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Germany may ban EU citizens driving after smoking pot

EU citizens who drive in Germany even under the influence of a small amount of cannabis can be banned from driving, no matter what are the rules in their home country, the EU judges in Luxembourg explained. If the blood test confirms the presence of narcotics, German authorities can impose a driving ban, but for a limited period of time only.

Read more at Deutsche Welle

Capitalizing On Cannabis: Meet Colorado’s Black ‘Potrepreneurs’

On November 6, 2012 Colorado voters approved controversial and groundbreaking legislation making the rocky mountain state - fittingly home to the "Mile High City" of Denver - the first in the nation to allow adults over the age of 21 to use and grow small amounts of marijuana at home for both medical and recreational purposes. The first recreational marijuana stores, known as dispensaries, officially opened on January 1, 2014, marking what supporters call a long overdue end to "marijuana prohibition."



It was a cold, blustery day in Coeur d'Alene when Orenda Peterson headed out to a food truck rally, carrying a small stack of papers that she and others hope will bring a new approach to marijuana in Idaho.

Read more at Pacific Northwest Inlander

Marijuana Registries Go Digital in Maine, Hawaii

Filing cabinets, gray cubicles and three-ring binders of department policy conjure an image of state government that disguises a more pregnant message. A reflection of the times can be found in heaps of bureaucratic paperwork, and in 2015, there is a clear image of an American population that enjoys getting high on marijuana.

Read more at Government Technology

Local neurologist leads in unearthing the medical benefits of marijuana

Last week the grange hall was packed for a lecture by Dr. Ethan Russo. The standing-room-only crowd was silent as Russo, a neurologist, flipped through a PowerPoint presentation packed with charts, graphs and molecular diagrams, and easily rattled off scientific terms. Only the occasional mention of cannabis or picture of a leafy green plant revealed to the untrained listener that Russo’s lecture was all about marijuana.

Read more at Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber