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New York Voters Support Marijuana Legalization

The Weed Blog - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 17:35
When marijuana legalization inevitably happens in New York, it will be a significant victory for the rest of the country. New York is a massive state, and it’s media reach is even larger. I’ve always looked at states legalizing like dominoes, and when the New York domino falls, it will result in a cascade of [...]

New Poll: 88% in New York Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

The Joint Blog - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 16:02

A new Quinnipiac University poll has found that 88% of those in New York support legalizing medical cannabis, with just 9% opposed. The poll marks some of the highest support for medical cannabis in any part of the world.

According to the poll, every age group and political party overwhelmingly supports medical cannabis legalization, including 86% of those 65 and older, and 82% of all Republicans (93% for Democrats, 88% for Independents). 93% of those between the ages of 18 and 29 support the move, the highest of any age group.

The Quinnipiac University poll also found a large majority in the state to be in support of legalizing recreational cannabis; 57% to 39%. Only 13% consider cannabis to be more dangerous than alcohol, and 46% have tried cannabis at least once in their lives .

The full poll results can be found by clicking here.

- TheJointBlog

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US TX: Edu: Friedman Shares Thoughts On Weed With Students

MAP - Hemp - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 08:00
The Battalion, 17 Feb 2014 - Kinky Friedman, Democratic primary candidate for Texas Agricultural Commissioner, visited Texas A&M on Monday to discuss his main campaign platform -- the end of marijuana and hemp prohibition in Texas -- with members of Texas Aggie Democrats. At the student organization's meeting last night, Friedman expounded on the positive effects he hoped to bring to Texas through the legalization of marijuana and hemp and explained how he believes his policies would fortify Texas agriculture against drought, end the war on drugs and change cancer medicine.

US WA: Editorial: Slow, But Progress On Hemp

MAP - Hemp - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 08:00
The Herald, 17 Feb 2014 - SLOW, BUT PROGRESS ON HEMP Congress and President Obama took a too-small step toward common sense with an amendment tucked inside the mammoth farm bill the president signed on Feb 7. But a step nonetheless. A provision legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp for research purposes in states where industrial hemp is already legal under state law. Washington is among 10 states whose colleges and universities that can now grow hemp for research purposes.

US MA: Walsh: Take 2nd Look At Pot Shop

MAP - Cannabis - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 08:00
Boston Herald, 17 Feb 2014 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh will ask state health officials to reconsider the medical marijuana shop they provisionally approved for Roxbury, following Herald reports that a convicted pot dealer from California will serve as its "adviser." "I'm going to ask the state to go back and revisit the application," Walsh told the Herald yesterday. "I have some concerns. This is a change for people with the dispensaries coming to Boston and Massachusetts. We need to make sure the applications are thoroughly vetted and it's done right."

US: U.S. Policies Fuel Global Push To Legalize Marijuana

MAP - Cannabis - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 17 Feb 2014 - In a former colonial mansion in Jamaica, politicians huddle to discuss trying to ease marijuana laws in the land of the late reggae musician and cannabis evangelist Bob Marley. In Morocco, one of the world's top producers of the concentrated pot known as hashish, two leading political parties want to legalize its cultivation, at least for medical and industrial use. And in Mexico City, the vast metropolis of a country ravaged by horrific cartel bloodshed, lawmakers have proposed a new plan to let stores sell the drug.

US PA: Column: Deep South Going To Pot

MAP - Cannabis - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 08:00
Republican & Herald, 17 Feb 2014 - It seems marijuana - at least for medical use - is sweeping the nation. More than 20 states and the District of Columbia have either legalized medical marijuana or decriminalized its possession, and in two states, Colorado and Washington, voters legalized its recreational use. The Denver Post even appointed a marijuana editor. The Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C., found in September that, "For the first time in more than four decades of polling ... a majority (52 percent) of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana." In June, they found that nearly half of Americans had smoked marijuana, up from 40 percent three years ago - and 12 percent had done so recently.

