Friday, October 24, 2014

Toke Radio 62: Pot Opponent Fibs About Child Deaths! Police Chief Challenged To Pot vs. Booze Duel! Woman Cast Out of Church for Medical Marijuana!


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Oregon: Marijuana Legalization Opponent Admits He Was Wrong About Child Deaths

An Oregon physician who outraged the crowd at a Tuesday night debate on marijuana legalization when he claimed five Colorado children had died from cannabis retracted on his statement on Wednesday and acknowledged he was wrong.

Maine: Marijuana Legalization Advocate Challenges Police Chiefe To Pot vs. Booze Drug Duel

(Hemp News)

In order to prove once and for all that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, marijuana initiative proponent David Boyer challenged South Portland Police Chief Edward Googins to a drug duel. Boyer will be in the Mill Creek Park gazebo at high noon on Wednesday prepared to take a hit of marijuana for every shot of alcohol consumed by Googins to see who will be the last man standing for a previously scheduled debate for 7 p.m. that evening.

Texas Woman Thrown Out of Church For Using Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

A woman in Beaumont, Texas says she was cast out by her church for using medical marijuana.

Two-Thirds of Americans Believe Benefits of Medical Marijuana Outweigh Risks

(Hemp News)

As Floridians get set to hit the polls on Nov. 4 and decide the fate of legalizing medical marijuana in the Sunshine State with Amendment 2, another debate is brewing: do the benefits of medical marijuana to treat chronic pain outweigh the risks?

D.C. Marijuana Initiative Gets Major Endorsements From NAACP and NOW

(Hemp News)

The Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the D.C. Branch of the National Organization for Women on Thursday came out in support of marijuana legalization and endorsed D.C.’s Initiative 71.

Police Raids on Medical Marijuana Gardens Cut Off Treatment For Kids With Epilepsy

(Hemp News)

As promising results from clinical trials are announced in the use of medicinal cannabis (medical marijuana) to treat intractable epilepsy, those lawfully cultivating the plant in California are being raided by local law enforcement. Two gardens destroyed by police in the past two months in Mendocino County and Modesto contained a rare strain of medical marijuana rich in Cannabidiol (or CBD) used by children many of whom do not respond to other drug treatments.

Melissa Etheridge Talks Marijuana In New Larry King Interview

(Hemp News)

Music icon Melissa Etheridge sits down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” to talk about the ‘panic’ in her industry, President Obama's job performance, legalizing marijuana and her new self-released album.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Toke Radio 61: Vote Medical Marijuana! Labor Endorses Legalization! Australia Plans National Clinical Cannabis Trial!


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Advocates Launch 'Vote Medical Marijuana' Ahead of November Elections

(Hemp News)

The medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has produced a new 30-second online TV advertisement to launch its groundbreaking, election-cycle voter education campaign "Vote Medical Marijuana." The ad will also air on this Sunday's morning cable news programs in Detroit, Philadelphia, South Florida, and Washington State.

D.C. Marijuana Legalization Initiative Receives Major Labor Endorsements

(Hemp News)

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.

Australia: Medical Marijuana Set For National Clinical Trial

(Hemp News)

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government has thrown its support behind a clinical trial of medical marijuana, with New South Wales Premier Mike Baird revealing that a deal was struck at Friday's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Canada: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Recommends Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

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.

L.A. Alcohol Delivery Service Nestdrop Expanding Into Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Nestdrop, a popular Los Angeles alcohol delivery service, is introducing what it calls "the country's first in-App, on-demand medical marijuana delivery service for both iOS and Android."

CannaBadge Introduces New Edible Label For Cannabis Products

(Hemp News)

It's not easy being green, at least if you're trying to remember exactly how much cannabis is in that infused edible product in your hand. Now a New York-based company is making that easier with an all-natural frosting label that goes directly on the product, instead of just on the packaging.

Former Race Car Driver Randy Lanier To Be Released From Life In Prison For Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Federal marijuana prisoner Randy Lanier, 60, a former race car driver, will be released from prison after serving 26 years of a life sentence at the high-security Federal Correction Complex of Coleman in Florida for a 1988 conviction on leading a marijuana drug ring. 

