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Arkansas Governor Needs To Pardon ALL Marijuana Convictions, Not Just Son’s

The Weed Blog - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 13:26
They always say that it’s all in who you know. That seems to be the case in Arkansas, where the outgoing Governor is going to pardon his son who was convicted in 2003 for possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute. At the time of his son’s arrest, Governor Mike Beebe stated, per the Washington [...]

New York City Council Speaker Endorses Marijuana Legalization

The Weed Blog - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:20
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced her support for marijuana legalization at the November pre-stated meeting. Speaker Mark -Viverito joins a growing list of elected officials coming out in support of marijuana legalization, including New York City council members Stephen Levin, Jumaane Williams, Rafael Espinal, and more recently Mark Levine. When asked about [...]

Maryland Student Government Association Endorses Marijuana Legalization

The Weed Blog - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:20
Maryland is on my radar as a state that could legalize marijuana via its legislature between now and 2016. It’s something that Maryland residents want, and it’s sound public policy. The idea of marijuana legalization in Maryland recently received an endorsement from the Student Government Association. Per Diamond Back Online: The Student Government Association passed [...]

US FL: Manatee's Sheriff Says Medical Marijuana Issue Isn't Going

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:00
Bradenton Herald, 14 Nov 2014 - BRADENTON -- Though Amendment 2 failed to pass, which would have legalized medical marijuana, the issue is still not over in Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube's eyes. The county's top law enforcement officer spoke to a crowd of about 200 on Thursday evening for "Supper with the Sheriff" at Police Athletic League, 202 12th Ave. E., Bradenton.

US AR: Arkansas: Governor Will Pardon Son

Cannabis News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:00
New York Times, 14 Nov 2014 - Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas, before leaving office in January, plans to issue a pardon to his son, who was convicted of a felony drug offense more than a decade ago. The governor's decision followed an October recommendation by the Arkansas Parole Board that Kyle Beebe's application for a pardon was "with merit." Mr. Beebe was convicted in 2003 of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and his sentence included three years of probation.

US: Lawmakers Seek Help To Legitimize Pot Shops

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 14 Nov 2014 - WASHINGTON (AP - Members of Congress from states with legal pot urged their colleagues Thursday not to stand in the way of legalization and to approve measures that would make it easier for marijuana businesses to operate. Voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana possession last week. Colorado and Washington state already have legal pot.

US IL: Downtown Pot Shop Approval Burns ABCD

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:00
Boston Herald, 14 Nov 2014 - Action for Boston Community Development - an anti-poverty organization - is taking a not-in-my-backyard approach to the proposed downtown location for a medical marijuana dispensary. "What I'm concerned about is that it's everybody's backyard," said ABCD president John Drew. "You could probably have situated this shop in a better location. You're talking about in the middle of Boston. . I think it's a prescription for some real problems."

Zambia: Zambia's Green Guru Sees Pot As a Path to the

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:00
The Guardian, 14 Nov 2014 - For decades Zambia has staked its economic fortunes on copper mining, but when voters go to the polls in January to elect a new president at least one candidate will be looking to send that tradition up in smoke. Today Peter Sinkamba is due to announce his candidacy on the Green party ticket to replace the late President Michael Sata, who died on 29 October from an undisclosed illness. Sinkamba, regarded as Zambia's leading environmentalist for his battles against the country's big copper mines, is running on an unlikely platform in this socially conservative nation: legalising marijuana.

US CT: OPED: Looking At The Science Behind Marijuana

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:00
New Haven Register, 14 Nov 2014 - If we are the parents or guardians of infants, toddlers, young children, we may be telling ourselves that we have nothing to be concerned about regarding the current marijuana controversies. By the time our kids are tweens and teens, our story goes, issues related to marijuana (decriminalization, medicalization, and legalization) will be settled once and for all, and settled with the health and safety of our kids in mind.

US MD: Rules On Pot Move Ahead

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:00
Baltimore Sun, 14 Nov 2014 - State Commission Sets High Fees for Medical Growers, Dispensers Maryland's medical marijuana program cleared a key hurdle Thursday as a state panel approved draft rules to govern the new businesses.

US NY: Column: Shift on Marijuana Policy Was a Long Time

Cannabis News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:00
New York Times, 14 Nov 2014 - Anthony Welfare closely followed this week's news that New York City no longer will bring criminal charges against people who are seen with small amounts of marijuana, as long as they are not smoking it in public. "I find that funny," Mr. Welfare, 28, said.

Zambia: Zambia's Green Guru Sees Pot As a Path to the

Cannabis News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:00
The Guardian, 14 Nov 2014 - For decades Zambia has staked its economic fortunes on copper mining, but when voters go to the polls in January to elect a new president at least one candidate will be looking to send that tradition up in smoke. Today Peter Sinkamba is due to announce his candidacy on the Green party ticket to replace the late President Michael Sata, who died on 29 October from an undisclosed illness. Sinkamba, regarded as Zambia's leading environmentalist for his battles against the country's big copper mines, is running on an unlikely platform in this socially conservative nation: legalising marijuana.

