuana is different is "naïve to think otherwise." "I was blown away by what I saw in Seattle," Senator Rivers said. "There was an ad with a girl used in a sexually suggestive way, and I thought oh my gosh, this could be a real Cole Memo violation." She is referring to the federal protection, which allows states to regulate their own adult-use cannabis industries. Pot is still illegal federally, and Cannabis supporters are worried the Trump Administration could crack down at any time. …

Maine Lawmakers Using Colorado Cannabis Expert to Help Craft Recreational Regulations
MERRY JANE - July 19, 2017

Just as cannabis legalization has swept through the West Coast, the northeastern region of New England is also riding the green wave. While Massachusetts struggles to implement its own voter-approved recreational marijuana system, the neighboring state of Maine has sought out a renowned pot expert to help craft cannabis regulations. In order to ensure that The Pine Tree State implements recreational cannabis the right way, Maine's Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee is taking advice from Andrew Freedman, also known as Colorado's "marijuana czar." Freedman, who is the first Director of Marijuana Coordination in Colorado, spent over an hour meeting and sharing data on recreational cannabis use with the committee. … Colorado has seen an increase in hospital emergency room visits, primarily due to tourists underestimating the potency of edibles. Freedman also expressed that his state was overly lax on personal cultivation laws, ultimately allowing individuals to grow too much marijuana, eventually paving the way for cannabis to be illegally sold across state lines. …

Manatee couple joins lawsuit against Florida's ban on smoking ...
WTSP 10 News - July 19, 2017

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Seventy percent of Floridians approved the medicinal use of marijuana -- except state law prohibits smoking the drug. A Manatee ...

In Detroit, it can be hard to set up a pot shop
Detroit Metro Times - July 19, 2017

First of all, let's remember that the city's zoning ordinance for Medical Marijuana ... and that the marijuana users were coming right out and smoking in their cars. ... Not to mention that the Detroit ordinances have resulted in shuttering a couple ...

Reefer Riches: What Minnesota could learn about recreational ...
City Pages - July 19, 2017

“We have seen other drug use patterns come down—tobacco, alcohol, and such. .... anything more than 17 percent at the point of sale, plus a 3 percent local tax.

Man says unlicensed cannabis clubs are operating illegally [VIDEO]
KRDO - July 19, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A business owner is standing up for his marijuana club after he says others aren't following the law. Jaymen Johnson spoke out ...

Cannabis at work: An update for employers
Lexology (registration) - July 18, 2017

AUMA and MAUCRSA both favor employers to impose anti-marijuana policies. One of the enumerated purposes of Proposition 64 is to “allow public and private employers to enact and enforce workplace policies pertaining to marijuana.” AUMA §3(r). MAUCRSA expressly states that the legalization of cannabis use does not (i) restrict the rights of employers to maintain a drug free workspace, (ii) require an employer to permit or accommodate cannabis use in the workplace, or (iii) affect the ability of employers to have policies prohibiting the use of cannabis by employees and prospective employees. See MAUCRSA §133, amending Health & Safety Code §11362.45.

Uruguay pharmacies start selling marijuana
Yahoo Singapore News - July 19, 2017

Pharmacies in Uruguay started selling marijuana Wednesday under a ... to grow weed at home, and more than 60 smokers' clubs have been authorized. ... marijuana for pharmacies -- under military protection, and with no public access.

Officials study Albany's draft economic development plan
East Bay Times - July 19, 2017

… During the regular meeting, the City Council voted to introduce new language to the city's smoking ordinance clarifying that it regulates marijuana smoke. State anti-smoking laws cover tobacco and marijuana smoke, but city staff asked the council to make it clear that marijuana smoke is covered after recreational use of marijuana was legalized with the passage of Proposition 64 in November. …

Morning report: Pot for sale at Arcata Ball Park?
Mad River Union - July 19, 2017

According to the website of Humboldt Green, a cannabis company sponsoring ... Being that smoking is not allowed at city parks, attendees won't be allowed to smoke ... An Arcata Man was convicted Monday for striking a jail guard in the face and ... Mr. Robbins did not have a license to carry a loaded firearm in public or in a ...

York passes bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana
witf.org - July 19, 2017

York is on its way to becoming the first municipality in York County to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense rather than a crime. By a 4-1 vote, City Council approved a bill introduced by Councilwoman Judy Ritter-Dickson subjecting those possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana to a civil fine or community service and not criminal prosecution and possible jail time. Councilwoman Renee Nelson was the lone vote on the five-member Council against the bill, which also decriminalizes smoking marijuana in public. …

Mass. towns debate new pot sales rules
The Boston Globe - July 19, 2017

The extent of local officials' power to block proposed marijuana facilities will be ... Already, more than 100 cities and towns have imposed moratoriums or bans on ... Arlington will now move forward with a town-wide referendum to limit or ban ...

County Considers Creating Marijuana Control Board
KNPR - July 19, 2017

Clark County Commissioners are considering more direct enforcement of rules governing marijuana businesses, according to the Las Vegas Sun. … Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick has proposed the idea of setting up a marijuana control board for more oversight of the budding industry. The board would be ...

'Major milestone': Colorado hits half a billion in cannabis tax revenue
The Cannabist - July 19, 2017

Marijuana advocates are trumpeting a Colorado milestone: More than $500 ... was hailed Wednesday in a new report from VS Strategies, the new public affairs ...

Durango City Council upholds marijuana buffer measurements
The Durango Herald - July 19, 2017

The Durango City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to uphold "as the crow flies" buffers that keep marijuana shops away from schools, playgrounds and residential treatment centers. …

SF may stunt growth of cannabis industry ahead of legalization
San Francisco Examiner - July 18, 2017

“The Small Business Commission recommended against banning flavored tobacco and menthol cigarettes,” Safai said, in reference to the law recently approved ...

To Your Good Health
The Daily Courier - July 18, 2017

I recently read in your column that smoking marijuana can cause anxiety problems. Can this happen to my daughter, who is inhaling passive smoke from his ...

Bigger Than Bingo: Seminole Chief Jim Billie On His New Cannabis ...
Benzinga - July 18, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, they announced a new partnership for legal cannabis business development and expansion in a tax-free environment under tribal ...

On-site consumption back on the table for Alaska pot businesses
Alaska Public Radio Network - July 18, 2017

By Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media - ... During a meeting in Fairbanks last week, the state's Marijuana Control Board ... Local governments will still get a say in developing their own additional regulations, such as bans on indoor ...

Setbacks complicate Kenai marijuana permitting
Kenai Peninsula Online - July 18, 2017

Red Run already grows marijuana in its Kenai store, and plans to start a ... on the property formerly occupied by the bar and restaurant Larry's Club, where the ...

Mayor John Tory wants a say in how legal marijuana comes to Toronto
insideTORONTO.com - July 18, 2017

… "Other issues which require discussions in which municipalities must play a part would include rules with respect to the smoking of marijuana in public places, ...

Pomona prepares for regulation of marijuana for personal use
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune - July 18, 2017

City leaders are taking steps leading to the regulation of recreational marijuana in Pomona, but before moving ahead they want to hear from residents. City Council members gave preliminary approval Monday to a proposed ordinance with a strategy to regulate and include the issuance of permits for the indoor cultivation of marijuana for personal use. The proposed ordinance also sets prohibitions on smoking marijuana in designated areas. … Mayor Tim Sandoval said the legalization of marijuana, its cultivation and ... The proposal prohibits smoking marijuana in public places - including the ...

SF may stunt growth of cannabis industry ahead of legalization
San Francisco Examiner - July 18, 2017

“The Small Business Commission recommended against banning flavored tobacco and menthol cigarettes,” Safai said, in reference to the law recently approved ...

Hank's view: MJ comes to their town
Columbia Daily Tribune - July 18, 2017

Nevada is the most recent state to join Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska by legalizing the production and sale of recreational marijuana. Because of its unique tourist draw, Law Vegas is expected to instantly propel Nevada to become the number one legal pot sales state in the country. Here in Missouri, promoters have worked for years to legalize the product. As their movement takes off elsewhere, supporters hope first for voter approval to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, figuring this first step will lead to broader approval. …

Colorado pot firms claim roles in opening of new Denver concert venue
Denver Business Journal - July 18, 2017

At least two Denver marijuana-related companies are claiming roles in this week's ... Levitt Pavillion will open with a free concert by Slim Cessna's Auto Club, ...

POLL: Changes to pot law
Enterprise News - July 18, 2017

BOSTON - State House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement Monday on the state's voter-approved marijuana law that would allow retail pot sales to ...

Maine seeks feedback from public on marijuana policy
Lewiston Sun Journal - July 18, 2017

Possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana became legal Jan. ... and regulators are considering issues like marijuana social clubs and packaging regulations. …

Yakima County expected to place marijuana on November ballot
Tri-City Herald - July 17, 2017

Yakima County commissioners on Tuesday are expected to approve an ordinance that places a measure on the November ballot asking voters whether marijuana businesses should be allowed in unincorporated areas of the county, where currently they're not allowed. …

Colorado marijuana expert gives Maine lawmakers advice based on ...
WLBZ-TV - July 17, 2017

Colorado marijuana expert gives Maine lawmakers advice based on his ... "We did see the public health surveys as good news, the initial public health surveys.

DPD sting leads to consumption citations for Denver Church of Cannabis
The Denver Channel - July 17, 2017

DENVER - Three of the founders of Denver's International Church of Cannabis were cited for public consumption of marijuana and violating the Colorado Clean ...

Braintree Councilors Discuss Banning Recreational and Medical Marijuana Businesses
Patch.com - July 17, 2017

While most members of the town council on the rules and ordinance committee are on the same page when it comes to banning recreational marijuana businesses, there is a split when it comes to medical marijuana. …

Nevada officials declare marijuana shortage emergency
KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 - July 17, 2017

Recreational marijuana supplies are running low in Nevada shortly after it became legal on July 1 over a distribution dispute. With tax dollars on the line, the governor has issued a "statement of emergency" on Thursday. …

Mass. lawmakers unveil proposed overhaul of marijuana law
The Boston Globe - July 17, 2017

… However, one key provision - which would change how some cities and towns can ban local pot shops, farms, and manufacturers - may raise legal issues and trigger a court challenge. … The ballot question gave the right to ban or severely limit recreational marijuana establishments to voters in each municipality. The House-passed version of the overhaul would have given that power to local elected officials instead. But the legislative compromise splits the difference: In cities and towns that voted "Yes" on legalization last November - the majority of the state's municipalities - banning or severely limiting pot shops would still require a voter referendum. But in cities and towns that voted "No," local elected officials would get to make those decisions. "Those communities that voted 'no' - local officials there can pass an ordinance or bylaw limiting the number of marijuana establishments without going to the people, because the people have already spoken," explained Senator William N. Brownsberger of Belmont. …

Michigan marijuana campaign brings together activists, moneyed investors, tobacco dealers
WZZM - July 17, 2017

A campaign to once again try to fully legalize marijuana in Michigan is getting big support from a Washington D.C. nonprofit activist group and from a tobacco store company that has talked of opening a chain of marijuana shops in the state. The donor list, revealed in the latest campaign finance statements filed by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, alarmed critics who have long contended that marijuana's nationwide march toward legalization is being funded not by the idealistic stoners and medical-marijuana users long linked to the politics of cannabis but instead by a pack of profit-minded investors and corporate types said to be similar to Big Tobacco - the nation's cigarette and cigar industry. …

Does Secondhand Weed Smoke Exist?
Civilized - July 17, 2017

Cannabis is becoming increasingly legal, and while usage rates have not changed much, pot smoking is often much more open than it was just a short time ago. This has a lot of people wondering, does secondhand weed smoke exist? The simple answer is "yes", but there's more to it than that. Can Secondhand Weed Smoke Get You High? There have been several studies to address this question, and while popular culture likes to joke about the supposed "contact high", it turns out that secondhand weed smoke does not get you stoned. But the situation isn't as simple is this would make it seem. …

Details Of Recreational Pot Are Still Being Decided by Canadian Officials
Randy Bishop (blog) - July 16, 2017

As Canada prepares for bull-blown adult-use legalization of pot, there are a lot of details that have to get sorted out between now and when the recreational pot laws go into effect. One of those many details is where individuals can partake in their favorite plant once legalization has swept across the country. …

Marijuana activists prepare for KPB vote
Kenai Peninsula Online - July 16, 2017

Three months ahead of a vote on whether cannabis businesses can continue operating in the Kenai Peninsula Borough's outside incorporated cities, the nascent industry and its supporters are preparing to campaign in person, in print, on the airwaves and online. …

Fresno did the smart thing with its marijuana ban
Fresno Bee - July 15, 2017

It now allows individuals 21 years or older to legally smoke marijuana and to ... a municipality officially prohibits or bans them, which a majority of the Fresno City ...

Local marijuana retail shop weighs in on Marijuana Control Board's proposal for on-site consumption [VIDEO]
KTVA.com - Anchorage, Alaska - July 15, 2017

Using marijuana in a separate room within the same store you bought it from could become a possibility in Alaska, after the Marijuana Control Board's proposal to allow that option passed Friday. The proposed rules would allow retail marijuana shops to have a separate room for using pot, in a different building or separated from the shop by a wall or door. It would also give power to local governments, allowing municipalities and cities to choose not to participate. "Still a lot of unknowns out there," Will Ingram, general manager of Alaska Fireweed, said. …

Board makes call about on-site cannabis consumption
Kenai Peninsula Online - July 15, 2017

A proposal that would allow on-site consumption of marijuana will go out for public comment after the Alaska Marijuana Control Board endorsed a measure opening the way July 14 during its meeting in Fairbanks. … The board voted to give the public 60 days to comment rather than the minimum of 30 in order to allow local governments time to respond. …

Where cannabis users will be allowed to smoke is still up in the air
CBC.ca - July 14, 2017

… "The Attorney General misspoke when he indicated that cannabis is covered by Smoke Free Ontario. Cannabis is illegal, so it cannot be legally consumed ...

Onsite marijuana consumption one step closer to reality
KTVA.com - Anchorage, Alaska - July 14, 2017

Alaska marijuana regulators are on track to approve onsite use of marijuana in ... On Friday, they passed proposed rules to allow people to smoke marijuana ...

Assembly defies sense with fast-track marijuana vote
Alaska Dispatch News - July 14, 2017

Watching the Anchorage Assembly do its thing is enough sometimes to leave any rational person discombobulated. Take this dope stuff, for instance, and the very real possibility of gangs of pot-hungry tourists roaming our streets and parks desperately seeking someplace to light up. Consider: The very night before the Alaska Marijuana Control Board was to begin its three-day meeting in Fairbanks last week, the Assembly majority hustled through a resolution without public hearings showing city support for smoking and consumption of marijuana in retail shops - but only in the downtown area. The idea was to get the board off the dime on the issue, to send it a message. …

Alaska Marijuana: Regulators Renew Onsite Pot Use Debate
The Marijuana Control Board voted to re-open the debate about onsite pot use at retailers. Proposals are expected to be discussed on Friday
Patch.com - July 14, 2017

JUNEAU, AK - Alaska's marijuana regulators plan to renew a debate over using marijuana products at retail cannabis shops. In February, the Marijuana Control Board scuttled proposed rules that would have allowed onsite use of marijuana in authorized stores, citing skittishness over how President Donald Trump's Department of Justice would view marijuana. …

Survey finds pot use rising with students
Mountain View Journal - July 14, 2017

Despite some progress in young people using illegal substances, a recent survey is showing some slippage, especially with increased use of marijuana. … While middle school students in Torrance County reporting current alcohol use has seen a steady decline - going from 9.4 percent last year to 8.6 percent this year, more students are reporting they binge drink, up to just under 5 percent this year compared to 3.5 percent last year. Also, marijuana use by middle-schoolers increased from 4.9 percent last year to 8.5 percent this year. … However, the rate of high school students saying they use E-cigarettes - also called vaping - is much higher than the other forms of tobacco at little more than ...

Get a job in the marijuana industry at this cannabis job fair in Denver
The Denver Channel - July 14, 2017

Get a job in the marijuana industry at this cannabis job fair in Denver ... She says with more states legalizing recreational marijuana, the industry and companies ...

Legal Or Not, Smoking Pot In Public Will Get You Arrested
TheFix.com - July 13, 2017

Although recreational use of marijuana is legal in the nation's capitol, it remains illegal to use the drug in public or to sell it. However, the rise in arrest rates isn't ...

Outer Sunset pot shop battle comes to a head as recreational sales ...
San Francisco Examiner - July 13, 2017

... but need conditional use authorization from the Planning Commission to use the ... of our children,” Will and Mary Ping wrote, comparing weed to tobacco.

Oakland Strives to Rejuvenate Economically by Becoming ...
Entrepreneur - July 13, 2017

Some call Oakland the cannabis capital of California. ... What's important to note is that these are not free sample smoking events or festivals. ... it's a movement, replete with a museum, club, and other amenities that make it ... Oakland is also home to cannabis clubs in defiance of the federal crackdown on such venues.

Why The Obsession Against Smokable Medical Pot? John Morgan ...
FlaglerLive.com- - July 12, 2017

The Florida Legislature and the state Department of Health have unilaterally interpreted an amendment legalizing medical marijuana in such a way as to prohibi...

