Friday, July 31, 2015

Toke Radio 95: Is Smoking Weed At Hempfest A Felony? OR Gov OKs Recreational Pot Sales! South Dakota Tribes To Sell Cannabis!


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Ah, Seattle Hempfest. A carefree weekend of getting high the park, a little bit of heaven on Earth, where…
IT’S A FELONY TO GET HIGH IN THE PARK?

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In the most painful of ironies, under Washington state’s anemic brand of “legalization,” smoking marijuana at Seattle Hempfest is now a felony offense, at least according to a Thursday afternoon post from Hempfest head honcho Vivian McPeak.

Oregon: Early Recreational Marijuana Sales Bill Signed By Governor

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday signed legislation allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in the state to start selling recreational cannabis to adult consumers on October 1.

South Dakota: Native American Tribe Set To Begin Marijuana Sales

(Hemp News)

Tourists in South Dakota may soon be able to go to a Native American reservation, buy a joint of marijuana for $10 to $15, then try their luck at the nearby casino.

Washington: Open Container Law Passed For Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Don't keep those roaches in the ashtray! Drivers in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is legal, after September 26 will be required to keep all cannabis in the trunk of a vehicle, in an unopened container, or behind the rearmost row of seats.

New DEA Leader Admits Marijuana 'Probably' Not As Bad As Heroin

(Hemp News)

It's progress -- of a sort.

The new head of the Drug Enforcement Administration admitted on Tuesday that heroin "probably" is more dangerous than marijuana, an admission his predecessor, the embattled Michele Leonhart, would not make, reports Steven Nelson at U.S. News.

Neuroscientist Says THC Level In Sandra Bland's System Was Negligible

(Hemp News)

The amount of THC in Sandra Bland's system was negligible, and equal to placebo, according to neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart, who has spent nearly 20 years researching the neurophysiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana.

Florida: Charges Dropped Against Injured Veteran Accused of Growing Marijuana

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Charges have been dropped against an injured Iraq war veteran in Florida who was arrested after deputies said they found marijuana plants in his home.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Toke Radio 94: Senate OKs DC Legalization! Pot Shops Caught Selling To Minors! Weed Smell Not Enough For Warrant In Arizona!


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Senate Committee Allows Marijuana Legalization To Move Forward In Nation's Capital

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A key Senate committee on Thursday passed a bill allowing the nation’s capital to establish regulated marijuana stores and let banks provide financial services to state-legalized marijuana dispensaries.

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Measure

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The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a measure 16-14 that is intended to ensure marijuana businesses have access to banking services.

Congressional Briefing Highlights Federal Barriers To Medical Marijuana Research

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Americans for Safe Access (ASA) on Thursday hosted a Congressional Briefing with Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) on federal barriers faced by researchers working to understand the medical uses of marijuana.

Arizona Appeals Court Says Marijuana Smell Not Enough For Cops To Bust In

(Hemp News)

The smell of marijuana is no longer enough for police to get a warrant and bust down the door, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday.

Washington: Purple Haze Pot Shop Slapped With 2nd Citation For Underage Sales

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Purple Haze, a recreational marijuana store in Everett, Washington, has become the only outlet in the state to be caught twice selling cannabis to minors, ironically calling to mind one of the themes of the 2012 I-502 legalization campaign, which was "illegal pot dealers don't ask for I.D."

Washington: Medical Marijuana Referendum 76 Won't Be On Ballot

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Voters won't get the chance this fall to have their say on whether the Washington should keep changes made by the Legislature this spring to the state's medical marijuana laws.

Israel: New Study Shows Marijuana Helps Heal Broken Bones

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In yet another demonstration of the broad usefulness of cannabis for a range of diseases and injuries, Israeli scientists have discovered that marijuana can be effectively used in healing broken bones, and possibly in treating skeletal illnesses.

