Social network MassRoots files for Nasdaq listing MassRoots recently reached 500,000 users on its app, which is designed to help people find smoking buddies, locate dispensaries, and share posts about their weed experiences
By Alicia Wallace, The Denver Post
MassRoots, a Denver-based operator of a cannabis-centric social network, is eyeing a listing on the Nasdaq exchange.
MassRoots (OTCQB: MSRT) filed an application for its shares to be listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market, officials announced Monday. Read Whole Article @ The Cannabist
Friday, August 28, 2015
These Influential Marijuana Users Defy The Stoner Stereotype
Now that nearly one out of every two Americans admits to having tried marijuana at some point in their lives, more than half of all states have moved away from draconian prohibition-style marijuana policies and the legal marijuana industry's savvy entrepreneurs are running businesses that are generating billions in sales (and millions in taxes), the "stoner" stereotypes of the past seem more obsolete than ever before.
Republican voters to feds: Butt out of marijuana reform
By Christopher Ingraham By significant margins, Republican voters in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire say that states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference.
Sixty-four percent of GOP voters in Iowa say that states should be able to carry out their own laws vs. only 21 percent who say that the federal government should arrest and prosecute people who are following state marijuana laws.
In New Hampshire, that margin is even slightly higher with 67 percent of GOP voters saying the feds should stay out. Read Whole Article @ Washington Post
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Exploring the Cannabis Clubs of Southern Spain, Europe's New Weed Destination
Over the last five years, Spain has come to rival the Netherlands as Europe's cannabis hub.
The country's legal framework around weed, which allows its use and sale within private members clubs, has been fully taken advantage of in the north of the country, particularly in the Catalonia region, where clubs reportedly make an estimated $6 million in sales each month. Read Whole Article @ Vice
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
First marijuana dispensary opens in the Las Vegas area
The seven sites that have received the green light so far are PharmaCann, GTI, Nature’s Grace and Wellness, In Grown Farms, Ataraxia, and two by Ace, according to the Associated Press. Read Whole Article @ MJBizDaily.com
Friday, August 21. 2015
How Marijuana May Fight Cancer Cells : US Government National Cancer Institute
Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells. Read Entire Study @ National Cancer Institute
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Press Release: Dude's Brews to Release World's First Line of High CBD, Cannabis-Infused, Craft Beer
Advertisement in Great American Beer Festival Magazine
AURORA, Colo., Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dude's Brews, the packaged-beer arm of Dad & Dude'sBreweria, (6730 S Cornerstar Way in Cornerstar Shopping Center) has announced a successful campaign to bring CBD-rich, cannabis-infused, beer to the US market.
Canna-Beer Series will be released starting fall 2015 with a sneak peek available during the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. The line of beers will be heavily dosed with cannabidoil extracted from the cannabis plant. The first beers to be introduced under the Canna-Beer series line are SATIVA IPA andINDICA DOUBLE IPA.
The Canna-Beer Series comes as the much anticipated response to the popularity of Dank IPA, Dad & Dude's first, and most irreverent, India Pale Ale. Dank, originally released in 2012, came under local scrutiny for its irreverent nod towards Colorado's blooming cannabis industry. After ten months of prohibition Dank was re-released in 2014.
SATIVA IPA is the much anticipated follow up to Dank IPA, which released in 2012 and caused much controversy in the brewing community. Taking one step further this time, SATIVA IPA uses pounds of the same smells-like-the-good-stuff hops as Dank IPA, but brings it down a notch for the casual, bud-lovin' drinker. Additionally, the name tips its hat toward the cannabis industry with pure CBD-rich hemp infusion while using the Hindi word, SATIVA, which translates to "cultivated."
Hops and cannabis both hail from the same genus, Cannabaceae. As cousins, the two plants tend to produce delicious "buds" with a very similar, dank, aroma. The brewing industry tends to stay away from cannabis as Federal law still prohibits THC from being in beer. However, cannabis does produce a very popular substance known as cannabidoil, or CBD, which is known for its non-psychoactive health benefits, including stress relief. SATIVA IPA and INDICA DOUBLE IPA will be loaded with cannabidoil.
"Finding a legal hemp oil was difficult," says owner Mason "Dude" Hembree. "Locally cultivated cannabis is not legal for brewers, yet." After a year of negotiations and government obstacles, Dude's Brews was able to find a water-soluble and 420% legal product to pump CBDs into the beer.
"We joke sometimes that it will end the bar fight," says co-owner Tom "Dad" Hembree. "CBD is the ever-popular cannabinoid that is currently being researched for its non-psychoactive benefits."
"It's the final word in Colorado-style session IPAs," says head brewer Brian Connery. "It not only smells like the good stuff, but it has it in there, too." INDICA IPA is a session-able 5.0% India Pale Ale brewed with CBD-rich hemp oil.
INDICA DOUBLE IPAis the bigger, one-hitter, version of SATIVA IPA. INDICA will sit at 10% ABV and is geared toward the more professional of hop heads. INDICA, too, tips its hat at the Colorado cannabis community, as it is packed with CBD and finished with fine hop extracts to increase the enjoyment of cannabaceae humulus lupulus [hops].
"Indica has moved from urban legend into mainstream awareness," says owner Mason "Dude" Hembree. "Like the cannabis product, we recommend taking our double IPA in small amounts… it's a big beer, and a dab will do ya."
Dude's Brews, and the parent brewpub concept, Dad & Dude's Breweria, are no strangers to controversy and the counter culture. In 2010, the tiny brewpub opened with pot-themed pizzas and brews including the 420 Pizza, Munchies Pizza, Pineapple Express Blonde and Wong Bater Black IPA. "We had to make beers that fit our pot-inspired subliminal branding," says Mason "Dude" Hembree. "Dank was the original, and with new legislation we'd like to up the ante in the industry. It's time Colorado's two vice industries quit competing and understand that we, too, believe cannabis should be considered normal."
Dude's Brews plans to announce exciting partnerships with cannabis industry movers and shakers during release.
High Fashion: How the Legal Weed Industry Is Becoming More Stylish
The fashion crowd has had a longtime affinity for cannabis.
Mara Hoffman sprinkled her Spring 2015 runway collection with a green leaf print that looked an awful lot like a weed plant. Read Whole Article@ Style.com
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Marijuana Legalization 2015: Will Florida Finally Get Legal Pot?
