Friday, August 21, 2015

Toke Radio 98: Ohio Could Be 1st To Legalize In Midwest! Oregon Sets Rules For Marijuana Sales! Alaska Wants To Sell Homegrown!


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Ohio Could Become First State In Midwest To Legalize Marijuana

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Ohio could become the fifth state, and the first in the Midwest, to legalize marijuana under a measure that qualified on Wednesday for the state's November 2015 ballot. The measure itself, however, remains controversial, as it basically hands control of the state's legal cannabis industry to a handful of entrepreneurs.

Oregon: Draft Rules Issued For Recreational Marijuana Sales

(Hemp News)

Oregon marijuana dispensaries that plan to make recreational sales to people 21 and older must first tell the state health authority and record the birthdates of shoppers, along with the quantities of cannabis they buy, under draft rules issued Wednesday.

Alaska Advocates Call For Home Growers To Be Able To Legally Sell Weed

(Hemp News)

Home cannabis growers in Alaska need a way to enter the legal marijuana market, a group of advocates said Tuesday at the first public hearing dealing with legal marijuana businesses in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Washington: Top Marijuana Advisor Steps Down

(Hemp News)

The bureaucrat who helped implement Washington state's recreational marijuana law -- and dismantle the state's medical marijuana program -- is stepping down.

 

 

Israel: Medical Cannabis Could Be Worth More Than Natural Gas

(Hemp News)

Israel's natural gas reserves off its shores are considered a boon for the nation's economy. But the general consensus Thursday at a Thursday conference was that Israel is missing an even bigger opportunity -- in the field of medicinal cannabis.

The conference, on how Israel's farmers could benefit from the global market for medical marijuana, was hosted by the Israel Loss Adjusters Association (ILAA), reports Niv Elis at The Jerusalem Post. The cannabis market in the United States alone stands at $35 billion a year, according to Doron Havkin, chairman of the ILAA.

Backroom Deals Prevail As Marijuana Goes Mainstream

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It’s no secret there’s lots of green gravitating to the cannabis business, and we’re not just talking herbs. The scent of money has led to some sketchy deals and the welfare of mom-and-pop businesses, along with that of medical marijuana patients, has more often been taking a back seat to financial considerations (hello, Washington state).

Unfortunately, the playing field is not level.

Kentucky: Sheriff's Office Asks Drug Dealers To Turn In Rivals

(Hemp News)

Is it the American way? A sheriff's office in Kentucky is encouraging drug dealers to turn in their rivals, counting on old-fashioned greed to help them make arrests.

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This Booth Was Openly Vending Weed At Seattle Hempfest

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I’ve attended Seattle Hempfest for a decade now, but yesterday I saw something I hadn’t seen before: marijuana being openly dealt from a booth at the event.

Make no mistake about it — it’s been easy to score weed at Hempfest every time I’ve gone, and I’ve written about that before (to the irritation of those who’d prefer to keep such things stuffed tightly in the closet). I got some pretty good herb, for instance, during Vivian McPeak’s “Don’t buy weed at Hempfest speech” in 2013.

 

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Toke Radio 97: Lt. Gov. Says Cali Will Legalize Next Year! Texas Cops Search Woman's Vagina In Public! Marijuana Lifer Granted Parole!


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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Says California Will Legalize Marijuana In 2016

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California voters will legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults in the 2016 general election, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom predicted on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday. "I'm leading the effort," Newsom added.

California Cannabis Hemp Initiative Signature Drive To Begin Oct. 31

(Hemp News)

The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI 2016) is organizing a statewide infrastructure of volunteers and activists in a drive to qualify for the November 8, 2016 ballot.

Texas Police Search Woman's Vagina For Marijuana - In Parking Lot

(Hemp News)

A Texas woman says sheriff's deputies violated constitutional protections by conducting a body cavity search in the parking lot of a gas station during a routine traffic stop last June.

Missouri Man Serving Life In Prison For Marijuana Granted Parole

(Hemp News)

In a case of justice long delayed, a Missouri man serving life without parole for marijuana will be released from a maximum security prison, according to the man's son.

