The War on Drugs Is Burning Out

Every day brings us closer and closer to winning the war on drugs…as in stop fighting about it. Legalizing Marijuana is proving to not be the end of the world as some who are against it prophesized.  In fact, studies are showing that crime is down, DUII’s are down, access by the under 21 crowd is down. Leading at the ballot box from Alaska to Washington, D.C., Americans are charting a path to a saner national drug policy Read more here in the Rolling Stone article:

Seattle city attorney proposes marijuana home grows and more

If this proposal goes through, then Washington would be on par with Oregon, Alaska and Colorado on the rules for legalized marijuana both recreational and medical. If passed, it would make it legal to grow up to 6 marijuana plants at home. On Monday, Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes issued a sweeping policy proposal that calls for allowing people to grow pot at home, establishing vapor lounges and folding unregulated medical-cannabis dispensaries into the new state recreational system. Read more in the

Seattle May Not Issue Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

Washington State is still sending mixed signals to the Medical Marijuana community on whether or not it will actually be issuing licenses for dispensaries to operate in the state. Washington reminds me a lot of how it was in Oregon before Oregon’s Legislature legalized medical marijuana dispensaries (officially legalized, no ‘grey area’). Dispensaries are all over the place in Washington. By not licensing and regulating them, it doesn’t mean that they don’t exist, and the State of Washington is losing out on revenue everyday in the process. It’s time that Washington put in place clear rules and regulations for dispensaries so that the industry can operate above reproach, and help the State with much needed tax and fee revenues, like Oregon is doing now. Read more here in The Weed Blog...

NJ Marijuana Legalization- Pot for Pot Holes

Big movement on New Jersey marijuana legalization front. In 2014, duplicate bills to legalize possession and personal use of small amounts of marijuana for persons age 21 and over were introduced into both the Senate and Assembly. Senate Bill 1896, better known as the Pot-for-Pot Holes Bill because the bulk of tax revenue generated will go to fix roads, was introduced in March and sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari (District 22). Shortly following in May, Assembly representatives Reed Gusciora (District 15) and Linda Stender (District 22) sponsored a duplicate bill for the Assembly, Assembly Bill 3094. The new proposed bill goes far beyond the original proposed bill for NJ marijuana legalization in March, Assembly Bill 2842, which sought to put on the ballot for voters the legalization of possession of an ounce or less of marijuana, but provided no regulation of retail sales of marijuana or allow home cultivation of marijuana. Senator Scutari’s bill goes much further. S1896 calls for legalization of up to an ounce of marijuana, cultivation of up to 6 plants (3 mature), and firmly outlines plans for retail sale,  taxation, and tracking. The state of New Jersey will look to implement a seed to sale tracking system of cannabis for their legal marijuana similar to the model used in Colorado and Washington. As a global leader in seed to sale tracking, Viridian Sciences ERP solution powered by SAP is the frontrunner for their ability to provide complete transparency into cannabis businesses and ability to keep businesses compliant to state regulations and taxation. S1896 states that there will be no taxation on any medical marijuana. Taxation...