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Could marijuana help treat painkiller and heroin addiction?
April 27, 2016

The growing number of patients who claim marijuana has helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates.

Overdoses Fell with Medical Marijuana Legalization
April 26, 2016

While opioid pain relievers offer critical benefits to certain patients, such as those with cancer-related pain, the rise of opioid prescriptions has had devastating public health consequences.

DEA Green Lights Clinical Trials for Medical Marijuana
April 26, 2016

In a historic move, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency granted approval for a nonprofit to study marijuana's medical benefits on military veterans suffering from combat-related psychological disorders.

Canada to push for making sale marijuana legal
April 21, 2016

The Canadian government will introduce legislation next year that would make the sale of marijuana legal, its health minister has said.

What The World Can Learn From Colorado's Marijuana Experience
April 21, 2016

When the Canadian Parliament considered decriminalizing marijuana possession in 2003, U.S. officials loudly objected.

Hillary Clinton Responds to Question on Legalizing Marijuana
April 21, 2016

The presidential candidate says she would push to drop it from the Class 1 drug category.

Marijuana use and support for legal marijuana continue to climb
April 20, 2016

Fifty-six percent of Americans say the use of marijuana should be legal - a new high, and a slight increase from a year ago.

Pennsylvania legalizes medical marijuana
April 18, 2016

Pennsylvania has become the 24th state to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

Harvard University Finds Cannabis Cuts Tumor Growth in Half in Three Weeks
April 13, 2016

A Harvard University study from 2007 which remains the most comprehensive ever released on THC’s potential to combat tumors found that in just three weeks doses of THC were able to cut lung cancer tumor growth in half in mice subjects, and were able to reduce cancer lesions by even more.

Grapevine girl heads west, hoping marijuana will ease her pain
April 11, 2016

Grace Lummis-Nickell,10, is moving with her mother to California to seek treatment and pain relief from incurable bone disease.

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Stress for Need for Education about Medicinal Marijuana in CME-approved Conference
April 9, 2016

There is no doubt that the use of Marijuana for medicinal marijana is increasing.  In pharmacology, neurologic disorders, oncology, pain management, palliative care, psychiatry, epilepsy, and  more.

Friday Talking Points — Marijuana Policy Questions for the Candidates
April 8, 2016

There was some good news and some bad news on marijuana this week, which got us thinking about how the subject of federal marijuana policy relates to the presidential nomination race.

A new study shows what happens to babies if the mother smokes marijuana during pregnancy
April 8, 2016

Babies exposed to marijuana in the womb are likely to be born smaller than those not exposed, and more likely to need intensive care after birth, according to a new analysis of existing evidence.

DEA tells Elizabeth Warren decision on reclassifying marijuana could come by July
April 7, 2016

Agency says ruling could be made by July as timetable is the latest development in Senator Elizabeth Warren’s challenge to federal marijuana laws.

Has she smoked weed? What will happen with recreational pot?: A conversation with California's first marijuana czar
April 7, 2016

Lori Ajax has two years to set up California's first system to license, regulate and tax medical marijuana. Gov. Jerry Brown recently appointed the Republican to become the first chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation.

DEA Plans To Decide Whether To Reschedule Marijuana By Mid-Year
April 6, 2016

The Drug Enforcement Administration plans to decide whether marijuana should reclassified under federal law in “the first half of 2016,” the agency said in a letter to senators.

Anti-Drug Senators Criticized For ‘Sham’ Hearing On Legal Marijuana
April 5, 2016

A Senate hearing on state marijuana laws Tuesday was biased and dishonest, focusing mostly on debunked claims that marijuana use leads to substances like heroin and cocaine, drug policy groups said.

It’s My Brain Cancer and My Death
April 4, 2016

Tracey Gamer-Fanning, who has been at the forefront of our national conversation about a patient’s right to use cannabis and medical marijuana to treat chronic and terminal illness, has a new public platform that may spur some unexpected and welcome conversations.

Whoopi Goldberg founds medical marijuana company for women
March 30, 2016

Whoopi Goldberg is lending her name and financial backing to a new line of medical marijuana products designed specifically for women.

Cancer expert Dr. Donald Abrams sets record straight: Can cannabis cure cancer?
March 29, 2016

As a tireless advocate who believes patients should have access to cannabis to treat a myriad of ailments — from PTSD to epilepsy to cancer-related symptoms...

Using Medical Marijuana/Cannabis for Fibromyalgia
March 28, 2016

Many of my fibromyalgia patients report that medical marijuana/cannabis reduces their pain and improves sleep.

Pharmaceutical Companies Hiked Price on Aid in Dying Drug
March 24, 2016

When California’s aid-in-dying law takes effect this June, terminally ill patients who decide to end their lives could be faced with a hefty bill for the lethal medication. It retails for more than $3,000.

More Public Education on Marijuana is Required as Legalization Spreads
March 23, 2016

Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana has been great for business and furthering equality in America. However, health implications are raising concerns on both sides of the aisle.

Alzheimer’s Caused By Loss of Cannabinoids, Study Shows
March 21, 2016

Early deficits in Alzheimer’s may be caused by blockage of the brain’s cannabinoids, according to research out of Stanford University.

Medical Marijuana Use in Oncology
March 21, 2016

Marijuana in oncology may have potential for use as an antiemetic, for refractory cancer pain, and as an antitumor agent.

Marijuana May Help Cancer Patients, But Questions Remain
March 18, 2016

Marijuana could potentially help cancer patients who have nausea or pain, and could possibly even be used as a treatment for certain cancers, but much more research is needed before any of these uses could be recommended, a new review article said.

Former Bulls guard says 75 to 80 percent of NBA players use marijuana
March 18, 2016

Former Chicago Bulls guard Jay Williams has been advocating for medical marijuana in recent months, and he thinks the NBA should get real about the drug’s medical applications and relative safety profile.

Jake Plummer pushes NFL to research possible marijuana benefits
March 16, 2016

Was ex-NFL quarterback Jake Plummer high when admitting he briefly considered making a comeback trying to replace Peyton Manning?

Historic Study on Benefits of Cannabis Proves Those Who Keep it Illegal to Be Criminals
March 10, 2016
Last December we reported on a landmark study that made history at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society.
This Stanley Cup Champion Is Battling Alcoholism With Medical Marijuana
March 9, 2016
Former NHL enforcer Darren McCarty faced a lot of tough fights during his career - including the infamous "Bloody Wednesday" brawl between his Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche.
Marijuana supporters in Ohio still aim to make it legal
March 7, 2016

The push to legalize marijuana isn’t going away in Ohio.

Two marijuana bills signed by Gov. Kate Brown
March 7, 2016

Gov. Kate Brown has signed two bills that make key changes to Oregon's recreational marijuana program...

NIH convenes Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit
March 4, 2016

NIH to host Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit, focusing on the neurological and psychiatric effects of marijuana, other cannabinoids, and the endocannabinoid system.

Senator Warren Was Right About Marijuana and Pain
March 3, 2016

On February 8, 2016, Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote a well publicized letter to Dr. Thomas Friedan, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Legal marijuana is finally doing what the drug war couldn’t
March 3, 2016

Legal marijuana may be doing at least one thing that a decades-long drug war couldn't: taking a bite out of Mexican drug cartels' profits.

Lawmakers considering bill to set THC blood-level limit for marijuana-using drivers
March 2, 2016

A public hearing is underway in Augusta on a proposal to set a blood-level limit to determine when someone is driving under the influence of marijuana.

Cannabis has given my son a gift
February 29, 2016

Imagine having a child with a diagnosis so rare that genetic researchers in three states ask your family to participate in medical research because they are officially learning from your child.

Scientist who discovered that GMO's cause tumors wins lawsuit
February 25, 2016

Now, Prof. Séralini is in the news again - this time for winning a major court victory in a libel trial that represents the second court victory for Séralini and his team in less than a month.

The Might-Have-Beens of Marijuana
February 24, 2016

Former Attorney General Eric Holder, in a newly released interview conducted after he left office, said he was in favor of reclassifying marijuana as something less than a Schedule I controlled substance comparable to heroin.

Genetic Variant Could Identify Cannabis Users at Risk for Psychosis
February 19, 2016

Young, otherwise healthy people with a variation in the ‘AKT1' gene are more susceptible to the mind-altering effects of smoking marijuana, according to research published in Translational Psychiatry.

Colo. considers 'organic' certification for marijuana grown free of contaminants
February 19, 2016

Colorado lawmakers are considering an organic-type certification for the state’s most famous crop: Marijuana.

Bernie Sanders Plan to Deschedule Marijuana Earns Support of Former Surgeon General
February 18, 2016

Bernie Sanders’ proposal to deschedule marijuana just got a big endorsement: former Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders.

Cannabis does not cause anxiety and depression, study finds
February 18, 2016

Cannabis does not increase the risk of developing anxiety or depression, a new study has found.

Government's Cannabis ATM
February 17, 2016

California's cannabis gold rush has at last reached the august halls of government.

Ex-coach Ron McBride voices support for medical cannabis
February 17, 2016

Ron McBride, former football coach at the University of Utah and Weber State University, joined a state lawmaker Wednesday to voice support for a bill that would legalize medical cannabis in Utah.

Donald Trump's radical flip-flop on marijuana and US drug policy
February 16, 2016

Donald Trump’s drug-policy rhetoric sounds different than it used to, to put it mildly.

Former surgeon general calls for marijuana acceptance
February 15, 2016

Joycelyn Elders was never shy about speaking her mind as she consistently stirred public controversy while serving as surgeon general during her spirited – and short-lived – tenure with President Bill Clinton.

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Massive California Cannabis Cultivation Project Launched in Adelanto
February 15, 2016

Similar to developments in Colorado, where Walsenburg, with a ruined economy, has a large cannabis cultivation project in development, Adelanto, California has seen a land rush of late.

Hospital makes history: Cannabis oil helps baby’s seizures
February 14, 2016

Two-month-old Amylea Nunez made history at a Colorado hospital last week when she became the first patient there to receive cannabis oil as part of her treatment.

Mormon church explains stances on 2 medical marijuana bills
February 13, 2016

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has clarified its differing opinions on medical marijuana legislation.

Medical Marijuana In New York State: Patient-Advocates Who Built The Program Are Fighting To Access It
February 12, 2016

Grimacing, Donna Schwier rubs her left calf and looks out the window of her small basement-level apartment, tucked around the back of a suburban Long Island home.

How Does Smoking Marijuana Affect Your Lungs? Here's Why the Answer Is so Conflicting
February 11, 2016

Smoking from bongs, joints and hand pipes are some of the most common methods that people use to consume marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Can Help Fight Degenerative Brain Diseases Caused by Football Injury
February 11, 2016

A former NFL player revealed that if cannabis was approved for medical use among the athletes, it can help in dealing with CTE or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

VA policy doesn't allow vets to be prescribed medical marijuana
February 11, 2016

Viewers continue to reach out to us, frustrated that they can't get access or afford medical marijuana.

Terminal cancer patient claims illegal cannabis use has 'prolonged' his life
February 11, 2016

A man with a terminal brain tumour has said he believes cannabis oil has helped prolong his life and even though it is illegal, he will keep using it.

California lawmakers propose 15 percent marijuana sales tax
February 11, 2016

California would levy a new 15 percent tax on medical marijuana sales to enforce new regulations and pay for state programs, rehabilitation and parks under a bill introduced Wednesday.

California's First Medical Marijuana Chief to Create New State Agency, IT Systems
February 8, 2016

California has its first weed czar -- otherwise known as chief of its Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation -- and it's a Republican, Lori Ajax, who is now chief deputy director of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Assembly health chair proposes doubling medical marijuana program
February 1, 2016

Assemblyman Richard Gottfried has introduced legislation that would double the number of medical marijuana manufacturers and dispensaries in the state in the hopes of giving more people better access to the drug.

NFL, Marijuana and Pain
January 31, 2016

As Super Bowl 50 approaches, the NFL is preparing its biggest event.

Illinois declines to expand medical marijuana conditions list
January 31, 2016

Illinois will not expand the list of conditions that qualifies people to get medical marijuana, Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration announced Friday.

Obama says marijuana reform is not on his agenda for 2016
January 30, 2016

Marijuana advocates hoping for a substantial shift in federal marijuana policy in the last year of the Obama administration are likely to be disappointed.

Synthetic marijuana remains a problem for NFL
January 29, 2016

Synthetic marijuana is illegal in nearly every state and under federal law, regulations that didn’t exist just six years ago before the explosion in the popularity of the dangerous psychoactive chemicals.

Ex-Bear Jim McMahon: Medical marijuana got me off narcotic pain pills
January 29, 2016

Former Super Bowl champion and Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon says an unfairly demonized drug helped him recover from the pain of his football career: medical marijuana.

Top Pot State Hawaii Creates Strict Medical Marijuana Program
January 29, 2016

The race is on for Hawaii medical marijuana dispensary licenses.

Research on Medical Marijuana for Central Nervous System Tumors
January 28, 2016

Children’s Hospital Colorado physicians would like to learn more about medical marijuana in children with brain and spine tumors.

Marijuana Photos on Instagram Could Cost You Big
January 26, 2016

Instagram users who post pictures of themselves smoking marijuana could unknowingly be getting themselves into a lot of trouble.

Can the cannabis 'nuns' of California save medical marijuana?
January 26, 2016

Sister Kate calls herself an "accidental nun." At age 16, she tried marijuana for the first time inside a friend's car during a cold Wisconsin winter. But that was when she was a "good Mid-western Catholic girl," and the drug did nothing for her.

Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program Is in Danger
January 22, 2016

State legislators continuously attempt to undermine the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) that voters passed in 2010.

Senators hitting road to hear medical marijuana views
January 20, 2016

Not long ago, majority Statehouse Republicans barely uttered a peep about marijuana legalization.

Twins study finds no evidence that marijuana lowers IQ in teens
January 18, 2016

Roughly half of Americans use marijuana at some point in their lives, and many start as teenagers.

Democratic debate recap: Presidential candidates on marijuana policy
January 18, 2016

Drug policy reform got a little air time during Sunday’s presidential primary debate.

Medical Marijuana May Be A Cure For Migraines, And Many Other Conditions
January 15, 2016

For the first time, researchers have completed a study that proves medical marijuana can treat migraines.

Why This Marijuana Stock Crashed 18% in December
January 13, 2016

Despite reporting encouraging data regarding a marijuana-derived medicine for epilepsy, shares in GW Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ:GWPH) slid 17.5% last month, according to Capital IQ.

Marijuana Legalization: Could 2016 Be The Year Federal Law Derails The Cannabis Movement?
January 12, 2016

Two years into Colorado’s experiment with legalized cannabis, marijuana has become a bit passé.

Medical marijuana users in IL should have a designated driver
January 11, 2016

As more people start to use medical marijuana in Illinois, questions are being raised about the use of the drug while driving and how it will be enforced.

How New York Totally Screwed Up Legalizing Medical Marijuana
January 11, 2016

Manhattan's first and only medical marijuana dispensary is like a fortress.

Hawaii medical marijuana dispensary license now online
January 11, 2016

The Hawaii State Department of Health Medical Marijuana Dispensary License application is now available online at

New York Medical Marijuana Program Begins -- And No One Is Excited
January 7, 2016

New York's medical marijuana program finally begins Thursday, a year and a half after it was approved, but it won't be the landmark achievement its advocates dreamed of.

Arizona Requires No Cannabis Testing for Pesticides, Despite Recalls in Colorado
January 6, 2016
In Colorado, the past 16 weeks have seen 15 recalls of cannabis products because of pesticides, including the largest such recall last week.
New York to officially launch medical marijuana this week
January 5, 2016

State officials will formally launch New York’s medical marijuana program on Thursday and at least one city pot dispensary expects to be ready.

Ex-congressman forms group in favor of medical marijuana
January 5, 2016

A former Kentucky congressman has formed a group that will push to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

7 states that accept out-of-state medical marijuana cards
December 30, 2015

Seven states have rules that give qualifying out of state patients access to medical cannabis, and three allow patients to buy directly from their dispensaries.

Forbes: 2016 Will Be Marijuana's Big Year
December 29, 2015

2015 was a pretty amazing year for progress in the legalization of marijuana.

Eight Senators Demand Government Speed Up Marijuana Research
December 29, 2015

Oregon’s two senators, joined by six democratic colleagues, are demanding anew medical marijuana research answers, solutions,  and actions from obstructive federal agencies.

Partners in pot: Marijuana businesses seek novel collaborations
December 28, 2015

At least two Maryland state universities are jumping at the chance to work with marijuana growers to research the medicinal application and cultivation of cannabis.

What's next for medical marijuana in Hawai‘i?
December 28, 2015

On Jan. 4, 2016, eight new medical marijuana licenses for vendors will be announced.

Colombian president signs decree to legalise medical marijuana
December 23, 2015

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has signed a decree legalizing the growing and sale of marijuana for medical purposes, a dramatic shift in a country long identified with US-backed policies to stamp out drug crops.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Prepare to Open Doors in N.Y.
December 23, 2015

Armed with New York state medicinal marijuana licenses, dispensaries are gearing up to sell cannabis legally in the state in the new year.

State Health Dept. creates medical marijuana online registry
December 23, 2015

The state Health Department said Wednesday it has created an online system allowing eligible New Yorkers to enroll in the medical marijuana program that begins in January.

N.J. Senate panel approves job protection for medical marijuana patients
December 22, 2015

New Jersey employers would be prohibited from firing people because they participate in the state medical marijuana program unless they can show these employees are impaired and unable to do their jobs, according to a bill approved by a state Senate committee Monday.

Texas epilepsy patients set to get medical cannabis oil
December 18, 2015

In a big decision this year, lawmakers allowed patients with uncontrollable epilepsy to have access to a special oil made from marijuana plants.

Sacramento scrambles to create new medical marijuana laws
December 18, 2015

In the ever-evolving industry of medical marijuana, Sacramento finds itself playing catch-up with the state government after Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law three new bills creating new regulations on the industry.

International cannabis research institute opens in Prague
December 17, 2015

The International Cannabis and Cannaboids Institute (ICCI) was opened in Prague today with U.S. and Canadian investors contributing half a billion crowns, which Health Minister Svatopluk N?me?ek said is the biggest private investment in Czech medical research in the past years.

Prediction: 2016 Will Be the Greenest Year in History Cannabis Entrepreneur Nicole Smith Talks About the Industry
December 17, 2015

Tis the Season -- for reflection and prediction. Tune in any TV network and you'll see experts prognosticating on the global state of affairs while other segments reflect on the year that was. The cannabis industry is no different.

Supreme Court Signs Off On Medical Marijuana Proposal
December 17, 2015

In a key step for supporters of legalizing medical marijuana, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would go on the November 2016 ballot.

Panel Rejects Growth of Medical Marijuana in Georgia
December 11, 2015

A panel appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal has voted to reject the growth of medical marijuana in Georgia.

Mike DeWine offers conditional support for medical marijuana, decries 'opportunity gap' for at-risk children
December 10, 2015

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Wednesday offered conditional support for legalizing medical marijuana in the state, so long as clinical trials and the federal government find it would benefit patients in need.

Vermont medical school delves into marijuana science
December 9, 2015

As more states allow for the use of medical marijuana, the University of Vermont is offering a course in the science of the drug — and the professors say they are challenged by a lack of research on what has long been a taboo topic.

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The End of Pediatric Cancer Research as We Know It
December 6, 2015

Ask anyone (well maybe not a pediatric oncologist) how many kids get cancer each year.

Can Marijuana Help Treat Heroin Addicts?
December 5, 2015

There’s a new twist to the rising use of heroin in the United States – and what can be done to help addicts in recovery.

Minn. expands medical marijuana to intractable pain patients
December 3, 2015

Minnesota health officials have decided to allow residents with intractable pain to buy medical marijuana starting in August.

The marijuana legalization push in Mass. just got a little more clear
December 3, 2015

A possible 2016 decision about marijuana legalization in Massachusetts got less complicated this week.

Utah County officials send clear message on marijuana use
December 2, 2015

Utah County’s Board of Commissioners signed a proclamation Tuesday that unequivocally discouraged the consumption of marijuana.

Cannabinoids are Safe, Effective Treatment for Non-Cancer Pain
December 1, 2015

While there are still no studies conducted in the United States regarding the effectiveness of medical marijuana for treatment of chronic illnesses like chronic pain, researchers in Canada are increasing their research work.

Will Medical Marijuana Ever Be Covered By Medicare?
November 30, 2015

There are certainly no shortage of issues as we head into the 2016 elections, some of which include terrorism/national security, U.S. economic growth, prescription drug inflation, and of course marijuana.

Uttarakhand To Become First Indian State To Legalise Cannabis Cultivation
November 27, 2015

Farmers from across the state except Terai and Bhabhar regions can now legally grow hemp.

Woman With Late-Stage Cancer to Get Medical Marijuana Card
November 26, 2015

New Hampshire health officials have approved a lung cancer patient's application for an identification card that will allow her to buy medical marijuana in Maine.

Final tally: More than 1,000 applications for medical marijuana in Maryland
November 26, 2015

The state received more than 1,000 applications from growers, processors and dispensaries that want to open shop in Maryland’s upcoming medical marijuana industry.

Alaska Regulators Propose Allowing Cannabis Cafés
November 24, 2015

Last week the Alaska Marijuana Control Board (MCB) voted to allow cannabis consumption in state-licensed pot shops.

Florida approves 5 nurseries to grow medical marijuana
November 23, 2015

State health officials announced Monday that five Florida nurseries have been chosen to cultivate and distribute the first legal marijuana in the state, opening the door to the sale and distribution of the non-euphoric strains next year.

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Pa. House pulls vote on medical marijuana bill
November 23, 2015

A bill to legalize medical marijuana was scheduled for a House vote Monday, but the vote has been pulled from the schedule.

Health Insurance Snubs Medical Marijuana For The Wrong Reasons
November 23, 2015

Charlotte Figi was still a baby when she experienced her first grand mal seizure.

Shinnecocks explore starting medical marijuana program
November 23, 2015

The Shinnecock Indian Nation is exploring the prospect of a medical marijuana cultivation and dispensary program, citing federal rules that allow sovereign tribes to offer such facilities if they are compliant with state and federal laws.

Congressman Calls For DEA Chief's Removal After He Calls Medical Marijuana A 'Joke'
November 20, 2015

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said Wednesday that acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg should be replaced after calling the notion of smoking marijuana for medical purposes a "joke."

Experts Push For Pregnancy Warning Labels On Pot Products
November 20, 2015

Marijuana has not been proven safe to use during pregnancy or breast-feeding.

Sarah Palin: Legalizing Weed Is 'No Big Deal'
November 19, 2015

Supporters of marijuana legalization may have an unlikely ally: Sarah Palin.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta shares his thoughts on research, medical marijuana at Toronto event
November 18, 2015

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent and neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta expressed his support for the importance of funding scientific research, while speaking at an event in Toronto on Monday.

California pot farmers wrestle with new medical marijuana rules
November 18, 2015

An unmistakeable scent, rotten-sweet and earthy, greets visitors to Basil McMahon’s pine and oak sheltered Nevada County farm.

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Cannabis-derived drugs to target diabetic kidney failure
November 18, 2015

New substances derived from cannabis are being used to tackle kidney failure caused by diabetes, as part of a new research project led by the University of Aberdeen.

Senate OKs medical marijuana for veterans
November 18, 2015

For the first time, Veterans Health Administration doctors will be able to authorize medical marijuana use for patients.

Hillary Clinton's Pot Proposal Is Popular, But It Probably Won't Help Her Win
November 18, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's proposal this month to loosen restrictions on marijuana and spur more research into the drug’s medicinal benefits wasn't especially surprising or daring, given 58 percent of Americans support legalizing it.

Young Missoula cancer victim Cash Hyde being remembered
November 14, 2015

Three years ago on Saturday 4-year-old Cash Hyde of Missoula passed away after a lifelong battle with brain cancer.

New cannabis testing rules burden small labs
November 13, 2015

Organic products are nothing new, but many don't know about organic cannabis.

Colombia to Legalize Medical Marijuana Under Presidential Decree
November 13, 2015

Colombia said on Friday it plans to legalize medical marijuana in a further shift in drug policy after suspending aerial fumigation of illicit crops.

Senate OKs Medical Pot for Veterans
November 12, 2015

On the eve of Veterans Day, the Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would for the first time allow Veterans Health Administration doctors to authorize medical marijuana use for patients.

Thousands Demand Firing Of DEA Chief After He Calls Medical Marijuana A 'Joke'
November 12, 2015

A petition calling for President Barack Obama to fire acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg over his remarks on medical marijuana had gathered over 28,000 signatures, by Thursday afternoon.

Kansas City hospitals deny cannabis oil to severely epileptic patients
November 12, 2015

Kansas City area hospitals are denying cannabis oil recommendations for people with severe epilepsy even though the state of Missouri passed a law last year allowing the drug to be used for such issues.

Cuomo Faces Choice On Sped-Up Medical Marijuana Access
November 9, 2015

People with AIDS and parents of children with severe epilepsy are pressuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation giving critically ill patients early access to medical marijuana before New York’s new medical cannabis program begins.

Medical marijuana worth serious look
November 9, 2015

The United States is a representative republic, not a pure democracy. If it were the latter, the public would vote on potentially hundreds of issues every year.

Hillary Clinton Proposes More Research Into Medicinal Marijuana
November 8, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday proposed reclassifying marijuana to make it a less dangerous substance and to encourage more research into its medicinal benefits.

Study to look at health impact of legal pot
November 8, 2015

While lawmakers debate the ifs and the hows of marijuana legalization, the Vermont Department of Health is preparing a study it hopes will help guide the conversation.

DEA chief: Medicinal marijuana is a 'joke'
November 7, 2015

Chuck Rosenberg, chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said that smoking marijuana should not be considered medical treatment on Wednesday, calling the notion a "joke."

Finally a light for Lindsay
November 6, 2015

A LOGAN mother who refused to give up has secured medical cannabis treatment for her son.

Watch a Former NFL Star's Powerful Testimonial in Defense of Medical Marijuana
November 6, 2015

Kyle Turley spent eight years as an offensive tackle in the NFL, which means he spent eight years standing in the way of oncoming traffic.

Illinois medical marijuana sales start Monday
November 6, 2015

More than 3,000 patients with Illinois-issued ID cards will be able to buy medical marijuana legally for the first time Monday, according to the state official overseeing the pilot program.

DEA Chief Wrong on Medical Marijuana
November 6, 2015

The acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration claimed that smoking marijuana has “never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine.”

Workers fired for medical marijuana use in Michigan can collect unemployment benefits
November 5, 2015

People fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana can collect unemployment benefits after the state Supreme Court turned down appeals in two cases.

Florida medical pot law misses deadline, nearly a year behind schedule
November 3, 2015

Almost a year-and-a-half since Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers legalized a form of medical marijuana, the latest deadline for making it available to Floridians has gone up in smoke...Again.

Ben Carson questioned on topic of medical marijuana
November 3, 2015

Ben Carson made his way to Florida’s capital Monday, where he held a book tour event. He was asked about some of the bigger issues facing the state, including expanding marijuana access.

Cannabis ‘can delay onset of diabetes’
November 3, 2015

Pharmacist and university lecturer Dr Marcia Williams made a presentation highlighting studies that suggest cannabis can reduce the risk of contracting diabetes.

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Weed For Warriors Project says medical marijuana can save veteran's lives
October 30, 2015

Too many veterans return home from combat bearing physical injury and/or mental trauma.

Tribe to do feasibility study on cannabis
October 30, 2015

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is going to look into the possibility of legalizing cannabis for medical, industrial and recreational uses.

Cannabis-based drug maker's cancer treatment disappoints
October 29, 2015

Shares in GW Pharmaceuticals embarked on a roller-coaster ride on Thursday after it delivered a mixed bag of news on its drugs pipeline.

In U.S., 58% Back Legal Marijuana Use
October 26, 2015

A majority of Americans continue to say marijuana use should be legal in the United States, with 58% holding that view, tying the high point in Gallup's 46-year trend.

Most Americans Support Medical Marijuana, But U.S. Government May be Stifling Needed Research
October 25, 2015

A Gallup survey released Wednesday showed 58% of Americans back marijuana legalization. That’s the highest level recorded by Gallup since it started asking the question in the 1960s.

Minister's push for medical marijuana
October 25, 2015

Trials for medical marijuana should be encouraged despite "prejudice" from the medical profession, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says.

Florida Supreme Court sets December hearing on medical marijuana
October 23, 2015

The Florida Supreme Court is going to hold a Dec. 8 hearing on a measure to legalize medical marijuana.

Brookings Report Decries the Federal Government's 'War on Medical Marijuana Research'
October 22, 2015

Drug policy reformers have long complained that the federal government keeps marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act...

The government is stifling medical marijuana research, major think tank declares
October 20, 2015

In a strongly-worded new report out Tuesday, researchers at the Brookings Institution call on the federal government to eliminate roadblocks to medical marijuana research in the U.S.

Many States Still Grapple With Regulating Medical Marijuana
October 20, 2015

In a retrofitted garage in his suburban backyard, Mike Eacker tends to his marijuana plants while he waits to see whether his crop will continue to turn a profit.

Ministry approves cannabis treatment for 7-year-old girl
October 18, 2015

A 7-year-old Rotorua girl is receiving medicinal cannabis treatment for severe seizures after the Health Ministry have its approval.

How California’s new medical marijuana law will make roads safer: Guest commentary
October 17, 2015

Next year, a ballot initiative will allow Californians to decide on legalizing recreational marijuana.

Medicinal cannabis legalisation 'unlikely to benefit' Tasmanian farmers
October 17, 2015

The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association has disputed that legalising cannabis production will lead to a new agricultural industry or that opportunities to grow the crop will even extend to the state.

Man denied use of medical cannabis despite qualifying
October 17, 2015

Steve Goldsmith thought when Minnesota legalized medical cannabis, his family might finally have an answer to their four decade-long struggle.

The Cannabis Researchers Beating Regulatory Hurdles To Study How It's Saving Lives
October 17, 2015

Of all the fields researcher David Allsop thought he would end up in, cannabis pharmacology was not one of them.

Guv open to treatment of opiate addiction with medical marijuana
October 16, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker said he is open to the idea of addicts using medicinal marijuana as a way to wean their way off harder drugs, amid a statewide opiate epidemic.

Maine could be leader in recreational marijuana industry, says CEO of medical pot provider
October 15, 2015

Maine is poised to be a leader in the recreational marijuana business because of its success with medical cannabis, the head of the state’s largest medical marijuana dispensary group said Wednesday.

We didn't see ourselves as dope dealers. We were doing the best for our son
October 15, 2015

Being sympathetic to a cause sounds lovely, but it’s not enough. When that cause is decriminalising medicinal cannabis, we’ve heard enough sympathy.

Marijuana industry could be uprooted by pesticide lawsuit
October 14, 2015

The marijuana industry may be booming in Colorado, but pot entrepreneurs face a very big problem: pesticides.

Marijuana as Medicine
October 13, 2015

By 2013, Liz Gorman had lost hope. Her daughter Maddie, then 6, suffered from relentless seizures, untamed by 13 medications and even brain surgery.

Where do local legislators stand on marijuana?
October 12, 2015

The Citizens’ Voice asked legislators in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties for their positions on medical marijuana, industrial hemp, decriminalization and legal marijuana. Here is what they said:

Where to Stash Cannabis Cash? Tribal Nations Make Bid to Bank It
October 11, 2015

Shaun Gindi brought a duffel bag stuffed with 1,000 twenty-dollar bills to open a checking account at his local Chase branch. He was successful. Until the branch closed the account a week later.

Bill would expand state's medical marijuana laws
October 8, 2015

Florida lawmakers have a new medical marijuana bill to consider.  Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar, announced on Wednesday that he has filed Florida House Bill 307.

Opioid Addiction Being Treated With Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts
October 8, 2015

Hundreds of people in Massachusetts who are addicted to opioids are being treated with medical marijuana, according to the Boston Herald.

Pot replacing prescriptions
October 8, 2015

Cannabis has been long maligned as an addictive narcotic that could lead to serious health issues, but a University of B.C. and University of Victoria study demonstrates that more people are using cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs and alcohol.

Marijuana legislation calls for DUI study
October 7, 2015

Recent legislation awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature not only seeks to implement a statewide regulatory system on the medical marijuana, but also calls for a study on how law enforcement can better detect stoned drivers.

The Secret History of Cannabis in Japan
October 7, 2015

Today Japan has some of the strictest anti-cannabis laws in the world.

Group plans medical marijuana research facility if Issue 3 passes
October 7, 2015

A nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research on cannabis plans to build a $24 million medical-marijuana-research facility at a proposed Licking County grow site if voters approve ResponsibleOhio’s marijuana-legalization amendment this fall.

Study: Exercise Triggers Same Part Of Brain As Marijuana
October 7, 2015

Study: Exercise Triggers Same Part Of Brain As Marijuana

Study Finds Medical Marijuana Safe And Effective For Chronic Pain Relief
October 6, 2015

In a national multicenter study investigating the safety of medical cannabis use by patients suffering from chronic pain, a research team led by Dr. Mark Ware from the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in Montreal, Canada

7 powerful photographs of terminally ill patients living out their final wishes
October 5, 2015

Before 54-year-old Mario passed away, he had one special goodbye he needed to say ... to his favorite giraffe.

Seniors Turn to Cannabis for Treatment
October 5, 2015

As a nurse, most of the patients I see are geriatric (with the average age around 76) and 84 percent of them have never tried cannabis before despite many of them having more than one health condition.

Health scan: Israeli physicians slowly warming to medical marijuana
October 3, 2015
Oregon becomes third U.S. state to allow recreational marijuana sales
October 2, 2015

Marijuana sales for recreational use began in Oregon on Thursday as it joined Washington state and Colorado in allowing the sale of a drug that remains illegal under U.S. federal law.

DeWine rejects ballot language for medical marijuana
October 2, 2015

Ballot language for a new medical marijuana issue was rejected for a second time today by Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Reclassifying Marijuana
September 30, 2015

It’s rare these days for Republicans and Democrats in Congress to agree on anything, so it may come as a surprise to learn there is bi-partisan support for a bill to reclassify marijuana. 

The Wonder Drug: Inside the medical marijuana industry's wild new frontier.
September 29, 2015

In the early hours of a sparkling June morning, I walked into Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, a nationally ranked network of clinics catering to all manner of childhood illnesses.

Will California's Medical Marijuana Regulations Phase Out Collectives?
September 29, 2015

On September 11, 2015, lawmakers in California passed a collection of legislation that collectively would institute a statewide regulatory framework for businesses that retail and cultivate marijuana intended for medical purposes.

Do we need a new safety standard for medical marijuana?
September 28, 2015

With the use of medical marijuana becoming accepted and following legislation enacted by a number of U.S. states, health professionals are considering whether cannabis requires a microbiological safety standard.

Antidepressants and blood thinners prompt brain cancer cells to eat themselves
September 26, 2015

Researchers have found that when combined with anticoagulant drugs, antidepressants can slow the growth of aggressive brain tumours called gliomas, causing the cancer cells to effectively eat themselves and stem the progression of this particularly deadly disease.

Marijuana And Election 2016: Where The Presidential Candidates Stand
September 25, 2015

Legalization of marijuana is expected to be a big issue during the 2016 elections.

Childhood Cancer Research at UCSF to Transcend Tissue Types With Innovative Grant
September 24, 2015

Researchers at UC San Francisco are leading a five-year, $10 million research project dedicated to pediatric cancer, funded by the first grant of its kind to focus on a molecular pathway that underlies many cancers rather than on a cancer in a particular organ or tissue in the body.

A ‘niche business’: Mainstream doctors are wary of prescribing medical marijuana
September 24, 2015

Looking for a medical marijuana prescription? Your general practitioner probably won’t help you get it.

After long delay, Maryland is about to launch medical marijuana program
September 23, 2015

Nearly 2 1/2 years after legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, Maryland is preparing to issue business licenses to dispensaries and cultivation centers — prompting a range of reactions from local elected officials.

The High Price Of Medical Marijuana Is Forcing People Back To The Black Market
September 22, 2015

Minnesota’s medical marijuana program is struggling to retain patients burdened by the high costs of government-issued cannabis.

Oregon’s Legal Sale of Marijuana Comes With Reprieve
September 21, 2015

About 15 years ago, when she was in her 20s, Erika Walton handed a bong to someone who turned out be a police officer, and was cited for marijuana possession.

DEA Chief Admits Marijuana Is Less Dangerous Than Heroin, But Won’t Reschedule
September 21, 2015
On marijuana, the new head of the Drug Enforcement Agency said, “If we come up with a medical use for it, that would be wonderful. But we haven't.”
The next 11 states that will legalize marijuana
September 16, 2015

Compared to 1969, when only 12% supported legalizing pot, the majority of Americans today support legalizing recreational use of the drug.

As California considers looser marijuana laws, Paul calls out Christie
September 16, 2015

The 15 leading Republican candidates for president have arrived in California just as the state closes in on a fully legal regime for medical marijuana.

This tiny implant mops up wandering cancer cells in the body
September 10, 2015

Researchers in the US have invented small, sponge-like implant that can detect and trap circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in the bloodstream.

Months after marijuana holds, Post tests find pesticides in products
September 8, 2015
Nearly six months after the city of Denver began a crackdown on unapproved pesticides in marijuana products, a spot-check by The Denver Post found that the chemicals were still being sold to consumers.
ALS survivor says marijuana saved her, fights to legalize it
September 7, 2015

When you pull up to the home of Bob and Cathy Jordan and see a FLCAN sign, you know exactly what they stand for.

Missouri Man Sentenced To Life In Prison Over Marijuana Is Set Free
September 1, 2015

Jeff Mizanskey, a 61-year-old man who was serving life in prison for nonviolent marijuana offenses, walked out of a Missouri prison a free man on Tuesday morning.

Republican voters to feds: Butt out of marijuana reform
August 25, 2015

By significant margins, Republican voters in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire say that states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference.

U.S. just admitted that cannabis DOES kill cancer cells
August 21, 2015

That’s according to the US government, which has added a page on the use of cannabis and cannabinoids to their official cancer advice website.

California's tax collector wants to bank legal cannabis
August 20, 2015

Banks may not want marijuana’s money, but the state of California does.

Premature for California to plan for cannabis banking
August 20, 2015

With all the financial challenges impacting our global economy, many are planning for the next economic slowdown.

Could Medical Marijuana Reduce Dependence on Opiates in Utah?
August 19, 2015

Utah lawmakers heard from experts about medical marijuana at the state Capitol Wednesday.

Medical marijuana can save lives
August 18, 2015

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that states with open medical marijuana access have a 25 percent lower opioid overdose death rate than marijuana prohibition states.

The Progress and Pitfalls of Medical Marijuana
August 18, 2015

“Cannabis is like a medicine cabinet,” says Roger Pertwee, who was instrumental in some of the early cannabis trials for multiple sclerosis.

DOH chief to look into legislation on medical marijuana
August 16, 2015

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Health (DOH) will study a proposal of some lawmakers to legalize the medical use of marijuana in the country, Health Secretary Janette Garin said yesterday.

Want to sell medical marijuana in New York? It could cost you $30 million
August 11, 2015

In business, you have to spend money to make money. In the New York medical marijuana industry, you may just be spending money.

Teen Marijuana Use Not Harmful?
August 11, 2015

Using marijuana during adolescence does not appear to increase the risk for later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a new study, which flies in the face of some prior research.

Study finds no link between teen marijuana use, mental health issues
August 4, 2015

A new study reports that chronic marijuana use in teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma. The study, published by the American Physiological Association, did not include teenage girls.

New DEA Leader: Pot Probably Not as Bad as Heroin
July 31, 2015

The new leader of the Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday heroin probably is more dangerous than marijuana, diverging in tone from his embattled predecessor.

Queensland to wait until 2016 to begin trial of medical cannabis
July 28, 2015

CLINICAL trials of medicinal cannabis are not expected to begin in Queensland until next year.

Seniors Are Seeking Out States Where Marijuana is Legal
July 22, 2015

When choosing retirement locales, a few factors pop to mind: climate, amenities, proximity to grandchildren, access to quality healthcare.

'Medical cannabis is helping save my son's life'
July 20, 2015

It's hard to imagine living in a country where your own federal and state governments deny your child access to potentially life-saving medicine.

Pot for kids? Some parents say it's good medicine
July 19, 2015

Some parents of severely ill children say that prescription drugs expose their kids to dangerous side effects. Some want to try medical marijuana, and they seek wider access to the drug in Michigan.

Marijuana can heal broken bones, says new study
July 18, 2015

Marijuana helps broken bones heal faster a new study has found.

Marijuana Helps Heal Broken Bones
July 17, 2015

There's a new and very promising use for marijuana, or at least a compound found in it. Researchers discovered that cannabidiol (CBD) worked wonders for rats with broken limbs.

State board rejects medical marijuana as treatment for PTSD
July 15, 2015

The Colorado Board of Health rejected a proposal Wednesday to allow medical marijuana to be used as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Passengers can now carry marijuana on Oregon flights
July 12, 2015

Passengers traveling on flights within Oregon will be allowed to transport a small amount of weed, after the state’s recreational marijuana law went into effect July 1.

Lawsuit by pot-smoking church claims Indiana marijuana laws infringe on religious beliefs
July 8, 2015

A pot-smoking church is suing the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe on its religious beliefs.

Chile lawmakers approve marijuana decriminalisation bill
July 7, 2015

A bill which will allow Chileans to grow small amounts of marijuana for medical, recreational or spiritual use has been approved by the country's lower house of Congress.

Medical marijuana changed 6-year-old daughter's life, says Grand Blanc mom
July 5, 2015

Bella Chinonis can't talk. She can't walk, chew or play like most children her age. The 6-year-old Grand Blanc girl couldn't even stand until a few months ago.

Sen. Toni Boucher: Tireless Opponent Of Looser Marijuana Laws
July 5, 2015

For a few hours on Monday, Connecticut lawmakers appeared poised to approve a policy permitting children with epilepsy and other serious illnesses to participate in the state's medical marijuana program.

Health Scientist Blacklisting and the Meaning of Marijuana in the Oval Office in the Early 1970s
July 2, 2015

Unpacking the Nixon Tapes: The Meaning of Marijuana for the U.S. Presidential Administration Which Created and Placed It in Schedule I

'It's legal, but ...' Most municipal employees can use marijuana as long as it doesn't affect work
July 2, 2015

That was the subject line for an email from the city of Tigard about recreational marijuana use by employees.

Bobby Jindal Agrees To Let Medical Marijuana Reach Patients In Louisiana
June 30, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed a law to provide access to medical marijuana on Monday, nearly a quarter-century after his state had legalized cannabis use by chronically ill people.

5 Findings From The First Major Analysis Of Medical Pot Benefits
June 25, 2015

Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits.

Vancouver Becomes First Canadian City To Regulate Medical Marijuana
June 24, 2015

Vancouver, Canada, became the first city in the country to regulate and license its booming medical marijuana industry on Wednesday, despite warnings from the federal government.

White House Takes Huge Step Forward In Fight Over Marijuana Research
June 22, 2015

The White House took a major step forward on Monday to support research into the medical properties of marijuana, lifting a much-maligned bureaucratic requirement that had long stifled scientific research.

Markell signs Delaware marijuana decriminalization bill
June 18, 2015

Voting along party lines, Senate lawmakers gave final legislative approval on Thursday to a measure that decriminalizes the possession and private use of up to an ounce of marijuana, and Gov. Jack Markell signed the legislation into law almost immediately....

Employers Can Fire Medical Marijuana Patients For Private, Off-Duty Use, Colo. Supreme Court Rules
June 15, 2015

While medical marijuana is legal in Colorado, employers can still fire patients for using it -- even if they aren't impaired at work.

7 States Where Medical Marijuana Is Legal But Barely Accessible
June 9, 2015

States across the country are struggling to translate their medical marijuana laws into functional programs

104 Minn. doctors apply to be certified for medical cannabis
June 9, 2015

More than 100 medical practitioners reached out to the state last week to help their patients sign up for medical marijuana.

Chris Christie would crack down on legalized marijuana as president
June 8, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says that if he were president, recreational marijuana would be outlawed — even in the states that have voted to legalize it.

Marijuana fact-finding tour the new political field trip
June 7, 2015

Standing next to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on a hill overlooking southern Humboldt County, a second-generation cannabis farmer pointed to the valley below. “There’s one,” he said, gesturing at a clearing in the trees. “And there. And over there. They’re all over.”

Hospitals Back Providers Applying for New York State Marijuana Licenses
June 6, 2015

New York’s new medical marijuana program has drawn the interest of several major hospitals, which have formed alliances with aspiring growers to try to make the drug accessible to their patients.

Illinois on same path as other states on pot legalization
June 6, 2015

Recent victories at the state Capitol are giving marijuana advocates hope that their ultimate goal — to legalize pot in Illinois — may be closer to reality.

Growing Hope: The Fight for Medical Marijuana for Epileptic Kids
June 5, 2015

January 22nd 2015 was a brisk, cold day. All the trees in Richmond, Virginia were bare from a harsh winter.

Minnesota doctors reluctant to sign off on medical marijuana
June 4, 2015

Large numbers of Minnesota doctors say they won’t sign their patients up for medical marijuana.

GOP-controlled House backs state medical marijuana laws
June 3, 2015

The federal government would be unable to block state laws permitting the use of medical marijuana under legislation approved Wednesday by the GOP-controlled House.

Texas' New Medical Marijuana Law Could Send Doctors to Jail
June 2, 2015

Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law that is intended to make cannabis-based oils with low levels of THC legally available to people who suffer from intractable epilepsy.The problem is, no one is likely to be able to get it.

Lawmakers brace for marijuana vote-a-rama
June 1, 2015

Lawmakers are prepping for what could turn into a marijuana vote-a-rama Wednesday, sources say.

Texas Legalizes Medical Marijuana Oils For Epilepsy
June 1, 2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a bill Monday legalizing the limited use of marijuana extracts for severe forms of epilepsy.

Conservative State Senator Has Made Some Real Progress In Legalizing Medical Marijuana
May 28, 2015

It’s a crisp Thursday afternoon in the Deep South — Dallas, Georgia, to be specific, population 11,000. A movie theater is packed with some 50 people angling for a clear sight line to the screen.

U.S. anti-legalization group urges more access to marijuana research
May 28, 2015

A group opposed to pot legalization is unveiling proposals on Thursday for the U.S. government to ease restrictions on scientific research into marijuana's potential as medicine, in a first step for an organization of its kind.

What scientists know about marijuana
May 26, 2015

As more states, including Minnesota, allow limited use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, scientists are expanding research efforts to understand how marijuana and the chemicals it contains interact with the body.

What scientists know about marijuana
May 26, 2015

As more states, including Minnesota, allow limited use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, scientists are expanding research efforts to understand how marijuana and the chemicals it contains interact with the body.

A Victory for Medical Marijuana
May 23, 2015

It’s the middle of 2015, and the United States is still fighting its old, failed, discredited war on drugs. But sometimes the battlefield fog lifts a little.

Illinois Senate passes marijuana decriminalization bill but plans changes
May 22, 2015

The Illinois legislature joined the movement to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot, passing a measure Thursday that would bar arrest for the offense.

Pioneer Pot States Did The Right Thing, Polls Show
May 20, 2015

Support for legalized marijuana seems to be growing in Colorado and Washington state, which became the first U.S. states to regulate the weed for recreational use two years ago.

Legal Marijuana Cultivation Is Driving A Technology 'Revolution' In Industrial Agriculture
May 17, 2015

Deep within a cedar forest in British Columbia, Dan Sutton is building what he hopes will be the most energy-efficient, high-technology greenhouse for growing cannabis.

Will Marijuana for Sick Kids Get Government to Rethink Weed?
May 15, 2015

For years, opponents of legalizing medical marijuana have built their case on the most powerful of political maxims: Think about the children.

Pennsylvania Senate passes medical marijuana bill
May 12, 2015

The Pennsylvania State Senate passed Senator Mike Folmer’s (R – Lebanon, Dauphin, York) Senate Bill 3 to allow the use of medical cannabis in the Commonwealth:  40-7.

Texas House panel approves full legalization of marijuana
May 7, 2015

In a surprise move that supporters hailed as a historic victory, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved legislation Wednesdaythat would make it legal to buy and sell marijuana in the state.

Here's Where The GOP's 2016 Presidential Contenders Stand On Marijuana Legalization
May 6, 2015

While the federal government maintains a blanket ban on marijuana, recreational marijuana is already legal in four states and the District of Columbia.

10 Ways Legal Marijuana Could Change The Food World In The Next 10 Years
May 6, 2015

Over the past decade, the culinary world has started to pick up a faint whiff of marijuana smoke.

Puerto Rico Governor Signs Order To Legalize Medical Marijuana
May 4, 2015

Puerto Rico's governor on Sunday signed an executive order to authorize the use of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory in an unexpected move following a lengthy public debate.

VA Doctors Still Can't Recommend Medical Marijuana To Veterans
April 30, 2015

The House of Representatives on Thursday killed a bipartisan amendment that would have increased military veterans' access to medical marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Bill Considered by Texas Lawmakers
April 28, 2015

A bill that that would allow epilepsy patients in Texas to use medicinal oils containing a therapeutic component found in marijuana was considered by state lawmakers in an emotional hearing on Tuesday.

Medical Marijuana Law in Washington State Clarified
April 25, 2015

Law creates a voluntary database of patients and cracks down on unregulated dispensary sales.

How new blood in Washington, DC could impact the marijuana industry
April 24, 2015

Newly-confirmed U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is known to be opposed to marijuana legalization, while another pot opponent is set to exit the DEA.

Kansas mom loses custody of son, 11, after he gives marijuana speech
April 21, 2015

A medical marijuana advocate has lost custody of her 11-year-old son at least temporarily and could face possible charges following comments the boy made during a drug education program at school.

Rossmoor seniors fired up about curative powers of cannabis
April 20, 2015

There is a club for Bay Area marijuana enthusiasts where most members don’t want to get high. Mostly because they’re afraid of falling. Or getting too disoriented.

Georgia Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill
April 20, 2015

An emotional Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation April 16 that immediately legalizes the use of medical marijuana in Georgia to treat eight serious medical conditions.

Campaign Begins In Arizona To Make Recreational Marijuana Legal
April 18, 2015

Advocates for legalizing marijuana launched a petition campaign in Phoenix on Friday seeking a ballot measure that could make Arizona the fifth U.S. state to allow possession, cultivation and consumption of small amounts of pot for recreational use.

Obama Signals Support For Changing Course In Federal War On Medical Marijuana
April 17, 2015

In an interview that will air for the first time this weekend as part of CNN's latest installment of its medical marijuana documentary series "WEED 3," President Barack Obama signals support for medical marijuana and for rolling back the federal government's war on drugs.

10 diseases where medical marijuana could have impact
April 16, 2015

Dr. Sue Sisley noticed an unexpected trend among her patients.

Chris Christie: 'I Will Crack Down And Not Permit' Legal Marijuana As President
April 15, 2015

If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) becomes president of the United States, he said on "The Hugh Hewitt Show" Tuesday, he will "crack down" on those states that have ended prohibitions on marijuana.

Judge declines to remove marijuana from dangerous drug list
April 15, 2015

A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs.

Groundbreaking Research Suggests Medical Marijuana Could Reduce Seizures In Children
April 13, 2015

Six-year-old Izaiah Ruiz loves football, playing outside and riding on his great-grandfather's tractor.

Marijuana Legalization Across U.S. May Hinge on 2016 California Vote
April 13, 2015

A fight next year over whether to allow recreational marijuana use in California may serve as a tipping point as legalization proponents press their campaign in other U.S. states.

A US Government Agency Quietly Acknowledged That Marijuana May Help Fight Brain Tumors
April 10, 2015

Researchers have been studying the medical benefits of marijuana for years, but this month marks the first time the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a research group funded by the US government, has acknowledged that cannabis extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others.

PharmaCyte Biotech's Novel Approach to Brain Cancer
April 10, 2015

Goldman Small Cap Research, a stock market research firm specializing in the small cap and microcap sectors, announced today that it has issued a new article on PharmaCyte Biotech, Inc.

DEA Wants To Triple Production Of Government Marijuana For Research
April 9, 2015

The Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday recommended that the federal government produce almost 900 pounds of marijuana for research in 2015, more than triple the amount it had estimated it would need.

Congressmen Demand That DOJ Stop Prosecuting Medical Marijuana Cases
April 9, 2015

A pair of lawmakers behind a historic congressional amendment protecting medical marijuana operations from federal crackdown issued a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder...

New Poll: Florida Voters Want Medical Marijuana, Decriminalized Weed
April 6, 2015

Although Florida citizens narrowly voted against legalizing medical marijuana this past Election Day, a new poll of Sunshine State voters revealed that Floridians are in favor of both legalizing marijuana for medical use and decriminalizing weed for personal use.

Support growing for the legalization of marijuana
March 31, 2015

Legislation led in part by Congressman Steve Cohen is gaining traction with Republicans and Democrats cosponsoring the bipartisan act.

Medical marijuana focus of lawmakers
March 31, 2015

State lawmakers ought to allow more use of medical marijuana beyond last year's legislation that enables such treatment for children with epileptic seizures, bill advocate Ted LaRoche said.

Mom of epileptic son caught in Charlotte's Web medical marijuana bureaucracy
March 30, 2015

Just as 13-year-old Branden Petro flops into the passenger seat of his mom's car, his eyes roll back. His face twitches uncontrollably. He curls into a fetal position.

Feds May Spend Nearly $70 Million On Marijuana For Research
March 26, 2015

The federal government announced Monday that it is prepared to spend tens of millions of dollars on marijuana research through the University of Mississippi, which houses the only federally legal cannabis garden in the United States.

GA Senate passes Rep. Peake's medical marijuana bill
March 25, 2015

The state Senate cleared the way for what may be a final vote Wednesday on medical marijuana.

Marijuana Extract for Children With Epilepsy Is Questioned
March 24, 2015

Studies are under way to test the effectiveness of a marijuana extract that has been hailed as a wonder drug by some parents whose children suffer severe forms of epilepsy.

State pushes forward to legalize marijuana
March 23, 2015

Beacon Hill legislators are working on a marijuana legalization proposal, in part as an effort to short-circuit an expected 2016 ballot push.

Which is worse, booze or pot? A doctor weighs in
March 21, 2015

Worrying about teen drinking and drug use has kept many a parent up at night. With marijuana becoming increasingly available and legal in some parts of the country, the question has taken on new urgency...

Medical marijuana bill gains momentum in Senate
March 19, 2015

A push to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level is gaining momentum in the Senate, drawing a growing roster of co-sponsors from both parties just over a week after it was unveiled.

Survey Finds Strong Majority In Support Of Marijuana Legalization And Decriminalization
March 19, 2015

A new national survey of American voters has found a strong majority in support of marijuana legalization and an even larger majority in support of decriminalization of the drug.

Obama, 2016 Contenders Deal With Changing Attitudes On Marijuana
March 17, 2015

The divide between Republicans and Democrats on pot politics is narrowing, President Barack Obama said in an interview Monday.

Texas lawmakers introduce bills to legalize medical marijuana
March 15, 2015

Texas lawmakers introduced comprehensive medical marijuana legislation Friday that would allow patients suffering from serious conditions — including cancer and seizure disorders — to access the plant with a doctor's prescription.

Effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio step closer to ballot
March 14, 2015

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine gave the go-ahead on Friday to the campaign to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use, putting ResponsibleOhio one step closer to a statewide vote on the constitutional amendment.

Texas lawmakers introduce medical marijuana legislation
March 13, 2015

Texas state lawmakers introduced legislation Friday that would allow patients with cancer, seizure disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other debilitating conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

Bill would drop federal medical marijuana ban for some
March 11, 2015

Four-year-old Morgan Jones of North Salem, N.Y., has tried more than 10 different anti-epilepsy medications. At best, she's gone only four weeks without a seizure.

Mayor Makes Inaugural Purchase at Country's First Government-Run Marijuana Shop
March 10, 2015

"Mayor Caught Buying Marijuana" would be a damaging headline in most cities. Not in North Bonneville, Washington, where the mayor wants the public to follow his lead on weed.

Senate Bill Would Effectively End The Federal War On Medical Marijuana
March 10, 2015

A sweeping Senate bill introduced Tuesday seeks to significantly roll back the federal government's war on medical marijuana.

Rhode Island Considers Recreational Marijuana Legalization
March 6, 2015

Rhode Island state lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would end marijuana prohibition and establish a system to regulate and tax the weed.

A Majority Of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization. Here's How Much That Support Has Grown.
March 4, 2015

More than 40 years ago, a social science research group started asking Americans if they support the legalization of marijuana.

Critics Say Bratton's Marijuana Remarks Are Dangerous 'Reefer Madness' Propaganda
March 3, 2015

A statement from New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton blaming marijuana for a spike in the city’s murder rate is a classic piece of “reefer madness” drug war propaganda, critics said Monday.

Medical marijuana trial pits state vs. federal laws
March 2, 2015

Federal prosecutors are trying to persuade a jury that a cancer-stricken man and his family were illegally growing and distributing marijuana in the forest outside their northeastern Washington home...

How do marijuana advocates rate Eric Holder's legacy?
March 2, 2015

When Eric Holder steps down as attorney general, he'll leave behind a legacy on more than just civil rights issues. For advocates of recreational marijuana use, Holder was a progressive leader who played a key role in the early days of legalization at the state level.

Pot rules: States differ on regulating marijuana use
February 27, 2015

The District of Columbia has joined an exclusive American club: Residents of the nation's capital can now legally grow and consume recreational marijuana in their homes.

Colorado releases trove of marijuana data
February 27, 2015

It may very well be largest collection of data about marijuana use ever released in human history.

Virginia Governor Signs Law Protecting Patients Who Use Marijuana Oils For Epilepsy
February 26, 2015

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed into law Thursday a measure that shields patients who use marijuana extracts for severe forms of epilepsy from criminal prosecution.

Is Everyone In D.C. High Right Now?
February 26, 2015

Probably not, but recreational marijuana use is legal in our nation's capital now.

Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say
February 24, 2015

Compared with other recreational drugs — including alcohol — marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use.

Why Weed Gives You The Munchies, Explained By Neuroscience
February 24, 2015

Getting high tends to make the prospect of a late-night snack (or a second dinner) suddenly very appealing. But why?

Medical Marijuana Patients In California Are Being Denied Organ Transplants, But That Could Soon Change
February 24, 2015

Justin Turley has suffered from cirrhosis, a degenerative liver disorder that keeps him in near-constant pain, for 13 years.

Pot Policy Splits Native Americans Over Whether Business Is Worth It
February 23, 2015

When it comes to marijuana laws, the Justice Department is now treating American Indian tribes the way it treats states that have legalized pot.

Two House Bills Would Completely Legalize Marijuana Across the U.S.
February 22, 2015

Yes, the United States federal government might just legalize marijuana. Two congressmen just filed two separate House Bills on Friday that together would legalize marijuana at the federal level. That means an effective end to the U.S. government’s prohibition policy on the plant.

Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana Inches Forward In Hawaii
February 21, 2015

A small hearing room on the fourth floor of the Capitol Building in Honolulu smelled faintly of pot and patchouli Wednesday as supporters of a bill to decriminalize marijuana took turns testifying before the Senate Health Committee.

Two House Bills Would End Federal Prohibition Of Marijuana
February 20, 2015

Two congressmen filed separate House bills on Friday that together would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana at the federal level, effectively ending the U.S. government's decadeslong prohibition of the plant.

Anti-pot group says lawsuit will challenge Colorado marijuana laws
February 19, 2015

Opponents of Colorado's marijuana legalization are expected to file a federal lawsuit on Thursday that will seek to shut down the state's new industry and which they say will accuse participants of violating racketeering laws.

Former Federal Judge Regrets 55-Year Marijuana Sentence
February 18, 2015

Weldon Angelos was just 24 years old when he was sentenced to 55 years in federal prison for three marijuana sales.

Vermont Could Be Next State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana
February 17, 2015

Vermont could become the first state in history to legalize recreational marijuana via state legislature with a new bill submitted Tuesday that aims to end prohibition of the plant.

Marijuana news: Pot law about to take effect in Washington, D.C.
February 16, 2015

Residents and visitors to Washington, D.C., will soon be able to possess, share and grow marijuana under a new law.

Uruguay: Medical Marijuana May Cost More Than Recreational Pot
February 16, 2015

As this country's remarkable legal marijuana experiment continues to unfold, an unexpected detail has emerged: It could cost more for cancer patients to buy weed for pain relief than for plain old stoners getting high just for fun.

Everything you wanted to know about medical marijuana, but were too afraid to ask
February 15, 2015

Humans have been using cannabis for more than 5000 years.

U.S. Judge Debates Whether Marijuana Should Be Considered Among Most Dangerous Drugs
February 13, 2015

A federal judge hearing the case of nine men accused of illegally growing marijuana in California said Wednesday she was taking very seriously arguments by their attorneys that the federal government has improperly classified the drug as among the most dangerous, and should throw the charges out.

'I'm Facing Years In Prison For Medical Marijuana -- For Me, That's A Death Sentence'
February 12, 2015

Larry Harvey, 71, thought he was doing everything right growing medical marijuana for his personal use.

Cincinnati would become Ohio marijuana capital under proposal
February 10, 2015

Southwest Ohio would become the marijuana-growing capital of the state – with Hamilton, Butler and Clermont counties each hosting a cannabis farm bankrolled by local celebrities – under a proposal that could go before voters as early as this fall.

District Of Columbia Holds Hearing On Marijuana Sales
February 9, 2015

The legal sale of marijuana in the U.S. capital takes a step forward on Monday as District of Columbia city council members weigh a bill legalizing pot and regulating its sale.

Drug Czar Michael Botticelli Supports DC's Ability To Legalize Marijuana
February 7, 2015

U.S. drug czar Michael Botticelli, though banned from supporting marijuana legalization due to federal law, says that the nation's capital should be able to implement its own laws using its own funds, even if that does indeed mean legalizing marijuana.

New Study Finds Marijuana To Be Effective Against Depression
February 6, 2015

Research has suggested that cannabis may be a promising treatment option for a number of different physical and mental health conditions, from post-traumatic stress disorder to chronic pain. A study released this week suggests that depression can be added to that list.

U.S. Surgeon General Says Marijuana 'Can Be Helpful' For Some Medical Conditions
February 4, 2015

Dr. Vivek Murthy, the nation's new surgeon general, says that marijuana "can be helpful" for some medical conditions, and wants science to dictate policy on the federally banned substance.

Rauner issues medical marijuana licenses, doesn't explain quick turnaround
February 3, 2015

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday granted permits for dozens of companies to grow and sell medical marijuana in Illinois, though it will still be several months before patients can legally take the drug.

Obama Budget Would Allow D.C. Marijuana Legalization
February 2, 2015

President Barack Obama's nearly $4 trillion federal budget plan unveiled Monday includes fine print that may have major consequences for marijuana legalization in Washington, D.C.

Delaware marijuana decriminalization bill introduced
January 31, 2015

Delawareans caught with an ounce or less of marijuana would face just civil fines, not a criminal record, under decriminalization legislation introduced Thursday by a Wilmington lawmaker in the state House of Representatives.

Here's How Fast The Marijuana Industry Is Growing, In 5 Charts
January 31, 2015

The marijuana industry is booming, and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down in the near future.

Family pushes to legalize cannabis oil in Tennessee
January 29, 2015

The Mathes family just celebrated Josie's first birthday last week.

Florida senator files major medical-marijuana bill on who can get supply
January 26, 2015

Seriously sick Floridians and those who can’t find adequate prescription drugs would be allowed access to medical-grade marijuana under a major cannabis bill filed Monday by a top Florida Republican state senator.

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Is legal marijuana likely, eventually, in Asheville and NC?
January 25, 2015

What some are calling a marijuana revolution taking root in other states will result in legalization of the much-debated weed in North Carolina, Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan believes.

Epileptic Boy's Parents Frustrated by Delays Plaguing Medical Marijuana Rollout
January 23, 2015

Andrea Saretti's son Sam starts the day each morning by putting on a special helmet and medical bracelet to protect him in case he falls to the ground with a seizure.

Obama on marijuana legalization: ‘My suspicion is that you’re gonna see other states start looking at this’
January 22, 2015

President Obama on Thursday said he expects more states to experiment with marijuana legalization.

Federal Judge’s Ruling Could Affect Marijuana’s Classification As Schedule 1 Drug
January 21, 2015

A decision by a federal judge makes in a criminal marijuana case could soon provide another step towards legitimizing and even legalizing pot.

Detroit officials want rules for medical pot shops
January 20, 2015

Inside a neat brick building on Detroit's east side, a steady stream of customers stroll in to view, sniff and purchase something that not long ago would've landed them in jail — medical marijuana.

5 things to know about lawmakers' efforts on marijuana
January 19, 2015

Medical marijuana activists feel like they have their back to the wall as the Legislature tries to rein in an unregulated system that many people believe is unfairly competing with heavily taxed recreational pot sales in Washington state.

Study: Marijuana Legalization Could Be Big Bucks for Vermont
January 16, 2015

Vermont could reap hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue if it were to legalize marijuana, but only if nearby states didn't also jump on the bandwagon, according to a study released Friday.

Illinois’ Absurd Fight to Block Medical Marijuana
January 15, 2015

650 Illinois residents are approved to buy medical cannabis in the state. With no available marijuana and little government support, they may be waiting indefinitely.

D.C. Moves Forward With Marijuana Legalization Initiative
January 14, 2015

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) submitted the District of Columbia's new marijuana legalization initiative to Congress Tuesday, ignoring an effort by congressional Republicans to block the measure.

Benton Mackenzie Loses Battle With Cancer
January 13, 2015

The legislature will be taking up the issue of medical marijuana in this current session.

Poll: Marijuana legalization, taxation supported by 50 percent of Michigan voters
January 12, 2015

Michigan voters remain divided on the prospects of statewide marijuana legalization, but with recreational use already allowed in Colorado and Washington state, advocates say momentum is on their side.

Florida medical marijuana backers seek law, ballot drive in 2016
January 10, 2015

The push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida continues with a two-pronged campaign, supporters said on Friday, sharing plans to mount another ballot drive in 2016 as a way to pressure state lawmakers to consider legislation permitting prescription pot.

2 Ohio ballot measures propose to legalize marijuana
January 9, 2015

Two proposed ballot measures to legalize medical and recreational marijuana have emerged in Ohio in less than a month.

$2 billion company betting big on marijuana
January 8, 2015

Until now, it's been a few rich individuals who secretly funded burgeoning pot companies, but for the first time, a major investment firm is going to put multimillion dollars behind marijuana.

So you think marijuana isn't addictive
January 7, 2015

In 2014, our country went cannabis crazy, bringing to 18 the number of states decriminalizing pot.

More than 650 people approved to use medical marijuana
January 7, 2015

The number of Illinoisans legally allowed to use medical marijuana is slowly growing each month.

Colorado says it's 'Good to Know' about marijuana
January 6, 2015

Colorado is launching a major campaign to educate residents and tourists alike on how to responsibly use marijuana.

Put medical marijuana under state’s recreational-pot system, says city attorney
January 6, 2015

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes urged the Legislature to fold medical marijuana into the state’s recreational system in a wide-ranging policy memo Monday.

Oklahoma Republicans Want To Snuff Out Their State's Lawsuit Over Colorado Marijuana
January 6, 2015

Several Oklahoma lawmakers are calling for state Attorney General Scott Pruitt to drop his lawsuit against Colorado over its legalization of recreational marijuana, arguing that it's the "wrong way to deal with the issue."

States Find You Can't Take Legal Marijuana Money To The Bank
January 5, 2015

The nation’s rapidly expanding legal marijuana industry, which operates in 23 states and the District of Columbia, enters a new year facing a multibillion-dollar question: What to do with all the millions in cash it collects each week?

Illinois extends marijuana experiment to children
January 3, 2015

Randy Gross hopes a new law allowing children into Illinois' medical marijuana program will reunite his family, nearly a year after his wife moved to Colorado so their son could receive a controversial treatment to ease his epileptic seizures.

Feds stick to court argument that marijuana is dangerous
January 3, 2015

Two weeks after President Obama signed legislation prohibiting federal interference with state medical marijuana laws, his administration has told a federal judge in Sacramento that pot is still a dangerous drug with no medical value.

Medical marijuana a challenge for legal pot states
January 2, 2015

A year into the nation's experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales.

Colorado marijuana still not tested for contaminants
December 30, 2014

A year into sales of recreational marijuana in Colorado, the state's Marijuana Enforcement Division still has yet to start ordering the testing of marijuana for contaminants, something the state of Washington has been doing for nearly six months.

Representative plans to introduce fourth marijuana bill to Maine Legislature
December 29, 2014

Rep. Diane Russell is encouraging the state to get ahead of something she says is inevitable, the legalization of recreational marijuana use. She’ll be bringing her fourth bill to regulate and tax marijuana to the Maine Legislature.

Who Shares In Marijuana Taxes? The Surprising Answer
December 25, 2014

Taxes on marijuana are big, and it’s easy to see why. A discussion about legalizing marijuana often segues into one about tax revenues.

Which Is Healthier: Marijuana or Alcohol?
December 22, 2014

Medical or recreational marijuana is currently legal in 23 states, plus Washington D.C. That means a lot more people can now swap their nightly glass of wine for a joint without worrying about being fined or, worse, jailed.

Concentrated cannabis qualifies as medical marijuana, California court rules
December 21, 2014

A state appellate court in Sacramento has ruled that “concentrated cannabis” qualifies as marijuana for purposes of medical use.

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Study looks at marijuana's impact on brain
December 20, 2014

Though marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the country, little is definitively known about its impact on the brain.

Colorado to spend millions on medical marijuana research
December 18, 2014

Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential - a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health effects.

Colorado Funds Multiple Studies On Marijuana's Medical Possibilities
December 17, 2014

The Colorado state Board of Health approved nearly $8 million in grant funding Wednesday for eight separate studies investigating the potential medical benefits of marijuana.

Survey: Teen marijuana use declines even as states legalize
December 16, 2014

Marijuana use among teens declined this year even as two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the drug for recreational use, a national survey released Tuesday found.

D.C. Pols Fight GOP Marijuana Legalization Ban
December 16, 2014

Ignoring an effort among congressional Republicans to block marijuana legalization in the District of Columbia in the recently passed “cromnibus” spending bill, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) says he intends to submit the new law to Congress anyway.

Congress Passes Historic Medical Marijuana Protections In Spending Bill
December 14, 2014

Congress dealt a historic blow to the United States' decades-long war on drugs Saturday with the passage of the federal spending bill, which contains protections for medical marijuana and industrial hemp operations in states where they are legal.

Feds: Native American Tribes Can Make Their Own Marijuana Laws
December 11, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug.

Obama Backs DC Vote to Legalize Marijuana
December 11, 2014

President Obama supports legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in the nation's capital as approved by D.C. voters in a November referendum, the White House says.

Congress Looking To Block D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Initiative
December 9, 2014

Congress is looking to stifle the District of Columbia's marijuana legalization initiative, multiple sources have told The Huffington Post.

Marijuana news: D.C. puts limits on pot testing for employment
December 8, 2014

Employers would not be allowed to test prospective employees for marijuana under a bill approved by the Washington, D.C. Council.

What's next for Oregon's Marijuana advocates
December 5, 2014

The campaign to legalize marijuana in Oregon didn't end on election night, when voters cast their ballots in favor of recreational use and sales.

How will Minnesota's medical marijuana program work?
December 4, 2014

Minnesota chose two companies to grow and sell medical marijuana.

Legal Pot In The U.S. May Be Undercutting Mexican Marijuana
December 2, 2014

Made-in-America marijuana is on a roll. More than half the states have now voted to permit pot for recreational or medical use, most recently Oregon and Alaska.

Puff, Puff, Jail? Scientists Working On Marijuana Breath Test
December 2, 2014

When it comes to legal marijuana in Washington state, cops are forced to guess whether or not drivers are stoned behind the wheel — but they might get some help from a team working on a handheld THC detector.

Marijuana Could Fight Alzheimer’s Disease, A New Study Claims
December 1, 2014
Marijuana and Alzheimer’s Disease have been linked in a new study, with the popular drug showing that it might be a good weapon in the fight against the deadly disease.
Driving While High? Researchers Developing Breath Test for Marijuana
November 30, 2014

Researchers at Washington State University are working on a breath test to determine if a driver is under the influence of marijuana.

Marijuana breath test under development at WSU
November 29, 2014

Washington State University chemistry Professor Herbert Hill said existing technologies can be re-purposed to test breath for THC, pot’s psychoactive component, which would be useful to patrol officers who suspect someone is driving high.

Cannabinoids and Treating Glioblastoma Brain Tumor Patients
November 22, 2014

The Gregory Foltz MD Endowed Director of The Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Swedish Neuroscience Institute.

Veterans May Gain Easier Access To Medical Marijuana
November 21, 2014

A bill introduced in Congress would allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana for their patients.

Legal Pot In Washington Bringing In Even More Tax Revenue Than Predicted
November 20, 2014

Washington's legal recreational marijuana market is bringing in more tax revenue to the state than originally predicted, state officials said Wednesday.

Board considers changing Iowa's rules on marijuana
November 20, 2014

The Iowa Board of Pharmacy put off its decision on what to recommend to lawmakers about how to change how the state handles marijuana Wednesday.

Marijuana Drastically Shrinks Aggressive Form Of Brain Cancer, New Study Finds
November 19, 2014

Over the past few years, research has revealed that marijuana can both destroy certain cancer cells and reduce the growth of others.

Kamala Harris Speaks Out On 'Inevitability' Of Marijuana Legalization In California
November 18, 2014

California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she is "not opposed" to legalizing marijuana, but stopped short of endorsing efforts to do so in the Golden State.

Hazards of secondhand marijuana smoke
November 17, 2014

That whiff of pot that drifts your way at a rock concert or outdoor event could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, preliminary research suggests.

Mich. medical marijuana card holder commits suicide after police ‘witch hunt’ over pot ‘butter’
November 17, 2014

A former corrections officer took his own life over the weekend after being found guilty in a case involving marijuana-infused butter, his attorney said.

Colorado Authorities Still Want Review Of Marijuana Edibles And Drinks
November 16, 2014

Saying they're still worried that edible pot sweets are too attractive to kids, Colorado health authorities plan to ask Monday for a new panel to decide which marijuana foods and drinks look too much like regular snacks.

Congressman Reminds Us How Many People Have Overdosed On Pot: 'Spoiler Alert: It's Zero'
November 14, 2014

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) took a moment Thursday afternoon to remind everyone how many people have overdosed on pot.

Cannabis extract can have dramatic effect on brain cancer, says new research
November 14, 2014

Experts have shown that when certain parts of cannabis are used to treat cancer tumors alongside radio therapy treatment the growths can virtually disappear.

Republican Congressman Joins Democrats To Support D.C. Marijuana Legalization Measure
November 13, 2014

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), one of the strongest conservative voices for reforming the government’s approach to cannabis, joined with a group of Democrats on Thursday in calling for Congress to stand aside and allow the legalization of marijuana...

States' Pot Legalization Not In Line With International Law, UN Agency Says
November 12, 2014

Moves by some U.S. states to legalize marijuana are not in line with international drugs conventions, the U.N. anti-narcotics chief said on Wednesday, adding he would discuss the issue in Washington next week.

The Dark-Horse Policy Reform That Has Both Obama And Some GOPers Optimistic
November 10, 2014

With Democrats holding the White House and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress, it's been suggested that the odds are slim of any major legislation becoming law over the next two years.

Momentum to legalize marijuana in California is growing
November 9, 2014

After Tuesday’s election, just one piece of the West Coast remained unwelcoming to recreational pot: California.

Shrinking Majority Of Americans Supports Marijuana Legalization, New Gallup Poll Shows
November 8, 2014

A new Gallup poll shows that while a majority of Americans still support legalization of marijuana, that majority has thinned out significantly in only a year's time.

Marijuana legalization movement declares Election Day victory
November 6, 2014

Oregon became the third state to fully legalize marijuana Tuesday, while Washington, D.C., residents will soon be allowed to grow and possess pot without fear of legal repercussions.

Washington, D.C. Votes To Legalize Recreational Marijuana
November 5, 2014

In yet another blow to the United States' decades-long war on drugs, the nation's capital has legalized recreational marijuana, NPR and USA Today reported Tuesday night.

Where America landed on marijuana
November 5, 2014

While Florida voters narrowly rejected a plan to legalize medical marijuana, voters in Washington, D.C., Oregon, and Alaska approved recreational pot posession and use by adults.

Guam Legalizes Medical Marijuana
November 4, 2014

Voters in Guam approved a ballot initiative Tuesday that would legalize marijuana for "debilitating medical conditions" such as epilepsy, HIV, cancer and glaucoma.

Florida's Amendment 2 Fails, Dashing Hopes Of Statewide Medical Marijuana
November 4, 2014

Although polls have found almost 90 percent public support for medical marijuana in Florida, a state measure that would have legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes failed on Tuesday.

Oregon Becomes Third State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana
November 4, 2014

The reformation of marijuana laws across the nation took another step forward Tuesday when voters in Oregon approved a measure to legalize the drug for recreational use.

Marijuana profits up in smoke under IRS rules
November 3, 2014

Voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C., will decide Tuesday whether to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana.

Where Marijuana Legalization Votes Are Happening Nov. 4
November 3, 2014

A handful of states and cities will vote to loosen restrictions on the drug, setting the stage for bigger battles in 2016

Oregon And Alaska Are Ground Zero In The Fight To Legalize Pot
October 30, 2014

From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink.

DEA, Denver Police Raid Multiple Marijuana Grow Operations
October 29, 2014

Federal agents along with local Denver police conducted multiple raids on marijuana growing operations around Colorado's capital city Tuesday morning.

Marijuana news: Will Oregon and Alaska be next wave of states to legalize pot?
October 29, 2014

The New York Times takes a look at marijuana legalization measures on the November ballot in Oregon and Alaska, reporting that the "initiatives could determine whether there will be a national tide of legalization."...

Marijuana news: Jeff Merkley first U.S. senator to support legalizing pot
October 27, 2014

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley plans to vote for Measure 91, which would legalize marijuana for recreational use in Oregon, making him the first U.S. senator to do so, ...

Washington 'Pot Czar' Mark Kleiman Endorses Marijuana Legalization In Oregon
October 27, 2014

Mark Kleiman, the Washington state “pot czar” and a leading drug policy expert who has criticized a state-by-state approach to marijuana legalization, came out on Thursday in favor of Oregon’s ballot measure to legalize the drug for recreational purposes.

Some Seattle medical marijuana stores facing closure
October 24, 2014

Hundreds of medical marijuana businesses here face closure because they're being told to get licenses that don't legally exist.

Oregon marijuana legalization opponent admits he was wrong about children deaths
October 23, 2014

Dr. Ron Schwerzler, who caused an uproar at a Tuesday night debate on marijuana legalization when he claimed that five Colorado children died after consuming the drug, on Wednesday retracted his statement and acknowledged he was wrong....

Colorado Rep. Says State Dept. Took His Bill On Marijuana Edibles 'One Step Too Far'
October 22, 2014

Colorado state Rep. Jonathan Singer (D) told HuffPost Live on Tuesday that state health officials ultimately did the right thing by retreating from their initial call to ban almost all marijuana edible products because such a ban is "unconstitutional."

Marijuana legalization lights up midterms: Opinionline
October 21, 2014

Joseph Perrone, The Washington Post: "Voters in (the District of Columbia), Oregon and Alaska may soon join Colorado and Washington ... to fully legalize recreational pot for adults. ... The problem is that marijuana is not, in fact, 'harmless.'

No shortage of rhetoric on medical marijuana
October 20, 2014

For former House Speaker Jon Mills, crafting a constitutional amendment that would allow doctors to order marijuana for patients was an opportunity for the onetime University of Florida law-school dean to flex his legal know-how.

Colorado Health Officials Want To Ban Almost All Recreational Marijuana Edibles
October 20, 2014

Health officials in Colorado are calling for what is nearly a full ban on retail marijuana edibles in the state, just 10 months after the first recreational sales of marijuana began.

Delaware poll: Legalize marijuana
October 17, 2014

Want legal weed in Delaware? You're easily in the majority, according to a new University of Delaware poll that finds 56 percent of Delawareans support legalization of marijuana use.

Now We Know What Killed The Ancient 'Ice Princess,' And Why She Had That Marijuana
October 16, 2014

Did a dying Siberian maiden who lived 2,500 years ago self-medicate with marijuana? New research by Russian scientists shows that's a likely possibility.

Poll shows Florida medical marijuana drive falling short
October 16, 2014

A new poll shows a Florida ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana falling short of the votes needed to pass, with even supporters acknowledging on Thursday that they were struggling in the face of well-funded conservative opposition.

Eric Holder's New Civil Rights Chief Is More Evolved On Marijuana Than He Is
October 15, 2014

The newly named acting head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has called for the legalization and regulation of marijuana, putting her ahead of Attorney General Eric Holder on that issue.

When Misguided Cops Turn The War On Weed Into A War On Growing Things
October 14, 2014

If law enforcement officials around the country are going to continue cracking down on marijuana grow operations, especially in heavily armed, unannounced raids, maybe they should consider hiring a botanist or two.

DC Adds A New Factor To Nation's Debate On Legalizing Pot
October 14, 2014

A debate over legalizing marijuana in the nation's capital is focusing on the outsized number of arrests of African Americans on minor drug charges.

Simple vote on legalizing marijuana in D.C. is not so simple
October 13, 2014

The campaigns for and against legalizing marijuana in the nation’s capital are not exactly sophisticated — no targeted robo-calling, no TV commercials, no get-out-the-vote drive.

Medical marijuana fees stir debate in Maryland
October 12, 2014

With Maryland's proposed licensing fees for growing and selling medical marijuana among the highest in the nation, some advocates warn that the steep costs could drive off applicants, crippling the nascent program and limiting access to treatment for tens of thousands of state residents.

6,300 Illinois Patients Rush To Apply For Medical Marijuana
October 10, 2014

More than 6,000 people have already applied to use medical marijuana in Illinois -- but some patients may have signed up a little too quickly.

Is Marijuana Harmful?
October 8, 2014

As decriminalization efforts take off, scientists aim to understand marijuana's adverse health effects.

Marijuana can cause mental disorders, loss of intelligence: 20-year study
October 8, 2014

NY Daily News states, Smoking marijuana can lead to mental disorders, car crashes, unhealthy babies and more problems, according to a major 20-year study.

Gov. John Hickenlooper: It Was 'Reckless' For Colorado To Legalize Marijuana
October 7, 2014

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), a vocal opponent of his state's legalization of marijuana, said Monday that recreational marijuana laws are "reckless."

Insys’ Pharmaceutical CBD Receives Orphan Drug Designation for Treatment of Glioma
October 7, 2014

Glioma comprises approximately 30 percent of all brain and central nervous system tumors and approximately 80 percent of all malignant brain tumors.

Yes to Marijuana Ballot Measures
October 6, 2014

The decision by California voters in 1996 to legalize medical marijuana produced a wave of similar initiatives around the country.

Is Oregon next to legalize recreational marijuana?
October 5, 2014

Oregon is known for being green, but this November voters will decide just how green they really want to be.

As other states contemplate legalization, marijuana sales top $19.2 million in Washington
October 3, 2014

If California voters elect to approve the sale of marijuana in 2016, the state can expect to collect $519,287,052 in sales and excise taxes over one year.

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New court documents raise questions about Colorado marijuana raids
October 3, 2014

The Miami jewel fence. The disgruntled former business partner. The shots fired into an upscale Adams County home.

Medical Marijuana in California: A Successful Treatment for a Wide Range of Patients
October 2, 2014

Anyone can be a medical cannabis patient in California. This rhetoric has plagued the inaugural medical cannabis state since 1996.

Brandon Coats, Fired Medical Marijuana Patient, Makes His Case In Colorado Supreme Court
October 1, 2014

Employers can still fire employees for marijuana use, even in states where it's legal. But one case heard in Colorado's Supreme Court Tuesday morning could change that.

Paramilitaries Are Eradicating California’s Illegal Marijuana Grows
September 30, 2014

In the world-renowned California marijuana growing region known as the Emerald Triangle, the telltale "whoop-whoop-whoop" sound from helicopters combing the sparsely populated mountains during pot harvest season typically sends paranoia through the roof.

Eric Holder Signals Support For Marijuana Reform Just As He's Heading Out The Door
September 29, 2014

Just as Attorney General Eric Holder prepares to step down from his post, he appears more open than ever to the argument for rescheduling marijuana as a less dangerous, more beneficial drug.

Cuomo seeks U.S. waiver on medical marijuana
September 29, 2014

Less than a year after he opposed the use of medical marijuana, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is now asking the U.S. Justice Department for a waiver to permit the state to import limited amounts of marijuana for the treatment...

1000 Veterans Line Up For Free Marijuana
September 28, 2014

A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel.

GOP Congressman Warns Of The Real Social Ill Destroying American Values: Marijuana
September 26, 2014

Conservatives are losing ground on the fight to keep marijuana illegal, a Republican congressman warned in dire terms at the Values Voter Summit.

