Friday, May 1, 2015

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

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Washington Gov. Inslee Signs Bill Eliminating Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

(Hemp News)

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

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

(Hemp News)

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

Amendment Offered To Remove Restrictions Preventing VA From Recommending Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

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

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

(Hemp News)

Want to participate in a revolution?

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

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

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

(Hemp News)

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

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

(Hemp News)

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

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

(Hemp News)

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

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