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Toke Radio 60: Researcher Claims Pot Causes Mental Disorders! Basque Parliament Endorses Cannabis Clubs! Morocco Considers Legalization!


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Australia: Researcher Claims Marijuana Causes Mental Disorders, Loss of Intelligence

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Surprise, surprise: When you summarize the results of 20 years' worth of the most anti-marijuana studies you can find, you get anti-marijuana conclusions. In what is being touted in sensationalistic press accounts as a "definitive study," an Australian is claiming that his investigation into 20 years of marijuana research shows that cannabis is addictive, causes mental health problems and is a gateway to hard drug use.

Spain: Basque Parliament Urges Government To Legalize, Regulate Cannabis Clubs

(Hemp News)

The Basque Parliament on Wednesday urged the Basque Government to legalize and regulate the activity of cannabis clubs, and give legal support to marijuana cultivation for club members' collective consumption.

Morocco: Hash-Producing Nation Considers Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

A new law being considered in Morocco that would legalize marijuana cultivation for medical and industrial uses, finally bringing the North African Islamic nation's thriving hashish industry into the open.

U.S.: Medical Marijuana Advocaters Survey Candidates Ahead of November Elections

(Hemp News)

The medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has produced a new 30-second online advertisement to launch its survey drive for for this year's election-cycle educational campaign.

Wisconsin: Patients Receive Oregon Medical Marijuana Authorizations at Harvest Fest

(Hemp News)

Forty-eight Wisconsin medical marijuana patients this year got their Oregon medicinal cannabis authorizations at the annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Fest. "But wait," you may be thinking. "They live in Wisconsin, not Oregon." That's entirely true -- but according to those in the know, having an out-of-state medical marijuana authorization gives these patients some legal cover should the police come calling.

Washington: Exploding Bottles of Marijuana Soda Removed From Shops

(Hemp News)

Legal Pomegranate marijuana-infused soda has more bang for the buck than its manufacturers and distributors realized. The drink has been removed from three Washington marijuana stores after bottles started exploding on the shelves.

Georgia: Cops Raid Man's Home After Mistaking Okra For Marijuana

(Hemp News)

What have those Georgia cops been smoking? They don't know the difference between okra and cannabis.

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Kittitas County, Washington Pot Prohibitionists Snicker at Cannabis Farmers

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“They don’t dress like us – they wear suits and kinda gangsta”
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Toke Radio 59: Will Washington Harvest Lower Prices? Study Refutes MMJ Abuse In Cali! Maryland Decrim Takes Effect!


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Washington: Marijuana Retailers Hope Harvest Will Lower Prices, Combat Black Market

(Hemp News)

With licensed producers of marijuana bringing in autumn's outdoor harvest, retailers who own the recreational cannabis stores created by limited legalization measure I-502 are hoping to lower prices enough to diminish the black market -- which was one of the main justifications for the law passed by state voters two years ago.

California: Study Refutes Claims of Widespread Abuse in Medical Marijuana Program

(Hemp News)

A new landmark study published last week by the peer-reviewed journal Drug and Alcohol Review refutes the long-held belief that abuse of California's medical marijuana law is widespread. The study, "Prevalence of medical marijuana use in California, 2012," is the first time anyone has formally measured such data in the state according to its authors Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra, Marta Induni, and Danielle Ewing of the Survey Research Group at Public Health Institute in Sacramento.

Maryland: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill To Take Effect Wednesday

(Hemp News)

Legislation adopted this year to remove criminal penalties for marijuana possession in Maryland will go into effect on Wednesday, October 1.

Philadelphia Mayor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Into Law

(Hemp News)

 
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter on Wednesday signed a bill into law that replaces criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana with a civil fine, similar to a traffic ticket.After stalling for much of the summer, the mayor agreed to sign a compromise bill approved on September 18 by the Philadelphia City Council. 

