Despite adult-use legalization in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, DC, marijuana arrests rose nationally in 2016 by 1.5%, according to the FBI's latest Uniform Crime Report.
The much-anticipated report from the Justice Department's Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety fails to contradict Obama-era marijuana policies. Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has turned his focus to adult-use legalization in Colorado and Washington.
Willie Nelson's wife Annie is getting into the pot business. Her Annie's Infused Chocolates are now available at 12 Washington State adult-use locations.
The sci-fi stoner movie, "Star Leaf," is now a strain of marijuana available in Washington State. Phoenix Cannabis Company in Tumwater is the producer and Clear Choice Cannabis in Tacoma is the initial retailer.
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.
Willie Nelson's long-awaited branded marijuana products, under the name Willie's Reserve, will debut this month and in August in Colorado and Washington legal-weed stores. To hype the roll-out, he's performing concerts in each state.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tends to repeat himself. In 2014, he said," I don't think there's a responsible way to recreationally use marijuana." Two weeks ago he said virtually the same thing: "There is no responsible way to smoke marijuana repeatedly. There’s nothing good about it."
Bill Maher's latest "New Rule" comes complete with a smoking demonstration. "I use medical marijuana because my third eye has glaucoma," he explains with a wink on "Real Time." "It's acting up right now. Maybe I should treat it."
Snoop Dogg will soon have some competition from Wiz Khalifa in Denver's booming legal weed market. Leafs by Snoop products are currently available at LivWell stores, and on 4/20 RiverRock's two shops will offer Khalifa Kush and other branded Wiz products.
The first celebrity to bring his or her branded marijuana strains to the market in 2016 is none other than CelebStoner of the Year Tommy Chong.