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Oregon: Sociologist Says Policy Will Determine Economic Impact of Legal Marijuana

Hemp News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:49

The economic impact of legalizing marijuana in Oregon is difficult to estimate because the potential market will depend in large part on what kind of policies would be adopted if a proposed ballot measure passes in November, according to an Oregon State University sociologist who studies the issue.

“Marijuana is already a serious economic force in Oregon,” said Seth Crawford, an expert on the policies and market structure of marijuana in Oregon. “When you consider the proposed excise tax and additional revenue from income taxes, it could become a sizeable income stream for the state.”

Oregon voters will decide in November whether to legalize recreational marijuana production and use. Policymakers are trying to determine the economic impact of legalizing marijuana and Crawford’s research was recently cited in an economic report commissioned by backers of the ballot initiative, as well as by the state legislative revenue office.

If marijuana is legalized in Oregon, the state could net anywhere from $35 million to $105 million in new tax revenue per year, Crawford estimated in research published earlier this year in the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations.

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Democratic Party of Oregon Endorses Marijuana Legalization Initiative

NORML Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:23

Earlier today, the Democratic Party of Oregon came out in support of Measure 91, which would legalize and regulate the adult use, cultivation, and sale of marijuana in the state.

These endorsements were made by a “voting body comprised of the State Central Committee delegates, alternates, and associates.” A measure required a two-thirds vote for or against for the Party to take an official position.

In a press release highlighting their supportive position, the Democratic Party of Oregon stated that “a majority of Americans and large majority of Democrats now support state regulation of legal marijuana use. Measure 91 is the right approach to legalization in Oregon, strictly regulating use while funding law enforcement and schools. Vote Yes on 91.”

You can read the full release here.

You can learn more about Measure 91, including ways you can donate or volunteer, by visiting their website here.

NORML will be providing much more coverage on this and other ballot initiatives as election season heats up. Stay tuned.

Washington: Seattle Cop Who Wrote 80% of Marijuana Tickets Returns To Duty

Hemp News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:01

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A bicycle officer who was briefly reassigned after it was discovered he had personally written 80 percent of the tickets for public marijuana use issued in the city this year has returned to his regular job, the Seattle Police Department announced Monday afternoon.

Police claim they're still investigating the conduct of Officer Randy Jokela, who has been with the force 24 years and who seems to be having real trouble adjusting to the implementation of I-502, the limited marijuana legalization measure approved by Washington state voters in 2012.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole and Pierce Murphy, director of the SPD's Office of Professional Accountability, "conferred and ultimately decided that there was nothing that precludes this employee from returning to his normal duties," according to department spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.d

While the department did not name their officer -- apparently they aren't all that proud of him -- Jokela, was identified by sources within the department as a patrolman who joined the force in 1990. He wrote 66 of 83 tickets for public use of marijuana issued in the first half of 2014, O'Toole said.

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Five Steps To Make A Marijuana Nutrient Solution

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:57
In the growing and flowering stage of the marijuana plant you use at least two different kinds of fertilizers. In the growing period, plants have a higher demand of nitrogen (this is the N on the packaging). In order to stimulate the flowering period, often extra phosphorus is required. Usually the packaging indicates the consistency [...]

Colorado: Recreational Marijuana Dispensary Draws New Tourism To Pueblo Area

Hemp News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:54

Southern Colorado recreational marijuana dispensary Cannasseur has large customer base from surrounding states

Cannasseur, a recreational marijuana dispensary serving Southern Colorado, experienced a surge in out-of-state customers upon opening their doors in May, as their location in Pueblo West, Colorado is a mere hour and a half from the state border.

However, unlike many Colorado dispensaries that offer discounts to local patrons only, Cannasseur welcomes and embraces the tourism their business brings to the area.

“We’ve found that upwards of 80 percent of our revenue is coming from bordering states that have not yet legalized recreational marijuana,” said Ryan Griego, managing partner at Cannasseur. “We want these visitors to the dispensary to feel welcomed and at ease.”

Many of Cannasseur’s customers are from neighboring states to the south, west and east including Oklahoma, Kansas and Utah, with the largest factions coming from Northwest Texas, Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Cannasseur anticipates that the Colorado State Fair (August 22-September 1) will draw even more tourists to the Pueblo area, many of whom will visit the dispensary.

