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Two Different Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Planned In Maine

The Weed Blog - 2 hours 24 min ago
Maine has been on the marijuana legalization radar for awhile now. I think Maine has a great chance of being the first state to legalize marijuana via the legislature. But if that doesn’t happen before the next election, it sounds like there will be two efforts trying to get a marijuana legalization initiative on the [...]

IRS Advisory Council: Protect Tax Preparers Who Advise Marijuana Businesses

The Weed Blog - 8 hours 45 min ago
When many people think of the marijuana industry and the federal government, they don’t realize that there is more than just marijuana stores involved. There are a lot of facets to the marijuana industry and beyond. There are a lot of non-marijuana businesses that deal directly with the marijuana industry. The best two examples are [...]

What Will It Take To Legalize Marijuana In California In 2016?

The Weed Blog - 15 hours 25 min ago
There are now four states that have legalized marijuana. Those of course are Colorado (2012), Washington (2012), Oregon (2014), and Alaska (2014). Washington D.C. also voted to legalize marijuana in 2014. For a long time, most marijuana activists and analysts assumed that California would be the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. After all, California [...]

Event – The Future Of Legal Marijuana In Oregon

The Weed Blog - 16 hours 16 min ago
Oregon voters approved Measure 91 on Election Day 2014. Oregon Measure 91 legalized possession of marijuana up to 8 ounces per individual, and cultivation of up to 4 marijuana plants per household in Oregon. There’s a lot of work still to be done as Oregon implements the new law. Are you curious what the next [...]

Congressional Report On The Federal Government Taxing Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 16:12
By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a comprehensive thirty five-page report last week examining the federal government establishing a wholesale excise tax on the production and sale of cannabis-related products. In what is one of the most comprehensive policy and fiscal reviews to date of how cannabis can [...]

Missouri Fall Marijuana Conference A Massive Success

The Weed Blog - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 15:07
By John Payne We would like to thank everyone that helped make our fall conference and the associated events possible last week. Nearly 500 people attended at least one of the nine events we held from Wednesday to Saturday. We also received substantial media attention, including this Fox 2 story in Saint Louis covering our [...]

Ten Ways You Can Use Marijuana And Hemp

The Weed Blog - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 14:01
With most things in the world, the wonderful marijuana plant and hemp plant can be used for many different purposes. It is medical and industrial. With the right funding and some smart people who care about the planet, cannabis and hemp could be the most used plants in the world. Not only that but it would [...]

Forty Six States To Go, Help Us Legalize Marijuana!

The Weed Blog - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 13:00
By Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel Please allow me to act nostalgic for a moment or two about the wonderful progress we have all seen in recent years, with a majority of the country now supporting and end to prohibition, and the adoption of various forms of marijuana legalization in many states. The political environment was [...]

46 States to Go, Help Us Legalize Marijuana!

NORML Blog - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:26

Dear NORML Members and Supporters:

Please allow me to wax nostalgic for a moment or two about the wonderful progress we have all seen in recent years, with a majority of the country now supporting and end to prohibition, and the adoption of various forms of marijuana legalization in many states. The political environment was not always so favorable.

When we started NORML in 1970, only 12% of the population supported legalization; 88% supported prohibition. It has been a long, slow and sometimes arduous effort, but we have finally won the hearts and minds of most is our citizens, despite the fact that only 14% are marijuana smokers. They have concluded that prohibition causes far more harm to society than the use of marijuana, and that regulating the sale of marijuana is the better policy.

With our recent spate of victories at the state level, currently 17 states and the District of Columbia (and several major cities) have stopped treating marijuana smokers like criminals; 23 states and the District of Columbia offer legal medical marijuana; and four states have fully legalized marijuana with state-licensed dispensaries. We have reached a tipping point in the decades-long drive to legalize marijuana, and with your continued support, there is no turning back!

And we can already see the benefits: for the fourth year in a row the number of Americans arrested on marijuana charges has declined. And these declines will only increase as we move forward with victories in additional states. We expect full legalization voter initiatives to be approved in 2016 in California, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine (and perhaps a few others that are only now being organized).

