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D.C. Marijuana Legalization Initiative Receives Endorsement From Major Labor Organizations

The Weed Blog - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:39
The Service Employees International Union, United Commercial Food Workers, and D.C.  Working Families endorsed Initiative 71, D.C.’s marijuana legalization initiative. Initiative 71, which is on the November 4th ballot, would legalize the possession of up to two ounces marijuana for adults over the age of 21, and allows individuals to grow up to six plants [...]

Another Poll Shows Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Very Close

The Weed Blog - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:31
Once upon a time Florida’s medical marijuana initiative looked like it would win by a large margin. I saw a poll that put support for the initiative as high as 88%. A lot has changed since then. Conservative funder Sheldon Adelson has pumped millions of dollars into the opposition’s campaign, and the opposition’s campaign has [...]

D.C. Council Could Delay Marijuana Legalization Implementation

The Weed Blog - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:31
Washington D.C. voters will see marijuana legalization on the ballot next month. Washington D.C. joins Oregon and Alaska, and a handful of cities in Michigan and Maine in voting on marijuana legalization during the 2014 Election. Support for marijuana legalization is strong among Washington D.C. voters, but it sounds like the Washington D.C. Council may [...]

US AK: OPED: Marijuana Legalization Would Be Immoral

Cannabis News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 15 Oct 2014 - Each of us living in this great state knows Alaska offers many things to all residents. We are surrounded by amazing beauty that nearly a million people pay to experience each summer. We each receive an annual dividend from the natural resources developed in the oil fields and we are blessed with neighbors and friends who look out for one another. In Alaska, an ordinary citizen or group of citizens has the ability to decide an issue is so important that every registered voter in the state has the right to express an opinion on the topic. This November's general election ballot includes several such issues. Our Catholic Church teaching requires us to vote with an informed conscience on issues that will affect the greater good. These are my thoughts for consideration on Ballot Measure 2.

Australia: Call For Wider Marijuana Trials

Cannabis News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:00
The Australian, 15 Oct 2014 - CLINICAL trials of medicinal cannabis should be expanded to include a range of illnesses, not just terminal ones, and should be fast-tracked to allow widespread use of the therapy, advocates say. Medical professionals, state politicians and the families of those with chronic conditions have called for an expansion of clinical trials and immediate action on the issue, after the announcement that health ministers supported the trials.

US CO: Column: Red Card Goes Purple; Green Flows in Manitou;

Cannabis News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 15 Oct 2014 - Meet the purple card Despite how much you probably love the oversized paper red card denoting your participation in the Colorado medical-marijuana program - - you know, the one that doesn't really fit on your person or resist any kind of damage and actually says "Void if laminated" - its days are numbered. A smaller, credit-card-sized version is now in circulation via a largely unpublicized change made effective Aug. 15, says the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Australia: Call For Wider Marijuana Trials

Medical Marijuana - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:00
The Australian, 15 Oct 2014 - CLINICAL trials of medicinal cannabis should be expanded to include a range of illnesses, not just terminal ones, and should be fast-tracked to allow widespread use of the therapy, advocates say. Medical professionals, state politicians and the families of those with chronic conditions have called for an expansion of clinical trials and immediate action on the issue, after the announcement that health ministers supported the trials.

US CO: Column: Red Card Goes Purple; Green Flows in Manitou;

Medical Marijuana - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 15 Oct 2014 - Meet the purple card Despite how much you probably love the oversized paper red card denoting your participation in the Colorado medical-marijuana program - - you know, the one that doesn't really fit on your person or resist any kind of damage and actually says "Void if laminated" - its days are numbered. A smaller, credit-card-sized version is now in circulation via a largely unpublicized change made effective Aug. 15, says the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

US FL: Editorial: Medical Marijuana Deserves Support

Cannabis News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:00
Sun-Sentinel, 15 Oct 2014 - On Nov. 4, Support Medical Marijuana Forget the politicians, self-styled experts and pollsters. Amendment 2 is about helping sick people.

US FL: Editorial: Medical Marijuana Deserves Support

Medical Marijuana - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:00
Sun-Sentinel, 15 Oct 2014 - On Nov. 4, Support Medical Marijuana Forget the politicians, self-styled experts and pollsters. Amendment 2 is about helping sick people.

Washington: Founder of Marijuana Staffing Agency Optimistic About Future of Weed Industry

Hemp News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 18:51

With the rapid growth of the medical marijuana industry in several states, as well as the recreational cannabis industry in Washington and Colorado, a vast number of businesses have sprouted to support, assist, and consult the companies that are actually involved with growing, processing, and selling the plant itself. Viridian Staffing, a recruiting agency based out of Seattle, is one such company.

Ganjapreneur, a cannabis industry business media outlet which launched over the summer, recently conversed with David Murét, co-founder of Viridian, to ask him some questions about the company and how it has helped connect marijuana businesses with job-seekers.

When asked what his favorite aspect of working in the cannabis industry was, Murét replied, "We would have to say the people. The industry has been such a magnet for dynamic free-thinking innovators who aren’t nearly as stiff and creatively stifled as you find in so many other, more established industries."

