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Florida: Medical Marijuana Campaign Manager Blasts CPS Investigation Of Advocate

Hemp News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:26

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The campaign manager of Florida's medical marijuana ballot drive has expressed outrage after a woman last week was abruptly visited by Child Protective Services on an anonymous tip that she had been giving marijuana to her son, who suffers from a rare form of severe epilepsy.

Renee Petro, the advocate in question, wasn't administering any cannabis to her 12-year-old son, Branden, reports Chris Joseph at Broward Palm Beach New Times. But that didn't stop CPS agents coming into her home to interrogate Petro's 9-year-old daughter and the nurse who helps take care of Branden.

"This is exactly why Floridians need teo pass Amendment 2 in November," said Ben Pollara, campaign manager with United For Care, the main organization backing the ballot initiative. "And why we need everyone's support to get word out about stories like Renee's and her family's."

Petro gives Branden his prescribed medications, as well as legal hemp oil. Since she hadn't actually broken the law, her experience could be considered even more egregious than that of Cathy Jordan, the wheelchair-bound activist with Lou Gehrig's disease who was raided by police after a tip last year when a neighbor spotted some marijuana plants on the property of Jordan and her husband Robert. (Jordan's charges were dropped by the State Attorney's office in Manatee in April 2013.)

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Illinois: Medical Marijuana Entrepreneurs Say Startup Fees Too High

Hemp News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:26

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Prospective medicinal cannabis businesspeople in Illinois say the high cost of entry will prevent many with expertise from entering the new industry. Under proposed rules for the new law legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois, would-be cannabis farmers need a $2 million surety bond, $250,000 in liquid assets, $25,000 for an application fee, and $200,000 for a permit fee, as well as an approved site.

"We have the know-how," said Robert Boyce, who grows vegetables, flowers and herbs in greenhouses in Lake Zurich, reports Robert McCoppin at The Chicago Tribune. "We have the manpower, the familiarity with growing herbal and medicinal plants, knowledge of building greenhouses. But right now, you're looking at three to five million dollars in startup costs."

Yes, it seems having a green thumb isn't as important as having a lot of green, if you want to enter the medical marijuana industry in Illinois.

While state regulators claim initial costs could vary widely, they say they want to ensure that those who want to run medical marijuana cultivation centers or dispensaries have sufficient money to operate, especially early on when they have to make big investments before having any revenue.

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Louisiana: Man Given 13 Year Prison Sentence For Two Joints

Hemp News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:07

Amicus brief by Drug Policy Alliance Highlights Why Sentence is Cruel & Unusual and Urges Louisiana Supreme Court to Review Mr. Noble’s Sentence

The Drug Policy Alliance on Wednesday filed an amicus brief urging the Louisiana Supreme Court to review the egregious prison sentence of Bernard Noble, a 48-year old man who was sentenced to 13.3 years of hard labor in prison without the opportunity for parole for possessing the equivalent of two marijuana cigarettes.

Two cops spotted Noble riding a bicycle down South Miro Street in New Orleans in 2010, reports Bruce Barcott at Rolling Stone. They ordered Noble to stop, and frisked him. They found a small bag containing less than three grams of marijuana.

Noble’s original sentencing judge considered the 13 and a third-year sentence egregious and imposed a sentence of five years of hard labor. But the Orleans Parish District Attorney wasn’t satisfied with this punishment and appealed the sentence. Ultimately, the district attorney sought and obtained a prison term of close to triple the sentence imposed by the original sentencing judge.

“Thirteen years in prison for two joints is obscene,” said Daniel Abrahamson, director of the Office of Legal Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and a lead author of the brief.

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Potassium Deficiency In Marijuana Plants

The Weed Blog - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:10
By Robert Bergman Deficiencies in potassium occur now and again in planting mediums and outdoor soil. They almost never occur in hydroponic systems. The problem with potassium deficiencies is that they can occur even when the soil is well-fertilized and rich. This is often the result of flawed fertilization. Plants that have basic deficiencies will [...]

Allstar Blake Griffin Endorses Medical Marijuana Use In The NBA

The Weed Blog - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:58
In an interview with Rolling Stone yesterday, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers voiced his support of medical marijuana use to treat pain in the NBA.  Currently, the NBA has strict penalties for drug use, which typically lead to suspensions and fines. It was only in 2011 that the NBA stopped testing for marijuana use in the off-season, [...]

Extravaganja Pushing People Towards Marijuana Acceptance

The Weed Blog - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:52
For those who are unfamiliar with the Extravaganja event, it is held in order to bring political activists and causal smokers together in order to promote cannabis acceptance. It is organized by the UMass Cannabis Reform Coalition, which happens to be the oldest student run drug reform group in the entire country. The people who [...]

Missouri House Committee Approves Marijuana CBD Bill

The Weed Blog - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:45
By John Payne Last Tuesday, April 8, the House General Laws held a hearing on H.B. 2238. The bill would allow the state’s colleges and universities to grow strains of cannabis high in cannabidiol (CBD) and very low in THC. This cannabis could be used for research purposes but would also be used to create [...]