This comes as no surprise to Griego who made sure that Cannasseur’s business model has a heavy emphasis on customer service, highly educated staff members and a relaxing, inviting environment.

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What The F**k Does Marijuana Have To Do With The Ferguson Murder?

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:45
A preventable tragedy occurred in Ferguson, Missouri last weekend. An unarmed teenager named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer. If this didn’t involve a police officer pulling the trigger, the media would report it as murder. But instead, because it was a police officer that pulled the trigger, mainstream media has [...]

Tasmania: Official Refuses To Acknowledge Misleading Statements on Medical Marijuana

Hemp News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:07

Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff has been exposed for misleading the public over the extent of poppy industry concerns about a medicinal cannabis trial and potential industry in Tasmania, Greens Health spokesperson, Cassy O’Connor MP, said on Wednesday.

“When Mr Rockliff came out on 3rd of July this year in support of the Health Minister’s rejection of a medicinal cannabis trial in Tasmania, he cited concerns expressed by the poppy industry as a reason for the trial’s rejection,” O’Connor said. “We now know, as a result of Right to Information requests of three government agencies, that Mr Rockliff was misrepresenting the industry and using a fallacious argument to support the Health Minister’s unpopular and poorly argued rejection of a medical cannabis trial in Tasmania.”

“Since then, a number of poppy industry leaders -– including Mr Rockliff’s own father -– have stated that they can see no conflict between the existing world class Tasmanian poppy industry and medicinal cannabis in Tasmania, and indeed that there is enormous potential for Tasmania to establish a medicinal cannabis industry building on that strong reputation,” O'Connor said.

“The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association has expressed a similar view," O'Connor said. "They can see no issue for the established poppy industry in Tasmania but do see the potential medicinal cannabis has as a regulated crop for Tasmanian farmers.

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An Ice Bucket Challenge Is Good, But Recommending Marijuana Is Good Too

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:37
The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ has taken America by storm. For the two people in America that don’t know what the Ice Bucket Challenge is, essentially a person is challenged to either dump a bucket of ice water on their head, or make a donation to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is [...]

Santa Fe Marijuana Decriminalization Effort Certified

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:32
Voters in Santa Fe, New Mexico could be voting on a marijuana decriminalization measure this November. The Santa Fe City Clerk certified that enough signatures have been gathered and verified for the marijuana reform initiative. Now the initiative goes to the Santa Fe City Council where they can either adopt it outright, or place it [...]

Canadian Doctors Will Not Join Anti-Marijuana Campaign

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:28
Health Canada oversees the country’s medical marijuana program. Health Canada is planning an upcoming anti-marijuana campaign targeting Canada’s youth. Health Canada asked leading doctor organizations if they would join the campaign, inviting Canadian doctors to ‘co-brand and provide expert advice’ to the program. Canadian doctors decided to not participate in the reefer madness, politically fueled [...]

First Legal Marijuana Purchased In Seattle Donated To Museum

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:26
Legal cannabis sales started in Washington on July 7th. The first legal purchase in Seattle was made by 65 year old grandmother Deb Greene at Cannabis City. Rather than consume some of the cannabis she purchased, Deb Green instead donated some of the cannabis to Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. Per Time: She purchased two [...]

Attend The Oregon Growers Association Launch Event

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:39
One thing that has been very effective in the cannabis movement and industry is when like-minded people band together. When dispensary owners unite, good things happen. The same goes with marijuana growers. If you are a marijuana grower in Oregon, you should consider joining the Oregon Growers Association. They are having a launch event this [...]

The Importance Of Purging Your Dab Torch

The Weed Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:43
By Aarr Kellz, Spaceship Earth Farms The Why… When you first take a brand new torch out of the box it has been freshly manufactured and sometimes the torch’s gas chamber has a little oxygen left over inside that needs to be purged before you fill the chamber with butane. If the oxygen is not [...]

International Cannabis Business Conference: Launch Or Improve Your Business

The Weed Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 21:18
The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) takes place Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. The conference features preeminent cannabis industry entrepreneurs such as Steve DeAngelo and Ed Rosenthal and political leaders like Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Sebastopol, California, Mayor Robert Jacobs. The event also features an exclusive industry [...]

