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GazetteXtra: Gary Storck: Pommer strikes out in column on policing

Madison NORML - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 21:59

Poated by Gary Storck
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

This letter did not publish itself. I called the editor and asked if it would be published. He stated that the Wisconsin Newspaper Association said that the grant funds could be used to target other drugs and so my contention was wrong although backed by news reports, the resolution text and the sponsors of the resolution. I later received an email stating it would be published.

Why We Oppose Newly Announced Legislation To Combine Cannabis Markets

The Weed Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 19:00
By Sensible Washington On Tuesday, Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) announced that she will be filing legislation this week to “align the currently unregulated medical marijuana system and that of the regulated recreational marijuana system”. As part of this proposal, all current medical cannabis dispensaries would be shut down, patients would be able to apply for

Proposal In Washington To Shut Down Dispensaries, Legalize Cultivation

The Weed Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 17:51
There has been an attack on the medical marijuana industry in Washington for quite some time now. Some blame I-502, some blame a lack of regulations, and some even blame members of the medical marijuana industry in Washington. Regardless of what you feel is the reason behind the attacks, I think we can all agree

Indiana: Two Medical Marijuana Bills Filed In Legislature

Hemp News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 17:49

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Two Democratic lawmakers have filed bills that would allow the use of medical marijuana in Indiana, but neither measure is likely to make any progress in the Republican-controlled Legislature, according to observers.

Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) and Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) are sponsoring bills in the Indiana Senate and House, respectively, that would allow state residents to use cannabis for medicinal purposes with a doctor's authorization, reports the Associated Press.

Errington's House bill would allow patients with conditions including cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, hepatitis C, Crohn's disease or Alzheimer's disease to use marijuana for treatment.

Unfortunately, the bill has been assigned to the House Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee, where it's unlikely to get a hearing, according to Errington.

"Bills that go there usually don't come back out," Errington told The Star Press. "I would like it to at least get a hearing, so people could come and tell their stories -- patients and physicians and others."

According to Errington, she's heard from constituents who are suffering from chronic pain and seizures, who would like to use medical marijuana to ease their suffering.

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U.S.: Corporation Files 2nd Patent Application For CBD/Ibuprofen Pain Combo

Hemp News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 17:22

Stevia Corp., an international farm management company and healthcare company, has announced the filing of a second important provisional patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for pain treatment using a combination of ibuprofen and cannabidiol (CBD).

The provisional patent application closely follows the company's previously announced first provisional patent application for pain management using acetaminophen and CBD. As in the previous application, this patent includes multiple claims including, but not limited to, combinations of cannabinoids including CBD and ibuprofen for the treatment of pain.

The provisional patent application, a legal document which establishes an early priority date for the benefit of claiming "first to file" status against other companies or individuals, "was filed with the assistance of an intellectual property attorney with extensive experience in the healthcare industry," according to a prepared statement from Stevia Corp.

CBD is a cannabinoid present in most varieties of the cannabis sativa and cannabis indica plants. Unlike THC and some of the other molecules found in cannabis, CBD is non-psychoactive.

CBD is also extremely well tolerated at high doses with little or no side effects; it is essentially non-toxic. It catapulted to national prominence after being an important part of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's 2013 CNN documentary, "Weed."

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NCAA To Change Marijuana Testing Policies

The Weed Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:42
The NCAA has some of the most hardcore marijuana testing rules on the planet. To put it into perspective, the Olympics allow up to 150 ng/ml of THC in an athletes blood before there is a failed test. The NCAA is only 5 ng/ml from my understanding. After two Oregon Duck football players were suspended

U.S.: Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group Runs Ad In USA Today Announcing DC Conference

Hemp News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:30

3rd Annual Conference in Washington DC, March 27-31

Medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) formally announced its third annual Unity Conference, "Wellness is Winning: Advancing Evidence Based Medical Cannabis Policy," by running an ad in USA Today.

The conference, which is being held in Washington, D.C. on March 27-31, 2015, will highlight medical and legal experts, policymakers, and a wide array of workshops and panels focusing on scientific research, strategic planning, and skills building. On Tuesday, March 31st, ASA will host a press conference at 11am, followed by Congressional lobbying visits by hundreds of patient advocates.

