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Proposal to Legalize Cannabis in New York Announced

The Joint Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:15

New York Senator Liz Krueger has announced that she will soon file legislation aimed at legalizing recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. According to Krueger, she’ll push for the bill in the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January.

“I will push for taxation and regulation of marijuana,” said Krueger at a campaign rally for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “I continue to work with experts around the country and to evaluate laws and regulations being put into place now.”

Krueger hopes her legislation, which will be modeled after legalization initiatives approved in 2012 in Colorado and Washington, will have added momentum from the state’s recent legalization of medical cannabis,.

“I knew we needed to move medical marijuana into law before people would focus on the bigger question – tax and regulation,” she said. “So I think my legislative proposal fits in very nicely with what the state has already committed to move forward with.”

Krueger hasn’t announced a specific date for when the proposal will be officially filed, though it will happen before the session begins in January.

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Gary Clark Jr - When My Train Pulls In (Live at Farm Aid 2014)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:10
Gary Clark Jr - When My Train Pulls In (Live at Farm Aid 2014)
Gary Clark Jr. performs "When My Train Pulls In" at the Farm Aid concert in Raleigh, NC on September 13, 2014 Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 6 1 ratings Time: 09:27 More in Music

Gary Clark Jr. - Bright Lights (Live at Farm Aid 2014)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:10
Gary Clark Jr. - Bright Lights (Live at Farm Aid 2014)
Gary Clark, Jr. performs "Bright Lights" at the Farm Aid concert in Raleigh, NC on September 13, 2014 Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 7 1 ratings Time: 06:40 More in Music

Gary Clark Jr. - Don't Owe You A Thang (Live at Farm Aid 2014)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:10
Gary Clark Jr. - Don't Owe You A Thang (Live at Farm Aid 2014)
Gary Clark Jr. performs "Don't Owe You A Thang" at the Farm Aid concert in Raleigh, NC on September 13, 2014 Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 2 1 ratings Time: 06:21 More in Music

Gary Clark Jr. - Blak and Blu (Live at Farm Aid 2014)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:10
Gary Clark Jr. - Blak and Blu (Live at Farm Aid 2014)
Gary Clark Jr. performs "Blak and Blu" at the Farm Aid concert in Raleigh, NC on September 13, 2014. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 4 0 ratings Time: 03:24 More in Music

Gary Clark Jr - Ain't Messin' 'Round (Live at Farm Aid 2014)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:03
Gary Clark Jr - Ain't Messin' 'Round (Live at Farm Aid 2014)
Gary Clark Jr. performs "Ain't Messin' 'Round" at the Farm Aid concert in Raleigh, NC on September 13, 2014. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 15 3 ratings Time: 06:54 More in Music

Gary Clark Jr. - Catfish Blues (Live at Farm Aid 2014)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:03
Gary Clark Jr. - Catfish Blues (Live at Farm Aid 2014)
Gary Clark Jr. performs a cover of "Catfish Blues" originally by Robert Petway at the Farm Aid concert in Raleigh, NC on September 13, 2014. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 38 4 ratings Time: 09:06 More in Music

Gary Clark Jr - Next Door Neighbor Blues (Live at Farm Aid 2014)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:03
Gary Clark Jr - Next Door Neighbor Blues (Live at Farm Aid 2014)
Gary Clark Jr. performs "Next Door Neighbor Blues" at the Farm Aid concert in Raleigh, NC on September 13, 2014. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 10 3 ratings Time: 04:00 More in Music

NFL Set To Change Marijuana Policy

The Weed Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:36
The NFL’s marijuana policy has received a lot of criticism, especially this year. The recent criticism is largely due to the fact that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon received a year long suspension for barely testing positive for marijuana, while former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice initially only received two games for knocking [...]

NORML PAC Endorses Paul Zuckerberg for DC Attorney General

NORML Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:02

NORML PAC has endorsed long-time marijuana law reform supporter Paul Zuckerberg in his campaign to become the first elected Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

“DC’s unfair drug policies ruined lives, burdening thousands of young people with criminal records, and kept law enforcement from focusing their time and resources on violent crimes,” Zukerberg stated, “We’re proud to have NORML’s support in the effort to make DC’s drug policies fair for all District citizens”

“Paul Zuckerberg has long been a passionate and effective advocate for ending our nation’s failed war on marijuana,” stated NORML PAC Manager Erik Altieri, “The District would be greatly served by having him as the first elected Attorney General to guide the city towards a common sense marijuana policy.”

Paul Zuckerberg has practiced law in the District of Columbia for over 30 years and is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee.

You can learn more about Paul’s campaign on his website or Facebook page. If you want to donate to support his campaign, you can do so by clicking here.

Is Warren Buffett Getting Into The Marijuana Industry?

The Weed Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:27
For so long, members of ‘traditional business’ scoffed at the marijuana industry. Investors from other areas of business wouldn’t touch the marijuana industry with a ten foot poll. That all changed after the 2012 Election when Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana. Slowly but surely, more and more investors have jumped into the marijuana arena. It [...]

Iowa Committee Votes To Reschedule Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 14:21
I have been closely watching Iowa ever since I co-founded this blog in 2010. The biggest reason is because early on in my blog pursuits, I met a guy online named Carl Olsen. Carl has been fighting for marijuana reform in Iowa for many, many decades. I have seen him do more as one person [...]

