There are now eight states that have legalized marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington), 13 more with decriminalization laws and 45 with medical-marijuana laws.
Americans for Safe Access grades 44 states that have some form of medicinal cannabis program in their 2017 "Medical Marijuana Access in the United States" report. Not one state received an A, while 16 were given F- grade.
The news the entire cannabis industry has been waiting for from the White House broke Feb. 23 when Press Secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged that the Department of Justice will likely begin enforcing federal marijuana laws in legal adult-use states, such as Colorado.
The International Cannabis Business Conference returned to San Francisco for the third year in a row with another star-studded lineup on Feb. 17. Rocker turned radio and TV host Henry Rollins, former NBA star John Salley and California's "Cannabis Czar" Lori Ajax, were among the speakers.
Roseanne Barr's proposed Santa Ana dispensary, Roseannne's Joint, has gone up in smoke. "It didn't work out for me and the investor," she now says, referring to CalCann Holdings' Aaron Herzberg.
"He needs cannabis," a NFL source says about Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, who suffers from Crohn's disease and has been suspended twice this season for failing drug tests. "You can't take painkillers with the way his intestines are."
Legislation allowing the use of low-THC, CBD-rich marijuana oil primarily for children suffering from seizure disorders has been approved in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Marijuana measures passed in eight states on Election Day, led by adult-use legalization victories in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada.
Marijuana legalization measures for recreational or adult use (Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada) and for medical use (Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota) are all on the Nov. 8 ballot.
"Duh," says yacht-rocker Jimmy Buffett about Amendment 2 in Florida that would legalize medical marijuana on Nov. 8. "I can tell you from first-hand experience that medical marijuana is a great cure. That's why I'm voting Yes on 2."