Friday, December 19, 2014

Toke Radio 69: AG's File Suit To Over Marijuana Legalization! Teen Marijuana Use Down After Legalization! Cop Takes Home 4 Pounds, Won't Be Charged!


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Nebraska, Oklahoma AGs File Lawsuit To Overturn Colorado Marijuana Legalization

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Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning on Thursday announced that he has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of overturning Colorado’s laws that legalize, regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol. He said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is also joining the lawsuit, which alleges the state constitutional amendment approved by Colorado voters and the implementing legislation approved by state lawmakers is unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Teen Marijuana Use Down After Legalization, National Survey Finds

(Hemp News)

A national survey released on Tuesday found teen marijuana usage rates decreased from 2013 to 2014 — a period marked by heightened national debate regarding marijuana policy and implementation of the nation’s first marijuana legalization laws. 

California Cop Takes Home 4 Pounds Of Marijuana; Won't Be Charged

(Hemp News)

 

If you've ever doubted the existence of police privilege, it may be time to reassess. A police officer in California who was caught redhanded with marijuana in his home earlier this year -- more than 4 pounds of it -- "probably" won't be charged with a crime due to "lack of evidence."

Washington Liquor Control Board Chairwoman Uses Marijuana For Pain

(Hemp News)

 

The soon-to-retire chairwoman of the Washington State Liquor Control Board -- which is in charge of recreational marijuana in the state, and perhaps soon medicinal cannabis as well -- has admitted she used medical marijuana this week to control pain after a knee replacement surgery.

Maine: Former Top Drug Prosecutor Gets 16-Year Prison Sentence For Child Pornography

(Hemp News)

The former top drug prosecutor in Maine -- who fled out of state after he was convicted of child pornography charges -- is going to federal prison for almost 16 years.

South Carolina: Police Oppose Expanding Sick Children's Access To Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

South Carolina state Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort), author of a bill which made it legal for parents to possess the marijuana derivative cannabidiol (CBD) oil to control their children's seizures, plans to introduce another bill on January 13, the first day of the upcoming legislative session, to allow low-THC marijuana to be grown in the state. But state law enforcement has already expressed opposition to the plan.

Texas Lawmaker Introducing Bill To Reduce Penalties For Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Texas state Rep. Joe Moody introduced a bill Monday morning that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in Texas. The bill would remove the threat of arrest, jail time and a criminal record for possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, reducing the penalty to a $100 civil fine.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Toke Radio 68: Native Americans Can Grow, Sell Marijuana! Congress Stops DOJ


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U.S.: Federal Govt. Won't Stop Native Americans From Growing, Selling Marijuana

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In an epochal shift likely to change the face of American society forever, the federal Department of Justice on Thursday will tell U.S. Attorneys not to prevent Native American tribes from growing or selling marijuana on their sovereign lands, even in states where cannabis is illegal.

Congress Prohibits Justice Department Fr0m Undermining State Medical Marijuana Laws

(Hemp News)

The final “must pass” federal spending bill that Congress will consider this week, also known as the “cromnibus,”and released by senior appropriators Tuesday night includes an amendment that prohibits the U.S. Justice Department from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws. The spending bill also includes a bipartisan amendment that prohibits the DEA from blocking implementation of a federal law passed last year by Congress that allows hemp cultivation for academic and agricultural research purposes in states that allow it.

D.C.: Marijuana Legalization Can Proceed! Emerging Consensus

(Hemp News)

Republicans were successful in including language in the “cromnibus” federal spending bill that interferes with the right of Washington, D.C., to set its own marijuana policies. The language, however, was not what they originally wanted because they had to compromise with Democrats.

Nevada: Marijuana Legalization To Be On 2016 Ballot

(Hemp News)

Nevada’s Secretary of State Ross Miller on Monday approved an official petition to add marijuana legalization to the 2016 November ballot.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol needed to file 102,000 signatures, but ultimately filed about 200,000.

Colorado OKs Marijuana Credit Union

(Hemp News)

Marijuana businesses in Colorado have plenty of cash flowing in, but are having a difficult time finding a legal place to put it.

Oregon: Lawmakers Approve Money For Legal Marijuana Rules

(Hemp News)

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission can now begin the implementation of recreational marijuana legalization under Measure 91 after the Legislature's Emergency Board, composed of state House and Senate members, approved funding for staff, legal help and rule-writing.

Alabama: FDA Gives Approval For Marijuana Oil Study

(Hemp News)

The federal Food and Drug Administration has given the University of Alabama at Birmingham the go-ahead to study the use of cannabidiol, a marijuana derivative, to treat seizures.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Toke Radio 67: Can Legal Weed Match Black Market Prices? Welfare Drug Testing Struck Down In FL! Cannabis Helps Alzheimer’s!


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Washington: Legal Marijuana Stores Having Trouble Matching Black Market Prices

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Due to the onerous nature of Washington state's regulations on the legal marijuana industry, including an overbearing tax scheme, the legal marijuana stores which have opened as the badly written I-502 is implemented are reportedly having trouble turning a profit -- even at $30 a gram.

