Scenes from the historic first day of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado on Wednesday.
In a historic swirl of commerce and cannabis, the world's first licensed stores able to sell marijuana legally to anyone over 21 opened in Colorado on Wednesday.
A new industry was born Wednesday: Legal sales of recreational marijuana. VIDEO
Driving while stoned isn't a good idea, and it's a crime in all 50 states, some of which have set blood-test limits for marijuana. But unlike blood alcohol content, THC blood levels don't have much to do with impairment.
Not everyone subscribes to a New Year's resolution, but Americans will be required to follow new laws in 2014. Some 40,000 measures taking effect range from sweeping, national mandates under Obamacare to marijuana legalization in Colorado, drone prohibition in Illinois and transgender protections in California.
New York has a marijuana arrest problem. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, the NYPD arrested 440,000 people for low-level possession offenses between 2002 and 2012, while an American Civil Liberties Union study found that the Bronx has the third-highest number of pot arrests in the country. State Senator Liz Krueger wants to change all that.
Late Tuesday night, a small Latin American country voted to become the first in the world to legalize the sale and distribution of marijuana. Just as twin referendums in Colorado and Washington last year signaled the beginning of a state-based movement to legalize weed in the U.S., drug reform activists hope Uruguay's decision will spur other countries to do the same.
The passage of a landmark marijuana legalization measure Tuesday means Uruguay is set to become the first country in the world to have a system regulating legal production, sale and consumption of the drug. It's practically a done deal. President Jose Mujica has to sign the bill before it becomes a law. But he's long backed the measure, and there's little doubt that he remains behind it.
Pot connoisseurs of the world take note: Uruguay is about to go where no country has gone before by legalizing the cultivation and distribution of marijuana, with the left-of-center government regulating all facets of the trade. The initiative runs sharply counter to the Obama administration’s anti-drug policies, which criminalize the use of marijuana, heroin and cocaine and rely on tough interdiction tactics to stop the flow of drugs from Latin America.
D.C. lawmakers took more than 15 years to allow cancer patients to use marijuana for their pain. But over just a few months, city leaders have coalesced around a plan to decriminalize small joints, blunts or bowls full of marijuana in the nation’s capital.
For the first time, more than half of Americans think that marijuana usage should be made legal, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday. Fifty-eight percent of Americans now back legalizing marijuana. That represents an 8-point increase from the previous record of 50 percent in 2011, and a 10-point increase from November 2012, just after Colorado and Washington voted for legalization.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill on Wednesday allowing sick children greater access to medical marijuana, weeks after saying he would do so if the state legislature agreed to revisions. The revisions to the bill, nicknamed "pot for tots," required that at least two doctors, including a pediatrician, approve the treatment and tightened the language to ensure that only minors could get access to edible forms of marijuana besides lozenges. "I'm pleased the legislature accepted my recommendations so that suffering children can get the treatment they need," said Christie, seen as a likely 2016 contender for the Republican presidential nomination. "This new law will help sick kids access the program while also keepi...
The United States government took an historic step back from its long-running drug war on Thursday, when Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado that the Department of Justice would allow the states to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana for adults.
As support for marijuana legalization continues to grow, Rob Kampia, the executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, believes that momentum will drive two more states to follow Colorado and Washington in legalizing recreational weed in 2014. In a recent interview with Reason, Kampia made several legal pot predictions.
In a pretty dramatic reversal for someone who nearly became America’s surgeon general, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta has come out in favor of medical marijuana. While working on a documentary called “Weed,” he talked to people suffering chronic pain who’d been helped by smoking pot, and looked closer at the smaller studies in foreign countries that show its benefits.
Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called "Weed." The title "Weed" may sound cavalier, but the content is not. I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. What I found was stunning.
Call it the pot patchwork. When first-of-their-kind stores selling recreational marijuana are allowed to open in January of next year, they look increasingly likely to be confined to only a handful of communities in the state.
Most people don't think "cops" when they think about who supports marijuana legalization. Police are, after all, the ones cuffing stoners, and law enforcement groups have a long history of lobbying against marijuana policy reform. Many see this as a major factor in preventing the federal government from recognizing that a historic majority of Americans – 52 percent – favors legalizing weed.
Whispers hears that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., is about to introduce a bill that protects marijuana users and business owners from federal prosecution, as long as they are in compliance with state laws. The bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act, which makes the sale and use of marijuana illegal under federal law.
A national Pew Research Center poll released Thursday shows the majority of Americans support pot legalization 52 percent to 45 percent, with 72 percent who say that the cost of federal law enforcement efforts are not worth it. The results mark the first time in more than four decades of Pew's polling that a majority has taken that position.