US: Pot-Friendly States Team Up On Issue

Cannabis News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:00
The Oklahoman, 14 Nov 2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Congress from states with legal pot urged their colleagues Thursday not to stand in the way of expanded legalization and to approve measures that would make it easier for marijuana businesses to operate. Voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana possession last week. Those places would join Colorado and Washington state, which already have legal pot.

US CT: OPED: Looking At The Science Behind Marijuana

Cannabis News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:00
New Haven Register, 14 Nov 2014 - If we are the parents or guardians of infants, toddlers, young children, we may be telling ourselves that we have nothing to be concerned about regarding the current marijuana controversies. By the time our kids are tweens and teens, our story goes, issues related to marijuana (decriminalization, medicalization, and legalization) will be settled once and for all, and settled with the health and safety of our kids in mind.

Nevada: MariMed Advisors Acquires License, Assets of DispensaryPermits.com Consulting

Hemp News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:55

Giving away “100 Tips on Entering MMJ Industry” at National Marijuana Business Conference, Las Vegas, Nov. 12-14

Worlds Online subsidiary MariMed Advisors and DispensaryPermits.com have joined forces to provide the medical marijuana (MMJ) industry with their proven end-to-end blueprint for success. MariMed Advisors has acquired the exclusive license and assets of DispensaryPermits.com, a consulting firm for medical marijuana license advisory services.

“This is a natural marriage for both of our organizations,” stated Thom Kidrin, CEO of WORX. “DispensaryPermits brings a well-established reputation of licensing success and a feeder network of entrepreneurs and medical marijuana license applicants seeking expertise and support of medical license applications.

"Once licenses are obtained, our experienced MMJ professionals located throughout the U.S. are ready to step in to assist with financing, dispensary and cultivation expertise, build out, training, and ongoing support to ensure the facilities are producing high quality product as quickly as possible,” Kidrin said.

The MariMed/DispensaryPermits.com team is celebrating last week’s State of Nevada award of provisional medical marijuana permits to two MariMed/DispensaryPermits.com application services clients at this week's Marijuana Business Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, Nov. 12-14.

“We’re thrilled to continue our successful record with permit applications and integrate with MariMed to create replicable models of excellence,” remarked Sara Gullickson, DispensaryPermits executive director.

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Initiative To Legalize Marijuana Moves Forward In Arkansas

The Weed Blog - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:51
Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. have all legalized marijuana. Within the next two years, more that a dozen states could join that list. One of those states may be Arkansas, where a marijuana legalization initiative campaign is underway. The Arkansas Attorney General recently approved the ballot tile for the initiative, which is a [...]

New York: City Council Speaker Supports Marijuana Legalization

Hemp News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:08

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has endorsed the legalization of marijuana, making her one of the first high-ranking officials in the Big Apple to take such a position.

"Yes, I do support the legalization of marijuana," Mark-Viverito said at an unrelated news conference on Thursday, reports Mara Gay at The Wall Street Journal. "I think based on conversations that we're seeing nationally, the way people feel about it, I think that it's just something that is appropriate at this time."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week announced a new policy under which those stopped for low-level marijuana possession will be given tickets instead of being arrested. That change is a "step forward," Mark-Viverito said.

She added that she's concerned that the mayor's new policy doesn't do enough to improve the "initial interaction" between police and New York City residents. She said she supported the outright legalization of cannabis, and said she had used it herself.

"If you're asking whether I have smoked marijuana, yes," Mark-Viverito said.

Mayor de Blasio said on Monday that issuing court summons instead of arresting people for low-level marijuana possession is "good for New Yorkers of color and particularly young people of color."

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Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative Qualifies For Ballot In Wichita, Kansas

The Weed Blog - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:42
Marijuana reform is sweeping across the country, especially when it comes to marijuana decriminalization. More and more local elections are seeing marijuana decriminalization on the ballot. A prime example of that would be Wichita, Kansas, which is likely not the first place you would think of for marijuana reform. Per The Joint Blog: An initiative [...]

Colorado Marijuana Sales Down Slightly In September

The Weed Blog - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:29
Legal recreational marijuana sales started in Colorado at the beginning of this year. Sales kept climbing and climbing until September, which saw the first decline in sales. The decline was minor, and is likely related to the fact that September was a slow tourist month for Colorado. According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, there [...]

Ethan Nadelman And Kevin Sabet Debate Legalizing Marijuana On CNN

The Weed Blog - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 14:20
Ethan Nadelmann is the Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the most influential and effective marijuana reform organization in America. Kevin Sabet is the face of the anti-marijuana movement, which of course is far from effective and doesn’t really influence anyone, which is why we never really see anyone else on the ‘con’ side [...]