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Recreational Marijuana

Matt Ferner

Marijuana Now Legal In D.C. | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

After months of debate, threats and uncertainty, recreational marijuana became legal in Washington, D.C., Thursday -- at least according to the city ...

Matt Ferner

DC Mayor Vows To Move Forward With Marijuana Legalization Despite Republican Threats Of Jail | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

In the final hours before marijuana possession is scheduled to become legal in the nation's capital, House Republicans have warned District of Columbi...

Matt Ferner

House Bills Would End Federal Prohibition Of Marijuana | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

Two congressmen filed separate House bills on Friday that together would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana at the federal level, effectively ending...

Matt Ferner

Two More Lawsuits Seek To Stamp Out Legal Marijuana In Colorado | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

Two lawsuits filed in federal court Thursday aim to shut down Colorado's regulated marijuana industry, claiming that the state's recreational marijuan...

Matt Ferner

Vermont Could Be Next State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics

Vermont could become the first state in history to legalize recreational marijuana via state legislature with a new bill submitted Tuesday that aims t...

Matt Ferner

STUDY: Stoned Drivers At Far Lower Risk Of Crash Than Drunken Drivers | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

A government study on impaired driving released last week found that drivers who had used marijuana were at a far lower risk of getting into a car acc...

Matt Ferner

Drug Czar Supports DC's Ability To Legalize Weed | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

U.S. drug czar Michael Botticelli, though banned from supporting marijuana legalization due to federal law, says that the nation's capital should be a...

Kim Bellware

Illinois Marijuana Bill Could Dramatically Decrease Arrests Of Young Black Men | Kim Bellware | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

Adults in Illinois would be able to use small amounts recreational marijuana without fear of jail time under two bills introduced by the General Assem...

Carly Schwartz

Justice Department Continues To Crack Down On Medical Marijuana In California | Carly Schwartz | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

Lawyers for U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag appeared in court Tuesday in an effort to shut down a medical marijuana collective in Oakland, California, desp...

Matt Ferner

Obama Budget Would Allow D.C. Marijuana Legalization | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama's nearly $4 trillion federal budget plan unveiled Monday includes fine print that may have major consequences for marijuana leg...

18 States Set to Legalize by 2020

Joe Schrank | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Joe Schrank

Will we walk through Cheech-and-Chong-density marijuana smoke? Is it a risk to public safety? What about the kids, isn't it always about the kids?

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. | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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. | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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...