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US CO: Column: Could There Be An Agency More Inept Than

Cannabis News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:00
Boulder Weekly, 11 Dec 2014 - Do you remember Acapulco Gold? Panama Red? If you do, you can probably appreciate the latest twist in the war on cannabis. NPR reported recently that cannabis grown in the United States is being smuggled into Mexico and places beyond. Yes, you read that right. Let it settle in for a minute. Most of the cannabis used in the United States over the last decades has come from south of the border. Anyone who has used cannabis over the years remembers Mexican marijuana: Seedy, not a lot of buds or very strong, but plentiful and cheap. Not anymore. Today, Americans prefer U.S.- grown cannabis, and apparently, so do many Mexicans, who are willing to spend more for American pot than for their own homegrown. Acapulco Gold, make way for Sour Diesel.

US NJ: Column: Tamir Rice Killing Sadly Reminiscent of 1994

Cannabis News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:00
The Trentonian, 11 Dec 2014 - I'm proud of the Ferguson protesters in most communities, people of color say nothing. A bunch of my white weed-smoking activist friends on Facebook are upset with me for talking about Ferguson and the national race issue it inspired. They're unfriending me in droves, and I myself have unfriended childhood friends.

US CA: 'The Revolution Starts Here'

Cannabis News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:00
North Coast Journal, 11 Dec 2014 - A Fledgling Political Action Committee's Push to Regulate Weed in Humboldt It's Dec. 8, and three members of California Cannabis Voice Humboldt are sitting in the Journal's Old Town office. There's a sense of urgency - and even a little desperation - as they explain how the group has grown from its inaugural meeting less than six months ago to push itself to the forefront of the 18-year-old conversation about how Humboldt County should regulate its largest industry.

US DC: Pot Proponents March, Hold Sit-in

Cannabis News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:00
Washington Post, 11 Dec 2014 - Let City Govern Itself, Activists Say D.C. officials and activists for marijuana legalization launched a long-shot bid Wednesday to halt a federal budget deal that appeared poised to upend the city's successful ballot measure last month to legalize the drug.

US DC: Editorial: Congress's Hypocrisy

Cannabis News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:00
Washington Post, 11 Dec 2014 - It Allows State Marijuana Laws to Stand but Stirs to Action Against the District. THE FEDERAL spending bill now pending before Congress includes a provision that bars the Justice Department from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws. It also includes an amendment that prohibits the Drug Enforcement Administration from interfering with a federal law that allows industrial hemp research in states that have approved it.

US DC: D.C. Scrambles to Preserve Pot Laws

Cannabis News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:00
Washington Times, 11 Dec 2014 - Federal Budget Rider Blocks Voter Referendum The congressional architect of an amendment in a massive federal spending bill that rolled back new D.C. marijuana laws says the bill will block the city's voter-approved referendum legalizing recreational use of the drug, despite assertions from local leaders that the initiative could stand.

US MD: Harris Takes On Anti-Pot Mantle

Cannabis News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:00
Baltimore Sun, 11 Dec 2014 - Spending Bill Contains Provision That Would Block D.C.'S Legalization Effort WASHINGTON - Rep. Andy Harris re-emerged Wednesday as a leading opponent of legalizing marijuana after lawmakers included a provision in the $1 trillion federal funding bill that appeared to block the District of Columbia from loosening its pot laws.

US CA: 'The Revolution Starts Here'

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:00
North Coast Journal, 11 Dec 2014 - A Fledgling Political Action Committee's Push to Regulate Weed in Humboldt It's Dec. 8, and three members of California Cannabis Voice Humboldt are sitting in the Journal's Old Town office. There's a sense of urgency - and even a little desperation - as they explain how the group has grown from its inaugural meeting less than six months ago to push itself to the forefront of the 18-year-old conversation about how Humboldt County should regulate its largest industry.