Maine: Men Dressed As Law Enforcement Steal Medical Marijuana Plants

(Hemp News)

Police are pursuing numerous leads in the case of three men impersonating law enforcement officers, two dressed in black SWAT team gear and one wearing a sheriff's office uniform and armed with a handgun, who robbed the medical marijuana garden of a local patient.

New Mexico: Credit Unions To Close Medical Marijuana Licensed Producer Bank Accounts

(Hemp News)

Eight months after the federal Department of Justice and Treasury Department announced new guidelines allowing banks to work with marijuana businesses, some of the credit unions in New Mexico sent letters to almost half of the State’s licensed medical marijuana producers saying they will no longer accept their business and proceeded with closing their accounts.

Washington: Spokane Considers Testing Sewage To Measure Marijuana Use

(Hemp News)

Alison Holcomb trusts poop more than people. The author of Washington state's recreational marijuana law has suggested that the city of Spokane test its sewage for traces of cannabis in order to more accurately measure use by residents.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Toke Radio 58: Attorney General Resigns! First Hemp Harvest In KY! 2016 Legalization In CA!


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U.S.: Attorney General Holder To Resign; Will His Replacement Follow Through On Reform?

(Hemp News)

Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday announced that he will be resigning from office once a replacement is found. Drug policy and criminal justice reform advocates expressed disappointment he is leaving office, praising his leadership and calling on President Obama to nominate a replacement who will carry on Holder’s reform work.

Kentucky: First Legal Hemp Crop In 70 Years Harvested

(Hemp News)

The first legal hemp harvest in Kentucky in 70 years has begun at the University of Kentucky. Researchers on Tuesday cut their test plot, which will now remain in the field for two weeks.

California: Marijuana Policy Project Filing Committee For 2016 Legalization Initiative

(Hemp News)

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is filing a committee with the California Secretary of State on Wednesday to support a 2016 ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in California. According to MPP, "It will be part of a broad coalition of local activists, community leaders, organizations, and businesses working to pass a measure similar to the one approved by voters in Colorado in 2012."

Israel: Army Reservists Allowed To Use Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Reserve soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces who hold a prescription for medical marijuana will be allowed to continue using cannabis even while they are performing their active reserve duty, it was announced on Monday. 

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

(Hemp News)

The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana; the bill now heads to the state House of Representatives.

Rhode Island Gubernatorial Candidate Takes A Hit Of Weed In Campaign Ad

(Hemp News)

Some political candidates seem to be in denial about their marijuana use, but a write-in candidate for governor of Rhode Island wants to make sure voters know she uses cannabis every day for both cooking and medicinal purposes.

Oregon: Portland Hempstalk Festival Moves To Tom McCall Waterfront Park This Weekend

(Hemp News)

It's a go for the 10th annual Portland Hempstalk Festival; after months of delay, city officials have finally issued a permit for this weekend's event.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Toke Radio 57: Legalization Doesn't Increase Use! DC Supports Weed! Bring Hemp To Oregon!


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Study Shows Marijuana Legalization Has Not Led To More Use

(Hemp News)

A nationwide survey released on Thursday found that legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado hasn't led to more young people smoking pot there.

New Poll Shows Support For Marijuana Legalization At 65% In Nation's Capital

(Hemp News)

A new Washington Post/NBC News/Marist poll released on Thursday shows support for Initiative 71, which would legalize marijuana, at 65 percent among likely D.C. voters.

Oregon Farmers Prevented From Hemp Cultivation By Marijuana Prohibition

(Hemp News)

Oregon farmers are forced to watch while consumers here buy millions of dollars in hempseed for food, clothing made of hemp and thousand of other products made from this cash crop, all grown in foreign countries.

Ryan Basile is an Oregonian, a farmer and an agricultural businessman. In this video, he alerts us all to unintended consequences of laws banning marijuana and how it's holding back an entire economy perfect for Oregon's climate.

Class Action Lawsuit Grows Over Marijuana Candy Being Handed Out At Denver Fair

(Hemp News)

More people have joined a class action lawsuit against a company accused of handing out samples of marijuana-infused chocolate at the Denver County Fair.