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Medical Marijuana: Corporate Control vs. Compassionate Use

By John Novak
Treasurer, The Viper’s Club

 

It has been incorrectly argued by large corporate interests that no more than 150 or so varieties handled by one or two corporations will be enough for every condition. This argument is inaccurate as it clearly lacks the most basic horticultural knowledge of maintaining an expanding, dynamic gene pool. Access to stabilized varieties, especially heirloom and landrace, provides a large gene pool for horticulturists worldwide.

 

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Toke Radio 93: Medical Marijuana Helps Fight Painkiller Abuse! Oregon Travelers Can Fly With Weed! Cannabis Gateway Theory Debunked Again!


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Medical Marijuana Helping To Reduce Painkiller Abuse, Deaths

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States with medical marijuana have seen the number of admissions to drug rehab facilities for pain medication and opioid overdoses decrease by 15 percent and 16 percent respectively, according to a new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. "Our findings suggest that providing broader access to medical marijuana may have the potential benefit of reducing abuse of highly addictive painkillers," the researchers concluded.

Federal Appeals Court Says Marijuana Businesses Cannot Deduct Expenses

(Hemp News)

In a huge blow to the newly legal marijuana industry, the IRS has convinced the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that marijuana dispensaries can't deduct business expenses, and must pay taxes on 100 percent of their gross income, reports Robert W. Wood at Forbes.

Oregon Travelers Can Fly With Recreational Marijuana

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Travelers at Portland International Airport in Oregon can legally board airplanes with up to an ounce of marijuana for in-state flights under the state's new law legalizing recreational cannabis, UPI reported on Thursday.

Yet Another Scientific Study Debunks Marijuana Gateway Theory

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Yet another scientific study has been added to the mountain of evidence debunking to so-called "gateway theory," which maintains that marijuana use leads to harder drugs.

Colorado Marijuana Tax For Schools Hits Record; Exceeds 2014 Total

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Just-released marijuana tax data from the Colorado Department of Revenue shows that schools in the state received more money from the state's cannabis excise tax in the first five months of 2015 than they did all year in 2014.

Italy Parliament Looks At Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

A proposal to legalize the recreational use of cannabis has been introduced in the Italian parliament, and has gained the support of more than 200 lawmakers.

Hawaii Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Wednesday signed House Bill 321, legalizing and establishing a system of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

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Washington State Medical Marijuana Patients To Rally July 24

(Hemp News)

 

On April 24 this year, Governor Jay Inslee chose the Washington State Liquor Control Board to regulate medicine by signing into law SB 5052. When one reads the law and federal and state constitutions, how does one not come to the conclusion that it violates the various amendments of our constitutions; as well as various federal and state laws under HIPAA, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protections, protections from monopolies, etc.?

On July 8, 2015, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and Sheriff John Urquhart announced that they are closing collective gardens around unincorporated areas of the county in 30 days, moving well ahead of the July 1, 2016 deadline signed into law. Their reason was that they must protect the recreational store down the block in White Center, and get taxes to Washington state — even though it was already scheduled to happen to collective gardens by the July 2016 deadline.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Toke Radio 92: Obama To Free Drug Prisoners! Marijuana Banking Bill In Congress! Feds Raid Tribal Pot Farm, Seize 12K Plants!


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Obama Plans To Free Scores Of Nonviolent Drug Prisoners

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Aides expect President Barack Obama, sometime in the coming weeks, to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up for nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, the President will likely commute more sentences at one time than has been done in half a century, since the days of LBJ.

Marijuana Banking Bill Introduced By Bipartisan Group Of Senators

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Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennett (D-CO), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) on Thursday introduced the Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act, a bill that would allow banks to provide depository and other financial services to state-legal marijuana businesses.

Federal Agents Raid Tribal Marijuana Farm, Seize 12,000 Plants

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Dreams of a new era of federal tolerance of cannabis cultivation on Native American tribal lands took a big hit Wednesday as law enforcement officers from at least four agencies raided land occupied by two tribes in California, seizing at least 12,000 plants and more than 100 pounds of processed marijuana.