Anchorage Assembly asks state to allow marijuana consumption in retail stores
The Cannabist - July 12, 2017

The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday urged state marijuana regulators to pass laws allowing tourists and locals to smoke or consume marijuana in retail shops, saying it's a problem that people can buy commercial pot products but can't legally smoke it outside of private homes. …

Coastal pot grows welcomed
San Mateo Daily - July 12, 2017

Locally, regulations span from the city of San Mateo's stringent prohibition on medicinal marijuana smoke in multi-family housing, to the city of Pacifica ...

Can You Fail A Drug Test Due To Second Hand Marijuana Smoke?
Weed News - July 12, 2017

Exposure to secondhand cannabis smoke under unventilated conditions produced ... If someone is on a porch around a friend who is smoking a joint, they have ...

Setting the record straight on marijuana consumption
Mesquite Local News - July 12, 2017

I’m not sure if they were against all forms of marijuana or only the flower, which is smoked, although it can be ingested in numerous other ways. If it’s the second–hand smoke they are concerned about it’s not an issue, as it is not allowed to be smoked in any public place in Nevada, period. There is a $600 fine and I would expect it to be enforced.

Anchorage Assembly resolution calls for regulations on allowing pot consumption in retail stores
Anchorage Daily News - July 12, 2017

... urged state marijuana regulators to pass laws allowing tourists and locals to smoke or consume marijuana in retail shops, saying it's a problem that tourists and locals can buy commercial pot products but can't legally smoke it outside of private homes.

Proposal to ban pot sales draws overflow crowd to council hearing
Eagle-Tribune - July 12, 2017

LAWRENCE — A hearing on a proposal to ban the sale of recreational ... one of the most restrictive bans in the state, which would outlaw growing, testing, ... Lantigua said he would support banning commercial marijuana sales in Lawrence. ... He started smoking marijuana after dropping out, then enrolled in Northern ...

Collier, Charlotte counties block medical marijuana dispensaries
Wink News - July 11, 2017

Charlotte County commissioners voted 4-1 to institute a ban, while Collier ... The measure banned the smoking of medical marijuana, but trial lawyer John ...

Pot and lots of money: Six things about Tuesday's Anchorage .
Anchorage Daily News - July 11, 2017

A resolution from downtown Assemblyman Christopher Constant asks the Alaska Marijuana Control Board to authorize pot consumption in retail stores during the board's meeting in Fairbanks this week. The resolution, which is focused on downtown Anchorage, cites the "risk and potential for illegal consumption of marijuana in public" for locals and tourists. Constant's resolution also references residents and business owners who want to limit the number and concentration of pot shops downtown. An Anchorage Downtown Partnership committee will meet this week to examine those issues amid worries about property values, said executive director Jamie Boring.

Recreational marijuana gaining support with petitions in Florida
WEAR - July 10, 2017

(WEAR) — The state's ban on smokable marijuana is sparking new efforts to fully ... against the state challenging the smoking ban in the medical marijuana law.

DC public weed use arrests nearly tripled last year
The Cannabist - July 11, 2017

Arrests for distribution of marijuana also nearly tripled last year – from 80 in 2015 ... private property,” whereas renters and those in public housing were left out.

Marijuana board set for marathon meeting in Fairbanks
Alaska Journal of Commerce – July 10, 2017

Advertising attempts keep tripping up owners of the newly established cannabis shops and resulting in violations, and when the Alaska Marijuana Control Board meets in Fairbanks July 12-14, it will be taking a look at how to streamline ad messages that can be sent to the public.

Inside story on Uruguay, where the government is your weed dealer
The Cannabist - July 10, 2017

... that smacks of commercial marijuana branding or advertising is banned. The two private firms authorized to supply the pharmacies with industrial ... they're doing in Colorado is that you end up with something like the tobacco industry," said ...

Attorney Sues Florida Over Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban
Oregon Cannabis Connection - July 10, 2017

"It doesn't take a genius to figure out that if smoking is not allowed in public, it must certainly be allowed in private. That's the intent. That's what we said before ...

Public Marijuana Use Is A Hot Topic In Colorado
Randy Bishop (blog) - July 9, 2017

In 2014, voters in Oregon legalized recreational marijuana via a ballot. In the details of the proposed law, it was made abundantly clear that using marijuana in public places would be strictly forbidden. However, as the years have passed and the state has seen the budding industry thrive within its borders, more and more of its residents are pushing for the law to change. There has been a call to allow for public ingestion of marijuana at "pot lounges" and even in city parks. …

Next hurdle in recreational marijuana: Legal pot use in public places
Oregon bill allowing public marijuana use dies in legislative committee
The Register-Guard - July 8, 2017

When Oregon voters in 2014 approved the ballot measure legalizing recreational pot, they specified that pot use in public places would remain unlawful. But as marijuana growing, processing, retailing and consumption have swelled in Oregon, so has the chorus pushing for the right to toke on pipes or joints or inhale from vaporizers in public - whether at pot lounges or in city parks. Some Oregon lawmakers tried to push the public-smoking bubble in the legislative session that just ended. Senate Bill 307 would have allowed licensed marijuana lounges, where pot smokers and vapers could publicly partake in pot. It also would have allowed public marijuana use at temporary events. …

Residents, Longmont Housing Authority disagree on cause of ...
Longmont Times-Call - July 8, 2017

… She said she has witnessed other residents' concerns - claims that they're impacted by secondhand marijuana smoke filling the halls and ventilating into ...

Catalonia, Spain Has Finally Legalized Marijuana Clubs
The Fresh Toast - July 8, 2017

Up until now, cannabis clubs in Catalonia, Spain were protected solely by municipal ... Cannabis club members between the ages of 18 to 20 years old will be ...

Mass. towns balking at pot shops as Beacon Hill weighs tighter local approvals
The Boston Globe - July 8, 2017

… At least 103 cities and towns - nearly one-third of all Massachusetts communities - have placed outright bans or other restrictions on marijuana businesses ...

Some Alaska marijuana shops' Facebook pages are being taken down
Alaska Dispatch News - July 8, 2017

Some Alaska marijuana shops have suddenly found themselves with one less outlet for advertising this week. Owners and employees of at least six marijuana retail stores in the state said that within the past week, their Facebook pages were either taken down or entirely deleted by the tech company. …

An Anchorage political appointee navigates ownership in a pot shop
Alaska Dispatch News – July 7, 2017

A public official's ownership stake in an under-construction marijuana business in downtown Anchorage prompted some questions about conflicts this week, though the official, Andrew Halcro, said he doesn't have any.

Could secondhand pot smoke make you fail a drug test? [VIDEO]
News3LV - July 6, 2017

The smell of marijuana is strong, but can you fail a drug test because of secondhand pot smoke? Dr. Wachs, a family care physician, says it is rare. "Most of the time, secondhand marijuana will be gone after a day. But if they need to test you now, and you were exposed to some heavy secondhand marijuana smoke in an under-ventilated place, you could show up positive," said Dr. Wachs. She says contact highs are real. …

John Morgan Isn't Just Blowing Smoke…
The Capitolist (registration) - July 7, 2017

Mega attorney John Morgan has made good on his threat to file a lawsuit to fight for smoking medical marijuana. … But despite that, lawmakers banned the smoking of marijuana. ... a Republican from Estero, sponsored the legislation which included the smoking ban. …

Editorial: Colorado's marijuana boom might go up in smoke
Longmont Times-Call - July 7, 2017

Marijuana plants sit on a shelf in 2009 at Coffeeshop Blue Sky cannabis ... years ago: the rush to partake in newly legalized marijuana and cannabis products. ...

Planning Board advises against retail pot
Foster's Daily Democrat - July 6, 2017

BERWICK, Maine - The Planning Board voted to recommend to the Select Board an ordinance prohibiting retail marijuana sales and marijuana social clubs in ...

Letters to the editor: The time is now
St. George Daily Spectrum - July 6, 2017

Recently, I represented the Mesquite Citizens for Clean Indoor Air at the Mesquite City Council meeting. Our coalition urged the council to make all public facilities in Mesquite smoke-free, from tobacco, marijuana and electronic cigarettes. Secondhand smoke is a health risk, whether it comes from tobacco or marijuana. Because of the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Nevada, we believe NOW is the time for the council to be proactive by banning all smoking in public places. …

Lawsuit filed over medical marijuana smoking ban
Sun Sentinel - July 6, 2017

A lawsuit filed Thursday would give patients the right to smoke medical marijuana in their own homes, a practice the Legislature recently banned. The legal ways ...

Fort McMurrray to consider restricting marijuana use near schools ...
CBC.ca - July 6, 2017

Fort McMurrray to consider restricting marijuana use near schools and ... could restrict the sale and consumption of cannabis near community centres, ... said there needs to be restrictions on the drug's sale and use near schools. ... "Just the same as [tobacco] smoking areas, there should be designated [marijuana] smoking ...

Opinion: Marijuana age limit should be low, not high
Medical Xpress - July 6, 2017

Lowering the legal age for marijuana use will help to improve prevention, safety and education for young people. As the public debate on legalization of cannabis in Canada gains momentum, one of Bill C-45's most contentious recommendations is to set the age of 18 as the floor for access. Because provinces have jurisdiction, we may see variations in the law when it is implemented across Canada. …

How Will Cannabis Marketing Impact Nevada Communities?
Reno Public Radio - July 6, 2017

Currently, rules on advertising, marketing and signage for Nevada's ... She says marijuana marketing should be regulated more strictly, like tobacco, while those ...

Colorado's Low Unemployment, Legal Pot Push Employers To Reconsider Drug Tests
Colorado Public Radio - July 6, 2017

In 2013, The Denver Post named Ricardo Baca its first editor for marijuana coverage, making him the staff expert on pot. That meant sometimes counseling new hires on how to pass the newspaper's pre-employment drug test. … Eventually, the Post dropped marijuana from its drug screenings for some of its jobs, including the newsroom - something more Colorado businesses are doing. It's about supply and demand, says Curtis Graves, information resource manager for the Mountain States Employers Council. …

Choteau is the latest Montana town to consider a municipal ban on marijuana dispensaries
Missoula Independent - July 6, 2017

A "coming soon" sign in the window of Choteau businessman Jim Anderson's Main Street building is not being well received. Local governments across rural Teton County sprang into action as word spread that Anderson, owner of Grizzly Sports and Auto, was leasing part of his space to a medical marijuana dispensary. The town of Fairfield, 18 miles away, banned pot dispensaries in city limits, and in late June Choteau imposed a 90-day moratorium against such businesses. …

Exploring the highs and highs of recreational cannabis' first legal day in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Weekly (blog) - July 6, 2017

Independence Day came early in Nevada. On July 1, tourists and locals joined together to celebrate a new kind of freedom: the end of cannabis prohibition. It was a historic day, marked with jovial tomfoolery and a few bittersweet moments. …

First Sonoma County marijuana business permit applications filed
Petaluma Argus Courier - July 6, 2017

First Sonoma County marijuana business permit applications filed ... in December, two months after California voters legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Alaska's Marijuana Industry Tax Revenue Reaches $1M
U.S. News & World Report - July 6, 2017

Alaska's marijuana industry has brought in more than $1 million in tax revenue since commercial sales began in October. Revenue passed the mark on June 30, which was the due date for Alaska cannabis growers to pay taxes collected in May, The Juneau Empire reported (http://bit.ly/2sJSyAe ). The state's May money pushed overall revenue to $1.2 million and was $272,600 - the highest of any single month since October. The Department of Revenue predicted earlier this year that the state would collect $2 million in the fiscal year that ended July 1. The revenue will miss that mark, but officials said sales are on the verge of increasing. …

Is Colorado Trying to Criminalize Medical Marijuana Caregivers?
Westword - July 6, 2017

And he also had what the prosecution called marijuana paraphernalia - a can pipe ... line in Amendment 20, the 2000 measure that legalized MMJ in Colorado.

How the Cannabis Cup is helping make marijuana the new normal
Detroit Metro Times - July 5, 2017

Things weren't so normal in 2011 when the first Michigan Cannabis cup was held in ... "I think there is kind of a taboo about smoking in public overall, tobacco or ...

Expanded medical marijuana bill becomes law in Florida
Savannah Morning News - July 5, 2017

... to be able to smoke marijuana. So far, inhaling the plant has not been approved by lawmakers. Morgan has threatened to sue the state over the smoking ban.

Federal judge breathes new life into lawsuit
Hawaii Tribune Herald - July 5, 2017

Do public housing tenants have a personal right to seek legal redress to their ... Properties Inc. and the county for the right to smoke medical marijuana in his unit ...

Council adds medical pot restrictions
San Mateo Daily Journal- - July 4, 2017

Following the passage of Proposition 64, the San Mateo City Council voted last month to update its stringent smoking ban to include medicinal marijuana in ...

Nevada gaming regulators advise Sin City licensees to avoid marijuana industry
Casinopedia- - July 4, 2017

... stores legally opened in Nevada on July 1st, casino operators in that state have made their ... Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission says that land-based casinos ... This means that tourists can really only smoke marijuana on private ...

Nevada Legalizes Marijuana But Casinos Will Still Be Off Limits To ...
Tight Poker - July 4, 2017

Voters in Nevada voted in favor of the use of recreational marijuana in November and it took the state just 8 months to put the plan into action. Nevada started selling recreational marijuana over the weekend and authorized outlets saw huge queues at their stores as both locals and tourists lined up to get a shot at legalized pot. …

Tourists, locals lineup in Nevada to buy recreational marijuana
Wisconsin Gazette - July 3, 2017

Smoking marijuana helps her cope with health conditions while also working a ... to legally purchase marijuana, not to visit the city's world famous casinos.

It's summer, and Washington smells like weed. Everywhere, all the ...
Washington Post - July 3, 2017

“You have to wonder if these older Capitol Hill denizens have been smoking this ... at the upscale restaurant and bar that shares a wall with the reefer residence.

The DC residents left out of the 'District of Cannabis'
Washington Post - June 30, 2017

Federal housing residents can't smoke outside either because public use was banned ... Homeowners, however, are under no such restrictions and can take full ...

Q&A: Marijuana is legal in Nevada but not in casinos or bars
AP - Associated Press – June 30, 2017

One Denver-based entrepreneur already has set up cannabis-friendly condos just off the Las Vegas Strip that allow pot smoking but not cigarettes. There's also a "Cannabus" tour that offers riders a peek inside dispensaries, a grow facility and a swag bag

Cannabis cafes unlike anything anywhere in the country
9NEWS.com- - June 30, 2017

But back in November, Denver residents approved Ordinance 300 by a 53-47 ... State law had to be included in these ordinances, which bar pot consumption at ... comply with the Denver Clean Indoor Air Act, meaning no smoking indoors in ...

Denver issues final social marijuana use rules, dropping waiver and ventilation plan requirements
The Denver Post - June 30, 2017

… The first-in-the-nation program - ordered by the nearly 54 percent of voters who approved Initiative 300 in the Nov. 8 election - will begin accepting applications by the end of August to permit social consumption areas. Applicants who want annual or event-based permits must obtain backing from a neighborhood or area business group, giving those groups the power to set operating conditions for the set-off, 21-and-over areas where customers can consume their own cannabis. … Kilroy did bow to the initiative backers on some issues. The licensing department no longer will require businesses with consumption area permits to have customers sign waivers as they enter. Instead, the businesses must post a visible notice advising patrons they are responsible for their own actions, must consume marijuana responsibly, should not drive impaired and cannot share marijuana in exchange for money. The other major change is to drop a requirement for a business to create and follow a ventilation plan if it allows the use of vaping devices indoors. … Fees for successful permit applications will total $2,000. Interested businesses so far have included yoga studios, coffee shops with back-door patios, and bars or restaurants - though they must be willing to meet strict liquor exclusion rules for regular or one-off events, since state liquor licensing rules bar the mixture of alcohol and marijuana. Businesses that grow or sell marijuana in Denver won't be eligible to apply for consumption area permits.

Denver Marijuana Informational Bulletin: Denver Adopts Cannabis Consumption Permit Rules & Regulations
Denver.gov - June 30, 2017

Denver Excise & Licenses today adopted the rules and regulations that will govern the issuance and enforcement of the city's new Cannabis Consumption Business and Cannabis Consumption Special Event permits. Rules Governing Marijuana Designated Consumption Areas …

Big Tobacco Is About To Pivot To Big Marijuana (XLP)
ETF Daily News (blog) - June 30, 2017

From Bill Hall: In last week's Money and Markets article, I told you about how one of America's biggest sin stock industries is positioning itself to profit from the expected legalization of marijuana at the federal level in the U.S. …

Appeals Court Overturns Fed's Denial of Colorado's Pot-Friendly Credit Union
Westword - June 30, 2017

A Colorado credit union that's been stymied in its attempts to serve marijuana businesses was given a boost on June 27 when a federal appeals court vacated a previous ruling that had banned the credit union from obtaining an account with the Federal Reserve Bank. The Fourth Corner Credit Union had announced its plans to serve Colorado's mostly cash-only marijuana industry back in 2014, planning for an opening in 2015. However, a district court ruling prohibited Fourth Corner from receiving a master account - something banks and credit unions need to provide financial services such as credit cards, checking and saving accounts and payroll services - with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. …

Finally, Something Democrats and Republicans Agree on: Legal Marijuana
Westword - June 30, 2017

Two new studies on marijuana consumption and acceptance show changing landscapes in public support of states' rights and a stark admission on workplace use. One recent study was commissioned by Marijuana Majority, an organization that works to spotlight marijuana as a growing mainstream issue. The survey questioned 1,500 participants about their ideas on marijuana consumer rights, finding 76 percent of participants across the political spectrum (Democrat, Republican and anything in between) believed the federal government should let states implement their own laws regarding marijuana. …

County looks at marijuana regulations
Sherwood Park News - June 30, 2017

County looks at marijuana regulations ... can be consumed at the same place where they are purchased, and restrictions on where cannabis may be consumed.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Miss Deadline for Marijuana Deal [VIDEO]
NECN - June 30, 2017

Lawmakers with the Massachusetts House and Senate failed to meet a self-imposed deadline to agree on a bill regulating the retail marijuana industry. …

Oregon Marks Two Years of Legalized Recreational Pot
KDRV - June 30, 2017

ASHLAND, Ore.-- This Saturday, July 1st, will mark the two year anniversary of legalized recreational marijuana. Since July 2015 a lot has changed, from ...