US DC: Editorial: Congress's Hypocrisy

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:00
Washington Post, 11 Dec 2014 - It Allows State Marijuana Laws to Stand but Stirs to Action Against the District. THE FEDERAL spending bill now pending before Congress includes a provision that bars the Justice Department from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws. It also includes an amendment that prohibits the Drug Enforcement Administration from interfering with a federal law that allows industrial hemp research in states that have approved it.

US WA: Seattle To Shutter Firms That Deliver Pot

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:00
Seattle Times, 11 Dec 2014 - '1 Strike' And Then ... Police, Prosecutors to Enforce Crackdown, City Council Told The city of Seattle plans to shut down marijuana-delivery services, which became popular after the state legalized recreational marijuana.

US NY: Editorial: Congress's Double-Edged Marijuana Stance

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:00
New York Times, 11 Dec 2014 - A bold stride in the popular campaign to legalize marijuana - an amendment blocking federal interference with states that allow medical marijuana - has been written into the bipartisan budget spending bill that's now being rushed through Congress. At the same time, this clear victory for the pro-marijuana movement nationally has been coupled with Congress's outrageous rebuff of the will of District of Columbia residents, who voted overwhelmingly last month to join the growing state move to legalize small amounts of recreational marijuana. Rarely has the "plantation" oversight powers long exploited by Congress to checkmate home rule in Washington been indulged with such blatant contrast.

Oregon: Lawmakers Approve Money For Legal Marijuana Rules

Hemp News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 18:42

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission can now begin the implementation of recreational marijuana legalization under Measure 91 after the Legislature's Emergency Board, composed of state House and Senate members, approved funding for staff, legal help and rule-writing.

The board approved a $583,000 loan for the OLCC, reports Anna Staver at the Statesman Journal. The money is coming from the state's liquor taxes, with the promise that the Commission will pay it back by the end of the 2015-2017 budget cycle using revenue generated by marijuana sales.

The money will allow commissioners to hire four workers: a program manager, two policy analysts and a public affairs staffer, reports The Associated Press. Regulating recreational marijuana in Oregon might eventually require up to 30 employees, according to one state estimate.

Oregon voters approved Measure 91 with a lopsided 56 percent to 44 percent margin last month, but the ballot initiative left most regulation up to the Liquor Control Commission to work out by January 2016.

Homegrown marijuana and personal possession will become formally legal on July 1, 2015, with commercial sales expected to begin in 2016.

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U.S.: Northsight Capital Acquires 420careers.com and MJbizwire

Hemp News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 17:51

Northsight Capital, Inc. on Wednesday announced that it has acquired two marijuana industry businesses: www.420careers.com, a marijuana industry job search website, and www.MJbizwire.com, a press release distribution and publication service designed for marijuana industry businesses.

420careers.com provides a place for marijuana-related businesses to post their available marijuana industry jobs and to browse job-seekers’ resumes, and job-seekers can browse and apply for marijuana jobs and post their resumes for employers to view, free of charge. Employers can upgrade their job postings to a Featured Job listing for $25, which gets highlighted on 420careers.com’s homepage.

MJbizwire is a press release distribution and publication service exclusively for marijuana industry businesses. MJbizwire is continually building partnerships with marijuana industry websites and magazines, as well as with media publications, that can republish the press releases distributed to them via MJbizwire. Businesses can choose from multiple press release distribution pricing plans on MJbizwire.com.

With the acquisitions, Northsight Capital, Inc. also brought on Colby Ayres, formerly the director of marketing for Hemp American Media Group, to assist with the expanding portfolio of websites for Northsight's marijuana industry businesses.

Northsight Capital, Inc. is comprised of a portfolio of online marijuana-related businesses that are being developed and operated by the company. These sites will incorporate many aspects of the marijuana industry.