What: National Unity Conference: "Wellness is Winning: Advancing Evidence Based Medical Cannabis Policy"
When: March 27-31, 2015, including a press conference at 11 am on March 31
Where: Loews Madison Hotel, 1177 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

The quarter-page USA Today ad, which ran all last week in the newspaper's NFL Super Bowl Preview publication, appeared on news stands across the country. This week, a digital version of the ad is running online for millions of Internet viewers.

Sponsors of the ad include the American Herbal Products Association, Cannabis Training Institute, Patient Focused Certification, and OrganiCann.

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Survey: More Support For Marijuana Sales Than Unpasteurized Milk Sales

The Weed Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:36
Marijuana is safer than a lot of things according to science and public opinion. It is well know that marijuana is safer than alcohol and tobacco. According to a survey that was recently released, survey participants felt that marijuana is also safer than unpasteurized milk, and that there is more support for marijuana sales than

San Diego Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensary License Fees

The Weed Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:25
The medical marijuana industry in California has long operated in a Wild West fashion. There are not solid state rules and regulations in place, and cities and counties either have their own rules, or no rules at all. Throw in a lot of conflicting case law and federal raids, and you can see why there

International Cannabis Business Conference Day 2: Getting Down To Business

The Weed Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 13:22
A couple of days ago, I blogged about the fact that the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) brings together both cannabis activists and the industry to share information and network. Taking place on February 15th, in San Francisco, California, day one concentrates on activism, while day two focuses on business, but at the same time,

Lobby Day A Success For Michigan NORML

The Weed Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:14
Thirty activists gathered at Think Live Music in Lansing to celebrate the Michigan NORML Lobby Lansing Day event on Tuesday, January 20. More than half actually traveled to the Capitol Building and visited their legislators, bring with them concern and encouragement- and bright green informational sheets. The activists came from around the state. Portage. Flint. Cheboygan. Port

Medical Marijuana Advocates Host Citizen Lobby Day In Washington

The Weed Blog - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:14
More than 300 patients and advocates from nearly every legislative district in Washington State are expected to convene in Olympia this Thursday to meet with their elected officials and urge them to protect patients’ rights amidst current efforts to dismantle the state’s 16-year-old medical marijuana law. The Washington State chapter of medical marijuana advocacy group

US CA: Column: What's Up, Doc?

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 05:00
North Coast Journal, 22 Jan 2015 - I got my 215 card on a drippy early afternoon. It took about an hour and a half, but a good portion of that was spent in the waiting room - - even though I had an appointment. The whole business felt doctory and friendly - if a little rougher around the edges than your average clinic visit. Let's back up. I, like many people who grew up in Humboldt County, started experimenting with marijuana for fun in my teens. That continued through my early 20s until I realized that getting high just wasn't for me - it brought on, or at least exacerbated, anxiety and a general young-adult malaise.

CN BC: Jodie Emery to Keep Fighting for Liberals Despite Being

Cannabis News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 05:00
The Georgia Straight, 22 Jan 2015 - JODIE EMERY SAYS she remains a supporter of Justin Trudeau and the Liberals after the party dropped her from its nomination race in Vancouver East. "This doesn't change anything for me," the advocate for marijuana reform told the Straight. "There are a lot of people who feel this is backtracking by the party, but most people understand that this is a high-stakes election and any sort of distraction could do a disservice."

US CO: Column: Creating a National Cannabis Brand Might Be

Cannabis News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 05:00
Boulder Weekly, 22 Jan 2015 - I ran across several stories about Bethenny Frankel, a reality show personality, who, after apparently being spotted coming out of an Aspen dispensary and tweeting her delight at the experience, is rumored to be wanting to cash in on the cannabis business. Frankel developed the Skinnygirl ready-to-drink cocktail line, and "insiders" say she wants to sell a special strain that would not induce the munchies. This is hardly news. Google "munchies and pot" and you'll find recommendations for strains that don't necessarily force the unsuspecting into wolfing an entire giant bag of jalapeno potato chips in 15 minutes. Recent studies are indicating that cannabis opens olfactory receptors, which then helps activate appetite. But really, "the munchies" concept seems little more than a marketing device, developed and perfected from the 1970s, when pot was highly illegal yet flourishing and depicted in a long parade of stoner movies and advertising, from Cheech and Chong and Animal House to Jeff Spicola in Fast Times at Ridgemont High up through Seth Rogen's Pineapple Express.

