Oregonians Get Another Chance To Vote On Recreational Marijuana Come This November

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For the last two years, Oregonians in favor of marijuana for recreational use have had to stare glumly across the border at Washington State, where it’s legal, after a ballot initiative to legalize the stuff failed in 2012. But if at first you don’t succeed… You know where this is going. [More]

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Washington State’s Legal Marijuana Shops Prepare To Open Their Doors This Week

Like Colorado before it, Washington State is now open for legal marijuana sales. With the first licenses for the first stores issued today — and a required 24-hour waiting period before sales can start — shop owners are preparing to welcome customers this week. [More]

Customer Surprised Because Sonic’s Menu Doesn’t List Chicken Strips With A Side Of Marijuana

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Today seems to be the day when fast food customers end up with surprises in their food, like Cracker Jack! But not as fun/innocent: First it was a fried hand towel at KFC, and now a Sonic customer says she found a plastic baggie of marijuana in her order of chicken strips and fries. [More]

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New Washington State Rules Rein In Packaging Of Marijuana Edibles

Washington state’s first bunch of licensed retail marijuana sellers are slated to open on July 8. But when they do, it looks like they might not be selling a wide variety of pot-infused edibles that don’t meet new packaging guidelines intended to make sure that the products A) aren’t marketed to kids, and B) won’t be confused with other snacks that don’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol. [More]

New York To Legalize Medical Marijuana — As Long As You’re Not Smoking It

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New York is just about ready to legalize medical marijuana in the state for patients with serious illnesses — and no, your cousin Chad’s extreme boredom is not an illness — as long as patients aren’t smoking the stuff. [More]

Hershey Sues Edible Marijuana Maker Over Punny Product Names

Hershey Sues Edible Marijuana Maker Over Punny Product Names

We can’t imagine anyone with even the most basic grasp of the English language would confuse Hershey’s Almond Joy with “Ganja Joy,” an edible marijuana product. Nor do we think anyone will mistakenly buy a “Dabby Patty” thinking it’s a York peppermint patty. But we don’t work for the Hershey legal department, which has sued a Colorado company over punny pot product names that the chocolate goliath believes are too close to its trademarked brands. [More]

New York Times’ Maureen Dowd Eats Pot Candy Bar In Colorado And Totally Freaks Out

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When well-known New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd eats edible marijuana in Colorado and freaks out about it, you better believe she’s going to write about it. You’ve might’ve heard of her tale of paranoia and extreme anxiety, because it seems like everyone else is freaking out about it, too. Of course, that’s not the actual point of her opinion piece. [More]

Documents Show That Big Tobacco Has Been Interested In Pot For At Least 45 Years

Documents Show That Big Tobacco Has Been Interested In Pot For At Least 45 Years

With medical marijuana now legal in nearly half the country and pot now a legal retail item in Washington and Colorado, it would make sense that the nation’s tobacco companies would be seeing the potential for making green from green. And a new report uncovers documents showing that the tobacco industry has been thinking about marijuana long before most of the people who smoke it today were even born. [More]

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Hold The Onions, Add Marijuana? Man Claims McDonald’s Burger Came Topped With Weed

When ordering at the McDonald’s drive-thru one has to consider the chances of their order coming out wrong. But an Iowa couple says they got something in their hamburger they would have never expected: marijuana. [More]

Why Can’t You Get Medical Marijuana At CVS Or Walgreens?

Why Can’t You Get Medical Marijuana At CVS Or Walgreens?

Even though marijuana has been legalized by Colorado and Washington, and nearly two dozen states have laws protecting medical use of marijuana, you won’t be seeing it made available at your local pharmacy unless the federal government decides to legalize it. [More]

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Denver Officials Not A Big Fan Of Bring-Your-Own-Pot Colorado Symphony Concerts

What’s an organization to do to set itself apart from others trying to raise money? Well, if you’re the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, organizing a series of bring-your-own-pot performances is one way to grab headlines and bring in bodies, but that doesn’t mean the city of Denver is cool with that plan. [More]

Colorado Won’t Be Getting Its Very Own Marijuana Bank Anytime Soon

Colorado Won’t Be Getting Its Very Own Marijuana Bank Anytime Soon

In an effort one legislator likened to throwing spaghetti noodles against the wall to see what sticks, a proposal this week to set up a financial co-op within the marijuana industry has met with a swift death. [More]

Colorado Task Force Trying To Figure Out How To Keep People From Eating Too Much Pot

Colorado Task Force Trying To Figure Out How To Keep People From Eating Too Much Pot

Now that marijuana is legal in Colorado for recreational use, that doesn’t mean necessarily that everyone is sitting around toking on pipes and joints, despite what your imagination has led you to believe. And because a whole lot of people, including pot tourists, like to eat their reefer, state officials are taking on the task of regulating those edible offerings. [More]

Banks Still Balking At Opening Accounts For Legit Marijuana Businesses

Banks Still Balking At Opening Accounts For Legit Marijuana Businesses

While medical marijuana is legal in more than 20 states and Washington, D.C., and legalized for recreational use in two states, pot-based businesses that operate out in the open and pay taxes are still having difficulty finding banks that will take their money, in spite of recent federal guidance intended to help them out. [More]

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Pot Vending Machine Is Like That Awesome Idea You Had Once In College, Except It’s Real

It was around two in the morning one winter morning back in 1996 — or wait, was it three a.m. in 2001? You can’t remember. All you know is the brilliant idea you had that one time after watching Half Baked and smoking you know, “the reefer,” is now a reality. A new company has debuted its pot vending machine in the only place that can welcome it right now, Colorado. [More]

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A Friendly Reminder For Those In States With Legal Pot: Keep Your Edibles Away From Pets

Just think about how much people food your dog could put away if given unfettered access to the kitchen. Now imagine you live in Washington or Colorado, where it’s legal to have edibles — cookies, butters, oils, bread, whathaveyou — infused with marijuana. Cue really important lesson for pet owners to keep the pot from your pooch. [More]

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Colorado’s Marijuana Retailers Are Now On The Edge Of A Consumer Privacy Frontier

The right to privacy where you shop is something consumers hold dear, but at the same time, when your favorite stores track your purchases using loyalty rewards programs, they can better market you promotional offers or other discounts. But how’s that going to work in Colorado’s new legal marijuana industry, where privacy at the store is especially cherished? [More]

Family Claims Pizza Place Served Them A Literal Pot Pie

Family Claims Pizza Place Served Them A Literal Pot Pie

We’ve heard that pizza and marijuana can be a winning combination for a fun weekend night. However, one south Los Angeles family doesn’t agree after their experience with a local pizzeria. They claim that they ended up in the emergency department of the nearest hospital with acute marijuana intoxication after eating the mushroom pizza that they ordered. [More]