NORML’s Work Has Just Begun

In each of these legalized states, the real job of NORML is just getting started. When I founded NORML it was the result of some work I had done with consumer-advocate Ralph Nader, and I envisioned the organization as a Consumers’ Union for marijuana smokers. As a consumer lobby, we must work to assure the smokers have access to legal marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable. We must demand that the marijuana be tested to assure there are no molds or pesticides, and we need to know the strength of the THC and the CBD, and to know what terpenoids are present. These are basic consumer rights that we could not get when marijuana was only available on the black market, but which we have every right to expect in a legal market.

And to encourage the newly legal marijuana industry to abide by a set of “best practices”, we have established the NORML Business Network, to help consumers recognize “consumer-friendly” companies. As in any new industry, there are some whose only interest is to maximize their profits, but many of these new companies feel a responsibility to adopt higher standards. The NORML Business Network will help consumers distinguish between the two.

4 Down – 46 To Go!

We obviously have much work to be done before we totally end marijuana prohibition and stop the arrest of responsible marijuana smokers all across America. But we have made a substantial start, and the public support and political momentum is clearly on our side. With your continued support, we will see this fight through to a successful conclusion, and set a standard for the rest of the world to follow.

Please make a generous contribution to NORML today of $50 or $100 or $1,000 or whatever you can afford. If you wish to make a tax-exempt contribution, make your donation to the NORML Foundation. But please do your part to recognize the tremendous progress we have made over these last four decades, and to assure we continue that progress in the months and years ahead. Donate $50 or more and receive the new documentary DVD called ‘EVERGREEN: The road to marijuana legalization in Washington State’.

Thanks for being a part of this important campaign to legalize marijuana in America.

Regards,

Keith Stroup
NORML Founder and Legal Counsel

U.S.: Medical CannaBusiness Webinars Focusing On Licensing, Organics

Hemp News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 19:59

Those who are looking for accurate sources of info on getting into the medical marijuana industry and successfully securing a license now have a free resource available where they can learn from experts and get their most pressing questions answered.

MariMed Advisors’ DispensaryPermits.com division is hosting the free webinar series to educate medical marijuana (MMJ) entrepreneurs on how to break into the industry and share MariMed and DispensaryPermit’s proven license application techniques. MariMed Advisors is a Worlds Online (OTCQB: WORX) subsidiary.

“Many entrepreneurs are intrigued by the opportunities presented as states open their doors to medical cannabis and they need somewhere to turn for accurate advice and education on how to get started or how to bridge the gaps in their knowledge base to successfully complete the license application process,” noted Sara Gullickson, Dispensary Permits executive director. “There are a lot of consulting services popping up that don’t have any real experience or a proven track record of success.

"Our ‘CannaBusiness’ webinar series is the perfect place to learn more, ask questions and discover MariMed and Dispensary Permits proven processes, backed by a solid record of success,” Gullickson said.

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Ohio: Hemp Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Botanical Extraction Facility

Hemp News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:26

The Ohio Hemp Chamber of Commerce is extending an open invitation to the public and media to honor Apeks Supercritical at their groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of their new 65,000 square foot manufacturing facility.

The site is located at 150 Commerce Boulevard, Johnstown, Ohio, 43031, and the ceremony will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, November 25. State Representative Jay Hottinger will be in attendance along with several Licking County Commissioners and Johnstown Village Representatives.

A tour of Apeks’ current manufacturing facility, located at 14381 Blamer Road in Johnstown, along with a demonstration of their liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction equipment, will follow immediately after the ceremony.

Apeks Supercritical has been manufacturing botanical oil extraction and concentration systems for the flavorings, natural products and nutraceutical industries since 2001.

In 2012, the company released patent-pending Valveless Expansion Technology (VET) for their fully automated Supercritical CO2 Extraction systems. Since releasing VET, revenue for Apeks has grown more than 1,100 percent to approximately $9 million USD for 2014 and now has more than 200 extraction equipment installations across the country.

Apeks Supercritical currently employs 15 people in Johnstown, Ohio; two employees in Denver, Colorado; and one employee in Portland, Oregon.

Andy Joseph, the president of Apeks Supercritical, is a US Navy veteran and earned his BS and MS degrees in Welding Engineering from the Ohio State University.