US NJ: Column: 'Selma' Was a Great Film, but More Work Is

Cannabis News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 05:00
The Trentonian, 22 Jan 2015 - I went to see Selma on Monday, "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day." I smoked two joints on the way and after seeing it, I gave it a 420 on the NJWeedman movie scale. A 500 means it's right on the money, but a 420 is as close as you can get in my THC-enhanced movie evaluations. Other movies that I gave a 420 to were Half Baked, Soul Plane, Friday, How High, and of course Cheech & Chong's Next Movie. I'm a history and news buff; I love to read history and current news events worldwide, and this movie Selma is a historical example of a worldwide news event.

US CA: Column: What's Up, Doc?

Cannabis News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 05:00
North Coast Journal, 22 Jan 2015 - I got my 215 card on a drippy early afternoon. It took about an hour and a half, but a good portion of that was spent in the waiting room - - even though I had an appointment. The whole business felt doctory and friendly - if a little rougher around the edges than your average clinic visit. Let's back up. I, like many people who grew up in Humboldt County, started experimenting with marijuana for fun in my teens. That continued through my early 20s until I realized that getting high just wasn't for me - it brought on, or at least exacerbated, anxiety and a general young-adult malaise.

US WA: Bill Aims To Simplify Taxes On Pot Firms

Cannabis News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 05:00
Seattle Times, 22 Jan 2015 - Legislature 2015 Store Owners Cite Federal Levy As Particularly Onerous At Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver, a bottle of marijuana-infused drink additive comes with three pipes.

Washington: I-1372 Gathering Signatures To Protect And Strengthen Medical Marijuana

Hemp News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 01:39

Backers of a new initiative to strengthen Washington state's medical marijuana law are now gathering signatures.

"Initiative Measure No. 1372, filed January 6, 2015, will protect and strengthen the medical cannabis law, RCW 69.51A, by offering compassion, clarity and consistency," said Kirk Ludden of Cannabis Patient Protection Washington (CPPWA) on Wednesday.

I-1372 would make the following changes, according to Ludden:

• Bringing Washington state law into compliance with stated federal policy

• Allowing business owners to obtain licenses for producing, processing or dispensing cannabis in a commercial manner. Using the language from ESSB 5073, specifying cannabis for medical use licensing, allowing producers and processors to deliver cannabis to any cannabis for medical use licensee, and allowing the botanical herb tax exemption on cannabis for medical use.

• Creating and empowering the cannabis for medical use board, made up of the state and the community, to govern all aspects of the market. Through licensing and regulation fees, revenue is generated for the board to regulate the not-for-profit cannabis for medical use market while remaining revenue neutral.

• Maintaining small, private residential gardens and patient cooperatives that do not violate the spirit or intent of law. As well as protecting existing cannabis farmer's markets serving qualifying patients.

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Kansas: Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced; Senate Hears From Supporters, Opponents

Hemp News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 20:19

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

State Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City) and state Rep. Gail Finney (D-Wichita) have once again introduced medical marijuana bills in the Kansas Legislature, as they've done every year since 2009.

None of the measures has ever gone beyond informational hearings, in which no action can be taken, but Sen. Haley thinks that might change this year, reports Amy Himmelberg of the Associated Press.

"I think the ice is beginning to thaw regarding the reasonableness of the issue among the leadership of the Legislature," Haley said.

Rep. Finney -- who has undergone chemotherapy for lupus -- thinks the bill will at least get a hearing after being ignored by Republican legislators for years. "Passing, I don't know about that," she added.

Rep. Dan Hawkins (R-Wichita), chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee, said he's waiting to see what the Senate does with medical marijuana. "Nobody's come and really pushed it," Hawkins claimed, adding that he's heard "very little" from constituents about it. If you'd like to change that, you can click here and let Rep. Hawkins hear from the people he's supposed to be representing.

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