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CHARLO’S PLACE | Infused Fried Catfish ‘n Grits & Sweet Potato Pie

The Weed Blog - 8 hours 15 min ago
Charlogreene.com CannaCatwalk – The Fusion Fashion Show organizer Ana Izquierdo and Canna Latino founder Danielle Espinel swing by CHARLO’S PLACE for an infused lunch of fried catfish and grits, prepared by the Sunday Morning Baker. Head to CharloGreene.com and SUBSCRIBE for more awesome cannabis content!

Poll: Two-Thirds Of Californians Support Legalizing Retail Sales Of Marijuana To Adults

NORML Blog - 12 hours 14 min ago

Approximately two in three California voters support the establishment of a state-regulated retail market for the sale of marijuana to adults, according to polling data compiled by the Institute of Government Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sixty-four percent of respondents agree, “Marijuana should be legal for adults to purchase and use recreationally, with government regulations similar to the regulation of alcohol.”

Support is strongest among those between the ages 18 to 24 (75 percent), Democrats (74 percent), African Americans (72 percent), those between the ages of 25 to 34 (71 percent), and Latino voters (69 percent). Among voters over 65 years of age, 58 percent back legalization.

The polling data bodes well for the passage of California’s Proposition 64 this November. The statewide initiative permit adults to legally grow (up to six plants) and possess personal use quantities of cannabis (up to one ounce of flower and/or up to eight grams of concentrate) while also licensing commercial cannabis production and retail sales. The measure prohibits localities from taking actions to infringe upon adults’ ability to possess and cultivate cannabis for non-commercial purposes. The initiative language specifies that it is not intended to “repeal, affect, restrict, or preempt … laws pertaining to the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.” Proposition 64 is endorsed by the ACLU of California, the California Democratic Party, the California Medical Association, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the California NAACP, the Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and NORML.

Voters in Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada will similarly decide on adult use measures in November. Voters in Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, Montana, and North Dakota are expected to also decide on medical use measures this fall.

A summary of 2016 statewide ballot measures and their status is online here.

National Cannabis Industry Association Releases Statement on DEA’s Rejection of Marijuana Rescheduling

The Weed Blog - 17 hours 20 min ago
Washington, DC – National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith issued the following statement tonight in response to reports that the Drug Enforcement Administration will reject petitions to remove marijuana from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act, which declares it to have no medical use and places it on par with much more

High June in Colorado — Retail Cannabis Sales Get Silver Medal

The Weed Blog - 17 hours 21 min ago
Boulder, Colorado — June this year gave us National Doughnut Day, International Picnic Day, Father’s Day, the Summer Solstice and plenty more. But in Colorado, it presented yet something else worth celebrating — the second busiest month of cannabis sales since the state legalized recreational cannabis. “The June numbers reflect the profound and sustained boom

The Future of Growing Marijuana Legally

The Weed Blog - 17 hours 21 min ago
When I was growing up you had to be careful where you kept your weed. The business was still very much at the brown paper packet stage. We had not reached the point where packaging cost more than the product. In the wine industry, though, bottle makers were already earning more than people that made

Petition: Tell Chris Christie to Sign Bill Adding PTSD as Medical Cannabis Condition

The Weed Blog - 19 hours 46 min ago
On August 1st New Jersey’s full legislature gave approval to Assembly Bill 457 which would add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying medical cannabis condition. The vote in the Senate was 29 to 9; the vote in the Assembly was 56 to 13. Now, the measure sits on the desk of Governor Chris Christie, who

US CA: Column: Failure to Reschedule Marijuana Proves DEA Is

Cannabis News - 22 hours 6 min ago
SF Weekly, 18 Aug 2016 - The Drug Enforcement Administration's decision last week not to reschedule marijuana highlights the absurdities of its pre-election limbo. Marijuana will remain a Schedule I drug, meaning that the federal government doesn't recognize any of its medical uses and considers it to have high potential for abuse. "This decision isn't based on danger," DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg told NPR. "This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine ... and it's not."

US AZ: Column: Is Prop 205 Right For Arizona?

Cannabis News - 22 hours 6 min ago
Tucson Weekly, 18 Aug 2016 - Some locals are not okay with treating a joint like a bottle of gin Prop 205, which would decriminalize the use of marijuana for adults over 21, is a complex proposal. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol officially met the signature requirement to be included on the November ballot. However, the initiative could be blocked by a pending court case, which had its first hearing last Friday.

US OR: Column: Weed Reads

Cannabis News - 22 hours 6 min ago
Portland Mercury, 18 Aug 2016 - What to Read Before-and After-You Get High HELLO THERE! Do you enjoy reading? How about reading about cannabis? I ask because if you're reading this column (or if it's being read to you by a service monkey using typing-to-speech-recognition software), it seems like you might enjoy some books on cannabis. I certainly hope so, because this week's column is about four of them. You could get them all through Powell's or many local, independent booksellers.

US OR: Column: Weed Fraud At A Portland Dispensary

Cannabis News - 22 hours 6 min ago
Portland Mercury, 18 Aug 2016 - Of Pot, Felons, and Duped Canadians TELL ME about the weed fraud case! WEED, FELONS, forgeries, lawsuits, California swindlers, and duped Canadian backers-the weed fraud case had it all.