Legal Marijuana Sales in Nevada: 8 Things You Need to Know
The Daily Chronic - June 30, 2017

As of 12:01 a.m Saturday, legal adult marijuana sales begin in Nevada. And they will commence immediately, with dispensaries on the Las Vegas Strip announcing plans to be open to usher in Sin City's newest attraction. But don't go lighting up on the Strip! Smoking in public is not allowed. Nevada now joins Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington in allowing people to legally buy and sell weed in pot shops. It's the first of the states where voters legalized it at the polls to see shops open, getting out of the gate ahead of California, Maine, and Massachusetts. …

Marijuana - Growing pains in Massachusetts! A legal update for Property Owners and Managers by Frank Flynn
New England Real Estate Journal Online - June 30, 2017

For owners and managers of federal assisted multifamily developments, commercial properties, and condominium associations, it is important to know that they may still impose certain restrictions on the recreational use and cultivation of marijuana. At the least, they need to take into consideration various concerns in this new legal environment. … Multifamily residential properties… The new Massachusetts law raises potentially confusing issues of federal versus states regulation of marijuana. Under federal law, the possession and use of marijuana is still a crime. HUD regulations allow owners and managers to enforce prohibitions on marijuana possession, use and distribution on federally assisted properties. This includes medical marijuana. Under the new Massachusetts marijuana law, even in market rate rental properties the new law includes provisions explicitly allowing owners and managers to restrict tenants' smoking and cultivation of marijuana under a lease agreement. So the new law does not give residential tenants the right to light up and let a thousand plants bloom. Prohibiting the consumption of marijuana by other than smoking on the property (such as edible marijuana) where the tenant resides may be a trickier issue requiring legal analysis. We have assisted many residential properties with lease revisions and marijuana policies. …

Column: Marijuana laws create zoning concerns
Salmon Arm Observer - June 30, 2017

In addition, matters related to minimum age enforcement, personal cultivation, possession limits, smoking restrictions, and public nuisance complaints will all fall ...

Here's what's legal - and what's not - in Nevada as recreational ...
The Cannabist - June 30, 2017

It's prohibited in casinos, bars, restaurants, parks, concerts and on any federal ... including casino floors where cigarettes are allowed but pot-smoking is not.

Smoking at California parks and beaches could soon be illegal
Santa Cruz Sentinel - June 29, 2017

Public parks and state beaches would be added to the list of no-smoking zones in California under a bill from an East Bay Democrat that cleared another legislative hurdle this week. The proposed restrictions - which would apply to cigarettes, cigars, marijuana and e-cigarettes - will prevent wildfires, curb pollution and protect animals that ...

Ordinance of the City of Weed: Regulation of Location and ...
Mount Shasta Herald - June 29, 2017

Ordinance of the City of Weed: Regulation of Location and Operations of Medical ..... feet in size, legible from at least 25 feet away, which states that the smoking, ingesting, ... All other clinic signage shall comply with applicable city ordinances.

What to expect if you try to buy weed in Nevada starting Saturday
The Cannabist - June 29, 2017

... vehicles, casinos, hotels, concerts, festivals and while you're walking down the street. ... It's OK to smoke on the front porch of your home, but consumption is ... including casino floors where cigarettes are allowed but pot-smoking is not.

Officers Get More Training Ahead Of Legal Pot In Nevada
CBS Las Vegas - June 29, 2017

The ban would not prevent patients or cooperatives of two or three people to grow ... including casino floors where cigarettes are allowed but pot-smoking is not. ... The federal government, which regulates the secure areas of airports, bans ...

Pennsylvania awards medical marijuana dispensary permits
Tribune-Review - June 29, 2017

Pennsylvania awards medical marijuana dispensary permits ... Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O'Connor, who represents the district housing the site, said .

State Has Until Monday To Implement Medical Marijuana Rules
WLRN - June 29, 2017

Smoking would be banned in public places. So my amendment, everyone knew smoking was included,” Morgan said. “I wouldn't have banned it in public if we ...

Don't Get Too Excited About America's First-Ever Marijuana Cafés
BuzzFeed News - June 29, 2017

Some live in public or federally subsidized housing, where marijuana is banned, and some are tourists whose hotels ban smoking cannabis in their rooms.

Is it OK for marijuana businesses to advertise on their merchandise?
Sacramento Bee - June 29, 2017

It also brings marijuana laws in line with similar California rules that prohibit tobacco companies from selling or distributing apparel and merchandise with ...

Can You Really Get A Secondhand High?
Refinery29 - June 29, 2017

Sometimes just walking into a hazy dorm room can make you feel a little high, way before anyone even offers you a hit. And if you hang around at enough ...

Redwood City opting for restrictive pot rules
San Mateo Daily Journal - June 28, 2017

In response to staff recommendations that the city consider its previous ban on ... Though the state law bans smoking marijuana in public places or where ...

Welcome to legal pot, Las Vegas-style
CBS News - June 28, 2017

The law bans marijuana advertising on radio, TV or any other medium where 30 percent of the audience ... Why do hotel-casinos ban pot? ... set up cannabis-friendly condos just off the Las Vegas Strip that allow pot smoking but not cigarettes.

Already High on Millennials, Las Vegas Hopes Recreational Pot ...
Casino.Org News - June 28, 2017

But don't expect to walk through Las Vegas casinos getting high from secondary smoke: by law, its use will only be permissible inside private residences.

'Amsterdam on steroids': Las Vegas dispensaries brace for Saturday ...
Las Vegas Sun - June 28, 2017

Smoking outside dispensaries, at casinos or even in a parked car could result in a $600 fine. Driving under the influence of marijuana could also earn drivers a ...

PETER LUCAS: Hey, dude, it's bong time on Beacon Hill
Sentinel & Enterprise - June 27, 2017

The movie is about smoking weed, and it mellowed out an entire generation. ... or municipal officials should have the power to ban cannabis shops and farms, ...

Q&A: Nevada to launch latest legal vice for tourists: Pot
Seattle Times - June 27, 2017

(AP) — Sin City will launch its latest legal vice by week's end. Lines are expected Saturday outside some medical marijuana dispensaries in ...

Laws still ban public marijuana use
KLAS-TV - June 26, 2017

One of his bills that didn't pass would have let permitted businesses allow marijuana smoking. "We've got to figure out a way to get around this issue, because ...

West Sacramento expands city smoking ordinance [VIDEO]
KCRA Sacramento - June 27, 2017

West Sacramento is making it harder for smokers to light up in public places. The sky blue signs declaring the area a "smoke free zone" went up Monday at parks and bus stops throughout the city. Here's a closer look at the new no smoking ordinance: … That includes electronic cigarettes, tobacco cigarettes, herbal cigarettes, marijuana cigarettes and any other type of cigarette, pipe or smoking device. Why did ...

The Mid-State Fair banned smoking. But with marijuana on the rise, will that rule last?
The San Luis Obispo Tribune (blog) - June 26, 2017

… For me, the biggest and best Mid-State Fair news is that the fair will be a no-smoking event this year and in the future. In recent years, the fair has allowed smoking in some designated areas. But not anymore: Smoking and vaping are completely banned. … So I'm glad the Mid-State Fair has banned smoking. But I'm worried that some future fair directors and manager may change that policy and again allow smoking. Only then it might be the smoking of marijuana, which California voters decided last year to legalize. …

Marijuana board to revisit on-site consumption in July
New Jersey Herald - June 26, 2017

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board will discuss three different options for on-site marijuana consumption proposed by board members at its next meeting. Board member Loren Jones's proposal would make it legal to try marijuana then leave. The site couldn't have pool tables, dart games or TVs, only couches or chairs and coffee tables. Chair Peter Mlynarik's proposal would allow consumption of edibles, but pot users couldn't smoke the drug. And member Brandon Emmett would allow people to use only pot purchased at the site. Facilities would also have to invest in a good ventilation system to mitigate the smoke and get consent from local authorities, ...

Marijuana in Pot Phobic Marin County, California
HuffPost - June 26, 2017

… For decades the county has waged a long, protracted war against marijuana cultivation, though it has not eliminated it entirely. Indeed, it's grown in backyards, forests and fields. Marin has also aimed to stifle the institution, born of Proposition 215, that's come to be known as the medical marijuana dispensary, where patients with a recommendation from a doctor, can buy the herb and use it for a variety of ailments and conditions. San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland all have large dispensaries with a variety of marijuana products. Marinites can and do travel to those cities, make purchases and drive home, though they complain that that's inconvenient. …

Why the Latest News on Marijuana and Car Crashes Has Some Experts Skeptical
Other studies have found no significant effect in the number of crashes since the first three states legalized marijuana sales
Governing - June 26, 2017

States that legalized marijuana sales have higher rates of car crashes than neighboring states that don't allow pot sales. At least, that's what researchers from the Highway Loss Data Institute, an insurance group, concluded, after scouring 2.5 million insurance claims that drivers filed over the last three years. The group found that Colorado, Oregon and Washington all saw increases in damage reports compared to other states. That was true even after its researchers tried to take into account weather, types of vehicles, population density and other variables that might otherwise explain the increases. …

Vero Beach bans future pot dispensaries, only one location allowed ...
WPTV.com - June 26, 2017

Days after Governor Rick Scott signed a state bill regulating medical marijuana dispensaries into law, local governments are deciding whether or not to ban ...

Alaska Cannabis Regulators to Consider On-Site Consumption Plans
Ganjapreneur - June 26, 2017

On-site cannabis consumption is back on the agenda for the Alaska Marijuana Control Board as the body will discuss three different options at its next meeting, the Associated Press reports. The proposals include cannabis sampling, edibles-only consumption, the consumption of only cannabis purchased at the location in question. …

Marijuana board to revisit on-site consumption in July
Associated Press - June 25, 2017

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Marijuana Control Board will discuss three different options for on-site marijuana consumption proposed by board members at its next meeting. …

Florida governor signs medical marijuana legislation
Fox 35 Orlando - June 25, 2017

… The bill still bans smoking the marijuana, despite amendment supporters saying it is written into the language. John Morgan, who played a key role in getting the ...

Marijuana board will revisit onsite consumption at July meeting
Alaska Journal of Commerce - June 24, 2017

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board will discuss three options for onsite consumption proposed by board members at its next meeting July 11-14 in Fairbanks. … Scenario 1: You walk into an establishment where it's okay to smoke marijuana. There are no pool tables, no dart games, no televisions. Just couches or chairs and coffee tables for a social ambiance. "This space is to try marijuana or a marijuana product and then to leave," according to board member Loren Jones' proposal. … Scenario 2: You walk into an establishment where it's okay to eat cannabis products such as candy, cookies, brownies, etc. But it's not okay to "inhale" or smoke marijuana on the premises under the proposal by Solodtna Police Chief and board Chair Peter Mlynarik. … Scenario 3: You walk into an establishment where it's okay to smoke and eat cannabis products. Similar to rules governing bars, employees watch for people who over imbibe. Consuming marijuana not purchased at the location is prohibited. To mitigate second-hand smoke and odor the facility must invest in a good ventilation system under the proposal by member Brandon Emmett. Several businesses have filed applications for onsite consumption, indicating they are ready to go once licensing is in place …

How to Avoid Smelling Like Marijuana Smoke
Civilized - June 24, 2017

… Smoking outdoors is the first line of defense in trying to avoid smelling like ... If you must smoke cannabis indoors, choose a room with good ventilation and open ...

Smoking Will Be Prohibited In Most Pleasanton Apartments, On Balconies
Patch.com - June 23, 2017

Two years after banning smoking on public parks and trails, the Pleasanton City Council this week unanimously voted to expand the ban to include smoking, including include e-cigarettes and marijuana, inside apartments, on balconies, patios and common areas of multifamily apartments. …

House bill cracks open door for public pot consumption
Cities and towns could allow cannabis cafes, public smoking of medicinal pot
wwlp.com - June 23, 2017

… Less attention has been paid to provisions of the marijuana bill (H 3776) the House passed this week that could theoretically allow people to smoke joints in public if local governments permit that activity. Braintree Rep. Mark Cusack, the House chairman of the Committee on Marijuana Policy, said the likelihood of a city or town allowing for that is "slim." The intention, he said, is to enable municipalities to permit cannabis cafes, marijuana consumption at special events, or to allow people to use medicinal marijuana in public places if necessary. …

Canadian pot ads? Think beer ads. Then think again: Delacourt
Toronto Star - June 23, 2017

Beer commercials have taught Canadians how to celebrate their weekends - and occasionally, their national identity. So what are we going to learn from ads for marijuana? Pot will be legal by July 1 next year, but don't count on an accompanying flurry of patriotic, "Cannabis Day" advertising. Though lots of Canadians may greet this new industry as a point of national pride - a way to lure tourists from abroad, even - it's looking like the marketing is destined to be modest. Those in the know are summing up the marketing options as an alcohol-versus-tobacco choice - and prevailing opinion is leaning toward tobacco as the model for cannabis sales. …

St Austell Park House flats residents claim marijuana smoke is blown through ventilation system
Cornwall Live - June 23, 2017

"Some people smoke weed and that is fine, whatever you get up to in your own flat is up to you but some people blow it into the ventilation system and it travels ...

Vermont governor to appoint commission to study legal pot
Glens Falls Post-Star - June 23, 2017

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday he would appoint a commission to study legalizing the recreational use of marijuana since a similar body that would have been created under a marijuana legalization bill failed to pass the Legislature this week. … He said regulating and taxing marijuana could help pay for education and public safety programs. "Just legalizing doesn't move that bar very far," Sears said. …

'Cannabis lounges' included as part of proposed Edmonton bylaw change
CBC.ca - June 23, 2017

The city of Edmonton is looking at a zoning bylaw change that could pave the way for the establishment of cannabis lounges if they are allowed after marijuana is legalized in July 2018. …

UPDATE: Massachusetts Senate marijuana plan gets overwhelming approval; House negotiations await
The Cannabist - June 23, 2017

The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill Thursday calling for revisions to the state voter-approved recreational marijuana law, setting the stage for negotiations with the House, which just a day earlier backed a more far-reaching overhaul. …

Nevada's On-Again, Off-Again Marijuana Sales Back On [VIDEO]
CBS Las Vegas - June 23, 2017

Nevada's marijuana regulators may have found a way around a judge's order that threatens to block the state's first recreational pot sales scheduled to begin next month. … A group of activists have submitted about 50,000 signatures in an effort to force a referendum on a marijuana dispensary ban in Los Angeles to take effect next ...

Emergency regulations proposed for July 1 sales of recreational pot ...
KRNV My News 4 - June 22, 2017

State tax officials have released emergency regulations for the sale of recreational marijuana in Nevada starting July 1. In a document obtained by KSNV News3LV, the Department of Taxation said certain medical marijuana dispensaries will be licensed to sell pot for recreational use. …

Former Seminole chief to help other tribes grow legal weed
KBZK Bozeman News - June 22, 2017

James Billie, an ex-chief of the Seminole Tribe and a Vietnam veteran has launched ... plans to help other Native American groups grow and sell tax-free marijuana in ... of tribal, state and federal laws regarding the sale of controlled substances and ... to avoid the hefty sales taxes usually associated with marijuana products.

Q&A: More questions than answers on legal pot in Nevada
ABC News - June 22, 2017

A sign on the Mynt Cannabis Dispensary across the street from Harrah's hotel-casino in downtown Reno, Nev., is pictured Wednesday, June 21 ...

Bid to legalize marijuana in Vermont goes up in smoke
The Hill - June 22, 2017

Folks are starting to see that, and most people realize they do not want to live around a marijuana store or have to live with the effects of secondhand smoking,” ...

State awaits final version of marijuana law
Worcester Telegram - June 22, 2017

Increasing the tax rate on marijuana sales from 12 percent to 28 percent and ... creating barriers to housing, employment, education and adoption, the ACLU ...

Is Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke Harmful To Children?
The Fresh Toast - June 21, 2017

While there has not been much evidence collected throughout the years with respect to the risks involved with second-hand marijuana smoke, some health ...

Should City Revisit Marijuana Fines?
Middleton Times Tribune - June 21, 2017

In April 2016 the city council approved an ordinance changing the fine ... Monona eliminated all fines except for users under 21 and for smoking in public which ...

John Morgan: I'll Sue for Smokeable Marijuana, and I'll Win
Sunshine State News - June 21, 2017

I'll be filing my lawsuit for smoke as soon as it goes into law,” he wrote on Twitter. ... he believed lawmakers feared marijuana, with the ban on smoking being just another ... “I think it's silly that the legislature insists on banning the single most ...

