NDP Demands Immediate Decriminalization of Marijuana

MP Murray Rankin says too many people are getting criminal records for something that will soon be legal. The federal New Democrats are putting forward a motion in Parliament today to pressure the Liberal government to decriminalize pot before it is legalized. NDP Justice Critic Murray Rankin says it is not fair to arrest people and give them criminal records for possessing marijuana if the practice will soon be legal. - Read the entire Read entire story

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner says She Won’t Shut Down Store After Warnings From City

An owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Toronto says she won’t allow city licensing officials to close down her store because what she’s doing isn’t “criminal.” Queens of Cannabis co-owner Brandy Zuborg received a warning from the city last week and again on Monday, but told reporters Wednesday that what she’s doing is legal. Zuborg said her store gives people the ability to become employed as a supplier or dispensary owner. “And there’s Read entire story

California Bill Would Allow Landlords to Ban Marijuana for Renters

With legalization looming on the horizon, California lawmakers are already grappling over how to treat marijuana in a state with some of the strictest tobacco regulations in the country. A new bill from Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, would extend to medical marijuana a 2011 law that permitted landlords to prohibit the smoking of cigarettes and other tobacco products on their rental properties. If voters pass a November ballot measure Read entire story

Colorado Moving to Create 1st Pot Courier Licenses

A first-of-its-kind license for marijuana couriers is nearing approval in Colorado. The state House gave preliminary approval Tuesday to creating a new “marijuana transporter” license under the pot-regulating agency. Colorado already has 12 marijuana courier companies, which fill out shipping manifests to move pot from growing warehouses to store shelves. The couriers are currently classified as marijuana “vendors,” a broad category which Read entire story

Pot Activists Protest in Front of White House, Without Giant Blow-Up Joint

The annual marijuana protest known as 4/20 came early this year. A few hundred people protesting federal drug policy arrived at the White House on Saturday, imploringPresident Obama to remove marijuana from the list of highly controlled Schedule I drugs. Their 51-foot inflatable joint, however, didn't make the trip down Pennsylvania Avenue. The Secret Service allowed the protest, but not the inflatable, after a number of recent incidents Read entire story

Medical Marijuana Users Steamed by Ban After Liberal U-turn

Medical marijuana users are hopping mad about Ontario’s new curbs on toking and vaping for medicinal purposes. As first disclosed by the Star, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government is banning the use of cannabis in all enclosed public places, workplaces and most outdoor areas. Queen’s Park is also moving to treat e-cigarettes as it does tobacco. “We have made a determination that smoking — whatever it is, whether it’s vaping, whether it’s medical Read entire story

Maine Joins the Growing List of States to Vote on Marijuana Legalization this Year

Campaigners on Monday handed in nearly double the number of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. Some will be bad, but that's a pretty big cushion. It looks like Mainers will be voting on legalization in November. Monday, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in more than 103,000 raw signatures for its petition drive. It only needs 61,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot. As a general rule Read entire story

Here’s a Map of Every State and Their Marijuana Laws

This year could be big one for marijuana legalization, with states like Arizona, Maine and Vermont likely to jump on the bandwagon, which is already led by Alaska, Colorado and Washington. As of June, marijuana was legalized in some way in 23 states and Washington D.C, proving that a revolution is already underway. But federally, marijuana is still considered a Schedule I drug — along with heroin and LSD — meaning that it has a… (c) Read entire story

Bath police officer’s views on cannabis backed by Avon and Somerset Police

Twerton beat manager Adge Secker has the backing of the local constabulary A complaint about a Bath police officer who publicly aired his views on cannabis will not be investigated by the local constabulary. Twerton beat manager Adge Secker wrote an opinion article about cannabis cultivation after officers discovered and dismantled an industrial-scale cannabis factory in his patch. He wrote the article in response to a comment left on Read entire story

California Marijuana Growers Face New Crop of Local Bans

When the California Legislature passed the state's first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in September, pot advocates hoped the move heralded a new era of trust in their often-tumultuous relationship with wary local officials and police. So far, it hasn't turned out that way. Facing what appears to be a rapidly closing window for action, dozens of cities and counties from across California are racing to enact new bans on Read entire story