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Marijuana smokers should be held to the same standard as drinkers

It’s never been easier to smoke weed in the United States than it is today.

Marijuana is now legal to use, possess and grow in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and — as of last week — the District of Columbia.

Rica Madrid poses for a photograph as she rolls a joint in her home on the first day of legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

18 more permit the limited use of pot for medicinal purposes and, by 2020, it’s predicted that the number of states with full legal use will nearly quadruple.

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Cannabis country: Researcher forecasts next 5 states likely to OK recreational marijuana

LAWRENCE — With laws going into effect last week that legalized recreational marijuana in both Alaska and Washington, D.C., a researcher into the history of cannabis’ acceptance has predicted the next five U.S. states where voters could be inclined to approve marijuana use for relaxation and enjoyment.

Barney Warf, professor of geography at the University of Kansas, is the author of “High Points: An Historical History of Cannabis,” published in the peer-reviewed journal Geographical Review in September 2014.

Warf said legalization can be “hard to predict,” but he made his forecast of states expected to legalize cannabis based on their current laws and voter leanings.

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Tribal Marijuana Conference: A 10-Year Window for Tribes to Capitalize

On February 28 some 75 tribal leaders from across the country met to discuss forming the first “Tribal Cannabis Association” at the Tulalip Resort Casino on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington State.

This followed a packed day on February 27 of “Tribal Marijuana Conference” presentations and panels with speakers as diverse as former U.S. Attorney Troy Eid (current chair of President Barack Obama’s National Indian Law and Order Commission) to the city attorneys of both Seattle and Boulder, Colorado, who gave in-depth overviews of how implementation of state laws legalizing marijuana possession and usage is proceeding in their respective cities.

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Weed is 114 times less deadly than alcohol, study finds

At 12:01 a.m., the U.S. capital became the latest jurisdiction to allow its residents to possess small amounts of marijuana, but a battle with Congress has set up a perplexing pot dilemma: people will be allowed to smoke it, but where can they buy it?

Washington, D.C., residents voted in November in favour of Initiative 71, to allow those 21 and over to possess up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use and to grow up to six plants (three maturing at a time) in one's home. It also allows someone to give — but not sell — up to one ounce to someone else.

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5 ASSOCIATIONS PUSHING FOR MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

Did you know there is a group of Republicans advocating for marijuana reform? Now that marijuana is legal in DC, we searched for the associations pushing forlegalization in other parts of the country. Here's what we found:

NORML (NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR THE REFORM OF MARIJUANA LAWS)

5 Associations Pushing For Marijuana Legalization

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3 Washington marijuana growers convicted on federal charges

March 3, 2015: Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, right, embraces her son, Roland Gregg outside federal court. (AP)

SPOKANE, Wash –  Three people were found guilty Tuesday of growing marijuana, but they also were exonerated of more serious charges in a widely-watched federal drug case in a state where medical and recreational marijuana is legal.

The three remaining defendants of the so-called Kettle Falls Five were all found guilty of growing marijuana. But a jury found them not guilty of distributing marijuana, conspiracy to distribute and firearms charges that carried long prison sentences.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice set sentencing for June 10.

The defendants were Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, her son Rolland Gregg and his wife, Michelle Gregg.

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Texas Legislator Fights to Legalize Marijuana, “Something That God Made Good”

Last November, Alaska became the first red state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Now a conservative state legislator is hoping Texas will follow suit, filing a bill to repeal Texas’ pot prohibition—in order to honor God. From the Houston Chronicle:

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Alaska Could Provide Big Opportunities for Expansion-Minded MJ Companies in Other States

Established cannabis companies looking to expand into new markets could find a major opening in Alaska if a recent legislative proposal becomes law.

The measure – introduced in the state Legislature last week – would ban applicants seeking recreational cannabis licenses from accepting investments by third parties. That stipulation could give established companies a big edge over small startups and individual entrepreneurs, according to some observers, as licenses applicants would more or less need to be entirely self-funded.

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Colorado marijuana sales hit $700m in first legal year

  • Medical marijuana accounted for $386million of sales and recreational pot brought in $313million in 2014, according to annual report
  • 49.7 tons of medical marijuana flowers were sold, while 4.81million units of edible marijuana were purchased last year
  • Voters in Colorado and Washington opted to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults in landmark twin ballots in 2012 
  • First retail stores opened in Colorado on January 1, 2014

A year after retail marijuana stores opened in Colorado, sales hit nearly $700million as 17 tons of the recreational buds were bought by consumers in the state's first year of full legalization.

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$36 million raised for Ohio marijuana legalization proposal

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Investors have raised at least $36 million to fund ResponsibleOhio's plan to legalize marijuana and purchase the commercial growing sites promised to investor groups.

Investors contributed $4 million to each of nine limited liability corporations tied to ResponsibleOhio last year, according to securities offering filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. ResponsibleOhio officials have said they expect to spend more than $20 million to get their constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot and passed by a majority of voters in November.

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