"We also love working in an industry which, on the whole, places such a high value on triple bottom line business practices, which are both socially responsible and environmentally sustainable, particularly here in the Pacific Northwest," Murét said.

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Canada: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Recommends Marijuana Legalization

Hemp News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 18:21

Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has released a new evidence-informed report on cannabis control. The Cannabis Policy Framework released by CAMH recommends marijuana legalization with a strict regulation approach to cannabis control.

Canada has one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world, with 40 percent of Canadians having used it at least once in their lifetime. CAMH's Cannabis Policy Framework was developed to provide evidence-based principles for reducing cannabis-related harm.

To do this, CAMH scientists and policy experts conducted in-depth analysis of the health, social, and legal implications of cannabis use and examined cannabis policy in other jurisdictions.

"Canada's current system of cannabis control is failing to prevent or reduce the harms associated with cannabis use," said Dr. Jürgen Rehm, director of the Social and Epidemiological Research Department at CAMH. "Based on a thorough review of the evidence, we believe that legalization combined with strict regulation of cannabis is the most effective means of reducing the harms associated with its use."

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D.C.: Marijuana Legalization Initiative Receives Major Labor Endorsements

Hemp News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:27

D.C. Working Families, SEIU, and UCFW Endorse Initiative 71

Labor Groups Point to Elimination of Discriminatory Enforcement and Opportunities to Advance Worker Rights

The Service Employees International Union, United Commercial Food Workers, and D.C. Working Families on Tuesday endorsed Initiative 71, D.C.’s marijuana legalization initiative. Initiative 71, which is on the November 4th ballot, would legalize the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana for adults over the age of 21, and allows individuals to grow up to six plants in their home.

D.C. laws prevent the ballot initiative from addressing the taxation and sale of marijuana, however, the D.C. Council is currently considering a bill which would account for such provisions.

"These major labor endorsements show that the elimination of marijuana prohibition is an issue of significant importance to workers in the District of Columbia," said Dr. Malik Burnett, D.C. policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). "Initiative 71 would eliminate unfairly harsh punishments for minors offenses, making it less likely that our young people get a lifelong criminal record that makes it harder to get a job, an apartment or credit card."

The possession of one ounce of marijuana is currently decriminalized in the District of Columbia, and persons found with more than this amount face a $25 civil infraction. Data from the Metropolitan Police Department reveals that 77 percent of tickets written during decriminalization have been in communities of color.

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Florida Medical Marijuana Campaign Releases Another Ad

The Weed Blog - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:54
The battle to legalize medical marijuana in Florida is one of the most hard fought marijuana reform battles I’ve ever seen. Both sides are spending enormous sums of money on their campaigns, with the opposition led by long time conservative funder Sheldon Adelson, and the Amendment 2 side being largely funded by attorney John Morgan. [...]

Will Arizona Legalize Marijuana In 2016?

The Weed Blog - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:48
Arizona is on my list of states that have a great chance of legalizing marijuana in 2016. The Marijuana Policy Project recently announced that they are ramping up efforts there. If Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. can approved marijuana legalization next month during the 2014 Election, it would increase the chances for other states to [...]

Mother Urges Oregonians To Vote For Marijuana Legalization In Latest TV Ad

The Weed Blog - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:42
Election Day 2014 is right around the corner. Voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. will see marijuana legalization on the ballot. Florida will be voting on medical marijuana, and a handful of cities in Maine and Michigan will be voting on marijuana legalization as well. Below is the most recent ad released by the [...]

Increase In Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients Attributed To Increased Safe Access

The Weed Blog - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 12:33
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program started in 1998. At first the number of patients in the program was small due to many factors. For starters, there weren’t as many qualifying conditions as there are today. Also, the number of plants a patient/caregiver/grower could have and the amount of dried medicine they could have was much [...]

Marijuana Marketing Company Is Hiring

The Weed Blog - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:27
Whenever I hear of job opportunities in the marijuana industry, I like to pass along the info. A company called MANTIS is hiring. MANTIS is a marijuana ad network company. I have talked to their owner quite a bit over the last year, and he seems like a great, knowledgeable guy. If your skill set is what [...]

Dear Marijuana Prohibitionists – What About The Children?

The Weed Blog - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:26
By John Knetemann The children. Are you thinking about them? You should be because all the prohibitionists seem to be thinking about the children. Or at least they think they are thinking about the children. The truth is drug prohibition has not been incredibly helpful to keeping drugs out of the hands of children. We have all heard [...]

US NY: Event Focuses On New Medical Pot Law

Cannabis News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 04:00
The Record, 14 Oct 2014 - NEW YORK (AP) - New York state lawmakers and advocates of medical marijuana gathered in New York City on Sunday to discuss the implementation of a new state law authorizing marijuana as a treatment for certain medical conditions. The event drew potential patients, policy makers and hundreds of people interested in working in the new medical marijuana industry. State lawmakers voted this year to make New York the 23rd state to authorize pot for patients with conditions including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy.