Medical marijuana debuts in Illinois but some patients turned away

Illinois’ medical marijuana dispensaries opened their doors Monday and have begun processing patients who will receive the first batches of the drug under the state’s four-year pilot programs.

At EarthMed, a dispensary in Addison, the first patient to legally purchase pot, Chris Favela, 19, emerged with a small, opaque canister of a strain called Grape God. He paid $180 for about nine grams of the marijuana.


Marijuana is literally the least of the nation’s drug worries, the police have announced

Cops say they’re really not worried about your back yard marijuana plant. But they’ll still arrest you for it. America’s cops overwhelmingly do not see marijuana as a major threat to their communities, according to results of a survey released this week as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary.”


The biggest prisoner release in US history, explained

The release has been in the works for more than a year, and was actually delayed so the federal government would have time to review individual prisoners’ cases and build up its capacity to help ex-prisoners reenter society. And ironically — even though it’s happening at a time when elected Democrats and Republicans alike are making efforts to reduce mass incarceration, especially for drug crimes — neither Congress nor the White House deserves credit.


Detroit council to address marijuana shops, parking

Regulation of Detroit’s growing number of marijuana shops will be among a handful of issues the Detroit City Council expects to tackle when it returns today after a six-week recess.

An effort spearheaded by Councilman James Tate to set ground rules for these shops is gaining support as more marijuana dispensaries pop up across the city. Some council members are growing increasingly concerned about the violence and other nefarious activities these stores seem to be attracting.


Group seeks to legalize marijuana in Florida

Petitions are hitting the streets soon for a new proposed constitutional amendment that would fully legalize marijuana use, possession and cultivation by adults in Florida.

A political action committee called Floridians For Freedom, associated with a longtime marijuana advocacy group called the Florida Cannabis Action Network, announced Tuesday it has gotten state approval to begin seeking signatures to get their measure on the November, 2016, ballot.


West Palm Beach considers lessening penalty for marijuana possession

West Palm Beach commissioners will consider changing the penalty for marijuana possession Monday evening.

Currently, anyone caught with 20 grams or less can be charged with a misdemeanor. The proposed ordinance that’s up for discussion would change the punishment to a civil penalty.


Marijuana Does Not Affect Brain Volume, Study Finds

Using marijuana does not cause changes in brain volume, a new study suggests.

Public health experts have cited concerns that using marijuana could be associated with structural changes in the brain. However, a new trial comparing the brains of marijuana users and non-users to their siblings reveals that marijuana use likely does not cause changes in brain volume.