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Racial Bias In The Enforcement Of Marijuana Laws

The Weed Blog - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:43
Marijuana prohibition is a racist public policy. That’s clear to anyone that looks at the math. The percentage of African Americans that consume marijuana is roughly the same as the percentage of white people that consume marijuana. However, African Americans are almost four times as likely to be arrested for it on average in America,

Medical Marijuana Patients File Lawsuit Against Colorado

The Weed Blog - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:42
This week has been an interesting one in Colorado to say the least. Yesterday it was announced that the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing the State of Colorado because they don’t like Colorado’s marijuana legalization law. Earlier this week it announced that Colorado approved 8 million dollars worth of marijuana research grants. The

U.S.: Marijuana Selfies Website Offers Cash, Prizes

Hemp News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 14:08

Howard R. Baer and Papa Baer Productions on Friday announced the launch of a new, improved MarijuanaSelfies.com web site, where individuals can post marijuana related “selfie” pictures and win cash and other prizes weekly.

Marijuana Selfies originally launched on Facebook in May of 2014, and now has 16,000 “likes” on its Facebook page.

Selfies that are posted on MarijuanaSelfies.com get rated by other users and each week the three highest-rated selfies win prizes ranging from marijuana-related clothing to accessories.

Users are also able to purchase MarijuanaSelfies.com apparel and participate in nationwide events.

Cash prizes of $175 to the 3 top vote-getters are given out monthly, while prizes of Marijuana Selfies clothing, cell phone covers, etc. are given to the weekly winners.

“The marijuana community is making its way into the mainstream, and through Facebook and other accounts, I’ve found that it is a very tight knit, fun loving, and friendly community," said founder Howard R. Baer.

"I thought it would be great for the community to have its own special place to post pictures, so we created MarijuanaSelfies.com.”

Marijuana Selfies Facebook Page

Colorado: Founder of World's First Marijuana Day Spa Discusses Future of Hemp

Hemp News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:38

Since the inception of Colorado’s recreational cannabis industry, the market has grown significantly. Apart from growers, processors, and retailers, the industry has created opportunities for all types of niche businesses.

One such business is Primal Wellness, the world’s first day spa offering cannabis-infused products and related services, located in Englewood, Colorado. The spa offers a variety of massages, manicures, pedicures, yoga classes, and other services to tourists and local residents who want to experience the physical (non-psychoactive) benefits of cannabis products.

Recently, Ganjapreneur interviewed Danielli Martel, founder of Primal Wellness, as part of a series of entrepreneur and investor profiles featuring pioneers in different sectors of the rapidly growing marijuana industry. In the interview, Martel discusses her career before she founded Primal Wellness, what she thinks the future of the cosmetics industry looks like given the likelihood of new cannabis- and hemp-based products, as well as some of the obstacles that she faced while growing the business.

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Jorge Cervantes Interview With Sensi Seeds

The Weed Blog - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:09
Jorge interviews Ravi Dronkers, son of Sensi Seeds founder, Ben Dronkers. Ravi explains the new seed offerings from Sensi. Ravi and Jorge reminisce about the culinary pleasures of Barcelona, where the Spannabis is held. Ravi announces the Hemp and Marijuana museum will open on Carrier Ample near the Mediterranean in Barcelona.

US: 2 Neighbors Of Colorado Sue Over Marijuana Law

Cannabis News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:00
New York Times, 19 Dec 2014 - DENVER - Two heartland states filed the first major court challenge to marijuana legalization on Thursday, saying that Colorado's growing array of state-regulated recreational marijuana shops was piping marijuana into neighboring states and should be shut down. The lawsuit was brought by attorneys general in Nebraska and Oklahoma, and asks the United States Supreme Court to strike down key parts of a 2012 voter-approved measure that legalized marijuana in Colorado for adult use and created a new system of stores, taxes and regulations surrounding retail marijuana.