By Cristina Silva
Florida marijuana proponents are moving forward with a new campaign to legalize pot after a recent push to bring medical cannabis to the state failed to pass muster with voters and state lawmakers. Replican State Rep. Greg Steube of Sarasota refiled a bill Friday to allow the medical use of marijuana. Meanwhile, supporters of a proposed ballot measure that would overhaul the state's constitution and allow legal cannabis have begun a signature collection drive. Read Whole Article @ International Business Times
Monday, August 17, 2015
Weed Correspondent: Rand Paul Has Pro-Marijuana Stance
Fusion cannabis correspondent Ryan Nerz‘s show The Cannabusiness Report airs every Monday at 10 p.m. ET. Nerz explores the country’s marijuana transformation, traveling to cities where the weed culture is both booming and struggling. Read Whole Article @ TVNewser
*Some names have been changed to protect the sources’ identity.
Many of us hardly stop to think about where our weed comes from. Beyond the standard plastic bag exchange, marijuana’s origins generally remain a mystery. So, when I connected with a handful of cannabis farmers to better understand their lives I hardly knew what to expect. My mind flashed between media headlines – ‘marijuana grow disguised as furniture store,’ or ‘cannabis farm fronts as cherry factory.’ Yet, I stumbled onto an entirely different culture – one comprised of spiritual folks and avid farmers working with everything from indoor rooms to acres of sun-kissed land. Read Whole Article @ The Bold Italic
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Preliminary Tally Shows Pot Will Make Ohio Ballot
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The legalization of marijuana will be on the November ballot, according to preliminary reports of valid signatures sent by Ohio’s county board of election offices.
ResponsibleOhio needed 29,509 signatures to make the Ohio ballot.
With 48 counties out of 88 reporting their preliminary totals, a 10TV survey reveals ResponsibleOhio will exceed the number of required signatures.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted must make the final determination of valid signatures. His ruling is expected by the end of the week. Read Whole Article - 10tv.com
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The Next 11 States to Legalize Marijuana
Marijuana prohibition is entering its 78th year. Colorado’s marijuana law went into effect at the beginning of last year in the wake of changing attitudes. Compared to 1969, when only 12% supported legalizing pot, today a majority of Americans support legalizing recreational use of the drug. Read Whole Article - 247Wallst.com
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Coloradans May Soon be Allowed to Smoke Marijuana at Bars
One of the biggest selling points of Colorado’s Amendment 64 that voters approved in 2012, legalizing the sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational use, was the idea that cannabis would be treated like alcohol in both regulation and consumption. In fact, the bill was literally named “The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012.” While the state has generally done a fine job of abiding by the spirit of the law, one issue has proven to be more complicated than the others: Public consumption. In a system that requires seed-to-sale tracking, strictly-defined security systems, and vertical integration, one would think that where one chooses to smoke would be the least of the state’s worries. Not so. Read Whole Article - Marijuana Politics
Monday, August 10, 2015
Welcome to the World of Organic Farm-to-Front-Door Cannabis
Dogpatch-based startup Flow Kana delivers its organic Northern Californian cannabis in small mason jars, which can be reused or returned to the company to be reycled (soon, look for a program that will fill these jars with dog food to be donated to San Francisco's homeless pet owners). The tags on each jar, printed on recycled paper, list the names of your selection's growers, whose profiles may be read on Flow Kana's website.
It’s a mellow Friday afternoon in the rugged hills of Oakland. Water trickles in the koi pond on a tree-shaded deck, and a Wheaten terrier chills at our feet. Could this day get any better? Well, there are also six grams of organic cannabis, fresh from a farm in the Emerald Triangle, en route via courier to our front door. An email confirmation says, “We hope it puts a smile on your face.” 7x7.com - Read Whole Article
Friday, August 7, 2015
National State Legislators Group Demands Federal Govt To Reform Marijuana Laws
The National Conference of State Legislatures has just passed a resolution demanding the federal government amend the Controlled Substances Act to let states treat marijuana as they see fit.
The resolution reaffirms that the federal government cannot use its power to force states, the laboratories of democracy, to criminalize marijuana or hemp, as “doing so would constitute unconstitutional commandeering.” Although the Department of Justice has stepped away from active marijuana prosecutions, federal policy listing marijuana as a Schedule I drug is still a major issue for states. Dailycaller.com - Read Whole Article
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Different strategies for groups pushing legal marijuana in Massachusetts
Two groups will file petitions for ballot measures Wednesday that would legalize marijuana for recreational adult use in Massachusetts, likely setting the stage for a fierce battle at the November 2016 ballot box.
But there’s another slow-burning conflict. The groups’ efforts represent two fundamentally different philosophies on legalization. The Boston Globe - Read Whole Article
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Marijuana use does not trigger serious conditions, research suggests
Chronic marijuana in the teenage years does not cause depression, psychotic symptoms, asthma or any other conditions thought of associated to it, a recent study revealed.
Even the researchers were surprised with the results. "What we found was a little surprising," Dr. Jordan Bechtold, a psychology research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, revealed in a press statement.
"There were no differences in any of the mental or physical health outcomes that we measured regardless of the amount or frequency of marijuana used during adolescence," he continued. The Science Times - Read Whole Article
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
New York State Awards 5 Medical Marijuana Licenses
ALBANY — Mirroring a national trend toward an acceptance of marijuana, the New York State Health Department on Friday named the five organizations that will be allowed to grow and sell the drug for medical use in the state, including in New York City.
The organizations will be registered with the state, and each plans to open four dispensaries statewide. They are required to be doing business within six months, meaning medical marijuana could be on sale in New York by the end of the year. New York Times - Read Whole Article
Monday, August 3, 2015
2016: The Marijuana Election
In the past few years, the U.S. has been steadily growing support for marijuana reform. From the presidential candidates to the general public, this progressive attitude has become a hot topic for debate, and as an election year approaches, everyone—from governors to legislators to those who would be president—seems to have an opinion on the issue. Newsweek - Read Whole Article
Friday, July 31, 2015
Advocacy Group Launches The Truth About Medical Marijuana Educational Series
This morning Americans for Safe Access (ASA) launched the Truth About Medical Marijuana educational website and accompanying event series. The Truth About Medical Marijuana will focus on emerging issues in the area of medical marijuana, including understanding the research behind the medicine, emerging policies issues surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) and consumer safety issues. During each of the next three months, event hosts will focus on these issues and prepare attendees to share that information with politicians and key decision makers, as well as providing tools to counter misinformation in the media. The Weed Blog - Read Whole Article
Thursday, July 30, 2015
New York's Medical Marijuana Licenses Expected to Be Awarded by Friday
The New York Department of Health is expected to announce either Thursday or Friday which five companies it has selected to award licenses to grow medical marijuana under the Compassionate Care Act. This announcement, first reported by the Daily Freeman News of Kingston, New York, may come as a welcome, if long-awaited, surprise to the 43 companies that filed their applications for medical marijuana growing licenses nearly eight weeks ago. Village Voice - Read Whole Article
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Medical marijuana dispensaries, full legalization pondered by Michigan lawmakers
LANSING, MI — An evolving bill to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan could also provide a regulatory framework for full legalization of the drug, according to the sponsor.
State Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, has been working on medical marijuana dispensary legislation for several years — a version passed the Michigan House by a wide margin in late 2013 before stalling in the Senate — but recent discussions have led to major changes in the bill. MLive.com - Read Whole Article
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
U.K. May Debate Legalizing Cannabis as 150,000 Sign Petition
U.K. lawmakers may be given the opportunity to debate legalizing cannabis after a petition supporting the move received more than 150,000 signatures ... This exceeds the 100,000-signature threshold beyond which the House of Commons Petitions Committee must consider putting the issue to a parliamentary debate. The government must also officially respond to the petition. Bloomberg - Read Whole Article
Monday, July 27, 2015
Marijuana legalization appears to be lock for Michigan's 2016 ballot
ROYAL OAK, Mich. - It looks like Michigan voters will be deciding whether they want to legalize marijuana in 2016.
Nearly 40,000 signatures have been collected in just 12 days as part of a push to get the issue on the ballot. Click On Detroit - Read Whole Article
Friday, July 24, 2015
Senate Appropriations Committee Allows Marijuana Legalization to Move Forward in Nation's Capital
A key Senate committee passed a bill today allowing the nation’s capital to establish regulated marijuana stores and let banks provide financial services to state-legalized marijuana dispensaries.
These are just two of several marijuana reforms advancing in Congress. Meanwhile sentencing reform is gaining steam, and the U.S. is shifting towards treating drug use as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue. Drug Policy Alliance - Read Whole Article
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Marijuana Is a Wonder Drug When It Comes to the Horrors of Chemo
After a successful surgery to remove a cancer-ridden section of Jeff Moroso’s large intestine in the spring of 2013, the oncologist sat down with his patient to prepare him for what would come next: 12 rounds of punishing chemotherapy, once every two weeks for six months—standard practice for the treatment of colon cancer.
Moroso’s oncologist spent most of that appointment writing prescriptions for medications he said would minimize the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy. He gave Moroso scripts for ondansetron (Zofran) and prochlorperazine (Compazine) for nausea, and lorazepam (Ativan) for anxiety and insomnia. Because the nausea drugs are known to cause gastrointestinal problems and headaches, he also recommended three over-the-counter medications for constipation and one for diarrhea, as well as ibuprofen for pain. In total, he instructed Moroso to take more than a dozen prescription and nonprescription drugs and supplements. Newsweek - Read Whole Article
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Was Big Pharma Behind Colorado's Rejection of Medical Marijuana for PTSD?
Washington's voters legalized recreational marijuana the same day that Colorado's did, but so far that state has been far behind Colorado in creating the infrastructure for the new industry.
Marijuana legalization now enjoys majority support in the U.S. -- 52 percent of Americans support legalization, 42 percent oppose it, and 7 percent remain undecided, according to the latest General Social Survey.
The JAMA study found solid evidence that marijuana is effective at treating one big condition: chronic pain. The JAMA review found "30% or greater improvement in pain with cannabinoid compared with placebo," across the 79 studies it surveyed. A new NBER working paper out today is a helpful reminder of why that finding is so important. Pain management -- especially chronic pain management -- is a tricky business. Prescription painkillers are highly addictive and deadly -- they killed more than 16,000 people in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's's latest numbers. In the U.S., drug overdoses kill more people than suicide, guns or car crashes. The CDC now calls prescription painkiller abuse an "epidemic." The researchers found that the presence of marijuana dispensaries was associated with a 15 to 35 percent decrease in substance abuse admissions. Opiate overdose deaths decreased by a similar amount. more @ Washington Post - Christopher Ingraham
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Group gears up for new medical marijuana push in Florida
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Medical marijuana almost became legal in Florida, last year.
Now, the same group that pushed for that amendment to the Florida Constitution has plans made for the 2016 elections. WFTV.com - Read Whole Article
Monday, July 13, 2015
Is juicing raw marijuana the next green drink?
Every morning, Katie Marsh starts her day with a green smoothie— infused with cannabis.
Marsh, of Madawaska, Maine, blends up yogurt, fruit and thawed, juiced cannabis. Fox News - Read Whole Article
Friday, July 10, 2015
Bipartisan marijuana banking bill introduced in the Senate
Reflecting growing public support for changing the nation’s drug laws, a bipartisan group of senators on Thursday introduced the chamber’s first bill that would legalize banking for recreational marijuana companies.
Introduced by the Senate delegations from Oregon and Colorado, two of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, the bill would prohibit the federal government from penalizing banks that work with marijuana businesses. Politico - Read Whole Article
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Ready or Not: Here Come California Cannabis Regulations
The California Legislature is currently considering two important Assembly Bills: Assembly Bill 266 (“AB 266”) and Senate Bill 643 (“SB 643″). AB passed in the Assembly in early June and now moves on to the Senate for a vote; SB 643 passed Wednesday in the Assembly Business and Professions Committee and now moves to the Committee on Health. Cannabis Business Times - Read Whole Article
Medical Marijuana Producers Can Now Sell Fresh Buds & Cannabis Oil in Canada
In a big backtrack on its tough talk, the government of Canada will be allowing the sale of cannabis oil to medical marijuana users, meaning patients with prescriptions will be able to eat all sorts of THC-rich delights in the near future.
The decision comes on the back of a major loss for Ottawa in a constitutional challenge to its prohibitions on marijuana edibles and oils, as VICE News reported last month. Vice News - Read Whole Article
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
California's 'Birchbox of marijuana' delivers pot-infused candies, lotions, and dog treats to your doorstep
The Guild, a subscription-based marijuana delivery service, launched in San Francisco, California, this year — on April 20, or "420," no less.
Founded by two New Yorkers who transplanted west in pursuit of like-minded cannabis users, The Guild is being dubbed the "Birchbox of marijuana" for its familiar business model. Business Insider - Read Whole Article
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Presidential candidates are suddenly talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago
... White House hopefuls in both parties are taking donations from people in the new marijuana industry, which is investing heavily in political activism as a route to expanded legalization and landed its first major candidate, Rand Paul, at a trade show last month.
Several Republicans, like Democrats, are saying they won't interfere with states that are legalizing a drug still forbidden under federal law. Business Insider - Read Whole Article
Monday, July 6, 2015
What It’s Like To Experience The Freedom Of Marijuana Legalization
I have been consuming marijuana for over 2 decades now. I started at an early age (I’m 34 now), and from the very beginning of my marijuana consumption I knew that if I was going to be a marijuana consumer, I would be doing so at great risk. The Weed Blog - Read Whole Article
Friday, July 3, 2015
Medical marijuana is now legal in Minnesota
... "We've been waiting a long time for this," said Kim Kelsey, holding up a small white pill bottle containing a week's supply of cannabis pills outside. The Minnesota Medical Solutions clinic in downtown Minneapolis opened its doors just after midnight July 1 for a handful of clients, like Kelsey, who didn't want to wait even a few more hours to start treatment. Star Tribune - Read Whole Article
Thursday, July 2, 2015
6 Burning Questions About Oregon's Newly Legal Marijuana
... Thanks to Measure 91, passed by voters last November, the Beaver State now joins Washington, Colorado, Alaska and the District of Columbia as the only U.S. jurisdictions where cannabis users can toke up freely.
