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House Members Reauthorize Measure Protecting State Sanctioned Medical Marijuana Programs

NORML Blog - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 19:39

A majority of the US House of Representatives voted today to reauthorize legislation limiting the Justice Department’s ability to take criminal action against state-licensed individuals or operations that are acting are in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states.

House members voted 242 to 186 in favor of the amendment, offered by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Sam Farr (D-CA), Reid Ribble (R-WI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Joe Heck (R-NV), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Don Young (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Dina Titus (D-NV) as an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. Sixty-seven Republicans joined 175 Democrats in favor of the provision; 176 Republicans and ten Democrats voted against it.

A similar amendment was signed into law last December. Because that language was included as an amendment to an annual spending bill, it must be reauthorized by Congress or else it will expire in September.

Representative Rohrabacher recently introduced similar stand-alone legislation, H.R. 1940: Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015, after Justice Department officials questioned the extent to which their actions may be curtailed by budgetary amendments.

House members narrowly failed to pass a separate, broader amendment, offered by Reps. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Don Young (R-AK), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) that sought to halt the Justice Department from interfering in states that have legalized the plant’s production and retail sale for adults. That measure failed by a vote of 206 to 222. (See how your US Representative voted here.)

House members also voted in favor of provisions to protect state sponsored hemp research programs and to restrict DEA funding for cannabis eradication efforts.

The Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill will now go before members of the US Senate for further debate.

US CO: Column: Hemp Has Its Week, And Another Try For PTSD

MAP - Hemp - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 03 Jun 2015 - Hemp has its week This issue of the Independent finds us smack in the middle of Hemp History Week (hemphistoryweek.com), a nationwide campaign organized by the Hemp Industries Association and Vote Hemp, which runs through Sunday, June 7. This sixth installment includes over 1,400 events "all aimed to catalyze movement on the issue of lifting the federal ban on industrial hemp farming in the U.S.," says a press release.

Cannabis POW of the Month: Fred Cundiff, Serving Life For Marijuana

Toke Signals - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 01:00
By Cheri Sicard Cannabis Cheri Like most people serving life sentences for nonviolent, victimless “crimes,” Charles “Fred” Cundiff is yet example of a prisoner behind bars because of America’s horrendous conspiracy laws. In July of 1991, Fred did what many of us have probably done at one time or another in our lives; he was [...]

Weekend Wisconsin Cannabis News Briefs May 29-31

Madison NORML News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 19:36

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, May 29, 2015

Here is the latest Weekend Wisconsin Cannabis News Briefs May 29-31 from Cannabadger.com

Toke TV 86: Arrests At Marijuana Convention In Vegas! Daltrey Threatens To End Concert Over Pot Smoke! South Dakota MMJ Drive To Begin!

Toke Signals - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 15:43
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in just 15 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 Nevada: Arrests Disrupt Medical Marijuana Convention In Las Vegas (Hemp News) Las [...]

South Africa: 'It Is Absurd That Dagga Is Still Illegal in SA'

MAP - Hemp - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 07:00
Business Day, 28 May 2015 - Despite intense lobbying, the jury is out on if medicinal cannabis should be allowed WHICHEVER way you look at it, dagga is medicine. Even if you smoke it just to get "high", it doesn't only alter your consciousness and cognitive functional - it has other pharmacologic effects on body and mind.

US CA: Column: Drug Eviction: Pot Shop Suffers 'Hostile

MAP - Hemp - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 28 May 2015 - These are good times in the marijuana business. With an adult recreational market still on the horizon, the California medical cannabis industry is enjoying its biggest boom time yet. Mobs of customers are fueling over a billion dollars a year in legal sales, but more important are the "investors." The cannabis game usually takes unkindly to outsiders, but not when they're carrying suitcases of cash, as the strange faces in expensive suits circling around the industry at all levels, looking for opportunities to buy into this multibillion-dollar game, are. That said, the San Francisco marijuana industry's wildest success of late has nothing to do with selling cannabis. For several days earlier this month, a line of people camped outside in the Haight Street cold to be the first to stroll past a heavily armed security guard into a new clothing store and plunk down $100 for a hooded sweatshirt.

Top 5 Marijuana Strains In 2015 [Infographic]

Toke Signals - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 19:57
InvestInCannabis, a data miner on the cannabis industry, has collected data on the most popular strains based on user information and developed this infographic based on the research.      

