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Meet Sugar Bob: Oregon’s Marijuana Eating Deer

The Weed Blog - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:49
Richard Davis is a medical marijuana grower in southeast Oregon. When OPB went to interview him, they were surprised to find his pet deer helping on the farm. To people that aren’t from Oregon or don’t consume marijuana, this video footage might be surprising. However, if you are a marijuana consuming Oregonian, this video is

Senator Booker Gives A Passionate Speech About Respect For DC Marijuana Vote

The Weed Blog - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 18:47
Senator Cory Booker has been a very vocal supporter of marijuana reform, and for reform of drug laws in general. He realizes that the war on drugs has failed, and has expressed so publicly many times. Earlier this week he gave a very passionate speech in support of Washington D.C.’s vote to legalize marijuana during

U.S.: Senate Joins House In Ending Federal-State Conflict Over Medical Marijuana

Hemp News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:31

"Now that we are in a 'ceasefire,' patients are ready to work with Congress on comprehensive medical marijuana legislation."
~Steph Sherer, executive director, Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

Advocates say restriction on enforcement will end federal prosecutions, asset forfeiture litigation, and imprisonment of patients

With Saturday night's U.S. Senate vote, both houses of Congress have now approved an omnibus spending bill, which includes a measure prohibiting the Department of Justice (DOJ) from interfering in the implementation of state medical marijuana laws.

Patient advocates argue, with concurrence from law enforcement, that this historic measure, if signed into law by President Obama as expected, will dramatically impact DOJ enforcement, including ending federal medical marijuana raids, arrests, criminal prosecutions, and civil asset forfeiture lawsuits, as well as providing prisoners with a way to petition for their release.

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US MO: OPED: Should We Legalize Marijuana?

Cannabis News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 05:00
Columbia Daily Tribune, 14 Dec 2014 - On Nov. 4, voters in Oregon and Alaska passed initiatives legalizing recreational marijuana. This, of course, follows Colorado and Washington state, whose voters did the same not long ago. The trend is obvious - and hardly surprising considering in a recent poll Americans said, by 56 percent to 44 percent, that marijuana should be legalized provided it is appropriately regulated, as with alcohol. There is a great irony here. Just as the legalization trend accelerates, maybe to the point of being unstoppable, the accumulated medical and scientific evidence proving marijuana is in fact a dangerous drug is overwhelming. Here are some of the studies and useful facts:

US IA: Anti-drug Groups Warn About Push For Marijuana

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 05:00
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, 14 Dec 2014 - WATERLOO | As lawmakers consider expanding medical marijuana laws and cities like Cedar Falls debate decriminalization of the drug, anti-drug advocates are urging Iowans to think of the children and proceed with caution. "When you say, 'I'm not going to enforce these sets of laws,' there's potential unintended consequences to that, and I just want people to think it all through and have a thorough debate on these issues and not make any decisions =C2=85 without being fully informed," said Steven Lukan, director of the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy.

US CT: Tribe Weighs Marijuana As New Revenue Stream

Cannabis News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 05:00
New Haven Register, 14 Dec 2014 - HARTFORD - New guidance from the federal Justice Department has the Mohegan tribe weighing the possible economic benefits of legalizing recreational marijuana on its reservation land. In a memo, the Justice Department signaled it was not interested in enforcing marijuana laws on nationally-recognized tribal lands, so long as tribes adhered to rules outlined by the feds.

US NY: Move Might Pave Way For Pot Sales On Indian Land

Cannabis News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 05:00
Buffalo News, 14 Dec 2014 - U.S. Policy Change Raises Possibility of Legalization The U.S. Justice Department last week said it no longer intends to prosecute federal laws regulating the growing or selling of marijuana on Indian reservations, as long as tribes take steps to control marijuana sales.

US DC: Marijuana Showdown Looms

Cannabis News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 05:00
Washington Post, 14 Dec 2014 - The congressional effort to block marijuana legalization in the District has been widely viewed as yet another frustrating defeat for self-governance by residents of the nation's capital. But city leaders are saying otherwise, promising to throw the issue back to Congress next month in a way that could prompt the most high-profile showdown in years over D.C. rights.

US FL: 'Charlotte's Web' Rewrite

Cannabis News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 05:00
Sun-Sentinel, 14 Dec 2014 - Medical-Marijuana Rules May Change Florida's rules for companies to grow and sell medical marijuana to patients with severe epilepsy and other debilitating conditions could be out as soon as Monday.

