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.