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Oregon Cities To Lobby Legislature To Allow Local Marijuana Taxes

The Weed Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 23:15
Oregon is a wacky place when it comes to public policy, and marijuana policy is no exception. For a long time medical marijuana dispensaries operated basically freely even though medical marijuana dispensaries were illegal. Then the Oregon Legislature legalized medical marijuana dispensaries, and cities and counties banned them. Then when it became apparent that Oregon [...]

Colorado Marijuana Edible Rules Will Be A Hot Topic Next Legislative Session

The Weed Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 22:38
A meeting was held yesterday in Colorado to try to determine new rules for marijuana edibles. That meeting didn’t result in anything meaningful, and the group tasked with creating new regulations decided to instead offer up various recommendations to the Colorado Legislature. Per the Denver Post: Colorado’s first attempt at better regulating edible marijuana products [...]

Global: Voices Against Brain Cancer Partners With Spanish Cannabinoid Research Group

Hemp News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 20:30

The Cannabinoid Research Group of Complutense University in Madrid, Spain and Voices Against Brain Cancer, a U.S. foundation headquartered in New York, on Monday announced that a collaborative medical marijuana research alliance has been signed by both organizations.

The consideration of the benefits of marijuana and the compounds contained within the plant known as "cannabinoids" for medicinal purposes is currently a prominent subject matter in North America. In an effort to fast-track the propagation of accurate scientific based information on therapeutic opportunities incorporating cannabinoids, these two groups have formed an exclusive partnership in the United States.

"We have chosen Voices Against Brain Cancer to act as our voice in North America where they will support and herald our efforts," said Manuel Guzmán, chairman of The Cannabinoid Research Group. When asked about the research findings to date, Guzman noted that "published research clearly shows the anticancer action of cannabinoids impacting glioblastoma multiforma (GBM), and how chemotherapy results of tumor reduction are improved upon by adding cannabinoids as part of the treatment regimen."

"We have an obligation to remain open minded about where the cure for brain cancer will come from," said Michael Klipper, chairman of Voices Against Brain Cancer. "Manuel Guzmán and his research team are world class leaders in the clinical research of cannabinoids and cancer."

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Massachusetts: Town Tries To Ban Tobacco

Hemp News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:09

The small town of Westminster, Massachusetts, made national headlines recently when local health authorities tried to make it the first place in the United States where no one would be allowed to buy cigarettes, e-cigs, cigars and chewing tobacco.

"The Board of Health permitting these establishments to sell these dangerous products than, when used as directed, kill 50 percent of its users, ethically goes against our public health mission," claimed Andrea Crete, chairwoman of the Board of Health, reports Katharine Seelye of The New York Times.

The plan resulted in what The Times called "white-hot fury" among the townspeople. Although only 17 percent of Westminster residents smoke -- many say they have never touched tobacco and find the habit disgusting -- they see the ban as an attack on individual liberties. It would also cripple eight retailers in town who primarily sell tobacco products.

A petition sits on the front counter at Vincent's Country Store in Westminster; it attracts more signatures every day. At last count, 1,200 people had signed, in a town of 7,400.

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Colorado: These Are The Good Old Days - Things About To Change In Marijuana Market

Hemp News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:16

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

This may be the golden age of marijuana in Colorado, and things are about to change.

Supply-and-demand is ever-so-slowly leading to lower prices on the recreational front, and legislative changes are in the offing that could make it more difficult for doctors to authorize medicinal cannabis for severe pain, reports Jeremy P. Mayer at The Denver Post. Voters could be asked to add a special tax onto medical marijuana, and there's even been some reckless talk about discontinuing medicinal cannabis altogether, lumping all cannabis sales into the recreational market.

"It is fluid," said Samn Kamin, a law professor at the University of Denver. "Everyone knew this was going to happen.

"This is the first-of-its-kind regulation," Kamin said. "We knew we weren't going to get everything right the first time."

Medical marijuana caregivers in Colorado may grow up to six plants for up to five patients, for a total of 30 plants, but some get a waiver to grow more. As of May, the state had about 5,000 registered caregivers.

A bill will be introduced in the Colorado Legislature next session to reduce the number of plants that caregivers can grow for their patients, and require the caregivers to go through a much more stringent approval process with state health officials.

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Hash Art Contest To Be Held

The Weed Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:00
I have seen a lot of hash art pictures buzzing around social media lately. Some of the sculptures people are making are fantastic, so fantastic that it almost seems like a shame to have to destroy them on a dab nail. Notice that I said almost I’d still smoke every last drop of BHO if [...]