Here are your top questions about this new development, answered. Rolling Stones - Read Whole Article
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Recreational marijuana is now legal in Oregon!
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Marijuana smoking, seed sharing and cannabis-themed rallies are among the ways Oregon residents plan to celebrate as recreational-use pot becomes legal in the fourth western U.S. state on Wednesday.
Marijuana use purely for the sake of getting high is to become legal in the state from midnight on Tuesday, the first step in a voter-approved initiative that will usher in retail weed stores in 2016 like those operating in Washington state and Colorado. Business Insider - Read Whole Article
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Minnesota Takes Half Step Toward Legalizing Marijuana: Pills and oils are approved, but smoking marijuana remains prohibited
Minnesota eased a statewide ban on medical marijuana products Wednesday, approving the use of pills and oils for seriously ill patients, while upholding a ban on products that can be smoked.
Under the new law, users will be able to use liquid and pill extracts of marijuana plants, provided they are suffering from serious conditions such as epilepsy, HIV and cancer, the Associated Press reports. Time - Read Whole Article
Monday, June 29, 2015
Oregon's New Marijuana Laws Allow For Possession of Marijuana And To Grow Up to Four Plants Per Household
Starting Wednesday, there's nothing to keep Oregonians from adding a cannabis plant or two – or even four – to their backyard vegetable gardens.
A couple of caveats: You've got to be 21 or older to possess and grow cannabis in Oregon and your yard should be a private place where neighbors and passersby can't easily see your plants. OregonLive.com - Read Whole Article
Friday, June 26, 2015
Drug War Game Changer: Is California Going to Legalize Marijuana?
On June 14, more than 200 people gathered at the Sebastopol Grange for a fundraiser and organizing meeting of local pot growers, the Sonoma County Growers Association. They were being mentored by their northern neighbors from Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity counties, the Emerald Growers Association, which already has lobbyists in Sacramento and is in the middle of the effort to legalize weed in California next year. Alternet.org - Read Whole Article
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Bureaucratic Barriers To Medical Marijuana Research Are Crumbling
Two reviews published in The Journal of the American Medical Association this week conclude there is substantial evidence that marijuana relieves the pain, nausea, and spasticity associated with certain illnesses. But the researchers found little evidence to support marijuana’s use in treating most of the other conditions it is said to alleviate. Forbes - Read Whole Article
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Canada: Vancouver becomes the first city in Canada to pass marijuana dispensary regulations
VANCOUVER - The City of Vancouver has voted to regulate illegal medical marijuana dispensaries, despite strong warnings from the federal government.
Councillors voted eight to three to impose a $30,000 licensing fee, requiring stores to be located 300 metres from schools, community centres and each other, and banning shops from certain areas. CTV News - Read Whole Article
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Here’s Why Marijuana Prices Appear to Be Dropping in Colorado
After about 18 months of legal recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, the market keeps getting bigger. And now a new survey shows that pot prices in Colorado are actually declining, even as the number of customers increases. Time - Read Whole Article
Monday, June 22, 2015
White House Takes Huge Step Forward In Fight Over Marijuana Research
WASHINGTON -- The White House took a major step forward on Monday to support research into the medical properties of marijuana, lifting a much-maligned bureaucratic requirement that had long stifled scientific research.
By eliminating the Public Health Service review requirement, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), also known as the drug czar's office, will help facilitate research into the drug. Huffington Post - Read Whole Article
Montel Williams speaks at State Capital for Medical Marijuana
Published on Jun 11, 2015 Montel Williams speaks at the Pennsylvania State Capital in support of Medical Marijuana on Thursday June 11, 2015. Retrieved from YouTube
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Here are the facts on medical marijuana in Pa.
Q: What's the status of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania?
A: A bill to allow it, SB 3, was approved 40-7 in the state Senate. The bill moved to the state House, where it was sent to the health committee... Pennlive.com - Read Whole Article
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
US marijuana legalization has not led to rise in use by adolescents, study finds
Data on one million teenagers shows marijuana use did not increase in US states where it was legalized:
Legalizing the medical use of cannabis has not led to a surge in the numbers of adolescents using it in the USA, according to new research that surprised its authors and will encourage those hoping for relaxation of the law elsewhere. The Guardian - Read Whole Article
Monday, June 15, 2015
Supreme Court to rule on workers' marijuana use
The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday is expected to issue a ruling on whether businesses can fire workers who use medical marijuana when off the clock.
Five things to know about the Supreme Court of Canada pot ruling
VANCOUVER – Five things to know about the Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous ruling that authorizes medical marijuana users to legally consume pot in such products as oils, tinctures, baked goods and tea:
1. Federal laws previously restricted licenced pot users to consuming dried marijuana. But the high court ruled the prohibition “limits liberty and security of the person in a manner that is arbitrary” and states the old law doesn’t agree with the principles of fundamental justice. Global News - Read Whole Article
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Prosecutor on Marijuana: Legalization is coming to Ohio
A proposal to legalize marijuana that is likely headed toward Ohio’s fall ballot would create nearly 35,000 direct and indirect jobs in the state and generate an annual economic output of $7 billion, says a new report today coordinated by Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters.
“Legalization is coming to Ohio. We need to accept the reality is going to happen,” Deters said at a press conference at the Ohio State University Moritz School of Law where the report, “Marijuana & Ohio, Past Present and Potential” was unveiled.
“Why in the world, knowing this is coming, would we let the bad guys make all the money?” Deters asked. Dispatch.com - Read Whole Article
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Colorado Cuts Marijuana Tax, Targets Black Market, While Oregon Eyes 20% Tax
Colorado is leading again, this time with a permanent tax break on recreational marijuana. The state is lowering the tax from 10% to 8% effective in July 2017, a move that could cut into Colorado’s black market. Forbes - Read Whole Article
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Get ready for another Florida medical marijuana push
When pot is this good, people don't give up, and Florida is not giving up on medical-grade marijuana anytime soon.
