NJ legal weed bill could be coming soon, and opponents are making one last push to stop it

CLOSE With a bill to legalize marijuana in New Jersey possibly coming within days, opponents are making a last-ditch push to derail one of the top priorities of Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders.

Marijuana use climbed in 2017: Study

A lot of people got baked in 2017. That's according to a new study from Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) that found that twice as many people are smoking pot on a daily basis than a decade ago. "The marijuana industry is getting their wish," SAM President Kevin A.

Another Voice: Let's pump the brakes on marijuana legalization

Public hearings on marijuana legalization are underway across the state as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other policymakers in our state are looking at liberalizing the state's stance on the drug. Our policymakers must slow down and review this simple fact: Legalization is a bad idea for a state still dealing with terrible aftermath of Big Pharma and Big Tobacco.

Opponents of medical marijuana voice their concerns to Kentucky lawmakers

Opponents of medical marijuana had a chance to voice their concerns to lawmakers on Friday afternoon. It was the third hearing on the topic in weeks, and supporters made their case in previous meetings. Dr. Michael Fletcher, of the Kentucky Society of Addiction Medicine, and Kevin Sabet, of the Drug Policy Institute, both spoke at the hearing.

Statewide group forms to oppose recreational marijuana in ND

FARGO-A statewide group announced on Thursday, Sept. 6, that they will fight passage of recreational marijuana in North Dakota in this fall's election, calling it "bad law" and promising to educate residents about its dangers.Led by former state district court judge and attorney general Bob...

The NYPD is officially done arresting most marijuana smokers in the city

It's not quite legalization, but the NYPD officially will no longer arrest most people caught smoking marijuana in public - although police will still handcuff people in some circumstances. "Smoking a little weed out in public doesn't hurt anyone else," one man in Union Square said.

Illinois Republican governor signs bill allowing medical marijuana as alternative to opioids

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a bill Tuesday allowing physicians to prescribe medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids, including OxyContin and Vicodin. "We've got to do everything we can to stop this vicious epidemic," Rauner said in a news release. "We are creating an alternative to opioid addiction.

Ontario's Cannabis Plan Already Has A Major Flaw And It Isn't Even Legal Yet

As you are certainly aware by now, marijuana will become legal in a couple of months, on October 17th of this year. The provinces are all putting the finishing touches on their plans to sell cannabis. Ontario recently announced that it won't be selling the product in stores, but only online this year.

Michigan takes bite out of medical pot foods with bans on infused butter, cheesecake, jerky

Hummus laced with marijuana is off the menu. So is pot-tinged banana cream pie, cheesecake and frosting. Michigan's cannabis chefs will be restricted to certain foods under new emergency rules from the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, a development that has some medical pot advocates disgruntled.

Survey: Fewer California teens use marijuana even as legalization kicks in

Marijuana use among California students dropped in recent years, even as laws legalizing the drug for adults 21 and older started to kick in, according to the latest state-commissioned California Healthy Kids Survey. One possible reason is that students told surveyors marijuana is harder to get now than it was a few years ago.

Why this former U.S. drug adviser thinks legal Canadian weed is 'the next big tobacco' | CBC News

Ontario's newly revamped pot plan, which opens the door to private pot sales instead of a government run monopoly, could be the beginnings of a new tobacco industry and the foundations of a public health crisis, according to former White House drug control adviser Kevin Sabet.

San Diego Health Officials, Police Warn Of Dangers Of Driving High

A group of health officials, advocates and law enforcement officers joined forces on Tuesday at La Mesa Police Headquarters with a strong message: High Means DUI. The campaign, a national effort to prevent marijuana impaired driving, is led by the advocacy group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM).

We don't want legal weed sold in our towns, nearly half of N.J. residents say

EDITOR'S NOTE: Interested in the marijuana business industry? NJ Cannabis Insider is a new premium intelligence briefing that features exclusive weekly content geared toward entrepreneurs, lawyers and Realtors. View a sample issue . Ask people in New Jersey if they want legal weed and nearly two-thirds of them say, "Sure, why not?"

