Effort to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Peru

By Zachary Babin - February 9, 2017

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s government says it will present to the opposition-dominated legislature a plan to legalize medical marijuana in Peru “for the treatment of serious and terminal illnesses.”...

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Florida Medical Marijuana Conditions Being Examined

By Zachary Babin - January 19, 2017

Florida Medical Marijuana Conditions TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida health officials have begun the rules-making process that will expand those eligible for medical marijuana under Amendment 2, which took effect...

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Paul Ryan Dabs On Live TV Or Did He?

By Daron Babin - January 12, 2017

Paul Ryan Dabs On Live TV? Earlier this evening, Jake Tapper of CNN hosted a CNN Town Hall to have a conversation with House Speaker, Republican Paul Ryan. This was one...

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New Illinois Marijuana Possession Laws

By Zachary Babin - January 11, 2017

Illinois Marijuana Possession Laws MARSHALL, Ill. (AP) — Communities in Illinois are adopting their own penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana now that state law has eliminated the...

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Maine Marijuana Recount Resumes

By Zachary Babin - December 13, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A campaign that opposes the legalization of marijuana in Maine says it has gained a small number of votes in a recount that’s heading into its...

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Using Pot To Fight Homelessness

By Zachary Babin - November 30, 2016

Using Pot To Fight Homelessness Gov. John Hickenlooper wants millions in pot tax revenues to address a growing homeless population linked by mounting evidence to Big Marijuana. The governor’s budget...

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The CNN For Cannabis

By Zachary Babin - November 8, 2016

CNN For Cannabis By Derek Staahl SCOTTSDALE, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) – Their goal is to produce a live election broadcast like CNN. If the “C” stood for cannabis, that is.

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Bill Maher, Obama And Marijuana?

By Zachary Babin - November 5, 2016

Bill Maher, Obama And Marijuana NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Maher got an early holiday gift this week: a much-sought-after sit-down with President Barack Obama. There were no bombshells or...

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Legal Weed In Vegas Soon?

By Zachary Babin - November 2, 2016

Legal Weed In Vegas Soon? LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada already has legal brothels, round-the-clock casinos and a coy catchphrase declaring that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” If...

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New Medical Marijuana Measures In Utah

By Zachary Babin - October 20, 2016

New Medical Marijuana Measures In Utah SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah state legislators began laying the groundwork Wednesday to make another run at legalizing medical marijuana for people with...

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Gourmet Ganja in Colorado

By Zachary Babin - October 13, 2016

Gourmet Ganja in Colorado LYONS, Colo. (AP) — How to set a tone of woodsy chic at a four-course candlelight dinner served under the stars in the Colorado foothills: Live...

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Colorado Pot ‘permeates’ Kansas

By Zachary Babin - October 11, 2016

The Kansas Attorney General says marijuana from Colorado is “permeating” every part of Kansas TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The Kansas attorney general says marijuana from Colorado is “permeating” every part of...

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Updated Michigan Medical Marijuana Legislation

By Zachary Babin - September 15, 2016

Updated Michigan Medical Marijuana Legislation LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House gave final approval to bills Wednesday that would further regulate medical marijuana nearly eight years after its use was...

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Arizona Recreational Marijuana On Ballot

By Zachary Babin - September 1, 2016

Arizona Recreational Marijuana Will Be On The November Ballot PHOENIX (AP) — A voter initiative to legalize recreational marijuana will be on the November ballot after the Arizona Supreme Court...

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Medical Marijuana Rally In Oklahoma

By Zachary Babin - August 30, 2016

Medical Marijuana Rally In Oklahoma OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group that supports a state question to allow the medicinal use of marijuana in Oklahoma is planning to rally at...

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Oregon Marijuana Tax Brings In Over $25 Million

By Zachary Babin - August 23, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has processed $25.5 million in tax payments from recreational marijuana from January through the end of July. The state’s Department of Revenue says medical marijuana dispensaries...

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Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Marijuana Proposal

By Zachary Babin - August 23, 2016

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Marijuana Proposal LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has again rejected a proposed constitutional amendment for the 2018 ballot to legalize marijuana...

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Illinois Pot Policy Moves Forward

By Zachary Babin - August 8, 2016

Illinois Pot Policy Moves Forward Colorado leaped. Illinois crawled. And, to its social and fiscal detriment, Iowa is a stationary observer. Marijuana policy is, quite literally, all over the map....

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Medical Marijuana And Probation Not Safe

By Zachary Babin - August 4, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — The state’s highest court says a medical marijuana permit did not get a man off the hook for violating terms of his probation. The Supreme Judicial Court...