Saturday Night Live Spoofs New York Marijuana Reform

The Weed Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 15:00
It is very hard to blend comedy and marijuana. Most of the time, it’s just Cheech and Chong jokes and jabs involving potato chips. This last weekend Saturday Night Live spoofed the recent reforms in New York City, where simple marijuana possession will no longer be an arrestable offense. The spoof did involve a lot [...]

Eric Holder Still Tries To Dodge Marijuana Rescheduling Questions

The Weed Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 14:00
When United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he was stepping down, he also stated that he was ‘open’ to the idea of rescheduling marijuana. This led to many marijuana media outlets, activists, and organizations to shower Holder with praise, and even sometimes referring to him as ‘cannabis friendly.’ I was not one of [...]

Washington Marijuana Auction Brings In $600,000

The Weed Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 14:00
The State of Washington held it’s first marijuana auction, which is the first of it’s kind from what I can tell. A marijuana grower harvested over 300 pounds of marijuana and put it up for auction. The auction was only open to the media and and licensed marijuana processors and retailers. While the auction didn’t [...]

What It Means To ‘Get High’

NORML Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:10

After several decades of Reefer Madness propaganda dominating the discussion of marijuana in the media, it should be no surprise that many Americans, especially older Americans who are not personally familiar with marijuana, believe that “getting high” is somehow a bad experience, something to be avoided by responsible citizens. It is assumed that this experience is a waste of time, or even worse, that it somehow damages the healthy individual.

Yet, I have found that marijuana smoking has been a positive experience in my life, allowing me, when I am high, to stand back half-a-step and see my life in a clearer perspective. Yes, we all know that getting high is fun: food tastes better when one is high, and music sounds better and sex is even more enjoyable. But getting high is more than just pleasurable; in the right situation, it is an enriching experience.

Specifically, if I have something I need to write, whether an article for publication or the outline for a talk I am scheduled to deliver, I find it extraordinarily helpful to isolate myself in my home office for a few hours and get stoned, allowing my mind to freely wander, making notes of any seemingly insightful thoughts that result, jotting down whatever free-associations arise, and frequently discovering issues and new ways to analyze a topic that should have been obvious to me all along, but had not come to mind until I was high.

It’s as if the marijuana high eliminates some of the barriers we otherwise construct on our imagination and our creativity. Somehow, we appear to protect ourselves from the perceived risk of thinking out of the mainstream, by closing off some creative pathways. Marijuana can reopen those pathways, and give us new understanding.

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Will Guatemala Legalize Marijuana In 2015?

The Weed Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:00
One of my favorite places I’ve ever visited is Guatemala. I went there on a ten day missionary trip in 2009, and it’s a trip that will forever be in my heart. The people there were so nice and the country was so beautiful. I love fresh fruit, and I’m not that tall, and there’s [...]

Officer Convicted In Marijuana Butter Case Takes His Own Life

The Weed Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:00
One of the corrections officers snared in a case involving the medicinal use of marijuana-infused butter has committed suicide. On October 20, Officer Timmothy Bernhardt plead guilty  to charges that he and other Kent County Jail officers received and distributed the butter for their own medicinal use. He and another officer took plea deals and were due [...]

St. Louis Post Dispatch Endorses Marijuana Legalization Campaign

The Weed Blog - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:11
You will see me talk a lot about the Show-Me Cannabis campaign between now and Election Day 2016. As I’ve stated many times, the Show Me-Cannabis campaign team is the strongest I’ve ever seen – even stronger than the campaigns in states that have already legalized. Admittedly, Missouri is going to be a harder state [...]

CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of Us

Cannabis News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:00
The Expositor, 18 Nov 2014 - This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle. For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of Us

Cannabis News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:00
The Recorder & Times, 18 Nov 2014 - This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle. For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of Us

Cannabis News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 18 Nov 2014 - This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle. For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of Us

Cannabis News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:00
North Bay Nugget, 18 Nov 2014 - This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle. For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of Us

Cannabis News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 18 Nov 2014 - This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle. For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of Us

Cannabis News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:00
The Beacon Herald, 18 Nov 2014 - This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle. For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

US DC: Column: PTA Mom Says It's Time To Legalize

Cannabis News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 05:00
Washington Post, 18 Nov 2014 - Let's Help Kids Be Safe If They Decide to Break the Rules I'm a mom of three, a PTA president, and I'm in favor of cannabis legalization. When I was a sophomore at a small liberal arts college in Vermont, I devoured books on world religions while knitting wool hats and changing the litter box for the pot-bellied pig that I co-owned briefly with my roommate and two friends. I was a turn-of-the-century hippie, and although I abhor stereotypes, some of them you might conjure up were spot on. ( Yes, I smoked pot.)