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How To Protect Your Marijuana Plants From Verticillium Wilt

The Weed Blog - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:29
By Robert Bergman Verticillium wilt is caused by fungi present in rich or poorly drained soils. They are attracted to woody plants with stressed roots. Keep an eye on your plants. If you notice the lower leaves turning yellow on the outer margins and between veins, you may be witnessing the beginning stages of Verticillium [...]

New Hampshire Poll Shows Growing Support For Marijuana Legalization

The Weed Blog - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:24
The annual WMUR Granite State Poll released Wednesday by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center shows a growing majority of New Hampshire adults support making marijuana legal and regulating it like alcohol. The survey found 55% percent support making possession of small amounts of marijuana legal in New Hampshire — up from 53% in 2013 — [...]

Maryland: Governor Signs Marijuana Reform Measures Into Law

The Weed Blog - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:21
By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Democrat Gov. Martin O’Malley signed two separate pieces of legislation reforming the state’s marijuana laws. Senate Bill 364 amends existing penalties for marijuana possession offenses involving ten grams or less from a criminal misdemeanor (presently punishable by arrest, up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine, and a criminal [...]

CN ON: Meaford To Establish Policies For Medical Marijuana

Cannabis News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:00
The Meaford Independent, 15 Apr 2014 - A staff report submitted to council on April 14 highlighted a need for the municipality to develop policies relating to legal medical marijuana growing operations. In his report to council, Director of Planning and Building, Rob Armstrong, said that with the recent federal changes to the growing and processing of medical marijuana, the municipality has had interest expressed in establishing a facility in Meaford.

CN ON: Meaford To Establish Policies For Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:00
The Meaford Independent, 15 Apr 2014 - A staff report submitted to council on April 14 highlighted a need for the municipality to develop policies relating to legal medical marijuana growing operations. In his report to council, Director of Planning and Building, Rob Armstrong, said that with the recent federal changes to the growing and processing of medical marijuana, the municipality has had interest expressed in establishing a facility in Meaford.

CN BC: Doctors Put In Tough Spot

Cannabis News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 15 Apr 2014 - Changing Medical Marijuana Regulations Have Left Users in a Smoky State of Mind and Doctors Fuming With Rage. Initially, new Health Canada legislation was supposed to put an end to home grown pot productions directing nearly 40,000 medical marijuana users to buy their green from large-scale commercial operations with a prescription-like document from their doctor.

US: Finding Golf Clubs, Not Drugs

Cannabis News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:00
Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr 2014 - Federal Tracking System Is Snaring Law-Abiding Private Pilots Ken Dobson, a retired police officer, said he received quite a welcome when he landed his single-engine Cessna in Detroit two days after leaving his home in Palm Desert. Gina Ferazzi

CN BC: Doctors Put In Tough Spot

Medical Marijuana - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 15 Apr 2014 - Changing Medical Marijuana Regulations Have Left Users in a Smoky State of Mind and Doctors Fuming With Rage. Initially, new Health Canada legislation was supposed to put an end to home grown pot productions directing nearly 40,000 medical marijuana users to buy their green from large-scale commercial operations with a prescription-like document from their doctor.

US CO: Company Publicly Releases Marijuana-Vending Machine

Cannabis News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:00
Washington Times, 15 Apr 2014 - In what seems the natural next step to legalized pot, a Colorado company has brought forward a new vending machine that cuts out the middleman for marijuana sales and gives buyers a speedier, after-hours means of purchasing the drug. It's called the Zazz machine, and it's produced by American Green, United Press International reported. It made its debut at a dispensary in Eagle-Vail, Colo., at the Herbal Elements shop. The dispensary, in turn, set up the machine outside a local barbecue restaurant in Avon, UPI said.