Israel Family Doctors Given Temporary License To Prescribe Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Israel's Health Ministry, attempting to deal with a heavy load on pain clinics, has announced that family doctors will temporarily be allowed to write medical marijuana prescriptions for their patients.

Mysterious Men Dropping From Helicopters, Chopping Down Mendo Marijuana

(Hemp News)

A mysterious group of men has been raiding medical marijuana plots in Mendocino County, California, and local residents are mystified about the identity of the camouflage-clad group, who aren't police officers.

Marijuana Slang Dictionary Open To Public Submissions

(Hemp News)

For anyone who prides themselves on their knowledge of marijuana subcultures and slang terms, there is now an "open source" outlet to share this knowledge with others. Ganjapreneur, a website dedicated to entrepreneurs and investors in the cannabis industry, has recently announced a marijuana slang dictionary that is open to the public.

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Ideal 420 Soil: This 'Just Add Water' Soil Works For Marijuana
 
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Like many who have grown their share of marijuana, I’m skeptical of claims that make the noble art of cannabis cultivation seem, well, too easy. Nurturing this weed through its vegetative cycle and then through flowering requires an attention to detail and a tuned-in way of being aware of the plant’s needs, and no product can replace that.But I was nonetheless intrigued when an Ideal 420 Soil representative offered to send me a sample bag of their growing medium to try. At that point, I had no excuse; I had to ask myself, “What’s the harm in giving it the once through?”


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Toke Radio 56: Less Domestic Violence Among Weed Couples! Pot States Have Fewer ODs! FL MMJ Would Also End Bong Ban!


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Study Finds Less Domestic Violence Among Married Couples Who Smoke Marijuana

(Hemp News)

New findings from a study of 634 couples have found that the more often they smoked marijuana, they less likely they were to engage in domestic violence. The study's big sample size and the nine-year length of the study make it a significant finding.

Medical Marijuana States Have Fewer Painkiller Overdoses

(Hemp News)

States which have legalized medical marijuana for chronic pain have significantly fewer overdose deaths from prescription painkillers, according to a new study published on Monday in the JAMA Internal Medicine, the journal of the American Medical Association.

Florida: Medical Marijuana Initiative Would Also End Bong Ban

(Hemp News)

Marijuana advocates might have an extra reason to celebrate if Florida voters approve a proposed constitutional amendment which would legalize cannabis for medicinal use: Passage of Amendment 2 would also preempt Florida's "bong ban," which forbids the sale of pipes or paraphernalia used to smoke pot, according to the head of the organization which backs the amendment.

Nevada: Medical Marijuana Patients Want Pot DUI Tests To Be Performance Based

(Hemp News)

Critics of Nevada's laws on driving under the influence of marijuana want the Legislature to change the test from one which detects cannabis, to one which measures performance.

Uruguay: Citizens Can Now Register To Grow Marijuana At Home

(Hemp News)

Uruguayans who want to grow their own marijuana are able to register with the government to legally do so, as of Wednesday, when the government there launched the latest phase of its cannabis legalization program.

Hemp Industries Association To Present 21st Annual Conference Sept. 21-22

(Hemp News)

The 21st annual conference of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) will be held Sunday, September 21 and Monday, September 22 at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

Marijuana Industry Creating Job Opportunities

(Hemp News)

The marijuana industry is one of the few bright spots in today's economic forecast, according to the president of cannabis jobs website, 420careers.com.

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Shuman Joining Florida Medical Marijuana Fight; Rosenfeld Says No Thanks

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Cheryl Shuman, the self-styled “Martha Stewart of marijuana” who runs the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club and reportedly sells $750 ounces, has announced she’s starting a marijuana super PAC (political action committee) to join the campaign medical marijuana in Florida. But some leaders of the Sunshine State’s medical marijuana community, including federal patient Irvin Rosenfeld, are less than enthusiastic to have her “help.”  

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Toke Radio 55: Four Men Beheaded For Marijuana! Taxpayers Paying For Anti-Pot Campaign! First Dispensary Opens In Connecticut!


