Legal marijuana in the Northern Mariana Islands
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is a U.S. territory located in the Pacific Ocean. The tiny commonwealth just legalized cannabis, making history in the process. To begin with, CNMI is the first U.S. jurisdiction to go straight from marijuana prohibition to legalized recreational cannabis. There was no medical marijuana program as a middle step. Additionally, CNMI is the first location in the U.S. to legalize a recreational cannabis market not through a ballot initiative, but through the legislative process. Learn more about this pioneering event here.
Cannabis arrests on the rise
Despite more and more U.S. states legalizing marijuana, cannabis-related arrests are increasing. According to FBI data, there were 659,700 marijuana arrests made in 2017, which averages to one arrest every 48 seconds. This is certainly a disheartening trend, but here’s hoping we’ll see a reversal when the 2018 numbers come out.
Dispensary thieves steal oregano
A group of burglars broke into a Colorado Springs dispensary and snagged some green-filled boxes. They were probably disappointed when they realized they stole display containers of oregano, not marijuana. Oregano is a nice herb, but it might not be worth that amount of trouble.
Ontario to allow public toking
People living in and visiting the Canadian province of Ontario will soon gain a new freedom: the right to smoke cannabis in public spaces. Marijuana users will be expected to follow the same rules as tobacco smokers. Legal public pot smoking is rare, so this is kind of a big deal.
Flying high out of LAX
Los Angeles International Airport recently announced a new policy that permits passengers to travel with cannabis. Airport police will not stop or arrest marijuana-carrying travelers. Yes, LAX has definitely given new meaning to the Mile High Club.