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

(Hemp News)

 

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

(Hemp News)

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?

(Hemp News)

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

(Hemp News)

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

(Hemp News)

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

(Toke Signals)

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

(Hemp News)

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

(Hemp News)

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

(Hemp News)

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

(Hemp News)

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

(Hemp News)

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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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Steve Elliott Eaten By His Cat On Caturday!





STEVE ELLIOTT EATEN BY HIS CAT ON CATURDAY!

We all know that Steve Elliott has been feeding his cat, Pookie, stray animals and small neighborhood children, accounting for the cat's ever-increasing waistline and predatory behavior.


After running out of cat food on Saturday, Pookie, suffering from a bad case of the munchies after eating three brownies, turned on her owner....and the fur flew. Elliott put up a valiant fight, but was no match for the 113 lb. cat. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

WA NORML's Keith Henson Is Definitely A Whiney Ass Bitch


Keith Henson of Washington NORML is definitely a whiney-ass little BITCH... LOL! :-D whiney ass BITCH got his wittle BITCH feewings hurt... 

The drama-prone Henson, proud owner of a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, worked himself into quite a lather when I first revealed, in a Facebook post, that he’d missed the meeting.
Wondering why whiney-ass bitch Keith hates me so much? Because I exposed him for being a FAKE activist and a slacker, to boot...

WA NORML Official Claims To Represent Patients; Doesn’t Show Up For Crucial LCB Meeting

Friday, July 4, 2014

Toke Radio 48: Marijuana PTSD Researcher Fired! Free Weed In Berkeley! Legalization Vote In DC!


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U.S. Marijuana PTSD Researcher Abruptly Fired From University of Arizona

(Hemp News)

 

A prominent marijuana researcher who only months ago had received rare federal approval to study the effects of cannabis on patients with post traumatic stress disorder has been abruptly fired by the University of Arizona.

Berkeley Requires Marijuana Dispensaries To Give Free Weed To Low-Income Patients

(Hemp News)

Here's how it's done. The city of Berkeley, California will require medical marijuana dispensaries to give two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each month to low income patients at no charge.

D.C. Cannabis Campaign To Submit 58,000 Signatures To Place Marijuana Legalization On November Ballot

(Hemp News)

The D.C. Cannabis Campaign will submitted 58,000 signatures to the D.C. Board of Elections on Monday at 10 a.m., in order to place Initiative 71 on the November ballot. The Board of Elections will have 30 days to verify that the campaign has the required 23,780 signatures to qualify.

Washington Department of Health, Liquor Board At Odds Over Marijuana Edibles

(Hemp News)

 

It’s been almost two years since the voters of Washington state approved limited marijuana legalization measure Initiative 502. But apparently those two years weren’t long enough for Washington state bureaucrats to figure out exactly what constitutes a cannabis-infused edible product — or even if such products are legal.

Oregon: First 'Kaya Shack' Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens; Chain Planned

(Hemp News)

 

It was bound to happen, and now it has: The first of a planned national chain of medical marijuana dispensaries has opened. The very first Kaya Shack opened Thursday morning in Portland, Oregon, and began sales to licensed medical marijuana cardholders.

Hippie Leader Stephen Gaskin, Author of 'Cannabis Spirituality,' Dies At 79

(Hemp News)

Stephen Gaskin, the tie-dye wearing hippie philosopher who founded The Farm commune in Tennessee and authored books including "Cannabis Spirituality," died Tuesday morning at his home in Summertown, Tennessee after a lengthy illness.

Philippines: 20 Lawmakers Sign On As Co-Authors of Medical Marijuana Bill

(Hemp News)

At least 20 lawmakers in the Philippines have signed on as co-authors of a bill which would legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

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Shame On KPLU For Inaccurate, Hype-Filled Medical Marijuana Scare Story
(Toke Signals)

My first reaction upon reading, with increasing sadness, today’s hype-filed medical marijuana scare story on local National Public Radio affiliate KPLU was, “Wow, I didn’t know KPLU had become part of the Fox News Network.” Yes, it was that bad.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Toke Radio 47: Americans Smoke More Pot! Pope Says Nope To Dope! GOP Blocks Decrim In DC!


