Gov. Phil Scott harshed the mellow buzz around legislative legalization when he refused to approve a bill that would have allowed marijuana possession and cultivation in the Green Mountain State on May 24.
Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino wanted to be the nation's next drug czar in the worst way. Then came revelations that he did a favor for a friend charged with cocaine sales when he was a prosecutor in 1998 and also worked for a convicted felon.
Legislation allowing the use of low-THC, CBD-rich marijuana oil primarily for children suffering from seizure disorders has been approved in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
There are now eight states that have legalized marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington), 13 more with decriminalization laws and 46 with medical-marijuana laws.
Philadelphia rabble-rouser NA Poe, his girlfriend Rachael Friedman and 20 others were arrested on various drug charges Apr. 22 after police raided Philly Smoke Session, an illegal warehouse weed market. Poe and Friedman both have $250,000 bails and remain incarcerated.