Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at news in the world of legalized marijuana.

The big action right now is in the states; as Justice Louis Brandeis said, a “state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”  He probably wasn’t thinking of marijuana when he wrote this, but his words are a good description of what’s happening, nonetheless.  Two states, Illinois and Massachusetts, are currently considering some level of legalization/decriminalization.  (Hat tip to librarians Nancy Faust and Jane Huston for bringing these articles to our attention.)

The remaining candidates in the 2016 Presidential race have made public statements about legalized marijuana (both for recreational and medical purposes); read their opinions here.

Can you patent a strain of marijuana?  Apparently, the answer is yes.