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Idaho Medical Marijuana Petition Is Available For Circulation Now

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 15:15
Idaho’s Cannabis Laws are outdated and make criminals out of non-violent, responsible (and often extremely ill) citizens. In 2010, Boise State University conducted a survey that showed 74% of Idahoans supported Medical Marijuana. ​IMAGINE WHAT THAT NUMBER IS TODAY!! The Idaho Legislature’s most current efforts for Medical Marijuana was an affirmative defense law for CBD ONLY oil

Minnesota NORML Is Launching A Campaign To Stop Marijuana Arrests

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 14:45
Minnesota NORML, the state affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is holding a press conference on Monday, April 6, 2015, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis to announce their campaign to Make Cannabis the Lowest Level Enforcement Priority (LLEP) and to call thousands

Marijuana Joint Rolling Tips With John The Freak

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 14:15
I have never attended the Seattle Hempfest, but this year I plan on making the journey from Oregon to Seattle to attend. I have had many, many friends go, and they always say it’s an amazing time. Seattle Hempfest has been rolling out videos lately. Below is a video of Vivian McPeak, who sat down with

Initiative to Decriminalize Cannabis on April 7th Ballot in Wichita, Kansas

The Joint Blog - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:54

An initiative to decriminalize the possession of over an ounce of cannabis is up for a public vote next week on Tuesday, April 7th, in Wichita, Kansas’ largest city.

If approved into law, the initiative would decriminalize the possession of up to 32 grams of cannabis for those 21 and older, making it a simple $50 ticket, rather than the current penalty of a misdemeanor with the potential of up to a year in jail.

Advocates of the initiative submitted enough signatures on January 7th to put the measure before the City Council, which voted 6 to 1 to put it to a vote of the people on April 7th.

In addition to being the largest city in Kansas, Wichita is the 49th largest city in the United States with a population of 382,368 (U.S. Census Bureau).

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President Barack Obama Commutes Drug Sentences For 22 People

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:45
Yesterday President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 22 federal inmates convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. This follows the commutation of eight federal inmates convicted of drug offenses by President Obama in December of 2014. According to White House counsel Neil Eggleston, “had they been sentenced under current laws and policies, many of these individuals would

Hear Patricia Rosi, CEO Of Wellness Connection Of Maine, Speak At The Spring Marijuana Business Conference And Expo

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:05
Maine approved medical marijuana in 1999, but it wasn’t until 2009 that the state’s medical marijuana industry took its first steps. Between 1999 and 2009, Maine allowed use of medical marijuana, but didn’t provide for safe access. The changes made in 2009 resulted in then Governor Baldacci signing an Executive Order which created the Committee

Mark Twain’s Only Recorded Words: “Mom, I Ate Some Hash”

Toke Signals - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 08:20
Since Mark Twain spoke his last words as Samuel Langhorne Clemens from his death bed in Redding, Conn., the author’s voice has ever been heard. Not even an audio recording. Nothing. Until now. Twain experimented with transcription of his writing using an Edison Wax Cylinder Machine in 1888, but all of the cylinders [...]

President Obama Commutes 22 Drug Sentences, Including 8 Lifetime Sentences

The Joint Blog - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 22:46

President Obama today commuted the sentences of 22 convicted federal drug offenders, including eight serving life sentences. This action doubles the number of commutations the President has issued since taking office in 2009, and is double the total amount of commutations given out by former President Bush during his eight years in office.

“Had they been sentenced under current laws and policies, many of these individuals would have already served their time and paid their debt to society,” White House counsel Neil Eggleston said in a statement announcing the commutations. “Because many were convicted under an outdated sentencing regime, they served years — in some cases more than a decade — longer than individuals convicted today of the same crime.”

Of the 22 individuals whose sentences were commuted, eight were serving life sentences; six for crack cocaine offenses, one for a meth offense and one for the cultivation of over a thousand cannabis plants.

Eggleston notes that while today’s announcement represents progress, there’s more work ahead.

“The Administration will continue to work to review thoroughly all petitions for clemency”, he says. “And, while commutation is an important tool for those seeking justice and fairness in our penal system, it is nearly always an option of last resort, coming after a lengthy court process and many years behind bars. That is why President Obama is committed to working with Democrats and Republicans on sensible reforms to our criminal justice system that aim to give judges more discretion over mandatory minimum sentencing. As the Department of Justice has noted, mandatory minimum sentences have at times resulted in harsher penalties for non-violent drug offenders than many violent offenders and are not necessary for prosecutions at this level.”

Further information on the sentences that were commuted can be found by clicking here.

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Florida: Second Senate Committee Votes Unanimously to Legalize Industrial Hemp

The Joint Blog - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 22:04

Florida’s Senate Criminal Justice Committee has approved Senate Bill 902, a proposal to legalize hemp, with a unanimous 5 to 0 vote. The measure was approved last week, also unanimously, by the Senate Agriculture Committee.

If passed into law, the proposal – titled the Hemp Industry Development Act and filed by Senator Jeff Clemens – would allow those wanting to cultivate hemp to become legally licensed with the state to do so. The Agriculture Department would be the entity tasked with handling licenses and regulations.

According to a recent report by the Hemp Industries Association, there was over $600 million in hemp products sold in the U.S. in 2014, not including sales from many major retailers such as Whole Foods and Costco.

Senate Bill 902 has been sent to the Senate Regulated Industries Committee, where its passage will send it to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Here Comes Italy: The Next Country to Legalize Cannabis?

