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Marijuana Grows Up

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Marijuana is now the nation's fastest-growing industry. The legal marijuana industry brought in $2.4 billion last year, so it's certainly no longer any sort of laughing matter. That figure represents an increase of a whopping 74 percent in one year's time, and it is estimated that the total legal market could be worth $11 billion as soon as 2019.

Matt Ferner

Report: Legal Weed Is The Fastest-Growing Industry In The U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business

Legal marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the United States and if the trend toward legalization spreads to all 50 states, marijuana could be...

Matt Ferner

Obama Predicts Bright Future For Legal Weed

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama said during a YouTube interview Thursday that he believes more states will consider legalizing recreational marijuana, citing h...

Matt Ferner

Colorado Guesses It Will Cost $420, Of Course, To Pull Marijuana PSA Records

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

A recent records request targeting a new series of Colorado public service announcements on legal recreational marijuana has turned up the perfect cos...

Don't Rush the Marijuana Breathalyzer Into "Zero Tolerance" States

Adam Banner | Posted 01.20.2015 | Crime
Adam Banner

As a criminal defense lawyer, I've handled a few DUI cases in my time. Still, the last thing I want is to share the road with an impaired driver. DUI defense isn't about supporting drunk or drugged driving; it's about making sure the legal system runs correctly.

Anchorage Effort to Curb Legal Pot Use in Public Faces Backlash

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

An Anchorage Assembly ordinance that would ban consumption of marijuana in public places is under fire from pro-pot groups.

Matt Ferner

D.C. Moves Forward With Marijuana Legalization Measure

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) submitted the District of Columbia's new marijuana legalization initiative to Congress Tuesday, ignoring an e...

Matt Ferner

Pelosi Says Legal Weed Still Has A Chance In D.C.

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are trying to thwart legal weed in the District of Columbia, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) thinks the pl...

Why America Is Starting to Agree on Marijuana

Adam Stites | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Adam Stites

I think that our latest election (and the discourse leading up to it) has shown that pot is quickly becoming less polarizing in the political world. In fact, it's one of the only things that the parties seem to agree on.

Matt Ferner

Americans Want States With Legal Marijuana Protected From Federal Prohibition

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

A majority of Americans want each state to decide its own marijuana laws and don't want federal interference with those that legalize cannabis. A r...

Friday Talking Points -- 'Tis The Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's that magical time of year when the wee folk of Capitol Hill actually get something done. These brief bursts of activity only happen very rarely, of course, and always immediately proceed another one of the many, many long vacations Congress takes during the year.

Matt Ferner

Marijuana Industry Sets Its Sights On The Mainstream

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business

Marijuana is growing up. As Colorado and Washington’s recreational marijuana industries blossom and new markets in Oregon and Alaska begin to take s...

Matt Ferner

Marijuana Was More Popular Than Many Victorious Politicians

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

In the three states and the District of Columbia that had marijuana legalization measures on the 2014 ballot, ending some prohibition on a plant was m...

Matt Ferner

Shrinking Majority Of Americans Supports Marijuana Legalization

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

A new Gallup poll shows that while a majority of Americans still support legalization of marijuana, that majority has thinned out significantly in onl...

Matt Ferner

Alaska Becomes 4th State To Legalize Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Alaska legalized recreational marijuana for adult use on Tuesday, becoming the fourth state in the nation to do so. The state joined Oregon and Was...

Matt Ferner

OREGON LEGALIZES WEED

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

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

Matt Ferner

Weed Is Now Legal In The Nation's Capital

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

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 repo...

Congressman Urges Oregon To Follow Colorado's 'Excellent Example' On Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) said in an op-ed on Friday that marijuana legalization is "sound policy," and he urged Oregonians to follow in Colorado's f...

Matt Ferner

Coalition Of Cops Support Legal Weed In Oregon

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics

A coalition of law enforcers has come out in support of marijuana legalization in Oregon, less than a week before voters will decide the issue at the ...

Matt Ferner

Alaska Marijuana Legalization Would Generate Millions In Taxes

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics

If Alaska voters decide in next week's election to legalize marijuana, sales to adults will generate millions in state tax revenue. That's accordin...

Alaska's Marijuana Ballot Measure Language Proves Explosive Issue for Dueling Campaigns

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

The specific concern about hash oil is reflective of a larger question about the measure -- one on which the campaigns disagree: When it comes to the rule-making process outlined in the initiative, how much room is there for adding limitations?

3 Reasons Why Oregon Should Be Next to Legalize Marijuana

Adam Stites | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Adam Stites

I've got my fingers crossed for our neighbors to the south to join us in a legal weed wonderland, and it's not for the reasons you might think.

Matt Ferner

Colorado Officials Backtrack On Call For Pot-Edibles Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

Colorado health officials on Monday backtracked on their call to ban almost all recreational marijuana edibles in the state, just hours after their re...

Pot In Your Pantry? Marijuana Use In Toddlers And Teens

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP

Growing concern (and evidence) finds accidental ingestion of pot among children, often in the form of edibles, is also accelerating. In social channels I've heard some argue that marijuana legalization is to be thought of like alcohol but the packaging and delivery of the drug really are far different.

Matt Ferner

Colorado Health Officials Call For Ban On Marijuana Edibles

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

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 recrea...