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US DC: In D.C., That's Grow Biz

MAP - Hemp - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 16 Mar 2015 - The weekend after marijuana became legal in the District, Capital City Hydroponics ran a sale on the indoor gardening kits needed to grow it. Business doubled. In a narrow Petworth basement stuffed with high-end gardening supplies, Michael Bayard gingerly explains that tomatoes are best grown indoors given the District's unfavorably dank weather.

US MI: Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative Planned in

MAP - Hemp - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Tribune, 15 Mar 2015 - LANSING (AP) - A statewide marijuana legalization ballot initiative is planned for 2016 that aims to allow residents to cultivate their own plants and allow other uses of the drug. The Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee says Thursday it plans a petition drive.

Cannabis Common Sense 778

Youtube - Cannabis Common Sense - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 16:57
Cannabis Common Sense 778
The show that tells truth about marijuana & the politics behind its prohibition. Live call in show http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cannabis-common-sense , Friday's, 8-9PM Pacific Time, 503-288-4442 From: William Appel Views: 101 2 ratings Time: 58:19 More in Education

Toke TV 77: Federal Medical Marijuana Bill! Legalization Bill In Mass.! Dangerous Pesticides Allowed On Legal Marijuana!

Toke Signals - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 19:20
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in just 20 minutes! Don’t forget to subscribe to the Toke TV channel on YouTube. Toke Signals Bud Pick of the Week   Toke Signals Stories of the Week U.S.: Here’s What’s In The Historic Federal Medical Marijuana Bill (Hemp News)

US NJ: Column: My Bucket List: Harry J. Anslinger - Check

MAP - Hemp - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 13 Mar 2015 - Do you have a bucket list? My altered ego, "NJWEEDMAN," has a huge list. Topping his list for years has been taking a THC-positive pee on "just say no" Nancy & Ronald Reagan's graves. Checking this off has been held up by Nancy's continued life. Sure, NJWeedman admits that may be distasteful on many levels, but these drug war criminals deserve it. They ramped up President Nixon's racist drug war, putting millions behind bars-especially brown people-and making America the greatest police state on the planet - largely for a plant. America now imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation in the world by far, holding 25 percent of the world's prisoners while having only 5 percent of the world's population. All the while, these tyrants were talking out of both sides of their vile mouths: Ronald and Colonel North imported tons of cocaine into America, creating the cocaine cartels' U.S. infrastructure with CIA assets and setting up dozens of black/brown businessmen like "FREEWAY RICKY ROSS" to sell their product. They made coke kingpins, they created the Nino Browns of every ghetto in America. The Reagans created the "crack cocaine epidemic" that ruined plenty of my friends in the late '80s. Nancy has been at the top of my death pool (a game where you guess when someone will die) every year for the last eight years, but unfortunately it hasn't happened yet.

Sens. Booker, Gillibrand and Paul Unveil Federal Medical Marijuana Bill - CARERS Act

Youtube - Regulate Marijuana - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 18:49
Sens. Booker, Gillibrand and Paul Unveil Federal Medical Marijuana Bill - CARERS Act
A historic Senate medical marijuana bill unveiled Tuesday would dramatically reshape the landscape for the plant, nearly 80 years after it was effectively criminalized. The bill, introduced... From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 797 26 ratings Time: 34:33 More in Nonprofits & Activism

Poll: More Than Six In Ten Connecticut Voters Say Legalize Marijuana

NORML Blog - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 18:08

More than six out of ten Connecticut voters favor legalizing marijuana use by adults, according to statewide polling conducted by Quinnipiac University.

Sixty-three percent of respondents said that they favored permitting adults to legally possess personal use quantities of cannabis. Only 34 percent of voters opposed this idea.

Legislation, House Bill 6703, is presently pending in the state, “to allow marijuana use for persons twenty-one years of age and older, and to regulate the sale, possession, use and growth of marijuana.” Connecticut residents can contact their lawmakers in support of this measure here.

State voters, by an overwhelming 82 percent to 15 percent margin, also support eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for offenses involving the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs, and allowing judges to decide sentences on a case by case basis.

The Quinnipiac University poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.

