Boston Globe, 25 Apr 2016 - When I think about the prospect of legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts, I surprise myself by sounding like my father. Cannabis tourism? THC-infused lip balm? "Budz and sudz" crawls? What is the world coming to? The combination of vice and capitalism is a powerful one, so it might be expected that entrepreneurs are rushing to market these artisanal highs. In Colorado, one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, cannabis concierge services are thriving, from ganja yoga retreats to weed weddings. Sales nearly hit $1 billion last year, with the state raking in tax and licensing fees of $135 million.
Washington Post, 24 Apr 2016 - The National Cannabis Festival at the RFK Stadium grounds Saturday afternoon seemingly offered so much: rolling papers of all sizes; neon-pink bongs; "Hydroponics for Everybody" books; free issues of Dope magazine; several odor-protecting clutches from the Annabis purse collection; and an "Educational Pavilion" for yoga techniques or lessons on entrepreneurship and local "Potlitics." One thing at the National Cannabis Festival not technically allowed: the consumption or sale of cannabis. Although it's been legal since Feb. 26, 2015, for people in the District to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, it's still illegal for ordinary citizens to sell it to one another or smoke it in a public place.
The Columbian, 24 Apr 2016 - Number of Financial Institutions Willing to Handle Pot Money Rise SALEM, Ore. (AP) - In a once-empty office in Oregon's Department of Revenue headquarters, officials have created a mini-fortress. Recently hired workers sit behind bulletproof glass at a window inaccessible to the public. Police officers brought out of retirement roam the building with handguns on their hips. Security cameras monitor the hallways.
Seattle Times, 24 Apr 2016 - Shift to Legalization Big Change in Area That Includes Big Producers of Marijuana, Opium MEXICO CITY - With a swipe of his pen last week, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed that Mexican citizens could legally possess up to an ounce of pot.
Boston Globe, 24 Apr 2016 - MEXICO CITY - With a swipe of his pen last week, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed that Mexican citizens could legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana. The day before, Canada's health minister stood at a United Nations podium and announced that her country would introduce new federal legislation to make cannabis legal by next year.
Boston Globe, 24 Apr 2016 - Norwood Police Chief William G. Brooks III says he thinks welcoming a medical marijuana dispensary to his town is a mistake, and if Norwood's selectmen choose to do it, he does not want any revenue from the operation to go to his department. "If the town does sign a host agreement and receive revenue from the marijuana industry, I respectfully request that the Norwood Police Department not receive a share. I could not in good conscience accept it," Brooks wrote to the Board of Selectmen recently.
Globe and Mail, 23 Apr 2016 - If you're having a hard time following Vancouver's position on marijuana - recreational or otherwise - you're not alone. On the same day the city allowed an unsanctioned and unpermited 4/20 event to take place on Sunset Beach, as well as a smaller event that shut down Robson Street, Councillor Kerry Jang was talking tough about shuttering the vast majority of the city's medicinal marijuana outlets.
Pottstown Mercury, 23 Apr 2016 - Well. finally. State lawmakers have passed and Gov. Tom Wolf said he will sign legislation allowing usage of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. That only took . what, 20 years? California became the first state to allow medical marijuana way back in 1996.
Grants Pass Daily Courier, 23 Apr 2016 - Shayne Christen is a man of few words. Asked what he would do about economic development, if he were elected to the Josephine County Board of Commissioners, he replied, "We need to do something about more jobs. There's a lot of possibilities."
Washington Post, 23 Apr 2016 - Mexico City - With a swipe of his pent his week, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed that Mexican citizens could legally possess up to an ounce of pot. The day before, Canada's health minister stood on a United Nations podium and announced that her country would introduce new federal legislation to make cannabis legal by next year.
Columbia Daily Tribune, 23 Apr 2016 - JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- The Missouri House has rejected a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. The legislation failed on a 66-87 vote Thursday after lawmakers scaled it back to only permit cancer patients in hospice to use the drug.
The Record, 22 Apr 2016 - VANCOUVER - Companies developing breathalyzers to detect marijuana's main psychoactive ingredient in suspected cannabis-impaired drivers appear to be entering a crowded field as Canada prepares to legalize pot. Health Minister Jane Philpott announced Wednesday at a special United Nations session on drugs that legislation to begin the process of legalizing and regulating pot will be introduced next spring.
Kelowna Capital News, 22 Apr 2016 - West Kelowna resident Neil Young loves to be immersed in the community and to help people. A former hotel industry worker, Young, 29, has taken that love of people to a new initiative that is aimed at helping people who are facing a variety of health concerns.
Kelowna Capital News, 22 Apr 2016 - Lift Resource Centre area developer Debra Senger is a believer in medicinal cannabis. Without it, the Vernon woman believes her husband would likely have passed away due to cancer in his liver. Two years ago, Senger's husband wasn't eligible for a liver transplant that could save his life. He had been taking tace treatments for the better part of two years: A combination of chemotherapy and radiation that directly targets a patient's liver, going in through the groin.
Casper Star-Tribune, 22 Apr 2016 - Patrick and Beth Collins didn't want to get their daughter high. They wanted to get her well. "They wanted to get her CBD oil." So begins John Hudak's case description within The Brookings Institute's examination last month of "The Medical Marijuana Mess." The Collinses had discovered a substance that might provide help for their daughter, but their government - at both federal and state levels - told them she was not allowed to have it.
Hamilton Spectator, 22 Apr 2016 - As Canada prepares to legalize marijuana, police anxious for device to measure impairment Companies developing breathalyzers to detect marijuana's main psychoactive ingredient in suspected cannabis-impaired drivers appear to be entering a crowded field as Canada prepares to legalize pot.
Morning Journal, 22 Apr 2016 - One way or another, it appears Ohioans who need it will have marijuana in their medicine cabinet. The only questions may be how soon and by whose rules. A bill introduced this week in the Legislature would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana edibles, patches, plant material and oils, but doesn't allow for the smokable form.
The Barrie Advance, 21 Apr 2016 - The first time James Dean Wolfenden had a seizure, he fell in a school hallway, cutting open his head when he smacked it on the floor. The Barrie boy had no family history of epilepsy, but he was having a massive episode in front of his Grade 6 classmates.
Moose Jaw Times-Herald, 21 Apr 2016 - Local Marijuana Advocates React To The Announce Of Now Pot Laws Next Spring It's the most wonderful time, literally, of the year for marijuana users across Canada. This year's 4/20 (April 20) is extra special for marijuana users across country since federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced earlier in the day that the federal government plans to begin marijuana legalization by next spring.
The Daily Courier, 21 Apr 2016 - It seemed appropriate the federal Liberal government chose 4-20 - pot smokers' favourite day - to announce a timeline to live up to its campaign promise to legalize marijuana. At a United Nations conference on drug policy, Health Minister Jane Philpott declared legislation to legalize marijuana will come in 2017.