Ben Schweitzer

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Lawmaker Predicts Marijuana Will Be Legal Within 5 Years

Two states with legal recreational use. Twenty more that allow medical use. Record-high support at the national level for more permissive policies. It seems fair to say that the United States' official stance on marijuana is shifting quickly. In fact, one congressman is predicting that U.S. pot …

Banks wary of marijuana business

When it comes to doing business with marijuana sellers, it’s going to take a lot more than a thumbs-up from Eric Holder to get paranoid bankers on board.<p>The U.S. attorney general made waves last week when he said the Obama administration plans to give banks the go-ahead to make loans or open …

Marijuana Advocates Call On White House To Fire DEA Chief

A leading marijuana reform group is calling on the White House to fire the chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration over a speech last week in which she reportedly criticized President Barack Obama for comparing marijuana's dangers to alcohol.<p>Two sheriffs told the Boston Herald that DEA …

Marijuana Legalization: Is N.H. Next?

Those hoping for the legalization of marijuana in New Hampshire now say they have momentum on their side, coming from several different directions. …

Cannabis

New York governor set to allow limited medical use of marijuana

New York is poised to become the latest US state to relax its laws covering marijuana. Governor Andrew Cuomo will make a surprise turnaround in policy later this week, to allow limited use of the drug for medical purposes.<p>As Colorado residents continue to flock to their local pot shops, after their …

Let's Jail People For Being Fat

By Brooks' and Marcus' own admission, marijuana itself doesn't necessarily have such bad effects. They both smoked quite a bit of it back in the day and still managed highly successful careers as national opinion columnists. Really, they are worried about marijuana's negative second-order effects …

Here's How Easy It Is To Buy Weed From A Store In Colorado Now

As of Jan. 1, 2014, people can buy marijuana in Colorado to use recreationally. At this time, Colorado is about as legally relaxed as you can get when it comes to marijuana.<p>Naturally, people across the country have been watching to see what happened: if there would be enough pot to keep up with …

Colorado’s First Day of Recreational Marijuana Sales: 10 Things To Know

It’s nearly a new year, and Colorado businesses are getting ready to sell a new leaf. Jan. 1 is the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales …

Colorado's legal recreational pot industry off to smoking start

Colorado's legal recreational marijuana industry kicked off Wednesday with an Iraq war veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder making the first pot purchase under the new law.<p>Sean Azzariti of Denver, who helped campaign for Amendment 64, bought an eighth of an ounce of a strain …

The Don Draper of Pot

Meet the man who’s making marijuana mainstream.<p>A decade ago, nearly two-thirds of the American public opposed legalizing marijuana <b>.</b> The issue was such a non-starter that until 2003, when the Supreme Court let a lower court ruling stand, doctors ran the risk of federal prosecution simply for talking …

Former Rep. Bill Delahunt applies to open pot dispensaries

The former Massachusetts congressman is the president of the nonprofit Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts<p>According to a report in the Taunton Daily Gazette, former Democratic congressman Bill Delahunt wants in on the medical marijuana business and has filed applications to open dispensaries in …

Maine Marijuana Legalization Fails

The Maine State Legislature failed to pass a bill on Thursday that would have legalized, taxed and regulated recreational marijuana for adults.<p>The Legislative Council, a 10-member group of legislative leaders that screens requests to introduce bills, voted 5-5 on the measure, effectively killing …

Colorado Voters Pass Tax On Recreational Marijuana

Pot prices are expected to rise after voters approved a statewide tax Tuesday.<p>A year after Colorado approved recreational use of marijuana, voters passed a statewide tax on marijuana Tuesday.<p>With 55% of precincts reporting, the proposition was passing 64 to 35. The legislation creates a 15% tax …

Weed more likely than rape to get immigrant detained, report charges

White House says immigration enforcers prioritize public safety. But that concept is in the eye of the beholder<p>A new report suggests that a suspected undocumented immigrant convicted of possessing pot may be more likely to face immigration detention than one who’s been convicted of rape.<p>Immigration …

Colorado, CDC to probe whether synthetic marijuana is tied to deaths

Colorado and federal officials are investigating whether about 75 hospital cases, including three deaths, are connected to the use of synthetic marijuana.<p>In a news release, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said on Friday that it is teaming with local hospitals and the …

Medical marijuana businesses look to “color inside the lines”

Medical pot sellers worried that federal agents will close them down now have a roadmap to avoid prosecution<p>HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Medical marijuana businesses worried that federal agents will close them down now have a roadmap to avoid prosecution, courtesy of the Justice Department's decision to …

New Battlegrounds In The War Against Marijuana

Will Uruguay’s nationalized pot industry work?

As the Latin American country nationalizes marijuana sales, practical policy questions are also cropping up<p>MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — With the tiny Latin American country of Uruguay poised to become the first country on earth to regulate the cultivation and distribution of marijuana, legislators here …

If only more pundits were like Sanjay Gupta

In an age when public figures seldom express contrition, his mea culpa on pot was an act of true bravery<p>Whether it is the impeached Bill Clinton leaving office with solid approval ratings or the once-disgraced Eliot Spitzer now surging in New York City electoral polls, there is ample evidence that …

Can Marijuana Improve Your Emotional State?

It’s no secret that marijuana can put a smile on many people’s faces, but research suggests that the drug’s positive effects go beyond just getting …

The Brain

7 ways booze is more dangerous than pot

Marijuana is statistically less harmful than alcohol, and it’s time to treat it that way<p>No substantial evidence links marijuana to traffic accidents, domestic violence or cancer, yet pot is illegal and listed as a Schedule I controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. …

Meet the cops who give Doritos to potheads!

After Washington voters legalized pot in November, Seattle’s PD wants to be “cool,” and connect with the weed crowd<p>"Never in my career did I guess that I'd be passing out delicious snacks at Hempfest," Sean Whitcomb told Salon. "But that happened." Hempfest goers seemed equally surprised to find …

The Sad Reality Of Medical Marijuana Users Being Prisoners In Their Home States

Five-year-old Charlotte Figi of Denver, Colorado is the subject of a documentary about the medical benefits of marijuana by CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.<p>After years of trying different treatment plans, Charlotte who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy dramatically improved …

N.J. Governor Gives Provisional OK to Medical Pot For Kids

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie agreed to ease restrictions on medical marijuana for chronically ill children, but he won't go as far as lawmakers would like.<p>NPR's Joel Rose reports that Christie, a Republican, has rejected part of a bill that would allow young patients access to an ingestible form …

Is Albania Europe’s new marijuana capital?

Lazarat is a city notorious for cannabis crops worth billions. It’s seemingly off limits to the police<p>GJIROKASTRA, Albania — The last time police tried to enter the mountainside village of Lazarat near this historic southern city last summer, they prompted a ferocious firefight a local police …

Science for stoners: Here’s how pot works

Explaining the chemistry behind medical marijuana that got Sanjay Gupta and others to finally believe<p>Last week, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta grabbed headlines for coming out in support of the validity of the medical use of marijuana, something he had opposed in the past. What changed his mind? …

FROM SEED TO SMOKE: Here's The Real Story Of How Marijuana Gets In Your Joint

As far as this goes economically — seeing an industry transition from a black market to a medical market to a legal market — anything on this scale is unprecedented since the days of Prohibition.<p>I flew out to Colorado to see what it's like on the ground floor of an industry that's about to …