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U.S.: Congress Prohibits Justice Dept. From Undermining State Medical Marijuana Laws

Hemp News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 17:28

Top Congressional Leaders Side with States on Hemp Research and Medical Marijuana

Provisions on D.C. Marijuana Legalization Remain Unclear: Advocates Say Any Congressional Interference with Law that Passed with 70% Support is Outrageous

The final “must pass” federal spending bill that Congress will consider this week, also known as the “cromnibus,”and released by senior appropriators Tuesday night includes an amendment that prohibits the U.S. Justice Department from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws. The spending bill also includes a bipartisan amendment that prohibits the DEA from blocking implementation of a federal law passed last year by Congress that allows hemp cultivation for academic and agricultural research purposes in states that allow it.

It also contains an amendment blocking marijuana law reform in Washington, D.C., although it is unclear what exactly the amendment blocks.

“For the first time, Congress is letting states set their own medical marijuana and hemp policies, a huge step forward for sensible drug policy," said Bill Piper, director of the Drug Policy Alliance’s office of national affairs. “States will continue to reform their marijuana laws and Congress will be forced to accommodate them. It’s not a question of if, but when, federal marijuana prohibition will be repealed."

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Cannabis Consumers Are People Too

The Weed Blog - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:35
By Amber Langston On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a pivotal moment in world history. Following the end of WWII, the notion of fair treatment for all human beings became cemented in this formal statement. With the exception of the Bible, the UDHR holds the world

Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative Officially Certified

The Weed Blog - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 13:27
An initiative that would legalize marijuana in Nevada has officially been certified by the Nevada Secretary of State. The Nevada Legislature will be given the opportunity to review and pass the initiative, and if the Nevada Legislature fails to do so, the initiative will then automatically go on the 2016 ballot. I’m hopeful that the

Budget Bill Seeks To Block DC Marijuana Legalization, But…

The Weed Blog - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:24
By Phillip Smith The leaders of the House and Senate appropriations committees agreed on a budget bill Tuesday night that includes language seeking to block the District of Columbia from implementing the Measure 71 legalization initiative overwhelmingly approved by District voters. But there may be some wiggle room. A bill summary provided by the House Appropriations

Congressional Spending Bill Blocks DEA Medical Marijuana Raids

The Weed Blog - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:22
What a wild day yesterday. As I was sitting in my cubicle reading tweets earlier in the day, it seemed that Washington D.C.’s  marijuana legalization bill was going to be entirely scrapped in a backdoor deal between Democrats and Republicans. As the day progressed, it appeared that possession and cultivation of marijuana in D.C. would move

CN BC: Column: Drug Use A Concern

Cannabis News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:00
The Morning Star, 10 Dec 2014 - I am always puzzled by the national media's focus on trivial issues and missing the more important challenges facing society and governments. Our society is being under-minded by substance abuse and very few people are talking about it. One in five Canadians (21.6 per cent ) has a substance or alcohol abuse problem. Substance abuse costs us $40 billion per year in Canada. Eighty per cent of federal offenders have a history of substance abuse issues. Six million Canadians are in recovery. Contrary to the solutions of the NDP and Liberals to legalize marijuana, because they say it is just a soft drug, studies found that 40 per cent of people that start using marijuana move on to harder drugs.

US VA: Column: Eric Garner, Another Victim of the War on Drugs

Cannabis News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 05:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10 Dec 2014 - When a grand jury refused last week to bring an indictment in the death of Eric Garner, the New Yorker who died from a policeman's chokehold, the outrage across the political spectrum was nearly universal. Left and right, libertarian and collectivist: Everybody was, for once, in agreement. For a moment or two. Then fissures began appearing. One of them concerned the role New York's cigarette taxes played - or didn't - in Garner's death. You can make a good argument, as several commentators did, that the city's outlandishly high taxes contributed to Garner's death. Those taxes have created a huge black market in cigarettes, and the cops were busting Garner for selling "loosies," or individual cigarettes, on the street. Not long ago, New York enhanced the penalty for selling loosies, and "an order to crack down on the illegal sale of 75-cent cigarettes in Staten Island came directly from police headquarters, setting off a chain of events that ended in Eric Garner's death," the Daily News reported.