Washington pot sales surpass $200M in one quarter

Sales of marijuana products in Washington state have for the first time surpassed $200 million in a quarter. Other news outlets report that residents and visitors bought more marijuana than ever before in the second quarter of 2016, based on an analysis of purchase and tax records from two state agencies.

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Researchers And Politicians Slam The War On Drugs As A Failure

In a series of new articles, healthcare experts and politicians argue that the time has come for a change of course, urging world leaders to allow doctors and other medical professionals – rather than law enforcement – to take the lead on designing global drug policy.

Maine voters narrowly endorse recreational marijuana use

In a very narrow margin, Mainers have approved legalizing recreational marijuana, according to the Bangor Daily News. Yes on 1 is declaring victory with results showing marijuana legalization ahead by one percent of the vote. The opposition says it’s not ready to concede.

Marijuana wins big on election night

Voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational marijuana initiatives Tuesday night, and several other states passed medical marijuana provisions, in what is turning out to be the biggest electoral victory for marijuana reform since 2012, when Colorado and Washington first approved the drug’s recreational use.

It’s officially legal to grow medicinal marijuana in Australia

The benefits of medicinal marijuana have been extolled by United States residents for a while, and now it’s Australia’s turn. After passing legislation in February, this Sunday saw the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016 come into being. This means people or organisations in Australia are now able to apply for a license to cultivate and manufacture medical cannabis in Australia.

Marijuana Lights Up State Ballots

People in nine states, including California, Florida and Massachusetts, will vote Nov. 8 on ballot proposals permitting recreational or medical use of marijuana. These initiatives could give a big push to legalization, prompting the next president and Congress to overhaul the country’s failed drug laws.

Record high 60 percent of Americans back legal pot, poll finds

A record high 60 percent of American adults support legalization of marijuana, according to a new Gallup poll released three weeks before voters in nine states decide whether to expand legal access to pot. When Gallup first asked about this issue in 1969, 12 percent of Americans supported legalization. By 2000, support had increased to 31 percent and has continued climbing since then, reaching 58 percent last year.

Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes combined

On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 men and women sit behind bars on simple drug possession charges, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. Nearly two-thirds of them are in local jails. According to the report, most of these jailed inmates have not been convicted of any crime: They’re sitting in a cell, awaiting a day in court which may be months or even years off, because they can’t afford to post bail.