Bipartisan Efficacy of Marijuana Amendment Introduced In House

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Republican Congressmen H. Morgan Griffith (VA-09) and Andy Harris, M.D., (MD-01), and Democratic Congressmen Sam Farr (CA-20) and Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) on Wednesday introduced the “Credible Research on Medical Efficacy of Marijuana Amendment” to the 21st Century Cures Act, or H.R. 6, which is currently scheduled to be considered on the House floor this week.

Washington: Rowdy News Conference Announces Closure of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

(Hemp News)

Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg and Sheriff John Urquhart must have envisioned quite a different news conference than the one which actually happened Wednesday morning, when they announced the closure of medical marijuana dispensaries operating in King County. 

Dallas Woman Raises Awareness About 'Cite and Release'

(Hemp News)

Texas has a law allowing law enforcement to write a ticket rather than taking someone to jail for less than two ounces of marijuana, and it's been on the books since 2007 -- but most cops statewide aren't using it. 

Chile Moves Toward Marijuana Decriminalization

(Hemp News)

Chile has made a move towards decriminalizing marijuana after the lower house of congress approved -- by a wide 68-39 margin -- a bill that would change the cannabis laws in this South American country.

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Grateful Dead Drummer Wears Hemp T-Shirt At Band's Final Show

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Legendary psychedelic rockers The Grateful Dead, never prone to do anything half-heartedly, went out in style this weekend with a series of three 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Drummer Bill Kreutzmann didn’t disappoint at Sunday’s final performance, sporting a pro-hemp message on his t-shirt, which pictured Uncle Sam with the words “I Want You To Grow Hemp.”

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Toke Radio 91: Uruguay Stands Up To UN On Legalization! Legal Weed In Oregon! First Marijuana Dispensary Opens In Minnesota!


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Uruguay Stands Up To U.N. On Marijuana Legalization

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Uruguay has stood up to the United Nations on the issue of marijuana legalization, refusing to back down after several meetings with officials from the international body. 

Oregon Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Law Including Sentencing Reform

(Hemp News)

Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Wednesday signed H.B. 3400, an omnibus bill to implement Measure 91, the marijuana legalization initiative adopted by voters last November. The bill was approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives this week.

Minnesota: First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens Wednesday

(Hemp News)

Minnesota’s first medical marijuana dispensary (called a "patient center" in their scheme of things) is scheduled to open in Minneapolis Wednesday. Minnesota Medical Solutions is scheduled to open its doors to patients at 12:01 a.m. CDT. 

Pennsylvania House Health Committee Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

(Hemp News)

The Pennsylvania State House Health Committee on Friday voted unanimously to approve SB 3, which would allow seriously ill Pennsylvanians to access medical marijuana with recommendations from their doctors. The bill will now go to the House Rules Committee for further consideration.

Washington Governor Signs Bill Reducing Marijuana Taxes, Loosening Pot Zoning

(Hemp News)

A bill simplifying the tax scheme for marijuana was signed into law by Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday. HB 2136, which the Legislature approved last week, also significantly loosens the rules on buffer zones that have kept recreational I-502 marijuana shops away from many dense commercial areas.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Signs Marijuana Sentencing Reform Law

(Hemp News)

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Tuesday signed legislation to reform the state’s severely punitive marijuana laws and reduce criminal penalties for simple marijuana possession. The law is expected to save the state up to $17 million and will reduce the chances of Louisianans caught with small amounts of marijuana ending up with lengthy jail or prison sentences or saddled with a criminal conviction.

PR Firm Refusing Offers To Work On Christie Campaign Due To Anti-Pot Stance

(Hemp News)

Hemp Public Relations on Tuesday announced that they are refusing all multi-million dollar offers to provide their expertise to Governor Chris Christie’s presidential campaign. For good measure, Hemp Public Relations has issued a lifetime ban on Christie for all company events.

