Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board voted 3-2 in favor of allowing for the consumption of marijuana at dispensary retail stores.
If approved by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, Alaska would become the first state to permit regulated areas for marijuana consumption outside of private property, such as a person’s home.
Adults would be able to purchase marijuana at any dispensary retail store and consume it in a designated area on the property. Local laws banning indoor smoking will still apply.
Other states that have legalized recreational marijuana use offer no state-sanctioned places to consume marijuana, forcing people to stay at home.
Arizona medical marijuana cardholders are at risk of DUI for having any amount of marijuana in their system.
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that Arizona medical marijuana cardholders have no immunity from prosecution under a state DUI law which prohibits motorists from having any amount of marijuana or its chemical compound that causes impairment in their bodies.
The court stated that a cardholder can try to prove in court that they didn’t have enough of the marijuana compound Arizona medical marijuana law allows DUI prosecutions of cardholders but not if amounts of marijuana compounds in their systems are insufficient to cause impairment.in their system to be impaired.
Chief Justice Scott Bales stated: “The risk of uncertainty in this regard should fall on the patients, who generally know or should know if they are impaired and can control when they drive, rather than on the members of the public whom they encounter on our streets.”
Many states with medical and recreational marijuana laws allow for motorists to drive with trace amounts of marijuana in their system, as well as with inactive marijuana metabolites.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that will expedite access to medical marijuana for qualifying patients a couple months before the state’s full medical marijuana program is implemented.
Continual pressure from advocates, patients, and families helped get the Governor to sign the emergency access bill.
“We’ve been waiting an outrageous 15 months for expedited access to medical marijuana,” stated a mother who’s son needs medical marijuana to treat seizures.
New York Health Department officials said New York’s medical marijuana program should be fully operational by January 2016.
“It’s outrageous that [patients] have been forced to go years without relief while politicians procrastinate, but this new law means that the day when those who need marijuana-based medicine will be able to safely obtain it from legal businesses will be here sooner rather than later,” said a marijuana industry businessman.
The marijuana industry is quickly expanding throughout the U.S. and with it are new apps. These apps range from social networks liketo dating apps like Tender, while others are games and unique services.
This list reveals 9 of the most popular marijuana-related apps:
1. Mass Roots (Social Network)
2. Duby (Social Network)
3. High There! (Dating)
4. Grasscity (Forum)
5. WEEN (Marijuana Usage Tracker)
6. Cheech & Chong (Merchandise)
7. EAZE (Delivery Service)
8. Weed Firm 2 (Game)
9. Pot Farm (Game)
Colombia’s Minister of Health announced that the government is set to legalize the distribution and use of medical marijuana.
The bill will legalize marijuana strictly for medical and scientific reasons, officials say. “Nobody is talking about legalizing anything except for these two purposes,” said Justice Minister Yesid Reyes.
Once President Juan Manuel Santos signs the bill it will allow Colombia to regulate everything from licensing for growers to the eventual export of products made from marijuana.
Included in the bill as an “export license,” which will allow Colombian marijuana growers to export their product to other countries where it is legal, such as Canada, Netherlands, and Uruguay.
Colombia is part of a growing trend of countries – Uruguay, Mexico, Canada, Portugal, Australia, U.S. – implementing pro-marijuana laws in order to treat medical ailments as well as to fight drug cartels via legalization, regulation and taxation instead of war and imprisonment.