In fact, in coming weeks the second political push to legalize medical marijuana in the Sunshine State via a constitutional amendment will be underway. Sun Sentinel - Read Whole Article
Monday, June 8, 2015
Fibromyalgia Mystery No Cure With Legalized Drugs but Marijuana Still Proves Effective
The mystery that is Fibromyalgia has long kept pharmaceutical companies from being able to create a legalized prescription drug that is effective, but for those who suffer from the syndrome it seems that marijuana still proves to be the most effective. In fact, research studies have long shown that marijuana is the best treatment for Fibromyalgia. Guardianlv.com - Read Whole Article
Friday, June 5, 2015
Growing Hope: The Fight for Medical Marijuana for Epileptic Kids
... Haley, Jennifer and Tommy are desperately ill with extreme forms of epilepsy. They have illnesses so insidious they have stymied a virtual army of doctors and specialists. But these families believe that oils made from a cannabis plant might help their children where they say all other anti-epilepsy drugs have failed. NBC News - Read Whole Article
Texas: Medical Cannabis Oil, A Legal Treatment For Epileptics
LUBBOCK, TX -- Neuroscientist said the legalization of cannabis oil, as a medical treatment, gives Texans with epilepsy a new avenue to control their disease.
Monday, Governor Greg Abbott signed SP 339 into law, allowing cannabidoil (CBD) with low-THS to be regulated by the state and used as a medical treatment for epilepsy. Everythinglubbock.com - Read Whole Article
Thursday, June 4, 2015
House Lawmakers Push Pro Medical Pot Measures
The House voted on several pro-pot amendments on Wednesday aimed at tackling the sticky issue of conflicts that arise when the Department of Justice interferes with state implementation of local marijuana laws.
In many ways, the marijuana measures, which would be tacked onto the FY2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill, reflect the "chronic" policy and political complications that have unfolded in the state-led push to legalize marijuana. NBC News - Read Whole Article
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Lawmakers brace for marijuana vote-a-rama
Lawmakers are prepping for what could turn into a marijuana vote-a-rama Wednesday, sources say.
Pot advocates expect lawmakers to introduce at least half a dozen marijuana-related appropriations amendments that would roll back the Justice Department’s authority to enforce drug laws around the country. The Hill - Read Whole Article
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The Medical Marijuana Bill in California is up for an Assembly Floor Vote this Week
The Assembly Committee on Appropriations last week passed a bill to regulate the cultivation and distribution of medicinal marijuana. The bill is up for an Assembly floor vote this week. California Healthline - Read Whole Article
Monday, June 1, 2015
There are 111 known Cannabinoids In Marijuana
... There are currently 111 known cannabinoids, but there are almost certainly more waiting to be discovered. Each cannabinoid can provide varying levels of medical benefit, and research has shown that each cannabinoid works the best when they are combined. The Weed Blog - Read Whole Article
Friday, May 29, 2015
New Denver Hotel Allows Marijuana Use
“We have something for everyone here at Nativ,” said owner Mike Alexander. “We have door bells on rooms, living plant walls on our outdoor patios where guests can consume marijuana on their stays, the Stereo Lounge in the basement, and original art work throughout the hotel. We even have a coffee bar specializing in CBD infused lattes.” Fox31 - Watch Video & Read Whole Article
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Inside One Of California’s Largest Medical Marijuana Bakeries
(CBS SF) — A Bay Area company is catering to medical marijuana users statewide who have a sweet tooth.
It’s not the eggs that make these pastries special, though there are eggs along with sugar, chocolate and flour. These pastries are high in calories, high in carbs, but these are high in potency, too. CBS San Francisco - Watch Video and Read Whole Article
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
What scientists know about marijuana
As more states, including Minnesota, allow limited use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, scientists are expanding research efforts to understand how marijuana and the chemicals it contains interact with the body.
Hampton Sides wrote about the science of marijuana in the June issue of National Geographic. He joins MPR News' Tom Crann Wednesday at 9 a.m. to talk about his piece. MPR News - Read Whole Article
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Bill to reduce marijuana penalties in Louisiana passes full Senate
A proposal to soften Louisiana's harsh marijuana laws by reducing penalties for possession continues to gain steam in the Louisiana Legislature.
The Senate voted 27-12 Monday (May 25) to advance legislation that would create a new penalty system for marijuana possession dealing with amounts less than 2.5 pounds. Nola.com - Read Whole Article
Monday, May 25, 2015
Parent's delight after epileptic three-year-old makes dramatic improvements using MARIJUANA
This is the brave child battling epilepsy who has made amazing improvements after using MARIJUANA.
The family of little Addyson Benton travelled 1,200 miles to get help for the toddler who was suffering 1000 seizures each day. Mirror - View Video & Read Whole Article
Friday, May 22, 2015
A Victory for Veterans! A Senate Bill Would Allow Veterans' Doctors To Prescribe Medical Marijuana
Once again a congressional spending panel has waded into the marijuana debate, this time backing the ability of ailing veterans to ask about medical marijuana.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to allow that kind of doctor-patient conversation at the Veterans Health Administration, voting 18-12 in favor of an amendment that would allow VA medical providers to make recommendations about trying pot to relieve patients' symptoms. Bloomberg.com - Read Whole Article
Illinois Senate passes marijuana decriminalization bill
The Illinois legislature joined the movement to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot, passing a measure Thursday that would bar arrest for the offense.
Carrying small amounts of marijuana would result in a fine instead of an arrest under a measure approved Thursday by the Illinois Senate. Chicago Tribune - Read Whole Article
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Pioneer Pot States Did The Right Thing, Polls Show
Support for legalized marijuana seems to be growing in Colorado and Washington state, which became the first U.S. states to regulate the weed for recreational use two years ago.
A survey released Wednesday from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows that 56 percent of voters in Washington state approve of their state's recreational marijuana laws, while 37 percent are opposed. The opposition is lower than that in the 2012 vote to approve legalization, in which 56 percent supported the measure, and 44 percent disapproved. Huffington Post - Read Whole Article
Kamala Harris at California Democrats Convention 2015 Says, "War on Drugs was a failure."
Published on May 16, 2015 Watch 14:20 on video timeline to hear these comments
Attorney General Kamala Harris at the 2015 California Democrats Convention. Retrieved from YouTube
In a question-and-answer session on Reddit Tuesday, Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stated that he supports the decriminalization of marijuana and hinted at the possibility of full legalization. The Daily Caller - Read Whole Article
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf: Decriminalize marijuana - ‘We break up families for reasons we shouldn't’
PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf told Channel 11’s Cara Sapida on Tuesday that he thinks marijuana should be decriminalized.
Wolf: “I believe, for a number of reasons, that we ought to decriminalize marijuana use. I think our prisons are over-crowded as a result of people going to jail for reasons that, you know, we break up families for reasons that we shouldn’t," Wolf said.“There are a lot of reasons to look at decriminalization. I think that’s something that I support," he said. WPXI.com - Read Whole Article
Texas legislature OKs form of medical marijuana
Despite concerns from some lawmakers that they were taking the first step toward legalizing marijuana, the Texas House tentatively approved a bill Monday that would allow epilepsy patients in Texas to use medicinal oils containing a therapeutic component found in the plant.