Prosecutor To Drop All Seattle Tickets For Public Use Of Marijuana
September 23, 2014

Seattle's elected prosecutor said Monday he's dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the legal pot law.

Marijuana Tax Revenue May Top $3 Billion A Year With Legalization
September 23, 2014

Money may not grow on trees, but it apparently does grow on marijuana plants. If all 50 states legalized cannabis today, they'd be collectively raking in more than $3 billion a year in taxes.

Hundreds Of Military Veterans Just Got Free Pot
September 22, 2014

Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain.

Cannabis Cash: How Much Money Could Your State Make From Marijuana Legalization?
September 22, 2014

On Nov. 4, citizens in Alaska, Florida, Oregon and Washington, D.C., will cast their ballots on marijuana initiatives, and other states are also likely to consider legalization in upcoming elections.

States Weighing Legal Pot Look To Tax Revenues In Colorado, Washington
September 20, 2014

When voters in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, D.C., Florida and Guam head to the polls in November to decide whether to legalize marijuana, either for medical or recreational use, some may wonder how much new tax revenue legalization might bring in.

Marijuana Industry Battling Stoner Stereotypes
September 18, 2014

Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.

Washington, D.C., Voters Strongly Support Marijuana Legalization
September 18, 2014

Washington, D.C., voters appear to be ready to legalize marijuana, according to a new poll that puts support at 65 percent.

House Passes 'No Welfare For Weed' Bill
September 17, 2014

The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal.

New York Could Legalize Recreational Marijuana In 2015
September 16, 2014

The state of New York could legalize marijuana for recreational use as early as 2015.

Republicans Tackle Scourge Of Welfare In Weed Stores
September 15, 2014

This week the U.S. House of Representatives will likely consider legislation to prevent a government shutdown, and maybe a bill to authorize a new war in Iraq.

Proponents look to expand marijuana legalization in November
September 15, 2014

Even more states could vote to legalize marijuana this year, as pro-pot advocates look to capitalize on changing voter attitudes to replicate their recent successes in Colorado and Washington state.

Terminal Cancer Patient Sentenced To Probation, Instead Of Prison, For Growing Marijuana
September 12, 2014

A terminal cancer patient who faced up to 15 years in prison for growing marijuana that he says was used to treat his tumors was instead sentenced to probation by an Iowa judge Tuesday.

Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana
September 12, 2014

Any marijuana the night. Them. Hey everybody it's -- send -- ABC news you know. Ever since recreational marijuana went on sale legally here in Colorado one thing that everybody has been wondering...

Weeded Out: How the U of A Fired Pot Researcher Sue Sisley After a State Senator Complained
September 11, 2014

A current lack of funding for the PTSD and pot study, which could cost up to $1.2 million for the first two stages, isn't a big problem, says Doblin, the MAPS president.

11 cards issued in Utah cannabis oil program
September 11, 2014

Utah issued nearly a dozen registration cards in the first month of its limited medical marijuana program that allows those with severe epilepsy to possess cannabis extract oil.

Why I Changed Careers to Legalize a Drug I Don't Use
September 10, 2014

I have never used marijuana, and I don't plan to start. I certainly don't want more kids to use marijuana.

World Leaders Call For Massive Shift In Global Drug Policy
September 9, 2014

In a report to be released Tuesday, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a panel of prominent political figures and activists, will call upon governments around the world to decriminalize drug use and legalize marijuana.

Marijuana news: Iowa man with terminal cancer to be sentenced Tuesday for growing pot
September 9, 2014

An Iowa man convicted of growing marjuana, which he says he used to treat his terminal cancer, is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday afternoon.

Illinois Begins Taking Marijuana Business Applications
September 8, 2014

Entrepreneurs wanting to cultivate or dispense medical marijuana under a new Illinois law are getting their chance to be considered.

Philadelphia Is About To Be America's Largest City To Decriminalize Marijuana
September 8, 2014

Pretty soon, you won't be considered a criminal for carrying around a little weed in Philadelphia.

Medical Marijuana After Traumatic Event 'Prevents PTSD Symptoms'
September 5, 2014

Providing trauma patients with medical marijuana shortly after the event could help prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), researchers have said.

Marijuana use in hepatitis C infection does not affect liver biopsy histology or treatment outcomes
September 5, 2014

Marijuana smoking is prevalent among hepatitis C virus infected patients.

Marijuana Legalization Supported By A Growing Majority Of Americans, Survey Shows
September 4, 2014

A broad new survey shows that a majority of American adults continue to support marijuana legalization in the United States, and that support appears to be growing.

California city mandates free medical marijuana for low-income residents
September 4, 2014

That’s what the Berkeley City Council in California has unanimously approved, ordering medical marijuana dispensaries to donate 2 percent of their stash to patients making less than $32,000 a year.

Marijuana's hazy contribution to highway deaths
September 3, 2014

New York teenager Joseph Beer smoked marijuana, climbed into a Subaru Impreza with four friends and drove more than 100 mph before losing control. The car crashed into trees with such force that the vehicle split in half, killing his friends.

Marijuana Legalization Has Researchers Wondering If Traffic Deaths Will Rise
September 2, 2014

As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.

Marijuana Legalization Has Researchers Wondering If Traffic Deaths Will Rise
September 1, 2014

As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.

Terry McAuliffe Weighs In On Weed
August 31, 2014

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said that he was open to legalizing medical marijuana in his state during a radio interview .

Feds Are Increasing Their Marijuana Growth Because Of Cannabinoid Research
August 30, 2014

The federal government is currently growing a lot more marijuana than it has in the past because it expects higher demand from researchers for cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive compound in marijuana that has shown tremendous promise for medical use.

Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies
August 29, 2014

As Americans continue to embrace pot—as medicine and for recreational use—opponents are turning to a set of academic researchers to claim that policymakers should avoid relaxing restrictions around marijuana.

Low Doses Of Marijuana Compound Could Slow Or Stop Progression Of Alzheimer's
August 29, 2014

Marijuana is touted for its medical uses, lessening pain, nausea, and other uncomfortable side effects of conditions like glaucoma, nerve pain, and cancer. Now researchers say, a chemical found in the hotly debated drug could slow or altogether stop the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalizes marijuana
August 28, 2014

Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, with lawmakers in the New Mexico capital voting to change local statutes rather than put the issue to a public ballot in November.

DEA Ratifies Spike in Marijuana for Research
August 27, 2014

Production is going from 46.3 pounds to 1,433 pounds – but it’s unclear where the extra pot is going.

Santa Fe moves a step closer to decriminalizing marijuana
August 27, 2014

Santa Fe took a step towards decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana on Tuesday when the county commission agreed to put the issue up for a vote in November.

Medical marijuana laws may reduce painkiller overdoses
August 26, 2014

States that have legalized marijuana for managing chronic pain have significantly fewer deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses each year, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Washington's Marijuana Legalization Grows Knowledge, Not Just Pot
August 26, 2014

Voters in Washington state decided in November 2012 to legalize marijuana in their state, inspired by a campaign that emphasized minimizing the drug’s social costs and tightly controlling the legal recreational market.

Fewer Pain Pill Overdoses In States With Legal Medical Marijuana
August 26, 2014

States that have legalized marijuana for medical use have lower rates of prescription painkiller overdose deaths than states that have not, new research suggests.

Marijuana economics
August 25, 2014

After seven months of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, the newest goal of state regulators is to increase the amount of marijuana produced and sold by legal retailers.

Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Analgesic Overdose Mortality in the United States, 1999-2010
August 25, 2014

Opioid analgesic overdose mortality continues to rise in the United States, driven by increases in prescribing for chronic pain.

Drugged Driving Perplexes Scientists, Lawmakers
August 23, 2014

Once a drug associated with college parties, the munchies and stupid movies, marijuana has re-entered the political spotlight as states choose to legalize it for medical and recreational use.

Legalizing Weed Is ‘A Security Issue,' Says Uruguayan President
August 22, 2014

Uruguay’s trailblazing legislation legalizing the world’s first government-controlled weed market “began essentially as a security issue,” President José Mujica told The Economist magazine in an interview published Thursday.

Medical Cannabis Helps ALS Patient Outlive her Own Doctors
August 22, 2014

In April, Cathy Jordan sat on a panel at the Cannabis Therapeutics Conference in Arizona. Before taking the stage, she discussed the medical use of cannabis for ALS with Jahan Marcu, the Philadelphia Medical Marijuana Examiner.

Angela Brown Treats Son's Head Injury With Cannabis Oil: 'He Was In So Much Pain'
August 22, 2014

A mom desperate to ease the constant pain her son suffers because of a traumatic brain injury, faces criminal charges for treating him with medical cannabis oil.

China media: Marijuana legalisation
August 21, 2014

Media and experts dismiss calls to legalise marijuana in China in the wake of the arrest of several celebrities on drugs-related charges.

National Post editorial board: It’s time to decriminalize marijuana
August 21, 2014

On Tuesday in Vancouver, Justice Minister Peter MacKay reiterated that he’s considering loosening Canada’s marijuana laws — specifically, treating small-time possession like a traffic violation rather than a criminal matter.

Mulcair attacks Conservatives over health care, marijuana stance
August 20, 2014

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is chastising the Conservatives on their proposed cuts to health care while accusing them of politicizing the debate on marijuana.

Al Olson Leaves NBC News To Head Marijuana News Site
August 19, 2014

Veteran journalist Al Olson has left his senior editor position at NBC News to head, a cannabis news site.

How California patients use pot
August 18, 2014

Late last year, he tore a ligament in his lower back while lifting a couch. It still causes him pain. For relief, he buys medical marijuana from the Berkeley Patients Group.

Dangerous new marijuana product looks like lip balm, packs big kick
August 17, 2014

Drug dealers are peddling a new marijuana product called Wax that looks and feels like lip balm and packs a kick equivalent to smoking 15-20 joints of weed.

5 Diseases Proven To Respond Better To Cannabis Than Prescription Drugs
August 16, 2014

The reason cannabis is so effective medicinally is directly related to its ability to interact with receptors in the body which inhibit inflammation and prevent disease.

Jeb Bush Opposes Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative
August 15, 2014

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is urging Floridians to vote against a medical marijuana ballot measure, according to a statement published Thursday by the Tampa Bay Times.

NFL Players Use Marijuana To 'Cope With The Pain' As League Drug Rules Draw Scrutiny
August 14, 2014

Marijuana is casting an ever-thickening haze across NFL locker rooms, and it's not simply because more players are using it.

Oregon Could Generate Up To $40 Million In Tax Revenue From Legal Weed
August 13, 2014

If voters in Oregon decide to legalize recreational marijuana this November, the state expects it could generate up to $40 million per year in tax revenue.

Colorado's Marijuana Black Market Is More Complicated Than It Looks
August 13, 2014

Depending on whom you ask, Colorado's marijuana black market has either vanished or expanded since weed was legalized in the state. 

Gavin Newsom Will Back 'The Right Initiative' To Legalize Marijuana In California
August 12, 2014

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who has made no secret of his overall support for marijuana legalization, has now said he's prepared to campaign for a ballot measure in 2016 to permit recreational pot use in the state.

Teen dies after smoking synthetic marijuana; parents warn others
August 11, 2014

Parents of a 19-year-old California teen who recently died after smoking synthetic marijuana spoke to KTLA about trying to prevent similar deaths from happening in the future.

Is New York Too Corrupt for Medical Marijuana?
August 9, 2014

NYC recently signed medical marijuana law mandates that the state Department of Health decide who gets to grow and sell prescription cannabis, but a co-sponsor of the legislation warns there’s a “99 percent” chance the licensing process will be corrupt unless qualifying growers are selected at random.

How California's Historic Drought Is Threatening The Marijuana Industry
August 8, 2014

The New York Times is out with a new video highlighting the challenges California's historic drought is presenting for marijuana growers in the state.

Washington, D.C., Will Vote On Marijuana Legalization This November
August 7, 2014

Voters in our nation's capital will be the next to decide on marijuana legalization.

Kamala Harris Stays Mum On Pot While GOP Challenger Backs Legalization
August 6, 2014

While her Republican opponent gave a full-throated endorsement for legalizing marijuana, California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) declined to say whether she supports allowing recreational use of the substance.

Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows
August 6, 2014

Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads.

Opinion politics Marijuana Should Be Legal, but …
August 5, 2014

We must treat drug use for what it is: a health, not a criminal, issue

Petition Demanding New York Times Stop Testing For Marijuana Gets Thousands Of Signatures
August 5, 2014

As The New York Times continues to roll out editorials supporting the legalization of marijuana, a petition has received thousands of signatures calling for the paper of record to bring its marijuana testing policy in closer alignment with its editorial message.

How Colorado Towns Have Diverged On Marijuana Legalization
August 4, 2014

As part of the New York Times' Op-Doc series on marijuana, documentary filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon traveled to Gunnison County, Colorado to explore how the state's new pot laws have been received since going into effect earlier this year.

Colorado officials propose tightening rules for marijuana edibles
August 2, 2014

A Colorado task force charged with tightening controls on marijuana edibles unveiled proposed rules on Friday to limit potency levels, require clearer labeling and assure that children cannot get their hands on pot-infused confections.

Bankrupt California city eyes marijuana for revenue
August 1, 2014

The bankrupt California city of San Bernardino has a new idea for raising revenue – legalize medical marijuana, and tax the pot.

Children's Deaths Prompt New York Governor's Bold Medical Marijuana Move
July 31, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Wednesday called for faster implementation of the state's medical marijuana law, which passed last month but won't take effect for another year and a half.

Does Marijuana Kill Brain Cells?
July 31, 2014

Dr. Malik Burnett, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance in Washington, D.C., is a former surgeon and physician advocate.

Infant's Life Was Saved by Cannabis, Mom Claims
July 31, 2014

A Florida single mother of four announced this week that she believes a strain of cannabis has saved the life of her youngest child, 19-month-old Nettie, after doctors said that no more could be done to keep her alive. “Nettie was going to die"

Obama Won't Legalize Pot Just Because The New York Times Said He Should
July 30, 2014

The White House has responded to New York Times editorials this week supporting marijuana legalization, saying ending U.S. pot prohibition isn't the "silver bullet solution."

New York Times Editorial Writer Brent Staples Responds To White House Marijuana Opinion: I'm ‘Not Impressed'
July 30, 2014

Brent Staples, the New York Times editorial writer who penned one of the opinion pieces in an interactive series calling for pot legalization, told HuffPost Live Tuesday that he was “not impressed” with the White House's response...

House Bill Would Legalize 'Charlotte's Web' Medical Marijuana
July 29, 2014

A bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives on Monday would legalize a compound in marijuana used to treat severe epilepsy.

Drivers Got High On Federal Weed For A Stoned Driving Study
July 29, 2014

For several months in 2013 and 2014, federal researchers administered free marijuana and alcohol to a group of people and set them loose in a driving simulator -- all in the name of science.

A Majority Of Florida Voters Support Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
July 28, 2014

Florida residents don't just love medical marijuana, they support legalizing the recreational use of it, too.

Why the NY Times' Editorial Series Calling for Marijuana Legalization Is Such a Big Deal
July 28, 2014

The New York Times editorial board made history yesterday, as the first major national paper to call for an end to marijuana prohibition. And how they did it is half the story – with rare flash and panache, as well as the intellectual and moral substance to back it up.

Repeal Prohibition, Again
July 26, 2014

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished.

Pot Activist Raises Specter Of Armed Revolt, Is Politely Asked To Leave GOP Lawmaker's Office
July 25, 2014

A protest aimed at Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) -- who has become one of the Republican Party's most outspoken crusaders against marijuana reform -- briefly turned revolutionary on Thursday.

9-Year-Old Girl's Death Shines A Tragic Light On Medical Marijuana Debate
July 24, 2014

Drug reform advocates across New York state are demanding emergency access to medical marijuana for critically ill patients after a 9-year-old girl who suffered from debilitating seizures died last week due to complications with her disorder.

Oregon Will Vote On Legalizing Recreational Marijuana In 2014
July 23, 2014

This November, Oregon voters will get to decide whether they want to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana.

Put This Marijuana Quiz In Your Pipe And Smoke It
July 22, 2014

This year has already been a huge one for marijuana and pot policy, and if you don't know why, this quiz is already looking pretty tough.

Legal Marijuana Milestone Heads for Seattle Museum
July 22, 2014

The first recreational marijuana sold legally in Seattle will be put on display at the city's Museum of History and Industry after a woman donated part of her purchase Tuesday.

Illinois Legalizes Medical Marijuana For Children With Seizures
July 21, 2014

Illinois children and adults with epilepsy will soon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under a law signed on Sunday by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, the latest in a series of measures loosening restrictions on cannabis by U.S. states.

Fired Professor Suzanne Sisley Isn't Giving Up On Marijuana Research
July 21, 2014

Veterans, medical marijuana activists and scientists welcomed the first federally approved research into pot as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Colorado Voters Are Cool With Creating Members-Only Marijuana Clubs
July 21, 2014

When it comes to marijuana use, Colorado voters want it legal but they want it kept private.

Congress' Latest Anti-Pot Crusader Misleads On Weed
July 19, 2014

If there's one thing Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) wants you to know about his crusade to block the District of Columbia's marijuana decriminalization statute -- which officially went into effect on Thursday -- it's this: He's doing it for the kids.

Marijuana news: Starting Thursday, possession of up to 1 ounce of pot means a ticket and $25 fine in Washington, D.C.
July 18, 2014

A new Washington, D.C. law that decriminalizes up to an ounce of marijuana begins today, signaling a profound shift in the city's drug policy.

Why It May Be Difficult To Get Your Favorite Weed Edible In Washington
July 18, 2014

Washington state regulators on Wednesday approved the sale of cannabis-infused treats by marijuana dispensaries, with one exception: nothing that may appeal strongly to kids.

House GOP To Washington: Keep Your Guns, But Get That Pot Outta Here
July 17, 2014

If House Republicans have their way, District of Columbia residents won't be allowed to walk the streets with a joint in their pocket, and they will be allowed to carry a semi-automatic rifle.

New Research Shows How Marijuana Compound Can Reduce Tumor Growth In Cancer Patients
July 17, 2014

Scientists have long known that compounds derived from marijuana have some cancer fighting properties, but a recent discovery demonstrates how exactly one compound may fight tumors.

Petition To Reinstate Marijuana Scientist Gets Thousands Of Signatures
July 16, 2014

A petition demanding that the University of Arizona reinstate a research scientist fired after she won federal approval to study marijuana for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder has received more than 27,000 signatures.

White House Says Marijuana Policy Is States' Rights Issue
July 16, 2014

The Obama administration believes marijuana policy is a states' rights issue, the White House said Monday in opposing Republican-led legislation that would prevent Washington, D.C., from using local funds to decriminalize marijuana possession.

U.S. House Votes to Allow Banks to Accept Deposits from Marijuana Stores and Dispensaries
July 16, 2014

In a historic vote today the U.S. House passed a bipartisan amendment by Representatives Heck (D-WA), Perlmutter (D-CO), Lee (D-CA) and Rohrabacher (R-CA) preventing the Treasury Department...

Further evidence that cannabis reduces tumor growth in new study
July 14, 2014

Previous studies have suggested that cannabinoids, of which tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one, have anti-cancer properties. In 2009, researchers at Complutense University in Spain found that THC induced the death of brain cancer cells...

Marijuana Is at Center of Feud in Capital
July 14, 2014

A law to make marijuana possession in the District of Columbia punishable by only a $25 ticket, one of the laxest drug laws in the nation, has ignited a feud between Washington’s mayor and a Republican House member days before it is to take effect.

Eleanor Holmes Norton Rips 'Tyrant' Congressman For Trying To Block D.C. Marijuana Laws
July 13, 2014

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) tore into Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) on Friday for trying to block a D.C. marijuana decriminalization bill, comparing him to a tyrant and chiding him for meddling in her district's affairs.

Seattle's Attorney Pete Holmes Takes Pot To Work, Apologizes (And Smokes)
July 12, 2014

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes on Friday apologized for violating workplace rules by bringing bags of marijuana he purchased from newly-opened Washington state pot shops back to his office.

'Firing' Over Legal Marijuana Called Mistake, Man Gets Job Back
July 11, 2014

A Washington state man who was the first person in Spokane to buy legal recreational marijuana this week, and then said he was fired over the resulting media coverage, got his job back Thursday...

White House Admits Prison Won't Solve The Drug Problem, But Drug War Grinds On
July 10, 2014

The Obama administration's drug czar admitted Wednesday that locking people up won't keep them from using drugs, but he stopped short of renouncing punitive policies that have made America's long war on drugs widely unpopular.

Terminal Cancer Patient Guilty In Marijuana Trial
July 10, 2014

A terminal cancer patient who says he grew marijuana to treat his tumors was found guilty of drug charges Wednesday by an Iowa jury that wasn't allowed to hear his defense.

Georgia Governor Pushes Clinical Trials For Marijuana-Derived Seizure Treatment
July 9, 2014

Georgia's governor is pushing clinical trials for a marijuana-derived drug that proponents say could help treat severe seizure disorders among children...

Washington State Sells Legal Weed, World Does Not End
July 9, 2014

Washington state completed its first day of legal, recreational marijuana sales -- and the world did not end.

With legal marijuana, Washington joins an exclusive club
July 8, 2014

The second state to legalize recreational pot — Colorado allowed sales starting Jan. 1 — Washington joins a fast-growing market that's already generating tens of millions of dollars in taxes with no signs of slowing down.

The Next Five States In Line For Marijuana Reform
July 8, 2014

Advocates seeking more lenient marijuana laws have no intention of stopping with Colorado and Washington. 

2 States Now Allow Recreational Marijuana Sales To Adults -- And Our Minds Are Blown
July 8, 2014

Washington state joins Colorado Tuesday in allowing the sale of recreational marijuana to adults, delivering another sharp blow to the federal government's long war on drugs.

Washington State Takes Final Step In Legalizing Recreational Pot
July 7, 2014

Washington state takes the final step in legalizing recreational marijuana use on Monday when officials begin to issue retail licenses to stores that could begin selling cannabis 24 hours later.

Nation's Capital Takes Next Big Step Toward Legalizing Marijuana
July 7, 2014

Thousands of residents of Washington, D.C., have signed a petition calling for the nation's capital to join Colorado and Washington state in legalizing recreational marijuana.

Terminal Cancer Patient Rushed To Hospital During Felony Trial For Medical Pot (GRAPHIC PHOTO)
July 7, 2014

A 48-year-old terminal cancer patient was rushed to the hospital from an Iowa courthouse Monday during his trial over felony charges for growing marijuana he uses as a treatment for his rare condition.

New York Officially Becomes 23rd State with Medical Marijuana as Governor Cuomo Signs Bill into Law
July 7, 2014

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a medical marijuana bill into law, making New York the twenty-third state to allow legal access to medical marijuana for seriously ill patients.

U.S. Washington State Issues 24 Marijuana Shop Licenses
July 6, 2014

Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses Monday with a middle-of-the-night email alerting bleary-eyed pot-shop proprietors that they'll finally be able to open for business.

Marijuana legalization in Colorado: So far, so good
July 5, 2014

Long a leader in making marijuana mainstream, California is watching Colorado blaze a trail for legalized recreational pot with avid eyes.

Tom Tancredo Catches 'Contact Buzz' As Filmmaker Smokes Legal Weed
July 4, 2014

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) may have lost the GOP gubernatorial primary in Colorado this year, but he did get a major role in a new documentary about the Centennial State's historic legalization of recreational marijuana.

Washington State's First Licensed Marijuana Business For Sale
July 3, 2014

Less than a week away from the start of commercial pot sales in Washington state, the first person to score a legal marijuana business license there said Wednesday that he's putting the business up for sale—yet another milestone for this new industry.

Professor Says University Fired Her Over Medical Marijuana Study
July 2, 2014

A University of Arizona researcher hoping to explore whether marijuana can help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder was fired in a move that she said on Tuesday was payback for her high-profile advocacy regarding the work.

Colorado recreational marijuana industry begins major transformation
July 1, 2014

Only six months old, Colorado's recreational marijuana industry starts a transformation Tuesday that could add hundreds of new pot businesses to the state and reconfigure the market's architecture.

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson Named Pot Company CEO
July 1, 2014

A Nevada-based startup that plans on selling medical and recreational marijuana products named former New Mexico governor and U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson as its CEO and president, the company announced Tuesday.

There's A Bumpy Road Ahead For Legal Pot In Washington State
June 30, 2014

Pete O'Neil saw Washington's legalization of marijuana in 2012 as a path to retirement, or at least to his kids' college tuition.

Bill Clinton: 'There's A Lot Of Evidence' In Favor Of Legal Medical Marijuana
June 30, 2014

Former president Bill Clinton spoke out in favor of letting states decide whether or not to legalize marijuana, pointing to "a lot of evidence" showing that medical marijuana can help patients with a wide range of symptoms.

Marijuana backers seek reforms in Ohio
June 29, 2014

Groups aim to legalize responsible use — medical and otherwise.

D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization Sparks Fight Between Congressman And Councilman
June 27, 2014

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) isn't backing down from his campaign to stop the District of Columbia from decriminalizing marijuana, as he slammed a member of the D.C. Council on Friday.

Politicians’ Prescriptions for Marijuana Defy Doctors and Data
June 27, 2014

New York moved last week to join 22 states in legalizing medical marijuana for patients with a diverse array of debilitating ailments, encompassing epilepsy and cancer, Crohn’s disease and Parkinson’s.

USDA Tells Employees It Will Still Drug-Test For Weed, Even In States Where It's Legal
June 26, 2014

Employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture who live in states where recreational or medical marijuana has been legalized, be warned. Your employer does not want you smoking pot.

UN reports more Americans using marijuana, seeking treatment
June 26, 2014

More Americans are consuming marijuana as their perception of the health risks declines but more are seeking help for problems related to the drug, a U.N. report said on Thursday.

Status Report: Marijuana Regulation in Colorado After Six Months of Retail Sales and 18 Months of Decriminalization
June 26, 2014

With the passage of Amendment 64 in November 2012, Colorado became the first state to regulate the cultivation, manufacture and sale of marijuana for adults 21 and over.

FDA To Evaluate Marijuana For Potential Reclassification As Less Dangerous Drug
June 25, 2014

The feds could actually soften their stance a little when it comes to weed.

Rep. Andy Harris Will Try to Block Marijuana Decriminalization In D.C.
June 25, 2014

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) will introduce an amendment to an appropriations bill that would prohibit the District of Columbia from expending funds to implement policies that would lower the penalties for marijuana possession.

Study: Genes linked to schizophrenia may drive marijuana use (not vice versa)
June 25, 2014

Attempts to prove that marijuana will make you crazy have a long and undignified history in the debate over legalization and cannabis use.

Medical Marijuana Patients Can't Bring Up Drug's Medical Use In Federal Trial
June 24, 2014

A family of medical marijuana patients in Washington state will not be able to defend themselves against drug trafficking charges by presenting evidence that their state-legal marijuana grow was for personal medical use.

Medical marijuana legalization bill for New York uses Colorado's 'seed to sale' model: lawmakers
June 23, 2014

New York followed Colorado’s model — and tried to avoid California’s mistakes — in crafting its new medical marijuana bill, lawmakers said.

Why Legal Marijuana Supporters Should Worry About A Chris Christie Presidency
June 21, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), campaigning Friday with New Hampshire Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein, offered a glimpse of how he'd handle states like Colorado and Washington that have legalized recreational marijuana if he becomes president. It doesn't sound good.

New York State Reaches Deal On Medical Marijuana, But There's A Huge Catch
June 20, 2014

New York is set to become the 23rd state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday. But there's a catch.

Senate Could Follow House In Blocking DEA From Targeting Medical Marijuana
June 20, 2014

The Senate could soon follow the House in banning the Drug Enforcement Administration from using its budget to crack down on states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

Marijuana news: Chris Christie calls medical pot 'front for legalization'
June 19, 2014

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie is no fan of marijuana, medical or otherwise. Earlier this year, he questioned the "quality of life" in Colorado, one of two states to legalize cannabis for recreational use.

BREAKING: NY to Become 23rd Medical Marijuana State
June 19, 2014

Today, the Assembly, Senate and Governor Cuomo announced a deal to move forward on a limited medical marijuana program, which makes New York the 23rd state to adopt such a program.

‘Vitamin Weed’: Neuroscientist says cannabis oil slows down aging process
June 19, 2014

Neuroscientist Dr. Michele Ross says she believes everyone can benefit from ‘vitamin weed’, or daily cannabis oil use.

Hillary Clinton Leaves Door Open On Marijuana Legalization
June 18, 2014

Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she supports medical marijuana "for people who are in extreme medical conditions" and wants to "wait and see" how recreational pot works in Colorado and Washington state.

Gov. Cuomo Rejects Revamped Medical Marijuana Bill
June 18, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has rejected a medical marijuana bill newly amended by lawmakers to address some concerns he has raised in negotiations, which continued Tuesday.

30 Members Of Congress Demand Increased Access To Marijuana For Research Purposes
June 17, 2014

Thirty members of Congress, sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Tuesday demanding an end to the federal monopoly on marijuana research so that more studies can be done by scientists around the nation.

Key nursing union backs medicinal cannabis
June 17, 2014

One of Australia's largest nursing unions has taken the significant and potentially controversial step of supporting the use and possession of medical cannabis.

Oregon May Get To Vote On Legal Marijuana
June 17, 2014

Advocates of legal marijuana in Oregon have gathered more than the required number of signatures to get a measure on the November ballot that would permit recreational use of the drug by adults, organizers said on Tuesday.

Gov. Cuomo wants big changes to medical marijuana bill
June 16, 2014

Gov. Cuomo has outlined a series of concerns to lawmakers that must be addressed before he'll even consider signing the bill to legalize medicinal marijuana in New York, the Daily News has learned.

Rick Scott Signs Law Allowing Limited Medical Marijuana Use In Florida
June 16, 2014

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law on Monday allowing for the limited use of a special strain of marijuana to treat epileptic seizures and other diseases.

Changing Pot Laws Prompt Child-Endangerment Review
June 15, 2014

A Colorado man loses custody of his children after getting a medical marijuana card. The daughter of a Michigan couple growing legal medicinal pot is taken by child-protection authorities after an ex-husband says their plants endangered kids.

Ganja free: Jamaica decriminalises marijuana for personal use
June 13, 2014

Jamaica is to decriminalise the possession of small amounts of marijuana, joining the trickle of countries moving to soften laws on the drug known on the Caribbean island as "ganja".

California's Third-Largest City Just Cracked Down On Pot Shops, Exposing A Larger Problem
June 13, 2014

After months of debate, lawmakers in San Jose, California, have passed an ordinance that imposes strict new rules on medical marijuana businesses within the city -- so strict, in fact, that some advocates have called the move a de facto ban.

Marijuana shows potential in treating autoimmune disease
June 12, 2014

Researchers have discovered a novel pathway through which marijuana's main active constituent, THC, can suppress the body's immune functions.

New York Could Legalize Medical Marijuana Next Week
June 12, 2014

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in New York state cleared what may have been its final obstacle Thursday.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Under Fire From Medical Marijuana Supporters
June 11, 2014

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman who heads the U.S. Democratic National Committee, is coming under criticism in her home state from medical marijuana supporters and a top party donor who fault her stance on the issue.

New Report Blasts DEA For Spending 4 Decades Obstructing Marijuana Science
June 11, 2014

The DEA has been impeding and ignoring the science on marijuana and other drugs for more than four decades, according to a report released this week by the Drug Policy Alliance...

Supporters of marijuana legalization seeking signatures
June 10, 2014

Some voters going to the polls for the primary elections on Tuesday will be asked to sign petitions that could put the issue of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana on the ballot this fall.

Denver’s 2016 RNC bid and the elephant in the room
June 9, 2014

There’s no escaping Colorado’s status as the poster child for legal recreational marijuana when visitors come to town, even — or especially — when Denver is trying to sell itself as the perfect site for a national political convention.

Pot for pets? Cannabis now helping dogs and cats
June 7, 2014

Georgia, a 5-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is a medical marijuana patient. Kelly Conway, Georgia's owner, takes some heat when she tells friends about the unorthodox treatment.

New Ads Target Members Of Congress Who Opposed Medical Marijuana Measure
June 6, 2014

Medical marijuana advocates are turning up the heat on House lawmakers who last week voted against an amendment to block the Drug Enforcement Administration from cracking down on state-legal medical marijuana shops and patients.

Doctors Say DEA Blackmailed Them Over Medical Marijuana Ties
June 6, 2014

Federal agents with the DEA are being accused of threatening doctors affiliated with medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts, allegedly telling them they would lose their federal licenses to prescribe medications unless they cut their ties to marijuana firms.

Colorado Law Sets up Marijuana Banks; Feds Must OK
June 6, 2014

Seeking to move marijuana businesses away from cash-only operations, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation Friday that tries to establish the world's first financial system for the newly legal industry in Colorado.

3 Things You Should Remember (But Probably Won't) If You Get Too High On Marijuana Edibles
June 5, 2014

In case you haven't heard, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd ate a marijuana candy bar in a Denver hotel room and had an intensely uncomfortable experience that left her feeling confused and, at times, frightened.

Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system
June 5, 2014

Protection from chemotherapy immunosuppression indicates effect could be conserved in humans

Maureen Dowd Eats Some Pot Candy, Succumbs To Reefer Madness
June 4, 2014

Yes, it seems that Maureen Dowd schlepped out to Colorado back in January to partake of the local, newly legal wares, specifically a marijuana candy bar, and it did not go well for her

Medicinal marijuana legal in Florida with proof of need
June 4, 2014

In November Florida voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for medicinal use.

Sick Children To Have Access To Medical Marijuana In Illinois
June 3, 2014

Medical marijuana advocates notched a major victory Friday when the Illinois Senate approved a bill that will grant epileptic minors access to a form of the drug to treat their symptoms.

Is Pot To Blame For California's Drought?
June 3, 2014

State fish and wildlife officials are claiming that marijuana farming is drying up rivers, polluting streams and damaging the environment in Northern California's coastal forests. Is this further evidence that we are in need of marijuana regulation?

Cuomo: NY to develop medical marijuana trial for children who suffer from seizures
June 3, 2014

As the debate continues in Albany over whether the state should legalize medical marijuana, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that an agreement has been reached to develop medical marijuana trials for children with epilepsy who have seizures...

Marijuana Use Can Bring Sleepless Nights, Study Finds
June 2, 2014

A new study has found higher incidences of restlessness and sleep deprivation among marijuana users, upending conventional wisdom that it can help a user relax into a good night’s rest.

Is marijuana less addictive than both alcohol and tobacco?
June 2, 2014

This November's ballot will present Oregon voters with as many as three measures relating to marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Farms Draining Streams Dry In California
June 1, 2014

Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California's coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say — an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal grows.

Marijuana can cure Hepatitis C, WIT research shows
June 1, 2014

Hepatitis C has negatively impacted millions of lives, and medical researchers have tried for decades to develop a vaccine with no luck.

House's Pro-Medical Marijuana Vote Shocks Even Longtime Supporters
May 30, 2014

Even longtime supporters of marijuana legalization were surprised early Friday morning when the House of Representatives voted for an amendment that would prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration...

Minnesota Enacts Restrictive Medical Marijuana Program
May 29, 2014

Minnesota joined the ranks of 21 other states Thursday where marijuana is a legal medicine with a law that is one of the nation's most restrictive.

House Blocks DEA From Targeting Medical Marijuana
May 29, 2014

Reflecting growing national acceptance of cannabis, a bipartisan coalition of House members voted early Friday to restrict the Drug Enforcement Administration from using funds to go after medical marijuana operations that are legal under state laws.

The 'Weed Fairy' Is Back, Now Leaving Free Pot Around Seattle
May 28, 2014

The magical ''weed fairy" is back. This time she's landed in Seattle where she's giving away free pinches of marijuana to try and help "keep spirits high" in the Emerald City.

Corporate Cannabis? Legal Marijuana Goes Legit
May 27, 2014

Americans could learn from Canada, as the New York Times explains in When Cannabis Goes Corporate. Canada’s free-for-all approach prompted complaints from police and local governments, so Canada adopted a regulated system for growth and sales. 

Reagan-Appointed Judge Wants to Legalize Cocaine, Heroin, Meth, LSD
May 27, 2014

A federal appeals court judge nominated by former President Ronald Reagan believes that all illegal drugs should be decriminalized and regulated by the government.

Young Republicans Split With The GOP On Gay Marriage, Marijuana
May 26, 2014

At a recent meeting, the Tampa Bay Young Republicans recited the Pledge of Allegiance, prayed and then tackled the night's topic: marijuana.

Veterans face ultimatum: Pills or pot
May 25, 2014

Military veterans are increasingly able to turn legally to marijuana to treat pain and the symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome.

California Moves One Step Closer To Ending Medical Marijuana 'Chaos'
May 24, 2014

A bill that would provide order to California's muddled medical marijuana program cleared a major hurdle Friday, when the state Assembly's Appropriations Committee moved it forward for a full Assembly vote next week.

The Clock Is Winding Down On Medical Marijuana For Kids In Illinois
May 24, 2014

Children suffering from epilepsy would be eligible to use a form of medical marijuana under a measure that gained bipartisan approval in the Illinois House this week.

The Clock Is Winding Down On Medical Marijuana For Kids In Illinois
May 23, 2014

Children suffering from epilepsy would be eligible to use a form of medical marijuana under a measure that gained bipartisan approval in the Illinois House this week.

Could Cannabis Actually Prevent Childhood Seizures?
May 22, 2014

Some parents of children with severe epilepsy say that cannabis helps prevent their children's seizures, but experts caution that it remains unproven whether using the drug to treat epilepsy is safe or effective.

State Court Upholds Insurance Coverage For Medical Marijuana
May 22, 2014

An injured mechanic who uses medical marijuana as pain treatment can have his former employer and the company's insurer reimburse him for the drug, a New Mexico appeals court ruled.

FBI Director 'Grappling With The Question' Of How To Fix Hiring Policies Concerning Pot
May 21, 2014

James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said Monday the agency is "grappling with the question" of how to amend its hiring policies that exclude anyone who has smoked pot in the previous three years from being considered for a job.

Maine becoming home to marijuana refugee families
May 21, 2014

A growing number of families are moving to Maine to help their sick children with a drug that is bringing hope for the first time, medical marijuana.

Mitch McConnell, Alison Grimes Agree: DEA Needs To Release Kentucky's Hemp
May 21, 2014

They may be political rivals, but Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) and his Democratic challenger, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), can agree on one thing: The Drug Enforcement Administration needs to release the state's hemp seeds.

Colorado Will Spend $10 Million Researching Marijuana's Medical Benefits
May 21, 2014

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed a bill Wednesday that will fund up to $10 million for research into the medical efficacy of marijuana.

Teen Faces Life In Prison Over Hash Brownies
May 20, 2014

A teenager who allegedly made and sold hash brownies could serve life in prison because of the ingredients he used.

Ricki Lake: The Director of ‘Weed the People’ on Why We Should Legalize Marijuana
May 20, 2014

The talk show host turned filmmaker writes about how the making of her latest documentary convinced her that marijuana should be legalized for its health benefits.

Feds May Cut Off Water For Legal Marijuana Crops
May 19, 2014

Some cannabis growers may soon find themselves with a lot less irrigation water if the U.S. government decides to block the use of federal water for state-legal marijuana cultivation.

Marco Rubio Claims There's 'No Responsible Way To Recreationally Use Marijuana'
May 19, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) believes there is "no responsible way to recreationally use" marijuana, saying he thinks legalization of the substance would be "bad for the country."

City's Marijuana Arrest Rate Hasn't Changed Much Despite Decriminalization Law
May 19, 2014

Though it's been almost two years since the city of Chicago, Illinois implemented a new law allowing for police officers to ticket -- rather than arrest -- misdemeanor marijuana offenders, few of them are doing so, a new study confirmed.

Marijuana news: Vermont to study legalizing pot
May 19, 2014

Vermont leaders will study the potential impact of legalizing marijuana, including "possible taxing systems" for the drug, and will take a close look at how the Colorado and Washington experiments have gone.

Kentucky Wins In First Hemp Hearing, May Get Seeds Back As Early As Next Week
May 17, 2014

The battle for Kentucky's hemp seeds isn't over, but the state's Department of Agriculture gained ground during a federal hearing Friday, and may get back its shipment of seeds, seized a few days ago by the Drug Enforcement Administration, as early as next week.

Kentucky Puts Hemp Planting On Hold After DEA Seed Seizure
May 16, 2014

Kentucky's Department of Agriculture has put a hold on a hemp seed planting ceremony for the launch of the state's industrial hemp pilot program after the Drug Enforcement Administration seized the seeds at an airport earlier this week.

What To Tell Your Kids About Pot, Now
May 16, 2014

My 17-year-old daughter went with friends last week to see her first R-rated movie: "Neighbors." I was relieved when she forgot her ID and had to see something else.

Marijuana news: Legal pot in Washington faces local backlash as dozens towns, cities impose restrictions on shops
May 15, 2014

The legal marijuana industry isn't open for business yet in Washington, but pot shops already are encountering resistance as dozens of local governments impose bans...

NFL: New policy will change pot discipline
May 14, 2014

It would be too late to help Josh Gordon, Will Hill or anyone else in danger of a lengthy suspension for violations of current rules. But when and if the NFL's new drug policy is finalized and announced, it will include changes specific to marijuana and other drugs of abuse.

Dr. Oz Backs Medical Marijuana, Says It's 'Hugely Beneficial'
May 14, 2014

Medical marijuana just got another celebrity doctor's public support.

Marijuana oil for treating seizures faces hurdles
May 14, 2014

Kentuckian Rita Wooton has tearfully shared the story of son Eli's frequent seizures — and the promise of marijuana oil to treat it — with dozens of people, ranging from doctors to journalists to legislators.

USC and NYU scientists develop a molecule to block cancer growth in mice
May 14, 2014

A team of researchers from USC and NYU has developed and patented a small molecule that interferes with cancer progression with minimal side effects.

Anti-Pot Group Trumpets Obama's 2011 Comment on Drug Legalization As 'Huge News!'
May 13, 2014

This morning I received a fundraising appeal from the anti-pot group Project SAM that opens with "huge news!"

Hundreds march across France to legalize cannabis (PHOTOS)
May 13, 2014

Hundreds of protesters all over France have been rallying demonstrating in favor of legalizing cannabis.

U.S. Bermuda Report Urges Easing Marijuana Laws
May 13, 2014

A report commissioned by the government of Bermuda has endorsed legalizing marijuana for medical purposes and decriminalizing personal use of the drug.