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 Cannabis POW of the Month: Chris Williams

By Cheri Sicard
Cannabis Cheri

 

“I have decided to fight the federal government, because for me not defending the things that I know are right is dishonorable. It is the power of the people to control this government that is supposed to protect us. If we shun this struggle, this government will control us instead of protecting us. Every citizen has a responsibility to fight for what is right, even if it seems like the struggle will be lost.”

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Toke Radio 90: Obama Administration Removes Barrier To Marijuana Research! Portland Police Release Guide To Pot! First Dispensary Opens In MA!


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Obama Administration Removes Crucial Barrier To Marijuana Research

(Hemp News)

In a long-sought move anticipated by many marijuana reform advocates, the White House on Monday announced that it was removing a major obstacle to marijuana research – the Public Health Service (PHS) Review. 

U.S. Senators Tell Federal Agencies To Remove Barriers To Medical Marijuana Research

(Hemp News)

At a Wednesday hearing, Senators Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand pressed federal officials to eliminate political barriers that are preventing research on the potential medical benefits of marijuana. The hearing, “Cannabidiol: Barriers to Research and Potential Medical Benefits,” was held by the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. 

Portland Police Release Guide To Legal Marijuana

(Hemp News)

With Oregon set to legalize marijuana on July 1, the Portland Police Bureau has released a guide for cannabis consumers which explains just how much weed is legal under the new law.

Oregon House Approves Bill Setting Up Legal Marijuana Market

(Hemp News)

Oregon House lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill 52-4 setting up the state's legal marijuana market after voters approved legalization under Measure 91 last November. The bill, HB 3400, now heads to the Oregon Senate.

Massachusetts: First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens

(Hemp News)

Three years after the state overwhelmingly voted to allow legal marijuana, the first dispensary in Massachusetts opened on Thursday: Alternative Therapies Group, based in Salem. The dispensary will accept patients by appointment only. 

Labels On Edible Marijuana Products Often Have Potency Wrong: Study

(Hemp News)

Most labels on edible marijuana products are inaccurate when it comes to levels of THC, the principal psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, researchers reported on Tuesday. 

California Legislature Moves To End Transplant Discrimination Against Medical Marijuana Patients

(Hemp News)

The California Senate on Monday approved AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act, by an overwhelming margin of 33-1. AB 258 prohibits discrimination against medical cannabis patients in the organ transplant process, unless a doctor has determined that medical cannabis use is clinically significant to the transplant process.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Toke Radio 89: Medical Marijuana Doesn't Increase Teen Use! New Jersey Supports Legalization! Delaware Decriminalizes!


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Study: Medical Marijuana Laws Do Not Lead To Increases In Teen Use

A new Columbia University study published in Lancet Psychiatry shows that teen marijuana use does not increase after the passage of medical marijuana laws. The study, led by Dr. Debra Hasin, looked at past-30-day marijuana use among over one million adolescents over a 24-month period.

New Jersey Poll Finds Majority Support For Legalizing Marijuana

(Hemp News)

A significant majority of New Jerseyans expressed for support for legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana in a Rutgers-Eagleton poll. The poll was conducted in partnership with the Drug Policy Alliance. 

Portland Police Say Bringing Marijuana From Washington Isn't An Issue

(Hemp News)

Portland police on Wednesday said that Oregonians who travel to Washington state to buy marijuana to bring it back are "not an issue" as long as they stay within legal limits. 

Delaware Governor Signs Marijuana Decrim Bill Into Law 

(Hemp News)

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill into law Thursday night that will remove criminal penalties and potential jail time for adult possession of a small amount of marijuana. The Delaware Senate approved the bill 12-9 earlier in the evening. The new law will take effect in six months.

Israel: Researchers Eliminate 60% of Meyeloma Cells With Cannabis-Based Treatments

(Hemp News)

As the possibilities for cannabis-based treatments continue to make headlines in the medical world, One World Cannabis, a medical-cannabis research company, has announced that the initial results of its landmark study on treating multiple myeloma with cannabis-based solutions were extremely promising. After a series of tests using cannabis-based treatments, researchers were able to eradicate 60 percent of multiple myeloma cells. 