Group pushes to stop marijuana-impaired driving

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) - A group of experts and concerned citizens spoke on the increase in marijuana-impaired driving cases and what can be done to stop the growing trend. Members of the group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) introduced their " High Means DUI" campaign, saying, "Marijuana impaired driving is a growing concern across the nation.

The Atlantic takes a new look at the marijuana debate by revealing 'invisible pot addicts'

Richard Vogel, AP SALT LAKE CITY - A newly published article for The Atlantic takes a deep look into how America is full of "invisible pot addicts," and how marijuana legalization may not be such a good idea as multiple states look to pass legislation that would legalize the drug.

North Dakota recreational pot measure approved for ballot

BISMARCK, N.D. - Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota have succeeded in bringing the matter to a public vote later this year. Proponents submitted more than the required 13,452 valid petition signatures to get a measure on the November general election ballot, Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced Monday.

Big pot (or no pot at all?) - Santa Monica Mirror

Debating the merits of California's marijuana legalization in Santa Monica. By Sam Catanzaro On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), legalizing the possession and retail sales of cannabis.

Pot Topics: Wrigley gum heir enters bud biz; new medical marijuana pills

POT TOPICS is a weekly collection of cannabis-related news curated by the Chicago Sun-Times. Here's this week's top stories: Former Wrigley Company CEO gets into the pot game; The American Osteopathic Association wants the feds to reclassify marijuana; Pharmacann introduces dissolvable cannabis capsules; Denver pot sales continue to increase; Study: Most DUI drivers in Colorado test positive for weed.

Governor Cuomo appoints group to draft recreational marijuana legislation

Governor Cuomo appointed a group of state government officials, law enforcement officials and academics to draft legislation for regulating recreational marijuana.

NJ marijuana legalization: NJ RAMP talks decriminalization, argues against legal weed

CLOSE NEPTUNE - The most active opponents to New Jersey marijuana legalization met with Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin on Tuesday in hopes of preventing legal weed in the Garden State.

The marijuana effect: New bill calls for research where pot is legal

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week looks to use research to better understand what impact legalizing marijuana is having on various communities. "Our bill would authorize a non-partisan, evidence-based report that analyzes current marijuana policies across the country and their effects on our communities," said Rep.

Former Michigan Senate leader joins anti-marijuana legalization campaign

The anti-recreational marijuana campaign in Michigan has added former Michigan Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, as one of its spokesmen. "This is the worst idea we've had for Michigan in a long time," Richardville said to MLive of the marijuana ballot question, explaining he plans to be "actively and passionately" engaged in campaigning against it.

'A multibillion dollar industry is taking advantage of systemic issues of injustice'

The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority hosted an event titled "Marijuana's Impact on Our Community" on July 18 at Wayne County Community College Downriver Campus in Taylor.

Marijuana bills increasingly focus on social justice

State lawmakers and advocates pushing to legalize marijuana this year aren't just touting legalization as a way to raise tax revenue. They're also talking about fixing a broken criminal justice system and reinvesting in communities that have been battered by decades of the war on drugs.

Marijuana Opponent Kevin Sabet Compares the Weed Industry to Tobacco

Kevin Sabet, who co-founded a nonprofit called Smart Approaches To Marijuana, compares the current state of the cannabis industry to the early days of the tobacco business. Back then, he points out, "we had a relatively new industry that had a product that [had] been around for a long time, but that they started marketing and developing into something addictive."

Local groups discuss marijuana in African-American communities

(WXYZ) - Multiple health-based organizations hosted an event on Tuesday focused on the impact of marijuana on African-American communities. Second Ebenezer church hosted Marijuana's Impact on our Community: Featuring Will Jones from Smart Approaches to Marijuana. The event was held from 4 to 7 p.m.