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Bill Introduced To Overturn Ban On VA Physicians Recommending Medical Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:47
U.S. House Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with ten bipartisan Congressional cosponsors introduced the “Veterans Equal Access Act” (VEAA) today, marking a concerted federal effort to allow our country’s veterans to become medical marijuana patients in states where it’s legal. The VEAA would simply allow Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians to discuss [...]

U.S.: House Bill Introduced To Overturn Ban On VA Physicians Recommending Medical Marijuana

Hemp News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:38

"Veterans Equal Access Act" would allow VA physicians to discuss medical marijuana with their patients without federal censure

U.S. House Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with 10 bipartisan Congressional cosponsors on Thursday introduced the "Veterans Equal Access Act" (VEAA), marking a concerted federal effort to allow our country's veterans to become medical marijuana patients in states where it's legal. The VEAA would simply allow Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to their patients, a right enjoyed by physicians outside of the VA system.

"Post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury are just as damaging and harmful as any injuries that are visible from the outside," said Blumenauer, the bill's author. "Sometimes even more so because of the devastating effect they can have on a veteran's family.

"We should be allowing these wounded warriors access to the medicine that will help them survive and thrive, including medical marijuana, not treating them like criminals and forcing them into the shadows," Blumenauer said. "It's shameful."

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Legal Marijuana Tax Revenue Higher Than Predicted In Washington

The Weed Blog - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:40
The Washington legal recreational marijuana industry got off to a late start, and is still wracked with issues, but is getting bigger and better everyday. New projections are out about marijuana tax revenues in Washington, and they are higher than expected. Per the Huffington Post: The most recent revenue forecast released by the Economic and [...]

Five Places To Hide Your Marijuana Stash

The Weed Blog - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:30
In a world where marijuana is far more accepted, a lot of smokers don’t have to worry about hiding their stashes. But for those who still live at home or need to keep their green usage on the down low, there are some clever places to stuff your stash. Even if you don’t need to [...]

Support Missouri Marijuana Reform By Buying Show-Me Cannabis Gear

The Weed Blog - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:28
The Show-Me Cannabis campaign is doing amazing things in Missouri. The education campaign that they have been running for several years now has done a lot to change minds in Missouri and spread the truth about marijuana in a state that is fraught with reefer madness in many areas. You can help them keep up [...]

Canada: Grit MP: Tories Blowing Smoke

Cannabis News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:00
Winnipeg Sun, 21 Nov 2014 - OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday. Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied that the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

US AK: Prosecutions for Possessing and Selling Marijuana Will

Cannabis News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 21 Nov 2014 - FAIRBANKS - One of the Alaska's top prosecutors said the state will continue to prosecute people for possessing and selling marijuana for the time being, despite a pending voter-approved law to legalize small amounts of pot. "We are not blind or oblivious to the fact that there is a change coming, but the change is not here yet," said John Skidmore, director of the criminal division for the Alaska Department of Law.

US MA: US Attorney Asked to Block Local Marijuana Clinics Near

Cannabis News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:00
Boston Globe, 21 Nov 2014 - US Attorney Carmen Ortiz is weighing whether to use federal law to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries, including those proposed for Boston and Brookline, if they open within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds, or public housing. Under federal law, the 15 dispensaries and additional cultivation sites provisionally approved in Massachusetts could face prosecution and asset forfeiture if they open too close to a school - even if the locations would be allowed under local and state regulations. A Globe review found that at least six of the dispensaries would be within 1,000 feet of schools or playgrounds.

US MA: US Attorney Asked to Block Local Marijuana Clinics Near

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:00
Boston Globe, 21 Nov 2014 - US Attorney Carmen Ortiz is weighing whether to use federal law to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries, including those proposed for Boston and Brookline, if they open within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds, or public housing. Under federal law, the 15 dispensaries and additional cultivation sites provisionally approved in Massachusetts could face prosecution and asset forfeiture if they open too close to a school - even if the locations would be allowed under local and state regulations. A Globe review found that at least six of the dispensaries would be within 1,000 feet of schools or playgrounds.