Recreational Marijuana News

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Wed
29
Apr

Why marijuana is not a gateway drug

Since we were young, we've been hearing how marijuana was the "gateway drug" and once we smoked weed, we were doomed to slide down the slippery slope of much harder drugs. On some level it probably made sense, as marijuana was the first thing we experimented with growing up.

But the fact remains, it's far too much of a generalization to claim that just because someone smoked cannabis, that led them to try cocaine or meth or heroin. There are tons of social factors that go into someone's decisions surrounding drug use.

Wed
29
Apr

Rising marijuana sales leave pot shops flush with cash they can't deposit

Two months from now, on July 1, Oregon will become the fourth state to allow residents to legally purchase marijuana for recreational use. In anticipation of legalization, the governing body that will oversee marijuana licensing and sales is preparing for something unexpected: A huge influx of cold, hard cash.

Legal marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington have surpassed revenue expectations in their first few years. But when marijuana businesses try to pay their taxes, the federal law that makes marijuana illegal limits their access to financial institutions.

Tue
28
Apr

Celebrities Support HempWeedBud's Crowdfunding Campaign, Launched for a Cause

After many decades of stigmatization of cannabis use, people are beginning to realize that the controlled use of the herb might not be as bad as it was once thought out to be. An increasing number of A-list celebrities like Dr. Oz & Susan Sarandon, and health experts have started  campaigns that supports the legalization of the use of cannabis or marijuana for its numerous health benefits that would in turn make people’s live more fulfilling and healthier.

Tue
28
Apr

Missouri is considering taxing illegal drugs and legalizing medical marijuana

JEFFERSON CITY 

It took a little while for Missouri Rep. Shawn Rhoads’ colleagues to wrap their heads around the idea of taxing marijuana and other illegal drugs.

“A drug dealer is supposed to show up and buy a tax stamp for his drugs?”Bill Lant, a Republican from southwest Missouri, asked during a committee hearing on the bill.

Most of the hearing went pretty much like that.

“They needed a little time to let the idea sink in,” said Rhoads, a south-central Missouri Republican. “About 15 minutes after the meeting, I had someone grab me and say, ‘I get it now.’”

Tue
28
Apr

Even Fox News Shows Majority Of Americans Now Support Marijuana Legalization

A majority of Americans support legalizing recreational marijuana, a Fox News poll revealed Monday. (Yes, that Fox News.)

The Fox poll marks the first time the news organization has found majority support for the issue since it began asking the question. It's also the latest in a string of recent polls that have, for the first time in their histories, found majority support for legalization.

Tue
28
Apr

Medical marijuana patients fret about new grower limits being considered by Oregon legislators

A bill that would limit the size of medical marijuana growing operations in Oregon is generating angry opposition from some patients and activists.

The proposed measure, unveiled late Friday afternoon, is aimed at curbing the black market while prodding larger growers to supply the legal recreational market the state is developing.

This approach is winning wide support on the House-Senate committee charged with implementing the marijuana legalization initiative approved by Oregon voters in November. It also has varying degrees of support from many marijuana industry figures who want to develop a successful legal market in the state.

Tue
28
Apr

BuzzOn cannabis lounge opens in East Ottawa

The fuzz showed up at Wayne Robillard’s new joint exactly when he was rolling it out to reporters Monday.

Two polite cops walked into BuzzOn at 29 Montreal Rd. to collect information about the pot smoking “lounge” in Vanier.

Robillard put it all on the table for police and the press: Yes, it’s a place for people to bring their weed and smoke it.

When police left, Robillard inflated a vapour bag stretched tight with pot smoke and sucked it back for photographers.

Robillard, 51, doesn’t fear the law and he doesn’t have a medical marijuana licence. He quietly opened BuzzOn with two business partners on April 20 — 4/20, the equivalent of Super Bowl day for potheads — and plans to ramp up to a full opening this weekend.

Tue
28
Apr

Big Marijuana is scary. But not as scary as continuing prohibition

The spread of marijuana legalization in Colorado, Washington state, Oregon, and Alaska over the past few years means that more Americans can now legally buy and sell pot — but this has also given rise to a for-profit industry that may not have public health in mind.

As legalization opponents and drug policy experts put it, this new massive industry will mimic the worst parts of the tobacco and alcohol businesses, marketing marijuana to heavy drug users and encouraging more use and abuse — outcomes that even staunch legalization advocates wouldn't like.

Tue
28
Apr

Ladies, you might want to swap the bourbon for a bong

It felt serendipitous that I was in Denver when I read that there’s been a steep rise in women’s binge drinking across the United States. Because it struck me that if women smoked pot – now legal in Colorado – with the same gusto with which they seem to imbibe alcohol, perhaps we’d be in better shape.

Tue
28
Apr

Michigan poll shows 51% support for marijuana legalization, taxation and regulation

LANSING, MI — A small majority of Michigan voters support the legalization of recreational marijuana, according to the results of a new statewide poll, but many Republicans and older voters remain opposed.

The Marketing Resource Group survey of 600 likely voters revealed 51 percent support for legalizing marijuana "if it was regulated and taxed like alcohol." Another 45 percent of respondents were opposed.

The live operator poll, conducted April 13 through 17, included a mix of landline and cell phone calls.

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