More California kids are having pot-related health scares, poison control officials warn

State and local officials say they are alarmed by a spike in calls they have received to report children and teenagers ingesting marijuana products since California legalized cannabis for recreational use by adults in 2016. The number of calls to poison control centers involving people 19 and younger who were exposed to marijuana has steadily risen from 347 three years ago to 588 last year.

Lawmakers endorse sweeping medical marijuana reforms

Maine lawmakers overturned Gov. Paul LePage's veto to pass a sweeping medical marijuana reform bill Monday. The Maine House voted 119-23 and the Maine Senate voted 25-8 to override the Republican governor's veto and adopt legislation that will allow patients to use marijuana if a doctor deems it medically beneficial, grant six new medical dispensary licenses, permit caregivers to expand their business operations and give the state and municipalities more power to regulate them.

Marijuana politics evolving in red states

Supporters and opponents of legalizing marijuana are preparing to fight over ballot measures in half a dozen states this year, shifting the political battleground away from traditionally liberal states and into some of the country's most conservative areas.

New Evidence Legalization Raises Youth Exposure to Marijuana

The number of children exposed to marijuana has risen significantly since the drug was legalized in Washington State, a new report from the Washington Poison Center shows. The Poison Center, which is responsible for poison control and which catalogs self-reported instances of poisoning with marijuana products in the state of Washington, has seen a steady increase in reports since Washington State voted to legalize marijuana in 2012.

Despite State Blessing, Marijuana Dispensaries Face Local Rancor

Square Feet Finding a place to house a medical marijuana dispensary is rarely an easy task, but MariMed Advisors, which specializes in developing cannabis businesses, encountered especially aggressive pushback working for a client in Annapolis, Md., last year.

Nevada's marijuana industry growth big surprise in first legal year

The employees at the downtown Las Vegas marijuana store know Mark Galloway by name. On Thursday afternoon, Galloway was in and out with his purchase in about three minutes, to the delight of his wife, Karen, who waited with the car windows down in the triple-digit heat. "I never smoke it.

Reality Check: Has cannabis legalisation in some US states led to more users?

Claim: The legalisation of cannabis by some US states has led to increased usage, particularly among young people. Reality Check verdict: There is no clear trend for increased usage by those 17 years or younger - but there are some signs of more usage by young adults.

Nevada marijuana sales have another strong month

Days before the first anniversary of recreational marijuana sales in Nevada, the industry has given the state a present. Data from the state Department of Taxation show the amount of tax revenue from marijuana has exceeded state projections for the first year - two months ahead of time.

Recreational Marijuana Decried At Co. Chamber of Commerce Session

SWAINTON - Three speakers told Cape May County Chamber of Commerce members June 21 of the widespread negative effects legalized, recreational marijuana could have. Legislation is pending in Trenton that could make the drug legal for recreational use. It is legal for medical applications with a physician's prescription.

Editorial: Pot is a danger to unborn babies

A huge wave of young people have registered to vote in Tulsa County this election cycle and there's one big factor - legalization of marijuana. Even though the ballot says "medical marijuana," Oklahoma voters will be casting a vote on the legalization of recreational marijuana.

'Weakest in society would be hurt by legalising casual cannabis' - The Christian Institute

Legalising recreational cannabis use would hurt the weakest in society, and could mislead teenagers into thinking it is safe, medics ...

NYPD will start using summonses, not arrests, for marijuana

NEW YORK - Lighting up a joint in the Big Apple could lighten some wallets, but won't lead to handcuffs in most cases once New York City's revamped marijuana enforcement policy goes into effect on Labor Day weekend. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday police officers will shift to issuing criminal summonses for public marijuana smoking starting Sept.

Canada Becomes First G-7 To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Canadian lawmakers passed the Cannabis Act, also known as C-45 which will legalize and regulate cannabis for adult use. It will now move on to the governor for royal assent. Prime Minister Trudeau has been very supportive of the legalization effort and once he signs off, a specific date will be chosen for the law ...