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Saudi Arabia: Four Men Beheaded For Smuggling Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Four men have been beheaded by sword after being convicted of smuggling marijuana into Saudri Arabia, the interior ministry announced on Monday.

Oregon Taxpayers Paying For Anti-Marijuana Just Before Legalization Vote

(Hemp News)

An opposition campaign to Oregon's Measure 91 marijuana legalization initiative is taking shape -- and it's being funded with taxpayer money.

Connecticut's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens

(Hemp News)

Connecticut's first medical marijuana dispensary opened on Wednesday night in South Windsor, and the state's other five dispensaries reportedly won't be far behind.

Seattle Cop Who Wrote 80% of Marijuana Tickets Returns To Duty

(Hemp News)

A bicycle officer who was briefly reassigned after it was discovered he had personally written 80 percent of the tickets for public marijuana use issued in the city this year has returned to his regular job, the Seattle Police Department announced Monday afternoon.

Seattle's Second Recreational Marijuana Store Opens

(Hemp News)

For almost six weeks now, Seattle's lone recreational marijuana store, Cannabis City, has struggling to stay open, repeatedly running out of legal cannabis priced around $25 a gram. Now, a second pot store, Herbal Nation, has finally opened in the Emerald City.

Maine: South Portland City Council Places Marijuana Legalization Measure On Ballot

(Hemp News)

The South Portland City Council on Monday voted unanimously to place a measure on the November ballot that would make private marijuana possession legal for adults within city limits.

Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative Officially Certified In Santa Fe, N.M.

(Hemp News)

The Santa Fe City Clerk on Monday announced the Reducing Marijuana Penalties Campaign submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the city's citizen initiative process setting the stage to give voters in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a vote on reducing marijuana penalties.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Toke Radio 54 : Banks Offer Services To Marijuana Businesses! Canada Edibles Ban Unconstitutional! Latin America's First MMJ Patient!


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U.S.: Banks Offering Financial Services To Marijuana Businesses

(Hemp News)

A top federal official on Tuesday said that 105 banks and credit unions are now doing business with legal marijuana merchants, and suggested that revised federal rules giving financial institutions the green light to provide services to cannabis businesses are starting to work.

Canada: Medical Marijuana Edibles/Topicals Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

(Hemp News)

Canada's ban on medical marijuana edibles and body creams is unconstitutional, a B.C. Court of Appeal judge ruled on Thursday.

Chile: Housewife Billed As Latin America's First Legal Medical Marijuana Patient

(Hemp News)

A 48-year-old woman in Chile has become the first legal medicinal cannabis patient in Latin America after being granted special permission by the Institute for Public Health due to having both systemic lupus and breast cancer.

Australia: Norfolk Island Medical Marijuana Approval Overturned By Commonwealth

(Hemp News)

It was a short-lived triumph. The approval of medical marijuana that had been granted by Norfolk Island's government was overturned on Thursday by the Australian Commonwealth.

Florida: Anti-Pot Group Claims Medical Marijuana Could Lead To Date Rape

(Hemp News)

An anti-marijuana group in Florida is making new claims that legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes could lead to date rape.

Washington: First Recreational Marijuana Edibles Sold Legally

(Hemp News)

The very first edible recreational marijuana products are now being sold legally in Washington state, a month after cannabis itself went on sale in state-licensed stores.

Colorado: Gov. Hickenlooper Uses Scare Tactics In Marijuana Prevention Campaign

(Hemp News)

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has introduced his administration’s marijuana prevention campaign to deter underage consumption -- and unfortunately, it uses scare tactics rather than a reality-based approach. The campaign is slated to waste $2 million of taxpayer money.

Colorado: Company Announces Development of Marijuana Pizza

(Hemp News)

Marijuana, it seems, often leads to pizza. Now at least one company is cutting to the chase and combining the two. 

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Toke Radio 53: Teen Marijuana Use Down Under Legalization! Highway Fatalities Near Record Lows! GOP Still Hates Weed!