US MI: Edu: Hemp Research Allowed In Farm Bill, But Remains

MAP - Hemp - Sun, 02/16/2014 - 08:00
The State News, 16 Feb 2014 - Buried within the Agriculture Act of 2014, the farm bill signed into law at MSU by President Barack Obama two weeks ago, there is a provision legalizing the growth of industrial hemp for agricultural or academic research. It is a provision that could easily be applied to MSU, which often touts itself as a premier agricultural research university. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said at the law's signing that "this bill has Michigan on every page."

US OR: Oregon County Nears Dispensary Ban

MAP - Cannabis - Sun, 02/16/2014 - 08:00
The Times-Tribune, 16 Feb 2014 - ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - One Oregon county that has pledged a moratorium on pot dispensaries is closer to making that ban a reality. The pot shops were made legal statewide by the Legislature last year. Rules have been drawn up, and stores can apply for dispensary licenses beginning March 3.

US: U.S. Shift Toward Legalizing Pot Gets World's Attention

MAP - Cannabis - Sun, 02/16/2014 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 16 Feb 2014 - The Move to Legalize Marijuana Is Gaining Global Traction After Successful Efforts in Two U.S. States. In a former colonial mansion in Jamaica, politicians huddle to discuss trying to ease marijuana laws in the land of the late reggae musician and cannabis evangelist Bob Marley.

US: US Drug Policy Fuels Push For Legal Pot Worldwide

MAP - Cannabis - Sun, 02/16/2014 - 08:00
The Daily Home, 16 Feb 2014 - In a former colonial mansion in Jamaica, politicians huddle to discuss trying to ease marijuana laws in the land of the late reggae musician and cannabis evangelist Bob Marley. In Morocco, one of the world's top producers of the concentrated pot known as hashish, two leading political parties want to legalize its cultivation, at least for medical and industrial use. And in Mexico City, the vast metropolis of a country ravaged by horrific cartel bloodshed, lawmakers have proposed a brand new plan to let stores sell the drug.

US TX: The Next Colorado or Washington: Probably Not Here

MAP - Cannabis - Sun, 02/16/2014 - 08:00
New York Times, 16 Feb 2014 - EL PASO - It was not long after Gov. Rick Perry's remarks that states should enact their own marijuana laws that social media sites began wondering if the theory of relativity was a sham or whether Pink Floyd's estranged founder would finally rejoin the band. "Don't be surprised when gravity partially reverses itself so people can fly and doctors finally find a cure for death," Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group seeking change in American drug policies, posted on Facebook in response to Mr. Perry's comments at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Mr. Perry spoke on a panel on incarceration, where he reiterated his support for Texas' drug courts, which were created in 2001 and are an alternative to prison for drug-related convictions.

All Eyes on Florida and Alaska

The Joint Blog - Sun, 02/16/2014 - 00:21

Although cannabis law reform continues to take place across the country, residents of two states in the U.S. have the opportunity this year to drastically change the landscape in the movement to legalize recreational and medicinal cannabis; Alaska and Florida.

In Alaska, voters will have the opportunity this August to legalize cannabis, through a constitutional amendment, for all adults 21 and older. Similar to Colorado’s Amendment 64, the initiative voters will be considering would legalize cannabis possession, private cultivation and state-licensed sales. If approved, Alaska would become the third state in the U.S. to legalize recreational cannabis; it would be a clear, undeniable sign that cannabis legalization is a certain inevitability, and that recent victories have sped up the process.

In Florida, voters will be given the chance to legalize cannabis for medical purposes this November. Although over 20 states have legalized some form of medical cannabis, Florida would be the first state in the south to do so, and one of the last states many expected would make the move. Despite their often conservative values, recent polling has found upward of 80% in the state to be in support of legalizing medical cannabis, a strong sign that the state will do so through a voter-approved initiative this November.

If both of these states are successful in accomplishing their goal, the momentum gained by the victories in Colorado and Washington would explode to new heights, and new levels of mainsteam awareness.