Experts divided on impact of retail marijuana sales on youth

Despite a claim made by a panelist at a discussion on retail marijuana hosted by the League of Women Voters on June 1, experts are divided on the relationship between marijuana dispensary density and teen use.The original assertion made by Dr. Eden Evins, director of the Center for Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, was part of her response to a question about when the density of marijuana dispensaries started to impact teen use."It's a linear correlation, so

Kevin Sabet, Jacob Nelson: Slow down on legalizing pot; what about impaired drivers?

While many were enjoying the Memorial Day weekend, West Virginia media reported that Gov. Jim Justice and first lady Cathy Justice were involved in a car crash. The driver of the vehicle that hit Justice was arrested on the scene and charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.

Trump shows support for states studying pot legalization

LOS ANGELES - President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation's legal landscape for pot users and businesses.

NJ legislation would legalize marijuana, expand medical pot

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Recreational marijuana would be legalized and the medical cannabis program would be expanded under new legislation unveiled Friday in New Jersey. The state is moving toward legalizing the drug under Democratic Gov.

NJ legislation would legalize marijuana, expand medical pot

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Recreational marijuana would be legalized and the medical cannabis program would be expanded under new legislation unveiled Friday in New Jersey. The state is moving toward legalizing the drug under Democratic Gov.

California's legalized marijuana would be federally lawful under bill introduced by Cory Gardner, Elizabeth Warren

WASHINGTON - Marijuana would be legal federally in states that already have approved the drug's use under a bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren. The measure, unveiled at a Capitol Hill news conference, wouldn't legalize the drug in states that haven't sanctioned its use or sale.

Republican senator hopeful Trump will back bill to protect states' rights on marijuana

A Republican senator from Colorado believes President Trump will support a bipartisan congressional effort to give states autonomy over their marijuana laws - even though it would put the White House in direct conflict with its Justice Department. Sens. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

Pamela McColl: Trudeau government, senators fail Canadian children in push for pot

My grandfather fought for Canada during the First World War, taking a bullet at Passchendaele. My father, he served in the Second World War as a tail-gunner assigned to the Royal Canadian Air Force. Both of these individuals put everything on the line to defend their way of life.

More Teens Than Ever Would Try Marijuana

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One in four U.S. high school seniors would try marijuana or use it more often if it was legal, a new survey finds. That rate -- the highest in the 43-year history of the Monitoring the Future survey -- likely reflects growing pot legalization in the United States, researchers said.

Former presidential drug policy official advises against legalization of marijuana

VERNON -- The president of an advocacy group that opposes the legalization of marijuana encouraged an audience of medical professionals to understand the negative impacts the drug could have if legalized in our community.

MultiBrief: Study suggests legal marijuana industry puts profit ahead of safety for the unborn

Seventy percent of women describing themselves as pregnant were advised to use marijuana as treatment when seeking advice from medicinal-marijuana and adult-use dispensaries in Colorado, according to a study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology released this month. Further, more than 30 percent of these women were told marijuana is safe to use during pregnancy.

NJ marijuana legalization: Anti legal weed banner plane flown on Memorial Day Weekend

CLOSE SEASIDE PARK - On the only sunny day of Memorial Day Weekend, beachgoers got a glimpse of the fight over legal weed in New Jersey: "Gov. (Phil) Murphy: Put kids before profits! Don't legalize pot!"

Don Bessee: The wrong conversation

We all have been observing the many forums, articles and editorials in this run up to the vote. We hear many themes across all the races: homeless, homeless, homeless, dead chickens, homeless, homeless. We also have the usual litany of accusations of all wild sorts.

Where weed will be on the ballot in 2018

Even in the Trump era, America's green rush continues apace. Three states - Michigan, Utah and Oklahoma - will hold referendums in 2018 on the legalization of marijuana for recreational and medical use, continuing a nationwide trend of acceptance of the drug. Over the past decade, Americans' support for marijuana legalization has steadily increased.

Advocacy group blames Colorado for rise in worker marijuana use

WASHINGTON - A national anti-marijuana group is blaming Colorado as one of the states propelling a rise in marijuana use among the U.S. workforce. That follows a new medical laboratory report showing that usage of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana is rising in the national workforce.

