Washington’s legal marijuana sales in August reached $6.9 million, more than doubling July’s total of $3.2 million in retail sales.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board recently released marijuana sales data ranging from the start of recreational sales on July 8 (when Washington went legal) to September of this year, and the data shows legal weed is on the rise.
The increase in sales reflects both an increase in retail shops, an increase in supply, increase in buyers, and of course, eight extra days to buy legal weed.
Likewise, Washington is seeing a correlated increase in legal weed tax dollars. August’s sales have thus resulted in over $1.7 million in tax dollars for the state, compared to the $804,890 tax total in July.
Through one week of sales, September has reached nearly $2 million in sales, putting the month… Continue reading
Article by: KRISTEN WYATT , Associated Press
Updated: September 10, 2014 – 5:30 PM
DENVER – Colorado is now selling more recreational pot than medical pot, a turning point for the newly legal industry.
Tax records released by the state Department of Revenue on Wednesday showed that the state sold $29.7 million worth of recreational marijuana in July, the most recent data available. That was slightly higher than the $28.9 million worth of medical marijuana sold in June.
Colorado has many more medical pot shops than recreational pot shops, which are open to all over 21. Colorado has some 500 medical shops, fewer than 200 open to all adults.
Since January, Colorado has reaped more than $37 million in taxes from marijuana. That figure includes taxes, licenses and fees from both medical and recreational pot.
By JACK HEALY
SEPT. 7, 2014
DENVER – Brandon Coats knew he was going to fail his drug test. Paralyzed in a car crash when he was 16, he had been using medical marijuana since 2009 to relieve the painful spasms that jolted his body. But he smoked mostly at night, and said marijuana had never hurt his performance answering customer calls for a Colorado satellite-television provider.
So when his employer, Dish Network, asked Mr. Coats to take a random drug screen, he was not surprised when the test came back positive for marijuana. He told his bosses why, but when he got to work the following week, he said, “my card wouldn’t open up the door.” He was fired for violating the company’s drug-free workplace rules, despite having a medical marijuana card.
“There are a lot of people out there who… Continue reading
Philadelphia: Mayor To Sign Marijuana Depenalization Measure
by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
September 8, 2014
City mayor Michael Nutter announced today that he will sign municipal legislation into law decriminalizing marijuana possession penalties.
Under the measure, penalties pertaining to the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis would be reduced from a criminal misdemeanor to a non-summary civil offense, punishable by a $25 fine – no arrest and no criminal record.
Members of the City Council in June voted 13 to 3 to reduce municipal marijuana penalties. A slightly amended version of this proposal is anticipated to be before the mayor by the end of this month.
Anyone cited under the pending ordinance would be required to make an appearance before a Municipal Court judge, but would not face criminal charges or a criminal record. Those caught smoking marijuana in public… Continue reading
By Keith Stroup on September 8, 2014
As we approach the annual Boston Freedom Rally in mid-September, held on the historic Boston Common, I thought it might be a good time for me to share with the readers the details of a bust I experienced, along with High Times associate publisher Rick Cusick, for sharing a joint at the combined NORML/High Times booth at the 2007 Freedom Rally.
The reality is that marijuana smokers remain the target of aggressive and misguided law enforcement activities in most states today. They read about the newly-won freedoms in a handful of states, and dream of the day when their state laws will become more tolerant; but they are still being busted in large numbers and have to worry that next knock on the door may be the police with a search warrant, about… Continue reading
Why Some States’ Highly Conservative Approach to Legalizing Medical Marijuana Is Failing Patients Who Need It
By Paul Armentano
September 3, 2014
Lawmakers in nearly a dozen states in 2014 enacted legislation that promised to provide patients, particularly those suffering from intractable epilepsy, the opportunity to use cannabidiol (CBD) – a nonpsychotropic plant cannabinoid recognized for its anti-convulsant properties. The problem? So far, patients in none of these states possess the ability to legally access the compound. And there is no indication that this situation is going to change any time soon.
That is because CBD remains classified as a schedule I prohibited substance under federal law. (Congressional legislation, HR 5226, to amend CBD’s status was introduced in July.) As a result, multiple federal agencies — including the FDA, DEA, NIDA (US National Institute… Continue reading
Marijuana laws put workers in tough spot
@TrevorHughes USA TODAY
DENVER Every time he goes to work, Harvard-trained lawyer Andrew Freedman faces federal prosecution over the source of his paycheck: Colorado’s burgeoning marijuana industry.
Freedman, the governor’s chief marijuana adviser, faces prison time if federal prosecutors decide to step in. That’s because federal law still considers marijuana as dangerous as heroin or cocaine, and prosecutors could easily bring drugtrafficking charges if they choose. Freedman’s salary is paid by the taxes collected on legal marijuana sales.
“I’m in murky territory every day,” Freedman said.
Tens of thousands of marijuana growers, bud tenders, edibles makers, store owners and couriers working in Colorado and Washington and any of the other 21 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized recreational or medical marijuana face the same penalties.
The risk is even greater for dozens of former cops and soldiers working… Continue reading