Historic Senate Bill Seeks to Revamp Medical Marijuana

NORML Blog - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 17:52

At a press conference this afternoon, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rand Paul (R-KY) announced plans to introduce a measure, The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act, in the US Senate to strengthen statewide medical marijuana protections and impose various changes to federal law.

Passage of the measure permits qualified patients, doctors, and businesses to engage in state-sanctioned behavior involving the production, sale, or use of medical cannabis without fear of federal prosecution. The proposal reschedules marijuana at the federal level and removes the compound cannabidiol (CBD) from the Controlled Substances Act. Additional provisions would allow opportunities for financial institutions to legally provide services to medical marijuana businesses, permit VA doctors to authorize medical cannabis, and would remove existing federal barriers to clinical trial research.

“It is emblematic of how far the movement to reform our country’s failed marijuana policies has come when a Republican presidential hopeful partners with two high profile Democrats to undo the damage done by the war on cannabis consumers,” stated NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri, “We’d encourage all members of Congress to rally behind this effort to end the federal prohibition on medical marijuana, something that over 80% of the country supports. Ultimately, marijuana needs to be descheduled out of the Controlled Substances Act entirely, but this bill provides an excellent start to that broader discussion.”

TAKE ACTION: CLICK HERE TO CONTACT YOUR US SENATORS IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE!

Danny Danko Running for NORML

NORML Blog - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 14:46

Dear NORML Members and Supporters,

In the past 24 years I’ve penned hundreds of fundraising requests in the employ of NORML ranging from basic operating expenses to legal defense funds to advertising to match-the-donor grants to computer purchases to initiatives. Unfailingly, NORML’s members and supporters always come through with the needed funding to this venerable non-profit organization.

On this day I bring your attention to a NORML fundraiser self-conceived and implemented from a welcomed–but unlikely source.

I don’t think he’d mind me commenting that when one thinks of a long-distance runner, High Times’ Cultivation Editor Danny Danko does not immediately (or, at all!) come to mind.

So when Dan recently contacted NORML indicating that he’d decided to run in the 2015 New York City Half Marathon, and wanted to do so to raise money and awareness for NORML’s marijuana law reform work, it reminded me of the many types of personal self-sacrifice supporters of marijuana law reform work have been willing to make in support of the organization since its founding in 1970.

Dan has created a CrowdRise webpage for donations to be directed to the NORML Foundation that he is asking us to widely promote, as his employer, High Times Magazine, is willing to match dollar-for-dollar all of the money he raises through his long-distance running effort on Sunday, March 15.

A number of individuals, non-profit organizations and cannabis-related businesses have already pledged to support Dan’s fundraising efforts for NORML and marijuana legalization. Please take a moment and join them in recognizing Dan’s commitment to legalization, and to a non-profit organization near and dear to him and his family.

Dan has already raised nearly 40% of his stated $5,000 goal!

Thanks to Danny Danko, High Times Magazine and NORML’s supporters for putting the ‘grass’ into the organization’s longstanding grassroots efforts to end cannabis prohibition and stop the arrest of marijuana smokers.

Kind regards from a newly liberated Washington, D.C. (where cannabis became legal on February 26),

Allen St. Pierre
Executive Director
NORML / NORML Foundation

Nine-Year-Old Epilepsy Patient Takes Medical Cannabis Fight to Texas Capitol (Team Alexis)

Youtube - Regulate Marijuana - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 18:44
Nine-Year-Old Epilepsy Patient Takes Medical Cannabis Fight to Texas Capitol (Team Alexis)
Alexis Bortell, a 9 year-old epilepsy patient, is taking her fight to Austin to push for legal medical cannabis in Texas. Texas bans both the medical and social use of cannabis and imposes... From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 871 28 ratings Time: 03:11 More in Nonprofits & Activism

Cannabis Common Sense 777

Youtube - Cannabis Common Sense - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 13:01
Cannabis Common Sense 777
The show that tells truth about marijuana & the politics behind its prohibition. Live call in show http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cannabis-common-sense , Friday's, 8-9PM Pacific Time, 503-288-4442 From: William Appel Views: 147 7 ratings Time: 51:55 More in Education

Cannabis POW of the Month: Paul Free Is Serving Life Without Parole

Toke Signals - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 21:20
Life in prison. Without possibility of parole. For a nonviolent marijuana offense. Let the reality of that sink in for a minute. No, this isn’t happening in some backwards, third world country. It is happening right here in the United States of America. Were the sentence of life in prison for marijuana not absurd enough, [...]

