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Washington’s Retail Marijuana Sales See Major Increase in August

Washington’s Retail Marijuana Sales See Major Increase in August

Washington’s Retail Marijuana Sales See Major Increase in August

by Ibrahempovic

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

For first time, Colorado sells more recreational pot than medical pot

For first time, Colorado sells more recreational pot than medical pot

For first time, Colorado sells more recreational pot than medical pot

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.

Why Some States’ Highly Conservative Approach to Legalizing Medical Marijuana Is Failing Patients Who Need It

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Why Some States’ Highly Conservative Approach to Legalizing Medical Marijuana Is Failing Patients Who Need It

By Paul Armentano

Why Some States’ Highly Conservative Approach to Legalizing Medical Marijuana Is Failing Patients Who Need It

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

The hazy world of legal pot

Marijuana laws put workers in tough spot
Trevor Hughes
@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

How smoking pot in Denver could lead to your arrest in PA

THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana, lingers in the blood. Getty Images

THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana, lingers in the blood. Getty Images

When Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was pulled over in Western Pennsylvania for smelling like marijuana, he didn’t know about Pennsylvania’s strict DUID law.

Bell was driving a Camaro with passenger and teammate LeGarrette Blount. The car had a 22-gram bag of cannabis in the glove box.

According to the police report, Bell told the motorcycle cop:

“I didn’t know that you could get a DUI for being high. I smoked two hours ago. I am not high anymore. I am perfectly fine.”

Surprise. In the Keystone State any amount of marijuana metabolites in your system is enough to charge you with “Driving Under the Influence of Drugs.” That means a joint you smoked smoked last month could turn into a criminal proceeding.

After his Ross Township traffic stop, Bell was sent to hospital to have his… Continue reading

High Times – 40 Years

High Times is 40 years old.

High Times is 40 years old.

By Niraj Chokshi September 1 at 6:49 PM

Go ahead, get the jokes out of your system. The staff of High Times, the counterculture drug magazine, has heard them all before.

For 40 years, they’ve put up with stoner quips and stereotypes. “People have this idea that we sit around and get high all day,” says Danny Danko, the magazine’s senior cultivation editor and author of its field guide to marijuana strains.
But as High Times celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special November issue that comes out Tuesday and is the largest in its history, the laughs are fewer and further between.

What started as an experiment by a mercurial provocateur and underground publisher has blossomed into an established brand, offering everything from licensing partnerships and an ever-expanding domestic events business to a just-launched private- equity fund. Along the way, something else changed:… Continue reading

Florida voters split on governor, support medical pot

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-gravis-poll-puts-medical-marijuana-ahead-20140901,0,3908233.post

Scott Powers
Central Florida Political Pulse

11:29 p.m. EDT, September 1, 2014

The race for the governor’s office is dead even and voters now are ready to support Amendment 2 approving medical marijuana use in Florida, a new poll finds.

Gravis Marketing, which has found voters hovering at or just below the 60 percent level needed to approve Amendment 2 in past surveys, found Floridians have passed that level now and 64 percent said they would “vote for the current amendment use of marijuana for certain medical conditions.” Just 26 percent were opposed and 10 percent said they were unsure.

Other polls have shown much greater support for medical marijuana in Florida — notably the Quinnipiac University poll, which found support as high as 88 percent. But the Quinnipiac Florida Poll did not ask specifically about Florida’s Amendment 2, but rather generically about medical marijuana.

The Gravis poll’s finding… Continue reading

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