On a 96-34 vote, the House passed Senate Bill 339, from state Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), which would legalize oils containing CBD, a non-euphoric component of marijuana known to treat epilepsy and other chronic medical conditions. WFAA - Read Whole Article
Monday, May 18, 2015
Gov. John Hickenlooper On Allowing Medical Marijuana In Schools: ‘Common Sense Prevails’
The amendment makes Colorado the first state in the country to allow medical marijuana in schools. Nearly 500 students in Colorado take cannabis for debilitating conditions. CBS4 - Read Whole Article & Watch compelling video
Friday, May 15, 2015
Colorado is the next Silicon Valley: Why the legalized marijuana industry is flourishing Legalized pot is worth $3 billion across 23 states, and that number will only grow with drug reform legislation
The convention floor at Denver Airport’s Crowne Plaza on a recent afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established industry — gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand-emblazoned T-shirts. Only this is a new kind of business conference with a special Colorado theme: legal weed.
... “Today, the Senate showed it stands with the 88% of Pennsylvanians who support medical cannabis,” Leach said in a press release. “A huge, bipartisan majority supported SB3 because it will allow children suffering from devastating seizure disorders, veterans suffering from PTSD, and cancer patients being ravaged by the side effects of chemotherapy, among others, to get the medicine they need.” ... Patch.com - Read Whole Article
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Morgan Freeman Calls for Marijuana Legalization
Published on May 11, 2015
After a terrible car accident left Morgan Freeman with a shattered arm, elbow and shoulder, he couldn't overcome the pain. But when his wife offered him a solution, he couldn't turn it down. The solution? Marijuana. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Morgan calls for the legalization of marijuana, citing its medicinal benefits. A longtime user himself, he doesn't understand the opposition when it has helped many people. he told the publication, "They used to say, ‘You smoke that stuff, boy, you get hooked!" Freeman also has to wear a compression glove on his hand to prevent blood from pooling as a result of the accident. He told The Daily Beast that medical marijuana is one of the few solutions to help manage the pain from that and his nerve damage. Retrieved from YouTube
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Another record month for Colorado recreational marijuana sales
For the third consecutive month in 2015, recreational marijuana sales in Colorado reached record highs in March, according to new Department of Revenue data released Monday.
B.C. municipalities seek national support on Marijuana dispensaries debate
Lower Mainland municipalities want the support of other Canadian jurisdictions as they push for a national debate on the regulation of marijuana dispensaries.
The B.C. communities are submitting a resolution for discussion at next month’s Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention. The Globe and Mail - Read Whole Article
Marijuana Dispensaries increasing in Vancouver
CP Video | Feb. 08 2015 The number of medical marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver has increased rapidly since the licensing of commercial producers began last year. Despite dispensaries remaining illegal, police say they aren't a priority. Retrieved from the Globe and Mail
Texas House panel approves full legalization of marijuana
AUSTIN — In a surprise move that supporters hailed as a historic victory, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would make it legal to buy and sell marijuana in the state.
Bill Blair backs legalization of marijuana as he seeks Liberal seat
TORONTO – Former Toronto police chief Bill Blair says he supports the legalization of marijuana in Canada as long as there is a strong regulatory component to it.
“In the regulation of marijuana, then you can control who it is sold to, where it is sold and when it is sold. You can control the price. You can tax the thing,” Blair said during an interview on Global’s The Morning Show Thursday morning.
2015 GLOBAL MARIJUANA MARCH HELD IN DOWNTOWN HOUSTON
Dozens of people marched through downtown Houston in support of marijuana bills. The marchers want to raise awareness about various marijuana legalization bills in the Texas legislature. ABC13.com - Read Whole Article
2015 Global Marijuana March Hits the Streets of Vancouver
Published on May 2, 2015
POT TV - Fight for freedom! Marijuana lovers hit the streets of Vancouver to protest pot prohibition at the 2015 Global Marijuana March. Retrieved from - Youtube
Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendment in U.S. House Loses by Just Three Votes
"The U.S. House voted down a bipartisan amendment by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) that would have allowed Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients.
...210 members of Congress voted for it, and only 213 voted against it."
Although this is not a victory for veterans, it's still 15 vote increase in favor of the amendment, and that's with a Congress that is more conservative than last year. Huffington Post - Read Whole Article
Marijuana.TV comment: Our opinion is that Congress and the public should support veterans who use medical marijuana for pain management and PTSD.
Friday, May 1st, 2015
Marijuana's magic bean men.
The outlaw botanists.
The outlaw botanists who designed the marijuana Americans smoke and the money they didn't make doing it. On June 6, 1991, an 18-year old kid was hanging out in the parking lot of a Grateful Dead Show in Noblesville, Indiana. Since school let out, the boy had been following the band around with his best friend in a GMC Jimmy. This was maybe their 15th show. It had been a great summer so far, but dry for highs. So, when some dude called Joebrand walked by and said he had good bud, the boy bought a whole ounce for $500. - America.aljazeera.com > more
Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Colorado Governor :
Pot is ‘not as vexing as we thought it was going to be’
Is Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper starting to come around on the issue of legal marijuana? After a quick stroll through our archives and a viewing of a recent Fox Business interview with the Democrat (above) where he says of marijuana, “it’s not as vexing as we thought it was going to be,” it certainly seems like it. - The Cannabist > more
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
California - Start planning now for legal pot,
says Scott Wiener, San Francisco gov supervisor
San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener is hoping to get approval to create a task force to help plan local policies if Marijuana is legalized in the 2016 California election. Wiener suggests that the task force be made up of 19 representatives from the city’s Department of Public Health, Fire Department, Police Department, Department of Building Inspection, Planning Department, and San Francisco Unified School District, as well as numerous representatives from the cannabis-using community and cannabis industry. - sfbay.ca > more
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Even Fox News Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Now Support Marijuana Legalization
The Fox poll marks the first time the news organization has found majority support for the issue since it began asking the question. It's also the latest in a string of recent polls that have, for the first time in their histories, found majority support for legalization. When asked if they "favor or oppose legalizing marijuana," 51 percent of registered American voters surveyed nationwide said that they favor legalization. - Huffington Post > more
Monday, April 27th, 2015
Canada - National Post View: Ottawa shouldn’t bother trying to fight Vancouver’s plan to regulate marijuana dispensaries
It is never ideal to leave a law unenforced. But when the law’s an ass, it’s a far better option than a crackdown — especially since there’s no one available to implement it. Some day, the criminal law will likely catch up to Vancouver’s reality. Until then, Ottawa has far bigger fish to fry. - National Post > more
Friday, April 24th, 2015
Can Seattle Become A Marijuana Tourism Mecca?
