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Poll: Majority Support For Marijuana Legalization In Delaware

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:42
A growing majority of Americans want to see marijuana legalized, taxed, and regulated. The citizens of Delaware are no exception. A recent poll found that a strong majority of Delaware residents want to see Delaware follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington and legalize marijuana. Per Delaware Online: According to a new University of [...]

Oregon Court Rules That Local Governments May Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:31
It has been a wild ride for medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon. Medical marijuana dispensaries have been around for a long, long time in Oregon. However, until late 2013 they were illegal, and it wasn’t until this year that licenses were issued to make some of them completely legal. Ironically, even though the dispensaries were [...]

Florida Amendment 2: Medical Marijuana Showdown in the South

NORML Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:41

On November 4, Florida voters will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to their state constitution, Amendment 2, to establish a medical marijuana program in that state. This vote is especially important as it would be the first southern state to legalize medical use, and would likely encourage other states in the region to take a serious look at the use of marijuana as a medicine for seriously ill patients.

Why A Constitutional Amendment?

Fearful that the conservative Republican state legislature would have passed legislation overriding such a change, if it were simply a state law changed by voter initiative, People United for Medical Marijuana, the sponsor of this proposal, elected to try to include the policy changes as an amendment to the state constitution. Amendment 2, the Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions initiative, must therefore receive 60 percent of votes cast to be enacted as a constitutional amendment, a high goal and a real challenge for any proposal to meet. That decision is one that may be instructive for future voter initiatives, with most polls currently showing we will win a majority of votes, but likely less than 60 percent.

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Vote Medical Marijuana Ad: Get Educated

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:25
Americans for Safe Access created a site to track where candidates stand on the issue of medical marijuana, and I encourage readers to check it out. If you get a chance to meet with a candidate, make sure to ask where they stand on this very important issue. If a candidate has expressed support in [...]

Hemp Building Material Absorbs Pollutants And Improves Insulation

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:17
Hemp never ceases to amaze me. Hemp is great for making clothes. Hemp seed is a great food source. Hemp is better to make paper out of than wood, although as we continue to transition to digital formats, that need is becoming less prevalent, but still prevalent enough to be relevant nonetheless. I read an [...]

How Much Money Does A Seattle Marijuana Store Make In A Day?

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:08
Legal recreational marijuana sales started in Washington near the beginning of July. However, until very recently, there was only one legal recreational marijuana store in Washington’s largest city of Seattle. There are now two stores in Seattle, with hopefully more opening sooner than later. The Seattle marijuana market consumer base is by far the largest [...]

Advanced Cannabis Solutions Purchases Bank Location In Denver

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:07
The Bank Facility Purchased By Advanced Cannabis Solutions Will Be Called ‘The Greenhouse’ And Will Eventually Serve As A Full Service Bank For The Cannabis Industry In the not too distant future, the cannabis industry will be allowed to bank like any other industry without obstacles. At least that’s my hope. But I don’t think [...]

US WA: Everett Keeps Pot Business Restrictions

Cannabis News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 04:00
The Herald, 20 Oct 2014 - EVERETT - Marijuana businesses seeking to open in Everett will continue to operate under an interim ordinance that must be renewed every six months. The city council Wednesday unanimously approved the extension despite pleas from marijuana advocates and businesses to either drop or loosen the restrictions.

US IL: A Pot- Pourri Of Options

Cannabis News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 04:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 20 Oct 2014 - EDITOR'S NOTE: Selling medical marijuana to people with serious illnesses soon will be legal in Illinois. The Sun- Times wanted to see how the process has been working so far in Colorado, a state where it's already legal to sell marijuana to any adult, and focus on a business there that wants to win one of the coveted licenses to grow marijuana in Illinois. DENVER- When a customer seeking medical marijuana comes into the dispensary on Colfax Street, Jamie Murray wants to know: How do you want to feel?

US IL: Blurry Line Between States, Feds

Cannabis News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 04:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 20 Oct 2014 - DENVER - Illinois won't be anything like Colorado, at least at first. The Centennial State is at the forefront of marijuana policy in the United States. It's legal to use marijuana medically and recreationally. Colorado residents are allowed to grow marijuana in their homes.

