The New Marijuana
Marijuana laws have been liberalized in more than a dozen states, and in California, medical marijuana dispensaries are common. But that doesn't mean pot use is on the rise. According to government data, Americans who admit to using pot have been at about 6 percent since 2002.
They say changing attitudes make it harder to convince people that marijuana is a problem.()
June 10, 2010 KQEDMarijuana advocates say more aggressive efforts to brand and market cannabis strains is a sign their movement is gaining legitimacy. But, they say, if California legalizes pot, the day is not far off when multinational companies will compete for market share.
June 9, 2010 CPRIn the past year, hundreds of dispensaries have popped up in Colorado, taking a bite out of underground drug dealers' sales. But drug dealers aren't disappearing for a simple reason: Their pot is cheaper. And stricter marijuana laws passed Monday may force some dispensary owners back into the black market.
June 8, 2010 In California, a few hippie head shops have been replaced with high-end boutiques — "wellness clinics" where cannabis treatments can be paired with Pilates, massage and acupuncture. Owners are trying to build a brand that's beyond a medical marijuana dispensary — and positioning themselves to cash in if marijuana is fully legalized in November.
June 8, 2010 For decades, marijuana growers in Northern California have been tipped off to police activity by a community radio station and local citizens wary of the drug war. Now, police — citing a boom in marijuana production and a possible influx of armed illegal drug traffickers — say the practice needs to stop.
June 7, 2010 Fourteen states and the District of Columbia allow people to use marijuana to treat a wide variety of ailments. Each law is different, but if you look at them in chronological order, a pattern emerges: The laws are becoming stricter. The states passing laws today include more regulation than the early adopters did.
June 7, 2010 Richard Lee, who has created a multimillion-dollar empire in Oakland, Calif., largely off of medicinal pot, financed the expensive petition drive that put marijuana on the November ballot. He says legalizing pot for recreational use will help the police focus on "real sociopaths." His critics say he just wants to make money.
June 6, 2010 In 1996, California legalized medical pot and set off a nationwide trend. Now, the state is preparing for a ballot referendum that could make recreational pot legal for anyone 21 or older. Are we seeing the start of another movement that could sweep the country?
June 7, 2010 Since California first passed a medical marijuana law in 1996, 15 other states and the District of Columbia have followed. But the laws vary drastically.