Marijuana legalization raises the need for more research
Medical Xpress - June 21, 2017

"All of these people knew to avoid smoke from cigarettes, because the public health ... Is second-hand marijuana smoke as dangerous as tobacco smoke? .... Cigarette companies use technology like varying the porosity of the paper or using ... more), the state's licensing program doesn't go into effect until January 1, 2018.

Reno Police remind residents of recreational marijuana rules
KOLO - June 21, 2017

People are not permitted to smoke or consume marijuana in federally subsidized housing or on any federally owned land in the State of Nevada. What's the fine ..

City says no smoking in apartments, to consider weed ban in ...
East Bay Times - June 21, 2017

PLEASANTON — Smokers living in rental units throughout the city of Pleasanton will have to find elsewhere to smoke their cigarettes, e-cigarettes and ...

Powell bans tobacco sales to those under 21 and medical marijuana ...
The Columbus Dispatch - June 20, 2017

Columbus and Upper Arlington smoking bans for those under 21 were passed ... Jon Bennehoof has expressed conflict over the tobacco sale ban, stating at a ...

Some California Renters Face Additional Restrictions on Smoking ...
NBC Southern California - June 21, 2017

Some California Renters Face Additional Restrictions on Smoking Pot at Home ... means apartment owners and landlords can restrict renters from lighting up, ..

Pot groups: Let NJers smoke marijuana in public
New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio - June 19, 2017

Wolski said that banning public use and limiting the marijuana consumption to private ... “We believe that marijuana smoking should be allowed anywhere that ...

Eugene to revisit whether to impose buffers between retail marijuana stores
The Register-Guard-Jun - June 19, 2017

Eugene to revisit whether to impose buffers between retail marijuana stores ... Casper's Cannabis Club has operated in space next to Barry's since January ...

NJ Lawmakers Hear Testimony On Recreational Marijuana Legislation
CBS Philly - June 19, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The legal recreational use of marijuana was under ... He said he used to be against legalizing cannabis, but changed his tune after ...

High school? Colorado outfit offers niche program for marijuana sommeliers
Sudbury.com - June 19, 2017

A marijuana aficionado in Colorado has launched a ... "Imagine going to a bar and ordering a stout and being served a Pilsner," he said.

Music - and sometimes pot - in air at local summer concert venues
WTOP - June 19, 2017

Off-duty Prince William County police enforce Virginia marijuana laws. ... "Howard County has a no smoking policy at outdoor venues such as ours," said Audrey ...

Barre to take up ban on recreational pot
Worcester Telegram - June 19, 2017

BARRE - Tuesday night's annual town meeting will consider whether to enact a ban on the sale of recreational marijuana. A citizen's petition passed during ...

Judge hearing Nevada bid for recreational pot sales July 1
Beloit Daily News - June 19, 2017

Nevada's marijuana regulators are working furiously to launch recreational sales on July 1, a fast-approaching deadline that could hinge on a court deciding whether the powerful liquor industry should be guaranteed a piece of the pot pie before tourists and residents can light up. …

NJ's move to legalize marijuana has begun. Here's all you need to know about it
NJ.com - June 19, 2017

So what will it take for you to be able to legally buy recreational pot in New Jersey? Gov. Chris Christie is vehemently opposed to legalizing marijuana and he has six months left on his final term. And the election for governor will matter for supporters of legalizing pot: Democratic candidate Phil Murphy supports legalization but Republican candidate Kim Guadagno does not. …

Roger Stone Is Trying to Persuade President Trump to Legalize Marijuana at the Federal Level
MERRY JANE- June 18, 2017

Political strategist Roger Stone, a man who will undoubtedly go down in infamy for injecting master manipulating herky-jerky into the veins of White House, has made it his mission to influence President Donald Trump to legalize marijuana at the national level. Stone, a longtime friend and former advisor to President Trump, recently launched a pro-cannabis advocacy group called the United States Cannabis Coalition, which, according to its website, will "lobby the Trump administration from the top on down to recognize the medicinal value and potential of cannabis." Although Trump said throughout his campaign that he supports medical marijuana "100 percent," as well as that legalization should be a matter of states' rights, his administration has spent the past few months implying that legal marijuana might be on borrowed time. Trump's U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, recently sent a letter to Congressional leaders begging them to rescind the temporary rider that prevents the Justice Department from spending money to investigate, raid and prosecute the medical marijuana community. …

Council to set framework for pot dispensaries
Davis Enterprise - June 18, 2017

The Davis City Council will dive into the topic of cannabis dispensaries on Tuesday as ... The city could bar dispensaries from opening within 600 feet of schools, ...

City challenges pot lounge over failure to disclose
Englewood Herald - June 18, 2017

Studio 420, a father-and-son-owned shop that offers a marijuana consumption club service in Englewood, faced questions June 16 in a hearing to determine whether its business license would be revoked for alleged misrepresentation made on a city application. …

City of Lemon Grove to Ban Alcohol and Marijuana at Public Parks
Times of San Diego - Jun 17, 2017

Alcohol and marijuana are about to be prohibited at Lemon Grove's eight city parks ... "Banning marijuana and alcohol in our parks is smart," said Nardin ...

Jeff Sessions' Medical Marijuana memo is not what America needs
Salon - June 17, 2017

The memo is a broadside attack on the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which bars the Justice Department from using federal funds to enforce marijuana laws in ...

Pot will soon be legal in Vegas, but don't even think about lighting up on the Strip
Los Angeles Times - June 16, 2017

Just in time for the long Independence Day weekend, recreational marijuana will become legal July 1 in Las Vegas and all of Nevada. For around $7 to $10, you'll be able to walk into one of the dozens of dispensaries and buy a joint. Just don't plan on smoking it along the Strip or on downtown's Fremont Street because you'll be breaking the law. …

How Nevada's marijuana rules will -- and won't -- change after the legislative session
The Nevada Independent - June 16, 2017

WHAT WON'T HAPPEN: Marijuana lounges and public consumption. Question 2 legalized recreational marijuana consumption but generally bars its use in public places. SB236 would have authorized county commissioners to allow businesses where marijuana can be used, or to issue permits to organizers so marijuana is allowed at special events. It would have limited those permits to businesses and events that are restricted to people 21 and older. It passed the Senate but died without getting a floor vote in the Assembly. Rutledge said there may be a way for local governments to proceed with public consumption ordinances absent a state law. He argued it's better for public health that people use pot in a place where an employee can help them if they've had too much. It would also prevent marijuana consumption in casinos, which don't want to get in trouble with the federal government by allowing the banned substance on their premises. "It's supervised consumption, in comparison to a tourist going to a dispensary, they purchase marijuana, now what do they do with it? Where do they go to use it?" Rutledge said about marijuana lounges. "The question we have to ask ourselves is would you prefer that some of these first-time consumers have a supervised experience, a place to go where someone will continue to educate and monitor them?" Adler said some decision makers considered the bill too new and scary to pass at this time, especially because of the consumption it would allow at certain large events. "One bite of the apple at the time," he said. …

Ray Rodrigues: 'We believe we will win' suit over medical marijuana ...
Sunshine State News- - June 15, 2017

... is confident the state would prevail if sued over the proposal's smoking ban. “We believe we will win that lawsuit,” said House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, ...

Oregon Students Smoke More Pot After Legalization
Inside Higher Ed - June 15, 2017

The authors of the study compared the rates of marijuana use both before and after its legalization in 2015. Oregon voters approved recreational use in 2014. Almost all the institutions saw increased marijuana use, but use at the Oregon institution was significantly more prevalent. Students who reported binge drinking -- defined as consuming four to five or more drinks in a period of about two hours -- were significantly (about 73 percent) more likely to use marijuana. Those under 21 were more likely to use marijuana too, though the legal age of consumption in Oregon is 21. Male students, those living in Greek housing and those who did not identify as heterosexual also were more likely to use marijuana. The results were published Wednesday in the journal Addiction. ...

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Reno News and Review - June 15, 2017

As a pot-smoking senior—or, more often, a pot-gummy-bear-munching senior—“Vic,” ... Close by, he said, there were bars where soldiers drank and contracted ...

Uncertainty as Nevada aims to launch recreational pot soon
News Miner – June 15, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada voters legalized recreational marijuana in November, and officials are trying to put rules in place to start selling …

Camden voters show support for regulated marijuana use and retail ...
PenBayPilot.com - June 14, 2017

... all retails sales of marijuana in social smoking clubs (taverns, pubs, restaurants, ... ordinance to “reasonably approve the location and conduct for retail sales” of ... gather public input on ordinances related to retail and marijuana social clubs ...

Wasilla council debates planned pot shop adjacent to city limits
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman – June 14, 2017

WASILLA — Wasilla’s City Council officially is on record asking the Mat-Su Borough Planning Commission to deny a conditional use permit for a marijuana retail facility adjacent to the Wasilla city limits. At Monday evening’s regular session which saw a light agenda, Councilman Tim Burney asked Resolution 17-21 to be pulled off the consent agenda and placed under new business.

The proposed rules of public pot consumption at Denver businesses
9NEWS.com - June 14, 2017

Restrictions include: No consuming marijuana - within 500 feet - of a residential ... but any outdoor smoking on ground level can't be visible from public places.

Editorial: Rolling with medical marijuana, budget punches delivered ...
Naples Daily News - June 13, 2017

... on medical marijuana dispensaries now can get proper zoning ordinances in place. The only direct reference to smoking marijuana we find in the ballot ... that there's no requirement to accommodate “smoking medical marijuana in any ...

Lawsuit challenges Kentucky’s ban on using marijuana for medical purposes
Lexington Herald Leader - June 14, 2017

It claims that Kentucky's medical marijuana ban violates the plaintiffs' rights under the ... By occasionally smoking marijuana at home, he said, an option the VA ...

Hearing to be held on allowing marijuana smoking in public
FOX31 Denver - June 13, 2017

Users would have to abide by the state's indoor smoking ban. "We are right around the corner from being the first city in the world really to regulate adult ...

Legal Cannabis Sales Grow in North America
PR Newswire (press release) - June 13, 2017

... the customer experience to go unchanged at the point of sale when paying with ... yielded several new Very Low Nicotine (VLN) tobacco varieties that contain ...

Sessions asked Congress to let him override state laws allowing ...
FOX31 Denver - June 13, 2017

Sessions referred to a resolution that restricts the department from using funds to ... “I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the ... Sessions also stated that smoking marijuana has “significant negative health effects ...

Tribal governments considering cannabis business partnerships
KOB 4 - June 13, 2017

But what if tribal governments beat the state to the punch? There is a ... for their people, they can leverage their unique tax situation to help them," Salgado said.

Nevada recreational pot pits liquor lobby, medical dealers - WKOW ...
WKOW - June 13, 2017

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - If Nevada officials have their way, tourists and residents alike will be smoking pot ahead of Independence Day. But before recreational marijuana launches in the state best known for slot machines and showgirls, a judge must decide who has the right to distribute what promises to be Nevada's newest cash crop. The powerful liquor lobby and state-regulated medical marijuana dealers are fighting over who should be licensed to distribute marijuana from growers to retailers. Nevada is the only legal pot state in which alcohol distributors were given the first shot at distribution licenses under the law that voters approved in November.

Lawmakers sign off on medical marijuana deal
Holmes County Times Advertiser - June 13, 2017

The legislation would allow local governments to ban marijuana storefront operations. ... source of contention - especially for Democrats - is that the bill bans smoking marijuana products. ... That provision spelled out where smoking is banned. ...

The Cannabis Company Backing North America's Largest Powwow
The Atlantic - June 12, 2017

… It is precisely because of the Gathering's community-focused nature that the event stirred up controversy this year when its organizers announced a partnership with a new title sponsor: a cannabis company. A chain of dispensaries called UltraHealth is now in a five-year contract with the Gathering as their primary funding source. The deal earned the event a new nickname: the pot powwow. …

John Morgan plans lawsuit to allow for smoking of medical pot
SaintPetersBlog (blog) - June 12, 2017

... on last year's ballot said he intends to sue over the law's ban on smoking. ... Vaping is allowed in the bill, but Rodrigues and Bradley could repeatedly not ...

Limitations of state's legalized marijuana
Colorado Springs Gazette - June 11, 2017

Colorado is often cited as the bellwether of America becoming a marijuana nation. ... Denver recently approved a four-year experiment with pot clubs that many ...

What Is A Contact High And Do They Really Exist?
Civilized - June 10, 2017

Even if you don't smoke cannabis, you have probably heard the term "contact high" and wondered if it's something that really exists. … So far, studies have shown that under certain conditions, the smoking of cannabis can produce the same psychological effects (on a milder scale) in non-smokers who are close by. For example, a 2015 study led by researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine tested the effects of lingering smoke from cannabis on non-smoking subjects. …

Gov. Rick Scott: 'I absolutely will sign' medical marijuana bill [VIDEO]
Naples Daily News - June 10, 2017

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he "absolutely" intends to sign the medical marijuana bill passed Friday by the state Legislature. …

Going to pot is raising a stink in Colorado
Manteca Bulletin - June 9, 2017

Pot smells. And that might just lead to another battlefield as marijuana advocates seek to make pot mainstream and to block organized crime from cashing in on the growing legalization trend. Making its way through the 10th District United States Circuit Court of Appeals is a lawsuit that could create a weapon to counter efforts to grow pot legally in residential areas or in business and industrial zones. ... is irked that another constantly allows tobacco cigarette smoke to drift across ... of commercial growers meaning they could require conditional use permits. …

Salem ordinance would make public pot arrestable
The Salem News - June 9, 2017

A city councilor is asking her colleagues to consider making smoking marijuana in public an arrestable offense. Councilor-at-large Elaine Milo, who is ...

Florida legislators say no to smoking medical marijuana
St. Augustine Record - June 9, 2017

... patients to smoke marijuana products - isn't new but was the subject of debate Thursday in the House and Senate. The proposal would ban smoking medical ...

Attorney General to appeal allowing weed on campus
Prescott Daily Courier - June 9, 2017

PHOENIX - The state's top prosecutor wants police to be able to arrest people for having marijuana on college and university campuses, even if they have a state-issued card allowing them to buy and use the drug. In new court filings Thursday, Attorney General Mark Brnovich contends the Arizona Court of Appeals erred earlier this year when the judge voided a 2012 law which made possession of the drug on campuses a crime …

Livermore voters to decide on truck, revaluation account
Lewiston Sun Journal - June 9, 2017

… Voters will also be asked to consider several new or revised ordinances. An Ordinance Prohibiting Retail Marijuana Establishments and Retail Marijuana Social Clubs in the Municipality of Livermore and the Limited Commercial Zoning Ordinance are new. …

Los Angeles releases draft marijuana business regulations
WRCB-TV - June 9, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles moved Thursday to bring order to its emerging legal marijuana industry, proposing rules for how and where the fragrant buds will be grown and sold while driving out rogue operators. …

Florida lawmakers poised to pass medical marijuana compromise
Orlando Weekly (blog) - June 9, 2017

Lawmakers in 2016 allowed full-blown marijuana for terminally ill patients, but the November constitutional amendment legalized pot for patients with a wide range ... The proposal would ban smoking medical marijuana, though it would allow vaping. ... or of smoking medical marijuana in any public place," the amendment, ...

Confusion Surrounds New Marijuana Laws
Mountain News - June 8, 2017

Proposition 64 legalized possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults, and went ... may not smoke marijuana in any location where tobacco smoking is prohibited. ... Additional state laws address vehicles, minors and medical patients.

West Covina may abandon plan to ban smoking in parks
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune - June 8, 2017

WEST COVINA >> After signalling they could ban smoking in public parks, the city ... A motion to enforce a complete ban on smoking tobacco, marijuana or any ...

Former lawmaker's connections raise questions about marijuana bill
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - June 8, 2017

Smoking marijuana is prohibited under the measure, something Jordan and ... restrictions on physicians” and would “drastically restrict access” for patients.

Prominent Florida attorney fuming over medical marijuana amendment
WPBF West Palm Beach - June 8, 2017

Morgan says a ban on smoking is not what voters wanted when they approved amendment 2 and he's not surprised at all the issue is being discussed during a ...

Kronek: Next big tobacco gaining foothold in Michigan
Lansing State Journal - June 8, 2017

Just a few weeks ago, the D.C.-based marijuana lobbying organization funding the push to legalize pot in Michigan next year made a startling admission: The tobacco industry is financing them. In an interview with an industry publication, Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, admitted to soliciting and taking campaign money from tobacco industry operatives in Michigan. In exchange for the cash, Kampia offered to change the text of the ballot initiative to suit their special interests. Just days later, his organization filed draft language for their marijuana law.

Neighbors in Colorado can sue pot grower for stinky smells, federal ...
OregonLive.com - June 8, 2017

Oregon counties with the highest medical marijuana patients and growers per ... and share communal living duties as they work to find more permanent housing. ...

Marijuana Lobby Admits Tobacco Industry Executives Pay-to-Play
HuffPost - June 7, 2017

This was the question the nation's top pot lobbyist recently posed to tobacco executives ... regulations become second to the motives of cigarette industry tycoons? ... and say hello to fruit-flavored “kush pops” that look identical to a normal cake ...

Letters to the editor, June 8, 2017
Town Line - June 8, 2017

It’s no longer about getting high as in the ‘60s & ‘70s by “smoking a joint.” Medical marijuana has been found to contain components including CBD which have proven medical value. Also, there are many ways to consume it that do not include smoking it.