Jedi OG Marijuana Strain Review And Pictures

The Weed Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:59
Jedi OG Marijuana Cannabis Review And Pics The Jedi OG marijuana strain is an indica-dominant hybrid. As with most indicas, the body high from the Jedi OG marijuana strain is thorough. As a result, the Jedi OG marijuana strain is great for helping with pain relief and insomnia. Or, if you just want to relax, the [...]

Book Review: Cannabis Sativa, Volume 3 Strain Guide Released

Hemp News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:05

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Some of you are lucky -- you already know that S.T. Oner's Cannabis Sativa series, like its Cannabis Indica companions, is a trip through the rarest and phattest marijuana flowers on the planet. Now the third volume in the Sativa series haas been released, matching the three Indica volumes.

The new book, like the previous volumes, features the most up-to-date information about the genetics, growth traits, taste, smells, and effects of the world's finest cannabis strains. But that's not all, oh no -- what keeps me coming back to these gorgeous volumes, time after time, are the gorgeous, glossy photographs.

Any grower or connoisseur looking for a little inspiration need go no farther than the photos and descriptions of amazing strains like Mango Haze, Peptide, Dragon's Teeth and Jack the Ripper.

Cannabis plants are, of course, divided into two main groups, sativa and indica. This book, and the two previous Cannabis Sativa volumes, unsurprisingly focus on sativa, a lanky, intriguing plant producing energetic, psychoactive flowers that often result in happiness, creativity, laughter, art, and dance.

No other strain guide series has looked at cannabis sativa so deeply. Volume 3, with a cover price of $20, features 100 strains of sativa-dominant genetics by an array of skilled breeders.

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Defend Washington D.C. Marijuana Legalization From Federal Interference

The Weed Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:45
Washington D.C. is going to vote on marijuana legalization this November. Washington D.C. joins Oregon and Alaska, who are also going to be voting on marijuana legalization during the 2014 Election. The federal government will no doubt weigh in on all three areas if they pass, however, Washington D.C. is likely to receive the most [...]

Washington: Seattle's Second Recreational Marijuana Store Opens

Hemp News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:30

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

For almost six weeks now, Seattle's lone recreational marijuana store, Cannabis City, has struggling to stay open, repeatedly running out of legal cannabis priced around $25 a gram. Now, a second pot store, Herbal Nation, has finally opened in the Emerald City.

The new state-licensed marijuana store, at 19302 Bothell Everett Highway in Seattle, held its grand opening on Monday, and staff said they believe they have enough weed to stay open seven days a week, reports Jake Ellison at the Seattle PI.

"Judging by the initial line at opening, there will be plenty of folks trying to run 'em dry," Ellison reports.

"It's a very exciting day for us, but it's more of an exciting day for the community," said Lauren Downes, spokeswoman for Herbal Nation. "Washington state voted this in and we feel privileged to be in the position that we're in.

"We do not consider ourselves to just be retailers of cannabis," Downes said. "We are here to set a standard in the industry, and implement positive change and evolution in the recreational cannabis industry."

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President Of Colombia Endorses Medical Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:41
Last month a bill was introduced in Colombia by Senator Juan Manuel Galan that would legalize medical marijuana. The bill would legalize medical marijuana distribution and would task the Colombian government with being responsible for overseeing distribution. The goal of the bill is not only to help patients in Colombia, but also to hurt the [...]

Saudi Arabia: Four Men Beheaded For Smuggling Marijuana

Hemp News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:19

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Four men have been beheaded by sword after being convicted of smuggling marijuana into Saudri Arabia, the interior ministry announced on Monday.

The government-run SPA news organization identified the Saudi men as two sets of brothers, Hadi and Awad al-Motleq, and Mufarraj and Ali al-Yami, reports Malta Today.

The four men were beheaded at Najran, a city in southwestern Saudi Arabia, after they were found guilty of smuggling "a large quantity of hashish" into the country. The government didn't say when the executions took place.

The four beheadings raised to 32 the number of executions announced so far this year in Saudi Arabia, according to the AFP news agency. Amnesty International denounced what it called a "disturbing surge" in executions there.

"The Saudi Arabian authorities must halt all executions," Amnesty said, adding that the executions of the two sets of brothers occurred "reportedly on the basis of forced confessions extracted through torture."

The latest executions "bring the number of state killings in Saudi Arabia in the past two weeks to 17 -- a rate of more than one execution per day," the organization said.

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