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Court Says Pot Question Can Go Forward

By Zachary Babin - July 6, 2016

Court Says Pot Question Can Go Forward BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court on Wednesday cleared the way for a November ballot question on legalizing small amounts of recreational marijuana,...

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California Voting on Pot Legalization

By Zachary Babin - June 30, 2016

  California Voting on Pot Legalization SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that initiative proponents...

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Massachusetts Group Opposes Marijuana Legalization

By Zachary Babin - June 29, 2016

Massachusetts Group Opposes Marijuana Legalization BOSTON (AP) — A group representing cities and towns across Massachusetts has voted to oppose a proposed ballot question that would legalize the recreational use...

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New Jersey Medical Marijuana For PTSD Treatment

By Zachary Babin - June 16, 2016

New Jersey Medical Marijuana For PTSD TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Post-traumatic stress disorder would qualify New Jersey residents for treatment with marijuana under legislation being considered in the Assembly. The...

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Ohio Legalized Medical Marijuana Last Wednesday

By Zachary Babin - June 9, 2016

Ohio Legalized Medical Marijuana COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Wednesday legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio, though patients shouldn’t expect to get it from dispensaries...

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LA County Dispensary Owner Shoots 2 Robbers

By Zachary Babin - June 8, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS Dispensary Owner Shoots 2 Robbers LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities say the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary shot and wounded two armed men during...

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Vermont Governor Expands Medical Marijuana Law

By Zachary Babin - June 7, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS Vermont governor expands medical marijuana law for more qualifying conditions MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed into law a bill expanding the medical conditions...

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Ten Straight Marijuana Legalization Polls Show Majority Support

By Russ Belville - June 6, 2016

Marijuana Legalization Polls HAMDEN, Connecticut (CRN) – The ten latest marijuana legalization polls, including today’s from Quinnipiac University, show majority support for ending marijuana prohibition. Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,561 registered voters nationwide...

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GOP U.S. Congressman Admits Medical Marijuana Use

By Russ Belville - May 24, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaking to an assembly of cannabis activists, a sitting Republican US Congressman admits medical marijuana use personally to treat arthritis pain. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) was one of...

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Portland Counties Say NO To Marijuana

By Zachary Babin - May 18, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Voters in a conservative eastern Oregon county just said “no” on Tuesday to an effort to allow marijuana cultivation and sales. Measure 12-58, the same radio...

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Rise in Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

By Zachary Babin - April 28, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensaries PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials are gearing up to award dozens of additional licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries. The Department of Health Services...

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Alaska Voting On Indoor Marijuana Use

By Zachary Babin - April 27, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS Alaska Voting On Indoor Marijuana Use JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Marijuana regulators in Alaska plan to consider rules this week for allowing people to use marijuana at certain...

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Iowa Medical Marijuana Bill Killed By House

By Zachary Babin - April 26, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa medical marijuana bill that would have expanded Iowa’s medical marijuana law failed Monday night in the Republican-controlled House amid criticism that...

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Doubt In Vermont House On Marijuana Legalization

By Zachary Babin - April 25, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS Doubt Sweeps Vermont House on Marijuana Legalization MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith is expressing doubt about whether marijuana legalization will pass this year. Smith...

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The New Look On Drugs Around The Globe

By Zachary Babin - April 21, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS The New Look On Drugs Around The Globe The first U.N. General Assembly special session to address global drug policy in nearly 20 years heard major differences on...

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D.C. Decides to Ban Marijuana Clubs

By Zachary Babin - April 19, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS D.C. Decides to Ban Marijuana Clubs WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia lawmakers have voted to enact a permanent ban marijuana clubs. Possession of pot for personal use...

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Vermont Brings Pot Legalization Back To Life

By Zachary Babin - April 15, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS Vermont Brings Pot Legalization Back To Life MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont House committee has revived the hopes of marijuana legalization advocates by rewriting a bill that...

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Expanding Colorado Pot Advertising Restrictions

By Zachary Babin - April 15, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS Colorado Pot Advertising DENVER (AP) — Colorado is expanding a law limiting pot advertising. The state House gave tentative approval Friday to a bill saying that medical marijuana...

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Why Does Bill Maher Smoke Weed?

By Zachary Babin - April 14, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS Why Does Bill Maher Smoke Weed? NEW YORK (AP) — While a lung-full of marijuana can reduce some potheads to a puddle of silliness and sloth — you...