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Colorado: Teen Marijuana Use Down Since Legalization

(Hemp News)

Rates of current and lifetime marijuana use among Colorado high school students has dropped since the state's voters made marijuana legal in 2012, according to a Thursday press release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Colorado: Highway Fatalities Reach Near-Record Lows Since Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

The "stoned driving" laws that accompany recreational marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington were sold to us as being necessary for public safety; the specter of stoned drivers was presented as something dangerous and potentially deadly. Many weed-hating cops were quite happy to find there's still legal reason to arrest potheads. Reality, meanwhile, is telling another story, as highway fatalities in Colorado are nearing record lows since pot was legalized.

GOP Congressmen Criticize Marijuana Legalization; Claim Pot Causes Car Wrecks

(Hemp News)

Congressional Republicans on Thursday criticized Colorado and Washington state for legalizing marijuana, claiming pot causes automobile accidents.

D.C. Marijuana Legalization Initiative Qualifies For November Ballot

(Hemp News)

The Washington, DC Board of Elections on Wednesday ruled that Initiative 71, an measure reforming DC’s marijuana laws, has enough valid signatures in order to qualify for the November ballot. One month ago, the DC Cannabis Campaign submitted 57,000 signatures, more than twice the number needed to qualify for the ballot.

Spain: Cannabis Club Rules Being Drafted In Catalonia; Would Allow Cultivation, Transportation

(Hemp News)

The Public Health Agency of Catalonia (a region of Spain) is drafting rules to regulate the cannabis sales associations which have become popular in the region. Cannabis clubs in Catalonia already have more than 165,000 members and take in about five million euros per month, according to published reports.

Australia: Norfolk Island Gives Go Ahead To Grow, Import, Export Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

A Tasmanian company has been given the go-ahead to grow, import and export medical marijuana on Norfolk Island, an external territory of Australia which is not part of Australia's taxation or welfare system.

Russia: Bees Attack Police Who Were Destroying Marijuana Plot

(Hemp News)

I guess it makes sense that bees don't like buzzkills. Russian police suddenly found themselves in a "sting operation" on Tuesday when they were attacked by hundreds of angry bees as they attempted to destroy a marijuana plot close to Kostroma, northwest of Moscow. The officers fled in disorder from the scene.

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Growing Marijuana Under LED Lights: Spectrum and Wavelength

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With the increasing popularity of LED grow lights, manufacturers and distributors are innovating new ways to capture your attention. They like to lace genuine science with a healthy dose of marketing hype in hopes that you pause just long enough for them to dazzle you with the latest hyperbole. There are so many terms being thrown around, it can be difficult to dissect reality from marketing hype. 

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Toke Radio 52: Senators Ask White House To Clarify Pot Laws! New York Times Calls For Legalization! US and Canada Highest On Earth!


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Senators Ask White House To Clarify Federal Marijuana Laws

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The Senate delegations from Colorado and Washington are seeking clarification from the Obama Administration on the regulations which will impact the legal marijuana trade in those two states.

New York Times Calls For Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

In yet another sign of the inevitability of cannabis law reform in the United States, The New York Times has called for marijuana legalization.

U.S. and Canada Higher Than Most Countries, When It Comes To Marijuana Use

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The United States and Canada should be proud of themselves. According to an annual United Nations report on global drug use, they rank among the highest in the world, when it comes to marijuana use. Nigeria and Australia join the U.S. and Canada as the highest nations on Earth.

Germany: Court Allows Seriously Ill Patients To Grow Their Own Cannabis

(Hemp News)

Germany's Administrative Court of Cologne on July 22 ruled that some patients suffering from chronic pain should be allowed to grow their own cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

Florida: Wow! 88% Support Medical Marijuana; Majority Also Favors Legalization

(Hemp News)

As Floridians get ready to vote on medical marijuana in November, months of campaigning by both sides hasn't moved the numbers at all. A new poll shows 88 percent support for medicinal cannabis, the exact same level of support shown in May.

Brookings Institution Says Colorado Is Successfully Regulating Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Colorado is successfully regulating marijuana, according to a report released on Thursday by the Brookings Institution’s Center for Effective Public Management.