Federal Lawmakers Urge Oregon To Speed Up Industrial Hemp Program

(Hemp News)

U.S. Congress members from Oregon on Monday urged state agriculture officials to speed up a pilot project allowing farmers to begin cultivating industrial hemp crops in time for next year's growing season.

Colorado Cannabis Chamber Warns Against Overregulation of Edible Products

(Hemp News)

The Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday urged against a culture of dangerous potential overregulation of legal cannabis edibles in Colorado.

Activist Group Exposes Secret Law Enforcement Meetings on Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

A group of Washington state medical marijuana patient/activists has exposed secret law enforcement meetings on medical marijuana, held by Washington State Liquor Control Board officials as they prepared to extend their authority to medicinal cannabis in the state as they implemented I-502, the recreational marijuana legalization initiative approved by state voters back in 2012.

The announcement, from the Board of Directors of the Viper’s Club, is reproduced in its entirety here.

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If The Truth Hurts, Censor It: Seattle Hempfest Has Journalist's Facebook Account Shut Down

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Seattle Hempfest REALLY doesn’t want you to know about Hempfest Vice President John Davis’s support for legislation which ended medical marijuana as we’ve known it in Washington state for 17 years.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Toke Radio 96: States Want Their Own Pot Laws! Congressman Calls On DOJ To Reclassify Weed! Legalization Initiative In Mass.!


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State Legislatures Demand Federal Govt. Allow States To Set Marijuana Policies

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The National Conference of State Legislatures on Thursday passed a resolution demanding that federal laws "be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana and hemp policies."

U.S. Rep. Blumenauer Calls On DOJ To Reclassify Marijuana Under Controlled Substances Act

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U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) on Thursday welcomed Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg’s acknowledgement that “heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana,” and called on the Department of Justice to reclassify or de-schedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.

Massachusetts: Ballot Initiative Filed To Legalize Marijuana

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A statewide ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Massachusetts was filed on Wednesday with the office of state Attorney General Maura Healy. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) is behind the measure.

California: Santa Cruz County Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ban Repealed

(Hemp News)

A historic vote in medical marijuana history took place on Wednesday at the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors meeting. The County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to repeal Ordinance 5201, the ban on cannabis cultivation, and approved appointments to a 13-member Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee.

Health Canada Plans Crackdown On Marijuana Advertising

(Hemp News)

Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose on Saturday ordered a crackdown on groups that illegally advertise marijuana, and repeated the Conservative Party's promise to keep storefront dispensaries illegal on the eve of the launch of a federal election campaign.

ASA Makes Statement on DOJ Memo Regarding Medical Cannabis Amendment

(Hemp News)

Press reports on Wednesday revealed a February 2015 memorandum from the United States Department of Justice on the Rohrabacher-Farr Medical Cannabis Amendment’s impact on federal law enforcement actions related to the Controlled Substances Act. The memorandum argues that federal prosecutions against private citizens participating in state-level medical cannabis programs would not be impacted by the amendment.

Georgia Man Arrested On Drug Charges Claims Marijuana Is Salad

(Hemp News)

A 26-year-old Georgia man was arrested Friday after police found a pound of marijuana during a traffic stop. Richard Relliford was unable to convince the cops that he was just heading home planning to salad, according to a Facebook post from the St. Mary's Police Department.

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Michael Pelletier Is Serving Life In Prison For Marijuana

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Michael Pelletier, a wheelchair bound paraplegic since the age of 11, sits in federal prison serving a sentence of life without parole for a nonviolent, victimless marijuana conspiracy offense. To listen to prosecutors and press reports at the time of trial, Pelletier was a calculating kingpin behind a multi-million dollar drug ring, living a lavish, opulent lifestyle off his ill-gotten gains. That narrative is vastly different from the reality.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

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


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

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

Oregon: Early Recreational Marijuana Sales Bill Signed By Governor

(Hemp News)

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

South Dakota: Native American Tribe Set To Begin Marijuana Sales

(Hemp News)

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

Washington: Open Container Law Passed For Marijuana

(Hemp News)

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

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

(Hemp News)

It's progress -- of a sort.

