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Clackamas County Board of Commissioners Meeting - 04/16/15

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Clackamas County Board of Commissioners Meeting - 04/16/15
Amending the Clackamas County Code to add Chapter 8.09 Establishing Time, Place and Manner Regulations for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Declaring an Emergency. Passed 3-0. FAIR USE ... From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 45:43 More in Nonprofits & Activism

Oklahoma Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Extract Bill Into Law

The Joint Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 19:22

Just two days after Oklahoma’s Legislature gave it final approval, Governor Mary Fallin has signed House Bill 2154 into law, a proposal to allow for the medical use of cannabis extracts.

Specifically, the bill will allow university medical centers in the state to produce, dispense and study cannabis extracts that are low in THC (0.3% or less). Children with seizure disorders who receive a recommendation from a physician will be authorized to receive and use the medicine.

The measure was approved with widespread bipartisan support, with a 46 to 0 vote in the Senate, and a 85 to 5 vote in the House of Representatives.

According to polling released in 2013, 70% of those in Oklahoma support legalizing medical cannabis (not just cannabis extracts), indicating that Oklahomans support much broader reform then brought forth by House Bill 2154.

The measure will take effect on November 1st.

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Global Marijuana March To Be Held In Fort Worth On May 2

The Weed Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:30
The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (DFW NORML) will be hosting its annual Global Marijuana March in downtown Fort Worth on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Attendance is free. Kicking off the day will be a lineup of speakers at Fort Worth’s Hyde Park (201 W. 9th Street

Help A Hardworking Activist Fight For Marijuana Legalization

The Weed Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 13:33
I know first hand what it’s like to dedicate long hours to activism with no monetary reward. It’s not easy, especially when you are broke to start with. It’s much easier to be an activist if you have a big bank account to rely on to pay for food and shelter. I recently came across a

Legislation to Allow Banks to do Business with Cannabis Outlets Filed in U.S. House

The Joint Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:35

United State Representatives Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Denny Heck (D-WA), along with a bipartisan group of 16 other lawmakers, introduced House Resolution 2076 today, a proposal to allow cannabis businesses to access the banking system if following state law.

The bill – which is titled the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015 – would update federal banking laws and regulations to protect banks from federal persecution if they decide to do business with cannabis outlets (whether recreational or medicinal) that are following their state’s law.

“First and foremost this is an issue of public safety,” says Representative Perlmutter. “Not only are the proprietors at risk, but the employees and customers are also at risk of serious and violent crimes.”

“The federal government can’t keep an eye on business practices if they are forcing them offline and underground,” said Representative Heck. “Forcing businesses into cash-only territory is a dangerous step away from legitimacy, transparency, and regulation and a huge step towards crime, tax evasion, and access to minors.”

He continues; “We’ve got to stop that trend, and with more states legalizing recreational or medical use of marijuana, no time is better than now to move forward with this change to the law”.

House Resolution 2076 is sponsored by  Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR), Jared Polis (CO), Hakeem Jeffries (NY), Charles Rangel (NY), James McGovern (MA), Dina Titus (NV), Scott Peters (CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Suzan DelBene (WA), Mike Coffman (CO), Diana DeGette (CO), Julia Brownley (CA), Zoe Lofgren (CA), Brad Sherman (CA), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), and Chellie Pingree (ME).

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Tennessee Governor Says He’ll Sign Medical Cannabis Bill Into Law

The Joint Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 03:25

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he will sign into law a proposal to legalize the possession and use of cannabis extracts for the treatment of seizure disorders, and will do so as soon as the end of this week.

House Bill 0197 –  which was approved unanimously by the state’s House and Senate – will allow for the possession and use of low-THC (0.9% or less) cannabis extracts for the treatment of seizure disorders such as epilepsy, so long as the individual receives a recommendation from a physician.

A separate proposal to legalize the use of cannabis-based medicines for those with a wide-range of medical conditions was approved earlier this month with a unanimous vote by Tennessee’s House Health Subcommittee, though has yet to advance further.

The full text of HB 0197 can be found by clicking here.

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Maine Bill to Legalize Cannabis Filed

The Joint Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 02:34

The possession, personal cultivation and state-sanctioned distribution of cannabis would be legal for those 21 and older in Maine, if a bill filed this week by Representative Diane Russell is passed into law.

H.P. 935 would allow those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis, and to cultivate up to six plants at a private residence. Cannabis retail outlets would be authorized to distribute the plant to those 21 and older, with the retail outlets being supplied by state-licensed cultivation centers. Cannabis would be taxed at 10%.

The bill has been assigned to the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

The filing of H.P. 935 occurred the same day the Maine Secretary of State gave approval to an initiative to legalize cannabis, giving advocates the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to put it to a vote in next year’s presidential election.

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Peter Buckley’s Take On Proposed Drastic Changes To Oregon Medical Marijuana Program

The Weed Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 00:26
A member of The Weed Blog team, Kaliko, e-mailed one of the members of the Joint Committee tasked with implementing Oregon’s new marijuana legalization law. The committee is considering making drastic changes to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program as part of them getting Oregon ready for recreational marijuana. I have posted several articles this week

Do You Have A Marijuana Drug Testing Question?