When Washington state legalized recreational marijuana use last July, Seattle’s tourism industry saw a new opportunity. Could Seattle become a hub for pot tourism, with eager visitors piling into local hotels and Airbnbs for an opportunity to try some of that famous Pacific Northwest weed? The answer, in a word: yes. But not without a struggle. - Fast Company > more
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Sophia’s Story: One Family’s Fight For a Happily Ever After
Seven-year old Sophia is just like many other seven-year olds. She loves playing outside and singing along as she watches Disney movies. But Sophia has suffered from intractable epilepsy, a debilitating disorder that can cause her to have more than 100 seizures a day, since she was six months old.
There is hope, though. Doctor’s believe Cannabidiol or CBD (a compound found in medical marijuana) may be an effective alternative treatment and cure. However, all forms of medical marijuana are illegal in Ohio, Sophia’s home state.
7 years old. 3 brain surgeries. 1 outlawed alternative. Sophia is extraordinary and she deserves her happily ever ever. This is her story. Video retrieved from Youtube
A Republican President Could Kill The Cannabis Industry
The election of a conservative Republican as President could roll back the gains made in the legalization of marijuana. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took a bold stand recently and said if he were elected, he would work to reverse what has happened under President Obama. Forbes - Read Whole Article
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Is Colorado's outdoorsy image helping to break the "stoner" stereotype?
Published on Apr 21, 2015 Dan Skye, High Times magazine's editor-in-chief, tells The Cannabist Show's Ricardo Baca that the way Coloradans approach recreational marijuana, in conjunction with their outdoor attitudes, is disproving the stereotype of the under-motivated, sedentary stoner. The Cannabist - Retrieved from Youtube
Canada - 1 in 10 Canadians smoked marijuana last week: Forum poll
"In a random sampling of public opinion among 1365 Canadians 18 years of age and older taken by the Forum Poll™, one tenth explicitly claimed they had consumed cannabis in the past week (9%), while a further one tenth chose not to answer the question (8%) which may be interpreted as an admission. Thus, between one tenth and close to one fifth of all adult Canadians get stoned at least once a week. Just more than 8-in-10 explicitly say they have not used pot this recently (82%)."
Police arrest 53 people as pro-cannabis protestors gather to get high and call for the herb to be legalised in London's Hyde Park
"Dramatic images captured the moment four officers took down and restrained a tracksuit-wearing man near the entrance to the park - just yards from a prominent police sign which read: 'Possession of cannabis is illegal'.
The crowds met this afternoon as part of the annual '420' event - a global celebration of cannabis which calls for reform to drug laws." DailyMail.co.uk - Read Whole Article
Friday, April 17, 2015
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: "We should legalize medical marijuana. We should do it nationally. And, we should do it now."
Dr. Sanjay Gupta will debut his third documentary on medical marijuana, “Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution,” on Sunday - the Eve of 4/20.
And while Gupta has taken bold stances on the legitimacy of medical marijuana before, he’s about to go all in, according to an article posted today on CNN under the headline “Dr. Sanjay Gupta: It’s time for a medical marijuana revolution.” The Cannabist - Read Whole Article
Gov. Nathan Deal signs medical marijuana bill
Atlanta - With a stroke of a pen, Govenor Nathan Deal has made medical marijuana legal in Georgia.
Deal signed the bill into law at 11 a.m. that makes the use of cannabis oil legal for nine medical conditions. Wsbtv.com - Read Whole Article
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The Ganja Amendment Law Takes Effect in Jamaica
Today in Jamaica, persons found with two ounces or less of marijuana will no longer be subject to arrest or detention by the police.
They will be issued instead with a ticket for $500 payable within a 30-day period at a revenue centre. Jamaica-Gleaner.com - Read Whole Article
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Foes Of Marijuana Legalization Can't Like These New Numbers
Ruling on marijuana classification disappoints advocates in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs, disappointing activists who saw the case as a chance to get closer to their goal of nationwide legalization.
U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller said during a brief court hearing that she was initially prepared to rule that marijuana should not be a Schedule 1 drug but then decided it was up to Congress to change the law if it wishes. Yahoo News - Read Whole Article
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
U.S. Government holds Patent on Marijuana
"... The US Government issued Patent number 6630507. The patent states "This new found (antioxidant) property makes cannabinoids useful in treatment and prophylaxis of a wide variety of oxidation associated diseases" and "cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants." Cannabinoids are a group of chemical compounds found in marijuana." Next News Network - Youtube
Tennessee Lawmakers Approved a Bill to Allow Limited Marijuana Oil Usage for Medical Purposes
A unanimous vote Monday night means state lawmakers support the legalized, limited usage of medicinal cannabis oil.
For Stacie Mathes, that vote means her 1-year-old daughter, Josie, may finally find relief from the seizures that plague her. The Tennessean - Read Whole Article
Monday, April 13, 2015
Massachusetts Department of Public Health to revamp medical marijuana dispensary process
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced changes to the state’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary program Wednesday, which will license Registered Marijuana Dispensaries similar to the licensing of other healthcare facilities. The Daily Free Press - Read Whole Article
Friday, April 10, 2015
Governor Wolf Moves to Launch Medical Marijuana Study
HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA — State health officials have quietly inked a deal with a pharmaceutical company to study using a derivative of marijuana in treating children with seizures.
A letter of intent signed March 25 allows G.W. Pharmaceuticals to use the cannabidiol drug Epidiolex for the study, Health Department spokeswoman Amy Worden said. Beyond that, details are in flux. MeadvilleTribune.com - Read Whole Article
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Melissa Etheridge: The Marijuana revolution ‘is being won by middle-aged women’
Published on Apr 9, 2015 Melissa Etheridge performs Get High by Brandy Clark. She also performs Get Up Stand Up by Bob Marley, with Fritz Lewak and Kevin McCormick on April 8, 2014 at The Concert for Social Justice in Los Angeles, CA. Youtube
Momentum building for medical marijuana dispensary, edible bills in Michigan
LANSING, MI -- Michigan lawmakers and law enforcement officials are hoping to find common ground on long-debated bills that would allow for regulated medical marijuana dispensaries and edible medical marijuana products. MLive.com - Read Whole Article
Pfizer and Eli Lilly Were The Original Medical Marijuana Sellers
Today’s major pharmaceutical companies were the original medical marijuana sellers. Eli Lilly, Parke-Davis (now owned by Pfizer) and Squibb of Bristol-Myers Squibb all sold medical marijuana at the turn of the century. In a 1919 medical catalog, these companies listed several cannabis products. Forbes - Read Whole Article
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Is the President Discovering the Political Benefits of Cannabis?