7-year-old face of fight for legalizing cannabis oil dies
May 13, 2014

The approval of a marijuana derivative to ease seizure disorders in children came surprisingly fast in the state Legislature this spring, but sadly not soon enough for 7-year-old Lydia Schaeffer.

Marijuana's medical benefits, concerns still hotly debated in Pennsylvania
May 12, 2014

Some people are lobbying strongly to change that, particularly for use in treating intractable ailments such as cancer and epilepsy.

Anti-Pot Republican Lawmaker Laments That It's 'Not Realistic' To Ban Booze
May 10, 2014

Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), who wants Congress to stop the District of Columbia from implementing a law that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

GOP Rep Brings Fake Joint To Hearing On D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization
May 10, 2014

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) brought a fake joint to a House oversight hearing on Friday on Washington, D.C.'s new law decriminalizing marijuana.

Obama Administration Is Trying To Pull Out Of The War On Drugs, Filmmaker Says
May 9, 2014

Documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki discussed the Obama administration's evolving stance on the war on drugs on HuffPost Live Friday.

Colorado Approves First Marijuana Banking System
May 8, 2014

Colorado lawmakers approved the world's first financial system for the marijuana industry Wednesday, a network of uninsured cooperatives designed to give pot businesses a way to access basic banking services.

Colorado Group To Provide Free Medical Marijuana To Veterans
May 8, 2014
A new group in Colorado plans on providing cannabis to U.S. military vets as an alternative to using narcotics to treat physical or mental illness sustained during military service. The cost to vets? Nothing.
Harsh Anti-Marijuana Laws 'Destroy' Young Lives In Tunisia
May 8, 2014

Tunisia's tough law on cannabis use, laying down jail terms of at least one year, is "destroying lives" and overcrowding prisons, according to a group of activists urging reform.

15 Shocking Facts You Don't Know About Weed
May 7, 2014

Is marijuana nature’s miracle medicine or a dangerous, largely unknown entity?

US Army Base Broken Into, Covered in Pot Seeds
May 7, 2014

Peace and love, man: A group of anti-war Italians opposed to a US Army base in their midst broke into said Army base last week, where they planted about 200,000 marijuana seeds, reports Stars and Stripes.

The Federal Government Just Ordered A Thousand Pounds Of Marijuana
May 6, 2014

The federal government just ordered all the marijuana it wants -- something it would send most Americans to prison for doing.

End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists
May 6, 2014

The decades-long global war on drugs has failed and it's time to shift the focus from mass incarceration to public health and human rights, according to a new report endorsed by five Nobel Prize-winning economists.

New rules in Uruguay create a legal marijuana market
May 6, 2014

Can you imagine legally growing marijuana in your backyard? How about walking down to the corner pharmacy to buy a gram or two of ready-to-smoke pot?

Minnesota Senate advances medical marijuana bill
May 6, 2014

Minnesota senators on Tuesday advanced a bill that would make physician-prescribed medical marijuana legal for a broad range of patient suffering, joining more than 20 other U.S. states.

Colorado Is The Most Magical State In America
May 5, 2014

There's a reason "Rocky Mountain High" is one of Colorado's official state songs. Because regardless of your feelings on legalized pot, Colorado will leave you feeling absolutely magical.

Florida Medical Cannabis Charlottes Web Curious Amendment
May 5, 2014

An amended version of the Charlotte’s Web medical cannabis bill passed both branches of the Florida Legislature as of Friday,

Why Hemp, The Sustainable Wonder Crop, Is Sweeping The Nation
May 4, 2014

There's a new hemp trend sweeping the nation and it has nothing to do with those beaded friendship bracelets from the '90s.

This Entire Family Of Medical Marijuana Patients Could Go To Prison For Growing Pot
May 2, 2014

Four family members and a close family friend in a rural town in northeastern Washington are facing years in federal prison for growing marijuana for their personal medical use.

Veterans Still Can't Discuss Medical Marijuana With Their VA Doctors
May 1, 2014

On Wednesday evening, the House voted down an amendment that would allow veterans the opportunity to discuss medical cannabis as a form of treatment in states that have legalized the substance for medical purposes.

Pennsylvania Governor Softens Stance On Medical Marijuana
May 1, 2014

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) altered his position on medical marijuana, saying Thursday he is backing the legalization of a marijuana extract to treat severe seizures in children, the AP reports.

Colorado Works On New Rules For Edible Marijuana
April 30, 2014

Colorado's marijuana experiment is threatened by the popularity of eating it instead of smoking it, leading the pot industry to join health officials and state regulators to try to curb the problem of consumers ingesting too much weed.

Top Military Officials Say U.S. Pot Legalization Efforts Are Harming War On Drugs
April 30, 2014

Two top military officials suggested at a congressional hearing Tuesday that the push by many U.S. states to legalize marijuana has rattled the confidence of some of America’s closest allies in the war on drugs.

Colo. to revisit edible marijuana rules after deaths
April 29, 2014

State regulators are revisiting the rules surrounding serving sizes for edible marijuana products in the wake of two high-profile death cases involving the use of pot-infused cookies and candies.

Ziggy Marley On Pot: 'Let's Talk About The Big Picture Of The Plant'
April 29, 2014

Ziggy Marley joins HuffPost Live and shares his thoughts on the legalization of marijuana.

Colorado Symphony To Play 'Cannabis-Friendly' Concert To Support Pot Industry
April 29, 2014

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra said Tuesday it will play a series of "cannabis-friendly" fundraising concerts sponsored by the state's burgeoning pot industry.

Marijuana news: Pot may ease MS symptoms, review finds
April 29, 2014

Marijuana may help people with multiple sclerosis, but evidence that it helps those with other neurological disorders is insufficient, a new review of medical research concluded.

Coloradans Still Back Legalized Marijuana, Poll Shows
April 28, 2014

Coloradans think marijuana legalization has been good for the state, though just 15 percent have bought pot since recreational sales began in January, according to a poll released Monday.

Medical marijuana could be legalized in New York this spring: advocates
April 28, 2014

Medical marijuana may finally be growing on New York State lawmakers.
April 27, 2014

Despite an increased emphasis on treatment and prevention programs in recent years, the Obama administration in its 2013 budget still requested $25.6 billion in federal spending on the drug war.

Massachusetts Governor Under Pressure To Speed Up Access To Medical Marijuana
April 26, 2014

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) is being pressured to speed up access to medical marijuana.

Colorado Lawmakers Plan To Boost Marijuana Profits
April 25, 2014

The federal government has reluctantly agreed to let Colorado be the first state to collect taxes from the legal sale of recreational marijuana, but it also has made clear it doesn't agree with the move and may try to stop it, if isn't tightly controlled.

Uruguay to limit cannabis purchases to 10 grams a week
April 25, 2014

In an attempt to thwart illegal resales, Uruguay is limiting licensed buyers of marijuana to 10 grams a week, as the South American country attempts to write its rules for its legal market in the drug, now two weeks overdue.

John Paul Stevens Thinks Marijuana Should Be Legalized
April 24, 2014

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens believes marijuana should be legalized by the federal government, predicting that the public will soon decide prohibiting the substance is "not worth the cost."

Uruguay To Limit Marijuana Buyers To 10 Grams A Week
April 24, 2014

Uruguay is still writing the rules for its legal marijuana market, two weeks overdue now, and President Jose Mujica has asked that no details be released until the regulations are finally published on Friday or Monday.

California County Tries To Ban Pot Farms As Medical Weed Business Thrives
April 24, 2014

Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California's cannabis industry.

Nobody Tell Chris Christie, But Colorado Might Have A Better 'Quality Of Life' Than New Jersey
April 24, 2014

On a recent radio program, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) slammed Colorado's recreational marijuana laws, which was not a surprise -- Christie has long been a vocal opponent of marijuana legalization in New Jersey.

Chris Christie Slams Colorado's Recreational Marijuana Laws
April 23, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a vocal opponent of marijuana legalization, said he thinks Colorado's recreational pot law has heralded a "quality of life" that New Jersey doesn't want.

GOP Lawmakers Target D.C.'s Effort To Decriminalize Marijuana
April 23, 2014

A Republican-led House subcommittee will hold a hearing next month to examine the District of Columbia's decision to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Childhood Cancer and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
April 23, 2014

"Your child has cancer." These are words no parent ever wants to hear.

In Brooklyn, Proposing to End Prosecutions for Low-Level Marijuana Offenses
April 23, 2014

The Brooklyn district attorney’s office will stop prosecuting people arrested on charges of possessing small amounts of marijuana, according to a confidential policy proposal that the district attorney, Kenneth P.
April 23, 2014

Parents and physicians concerned about an increase in adolescents' marijuana use following the legalization of medical marijuana can breathe a sigh of relief.

Marijuana news: Alaska's legalized pot measure expected to land on fall ballot
April 22, 2014

A proposal to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol is headed to the ballot in November, when voter turnout is expected to be strong, reports Politico and Alaska Public Media.

Pro-marijuana 4/20 events face backlash from legalization skeptics
April 22, 2014

A national anti-marijuana group has met with Obama administration officials to encourage the federal government to reverse legalization in Colorado and Washington.

With sales now legal, cannabis lovers take Denver's 420 weekend to new highs
April 22, 2014

Coming to the Mile High City this weekend was the perfect 65th birthday present for Karen Stevenson. She and her husband drove out of the Bible Belt to experience, for the first time, what it's like to buy and smoke weed legally.

Colorado Crime Rates Down 14.6% Since Legalizing Marijuana
April 22, 2014

Guess what happens when marijuana is legalized? Not only do you not have to steal it, but it also makes your state tons of cash while dropping crime rates in every conceivable fashion.

Marijuana-DUI Case Tossed by Arizona Supreme Court in Metabolite Ruling
April 22, 2014

Arizonans no longer risk getting a DUI for driving with an inactive metabolite of marijuana in their blood following a ruling by the state's high court.

Proposed initiative in Montana seeks to ban all marijuana
April 21, 2014

A Billings car-dealership owner is proposing a ballot measure to completely ban marijuana in Montana.

Obama plans clemency for hundreds of drug offenders
April 21, 2014

Scrawled on the inside of Barbara Scrivner's left arm is a primitive prison tattoo that says "Time Flies."

Marijuana Has Come A Long Way Since Last 4/20
April 20, 2014

What a difference a year makes.

The 11 Stupidest Arguments Against Legalizing Marijuana
April 20, 2014

A version of this story was first published in February.

Supporters Mobilize For Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative
April 20, 2014

One of the hottest political campaigns of 2014 will kick into high gear this weekend as proponents of legalizing medical marijuana mobilize for a day of political organizing.

The Pothead Stereotype Lives, Even Among Americans Ready To Legalize Marijuana
April 19, 2014

Americans may be ready to let people smoke marijuana legally, but they still take a rather dim view of those who do, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows.

These States Are Most Likely To Legalize Weed Next.
April 18, 2014

Here's the likely road ahead for legal marijuana:

NYC Police Making Fewer Marijuana Arrests, But There's Still A Huge Problem
April 18, 2014

For the second year in a row, the number of marijuana arrests in New York City has plummeted, but critics argue too many New Yorkers are still being busted for pot.

Here Are All The Drugs Americans Want To Legalize
April 17, 2014

A majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, polls now show. But that's where support for drug legalization ends.

Marijuana news: NCAA considers reducing penalty for athletes who test positive for pot
April 17, 2014

The NCAA is mulling a proposal to reduce the penalty for a student-athlete's positive marijuana test from a full-season suspension to a half-season, according to

Here's Why Every Pot Smoker Should Move To Massachusetts Right Now
April 17, 2014

Smoking marijuana is many, many times more likely to get you arrested in some states than in others, according to a new study by the information resource and community Addiction Treatment.

Here Are All The Drugs Americans Want To Legalize
April 17, 2014

A majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, polls now show. But that's where support for drug legalization ends.

Marijuana news: Casual pot use impacts brains of young adults, researchers find
April 16, 2014

Occasional marijuana use by young adults can alter areas of the brain controlling emotion, motivation, and decision making, according to research published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Israel Has The World’s Largest Medical Marijuana Program [Video]
April 16, 2014

Thousands in Israel now use cannabis to treat ailments ranging from Tourette’s syndrome to pediatric cancer, as research continues on the plant that many consider to be a ‘gift from God.’

Even The Nation's Top Law Enforcement Official Has Smoked Pot
April 15, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder said he smoked pot in college during an interview with HuffPost published Tuesday.

Maryland Marijuana Laws Leave Unanswered Questions
April 15, 2014

Now that the state's medical marijuana program has been revived, officials say it will take about 15 months for the first patients to buy the drug legally in Maryland. Shannon Moore hopes her twin sons survive.

Study: Marijuana legalization doesn’t increase crime
April 15, 2014

Three months after Colorado residents legalized recreational marijuana with the passage of Amendment 64 in Nov. 2012, Sheriff Tom Allman of Mendocio County, Calif.

How A Medical Marijuana Measure Could Boost Florida Democrats
April 14, 2014

Democrats in the nation's largest swing-state see the question of whether to legalize medical marijuana as a rare source of hope and high voter turnout in this year's midterm elections.

Maryland Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession
April 14, 2014

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has signed a bill decriminalizing marijuana possession in the state, following the passage of the measure in Maryland's General Assembly.

This Is What The World's Most 'Perfect' Marijuana Would Feel Like
April 14, 2014

Marijuana users really enjoy strong weed, but would prefer that it came without paranoia, memory loss and impaired ability to function.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Pitches New Plan For Medical Marijuana
April 11, 2014

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is working on a way to legalize medical marijuana for treatment of children with seizure disorders after a bill to do so died in the Georgia legislature last month, he said on Thursday.

Justice Department Approves Pot Background Checks By Washington State
April 11, 2014

After a year of requests, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it is giving Washington state access to an FBI database so it can conduct nationwide background checks on people who apply to run legal marijuana businesses.

Germany Marijuana Supporters Call On Parliament To Discuss Legalizing Marijuana
April 11, 2014

On the heels of Uruguay's recent decision to legalize the sale of marijuana, some Germans are arguing for their own high times.

Marijuana Supporters Worry Colorado Bills Target Pot-Using Parents
April 10, 2014

Bills recently introduced in the Colorado Senate may criminalize what's now the legal use and cultivation of marijuana by parents, according to some marijuana advocates.

Wisconsin May Become Next State To Legalize Marijuana Oil
April 10, 2014

Wisconsin may soon become one of the first states in the nation to legalize a marijuana extract for treating children who suffer from intractable seizure disorders.

Conventional Medicine “Doesn’t Work” says Cancer Doctor
April 10, 2014
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Here Are All The U.S. Senators And Governors Who Support Legalizing Marijuana
April 9, 2014

Marijuana is now legal in two states, and local politicians across the nation seem eager to expand that number, so let's take a look at the kind of support these lawmakers are getting from their governors and U.S. senators.

Most People Think Responsible Adults Can Occasionally Smoke Marijuana
April 9, 2014

Most Americans think people can be responsible adults while smoking marijuana now and then, according to a HuffPost/YouGov poll released Wednesday.

Oregon's Medical Marijuana Shops Are Under Added Scrutiny
April 8, 2014

A line of patients forms in the lobby of a medical marijuana shop called Cherry City Compassion as a worker checks IDs, enters names into a computer system and performs other duties required under a new state law.

Legal pot becomes a touchy workplace issue
April 8, 2014

Last month, Colorado diner owner Mark Rose posted an unusual job description: "Looking for part time experienced breakfast cook.

Martin O'Malley Expected To Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
April 7, 2014

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is expected to sign a marijuana decriminalization bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly Monday, the Washington Post reports.

Illinois May Soon Decriminalize Low-Level Marijuana Possession
April 5, 2014

Efforts toward legalizing marijuana in Illinois, where a medical marijuana pilot program was approved last year, could be on the verge of another big step forward.

Md. delegates try to revive bill to decriminalize marijuana; close vote expected Saturday
April 4, 2014

Members of the Maryland House of Delegates moved Friday to resurrect a bill on the chamber’s floor that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, just days after the measure was scuttled in committee.

Eric Holder Would Be 'Glad To Work With Congress' To Reschedule Marijuana
April 4, 2014

The Obama administration would be willing to work with Congress if lawmakers want to take marijuana off the list of what the federal government considers the most dangerous drugs, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday.

States rebel against powerful new painkiller
April 4, 2014

State officials around the country are rebelling over a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health authorities fear could worsen the nation's deadly scourge of heroin and prescription drug abuse.

Illinois' Epileptic Kids May Finally Get Access To Medical Marijuana
April 3, 2014

Illinois lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would qualify minors with epilepsy to be treated with medical marijuana.

More Pot, Safer Roads: Marijuana Legalization Could Bring Unexpected Benefits
April 3, 2014

The anti-pot group Project SAM claims drug test data show that marijuana legalization in Washington, approved by voters in that state at the end of 2012, already has made the roads more dangerous.

Poll: Three-Fourths of US Says Pot Will Be Legal
April 2, 2014

Three-fourths of Americans say it's inevitable that marijuana will be legal for recreational use across the nation...

DEA Chief: Marijuana Legalization Just 'Makes Us Fight Harder'
April 2, 2014

Far from being discouraged by the shifts in public opinion, state laws and even within the Obama administration on the legalization of marijuana, federal drug agents are now driven to "fight harder," Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart said Wednesday.

Influx Of New Hemp Bills Further Signifies America Is Turning A Corner On Marijuana
April 2, 2014

Since the beginning of the year, more than 70 bills related to hemp have been introduced in more than half of the states in the U.S.

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
April 1, 2014

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Monday signed a bill that decriminalizes possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana in the U.S. capital.

D.C.'s Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Heads To Congress After Being Signed
April 1, 2014

A bill to decriminalize less than an ounce of marijuana in D.C. was signed today by Mayor Vincent Gray, meaning it has just one last hurdle to jump before becoming law.

Non-psychoactive CBD oil made from marijuana plants poised to be game-changer
March 31, 2014

A Colorado marijuana innovation is changing the way lawmakers in even the most conservative parts of the country talk about cannabis and is poised to create a rapid expansion in the number of states that have legalized marijuana in some way.

Oregon Drops Proposed Ban On Pot-Laced Munchies
March 31, 2014

Oregon officials are backing off their proposal to prohibit sales of pot-infused treats at medical marijuana stores.

Pro-Marijuana Supporters Rally In Pa. Capitol
March 31, 2014

A few hundred people who want the state to change its marijuana laws are taking their campaign to the Pennsylvania Capitol.

Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Actually Reduce Crime, Study Says
March 28, 2014

Legalizing medical marijuana causes no increase in crime, according to a new study.

These States Are Ready To Break The Marijuana Taboo In The Conservative South
March 27, 2014

Any day now, Alabama -- which was ranked the most conservative state in the country by Gallup last year -- will become the first state in the South to legalize a type of medicine derived from marijuana.

Legislators Ask Why Mexicans Should Die Over A Drug The U.S. Is Legalizing
March 27, 2014

Two Mexican legislators say they're sick of cramming their jails full of pot smokers.

Maryland Lawmakers Advance Medical Marijuana Bill
March 26, 2014

A Maryland state Senate panel advanced a bill Tuesday that would overhaul the state's ineffective medical marijuana law.

Voters Say They're More Likely To Turn Out If Marijuana Is On The Ballot
March 26, 2014

The chance to vote on marijuana could persuade some voters to show up on Election Day, according to a George Washington University Battleground poll conducted by the bipartisan team of Lake Research Partners and the Tarrance Group.

How A Pot-Worshipping Church Could Play Into The Hobby Lobby Case
March 26, 2014

A federal government operation that placed an undercover agent in a small church in Hawaii wound up shutting down the institution, led to the loss of thousands of dollars worth of "sacramental" items...

Why Does Mainstream Media Portray Marijuana Users As Cheech and Chong Look-Alikes?
March 26, 2014

Global political and business leaders are talking seriously about ending marijuana prohibition everywhere from D.C. to Davos.

Colorado Supreme Court Lets Lawyers Work With Marijuana Businesses
March 25, 2014

Colorado lawyers who provide legal services to state-sanctioned medical and recreational marijuana businesses will not run afoul of attorney ethics regulations under a rule adopted on Monday by the state's highest court.

Medical marijuana may alleviate some symptoms of multiple sclerosis
March 25, 2014

Some forms of medical marijuana may help alleviate certain symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to new guidelines published in the journal Neurology.

Girl, 9, barred from school for shaving head to support friend with cancer back in class
March 25, 2014

A 9-year-old girl who was banned from school for shaving her head to support a friend with cancer was back in class Tuesday after reports of the disciplinary action surfaced.

Utah To Welcome Marijuana For Limited Medical Use
March 25, 2014

Parents of Utah children with severe epilepsy are cheering a new state law that allows them to obtain a marijuana extract they say helps with seizures, but procuring it involves navigating a thorny set of state and federal laws.

Confessions Of A Pot-Smoking Police Officer, Firefighter And Youth Pastor
March 25, 2014

Despite the increasing nationwide popularity of legalizing marijuana, admitting use for recreational or medical purposes, especially among certain professions, still has stigma attached.

Employers Can Fire You For Using Marijuana, But Brandon Coats' Case Could Change Everything
March 24, 2014

Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient from Colorado, was fired by Dish Network in 2010 for taking his medicine while off duty, in the privacy of his own home.

Bill To Legalize Recreational Weed Introduced In New Jersey
March 24, 2014

A New Jersey lawmaker introduced a bill Monday to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, according to multiple sources.

Anti-Drug Group Concedes That Marijuana Legalization 'Is Happening In America'
March 24, 2014

The CEO of Partnership at, best known for its 1980s "Your brain on drugs" ads, conceded during an interview with Advertising Age published Monday that the legalization of recreational marijuana in the U.S. "is happening."

Colorado seeks to educate public about marijuana
March 24, 2014

Colorado is trying to stay ahead of the curve as the state's landmark legalization of both recreational and medical marijuana heads into its fourth month by making cannabis information available to the public..

Marijuana May Ease Some Symptoms of MS, New Guidelines Find
March 24, 2014

Medical marijuana pills or an oral spray made from cannabis may help ease some of the painful spasms caused by multiple sclerosis that make day-to-day life hard for patients, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology.

For These Medical Marijuana Users, Weed Is More Than A Drug
March 21, 2014

Secret-sharing app Whisper gives users the ability to confess to anything, anonymously and without fear of being publicly shamed. Some confess about love and marriage, religion or work.

For These Medical Marijuana Users, Weed Is More Than A Drug
March 21, 2014

Secret-sharing app Whisper gives users the ability to confess to anything, anonymously and without fear of being publicly shamed. Some confess about love and marriage, religion or work.

California Lt. Gov. Totally Schools His Boss On Legal Marijuana
March 20, 2014

During a Tuesday morning appearance on MSNBC's "Ronan Farrow Daily," California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) made a strong departure from the marijuana policies of his boss, Gov. Jerry Brown (D).

Louisiana Bans Synthetic Marijuana Components Following Health Scare
March 20, 2014

Louisiana has banned the sale and use of eight compounds marketed as synthetic marijuana to stem an increase in the use of the drugs that have sent scores of people to hospitals with dangerous reactions to toxins, officials said on Thursday.

Americans Think Congress Is Probably Kind Of High, Don't Really Care
March 19, 2014

Americans suspect that a pretty significant number of their representatives in Congress smoke marijuana, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds. But the poll also shows that most aren't especially concerned about their representatives' toking habits.

Dianne Feinstein Opposes Marijuana Legalization
March 19, 2014

Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday joined Gov. Jerry Brown in expressing skepticism about legalizing marijuana in California for recreational purposes.

The DEA Isn't Destroying As Much Weed As It Used To
March 18, 2014

The Drug Enforcement Administration destroyed fewer marijuana plants in 2012 and 2013 combined than it did in 2010 alone, according to newly available statistics, although officials did not suggest this was an agency goal.

Medical marijuana research for PTSD clears major hurdle
March 18, 2014

A researcher at the University of Arizona is a step closer to studying how medical marijuana affects veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Medical Marijuana Receives Strong Majority Support In Iowa
March 17, 2014

A high number of Iowa voters support medical marijuana, a new poll finds.

Marijuana news: Feds approve University of Arizona study on pot and PTSD
March 17, 2014

The federal government has given a green light to a University of Arizona researcher who plans to look at whether marijuana helps veterans with post-traumatic stress.

Marijuana Study in Veterans Wins Federal Backing
March 17, 2014

The federal government has signed off on a long-stalled study looking at marijuana as a treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

A day in the life of a marijuana lobbyist
March 17, 2014

In the center of the crowded basement cafeteria of the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, Big Pot’s mobile war room was humming.

House Republicans Want To Sue The President For Not Arresting People For Marijuana
March 14, 2014

The Republican-controlled House passed legislation on Thursday to force President Barack Obama to crack down on states that have legalized marijuana in any form.

Maryland Senate Advances Marijuana Decriminalization Measure
March 14, 2014

The Maryland state Senate advanced a marijuana decriminalization measure on Friday.

FBI Balks At Pot Background Checks In Washington State
March 14, 2014

The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado.

Dem Congressman Guesses 5 Percent Of His Colleagues Are Using Marijuana
March 13, 2014

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) said he thinks of all his colleagues in Congress, around 5 percent currently use marijuana.

4 Ridiculous Ways People Are Trying to Make Weed Upscale
March 13, 2014

As soon as something taboo goes mainstream, businesses will find a way to attract the money of your Aunt Doris. And with the legalization of marijuana building momentum, the future of pot smoking is going to be a lot more mom-and-pop friendly than you could ever imagine.

Nevada health dept. allows treating PTSD with marijuana
March 13, 2014

Medical marijuana can be prescribed to treat a variety of symptoms, but it's still widely unknown if it can help veterans.

WSJ Poll: Candy Is Dandy But Pot Is Less Harmful
March 12, 2014

What’s worse for your health: a candy bar or a joint?

Medical marijuana and 'the entourage effect'
March 11, 2014

In the early 1960s, a young postdoctoral student stumbled onto something that puzzled him.

Colorado's 'Don't Drive Stoned' Ads Poke Fun At Stoners For A Serious Reason
March 11, 2014

Weed is legal in Colorado; driving high isn't.

Many CPAC Attendees Say Marijuana Should Be Legalized
March 10, 2014

This year's Conservative Political Action Conference was teeming with young people, many of whom sported "Stand with Rand" T-shirts in both an homage to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and a sign of the spread of libertarianism among young Republicans.

Sanjay Gupta Says Medical Marijuana Should Be Legalized Federally
March 10, 2014

In the past year, Sanjay Gupta has made no secret of his support for medical marijuana.

Marijuana Use On The Rise Among Aging Baby Boomers
March 10, 2014

Like many other Americans, when lawyer Keith Stroup comes home after a long day at work, he likes to unwind by pouring a glass of wine, sitting on the couch and enjoying the news. But first he’ll roll a joint.

Medical marijuana refugees: 'This was our only hope'
March 10, 2014

They've come from as far away as Australia and Canada, or as close as Oklahoma.

California Democrats Back Marijuana Legalization In Party Platform
March 9, 2014

California Democrats have approved a party platform including a plank calling for marijuana legalization, marking a major shift for the state party.

California Lawmaker Wants To Regulate Medical Marijuana Industry
March 9, 2014

Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed.

Men's Health - The Truth About Medical Marijuana
March 7, 2014

THE POT DOCTOR HAS A BACKACHE. As Mahmoud ElSohly, Ph.D. shakes my hand, he’s wincing. Two days ago, ElSohly—the director of the University of Mississippi’s Marijuana Project—bent down the wrong way and threw out his back. 

Marijuana Extract Could Help Epileptic Children In Wisconsin, If It Can Pass
March 7, 2014

Nic Volker, 9, has an average of 100 seizures a day. "He used to have to wear a helmet all the time," says his mom, Amylynne Santiago Volker. "Because they'd just throw him right off his feet."

A Columbia Professor Reveals The Shocking Reality Of Drug Addiction
March 7, 2014

A Columbia professor is challenging everything we thought we knew about drug addiction.

Stoned Driving Standards Could Get A Push From Congress
March 7, 2014

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) introduced a bill Thursday that would require states that have legalized recreational or medical marijuana to create a standard for determining when a driver is under the influence of pot.

Huge Support For Medical Marijuana, Even Where It's Not Legal Now
March 6, 2014

A large majority of Americans want to see medical marijuana legalized, even among people who indicate they live in states where it's now illegal...

Sanjay Gupta 'Doubles Down' On Support For Medical Marijuana
March 6, 2014

Although it has been about eight months since Sanjay Gupta last wrote about his support for medical marijuana -- when he apologized for misleading the public on weed...

Washington State Issues First Legal Pot License
March 5, 2014

Washington state has issued its first legal marijuana license, launching a new phase in the state's ambitious effort to regulate a market that has been illegal for more than 75 years.

John Boehner: Congress Will 'Look At' D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
March 5, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner says he's sure Congress will look at a law passed by the D.C. Council that decriminalizes possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in the nation's capital.

Gupta: 'I am doubling down' on medical marijuana
March 5, 2014

It's been eight months since I last wrote about medical marijuana, apologizing for having not dug deeply into the beneficial effects of this plant and for writing articles dismissing its potential.

The Feds Toss A Pot Shop Worker In Prison, But They Think He's Got A Bright Future
March 4, 2014

The efforts of Justice Department prosecutors may be sending former pot shop worker Robert Duncan to prison for two years, but they wanted a federal judge to know they think he's a really great guy.

Our Nation's Capital Just Took A Big Step Toward Ending Marijuana Prohibition
March 4, 2014

The D.C. Council voted 10-1 Tuesday on a bill that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana in the nation’s capital.

Bills Legalizing Cannabidiol Oil Advance In Georgia, Utah
March 4, 2014

Bills to legalize the marijuana extract cannabidiol were passed by the Georgia House of Representatives and the Utah House of Representatives on Monday.

DEA Official: 'Every Single Parent' Opposes Marijuana Legalization
March 4, 2014

A top Drug Enforcement Administration official said Tuesday that legalizing marijuana "insults our common values" and insisted that "every single parent out there" opposed legalization.

'I'm Going To Prison For Working At A Pot Shop That Was Legal In My State'
March 3, 2014

Robert Duncan moved from Los Angeles to Northern California in 2010 to manage marijuana growing operations for a collective of medical marijuana dispensaries.

Jerry Brown Opposes Legal Pot Because 'We Need To Stay Alert'
March 3, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said Sunday that he is not convinced legalizing marijuana is a good idea because the population needs to "stay alert."

‘Mommy lobby’ emerges as a powerful advocate for medical marijuana for children
March 3, 2014

Standing in a Wisconsin State Capitol hearing room surrounded by parents hugging their seriously ill children, Sally Schaeffer began to cry as she talked about her daughter.

Jerry Brown Opposes Legal Pot Because 'We Need To Stay Alert'
March 3, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said Sunday that he is not convinced legalizing marijuana is a good idea because the population needs to "stay alert."

Doctors warn new FDA-approved painkiller is deadly dangerous
February 28, 2014

A new painkiller set to hit the market in March is coming under heavy fire from doctors and lawmakers warning of its powerful ability to kill.

Marijuana's Risks Don't Justify Its Prohibition
February 27, 2014

U.S. News contributor Carrie Wofford argues that adults who choose to consume marijuana ought to remain criminals...

Pivotal Point Is Seen as More States Consider Legalizing Marijuana
February 27, 2014

A little over a year after Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana, more than half the states, including some in the conservative South, are considering decriminalizing the drug.

Obama: 'I Got High, Not Always Thinking About The Harm It Could Do'
February 27, 2014

President Barack Obama on Thursday launched his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative...

Recreational marijuana proposal certified for Alaska ballot
February 27, 2014

Alaska voters will decide this summer whether America's Last Frontier will become the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana.

Medical marijuana workers start unionizing with government help
February 27, 2014

Marijuana may still be illegal at the federal level, but the US labor board believes pot workers still have the same rights as any other American employee.

Tears flow before historic committee approval of cannabis oil bill
February 27, 2014

A southeastern Kentucky mother's tearful testimony brought sympathy from a Kentucky Senate committee, which approved a bill allowing cannabis oil for medical uses.

Parents plead for expanding N.J. medical marijuana program
February 27, 2014

The parents of some sick children joined Democratic lawmakers at New Jersey's Statehouse in pushing for changes to the Garden State's medical marijuana program.

5 Questions You Should Be Asking About Legal Weed (Even If You Support It)
February 26, 2014

The future of legal marijuana is becoming less hazy every day: Americans are continuing to support legalization in record numbers, apparently no longer swayed...

Christian Pot Dispensary Takes On The IRS
February 26, 2014

A Christian medical marijuana dispensary and advocacy group could set a precedent for the industry’s financial rights after presenting arguments before a U.S. Tax Court in San Francisco.

Just Say No To These 11 Outrageous Arguments Against Legalizing Marijuana
February 25, 2014

Nearly 80 years ago, the feature film "Reefer Madness" hit theaters, projecting demonstrably false anti-marijuana propaganda all over the big screen.

Rhode Island Governor Offers Amazingly Stoner-Sounding Idea For Pot Revenues
February 25, 2014

During a Monday appearance on HuffPost Live, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D) discussed one of the most stoner-sounding ideas for putting marijuana tax revenues to good use in his state.

Marijuana news: Colorado governor warns other states about legalizing pot
February 24, 2014

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told a group of reporters at last week's National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C., that he'd been approached by a half-dozen other governors about legalizing marijuana.

Governors Take Cautious Approach To Marijuana Legalization Despite Public Support
February 23, 2014

All the buzz at the National Governors Association meeting over legalizing pot, some say, is just smoke.

Big Bag Of Weed Donated To Salvation Army
February 23, 2014

An act of charity may end badly for one donor to a Pennsylvania Salvation Army outlet.

Missouri lawmakers to consider legalizing medical marijuana
February 23, 2014

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon told a national audience that the legislature would consider medical marijuana, but his words were met with mixed reaction here in Kansas City.

Obama's Marijuana Banking Rules Don't Change Anything, Bankers Say
February 21, 2014

Last week, the Obama administration announced new guidelines that it portrayed as a drastic change to the way marijuana businesses interact with banking services.

Marijuana May Prevent Blindness In Retinitis Pigmentosa Sufferers
February 21, 2014

It's long been accepted that marijuana has direct benefits for glaucoma patients, but a new study suggests that pot may also prevent blindness for sufferers of another disease.

Uh Oh: Politicians Formerly Against Medical Marijuana Now Singing Praises of Cannabidiol
February 21, 2014

State lawmakers who have steadfastly opposed the legalization of medical marijuana are suddenly singing the praises of cannabidiol. What gives?

Rick Steves Is 'Tired' Of The Racist War On Weed
February 20, 2014

Rick Steves, the European travel expert and longtime advocate for legal marijuana, says newly implemented laws in Colorado and Washington are key first steps in changing the national conversation on pot.

Maryland Governor Hopeful Compares Marijuana Legalization To Marriage Equality Fight
February 20, 2014

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, who is running in the Democratic primary to succeed Martin O'Malley as the state's governor, compared efforts to legalize marijuana to the fight for marriage equality, saying he believes change will come incrementally.

Legal Pot To Generate $190 Million For Washington: Report
February 20, 2014

Washington's new legal recreational marijuana market is expected to bring nearly $190 million to state coffers over a four-year period starting in mid-2015, according to an economic forecast released Wednesday.

The myths of marijuana: Former DEA chief says pot legalization a 'disaster'
February 20, 2014

These days, former DEA administrator Peter Bensinger is like a lonely voice crying out in the wilderness – an anti-drug crusader who served three American presidents, now battling the perils of pot at a time when legalization is all the rage.

Epilepsy Foundation Calls for Increased Medical Marijuana Access and Research
February 20, 2014

With Commentary from Orrin Devinsky, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, Director, NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Member of Epilepsy Foundation National Board of Directors.

John Hickenlooper: Colorado Pot Market Exceeds Tax Hopes
February 19, 2014

Colorado's legal marijuana market is far exceeding tax expectations, according to a budget proposal released Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper that gives the first official estimate of how much the state expects to make from pot taxes.

California Likely Won't Be Voting On Legal Weed This Year
February 19, 2014

Leading marijuana policy groups have decided against putting a legal pot initiative on this year's ballot in California, opting to wait for 2016 instead.

State to Maine legislators: Let armed agents join inspections of licensed pot growers
February 19, 2014

The state wants armed drug enforcement agents to accompany health inspectors when they visit the operations of licensed medical marijuana caregivers, a Department of Health and Human Services official told lawmakers Tuesday.

Protective Effects of Cannabidiol Against Hippocampal Cell Death and Cognitive Impairment Induced by Bilateral Common Carotid Artery Occlusion in Mice.
February 19, 2014

The present study investigated whether cannabidiol (CBD), a major non-psychoactive constituent of marijuana, protects against hippocampal neurodegeneration and cognitive deficits induced by brain ischemia in adult mice.

How safe is Colorado's legalized marijuana?
February 19, 2014

It has been seven weeks since Colorado made history becoming the first state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana, but the demand is greater than expected and while above-board, the drug itself could contain surprises.

Poll: Support grows to legalize medical, recreational marijuana in New York
February 18, 2014

According to the poll, 89% of New York state denizens support making medical marijuana legal, and 57% favor legalizing recreational pot.

Special Pot Strain Seems To Help Kids With Seizures, But Worries Doctors
February 18, 2014

The doctors were out of ideas to help 5-year-old Charlotte Figi.

Parents move to Colorado for 'miracle' pot for children
February 18, 2014

Greta Botker has been through more adversity in her short life than most adults.

A Majority Of New Yorkers Are Cool With Legalizing Weed
February 17, 2014

An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers support legalizing medical marijuana across the state, a new poll shows, while a slimmer majority also support legalizing small amounts of weed for recreational use.

German Study: Cannabinoids May Effectively Treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
February 17, 2014

As we know, medical marijuana has been used to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) for quite some time.

These Countries Mull Over Marijuana Legalization After Uruguay Ruling
February 16, 2014

The marijuana legalization experiments underway in Washington state, Colorado and Uruguay have prompted or accelerated discussion about changing pot laws in many nations...

Jose Mujica To United States: Legalize Weed
February 15, 2014

The president of Uruguay wants more countries to legalize weed.

DEA's Own Hiring Policy Admits Pot Isn't As Bad As Other Drugs
February 15, 2014

As Drug Enforcement Administration officials warn of the threat of legalizing marijuana and insist that it's one of the "most dangerous" controlled substances out there...

Politics Feds Let Banks and Marijuana Sellers Do Business
February 15, 2014

The Obama administration on Friday gave banks a road map for conducting transactions with legal marijuana sellers so these new businesses can stash away savings, make payroll and pay taxes like any other enterprise. It's not clear banks will get on board.

Number Of Children Seeking Medical Marijuana Soars In Colorado
February 14, 2014

The number of children and young people on Colorado's medical marijuana registry surged in 2013, according to the latest data from the state's Department of Public Health and Environment.

Mexico City Mulls Legalizing Sale of Marijuana
February 14, 2014

Leftist lawmakers on Thursday proposed allowing the sale of marijuana within Mexico City, seeking to join Uruguay and the U.S. states of Washington and Colorado in creating legal markets for the drug.

Melin challenges cops on pot opposition
February 14, 2014

Medical marijuana bill sponsor says police agencies are hooked on drug-enforcement dollars

Scott Walker: 'It's A Big Jump' Between Having A Beer And Smoking Marijuana
February 13, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said "it's a big jump" between having a beer and smoking pot.

Bill Would Allow Drug Czar To Study And Support Marijuana Legalization
February 13, 2014

The Office of National Drug Control Policy is prohibited by law from studying or lending support to the potential benefits of marijuana.

18 Members Of Congress Call On Obama To Drop Marijuana From 'Most Dangerous' Category
February 12, 2014

Over a dozen members of Congress are calling on President Barack Obama to reschedule marijuana, with one congressman describing the drug's current classification as "arbitrary and incorrect."

Wendy Davis Says She Supports Medical Marijuana
February 12, 2014

Democratic candidate for Texas governor Wendy Davis said Tuesday that she supports the use of medical marijuana and would consider decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the substance.

Bill to legalize, regulate marijuana in RI to be introduced today/ Poll
February 12, 2014

Legislation that would legalize marijuana for anyone at least 21 years old and establish a system to regulate and tax the drug will be introduced this afternoon at the State House.

Son writes message in snow to cancer-stricken mom
February 12, 2014

Chicago teen who carved out "HI MOM" with a smiley face in the snow on the unplowed roof of a garage that his mom could see out her hospital window. He added a "God bless you” for patients, who were touched.

Here's Why Obama Needs To Stop Treating Marijuana Like Heroin
February 12, 2014

Although the letter 18 members of Congress sent to President Barack Obama demanding marijuana be removed from a list of the most dangerous controlled substances was largely symbolic, downgrading pot could actually have some real-world benefits.

Marijuana May Stop The Spread Of HIV, Study Finds
February 11, 2014

Marijuana has long been used to effectively treat symptoms associated with HIV, such as chronic pain and weight loss.

Kentucky Considers Legalizing Medical Marijuana
February 11, 2014

The Bluegrass State is considering legalizing medical marijuana.

Hemp Makes Big Strides: It’s Now Legal To Grow In Certain States
February 11, 2014

Cannabis continues to make head way on the political front as more states and provinces consider legalizing the plant. As this happens, Cannabis’ close cousin Hemp is making strides in becoming legal to grown once again.

Study: Smoking Marijuana Not Linked with Lung Damage
February 10, 2014

Marijuana smokers performed better on tests of lung function compared to nonsmokers and cigarette smokers.

Marijuana Farmers Unlikely To See Farm Tax Perks
February 10, 2014

Marijuana farmers and agricultural tax breaks are the next wrinkle facing the states that have legal weed as lawmakers debate how to tax the product while it's growing.

Legal Pot Coming Soon? 50-State Marijuana Law Roundup.
February 10, 2014

The march towards good sense and marijuana freedom continues apace. To give a glimpse of what’s in store for 2014, here’s a 50-state guide to legislation and ballot measures that are in the works thus far this year.

Poll: Coloradans still support marijuana legalization but have doubts
February 10, 2014

More than half of Coloradans say marijuana legalization has been bad for the state's image, even though a majority also continue to support the new laws, according to a poll released Monday.

Medical Marijuana Gains Momentum In The Deep South
February 9, 2014

Medical marijuana has been a non-starter in recent years in the Deep South, where many Republican lawmakers feared it could lead to widespread drug use and social ills.

This Is Why So Many Reasonable People Think Anti-Marijuana Crusaders Look Ridiculous
February 7, 2014

Earlier this week, the official Twitter account of the Drug Free America Foundation posed this question: "What happens if marijuana is legalized?"

Safety First: Let's Be Careful with Edible Marijuana
February 7, 2014

We are witnessing the beginning of the end of our disastrous war on drugs.