One Seattle Cop Issued 80% of Marijuana Tickets This Year; He's Been Reassigned

(Hemp News)

Eighty percent of the marijuana citations issued by the Seattle Police Department during the first half of this year were written by just one pot-hating cop -- and now that officer has been reassigned.

Australia: Flight Attendant Warns Passengers To Flush Their Drugs Before Landing

(Hemp News)

Most of us would appreciate such a warning, but an Australian airline on Wednesday is apologizing for a flight attendant's tip to passengers that there were drug-detecting dogs waiting for them at a Sydney airport.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Toke Radio 51: Will Senate Protect Marijuana States? Oregon To Vote On Legalization! Chicago Hospital Wants To Sell Cannabis!


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Rand Paul Files Measure To Protect Medical Marijuana States From Feds

(Hemp News)

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) on Thursday filed an amendment to Senate Bill 2569, the "Bring Jobs Home Act," that would explicitly allow states to pass medical marijuana laws despite the federal Controlled Substances Act. The amendment would also bar prosecutions of patients and doctors involved in medical marijuana when they are in compliance with state laws.

Oregon Marijuana Legalization/Regulation Measure Officially Qualifies For Ballot

(Hemp News)

It’s official: Oregon voters will decide in November whether to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana for adults 21 and over.

Chicago Hospital Wants To Sell Medical Marijuana, But Stymied By Federal Law

(Hemp News)

 

If officials at Chicago's Swedish Covenant Hospital get their wish, authorized medical marijuana patients could one day buy their cannabis at a hospital dispensary, just like patients buying antibiotics or pain relievers at the hospital's pharmacy.

First Recreational Marijuana Sold In Seattle Heads For Museum

(Hemp News)

The very first recreational marijuana legally sold in Seattle will become part of a display at the city's Museum of History and Industry, after the woman who was first in line donated part of her purchase on Tuesday.

Washington: Moody's Says High Taxes May Slow Marijuana Revenue

(Hemp News)

High taxes and a low number of storefront licenses mean that revenue from legalized marijuana sales in Washington state could be "minimal" this year, according to Moody's Investor Service.

Washington: Marijuana Businessman Sues Liquor Control Board Over Denied License

(Hemp News)

A Washington marijuana businessman is suing the state's Liquor Control Board, saying the agency rejected his application to retail cannabis over a minor technicality. The suit alleges that the board put him and his partners at risk of substantial financial loss.

Washington: Blacks Disproportionately Ticketed For Public Marijuana Use In Seattle

(Hemp News)

When limited marijuana legalization measure Initiative 502 was on the Washington state ballot back in 2012, one of the main selling points touted by its supporters was the the measure would help eliminate racial disparities in low-level marijuana enforcement -- the kind that exist practically everywhere, and which were the subject of a recent American Civil Liberties Union study. But sadly, it appears I-502 didn't make a lot of difference in that regard.

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Marijuana Shows Great Promise For Alzheimer's -- But Research Is Stalled

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Early use of marijuana apparently delays — and might even prevent — the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a leading scientist in the field. But the work of longtime researcher Gary Wenk of Ohio State University has come to a halt, despite the promising results.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Toke Radio 50: Pot Decrim In DC! House Approves Marijuana Banking! Cannabis For Illinois Patients In 2015!


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D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect In Nation's Capital

(Hemp News)

A marijuana decriminalization law passed by the D.C. Council took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The new law, like others around the United States, eases penalties for minor cannabis possession.

U.S. House Votes To Allow Banks To Work With Marijuana Stores and Dispensaries

(Hemp News)

In a historic vote, the U.S. House on Wednesday passed a bipartisan amendment by Representatives Denny Heck (D-WA), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) preventing the Treasury Department from spending any funding to penalize financial institutions that provide services to marijuana businesses that are legal under state law. The amendment passed 231 to 192.