US MD: Editorial: A Step Toward Sanity

Cannabis News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:00
Baltimore Sun, 15 Apr 2014 - Maryland Is Right to Be Cautious About Legalizing Pot, but Decriminalization Addresses Some of the Worst Problems of the War on Drugs In 2010, Baltimore police made 64,525 arrests, and more than 7,000 of them - 11 percent of the total - were for simple possession of marijuana. That represents thousands of hours by Baltimore police, Central Booking officials, prosecutors, public defenders, judges and others, all of whom had better things to do. That year, Baltimore recorded 224 homicides, ranking it among the five deadliest cities in the nation.

US MD: Maryland's Pot Laws Present Challenges for Police

Cannabis News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:00
Washington Times, 15 Apr 2014 - Possession of Papers, Pipes Remains Criminal ANNAPOLIS (AP) - A new law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront.

CN NF: Burin-Based Federal RCMP Unit Shifts Gears

Cannabis News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:00
The Southern Gazette, 15 Apr 2014 - While 'Bootlegging' Is Still on the Radar, Illegal Drug Trade Now More of a Problem It's been about a year since a shift in the RCMP at the federal policing level came into effect. Before Apr. 1, 2013, federal units were identified and assigned to specific areas of mandate - customs and excise, drug enforcement or some other specialization.

CN AB: Commercial Marijuana Can Bloom In Calgary

Cannabis News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:00
The Calgary Sun, 15 Apr 2014 - Commercial medical marijuana grow operations will be allowed in Calgary, as long as they meet Health Canada and city regulations. City councillors voted in favour Monday of amending a bylaw to allow commercial medical grow-ops to exist in industrial areas, after new rules came into effect April 1 barring patients from growing at home.

CN AB: Commercial Marijuana Can Bloom In Calgary

Medical Marijuana - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:00
The Calgary Sun, 15 Apr 2014 - Commercial medical marijuana grow operations will be allowed in Calgary, as long as they meet Health Canada and city regulations. City councillors voted in favour Monday of amending a bylaw to allow commercial medical grow-ops to exist in industrial areas, after new rules came into effect April 1 barring patients from growing at home.

Maryland To Be 21st Medical Marijuana State

The Weed Blog - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 22:24
Maryland is set to become the 21st state in America to authorize a medical marijuana program that distributes cannabis to patients. The new law creates a greater responsibility for physicians and less restrictions on the patients and caregivers who handle marijuana. House Bill 881 was introduced Feb. 5th and was signed into law by Governor [...]

Maryland: Governor Signs Marijuana Reform Measures Into Law

NORML Blog - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 18:33

Democrat Gov. Martin O’Malley today signed two separate pieces of legislation reforming the state’s marijuana laws.

Senate Bill 364 amends existing penalties for marijuana possession offenses involving ten grams or less from a criminal misdemeanor (presently punishable by arrest, up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine, and a criminal record) to a non-arrestable, non-criminal fine-only offense ($100 fine for first-time offenders, $250 for second-time offenders). The new depenalization law takes effect on October 1, 2014.

House Bill 881 seeks to provide for the state-licensed production and dispensing of marijuana to qualified patients who possess a written certification from their physician. The new law will take effect on June 1, 2014, at which time the state shall establish a commission to draft rules and regulations overseeing the production and distribution of medical marijuana. However, the licensing program is not anticipated to be up and running until 2015.

Maryland is the 18th state to depenalize minor marijuana possession offenses to a non-arrestable offense. It is the 21st state to allow for the doctor-recommended access to medicinal cannabis.

Colorado Attracting More Visitors Following Marijuana Legalization; 4/20 Bookings Skyrocket

Hemp News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 15:05

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The state of Colorado and especially Denver have seen a spike in travel interest and tourism since recreational marijuana sales to adults 21 and older have been legalized, according to data from Hotels.com. Denver has seen a 25 percent increase in hotel searches in the first three months of 2014 compared to 2013, according to the data.

Denver, ranked as the 17th most popular domestic destination for Americans in 2013 according to the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™, the Mile High City is also expected to see an influx of visitors around April 20, nudge nudge, wink wink. Hotel searches for the weekend of April 18-20, when the city will host a number of organized events and music festivals, have increased by 73 percent compared to the same timeframe last year.