Missouri Considers Repealing Harsh Possession Laws To Allow Recreational Marijuana Use
February 6, 2014

In Missouri, which has some of the nation's harshest marijuana laws, there are two separate efforts underway to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Marijuana Decriminalization Advances In Washington, D.C.
February 5, 2014

The D.C. Council has approved a watered-down marijuana decriminalization bill that maintains criminal penalties for smoking in public.

Obama Admin Pot Policy Dazed, Confusing to Many
February 5, 2014

Figuring out where the Obama administration stands on marijuana is starting to get as confusing as remembering which one is Cheech and which one is Chong.

Weed-Legalizing President Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize
February 5, 2014

Uruguay’s weed-legalizing president will have another shot at winning a Nobel Peace Prize.

California May Legalize Marijuana In 2014
February 4, 2014

An initiative that would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana in California was cleared for signature gathering by the state attorney general on Friday.

Feds Mum As D.C. Prepares To Decriminalize Pot Possession
February 4, 2014

With the nation's capital on the brink of essentially decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, federal law enforcement and members of Congress are staying out of the D.C. Council's debate.

Alaska Voters May Legalize Marijuana This Summer
February 4, 2014

Enough petition signatures have been verified to place an initiative seeking to legalize marijuana on the ballot this summer in Alaska, election officials said Tuesday.

D.C. Council Endorses Pot Decriminalization as Legalization Fight Looms
February 4, 2014

The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to give preliminary approval to a bill that would decriminalize possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana.

Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Lead To Fewer Suicides
February 4, 2014

A team of economists' newly published report in the American Journal of Public Health suggests states that have legalized medical marijuana may see a reduction in suicide rates in young men.

Oregon Governor Signals Support For Legal Marijuana
February 3, 2014

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber told newspaper editors last week that the Beaver State needs to get ready for legal weed.

Poll: Hawaii Support for Marijuana Law Reform Grows
February 2, 2014

A new poll shows a big increase in support for an overhaul of Hawaii marijuana laws.

'This Week': Marijuana in Colorado
February 2, 2014

ABC's Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser examines Colorado's legalization of marijuana.

Meet The Children Who Rely On Marijuana To Survive
January 31, 2014

Since he was just a few months old, 10-year-old Zaki Jackson has suffered from a rare form of epilepsy that, at its worst, causes him to have thousands of seizures a day.

Heather Mizeur Receives Marijuana Reform Group Endorsement In Maryland Governor's Race
January 31, 2014

Maryland State Del. Heather Mizeur (D), who is seeking the Democratic nomination to succeed Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), announced Friday that she has received the endorsement of the political arm of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Bringing Marijuana On Flights From Washington And Colorado Carries Few Legal Risks
January 30, 2014

Among the many oddities that have arisen from marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado is this: It can be easier to get through airport security with a bag of weed than a bottle of water.

'9 Percent of Those Who Use Cannabis Become Dependent' Is Based on Drug War Diagnostics and Bad Science
January 30, 2014

Recently, on a segment with Anderson Cooper on CNN that aired one week into the overall excitement after legal adult cannabis sales had started in Colorado.

Legalize It -- The Economic Argument
January 30, 2014

Just as the Super Bowl is a monument to commerce, arguments about legalizing marijuana tend to contain a lot of dollar signs.

Mother fights for medical cannabis
January 30, 2014

Heather Shuker of Pittsburgh was scheduled to speak at a recent hearing on medical marijuana at the state Capitol.

Obama Says Exactly Zero Words About Pot, Drug Policy Or Criminal Justice Reform In SOTU
January 29, 2014

President Barack Obama didn't mention criminal justice, drug policy or marijuana in his 2014 State of the Union address at all.

Holder Says Legal Marijuana Won’t Make Kids Toke Up
January 29, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that just because states are legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes doesn’t mean minors will be able to roll up a joint.

Congressmen: DEA Administrator 'Completely Incompetent,' Should 'Assume a Japanese Posture and Resign'
January 29, 2014

Marijuana activists are calling on President Barack Obama to fire Drug Enforcement Administration leader Michele Leonhart for insubordination after she denounced the president's opinion that marijuana is less dangerous to consume than alcohol.

Parents press for pot-based remedy for children with chronic seizures
January 28, 2014

Jacel Delgadillo said she has tried a host of treatments to help her 2-year-old son, Bruno, cope with severe seizures triggered by a rare form of epilepsy, from a special diet to more than a dozen medications. But nothing has worked.

Marijuana Use During Pregnancy Affects Babies' Brain Development (STUDY)
January 28, 2014

Using marijuana during pregnancy could affect a baby's brain development by interfering with how brain cells are wired, a new study in mice and human tissue suggests.

Florida Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Initiative To Go On November Ballot
January 28, 2014

A Florida measure that would allow the use of medical marijuana has cleared its final hurdle and will be on the November ballot.

Congress On The Verge Of Giving Key Approval To Legal Hemp
January 28, 2014

A provision in the new $1.1 trillion farm bill, finalized by Congress Monday, legalizes the production of industrial hemp for research purposes and is set to move forward, pending a House and Senate vote expected Wednesday.

China is cornering the cannabis patent market
January 27, 2014

More than half of the over 600 cannabis-related patents registered with the United Nations’ global intellectual property agency belong to Chinese companies.

DEA Chief Slams Obama For Pot Remarks: Reports
January 27, 2014

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration slammed President Barack Obama this week for saying marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol, according to a report Saturday in the Boston Herald.

Court approves medical marijuana vote in Florida
January 27, 2014

A proposed constitutional amendment to allow the medical use of marijuana will go before Florida voters in November after the state Supreme Court narrowly approved the ballot language Monday.

These States Are Opening Up To Brave New Weed Laws
January 25, 2014

The tide may be turning on marijuana legalization.

Earl Blumenauer Wants Obama To Drop Marijuana From Dangerous Drug List
January 25, 2014

With federal law enforcement officials moving to make it easier for marijuana businesses to operate in states where they are legal.

Piers, Coulter battle over 'potheads'
January 24, 2014

Piers Morgan and Ann Coulter debate the legalization of marijuana comparing it to smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol.

Medical marijuana has enough signatures for ballot
January 24, 2014

The medical marijuana petition drive has the necessary signatures needed to get on the 2014 ballot and now just needs approval from the state Supreme Court before Floridians can vote on the issue.

Marijuana Ads Banned On Google, Facebook And Twitter
January 23, 2014

"Ganjapreneurs" are going to have to find another way to market their legal products online because Google, Facebook and Twitter are not going to let marijuana businesses advertise on their websites.

Marijuana news: Obama's views on cannabis spark debate
January 23, 2014

President Barack Obama made big news this week with his remarks on marijuana legalization in an interview with David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker.

Study: Marijuana Use May Predispose Offspring To Drug Addiction
January 23, 2014

Study: Marijuana Use May Predispose Offspring To Drug Addiction

Tom Ammiano: 'This Is The Time To Strike' On Marijuana Reform
January 23, 2014

California Assembly member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) said in a statement Tuesday that "this is the time to strike" on marijuana reform in the state.

Obama, Harry Reid Invited To Take Marijuana Tour In Colorado
January 23, 2014

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) has invited President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to join him on a marijuana tour in Colorado, following the rollout of the state's new law legalizing the sale of recreational pot.

Georgia Bill To Legalize Cannabidiol Oil Inspired By Politician's Visit With 4-Year-Old
January 23, 2014

A Republican lawmaker in Georgia is planning to unveil a bill to legalize a medicine derived from marijuana after paying a visit last week to a local 4-year-old girl whose severe seizure disorder could be mitigated by the substance.

Eric Holder Just Announced A Major Shift On U.S. Marijuana Policy
January 23, 2014

U.S. treasury and law enforcement agencies will soon issue regulations opening banking services to state-sanctioned marijuana businesses even though cannabis remains classified an illegal narcotic under federal law, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday.

Frankincense More Effective Than Chemotherapy In Killing Ovarian Cancer Cells, Study Says
January 23, 2014

New research discovered that a cure for ovarian cancer can be found in an aromatic resin that grows in trees in Africa. What is this magical gum? Frankincense. 

Indiana Considers Decriminalizing Small Amounts Of Marijuana
January 22, 2014

Indiana, which has some of the harshest marijuana laws in the nation, is thinking about decriminalizing the possession of smaller amounts of the drug.

Bill To Legalize Marijuana Introduced In Oklahoma
January 22, 2014

Oklahoma, which has some of the strictest marijuana laws of any state in the nation, is considering a bill to fully legalize marijuana.

VIDEO: Boomers Are Hopping On The Marijuana Bandwagon
January 22, 2014

We've come a long way since President Nixon declared drugs "public enemy number one" in the 1970s and now new statistics suggest the fight to legalize marijuana has a surprising ally.

New Mexico Lawmaker Introduces Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
January 21, 2014

A New Mexico lawmaker has introduced a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the southwestern state.

Bill Gates Backs Marijuana Legalization In His State
January 21, 2014

Bill Gates voted “yes” on the 2012 referendum that legalized marijuana in his home state, he told BuzzFeed in an interview Tuesday.

Patrick Kennedy to President Obama: Pot has changed
January 21, 2014

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy says President Barack Obama is wrong about the dangers of marijuana, saying that the drug today is not like what the president smoked in his youth.

Medical marijuana production in Canada set for dramatic change
January 20, 2014

Brendan Kennedy doesn’t fit the stereotypical image of a marijuana grower.

Ex-DEA Agent Finds Unlikely New Role In Marijuana Investment Firm
January 20, 2014

In a decade with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Patrick Moen rose to supervise a team of agents busting methamphetamine and heroin rings in Oregon - before giving it all up to join the nascent legal marijuana industry in nearby Washington state.

Obama: Marijuana No More Dangerous Than Alcohol
January 19, 2014

With a majority of Americans now in favor marijuana legalization, President Barack Obama is now saying weed is no more dangerous to individuals' health than alcohol.

Key Christian Conservative Admits Medical Marijuana Has Benefits
January 18, 2014

Colorado may have legalized recreational marijuana use, but one prominent Christian conservative says it's only a matter of time before those laws are rolled back, even as he conceded that the substance may have some legitimate medical benefits.

Colorado's legal cannabis not welcomed in neighboring states
January 17, 2014

Is Colorado's newly-enacted cannabis law creating a new war between the states?

DEA: State Marijuana Legalization 'Reckless And Irresponsible'
January 16, 2014

The decision of Washington state and Colorado to legalize a plant directly responsible for the deaths of zero people is "reckless and irresponsible," a top Drug Enforcement Administration official said Wednesday.

Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures
January 16, 2014

Florida may soon become the latest state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. Advocates there are gathering signatures to put a medical marijuana referendum on the fall ballot.

Pot Amnesty Boxes Going Up At Colorado Airport
January 15, 2014

Amnesty boxes are going up at the Colorado Springs airport for those who didn't realize that it's illegal to carry pot on a plane.

West Virginia Lawmakers May Be Next To Consider Legal Medical Marijuana
January 15, 2014

A bill legalizing medical marijuana in West Virginia may be introduced this session, the News and Sentinel newspaper reported Monday.

NH House gives preliminary OK to legalizing recreational marijuana, but bill faces long odds
January 15, 2014

New Hampshire's House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to legalizing up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use for anyone age 21 and older, but the measure faces long odds of becoming law.

Republican senator tells medical marijuana supporters to focus on cannabis oil
January 15, 2014

A Republican senator not only gave medical marijuana supporters a voice at the state Capitol on Wednesday, she provided them advice.

3-year-old is focus of medical marijuana battle
January 15, 2014

He's only 3 years old, but Landon Riddle is already the focus of a medical marijuana fight in Colorado.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Hates His State's Legal Weed 'Experiment'
January 14, 2014

Recreational marijuana is now legal for adults to purchase in Colorado. Those same adults have been able to possess and consume pot legally since 2012, when voters approved Amendment 64.

'Don't Drive Stoned' Ads To Launch In Colorado
January 14, 2014

Colorado will warn motorists against driving stoned in a campaign backed by $430,000 in new federal funding, officials said on Monday, two weeks after the first U.S. recreational marijuana retail shops opened in the state.

Colorado Marijuana Arrests Continue Despite Legalization
January 14, 2014

Coloradans voted to legalize marijuana in November 2012 and pot-related arrests plummeted in 2013. Despite the decline, more than 1,000 people were charged in Colorado last year with possession of less than 2 ounces of the drug.

How To Make Weed Butter, For Those Of You Who Can Now (VIDEO)
January 13, 2014

In case you were not already aware, the sale and purchase of marijuana for recreational purposes is now legal in Colorado, and will soon be legal in Washington state.

Pot Smokers Might Not Turn into Dopes after All
January 13, 2014

Revisiting data casts doubt on the link between heavy cannabis use and declining IQ.

Banks Say No to Marijuana Money, Legal or Not
January 12, 2014

In his second-floor office above a hair salon in north Seattle, Ryan Kunkel is seated on a couch placing $1,000 bricks of cash — dozens of them — in a rumpled brown paper bag. 

Republicans Expect To Lose Fight Over Gay Marriage, Legal Marijuana
January 11, 2014

Americans of all stripes predict more states will allow same-sex marriage and recreational marijuana by the end of 2014, a HuffPost/YouGov poll finds, even though other surveys have shown Republicans still oppose permitting either.

Airport seeks medical marijuana ban, patients outraged
January 10, 2014

Medical marijuana patients and advocates are in an uproar over a new proposal to completely ban all marijuana at Denver International Airport.

France Legalizes Marijuana-Based Drug To Treat Multiple Sclerosis
January 10, 2014

The French drug safety agency has approved commercial sales of a medicine derived from cannabis for the first time in France.

Toddler Seizures Treated with Medical Marijuana
January 9, 2014

Four-year-old Connor Dalby is a vision of love for his mother, Kelley.

CNN Morality Poll Reveals Surprising Trends In America
January 9, 2014

A recent CNN poll demonstrates the rapidly increasing support for the legalization of marijuana in America, but the survey also revealed American attitudes about the morality of various other actions.

Scientists identify hormone that blocks marijuana buzz
January 8, 2014

In a study of rats, the steroid hormone pregnenolone appeared to cancel out the high caused by THC by reducing the activity of a particular brain molecule, French researchers reported.

Rep. Diana DeGette: Colorado Sold Legal Weed And 'Guess What? The World Didn't End'
January 8, 2014

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), one of the House Democrats' chief deputy whips, sent an email to her supporters Monday night with glowing praise for her state's recreational marijuana sales, which began New Year's Day.

Alaska could become the third state to legalize marijuana—as soon as August
January 8, 2014

A group of activists in favor of legalizing marijuana say they’ve turned in more than enough signatures to qualify for an August ballot vote.

Legalizing marijuana in U.S. gets conservative supporter
January 7, 2014

The growing campaign for legalizing marijuana has what would appear to be an unlikely supporter: the National Review.

CNN Poll: Support for legal marijuana soaring
January 7, 2014

In a major turnaround from past decades, a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, according to a new poll.

Florida Marijuana Ballot Petition Nears Goal, Activists Say
January 7, 2014

Organizers of a Florida campaign for medical use of marijuana say they expect to submit enough voter signatures this week to get the issue on ballots in time for the November election, adding further momentum to a national campaign to reform laws banning the drug.

Implementation of Illinois' Medical Marijuana Program Could Be Delayed for a Year or More
January 6, 2014

As of January 1, Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program laws officially went into effect, but individuals that would qualify for the state's program may have to wait another year or more before they're able to utilize said laws.

Should All States Legalize Pot? Here's What Boomers Have To Say
January 6, 2014

For more than 70 years, the sale of marijuana for recreational use has been illegal in the United States. But that ban, as it has existed for decades, ended on Jan. 1, 2014 in Colorado.

New York Set To Allow Medical Marijuana Use
January 5, 2014

New York would become the 21st state to allow medical use of marijuana under an initiative Gov. Andrew Cuomo will unveil this week.

Colorado Ski Resorts Aren't Sure How To Handle Influx Of Stoner Skiers
January 3, 2014

Colorado ski resorts and the state Tourism Office have chosen not to embrace out-of-state visitors who have come to buy legalized cannabis, creating an opportunity for a handful of small firms that are catering to marijuana tourists.

Budding Beauty: Is Cannabis Good for the Skin?
January 2, 2014

Throughout my life I have tended to subscribe to the view that everything "bad" could somehow be good for you.

Recreational Marijuana Shops Open In Colorado
January 2, 2014

For more than 70 years, the sale of marijuana for recreational use has been criminally prohibited in the United States.

Do Not Bring Your Legal Weed To Wyoming, Says Wyoming Highway Patrol
January 2, 2014
Yes, a lot of people are excited about Colorado's new legal recreational marijuana laws. But don't count the Wyoming Highway Patrol among them.
Cutest Grandma Ever Goes To Colorado Marijuana Shop Just To Witness History
January 2, 2014

History was made in Colorado on Wednesday when recreational marijuana was legally purchased by throngs of eager pot enthusiasts for the first time in U.S. history.

High Demand: Price of legal marijuana soars in Colorado
January 2, 2014

The high times in Colorado are coming with high costs for cannabis consumers.

Colorado's First Day Of Legal Weed Going Pretty Hilariously (PHOTOS)
January 1, 2014

Well, it's official: You can legally buy weed in Colorado now, as long as you're 21 or older.

California Pot Legalization May Mean 'Hundreds Of Millions' For State: AG
December 31, 2013

A California initiative that would legalize, regulate and tax recreational marijuana may be coming soon to the state ballot after a positive review by the state attorney general.

New Hampshire House To Vote On Legalizing Up To 1 Ounce Of Marijuana
December 31, 2013

New Hampshire's House votes early next month whether to legalize up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use for anyone age 21 and older.

Denver International Airport Bans Marijuana Possession
December 30, 2013

Recreational marijuana will be legal for adults to buy on Jan. 1, 2014, but those adults will not be able to fly out of the state from Denver's main airport with their newly legal weed.

California Could Become The Third U.S. State To Legalize Pot
December 28, 2013

At least two of three marijuana legalization measures vying for the November 2014 ballot would be good for California, according to the state Attorney General's office.

Denver Gives out Recreational Pot Sales Licenses
December 28, 2013

The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana got their licenses Friday, the owners mugging for pictures and saying they never thought they'd see the day when they'd get a permit to sell pot.

Denver Pot Businesses Get Licenses To Sell
December 27, 2013

The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana are getting their licenses.

Jerry Brown Pardons 127 People, Focuses On Drug Offenses
December 26, 2013

In the holiday spirit of forgiveness, Gov. Jerry Brown announced pardons on Tuesday for 127 people.

Thousands Want To Sell Pot In Washington
December 26, 2013

More than 3,700 marijuana business applications have now been filed in Washington state, including 867 proposed retail outlets spanning from Point Roberts to Pullman.

'What Brand Are You Smoking?' Marijuana Tops List Of New State Laws For 2014
December 24, 2013

"What brand are you smoking?," could become a more routine question among Coloradans in January, when anyone 21 or older will be able to buy up to an ounce of marijuana from a state-licensed retail store for recreational use.

DEA's Anti-Pot Campaign Is Losing Teens Thanks To State Legalization Efforts
December 23, 2013

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is blaming the legalization of marijuana in certain states for the fact that an increasing number of American high school seniors don't see regular pot use as harmful.

Can frankincense really fight cancer?
December 23, 2013

“Frankincense ‘fights cancer’,” is the festive health headline from the Mail Online. The “aromatic substance from the Nativity story could help treat ovarian tumours,” it says.

This Is How Marijuana Consumers Want To Buy Their Legal Weed
December 20, 2013

Were they able to, most Americans would want to buy their legal weed at a pharmacy or at its own store.

13 Reasons Marijuana Just Had The Best Year Ever
December 20, 2013

From popular support nationwide to the federal government's decision not to oppose Colorado and Washington state's marijuana laws, to Uruguay's marijuana trade legalization, it has been a big year for the little green plant.

Marin advocates say statewide marijuana legalization on the horizon
December 20, 2013

A new Field Poll shows that a majority of Californians now favor legalization of marijuana — welcome news to some Marin residents who have long sought the move.

Synthetic marijuana use down, but real pot use up among teens
December 19, 2013

While use of synthetic pot is down among high schoolers, more teens are smoking real marijuana, a government survey revealed.

Getting Wise to Reefer Madness: American Teens Are Waking Up, But Not Toking Up
December 19, 2013

Yesterday, the most recent installment of the Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF) was released. MTF is our nation’s barometer for teen drug and alcohol use.

'Stop lying': Uruguay president chides UN official over marijuana law
December 16, 2013

Uruguay’s president has accused the head of the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) of lying and double standards, after the official claimed the country did not consult the anti-drug body before legalizing marijuana.

What if Cannabis Oil Cured Cancer?
December 16, 2013

In January 2011, then-14-year-old Alysa Erwin began having intense, debilitating headaches.

Maggie Selmeski: 'She won’t be high for once in her life'
December 15, 2013

Maggie Selmeski, who is 18 months old, has been on marijuana oil for four weeks.

Maine parents fight to treat sick children with medical marijuana
December 14, 2013

On a dark night in November, Meagan Patrick drove from her home in Acton with her husband, Ken, and their two children to a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Portland.

Why This DEA Agent Left His Job To Help Sell Marijuana
December 13, 2013

He's been a cop, a sheriff's deputy and a DEA agent. And now Patrick Moen is taking on his latest assignment: helping sell marijuana.

Denver Police Barred From Working Off-Duty As Marijuana Business Security Guards
December 13, 2013

Denver Police officers will not be allowed to moonlight as security guards for the city's marijuana dispensaries, according to a new order issued by the department.

Drug Maker Will Soon Hold Patent On THC, CBD As Cancer Cures
December 13, 2013

GW Pharmaceuticals, a drug company that specializes in cannabis-based pharmaceuticals, has received early approval on a patent covering the use of marijuana chemicals for treating brain cancer.

World's Leading Experts Issue Standards on Cannabis, Restore Classification as a Botanical Medicine
December 12, 2013

In an historic move, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) released the first installation of a two-part Cannabis monograph yesterday that classifies cannabis (marijuana) as a botanical medicine, alongside many other widely accepted Complementary and Alternative Medicines.

Finally, a nation legalizes pot
December 11, 2013

Today, in a closely watched vote, Uruguay lawmakers approved a proposal to make recreational marijuana legal for adults and to regulate its production, distribution and sale.

Polls Suggest California Is Poised To Legalize Marijuana In 2014
December 11, 2013

Californians may be ready to legalize marijuana, polls continue to find.

Consensus Among World's Leading Experts: Marijuana Is a Botanical Medicine!
December 11, 2013

The more than 70 years of ignoring the fact that cannabis is a safe, effective botanical medicine is officially over.

GW Pharmaceuticals plc Announces US Patent Allowance for Use of Cannabinoids in Treating Glioma GW Pharmaceuticals plc Announces US Patent Allowance for Use of Cannabinoids in Treating Glioma
December 11, 2013

GW Pharmaceuticals announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for U.S. Application Serial Number 12/996,124, a patent which covers the use of cannabinoids for treating glioma.

Mom With Cerebral Palsy Transformed By Pot (VIDEO)
December 10, 2013

Jacqueline Patterson almost lost custody of her four children because she smokes marijuana.

It's time for the NFL to embrace a new pain reliever: MARIJUANA
December 10, 2013

THE TRUEST WAY to see the NFL is not before the game, when the helmets are shiny and the energy is high, but after the final whistle, when the bodies are bruised and the athletic tape is soiled with dirt and blood.

How This Beloved NYC Teacher's Life Was Turned Upside Down By A Bogus, Petty Marijuana Arrest (VIDEO)
December 9, 2013

While smoking a cigarette off school property in 2011, Alberto Willmore, then a New York City public school teacher, was suddenly approached by a police officer who accused him of smoking a marijuana cigarette, he tells Buzzfeed in a devastating new video.

Woman's Christian Temperance Union Targeting Marijuana
December 8, 2013

The mansion that serves as Maine headquarters of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union lay largely fallow until recently, with drug needles, liquor bottles and pornographic magazines littering the grounds.

FDA-approved medical marijuana clinical trial gets underway next month for kids with epilepsy
December 7, 2013

A nationally renowned pediatric neurologist at Saint Barnabas has gotten FDA approval to study whether a cannabis-based drug could prevent seizures in children diagnosed with severe forms of epilepsy.

Number Of Children On Medical Marijuana Patient Registry In Colorado Surges
December 6, 2013

After nearly doubling earlier in the year, the number of minors on Colorado's medical marijuana patient registry surged again in September, with the addition of 30 more patients bringing the total number of children registered to 90.

Colbert To Denver Post's Marijuana Editor, Ricardo Baca: 'Are You A Cop?'
December 6, 2013

Stephen Colbert had one question for the Denver Post's infamous marijuana editor: "Are you a cop?"

Madison Mother Calls for Legalization of Cannabis Oil to Help Daughter’s Seizures
December 5, 2013

A Madison family is pleading for help for their 16-month-old baby girl.

Marijuana Use Causes Man Boobs?
December 5, 2013

Pot-smoking dudes, beware: That joint you're toking may be causing your breasts to blossom.

Anniversary of Prohibition's repeal looks to legalization of pot
December 5, 2013

Prohibition was repealed 80 years ago today, and some of Denver's most-beloved places were swiftly created to help erase the stigma of alcohol.

The Big Deal About Marijuana Use
December 4, 2013

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the U.S. In the past five years, rising rates of adult and adolescent marijuana use in the U.S. has been linked to the broad perception that marijuana is a relatively low-risk "recreational" drug and does not lead to addiction.

Mom Recounts Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Her Son's Epilepsy (VIDEO)
December 4, 2013

For nine years, Heather Jackson's son Zaki basically lived as a toddler.

Marijuana Can Be Covered In Mold, E.Coli, Insect Parts And Pollutants
December 4, 2013

Researchers at the University of New Haven in Connecticut took a close look at some marijuana under their microscopes and found something disturbing: mold, invisible to the naked eye.

Denver backs off plan to curb pot smoking ahead of legalization launch
December 3, 2013

Denver officials have backed off a controversial proposal that would have banned smoking marijuana on private property if it was in public view.

Marijuana may be contaminated with mold, mildew
December 2, 2013

The microscope at the University of New Haven, set at 10-times magnification, shows a marijuana leaf covered with dozens of tiny bumps.

Study Explains Why Marijuana Helps With Arthritis Pain
December 1, 2013

Many patients with arthritis rely on marijuana to manage their pain, and new research offers an explanation.

Cannabis Extract Treatment for Terminal Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with a Philadelphia Chromosome Mutation
November 28, 2013

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the white blood cells and is typically well treated with combination chemotherapy, with a remission state after 5 years of 94% in children and 30–40% in adults.

Legalize all drugs? The man behind loosening pot laws in US eyes new goal
November 27, 2013

When the ball drops this New Year’s Eve, America’s first aboveboard cannabis markets will rise in Colorado and Washington.

New Ruling Finds Marijuana To Be The Most Medicinal Plant In The World
November 27, 2013

More than a dozen U.S. states have now completely decriminalized the act of possessing marijuana and both Colorado and Washington have made it legal to possess, sell, transport and cultivate the plant.

Third Time the Charm? New White Paper on Medical Marijuana Shows States in Compliance With DOJ Guidelines
November 26, 2013

When the Department of Justice (DOJ) released their latest memo to federal prosecutors on how to handle state-regulated marijuana distribution, it marked a second round of change for federal enforcement policy. 

An Elegant And Concise Breakdown Of Why Drug Prohibition Will Never Work
November 25, 2013

Doesn't alcohol prohibition sound more like the plot of an "I Love Lucy" episode than an actual thing our government thought would work?

Diabetes ‘could be beaten by cannabis pill’
November 23, 2013

Scientists have discovered that a powerful chemical component of the illegal drug can regulate blood glucose levels.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s New Mission: Exposing Medical Marijuana Laws In The UK
November 23, 2013

Following a CNN documentary that aired this summer, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is now working on another medical marijuana programme, this time for the UK audience.

Preventing marijuana-induced memory problems with OTC painkillers
November 22, 2013

In addition to being used as a recreational drug, marijuana has been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions, from chronic pain to epilepsy. However, its medical value is greatly limited by debilitating side effects.

World's First Recreational Marijuana Sales License Issued In Colorado
November 21, 2013

The world's first recreational marijuana retail license was granted to a dispensary in Colorado this week -- so start saving up, because the Rocky Mountain High will soon be for sale.

More Washington State Drivers Testing Positive For Marijuana
November 21, 2013

More drivers have been testing positive for marijuana since Washington legalized the drug last year, according to new figures from the State Patrol.

Three Myths About the Marijuana Lobby
November 19, 2013

Now that support for making marijuana legal has reached 58 percent nationwide, according to the prestigious Gallup organization, opponents of marijuana legalization are now trotting out arguments that were only used in impolite company years ago.

With Legal Marijuana Taxes Set, All Eyes On Colorado And Washington
November 19, 2013

Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved a plan for taxing their state’s legal marijuana market earlier this month. And Washington state will start issuing licenses to retailers next month to sell recreational marijuana.

Going Rogue: U.S. Attorneys in California Defy Obama on Medical Marijuana
November 18, 2013
Last week, the Alameda County (CA) Board of Supervisors passed a resolution asking the Federal government to, "end Federal interference on the municipal and state laws allowing medical marijuana...
Czechs in Quandary Over Legal Medical Marijuana
November 15, 2013

Just three years ago, the only thing that Zdenek Majzlik knew about cannabis was that it's good stuff for making rope. Today, the 67-year-old retired nuclear power plant employee is an experienced grower who cultivates pot for his daughter who has multiple sclerosis.

Can Smoking Pot Be Considered a Form of Free Speech?
November 15, 2013

The latest front in the battle for rationalized drug laws is in downtown Philadelphia, where an activist facing a federal trial for marijuana possession asserts that he was smoking as a constitutionally protected method of political expression.

Weed Pioneers Look To Save Epileptic Kids With New Medical Marijuana Strain
November 14, 2013

"Charlotte's Web" isn't just a classic piece of children's fiction, it's also the name of one of the most coveted medical marijuana strains that is being used to treat children with epilepsy.

Why Legalizing Weed Just Makes Sense, In 12 Charts
November 14, 2013

Most Americans live in states that have rejected the federal government's marijuana prohibition policy, and if you're not one of them you may be soon.

Why The War On Drugs Looks Even Stupider When You See What Other Countries Do
November 12, 2013

Emergency rooms have triage, math has the order of operations, and I have my personal mantra "pants first, shoes second."

Investigators Use 'Nasal Ranger' Smelloscope To Help Crackdown On Pot Smokers
November 12, 2013

When there's some strange smell in your neighborhood, who are you going to call?

Why Legalizing Marijuana In Puerto Rico Is A Hard Sell
November 12, 2013

Smoking cannabis in Puerto Rico will no longer be a crime punishable with jail, if one legislator has his way.

University of Utah doctors: Say ‘yes’ to cannabis oil for kids
November 12, 2013

Three Utah doctors, including the University of Utah’s top pediatric neurologist, have come out in support of families seeking access to a cannabis extract that has proven successful at stopping seizures.

Lady Gaga Says She's Addicted To Marijuana: Is It Possible?
November 11, 2013

Lady Gaga has revealed details of her marijuana addiction, explaining that at one point, she was smoking 15 to 20 marijuana cigarettes a day, according to news reports.

How Many Joints Would It Take To Smoke A Year's Supply Of Medical Marijuana?
November 10, 2013

Because of California's convoluted medical marijuana laws, some growers technically aren't subject to plant limits, allowing individuals to grow up to 99 plants without much fear of federal intervention.

Bipartisan Marijuana Bill Appears To Have One More Big Supporter In Its Corner: The NAACP
November 9, 2013

A bipartisan bill advocating for states rights on marijuana appears to have one more big supporter in its corner.

What is the risk to your lungs if you smoke marijuana?
November 8, 2013

What is the risk to your lungs if you smoke marijuana?

Colorado Sets New Regulations For Legal Industrial Hemp Farming
November 8, 2013

The beginning of a new legal industrial hemp industry may have been born on Wednesday in Colorado with the release of new hemp farming regulations.

Australia Considering the Legalization of Marijuana to Reduce Binge Drinking in Teens
November 7, 2013

Robin Room, director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, says marijuana should be legalised under strict controls because the social harm associated with it was significantly less than from drinking.

Colorado voters approve big tax on recreational marijuana
November 6, 2013

A proposal to impose hefty taxes on recreational marijuana, whose use was OK'd by Colorado voters in last year's election, was an easy sell in the state Tuesday.

18 Milestones That Led To Our Marijuana 'Tipping Point'
November 5, 2013

At a recent speech in Denver, Drug Policy Alliance executive director Ethan Nadelmann declared that we've hit "the tipping point" on marijuana policy.

Michigan Makes Big Strides Toward Marijuana Reform
November 5, 2013

Voters in three Michigan cities approved ordinances to legalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use Tuesday, adding to the growing patchwork of cities across the state that have decriminalized pot.

Portland, Maine, Legalizes Recreational Marijuana
November 5, 2013

Portland, Maine, voters on Tuesday approved legalizing recreational marijuana for residents 21 and older. The measure, Question 1, passed with about 70 percent of the vote, making Portland the first East Coast city to legalize recreational pot.

Marijuana Market Poised To Grow Faster Than Smartphones
November 4, 2013

Legal marijuana is among the fastest-growing markets in the United States, and it's growing at a rate poised to outpace the expansion of the global smartphone market, according to a new report obtained exclusively by The Huffington Post.

D.C. Poised To Make Big Pot Move
November 4, 2013

It took nearly 15 years after voters approved medical marijuana for it to become available in the District of Columbia, but the next major change to pot laws in the nation's capital is on the fast track.

Science Aside, How's The GMO-Free Food?
October 31, 2013

Some people just can't wait for scientists to be convinced that genetically modified food is harmful.

Ethan Nadelmann: We Have Reached The Marijuana Policy Reform 'Tipping Point'
October 30, 2013

Last week, more than 1,200 drug reformers from around the world gathered in Denver at the International Drug Reform Conference to talk about policy reform and find "an exit strategy from the war on drugs," as Tony Newman with the Drug Policy Alliance said in a statement about the conference.

Legal marijuana: Denver backpedals on banning pot smell
October 30, 2013

Denver has scaled back a proposed law against open and public consumption of marijuana after an earlier version would have banned even the smell of pot from people's backyards.

Colorado's new pot laws draw marijuana refugees
October 29, 2013

When Mohammad Halabi was a boy, his parents fled war in Lebanon to give their child a chance at life.  

With national backing, marijuana advocates file legalization measure
October 28, 2013

Backed by national donors, an Oregon pro-marijuana group on Friday filed an initiative with the secretary of state aimed at following Washington and Colorado's first-in-the-nation ballot legalization measures.

Few Problems With Cannabis for California
October 27, 2013

In the heart of Northern California’s marijuana growing region, the sheriff’s office is inundated each fall with complaints about the stench of marijuana plots or the latest expropriation of public land by growers.

Marijuana Compounds Can Kill Some Cancer Cells: Study
October 26, 2013

A scientist in the United Kingdom has found that compounds derived from marijuana can kill cancerous cells found in people with leukemia, a form of cancer that is expected to cause an estimated 24,000 deaths in the United States this year.

Grover Norquist: Marijuana Tax Won't Violate My Pledge
October 25, 2013

Conservative activist Grover Norquist, whose anti-tax pledge has been signed by almost all congressional Republicans, said taxing marijuana would not violate lawmakers' promise to their constituents to not raise taxes.

This Is Why Marijuana Should Be Legal Everywhere
October 25, 2013
A Gallup poll released on Tuesday reveals that for the first time in history, Americans are more in favor of legalizing marijuana than criminalizing it.
Here's Where To Find The Cheapest Weed In The U.S.
October 25, 2013

Marijuana prohibition costs a lot — not just to taxpayers, who have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the Obama administration's war against medical marijuana and provide billions of dollars each year to cover the enforcement of marijuana possession laws.

Marijuana Decriminalization Could Be Coming Soon To The Nation's Capital
October 25, 2013

The D.C. Council could send a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana to Mayor Vincent Gray as early as January.

Marijuana is America's Next Political Wedge Issue
October 24, 2013

We’ve reached the point where there should be no surprise if a major national politician embraces marijuana legalization. Without any large-scale campaign on its behalf, surveys show that approximately half of Americans now support marijuana legalization, including 58 percent in a recent, but potentially outlying, Gallup poll.

Cops Association President Uses Eric Holder Introduction To Attack DOJ's Stance On Marijuana
October 22, 2013

The head of the International Association of Chiefs of Police used his introduction of Attorney General Eric Holder at a conference in Philadelphia on Monday to attack the Justice Department's recent decision to let Washington and Colorado implement a regulatory system for marijuana.

Clear majority favors legal marijuana, new Gallup poll shows
October 22, 2013

Americans who believe marijuana should remain illegal are now in the minority, according to new poll numbers released Tuesday.

Joint decision: Uruguay prepares to legalize sale of marijuana at $1 a gram
October 22, 2013

Uruguay is set to become the first country in the world to legalize the sale of marijuana at a market price of US$1 a gram. The bill is expected to pass through the senate in November, bringing the $40 million industry under state control.

Taxing Marijuana: Four Questions
October 21, 2013

Marijuana legalization brings tax questions: Whether to tax, how much, for whose benefit, and by what measure. None of the answers is obvious.

Maine Marijuana Vote Has Heavy National Implications, Could Be 'The Next Domino'
October 21, 2013

Advocates of recreational marijuana use are looking to an upcoming vote in Maine as an indicator of whether the East Coast is ready to follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington by legalizing cannabis.

This Is What The End Of Hemp Prohibition Looks Like
October 21, 2013

Farmers in Colorado made history this month when they harvested a hemp crop -- the first in the United States since 1957 when the U.S. government banned hemp.

Pot legalization effort moves eastward to Maine
October 19, 2013

Advocates of recreational marijuana use are looking to an upcoming vote in Maine as an indicator of whether the East Coast is ready to follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington by legalizing cannabis.

California Is Poised To Legalize Marijuana In 2016
October 18, 2013

Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Californians support legalizing, regulating and taxing recreational marijuana in the state, according to a Tulchin Research poll.

Good Intentions, Chicago's First Medical Marijuana Clinic, Overwhelmed With Calls
October 17, 2013

It turns out a lot of Chicagoans really want to get their hands on some medical marijuana -- even though the state's new law legalizing it (under tight restrictions) still doesn't go into effect until Jan. 1.

Washington state approves rules for legal marijuana sales
October 17, 2013

If you're looking for a new line of work, consider a rewarding career in pot in Washington state, where regulators officially opened the door Wednesday to selling marijuana legally.

ACLU Announces Blue Ribbon Panel Led By Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to Study Marijuana Legalization in California
October 17, 2013

The ACLU of California announced Thursday that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will chair a blue ribbon panel that will study the complex legal and policy issues that must be resolved as California considers legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults.

Washington State Pot Rules Approved By Panel
October 16, 2013

Washington became the second U.S. state to adopt rules for the recreational sale of marijuana Wednesday, setting what advocates hope will become a template for the legalization of the drug around the world.

In Mexico, Dalai Lama backs medical marijuana
October 16, 2013

The Dalai Lama weighed in on Mexico's marijuana legalization debate on Tuesday, telling an audience that he backs the drug's use for medicinal purposes.

Possible Treatment For Marijuana Abuse Found
October 15, 2013

Boosting levels of a naturally occurring compound in the brain could prevent people who abuse marijuana but are trying to quit from relapsing, a new study suggests.

Good Intentions, Chicago's First Medical Marijuana Clinic, Overwhelmed With Calls
October 15, 2013

It turns out a lot of Chicagoans really want to get their hands on some medical marijuana -- even though the state's new law legalizing it (under tight restrictions) still doesn't go into effect until Jan. 1.

Industrial Hemp Harvested In Colorado -- Legal Or Not
October 12, 2013

Southeast Colorado farmer Ryan Loflin tried an illegal crop this year. He didn't hide it from neighbors, and he never feared law enforcement would come asking about it.

Legal-Marijuana Trend Spreads as More States Weigh Votes
October 9, 2013

Voter support for legal marijuana in Washington and Colorado is spurring similar campaigns in California and three other states that together may bring pot within lawful reach of almost 1-in-5 Americans.

U.S. Attorney In L.A. Drops Forfeiture Cases Against Dispensary Landlords
October 9, 2013

The OC Weekly’s Nick Schou reports that the U.S. Justice Department has dropped a forfeiture case against an Anaheim office building whose owner rented space to a medical marijuana dispensary...

Riverside Cop Tricks Autistic Teen into Buying Pot
October 9, 2013

"We felt like our family was totally violated by the sheriff's department and the school district," says Doug and Catherine Snodgrass of Temecula, California.

Majority Of Texas Voters Want To Legalize Marijuana
October 8, 2013

A majority of Texas voters support marijuana legalization, according to a recent survey.

TSA weighs allowing passengers to fly with marijuana
October 8, 2013

Keep calm and carry it on?

Marijuana Compound Shows Promise In The Fight Against Multiple Sclerosis
October 8, 2013

Multiple Sclerosis, an inflammatory disease in which the immune system attacks the nervous system, results in a wide range of debilitating motor, physical and mental problems. Scientists still have no idea why someone gets the disease or how to treat it.

Romania Legalizes Medical Marijuana, Becomes 10th EU Country To Permit Theraputic Use
October 6, 2013

Authorized medical patients in Romania may now use marijuana to allay their pain under new provisions in two of the country's narcotic laws.

Smoke A Joint, Lose Your Kids
October 4, 2013

You'd think that in the age of medical pot, legal pot in Colorado and Washington, and a majority of Americans in favor of legalizing the drug, we'd at least have ended the 1980s practice of snatching kids from pot-smoking parents. You'd be wrong.

Drug Policy Alliance: Why isn’t the DEA shut down?
October 4, 2013

In an email to supporters sent Friday, the Drug Policy Alliance questioned why the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was considered essential during the government shutdown.

America's First Hemp Crop Harvest In Almost 60 Years Begins In Colorado
October 3, 2013

In the 1700s, American farmers were required by law to grow hemp in Virginia and the other colonies.

Controversy erupts over bus billboards promoting marijuana as safer than alcohol
October 3, 2013

The fight to legalize marijuana is now being waged on the buses of Portland, Maine.

Switzerland Decriminalizes Marijuana, Won't Prosecute For Small Amounts Of Weed
October 3, 2013

As of Oct. 1, possession of marijuana is decriminalized in Switzerland.

Marijuana Businesses Need More Flexibility In Federal Banking Regulations: Govs. Hickenlooper, Inslee
October 3, 2013

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) are urging federal banking regulators to make federal banking regulations more flexible...

