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Maine Bill to Legalize Cannabis Filed

The Joint Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 02:34

The possession, personal cultivation and state-sanctioned distribution of cannabis would be legal for those 21 and older in Maine, if a bill filed this week by Representative Diane Russell is passed into law.

H.P. 935 would allow those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis, and to cultivate up to six plants at a private residence. Cannabis retail outlets would be authorized to distribute the plant to those 21 and older, with the retail outlets being supplied by state-licensed cultivation centers. Cannabis would be taxed at 10%.

The bill has been assigned to the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

The filing of H.P. 935 occurred the same day the Maine Secretary of State gave approval to an initiative to legalize cannabis, giving advocates the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to put it to a vote in next year’s presidential election.

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Peter Buckley’s Take On Proposed Drastic Changes To Oregon Medical Marijuana Program

The Weed Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 00:26
A member of The Weed Blog team, Kaliko, e-mailed one of the members of the Joint Committee tasked with implementing Oregon’s new marijuana legalization law. The committee is considering making drastic changes to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program as part of them getting Oregon ready for recreational marijuana. I have posted several articles this week

Do You Have A Marijuana Drug Testing Question?

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 23:42
Email drugtest@theweedblog.com For Expert Advice In case you missed it, adult marijuana use is now legal in four states and the District of Columbia…but that doesn’t mean that your employer will tolerate it. Say what you will about the pros and cons of each initiative, but one of the glaring omissions in each of those

Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Unanimously Passes Louisiana Senate Committee

The Joint Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 22:46

A proposal to legalize medical cannabis, including state-authorized dispensaries, has been given unanimous approval by Louisiana’s Senate Committee on Health and Welfare. Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Passes Louisiana Senate Committee

The measure – Senate Bill 143 – would allow those with a limited number of medical conditions who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use medical cannabis in any form except inhalation, meaning that patients would need to rely on other forms of use, such as through oils, vaporizers, edibles and topicals. The qualifying medical conditions – which would have been any “medically recognized disease or condition” – was amended in committee to be glaucoma, cancer and spastic quadriplegia.

The bill would establish a system of state-licensed dispensaries and cultivation centers, to be regulated by the Department of Pharmacy.

Louisiana’s Legislature has passed medical cannabis legislation before – most recently in 1991 – though the laws were never properly implemented, never provided doctors or patients with protection from prosecution, and never established a means of distribution for the medicine. Senate Bill 143 was filed as a means of fixing the discrepancies in the law

Senate Bill 143, sponsored by Senator Fred Mills (R-New Iberia), is now up for a full Senate vote, where its passage will send it to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Oregon SB 844 Will Force Medical Marijuana Patients Into Black Market

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 21:30
Oregon Senate Bill 844, and specifically the Dash-6 Amendments, are the biggest attempted attack on the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program since the candidacy of Dwight Holton. A vote on the bill was expected today, but I received a text earlier today from someone very close to the situation who says that the vote has been

U.S. House Voting On Whether To Allow VA Doctors To Discuss Medical Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 20:48
As early as this afternoon the U.S. House could vote on an amendment that would allow doctors that work for the Veterans Administration to discuss medical marijuana and recommend its use in states where it is legal. The bipartisan amendment is being offered by Reps. Blumenauer (D-OR), Heck (R-NV), Farr (D-CA), Rohrabacher (R-CA), Reed (R-NY), Titus

Women Grow Launches Portland Chapter On May 7

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 20:17
Women Grow, a national network supporting female entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry, will launch its Portland chapter in May 2015. The chapter’s May 7 event, the first in a regular monthly series, will feature networking opportunities and industry perspectives. Women Grow invites women (and men) at all different stages of their career in the cannabis

Joint Committee On Implementing Oregon Measure 91 - 04/27/15

Youtube - Regulate Marijuana - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 19:01
Joint Committee On Implementing Oregon Measure 91 - 04/27/15
SB 844 - Specifies that premises licensed by Oregon Liquor Control Commission may receive marijuana items only from marijuana producer, marijuana processor or marijuana wholesaler operating... From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:37:17 More in Nonprofits & Activism

Global Cannabis March 2014: Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer - It's Time To End Cannabis Prohibition

Youtube - Restore Hemp - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:06
Global Cannabis March 2014: Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer - It's Time To End Cannabis Prohibition
Keynote speaker, Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer, speaks about the failed drug war and the importance of ending prohibition at the Global Cannabis March in Portland, Oregon on May 3, 2014. Footage: (FM Images & Philosopher Seed) Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp http://hemp.org From: RestoreHemp Views: 40 3 ratings Time: 13:43 More in Education

Harmful Oregon Medical Marijuana Bill Expected To Pass Today

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:30
Three times this week I posted an article urging people to contact their Oregon Senators about SB 844, provisions of which would drastically change the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program in bad ways. Despite a lot of calls and e-mails from constituents, it sounds like Senators are likely to move forward on the bill. Below is