Australia: $33.7 Million Donation For Medical Marijuana Research Inspired By Granddaughter

(Hemp News)

A pair of Australian grandparents on Friday made the biggest-ever donation to medical marijuana research to investigate its use in treating childhood epilepsy and other diseases. 

Cops In Medical Dispensary Raid Eat Edibles, Mock Amputee

(Hemp News)

It's apparently not enough for California police to simply raid medical marijuana dispensaries. Security camera footage from a police raid on a Santa Ana dispensary shows officers eating cannabis edibles and joking about abusing an amputee.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Toke Radio 88: Senate Panel Protects MMJ States! Canada High Court Says All Forms of Medical Marijuana Legal! Chile Hosts Biggest Pro-Cannabis March Ever!


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Senate Panel Votes To Prevent DEA Interference In State Medical Marijuana Laws

(Hemp News)

In yet another huge victory for marijuana reform, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved an amendment to prevent the Department of Justice from spending money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. The vote was 20 - 10.

Canada: Supreme Court Rules Medical Marijuana Legal In All Forms

(Hemp News)

Canadian medical marijuana patients can legally use all forms of cannabis, the Canadian Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday.

Chile: Hundreds of Thousands Attend Largest Pro-Marijuana Demonstration Ever

By Mike Bifari
(Hemp News)

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Santiago, Chile on Sunday to ask for a new law that allows the self-cultivation of marijuana and a change in the drug law in Chile. Estimates of 400,000 marchers are agreed on, but the number of people in Sunday's March range from 250,000 to 500,000, making it the largest pro-cannabis demonstration in history. 

Legalized Marijuana Would Be Eliminated Under A Christie Presidency

(Hemp News)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Sunday promised to eliminate legalized marijuana in states like Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska if he's elected president.

Michigan: 2 Marijuana Legalization Petitions Approved For Signature Gathering

(Hemp News)

Two competing Michigan marijuana legalization petitions were approved on Thursday by the Board of State Canvassers. Both are aiming for the 2016 ballot.

D.C.: No Legal Marijuana Sales For 2 More Years Under GOP House Budget Bill

(Hemp News)

After the District of Columbia's voters chose to legalize recreational marijuana, Republicans in Congress flirted with the idea of limiting D.C.'s ability to implement the law, although it was ultimately put into place. Now they're taking another try at blocking legalization: The GOP-controlled House on Thursday advanced a budget resolution saying cannabis can't be sold for two more years in D.C.

Democratic Congressman Wants To Defund DEA's Marijuana Eradication Program

(Hemp News)

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California) is backing legislation to end funding for the Drug Enforcement Administration's wasteful marijuana eradication program.

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Effort To Save Medical Marijuana In Washington Continues On 3 Fronts

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Though lies and propaganda were used by the Liquor Control Board and 502 profiteer lobbyists to succeed this legislative session, one thing is clear — the community is united to save the voter approved medical cannabis. Their response is happening in three ways.
(1) I-1372, the citizen initiative gathering signatures for the November ballot with a July 2, 5 pm deadline that would supersede SB 5052.

(2) R-76, a referendum filed on sections of SB 5052 for the November ballot gathering signatures for a July 23, 5 pm deadline.

(3) An injunction being filed for July 24 (when many other sections of SB 5052 are scheduled to be implemented).

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Toke Radio 87: Congress Tells DEA Hands Off Medical Marijuana! Ancient Humans Smoked Pot For Health! McCartney Switches From Cannabis To Booze 'For The Kids'!


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Congress Passes 3 Amendments To Stop DEA From Undermining State Pot Laws

(Hemp News)

Legislators on Wednesday passed three amendments to prohibit the DEA and U.S. Department of Justice from undermining state marijuana laws, as part of the U.S. House of Representatives' consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. A fourth amendment failed. 