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U.S.: Marijuana Use Increases As Concern Over Health Risks Declines

(Hemp News)

More Americans are using marijuana as their concerns over its health risk declines, according to a report released on Thursday from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Pope Says Nope To Dope: Pontiff Opposes Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

It's Hail Mary, but hold the Jane, according to Pope Francis, who just proved that there are definite limits to how cool the "Cool New Pope" is willing to be. Could he who is without sin cast out the stoners?

House Committee Votes To Block Marijuana Decrim In Washington, D.C.

(Hemp News)

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed a Republican-sponsored amendment to the 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill intended to prevent the District of Columbia from implementing its recently passed law decriminalizing the possession of marijuana. It also has the potential to end the District’s medical marijuana program.

Christie Says He Wouldn't Treat Marijuana States Well As President

(Hemp News)

Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Friday that states which have legalized marijuana "probably" wouldn't be treated well if he is elected President.

Washington Retail Marijuana Stores Expected To Open July 8

(Hemp News)

The first group of about 20 retail marijuana stores will open in Washington state on July 8, if all goes according to plan. Of course, we were also told that the first stores would already be open by now, so a wait-and-see attitude might be best.

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Battle Turns To Patients In Chronic Pain

(Hemp News)

When Minnesota lawmakers passed a medical marijuana law last month, they left out the largest potential group of patients in the state: those with chronic pain. They did so on purpose.

Philadelphia City Council Votes To Decriminalize Marijuana

(Hemp News)

The Philadelphia City Council, with a veto-proof 13-3 majority, on Thursday voted to decriminalize marijuana. The Philadelphia Police Department could stop arresting people for possessing small amounts of cannabis under the bill, with every Democrat on the council voting in favor of it, and every Republican against it.

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The Marijuana Rehab Scam and the Myth of Cannabis Addiction

(Hemp News)

“The number of children receiving treatment for addiction to cannabis has hit a record high, with one expert warning the age they try the drug for the first time has fallen which places them at great risk.” So begins the latest marijuana scare story in the U.K. edition of The Huffington PostSuch a bastion of liberal reportage wouldn’t lead us astray when it comes to accurate cannabis information, would it? Well, yes — it turns out that yes, they would.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Toke Radio 46: Medical Marijuana Coming To NY! Congress Members Want Cannabis Research! Christie Says Med Pot Is A 'Front'!


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New York Governor, Legislature Announce Medical Marijuana Program; No Smoking Allowed

(Hemp News)

The New York Assembly, Senate and Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced a deal to move forward on a limited medical marijuana program, which makes New York the 23rd state to adopt such a program. The new law will provide relief to thousands of New Yorkers suffering from debilitating illnesses such as cancer, AIDS, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis, as well as children struggling with seizure disorders.

U.S. Senate To Vote On House-Approved Amendment To Protect Medical Marijuana States

(Hemp News)
The Senate is expected to vote — possibly as soon as Friday — on a measure that is intended to shield medical marijuana patients and providers from enforcement of federal laws in states where medical marijuana is legal.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Says Medical Marijuana 'A Front For Legalization'

(Hemp News)

If there was any doubt in anyone's mind about just how ignorant New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is when it comes to medicinal cannabis, the big guy has put those doubts to rest. Following reports that patient enrollment in the state's medical marijuana program is low (due largely to his own foot-dragging and ineffective implementation), Christie called the New Jersey program and others like it across the nation "a front for legalization."

Nevada's Clark County Approves 101 Applications For Medical Marijuana Developers

(Hemp News)

Clark County, Nevada commissioners on Tuesday approved 101 applications from medical marijuana developers who want to open cultivation, production (processing), and laboratory facilities from Laughlin to Las Vegas.

