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Washington: State Attorney General Defends Marijuana Legalization Law Against Cities

Hemp News - 10 hours 42 min ago

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Back in January, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson released an opinion which concluded that, as drafted, limited legalization measure I-502 does not prevent cities and counties in the state from banning marijuana businesses. But on Thursday, Ferguson moved to join three cannabis lawsuits filed against the cities of Wenatchee and Fife for doing exactly that -- banning marijuana businesses.

"As attorney general, my job is to make sure the will of the people is upheld," the Attorney General said, reports the Kent Reporter. "If any party to these lawsuits seeks to overturn state laws, my office will be there to defend the law."

Businesses that applied for marijuana licenses are suing the cities in Chelan County and Pierce County Superior Courts to challenge ordinances that block them from opening. Attorney General Ferguson's office is intervening to defend I-502 as the law.

The Attorney General's Office is authorized by law to intervene in lawsuits to protect the interests of the people of the state, according to Ferguson's press release. The office frequently intervenes, for example, in environmental and consumer protection cases.

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August Is Your Last Chance To Start Growing Marijuana Outdoors

The Weed Blog - 13 hours 15 min ago
How to get  a pound of weed in the next 10 weeks For marijuana growers in the northern hemisphere August is the last chance to start an outdoor grow. Autoflower marijuana seeds are special seeds that grow within 10 weeks from seed to mature plant despite the light schedule. August and September are often very [...]

One Seattle Officer Responsible For 80% Of Marijuana Citations

The Weed Blog - 13 hours 45 min ago
Police officers are in a very powerful position. They are supposed to carry out their work duties without bias. However, all to often police officers infuse their own personal political beliefs into their job. This is especially true when it comes to marijuana. An officer that doesn’t like marijuana can wreak havoc on a community [...]

Colorado Considers New Rules For Marijuana Edibles

Hemp News - 13 hours 56 min ago

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A panel of marijuana producers and industry watchdogs started work on Friday to figure out how to make edible cannabis products more identifiable to children even when removed from packaging -- a challenge some edible pot makers say can't be achieved.

Colorado currently requires edible marijuana to be sold in child-safe packages which note that the contents contain marijuana, that the product can make consumers sick, and that it shouldn't be consumed before driving, reports Kristen Wyatt at The Associated Press.

But the Colorado Legislature tightened the rules earlier this year after reports of children accidentally ingesting marijuana treats. Lawmakers passed around platters of chocolate chip cookies, noting with alarm that those infused with marijuana looked just like regular cookies.

"We've heard so many stories of people consuming marijuana not knowing it was marijuana," claimed Rachel O'Bryan, an attorney and leader of Smart Colorado, an anti-marijuana group. "Without a stamp or clearly visible difference, these products are deceptive."

Edibles makers said they aren't trying to fool anybody, but that actually requiring the products themselves not to look like other foods is taking it too far.

"It works for some products, but others, it's going to be extremely hard and more than likely impracticable," said Julie Berliner, owner of SweetGrass Kitchens, which makes cannabis cookies.

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U.S.: GOP Congressmen Criticize Marijuana Legalization; Claim Pot Causes Car Wrecks

Hemp News - 14 hours 11 min ago

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Congressional Republicans on Thursday criticized Colorado and Washington state for legalizing marijuana, claiming pot causes automobile accidents.

Rep. John Mica (R-Florida), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, claimed stronger federal laws against marijuana were needed in light of the wave of states legalizing cannabis for medical and recreational uses, reports Marina Fang at The Huffington Post. Rep. Mica made the remarks during a hearing entitled "Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Operating While Stoned."

Rep. John Fleming (R-Louisiana) couldn't resist joining in, attacking Colorado voters for their recent decision to legalize weed. Fleming pointed to a study by the University of Colorado at Denver purportedly showing an increase in traffic fatalities in the state since voters legalized medical marijuana, implying that further loosing the marijuana laws is dangerous.

Interestingly, Fleming didn't mention another study, by University of Colorado Denver professor Daniel Rees and Montana State University professor D. Mark Anderson, which found that traffic fatalities drop nearly 9 percent in states after the legalize medical marijuana.

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Nurse Practitioners To Certify Medical Marijuana Patients In Maine

The Weed Blog - 14 hours 49 min ago
A medical marijuana program is only as good as the rules that qualify a patient to enroll. That’s why compassionate doctors have been so important to medical marijuana programs across the country. Every state in America could have a medical marijuana program, but if no doctors would approve patients, the programs would never get off [...]