Michigan Senate votes to ban marijuana beer

Lansing - The Michigan Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to ban marijuana-infused beer and wine, a pre-emptive strike ahead of possible legalization of the drug. Legislation sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, would prohibit the possession or sale of marijuana beer, wine, spirits or mixed drinks - regardless of whether they contain alcohol.

Lobby: Pot legalization raises U.S. workforce drug use

American workers are using drugs at the highest rate in the last decade due in large part to several states legalizing the recreational sale of marijuana, according to an anti-marijuana legalization group.

Canada should not proceed with the legalization of marijuana as planned: Opinion | CBC News

After the last week or so of avoiding questions about whether marijuana would indeed be legalized by summer as planned, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed last Thursday that the process will not be delayed. Some senators have called for a one-year deferment to allow for further consultation with Indigenous groups, but the government's plan - at least for now - is of full steam ahead.

Marijuana-related ER visits by Colorado teens on the rise

By Shereen Lehman(Reuters Health) - More visits to the emergency room by teens in Colorado are related to marijuana use than in the past, suggesting an impact of the drug's legalization that needs closer attention, researchers say.Between 2005 and 2015, the proportion of emergency department or urgent care visits by

CDOT Survey Reveals New Insight on Marijuana and Driving

STATEWIDE-Preliminary data from CDOT's Cannabis Conversation shows that 69 percent of cannabis consumers have driven under the influence of marijuana at least once in the past year-with 27 percent admitting they drive high almost daily. Forty percent of recreational users and 34 percent of medical users said they don't think being under the influence of marijuana affects their ability to drive safely.

Anti-cannabis group contends state would go to pot legalizing marijuana

An anti-cannabis group estimates legalizing recreational marijuana use will cost Illinois $670 million a year. But pro-legalization pols say they're just blowing smoke. Smart Approaches to Marijuana, in collaboration with Healthy & Productive Illinois, concluded in a report on Thursday that drugged driving, as well as greater levels of workplace injury and absenteeism, would be the biggest contributors to the estimated cost.

Beware the perils of legal pot

We should also be wary about the supposed social justice benefit of legalization - namely, an end to mass arrests and incarceration of low-income blacks and Latinos. SAM, citing police data from Colorado, found that "in the two years after Colorado legalized marijuana, the number of Hispanic and black kids arrested for marijuana-related offenses rose 29 and 58 percent, respectively.

The other side of legal weed: Kennedy who battled addiction argues against legalization

CLOSE Legalizing marijuana while the country is battling an opioid addiction epidemic would be like throwing gasoline on a fire, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy said as he joined pot opponents from New Jersey and around the country for a Washington news conference.

These New Jerseyans took their campaign against legal weed to Washington on 4/20

WASHINGTON -- High-profile opponents of Gov. Phil Murphy's proposal to allow marijuana for personal use brought their case to the nation's capital on Friday -- 4/20, an informal marijuana holiday. They joined others in opposing efforts at legalization across the country. State Sen.

Marijuana industry poised for supercharged growth thanks to President Trump

CLOSE DENVER - America's fast-growing marijuana industry appears poised for supercharged growth after winning what cannabis entrepreneurs see as approval from the Trump administration to forge ahead.

Boehner's Cannabis Flip-Flop: Is It A Money Grab Or Is It Legit?

Former House Speaker John Boehner's flip-flop on marijuana reform might rank up there with the all-time doozies. After Boehner's shocking announcement on Wednesday that his "thinking on cannabis has evolved," advocates on both sides of the cannabis argument remain dubious of his real intention.

NJ marijuana legalization: Will legal weed make Asbury Park the next Denver?

CLOSE ASBURY PARK - As more and more towns say no to legalized marijuana, is Asbury Park poised to become the legal weed capital of New Jersey? It could turn out that way. Asbury Park is one of only two cities in New Jersey where officials have talked openly about the opportunities associated with opening a legal weed dispensary.