Tourists traveling to Colorado should remember a few basics:

Airport Travel: Cannabis remains on the Transportation Safety Administration's list of prohibited items, and marijuana possession is illegal at most airports in Colorado. Colorado Springs Airport and Aspen/Pitkin County Airport have installed "amnesty boxes" in terminals, where travelers can get rid of any marijuana still in their possession. But Denver International Airport has taken a hard line, banning cannabis possession anywhere on its premises.

Visiting Parks and Federal Landmarks: It is illegal to possess marijuana on federal land, even in Colorado. This includes national parks, national forests, national monuments and ski areas.

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Colorado: Marijuana Vending Machine Starts Operation

Hemp News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:43

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A marijuana vending machine was unveiled in Colorado on Saturday, ushering in a new era of selling cannabis to customers from vending machines. Its creators call it "an automated, age-verifying, climate-controlled marijuana dispensing machine."

The machine, called the ZaZZZ, uses biometrics to verify a customer's age, according to its creators, reports Bill Chappell at NPR. The climate-controlled machine also keeps the cannabis fresh, according to the company.

For now, the machine will be used only in medical marijuana dispensaries, not for recreational marijuana, which is also legal in Colorado. It will serve a purpose much like that of an automated checkout line at a grocery store, according to American Green, which company which built it.

American Green spokesman Stephen Shearin acknowledged that the idea of buying marijuana from a machine will probably have a "wow factor" that could boost business. He said the machine could also cut down on employee pilferage of pot.

"We're gonna eliminate the middle man," said Herbal Elements owner Greg Honan, reports Denver's Fox 31. "It'll go straight from the budtender right into our machine. There's no room for theft by patients, employees ... there's no way to lose track of the inventory."

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Florida: Medical Marijuana Amendment Could Help Democrats

Hemp News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:13

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Florida is the nation's largest swing-state politically, and Democrats there see the medical marijuana amendment on this year's ballot as a source of hope and high voter turnout in November's elections.

A constitutional amendment which would legalize medical marijuana in Florida, making it the first state in South to do so, has widespread public support, reports Michael J. Mishak of The Associated Press. The measure is particularly popular among young voters, a critical part of the Democratic coalition.

"I wish that it didn't take medical marijuana on the ballot to motivate our young voters to go and vote, because there's far too much at stake for them and their children," said Ana Cruz, former executive director of the Florida Democratic Party. "But listen -- we'll take it any way we can get it."

The Florida Governor's mansion is up for grabs, as are a handful of competitive House seats. Florida could be a test case for whether increases in youth turnout in Washington and Colorado in 2012 -- when marijuana legalization initiatives were on the ballot -- was an anomaly, or part of a trend.

Activists plan to launch at least half-a-dozen legalization campaigns in battleground states in 2016.

"It's a smart move on Democrats' part, said Colorado-based Republican pollster David Flaherty. "It's going to help them, no doubt about it."

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Maryland: 2 In 1 Day - 21st State To Allow Medical Marijuana, 18th State To Decriminalize Possession

Hemp News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:43

Gov. Martin O’Malley signs SB 923/HB 881, which would allow patients with serious illnesses to access medical marijuana; he will also sign SB 364 Monday, making possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense

Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill into law Monday making Maryland the 21st state in the nation to allow medical marijuana. He will also sign a bill Monday making Maryland the 18th state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

“We applaud Gov. O’Malley for signing these important bills into law,” said Rachelle Yeung, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “The progress we’re seeing in Maryland is emblematic of what is taking place nationwide. Most Marylanders, like most Americans, are fed up with outdated marijuana prohibition policies and ready to start taking a more sensible approach.”

Senate Bill 923 and House Bill 881 are identical bills that allow state residents suffering from certain qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Possession limits and regulations governing cultivation and dispensary facilities will be determined by a state-sanctioned commission prior to implementation. The measure will officially go into effect on June 1.

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