Nov 302011
State Senator Files Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Florida

By Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town Medical marijuana patients in Florida may be one step closer to lighting up legally thanks to a state senator. State Senator Larcenia Bullard (D-Miami), recently filed Senate Joint Resolution 1028, a Senate bill to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes in the Sunshine State, in an effort to get it on the 2012 ballot, according to a Central Florida 13 news report by Troy Kinsey and Margaret Kavanagh. Representative Jeff Clements of Lake Worth also introduced companion legislation, HJR 353, reports Kristal Roberts [...]

Nov 302011
WA, RI Governors Petition Feds To Reclassify Marijuana For Medical Use

Governors Christine Gregoire (D-WA) and Lincoln Chafee (I-RI) announced at a press conference today that they were jointly filing a federal petition to reclassify marijuana for medical use. Under the Controlled Substances Act, the federal government considers marijuana a Schedule I substance, a dangerous drug with no medical value. The rescheduling petition filed by Governors Gregoire and Chafee comes after their administrations were sent letters threatening medical marijuana producers and distributors and the implementation of state laws. In April, Governor Gregoire vetoed sections of a bill that would have permitted [...]

Nov 292011
What Do You Expect From A Medical Marijuana Dispensary?

Now that I’m a card carrying member of the “I smoke somewhat legally” club, dispensaries are now a viable option for me. No more calling a friend to get a hold of his friend to see if he has any weed. No more people flaking on me. From now on I can walk into a safe environment and choose what I want to buy by the gram. New to the dispensary game but not business; I’m well aware of when the state’s first gave the okay for medical marijuana businesses [...]

Nov 292011
Medical Marijuana Reduces Traffic Deaths And Alcohol Use

By Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town A groundbreaking new study shows that laws legalizing medical marijuana have resulted in a nearly nine percent drop in traffic deaths and a five percent reduction in beer sales. “Our research suggests that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities through reducing alcohol consumption by young adults,” said Daniel Rees, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver who coauthored the study with D. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of economics at Montana State University. The researchers collected data from a [...]

Nov 292011
Chicago Suburb Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

By Phillip Smith Even as Chicago ponders whether to decriminalize pot possession, one of its suburbs has gone ahead and done it. The city of Evanston Monday night passed its 2012 budget, complete with an ordinance that decriminalizes the possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. People caught with fewer than 10 grams would be ticketed and fined, but would face no jail time and no criminal record. Up until now, they would have been charged with a misdemeanor and faced up to six months in jail. City council [...]

Nov 292011
WeedMaps Buys For 4.2 Mil

General Cannabis, Inc.(OTCBB: CANA), (OTCQX: CANA), a technology-based Internet marketing services company, today announced that WeedMaps Media, Inc. has acquired the domain name WeedMaps Media purchased on November 18, 2011 for an undisclosed amount (ed. reported 4.2 mil) . The transfer of the name and control of the URL by WeedMaps Media is scheduled to take place in early January 2012., which is currently a bulletin board forum for marijuana news and information, generates over 3.5 million page views per month on average. The site generates revenue [...]

Nov 282011
Newt Gingrich Hates Medical Marijuana And Would Expand The Failed War On Drugs

by Phillip Smith Republican presidential nominee contender Newt Gingrich said Saturday he would favor the use of the death penalty against Mexican drug trafficking organization leaders. The comments came in an interview with Yahoo News in which the former Georgia congressman and Speaker of the House also called medical marijuana in California “a joke” and suggested he would try to make life miserable for US drug users as a means of driving down drug use rates. Gingrich is now a leading contender for the Republican nomination. According to Real Clear [...]

Nov 282011
Banking Restrictions Interfering With Medical Marijuana In Colorado

By Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town Colorado medical marijuana business owners are desperately writing letters to every bank in the country asking if they can please, oh please, just have a bank account. About 150 dispensary owners across the state are looking for banks that will take their accounts, said Tanya Garduno, president of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council and owner of Medical Cannabis Center, reports Monica Mendoza at InsuranceNewsNet. The medical marijuana industry has already survived regulations, licensing, security and thick stacks of almost impenetrable rules [...]

Nov 282011
Oakland’s 10-year-old 'Measure Z' Provides A Model for Marijuana Law Reform

Oakland’s 10-year-old Measure Z ushered in a new chapter for reform By David Burton When legalization activists talk about reforming America’s marijuana laws for the better, they often point to the city of Oakland as an example of how to do it right. The Bay Area city has the most pot-friendly laws of any municipality in the nation. Part of this is because of Oakland’s 2001 medical cannabis dispensary ordinance, which provides a clear set of rules on how to obtain permits and keep them. But much more significant was [...]

Nov 272011
How Do The California US Attorney Guidelines For Federal Raids Apply To Montana?

by Kate Cholewa There are guidelines for federal marijuana prosecutions? Apparently so. This is good news as many medical cannabis businesses are eager to comply with the rules that they are informed of. Cal NORML has obtained a February 2011 memo outlining the California U.S. Attorneys’ guidelines for federal medical marijuana prosecutions in California. As U.S. Attorneys get their marching orders from the federal government, one would hope that federal policy in California isn’t different than federal policy in Montana. If that is so, does it mean that the federally-raided [...]