The Importance of Getting Stoners to Vote on Nov. 4

NORML Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:44

Legalization Initiatives on the 2014 Ballot

As we approach the midterm elections this November 4th, it is important that everyone understand the right to vote is both a privilege and a responsibility of citizenship that should not be overlooked. Not only do we have federal, state and local candidates on the ballot, but even more important for marijuana smokers, we will have full legalization proposals on the ballot in Alaska and Oregon; a more complete version of decriminalization on the ballot in the District of Columbia; a medical use proposal on the ballot in Florida (the first southern state to vote on medical use); and a number of municipal proposals on the ballot in several cities in Michigan and Maine.

This is a wonderful opportunity to move legalization forward, to continue to build our political momentum, and to win back a measure of personal freedom in our lives. If you smoke marijuana, but do not vote, then don’t complain down the road when you are busted, lose your job or otherwise become a victim of marijuana prohibition.

To Read the Balance of this column, please go to Marijuana.com.

http://marijuana.com/news/2014/09/the-importance-of-getting-stoners-to-vote-on-nov-4/

 

Medical Cannabis Vs. The Drug-Free Workplace

The Weed Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:19
Though medical marijuana is legal in 23 states, most businesses aren’t changing to keep up with the times. Instead, they’re keeping their drug-free policies, causing an environment that makes something legal, like medicating with cannabis, grounds for getting fired in the workplace. Over the past few weeks, there have been multiple stories about patients being [...]

Jamaica Moving Forward With Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis

The Joint Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:27

Justice Minister Mark Golding says Jamaica’s Cabinet has approved a plan to decriminalize cannabis, and legislators are expected to approve it before the end of the year.

Approval by the nation’s Cabinet is the first major step towards the decriminalization bill becoming law, as it put it’s before the Legislature. If approved by the Legislature, as expected, it will go to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who has proposed decriminalizing cannabis in the past as a way of unclogging courts.

The proposal approved by the Cabinet would decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis for adults 18 and older.

Justice Minister Golding says the government also plans to draft legislation that will allow those previously convicted of cannabis possession to have it expunged from their record.

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New Study Examines How Cannabis Consumers Determine Potency, How Much Goes Into Joints

The Joint Blog - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 23:54

A new study published in the journal Addiction has examined the way cannabis consumers determine the potency of cannabis, and how much they use when rolling joints.

Researchers from the Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit of the University College London, and the Department of Psychology from the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, examined a group of 247 cannabis consumers in the United Kingdom – 152 were considered “recreational” users, consuming cannabis 1–24 days each month, and 95 were recorded as “daily” users, consuming cannabis 25 days or more out of the month.

Participants of the study rated the potency of their own cannabis on a scale of 1-10, and recorded the type of cannabis using the options “resin”, “herbal” and “skunk”, before smoking in front of the researchers. The amount of cannabis used in their joints was recorded, and an additional sample of each participant’s bud was analyzed for THC and CBD concentrations.

Researchers determined THC concentrations were related negatively to the amount of cannabis used; the more THC the cannabis contained, the less of it participants rolled in their joints. Potency estimates were predicted by increasing THC and decreasing CBD contents (cannabis consumers consistently ranked bud with more THC and less CBD as more potent), and the potency estimates based on THC levels increased as frequency of use increased. Daily cannabis users were 7.3 times more likely to rank bud potency based on THC content.

The study concludes that,  “When using their own cannabis in a naturalistic setting, people titrate the amount they roll in joints according to concentrations of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but not cannabidiol (CBD). Recreational users,” or occasional smokers, “show poor understanding of cannabis potency.”

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No, Josh Marquis, A Marijuana Ticket Ain’t Like A Speeding Ticket

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 23:49
On Friday, Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis, the leading spokesperson for law enforcement’s opposition to marijuana legalization, debated Rep. Earl Blumenauer about Oregon’s Measure 91 at the Salem City Club (fast-forward to 20:00 to skip intros): click here to watch the video Throughout the debate, Marquis tried to minimize the need for legalization by repeatedly [...]

Wife Of Leading Oregon Marijuana Opponent Wants To Grow Legal Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 21:04
This last week there was a fantastic debate between United States Representative Earl Blumenauer (for) and Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis (against). The topic of the debate was Oregon Measure 91, which would legalize marijuana in Oregon if approved by voters in November. As always, I was not able to attend the debate because [...]

Recreational Marijuana Sales Increase In Washington

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 20:55
Recreational marijuana sales have been legal in Washington State for more than two months now. The roll out of legal recreational marijuana sales in Washington has been racked with delays and hurtles. There are still not nearly enough stores open or supply to meet demand. With that being said, things are improving in Washington, albeit [...]

Berkeley To Provide Free Medical Cannabis To Low-income Patients

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 19:55
The Berkeley City Council has unanimously approved an amendment to their medical marijuana program – starting next August, Berkeley’s three medical marijuana dispensaries will be required to donate at least 2 percent of their cannabis to low-income residents. Residents will be able to receive free, high quality medical marijuana from dispensaries to help with the list of [...]
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