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Alaska: TV Reporter Outs Herself As Pro-Marijuana Activist: 'Fuck It, I Quit'

Hemp News - 4 hours 28 min ago

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

If you're a television news reporter and you decide to quit, you might as well do it live on the air and in a spectacular fashion -- at least, that was apparently the thinking of Charlo Greene, who outed herself as the owner of a medical marijuana club and told viewers she was quitting her job to focus on legalization.

Greene reported on the Alaska Cannabis Club during TV station KTVA's Sunday night news broadcast, but didn't reveal her connection to the club until a live shot at the end of her report, according Laurel Andrews at the Alaska Dispatch News.

"Now everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalization of marijuana here in Alaska," Greene said live on the air. "And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice, but fuck it, I quit."

With that, Greene walked off camera.

Alaska Cannabis Club had earlier urged its Facebook followers to tune in to the news broadcast Sunday evening. Greene later said KTVA had no idea she was going to quit, or how, or that she was connected to the dispensary.

Greene said she quit so dramatically "Because I wanted to draw attention to this issue. And the issue is medical marijuana.

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California: Retired Police Chief Who Fought To End The Drug War Dies At 79

Hemp News - 4 hours 51 min ago

San Jose's Joseph McNamara Leaves Behind a Remarkable Legacy of Public Service and Activism

Retired police chief Joseph McNamara, who fought to end the War On Drugs, died on Friday, September 19 at the age of 79. His 35-year law enforcement career began in 1956 as a beat cop for the New York City Police Department.

He would later become a criminal justice fellow at Harvard, where he focused on criminal justice research and methodology. During this time McNamara took leave from police work to obtain a doctorate in Public Administration, and was appointed deputy inspector of crime analysis in New York City upon his return.

McNamara spoke out publicly against the Drug War long before the issue had come to the political forefront. He was a speaker and advisory board member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the War On Drugs.

“When you’re telling cops that they’re soldiers in a Drug War, you’re destroying the whole concept of the citizen peace officer, a peace officer whose fundamental duty is to protect life and be a community servant,” McNamara said at a presentation for the International Conference on Drug Policy Reform in 1995.

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Oregon: Retired Chief Federal Prosecutor Says Vote Yes To Legalize Marijuana

Hemp News - 5 hours 11 min ago

Measure 91: Kris Olson, one of Oregon's most respected prosecutors, endorses campaign

Oregon's former U.S. Attorney, one of the most respected prosecutors in the state, has endorsed Measure 91, which would regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older.

Kris Olson has worked in justice and law enforcement for more than 40 years."I enforced our marijuana laws, and they don't work," she said.

"Filling our courts and jails has failed to reduce marijuana use, and drug cartels are pocketing all the profits," Olson said.

Olson joins several other high-profile supporters of Measure 91, including former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Bill Riggs and former Addictions and Mental Health Services of Oregon director Richard Harris.

Hundreds of other Oregonians and some of the state's most prominent organizations have also endorsed the measure.

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Cannalope Haze Marijuana Strain Review And Pictures

The Weed Blog - 9 hours 34 min ago
Cannalope Haze Cannabis Strain Review And Pics The Cannalope Haze marijuana strain actually smells like melon, which is the first thing I noticed about it. The Cannalope Haze marijuana strain also tastes a bit like melon on the inhale, which is nothing short of fantastic. The Cannalope Haze marijuana strain is a sativa strain, that comes [...]

Hanging With Willie: A Friendship Sealed With Weed

NORML Blog - 10 hours 9 min ago

Willie Nelson is a proud marijuana smoker who stopped using alcohol and tobacco decades ago. Willie, 81, credits his longevity to that decision.

Willie was purposely out of the “marijuana closet” before that became fashionable, or even politically correct. His openness came across as charmingly naive, as if he did not know cannabis was illegal, and could not figure out why others were sometimes upset.

Willie was — and still is — making a political statement that there is nothing wrong with smoking marijuana.

Two issues have always been the focus of Willie’s political attention: helping family farmers remain on the land and legalizing marijuana.

Willie and I have frequently talked over the years about the natural crossover between those two issues. If marijuana were legal for American farmers to cultivate and sell, tens of thousands of family farmers could grow marijuana and financially thrive and remain on the land, continuing the great rural tradition dating back to the founding of our country.

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‘Operation Grow4Vets’ Gives Free Marijuana To Veterans

The Weed Blog - 10 hours 41 min ago
One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone uses  the ‘I am compassionate’ stance, knowing that the only reason they are in the medical marijuana industry is to line their own pockets. I see it all to often here in Oregon and in other states I’ve visited. If these people were truly in it to [...]