Most Marylanders Support Legal Marijuana For Adults: Poll
October 3, 2013

Just as a ban on synthetic marijuana has gone into effect in Maryland, a new poll released Thursday finds widespread support there for the real thing.

Arrest in U.S. Shuts Down a Black Market for Narcotics
October 2, 2013

Nearly everything about Silk Road was shrouded in secrecy.

California Industrial Hemp Farming Act Is Officially Law!!!
October 2, 2013

Vote Hemp and the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the nation's leading hemp grassroots advocacy organization and industry trade group, are excited to report that Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 566, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act.

Medical marijuana Web services dismay Massachusetts physician leaders
September 30, 2013

Massachusetts’ nascent medical marijuana law has sparked a recent flurry of new Internet companies promising to match patients with doctors who will certify they need the weed for health reasons...

Mom Chooses Medical Marijuana Over Chemo As Treatment For 3-Year-Old Son's Cancer
September 30, 2013

One year ago, 3-year-old Landon Riddle was diagnosed with leukemia. Under doctors' orders, his mother Sierra Riddle began treatment for her young son: aggressive chemotherapy and radiation.

Conservatives Who Love to Brag About American Exceptionalism Must Come Here to California
September 27, 2013

New Rule: Conservatives who love to brag about American exceptionalism must come here to California, and see it in person.

New Effort to Legalize Marijuana in California Under Way
September 27, 2013

A new voter initiative to legalize marijuana in California was cleared for signature gathering Friday by Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

Majority Of Californians Favor Legalization Of Pot, A First
September 26, 2013

As Congress engages in a high-stakes stare down that threatens to shut the U.S. government...

Can the United Nations Block U.S. Marijuana Legalization?
September 25, 2013

The United Nations International Narcotics Control Board's latest annual report expressed dismay at the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado.

Rabbi Ties Jewish Faith to Medical Marijuana
September 24, 2013

Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn spent his 30-year career educating others and helping to ease human suffering, leading Jewish congregations in Australia, Illinois, his hometown of Miami and New Jersey.

Biden Recruited To Hand Out Free Joints
September 23, 2013

The Denver Westword reports that a pro-pot group fighting a new proposal to impose a 30 percent tax on the drug -- which is now legal under Colorado law -- wants Joe Biden's help.

Here Are 50 Marijuana Users Who Are Unbelievably Successful
September 18, 2013

These guys just blew pothead stereotypes up in smoke.

Tolerating Pot With a Frown
September 18, 2013

Last month, 296 days after voters in Colorado and Washington decided to legalize marijuana, the U.S. Justice Department responded with a memo that leans toward accommodation rather than confrontation.

Alcohol Has Killed Thousands Of People Since This Morning. Pot Use Has Killed Zero Since Forever.
September 13, 2013

A new website launched this month is comparing the direct death tolls from marijuana and alcohol use.

If We Legalize Weed In America, We'll Have To Deal With A Lot More Of These People
September 12, 2013

Marijuana might make someone better at an eating competition or building a model airplane, but the same can't be said for driving ability.

N.J. law grants sick children access to edible medical marijuana
September 11, 2013

Ill children in New Jersey will be able to more easily access edible medical marijuana under a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Chris Christie.

Stoners beware: exercising might lead to a positive drug test
September 11, 2013

Exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle, but new research led by the University of Sydney shows that for cannabis users, it could also lead to positive drug tests.

Marijuana Policy Project Plans For Legalization In 10 States
September 10, 2013

In the wake of the Department of Justice's decision to allow Washington and Colorado to regulate marijuana laws without federal intervention, reform group Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) announced a lofty goal Monday to get legalization on the ballot in 10 states by 2017.

Congress Holding Hearing On Justice Department's Marijuana Decision
September 10, 2013

The Obama administration is facing criticism over its attempt to straddle the federal law that makes marijuana illegal and state laws that permit recreational use of the drug.

Colorado First State In U.S. To Adopt Rules For Legal, Recreational Marijuana
September 10, 2013

On Monday, Colorado officially became the first state in the country to finalize and adopt the rules for recreational marijuana sales.

Feds Seek to Legalize Marijuana Industry Banking
September 10, 2013

The Justice Department and federal banking regulators will help clear the way for financial institutions to transact business with the legitimate marijuana industry without fear of prosecution, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told Congress on Tuesday.

DOJ Marijuana Memo No Big Deal, Some Federal Prosecutors Insist
September 9, 2013

When Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Aug. 29 that the Department of Justice would allow the states of Colorado and Washington to implement their marijuana legalization initiatives, law enforcement officials and a host of conservative lawmakers reacted with fury.

Tomorrow: Historic U.S. Senate Hearing on Marijuana Legalization
September 9, 2013

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a first-ever Senate hearing on the issue of marijuana legalization and the tension between state and federal marijuana laws.

John McCain On Marijuana: 'Maybe We Should Legalize'
September 6, 2013

Sen. John McCain indicated he may be changing his stance on marijuana legalization during a town hall event in Arizona on Thursday.

New Marijuana Policy Won't Ease Marijuana Dispensaries' Banking Woes
September 5, 2013

Even as a shift in U.S. prosecution policy gives states more leeway to legalize marijuana, the companies that dispense it are likely to have trouble finding a bank, financial service industry and enforcement experts said.

Drug Abuse Groups Say Eric Holder's Position On Marijuana Is Wrong
September 4, 2013

Drug abuse prevention groups asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday how it will know whether its acceptance of recreational marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado affects public health.

These States Are Most Likely To Legalize Pot Next
September 2, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder gave a green light on Thursday to two states whose efforts to legalize marijuana had been locked in by legal uncertainty for more than nine months.

Attorney General Eric Holder gave a green light on Thursday to two states whose efforts to legalize marijuana had been locked in by legal uncertainty for more than nine months.
September 2, 2013

A broad coalition of law enforcement officers who have spent the past three decades waging an increasingly militarized drug war that has failed to reduce drug use doesn't want to give up the fight.

Mormon mom wants medical marijuana for her sick son
September 1, 2013

Jennifer May has tried 25 treatments in 10 years, a mix of prescribed diets and drugs, to quiet the lightning in her son’s brain.

Marijuana Ruling Could Signal End of Prohibition on Pot
September 1, 2013

It's legal to light up in Colorado and Washington, and soon smoking pot could be legalized across the country following a decision Thursday by the federal government.

These States Are Most Likely To Legalize Pot Next
August 30, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder gave a green light on Thursday to two states whose efforts to legalize marijuana had been locked in by legal uncertainty for more than nine months. 

How These 6 People -- And You -- Have Already Been Screwed By Obama's War On State Weed Laws
August 30, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that two states will be allowed to go forward with legalizing recreational marijuana use, a major move that could reshape the federal government's policy on pot.

Eric Holder Says DOJ Will Let Washington, Colorado Marijuana Laws Go Into Effect
August 29, 2013

The United States government took an historic step back from its long-running drug war on Thursday.

Justice Dept. won't challenge state marijuana laws
August 29, 2013

The Justice Department will not attempt to challenge state laws that allow for the medical and recreational use of marijuana as long as the drug sales do not conflict with eight new federal enforcement priorities.

Study: Marijuana is most popular illegal drug worldwide
August 29, 2013

Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug worldwide, according to the first-ever global survey of illicit drug use. The study also found that addictions to painkillers like Vicodin, Oxycontin and codeine kill more people than any other drug.

Ding dong! Marijuana dispensary seeks OK to deliver
August 28, 2013

A medical marijuana dispensary in Rhode Island is asking state health regulators for permission to operate a delivery service.

Medical marijuana helps 5-year-old Zander Welton's seizures from cortical dysplasia
August 28, 2013

Medical marijuana is giving an Arizona mom hope when it comes to her 5-year-old son.

The World's Most Marijuana-Friendly Countries
August 27, 2013

Landmark legislation in Uruguay is set to make the country the first in the world to create a state-run marijuana industry — fixing the price at a point low enough to squeeze the black market and allowing the government to control cultivation and distribution.

Alcohol or Cannabis? No Question Which Substance Poses a Greater Risk to Health
August 27, 2013

The federal government is being roundly criticized, and rightly so, for its latest foray into the land of reefer rhetoric.

How to regulate pot when it's legal
August 27, 2013

It's becoming a cliché: The tide is turning in the debate over cannabis. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, publicly reversed his position and now supports medical cannabis.

Great Moments In Drug War Propaganda
August 26, 2013

Yes, so America and its allies may have failed in the 100-year war on (some) drugs.

Big marijuana news: Senate to hold hearing on muddled pot laws
August 26, 2013

Huge news — potentially — for California marijuana advocates and those that love them: The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on marijuana policy Sept. 10, and Attorney General Eric Holder is invited.

Colorado Voters Stand By Legalization Of Marijuana: Poll
August 23, 2013

Colorado voters are not regretting their decision last November to legalize recreational marijuana, judging from a poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University.

Alcohol or Cannabis? No Question Which Substance Poses a Greater Risk to Health
August 23, 2013

The federal government is being roundly criticized, and rightly so, for its latest foray into the land of reefer rhetoric.

Obama Does Not Support Changes To Medical Marijuana Laws 'At This Point,' White House Says
August 22, 2013

President Barack Obama does not support changes to the legal classification of marijuana, the White House said Wednesday, despite growing evidence of its medical benefits.

Federal Drug Agency Denies Marijuana Is Less Toxic Than Alcohol
August 20, 2013

The National Institute on Drug Abuse released an eyebrow-raising statement to PolitiFact on Monday, denying that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol.

The Final Impediment for California Medical Marijuana Patients: Police Associations
August 20, 2013

As Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access, I travel across the country meeting with medical marijuana (cannabis) stakeholders such as patients, providers, medical professionals, regulators, and policy makers to talk about passing laws and regulations that meet the needs of patients.

Cannabichromene In Marijuana Helps Brain Grow, Study Shows
August 20, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, the brain doesn’t stop growing after reaching a certain age. In fact, brain cells are constantly being generated in adults through a process called neurogenesis.

Cory Booker Condemns Drug War As 'Tremendous Failure'
August 19, 2013

On Sunday, Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker (D) took to Twitter to condemn the war on drugs, characterizing the federal government's approach as a "tremendous failure" and criticizing the Obama administration for not honoring state drug laws.

The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
August 19, 2013

Last year, over 850,000 people in America were arrested for marijuana-related crimes. 

Marijuana Disrupts Cancer Pathway of Cigarettes: Study
August 19, 2013

Cigarette smokers aren’t just saving their lungs when they switch to marijuana. They could be preventing cancer as well, according to new research out of Japan.

Christie OKs medical marijuana bill for ill children
August 17, 2013

New Jersey's has just relaxed its medical marijuana law, making it easier for chronically ill children to use it as part of their treatment.

Washington, Colorado Still Waiting For Federal Response On Marijuana Legalization
August 17, 2013

It's been nearly six months since Attorney General Eric Holder said the federal response to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado was coming "relatively soon," but officials in those states are still waiting.

Chris Christie Confronted On Medical Marijuana: 'Please Don't Let My Daughter Die'
August 16, 2013

Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) was publicly confronted about making a decision on a medical marijuana bill by a New Jersey father, Politico reported on Thursday.

The sober way to legalize marijuana
August 16, 2013

As a general rule, Americans don't give much thought to Uruguay, a small South American republic with a population of 3.3 million.

Oregon Legalizes Marijuana Dispensaries
August 15, 2013

Oregon Legalizes Marijuana Dispensaries

Pot For Dogs: Is Medical Marijuana Safe For Your Furry Pals?
August 15, 2013

For the first time in more than four decades, a majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, and as cannabis has become more widely accepted, so have its potential uses — including giving it to pets.

Christie To Decide By Friday Whether To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill For Kids
August 15, 2013

A campaign visit to Scotch Plains led to a confrontation between Gov. Chris Christie and a local father over the use of medical marijuana for children.

Legalize It: Marijuana Gaining Acceptance in U.S.
August 14, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent comments calling for reform of long mandatory sentences for low-level drug offenders have opened a floodgate of mixed reactions.

AY GUPTA: Here's Why You Can't Get The Medical Benefits Of Weed Without The High
August 14, 2013

CNN correspondent and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta explored the medical benefits of marijuana in his new documentary "WEED," and apologized for misleading the public about cannabis for years.

Dad Says Medical Marijuana Saved His 6-Year-Old Son From Severe Epilepsy
August 13, 2013

A California father says medical marijuana helped save his son, who suffers from a rare form of severe epilepsy.

Marijuana History In United States Sees Milestone, Pot First Banned In California 100 Years Ago
August 13, 2013

Stricken with cerebral palsy after almost being strangled in the womb by his umbilical cord, the 41-year-old Valley Village resident takes a few puffs of medical marijuana and immediately feels relief.

John Liu Calls For Legalized Pot In New York City
August 13, 2013

New York City Comptroller John Liu is proposing a historic overhaul of the city's marijuana laws, believing that legalizing medical marijuana and allowing adults to possess an ounce of pot for recreational use.

'Worst State Legislators Of 2013' Video Outlines Top Marijuana Policy Project Offenders (VIDEO)
August 12, 2013

It's been an eventful year for marijuana policy.

CNN 'Weed' Documentary Follows Sanjay Gupta's Reversal On Marijuana
August 11, 2013

A remarkable documentary aired on Sunday night on marijuana, not necessarily for its conclusions, but for where it ran: CNN.

6 Year Old Charlotte Figi Uses Medical Marijuana To Help Treat Epilepsy, Seizures
August 10, 2013
When you think of the stereotypical medical marijuana user, Charlotte Figi may be the last person that comes to mind.
Sanjay Gupta Apologizes For 'Misleading' Public About Weed (VIDEO)
August 8, 2013

CNN's chief medical expert Sanjay Gupta announced Wednesday night that he has reversed his blanket opposition to marijuana use.

New clinic claims path to medical marijuana
August 8, 2013

The sign in the window of the office building in West Town was enough to bring in a steady stream of potential customers. Its message read: "Medical marijuana may be right for you."

Is pot the new gay marriage?
August 8, 2013

In a pretty dramatic reversal for someone who nearly became America’s surgeon general, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta has come out in favor of medical marijuana. 

Chicago’s first medicinal marijuana clinic opens
August 7, 2013

Chicago’s first medicinal marijuana clinic was set to start accepting patients in Wicker Park Wednesday morning.

Marijuana stops child's severe seizures
August 7, 2013

By most standards Matt and Paige Figi were living the American dream. They met at Colorado State University, where they shared a love of the outdoors.

CNN’s Sanjay Gupta: Americans ‘terribly and systematically misled’ about marijuana
August 7, 2013

CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon, apologized on Wednesday for publicly opposing marijuana legalization, saying science was clearly on the side of the drug.

Want to Protect Kids From Potent Pot? Legalize It
August 6, 2013

The availability of highly potent strains of marijuana and marijuana-derived concentrates is nothing new.

Marijuana Poll: Reported Use Remains Stable While Support For Legalization Grows
August 5, 2013

Support for legalizing marijuana for recreational and medical use is growing nationwide, but a recent Gallup survey found that this shift hasn't correlated with an increase in reported use of the drug.

Frequent users of marijuana, alcohol already know health risks, study shows
August 5, 2013

Users of marijuana and alcohol may be savvier about the health risks posed by these substances than those who abstain, new research suggests.

Florida Medical Marijuana Petition Pushes For 2014 Ballot Proposal
August 4, 2013

Michael Derigo arrived home from a trip to the grocery store June 25 to find half a dozen police cars surrounding his mobile home in Gibsonton.

Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law By Governor Pat Quinn
August 2, 2013

Illinois on Thursday officially became the 20th U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana.

Marijuana Pollution: Is It Too Dangerous To Deal With?
August 2, 2013

With parts of Northern California's scenic hillsides illegally gouged by bulldozers for marijuana grows, frustrated local officials asked the state for help to protect streams and rivers from harmful sediment and the chemicals used on the pot plants.

What A Difference 24 Hours Makes In Marijuana Policy Reform
August 2, 2013

It’s been quite a 24-hour period for marijuana policy reform.

What Legalizing Pot In Uruguay Means For the World
August 2, 2013

Late Wednesday night, following months of intensive debate and negotiation, the Uruguayan House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize marijuana.

Good Intentions Medical Marijuana Clinic In Chicago Readies For Wicker Park Opening
August 1, 2013

The ink on Illinois' newly-signed medical marijuana bill has barely dried and already, Chicago's first medical marijuana clinic is ready to roll.

5 Percent Recreational Marijuana Tax Approved By Denver City Council
July 30, 2013

Denver City Council approved a municipal tax rate of 5 percent on recreational marijuana sales in Mile High City on Monday afternoon.

Justin Trudeau, Canada's Liberal Party Leader, Announces Support For Marijuana Legalization
July 30, 2013

 The leader of one of Canada's major political parties has come out publicly in favor of marijuana legalization. 

Why Growing Numbers of the Baby Boomer Generation Are Turning to Marijuana
July 30, 2013

In addition to recreational use, boomers are increasingly using pot to medicate the physical effects of aging.

Washington, D.C.'s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens Blocks From Capitol
July 30, 2013

A man named Warren walked into a bright blue high-security building about a mile north of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday afternoon.

Can Marijuana Cure Cancer? 5 Reasons Why It (Probably) Could
July 30, 2013

Although the main chemical in marijuana (THC) was first isolated in the 1960′s, scientists didn’t really understand how it worked until the endocannabinoid system was discovered in the 1990′s.

Marijuana Is The 'New Beer': Pro-Pot Ad Debuts At NASCAR Race,
July 29, 2013

Spectators streaming into the NASCAR Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway starting on Friday might notice something a little different about one of the advertisements on screens nearby.

Washington faces marijuana legalization roadblocks
July 29, 2013

When more than 1.7 million Washington residents voted to make marijuana legal for adults last November, most probably didn’t give much thought to how that would work.

Fact: Cannabis Kills MRSA, Disrupts Prion Diseases
July 29, 2013

Marijuana is a potent antibiotic that can kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and disrupt the progression of prion diseases such as Mad Cow disease and Creutzfeld-Jakob disease.

From Bridgeport To Bangor, All Of New England Now Seeing Green
July 24, 2013

On Tuesday, New Hampshire became the sixth and final state in New England to legalize medical marijuana.

New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law
July 24, 2013

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signed a bill on Tuesday making New Hampshire the 19th state -- and the final in New England -- to legalize medical marijuana.

The Mysterious History Of 'Marijuana'
July 23, 2013

We've decided to take a weekly look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story.

Vermont Hemp Rules Conflict With Federal Law
July 22, 2013

Some Vermont farmers want to plant hemp now that the state has a law setting up rules to grow the plant, a cousin of marijuana that's more suitable for making sandals than getting high.

Parents Try Holistic Approach To Help Baby With Rare Brain Tumor
July 21, 2013

The parents of a baby girl with a rare brain tumor have decided to try alternative medicine, instead of chemotherapy, to help their child.

This is How Much Marijuana Prohibition Costs You, the Taxpayer
July 19, 2013

Whether you are for its legalization or not, you are paying for marijuana to be illegal. According the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 43.3% of all "Arrests for Drug Abuse Violation" are of people who are in possession of marijuana.

Medical Pot: A Drugmaker Bets on Marijuana to Treat Diabetes, Epilepsy, and More
July 19, 2013

Medicinal marijuana advocates contend that smoking pot helps relieve pain and alleviate nausea. British drug company GW Pharmaceuticals (GWP:LN) is betting that medicine made from cannabis can also treat maladies as diverse as diabetes, colitis, and epilepsy.

Pot Testing Sprouts With Increased Legalization
July 18, 2013

Marijuana testing used to mean checking to see if someone had been smoking it.

GW Pharmaceuticals’ cannabinoid for cancer pain likely to have encouraging US market penetration, abuse possibility uncertain – experts
July 18, 2013

GW Pharmaceuticals’ Sativex (nabiximols) for advanced cancer pain is likely to have strong US market uptake upon expected FDA approval, physicians said.

Medical marijuana, voter ID bills yet to reach gov
July 17, 2013

Seriously ill New Hampshire residents anxious for Gov. Maggie Hassan to sign a law legalizing marijuana use to treat their illnesses will have to wait a little longer.

Survey: 40% of adults in favor of marijuana legalization with tough laws
July 17, 2013

Legalize marijuana, say 40 percent of U.S. adults who responded to a new survey from The Partnership at .

Portland to vote on legalizing marijuana
July 17, 2013

Portland voters will decide in November whether to make recreational marijuana possession legal in the city.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Audit: 12 Docs Issued Half Of The Medical Pot Patient Recommendations In State
July 16, 2013

State auditors say that only a dozen Colorado doctors issued half of the medical marijuana patient recommendations in the state.

No penalty for marijuana election violations
July 16, 2013

An independent investigator has ruled that marijuana advocates violated the Fort Collins' election code during their 2012 campaign to repeal a municipal ban on medical marijuana businesses.

Medical marijuana for kids. It’s here. It’s legal. Yet parents are still afraid to ask for a drug that may help.
July 15, 2013

Hailey Pease was 7 years old when she was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Aylsham multiple sclerosis sufferer says cannabis-based drug ‘changed my life’
July 15, 2013

U.K. - A new cannabis-based licensed drug has transformed the life of multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferer Teresa Pointer from Aylsham.

Legalized Marijuana Prompts A Question: What About Hash?
July 14, 2013

Jim Andersen has a 40-year history with hashish, the concentrated cannabis sometimes referred to as the cognac of the marijuana world.

Marijuana legalization in Washington, Colorado prompts questions about hash
July 14, 2013

Jim Andersen has a 40-year history with hashish, the concentrated cannabis sometimes referred to as the cognac of the marijuana world.

Medical Marijuana Laws Don’t Increase Adolescent Use, Study Says
July 12, 2013

Medical marijuana laws have no effect on the likelihood a young person will smoke pot, according to a new report.

D.C. to consider decriminalizing marijuana
July 11, 2013

Carrying pot in the nation's capitol may soon not be a crime.

Cannabis Cures Cancer – Marijuana Touted as Miracle Drug – Video
July 10, 2013

The World Health Organization reports, each year 13 million new cases are diagnosed and some 7.6 million people die of cancer: a number that could double to more than 13 million by the year 2030.

Medical marijuana for kids? Some praise results while others worry about risks
July 10, 2013

Zaki Jackson was 6 months old when doctors diagnosed him with a form of epilepsy so severe that it sparked as many as 250 seizures a day.

Vicente Fox, Former Mexican President, Launches Global Partnership With Pot Advocates
July 9, 2013

As the Obama administration's war on weed continues to eliminate jobs and shutter businesses, and the global war on drugs continues to take countless lives, a number of unexpected political leaders have begun to fight back.

Mayor Michael Hancock Recommends Additional 5 To 10 Percent Tax On Legal Marijuana Sales In Denver
July 9, 2013

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is considering an additional 5 to 10 percent tax on legal recreational marijuana sales in Mile High City.

Marijuana's march toward mainstream confounds feds
July 9, 2013

It took 50 years for American attitudes about marijuana to zigzag from the paranoia of "Reefer Madness" to the excesses of Woodstock back to the hard line of "Just Say No."

Medical marijuana for kids? Some praise results while others worry about risks
July 9, 2013

Zaki Jackson was 6 months old when doctors diagnosed him with a form of epilepsy so severe that it sparked as many as 250 seizures a day.

Harborside Health Center, Billed As World's Largest Pot Shop, Scores Big Win
July 5, 2013

A medical marijuana dispensary billed as the world's largest cannabis store may stay open while the city of Oakland fights a U.S. government effort to shut it down or seize the property, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

Longtime Marijuana Use Linked With Decreased Motivation, Study Finds
July 3, 2013

The stereotype of pot smokers as lackadaisical loafers is supported by new research: People who smoke marijuana regularly over long periods of time tend to produce less of a chemical in the brain that is linked to motivation, a new study finds.

Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Law Goes Into Effect
July 3, 2013

Starting Monday, Vermonters will not be arrested for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana.

State officials OK outdoor marijuana grows under new rules
July 3, 2013

Marijuana could be grown outdoors in the sunshine - no grow lights or greenhouses required - under draft rules for Washington state's new marijuana industry approved Wednesday.

City of Berkeley fights U.S. civil action against marijuana dispensary
July 3, 2013

The city of Berkeley, California, is trying to stop the U.S. government from closing a medical marijuana dispensary and filed a federal court claim Wednesday, attorneys said.

Samuel T. Wilkinson: Pot-Smoking And the Schizophrenia Connection
July 2, 2013

Recent legislation has permitted the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state. Those who support legalization often tout the lack of serious medical consequences associated with the drug.

Marijuana moves into mainstream
June 30, 2013

It took 50 years for American attitudes about marijuana to zigzag from the paranoia of “Reefer Madness” to the excesses of Woodstock back to the hard line of “Just Say No.”

Marijuana Legalization Gains Support, Confounding Policymakers
June 29, 2013

It took 50 years for American attitudes about marijuana to zigzag from the paranoia of "Reefer Madness" to the excesses of Woodstock back to the hard line of "Just Say No."

Israeli Orthodox Rabbi Efraim Zalmanovich: Medical Marijuana Is Kosher
June 29, 2013

Efraim Zalmanovich, the orthodox rabbi of the Israeli town of Mazkeret Batia, said Friday that distributing and smoking marijuana is kosher as long as it's for medical purposes, according to an article on NRG, the website of the Maariv newspaper.

Don't Fire Teachers for Private Marijuana Use
June 29, 2013

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Behind a veiled claim of protecting the public, collateral sanctions continue to be heaped upon those arrested for using drugs.

U.S. Burns Millions Of Cannabis Plants, Marijuana Availability Rises
June 28, 2013

The U.S. government has burned almost enough marijuana plants to get the atmosphere high. Americans have responded by increasing domestic production.

Five Reasons Cops Want to Legalize Marijuana
June 27, 2013

Most people don't think "cops" when they think about who supports marijuana legalization.

LOOK: Obama Worse Than Bush On Medical Marijuana
June 26, 2013

Lawmakers across the country are fed up with the Obama administration's disrespect for local marijuana laws.

Edwin Schmieding, 61-Year-Old Michigan Pot Farmer Caught With 8,000 Plants, Gets Probation
June 26, 2013

A southeastern Michigan farmer recovering from throat cancer was sentenced to probation instead of prison Tuesday for growing thousands of marijuana plants...

Mayors Approve Marijuana Resolution Telling Feds To Butt Out
June 24, 2013

The United States Conference of Mayors passed a resolution on Monday urging the federal government to let states decide for themselves how to handle marijuana policy.

Parents of epileptic N.J. tot lament medical marijuana delays
June 23, 2013

A 2-year-old with a bouncy pigtail and colorful eye patch may be the youngest patient to obtain a medical-marijuana card in New Jersey.

Mobile medical marijuana dispensaries look to be next big issue
June 22, 2013

Two green crosses frame an announcement that Lima Collective Inc. in Running Springs is closed.

Medical Marijuana Absurdities in Michigan: Patients Can't Share
June 21, 2013
Two stories popped up today from the state of Michigan that remind me of the inevitable tragic absurdities we get by trying to separate patients from "criminals."
Veterans key to medical marijuana lobby efforts
June 21, 2013

When a constant, “sputtering” pain grips Jim Champion’s arms and legs, the Army veteran says only one thing brings him relief: marijuana.

Rand Paul: Marijuana Use Makes You Lazy, Lose 'IQ Points'
June 18, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) recently weighed in on marijuana use and policy during an interview with the Hoover Institution, warning of negative effects from using the drug while also arguing against incarceration for such behavior.

Three out of four doctors would prescribe medical marijuana to patients: Study
June 18, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael “Nanny” Bloomberg thinks medical marijuana is a hoax, but as far as I know he’s never been to medical school, which is obvious based on the results of a new survey that found more than three-quarters of physicians would prescribe it to their patients if they could.

God Doesn't Care If You Smoke Weed; Pastors Focus On Decriminalizing Unjust Drug Laws
June 16, 2013

A network of pastors is speaking out against the so-called "war on drugs" and the devastating effect it has had, particularly on the black community.

Cannabis Comes To Wall Street: The Next Big Industry?
June 15, 2013

At a certain location on Wall Street, a group of investors were thinking of getting in on the ground floor of an industry that is, for now, largely illegal.

Nevada Legalizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
June 15, 2013

Nevadans who have legitimate reasons to use medical marijuana will soon find themselves buying supplies from regulated pot dispensaries. That is after Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law SB374 on Wednesday.

New Report Finds Obama Spends $180K Per Day Undermining State Medical Marijuana Laws
June 14, 2013

Yesterday, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) issued "What's the Cost?" a report on the federal war on medical cannabis (marijuana).

Big Support For Medical Marijuana In Poll
June 14, 2013

Most Americans continue to support legalizing medical marijuana, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, and most think the federal government should refrain from prosecuting patients and dispensaries in states where it is legal.

State certifies application for marijuana ballot initiative in Alaska
June 14, 2013

Alaska will be the next battleground in the effort to legalize marijuana.

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Drug War Blocking Potential Treatments for Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Journal Claims
June 14, 2013

Potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and many other illnesses are being blocked by anti-drug laws, according to a new editorial review published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience.

Feds Crack Down On Hundreds Of Medical Marijuana Shops In California
June 13, 2013

Federal prosecutors have sent dozens of letters warning medical marijuana shops in Los Angeles and Long Beach to shut down or risk potential criminal or civil action.

Marijuana-Based Medicines Okayed in France
June 13, 2013

At the behest of Social Affairs and Health Minister Marisol Touraine, France has modified its Public Health Code to allow for the use of marijuana-based medicines, apparently including raw marijuana itself.

Outlawing drugs like marijuana censors science, researchers say
June 13, 2013

The outlawing of drugs such as cannabis, magic mushrooms and other psychoactive substances amounts to scientific censorship and is hampering research into potentially important medicinal uses, leading scientists argued on Wednesday.

Medical marijuana all but halts Colorado 6-year-old’s chronic seizures
June 12, 2013

For most of her life, 6-year-old Charlotte Figi has suffered from 20 to 60 seizures a day due to an incurable genetic disorder called Dravet Syndrome.

D.C. Medical Marijuana Applications Released, Final Step For Patient Cards
June 12, 2013

District of Columbia residents are now one step closer to legal prescriptions of medical marijuana.

Marijuana Industry Lobbies Congress On Taxes
June 10, 2013

As the feds weigh their response to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington, members of the marijuana industry pressed lawmakers this week to change federal tax laws that make it extremely difficult to operate their businesses.

Canada to snuff out medical marijuana production in homes
June 10, 2013

Canada, a pioneer in the use of medical marijuana, will take legal production out of private homes next year as it seeks to address more than a decade of neighborhood spats and criminal activity.

Study: Cannabis may prevent brain damage
June 9, 2013

Marijuana continues to be a paradox as it makes its way from illicit drug to wonder medicine being used to treat a number of symptoms and disorders more safely than traditional pharmaceuticals.

Five myths about legalizing marijuana
June 8, 2013

With 16 states having decriminalized or legalized cannabis for non-medical use and eight more heading toward some kind of legalization, federal prohibition’s days seem numbered.

NJ bill eases kids' medical marijuana restrictions
June 7, 2013

Parents of children with severe epilepsy pleaded with New Jersey senators Thursday to approve a measure that would make it easier for kids to have access to medical marijuana, but some medical professionals warned the move could prove to be dangerous.

Vet Recommends Medical Marijuana for Pets in Pain
June 7, 2013

Until she introduced "magic cheese" to her sick and aging bulldog, Laura Bugni-Daniel watched him suffer for two years. He'd spend his days lying down or throwing up.

Medical marijuana ingredient prevents brain damage in mice
June 7, 2013

The words “marijuana” and “brain damage” usually go in that order in medical literature. An Israeli researcher has flipped them around, finding that THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, may arrest some forms of brain damage in mice.

Seniors And Cannabis
June 7, 2013

When California’s Compassionate Use Act first took effect in 1996, the premier medical cannabis dispensaries-notably, Dennis Peron’s in San Francisco and Jeffrey Jones’ Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative-counted many seniors as core members.

Legal Weed: Denver City Council Votes 10-1 In Favor Of Pursuing Recreational Pot Sales In City
June 4, 2013

The Mile High City is about to get a whole lot higher. On Monday afternoon, Denver City Council voted 10-1 to opt-in on pursuing local regulation for recreational marijuana sales beginning in 2014.

Melissa Etheridge: Pot got me through
June 4, 2013

My friends have always told me that rock stardom was wasted on me.

Marijuana Law Enforcement Cost States An Estimated $3.6 Billion In 2010: ACLU
June 4, 2013

States together spent somewhere around $3.6 billion enforcing marijuana possession laws in 2010, according to a new study by the American Civil Liberties Union, entitled “The War On Marijuana In Black and White.”

Bloomberg: Medical Marijuana 'One Of The Greatest Hoaxes Of All Time'
June 3, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks arguments for legalizing medical marijuana are half-baked.

California Medical Marijuana Bill Fails, Leaving Pot Industry Largely Unregulated
June 3, 2013

A bill aimed at bringing some clarity to medical marijuana regulation in California has failed to pass the State Assembly in a vote held late last week.

Could Marijuana Treat Schizophrenia?
May 31, 2013

Researchers find cannabidiol is as effective as standard antipsychotic drugs—with fewer side effects.

Carl Hart, Columbia University Scientist, Confronts Drug War In 'High Price'
May 31, 2013

Carl Hart wants drug policy to go where science takes it. The rest of us may not be so ready.

Matthew Davies, Medical Marijuana Provider, Pleads Guilty To Federal Felony Charges
May 31, 2013

Matthew R. Davies, a California man facing a litany of charges stemming from his work as a medical marijuana provider, pleaded guilty Friday to 10 federal felony offenses.

Survey: 76 percent of doctors approve of medical marijuana use
May 31, 2013

A majority of doctors would approve the use of medical marijuana, according to a new survey.

Ex-Microsoft manager plans to create first U.S. marijuana brand
May 31, 2013

A former Microsoft executive plans to create the first U.S. national marijuana brand, with cannabis he hopes to eventually import legally from Mexico, and said he was kicking off his business by acquiring medical pot dispensaries in three U.S. states.

Medical marijuana for your pet?
May 31, 2013

More people are using medical marijuana to treat pets for a variety of conditions, ranging from separation anxiety and noise phobia to cancer.

Marijuana Legalization: Colo. Gov. Hickenlooper Signs First Bills In History To Establish A Legal, Regulated Pot Market For Adults
May 29, 2013

On Tuesday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed several historic measures to implement marijuana legalization in the state, establishing Colorado as the world's first legal, regulated and taxed marijuana market for adults.

Marijuana Poll Finds Almost Half Support Legalizing Its Growth
May 27, 2013

Nearly half of Americans say that growing marijuana should be legal, and even more support legalizing the growing of hemp, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov Poll.

25 People Who Are More 'Evolved' Than Obama On Marijuana
May 27, 2013
On April 20, people around the nation will celebrate the enigmatic 4/20 holiday by smoking, toking and eating marijuana. According to federal law, they could all be arrested for using a Schedule I substance, a classification that also includes drugs such as LSD, PCP and heroin.
Marijuana Pesticide Contamination Becomes Health Concern As Legalization Spreads
May 27, 2013

Other than a skunky aroma, the waiting room at the Cannabis Care Foundation in Belfair, Wash., resembles your typical pharmacy. Chairs line walls next to stacks of magazines -- in this case, issues of Rolling Stone -- and a steady stream of patients step up to the counter with doctor's notes.

Marijuana tied to better blood sugar control
May 24, 2013

People who had used marijuana in the past month had smaller waists and lower levels of insulin resistance - a diabetes precursor - than those who never tried the drug, in a new study.

Bill Rosendahl, Los Angeles City Council Member: 'Medical Marijuana Saved My Life' (VIDEO)
May 23, 2013

L.A. Councilman Bill Rosendahl's cancer is in remission -- and he credits medical marijuana for this.

Filner supports persecuted medical marijuana patient
May 21, 2013

Mayor Bob Filner took on the federal government once again Monday in the argument against medical marijuana.

Illinois Medical Marijuana Gets Senate OK, Needs Gov. Quinn's Signature To Become Law
May 20, 2013

Illinois on Friday took one more big step toward becoming the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana.

Jimmy Carter Comes Out Against Marijuana Legalization, Wants To 'Discourage' Use Of Pot
May 20, 2013
Mere months after suggesting he was OK with moves by Colorado and Washington state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, former President Jimmy Carter announced this week that he opposes a broader legalization push.
OAS Drug Report Envisions Growing Legalization In Western Hemisphere
May 20, 2013

The Organization of American States on Friday released a report laying out a future in which more countries in the Western Hemisphere legalize marijuana.

Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Endorsed By Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, Awaits Senate Vote
May 16, 2013

With legislation that would bring legal medical marijuana to Illinois pending in the statehouse, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon on Sunday announced the bill has her support.

With legislation that would bring legal medical marijuana to Illinois pending in the statehouse, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon on Sunday announced the bill has her support.
May 16, 2013

People who regularly smoke marijuana may have better control of their blood sugar and may be skinnier than non-marijuana users, according to a new study.

Washington State Medical Marijuana Availability Could Jinx Recreational Pot Market
May 16, 2013

Key officials helping to create Washington state's potentially lucrative recreational pot market say its success may hinge on preventing consumers from choosing to get high on readily available medical cannabis because of low and sometimes nonexistent taxes on it.

D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization Bill, Led By Marion Barry And Tommy Wells, To Be Introduced As Early As Summer
May 16, 2013

The fight to decriminalize marijuana possession in Washington, D.C., just got an unlikely ally: former mayor and current city councilman Marion Barry (D-Ward 8).

National Cancer Institute says MARIJUANA fights cancer
May 16, 2013

Last year, the National Cancer Institute — “the U.S. government’s principal agency for cancer research” — created a stir by publishing the truth: the molecules found in pot kill breast and lung cancers in lab tests.

Toke Up, Glucose Down: Marijuana Linked to Better Blood Sugar Control
May 15, 2013

People who admitted using marijuana were found to have lower blood glucose levels and were less likely to be insulin resistant, according to the National Health and Nutrition Survey.

Marijuana Linked To Lower Bladder Cancer Risk, Study Says
May 14, 2013

People who smoke marijuana may be less likely to get bladder cancer than those who smoke cigarettes, a new study says.

Industrial Hemp: Amendment 64 Allows First Major, Legal Hemp Grow In Nearly 60 Years In Colorado
May 14, 2013

Springfield farmer Ryan Loflin is now watching over one of Colorado's first industrial hemp crops in almost 60 years.

Eric Holder Marijuana Protest In Berkeley: Attorney General Greeted By Unfriendly Crowd
May 13, 2013

Several dozen pro-marijuana protesters swarmed U.C. Berkeley's campus Saturday to protest the visit of Attorney General Eric Holder, on hand to address the graduating law school class.

Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Senate Committee Vote
May 10, 2013

Legislation that would bring legal medical marijuana to Illinois cleared a key Senate committee vote on Wednesday.

The truth about marijuana
May 10, 2013

The pot doctor has a backache.

California Medical Marijuana Crackdown Ramps Up As More Dispensaries Targeted For Closure
May 9, 2013

Several dozen protesters gathered in downtown Berkeley Wednesday afternoon to fight federal action against one of California's oldest medical marijuana dispensaries, targeted for closure by the Justice Department.

Marijuana Legalization Bills: Colorado Lawmakers Pass...
May 9, 2013

On the final day of the legislative session, Colorado lawmakers finally passed two historic bills to implement recreational marijuana legalization in the state...

Colorado legislature sets marijuana limits for motorists
May 8, 2013

Lawmakers took a key step toward implementing Colorado's recreational marijuana law on Tuesday when they set blood-level limits for driving, but a measure to tax retail pot was in limbo a day before the legislative session was set to end.

Mass. panel approves rules for medical marijuana
May 8, 2013

Massachusetts public health officials have approved final regulations for the use of medical marijuana.

Hardy Macia, 2012 House Candidate With Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Makes Medical Marijuana Plea (VIDEO)
May 8, 2013

Hardy Macia, a former Libertarian Party candidate for Congress who's struggling with cancer, posted a video online pleading with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) over medical marijuana, Patch reports.

Cannabis research now allowed on Arizona college campuses
May 8, 2013

Not that there isn't already some amateur cannabis research going on in Arizona college dorm rooms and student houses, but as of today formal cannabis research is now allowed at universities across the Grand Canyon state.

Marijuana Smoker Defies Law To Fend Off Seizures
May 8, 2013

He’s been smoking pot for decades.  Ken has epilepsy. It’s a chronic disorder that causes seizures, but Ken says it’s eased my smoking marijuana.

GOP Senator Admits Smoking Pot
May 7, 2013

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) was reminded by BuzzFeed's John Stanton on Monday of what he looked like during the 1970s and 80s.

Medical marijuana supporters lobby NH politicians
May 7, 2013

Medical marijuana advocates are trying to persuade New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan to support a provision allowing patients to grow marijuana at home, saying it’s crucial to ensuring immediate access for terminally ill patients.

Can Medical Marijuana Help OCD?
May 7, 2013

OCD is a relatively mild disorder that seems to pose very little threat to a personal’s physical wellbeing. On the other hand, for those who suffer from severe forms of OCD, the disorder can wreak havic on social and mental stability.

California Pot Shop Ban: Judge Rules Cities Can Outlaw Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
May 6, 2013

The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana dispensaries, a decision likely to further diminish the network of storefront pot shops and fuel efforts to have the state regulate the industry.

California cities can ban medical marijuana shops, state court says
May 6, 2013

California cities and counties can ban marijuana shops, the state's highest court ruled Monday in a unanimous opinion likely to further diminish California's once-robust medical marijuana industry.

Marijuana Use outside the United States
May 3, 2013

Learn how marijuana is regarded and used in countries other than the United States.

State finalizes changes to marijuana law
May 2, 2013

Washington finalized swift changes to the state's definition of marijuana Wednesday after prosecutors and crime lab scientists expressed concern about the technical aspects of a voter-approved legalization initiative.

Colorado Lawmakers Propose A 25 Percent Tax For Legal Weed
May 1, 2013

Buyers of recreational marijuana in Colorado could pay a 25 percent tax on their legal weed if voters approve of the rates that state lawmakers have proposed in a bill that passed the House, Tuesday.

Grand Rapids Marijuana Decriminalization Finally Implemented After Long Wait
May 1, 2013

City leaders must have got distracted or something. It's been six months since Grand Rapids voters approved a measure amending the city's charter to decriminalize marijuana -- and up to now there's been little to show for it.

Study: cannabis compound might have use as an HIV drug
May 1, 2013

The chemical compound in cannabis, THC, appears to be able to damage and weaken the most common strain of the HIV virus.