It’s absolutely vital that those who support reforming our failed cannabis laws support these efforts; if you’re in either of these states, get involved with the campaigns (for Florida click here, for Alaska click here), spread awareness and do what you can to help get these proposals approved. If you’re outside of the state, considering donating to the campaigns behind the initiatives; as we all know, for better or worse, money plays a huge role in politics, and everything you can give helps in a big way.

We’ll keep you updated as these, and other proposals, move forward.

- TheJointBlog

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Cannabis Common Sense 723

Youtube - Cannabis Common Sense - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 19:28
Cannabis Common Sense 723
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: willappel Views: 192 4 ratings Time: 58:06 More in Education

Cannabis Common Sense 722 complete video

Youtube - Cannabis Common Sense - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:52
Cannabis Common Sense 722 complete video
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: willappel Views: 106 3 ratings Time: 57:32 More in Education

New Study Finds Cannabinoids An Effective Treatment For Multiple Sclerosis

The Joint Blog - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:12

A new study published in this month’s issue of the journal European Neurology, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that Sativex – a medicinal spray made from the cannabis plant – is an effective and safe treatment option for “moderate to severe multiple sclerosis spasticity (MSS)”.

According to researchers: “Nabiximols (Sativex®), a cannabinoid-based oromucosal spray, is an add-on therapy for patients with moderate to severe multiple sclerosis spasticity (MSS) resistant to other medications. The primary objective was to provide real-life observational data of clinical experience of nabiximols in contrast to formal clinical trials of effectiveness.”

Researchers used an “observational, prospective, multicenter, non-interventional” research method with “a follow-up period of 3-4 months”; in total, 335 patients were assessed.

After conducting the study, it was concluded that; “Real-life data confirm nabiximols as an effective and well-tolerated treatment option for resistant MSS in clinical practice.”

The study was conducted by researchers at the Neurological Rehabilitation Center Quellenhof in Germany.

A study published earlier this year by the journal Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics came to a similar conclusion about Sativex, finding it to be an effective treatment for multiple sclerosis spasticity.

- TheJointBlog

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Kentucky Argiculture Commissioner Announces Hemp Cultivation Pilot Programs

The Joint Blog - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:04

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has announced that the state will soon begin hemp pilot projects across the state aimed at researching the various benefits of hemp.

The move is made possible by last year’s passage of Senate Bill 50, which legalized hemp in Kentucky, as well as the recent passage of a national farms bill which included a provision that legalized hemp research in states, like Kentucky, that have legalized hemp.

Comer plans to provide more details on the pilot programs at an event in Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 17th; he says the projects will be located in diverse areas of the state, and will include unique research focuses and different university affiliations.

- TheJointBlog

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US GA: Peake Retooling Medical Marijuana Bill, Ready to Face

MAP - Hemp - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 08:00
Macon Telegraph, 15 Feb 2014 - Until about five weeks ago, state Rep. Allen Peake was like most politicians: He didn't want to go near any legislation that used the words "legalization" and "marijuana" in the same sentence. Then he met Haleigh Cox, a 4-year-old Forsyth girl who suffers dozens of seizures a day and who could be helped by a compound extracted from cannabis to control those seizures.

Toke TV 28: Congress To Obama – Reclassify Pot! Unmuzzle The Drug Czar! 10K Freed In Italy!

Toke Signals - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 01:20
The 28th episode of Toke Signals TV with host Steve Elliott takes a look at some of the biggest marijuana news stories of the week. Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in 29 minutes! Don’t forget to subscribe to the Toke TV channel on YouTube. Toke TV Bud Pick of [...]

Sacred Plant / Farmers Market Financial Info Turned Over To IRS

Toke Signals - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 00:20
Toke Signals has obtained copies of a letter sent by a group of medical marijuana activists based in Seattle on Thursday to the federal Internal Revenue Service, including financial records and other information regarding the operations of the Seattle-based Cannabis Farmers Market and Tacoma-based dispensary Sacred Plant Medicine. Among the serious allegations in the [...]
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