Protect Children: End The Drug War

The Weed Blog - 15 hours 52 min ago
A diverse coalition of more than 80 civil rights, immigration, criminal justice, racial justice, human rights, libertarian and religious organizations are joined by notable figures such as Michelle Alexander in calling for an end to the war on drugs in the name of protecting children both in Latin America and here in the United States. [...]

Northwest Oregon Labor Council: It’s Time For A New Approach To Marijuana

The Weed Blog - 17 hours 4 min ago
Delegates of a regional federation of unions in Northwest Oregon met a two thirds majority vote to recommend that statewide labor organizations support the New Approach measure to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older. “The Northwest Oregon Labor Council is proud to recommend support for the New Approach measure,” said Jeff [...]

GMO Weed? Connections Alleged Between Uruguay Marijuana Legalization, Monsanto and Soros

Hemp News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:45

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Uruguay earlier this year became the first nation in the world to legalize the cultivation, sale and possession of marijuana. Now one German researcher is alleging that billionaire speculator George Soros supported legalization in that South American country as part of a plan for corporate agribusiness giant Monsanto to move into the cannabis trade.

Engdahl alleges, on the website of the European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies (ENCOD) that Monsanto is already quietly at work on a project to patent a genetically modified cannabis plant in Uruguay. Since Soros played a pivotal role in Uruguay's legalization drive (he sits on the board of the Drug Policy Alliance), and also owns considerable Monsanto stock, Engdahl believes those two things are connected, and they point towards Monsanto involvement.

Soros' Open Society organization distributed $34 million last year, according to Engdahl, nearly $3.5 million of which was dedicated to marijuana legalization. Open Society funded the group Regulacion Responsable ("Responsible Control") in Uruguay; the group ran a nationwide advertising campaign for the successful legalization drive.

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Oregon: Labor Council Endorses Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Hemp News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:36

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Delegates of a regional federation of unions in Northwest Oregon met a two-thirds majority vote to recommend that statewide labor organizations support the New Approach Oregon measure to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older.

"The Northwest Oregon Labor Council is proud to recommend support for the New Approach measure," said Jeff Anderson, first vice president of the council and executive secretary of UFCW 555. "The measure would create more family-wage jobs in Oregon, keep workers safe by retaining current workplace drug laws and generate tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue for crucial public services like education and police."

Officials with the New Approach campaign were happy with the news.

"It's rare to win support from Oregon workers so early in a campaign," said New Approach campaign manager Dan Mahr. "This reflects the fact that the New Approach measure will improve the lives of workers in all corners of the state."

The recommendation from the "union of unions" comes a week after the New Approach Measure qualified for the ballot. The Northwest Oregon Labor Council is the largest central labor committee in the state, representing more than 50,000 workers in 100 union locals.

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NYC Diesel Marijuana Strain Review And Pictures

The Weed Blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:45
NYC Diesel Cannabis Strain Review And Pics The NYC Diesel marijuana strain is a cross of the Sour Diesel marijuana strain and an Afghan indica marijuana strain. The NYC Diesel marijuana strain provides you with a cerebral head high with just a taste of a heavy body high. The NYC Diesel marijuana strain is good for [...]

Colorado: Brookings Institution Says State Is Successfully Regulating Marijuana

Hemp News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:23

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Colorado is successfully regulating marijuana, according to a report released on Thursday by the Brookings Institution’s Center for Effective Public Management.

“The state has met challenging statutory and constitutional deadlines for the construction and launch of a legal, regulatory, and tax apparatus for its new policy,” according to the report authored by John Hudak, a Brookings fellow in Governance Studies. “In doing so, it has made intelligent decisions about regulatory needs, the structure of distribution, prevention of illegal diversion, and other vital aspects of its new market. It has made those decisions in concert with a wide variety of stakeholders in the state.”

“This report reflects what is actually happening on the ground here in Colorado," said Mason Tvert, the Denver-based director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) who co-directed the 2012 Colorado initiative campaign. "The state is proving that regulating marijuana works. It explains why the new law is experiencing just as much public support now as it did when voters approved it in 2012.

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U.S.: 80 Organizations Come Together To Protect the Kids and End the Drug War

Hemp News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:10

Broad Coalition Comprised of Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Immigration, Racial Justice, Human Rights Organizations

A diverse coalition of more than 80 civil rights, immigration, criminal justice, racial justice, human rights, libertarian and religious organizations are joined by notable figures such as Michelle Alexander in calling for an end to the War On Drugs in the name of protecting children both in Latin America and here in the United States.

