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No, Josh Marquis, A Marijuana Ticket Ain’t Like A Speeding Ticket

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 20:49
On Friday, Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis, the leading spokesperson for law enforcement’s opposition to marijuana legalization, debated Rep. Earl Blumenauer about Oregon’s Measure 91 at the Salem City Club (fast-forward to 20:00 to skip intros): click here to watch the video Throughout the debate, Marquis tried to minimize the need for legalization by repeatedly [...]

Wife Of Leading Oregon Marijuana Opponent Wants To Grow Legal Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 18:04
This last week there was a fantastic debate between United States Representative Earl Blumenauer (for) and Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis (against). The topic of the debate was Oregon Measure 91, which would legalize marijuana in Oregon if approved by voters in November. As always, I was not able to attend the debate because [...]

Recreational Marijuana Sales Increase In Washington

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 17:55
Recreational marijuana sales have been legal in Washington State for more than two months now. The roll out of legal recreational marijuana sales in Washington has been racked with delays and hurtles. There are still not nearly enough stores open or supply to meet demand. With that being said, things are improving in Washington, albeit [...]

Berkeley To Provide Free Medical Cannabis To Low-income Patients

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 16:55
The Berkeley City Council has unanimously approved an amendment to their medical marijuana program – starting next August, Berkeley’s three medical marijuana dispensaries will be required to donate at least 2 percent of their cannabis to low-income residents. Residents will be able to receive free, high quality medical marijuana from dispensaries to help with the list of [...]

Wisconsin: Activist Released At Festival After Showing Oregon Medical Marijuana Card

Hemp News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 13:21

Well-known Wisconsin medical marijuana activist Gary Storck and two companions were briefly detained by law enforcement at the Fighting Bob Fest in Baraboo on Saturday, but were ultimately released after one of the group showed the officers an Oregon medical marijuana card.

"Around 1:20 p.m., we decided to leave, with Karen [Kinsley] stopping at the vending barn to grab some campaign materials while Greg [Kinsley] and I headed to the car," Storck posted on Facebook Saturday. "Upon returning to the car, we were contacted by a Baraboo officer.

"Sadie's barking had made them concerned she was in an overheated vehicle," Storck posted. "But Sadie was not barking because she was hot. A delivery device and a tiny crumb of alleged medicine was spotted, the officer told us.

"Now I have had pets my entire life, and I treasure them more than most people, so I keep aware of the temperatures and conditions I subject my pets to, as many other owners will," Greg Kinsley explained. "Knowing we would only be at the event for about an hour, we walked around for about 20 minutes in a housed barn/shed where we talked to a few folks and wandered by the tables and then to the outside again."

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Ireland: Column: We Must Protect Our Teens From Dangers Of

Cannabis News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 04:00
Irish Independent, 14 Sep 2014 - New Research That Links Cannabis With Depression and Suicide in Teens Is Nothing Short of Alarming One of the more idiotic statements made by Bill Clinton throughout his career was that as a student he smoked cannabis, but didn't inhale. That statement sprang to mind during the week when the results of a study on cannabis use in the student generation, were published in the medical journal The Lancet.

Jamaica: Island Nation Set To Ease Marijuana Law

Cannabis News - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 04:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 14 Sep 2014 - (AP) - Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colors identified with his Rastafarian faith. These days the baritone singer from the legendary Wailers, the group he formed in 1963 with late stars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, has reason to feel good. There is unprecedented traction building in Jamaica to decriminalize pot, meaning the dreadlocked Wailer, 67, and other adherents of Rastafari - a homegrown spiritual movement that considers the drug divine - may soon be able to smoke without fear of arrest.

Jamaica: Island Nation Set To Ease Marijuana Law

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 04:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 14 Sep 2014 - (AP) - Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colors identified with his Rastafarian faith. These days the baritone singer from the legendary Wailers, the group he formed in 1963 with late stars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, has reason to feel good. There is unprecedented traction building in Jamaica to decriminalize pot, meaning the dreadlocked Wailer, 67, and other adherents of Rastafari - a homegrown spiritual movement that considers the drug divine - may soon be able to smoke without fear of arrest.