Ancient Humans Probably Smoked Marijuana For Health

(Hemp News)

Ancient hunter-gatherers who depended on the wild, before agriculture was invented, not only forged for food -- they foraged for marijuana, according to science.

Fans React With Dismay As McCartney Switches From Pot To Alcohol 'For The Kids'

(Hemp News)

Paul McCartney presumably isn't singing "Let Me Roll It" to his grandkids after saying in an interview that he's given up marijuana "to set an example" to the youngsters. 

Maine: Backers of Marijuana Legalization Initiative Kick Off Petition Drive Thursday

(Hemp News)

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will kick off its petition drive Thursday in support of a statewide initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.

Arizona: New Poll Shows Majority Support For Ending Marijuana Prohibition

(Hemp News)

An independent poll released on Wednesday shows a majority of Arizona residents support ending marijuana prohibition.

The Behavior Research Center’s latest Rocky Mountain Poll found 53 percent of Arizonans support making possession of a small amount of marijuana legal for personal use. Just 39 percent are opposed.

Puerto Rico: Cannabis Treatment Helps 9-Year-Old Boy Speak His First Words

(Hemp News)

Kalel Santiago of Puerto Rico is just 9 years old, but he hasn't had an easy nine years. At just 10 months old, he was diagnosed with the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma, and he spent more than two years going through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. Then he was diagnosed with severe, non-verbal autism.

The Travel Joint Wants To Fund Marijuana Refugees

(Hemp News)

The Travel Joint, a cannabis travel-booking source and leisure site, is on a mission to assist those who can be helped by medical cannabis but aren’t receiving the medicine they need because of outdated laws in their home state. Under “The Cannabis Refugee Program,” The Travel Joint is now accepting applications from families that need financial assistance to relocate.

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

(Hemp News)

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 in the company of a friend who was involved in selling marijuana. 

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Friday, May 29, 2015

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


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Nevada: Arrests Disrupt Medical Marijuana Convention In Las Vegas

(Hemp News)

Las Vegas police and federal drug agents brought in dogs and a SWAT vehicle, occupied the roof, arrested 10 people and seized marijuana and psilocybin over the weekend at Hempcon, a marijuana education convention at the Cashman Center.

New York: Roger Daltrey Threatens To Cancel The Who Concert Due To Pot Smoke

(Hemp News)

The Who's Roger Daltrey on Wednesday night threatened to cancel a concert at Nassau Coliseum, saying he'd walk off stage if someone smoking marijuana near the stage didn't stop.

South Dakota Medical Marijuana Ballot Drive To Begin

(Hemp News)

A South Dakota medical marijuana activist said she hopes to begin gathering signatures within a month to put a medical marijuana proposal on the 2016 ballot. 

Louisiana: Senate Approves Bill To Reform Draconian Marijuana Possession Law

(Hemp News)

Louisiana’s Senate on Monday took an important step toward reforming their state’s harsh marijuana possession law when they approved bill SB 241 by a vote of 27-12. If passed, Louisiana would join the growing number of states that have recently reduced penalties for small amounts of marijuana.

Maryland Governor Vetoes Popular Bill Intended To Fix Marijuana Decrim Law

(Hemp News)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced late Friday afternoon that he has vetoed a widely supported bill to remove criminal penalties for possession of marijuana paraphernalia, including potential jail time.

Missouri: Man Given Life Sentence For Marijuana Has Sentence Commuted

(Hemp News)

Twenty-two years after being arrested for marijuana -- and 19 years after being sentenced to life in prison for it -- Jeff Mizanskey on Friday had his sentenced commuted by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. 

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Top 5 Marijuana Strains In 2015 [Infographic]

(Hemp News)

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.
 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

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


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U.S.: Senate Panel OKs Medical Marijuana For Veterans

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The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted 18-12 to approve an amendment to increase military veterans' access to medical marijuana.