Florida: Appeals Court Finds Mandatory Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients Unconstitutional

(Hemp News)

A three-judge panel at the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled that a 2011 Florida law mandating that all applicants for the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program submit to suspicionless drug tests violates the Constitution's protection against unreasonable government searches.

New Study: Marijuana Fights Alzheimer's Disease

(Hemp News)

 

Yet another study is adding to the growing body of evidence for using cannabis to treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease. The study found that unlike conventional anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals, THC has "no toxicity."

Houston Police Chief Says Marijuana Prohibition Has Failed

(Hemp News)

In an interview with "Cultural Baggage," a radio show hosted by Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) speaker and former Air Force Security Policeman Dean Becker, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland said marijuana prohibition is a failed public policy.

Minnesota: Companies Could Supply Medical Marijuana As Soon As July

(Hemp News)

Two companies will supply qualifying Minnesotans with medical marijuana as soon as July 2015, but some patients will be forced to drive hours if they want to participate in the program.

Virginia State Senator Introduces Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

(Hemp News)

A bill that would decriminalize possession of an ounce or less of marijuana has been introduced by Virginia state Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria) for the upcoming General Assembly session.

Uruguay: Presidential Election Safeguards Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

Frente Amplio (Broad Front) candidate Tabaré Vázquez defeated opposition candidate Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou in a Sunday presidential run-off election in Uruguay by 53.6 to 41.1 percent. The vote that had major implications for the future of Uruguay’s historic marijuana regulation.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Toke Radio 66: DC Moves Toward Taxing, Regulating Weed! House Bill Would Overturn VA Pot Ban! Georgia Senator Proposes Full Legalization!


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D.C.: Nation's Capital Takes Major Step Toward Taxing and Regulating Marijuana

D.C. lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of legislation that would legally regulate and license the production, distribution and sale of marijuana in the District of Columbia during a meeting of the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, which is chaired by D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large).

House Bill Introduced To Overturn Ban On VA Physicians Recommending Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with 10 bipartisan Congressional cosponsors on Thursday introduced the "Veterans Equal Access Act" (VEAA), marking a concerted federal effort to allow our country's veterans to become medical marijuana patients in states where it's legal. The VEAA would simply allow Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to their patients, a right enjoyed by physicians outside of the VA system.

Maine: Two Marijuana Legalization Measures Could Be On 2016 Ballot

(Hemp News)

Maine voters could be looking at not one but two marijuana legalization measures on the 2016 ballot, if two competing groups are both successful at qualifying for the ballot.

Georgia State Senator Proposes Full Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

A Democratic state senator from Gwinnett County not only pre-filed a broader version of medical marijuana than has previously been considered by the Georgia Legislature -- he also pre-filed a constitutional amendment to legalize and regulate sales of cannabis, using the tax proceeds to fund education and transportation.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris Says Legal Marijuana Is Inevitable

(Hemp News)

Legalized marijuana is inevitable, California Attorney General Kamala Harris admitted this week, and she has no "moral opposition" to that happening and is "not opposed" it, she said.

New Study Shows Gordon Right, Bermuda Government Wrong On Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Just weeks after Attorney General Trevor Moniz announced that Marinol (synthetic pure THC pills), and not herbal cannabis, would be allowed for medicinal use in Bermuda, a new Harvard study has confirmed the complaints of activist Alan Gordon -- Marinol simply does not work as well as real inhaled cannabis for pain management, because the former takes 60-90 minutes to reach peak effect, whereas real cannabis effects are achieved much more quickly.

California: 2014 Emerald Cup Presented By Locals, For Locals

(Hemp News)

The Emerald Cup will make its highly anticipated return to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California, on December 13 and 14. For more than a decade, The Emerald Cup has become synonymous with setting the highest standards for sustainable, sun-grown, outdoor cannabis and is the largest, most respected, organic, outdoor, medicinal cannabis competition in the world, making it “The Definitive Cup for the Fall Harvest.”

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Toke Radio 65: 693,000 Marijuana Arrests In 2013! NYPD To Stop Low-Level Pot Busts! Legalization Gives Military Headaches!


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An estimated 693,481 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana in 2013, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report. More than 87 percent of these arrests were for possession, which means one person was arrested for marijuana possession approximately every 51 seconds on average in the United States.

NYPD oised To Stop Low-Level Marijuana Possession Arrests

(Hemp News)

An article on the front page of the New York Times outlines a plan by the de Blasio Administration to end low-level marijuana possession arrests in New York City. According to the article, those found with small amounts of marijuana would be issued a court summons and immediately released.

New York City Council Speaker Supports Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has endorsed the legalization of marijuana, making her one of the first high-ranking officials in the Big Apple to take such a position.

Oregon: Multnomah County D.A. Dismisses Low-Level Marijuana Cases

(Hemp News)

In the wake of the approval of marijuana legalization initiative Measure 91 in Oregon, the Multnomah County District Attorney's office announced it will dismiss low-level marijuana cases.