US OK: Oklahoma Seeks To Snuff Out Colorado Marijuana Sales

Cannabis News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:00
The Oklahoman, 19 Dec 2014 - Oklahoma on Thursday joined with Nebraska in filing a lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to deem Colorado's recreational marijuana law unconstitutional. The states argue that Colorado's Amendment 64 runs counter to federal law, has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system and places an undue burden on neighboring states that have seen an increase in the amount of Colorado marijuana flooding across their borders.

UK: High Hopes

Cannabis News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:00
Independent, 19 Dec 2014 - Could Cannabis Oil Reverse the Effects of Cancer? As a Film Following Six Patients Receiving the Controversial Treatment Is Released, Kate Hilpern Uncovers a Very Slippery Issue In the summer of 2012, George Wilkins, a documentary filmmaker,was in his friend's health food shop when a customer walked in, looking exceptionally ill. "He walked up to the counter and asked for hemp oil to help treat his lung cancer," explains the 29-year-old from Hull.

US: States File Suit Over Colorado Pot

Cannabis News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:00
Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec 2014 - A pair of states on Thursday filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to strike down Colorado's laws that legalize recreational marijuana. Citing federal antidrug laws, particularly interstate drug trafficking, Nebraska and Oklahoma said in the lawsuit that Colorado's marijuana laws had "created a dangerous gap in the federal drug-control system enacted by the United States Congress."

US: States Sue Colorado For Making Pot Legal

Cannabis News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 19 Dec 2014 - LINCOLN, NEB. (AP) - Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying Thursday the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said the states filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing the measure known as Amendment 64, which was approved by voters in 2012. The complaint says the measure runs afoul of federal law and therefore violates the Constitution's supremacy clause, which says federal laws trump state laws.

US: 2 States Suing Colorado Over Pot Legalization

Cannabis News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:00
Albuquerque Journal, 19 Dec 2014 - Nebraska, Oklahoma Petition High Court LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.

US: Colorado Facing Suits Over Legal Pot

Cannabis News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:00
Washington Times, 19 Dec 2014 - Oklahoma, Nebraska Sue State DENVER - Two states - Oklahoma and Nebraska - filed a lawsuit Thursday against neighboring Colorado over its law legalizing recreational marijuana, contending that it violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

US: Neb., Okla. Sue Colo. Over Marijuana

Cannabis News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:00
Boston Globe, 19 Dec 2014 - DENVER - Two heartland states filed the first major court challenge to marijuana legalization Thursday, saying that Colorado's growing array of state-regulated recreational drug shops was piping marijuana into neighboring states and should be shut down. The lawsuit, brought by attorneys general in Nebraska and Oklahoma, asks the US Supreme Court to strike down key parts of a 2012 voter-approved measure that legalized marijuana in Colorado for adult use and created a system of stores, taxes, and regulations surrounding retail marijuana.

US: States Sue Colorado For Making Pot Legal

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 19 Dec 2014 - LINCOLN, NEB. (AP) - Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying Thursday the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said the states filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing the measure known as Amendment 64, which was approved by voters in 2012. The complaint says the measure runs afoul of federal law and therefore violates the Constitution's supremacy clause, which says federal laws trump state laws.

US: 2 States Suing Colorado Over Pot Legalization

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:00
Albuquerque Journal, 19 Dec 2014 - Nebraska, Oklahoma Petition High Court LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.

US: Colorado Facing Suits Over Legal Pot

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:00
Washington Times, 19 Dec 2014 - Oklahoma, Nebraska Sue State DENVER - Two states - Oklahoma and Nebraska - filed a lawsuit Thursday against neighboring Colorado over its law legalizing recreational marijuana, contending that it violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Nebraska And Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

The Weed Blog - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 22:17
Today, Nebraska and Oklahoma sued the state of Colorado over its marijuana legalization law, saying the law has created an increased law enforcement burden in neighboring states. The suit, filed by Nebraska Attorney General John Bruning and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, claims federal marijuana prohibition preempts Colorado’s law. Colorado voters decisively adopted Amendment 64

States Ask Supreme Court To Find Colorado’s Marijuana Regulations Unconstitutional

NORML Blog - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 21:38

The states of Nebraska and Oklahoma have asked the United States Supreme Court to issue a declaratory judgment finding that Colorado’s laws regulating the state-licensed production and sale of marijuana to adults violates the US Constitution.

