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Growing Marijuana Under LED Lights: Spectrum and Wavelength

Toke Signals - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:28
With the increasing popularity of LED grow lights, manufacturers and distributors are innovating new ways to capture your attention. They like to lace genuine science with a healthy dose of marketing hype in hopes that you pause just long enough for them to dazzle you with the latest hyperbole. There are so many terms [...]

What Happens When You Underwater Your Marijuana Plants?

The Weed Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:49
All plants, including marijuana, consist of about 80% water. Therefore it makes sense that issues with the water management could cause damage to the marijuana plant. Outside in the ground, the marijuana plant usually has enough soil to work with. Depending on the quality and the structure of the soil, it also helps to regulate [...]

Why Is Marijuana Activist Marc Emery Still In Jail?

The Weed Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:42
Marc Emery has been a marijuana activist for a long, long time. In 1995 Marc Emery created Cannabis Culture Magazine, which is how I originally learned about him. I was a huge, huge fan of Cannabis Culture growing up in the Pacific Northwest, and still have quite a few editions in my possession. One of [...]

Share Your Oregon Marijuana Prohibition Story

The Weed Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:38
Personal testimony is a powerful thing. People that are on the fence about marijuana legalization tend to be so because they don’t have a face to put with marijuana prohibition. These people tend to think that marijuana legalization is silly, and have visions of Cheech and Chong movies in their head. In reality, marijuana prohibition [...]

Pennsylvania Senator Admits To Consuming Marijuana In Colorado

The Weed Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:33
Pennsylvania Senator Daylin Leach has been a supporter of marijuana reform for awhile. With Pennsylvania considering legalizing medical marijuana, the Senator took some of his staff to Colorado recently on a fact finding mission. While Mr. Leach was there, he took a couple of puffs of a vape pen. He said the following according to [...]

Former Editor – New York Times Drug Testing Policy ‘Difficult To Defend’

The Weed Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:27
The New York Times has recently released an article endorsing marijuana legalization, which they then followed with a series of pro-marijuana reform articles. The New York Times also accepted and published an advertisement for a popular marijuana company. Those are great things. However, it’s kind of bittersweet considering that the New York Times drug tests [...]

Oregon Bank Wants To Work With The Marijuana Industry

The Weed Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 14:24
The Oregon cannabis industry is growing at a rapid pace. Oregon has had a medical cannabis program since 1998, but up until recently, medical cannabis dispensaries were operating in a gray area. That changed with the passage of Oregon House Bill 3460, which legalized medical cannabis dispensaries. Dispensaries that have received a license can now [...]

Minnesota Issues Draft Medical Marijuana Rules

The Weed Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 13:24
By Morgan Fox The Minnesota Department of Health has issued draft rules governing applications and oversight for two medical marijuana manufacturers. These rules are provisional, and may be revised before becoming final. Anyone interested in commenting on these proposed rules may do so by following the department’s instructions. In addition to publishing draft manufacturer rules, the department will [...]

Cannabis Decriminalization Proposal Introduced in Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Joint Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 04:07

On Monday Albuquerque, New Mexico City Councilor Rey Garduno introduced legislation to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older, reducing the charge to a simple $25 ticket.

Under the proposed law, Albuquerque, which is the most populous city in New Mexico, would save around $5 million annually on reduced enforcement costs, according to Garduno. Under current Albuquerque law, someone caught possessing an ounce of cannabis could be jailed for up to 15 days.

The City Council now has until August 18th to decide whether the proposal will appear on this November’s ballot as a referendum, where it would be voted on by the people.

“This is directed at young people who may find themselves arrested and how it could affect their lives in the future,” says Garduno. “We’re treating people as criminals when alcohol and even tobacco may even be worse.”

- TheJointBlog

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It’s Official – Washington D.C. To Vote On Marijuana Legalization

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 20:21
I met Washington D.C. marijuana legalization organizer Adam Eidinger at the 2012 National Cannabis Marijuana Business Conference in Denver the day after the historic 2012 Election. We had a brief discussion about his desire to pursue a legalization campaign in Washington D.C., and I told him that I thought an effort would be worth it, [...]

True OG Marijuana Strain Review And Pictures

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 18:51
True OG Cannabis Strain Review And Pics The True OG marijuana strain is an indica strain. The True OG marijuana strain originated in Southern California, and is very popular down there. I don’t see it very often up here in Oregon. The True OG marijuana strain is a variation of the original OG strain, or ‘ocean [...]

