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
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“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 

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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

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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

(Hemp News)

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

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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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Monday, May 11, 2015

Steve Elliott at Seattle Cannabis Freedom March, May 9, 2015





I enjoy taking part in the Seattle Cannabis Freedom March every year, doubly so when they allow me to speak. :)

One area of real concern, for me, was echoed by Tiger Weedz, who made the observation that this was the first cannabis march ever where he didn't feel safe to medicate. Is this really how we're going to allow "legalization" to happen? Not on my watch.

Thanks to my friend Kirk Ludden for the footage!




Friday, May 8, 2015

Toke Radio 83: Seattle Cannabis Cup Canceled! Texas House Panel Approves Legalization! Puerto Rico Goes Medical!


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Welcome To Legalization: Seattle Cannabis Cup Canceled

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Hear that massive sucking sound? That’s the sound of all Washington’s promised “cannabis tourism” dollars going south to Oregon.

Texas House Committee Approves Bill To Make Marijuana Legal For Adults

(Hemp News)

The Texas House of Representatives Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Wednesday approved a bill 5-1 that would end marijuana prohibition in the state. 

Puerto Rico Governor Signs Executive Order To Legalize Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla of Puerto Rico on Sunday signed an executive order yesterday legalizing medical marijuana in the U.S. territory. 

Louisiana Senate Approves Medical Marijuana; Bill Headed To House

(Hemp News)

The Louisiana Senate on Monday approved legislation which would legalize the medicinal use of cannabis. Senate Bill 143, which spells out how the state's medical marijuana industry would work, was approved on a 22-13 vote.

Delaware House Committee Approves Bill Removing Criminal Penalties For Marijuana Possession

(Hemp News)

The Delaware House of Representatives Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday approved a bill 5-4 that would remove criminal penalties and potential jail time for possession of a small amount of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine similar to a traffic ticket. The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.

California: They're Coming After MMJ, and 'Law and Order' Is The Phrase of the Day

(Hemp News)

What's so scary about a free market? Almost two decades after California voters approved the medicinal use of marijuana, the state's cannabis trade is being described as a "Wild West," even as it has reached the status of a $2 billion industry.

Kentucky: Hemp Industry Growing, Attracting Processors, Investment

(Hemp News)

Kentucky's industrial hemp crop is growing and bringing new investors to the state, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced at a Tuesday news conference in Lexington.

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Compassion Killed By Greed: Marijuana and the Green Rush

By Donna Lambert

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I believe that human beings should have more rights than corporations.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Toke Radio 82: WA Ending Medical Marijuana Dispensaries! LEAP To Lead NYC Cannabis Parade! Rhode Island Wants Legalization!


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Washington Gov. Inslee Signs Bill Eliminating Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

(Hemp News)

Washington Governor Jay Inslee on April 24 signed into law regulations which essentially eliminate medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, along with the medicinal cannabis system as it's been known there since voters approved it back in 1998.

U.S.: Marijuana Businesses Access To Banking Act Reintroduced

(Hemp News)

U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and Denny Heck (WA-10), along with a bipartisan group of 16 other Republicans and Democrats, on Wednesday re-introduced H.R. 2076, the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015 to resolve the banking crisis marijuana-related businesses are facing.

Amendment Offered To Remove Restrictions Preventing VA From Recommending Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

When the U.S. House of Representatives this week considered the FY 2016 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon offered an amendment to make it easier for qualified veterans to access medical marijuana. 

New York: LEAP To Lead Cannabis Parade In NYC May 2

(Hemp News)

Want to participate in a revolution?

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is leading the Cannabis Parade in NYC on this Saturday, May 2, reports Jack A. Cole of LEAP. "The first 60 people to signup to be part of the LEAP contingent for that parade will be given free LEAP T-shirts and badges," Cole announced on Facebook Tuesday.

"Send me an email at jackacole@leap.cc or text me at 617-792-3877, with your name, cell phone, email address, and T-shirt size to reserve a shirt," Cole said. "The LEAP contingent will walk behind our 'End the Drug War-Stop the Killing' Banner."

New York: Bipartisan Legislation Intro'd To Expedite Medical Marijuana Access

(Hemp News)

Patients, family members and activists stood with legislators on Tuesday as they announced the introduction of Assembly bill A. 7060, which would direct the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible. The bill, introduced by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb, comes 298 days after Governor Cuomo signed the medical marijuana bill into law on July 5, and nine months after the Governor urged the Health Commissioner to do everything in his power to get medical marijuana to children suffering from life-threatening forms of epilepsy.

Justice, Rights Group Condemn Execution Of Nonviolent Drug Offenders By Indonesia

(Hemp News)

A number of U.S.-based and international criminal justice reform, human rights and public health groups on Tuesday are joining together to condemn the execution of nonviolent drug offenders by the Indonesian government that just took place.