Germany: German Official's Push For Pot Sparks Debate

MAP - Hemp - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 07:00
Washington Times, 27 May 2015 - BERLIN - A conservative politician who crossed the aisle and has joined the German Green Party's campaign to legalize marijuana has revived a long-running debate about the drug in Europe's largest economy. Lawmaker Joachim Pfeiffer, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, recently co-sponsored legislation that would lift Germany's ban on marijuana and regulate the drug like alcohol and tobacco - and, supporters say, bring in billions more marks in tax revenue.

Bipartisan Wisconsin CBD bill would strike need for prescription

Madison NORML News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 14:37

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Legislation to repair last session's CBD law is now in the legislature.

Toke TV 85: Senate Panel OKs Medical Marijuana For Veterans! Sanders Leaves Door Open To Legalization! IL Senate Approves Removing Criminal Penalties!

Toke Signals - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:07
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in just 23 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.: Senate Panel OKs Medical Marijuana For Veterans (Hemp News) The [...]

Sargent cannabis legalization bill faces uncertain future in committee

Madison NORML News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:46

Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, May 21, 2015

With the historic early session introduction of Rep. Melissa Sargent's hybrid legalization/medical cannabis bill, there is more time than ever for the bill to get a hearing and a vote. But will the GOP majority allow it to move?

R76 No: Save The Medicine! Volunteer Day At Northwest Cannabis Market

Toke Signals - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 04:43
R76no.org // SaveTheMedicine.org  “Volunteer Day” Sunday May 17 5 PM Northwest Cannabis Market 2329 Rainier Ave Seattle WA 98144 Help Us STOP SB 5052 From Becoming Law. Donate today! As you know, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed SB 5052. This law will eliminate all the existing medical marijuana collective gardens and access points and [...]

Facebook’s Marijuana Problem: User Banned For Sharing Mainstream News Story

Toke Signals - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 23:20
Cannabis journalist Steve Elliott on Saturday was banned by Facebook from posting, Liking or commenting for 30 days — for posting the link to a mainstream news story that had been shared by 1,400 other users of the social media site. “I’d been banned twice before merely for reporting marijuana prices, which has [...]

Toke TV 84: Americans Ready For Legal Marijuana! Call To Action In Oregon! Cannabis Religion Growing Like A Weed!

Toke Signals - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 17:20
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in just 19 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 Increasing Percentages of Americans Ready For Legal Marijuana [...]

Rep. Considine to Introduce Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Bill at Capitol press conference Wed. May 6th

Madison NORML News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 19:44

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, Mat 2, 2015

Good news in that Wisconsin will again see bipartisan industrial hemp legislation this session.

Wisconsin congressional delegation splits on medical cannabis for veterans

Madison NORML News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 10:20

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, Mat 1, 2015

It's getting closer but most of the GOP are still not willing to take care of veterans in need. Medical cannabis is a useful tool in healing our wounded warriors.

Clackamas County Board of Commissioners Meeting - 04/16/15

Youtube - Regulate Marijuana - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 20:25
Clackamas County Board of Commissioners Meeting - 04/16/15
Amending the Clackamas County Code to add Chapter 8.09 Establishing Time, Place and Manner Regulations for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Declaring an Emergency. Passed 3-0. FAIR USE ... From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 45:43 More in Nonprofits & Activism

Oklahoma Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Extract Bill Into Law

The Joint Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 19:22

Just two days after Oklahoma’s Legislature gave it final approval, Governor Mary Fallin has signed House Bill 2154 into law, a proposal to allow for the medical use of cannabis extracts.

Specifically, the bill will allow university medical centers in the state to produce, dispense and study cannabis extracts that are low in THC (0.3% or less). Children with seizure disorders who receive a recommendation from a physician will be authorized to receive and use the medicine.

The measure was approved with widespread bipartisan support, with a 46 to 0 vote in the Senate, and a 85 to 5 vote in the House of Representatives.

According to polling released in 2013, 70% of those in Oklahoma support legalizing medical cannabis (not just cannabis extracts), indicating that Oklahomans support much broader reform then brought forth by House Bill 2154.

The measure will take effect on November 1st.


The post Oklahoma Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Extract Bill Into Law appeared first on The Joint Blog.

Global Marijuana March To Be Held In Fort Worth On May 2

The Weed Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:30
The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (DFW NORML) will be hosting its annual Global Marijuana March in downtown Fort Worth on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Attendance is free. Kicking off the day will be a lineup of speakers at Fort Worth’s Hyde Park (201 W. 9th Street
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