Marijuana legalization on cusp of mass acceptance

In long journey, drug soars from illegal to popular By Marc Fisher  WASHINGTON POST  SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — In the ‘‘medication area’’ of the nation’s biggest marijuana exposition, scantily clad young women hand out marshmallows they’ve dipped into a rushing fountain of pot-laced chocolate. A few steps away, Anthony Ramirez offers free hits from a bong filled…

Uruguay legalizes sale and production of marijuana

Uruguay has become the first country in the world to legalize both the sale and production of marijuana. President Jose Mujica has championed the measure as a way of combatting the illegal drugs industry that has decimated parts of Uruguay. The country’s parliament passed the bill by a vote of 16 to 13 on Tuesday…

James Backstrom opposes medical marijuana use

By Laurie Blake  laurie.blake@startribune.com Expecting some state legislators to try again next year to legalize marijuana for medical uses, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom has reaffirmed his position against it. Backstrom, joined by Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, held a forum and a news conference in West St. Paul Nov. 20 to oppose the legalization…

Michigan court to take look at jobless pay for medical marijuana users

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals has agreed to hear two cases to determine whether someone fired for using medical marijuana still can collect unemployment benefits from the state. Judges in Ingham and Kent counties have reversed decisions of a state agency and ruled in favor of two people who sought benefits after…

Nearly every state addressing medical marijuana legislation

As the medical community and many Americans come to accept the use of marijuana to treat a range of diseases and symptoms, state legislators are working to keep pace with laws concerning marijuana for medical use.   Numerous polls have indicated that a growing majority of Americans believe that medical marijuana should be legal throughout…

Kentucky hemp bill pass in final hour

FRANKFORT, KY. — An amended bill to regulate industrial hemp production by Kentucky farmers — if the federal government allows it — was passed by the Kentuckly legislature in the final minutes of the regular session. In the compromise, the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission remains in the state Department of Agriculture with only research functions of…