Rhode Island: New Poll Finds Record 57% Support Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

A record-high 57 percent of Rhode Island voters support changing state law to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol, according to a survey conducted this month by Public Policy Polling. Only 35 percent were opposed. 

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Toke Radio 81: Bill Would Respect State Marijuana Laws! Rubio Wants Pot Crackdown! Oregon Cops Want $5M To Go After Weed!


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Bill In Congress Would Allow States To Determine Their Own Marijuana Laws

(Hemp News)

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and five Republican co-sponsors on Tuesday introduced legislation in Congress that would modify the federal Controlled Substances Act so that anyone acting in compliance with a state marijuana law would be immune from federal prosecution.

U.S. Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

(Hemp News)

The U.S. Senate on Thursday afternoon confirmed the nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General in a 56-43 vote. The results of the vote have been highly anticipated, as significant partisan bickering had stalled her appointment for months. 

Presidential Candidate Rubio Wants To Enforce Federal Law In Marijuana States

(Hemp News)

Prospective candidates for the Republican Presidential nomination continued their baffling verbal assault on cannabis this week, as Florida Senator Marco Rubio joined Chris Christie in pledging a federal crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana.

Oregon: What Legalization? Police Want $5 Million For Marijuana Enforcement

(Hemp News)

Legalization? What legalization? Advocates may rightly be asking this question after the Oregon State Police requested a $3.9 million budget increase to go after marijuana. 

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Senate Committee

(Hemp News)

A bill which would legalize the medicinal use of marijuana in the Keystone State unanimously passed a Pennsylvania Senate committee on Tuesday.

Ohio: Group Close To Getting Legalization On Ballot; Accused Of Sabotaging Grassroots Effort

(Hemp News)

The group ResponsibleOhio claims it is more than halfway towards its goal of getting marijuana legalization on the state ballot. But advocates trying to put a rival initiative on the November 5 ballot have accused founders of the well-financed ResponsibleOhio of sabotaging its smaller, weaker competitor last year before launching its own effort.

Alabama: Key Senator Blocks Medical Marijuana Bill; Says State 'Not Ready'

(Hemp News)

Medical marijuana may have been passed by an Alabama Senate committee this week, but a powerful politician quickly blocked the way for further progress, declaring the state is "not ready" for such legislation. The full membership of the Senate won't even get the chance to debate the bill unless he changes his mind. 

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Toke Radio 80: Americans Want Legal Weed! Obama Supports Medical Marijuana! Christie Promises Crackdown!

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New Poll Finds 53% Of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana

(Hemp News)

A new poll from Pew Research Center finds that 53 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, with 44 percent opposed. As recently as 2006, just 32 percent supported legalization, while nearly twice as many -- 60 percent -- were opposed, according to Pew.

President Obama Declares Full Support For Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

President Barack Obama will state his full support for medical marijuana in a CNN special to be aired on Sunday.

 Gov. Chris Christie Promises To Crack Down On Marijuana If Elected President

(Hemp News)

If you want to see a massive marijuana crackdown in the United States, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is your guy.

Spineless Federal Judge Declines To Remove Marijuana From Schedule I List

(Hemp News)

If you've ever doubted that the deck is stacked, you can safely lay those doubts to rest. A federal judge in California on Wednesday unexplainably declined to remove marijuana from a list of the most dangerous drugs, ignoring all evidence to the contrary.

Georgia Governor Signs Low-THC Medical Marijuana Oil Bill Into Law

(Hemp News)

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Thursday signed legislation immediately legalizing the use of low-THC medical marijuana oil to treat eight serious medical conditions.

Washington Legislature OKs Gutting Medical Marijuana Program Under Legalization

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The Washington Legislature on Tuesday approved a bill essentially gutting the state's medical marijuana program, sending to the desk of Governor Jay Inslee a bill that eliminates medicinal cannabis dispensaries now that the state's recreational market is nominally in place. 

Jesse Ventura On Washington State's I-502: 'That's Not Legalization'

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Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura said in a Tuesday interview that the patients of Washington State should “stand up” to efforts to shut down the medical marijuana community, and called the taxation scheme of recreational legalization measure I-502 “unfair and unworkable.”

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Washington Citizens' Initiative Does More To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients

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With Washington Governor Jay Inslee looking increasingly likely to sign SB 5052 into law, it may end up being a waste of taxpayers’ money. Due to its violating federal and HIPPA laws, a federal injunction could be issued, ending SB 5052 before it can cause harm to patients. Showing that SB 5052 violates the state constitution will take longer in state court. 

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