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  ABC News -   Colorado's marijuana growers were the big winners Wednesday when the state suspended new recreational pot taxes, a tax quirk that saved shoppers some sales tax but saved wholesalers tens of thousands.   Pro…
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  ABC News -   A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy in their battle to stop the expanding industry: racketeering lawsuits. A Colorado pot shop recently closed after a Washington-based gro…
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  Star Tribune -   Sickest Minnesotans eager for opening of dispensaries  The first registered medical marijuana patient in Minnesota toddled across sunlit grass and into his mother’s arms.   Three-year-old Wya…
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  The Gazette -    Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America, behind alcohol and tobacco. It is estimated that nearly 100 million Americans use it. Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., recently have legaliz…
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  The Des Moines Register -   The Iowa Board of Pharmacy disappointed medical marijuana advocates again Monday. Board members rebuffed a request that they recommend changing Iowa law’s classification of marijuana in a way that w…
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  Times Union -  Unlike run-of-the-mill prescription drugs, you won't be able to pick up medical marijuana at the corner drugstore. The state's program calls for five licensed operators, each with a growing operation and four …
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  KCRG -  DES MOINES — Their testimonies were tearful and frightening, and they pleaded with Iowa lawmakers for help. A handful of Iowans was invited Monday to speak to state legislators and ask for expansion of Iowa’s new…
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  ABC News -   An eastern Iowa man who was convicted late last year of growing marijuana that he used to treat his rare form of cancer has died. Benton Mackenzie, 49, died Monday at his home in Long Grove, near Davenport, his mother D…
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  Yahoo News -  WASHINGTON (AP) — It's easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia's decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter. A catch-all spending …
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  Washington Times -   HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul hinted in an interview Friday that he smoked marijuana in his youth, adding that voters should not confuse his push for reduced criminal penalties for drug offen…
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  KCCI.com -  DES MOINES, Iowa —An Iowa Board of Pharmacy committee listened to debate Monday over reclassifying marijuana.   Reclassifying marijuana from Schedule 1, highly-abused drugs with no medical use, to Schedule…
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  Herald-Tribune - Two years from now, Florida police may have a new category of impairment to consider: driving under the influence of a physician-recommended intoxicant.   Assuming Amendment 2 passes on Nov. 4 allowing the use o…
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  Iowa State University is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by student members of a pro-marijuana group who claim the university violated their constitutional rights.   Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, who is rep…
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  Iowa is unlikely to expand its limited medical marijuana law soon, a leading legislator said.   "I think we made the changes that we made last year, and we'll want to see how it works" before debating the issue fur…
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  DAVENPORT, Iowa — A dying Iowan who said he grew marijuana to treat a painful blood vessel cancer was spared a three-year prison sentence by a judge Tuesday, and instead was given probation.   But whether Benton Mackenzie,…
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