After the raid: Public opinion favors legalization but federal raids continue across the state
May 1, 2013

Oakland resident Sableu Cabildo was diagnosed at the end of 2011 with a kind of brain cancer known as an astrocytoma. It originated on the right side of her thalamus, the lobed mass under the cerebral cortex that acts like the brain’s switchboard, regulating sensory perception and motor functions.

Legal Weed Tax: Colorado Lawmakers Propose 25 Percent Tax On Recreational Marijuana
April 30, 2013

Marijuana as a potential tax bonanza has Colorado lawmakers wrestling with a question both sides say they don't know how to answer: How much will people pay for legal weed?

Marijuana issues drive discord in Legislature
April 30, 2013

A late legislative session effort that could put Amendment 64 back on the ballot led to a finger-pointing exercise in political theater late last week — a wild turn of events in marijuana regulation activity that capped an eventful period of pot-related action at the Capitol.

Even when 'legal,' marijuana is risky business
April 30, 2013

Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, and that's a dilemma for pot entrepreneurs in states that legalized it.

State Senate approves fix to marijuana law
April 29, 2013

The Senate approved a measure Saturday, that prosecutors and crime lab scientists say is needed because of concerns that a provision in Washington's new legal marijuana law jeopardizes their ability to go after any pot crimes at all.

7 key questions on marijuana legalization: Column
April 26, 2013

As more states consider the move, they will face some new and tricky issues.

Who Is Trying To Patent Marijuana?
April 26, 2013

The secret is out: marijuana is medicine. And not to the surprise of the pharmaceutical industry, who is slowly but surely gaining exclusive rights to the medical properties of this age-old plant.

"Miracle" Cannabis Oil: May Treat Cancer, But Money and the Law Stand in the Way of Finding Out
April 25, 2013

First it was a cough. Then it was bronchitis. Then it was time to say goodbye to Michelle Aldrich.

California Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Passes State Assembly Committee
April 25, 2013

A bill to regulate California's billion-dollar medical marijuana industry cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when the state assembly's public safety committee voted to move it forward.

Marijuana Pill May Be Better For Pain Than Smoked Form, Study Finds
April 24, 2013

A pill form of marijuana may work just as well to relieve pain as the smoked form, but with fewer side effects, new research suggests.

Denied a Liver Transplant for Using Medical Marijuana, and Dying for It -- The Heartlessness of Prohibition
April 24, 2013

The tragic fate of Norman B. Smith is all you need to know about to see how senseless it is to make consumption of marijuana a crime.

Time for California to Decriminalize, Tax & Regulate Marijuana
April 23, 2013

It is time for California to decriminalize, tax and regulate marijuana and decide who sells it, who can buy it legally, and for how much. When California became the first state to approve medical marijuana, we led the nation on progressive drug policies, and now it is time to lead again.

Conn. cancer patient fights marijuana loophole
April 22, 2013

Eighteen states and Washington D.C. have legalized medical marijuana. Connecticut joined that group last year.

25 People Who Are More 'Evolved' Than Obama On Marijuana
April 20, 2013
On April 20, people around the nation will celebrate the enigmatic 4/20 holiday by smoking, toking and eating marijuana. According to federal law, they could all be arrested for using a Schedule I substance, a classification that also includes drugs such as LSD, PCP and heroin.
Marijuana Poll Finds Majority Support Legalization
April 19, 2013

A clear majority of Americans say that marijuana should be made legal if it will be taxed and regulated like alcohol, even though few say they use marijuana themselves, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

Conservatives Push Marijuana Reform in Congress
April 17, 2013

There's a new congressional push to end the federal War on Pot in the states – and it's being spearheaded by some of the most conservative members of the Republican conference.

Medical Marijuana Illinois Doctors Support: Medical Professionals Ask State To OK Legal Weed
April 16, 2013

The call for legal medical marijuana in Illinois grew stronger Tuesday as nearly 250 physicians asked state lawmakers to legalize pot use for patients with serious illnesses.

Pot Farmers Market Sprouts In Northern California
April 16, 2013

The Organicann Harvest Market in Northern California's Sonoma Country is a lot like the farmers' markets dotting small towns up and down the West Coast.

4/20 Tourists Drawn To Legal Marijuana In Colorado
April 15, 2013

Thousands of people are expected to join an unofficial counterculture holiday celebrating marijuana in Colorado and Washington this coming weekend, including out-of staters and even packaged tours. The events and crowds will test the limits of new laws permitting pot use by adults.

LA Pot Ballot Initiatives Could Clarify Local Marijuana Laws
April 15, 2013

After 17 years of legal battles and uncertainty over legalized medical marijuana, some new clarity will be brought to the issue on May 21, when Los Angeles city voters will be asked to choose among three different measures regulating the growing industry.

Respect State Marijuana Laws Act Introduced In Congress
April 13, 2013

Republicans and Democrats in Congress are coming together in defense of states' rights -- and marijuana.

NH medical marijuana bill gets Senate hearing
April 12, 2013

Sensing greater support from lawmakers to legalize marijuana for people with serious illnesses or chronic pain, medical marijuana opponents suggested at a Senate hearing Thursday that the drug be allowed in the context of a clinical study.

Former MD Anderson Scientist Cures Prostate Cancer
April 12, 2013

Dennis Hill, Biochemist cures his cancer with cannabinoid oil. Also claims it works in all cancers.

Breaking: Obama Justice Department serves Oregon officials with warrant seeking the identities of the state’s medical cannabis patients
April 12, 2013

The Seattle Post Intelligencer has reported that the US Department of Justice secured a court order demanding that the state agency in Oregon that oversees the provision of medical cannabis to Oregonian patients who are suffering from serious, and in some cases, life threatening diseases to turn over records that personally identify patients, care givers and suppliers of the medicine.

How Big Pharma Is Bringing Forced Drug Tests To a State Near You
April 9, 2013

In the Nation, Isabel Macdonald has an excellent long read on the history of U.S. drug testing, beginning with a government program to test returning Vietnam War veterans and the drug-testing provisions in President Ronald Reagan’s Drug Free Workplace Act as part of the misdirected War on Drugs.

Christie proposes $1.6M for medical-marijuana program
April 9, 2013

Gov. Christie has proposed a $1.6 million budget for New Jersey's three-year-old medical marijuana program - more than twice the current spending plan - in anticipation that more dispensaries will open this year.

Mayor Michael Hancock Wants Marijuana Moratorium, Ban On Pot Clubs And Public Consumption In Denver
April 9, 2013

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, a vocal critic of marijuana legalization in Colorado, advised Denver City Council on Monday to ban marijuana clubs in the city as well as create a two-year moratorium on new pot business licenses.

Md. Senate passes medical marijuana bill
April 8, 2013

The Maryland Senate has passed a measure to allow academic medical research centers to have medical marijuana programs.

Is The War On Drugs Nearing An End?
April 8, 2013

For four decades, libertarians, civil rights activists and drug treatment experts have stood outside of the political mainstream in arguing that the war on drugs was sending too many people to prison, wasting too much money, wrenching apart too many families -- and all for little or no public benefit.

Medical marijuana: a NY doctor’s perspective
April 8, 2013

Dr. Craig Blinderman, a palliative care specialist at New York Presbyterian Hospital, is one of the New York physicians intrigued by the potential medical marijuana holds for treating pain.

California Vet Doug Kramer Wants Medical Marijuana for Dogs
April 8, 2013

California veterinarian Doug Kramer has launched a campaign to legalize medical marijuana for dogs. Kramer believes THC in marijuana could help canines with conditions that are not responding to other treatments.

Still Waiting for Obama's Marijuana Policy
April 8, 2013

The 2012 election happened over five months ago, at the beginning of November. One notable result of this election was that two states -- Washington and Colorado -- voted to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use.

Maryland Marijuana Legalization: State General Assembly Poised To Approve Pot For Medical Use, Though Effectiveness Of Law Is Questioned
April 7, 2013

The General Assembly is poised to pass legislation that would make Maryland the 19th state to legalize marijuana use for medical reasons -- though how quickly the state's cancer patients and others might benefit remains in question.

Latinos Back The National Trend Supporting Legalizing Marijuana
April 5, 2013

For the first time since attitudes began to be tracked, a majority of people in the United States say they now support making the use of marijuana legal, according to a new study.

Family uses medical marijuana to treat severely autistic son
April 4, 2013

Medical marijuana is a controversial treatment option for adults – let alone children.

Survey: 52 percent of Americans in favor of legalizing marijuana
April 4, 2013

A majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing the use of marijuana, a national survey finds, a shift in attitude after more than four decades of polling on the issue.

Fighting Climate Change and Creating "Green Jobs": Is Hemp the Silver Bullet?
April 3, 2013

Though Obama has frequently spoken of the need for more "green jobs," he has failed to acknowledge the inherent environmental advantages associated with a curious plant called hemp.

Too Stoned To Drive? Marijuana DUI Bill Passes Colorado House
April 2, 2013

A bill that sets a legal limit for THC in a motorist's bloodstream passed in the Colorado House on Tuesday.

Florida Medical Marijuana Bill Stalled While Bongs Ban Advances (VIDEO)
April 2, 2013

Eighteen states and D.C. have passed medical marijuana legislation but in Florida, the "Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act" can't even get a hearing in the state Senate or House.

Fighting Drug Addiction With Marijuana
April 2, 2013

For decades, Colombia has been searching for ways to treat people who are addicted to basuco, the nation's version of crack cocaine.

Rhode Island Marijuana Decriminalization Law Going Into Effect
March 29, 2013

This is not a prank: Rhode Island will officially decriminalize less than an ounce of marijuana on April 1, as a law signed last year by independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee goes into effect.

Decriminalizing Drugs Is Working In Portugal
March 28, 2013

Twelve years ago, Portugal eliminated criminal penalties for drug users. Since then, those caught with small amounts of marijuana, cocaine or heroin go unindicted and possession is a misdemeanor on par with illegal parking. Experts are pleased with the results.

Yes We Cannabis: The Legalization Movement Plots Its Next 4 Years
March 28, 2013

Last November, with voters in Colorado and Washington state leading the way, ballot initiatives legalizing, taxing, and regulating recreational marijuana use passed for the first time ever.

Marijuana Tax Considered By Cash-Strapped States
March 28, 2013

A marijuana tax is being considered as a reason to legalize the drug by several cash-strapped states, including New York and Maine.

New, stricter medical marijuana bill introduced
March 27, 2013

Lawmakers have introduced a measure with stricter provisions than failed past efforts to legalize marijuana sales to New Yorkers with a "severe debilitating or life-threatening'' health condition.

Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Nearly Has The Votes It Needs For House OK
March 26, 2013

After years of delays and narrow-misses, might the Illinois state legislature finally be ready to legalize medical marijuana in the land of Lincoln.

Montel Williams: We Need Medical Marijuana Now
March 26, 2013

Montel Williams joined HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin Tuesday and spoke out in favor of medical marijuana.

Treating PTSD with Medical Marijuana Could Curb Veteran Suicides
March 25, 2013

When T.J. Thompson returned from serving in Iraq, the Veterans Administration put him on Lorazepam, a high-potency, short-acting drug used to fight anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and aggression.

New Hampshire Marijuana Bills Move Forward, Again
March 21, 2013

For the fourth time in six years, New Hampshire House lawmakers voted this week to approve two marijuana bills, one that would legalize medical pot and another that would decriminalize the substance.

Maryland Senate Passes Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana
March 20, 2013

Marylanders caught with marijuana may soon face a small fine instead of time behind bars.

Maryland Marijuana Legalization: Advocates See Opening Move In Effort To Make Weed Completely Legal
March 20, 2013

As the Maryland Senate voted Tuesday to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, advocates for legalizing the drug saw an opening move in a multiyear effort to make it completely legal.

Is New York Weed Decriminalization Finally Here?
March 20, 2013

State lawmakers are hunkered down in Albany this week trying to finalize a new state budget, which is pretty run of the mill, as these things go.

Florida campaign for medical marijuana gets financial backers
March 20, 2013

Two top Democratic fundraisers in Florida have committed to providing the money and know-how to get the question of legalizing medical marijuana on the state ballot in 2014.

NYPD Spent 1 Million Hours Making 440,000 Marijuana Possession Arrests Over Last Decade
March 19, 2013

The NYPD spent 1 million hours making 440,000 arrests for low-level marijuana possession charges between 2002 and 2012, according to a new report released Tuesday.

International monitors to U.S.: Crack down on marijuana
March 16, 2013

The United States must not turn a blind eye to the recreational use of cannabis in states that liberalize drug laws, an international monitoring group said, urging the country to live up to its treaty commitments.

Maryland Marijuana Bills Would Legalize Medical Marijuana, Ban Synthetic Marijuana
March 16, 2013

Real marijuana might prove more popular than its synthetic cousins in this year's state legislative session.

14 Ways Marijuana Legalization Could Boost The Economy
March 13, 2013

Two states became the first to legalize marijuana for recreational use Tuesday, but it's not just users that may get a high as a result.

Federal Government Reports Marijuana Effective in Combatting Certain Cancers Reports ADSI
March 13, 2013

In a recent report, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), stated that marijuana "inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor–positive and estrogen receptor–negative breast cancer cell lines."

No jail time for pot? Texas lawmakers reconsider marijuana punishment
March 13, 2013

Right now in Texas if you are caught with an ounce of marijuana, you'll face up to 180 days in a jail and a fine of $2,000. If House Bill 184, sponsored by Representative Harold Dutton of Houston, becomes a state law you wouldn't get locked up and the fine would be $500.

Kentucky Hemp Bill On The Ropes, Will Die Without Vote, Says State House Speaker Greg Stumbo
March 12, 2013

A bill that would provide the fabric for a legal hemp industry in Kentucky is set to die in the state House, the chamber's top lawmaker declared Monday, strongly suggesting that the popular effort will come unraveled without a final vote.

Maryland Medical Marijuana: O'Malley Administration Withdraws Opposition To Bill
March 11, 2013

Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration withdrew its opposition to legislation allowing doctors and nurses to dispense medical marijuana to patients through academic medical centers, raising prospects for passage this year.

Maryland Medical Marijuana Bill Backed By Joshua Sharfstein, State's Health Secretary
March 9, 2013

Maryland's health secretary is expressing support for a measure to allow medical marijuana in the state.

How the Brain Suppresses Pain During Times of Stress
March 7, 2013

New findings about how the brain functions to suppress pain have been published in the leading journal in the field Pain, by National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) researchers.

Hawaii Senate votes to decriminalize marijuana
March 6, 2013

It's up to state representatives to decide whether to decriminalize marijuana in Hawaii.

Former DEA Heads: Nullify Colorado, Washington Marijuana Laws
March 5, 2013

A national group advocating less-stringent drugs laws is criticizing eight former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs for their call to nullify new laws in Colorado and Washington legalizing recreational marijuana use.

U.N.: Legal pot in CO, WA violates drug treaties
March 5, 2013

A U.N. drug agency says the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington violates international drug treaties.

Jeremy Usher, Colorado Veteran, Faces Jail Time For Using Marijuana As Treatment For PTSD
March 3, 2013

Former U.S. Navy Corpsman Jeremy Usher came home in 2003 from Iraq and Afghanistan to sleepless nights and panic attacks, with vivid flashbacks of combat, horrifying nightmares, anxiety and depression, all amid memory loss and a severe stutter.

As A Nation We Should Embrace A New Health Science and Eagerly Learn All We Can
March 3, 2013

Dear President Obama, Members of Congress, The DEA, The FDA, Department of Health and Human Services, Attorney General Holder and Legislators across the Nation,

VT., Maine offering medical marijuana lessons to NH
March 2, 2013

As New Hampshire again considers whether to legalize medical marijuana, neighboring states offer lessons about enforcement of the law, dispensaries and the complexities of implementing such a law.

Marijuana DUI Bill Passes Colorado House Committee
February 28, 2013

Can someone be too stoned to drive? A bill that would set a legal limit for the amount of THC allowed in a motorist's bloodstream has cleared its first hurdle and passed unanimously in the Colorado House Judiciary Committee Tuesday night.

Legal pot favored in new California poll
February 27, 2013

A firm majority of California voters now favors legalizing marijuana for recreational use, signaling a significant change in attitude from ambivalence in recent years and outright hostility three decades ago, according to a Field Poll released Wednesday.

Poll: Calif. Voters Back Marijuana Legalization
February 27, 2013
A poll released Wednesday has promising news for marijuana users who hope California will join the two other states that have voted to legalize recreational use of the drug. - See more at:
A poll released Wednesday has promising news for marijuana users who hope California will join the two other states that have voted to…
Idaho braces for battle over legalizing medical marijuana
February 26, 2013

Idaho, a state known more for growing potatoes than marijuana, is bracing for a battle to legalize medical marijuana, as a growing number of U.S. states permit pot for both health and recreational use.

Do You Think Medical Marijuana Should Be Legalized for Dogs?
February 26, 2013

Cannabis relieves pain and suffering in dogs, but most vets want nothing to do with it. What do you think?

Bill Proposed to Make Medicinal Marijuana Legal Nationwide
February 26, 2013
A bill was recently introduced by Earl Blumenauer of Oregon that would make medical marijuana legal nationwide, and would eliminate confusion about federal policy on the drug. - See more at:
California Marijuana Legalization Backers Hope To Get Measure Onto 2014 Ballot
February 25, 2013

The push to legalize marijuana, both in its standard and non-psychoactive hemp forms, is alive and well in California.

Washington, Colorado Legal Marijuana Having Growing Problems
February 25, 2013

It may be called weed, but marijuana is legendarily hard to grow.

New Bill To Lift Federal Ban On Marijuana
February 25, 2013

Flanked by more than 150 advocates from around the country, Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer on Monday put forward his legislation allowing states to legalize medical marijuana in an effort to end the confusion surrounding federal pot policy.

North Carolina Lawmakers Kill Medical Marijuana Bill After It Receives Annoying Level Of Support
February 22, 2013

The GOP-controlled North Carolina House Rules Committee killed a medical marijuana legalization bill earlier this week, after lawmakers complained that backers of the measure were bothering them with requests for their support.

Marijuana: The truth about growing your own pot
February 22, 2013

So you want to grow pot. Or you're worried the neighbors will.

The great experiment
February 21, 2013

UNTIL recently it seemed that nothing would disturb the international consensus that the best way to deal with narcotic and psychotropic drugs is to ban them. Codified in a United Nations convention.

Synthetic Marijuana May Be Putting Students In The Hospital
February 21, 2013

A 17-year-old South Carolina high school student was transported to the hospital Tuesday for a reaction caused by an unknown substance.

Doctors debate telling patients to smoke marijuana
February 21, 2013

Perhaps you know whether you’d want to use marijuana to relieve severe pain or nausea. But if you were a doctor, what would you tell patients who asked about taking something that’s against federal law?

Harborside Health Center Lawsuit: Judge Dismisses Oakland's Suit On Behalf Of Pot Shop
February 20, 2013

Oakland's Harborside Health Center, which bills itself as the "largest pot shop on the planet," was dealt a major legal setback last week when a federal judge rejected a lawsuit the city had filed on behalf of the popular dispensary.

Pot Tourism In Colorado OK'd By Marijuana Task Force
February 20, 2013

Marijuana tourism is on the way to Colorado, under a recommendation made Tuesday by a state task force to regulate the drug made legal by voters last year.

Michigan Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana Sales Filed
February 19, 2013

A little more than a week after the state Supreme Court ruled that Michigan's medical marijuana law doesn't allow for dispensaries, a state lawmaker is ready to file a bill that would allow cities and counties to approve them via local option.

House panel hears bill to tax medical marijuana sales
February 18, 2013

More than a dozen people, many of them medical marijuana patients or providers, testified Monday against a measure to tax medical marijuana dispensaries, an effort to undermine any black market when sale of state-taxed recreational marijuana starts at the end of this year.

Rep. Jared Polis, 'The Drug War Has Failed, Time To Try A New Approach'
February 14, 2013

Just before President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Colorado Congressman Jared Polis started an "Ask Me Anything" Reddit thread and discussed, among many things, his bill (HR-499) that would end the federal ban on marijuana.

Mayor Bloomberg Gives Final State Of The City Address; Talks Marijuana, Electric Cars
February 14, 2013

Starting next month, people who get picked up on charges of having a small amount of marijuana will be released with desk appearance tickets if they have ID and no open warrants, the mayor said.

Marijuana Legalization Raises Product Safety Questions In Colorado, Washington State
February 13, 2013

Marijuana may be coming out of the black market in Colorado and Washington state, but the drug, at least for now, will retain a decidedly underground feel: Users may not know what's in it.

Mass. to seek public input on medical marijuana
February 13, 2013

Massachusetts public health officials are set to begin a series of ‘‘listening sessions’’ to get input from the public as they develop regulations for medical marijuana.

Hawaii marijuana bill goes up in smoke
February 12, 2013

A bill that would have legalized marijuana in Hawaii has died in the state House.

Gil Kerlikowske, White House Drug Czar, Says Administration Hasn't Done 'Good Job' On Marijuana
February 11, 2013

White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske recently gave an interview with Canada's Maclean's Magazine and appeared to candidly criticize President Barack Obama's administration for falling short in its effort to address marijuana policy.

Philadelphia senator to introduce legislation to legalize marijuana
February 11, 2013

If state Sen. Daylin Leach gets his way, Pennsylvania would become the next state to legalize marijuana.

Doors swing open for advocates of marijuana legalization on Capitol Hill
February 10, 2013

Advocates for the legalization of marijuana plan to step up their political giving and lobbying efforts now that members of Congress are taking an interest in changing federal drug laws.

Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia Attorney General, 'Evolving' On Marijuana Legalization Issue
February 8, 2013

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Tea Party hero and GOP gubernatorial candidate in this year's election, said this week that his views on marijuana legalization were "evolving."

Cannabis News Roundup: February 8, 2013
February 8, 2013

The State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday about whether cities have the authority to ban cannabis dispensaries within their jurisdictions. The defense argued that distribution should be permitted, because medical cannabis is legal statewide, thus superseding local ordinances. The Court didn’t seem convinced, but their ruling will not come until spring. Roughly 200 cities and counties in California have dispensary bans.

Marijuana Shows Promising Results in Successfully Managing Asthma Related Symptoms
February 8, 2013

Asthma is one of the most ubiquitous chronic inflammatory diseases in the U.S., affecting an estimated 35 million people, and claiming the lives of 4,000 each year. The disease is typically caused by inflammation of the bronchial tubes, causing the chest to become tight and breathing fairly difficult. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing (especially at night), shortness of breath, and pain or pressure in the chest. While not every case of…

Michigan Supreme Court: Dispensaries selling medical pot can be shut down as public nuisance
February 8, 2013

Marijuana dispensaries that handle patient-to-patient sales are not protected under the state's medical pot law, according to a new ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court.Marijuana dispensaries that handle patient-to-patient sales are not protected under the state's medical pot law, according to a new ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court.

Marijuana Legalization Bill, Federal Taxation Measure Set For Introduction In Congress
February 5, 2013

U.S. states would be free to decide whether to legalize marijuana without running afoul of federal law but would require purchasers to pay federal taxes on its sale under legislation being proposed by two Democratic lawmakers.

Marijuana Laws: Bipartisan Reform Efforts In Congress Range From Pot Legalization To Hemp
February 5, 2013

An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty federal pot tax.

California Medical Marijuana Ban: State Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Cannabis Clubs
February 5, 2013

These are trying times for California's medical marijuana dispensaries.

Weeding Through Marijuana Facts and Fiction
February 4, 2013

In Colorado and Washington, adults now can legally unwind after a tough day at the office by lighting up a joint. Meanwhile, here in California, 17 other states and the District of Columbia, anyone complaining of nearly any ailment, from migraines to menstrual cramps, can seek a prescription for medical marijuana and fill it at a local dispensary, of which there are an estimated 1,000 in Los Angeles.

Bills would tighten regulations on medical marijuana
February 4, 2013

In a move aimed at preventing children from accidentally eating marijuana and the state’s police from falling foul of federal drug laws, a state lawmaker is proposing two pieces of legislation to tighten the state’s medical-marijuana program.

Effort building to change U.S. pot laws
February 4, 2013

An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a federal pot tax.

San Francisco medical marijuana industry on upswing following string of club closures
February 4, 2013

Ask any small-business owner: Starting a new venture, getting in the black, growing and expanding — it’s not easy.

Free Marijuana? Craigslist Ads Offer Free Weed With A Twist To Comply With Colorado Pot Laws
February 4, 2013

Sure, pot is legal in Colorado, but getting your hands on some legal weed is more difficult than it may seem.

Oakland tries to stay in legal fight with feds over medical marijuana
February 1, 2013

The city of Oakland's arguments for why it should be allowed to challenge a federal attempt to shut down the nation's largest medical marijuana dispensary are simply "window dressing" that ignores the law, a federal prosecutor said in court Thursday.

Alex Echols, Boy With Autism, Gets Medical Marijuana To Manage Self-Destructive Rages (VIDEO)
January 31, 2013

Heartbroken and desperate, an Oregon family has turned to medical marijuana to help manage their son's self-destructive rages. They say the treatment, which has sparked controversy, has helped their child, described as "severely autistic," like nothing else has.

McConnell says hemp would help Kentucky economy, Rogers isn't so sure
January 31, 2013

The push to re-establish industrial hemp in Kentucky has won an endorsement from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Czech lower house approves medical marijuana
January 30, 2013

Parliament's upper house has approved legislation that makes it legal in the Czech Republic to use marijuana for medical treatment.

Green thumb? Washington state looks for pot consultant
January 30, 2013

Wanted: A green thumb with extensive knowledge of the black, or at least gray, market.

Medical marijuana reduces chronic pharmaceutical use, study finds
January 30, 2013

Medical marijuana may help reduce the use of pharmaceutical drugs among the elderly, providing a safer alternative to drugs that often carry serious side effects, according to a study conducted by researchers from Tel Aviv University. The researchers also found that elderly participants who took medical marijuana achieved not just pain reduction, but also improvement in markers of physical, emotional and cognitive health.

Washington vows to try to keep marijuana in state -- but how?
January 29, 2013

So far, no one is suggesting checkpoints or fences to keep Washington state's legal pot within its borders.

Hemp Gets The Green Light In New Colorado Pot Measure
January 28, 2013

With recreational marijuana now legal in Colorado, small-scale pot shops will open up soon in places like Denver and Boulder. But that's not the only business that could get a boost: Large-scale commercial farmers may also be in line to benefit.

Farmers Begin Planting Hemp Under New Colorado Hemp Legalization
January 28, 2013

Many farmers in Colorado will be expanding their list of planted crops this Spring after groundbreaking legislation was passed last November that allowed not only for the legalization of marijuana, but hemp as well.

Kansas state senator introduces medical marijuana bill
January 27, 2013

A Kansas state senator has proposed a medical marijuana bill.

Obama's Drug War: After Medical Marijuana Mess, Feds Face Big Decision On Pot
January 26, 2013

In the summer of 2007, the owners of Harborside Health Center, then and now the most prominent medical marijuana dispensary in the U.S., were reflecting on their rapid rise.

The DEA's marijuana mistake
January 25, 2013

The DEA and the National Institute for Drug Abuse block serious research on medical uses of marijuana, creating a ridiculous circle of denials.

Medical Cannabis Provides Dramatic Relief For Sufferers Of Chronic Ailments Says Israeli Study
January 24, 2013

Though controversial, medical cannabis has been gaining ground as a valid therapy, offering relief to suffers of diseases such as cancer, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, ALS and more. The substance is known to soothe severe pain, increase the appetite, and ease insomnia where other common medications fail.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag Can't Deal With Marijuana Protesters, Ditches Public Event
January 24, 2013

Medical marijuana is not making U.S Attorney Melinda Haag's life easy. Among Bay Area cannabis advocates, she's become a loathed figure, scorned and mocked in unflattering effigy. All of this due to her role in the Justice Department's crackdown on state-legal medical marijuana clubs.

Laura Chinchilla Marijuana Talks: Costa Rica, Mexico, And Colombia Preparing For U.S. Pot Legalization
January 23, 2013

Costa Rica, Mexico and Colombia have opened talks with U.S. officials to prepare for the legalization of marijuana in some U.S. states, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said Wednesday.

CBDs: There's more to weed than THC
January 23, 2013

In the land of cannabinoids, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) gets most of the publicity. It is, after all, the compound with the most well-known flair, being the main source of all the euphoric, trippy effects.

Court rejects bid to have marijuana reclassified
January 22, 2013

A federal appeals court has rejected a petition to reclassify marijuana from its current status as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use.

Reefer Madness Redux: If You Smoke It, You Will Become Addicted!
January 21, 2013

In recent weeks, we have seen a shift in how drug war proponents are talking about marijuana. No longer able to convince the public that people who use marijuana should go to jail, they are singing a new tune; they should all go to treatment.

Future Of Washington, Colorado Pot Farming Still Uncertain
January 20, 2013

Irrigation canals line Washington's Yakima Valley east of the Cascade Range, transforming a desert landscape into one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world – including crops for some of America's biggest vices.

Marijuana Possession Arrests Exceed Violent Crime Arrests
January 18, 2013

Americans are shifting on marijuana. More than half of them think it should be regulated like alcohol and cigarettes, 18 states have passed legislation approving it for medical use and Washington State and Colorado have legalized it for recreational use, but it remains illegal under federal law. And the arrests continue — one every 42 seconds, and 86 percent of those are simply for possession, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.…

Storefront Marijuana Dispensaries Are Definitely Legal
January 18, 2013

In this uncertain reality of ours, the last place to look for a nugget of truth is the legally fuzzy world of medical marijuana. But the California Supreme Court gifted us all an unexpected dose of certainty this week by refusing to do anything.

Marijuana link to lower IQ is disputed
January 16, 2013

A new analysis is challenging a report that suggests regular marijuana smoking during the teen years can lead to a long-term drop in IQ.

Colorado Preps for Recreational Marijuana
January 16, 2013

Driving east on Interstate 70 through Denver’s warehouse district, the smell of the marijuana plants growing inside unmarked industrial buildings blasts through car air vents and overwhelms drivers who roll down their windows.

Washington State: Marijuana eradication to continue despite new law
January 15, 2013

Washington State Patrol said Monday it expects its Marijuana Eradication Program, which has confiscated hundreds of thousands of plants and arrested dozens of illegal growers, to continue despite the passage of I-502.

Young Adults Left Behind by Marijuana Legalization in Colorado, Washington
January 15, 2013

When Washington and Colorado residents voted to legalize marijuana in November—by 11-point margins in each state—18- to 21-year-old adults cast ballots for measures that left criminal sanctions affecting their age group untouched.

Matthew Davies' Wife Asks Obama To End Family's 'Nightmare,' Drop Medical Marijuana Case
January 14, 2013

The wife of a California medical marijuana provider who is facing 10 years in prison after being indicted by federal authorities last year is appealing to President Barack Obama to end her family's "nightmare."

Patrick Kennedy Wants To Restart Colorado Conversation On Legal Weed
January 14, 2013

You might think the issue of marijuana legalization had been settled, at least as far as Coloradans were concerned. Turns out some people aren’t so sure, and one of them is former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

Marijuana Study Tying Teens' Pot Use To I.Q. Drop Is Flawed, New Paper Suggests
January 14, 2013

A new analysis is challenging a report that suggests regular marijuana smoking during the teen years can lead to a long-term drop in IQ. The analysis says the statistical analysis behind that conclusion is flawed.

In California, It’s U.S. vs. State Over Marijuana
January 14, 2013

Matthew R. Davies graduated from college with a master’s degree in business and a taste for enterprise, working in real estate, restaurants and mobile home parks before seizing on what he saw as uncharted territory with a vast potential for profits — medical marijuana.

Marijuana Legalization, Taxation Supported By Majority In Hawaii: Poll
January 11, 2013

Hawaii's governor signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana back in 2000, but a new poll shows that the state's residents are ready to take it a step further.

Marijuana Legalization Petition Draws White House Response
January 9, 2013

The White House weighed in once more Tuesday on the issue of marijuana legalization, responding to a trio of highly popular petitions submitted to its "We the People" website.

Ex-RI Rep. Kennedy Lobbies Against Legal Marijuana
January 8, 2013

Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he's established a group to lobby against legalized marijuana.

Harborside Health Center, World's Largest Medical Pot Dispensary, Wins Battle To Avoid Shutdown
January 8, 2013

A federal magistrate on Monday ruled that the Harborside Health Center located in Oakland and San Jose, Calif., can continue to operate, despite a bid by federal prosecutors to shut it down. Harborside is widely considered the world's largest medical cannabis dispensary.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Ten years for G3 Holsitics owner
January 7, 2013

Aaron Sandusky, whom prosecutors said used the ambiguity of California’s medical marijuana laws to create an illegal, for-profit, grow-and-sell operation that included a cultivation warehouse in Ontario and dispensaries in Moreno Valley, Upland and Colton, was sentenced to the maximum 10 years in prison on Monday, Jan. 7.

The Hive Co-Op: First 'Cannabis-Friendly' Coffee And Tea Shop Opens In Colorado
January 4, 2013

By day, The Front Tea & Art Shop sells papier-mache piggy banks, handmade flutes and elaborate carvings alongside tea leaves and hemp coffee.

Study: Vaporized, Low-Potency Cannabis Mitigates Neuropathic Pain
January 4, 2013

The administration of vaporized, low THC cannabis is associated with reduced pain in subjects with neuropathy, according to clinical trial data published online by The Journal of Pain.

Connecting Vets With Cannabis
January 4, 2013

One local woman’s mission to use marijuana and hemp to help returning veterans

Have We Lost the War on Drugs?
January 4, 2013

President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs" in 1971. The expectation then was that drug trafficking in the United States could be greatly reduced in a short time through federal policing—and yet the war on drugs continues to this day. The cost has been large in terms of lives, money and the well-being of many Americans, especially the poor and less educated. By most accounts, the gains from the war have been modest at…

Santa Clara Marijuana Evacuation: County Deputies Clear Out Growing Operations
January 3, 2013

Dangling on ropes suspended from a helicopter, sheriff's deputies were dropped into eight rough and remote Santa Clara County locations last week to dismantle clandestine marijuana operations and haul out environmentally unfriendly gear.

Colorado Marijuana Clubs Open Following Passage Of Amendment 64
January 2, 2013

With reggae music pumping in the background and flashing disco-style lights, members of the recreational pot club lit up in celebration of the new year – and a new place to smoke legally among friends.

Marijuana Pain Relief Varies Among Users
December 29, 2012

The pain relief experienced by marijuana users varies greatly among individuals, a brain imaging study at the University of Oxford suggests.

Nation’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California, fighting for survival
December 22, 2012

Lawyers for the landlords who rent buildings to Harborside Health Center argued in federal court that they should be allowed to evict the dispensary because selling pot violates federal law.

Gavin Newsom: Marijuana Laws 'Just Don't Make Sense Anymore'
December 22, 2012

After years of opposing the full-scale legalization of marijuana, California's outspoken Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has officially come out in favor of ending prohibition on weed. And he's urging other politicians to do the same.

Teen Marijuana Use May Show No Effect On Brain Tissue, Unlike Alcohol, Study Finds
December 21, 2012

A teen who consumes alcohol is likely to have reduced brain tissue health, but a teen who uses marijuana is not, according to a new study.

Marijuana Business: Will Cigarette Makers Jump Into Pot Market?
December 21, 2012

Will the Marlboro Man light up a joint soon?

David Letterman & Seth Rogen Talk Weed, And How Kids Today Smoke It (VIDEO)
December 21, 2012

David Letterman is absolutely fascinated by how the kids these days are smoking marijuana. Luckily for him, unofficial Ambassador of Cannabis Seth Rogen was his "Late Show" guest on Wednesday, and Rogen indulged Dave's curiosity about the now-kind-of-legal drug.

NY Times Ad: Prohibition Is Finally Coming to an End
December 20, 2012

In Thursday's New York Times, the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation's leading drug policy reform organization, is running a full-page ad to thank voters in Colorado and Washington and emphasize the growing support for drug policy reform. Last month, Colorado and Washington became the first two states in the country -- and the first political jurisdictions anywhere in the world -- to approve legally regulating marijuana like alcohol,…

Germany Permits Medicinal Users To Grow Cannabis. UK Maintains Cruel And Corrupt Policy.
December 20, 2012

The Supreme Administrative Court of Munster has ruled that under strict conditions severely ill Germans will be allowed to grow cannabis at home.

Easing Of Marijuana Laws Complicates Parents' Advice To Kids
December 19, 2012

Parents drill certain warnings into their children: don't drink, don't smoke and don't do drugs. But those conversations have gotten tougher now that two states, Colorado and Washington, have decriminalized some recreational marijuana use.

The Next Seven States To Legalize Pot
December 18, 2012

The Berlin Wall of pot prohibition seems to be crumbling before our eyes.

Marijuana Not High Obama Priority
December 14, 2012

President Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a "top priority" of federal law enforcement officials prosecuting the war on drugs.

Marijuana Poll: Where Pot Is Legal, Keep It Out Of Bars And Restaurants
December 13, 2012

Americans may be coming around to the idea of legalizing marijuana, but, according to a new survey, most aren't prepared to see bars and restaurants offer areas where customers can light up.

Jimmy Carter: Marijuana Legalization Is Smart, Imprisonment For Possession Is Out Of Control
December 12, 2012

Former President Jimmy Carter gave a full-throated endorsement of state efforts to legalize marijuana during an appearance at a CNN forum aired on Tuesday.

Marijuana legalization low-key by design in Colorado
December 11, 2012

Colorado gave a lonely reception to marijuana when it became the second state to legalize the drug. Just as state officials planned.

So where will all that 'legal' pot come from? Sale of pot stymied
December 11, 2012

Washington and Colorado say you can legally smoke marijuana for fun now, but here's the catch: You can't legally buy it.

It’s Official: Cannabis Possession And Cultivation Now Legal In Colorado
December 10, 2012

History was made once again today when Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order that makes an “official declaration of the vote” related to Amendment 64. This declaration formalizes the amendment as part of the state Constitution and makes legal the personal use, possession and limited home-growing of marijuana under Colorado law for adults 21 years of age and older.

Administration Weighs Legal Action Against States That Legalized Marijuana Use
December 7, 2012

Senior White House and Justice Department officials are considering plans for legal action against Colorado and Washington that could undermine voter-approved initiatives to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in those states, according to several people familiar with the deliberations.

War on drugs a trillion-dollar failure
December 7, 2012

In 1925, H. L. Mencken wrote an impassioned plea: "Prohibition has not only failed in its promises but actually created additional serious and disturbing social problems throughout society. There is not less drunkenness in the Republic but more. There is not less crime, but more. ... The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished."

Medical marijuana for kids?
December 7, 2012

Kyung Lah reports on a 6-year-old epilepsy patient who has been suffering fewer seizures since taking medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana shop opens in Arizona
December 7, 2012

Arizona's first medical marijuana dispensary is open for business, two years after voters approved an initiative to legalize the drug for certain patients.

Cheers, New Year's Eve-style countdown as pot use becomes legal in Washington state
December 6, 2012

The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle's Space Needle early this morning with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law.

Marijuana goes legal in Washington state amid mixed messages
December 6, 2012

Washington state made history on Thursday as the first in the nation to legalize marijuana possession for adult recreational use, an occasion celebrated by dozens of users near Seattle's famed Space Needle tower amid blaring reggae music and a haze of pot smoke.

First N.J. medical marijuana dispensary is open for business
December 6, 2012

New Jersey's first medical marijuana dispensary opened this morning.

Is a Cure Coming? Marijuana Compound Stops Aggressive Cancers
December 5, 2012

Yet another study detailing the positive medicinal benefits of marijuana is making headlines around the world. This time, the cannabis plant isn’t being hailed as a cure for glaucoma or back pain, but as a key weapon against the most feared disease of all: cancer.

Pot Legalization Support At Record High, Poll Finds
December 5, 2012

National support for legalizing marijuana is at a record high, according to a poll sponsored by the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project.

Harborside Health Center Handed Major Victory In Court
December 4, 2012

Oakland's Harborside Health Center, widely considered the world's largest medical cannabis dispensary, was handed a huge legal victory Friday when a superior court judge ruled that their landlord cannot evict the business on the grounds that it violates federal law.

Marijuana Legalization: How Strategy And Timing Translated Into Lawful Pot Possession
December 3, 2012

In the late-1980s heyday of the anti-drug "Just Say No" campaign, a man calling himself "Jerry" appeared on a Seattle talk radio show to criticize U.S. marijuana laws.

California Marijuana Decriminalization Drops Youth Crime Rate To Record Low: Study
November 30, 2012

Between 2010 and 2011, California experienced a drastic 20 percent decrease in juvenile crime--bringing the underage crime rate to the lowest level since the state started keeping records in 1954.

Poll: Nearly half support legalization of marijuana
November 30, 2012

For the first time since CBS News began asking the question, as many Americans now think marijuana use should be legal as think it should not.

Indiana police leader says he'd legalize marijuana
November 28, 2012

Indiana's state police chief told lawmakers Tuesday that marijuana should be legalized and taxed, prompting his own agency to quickly walk back his statement as lawmakers consider decriminalization.

Massie signs on as co-sponsor of hemp legislation
November 27, 2012

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie is co-sponsoring legislation that would require the federal government to honor state laws allowing production of industrial hemp.

Give Pot a Chance
November 26, 2012

In two weeks, adults in this state will no longer be arrested or incarcerated for something that nearly 30 million Americans did last year. For the first time since prohibition began 75 years ago, recreational marijuana use will be legal; the misery-inducing crusade to lock up thousands of ordinary people has at last been seen, by a majority of voters in this state and in Colorado, for what it is: a monumental failure.

What's Next for Marijuana Laws?
November 25, 2012

Less than two weeks from now, on Dec. 6, anyone over the age of 21 will be able to light a joint in Washington state and, practically speaking, there's nothing the government can really do to stop that. The same will be true in Colorado within a matter of weeks.

7-Year-Old Treated With Medical Marijuana To Combat Chemo
November 24, 2012

A seven-year-old girl suffering from leukemia is one of Oregon's youngest medical marijuana patients.

Is marijuana bad for you?
November 24, 2012

1 in 3 Americans admit to having smoked pot. 5 million use it almost every day. And experts say we still know surprisingly little about this drug

The Healing Power of Marijuana Has Barely Been Tapped
November 23, 2012

Medical marijuana is now legal in 18 states, but it's clear we've discovered a fraction of its potential for health.

Law Enforcement Community Members Urge Obama, Holder To Respect State Marijuana Legalization Laws
November 20, 2012

Two weeks ago, Washington and Colorado passed historically unprecedented measures legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults dealing a major blow to the decades-long drug war.

