GovBeat: Marijuana


Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/01/2014

The Super Bowl is the latest front in the fight over legalizing marijuana

Both sides have put up ads around MetLife Stadium.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Marijuana, New Jersey, New York, pot, washington

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Medical marijuana will be on Florida ballot

The Florida Supreme Court approved language allowing a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Florida, Marijuana, States

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Marijuana activists are putting up 5 billboard ads near the Superbowl

The ads will promote pot as safer than football or booze.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  03:06 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Marijuana, pot, washington

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/21/2014

New Mexico session preview: Lowered expectations

A budget surplus takes pressure off the state legislature.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Marijuana, minimum wage, New Mexico, States

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/20/2014

Obama: There are ‘legitimate reasons’ to worry about federal overreach

Obama, in his own words, on states’ rights and marijuana.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  blue states, Marijuana, Obama, pot, red states, States

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 01/15/2014

The N.H. House just became the first state body to OK pot sales, group says

The vote comes just two weeks after the historic beginning of legal sales in Colorado.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  05:41 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  legislature, Marijuana, New Hampshire, pot

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 01/15/2014

New Hampshire session preview: Expect fights over guns, the death penalty and pot

Expect some big fights out of the small state.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:50 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  casinos, gambling, guns, health care, Healthcare, legislature, legislatures, Marijuana, medicaid, New Hampshire, pot, session preview

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 01/11/2014

Jerry Brown no fan of legalized marijuana

California voters may eventually see a legalization initiative on the ballot, but the governor won’t be behind it.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:51 AM ET, 01/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legalization, Marijuana, States

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Colorado lawmakers to feds: Let marijuana businesses bank

The state-sanctioned industry is still federally prohibited, making it hard for businesses to bank.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:22 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Marijuana, newsletter, pot

Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Alaska could become the third state to legalize marijuana—as soon as August

A group says it’s turned in more than 50 percent more signatures than are necessary to qualify.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:02 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, ballot initiatives, initiatives, Marijuana

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Medical marijuana initiative likely headed for Florida ballot

Organizers say they will hit their signature goals by next week.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Florida, Marijuana, newsletter, States

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Rep. DeGette touts legal marijuana in fundraising e-mail

The e-mail reflects a shift in public attitudes in Colorado and the nation.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Marijuana, newsletter, pot

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/06/2014

How much does marijuana cost in the U.S.?

Anonymously-collected data shows good weed is cheapest on the West Coast.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marijuana, Rankings, States

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 01/02/2014

Marijuana legalization in Colorado reflects a maturing industry

Twenty years ago, the marijuana business was entirely underground. Now it’s maturing into a multi-million dollar professional industry.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:07 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Marijuana

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 12/27/2013

Legalizing pot could save California hundreds of millions every year, state says

By Reid Wilson  |  12:17 PM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, legalization, Marijuana, newsletter, pot, States, weed

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Colorado approves pot taxes, but turns down a nearly $1 billion income tax increase

Coloradans approved one tax and smacked down another by similarly wide margins.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:25 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, Marijuana, taxes

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 11/05/2013

The politics of pot

We chatted with Post TV’s On Background about the politics of marijuana and the changing demographics driving the debate.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:51 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, Marijuana, States, taxes

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/28/2013

About $1 billion in new taxes are up for a vote next week in Colorado

The first in a daily look at the policy questions facing voters next week.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Marijuana, taxes

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 10/18/2013

California’s second-highest state executive says it’s time to legalize pot

“Enough’s enough,” says Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:27 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marijuana

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 10/09/2013

Marijuana has been mentioned in 1,730 pieces of state legislation this year

Eleven states are considering legalizing it for recreational use.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:20 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Legislation, Marijuana

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 10/09/2013

After legalizing marijuana, Washington and Colorado are starting to regulate it

Much of the state regulations are set, but the regulatory fight rages on at the local level.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:50 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marijuana, Regulations