Rasta Question
Yahoo News ~
Kingston (Jamaica) (AFP) - US President Barack Obama had been on the verdant Caribbean island of Jamaica less than 24 hours -- and had already visited Bob Marley's former home -- before he was asked by a dreadlocked Rastafarian about legalizing marijuana.

Joy Grainge
Donna Vickroy ~ Chicago Tribune ~
"Patients are not criminals," says Homewood mom who uses marijuana to cope with chronic pain

Lisa Rough ~ Leafly ~
A new study from Columbia and Johns Hopkins Universities found that nonwhite, low-income women over the age of 50 is the demographic most likely to perceive using cannabis as a risky activity. 

Charles C Lynch
Erik Eckholm ~ The New York Times ~
BLOOMFIELD, N.M. — Charles C. Lynch seemed to be doing everything right when he opened a medical marijuana dispensary in the tidy coastal town of Morro Bay, Calif.

Melissa Etheridge
Ricardo Baca ~ The Cannabist ~
Melissa Etheridge is equal parts musician and activist, and in recent years the singer-songwriter’s activism has expanded to include marijuana legalization.

Pot Sales Black And White
Jim Braude ~ Boston Globe ~
Massachusetts can either make it happen now and get the law right, or wait and get it wrong.

Hemp Processing Colorado
Elana Ashanti Jefferson ~ The Cannabist ~
Fort Lupton's PureVision Technology wants to process hemp stalks for consumer-product manufacturing and plans large-scale biorefinery in Oregon.

Hemp Marijuana Difference 1
Vivian McPeak ~ Seattle Pi ~
Oh, the irony.

Oregon Legalization
By KATU.com Staff ~
SALEM, Ore. -- Lawmakers are mulling over two bills that could erase marijuana arrests or reduce sentences for certain Oregonians ahead of recreational pot becoming legal in July.

Roll Another One
Margaret Talev ~ Bloomberg ~
Late in his term (and on the eve of a visit to Jamaica), the former Choom Ganger finally seems to be softening toward his old friend.

Mexico Drugs Cartels
Ioan Grillo/Mexico City ~ TIME ~
The cartels are still smuggling harder drugs but advocates point out the success of legalization in cutting illegal trade

Painkillers Vs Marijuana
Ryan Van Velzer ~ Associated Press ~
PHOENIX — Workers' compensation carriers and self-insurers will not be required to pay for a patient's medical marijuana under a new bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law Monday.

Chilean Pot
Eva Vergara ~ Associated Press ~
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean municipality harvested legal medical marijuana Tuesday as part of a government-approved pilot project aimed at helping ease pain in cancer patients.

Marijuana Banking
Steve Siebold ~ Huffington Post ~
Imagine the police officer or firefighter who spent a lifetime serving and protecting for the betterment of society, and is expecting to receive a pension when he retires.

Bright Leaf
Tom Huddleston, Jr. ~ FORTUNE ~ 
Privateer Holdings, which recently launched cannabis brand Marley Natural in partnership with the family of reggae legend Bob Marley, has closed a $75 million fund.

Hemp Field
Bruce Schreiner ~ AP Louisville KY ~
LOUISVILLE, KY. — Kentucky's hemp production is taking deeper root as experimental projects expand in the second year of testing its potential as a cash crop.

Jenna Valleriani ~ Huffington Post Canada ~
The 2011 Global Commission on Drug Policy's opening declaration - "the global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies [...] fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed" - could hardly be more definitive.

Sam P.K. Collins ~ Think Progress ~
The information war about marijuana may have turned a new page with the federal government’s acknowledgment of a recent study that found the plant can significantly reduce aggressive types of brain tumors when combined with radiation treatment, endorsing what medicinal marijuana advocates have long affirmed as its healing properties.

Charlottes Web Pot Weed Farm Colorado 2
Sam Frizell ~ TIME ~
Support found in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida - A majority of voters in three key swing states support legalizing marijuana, according to a new poll.