Which State Smokes The Most Marijuana?

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:48
There’s a new ‘National Survey on Drug Use and Health’ out, which shows how many citizens in each state reported smoking marijuana monthly. Which state has the highest marijuana consumption per capita? It’s not the state you would think. I would have guessed a West Coast state or Colorado. However, it turns out that Rhode [...]

Initiative to Legalize Cannabis in Washington D.C. Officially Placed on November Ballot

The Joint Blog - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:16

Initiative 71, a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis in the U.S. Capitol, has been officially placed on this November’s ballot in the District of Columbia.

The initiative, titled the Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014, was introduced by the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, and would legalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to six cannabis plants (with three allowed to be in the flowering stage). The transfer of cannabis between adults would also be explicitly allowed.

The initiative was officially placed on the ballot now that the district has verified that at least 22,600 valid (from registered D.C. voters) signatures were submitted; advocates submitted nearly 60,000 signatures in total.

According to polling released last year, a strong 64% of those in Washington D.C. support legalizing recreational cannabis.

Washington D.C. now joins Oregon and Alaska as areas that will vote this November on cannabis legalization initiatives.

- TheJointBlog

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Oregon Economists Say Marijuana Revenues Could Bring in $40 Million a Year

Salem-News.com Medical Marijuana - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:00
If Oregon voters decide to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana, the state estimates that it will take in up to $40 million a year, much more than originally estimated. The state’s impact statement doesn’t estimate law enforcement and judicial savings from a decrease in marijuana cases.

Salem Man One of Four Charged in NW Marijuana Related Stocks Scheme

Salem-News.com Medical Marijuana - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:47
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday charged four promoters with ties to the Pacific Northwest for manipulating the securities of several microcap companies, including marijuana-related stocks that the agency has warned investors about in recent weeks. The SEC alleges that the four promoters bought inexpensive shares of thinly traded penny stock companies on the open market and conducted pre-arranged, manipulative matched orders and wash trades to create the illusion of an active market in these stocks.

Help Us Reach the Marijuana Tipping Point

NORML Blog - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:08

Dear NORML members and supporters,

It is nearly impossible to detect the precise moment when support for a change in social policy reaches the "tipping point", but for the marijuana legalization movement, that time was likely July 26, 2014, when the editorial board of the New York Times published their editorial entitled Repeal Prohibition, Again.

For those who may have missed it, here an excerpt; it is one of the strongest endorsements I have ever read.

"The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana." …

"The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. figures, compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives. Even worse, the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals."

"There is honest debate among scientists about the health effects of marijuana, but we believe that the evidence is overwhelming that addiction and dependence are relatively minor problems, especially compared with alcohol and tobacco. Moderate use of marijuana does not appear to pose a risk for otherwise healthy adults. Claims that marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous drugs are as fanciful as the "Reefer Madness" images of murder, rape and suicide."…

"Creating systems for regulating manufacture, sale and marketing will be complex. But those problems are solvable, and would have long been dealt with had we as a nation not clung to the decision to make marijuana production and use a federal crime."…

"it is long past time to repeal this version of Prohibition."

And that is only beginning. The Times editors, with whom NORML’s staff and board have been assisting for some time, are now publishing additional editorials, dealing with different aspects of marijuana legalization on a daily basis. The editors of America’s most influential newspaper have not just changed their position; they are now determined to lead the change from marijuana prohibition to legalization.

Their new position on marijuana policy reflects a gradually evolving perspective, going back to 1966, when the paper warned readers that marijuana "for a considerable number of young people who try it, it is the first step down the fateful road to heroin."

By 1969, they were calling for some "distinction between soft and hard drugs," and by 1972, with the release of the Marijuana Commission report, the Times acknowledged "the dangers inherent in smoking marijuana appear to be less than previously assumed," and called for the elimination of penalties for possession and use.

But it was not until early 2014 that they heralded the opening of the first licensed marijuana shops in Colorado, noting that the experiences in Colorado and Washington "will serve as test cases for full-on legalization."

And now they have taken the crucial, final step to endorse full legalization for all adults, the position NORML has advanced since 1970.

New York Times

  • 1966 – "for a considerable number of young people who try it, it is the first step down the fateful road to heroin."
  • 1969 – "distinction between soft and hard drugs,"
  • 1972 – "the dangers inherent in smoking marijuana appear to be less than previously assumed,"
  • 2014 – "The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana."