Madison NORML Examiner: Wisconsin Attorney General race and medical marijuana

Madison NORML - 11 hours 8 min ago

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, September 22, 2014

My in depth look at the Wisconsin Attorney General race and candidate positions on medical marijuana

Victorian Parents Overwhelmingly Support CBD For Sick Children

The Weed Blog - 11 hours 49 min ago
2014 could be known as the ‘year of CBD.’ Many state legislatures in America that would likely have never never passed a real medical marijuana program have passed ‘CBD only’ legislation this year. CBD has been proven to be a successful treatment for those suffering from severe forms of epilepsy, including children. A doctor in [...]

Medical Marijuana Sales To Begin In Connecticut

The Weed Blog - 12 hours 49 min ago
Medical marijuana patients have been waiting a long time in Connecticut to get safe access to medicine. It appears that the wait is over. Late last week it was announced that the first crop of legal medical marijuana is ready for distribution. Per CT Now: Sales of medical marijuana in Connecticut are expected to begin [...]

Nevada Could Eventually Have The Largest Medical Cannabis Industry In America

The Weed Blog - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 01:38
Nevada is going to launch it’s medical cannabis industry in just a few months. Nevada has had a medical cannabis program for a long time, but dispensaries weren’t approved until recently. One major detail of the recently passed legislation that legalized medical cannabis dispensaries is that Nevada will allow out of state patients to purchase [...]

Peyton Manning Suggests Cannabis Industry Helps His Pizza Restaurants

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 23:30
The growing cannabis industry in Colorado is a success by every measure. Tax revenues continue to climb. Much needed jobs are being created in the industry every month. Crime is down. Traffic fatalities are down. Teen use is down. Local economies are benefiting too. Hotels benefit from the added tourism. Local stores are benefiting from [...]

Warren Buffett Exploring The Cannabis Industry Is A Sign Of The Times

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 22:47
Warren Buffett is one of the smartest investors in American history. I have always thought that if Warren Buffett was sniffing out the cannabis industry, that would be one of the biggest indicators that the cannabis industry has arrived. It appears that scenario is occurring right now, which is a very exciting thing for the [...]

Recreational Cannabis Store Licenses In Jeopardy In Washington State

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 21:41
Legal cannabis sales have been occurring in Washington State since early July. Implementation of a legal cannabis licensing system took seven months longer to roll out in Washington compared to Colorado. As of the writing of this article, there is still just one legal recreational cannabis store in Seattle. It appears that some licenses in [...]

Banking Still An Issue For Growing Colorado Cannabis Industry

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 21:08
Banking has always been an issue for the cannabis industry, well before Colorado and Washington legalized recreational cannabis in 2012. Earlier this year there appeared to be a banking solution on the horizon in Colorado. Efforts seemed promising that Colorado would be creating a first of it’s kind banking system specially for the cannabis industry. [...]

Company Site Selectors Should Not Let Cannabis Fears Influence Decisions

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 20:34
Big companies use national site selectors when determining where to locate offices, factories, etc. These companies don’t simply select a location at random. They perform a significant amount of due diligence and have an expert lead the project. There was recently a meeting in Denver for these types of professionals – the 2014 Metro Denver [...]

Illinois Governor Candidate Wants To Auction Off Cannabis Business Licenses

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 20:00
Getting a cannabis business license is no easy task. For starters, your state has to allow cannabis licenses in the first place, which is obviously not always the case. You also have to be able to afford the cost of the cannabis license, which is not always refundable if your application is denied. And of [...]

Lawsuit Filed Over Florida Medical Cannabis License Lottery

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 19:29
I have never been a fan of cannabis industry license lotteries. I get that there needs to be a fair way to allocate a limited number of licenses in a medical cannabis program, but having a lottery is not one of them. People should be approved because they are the best applicant, and there shouldn’t [...]

Should I Roll A Spliff Or A Jay?

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 14:48
By John Knetemann How many times have you heard that statement? Probably way too many to count! Jesus, I can hardly imagine the amount of times I have heard this. However, it is an important question to ask before rolling. I like to think of this as the “controversy” in pot culture. This is the [...]

Cannabis Is Why Conservatives Are Not Capitalists

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 13:44
By John Knetemann I would like to make it clear that this article is not representative of all conservatives, as there are even conservatives out there that don’t want to rain on someone else’s high, but I think it is fair to say a majority of conservatives on Capitol Hill are not in support of any [...]

What Is More Important, Safety Or The Law?

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 12:40
By John Knetemann There is only one major danger I can possibly think of from smoking marijuana. No, it isn’t that it will cause a gateway effect. No, it isn’t that it will make you lazy. And no, it isn’t that it is addictive. All these are lies and myths told about cannabis. The biggest, [...]