Oregon Marijuana Legalization Campaign Reserves Huge Media Ad Buy

The Weed Blog - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 12:00
Measure 91, the campaign to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana in Oregon this year has run an organized campaign that has learned lessons from previous successful efforts in Colorado and Washington and from other proposals that didn’t secure a majority at the ballot box. The Measure 91 effort has both managed to secure mainstream political [...]

Survey: 58 Percent Of Americans Say Treat Marijuana Like Alcohol

The Weed Blog - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 11:00
By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Nearly 60 percent of Americans support regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol, according to an analysis of over 450,000 online responses collected by the online polling data company CivicScience over a nearly two-year period. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said that they would support “a law in [their] [...]

Will Alaska, Oregon, And DC All Legalize Marijuana In 2014?

The Weed Blog - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:00
By Phillip Smith Labor Day has come and gone, and the 2014 election is now less than two months away. Marijuana legalization initiatives are on the ballot in two states — Alaska and Oregon — and the District of Columbia. For the marijuana reform movement, 2014 is a chance for a legalization trifecta on the [...]

Workers’ Compensation To Cover Medical Marijuana In New Mexico

The Weed Blog - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 09:00
According to the Courthouse News Service, medical marijuana recommended by a physician for an injured patient’s pain must be paid for by the patient’s employer and insurer, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled. Despite marijuana’s federal classification as a controlled substance, the court concluded that New Mexico law grants Gregory Vialpando reimbursement for medical [...]

CN ON: Editorial: Until Pot Law Changes, Enforcement Is Key

Cannabis News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:00
Sudbury Star, 13 Sep 2014 - The stoners are getting creative and we're not so sure that's a good thing. The marijuana industry is attracting a lot of attention these days. Back in March the Financial Post ran an article headlined Your 5- step primer to investing in pot. Former Ontario health minister George Smitherman, among others, is developing a business to be a licensed medical marijuana producer. In other words, it's big business.

CN ON: Editorial: Until Pot Law Changes, Enforcement Is Key

Medical Marijuana - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:00
Sudbury Star, 13 Sep 2014 - The stoners are getting creative and we're not so sure that's a good thing. The marijuana industry is attracting a lot of attention these days. Back in March the Financial Post ran an article headlined Your 5- step primer to investing in pot. Former Ontario health minister George Smitherman, among others, is developing a business to be a licensed medical marijuana producer. In other words, it's big business.

Thailand: Column: Govt Propaganda Is the Most Dangerous Drug

Cannabis News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:00
The Nation, 13 Sep 2014 - The world's elder statesmen have a problem when it comes to drug policy. They are increasingly coming out in favour of broad legalisation, but their message is having a hard time getting through thanks to decades of anti-drug propaganda from the governments in which they participated. Three years ago, a group called the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a report denouncing the "war on drugs" for increasing violence and failing to curb consumption. It got a lot of attention because its members included such luminaries as former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former United Nations secretary- general Kofi Annan, former US secretary of state George Schultz, former North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Javier Solana and former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker. These are serious, powerful men, not potheads or irresponsible anarchists.

New Zealand: Editorial: Public Health Risk Too Great for

Cannabis News - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:00
The Press, 13 Sep 2014 - According to drug experts, New Zealand is said to be one of the highest users of cannabis in the world. It may seem odd then that there is no greater push to have it decriminalised or even legalised. Only one significant party, Internet-Mana, is pushing in the election campaign for reexamination of the laws governing dope and even within that party the promotion of the policy has caused ructions. If the high-use figures are accurate, this indifference is even odder. In several other places in the world recently the authorities, faced with high illegal use of cannabis, have given up and decriminalised it or legalised it.

US HI: Editorial: Pot Advocate Rejoins The Community

Medical Marijuana - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 13 Sep 2014 - Marijuana ministry advocate Roger Christie has finally been released after four years in federal custody to a halfway house, and, boy, he said upon his release, would he like to once again consume some of his favorite plant. He added wisely, though, that would be only "when I'm legally allowed to do so." But, not even counting his four years of probation, that might be never - unless he moves to Washington state or Colorado, where marijuana is legal, and assuming Hawaii doesn't follow those states down that road.

Iowa: Legislative Panel Backs Medical Marijuana

Hemp News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:29

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Medical marijuana should be grown and distributed in Iowa, a committee of state lawmakers narrowly recommended on Thursday.

The 10-member bipartisan panel of senators and representatives also backed changing state law to reclassify cannabis to make it easier to obtain as medicine, reports Tony Leys at The Des Moines Register.

The committee was formed to examine the complications and logjams in a new law that was supposed to have helped people with severe epilepsy get marijuana extract containing only cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of cannabis.

The Iowa Legislature voted in May to let patients with severe epilepsy possess CBD oil to treat their seizures, but the limited law provides no method for producing or distributing the oil in the state.

Reports from other states have suggested that many seizure patients can gain significant relief from CBD oil, which doesn't produce a high.

But the same parents who lobbied for the CBD bill have now told legislators that the law is unworkable. Several of them testified on Thursday that most states where medical marijuana is legal don't allow sales to nonresidents; besides, any Iowans buying it would have to break federal law if they brought it back home.

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Pennsylvania: Lawmakers To Consider Medical Marijuana Next Week

Hemp News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 19:07

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Pennsylvania lawmakers will begin discussing a medical marijuana bill when the Legislature convenes next week, according to Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi.

Pileggi, a Republican from Chester, Pennsylvania, said on Wednesday that he plans to caucus a medical marijuana bill after lawmakers return for the fall session, reports Christina Kauffman at The Patriot-News.

Senate Bill 1182, sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon County), passed 11-0 from the Senate Law and Justice Committee in June.

Pileggi said the medical marijuana bill has "broad support" in the Senate, and next week's discussion will decide whether to go forward with a vote of the full chamber.

Folmer on Wednesday said he believes he has the votes of 45 of the state's 50 senators, but the bill could face tougher going in the House of Representatives and with Governor Tom Corbett, who must sign it before it becomes law.

The final document is expected to be broader than a version the Governor previously said he would support, according to Pileggi.

Pharmaceutical companies are among the bill's strongest opposition, according to Folmer (no surprise there, medical marijuana threatens their profits), but Folmer said cannabis-derived treatments come without the life-threatening side-effects of many prescribed pharmaceuticals.

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California: Mysterious Men Dropping From Helicopters, Chopping Down Mendo Marijuana

Hemp News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 18:08

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A mysterious group of men has been raiding medical marijuana plots in Mendocino County, California, and local residents are mystified about the identity of the camouflage-clad group, who aren't police officers.

The men dress in combat camouflage, reports Joe Vazquez at KPIX 5, and some of them hide their faces.

Some say the men, on missions to eradicate marijuana, work for a security company called Lear Asset Management, according to Vazquez.

Lear Asset Management "works with law enforcement," according to their promotional poster, but Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said "The sheriff's department doesn't hire any private security to do our job."

Allman said all of his men -- unlike the mysterious marijuana raiders -- wear badges and clearly identify themselves. And Lear Asset Management President Paul Trouette said his company had nothing to do with the raid on Susan Schindler's garden.

Schindler said her medical marijuana garden was hit last month. "They took hand saws and just cut the trunks," she said.

The armed men in camouflage dropped into her garden from an unmarked helicopter and refused to identify themselves, according to Schindler. "There was no paperwork, no copies of any warrants, they didn't leave any inventory of what they took," she said.

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