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 23:42
Email drugtest@theweedblog.com For Expert Advice In case you missed it, adult marijuana use is now legal in four states and the District of Columbia…but that doesn’t mean that your employer will tolerate it. Say what you will about the pros and cons of each initiative, but one of the glaring omissions in each of those

Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Unanimously Passes Louisiana Senate Committee

The Joint Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 22:46

A proposal to legalize medical cannabis, including state-authorized dispensaries, has been given unanimous approval by Louisiana’s Senate Committee on Health and Welfare. Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Passes Louisiana Senate Committee

The measure – Senate Bill 143 – would allow those with a limited number of medical conditions who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use medical cannabis in any form except inhalation, meaning that patients would need to rely on other forms of use, such as through oils, vaporizers, edibles and topicals. The qualifying medical conditions – which would have been any “medically recognized disease or condition” – was amended in committee to be glaucoma, cancer and spastic quadriplegia.

The bill would establish a system of state-licensed dispensaries and cultivation centers, to be regulated by the Department of Pharmacy.

Louisiana’s Legislature has passed medical cannabis legislation before – most recently in 1991 – though the laws were never properly implemented, never provided doctors or patients with protection from prosecution, and never established a means of distribution for the medicine. Senate Bill 143 was filed as a means of fixing the discrepancies in the law

Senate Bill 143, sponsored by Senator Fred Mills (R-New Iberia), is now up for a full Senate vote, where its passage will send it to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Oregon SB 844 Will Force Medical Marijuana Patients Into Black Market

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 21:30
Oregon Senate Bill 844, and specifically the Dash-6 Amendments, are the biggest attempted attack on the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program since the candidacy of Dwight Holton. A vote on the bill was expected today, but I received a text earlier today from someone very close to the situation who says that the vote has been

U.S. House Voting On Whether To Allow VA Doctors To Discuss Medical Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 20:48
As early as this afternoon the U.S. House could vote on an amendment that would allow doctors that work for the Veterans Administration to discuss medical marijuana and recommend its use in states where it is legal. The bipartisan amendment is being offered by Reps. Blumenauer (D-OR), Heck (R-NV), Farr (D-CA), Rohrabacher (R-CA), Reed (R-NY), Titus

Women Grow Launches Portland Chapter On May 7

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 20:17
Women Grow, a national network supporting female entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry, will launch its Portland chapter in May 2015. The chapter’s May 7 event, the first in a regular monthly series, will feature networking opportunities and industry perspectives. Women Grow invites women (and men) at all different stages of their career in the cannabis

Joint Committee On Implementing Oregon Measure 91 - 04/27/15

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Joint Committee On Implementing Oregon Measure 91 - 04/27/15
SB 844 - Specifies that premises licensed by Oregon Liquor Control Commission may receive marijuana items only from marijuana producer, marijuana processor or marijuana wholesaler operating... From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:37:17 More in Nonprofits & Activism

Global Cannabis March 2014: Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer - It's Time To End Cannabis Prohibition

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Global Cannabis March 2014: Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer - It's Time To End Cannabis Prohibition
Keynote speaker, Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer, speaks about the failed drug war and the importance of ending prohibition at the Global Cannabis March in Portland, Oregon on May 3, 2014. Footage: (FM Images & Philosopher Seed) Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp http://hemp.org From: RestoreHemp Views: 40 3 ratings Time: 13:43 More in Education

Harmful Oregon Medical Marijuana Bill Expected To Pass Today

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:30
Three times this week I posted an article urging people to contact their Oregon Senators about SB 844, provisions of which would drastically change the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program in bad ways. Despite a lot of calls and e-mails from constituents, it sounds like Senators are likely to move forward on the bill. Below is

‘Legalize Maine’ To Start Gathering Signatures For 2016 Marijuana Legalization Initiative

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:00
There are multiple efforts to legalize marijuana in Maine. There are two efforts in the Maine Legislature, and two initiatives. One of those initiatives, put forward by ‘Legalize Maine’ was approved yesterday to start gathering signatures by the Maine Secretary of State. If the initiative makes the ballot and is passed by voters it would legalize

Brother Talks About Missouri Man Spending Life In Prison For Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:21
Jeff Mizanskey has been serving a life sentence for marijuana only offenses in Missouri for over two decades now. Yesterday a bi-partisan group of lawmakers in Missouri delivered 390,000 petitions to Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon urging him to grant clemency to Jeff Mizanskey. No one should lose their freedom for marijuana, especially for the rest

Global Cannabis March 2014: Paul Stanford - It's Time to Restore Hemp

Youtube - Restore Hemp - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:57
Global Cannabis March 2014: Paul Stanford - It's Time to Restore Hemp
CRRH's Paul Stanford speaks to the crowd about the many uses of hemp and the importance of restoring the crop at Portland's Global Cannabis March rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square on May 3, 2014. Footage: FM Images Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) From: RestoreHemp Views: 15 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in Education

Global Cannabis March 2014: Paul Loney - Stand For Freedom

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Global Cannabis March 2014: Paul Loney - Stand For Freedom
Oregon Attorney Paul Loney speaks to the crowd about importance of standing for freedom at Portland's Global Cannabis March rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square on May 3, 2014. Footage: FM Images Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) From: RestoreHemp Views: 18 0 ratings Time: 04:42 More in Education
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