Oregon Officials Now Inspecting Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

(Hemp News)

This weekend will mark the first month of medical marijuana dispensary inspections by officials with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program. The Oregon Legislature formally legalized dispensaries last year.

Albania: Police Storm 'Lawless' Marijuana Village

(Hemp News)

The Albanian government is sending hundreds more police to what they call a "lawless" southern village where suspected marijuana growers fired rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machine guns in response to a police drug raid.

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Yes, We DO Give Life Sentences For Marijuana in the USA

(Toke Signals)

“What country are these men incarcerated in?”
The question posed to film maker Amy Povah (420, the Documentary), while standing in front of the White House carrying signs calling for the release of prisoners serving life sentences for nonviolent marijuana crimes, came from a government worker.

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Little Black Book of Marijuana: Pookie-Marked Edition




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Friday, June 13, 2014

Toke Radio 45: WA Drivers Paid $60 For Roadside Pot Tests! GOP vs. Marijuana In FL! 75% of S.C. Dems Want Medical Cannabis!


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Washington Drivers Offered $60 For Roadside Blood, Saliva Tests For Marijuana

(Hemp News)

If you're driving in Washington state this summer, something odd may happen. While you're at a stoplight, you may encounter people waring orange vests, with signs saying "Paid Voluntary Survey," and they may ask you if you want to take blood, saliva and breath tests for marijuana. They'll give you 60 bucks if you say yes.

Florida: Republicans Jump Into Fight Against Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

A recent poll in Florida have shown support for medical marijuana at almost 90 percent. The medicinal cannabis question on the ballot could even affect the gubernatorial race. But in a move of questionable political wisdom, deep-pocketed Republicans have raised more than $7.7 million to fight Amendment 2, a proposal to allow doctors to authorize seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana.

South Carolina: 75% of Democratic Primary Voters Want Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

South Carolina voters, on a non-binding ballot question in the Democratic Primary, favored the legalizing of marijuana for medical purposes by a whopping 3-to-1 margin, 75 percent to 25 percent, in Tuesday's voting.

Denver Could Lose Bid For Republican Convention Due To Legal Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Denver would just love to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. It has historically been a popular city for conventions; the Mile High City's scenic vistas and tourist attractions make it a fun place to visit. But that "High" thing is the hang, you see: Denver is also the poster child for legal recreational marijuana since Colorado voters approved Amendment 64.

"Well, big deal," you may be thinking. "The voters expressed their will at the ballot box; isn't that how American democracy works?" Not so fast, Grasshopper. While a majority of Americans now approve of cannabis legalization, just 36 percent of Republicans agree with that position.

That means an overwhelming two-thirds of GOP members are against legalizing pot. 

Colorado Lawsuit Claims Marijuana Taxes Violate 5th Amendment

(Hemp News)

A lawsuit was filed on June 9 in Denver District Court by activist attorney Robert J. Corry, Jr., seeking to permanently end Colorado's marijuana taxes on the grounds that paying them violates a citizen's Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination -- since marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Medical Marijuana Company Fires Back At Hershey

(Hemp News)

A small, family-owned medical marijuana company in Colorado, TinctureBell, on Wednesday responded to allegations made by the Hershey Company in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, that TinctureBelle is selling marijuana-infused candies that resemble Hershey products.

Washington: Lawsuit Filed Against City of Wenatchee For Banning Legal Marijuana Stores

(Hemp News)

With the first stores selling recreational marijuana expected to open in July, a dark cloud looms over implementation of cannabis legalization measure I-502 in Washington state: Attorney General Bob Ferguson's legal opinion that municipalities can ban the supposedly legal pot shops. Now, a lawsuit has been brought by a man who was denied a license to sell marijuana in central Washington. 

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What's In A Word? The Great Cannabis / Marijuana Debate

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I love the cannabis community. Most of the people working in it have the best intentions and laudable goals. And the challenge facing those who wish to re-legalize cannabis is difficult and daunting enough without those in the movement inadvertently placing additional roadblocks in our own path.

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