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Tennessee Marijuana Referendum Bill Dies

By Zachary Babin - April 13, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS Tennessee Marijuana Referendum Bill NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill that would have allowed Tennesseans to weigh in on whether to decriminalize possession of low-level amounts of marijuana...

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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill

By Zachary Babin - April 12, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill The Senate approved medical marijuana legislation for a second time in two years on Tuesday, and sent the bill back to the House, where...

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Medicinal Marijuana Use In Public Schools

By Zachary Babin - April 11, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER (AP) — A new Colorado law allowing medicinal marijuana use in public schools is getting a second look Monday in a House committee. The current law allows...

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Vermont Marijuana Legalization Study

By Zachary Babin - April 8, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS Vermont Marijuana Legalization Study MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont marijuana legalization study was just called by the Vermont House committee. The House Judiciary Committee voted 6-5 for...

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Nebraska Medical Marijuana Debate

By Zachary Babin - April 6, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS Nebraska Medical Marijuana Debate LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska senators have kicked off a debate to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Senators revisited a bill Tuesday evening...

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Iowa Medical Marijuana Flaw

By Zachary Babin - April 4, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS Sioux City Journal. Mar. 31, 2016 – (EDITORIAL) Legislature should address the Iowa medical marijuana flaw. Iowa’s Legislature was right in 2014 to pass a bill through which...

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Hawaii Lawmakers On Driving While Baked

By Zachary Babin - March 28, 2016

Driving While Baked  HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are asking how much marijuana a driver can safely consume before getting behind the wheel of a car. It’s an issue Rep....

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Illinois Marijuana Decriminalization Attempt #2

By Zachary Babin - March 26, 2016

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Another attempt for Illinois marijuana decriminalization the possession of small amounts of marijuana statewide is again in front of Illinois lawmakers, but as before, they face strong...

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The Uber of Weed…Bitch!

By Daron Babin - March 24, 2016

The Uber Of Weed…Bitch! This past week at SXSW at one of the Keynotes one of the audience members got a healthy dose of reality from keynote speaker, entrepreneur &...

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The Supreme Court Pot Debate

By Zachary Babin - March 21, 2016

The Supreme Court Pot Debate DENVER (AP) — Marijuana is a political debate, not a legal one — for now. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it won’t consider...

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The Lancing Marijuana Industry Is Overgrowing

By Zachary Babin - March 21, 2016

Lansing State Journal. Mar. 17, 2016 Lansing marijuana industry overgrown. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is considering a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries in light of a strongly-worded call to...

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Massachusetts Sheriffs Against Marijuana Legalization

By Zachary Babin - March 15, 2016

 BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts sheriffs against marijuana legalization are speaking out against the planned ballot question. Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins and the state’s 13 other county sheriffs said Monday that...

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NORML Loses Its Credit Card Processor

By Daron Babin - March 10, 2016

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) – the non-profit organization established in 1970 whose “mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use...

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Rhode Island Leader Approves of Legalization

By Zachary Babin - February 20, 2016

 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A push to legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island has won the support of a top lawmaker. Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio, a North Providence Democrat,...

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Colorado Debates Organic Marijuana Labels

By Zachary Babin - February 18, 2016

 DENVER (AP) — Marijuana has attracted many labels in its time. On Friday, Colorado lawmakers debate whether the state should give the drug one more often associated with purple carrots...

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Legal Marijuana Strip Clubs in Colorado

By Zachary Babin - February 13, 2016

 GLENDALE, Colorado (AP) — Colorado’s newest marijuana shop has some wondering whether strippers and weed are too closely aligned. Marijuana strip clubs… Wonderful or questionable? The Smokin Gun Apothecary is...

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Facebook Restores Page of NJ Dispensary

By Zachary Babin - February 9, 2016

 TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Facebook restores page of one of three New Jersey medical marijuana dispensaries it shut down last week for violating the social media company’s policy against promoting...

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Hawaii Lawmakers Propose Dozens of Marijuana Laws

By Zachary Babin - February 2, 2016

 HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are considering dozens of proposals for marijuana laws such as, to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, as well as a couple that could legalize recreational marijuana....

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Medical Marijuana Sales in Illinois

By Zachary Babin - February 2, 2016

 CHICAGO (AP) — Medical marijuana sales in Illinois picked up in January as more dispensaries opened around the state. Program director Joseph Wright announced Tuesday that patients legally purchased more...

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D.C. Cannabis Clubs

By Zachary Babin - February 2, 2016

 WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council is set to debate whether to permanently ban marijuana smoking inside businesses or clubs that charge a membership fee. Advocates for loosening the city’s...

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