Nevada Tribes One Step Closer to Legally Growing and Selling ...
Cannabis Business Times - June 7, 2017

Senate Bill 375, which opens the door for legal negotiations on the use and sale of medical marijuana on tribal lands, also allows the governor's office to bypass ...

Massachusetts Medical Pot Dispensary Selling Marijuana Pizza
Snopes.com – June 7, 2017

8 hours ago - QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary has created a culinary delight for patients who don't want to smoke ...

Steps to take if marijuana use legalized
Bismarck Tribune - June 7, 2017

A group of North Dakota college students intend to place a measure on the ballot ... it won't be the smoke or smell of a distant fire that fills the air of North Dakota ...

Public weighs in on proposed York city ordinance to reduce ...
York Daily Record/Sunday News - June 7, 2017

Public weighs in on proposed York city ordinance to reduce penalties for pot ... It would make possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana, or smoking it in a ..

York City council members introduce ordinance to decriminalize ...
FOX43.com - June 6, 2017

At a city council meeting, members introduced an ordinance that would make people ... Tina Charles, from York, said, "A friend might have been smoking a joint.

Pot Casino? Native American Tribe Sparks Marijuana Business ...
Forbes - June 6, 2017

As governments try to exact on taxes to cash in, the idea of a tax-free ticket to the industry is not lost on Native Americans. Some tribes are considering changes ...

West York says "no" to reducing pot penalties
witf.org - June 6, 2017

West York Mayor Shawn Mauck, who proposed the marijuana ordinance in the ... He'd also like to address how it would be handled if someone is smoking in an .

Nevada Bill Gives Native Tribes Access To Medical Cannabis Market
MERRY JANE - June 6, 2017

Nevada Bill Gives Native Tribes Access To Medical Cannabis Market ... Bill 275, allowing Native American tribes to negotiate the use and sale of cannabis on their land. ... During the bill signing, the governor was joined by the Nevada Tribal ...

Is the lack of Alaska pesticide rules for cannabis a gap in consumer ...
Alaska Dispatch News – June 6, 2017

That's because not much research has been done on how pesticides affect human health when smoked. The best comparison would be with ...

When marijuana is legal, can I grow it (and smoke it) in my condo?
NOW Magazine - June 5, 2017

But that doesn't mean you can smoke or grow it wherever you want: ... That humidity can cause additional strain on HVAC systems, condensation on windows ...

ICYMI: Big Changes Coming To Washington's Marijuana Laws
Above the Law - June 5, 2017

In case you missed it, Washington State’s marijuana regulations are going to change significantly on June 23rd thanks to Governor Inslee having signed SB 5131 into law last month. …

Federal Marijuana Enforcement could wreak havoc on Colorado's ...
Summit Daily News - June 5, 2017

After two years of revenue boom, marijuana advocates fear that a federal ... not to enforce the federal ban on the drug when states led by Colorado legalized it. ... a public relations and consulting team working with the marijuana industry, said that ... became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana for personal use.

Organizers appeal decision to ban their 420 rally in Denver [VIDEO]
9NEWS.com - June 2, 2017

Mayor Hancock criticized the rally for glorifying illegal public smoking, and ... for next year is a free speech violation by city leaders who hate cannabis culture.

Pro-industry group fights proposition to ban pot shops on Kenai Peninsula
KBBI - June 2, 2017

Marijuana businesses across the Kenai Peninsula Borough are facing an uncertain future. Ballot Proposition 1 will go to a vote in October and would ban all pot operations within the borough that don’t fall under municipal regulations. A ballot initiative group is pushing back against the proposition by promoting the economic growth of the marijuana industry. …

Alaska marks marijuana milestone
KTVA.com - Anchorage, Alaska - June 1, 2017

The Department of Revenue says Alaska is about to reach a major milestone: more than $1 million collected in marijuana revenue. In April, the state's tax ...

Alaska has collected nearly $1 million in marijuana tax revenue so ...
Alaska Dispatch News - June 1, 2017

Under Alaska law, growers pay the state's tax. Bud is taxed at $50 per ounce, and other parts of the plant, like the stems and leaves, are taxed at $15 per ounce.

County Closes Cannabis Club
Mountain News - June 1, 2017

Cao went on to say that smoking is prohibited in food preparation areas, but the ordinances make no distinction as to what is smoked, i.e., tobacco versus ...

Budding Industry: The Cannabis Classic Strikes Again
Anchorage Daily Press – June 1, 2017

The Cannabis Classic came to Anchorage again. The event was held outside of the Sullivan Arena on May 19, 20 and 21 with a hope that attendees would feel more comfortable consuming marijuana products in public. One of the main frustrations surrounding events like this in our state is that th…

Will State-Based Changes to Marijuana Laws Soon Impact Entire ...
Yellowhammer News - June 1, 2017

In 2012, Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. ... Smoking marijuana is still illegal in federally subsidized housing even where it has ...

Why Canada's cannabis community needs vapour lounges
NOW Magazine - May 26, 2017

When David Deif wants to smoke a joint - which is often - he's grateful to have a place ... marijuana from being smoked anywhere regular smoking was banned

Health district, PD reminding community about the risks of public smoking
The Spokesman-Review - May 26, 2017

Summer is coming, which means more people will be outside enjoying warm weather, which often includes imbibing a cold beverage on the patio of a local bar or restaurant - or enjoying marijuana. But area law enforcement wants to remind users that weed use is still illegal if it is within sight, or at least smelling distance, of the public. …

Are Cannabis Clubs Coming to Oregon? The Proposed Bill Sounds Promising
Leafly - May 25, 2017

An Oregon Senate bill could bring cannabis clubs to the state, giving locals and ... Would-be club operators would need to apply for a state license and pay ... Senate Bill 307 would allow state-licensed lounges to permit cannabis consumption among adults 21 and older, provided the city or county has not banned cannabis establishments.…

Letter: To pot or not to pot?
Bennington Banner (subscription) - May 25, 2017

... even "second hand smoke" can have an adverse effect on a child's brain, although there is no serious penalty for having a young one riding in a marijuana ...

Bay Area Man's Vision to Convert Winery Estate Into Weed Destination
NBC Bay Area - May 25, 2017

Flow Cannabis Institute founder Michael Steinmetz walks across a massive ... also housing cannabis-based medical practices, educational studies as well as ...

Inside the Best Pot Party in California
RollingStone.com - May 25, 2017

Immersion offers a whole new way to enjoy cannabis. ... entrepreneurs have tried their hand at creating weed-themed bars and gatherings and festivals. ... introspective and unusual social environment than what might be possible at a bar. ... Smoking marijuana can often suspend or rejigger the normal flow of conversation, ...

Is Public Consumption of Marijuana on the Horizion?
JD Supra, LLC - May 25, 2017

Oregon legislature will weigh the potential benefits of becoming the first state to allow legal and regulated spaces open to the public for the consumption of cannabis against the public health risks associated with second hand smoke.

Vermont governor vetoes bill to legalize marijuana, suggests revisions
Washington Post - May 24, 2017

... more aggressive penalties for smoking pot while driving or in the presence of children. ... convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence under a Wichita ordinance. ... found that the federal gun law doesn't apply to such municipal ordinances.

Evolution of Marijuana Industry Creates Wealth of Opportunity for Companies With Foresight and Action
PR Newswire - May 24, 2017

In Oregon, the City of Portland is backing cannabis businesses in lobbying for a bill that would permit marijuana consumption at licensed lounges, similar to tobacco smoking patios. These are only the latest in a wave of headline-making happenings relate

Marijuana and Tobacco Spliffs Least Common in U.S., Says Study
Inverse - May 24, 2017

When compared to the top 20 spliff-smoking countries on the list, U.S. smokers are up to 11.75 times less likely to smoke their pot with tobacco.

Marijuana board will revisit onsite consumption at July meeting
Alaskajournal.com - May 24, 2017

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board will discuss three options for onsite consumption proposed by board members at its next meeting July 11-14 in Fairbanks.

• Scenario 1: You walk into an establishment where it’s okay to smoke marijuana. There are no pool tables, no dart games, no televisions. Just couches or chairs and coffee tables for a social ambiance. “This space is to try marijuana or a marijuana product and then to leave,” according to board member Loren Jones’ proposal…..

South Dakota jury finds consultant not guilty in pot case
rdnewsnow.com - May 24, 2017

South Dakota jury finds consultant not guilty in pot case ... FLANDREAU, S.D. — A South Dakota jury on Wednesday cleared a consultant of drug ... with ambitious plans that included a smoking lounge with a nightclub, bar and food service, ...

Town decision on marijuana needs review
Paradise Post - May 23, 2017

The attorney assured them that they have the power to ban pot in outdoor gardens. ... Paradise has not banned outdoor smoking of cigarettes in neighborhoods, ...

Ban extended on outdoor pot grows until new policy in place in ...
East Bay Times - May 23, 2017

WALNUT CREEK — City leaders have extended a ban on outdoor pot grows ... smoking ordinance to prohibit marijuana smoke except for the vaporization of ...

Here's what just changed in Washington state marijuana laws
The Cannabist - May 23, 2017

To grant a license to grow on tribal land, the liquor and cannabis board must receive consent from the federally recognized tribe associated with the land.

Salem eyeing recreational pot options
The Salem News - May 23, 2017

Voters across Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana in the election ... "But anything we have with teeth about smoking in public, really, doesn't ...

Portland Wants Cannabis Social Clubs
Marijuana.com - May 23, 2017

Stating that regulated cannabis social clubs would boost tourism, the City of Roses ... would be similar to the current legal framework for tobacco smoking patios.

A tourist's guide to navigating Alaska's marijuana market
Alaska Dispatch News - May 22, 2017

... for names and other information for their in-house point of sale system. ... said that smoking marijuana in the hotel rooms would be off-limits, just like tobacco.

Guam's Public Health Head Eyes First Medical Marijuana ...
Cannabis Business Times - May 22, 2017

To get Guam's stalled medical marijuana program moving forward, the head of public health wants to hold the first official meeting of the medical marijuana ...

Denver snuffs annual 4/20 pot rally for three years over trash, noise
Washington Times - May 21, 2017

Denver has extinguished the annual 4/20 marijuana rally at Civic Center Park for three years and fined organizers $20,000 after numerous complaints about trash and noise emanating from last month's celebration. … Jeff Hunt, director of the conservative Centennial Institute, delivered a petition with 4,000 signatures to Mr. Hancock last week asking him to cancel the event, saying attendees and performers broke the law by smoking pot at the park.
Colorado became the first state along with Washington to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over with the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012, but smoking in public is banned. …

Researchers identify main factors of home indoor air pollution: marijuana surprisingly plays a big role
ZME Science - May 19, 2017

A new study led by San Diego State University researchers has identified the most important factors that go into home indoor air pollution. Tobacco and marijuana smoking turned out to be some of the biggest offender — marking the first time the drug was found to play such a role. … Out of the total, 44 (22.8%) of families reported at least one household member smoking at least one cigarette indoors in the 7-days prior to the interview. Homes without indoor cigarette smoking reported indoor smoking of cigars (1.3%), hookah (0.8%), electronic cigarettes (14.1%), marijuana (10.1%), and other drugs (0.7%). Nearly all families reported opening a window (95.3%) or opening a door (96.9%) for ventilation purposes. Most homes (60.1%) reported using an exhaust fan in their kitchen and 8.3% of homes used an air purifier. No significant differences in ventilation activities were seen between homes with indoor and outdoor smoking, except the use of central air conditioning which was higher among homes without indoor cigarette smoking (25.5% vs. 6.8%). …

Cliff Robinson and the City of Portland lobby to allow marijuana lounges in Oregon
OregonLive.com - May 19, 2017

Former Trail Blazer Cliff Robinson joined Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly this week in supporting a bill that would allow social consumption of cannabis in Oregon. Senate Bill 307 would allow licensed lounges for marijuana consumption, meaning people could smoke or vape cannabis in a social setting outside of their personal homes. … Portland officials called the bill "a common-sense approach" that would allow tourists and residents to consume legal cannabis, which they can now purchase but may not be able to actually use. … Opponents of the bill say that social consumption of cannabis exposes people to secondhand smoke and normalizes marijuana use for children. "A recent study from the Journal of the American Heart Association encourages secondhand smoke laws extend to marijuana because both tobacco and marijuana smoke impair blood vessel function similarly," the Oregon Nurses Association wrote in their testimony. "Like tobacco, studies have found that smoking marijuana can irritate the lungs and lead to breathing problems like cough, excess mucus, bronchitis, and worsening of conditions like asthma and cystic fibrosis." …

Editorial: Lawmakers craft good compromise for social pot consumption
Bend Bulletin - May 19, 2017

If your landlord won’t let you smoke weed in your apartment, where do you go? It’s illegal to consume in public, in parks, on sidewalks, in bars or restaurants. Many tourists encounter the same problem. The result is lots of confusion and no way for some people to consume a legal product legally. It deserves a legislative fix. … Senate Bill 307 originally was drafted to permit licensed locations that allow social consumption of pot at temporary events and in permanent smoking lounges. … Health officials argued the new rules would violate clean-air regulations, injure those breathing secondhand smoke and normalize pot use in the minds of youngsters. … A revised version of the bill discussed this week by the Joint Committee on Marijuana Regulation would eliminate temporary event-focused options and require smoking lounges to be smoking porches to allow for ventilation. It would require active opt-in from local governments. Marijuana edibles would not be allowed, and no alcohol or tobacco products could be consumed. …

The Future of Driving, Marijuana, And Being Stoned Behind The Wheel
East Bay Express - May 19, 2017

I’m not a fan of driving while stoned — mostly because it makes me super paranoid — but I know plenty of other people who swear by it. When they do, they’re going against the advice of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which claims marijuana “can slow reaction time, impair judgment of time and distance, and decrease coordination.” But it’s still hard to scientifically peg down whether stoned driving is anywhere near as bad as driving buzzed from a couple drinks, or over-the-limit drunk-driving. Regardless, California Senate Bill 65 is currently making its way through the state Legislature. …

Two-pronged approach to dealing with marijuana laws
Stowe Today - May 18, 2017

It is still illegal for youth under 21 to possess marijuana. Essentially the same laws that relate to tobacco will be in force for marijuana if the governor allows this ...

Bill on social cannabis gets makeover
The Bend (OR) Bulletin - May 18, 2017

SB 307 does away with a provision to create a license for temporary events, akin to tastings at a winery or brewery, for cannabis businesses. It also does away with a provision to allow indoor cannabis cafes, an exception to the state Indoor Clean Air Act

For young adults, cigarettes more pleasurable with alcohol than with pot
Medical Xpress (PhysOrg.com) - May 18, 2017

The study is the first to document that tobacco accompanied by alcohol provides cigarette smokers with a greater perceived reward than when they smoke cigarettes while using marijuana. The study will be published online April 18 in the journal Addiction

Where can you legally smoke pot in Colorado?
The Denver Post - May 18, 2017

Why it's so hard to define where you can legally smoke pot in Colorado .... The city council first backed a measure to ban pot smoking on private property if it takes ... In California, the NCSL research found, Proposition 64 banned marijuana ...

Portland backs cannabis lounge bill, envisions 'craft' tourism boost
Portland Business Journal - May 17, 2017

Licenses would only be allowed in cities or counties that pass ordinances allowing ... health to roll back that social norms around tobacco and smoking products.

S.D. Sioux tribe's cannabis resort consultant faces trial on drug ...
The Cannabist - May 18, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. — Roughly two years after an American Indian tribe began an ... plans that included a smoking lounge with a nightclub, bar and food service, and ...

Recreational marijuana still a no in Walnut Creek
East Bay Times - May 17, 2017

WALNUT CREEK — City leaders have extended a ban on outdoor pot grows and ... to expand Walnut Creek's existing smoking ordinance to prohibit marijuana ...

Marijuana smoking lounges could be next in Oregon
East Oregonian - May 17, 2017

“By allowing for the social consumption of cannabis, Oregon risks the rollback of years of progress related to social norms around smoking,” she said. Even if smoking areas are screened, minors will still be able to smell marijuana smoke wafting from ...

Health officials look to halt smokable marijuana
Gainesville Sun - May 16, 2017

Current law bans “smoking” of medical marijuana but includes an exception ... of delivery devices outside of a dispensing organization is banned by state law, ...

CrimeBeat: Where can I drink alcohol and smoke pot in public?
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - May 16, 2017

Smoking a joint in public is illegal everywhere in California even though voters ... While most public drinking is confined to Sonoma Plaza, the 2004 ordinance ...

Cannabis Social Clubs Are A Social Justice Issue, Says Retired ...
Civilized - May 17, 2017

Retired NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson (Portland Trailblazers) says cannabis social ... And marijuana is banned in all public housing projects because they are ...

Counselor gave bad info
West Hawaii Today - May 17, 2017

Nancy Cook Lauer, as always, wrote an incisive and informative article describing the cannabis crisis for kupuna who live in public housing. Unfortunately, the ...

Miami Beach Wants Ultrastrict Medical Pot Rules: "Odor ...
Miami New Times - May 17, 2017

She says the city wants to set its own rules before the state preempts it. ... banned from smoking or otherwise using the medical marijuana on ...