Medical marijuana businesses thrive under Colorado's tough rules
November 20, 2012

Of all the bakeries in Denver, Lexi Yurkovsky never expected to end up at Dixie Elixirs and Edibles after earning her Bachelors’ degree in culinary nutrition.

Marijuana Advocates Find Champions In Congress
November 19, 2012

After Washington and Colorado passed measures legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, members of Congress are asking that the federal government respect state laws.

Marijuana: Eighteen legislators ask feds to respect Colorado's Amendment 64
November 19, 2012

On Friday, Congresswoman Diana DeGette's office announced the introduction of the Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act, a bill intended to ensure that federal marijuana laws don't exempt the Colorado voter-approved Amendment 64 and a similar measure in Washington state. DeGette's also signed a letter with seventeen fellow legislators asking the Justice Department to respect pot laws in the two states. See the letter…

America's youngest medical marijuana recipient dies in Missoula
November 16, 2012

At age 4, Cash Michael Hyde died in his father's arms late Wednesday evening.

The boy had been fighting a brain tumor since 2010.

Cash Hyde Succumbs to Cancer, Family Says Medical Marijuana Extended His Life
November 16, 2012

Cash Hyde lived half of his life with a feeding tube surgically attached to his stomach. And about half of his life was spent in hospitals -- including a 49-day coma -- after a diagnosis with brain cancer. It was that cancer which claimed his life Wednesday night; he had beaten it twice, but after two full remissions, its third appearance was too much. He died in his father's arms at the family home in Missoula, Mont.

Would You Give Up Booze For A Bud?
November 15, 2012

I talked to a lot of older cannabis users when I researched my novel, Betty's (Little Basement Garden). The average age of those who puffed or ingested cannabis was about 55 years old and while most of them were imbibing for medicinal purposes, there was a good percentage that enjoyed cannabis purely for recreational purposes. In fact, some of them liked it so much, they made a conscious choice to give up alcohol entirely in favor of the…

The End of Alcohol Prohibition Holds Lessons for Marijuana Advocates Today
November 15, 2012

There are a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to this new age of state recreational marijuana legalization. Eventually marijuana will be legal in every state, and each state will have different laws and regulations concerning it.

Legalizing And Regulating Pot: A Growth Industry
November 14, 2012

When reporter Tony Dokoupil was a teenager, he found out that his father had sold marijuana, but he just thought his parents "were hippies." A few years ago, while working on a story about his father's drug dealer past, he discovered that actually, in the 1970s and '80s, his father, Anthony Dokoupil, had been a big-time marijuana smuggler.

Legal Marijuana: How To Invest In Pot
November 14, 2012

Mark Twain is said to have remarked that a gold rush is a good time to be in the pick and shovel business. Investors may be able to apply that same bit of wisdom to the growing number of U.S. states that have legalized pot.

DA not dropping marijuana cases after A64 vote
November 14, 2012

Amendment 64 passed here in Colorado, prompting district attorney's across the state to start dropping marijuana cases.

Legal marijuana in Colorado, Washington won with $7.7M push
November 12, 2012

Campaigns to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington were well-financed and gave states regulatory and taxing power over it, both changes from a failed attempt in California two years earlier.

Don't expect a marijuana boom, even where it's legal
November 8, 2012

Potheads everywhere rejoiced when two states finally achieved what was previously impossible: legalize marijuana for recreational use. The industry would finally go retail.

But entrepreneurs hoping to become shop owners or growers in Colorado or Washington should beware.

Audio Interview with Ted Caligiuri, New President of Medical Marijuana Inc., Debuts at
November 6, 2012

MJNA a leading hemp industry innovator, has announced that its first interview with President, Ted Caligiuri is now available at

U.S. vote could signal beginning of the end for War on Drugs
November 6, 2012

With three states contemplating legalizing marijuana and a growing chorus of support, prohibition’s days seem numbered

State Measure 80: Legalization of marijuana falls short.
November 6, 2012

A statewide marijuana measure is failing.  Ballot Measure 80 would have legalized and regulated the sale and growth of marijuana.

Amendment 64 Poll: Colorado 'Set To Legalize Marijuana' On Election Day, PPP Survey Says
November 6, 2012

With just hours before polling places open for Election Day, advocates for the legalization of marijuana in Colorado got some good news from Public Policy Polling about the popularity of Amendment 64, a ballot measure which seeks to regulate marijuana like alcohol, on Monday.

Amendment 64 Passes: Colorado Legalizes Marijuana For Recreational Use
November 6, 2012

The Rocky Mountain High just got a whole lot higher. On Tuesday night, Amendment 64 -- the measure which sought the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults -- was passed by Colorado voters, making Colorado the first state to end marijuana prohibition in the United States.

Massachusetts voters approve marijuana for medicinal purposes
November 6, 2012

Voters in Massachusetts approved a law Tuesday allowing people to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, NBC News projected.

In Colorado, Marijuana Candidate Gary Johnson Aims to Be Obama's Nader
November 5, 2012

During his two terms as New Mexico governor, Gary Johnson was best known for two things: vetoing nearly half of the bills that reached his desk and advocating for marijuana legalization.

Marijuana users worried I-502 sets legal limit too low
November 5, 2012

Legalizing marijuana could affect more than just where users buy their drug of choice. It could seriously impact how those users are prosecuted for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs.

Israel pushing ahead in medical marijuana industry
November 2, 2012

Moshe Rute survived the Holocaust by hiding in a barn full of chickens. He nearly lost the use of his hands after a stroke two years ago. He became debilitated by recurring nightmares of his childhood following his wife's death last year.

Study: Pot legalization in U.S. states could hurt Mexican cartels
November 1, 2012

MEXICO CITY — This may not weigh heavily on the minds of voters in Seattle, but if Washington and two other U.S. states decide to legalize marijuana in next week’s election, the effect on drug traffickers in Mexico could be enormous.

The End of Laughing at Marijuana Reformers
October 30, 2012

Voters in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington will decide on election day whether to legalize marijuana in their states. All three initiatives have a chance of passing, and two are ahead in polls. In Massachusetts and Arkansas, voters may legalize medical marijuana. And last year, a Gallup poll found that a majority of American voters supported legalizing marijuana for the first time.

Marijuana legalization, gay marriage, death penalty are among Nov. 6 ballot measure topics
October 30, 2012

After all the economy-focused campaign talk, voters in some states will get a chance on Election Day to sound off on intriguing topics that the presidential rivals ignored, including death-penalty repeal, marijuana legalization and assisted suicide.

On medical marijuana, state laws matter
October 30, 2012

State Sen. Robert Singer (R-Ocean) seemed misinformed in a recent news release regarding medical marijuana.

Marijuana: One pot bust every 42 seconds, FBI stats show
October 30, 2012

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition has been one of the national organizations most active in promoting Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. No surprise, then, that the group puts an election-oriented spin on just-released crime statistics from the FBI for the year 2011. According to LEAP, the data shows that one marijuana arrest is made every 42 seconds.

How Cannabinoids May Slow Brain Aging
October 29, 2012

Stoners aren’t known for their memory prowess but a new review suggests that drugs similar to marijuana’s active ingredients may hold promise for preventing— or even reversing— brain aging and possibly Alzheimer‘s and other degenerative brain diseases.

States consider moving beyond medical marijuana
October 24, 2012

Now that medical marijuana is permitted in about one-third of the nation, advocates hope to move beyond therapeutic uses with ballot questions in three states that could legalize pot for recreational use.

Kent professor Alex Stevens says everyone should be allowed to grow cannabis
October 22, 2012

A top university professor says people should legally be allowed to grow their own cannabis. Drug expert Alex Stevens claims anyone aged over 18 should have the right to cultivate up to six plants each.

Pot use in the United States is rising sharply, and voters may make it fully legal in two states this fall. Smart businessmen are banking on that happening.
October 22, 2012

Full dark in downtown Denver, and inside one of the twinkling high-rises that make the skyline, drug dealers are putting money into envelopes. They’re trying to be discreet. No one signed the security logbook in the lobby. All assume the room could be bugged. But if your image of the drug trade involves armed gangs or young men in parked cars, these dealers offer a surreal counterpoint. There’s a finance veteran, two children of…

Medical Marijuana Inc. Dixie Elixirs and Edibles Brand Lands October 22 Front Page Cover Story of Newsweek
October 22, 2012

Medical Marijuana Inc. a leading hemp industry innovator, is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, Red Dice Holdings, received national media attention for its Dixie Elixirs & Edibles brand on the 60 Minutes "Rocky Mountain High" segment this past Sunday, October 21. Today, Dixie Elixirs and Edibles landed on the front-page of Newsweek in a story entitled, "The New Pot Barons." 60 Minutes, the most successful…

Side effects of GMOs – Ask your doctor if CANCER is right for you
October 21, 2012

If I sprayed your salad with some “RAID” roach killer right now, just a little bit right on the lettuce and maybe a little more on the tomatoes, would you still eat it all, and just assume your body will simply filter out those “small amounts” of toxins?

Study on Medical Benefits of CBD Gives Cannabis Industry, MMJ Companies More Credibility
October 20, 2012

In the battle for credibility between medical cannabis supporters and MMJ opponents, chalk one up for the marijuana industry.

Medical marijuana brings "green rush" to Colo.
October 20, 2012

Colorado's thriving medical marijuana business isn't just named for the color of today's green, potent pot. It's the color of the money being made in the medical marijuana industry. Steve Kroft goes to the Rocky Mountain state to report on a business that's legal there and 16 other states, but in the eyes of the federal government is still as illegal as dealers selling heroin or LSD. "Rocky Mountain High" will be…

Keywords: Culture War, Marijuana
October 19, 2012

Culture wars seem to be raging around the world at the moment. To me, they all have a similar shape. They're generally about "traditional values" (the community knows what's best for you) versus "modern values" (individuals wanting to decide for themselves). To me, they're often about frozen beliefs, versus dealing with a complex, constantly changing modern world.

Medical Marijuana, Inc Commends Industrial Hemp and Medical Marijuana Industry’s Milestone Movement in Judicial and Electoral Decisions
October 17, 2012

Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA), a leading hemp industry innovator, applauds the pioneering work that could change decriminalization and implementation of Medical Marijuana and Hemp laws in this country for the first in nearly 20 years.

Medical marijuana advocates want drug reclassified
October 16, 2012

A federal appeals court in Washington is considering whether marijuana should be reclassified from its current status as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use.

Study: Cannabis Agonists Produce Anti-Cancer Effects In Human Liver Cancer Cells
October 16, 2012

The administration of synthetic cannabinoid agonists reduce cell viability in human hepacarcinoma cells and may be a potential option for the treatment of liver cancer, according to preclinical data published online in the journal Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods.

Feds to Debate Marijuana as Medicine - National Public Radio
October 13, 2012

The federal government lists marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance — meaning it has no medically accepted use. Next week, interest group Americans for Safe Access will present the scientific case for marijuana's therapeutic effects to a federal appeals court, in hopes of relaxing federal restrictions. Oncologist Donald Abrams reviews the evidence on cannabis.

Court To Review Marijuana's Medical Benefits
October 12, 2012

It started with a coalition of disgruntled Americans, then a handful of governors took up the cause last year, and now -- for the first time in nearly 20 years -- a federal court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the classification of cannabis as a dangerous drug without medical benefits.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Cannabinoids: A new hope for breast cancer therapy?
October 9, 2012

Breast cancer is a very common disease that affects approximately 1 in 10 women at some point in their lives. Importantly, breast cancer cannot be considered a single disease as it is characterized by distinct pathological and molecular subtypes that are treated with different therapies and have diverse clinical outcomes. Although some highly successful treatments have been developed, certain breast tumors are resistant to conventional…

Marijuana Extract May Help Ease Muscle Stiffness in MS: Study
October 9, 2012

A marijuana extract appears to ease painful muscle stiffness in people with multiple sclerosis, according to a new British study.

Study: Non-Psychotropic Cannabinoid “Proven To Be Safe” In Humans
October 9, 2012

The oral administration of the non-psychotropic cannabis plant constituent cannabidiol (CBD) is safe and well tolerated in humans, according to clinical trial data published online by the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design.

Marijuana as medicine: Dr. Julie Holland and Dr. Sanjay Gupta discussion on CNN
October 8, 2012

Marijuana is on the ballot in 6 states this election. Dr. Sanjay asks what doctors really mean by "medical marijuana."

Government May Soon Have To Re-Evaluate Medical Marijuana
October 5, 2012

Medical marijuana advocates are hoping an impending court case will force the government to re-evaluate the potential upsides of cannabis use.

Larry King Talks Marijuana Legalization: 'I Think It Will Be Legal' (VIDEO)
October 4, 2012

Larry King spoke about the legalization of marijuana Wednesday on HuffPost Live.

Baumgartner backs marijuana initiative
October 4, 2012

Michael Baumgartner, the freshman state senator who is challenging Democrat Maria Cantwell for her U.S. Senate seat, has endorsed Initiative 502, which would make retail sales of marijuana legal.

Medical Marijuana, Inc. and CanChew Biotechnologies Invite Qualifying Patients to Participate in No Cost Upcoming Market Trial of CBD Chewing Gum
October 2, 2012

Medical Marijuana Inc., a leading hemp industry innovator and its CanChew Biotechnologies portfolio company are pleased to announce the planned introduction of their CanChew CBD chewing gum product line with a free market trial offer for patients suffering from MS Spasticity, Cancer Pain, and Neuropathic Pain.

Mitt Romney: Marijuana 'For Recreational Use' Is Bad, But I Also Oppose It For All Purposes
October 2, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used an interesting phrase on Monday in response to a question about his stance on marijuana policy.

In an interview with the Denver Post, Romney was asked to weigh in on the future of the state's highly active medical marijuana industry.

Medical pot advocates cool to Obama
October 1, 2012

Four years after enthusiastically supporting Barack Obama, marijuana entrepreneurs and advocates are closing their checkbooks to the president's re-election bid.

Colorado’s pro-pot initiative could threaten medical marijuana paradise
October 1, 2012

A ballot initiative in Colorado that could make the state the first to effectively legalize marijuana has an unlikely bunch of people very nervous: owners of the state's medical marijuana dispensaries.

How Key Medical Marijuana Measures, Cannabis Legalization Initiatives Are Faring Ahead of Election
September 28, 2012

November could be a huge month for medical marijuana, with voters in two states set to weigh in on MMJ legalization and those in another considering tough new restrictions on dispensaries.

Boosting natural marijuana-like brain chemicals treats fragile X syndrome symptoms
September 28, 2012

UCI study points to role endocannabinoids play in common genetic cause of autism.

Documentary about childhood brain tumor research airs in San Francisco
September 28, 2012

A heads-up for those in the Bay Area: This Sunday, Sept. 30, at 12:30 p.m. local time, San Francisco TV station KICU TV 36 will be airing “Dylan’s Gift,” a documentary about a particularly heart-wrenching slice of pediatric cancer research. The 25-minute film explains the work of Stanford physician-scientist Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, who studies diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a childhood brain tumor with a five-year…

Can Cannabidiol (CBD) Fight Metastatic Cancer? According to the latest research the answer is yes.
September 21, 2012

Medical Marijuana Inc. (OTC: MJNA), a leading hemp industry innovator, is pleased to report on a September 18 San Francisco Chronicle Article, "Pot compound seen as tool against cancer."

Marijuana Legalization Debate Gets Animated (VIDEO)
September 20, 2012

Marijuana could be legalized for recreational use by adults in three states this November -- Colorado, Oregon and Washington state -- and following the latest developments on the ballot measures in each state can be a full time job.

What Happens If Colorado Legalizes Marijuana?
September 20, 2012

If Amendment 64 passes, it will become almost immediately legal under Colorado law for adults to possess, grow, consume and give away up to an ounce of marijuana. It may take more than a year, however, before adults can purchase marijuana legally in a store.

Joseph Casias, Cancer Patient Fired By Walmart For Medical Marijuana Use, Loses Appeal
September 20, 2012

A Michigan appeals court ruled this week that a Walmart employee with an inoperable brain tumor and cancer was not wrongfully fired over medical marijuana use.

Pot compound seen as tool against cancer
September 19, 2012

Marijuana, already shown to reduce pain and nausea in cancer patients, may be promising as a cancer-fighting agent against some of the most aggressive forms of the disease.

Findings inspire medical pot researcher
September 19, 2012

The therapeutic uses of cannabis have long been a focus of research for Dr. Donald Abrams, UCSF professor and chief of the hematology-oncology division at San Francisco General Hospital. Abrams wrote a study last year on the combination of cannabinoids - the main ingredient in cannabis or medical marijuana - and pain drugs. Abrams talks about the preclinical work by the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute and other research…

Medical Marijuana Inc. Announces Dixie X Compassionate Care Club
September 19, 2012

Medical Marijuana Inc. (OTC: MJNA), a leading hemp industry innovator, is pleased to announce the Compassionate Care Club, a customer loyalty program for its Dixie X line, launched by portfolio company Red Dice Holdings. 

Marijuana And Cancer: Scientists Find Cannabis Compound Stops Metastasis In Aggressive Cancers
September 19, 2012

A pair of scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco has found that a compound derived from marijuana could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer, potentially altering the fatality of the disease forever.

Can Los Angeles ban medical marijuana shops? Voters set to decide.
September 18, 2012

An initiative to override Los Angeles's ban on medical marijuana dispensaries has qualified for the ballot. Currently, federal, state, and city laws have created a confusing tangle.

Epilepsy May Be Aided By Medical Marijuana, Research Out Of Britain Shows
September 15, 2012

Epilepsy is a disruptive condition with little in the way of effective treatments, but researchers in Britain have discovered that a compound in marijuana may be of benefit in managing the condition.

On the frontier of medical pot to treat boy's epilepsy
September 14, 2012

A U.S. crackdown on pot shops threatens a father's search for cannabidiol in hopes of halting his son's seizures from Dravet syndrome.

Medical Marijuana Inc. Portfolio Company Red Dice Holdings Achieves Soft Launch of Dixie X With Steady Success
September 13, 2012

Medical Marijuana Inc. MJNA +0.48% , a leading hemp industry innovator, is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, Red Dice Holdings, has seen an excellent response to the soft launch of its revolutionary new Hemp-based Cannabidiol (CBD) enriched health and wellness Dixie X line of products. Dixie X is carried in over 100 retail locations throughout Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico and launched national sales through its online…

Researchers study cannabis compound that can be used to treat epilepsy
September 13, 2012

Researchers at the University of Reading have discovered that a compound found in cannabis may be used to treat epilepsy. Moreover, they add, this natural compound does not cause side effects as do other drugs used to treat epilepsy.

Harborside Health Center Community Suffers Under Federal Cannabis Crackdown
September 10, 2012

Five-year-old Jayden David suffers from a rare form of epilepsy. In his short life, he's taken two dozen different kinds of medication and has been rushed to the hospital in an ambulance 45 times.

Medical Marijuana Inc.’s Portfolio Company Red Dice Holdings announces the official nationwide on-line sales launch of Dixie X
September 5, 2012

Medical Marijuana Inc. (OTC: MJNA), a leading hemp industry innovator, is pleased to announce a new on-line sales website for its Hemp-based Dixie X line of products: This announcement supports the company’s large scale national launch of on-line sales of its Hemp-based Cannabidiol (CBD) enriched health and wellness Dixie X products.

Springfield, MO, City Council passes decriminalization law
September 4, 2012

The Missouri city based the law on one that voters passed in 2004 in Columbia, MO. Passed 6-3, the new law stipulates that possession of under 35 grams is punishable by fine. More serious possession arrest records will now be cleared in just two years. There may be changes over the next 30 days, and we’ll keep you posted.

State Supreme Court pulls rug from under cities
September 4, 2012

By dismissing the case, Pack v Long Beach, the Court dismissed the legal justification often cited by cities for not allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in their borders. Pack centers on the threat to local city employees from the Federal raids and other aggressive tactics.

Feds keep chipping away at West Coast weed industry
September 4, 2012

The DOJ recently sent letters to dispensaries in Seattle that operate within 1,000 of a school. An oft-used metric in marijuana laws, it affects dense urban areas with greater severity. The action targeted 23 stores out of over 140 total dispensaries.

LA City Council requests help from DEA to shut down dispensaries
September 4, 2012

A former police chief issued the petition. This is an interesting mix between city and federal governments, one that is undermining the authority of the state. We hope this isn’t a sign of a new tactic, using city councils as allies, employed by the DOJ in its efforts to shut down the medical marijuana industry.

Medical marijuana debate heads South
September 3, 2012

The home state of the president who didn't inhale has become an unlikely front in the battle over medical marijuana.

Is Obama endorsement from pot group smoke and mirrors?
August 29, 2012

When the United States Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce earlier this week endorsed President Barack Obama, folks in the media were surprised that an industry that hadn’t been too thrilled with the administration was rallying behind it.

Colorado’s legalized marijuana bill could yield $60m per year
August 27, 2012

The figure comes from the Colorado Center on Law & Policy and reflects new revenues from tax and licensing fees as well as cost-savings from the shift in marijuana laws. The Center claims that figure could double after five years. Also, that figure does not count the increase in income from jobs created by the potential new law.

Stick to the natural stuff!
August 27, 2012

A quasi-depressing story about drug use in Appalachia centers on the abuse of legal drugs pushed into our society by Big Pharma… the same Big Pharma who fights to keep marijuana illegal.  Should these hillbillies be smoking herb or snorting crushed up OxyCotin? One funnels profit to corporate America, the other would keep their economy more local.

Arkansas will vote on medical marijuana
August 27, 2012

They will be the first southern state to do so. If passed, Arkansas will be the 18th state, plus D.C., to support legal medical marijuana. Only South Dakota has ever not passed a medical marijuana initiative.

Massachusetts’ voters in favor of legalized medical marijuana
August 27, 2012

By a large margin too!  58% say Yes, and just 27% say No.  Even Republicans are behind the initiative, although a Republican in MA is a far cry from a Republican in the Midwest.

Getting taxed out of business
August 20, 2012

A recent ruling from the U.S. Tax Court denies dispensaries the ability to claim significant tax deductions that are available to the vast majority of other retail operations. While the implications have yet to be acutely felt, this ruling confirms an earlier IRS ruling and will cost dispensary owners who dodged the DOJ raiding blitz millions in taxes. The case involved the Vapor Room in San Francisco, who admittedly used shoddy bookkeeping…

Maybe Obama CAN’T stop the DOJ raids
August 20, 2012

At least not in an election year.  The article suggests that the DA, Eric Holder, is using the aggressive actions against medical marijuana dispensaries as a distraction from the Fast and Furious scandal. Obama might feel as if he cannot come to the support of the industry with the election so close.

Americans using protest by jury!
August 20, 2012

Spoiler alert, a seemingly conservative-as-can-be jury of 12 mostly white, middle-aged people completely disregarded a marijuana case based on their feelings that marijuana should be legal anyhow.  Great, short, read.

Meta-study conclusion: Cannabinoids are useful
August 20, 2012

We here at couldn’t agree more. Study after study all seem to point in the same general direction, marijuana has a wide array of medical purposes. This German study analyzed over 100 other studies to arrive at this conclusion. Maybe someday the US Government will realize this and drop the Schedule I designation.  Or maybe they’ll keep it to benefit their Big Pharma allies.

Medical marijuana trade group sues L.A. to stop ban on dispensaries
August 17, 2012

After Los Angeles officials passed a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries last month, activists vowed to take legal action.

More research linking cannabis use with improved cognitive function
August 13, 2012

This time with bipolar folks. We here at enjoy reading and sharing these reports because individually, they don’t pack much punch, but collectively, they help illustrate cannabis’ synergy with our brain and body. In this study, bipolar folks with a history of cannabis use perform better on an array of cognitive tests than bipolar folks with no history of usage.

Arizona one step closer to functioning medical marijuana industry
August 13, 2012

State officials conducted a Lotto-style random selection process to determine who receives the initial round of licenses to operate medical marijuana dispensaries. 68 regions in AZ were contested by 404 total applicants, with an additional 29 areas having only one dispensary bidding for the rights to do business.

New hemp bill is proposed by the Senate
August 13, 2012

The bill is a bipartisan effort from four Senators, two Democrats from Oregon, one Independent from Vermont, and a Republican from Kentucky. The bill seeks to differentiate hemp from cannabis, and allow industrial hemp farming. Canada allows the practice, which produces fiber for clothes, seeds for oil and food products, and an array of other applications.

North Dakota group submits medical marijuana initiative
August 13, 2012

North Dakota joins a growing number of states to push for medical marijuana. The group, whose website and plan is linked above, submitted 20,000 signatures, with 13,500 valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

Chemotherapy can backfire and boost cancer growth: study
August 9, 2012

Cancer-busting chemotherapy can cause damage to healthy cells which triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment, a study said Sunday.

Cannabis as Painkiller
August 8, 2012

Cannabis-based medications have been demonstrated to relieve pain. Cannabis medications can be used in patients whose symptoms are not adequately alleviated by conventional treatment. The indications are muscle spasms, nausea and vomiting as a result of chemotherapy, loss of appetite in HIV/Aids, and neuropathic pain.

Medical Marijuana Case On Therapeutic Value, Rescheduling To Be Heard In Federal Court
August 7, 2012

Medical marijuana advocates will get their day in court later this year, when they argue the therapeutic value of cannabis.

Eradicated marijuana plant numbers down
August 6, 2012

Measuring from 2011 to 2012, the number dropped by 35%, mostly because of a steep drop in the number of plants eradicated in California. California has medical marijuana laws that protect some growers and have limited DOJ actions. Instead, the DOJ is targeting the dispensary. While the amount of plants eradicated have gone down, the amount of assets seized has risen, which the link discusses.

Study suggests medical marijuana decreases use of opiates and other prescription drugs
August 6, 2012

Which is likely the reason marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I drug… it is bad for the bottom line of Big Pharma.  From the study’s conclusion:  “safe access to medical cannabis may reduce the personal and social harms associated with addiction, particularly in relation to the growing problematic use of pharmaceutical opiates”

From all walks of life…
August 6, 2012

A few weeks ago we highlighted a story about a judge in New York that used medical marijuana up to his death in July, now we highlight a story from a L.A. City Councilman who said he uses medial marijuana. He was one of two that voted against the dispensary ban in L.A.

Springfield, MO, goes for decriminalizing marijuana
August 6, 2012

The residents will vote in November, unless the City Council just passes the bill before then.

Medical Marijuana, The Hazy Future: Los Angeles to Ban Dispensaries
August 2, 2012

Events from around the country have made the future of legal medical marijuana use in America unclear at best. Medical marijuana dispensaries are facing pressure from federal agencies and even local governments that are forcing them out of business.

Medical Marijuana Advocates Mourn Pot Club Closures in Mock Funeral
August 2, 2012

There were plenty of tears shed during yesterday's funeral procession dedicated to medical marijuana and all the local dispensaries that have closed in the last year.

Montana parents treating cancer-stricken son with marijuana
August 2, 2012

Four-year-old Cash Hyde's brain cancer is back a third time, but this battle will be different.

L.A. bans dispensaries!
July 30, 2012

In a 14-0 vote, the City Council says No to collectives with over three members. The decision, with threat of legal action should dispensaries ignore the ban, is seemingly at odds with California state law… which of course is at odds with federal law.

Trinity County goes other way, seeks regulation on large grows
July 30, 2012

Trinity County, part of the Emerald Triangle, is exploring ways to regulate large, aggregate grow operations that supply the medicine for dozens, hundreds, even thousands of patients. Growers would have to follow 31 regulations, and be registered with the County.

Another study shows cannabis helps MS
July 30, 2012

If you’re interested, the link has the technical data. The end result, however, is this: (the experiment shows) the superiority of CE over placebo in the treatment of muscle stiffness in MS.  The study used an extract, similar to the legal cannabinoid extract Sativex, which is sold in several European countries.

Marijuana gets hearing for possible rescheduling
July 30, 2012

The hearing is the result of a ten-year effort by Americans For Safe Access to force the DEA to the table. Marijuana is currently a Schedule I drug, classified by: a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

Hundreds turn out to protest Obama in Oakland
July 30, 2012

The crowd’s upper estimate is over 1,000, one of the largest medical marijuana protests ever. Oakland politicians have been vocally opposed to the DOJ’s aggressive behavior towards Oaksterdam, Harborside, and other medical marijuana facilities. Other businesses near the protests, which were centered on the Fox Theater, showed support for the medical marijuana industry with green flags in their windows.

L.A.'s medical marijuana mess
July 26, 2012

The Los Angeles City Council is plainly out of its depth when it comes to regulating medical marijuana. This was already clear after years of fumbling and court-delayed attempts to limit the number or locations of cannabis dispensaries, but it became painfully obvious Tuesday when the council approved a ban on all dispensaries — along with a separate motion to draft an ordinance that would allow well-established pot shops to stay open,…

New House bill proposes protection for victims of Fed raids
July 23, 2012

Under the bill, which is supported by a bipartisan group of 19 members of the House of Representative, including Ron Paul (Rep) and Barney Frank (Dem), people who are targeted by federal DOJ raids can use the fact the were in compliance with their own state’s laws regarding the cultivation and use of medical marijuana. Further, the bill limits the DOJs ability to destroy evidence, regardless of decision.

Portugal’s nationwide drug decriminalizing efforts now 10 years old… lessons?
July 23, 2012

Drug use rates are some of the lowest in the EU, more addicts seek treatment since there are no legal ramifications, and criminals haven’t taken over the country. Drugs are not legalized, one can’t light up on the street, but the country treats users as victims of a disease, not as criminals, and the results of that mindset are (very) interesting.

Belize joins chorus of Latin American countries calling for drug reform.
July 23, 2012

Belize is floating an idea to decriminalize marijuana possession, which currently results in a three-year prison sentence and/or a fine up $50,000 for 60 grams or less. The motivation comes from a desire to reduce the strain on the court system.


Lack of Studies Cited by Arizona as Reason to Oppose Medical Marijuana for PTSD
July 20, 2012

When you read marijuana news every day for a living, you begin to notice disturbing trends in the sensationalism used to cover the issue. Take this most recent example for the state of Arizona, where patient advocates are trying to get the state to recognize PTSD, anxiety, depression, and migraine as qualifying conditions for legal medical marijuana use.

No medical pot for PTSD, White House says
July 19, 2012

An effort to persuade the Obama administration to legalize marijuana for sufferers of post-traumatic stress has met with a sound rejection from the White House.

Vapor Room dispensary prepares for closure
July 19, 2012

Martin Olive, the executive director of the Vapor Room, which is set to close July 31, can remember about eight years ago when he met a man who stood six feet two inches tall, but due to cancer weighed no more than 110 pounds. Over time, Olive said, he watched as the man grew stronger and started to grow physically because of regular treatment with medical cannabis.

Ohio reduces marijuana paraphernalia punishment
July 18, 2012

The Republican Governor signed the bill last week, taking possession from a 4th degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail, down to a minor misdemeanor, punishable with a citation and fine. Holding the actual pot, at least up to 100 ounces, is also a traffic-ticket like minor misdemeanor.

Toke on, stay smart
July 18, 2012

Researchers analyzed several experiments that explored the connection between marijuana usage and long-term cognitive effects… and found none.

Prohibition failing in the Netherlands
July 18, 2012

Early signs from the Dutch “Weed Pass” initiative suggest a growing black market for marijuana, just two months into the effort, which is expected to go national in 2013. Street dealers are often immigrants, and also push harder drugs.

Harborside the target of Justice Department
July 18, 2012

The massive Oakland-based dispensary received a Complaint of Forfeiture last week. The tactic targets the property owner, not the dispensary itself, providing the Feds with additional leverage in the attempt to bring Harborside down. Harborside co-founder Steve DeAngelo vows to fight “openly and in public” and any eviction orders themselves, promising an interesting story during an election year. Harborside claims 108,000…

Oregon to vote on The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act
July 18, 2012

It is officially on the November ballot as Measure 80. The Act establishes a new committee to govern the cultivation, use, sales, and taxation of the plant. Check out the entire Act, linked above. The power of the committee is… high. That said, should the law pass we’ll have a(nother) state in open defiance of the Federal government and the War on Drugs.

Desperate Parent Pleas to Keep Harborside Health Center Open
July 18, 2012
Before discovering California's premier medical cannabis dispensary, Harborside Health Center, Jason David was losing hope for his young son Jayden suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy. In his first five years, Jayden had a seizure every day, rode in an ambulance 45 times and tried 22 different medications. Nothing helped.
Harborside may find answers in L.A. case
July 14, 2012

Like Oakland's Harborside Health Center, the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center had the approval of local law enforcement and political leaders for its medical marijuana dispensary.

America’s First Dispensary Owner Files for Bankruptcy Due to $1.27 Million IRS Tax Bill
July 14, 2012

Lynette Shaw who opened America’s first licensed medical marijuana center in 1997, has filed for personal bankruptcy due to a $1.27 million bill she received from the IRS for back taxes and penalties. The bankruptcy filing lists $276,000 in California state sales taxes among her debts.

U.S. Attorney & DEA Threaten Harborside Health Center Landlords
July 12, 2012

The federal attack on safe access for medical cannabis patients continues. Yesterday morning, taped to the front doors of the nation’s model medical cannabis dispensary, Harborside Health Center in Oakland and San Jose, was an official ‘Complaint for Forfeiture of Property.’ The complaint is signed by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Assistant U.S. Attorney Arvan Perteet, and DEA Agent David White, filed on July 6, 2012, in the…

Marijuana measures in Oregon, Washington won't hurt Colorado campaign, advocate says
July 12, 2012

Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, has arguably received more attention than any other pro-pot ballot measure in the U.S. But there's a similar proposal in Washington, and one could soon be approved for this year's election in Oregon. Could these efforts hurt fundraising for Amendment 64? A campaign spokeswoman isn't worried and sees the initiatives as more evidence that change is needed here and beyond.

Cannabis helps PTSD
July 9, 2012

A fascinating study done by an international collection of investigators from the US, UK, and Germany, the findings suggest that using marijuana (the study used marijuana resin) significantly helped the subject of the study, a 19-year old military veteran with severe PTSD. Of note, the final judgment from the study: cannabinoids might play a role in fear extinction and antidepressive effects. And the stance of the federal government: our…

Scientist rail against marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I drug
July 9, 2012

Describing the situation as “not tenable,” the report from scientists at UC San Diego and UC Davis is a direct challenge to the DEA’s assertion that marijuana has no medical value and is subject to abuse.

CA court says cities and counties must follow state law, allow dispensaries
July 9, 2012

The decision came in response to LA County’s decision to ban dispensaries. The judges ruled that under the state law, storefronts operating as a dispensary are legal. State law routinely trumps local law, as the CA 2nd Court of Appeals mentions in support of its decision.

Mexico President-Elect wants drug reform
July 9, 2012

There are still a few votes left to be counted and verified, but President-Elect Enrique Pena Nieto already addressed the country’s drug problem by calling for legalization… or at least calling for the conversation to be opened up. He joins a growing chorus of Latin American leaders frustrated by the US War on Drugs and its effect on their countries.

Cash Only Pot: Credit Cards No Longer Accepted at Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
July 6, 2012

High FICO score be damned: Your credit is no longer any good at California medical marijuana dispensaries, whose accounts with credit-card processors have been canceled, thanks to pressure from the federal government.

Medical Marijuana Costs Can Be Deducted From Income For Food Stamp Eligibility In Oregon
July 5, 2012

Under Oregon state law, some food stamp recipients are permitted to deduct their medical marijuana costs from their income in calculating their eligibility for the federal program.

NJ lower house passes decriminalization measure
July 2, 2012

The bill still needs to pass the state Senate and the Republican Governor, who has already vowed to veto it. The Gov’s veto can be nullified by enough votes from each of the two legislative bodies, but the Assembly vote is already 10 short.

NH Governor vetoes medical marijuana bill
July 2, 2012

Similar to the NJ issue, the state’s House and Senate lacked the votes to override the Governor’s veto power. In this case, however, the Governor, John Lynch, is a Democrat. He has already announced he will not run again, perhaps opening the door for a pro-reform politician to take the spot. The state has made repeated attempts to create a medical marijuana law.

The Chicago City Council passes decriminalization law
July 2, 2012

This has been in the works for a few weeks, with the Mayor voicing his support of the law in order to free up the police force for more important matters. Interestingly, the Council voted 43-3 in favor.  The more local the politics, the more support decriminalization appears to have.

Columbia passes major statewide decriminalization law
July 2, 2012

Like Uruguay last week and mirroring the sentiments expressed by several Latin American leaders over the past few months, Columbia chose a direction of drug reform, rejecting the U.S.-led War on Drugs. In this case the high court is fighting against the President, who has rolled back drug reform laws during his tenure.

Is Workplace Marijuana Testing a Boondoggle or Money Saver?
June 29, 2012

Has pre-employment urine screening for marijuana actually helped businesses save money? According to studies done for the NAS back in the '90s, the answer is NO. What do you say? Is this a boondoggle for drug testing companies or a concretely measurable asset to our national prosperity and economic security?

Chicago greenlights citations for marijuana instead of arrests
June 28, 2012

The Chicago City Council approved a measure on Wednesday that allows police to issue citations for those carrying small amounts of marijuana rather than make arrests. It's the latest follow through by U.S. officials to decrease penalties associated with the drug.

60% of Uruguayans Oppose Marijuana Legalization
June 28, 2012

A survey shows that 60 percent of Uruguayans are against the government’s proposal to legalize the sale of marijuana, with many expressing concern that it would do little to address the growing drug trade in that country.

Study shows teen usage not affected by medical marijuana laws
June 25, 2012

Which contradicts what the anti-drug lobby keeps saying. This report synthesizes information from three American academic institutions and actually shows a slight decrease in teen marijuana usage.  The results closely match those of three other studies.

RI Gov does NOT veto decriminalization
June 25, 2012

Possession of marijuana is now just a misdemeanor. It was widely expected he would veto the bill.  Good news for us, he did not!

Uruguay ponders state-run marijuana industry
June 25, 2012

If the law is passed, Uruguay would be the first state to sell marijuana, a significant challenge to the international drug war advocates. Unlike US-based dispensaries, which are private businesses regulated by local or state law, marijuana would be sold directly by the state. Buyers must register to purchase the product. Who would grow the product remains to be seen. The move is an attempt to stem the rising tide of unrest in the relatively…

Colorado resident’s opinion of legalizing marijuana trending UP!
June 25, 2012

Now at 61%, the percentage of pro-legalization voters has increased from 49% (Dec 2011). The state will vote in November on a bill to regulate the drug like alcohol. It is expected that anti-drug coalitions will release ads closer to the election that could lower that percentage… but just 27% of respondents opposed the bill, with 12% undecided. It looks like the bill will pass, even with a spirited attack ad campaign.

Uruguay mulls government marijuana sales
June 21, 2012

Peaceful Uruguay is planning a novel approach to fighting rising crime: having its government sell marijuana to take drug profits out of the hands of dealers.

Pot Popular for Pain in Fibromyalgia
June 21, 2012

Use of cannabinoids for medicinal purposes -- particularly for pain relief -- is popular among patients with fibromyalgia, who either smoke marijuana or take synthetic prescription formulations, a Canadian study found.

NH moves closer to approving medical marijuana
June 18, 2012

The NH House and Senate sent the bill, which would allow the personal possession and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes. The Gov is expected to override the bill.  The state Senate can remove that option with two more votes.

Another study shows most people support legalized marijuana
June 18, 2012

And think the War on Drugs is a failure.  Just 10% of the 1,017 polled Americans think the War on Drugs has been a success. 52% support legalizing marijuana, with women, older people, and Republicans the groups most opposed.

Pot dispensaries do not contribute to crime
June 18, 2012

The commonly held truth is that pot dispensaries are a target for crime, or attract crime into neighborhoods where they are located. The industry itself is highly visible, and any crime is magnified by the nature of the store and its product. The researchers do note that more time could improve the study, but so far, no connection has been found.

Chicago Mayor follows NY Gov lead, favors decriminalization
June 18, 2012

Citing the amount of time officers spend on low-level pot crimes, the Mayor and Police Superintendent both favor making low-level possession a simple misdemeanor. Instead of hours processing a suspect, police now write one quick ticket and then free to continue their work.

New stats from a great website
June 18, 2012

Interesting info… obviously we at find the numbers far too high.  Here is a link to a more comprehensive section of their website:

Sad News: Tommy Chong has prostate cancer
June 11, 2012

Comedian-actor Tommy Chong has revealed he has prostate cancer.

RI does another pro-pot political move
June 11, 2012

Last week the Governor of RI passed a medical marijuana bill.  This week he signaled he would sign a law, passed by the state Legislature by a wide margin, which would decriminalize possession down to a misdemeanor. The move makes RI the 6th state to do so.

Marijuana an issue for Election 2012?
June 11, 2012

More and more people care about the decriminalization… or at least the ability for states to make their own laws about it. Linked above is an interesting read about how the issue will affect Colorado voters.

Another take on Election 2012 and the marijuana vote
June 11, 2012

The linked story is from one of our favorite bloggers.

French politics also dealing with marijuana issue
June 11, 2012

The new Socialist gov’t in France says No.  Their coalition partners say Yes.  One of them spoke up this week, thrusting the issue into the national spotlight.  The Socialist gov’t was elected in reaction to the European debt crisis and France’s desire to avoid austerity measures like those threatening Greece.


Cannabis chewing gum targets oral side effects
June 8, 2012

The company Medical Marijuana has acquired a 50% stake in CanChew, a cannabinoid (CBD)-based chewing gum developed as a pharmaceutical delivery mechanism to relieve pain, xerostomia, and other side effects of disease and disease treatment.

Attorney general defends medical pot crackdown
June 8, 2012

Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday defended the Justice Department's pursuit of medical marijuana growers and dispensers, saying they "took advantage" of state medical marijuana laws.

Spoke too soon NORML states...Attorney General Eric Holder Lied to Congress About Marijuana Crackdown
June 8, 2012

Attorney General Eric Holder "lied" to members of Congress when he insisted that the only targets of the federal Justice Department's medical marijuana crackdown were breaking state law, cannabis advocates said today.

Cuomo's Stance on Pot Could Be Good Politics
June 8, 2012

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed changing the state law regarding public marijuana possession earlier this week to reduce the number of arrests, the move was as likely good politics as policy from his perspective.

If You Think Marijuana Isn't an Important Issue, You're Dead Wrong
June 8, 2012

As the debate over marijuana legalization continues to heat up, those who'd rather duck the discussion are increasingly incapable of concealing their discomfort.

Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized
June 7, 2012

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to change New York’s laws to decriminalize marijuana. New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have rushed to agree.

Willie Nelson's 'Marijuana Song' Lights Up Cmt Music Awards
June 7, 2012

The song is an infectious track from Nelson's latest album 'Heroes', reportedly about his penchant for smoking marijuana,