The suit, filed today by Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt, alleges that marijuana is being diverted into their states from Colorado, causing plaintiffs to suffer “irreparable injury.”

The Attorney Generals contend in their suit: “Plaintiff States are suffering a direct and significant detrimental impact – namely the diversion of limited manpower and resources to arrest and process suspected and convicted felons involved in the increased illegal marijuana trafficking or transportation.”

They are asking the Supreme Court to strike down Colorado’s law on the basis that it is “fundamentally at odds” with the federal Controlled Substances Act. They allege, “The diversion of marijuana from Colorado contradicts the clear Congressional intent, frustrates the federal interest in eliminating commercial transactions in the interstate controlled-substances market, and is particularly burdensome for neighboring states like Plaintiff States where law enforcement agencies and the citizens have endured the substantial expansion of Colorado marijuana.”

They seek “a declaratory judgment stating that Sections 16(4) and (5) of Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution are preempted by federal law, and therefore unconstitutional and unenforceable under the Supremacy Clause, Article VI of the U.S. Constitution.” The US Attorneys are also asking the State of Colorado “to pay the Plaintiff States’ costs and expenses associated with this legal action, including attorneys’ fees.”

The suit does not ask for the Supreme Court to enjoin any other states’ laws regulating the production or dispensing of cannabis for either social or therapeutic purposes, though it is possible that the Court’s actions may have implications for those laws going forward. To date, four states have approved measures allowing for the regulated production and sale of cannabis to adults. Twenty-three states have approved measures allowing for the use of the plant for therapeutic purposes.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers responded to the suit, stating: “[I]t appears the plaintiffs’ primary grievance stems from non-enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana, as opposed to choices made by the voters of Colorado. We believe this suit is without merit and we will vigorously defend against it in the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Commenting on the suit, NORML Legal Counsel Keith Stroup said, “This suit is more political theater than a serious legal challenge. These two conservative state attorneys general know they are losing this fight in the court of public opinion, so they are hoping the Supreme Court will intercede.”

Stroup further noted that in recent days a majority of Congress approved language limiting the ability of the federal government to interfere in the implementation of state-sponsored marijuana regulatory schemes. He added: “The majority of Americans, including 55 percent of Colorado voters who endorsed this policy in 2012, support regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol. The Attorney Generals pushing this lawsuit are not only out-of-step with existing public opinion and emerging political opinion, but they are also clearly on the wrong side of history.”

U.S.: Nebraska, Oklahoma AGs File Lawsuit To Overturn Colorado Marijuana Legalization

Hemp News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 19:37

Colorado Attorney General says ‘suit is without merit and [his office] will vigorously defend against it’

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning on Thursday announced that he has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of overturning Colorado’s laws that legalize, regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol. He said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is also joining the lawsuit, which alleges the state constitutional amendment approved by Colorado voters and the implementing legislation approved by state lawmakers is unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

“We agree with the Colorado Attorney General’s opinion that this suit is without merit," said Mason Tvert, the Denver-based communications director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) who co-directed the 2012 Colorado marijuana initiative campaign. "This is a classic case of a solution in search of a problem."

"They are wasting Nebraska and Oklahoma taxpayers’ dollars by filing this suit, and they’re forcing Coloradans to pick up the bill for defending ourselves against it," Tvert ssaid. "Colorado's top law enforcement officials have better things to do, and you’d think their counterparts in Nebraska and Oklahoma would as well.

“These guys are on the wrong side of history," Tvert said. "They will be remembered similarly to how we think of state officials who fought to maintain alcohol prohibition years after other states ended it.

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MAPS Receives $2 Million Grant From Colorado For PTSD Medical Marijuana Study

The Weed Blog - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 18:11
On Wednesday, December 17, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment awarded a $2 million grant to the non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) for their planned study of marijuana for symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 76 U.S. veterans. Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council recommended that MAPS receive the