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Man Walks Into D.C. Police Office, Asks For Marijuana Back, And Gets It

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 17:15
The times are changing. Washington D.C., which used to be a pretty harsh place for marijuana policy, is now one of the most marijuana friendly places in America. Washington D.C. voters approved a marijuana legalization initiative last November by a hefty margin. After a showdown with Congress, Washington D.C. moved forward with implementing the marijuana

Poll: 72% Of Likely Utah Voters Support Medical Marijuana Legalization

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 16:45
A representative of the DEA warned Utah recently that if Utah legalized medical marijuana, it would lead to stoned rabbits all over the state. That scare tactic doesn’t seem to resonate with Utah voters that recently participated in a poll conducted by Y2 Analytics. The poll found that 72% of likely Utah voters support legalizing

ResponsibleOhio Raises Thirty Six Million Dollars For Legalization Effort

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 16:15
There is news coming out of Ohio that the group behind a marijuana legalization proposal, ResponsibleOhio, is claiming that they have raised $36 million dollars. The group was receiving backlash from marijuana reform organizations and activists because their original plan gave the monopoly for marijuana cultivation to ten entities. The State of Ohio rejected the language

Washington Senate Passes Bill That Bans Marijuana Vending Machines

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:45
If you have been in some medical marijuana or recreational marijuana outlets, you may have seen a marijuana vending machine or two. The marijuana vending machine is a novel idea, but they are not as popular as many people would think. If you know what you want, and you know what the quality is of

Bill Introduced In Texas That Would End Marijuana Prohibition

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:15
Texas State Representative David Simpson has introduced a bill that would eliminate all marijuana prohibition language from the laws in Texas. Texas HB 2165 would essentially regulate marijuana like tomatoes. Per the organization Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition: Representative Simpson’s HB 2165 harkens back to a time when government did not intervene in the control of marijuana.

Pennsylvania House To Hold Satellite Hearing On Medical Marijuana

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:45
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will hold a joint satellite hearing of the Health and Judiciary Committees on medical marijuana. The hearing will take place on March 24, 2015 at 10:00AM at the University of PA Health System in the Perelman School of Medicine Zumbrow Auditorium, 800 S. Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA. Legislation to enact a

New Mexico’s Industrial Hemp Farming Act Passes Senate With A Super Majority

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:10
Yesterday, for the first time in history, the New Mexico Senate voted in favor of a measure allowing hemp cultivation.  On a vote of 33-8, New Mexico State Senator McSorley’s (D-16-Bernalillo) Senate Bill 94 (SB94) passed the Senate Floor. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. SB94 would allow for the New Mexico

Federal Jury Acquits Medical Marijuana Defendants On 4 Out of 5 Charges

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 05:46
In an unexpected verdict today, the jury in a widely watched federal medical marijuana case from eastern Washington State, known as the Kettle Falls Five, acquitted the three remaining defendants of all but one charge of manufacturing less than 100 marijuana plants. The charge carries no mandatory minimum sentence and defendants Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, 56, her

Through The Roots Tour Bus Catches On Fire

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 21:14
Yesterday I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and I came across pictures from some friends that showed their tour bus up in flames! I used to have a weekly reggae podcast when I interned for NORML called The Irie Island Hour, which gave me an amazing opportunity to meet some great musicians, many of

DEA Warns Of Stoned Rabbits If Utah Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 16:45
Usually marijuana opponents go around asking people, ‘what about the children?’ Marijuana opponents have long warned that marijuana reform will lead to an epidemic of stoned youth. That claim has yet to be backed up by facts, so now marijuana opponents are trying a new tactic – they are warning that legalizing medical marijuana in

More Than 100 Native American Tribes May Enter The Marijuana Industry

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 19:30
Late last year the Obama Administration issued a memo stating that if Native American tribes wanted to grow and/or sell marijuana on tribal lands, that the administration would not stand in the way. It was unclear at first just how many tribes, if any, would pursue marijuana cultivation and/or sales. Then slowly but surely news

Poll: Strong Support For New Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:50
The United for Care team almost legalized medical marijuana in Florida during the 2014 Election. The initiative failed to pass by just 2 percent. The initiative received roughly 58% of the vote, but needed 60% to pass. The campaign regrouped, tweaked some language, and is back for another push for the 2016 Election. According to

First Congressional Medical Marijuana Legislation Of The Year Focuses On Veterans

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:19
U.S. House Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and eight bipartisan Congressional cosponsors introduced the “Veterans Equal Access Act“, marking a concerted federal effort to allow our country’s veterans to become medical marijuana patients in states where it’s legal. The bill, which is modeled after similar legislation introduced in November, would simply allow Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians

Exploring Patterns Of Misconduct In Missouri’s Drug Task Forces

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 16:12
By Aaron Malin On February 3, 2015, Show-Me Cannabis published a comprehensive report on Missouri’s drug task forces: Secret, Dangerous, and Unaccountable: Exploring Patterns of Misconduct in Missouri’s Drug Task Forces Missouri’s drug task forces are fraught with rampant misconduct and abuse. In 2013, Governor Nixon announced a proposal to increase drug task force funding by

Obama’s Budget: Drug War On Cruise Control

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 15:08
By Phillip Smith President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal today, and when it comes to the drug war budget, it’s largely more of the same old same old. Despite the growing realization that the war on drugs is failed policy and despite the wave of marijuana legalization beginning to sweep through the

Major Concerns Raised About New York’s Medical Marijuana Program

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:08
Yesterday, elected officials, patients, and more than twenty community groups gathered at Hostos Community College in the Bronx to discuss the proposed regulations for New York’s medical marijuana program. At the end of December, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released more than a hundred pages of draft regulations outlining many features of

Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference Returns To Eugene

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 01:26
Anyone familiar with my political activism knows that civil liberties and social justice are my primary focuses in the cannabis field. I want to end the arrest and prosecution of the cannabis community, when they aren’t hurting anyone else. I am proud to have helped lead three successful marijuana law reform measures to victory at

Rand Paul: Jeb Bush Is A Marijuana Hypocrite

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 17:48
In a recent article in the Boston Globe, it became known that while Jeb Bush was in boarding school he consumed marijuana, and even sold some hash to at least on of his classmates. It’s fairly common to hear about someone Jeb Bush’s age having consumed marijuana. But what makes the revelations significant is that

Marijuana-Sniffing Police Dogs No Longer Needed In Oregon

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 16:38
Drug detecting dogs have been used for decades by law enforcement in Oregon. That will continue to be the case when it comes to many substances. But with marijuana legalization only months away from becoming law in Oregon, most police agencies are no longer using them to detect marijuana, which is a huge shift in

Connecticut To Add Three More Qualifying Conditions To Medical Marijuana Program

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 15:27
Connecticut is expanding its medical marijuana program. Currently Connecticut recognizes eleven conditions to qualify a patient for the medical marijuana program. Soon there will be three more conditions added to the list. Per the Hartford Courant: Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A . Harris, who oversees the program, announced Monday that he agrees with recommendations by