Majority of Minnesota medical marijuana patients say treatment has ...
The Cannabist - May 17, 2017

Using the plant form of the drug is banned — no smoking or vaporizing the material is allowed — and the state limits the availability of marijuana pills and oils to ...

Editorial: Smoking pot on the Las Vegas Strip
Elko Daily Free Press - May 17, 2017

Hotels connected with casinos, however, face more scrutiny because of gambling ... to take the drug into casino properties, and that makes them very nervous. ...

Minnesota medical marijuana companies report $11M losses
The Cannabist - May 16, 2017

Using the plant form is banned, and the state limits the availability of ... of conditions or delivery forms,” Zerwas said, referencing the ban on smoking or ...

Union to vote on pot ordinance, slightly higher budget in June
Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald (subscription) - May 16, 2017

Union — Union voters will decide on prohibition of marijuana facilities, the new ... a small, rural town, free of pollution with affordable housing and strong public ...

Officials look to halt smokable medical pot
The News Herald - May 16, 2017

Current law bans “smoking” of medical marijuana but includes an exception ... of delivery devices outside of a dispensing organization is banned by state law, ...

Florida Medical Dispensaries Are Getting Around the State's “Vape ...
MERRY JANE - May 15, 2017

But as you probably know, there are plenty of vaporizers that use the same cannabis bud that we traditionally associate with smoking. For one Florida ...

AG drops subpoena for Argus Leader reporter
Sioux Falls Argus Leader - May 15, 2017

But the Flandreau tribe abruptly ended its bid to be the first tribe in the nation to open a recreational smoking resort, claiming to have burnt the crop. The Attorney ..

How To Get High In Vegas
Casino.Org News - May 15, 2017

You've dreamed of hitting the casinos hard under the influence of Devil Ether ... the residents of Las Vegas will be seen smoking pot as they stare mesmerized at ...

Cliff Robinson Submits Testimony to Salem Joint Committee on ...
Oregon Cannabis Connection - May 15, 2017

Secondly, adults in Oregon should have the ability to utilize cannabis responsibly, but landlord-tenant agreements, particularly Section 8 housing, limits the ...

Scutari Unveils Bill to Legalize Marijuana in NJ
Observer - May 15, 2017

TRENTON - A New Jersey lawmaker revealed the long-awaited details of his plan to legalize marijuana on Monday, rolling out legislation to regulate and tax ...

Vermont Gov Undecided On Signing Marijuana Legalization Bill
Oregon Cannabis Connection - May 15, 2017

Governor Phil Scott (R) of Vermont has voice concern over signing the marijuana legalization bill passed last week by the state legislature. The Vermont bill, if signed, would legalize possession of less than an ounce of cannabis. It also allows for cultivation of two mature plants at a residence. There is no change to the DUII laws in the bill. The fear of increased traffic fatalities and DUII seems to be a seminal concern of the governor. …

Michigan Files Adult-Use Marijuana Ballot Initiative
Cannabis Business Times - May 15, 2017

The Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (also known as ... the Michigan Cannabis Coalition, the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section ...

Smoking Marijuana In Denver Just Got More Social
The Fresh Toast - May 13, 2017

After six months of negotiating and committee hearings, Denver on Thursday became the first city in the nation to allow social cannabis consumption. Businesses in the Mile High City will be able to apply for annual permits allowing adult patrons to consume their own cannabis as part of a four-year pilot program. The social experiment gives Denver cannabis enthusiasts the ability to share cannabis socially without fear of arrest. …

Legal Weed's No. 1 Enemy
Daily Beast - May 11, 2017

… As president and CEO of boot-strapped Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), co-founded by former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Sabet would like to slow the momentum of the cannabis legalization movement. B … "We've seen how long it took for tobacco to lose favor-80 years, and of course they're still making a ton of money," Sabet says against the drone of airline announcements in the background. "That started from a very small group, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, which started in 1976 in Berkeley. I've studied these groups and their successes and failures, and I have a long view on all of this." …

Trulieve selling smokable pot to patients
Tallahassee.com - May 11, 2017

Florida law bans patients from smoking the substance, but doesn't prohibit vendors .... during which lawmakers insisted they wanted to impose a ban on smoking ... Not only were lawmakers intent on banning smoking of marijuana, Galvano ...

Editorial: Legislature again ignores voters
Gainesville Sun - May 11, 2017

House Republicans initially tried to ban smoking, vaporizing or edible marijuana products, before relenting on all but the smoking ban. But they were unable to ...

Plan for Denver social marijuana use permits includes waivers for ...
The Denver Post - May 11, 2017

Location restrictions: Businesses that seek permits already cannot place ... The state's indoor smoking ban also would apply, unless a business or event is ..

The Latest: Pot Club Regulations Elude Colorado Lawmakers
U.S. News & World Report - May 10, 2017

Colorado's long debate over where people can smoke pot will continue for at least another year. State lawmakers failed to agree on a bill to define areas where adults can use pot. The disagreement came Wednesday night in the closing hours of the 2017 Legislature.
Lawmakers at first considered legislation to authorize Amsterdam-style pot clubs. That proposal that had bipartisan support because of complaints that tourists and people who don't want to smoke pot at home are smoking weed in public.

I'm Allergic to Weed
Vice.com - May 11, 2017

One secondhand whiff of somebody else's joint and my nose clogs up. I get a ... This "exposure" comes from first or secondhand smoke. For people like me, ...

Laguna Enacts City-wide Smoking Ban
Laguna Beach Independent Newspaper - May 11, 2017

Laguna Beach has become the first city in Orange County to effectively ban smoking in all public places. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban smoking in all outside areas including sidewalks, parking lots, streets, alleys, outdoor dining areas and common areas of apartment buildings. The vote expands the city's current smoking restrictions, which previously included public beaches and parks and areas considered a fire hazard. … The ban includes "vape" pens and e-cigarettes, and also effectively bans the use of marijuana in public areas. Proposition 64, which passed in November, ...

Medical marijuana patients fear change to smokeless housing
West Hawaii Today - May 10, 2017

Lanric Hyland, 78, who uses a walker, has asked the county for a “reasonable accommodation” to allow him to continue to smoke his medicine in his unit, despite a new policy taking effect June 1 that makes the building and grounds of the Ainakea Senior Re

Q&A: Patients face murky legality as they await medical marijuana ...
Sun Sentinel (blog) - May 10, 2017

... pre-amendment laws, meaning no new growing licenses, a ban on smoking and a 90-day doctor-patient relationship before a recommendation for marijuana ...

Decriminalized Pot-Possession Program Will Advance in Flagler ...
FlaglerLive.com - May 10, 2017

But Bunnell has already said it would not adopt the Flagler ordinance in its ... don't want to throw somebody in jail for smoking a joint instead of drinking a beer.”.

Black Hawk social clubs remain smokeless
The Mountain -Ear - May 8, 2017

John Scarffe, Black Hawk. Social clubs that would allow consumption of alcohol and marijuana came before the Black Hawk City Council during a regular meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 3 p.m.,…

Let's talk about marijuana without hysterical name-calling | Quigley
NJ.com - May 8, 2017

Few people hate smoking more than I do because I was unable to persuade my ... about the possibility of allowing marijuana usage, with or without restrictions, ..

Why the Man Trying to End the Denver 420 Rally Turned Against ...
Westword - May 8, 2017

Jeff Hunt, the Colorado Christian University educator behind the petition to ban the Denver 420 Rally, says teenage pot smoking that harmed his short-term ...

Up in Smoke: Florida Legislature Can't Agree on Medical Marijuana
Leafly - May 8, 2017

Besides oils and sprays, those centers would have been allowed to expand sales to edibles and vaping products but smoking would still be banned.

John Morgan Threatens To Sue Legislature
WGCU News - May 7, 2017

Morgan said a ban on smoking is not what voters wanted when they approved Amendment 2. ... “I wouldn't have banned it in public if we didn't include smoking.

Landlords' rights regarding marijuana cultivation, possession and ...
Lewiston Sun Journal - May 7, 2017

In light of the terrible fire that started in a marijuana grow room and destroyed an ... So, what are the rights of landlords who own and rent multi-unit housing?

Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network rally for the 4th annual ...
WMDT - May 6, 2017

The Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network and its supporters marching in solidarity ... offenses, such as not driving after consuming or smoking in public areas.

Casinos and Marijuana: Gaming Legislators Conference June 9-11 ...
Digital Journal - May 5, 2017

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - May 5, 2017) - The ambitious agenda at the Summer Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) will include the important topic of Casinos and Marijuana: Legal and Policy Issues.

According to Senator Becky Harris of Nevada, who is NCLGS Treasurer, "As more states begin to legalize marijuana, it is critical that lawmakers understand how the gaming industry will be impacted. At the upcoming Summer Meeting in Denver, NCLGS is providing a forum for this essential conversation. Topics such as the differences between medical and recreational marijuana, how states such as Colorado and Nevada are regulating both industries, and how the federal government may choose to regulate and enforce current drugs laws will be discussed." The discussion, chaired by Representative Helene Keeley of Delaware, will offer experts with varying perspectives on this complex issue. They include Melissa Kuipers Blake, shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck law firm, who chairs the firm's Emerging Regulated Industries Practice Group; Steven Geller, Esq., of Geller Law Firm, who focuses on gaming and lobbying matters; Cynthia Hallett, President and CEO of the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation; and Christian Sederberg, Partner at Vicente Sederberg, LLC, a law firm specializing in marijuana law issues and regulatory compliance. ...

You can smoke cigarettes on the boardwalk. Why not pot, advocates ...
NJ.com - May 5, 2017

... it's sticking with its position banning smoking of marijuana on the boardwalk. ... the borough attorney said officials were within their right to ban the smoking of ...

PD Editorial: The new DUI: Driving after smoking pot
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - May 5, 2017

PD Editorial: The new DUI: Driving after smoking pot ... take a car parked inside a pet store to show that driving under the influence should be banned, too. ...

Will Public Cannabis Smoking Clubs Arrive In California?
East Bay Express - May 5, 2017

There's a popular misconception that cannabis is a party drug. ... opportunities to enjoy it in a regulated public social setting, such as at a bar, restaurant, movie theater, nighttime museum event, ... Will smoking clubs be the next cocktail bars? ...

Anti-tobacco advocates fear legalized marijuana could reignite ...
CBC.ca - May 5, 2017

The looming federal legalization of marijuana has anti-smoking activists worried about ... marijuana could reignite the debate about public smoking in Canada. ..

Record number of teens hospitalized for pot in Colorado
Daily Mail - May 4, 2017

A 2016 study found that 77 percent of minors believed smoking weed was safe and ... Restricted for medical use only are, Montana, North Dakota, Arizona, New ...

Cal bill targets low-income cannabis patients who vape
The Leaf Online - May 4, 2017

They argued against the inclusion of electronic cigarettes on the ground that it will increase the risk of eviction and therefore homelessneess among public ...

Young Adults' Perceptions of Marijuana, Cigarette, E-Cigarette Safety May Be Based on Mistaken Beliefs about Risks, Georgia State Study Shows
Georgia State University News (press release) - May 4, 2017

… The study participants "gauged harms in nuanced ways, with criteria for judging harm differing between tobacco and marijuana products and comparing them with alcohol, illicit drugs and pharmaceuticals," the researchers said in the article "Perceived harms and benefits of tobacco, marijuana and electronic vaporizers among young adults in Colorado: Implications for health education and research." The lead author is Dr. Lucy Popova, assistant professor of health promotion and behavior and a researcher at the school's Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS). Researchers conducted interviews with 32 adults in Colorado, ages 18-26, who used marijuana, tobacco or e-cigarettes within a month of the study. (In 2014, Colorado became the first state to legalize retail marijuana sales. Today, nearly 30 states have legalized medicinal marijuana and eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized general use by adults.) …

Medical Weed Is Legal in Florida, But Smoking It Won't Be
Motherboard - May 4, 2017

Edibles and vaping is okay, but "marijuana in a form for smoking" is still banned. ... Senator Rob Bradley, told local reporters that the smoking ban was based on ...

Dana Point could be second city in Orange County to ban smoking
OCRegister - May 3, 2017

A plan to ban smoking from Dana Point's public areas - the sidewalks, alleys, parking lots and garages - is moving ahead. City Council members have agreed to pursue a citywide smoking ban, directing the city attorney and staff to develop a "high-level road map" looking at risks and benefits of smoking and vaping in public places. The ban would also apply to marijuana. …

Here's Why Disney Will Ban Cannabis From Their Theme Parks
Green Rush Daily - May 3, 2017

The ban appears to bar all forms of marijuana use. Many medical cannabis patients medicate without smoking. Oils, tinctures, topicals, edibles and other ...

WHAT'S THAT NEW BUZZ IN PORTLAND?: It's the Potlandia Tour ...
Dope Magazine - May 3, 2017

... minds, yes, the driver is shielded from any secondhand smoke by a unique and proprietary capsule that keeps him or her safe, straight and smoke-free.

Green Report: Getting stoned at concerts
Rocky Mountain Collegian - May 3, 2017

The letter is complaining about people smoking at Red Rocks and saying that it's unpleasant and that she “wonder[s] if I am getting high on secondhand smoke ...

Some Nevada tribes look to cannabis for economic opportunity
Brian Bahouth (blog) - May 3, 2017

The Pyramid Lake Tribe is on the way to Burning Man, so you could see that that ... Indian Colony have diversified their streams of income beyond smoke shops, ...

Faculty to Tackle Marijuana Policy, Vaping Harvard Crimson - May 1, 2017

Faculty will vote on whether or not to approve Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana's proposed changes to the student handbook-including clarifying the University's policy on marijuana and switching to gender-neutral language-at Tuesday's faculty meeting. Last November, Massachusetts residents voted to legalize the possession, recreational use, and eventual sale of marijuana. The state's new policy on legal recreational use went into effect on Dec. 15, and the sale of recreational marijuana has been delayed by the state legislature until mid-2018. … "Although Massachusetts law now permits adults aged 21 or older to possess and consume marijuana under certain circumstances, federal law prohibits the possession, use, or distribution of marijuana, including for medical purposes, on Harvard property or as part of a Harvard activity," the handbook would read. Khurana will also move to include vaping as a prohibited activity under the College's smoking policy: "This is also an opportune time to clarify the College's stance on vaping. Following the approach taken by University efforts to implement tobacco-free policies on campus, the use of vaping in the Houses and dorms should be prohibited," the memo reads …

Colorado Golden Retriever Sickened by Discarded Marijuana Edible
CDA News - May 1, 2017

A dog owner in Colorado learned the hard way the importance of being more careful where she walks her dog. Now she is speaking out in hopes of preventing ...

Study Finds Link In Marijuana Shops To Increased Property Crime
JDJournal.com - May 1, 2017

A three-year study conducted in Denver has linked higher levels property crime to proximity of legal marijuana shops. The research found that higher property crime does not necessarily occur in the immediate areas next to marijuana stores but in adjacent areas. Researchers determined that 84 more property crimes happen per year in the neighborhoods near marijuana shops compared to neighborhoods not close to shops. …

More Americans Than Ever Support Marijuana Legalization
Alive For Football - May 1, 2017

Marijuana is becoming more accepted, but pot smokers have few places to legally ... Driving under the influence would remain illegal, and smoking in public ...

Can pregnant women safely consume marijuana?
Norwalk Reflector - May 1, 2017

"The medical field frowns on pregnant women using marijuana," said the 27-year-old ... Public health officials, however, say the implications surrounding its ... that the long-term effects of smoking cannabis during pregnancy are still unclear. ...

Normalization of legal pot moves swiftly in Colorado Legislature since voter approval in 2012
Colorado Springs Gazette - April 30, 2017

… Inside the room, the largest of the spaces afforded for legislative hearings, at least another dozen cannabis lobbyists listened to the proceedings. They were basking in pro-marijuana support from a seemingly unlikely source, a conservative lawmaker from the suburbs of Fort Collins. "We've got to care about those people, and we have to let them know that they're accepted and that they are valued members of our society," Republican Sen. Vicki Marble said of marijuana consumers. She was speaking in support of a bill she sponsored, which would have allowed for marijuana consumption clubs, where consumers could purchase and consume marijuana on site. Marble introduced the bill because tourists and people who can't smoke where they live have no place to smoke cannabis. …

Ottawa Public Health ponders where marijuana can be used
Ottawa Sun - April 30, 2017

The report also expressed concern that smoking or vaping cannabis in public ... The report urged that the same restrictions that apply to tobacco and vaping ...

What can you do if your neighbours are smoking cannabis?
Get Surrey - April 28, 2017

Would you know what to do if you suspected your neighbours were smoking ... near your home could be smoking, or even growing, the banned substance.

Colorado may bar cops from helping with crackdown on marijuana
Aspen Daily News - April 28, 2017

DENVER - Colorado may prohibit law enforcement officers from assisting in a potential federal marijuana crackdown. The state House voted 56-7 Wednesday to bar public employees from assisting federal agents in "arresting a Colorado citizen for committing an act that is a Colorado constitutional right." The Colorado bill doesn't specifically mention marijuana. But sponsors say it is inspired by threats that federal authorities may try cracking down on the marijuana industry. …

Hickenlooper doesn't expect Trump crackdown on pot after Sessions meeting [VIDEO]
Denver Business Journal - April 28, 2017

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, fresh from a meeting this week with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, says he doesn't expect that the Trump administration will crack down on marijuana sales in Colorado and other states that have legalized it. …

Commercial marijuana ordinance tabled in Carlsbad
Coast News - April 27, 2017

No actual decision was reached regarding the ordinance, however the council ... passed in November 2016, allows for home growing, but not public smoking.