‘Legalize Maine’ To Start Gathering Signatures For 2016 Marijuana Legalization Initiative

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:00
There are multiple efforts to legalize marijuana in Maine. There are two efforts in the Maine Legislature, and two initiatives. One of those initiatives, put forward by ‘Legalize Maine’ was approved yesterday to start gathering signatures by the Maine Secretary of State. If the initiative makes the ballot and is passed by voters it would legalize

Brother Talks About Missouri Man Spending Life In Prison For Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:21
Jeff Mizanskey has been serving a life sentence for marijuana only offenses in Missouri for over two decades now. Yesterday a bi-partisan group of lawmakers in Missouri delivered 390,000 petitions to Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon urging him to grant clemency to Jeff Mizanskey. No one should lose their freedom for marijuana, especially for the rest

Global Cannabis March 2014: Paul Stanford - It's Time to Restore Hemp

Youtube - Restore Hemp - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:57
Global Cannabis March 2014: Paul Stanford - It's Time to Restore Hemp
CRRH's Paul Stanford speaks to the crowd about the many uses of hemp and the importance of restoring the crop at Portland's Global Cannabis March rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square on May 3, 2014. Footage: FM Images Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) From: RestoreHemp Views: 15 0 ratings Time: 01:01 More in Education

Global Cannabis March 2014: Paul Loney - Stand For Freedom

Youtube - Restore Hemp - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:47
Global Cannabis March 2014: Paul Loney - Stand For Freedom
Oregon Attorney Paul Loney speaks to the crowd about importance of standing for freedom at Portland's Global Cannabis March rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square on May 3, 2014. Footage: FM Images Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) From: RestoreHemp Views: 18 0 ratings Time: 04:42 More in Education

Global Cannabis March 2014: Anna Diaz - Let's End Cannabis Prohibition

Youtube - Restore Hemp - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:40
Global Cannabis March 2014: Anna Diaz - Let's End Cannabis Prohibition
Anna Diaz of Parents 4 Pot speaks to the crowd about ending the failed war on cannabis at Portland's Global Cannabis March rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square on May 3, 2014. Footage: FM Images Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) From: RestoreHemp Views: 24 0 ratings Time: 05:49 More in Education

Global Cannabis March 2014: Don Skakie - Support Real Legalization

Youtube - Restore Hemp - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:36
Global Cannabis March 2014: Don Skakie - Support Real Legalization
Don Skakie of Washington's Real Legalization speaks to the crowd about the importance of signing the Real Legalization petition at Portland's Global Cannabis March rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square on May 3, 2014. Website: http://reallegalization.org Footage: Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) From: RestoreHemp Views: 14 0 ratings Time: 01:41 More in Education

Global Cannabis March 2014: Bonnie King - Sow The Seeds of Education

Youtube - Restore Hemp - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:31
Global Cannabis March 2014: Bonnie King - Sow The Seeds of Education
Bonnie King of Salem-News speaks to the crowd about the importance standing for freedom at Portland's Global Cannabis March rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square on May 3, 2014. Website: http://salem-news.com Footage: Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) From: RestoreHemp Views: 23 0 ratings Time: 02:29 More in Education

US WA: Column: Marijuana Is Medicine

MAP - Cannabis - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Weekly, 29 Apr 2015 - Last week, Gov. Inslee signed a bill that will essentially destroy Washington's medical-marijuana system. You might not care, but you should. When the team behind Initiative 502 wrote their marijuana law, they left the already well-established medical dispensaries and collective gardens out of the equation, assuming they'd be dealt with at a later date. Well, they were dealt with, all right-last week the Governor signed a bill to eliminate both entirely.

US MI: Column: Drug-Free Living

MAP - Cannabis - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:00
Metro Times, 29 Apr 2015 - A year ago, Kimberly Cole was taking 11 different prescription drugs to try to control her epileptic seizures, neuropathic pain, and other health issues. Then, on her doctor's advice, she tried marijuana. Today she doesn't take any of those 11 drugs.

Maine Secretary of State Gives Approval to Cannabis Legalization Initiative

The Joint Blog - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 23:18

The organization Legalize Maine has received approval from Maine’s Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap to begin collecting signatures on their initiative to legalize cannabis. The group is now required to collect 61,123 valid signatures to put the proposal to a vote of the people next year.

If placed on the ballot and approved into law, the initiative would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, and would authorize cannabis social clubs where individuals could buy and use the therapeutic substance. Cannabis would be taxed at 10%.

A separate cannabis legalization initiative, also aiming for the 2016 ballot, was filed last month by the Marijuana Policy Project. Their initiative – which is modeled after Colorado’s Amendment 64 – would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis and the personal cultivation of up to six plants, in addition to authorizing state-licensed cannabis retail outlets.

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