Election 2012

Coloradans Still Support Legal Marijuana Sales, Poll Finds

DENVER, CO — Since Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 in 2012, and after the historic first sales of recreational marijuana began in January 2014, a majority of state residents still support legal marijuana sales. A new NBC News/Marist Poll demonstrates that 55 percent of adult Colorado residents back the law that made the regulated use, possession, and […]

Colorado Retail Pot Sales Surpass Medical Marijuana for the First Time

DENVER, CO — Retail marijuana purchasers in July outspent medical cannabis buyers for the first time since the launch of Colorado’s adult-use market 9 months ago. The state’s Department of Revenue recently reported that customers bought $29.7 million worth of legal marijuana last month, $5 million more than June, surpassing medical marijuana purchases which totaled $28.9 million in sales. Interestingly, this […]

Washington Judge Upholds Suburb’s Ban of Retail Marijuana Shops

TACOMA, WA — In a case with big implications for Washington fledgling retail marijuana industry, a state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling after extensive arguments over whether Initiative 502, the voter-approved state law that legalizes adults’ recreational […]

Arkansas 2016 Medical Marijuana Legalization Iniatitive Approved for Signature Gathering

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Marijuana reform activists in Arkansas can begin collecting signatures for a proposed 2016 ballot initiative to allow medical marijuana in the state, as the proposed Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act was certified by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Thursday. Now, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the group  behind the initiative, can begin collecting the […]

Teen Marijuana Use on the Decline in Colorado After Legalization

DENVER, CO — Rates of current and lifetime marijuana use among Colorado high school students has dropped since the state made marijuana legal in 2012, according to a press release distributed Thursday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: According to preliminary data from the state’s biennial Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, in 2013 – […]

Brookings Institute Report Shows Colorado Successfully Regulating Marijuana
Lengthy report concludes, ‘Regulations address key concerns such as diversion, shirking, communication breakdowns, illegal activity, and the financial challenges facing the marijuana industry’

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Colorado is successfully regulating marijuana, according to a report released Thursday by the Brookings Institution’s Center for Effective Public Management. “The state has met challenging statutory and constitutional deadlines for the construction and launch of a legal, regulatory, and tax apparatus for its new policy,” according to the report authored by John […]

Seattle: 80% of Citations for Public Marijuana Use Issued by One Officer; Officer Reassigned
Officer who wrote 66 of 83 citations for public marijuana use called legalization "silly"

SEATTLE, WA — The Seattle Police Department has reassigned an officer who single-handedly issued about 80 percent of the marijuana tickets handed out in the city during the first half of this year, authorities said on Wednesday. Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said staff reviewing data to prepare the department’s first biannual report on marijuana […]

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