So we trust you will understand if, to those of us at NORML, who have been fighting for full legalization for 44 years, we see this latest endorsement by the New York Times as the unofficial tipping-point for legalization.

Sure, there remains a great deal of work to move legalization forward in the remaining 48 states. But with the favorable reviews coming out of Colorado and Washington, and with the national polling demonstrating that we currently enjoy the support of between 53% and 58% of the American public, we think it is fair to say we have turned the corner politically, and victory will be ours within just a few years.

And that is why we are writing today, to ask that you please make a generous contribution to NORML so we can expand our lobbying activities, and media and educational outreach efforts so that we can continue to build on this momentum. Without question, we are finally winning this struggle, but nevertheless marijuana arrests continue unabated in most states today, and seriously ill patients still do not have access to medical marijuana in more than half of the states.

Let us take a well-deserved moment to celebrate the enormous progress we have made, but then let’s get back to work to stop the senseless arrests of marijuana consumers. We must stop destroying the lives and careers of so many otherwise law-abiding citizens, simply because they prefer to use marijuana when they relax in the evening, just as tens of millions of Americans enjoy a beer or a glass of wine at the end of the day. And we need to put in place regulations for licensed marijuana growers and sellers, to bring the black market above ground.

NORML was the first marijuana legalization lobby in America–with over 1.5 million supporters and members we’ve been the voice for marijuana consumers now for more than four decades.

Please make a tax-deductible donation to NORML Foundation (for public education and mass communications) and/or a regular charitable donation to NORML (in support of our direct lobbying and other political activities).

With your generous support, we can continue to lead the charge for full legalization, both state and federal, all across this country.


Keith Stroup
NORML Founder and Legal Counsel

Initiatives to Legalize Cannabis Approved in Oak Park and Hazel Park, Michigan

The Joint Blog - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 08:20

Voters in Hazel Park and Oak Park, Michigan, have approved initiatives to legalize recreational cannabis. In Hazel Park the initiative was approved 62% to 38%, and in Oak Park it was approved 52% to 48%. Both initiatives were introduced by the Safer Michigan Coalition.

As with initiatives approved last year in the Michigan cities of Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing, the proposals approved in Oak Park and Hazel Park will legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for adults 21 and older.

The Safer Michigan Coalition has also been successful in getting cannabis initiatives approved in the cities of Detroit, Flint, and Michigan’s capitol, Lansing.

The group’s goal is to bring forth reform on the city level as a means of building up a coalition to get statewide legislation approved.

- TheJointBlog

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Medical Marijuana and the Most Dangerous, Ignorant, Evil, Anti-Marijuana Shills

Salem-News.com Medical Marijuana - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:23
For medical marijuana users, hiding from police and the anti-marijuana thugs while looking over their shoulders at booze-drinking politicians must be causing them paranoia - one of the adverse effects of too much marijuana. In this case, the paranoia turns out to be real. And here are the people that make it so.

D.C. Mayor Signs Bill Allowing Physicians to Recommend Medical Cannabis for Any Condition

The Joint Blog - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 03:46

Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed into law Council Bill 20-0876 late last week. The proposal, titled the Medical Marijuana Expansion Emergency Amendment Act of 2014, allows a physician to recommend medical cannabis to anyone they believe will benefit from it, regardless of the underlying condition.

The bill was passed as “emergency legislation”, meaning it will take effect immediately without needing to first go through the Congressional review period that all other D.C. legislation must go through before becoming law. The bill will, however, only stay in effect for 90 days, though legislation to make the change permanent (Council Bill 20-0766) has been introduced by Committee of Health Chair Yvette Alexander, and is cosponsored by the entire D.C. Council. The bill is expected to be approved after the council comes back from recess in September.

Prior to the change, there were only a few conditions that qualified someone in D.C. to become a legal medical cannabis patient, including cancer, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis.

Council Bill 20-086 takes effect immediately.

- TheJointBlog

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New Music Video Blasts Drug War Out of the Water

Toke Signals - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 00:20
Who’s The Pusher Now? Ever wished someone would write a catchy song pointing out the hypocrisy of laws that prohibit a natural, non-toxic herb while allowing the distribution of deadly, toxic, addictive drugs like OxyContin, Fentanyl and Dilaudid? Wish no more; there’s a song that does exactly that. Singer-songwriter Ellen Bukstel has released a music video [...]
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