Rewriting medical marijuana regulations "an insult" to Floridians ...
The Cannabist - April 27, 2017

Yet lawmakers are considering restrictions such as requiring patients to have a 90-day relationship with a doctor to get marijuana and banning smoking ...

Judge upholds man's eviction from an Aspen assisted living complex
Aspen Daily News - April 27, 2017

Because marijuana remains illegal under federal law, such behavior also ... if they'd be willing to give Disnard more time to ease his transition to new housing.

City of Reno backs off recreational marijuana moratorium
Reno Gazette - April 27, 2017

"There's been no education on whether people could lose their housing (if they consume marijuana while in their housing). People don't know, and things can ...

Mistep of inquiry in residential use of marijuana leads to student scare
The Blue & Gray Press - April 27, 2017

"We have no motive to smoke marijuana," said Barrett. ... they did not receive any more communication from the coordinator or campus housing for several days.

A guide on renters' rights and the legalization of marijuana
Boston.com - April 26, 2017

So if a landlord has a nonsmoking policy, there is nowhere you can legally smoke.'' Edibles may be the solution for tenants who want to partake, he said.

Nevada senators vote to OK smoking pot in businesses, among ...
Reno Gazette Journal - April 25, 2017

Several marijuana bills skated through the Senate and Assembly floor with unanimous passage on Tuesday for another deadline, while others ...

Indian tribes fear Trump will be a buzzkill for their marijuana business
Sacramento Bee - April 26, 2017

Indian tribes fear Trump will be a buzzkill for their marijuana business ... But other tribes are raring to gain a foothold in the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry .... A year ago, he told a Senate hearing that "good people don't smoke marijuana.

Rikers Island's Enhanced Supervision Housing unit inmates smoke ...
New York Daily News - April 26, 2017

City correction officers did nothing as they watched an inmate in a specialized unit openly smoke marijuana, according to a new report. The officers told the city ...

Sandwich Meeting Spells Out Reasons to Ban Sale of Recreational ...
CapeCod.com News - April 25, 2017

... Monday night's "opting out" panel on recreational marijuana sales in Sandwich said it's not the mid-30s neighbor smoking in his basement that concerns them ...

Up in Smoke: Marijuana activists cuffed after lighting up at US Capital
Raw Story - April 24, 2017

U.S. Capitol Hill police officers arrest protesters smoking marijuana on steps of the ... Marijuana is illegal under federal law and is banned from federal property like ... legal and to lift a ban on the District of Columbia's regulation of marijuana.

House panel adds restrictions to medical marijuana bill
Sun Sentinel - April 24, 2017

"The fact that there's no smoking of the product, there's no edibles, there's no vaporizing, I think when people passed medical marijuana they believed that would

Marijuana Friendly Campground in Oregon Opens
Oregon Cannabis Connection - April 24, 2017

Marijuana,Camping,Oregon,Cannabis,friendly,Smoke on the Water,Lake ... outdoor grows that harvest in the fall, there is "housing" a niche the resort plans to fill. ...

You Can Sort of Legally Smoke Weed in California but Maybe Not in Your Apartment
L.A. Weekly - April 24, 2017

Although the state of California has given adults the green light to smoke weed recreationally and approved a limited amount of home grow, Angelenos who rent their residence may still have one big hurdle to jump: landlords. Under Proposition 64 and reigning landlord-tenant policy, rental leases can ban smoking on the premises, tobacco or otherwise. Even if the contract doesn't explicitly address marijuana, there are a number of other pre-fabricated stipulations - including a "no illegal drug" policy, a nuisance clause and a rule banning tenants from violating state or federal law - that can be invoked to put the kibosh on your cannabis, experts say. …

Philadelphia Mayor Calls for Marijuana Legalization
TheJointBlog (blog) - April 24, 2017

"The real solution to this is legalizing it in the state of Pennsylvania as they did in Colorado," said Mayor Kenney earlier today. "We won't have to use police resources in these kinds of activities and actions." The comment came as Kenney was responding to questions about a Saturday raid on a marijuana "smokeasy". …

In Denver, there's a church for marijuana [VIDEO]
KSPR - April 24, 2017

Is marijuana a religion? Apparently, it is in Denver. The International Church of Cannabis recently opened its doors despite some pushback by a public official. Following no clear-cut dogma, the church describes itself as a place for those who "ritually take the sacred flower to find inspiration and meaning." "It's really just meditating and finding yourself. It's kind of having your own mind and believing and going with it," a churchgoer told KMGH. Since the church opened on 4/20, worshippers have been allowed to smoke inside the building, but only during private, invitation-only events. The city axed the church's original plans to allow the public to take part. …

State lawmakers don't think pot billboards should be appealing to kids
KIRO Seattle - Apr 22, 2017

Washington state lawmakers are looking to crack down on roadside marijuana billboards that feature cannabis plants, cuddly animals or other images they fear could attract children to the drug. The Legislature on Thursday passed a wide-ranging set of tweaks to the state's marijuana laws, including new rules for what can and can't appear on pot billboards. …

Illinois lawmakers learning how, why to legalize marijuana
Wisconsin Gazette - April 21, 2017

Illinois lawmakers learning how, why to legalize marijuana ... Smoking in public would be prohibited, and driving under the influence would remain illegal.

Pro-pot activists plan to hand out joints outside Capitol
WSAW - April 21, 2017

... Recreational marijuana is legal in the District of Columbia as a result of a ballot initiative voters approved in 2014. Giving it away for free is also legal, so participants in Thursday's action won't be risking arrest. The city government has been barred by Congress from taxing pot or regulating its sale. …

Cannabis Church finds new Lansing home
Detroit Free Press - April 21, 2017

An organization that finds spiritual meaning in marijuana use has found a new home at an existing church building on the city's south side. The First Cannabis Church of Logic and Reason, led by Rev. Jeremy Hall, will begin holding services at Inner Ascended Masters Ministry, 5705 S. Washington Ave. on April 30. Hall describes the agreement the church has with the ministry as "cross promotion of their business." … The church is expected to push against a proposed city ordinance aimed at regulating medical marijuana establishments …

Inside a Colorado pot club - a rare and endangered species
MyAJC - April 21, 2017

It's the fish tank featuring a colorful reef made of glass marijuana pipes that ultimately sets the Speakeasy Vape Lounge apart from any other strip-mall bar and confirms what it really is: one of the United States' only legal pot clubs. …

Marijuana users rally in mass disobedience over cannabis legalization
ABC10 - April 21, 2017

DENVER - A heavy cloud of marijuana smoke hanging over Civic Center Park tells you all you need to know: 420 has arrived. Tens of thousands of marijuana enthusiasts celebrated increasing cannabis legalization with rallies across the country on Thursday, April 20. … As in Colorado, marijuana possession is legal in the District of Columbia, but public consumption is prohibited, as is possession on federal land. …

Study: More and more college students are trying pot
Michigan Radio - April 21, 2017

A new study from the University of Michigan finds that levels of first-time marijuana use among college students are at a 30-year high. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, says 51 percent of college students ages 19 to 22 became first-time marijuana users in 2015. That's up from 41 percent in 2014 and 31 percent in 2013. Study author Richard Miech says college students are about 50 percent more likely to become pot users than their peers who aren't enrolled in college. …

Colorado rejects attempt to ban pot churches
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel - April 21, 2017

DENVER - Colorado lawmakers have rejected a last-minute proposal to ban marijuana churches where users can congregate inside and smoke pot. The House vote came Thursday on the 4/20 holiday after it debated whether to try stamping out attempts to use religious freedoms to open places where marijuana users can gather. … It's illegal in Colorado to consume marijuana indoors in places considered public.

Washington could crack down on pot shop advertising
The Spokesman-Review - April 21, 2017

On 4/20, a day some marijuana users celebrate, Washington lawmakers passed new restrictions on the way the drug can be advertized by the state's licensed pot shops. …

Colorado's Marijuana DUIs Are Down 33%
TIME - April 20, 2017

… In the first quarter of 2017, the number of marijuana DUIs dropped by 33.2% from ... When the state first legalized recreational marijuana three years ago, CDOT ...

Marijuana on Religious Grounds? A Cannabis Church Opens in ...
New York Times - April 20, 2017

For the International Church of Cannabis in Denver, there were three reasons to celebrate on Thursday. … And third: A challenge to the church's legality, in the form of an amendment proposed in the state's House of Representatives, was shut down almost as quickly as it arose on Thursday morning. … t is still illegal to smoke in Denver's public spaces. And some decisions on legal usage are still left up to cities, creating a patchwork of laws that legislators are still working to consolidate. …

'Weed Nuns' Are Holy Rollers on Mission to Empower Women With ...
NBCNews.com - April 20, 2017

MERCED, Calif. - The Sisters of the Valley, California's self-ordained "weed nuns," are on a mission to heal and empower women with their cannabis products. …

CDOT, Lyft partner to provide safe transport for 420 Rally participants high on marijuana [VIDEO]
The Denver Channel - April 20, 2017

… In Colorado, it's against the law to smoke marijuana in public, but it has become almost a tradition for many people to do so during the 420 Rally at Civic Center Park. "We can assume a lot of people here today are under the influence," said CDOT spokesman Sam Cole. "It is truly frightening, the number of marijuana users who think it's safe to drive when high." Cole said CDOT's survey shows nearly 50 percent of the people think it's no big deal to drive while high. …

Alamosa: No pot club for now
Valley Courier - April 20, 2017

Citing concerns with zoning and code compliance, the Alamosa city council on Wednesday night unanimously denied the city's first pot club request. Colorado Creative Clouds had submitted a permitted use by special review request to open 24K, a private cannabis consumption club, at 507 Bell Avenue adjacent to Main Copy Source and just off Main Street across from Trinidad State Junior College. …

Laguna Woods says no to pot shops
OCRegister - April 20, 2017

Although no dispensaries ever opened in the city, the Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis Club has a medical marijuana cooperative, and it may run into issues ...

State orders Anchorage marijuana social club to 'cease operating'
KTUU.com - April 20, 2017

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - After two years of operating in a legal gray-area, downtown Anchorage's only marijuana social club has been ordered to shut its doors. …

Cannabis consumption club denied
Valley Courier - April 20, 2017

During Wednesday night's Alamosa city council meeting, which drew a standing-room-only crowd, the council unanimously voted to deny the city's first request for a cannabis consumption club. …

Colorado rejects attempt to ban pot churches [VIDEO]
The Coloradoan - April 20, 2017

Colorado lawmakers have rejected a last-minute proposal to ban marijuana churches where users can congregate inside and smoke pot. … t's illegal in Colorado to consume marijuana indoors in places considered public.

Colorado PTSD marijuana bill advances to House vote, gains amendments focused on children
The Cannabist - April 20, 2017

Colorado doctors should be allowed to recommend medical marijuana in treating PTSD symptoms of adults, but there should be additional guardrails when it comes to children, state lawmakers decided Thursday. An amended Senate Bill 17, which would add post-traumatic stress disorder to Colorado's list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, passed a second reading Thursday in the state House. …

4/20 is Black Friday for marijuana merchants
CW39 - April 20, 2017

… "We're just expecting to get slammed," said Craig "C.J." Fuchs of Studio420, a pipe shop and smoking room in Englewood, Colorado. "We're expecting to be probably packed from Thursday to Sunday." … Native Roots, a company with 14 dispensaries in Colorado, is marking 4/20 with its "smokin' token promotion," where any customer buying an ounce of marijuana during the month of April could potentially win 12 free ounces, distributed one per month over the next year. …

Colorado House rejects late attempt to bar pot use in churches
The Denver Post - April 20, 2017

… The Colorado House on Thursday rejected a last minute attempt to ban pot use in churches, an amendment that was introduced on the same day the controversial International Church of Cannabis opened in Denver. …The bill debated Thursday originally would have made Colorado the first state to regulate marijuana use in pot clubs. But after Gov. John Hickenlooper threatened to veto the measure, the latest version backs off of that goal, leaving Colorado with a patchwork of local regulations on the subject. The pared-back version passed 35-30, without the ban on churches. It now heads back to the Senate, which must agree to the House version or send it to conference committee before it can be sent to the governor. …

West Virginia Becomes The 30th State To Legalize Medical Marijuana
Civilized - April 20, 2017

West Virginia Becomes The 30th State To Legalize Medical Marijuana. By John ... The state Bureau of Public Health will oversee implementation of the law.

Inside a Colorado pot club - a rare and endangered species
WHIO - April 19, 2017

It's the fish tank featuring a colorful reef made of glass marijuana pipes that ultimately sets the Speakeasy Vape Lounge apart from any other strip-mall bar and confirms what it really is: one of the United States' only legal pot clubs. The fact that it and a few dozen like it already exist in Colorado was all but lost in a recent fight over whether the state would become the first to regulate such establishments, underscoring the patchwork approach that legal weed states have taken in sorting out where it's OK to consume pot in public. Colorado allows pot clubs, but state lawmakers ultimately decided against a plan to regulate them statewide. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper warned that passing the measure could invite a federal crackdown. The capital city of Denver, meanwhile, has approved but not yet enacted so-called "social use" of marijuana at places like coffee shops or yoga studios. …

Cannabis Compromise Won't Allow Smoking
WUFT - April 19, 2017

Florida patients may be able to vape or munch on medical-marijuana products but they almost certainly won't be allowed to light up joints or take bong hits, under a compromise being worked on by House and Senate leaders. … The House bill also bans vaporizing or edible marijuana products, an element House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, the bill's sponsor, said could change. …

A look at evolving attitudes toward marijuana in the professional sports arena
Colorado Springs Independent - April 19, 2017

Colorado Springs sits squarely in the intersection of marijuana and sport. It's home to both the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), and situated in a state that's leading the country in drug policy reform. Evolving attitudes toward cannabis have led sports agencies that regulate its use to reconsider their stance - somewhat. The debate over elite athletes' marijuana use often comes back to pain management, which, in the world of sports, is traditionally handled with pharmaceuticals like Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet. …

Travel to Toke: Four Cities Where You Can Take a 4/20 Vacation
Flagpole Magazine - April 19, 2017

You also aren't allowed to consume on the premises, so if you're staying at a regular hotel, get something discrete like a vape pen, or look for a hostel, hotel or ...

Colorado Governor reflects on legalized marijuana, 5 years later
WCSH-TV - April 19, 2017

Recently, Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, sat down with Yahoo News to talk about how that vote has worked in Colorado so far. He said his two biggest fears after the Amendment passed was the potential spike in teenage use and an increase in overall use. But, Governor Hickenlooper says overall, not much has changed. He says, "People fight over which data sets to use, but the largest database we have -- it's thousands of kids -- shows that teenage use is essentially flat." …

The Nation's First Drive-Thru For Weed Is Opening In Colorado
Daily Caller - April 19, 2017

The first business in the nation to offer legal marijuana at a drive-thru window is opening Thursday in Colorado on the unofficial cannabis holiday 4/20. The business, called Tumbleweed Express, turned a rundown building previously used for car washes into a drive-thru marijuana store in Parachute, a town in western Colorado. Officials in Parachute originally granted a license to the business in February. The store had planned to open in March but later pushed the grand opening to coincide with April 20, the annual marijuana holiday celebrated by smokers, reports CBS San Francisco. …

American High: State-by-State Guide to Legal Pot
RollingStone.com - April 19, 2017

… With many puritanical lawmakers trying to make their imprint on the nation's pot policy, we don't want anyone to hit a snag and have some random cop toss you in the back of her squad car over a little - or even a lot of - greenery. So here are the rules of the road: …

Ten Tips for Surviving 4/20 in Colorado
Westword - April 19, 2017

... of the venues are providing buses where you can smoke, but be wary of smoking in public. ... You must be 21 to consume or possess marijuana in Colorado.

Rhode Island Employers Face Uncertainty with Marijuana Legislation
JD Supra (press release) - April 19, 2017

As the Rhode Island General Assembly actively considers proposed legislation that would legalize marijuana use statewide, employers around the state are bracing for the impact in the workplace while they are already adjusting to the growing use of medical marijuana across the state. The push for legalization could put even greater pressure on employers statewide as they attempt to set and enforce standards of behavior in the workplace, and maintain safety, while also trying to navigate a series of individual rights created by any form of legalized or authorized marijuana use. …

Retail pot taxes a boon for Fairbanks
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - April 19, 2017

FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks marijuana shops sold more than $1.079 million worth of product during their first four months of operation, based on the city's 5 ...

