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US NM: Senate Panel Oks Industrial Hemp

MAP - Hemp - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 14 Feb 2015 - A bill to allow New Mexico farmers to grow an industrial version of marijuana's nonintoxicating cousin has passed a Senate panel. The Senate Conservation Committee voted unanimously this week to send the Industrial Hemp Farming Act to the Senate Judicial Committee without a recommendation.

Toke TV 75: Pot Doesn’t Increase Car Crashes! Drug Czar Is Recovering Alcoholic! 100 Tribes Look At Marijuana Business!

Toke Signals - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 18:54
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in just 19 minutes! Don’t forget to subscribe to the Toke TV channel on YouTube. Toke Signals Bud Pick of the Week   Toke Signals Stories of the Week U.S.: NHTSA Study Concludes Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Car Crashes (Hemp News) A new [...]

US CA: Le'Or Aims to Put Marijuana Legalization on the Jewish

MAP - Hemp - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:00
Jewish News Weekly, 13 Feb 2015 - "You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them?" That was President Richard Nixon speaking to his top aide, H.R. "Bob" Haldeman, during a recorded White House meeting back in 1971.

Police Raid Family Over Suspected ‘Meth Lab’ — It Was Maple Syrup

Toke Signals - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 01:02
Overzealous law enforcement agents continue to take the War On Drugs to what we’d call a deeply silly level — if it didn’t so easily, and so often, result in tragic consequences. A family in Union County, Illinois found themselves in a sticky situation — staring down the business end of a SWAT team’s machine [...]

LSD Fungus Evolved Along With Human Race

Toke Signals - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 21:37
A psychoactive fungus like the one used to produce LSD has been discovered growing on the earliest grass specimen ever discovered — about 100 million years old, on a perfectly preserved amber fossil from Myanmar. Even then, the grass was topped by a fungus very similar to ergot, which for eons has been intertwined [...]

Cannabis Common Sense 773

Youtube - Cannabis Common Sense - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 09:59
Cannabis Common Sense 773
The show that tells truth about marijuana & the politics behind its prohibition. Live call in show http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cannabis-common-sense , Friday's, 8-9PM Pacific Time, 503-288-4442 From: William Appel Views: 153 5 ratings Time: 56:06 More in Education

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy: Marijuana Can Be Helpful, Use Data To Drive Policy Making

Youtube - Regulate Marijuana - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 00:19
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy: Marijuana Can Be Helpful, Use Data To Drive Policy Making
Dr. Vivek Murthy is making history as the first surgeon general of Indian descent and the youngest. Murthy joins "CBS This Morning" from Washington for his first on-camera interview since being... From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 438 5 ratings Time: 01:05 More in Nonprofits & Activism

Oregon: New efforts launched to defend Measure 91

Youtube - Regulate Marijuana - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 22:25
Oregon: New efforts launched to defend Measure 91
The group that led the charge for Measure 91 says it is now fighting to keep what the Oregon voters approved intact. The group is calling on lawmakers to halt their efforts to change Measure... From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 282 8 ratings Time: 02:34 More in Nonprofits & Activism

Toke TV 74: Surgeon General Says Marijuana Helpful! Daily Cannabis Use Doesn’t Change Brain! Veterans Deserve Medical Weed!

Toke Signals - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 18:20
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in just 26 minutes! Don’t forget to subscribe to the Toke TV channel on YouTube. Toke Signals Bud Pick of the Week   Toke Signals Stories of the Week U.S.: Surgeon General Says Marijuana Can Be Helpful (Hemp News) U.S. Surgeon [...]

Jim Matthiessen - Cannabis Common Sense

Youtube - Restore Hemp - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 22:31
Jim Matthiessen - Cannabis Common Sense
Jim Matthiessen performs on Cannabis Common Sense on January 23, 2015. Footage: Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) http://hemp.org From: RestoreHemp Views: 19 4 ratings Time: 03:29 More in Education

Hemp Is Sustainable - No Prison For Pot

Youtube - Restore Hemp - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 22:29
Hemp Is Sustainable - No Prison For Pot
In this short excerpt from Seattle Hempfest's "No Prison For Pot" DVD, Hemp experts demonstrate how hemp is beneficial to a sustainable plant. (Fuel, Food, Fiber, Medicine) Footage: Seattle Hempfest, No Prison For Pot #NoPrisonForPot Hempfest website: http://hempfest.org From: RestoreHemp Views: 132 6 ratings Time: 03:06 More in Education

WA’s I-502 Pot Stores Say If You Can’t Beat The Competition, Have Them Outlawed

Toke Signals - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 20:20
The press blitz began months ago, and it became absolutely inescapable once 2015 started. Article after article has appeared in the mainstream press about the supposed need to extinguish medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington. The largely untold side to this story is that of mom-and-pop marijuana businesses, serving seriously ill patients, that are seen as [...]