The supporters of the letter -– which include the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Center for Constitutional Rights, Institute of the Black World, Presente.org, Students for Liberty, United We Dream, William C. Velasquez Institute, and the Working Families Organization -– are notable for their diversity in cause and focus, yet this issue unites them all.

In their letter of support for new policies, the coalition states:

"In recent weeks, the plight of the 52,000 unaccompanied children apprehended at the U.S. border since last October, many of whom are fleeing drug war violence in Central America, has permeated our national consciousness. The devastating consequences of the drug war have not only been felt in Latin America, they are also having ravaging effects here at home. All too often, children are on the frontlines of this misguided war that knows no borders or color lines."

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Washington: One Seattle Cop Issued 80% of Marijuana Tickets This Year; He's Been Reassigned

Hemp News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:48

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Eighty percent of the marijuana citations issued by the Seattle Police Department during the first half of this year were written by just one pot-hating cop -- and now that officer has been reassigned.

Staff reviewing data to prepare the department's first biannual report on marijuana enforcement found that 66 of 83 citations for public cannabis use were given out by just one officer, according to Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole, reports Eric M. Johnson at Reuters.

"In some instances, the officer added notes to the tickets," Chief O'Toole said.

In one case, she said, "the officer indicated he flipped a coin when contemplating which subject to cite." In another, he referred to the voter-approved legalization of marijuana as "silly." Washington voters in 2012 approved Initiative 502, a limited legalization measure, but public pot use still isn't allowed.

Some of the notes written on tickets by the officer in question requested the attention of City Attorney Pete Holmes -- a vocal supporter of legalization -- and were addressed to "Petey Holmes."

The officer's conduct was reported to the police's Office of Professional Accountability, according to O'Toole, who added that he won't be performing patrol duties during the investigation.

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Bill O’Reilly Poll Shows Overwhelming Support For Marijuana Legalization

The Weed Blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:40
I’m not the biggest fan of Bill O’Reilly. He is very good at what he does, which is preach to his choir and get them fired up about stuff that ‘conservatives’ care about. But he usually covers issues and takes stances that most Americans don’t agree with. Lately he has been on an anti-marijuana crusade, [...]

California Latinos Don’t Think Marijuana Should Lead To Deportation

The Weed Blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 13:35
It’s always shocking to me when a person of Latin descent doesn’t support marijuana reform. If they are willing to listen, I always try to explain how marijuana became illegal in the first place. During the 1930′s the United States government was looking for ways to deport Mexican immigrants, per requests from politicians in Southwestern [...]

University Of Arizona Won’t Give Marijuana Researcher Her Job Back

The Weed Blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:31
Dr. Sue Sisley was supposed to lead a research project at the University of Arizona that explored how medical marijuana affects PTSD. Unfortunately for Dr. Sisley, and those who would have benefitted from her research, the University of Arizona terminated her employment prior to the start of the research project. Dr. Sisley appealed her termination, [...]

Study: Legalized Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Impact Teen Use Rates

NORML Blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:17

The passage of state laws legalizing the physician-recommended possession and consumption of cannabis by qualified patients has not led to an increase in adolescents’ use of the plant, according to a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research – a non-partisan research organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Investigators from the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Oregon, and Montana State University assessed federal data on youth marijuana use and treatment episodes for the years 1993 to 2011 – a time period when 16 states authorized medical cannabis use.

Authors reported, “Our results are not consistent with the hypothesis that the legalization of medical marijuana caused an increase in the use of marijuana among high school students. In fact, estimates from our preferred specification are small, consistently negative, and are never statistically distinguishable from zero.”

A separate analysis published in April in the Journal of Adolescent Health similarly determined, “This study did not find increases in adolescent marijuana use related to legalization of medical marijuana. … This suggests that concerns about ‘sending the wrong message’ may have been overblown.”

Full text of the study, “Medical marijuana laws and teen marijuana use,” is available online here.

Marijuana Legalization Campaign Advertising Begins In Alaska

The Weed Blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:25
The sky is beginning to fall in Alaska according to marijuana opponents. The campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Alaska has purchased campaign advertising that will appear on city buses. Usually campaign advertising is seen as free speech. But in Alaska, opponents are acting like it’s the beginning of the end. Opponents to the [...]

Cuomo Highlights Urgency For Implementation Of New York Medical Marijuana Program

The Weed Blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:24
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo called for swift implementation of New York’s recently passed medical marijuana law. Since the medical marijuana bill was signed into law on July 7, three children who suffered from severe seizure disorders have already passed. These deaths have made even clearer what we already knew – the eighteen month or longer timeline for implementing [...]