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Marijuana plants are seen in an indoor cultivation in Montevideo December 6, 2013. REUTERS/Andres Stapff

Ohio Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Some 24 states and Washington D.C. currently allow some type of medical marijuana use, and just a handful of states allow its recreational use. It remains illegal on the federal level. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who earlier this year dropped out of the U.S. presidential race, signed the bill on Wednesday.

June 8, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

‘Small Government’ Republicans Want To Control D.C.’s Budget

“The current D.C. government needs to be reined in,” said House Majority Leader Paul Ryan in a statement highlighting Republican arguments in support of the bill. “We will not allow Congress and the Constitution to be undermined.”

May 26, 2016
Marijuana enthusiasts walk by a 5 foot plant at the "Weed the People" event to celebrate the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Portland, Oregon

Vermont Legislature On Track To Be First In U.S. To Legalize Marijuana

Liberal-leaning Vermont could become the first U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use through legislation, rather than by voter initiative.

March 14, 2016
Pro-legalization activists march in 2010.

Massachusetts Is Set To Legalize Marijuana

This week, the legislature officially began discussing the measure, which would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana.

March 8, 2016

With Medical Marijuana Laws Murky, U.S. Prosecutors Pursue California Cases

When Congress in effect lifted the federal ban on medical marijuana just over a year ago, Californians drove the change.

January 4, 2016

Marijuana: From Demonization To Legalization To Celebration

With the nationwide renaissance in urban agriculture, why not invite the proud cultivators of the happy weed to show off the finest produce from their pot plots?

August 5, 2015

The Marijuana Economy Comes Out of the Shadows

This could be the trade show for any well-established industry — only this is a new kind of business conference with a special Colorado theme: legal weed. The marijuana economy is here and out in the open.

May 15, 2015

Let The States Make Drug Law

How many million more lives are going to be ruined and how many billion more dollars will be poured down the drain before we let states control drug law?

May 5, 2015

Pot Legalization Across U.S. May Hinge On 2016 California Vote

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.

April 13, 2015
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Island Marijuana Farmers Face Legal Question When Shipping To Mainland

By Andy Mannix, Seattle Times SEATTLE — Scott Durkee is ready to grow some weed. As soon as the state of Washington gives the OK, he and his business partners at Buds of Vashon plan to grow up to 2,000 square feet of plants, which could produce up to 100 pounds of marijuana a year. […]

August 4, 2014
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United States Sees Profound Cultural Shift On Marijuana Legalization

By Matt Pearce and Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times More than a third of adults have smoked it — including the last three presidents. Dozens of songs and movies have been made about it. Marijuana is no longer whispered about, nor hidden in back rooms and basements. It has come into the open […]

July 28, 2014

Washington Pot Shops Facing Dilemma: High Demand, Low Supply

By Andy Mannix, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Hopeful marijuana buyers started lining up outside Freedom Market in Kelso around noon Tuesday, the time the shop planned its grand opening. But by late evening, not a single gram had been sold. Freedom Market still had no weed. The 1 1/2 pound shipment finally rolled in […]

July 10, 2014