Portland Hempstalk Festival Already Denied Permit For 2015

(Hemp News)

When this reporter attended September's Hempstalk Festival in Portland, I saw a well-organized, orderly event, where plenty of information about the cannabis hemp plant and its many uses was disseminated by activists and speakers, along with bands, vendors, and bounteous opportunities for people-watching. What I did not see -- and I attended the entire two-day festival -- was people smoking or selling weed inside the event.

Marijuana Legalization Puts Military In Awkward Position

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With the number of states where marijuana is now legal reaching four (plus the District of Columbia), the United States military is still trying to enforce 20th Century drug policies of zero tolerance towards cannabis, despite the shifting sands of public opinion.

Bob Marley's Son Launching Line of Premium Marijuana Products

(Hemp News)

With four states plus D.C. now having legalized marijuana, Julian Marley, the son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, will be the featured likeness on a new line of premium cannabis products.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Toke Radio 64: Oregon, Alaska, DC Legalize! Near Miss For Medical Pot In Florida! Sheep Munch $6K In Weed!


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Oregon: Victory at the Polls! Voters Make State 3rd to Legalize Marijuana

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Oregon voters on Tuesday chose to make their state the third in the U.S. to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana. Passage of Measure 91 accelerates the nationwide momentum in favor of legalizing marijuana and ending the wider Drug War, according to proponents.

Alaska Becomes Fourth State to Legalize Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Alaska on Tuesday became the fourth U.S. state to legalize marijuana, joining Oregon, where voters had approved a legalization measure earlier the same day, and Colorado and Washington, both of which legalized in 2012.

D.C.: Nation's Capital Votes to Legalize Marijuana

(Hemp News)

In an exciting and ironic twist to America's 77-year-old War On Marijuana, the voters of Washington, D.C., on Tuesday decided to legalize marijuana in the nation's capital. Voters approved Initiative 71, a ballot initiative that legalizes possession of up to two ounces of cannabis for adults 21 and older, and allows individuals to grow up to six marijuana plants in their home.

D.C.: House Republican Vows to Block Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

One House Republican said on Wednesday that he will do all he can to block implementation of the marijuana legalization measure approved by District of Columbia voters on Tuesday.

Florida: Medical Marijuana Narrowly Fails at the Polls

(Hemp News)

Florida's voters have narrowly rejected the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. A big majority of state voters voted in favor of medicinal cannabis, but state law requires a 60 percent majority to amend the Florida Constitution.

Voters Across U.S. Accelerate Momentum to Legalize Marijuana, End Drug War

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Voters across the country have accelerated the unprecedented momentum to legalize marijuana and end the wider Drug War, with marijuana legalization measures passing in Oregon and Washington, D.C., while groundbreaking criminal justice reforms passed in California and New Jersey.

Sheep Munch Through $6,300 Worth of Marijuana Dumped In Their Field

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A flock of sheep in England got an unexpected treat last month when they munched on thousands of dollars worth of marijuana dumped in their field.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Toke Radio 63: Big Pot Raids In Colorado! Cali Cops Say 'Fuck The Growers'! LEAP Cops Endorse Legalization!


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Denver Police, Federal Agents Conduct Large Raids On Marijuana Grows

(Hemp News)

Denver police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents on Tuesday morning conducted large raids on multiple marijuana growing operations near Denver.

Cops Wear 'FUCK THE GROWERS' Shirts During San Diego Pot Raids

(Hemp News)

Marijuana for medicinal purposes was legalized by California voters at the ballot box back in 1996 -- but some law enforcement types apparently still haven't gotten the message. Police routinely terrorize thousands of patient-cultivators every year with warrantless, no-knock raids, willfully ignoring established law, and now a San Diego narcotics officer has been photographed wearing a t-shirt reading "FUCK THE GROWERS... MARIJUANA'S STILL ILLEGAL -- while raiding patients.

Law Enforcement Officials Tour States To Lend A Hand To Drug Policy Reform Initiatives

(Hemp News)

As the midterm election approaches, representatives of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) are hard at work educating voters about the need for drug policy reform in states with relevant initiatives on the ballot.

Oregon: 30 Law Enforcement Officials Endorse Marijuana Legalization Measure

(Hemp News)

With only six days left before ballots are due, 30 law enforcement officials from across the western half of the United States have endorsed Oregon’s Measure 91 to regulate marijuana.

War On Marijuana Defies Science, Doctors Testify In U.S. Federal Court

(Hemp News)

Three medical experts on Friday, Monday and Tuesday testified in federal court that the federal government's war on marijuana defies science, and is thus unconstitutional.

Legal Marijuana Industry Could Be Bigger Than NFL By 2020

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A new report projects that legal marijuana could be an industry with revenues of $35 billion by 2020 if cannabis is legalized at the federal level. Greenwave Advisors, which authored the report, notes that this is a floor representing revenues in the first year of nationwide legalization.

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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

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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

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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

(Hemp News)
 

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

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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

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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?

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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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