Tory senators talk pot legalization with Jeff Sessions in D.C.

OTTAWA - Three Conservative senators have descended on D.C. to discuss Canada's plans to legalize marijuana and managed to snag a 45-minute meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Conservative senators Claude Carignan, Denise Batters, and Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu are in Washington, D.C. this week to hear from American counterparts about the potential impacts of marijuana becoming legal.

The Surprising Reasons Many Democrats Are Against Legal Marijuana

Since there are only two major political parties in America, there's a lot of space for politicians to move around. That's how you'll find Democrats like Pennsylvania's Conor Lamb who are tough on trade and pro-life Dems like Texas's Henry Cuellar.

Marijuana-related incidents rise in Lincoln County

Legalized marijuana in Colorado is not leaving Nebraska untouched. In the evidence room at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, boxes and bags are filled with seized marijuana. Chief Deputy Roland Kramer says, for law enforcement, finding pot during a traffic stop is a daily occurrence. "We've noticed a sharp increase in the last several years.

Guilford Contingent Leads Fight Against Pot Legalization

GUILFORD, CT - As has been the case the past few years during the raging battle over whether to legalize recreational marijuana in Connecticut, a contingent from Guilford including two Guilford High School students, are leading the opposition to the proposal.

Legalizing Pot Takes Center Stage Again | CT News Junkie

HARTFORD, CT - As has been the case for the past several years, passionate cases were made by both sides on whether to legalize recreational marijuana in Connecticut before the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. The committee has raised a bill, HB 5394, to legalize recreational marijuana in Connecticut.

Decriminalization bill faces tough road, Sen. Rice keeps up the pressure | Video | NJTV News

Despite an assurance from Senate President Steve Sweeney that he will not post a marijuana decriminalization bill, Sen. Ron Rice and members of the Legislative Black Caucus pushed on with the second of three scheduled hearings on the issue. But, testimony from invited guests, including Sens.

Black state legislators weigh pros and cons of marijuana legalization in Jersey City - Hudson County View

Members of the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus weighed the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana during a hearing at the Cityline Church in Jersey City this morning. Speaking on behalf of a minority advocacy group in the marijuana industry, California Minority Alliance Co-Founder and Co-Chairman Virgil Grant III pointed out that over half the country has already legalized marijuana and it's time for New Jersey to follow suit.

Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana Reigniting Debate In Maryland

BALTIMORE (WJZ) - The debate to legalize recreational marijuana is gaining momentum across Maryland, but some are urging lawmakers to slow down the process. Senate Bill 1039 would give Marylanders the chance to make recreational marijuana legal. Some say it's long overdue, while opponents are urging lawmakers to take a look the impact some cities are now dealing with.

Two reps embody the split on legalizing marijuana

New Haven State Rep. Juan Candelaria got to see firsthand last week the face of opposition to his proposal to legalize recreational use of marijuana: It is suburban. And possibly wearing braces. He also got a sampling of the arguments he and other legalization proponents will hear as they seek to advance a legalization bill through this legislative session.

Michigan pot legalization push faces new opposition

Lansing - A campaign to legalize and commercialize recreational marijuana in Michigan is facing opposition from a national group that has fought similar proposals in other states around the country. Smart Approaches to Marijuana of Virginia is the initial sole donor to the "Healthy and Productive Michigan" committee formed to fight the potential 2018 ballot proposal.

Pot Poll: Majority of NJ Opposes Legalized Marijuana

TRENTON - Put down the vape. The majority of New Jersey residents oppose legalizing recreational marijuana, according to a recent survey conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University. This marks the first time a recent poll in New Jersey has found less than 50 percent support for legalization.

Measuring Colorado's "great experiment" with marijuana

We're far from CLEARING THE SMOKE over recreational marijuana use. A new federal policy announced this past week takes a tough line. It's a challenge to states that have legalized use, including, most recently, the biggest state of all. Our Cover Story is reported by Barry Petersen: "I've never experienced the spectrum of talking to cops while high," laughed Alex.