Debate growing over drivers high on marijuana [AUDIO]
Globalnews.ca - April 19, 2017

As the federal government moves closer to legalizing the use of recreational marijuana, the debate is intensifying over the impact of driving while stoned. One of Canada's leading automotive journalists is suggesting the issue may be overblown. David Booth, senior writer for Postmedia Driving, says he has not been able to find one study that definitively says the use of marijuana will increase the number of serious traffic accidents or fatalities. …

April 18: Where there's smoke, there's marijuana…
The Globe and Mail - April 18, 2017

… There have been plenty of articles lately about the legalization of marijuana yet nobody seems to be talking about where people will be allowed to smoke. I smell it nearly every time I'm walking in my neighbourhood and it's not even legal yet. We have made such great progress over the past 20 years limiting cigarette smoke. Remember when people used to be able to smoke in restaurants and on patios? Most of us are so happy to live in a nearly smoke-free environment. Now I am very worried that when pot is fully legalized, the smell will be everywhere. …

How long until smoking pot is legal everywhere?
NOLA.com - April 18, 2017

Given current trends, you have to wonder how long before marijuana consumption is as common as having a beer or adult beverage in bars, at backyard ... But with Canada and maybe more than 20 U.S. states allowing legal pot by 2018, can the U.S. government avoid inhaling the secondhand smoke? It seems only a matter of time that it is legal everywhere. The International Church of Cannabis will be keeping the faith. …

Landlords want right to ban tenants from growing marijuana
The Loop (blog) - April 17, 2017

Landlords are expressing concern about the federal government's plan to legalize the growing of marijuana in homes, saying it presents a safety risk, may bother other tenants and could damage properties. …

Fire hazards, secondhand smoke main concerns for Nova Scotia landlords …
MetroNews Canada - April 17, 2017

Landlords' main concerns with marijuana legalization in Nova Scotia are protecting ... problems or small children who are worried about second-hand smoke.

Will legalization make teens more likely to use marijuana?
Macleans.ca - April 17, 2017

Some teens say their likelihood of using weed hasn't changed since the Liberal government announced details of its legalization plan - though they say it's made them more aware of information on both sides of the debate. Government officials announced Thursday that cannabis would be made legal for recreational use by July 2018, and those aged 18 and over will be able to buy and grow a small amount of the drug for themselves. …

Marijuana: Not in rental units, Quebec landlords say
Montreal Gazette - April 14, 2017

A lobby group representing Quebec landlords believes that authorizing the possession, consumption and production of marijuana could be a danger to the rental housing market and renters' social lives. According to the president of the Association des propriétaires du Québec, Martin Messier, the Trudeau government isn't taking into consideration the impact legalizing marijuana would have on the "small communities" that are residential buildings. More and more, Messier said, people are looking to live in smoke-free apartments. The odour coming from marijuana, he added, is an even greater nuisance and the root of many complaints. …

Clock Ticking as Florida Legislature Disagrees on How to Implement medical marijuana
Sunshine State News - April 14, 2017

Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, would ban smokeable marijuana as well as prohibit edibles and vaping. The House bill would also limit the number of growers in the ...

Sessions-Shy Colorado Legislators Gut Bill Authorizing Cannabis Consumption Clubs
Reason (blog) - April 14, 2017

If cannabis consumers in Colorado continue to have trouble finding places outside their homes where they can legally enjoy the marijuana they can legally buy, they can thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Yesterday Collorado legislators gutted a broadly supported bill that would have authorized cannabis consumption clubs, citing uncertainty about how a Justice Department run by an old-style pot prohibitionist might respond. …

Colorado has backed off plans for marijuana clubs
13abc Action News - April 14, 2017

Colorado lawmakers have backed off plans to regulate marijuana clubs, saying the state could invite a federal crackdown by approving Amsterdam-style pot clubs. Thursday's vote in the state House was perhaps the starkest display yet of how pot states are unsure how to proceed regulating the drug under President Donald Trump. The Colorado bring-your-own club proposal could have been the nation's first statewide pot club regulation, with Alaska pot regulators recently putting on hold plans there to regulate on-site pot consumption at dispensaries. Colorado's bill initially had substantial bipartisan support. But lawmakers ultimately sided with Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has warned that bold changes may anger federal drug enforcers. "Given the uncertainty in Washington, this is not the time to be . trying to carve off new turf and expand markets and make dramatic statements about marijuana," Hickenlooper told The Denver Post last month. …

Colorado backs off plans for 'Amsterdam-style' marijuana clubs
Los Angeles Times - April 13, 2017

Colorado lawmakers have backed off plans to regulate marijuana clubs, saying the state would invite a federal crackdown by approving ...

Supporters, lawmakers reflect as medical marijuana bill heads to governor
Bismarck Tribune - April 13, 2017

It was a huge milestone Thursday in a long journey for Mary Rennich who watched an amended medical marijuana bill pass and head to the governor's desk for an assured signature compared with two years ago when she recalled choking up as similar legislation went down in flames. …

Advocates vow to continue fighting after Memphis pot ordinance repealed [VIDEO]
WMC Action News 5 - April 13, 2017

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam repealed an ordinance reducing pot ... Others said it's the wrong decision, and smoking weed should not be a crime at all. ...

Raft of marijuana bills move forward in Nevada Legislature
Brian Bahouth (blog) - April 13, 2017

The Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act allows smoking on casino gaming floors where children are prohibited from loitering and in bars that do not serve food, and ...

Denver's New "International Church of Cannabis" Will Open for Worship on 4/20
MERRY JANE - April 13, 2017

4/20 may fall on a Thursday this year, but for cannabis enthusiasts in Denver, a new weed-themed church will make it feel like a Sunday. The International Church of Cannabis will open on the highest of holidays, as "the first large venue in the world where adults can legally consume cannabis in a social environment." …

Colorado lawmakers don't want to be pot club pioneers after all
Denverite (blog) - April 13, 2017

Colorado lawmakers have backed off plans to regulate marijuana clubs, saying the state would invite a federal crackdown by approving Amsterdam-style pot clubs. The state House voted Thursday to amend a bill that would have set rules for how private pot clubs could work.
It was a dramatic reversal. Bring-your-own pot clubs had bipartisan support in the Legislature, and the measure had already cleared the GOP Senate. But lawmakers bowed to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who repeatedly warned lawmakers that he would veto a club measure if it allowed indoor pot-smoking. The governor also warned that clubs, and a separate proposal to allow pot delivery, might invite intervention from the U.S. Department of Justice. …

Despite Coachella's 'no-drugs' policy, cannabis brands are using the festival to build buzz
Los Angeles Times - April 13, 2017

Fashion brands have a long history of leveraging the party scene around the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (which this year runs April 14-16 and ...

San Carlos narrows scope of city pot rules: Councilmembers rule out ...
San Mateo Daily Journal - April 13, 2017

... San Carlos officials opted to restrict retail marijuana sales and explore other rules ... the council restrict retail sales in the near term and consider easing restrictions in ... is expected to include a discussion of smoking in multi-family dwellings. …

Canada's doctors voice concerns ahead of marijuana legislation
The Globe and Mail - April 12, 2017

As Justin Trudeau's Liberal government tables its long-awaited marijuana legislation, Canada's doctors have a message about pot: Just because it will eventually be legal, doesn't mean it's safe. …

This is how Colorado could help pot shops under a federal ...
The Denver Post - April 12, 2017

This is how Colorado could help pot shops under a federal marijuana crackdown ... allow recreational pot to be reclassified as medical marijuana so that it could ... The legislation would allow a one-time transfer prompted by a change in law or ...

Denver is on Track to Have Social Consumption Options by this ...
The Marijuana Times - April 12, 2017

One of the issues that they are running into is allowing smoking indoors, which would conflict with the Clean Indoor Air Act. But people want to have a place where they can consume cannabis openly, and that includes smoking as well as vaping and eating edibles. Whether they will allow outdoor areas (out of sight of the general public) or find a way to allow cannabis smoking indoors has yet to be determined - but activists are concerned that strict limitations on what kind of cannabis can be consumed could push people back into smoking outdoors in places like parks, which is technically illegal.

Nevada Tribes Believe Legal Cannabis May Be Their Economic ...
The Fresh Toast - April 12, 2017

In an effort to rejuvenate the economic spine of tribal lands and put their people ... the leaf to become active participants in the cultivation and sale of marijuana.

Legalizing pot may confuse teens into thinking it's safe
Science News for Students (blog) - April 12, 2017

Cerdá knew that some states were making marijuana legal. ... University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. "When Colorado legalized medical marijuana use, ...

Fairfield looks to ban medical marijuana businesses
Hamilton Journal News - April 11, 2017

City Council is expected to vote on banning all aspects of the medical ... such as edibles, oils, patches and vaporizing, but smoking the plant is not allowed. ... as rules and regulations are drafted, and the city of Hamilton banned dispsaries.

Ordinance to decriminalize marijuana up for debate in New Smyrna ...
Fox 35 Orlando - April 11, 2017

According to the ordinance, if you have 20 grams of marijuana or less, you may face ... "I know everyone says oh everyone is doing it, they're smoking it through ...

Things to Do in Las Vegas When You're Stoned
Freedom Leaf (press release) (blog) - April 11, 2017

Unfortunately, no social-use regulations are in place, so you can't smoke legally ... Strip just yet, and smoking a joint in the many casinos remains prohibited. ... you need a break from the bright lights, soaring fountains and casino cacophony.

Everything You Need to Know about California's New Cannabis Policy
City Watch - April 10, 2017

Should the offence take place anywhere tobacco is prohibited, the fine can go as ... Choose to sell cannabis at any level without the required licensing and you ...

How to make the most of your weed vacation in the Mile High City
Dallas News - April 10, 2017

How to make the most of your weed vacation in the Mile High City .... consume cannabis, and no matter how cool you stay, if you're smoking in public or being a ...

The Fresh Toast Marijuana Legislative Roundup: April 10
The Fresh Toast - April 10, 2017

Currently, cannabis faces the same restrictions as cocaine, heroin, and ... The new legislation bans edibles, restricts THC content in all cannabis ... and prohibits the smoking of marijuana flower unless specifically prescribed by a doctor.

Editorial: Pot bills offer sensible changes
Bend Bulletin - April 9, 2017

With recreational marijuana legalized in eight states and the District of ... That would give users access to public housing and financial aid for education. The bill ...

Ventura County aims to be the healthiest county by 2030
Ventura County Star - April 8, 2017

They also recently passed a comprehensive smoking ordinance similar to most cities in our county to further protect the community from marijuana and tobacco ...

Naples eyes marijuana law moratorium
The Bridgton News- - April 7, 2017

By law, a municipality can put a moratorium in place until an ordinance is crafted ... ordinance governing marijuana retail shops and social smoking clubs would ...

The Reefer Madness is in the details
Marinscope - April 7, 2017

We also need to be careful not to add too many extra restrictions on ... A little known facet of Prop 64 is that it actually increases fines for smoking in public.

Nevada GOP leaders ask Sessions for help with marijuana laws
Reno Gazette Journal - April 6, 2017

More marijuana: Nevada bill would allow early recreational marijuana sales, enforce ... meets daily to create the temporary regulations and a tax structure that are set to be in ... The tribe was just about to hold a marijuana festival on tribal land.

Social Consumption Group Debates Alcohol, Smoking Indoors and ...
Westword - April 7, 2017

... allow vaping indoors, as most marijuana users prefer to actually smoke the flower. ... Most want to smoke it, they don't want to vape it," Reistroffer explained.

Arkansas Governor Signs Another Batch of Medical Marijuana Bills
The Marijuana Times- - April 5, 2017

So while it no longer outright bans the smoking of medical cannabis it does place a lot of restrictions around it. Another bill gives the Marijuana Commission and ...

North Dakota House Passes Revised Medical Marijuana Legislation
The Marijuana Times - April 6, 2017

One big issue that had appeared in the original Senate Bill 2344 was the fact that it more or less banned smoking unless a physician determined it was the only ...

Colorado Springs marijuana by the numbers
Colorado Springs Independent - April 5, 2017

It's legal to smoke in private, thanks to the state constitutional amendment voters ... that stipulate safe electrical wiring, ventilation and other safety considerations.

Dangers of vaping trend: Police seize hundreds of cartridges of THC ...
Fox Baltimore - April 5, 2017

Muldoon says that THC oil hides the odor of marijuana so it looks like the user is vaping with legal products. But, he explains, "Vape pens are ...

GOP Congress is Full of Marijuana Bills
Cannabis Now - April 5, 2017

Support for cannabis and marijuana-related reform of outdated, unworkable, ... Allows marijuana users to live in public housing and access federal student aid.

Nebraska Seriously Considering Medical Marijuana
The Fresh Toast - April 5, 2017

The non-smoking medical marijuana model is becoming increasing more popular all across the United States. Both Minnesota and New York do not permit ...

Peabody council to consider medical pot zone
The Salem News - April 5, 2017

The language states proper ventilation should prevent odors from marijuana or its ... signed off on an ordinance that bans smoking marijuana in public as well.

UPDATE: Medical marijuana bill more closely aligned to voter ...
WDAY - April 4, 2017

BISMARCK -- The North Dakota House passed a rewrite of the state's ... requiring physicians who authorize patients to smoke medical marijuana to attest that it's ... House Minority Leader Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, said the committee's work ...

Marijuana legalization to affect Maine lifestyle
The Maine Campus - April 4, 2017

Similar to alcohol restrictions, underage marijuana use can have serious consequences for Mainers. Smoking in public, for instance, will now result in a ...

Vote On Colorado Pot Clubs Delayed
denver.cbslocal.com - April 3, 2017

15 hours ago - State lawmakers have delayed a vote on a plan to create social clubs for marijuana consumption until Friday.

North Dakota House committee approves medical marijuana bill
WDAY - April 4, 2017

BISMARCK-Restrictions on smoking marijuana for medical purposes would be loosened under legislation approved by a North Dakota House committee.

American Cancer Society rallies against Colorado pot club bill
FOX31 Denver - April 3, 2017

"Secondhand marijuana smoke and secondhand tobacco smoke have likely ... group is the allowance of pot social clubs with indoor smoking to be set up in a ...

House votes for more restrictions to medical marijuana
Huntington Herald Dispatch - April 4, 2017

House votes for more restrictions to medical marijuana ... ways marijuana could be consumed, albeit with some limitations, including smoking, oils and edible...

Marijuana legalization to affect Maine lifestyle
The Maine Campus - April 3, 2017

Similar to alcohol restrictions, underage marijuana use can have serious consequences for Mainers. Smoking in public, for instance, will now result in a ...

Marijuana and the brain: What do we know?
Worcester Telegram - April 4, 2017

"Smoking is no good for you, no matter what you're smoking." ... Lewis and Kane have also filed bills looking to restrict the potency of THC in cannabis products, ...

420 Games Came Back To Santa Monica
LA Canyon News - April 3, 2017

Although the games are named after April 20, they were open to both smokers and non-smokers. The games are very inclusive, as everyone gets a medal and ...

Coachella Bans Marijuana, But There's Old School Ways Around It
The Fresh Toast - April 3, 2017

Reports indicate that anyone caught smoking marijuana at the festival will be held to state law, which prohibits pot smoking in public areas. However, the worst ...

Why pot is still banned at Coachella, even though it's now legal in ...
Press-Enterprise - March 31, 2017

Smoking marijuana (1) while driving a car, (2) in any public place (other than at a business licensed for on-site consumption), or (3) anywhere that smoking ...

Chronicle AM: GA CBD Bill Advances, SD MedMJ & Legalization ...
Drug War Chronicle - March 29, 2017

South Dakota Marijuana Legalization, Medical Marijuana Initiatives Get ... Bill 1397 would limit growers to the seven currently permitted and bans smoking, ...

Despite 40 amendments, North Dakota medical marijuana backers ...
The Cannabist - March 31, 2017

A big sticking point is restrictions on smoking marijuana as medicine. The bill passed by the Senate allows patients to smoke it only if a physician finds no other ...

Florida lawmakers still fighting medical marijuana | Opinion
Sun Sentinel - March 31, 2017

It also bans smoking, vaping and edibles. ... It said "smoking" marijuana can be banned in public places, which implies it is legal elsewhere for qualifying ...

A disjointed stash of marijuana bills
The Ledger - March 30, 2017

Meanwhile, a move to pre-empt Nashville and Memphis ordinances ... their drugs, compared to pot smokers or brownie eaters who can indulge for a day or so. ... for simple marijuana possession since the ordinance passed and wonders why ...

Backers of North Dakota medical marijuana unhappy with rules
CapitalGazette.com - March 30, 2017

Backers of a successful North Dakota citizen initiative to allow marijuana to be ... The bill passed by the Senate allows patients to smoke it only if a physician ..

The Great Marijuana Debate
Eastsidemonthly - March 28, 2017

It's been four years since marijuana was decriminalized in the state, and medical ... Driving under the influence will still be illegal, as will smoking in public.

420 Season Officially Starts This Week With Hash Bash
Green Rush Daily - March 30, 2017

It's also helped change local cannabis laws. While Michigan allows medical marijuana, recreational is still illegal. And smoking in public is not advisable.

WV Senate passes medical marijuana bill to House
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription) - March 29, 2017

WV Senate passes medical marijuana bill to House .... under the influence of marijuana, and smoking in public, in a motor vehicle, or on a landlord's property or ...

You OK With Your Bus Driver Smoking Marijuana?
NewBostonPost (blog) - March 29, 2017

Happy Hour has been banned since 1984, even though bartenders are prohibited ... to the point where we even ban a free-market practice that has no provable ...

OPINION: Guam's pot concerns not CNMI's
Marianas Variety - March 29, 2017

The fact that they are smoking pot instead of cigarettes should not matter if they are ... direction with a Casino being our main attraction for the foreseeable future.

Touting Cannabis at the State Legislature
The Source Weekly (press release) - March 29, 2017

I've worked with numerous low income Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) patients who are seniors in Section 8 housing, where consuming in their ...

Jim Hartman: Federal law trumps Nevada's marijuana initiative
Nevada Appeal - March 29, 2017

With marijuana smoking illegal in public places, hotel rooms, and casinos, ... The tribal council expressed concern about their federal funding being withheld.

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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