Louisiana Man Gets 13-Year Prison Sentence For Two Marijuana Joints

The Weed Blog - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:42
NEW ORLEANS—The Drug Policy Alliance filed an amicus brief today urging the Louisiana Supreme Court to review the egregious prison sentence of Bernard Noble, a 48-year old man who was sentenced to 13.3 years of hard labor in prison without the opportunity for parole for possessing the equivalent of two marijuana cigarettes. Noble’s original sentencing judge considered [...]

Alabama Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Extract Bill Into Law

The Weed Blog - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:36
Courtesy of The Joint Blog Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed Senate Bill 174, a medical cannabis proposal which was passed unanimously by the state’s House and Senate. Under the new law, the University of Alabama’s Department of Neurology will be authorized to prescribe, produce and distribute low-THC cannabis extracts (such as cannabis oil and tincture) to those with seizure [...]

Roadside Saliva Testing For Marijuana Gets House Hearing In Michigan

The Weed Blog - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:32
The Michigan House of Representatives will consider making the state’s citizens subject roadside saliva testing for the presence of marijuana and other drugs in a Judiciary Committee meeting on April 17, 2014. Michigan already has laws and procedures to protect citizens from hazardous drivers, including liberal rules defining reckless operation of a motor vehicle and [...]

US OK: Editorial: Treatment of Tobacco, Pot From Theater of

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:00
The Oklahoman, 17 Apr 2014 - TREATMENT OF TOBACCO, POT FROM THEATER OF THE ABSURD WHEN it comes to tobacco and marijuana, public policies appear headed in contradictory directions. For years, candy cigarettes have been criticized as providing children a gateway to tobacco smoking. In similar fashion, the federal government banned candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes in 2009 as part of an effort to reduce youth smoking.

US WA: Review: The Long View On Pot's Pros And Cons

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:00
Seattle Times, 17 Apr 2014 - As a young Army officer in 1967, Roger Roffman was the first to conduct research on pot use by soldiers in Vietnam. For Roffman, a University of Washington professor emeritus, that began a career as a marijuana researcher and dependence counselor.

US CO: Pot Company Bans Drug Use

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:00
The Herald, 17 Apr 2014 - DENVER (AP) - Workers for one of Colorado's biggest marijuana businesses learned Wednesday they can be fired for smoking pot on the job or using cocaine any time. The policy, the first of its kind for O.penVAPE, includes random testing for drugs like cocaine and methamphetamines, but not for marijuana, company spokesman Todd Mitchem said. The two-year-old company employs more than 125 people in Colorado and sells its products in Colorado, Washington and California. The products include cartridges filled with cannabis oil and a battery-powered vaporizer that resembles a pen designed for cannabis-oil use.

US MI: Michigan Lawmakers to Debate Roadside Saliva Tests for

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:00
Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr 2014 - Some advocates of medical marijuana say they'll attend a hearing Thursday in Lansing to oppose bills that would let police use roadside saliva testing if a driver is suspected of being under the influence of marijuana. But the legislator who sponsored the proposal said opponents missed the point of his bills, whose primary aim is to get repeat intoxicated drivers off the road through better communication among police.

US OK: Editorial: Treatment of Tobacco, Pot From Theater of

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:00
The Oklahoman, 17 Apr 2014 - TREATMENT OF TOBACCO, POT FROM THEATER OF THE ABSURD WHEN it comes to tobacco and marijuana, public policies appear headed in contradictory directions. For years, candy cigarettes have been criticized as providing children a gateway to tobacco smoking. In similar fashion, the federal government banned candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes in 2009 as part of an effort to reduce youth smoking.

US MI: Michigan Lawmakers to Debate Roadside Saliva Tests for

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:00
Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr 2014 - Some advocates of medical marijuana say they'll attend a hearing Thursday in Lansing to oppose bills that would let police use roadside saliva testing if a driver is suspected of being under the influence of marijuana. But the legislator who sponsored the proposal said opponents missed the point of his bills, whose primary aim is to get repeat intoxicated drivers off the road through better communication among police.

US CA: Mad, Man: It's 4/20 This Week-but Some Legal Marijuana

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:00
Sacramento News & Review, 17 Apr 2014 - Even where weed is legal-like Colorado and Washington and the 21 states that have embraced medical cannabis-marijuana businesses face unfair speech restriction Even though polls show that most Americans support the legalization of marijuana, corporate America continues to censor pot-related speech.

Canada: Campaign Targets Pot Laws

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:00
Chronicle Herald, 17 Apr 2014 - Medical marijuana users are launching court challenges en masse, arguing Canada's pot laws are unconstitutional. At least five Nova Scotians have filed constitutional challenges in Federal Court in recent weeks. Other than some personal details being changed, the wording of the filings is identical.

US IL: State Drops Plan To Prohibit Medical Pot Users From

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:00
Chicago Tribune, 17 Apr 2014 - Medical marijuana patients would be able to keep their guns, under rule changes proposed by the state. The Illinois Department of Public Health had proposed requiring gun owners to give up their firearms if they became medical marijuana patients.

US IL: Entrepreneurs Huff Over Medical Marijuana Fees

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:00
Chicago Tribune, 17 Apr 2014 - But Industry Insiders Say High Costs Would Ensure Serious Inquiries Only Vegetables, flowers and herbs grow in rows of green at Robert Boyce's greenhouses in Lake Zurich - but what he'd really like to grow is marijuana.