Bernie Sanders Leaves Door Open For Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Tuesday hinted at support for marijuana legalization, saying police didn't focus on arresting people for pot when he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont.

Illinois Senate Approves Bill To Remove Criminal Penalties For Marijuana Possession

(Hemp News)

The Illinois Senate on Thursday approved a bill 37-19 to remove criminal penalties for possession of a small amount of marijuana. The measure, which was approved by the House of Representatives in April, will now be sent to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature. 

Louisiana Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bill Reforming Marijuana Possession Law

(Hemp News)

Lawmakers in Louisiana on Wednesday took a major step forward when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to reform the state’s harsh marijuana possession law. If passed, Louisiana would join the growing number of states that have recently reduced penalties for small amounts of marijuana.

Oregon Court Rules Portland Police Pulling U.S. Mail For Dog Sniff Test Is Unlawful

(Hemp News)

 

Portland police and a U.S. postal inspector had no legal authority to intercept a package headed to a Portland home just because they suspected it contained contraband and a police dog later alerted to it, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday.

Washington Driver Gets 6 Months For Crash That Likely Had Nothing To Do With Marijuana

(Hemp News)

During the campaign leading up to the passage of marijuana legalization Initiative 502 in Washington state in 2012, many activists -- this writer included -- expressed grave concerns about the effect of 502's unscientific, arbitrary per-se cutoff point of 5 nanograms per milliliter as a "bright line" beyond which motorists are considered too high to drive. On Tuesday, a Vancouver, Washington marijuana user got a six-month jail sentence, followed by five years of probation, in a case that illustrates exactly why we were worried.

Washington Compliance Checks Show 4 Recreational Marijuana Stores Sell To Minors

(Hemp News)

Four Western Washington recreational retail marijuana businesses this month failed compliance checks conducted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB).

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

(Toke Signals)

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. 

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Friday, May 15, 2015

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


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Increasing Percentages of Americans Ready For Legal Marijuana

(Hemp News)

A new Harris Poll finds that the growing acceptability of marijuana among state lawmakers reflects attitudinal shifts amongst the general American public since 2011. Support for the legalization of marijuana for both medical treatment and recreational use has increased by seven percentage points over the past four years.

Oregon: Call To Action - Medical Marijuana Is Being Undermined By SB 964

(Hemp News)

In a scenario which is becoming sadly familiar, another state (hello, Washington!) is using the pretext of recreational marijuana legalization in an attempt to shut down medical marijuana facilities. 

Marijuana Based Religion Is Growing Like A Weed

(Hemp News)

Do you use cannabis every day, religiously? So does Indiana's Bill Levin, and he's taking advantage of the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) -- passed to legalize discrimination against gays in restaurants and other establishments -- to offer a bold test of the law's ban on government restraints on the exercise of religion.

Pennsylvania Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

(Hemp News)

The Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday voted 40-7 to approve a bill that would make it legal for seriously ill patients to use marijuana to treat their conditions with recommendations from their doctors. The bill will now go to the House for consideration.

President Obama Nominates Chuck Rosenberg To Head Beleaguered DEA

(Hemp News)

A senior F.B.I. official and former U.S. Attorney, Chuck Rosenberg, has been selected by President Obama as interim director of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Rosenberg has served as the chief of staff to the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, for the past 18 months.

Medical Cannabis Patient Protection Initiative 1372 Gaining Momentum In Washington

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With 20 co-sponsors for I-1372 so far, the word about the initiative — aimed at protecting medical marijuana patients in Washington state — is spreading like wildfire on Facebook and social media.

BUSH Series of Vaporizers Released in Conjunction with New Snoop Dogg Album

(Hemp News)

Snoop Dogg sure knows how to do an album release up nice and proper. Not only is he collaborating with vaporizer powerhouse Grenco Science, coordinating the release of a like-named "BUSH" vape pen with his new album, but when consumers buy the BUSH G Pro Vaporizer set, it will come with an included digital download of the new release.

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