Obama Commutes Pot Sentences

Last year ended on a very positive note for several drug offenders in federal prison. Late in 2014, President Obama commuted the sentences of eight inmates serving the equivalent of life behind bars for relatively minor drug crimes. In all, the president granted clemency to 20 federal prisoners Dec. 17, cutting their sentences short. Twelve […]

Washington Now Has Too Much Weed

When Colorado opened its first legal pot shops last year, customers turned out in droves and fueled the weed industry with millions of dollars in revenue. In Washington State, meanwhile, things have been more difficult. The handful of stores that first opened last July ran into a product shortage almost immediately. Pot farmers didn’t have […]

Stoners’ Election Wrapup

Voters made marijuana history again in 2014, legalizing pot in two states and the District of Columbia. Election Day proved to be a landmark in the history of cannabis reform. Though one state rejected medical marijuana, Oregon and Alaska legalized recreational weed, as did Washington, D.C. That means four states now allow legal weed: Oregon, […]

Bob Marley’s Name Will Sell Weed

Call it a match made in Jamaica. A group of marijuana entrepreneurs has joined with the family of the late reggae legend Bob Marley to sell an exclusive line of high-quality weed. Privateer Holdings, a private equity firm in the marijuana market, announced in November that it would launch Marley Naturals, an international brand of […]

Study: Weed Is Good for PTSD

Among marijuana’s many medical uses, one of the most promising is its treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. This serious mental illness afflicts 5.2 million Americans each year, with 8 percent of the population suffering symptoms at some point in their lives. New research now suggests marijuana is a highly effective treatment for PTSD, […]