The Joint Blog - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 21:19

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org

An effort to legalize marijuana is getting underway in the Italian parliament, with some 60 lawmakers having signed onto a motion to do just that by the time it was rolled-out three weeks ago. Now, the “all party” group is getting to work on the twin tasks of drafting an actual legalization bill and getting it enacted into law.

The effort is being led by Sen. Benedetto Della Vedova, who is also Italy’s undersecretary of state for foreign affairs. Della Vedova was a long-time member of the country’s Nonviolent Radical Party, but was elected to parliament as a member of the centrist Scelta Civica.

The Radicals are a small but influential party that has called for marijuana legalization since the 1970s, and Della Vedova’s pot politics go back to the last century as well. He and other Radicals were arrested for publicly distributing hashish at an anti-prohibitionist rally in 1995.

They didn’t get much political traction then, but times have changed. Della Vedova is a senator, not an agitator; there is support from within the governing coalition and even from within law enforcement; and the Italian public seems to be ready to relax the pot laws.

A little more than a year ago, the country’s top court threw out a 2006 law that put marijuana in the same legal category as heroin and cocaine and swelled the country’s prison population. That Berlusconi-era approach has been replaced by a sort of decriminalization, where users face misdemeanor charges, but only fines or administrative penalties, such as suspension of a driver’s license. But people caught growing plants still face possible jail time.

That softening of the marijuana laws went largely unopposed and unremarked upon. A more remarkable indication of changing attitudes was the February release of the National Anti-Mafia Directorate’s annual report. That report from Italy’s top crime-fighting organization said frankly that marijuana prohibition had failed and that it was time to consider legalization.

In view of “the failure of prohibition,” the group will draft “a pragmatic, non-ideological bill” regulating marijuana, thus diverting profits from organized crime from organized crime,”Senator Della Vedova told reporters as he announced the measure. “Repressive action has totally failed.”

The time has come, he said.

“This is a bipartisan proposition from members of the parliament of different political backgrounds,” Della Vedova said. “This shows that even in Italy, a pragmatic approach, based on a rigorous cost-benefit analysis, is now increasingly popular in the political and cultural debate, not only outside but also inside the parliament.”

The idea is picking up steam, Carmelo Palma, technical coordinator for the parliamentary working group, told the Drug War Chronicle this week.

“The group has now reached more than a hundred members, and it’s very rare that a group of concerned legislators get together during a session to attempt to co-draft a bill,” he said. “This is more than just a nice beginning.”

Most of the signatories are from the ruling center-left Democratic Party, although some members of right parties have signed on as well. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hasn’t commented on the push, but has previously gone on record supporting the decriminalization of “soft drugs.”

The parliamentary group met for the first time last Thursday to select a coordinator who will gather the various legalization proposals put forward, and there is a meeting to review the scientific evidence around marijuana that will take place in May or June. After that, said Palma, will come a public meeting before parliament recesses for the summer.

The process will take some time, but that’s to be expected, said Radical Party United Nations representative Marco Perduca.

“Some sort of consensus legalization model needs to emerge,” he told the Chronicle. “Being an ‘all-party’ group, there are different approaches, from the super-libertarian to the statist. I think what is clear is that all aspects will have to be regulated, from production to consumption through commercialization.”

Perhaps a limited duration trial program would be the way to go, he suggested.

“In any case, personal cultivation should always be allowed at home, and commercial production should also be allowed with clear rules,” Perduca offered. “As far as selling is concerned, both cannabis social clubs and coffee shops could be models to adopt.”

Perduca was willing see limitations—at least temporarily—on quantities that could be purchased, but rejected restricting sales to citizens, as the Dutch have tried to do in a bid to head off “drug tourism.”

Marijuana legalization is desirable for both moral and practical reasons, the Radical said.

“Isn’t a freer world a good enough answer?” he asked. “Money spent to bust pot smokers has always been money wasted, and legalizing marijuana would allow us to not only invest in other public policies, but also promote a model of where the state doesn’t tell you what to do, but allows you to make your own choices in an informed way.”

It isn’t going to happen this month, or probably even this year, but pot legalization seems to be on its way in Italy. If that’s the case, Italy could lead the way for the rest of Europe. Pot is decriminalized in several countries, and Holland famously turns a blind eye to its famous cannabis coffee shops, but no European country has yet followed the lead of Uruguay and that small but growing number of US states that have freed the weed.

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Joint Committee On Implementing Oregon Measure 91 - 03/30/15

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Joint Committee On Implementing Oregon Measure 91 - 03/25/15

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Marijuana Legalization Effort Gears Up In Italy

The Weed Blog - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:15
By Phillip Smith An effort to legalize marijuana is getting underway in the Italian parliament, with some 60 lawmakers having signed onto a motion to do just that by the time it was rolled-out three weeks ago. Now, the “all party” group is getting to work on the twin tasks of drafting an actual legalization

Joint Committee On Implementing Oregon Measure 91 - 03/04/15

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Portland NORML Director Testifies In Salem

The Weed Blog - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:45
Portland NORML brought seven people to Salem today to participate in a hearing on SB936 & HB3400, bills that would, among other things, restrict medical marijuana grows within residential area to just twelve plants. Portland NORML Executive Director Russ Belville testified to the committee (see testimony here) that such a change would affect over 5,000

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How To Signup For DFW NORML’s GivePulse

The Weed Blog - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:15
I’m a big fan of the DFW NORML chapter, and have been for a long time. They are the largest NORML chapter in the country from what I’ve read, and they are doing stellar work in a state that is not exactly marijuana friendly. If you live in the DFW area, you should get active
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