US CA: Column: Growing Pains

Cannabis News - 22 hours 6 min ago
North Coast Journal, 18 Aug 2016 - The backlash came fast and fierce. "Get ready for some hate mail," warned one Facebook commenter about 30 minutes after the post went live. Within hours, the boycott calls began. On Aug. 10, the Lost Coast Outpost posted to its news site the full list of marijuana growers and manufacturers who have taken steps to register their operations, future and existing, with the county. As of the Outpost's publication, there were 846 of these folks who had registered with the Humboldt County Planning and Building Department, putting pen to paper to officially report who they are, what they're planning, where they're planning it and what, if any, existing commercial marijuana activity is already there.

US CA: Column: Failure to Reschedule Marijuana Proves DEA Is

Medical Marijuana - 22 hours 6 min ago
SF Weekly, 18 Aug 2016 - The Drug Enforcement Administration's decision last week not to reschedule marijuana highlights the absurdities of its pre-election limbo. Marijuana will remain a Schedule I drug, meaning that the federal government doesn't recognize any of its medical uses and considers it to have high potential for abuse. "This decision isn't based on danger," DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg told NPR. "This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine ... and it's not."

US AZ: Column: Is Prop 205 Right For Arizona?

Medical Marijuana - 22 hours 6 min ago
Tucson Weekly, 18 Aug 2016 - Some locals are not okay with treating a joint like a bottle of gin Prop 205, which would decriminalize the use of marijuana for adults over 21, is a complex proposal. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol officially met the signature requirement to be included on the November ballot. However, the initiative could be blocked by a pending court case, which had its first hearing last Friday.

CHARLO’S PLACE | Collective Gardening with Rooms to Grow

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 17:20
Charlogreene.com  Today, Alison Powers Helsley swings by Charlo’s Place to discuss the innovative approach she’s taking to help Colorado residents to grow their own cannabis with Rooms To Grow Listen and learn about collective gardens. SHARE and subscribe at CharloGreene.com for more of the latest cannabis news exclusive interviews and exclusive reviews.

Federal Court of Appeals Upholds Ban on Prosecuting State-Compliant Medical Marijuana Businesses

NORML Blog - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 11:27

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, covering nine western states, earlier this week ruled unanimously that the Department of Justice is barred by federal law from prosecuting medical marijuana businesses if those businesses are operating in compliance with state law.

This decision came in an appeal in which the court had consolidated ten different cases from California and Washington, in which the defendants — growers and dispensaries — had argued that their federal indictments should be dismissed because of a current ban, enacted by Congress in 2014, on the use of federal funds to prosecute state-compliant medical marijuana activities. Known as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, the language of the enactment said federal funds could not be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

The Department of Justice had argued the ban only precluded their interference with the state governments, and did not ban federal prosecutions against individual defendants. The Court of Appeals rejected this argument, and remanded the cases back to the US District Courts for an evidentiary hearing to determine if the individual defendants had in fact acted in compliance with their state medical marijuana laws.

Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, writing for the panel, did warn in his opinion that Congress could restore funding to prosecute these cases “tomorrow, a year from now, or four years from now, and the government could then prosecute individuals who committed offenses while the government lacked funding.”

Utillian 720 Vaporizer Review

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 08:56
Recently, I became one of a select, lucky few to get my hands on the new Utillian 720 vaporizer. This solid, box vaporizer has been attached to my person every since it arrived in the mail. The portability and ease of use is matched by the large container for holding your concentrates and dry herbs.

Clear Choice Cannabis Joins Music Legends Chief Greenbud and Sir Mix-a-Lot at Seattle HEMPFEST®

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 08:45
Seattle’s 25th annual HEMPFEST® is upon us! And, Clear Choice Cannabis, a Tacoma-based cannabis club, will be adding a little flavor to the “protestival.” Clear Choice will host Sir Mix-a-Lot at their booth for a “meet and greet,” where fans will have an opportunity to mingle with the legendary hip-hop and crossover icon. Clear Choice

MILegalize Awaits a Decision in Michigan Court of Claims

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 08:45
New Buffalo, Michigan- The Four Winds Casino and Resort will host a fundraiser for the MILegalize organization on August 20, and key campaign officials confirm their status in the Court of Claims: waiting patiently. New Buffalo is in the southwestern corner of Michigan, and the Four Winds casino is a top-notch facility. Fundraiser guests will

Stroup and Simpson to Speak at DC’s BUD Summit

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 08:45
As the United States of cannabis continues to take shape with 25 states and the District of Colombia legalizing marijuana in some form, the cannabis industry is shaping up to be one of the fastest growing industries in America and on August 20, industry and medical marijuana leaders will converge on Capitol Hill at the

CN BC: Editorial: City Hall Stuck In The Middle

Cannabis News - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 04:00
Penticton Western, 17 Aug 2016 - It's always a temptation when writing about the various marijuana dispensaries that have popped up around town to treat it lightly and slip in puns about pot, weed etc. The situation the City of Penticton finds itself in is very real, and it's nothing to joke about.