Illinois: Medical Marijuana Could Be Available To Patients In Early 2015

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Patients in Illinois who qualify under the state's Medical Cannabis Pilot Program could be able to start legally using marijuana early next year, according to program coordinator Bob Morgan, who is a lawyer for the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Illinois: Medical Marijuana Now Legal -- But Where Are The Authorizing Physicians?

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Now that medical marijuana has come to Illinois, how can qualified patients get authorized to legally use it? That can be a problem when physicians willing to certify patients for the state's Medical Cannabis Pilot Program are problematically scarce, according to a new study.

Black Police Leaders Say Marijuana Prohibition Damages Minority Communities

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The president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) on Tuesday said that America's marijuana laws are total failures. John Dixon III, police chief in Petersburg, Virginia, speaking at the NOBLE's annual conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said law enforcement is too concerned with busting people for minor marijuana offenses.

Missouri: Governor Signs CBD-Only Medical Marijuana Law

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Monday signed legislation into law that allows the use of cannabidiol oil extracted from marijuana to treat epileptic seizures that can't be effectively treated by pharmaceuticals.

Los Angeles Seeks To Shut Down Marijuana Farmers Market

(Hemp News)

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said he will seek on Tuesday to shut down medical marijuana farmers market that launched in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles two weeks ago. Feuer said he will seek a restraining order blocking the operation of what he called the "so-called farmers market."

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The Straight Dope: Marketing Marijuana and Promotional Products
By Jenna Markowski

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As more legal marijuana businesses open their doors, there is a growing opportunity for the marketing industry to help budding “ganjapreneurs” (all of the puns in the marijuana industry are seriously the best) get the word out about their brands. These opportunities of course include the promotional product industry. However, before we get to all of that, first let’s get all of the legal jargon out of the way.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Toke Radio 49: Dying Cancer Patient Convicted For Growing Medicine! Pot Smell Can't Justify Search In Mass.! Tourists Love Legal Weed!


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Iowa: Dying Cancer Patient, Wife, Son Convicted of Growing Marijuana For Medicine

(Hemp News)

The unthinkable has happened in Iowa, where a dying cancer patient -- along with his wife and son -- has been convicted for growing marijuana.

Massachusetts: Smell of Marijuana Cannot Justify Search of Car

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Police officers in Massachusetts can no longer rely on the odor of unburnt marijuana as probable cause to justify a vehicle search, the state's Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled on Wednesday -- even if the smell is "strong" or "very strong," the justices said.

Tourists Loving Legal Marijuana in Colorado Ski Resort Towns

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Tourists are responsible for up to 90 percent of recreational marijuana sales in some Colorado ski resort towns, according to a new analysis from the state. Those visitors are infusing tens of millions of dollars into the Mile High marijuana economy.

U.S.: New Poll Shows Young Adults Favor Marijuana Legalization

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A new Reason-Rupe study and survey of 2,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 years old finds 57 percent of this demographic -- known as the millennials --believe the government should allow the recreational use of marijuana. Just 39 percent were opposed.

Brooklyn DA Won't Pursue Low-Level Marijuana Arrests

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The Brooklyn district attorney's office on Tuesday announced that it will immediately stop prosecuting most low-level marijuana cases. The policy change comes after months of resistance from the New York Police Department.

Washington: First Day of Legal Marijuana Sales Sees High Prices, Long Lines

(Hemp News)

Twenty months after Washington's voters approved limited marijuana legalization measure Initiative 502, the first licensed recreational cannabis stores in the state opened on Tuesday to long lines. With only four shops open statewide of 24 that received licenses on Monday, prices were high and competition was nonexistent.

C0lorado: Man Offers Obama a Toke of Marijuana

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A bar patron in Denver Tuesday night offered President Obama a joint, asking, "Do you want to hit this?" The President laughed and smiled, but didn't answer as he shook hands with other patrons.

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An Open Letter from Federal Marijuana Prisoner Chris Williams

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"While I do my best to keep positive and stick to doing my time, there are things out in the world that do affect me here. I have not felt this depressed and upset since first entering federal prison. I cannot describe what it is like to be in prison, you have to experience it for yourself to understand, but I hope you never have to experience it!"

Chris Williams

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