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

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

(Hemp News)

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

Florida: Charges Dropped Against Injured Veteran Accused of Growing Marijuana

(Hemp News)

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

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Friday, July 24, 2015

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


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

(Hemp News)

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

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Measure

(Hemp News)

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

Congressional Briefing Highlights Federal Barriers To Medical Marijuana Research

(Hemp News)

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

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

(Hemp News)

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

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

(Hemp News)

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

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

(Hemp News)

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

Israel: New Study Shows Marijuana Helps Heal Broken Bones

(Hemp News)

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

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Medical Marijuana: Corporate Control vs. Compassionate Use

By John Novak
Treasurer, The Viper’s Club

 

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

 

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Friday, July 17, 2015

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


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Medical Marijuana Helping To Reduce Painkiller Abuse, Deaths

(Hemp News)

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

Federal Appeals Court Says Marijuana Businesses Cannot Deduct Expenses

(Hemp News)

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

Oregon Travelers Can Fly With Recreational Marijuana

(Hemp News)

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

Yet Another Scientific Study Debunks Marijuana Gateway Theory

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

Colorado Marijuana Tax For Schools Hits Record; Exceeds 2014 Total

(Hemp News)

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

Italy Parliament Looks At Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

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

Hawaii Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

(Hemp News)

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

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Washington State Medical Marijuana Patients To Rally July 24

(Hemp News)

 

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

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

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Friday, July 10, 2015

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


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Obama Plans To Free Scores Of Nonviolent Drug Prisoners

(Hemp News)

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

Marijuana Banking Bill Introduced By Bipartisan Group Of Senators

(Hemp News)

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

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

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

Bipartisan Efficacy of Marijuana Amendment Introduced In House

(Hemp News)

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

Washington: Rowdy News Conference Announces Closure of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

(Hemp News)

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

Dallas Woman Raises Awareness About 'Cite and Release'

(Hemp News)

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

Chile Moves Toward Marijuana Decriminalization

(Hemp News)

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

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

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

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

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Friday, July 3, 2015

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


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Uruguay Stands Up To U.N. On Marijuana Legalization

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

Oregon Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Law Including Sentencing Reform

(Hemp News)

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

Minnesota: First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens Wednesday

(Hemp News)

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

Pennsylvania House Health Committee Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

(Hemp News)

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

Washington Governor Signs Bill Reducing Marijuana Taxes, Loosening Pot Zoning

(Hemp News)

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

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Signs Marijuana Sentencing Reform Law

(Hemp News)

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

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

(Hemp News)

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

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 Cannabis POW of the Month: Chris Williams

By Cheri Sicard
Cannabis Cheri

 

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

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Friday, June 26, 2015

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


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Obama Administration Removes Crucial Barrier To Marijuana Research

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

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

(Hemp News)

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

Portland Police Release Guide To Legal Marijuana

(Hemp News)

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

Oregon House Approves Bill Setting Up Legal Marijuana Market

(Hemp News)

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

Massachusetts: First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens

(Hemp News)

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

Labels On Edible Marijuana Products Often Have Potency Wrong: Study

(Hemp News)

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

California Legislature Moves To End Transplant Discrimination Against Medical Marijuana Patients

(Hemp News)

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

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Friday, June 19, 2015

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


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

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

New Jersey Poll Finds Majority Support For Legalizing Marijuana

(Hemp News)

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

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

(Hemp News)

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

Delaware Governor Signs Marijuana Decrim Bill Into Law 

(Hemp News)

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

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

(Hemp News)

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

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

(Hemp News)

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

Cops In Medical Dispensary Raid Eat Edibles, Mock Amputee

(Hemp News)

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

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Friday, June 12, 2015

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


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

(Hemp News)

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

Canada: Supreme Court Rules Medical Marijuana Legal In All Forms

(Hemp News)

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

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

By Mike Bifari
(Hemp News)

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

Legalized Marijuana Would Be Eliminated Under A Christie Presidency

(Hemp News)

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

Michigan: 2 Marijuana Legalization Petitions Approved For Signature Gathering

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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