US DC: OPED: Congress's Duty Trumps D.C.'s Vote

Cannabis News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 05:00
Washington Post, 14 Dec 2014 - Legalized Marijuana in the Federal District Would Be a Recipe for Legal Chaos Many have asked why Republican legislators who profess respect for self-government and democracy would step in to overrule D.C. residents who voted to legalize recreational marijuana use in the city. We would like to answer that question head-on. Simply put, we believe that Congress must defend the federal government and the U.S. Constitution by preventing marijuana legalization from moving forward in the District.

US CT: Tribe Weighs Marijuana As New Revenue Stream

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 05:00
New Haven Register, 14 Dec 2014 - HARTFORD - New guidance from the federal Justice Department has the Mohegan tribe weighing the possible economic benefits of legalizing recreational marijuana on its reservation land. In a memo, the Justice Department signaled it was not interested in enforcing marijuana laws on nationally-recognized tribal lands, so long as tribes adhered to rules outlined by the feds.

US DC: Marijuana Showdown Looms

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 05:00
Washington Post, 14 Dec 2014 - The congressional effort to block marijuana legalization in the District has been widely viewed as yet another frustrating defeat for self-governance by residents of the nation's capital. But city leaders are saying otherwise, promising to throw the issue back to Congress next month in a way that could prompt the most high-profile showdown in years over D.C. rights.

US FL: 'Charlotte's Web' Rewrite

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 05:00
Sun-Sentinel, 14 Dec 2014 - Medical-Marijuana Rules May Change Florida's rules for companies to grow and sell medical marijuana to patients with severe epilepsy and other debilitating conditions could be out as soon as Monday.

US OK: DOJ Decision Creates Hazy Situation For Casino Weed Sale

Cannabis News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 05:00
The Ada Evening News, 14 Dec 2014 - It may be awhile before Oklahomans will be able to light a joint while playing slots. The Department of Justice ruled Thursday that Indian tribes could grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands, but the ramifications of this action remain a mystery.

Neill Franklin At The 2014 Missouri Cannabis Conference

The Weed Blog - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 19:00
Below is video footage of Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, speaking to attendees at the 2014 Missouri Cannabis Conference held on Saturday, November 15, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Saint Louis. One of my prized possessions is an autographed picture of Neill that he was kind enough to send me.

Poll: 60 Percent Of Americans Say States Should Decide Marijuana Policy

The Weed Blog - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 17:31
By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Six out of ten voters believe that states, not the federal government, should authorize and enforce marijuana policy, according to national polling data reported this week by the Washington, DC think-tank Third Way. When presented with the option, 60 percent of respondents said that state officials ought to possess

Another New York Child Dies Waiting For Emergency Access To Medical Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 16:27
Yesterday, 8 year old Donella Nocera of Niagra Falls passed away while waiting for emergency access to medical marijuana to ease her end-of-life suffering. Donella was fighting stage 4 brain cancer. Her father, Nate, joined Compassionate Care NY from Donella’s bedside, fighting for emergency access for his daughter and pleading with Governor Cuomo to take

Obama To Native Americans: Marijuana Legalization Is OK

The Weed Blog - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 15:24
By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director In a completely unexpected move by the Obama Administration, the US Department of Justice released a memo on October 28 indicating to Native American tribes that they can engage in cannabis commerce-cultivation, processing and retail sales-as long as they comport with the existing eight rules put forward in

Canada: Medical Pot Firms: Supply Scarce Due To Red Tape

Cannabis News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 05:00
Chronicle Herald, 13 Dec 2014 - OTTAWA - Delays in inspections and approvals to grow medical marijuana are causing shortages, according to some in the industry. This year, Canada transformed its medical marijuana regime by banning small, homegrown outfits and moving to multimillion-dollar industrial producers.

Canada: Medical Pot Firms: Supply Scarce Due To Red Tape

Medical Marijuana - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 05:00
Chronicle Herald, 13 Dec 2014 - OTTAWA - Delays in inspections and approvals to grow medical marijuana are causing shortages, according to some in the industry. This year, Canada transformed its medical marijuana regime by banning small, homegrown outfits and moving to multimillion-dollar industrial producers.