General Social Survey: Majority Of Americans Say Marijuana Should Be Legal

NORML Blog - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 22:15

The majority of Americans say that “the use of marijuana should be made legal,” according to nationwide polling data provided by the General Social Survey. The GSS is a bi-annual scientific survey that collects data on social trends within the United States.

Fifty-two percent of respondents endorsed legalizing marijuana – an increase of nine percentage points since GSS pollsters asked the question in 2012. Forty-two percent of respondents said that they opposed the idea.

GSS pollsters have been tracking Americans’ views regarding marijuana legalization since the early 1970s. In 1990, only 16 percent of respondents backed legalizing the plant. The just-reported 2014 survey data marks the first time that the General Social Survey has ever reported majority support for legalizing cannabis.

Separate national surveys by both Gallup and the Pew Research Center, among others, have previously documented that most Americans now favor legalizing the plant.

Man Walks Into D.C. Police Office, Asks For Marijuana Back, And Gets It

The Weed Blog - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 17:15
The times are changing. Washington D.C., which used to be a pretty harsh place for marijuana policy, is now one of the most marijuana friendly places in America. Washington D.C. voters approved a marijuana legalization initiative last November by a hefty margin. After a showdown with Congress, Washington D.C. moved forward with implementing the marijuana

Poll: 72% Of Likely Utah Voters Support Medical Marijuana Legalization

The Weed Blog - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 16:45
A representative of the DEA warned Utah recently that if Utah legalized medical marijuana, it would lead to stoned rabbits all over the state. That scare tactic doesn’t seem to resonate with Utah voters that recently participated in a poll conducted by Y2 Analytics. The poll found that 72% of likely Utah voters support legalizing

ResponsibleOhio Raises Thirty Six Million Dollars For Legalization Effort

The Weed Blog - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 16:15
There is news coming out of Ohio that the group behind a marijuana legalization proposal, ResponsibleOhio, is claiming that they have raised $36 million dollars. The group was receiving backlash from marijuana reform organizations and activists because their original plan gave the monopoly for marijuana cultivation to ten entities. The State of Ohio rejected the language

Washington Senate Passes Bill That Bans Marijuana Vending Machines

The Weed Blog - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:45
If you have been in some medical marijuana or recreational marijuana outlets, you may have seen a marijuana vending machine or two. The marijuana vending machine is a novel idea, but they are not as popular as many people would think. If you know what you want, and you know what the quality is of

Bill Introduced In Texas That Would End Marijuana Prohibition

The Weed Blog - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:15
Texas State Representative David Simpson has introduced a bill that would eliminate all marijuana prohibition language from the laws in Texas. Texas HB 2165 would essentially regulate marijuana like tomatoes. Per the organization Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition: Representative Simpson’s HB 2165 harkens back to a time when government did not intervene in the control of marijuana.

Pennsylvania House To Hold Satellite Hearing On Medical Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:45
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will hold a joint satellite hearing of the Health and Judiciary Committees on medical marijuana. The hearing will take place on March 24, 2015 at 10:00AM at the University of PA Health System in the Perelman School of Medicine Zumbrow Auditorium, 800 S. Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA. Legislation to enact a

Utah Senate Approves Measure to Legalize Medical Cannabis

The Joint Blog - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:37

Utah’s full Senate has given approval to a proposal to legalize medical cannabis. The measure, filed by Republican State Senator Mark Madsen, was approved with a 16 to 13 vote.

Senate Bill 259 would allow those with debilitating conditions such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and epilepsy to possess and use cannabis-infused products such as edibles, lotions, oils and tinctures. Smoking cannabis, however, would remain prohibited.

Senate Bill 259 would authorize dispensaries to distribute cannabis products to qualified patients. These outlets would be licensed by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

The measure will be required to receive one more vote in the Senate. It’s approval will send it to the state’s House of Representatives for consideration.

The full text of the proposal can be found by clicking here.

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