US IL: A Pot- Pourri Of Options

Medical Marijuana - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 04:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 20 Oct 2014 - EDITOR'S NOTE: Selling medical marijuana to people with serious illnesses soon will be legal in Illinois. The Sun- Times wanted to see how the process has been working so far in Colorado, a state where it's already legal to sell marijuana to any adult, and focus on a business there that wants to win one of the coveted licenses to grow marijuana in Illinois. DENVER- When a customer seeking medical marijuana comes into the dispensary on Colfax Street, Jamie Murray wants to know: How do you want to feel?

US IL: Blurry Line Between States, Feds

Medical Marijuana - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 04:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 20 Oct 2014 - DENVER - Illinois won't be anything like Colorado, at least at first. The Centennial State is at the forefront of marijuana policy in the United States. It's legal to use marijuana medically and recreationally. Colorado residents are allowed to grow marijuana in their homes.

No On 91 Campaign Makes The Case FOR Legalization

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 02:00
On Friday, Mandi Puckett, the head of the No on Measure 91 campaign trying to defeat legalization in Oregon, held a press conference Friday that was chock full of concerned moms and precocious kids.  More telling was the presence of law enforcement and drug treatment professionals joining in to protect the drug war grants and [...]

NORML PAC Endorses Senator Cory Booker For U.S. Senate

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 01:30
NORML PAC has endorsed Senator Cory Booker (NJ) for re-election the the United States Senate representing New Jersey. “We endorsed Cory Booker during his election campaign in 2013 and we are honored to do so again,” stated NORML PAC manager Erik Altieri, “Senator Booker kept the promises he made to champion crucial criminal justice and [...]

Regulations For CBD Oil Proposed By Missouri Department Of Health And Senior Services

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 01:00
By John Payne Last Thursday, October 9, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services proposed regulations for the recommendation and distribution of CBD oil to patients with intractable epilepsy. The proposed regulations explain the requirements and process by which patients can apply for a “Hemp Extract Registration Card” that allows each patient to possess [...]

Fighting Stigmatization Of Drug Users In Denver

The Weed Blog - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 00:30
By Phillip Smith In many ways, ours is harsh, moralistic, and punitive society. One need only look at our world-leading incarceration rate to see the evidence. We like to punish wrongdoers, and our conception of wrongdoers often includes those who are doing no direct wrong to others, but who are doing things of which we [...]

US FL: Cities Back Interim Halt On Marijuana Businesses

Cannabis News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 04:00
Sun-Sentinel, 19 Oct 2014 - The rush to delay medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in some cities is on, even before Florida voters decide the marijuana measure on Nov. 4. Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, North Palm Beach, Lake Clarke Shores and the village of Golf all have given initial approval to halting marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries from opening in their areas for at least a year.

US FL: Cities Back Interim Halt On Marijuana Businesses

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 04:00
Sun-Sentinel, 19 Oct 2014 - The rush to delay medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in some cities is on, even before Florida voters decide the marijuana measure on Nov. 4. Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, North Palm Beach, Lake Clarke Shores and the village of Golf all have given initial approval to halting marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries from opening in their areas for at least a year.

US FL: Voters To Decide Fate Of Medical Marijuana

Cannabis News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 04:00
News Herald, 19 Oct 2014 - PANAMA CITY - With Florida voters slated to weigh in on a measure to legalize medical cannabis in the coming weeks, campaign interest groups are launching last-ditch efforts to sell marijuana as either a dangerous drug or medical miracle. Officially titled the "Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative," Amendment 2 would fully legalize medical marijuana in the state, providing a much broader scope than the Legislature's Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, which legalized a noneuphoric strain of medical marijuana for specific patients earlier this year.

US FL: City Of Sarasota Looks At Pot Operation Moratorium

Cannabis News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 04:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 19 Oct 2014 - SARASOTA - Sarasota County and the City of North Port are scurrying to get marijuana ordinances on their books before the Nov. 4 election, part of a growing number of local governments in Florida that are advancing rules ahead of the statewide vote on legalizing medical marijuana. The City of Sarasota, meanwhile, is considering a yearlong moratorium on any marijuana endeavors ahead of the vote on Amendment 2.