Farm Aid 30: A Song For America

Youtube - Farm Aid - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 05:28
Farm Aid 30: A Song For America
A look at Farm Aid's thirty years of history working to keep family farmers on the land. "Farm Aid supports a food system that is democratic, independent, competitive and locally based. This isn't an exercise in nostalgia, it's a commitment to a way of life. These are values worth fighting for." –– Eric Schlosser 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: 13371 98 ratings Time: 06:57 More in Music

Cannabis POW of the Month: Former Marine Larry Duke Is Serving Life Without Parole

Toke Signals - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 21:20
By Cheri Sicard “We hope you go home soon Larry.” These  are words Larry Duke, serving two life sentences without possibility of parole for a nonviolent marijuana offense, hears from the most unlikely of sources… the federal prison guards who are paid to keep the 68-year-old grandfather incarcerated. It’s easy to understand why even the [...]

More Than 100 Native American Tribes May Enter The Marijuana Industry

The Weed Blog - 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

Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalization Bills Filed in Illinois

The Joint Blog - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 19:10

Legislation to legalize the possession and cultivation of recreational cannabis has been filed in the Illinois Senate, and a measure to decriminalize cannabis possession has been filed in the state’s House.

House Bill 218, filed by Representative Kelly Cassidy, would make the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis a $100 ticket with no possibility of arrest or imprisonment. The proposal would also change the penalty for possession of over 30 grams, but under 500, making it a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

Senate Bill 753, filed by Senator Michael Noland, would legalize the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis, as well as the personal cultivation of up to five cannabis for plants. Senator Noland’s proposal doesn’t authorize cannabis retail outlets.

Both proposals would apply only to those 21 and older.

House Bill 218 has been assigned to the House Restorative Justice Committee, and Senate Bill 753 is currently in the Senate Assignments Committee.

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Poll: Strong Support For New Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative

The Weed Blog - 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

U.S. House Bill Would Allow VA Doctors to Recommend Medical Cannabis

The Joint Blog - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:58

By Marijuana Policy Project

Measure co-sponsored by five Republicans and three Democrats would help veterans suffering from severe injuries, PTSD, and other chronic conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday would allow physicians employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend marijuana as a medical treatment to veterans suffering from serious injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other chronic conditions.

Current VA policy prohibits doctors from completing documentation patients must receive in order to obtain medical marijuana under state laws.

The Veterans Equal Access Act, introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), is co-sponsored by three Democrats and five Republicans: Sam Farr (D-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Dina Titus (D-NV), Justin Amash (R-MI), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Walter Jones (R-NC), Tom Reed (R-NY), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

Approximately 20% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or PTSD, a notoriously difficult condition to treat. A study published this month in the Annals of Epidemiology found that the suicide rate among those veterans is 50% higher than the national average.

A study published last year in the American Journal of Public Health found that in states that passed medical marijuana laws there was a subsequent statistically significant reduction in suicide rates.

“The men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have made tremendous sacrifices for our country,” said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project in a statement Tuesday. “They deserve every option available to treat their wounds, both visible and hidden. If VA doctors are confident that medical marijuana would improve their patients’ quality of life, they should be able to recommend it to them in states where it’s legal.

“Republicans are really stepping up on this issue, as evidenced by the list of co-sponsors. Medical marijuana is becoming a bipartisan issue on Capitol Hill, which makes sense given the level of public support behind it. This isn’t about being liberal or conservative — it’s about being sensible and compassionate.”

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Oregon Department of Agriculture Now Accepting Applications From Those Wanting to Grow Hemp Legally

The Joint Blog - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 17:34

Oregon’s Department of Agriculture has approved rules and regulations for the industrial hemp industry, and officially began accepting applications this week from those wanting to grow hemp. The cultivation of industrial hemp was legalized through last year’s passage of Measure 91.

Officials at the Department of Agriculture hope that with the rules being approved now, farmers will be in a position to begin planting seeds in the spring. Those wanting to do so will need to pay a $1,500 licensing fee, and will need to maintain a THC level of 0.3% or lower for all of their crops.

In addition to legalizing hemp, Measure 91 legalized the possession, private cultivation and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for recreational use. Starting July 1st, everyone 21 and older in Oregon will be legally allowed to possess up to eight ounces of cannabis, and cultivate up to six plants. Cannabis retail outlets are expected to open next year.

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First Congressional Medical Marijuana Legislation Of The Year Focuses On Veterans

The Weed Blog - 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
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