A Map That Shows the Dramatic Spread of Legal Weed in the U.S.

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[Source: “A Map That Shows the Dramatic Spread of Legal Weed in the U.S.,” The Atlantic Wire, 8 April 2013]

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Looking at the recent spread of liberalized marijuana laws across the United States, it’s hard not to think we’re entering some kind of Weed Spring. The latest state to act is Maryland, where on Monday the state senate approved a bill legalizing medical marijuana by 42 to 4, sending it to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is expected to sign it into law. Several state legislatures are considering relaxing their restrictions on marijuana. A majority of Americans now favor legalizing marijuana, and 65 percent of young people support legalizing it, suggesting support will grow. The Justice Department still won’t say how it will deal with marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington — it’s still banned by the federal government — but officials in both states say they’re going ahead…

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Colorado Considers Hemp Regulation

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DENVER (AP) — When Colorado voters legalized marijuana last year, they also legalized its industrial cousin, hemp. Since then, Colorado lawmakers have spent a lot of time reviewing marijuana, but they’re just starting work on regulating hemp.

A legislative committee plans to start work Wednesday on a bill directing the state Agriculture Department to license hemp growers starting next year. Hemp plants look like marijuana, but it lacks most of the psychoactive properties of its better-known cousin. Finished hemp is legal under federal law, but growing it is not, so states that legalize hemp must regulate it themselves.

The bill before Colorado lawmakers would create a registry for farmers seeking to raise hemp. The crop can’t be insured, so it’s unclear how many plan to grow it.

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New Bill Would Ease State-Federal Pot Conflict

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SEATTLE (AP) – A bill introduced in Congress would fix the conflict between the federal government’s marijuana prohibition and state laws that allow medical or recreational use.

California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says his bill has three Republican and three Democratic sponsors.

It would assure that state laws on pot are respected by the feds by amending the Controlled Substances Act to make clear that individuals and businesses that comply with state marijuana laws are immune from federal prosecution. That would include marijuana dispensaries.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws. And Washington and Colorado last fall became the first to pass laws legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana. The U.S. Justice Department has not said how it intends to respond to those state laws.

– By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press

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