"... As many as nine more states may have adult use measures on the ballot in 2016. Those efforts may have the broader effect of drawing young voters to the polls, which likely would benefit Democrats because younger voters tend to vote for them." Bloomberg.com - Read Whole Article
Niagara County Greenhouse Aims To Be One Of NY's 1st Medical Marijuana Grow Operations
LEWISTON, N.Y. -- For now, the company grows vine cluster tomatoes, but H2Gro Greenhouses in Lewiston has been considering a change for some time now.
"We've been preparing for this application for the last six months straight up beyond the two years of research we've been doing," said H2Gro Managing Partner Gary Smith. TWCNews.com - Read Whole Article
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Why The Next President May Have To Support Marijuana Legalization
If presidential candidates want the backing of three major swing states in 2016, they may have to support the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. According to Quinnipiac University’s Swing State Poll, the vast majority of voters in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are pro pot.
In both Ohio and Florida, 84 percent of voters support medical marijuana, while 88 percent favor it in Pennsylvania. Although the majorities are much smaller, 55 percent, 52 percent, and 51 percent of voters favor the possession of “small amounts of marijuana for personal use” in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, respectively. Thinkprogress.org - Read Whole Article
Science Shows Marijuana Can Help Kill Tumors, Federal Government Admits
"The information war about marijuana may have turned a new page with the federal government’s acknowledgment of a recent study that found the plant can significantly reduce aggressive types of brain tumors when combined with radiation treatment, endorsing what medicinal marijuana advocates have long affirmed as its healing properties." Thinkprogress.org - Read Whole Article
Monday, April 6, 2015
Hash Bash 2015 Ann Arbor: Tommy Chong, NORML,Virgil Bernero & Jeff Irwin
"The 44rd annual Hash Bash on the University of Michigan Diag in Ann Arbor. A new efforts to legalize marijuana in the State of Michigan in 2016. Included in this video long time activist Actor & Comedian Tommy Chong, Matthew Abel the Executive Director of Michigan NORML, Lansing Mayor and former 2010 Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Virgil Bernero, Michigan State Representative in the 53rd District Jeff Irwin's talks about his recent efforts to introduce more just marijuana laws in the Michigan House to a crowd of about 9,000" Uploaded to Youtube by Eric Borregard
Army veteran on medical marijuana: 'It calms the whirlwind'
Young, 45, is a U.S. Army veteran.
"I've suffered somewhere around 30 concussions (and) shrapnel wounds from roadside bombs," said Young, who fought in Iraq. The deeper wounds, Young said, were losing close friends — including his best friend. BayNews9.com - Read Whole Article
Friday, April 3, 2015
Supreme Court of Canada to Determine if Marijuana Edibles are a Constitutional Right for Health Canada Patients
"Recently, Canada's Supreme Court met to determine whether cannabis-infused edibles should be allowed under the country's medical marijuana program, the MMPR. While no ruling has been issued yet, the question presented was whether Health Canada restricting patients from legally accessing and consuming edibles in addition to physician-prescribed cannabis violates their patients' constitutional right to life, liberty, and safety." Leafly.com - Read Whole Article
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Inside A Cannabis Chocolate Factory: Production Lines Are Going Seven Days A Week
"In a squat pale generic-looking building away from a main road in the industrial neighborhood of Seattle, a man picks up small bits of crystalized cannabis oil with a pair of tweezers, weighs them and places them into clear round containers the width of a quarter. He looks over at the little pile of the crystalized “shatter” he’s working with – it’s worth about $20,000." Forbes - Read Whole Article
Potency Isn’t the Future of Cannabis
"As marijuana use broadens across the age and culture spectrum, the products that will get the most traction are not the ones that get the most attention: namely, very high potency cannabis.
World Cannabis Week Heads to Denver for Third Year
"It was recently announced that the Third Annual World Cannabis Week will be returning Denver, Colorado. The event will take place from April 16 to 20 and is slated to be one of the most educational, immersive, and entertaining events to ever debut in the legal cannabis world – some have even taken to calling it the “SXSW of Cannabis”." Tech.co - Read Whole Article
Marijuana Arrests In Colorado Down 95% Since Legalization, But Arrest Rates Still Twice As High For Blacks
Arrests for possessing, growing and distributing pot have dropped significantly in Colorado since the state legalized marijuana in 2012, but black Coloradans are still far more likely to be arrested for such charges than whites. Although the number of overall marijuana arrests has plunged by 95 percent since 2010, the rate of arrests for blacks in the state remains 2.4 times higher than for whites, according to a study released last week by the New York City-based Drug Policy Alliance. International Business Times - Read Whole Article
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Former sheriff plans push to legalize marijuana in Maine
"A former police officer turned lawmaker is launching the fourth effort this year to legalize recreational marijuana for Maine adults.
Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, has submitted a bill that would regulate recreational marijuana sales, tax them at 15 percent and allow use by adults 21 and older. The language of the legislation is being developed and details won’t be available until the process is completed." Portland Press Herald - Read Whole Article
Monday, March 30, 2015
A Conversation with President Obama and The Wire Creator David Simon
Published on Mar 26, 2015
"President Barack Obama and David Simon, the creator of HBO’s The Wire, sat down to talk honestly about the challenges law enforcement face and the consequences communities bear from the war on drugs." -The Wire
Sunday, March 29, 2015
CBC Radio Special Report: How medical is medical marijuana?
"The government has authorized more than 50 thousand Canadians to use medical marijuana; but professional medical organizations say that not enough is known about its effectiveness or its potency to write an accurate prescription." CBC Radio>Listen to report (50:01)
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Marijuana Legalization: Colorado Will Defend Pot Bill Against Lawsuit From Oklahoma And Nebraska
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced Friday that the state will defend its legalization of marijuana for sale medicinally and recreationally against a lawsuit filed by the attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma. Friday was the final day for Colorado to respond to the lawsuit, which alleged its voter-backed legalization initiative, Amendment 64, has sent a wave of uncontrolled cannabis across the two states’ borders since becoming law in 2012. International Business Times - Read Whole Article
"The District witnessed a massive, public drug deal Thursday — and for those involved, it was quite a bargain. With D.C. police officers looking on, hundreds of city residents lined up and then walked away from an Adams Morgan restaurant carrying baggies containing marijuana seeds." The Washington Post - Read Whole Article
Willie Nelson to Launch Willie's Reserve weed shops in 2016
"Move over, Marley Natural — the Bob Marley estate’s global cannabis brand poised to launch later this year. Another famous weed-worshiping musician is throwing his hat into the aromatic arena. Willie’s Reserve is the latest celebrity marijuana brand to excite pot aficionados, brought to you by country legend Willie Nelson." The Cannabist - Read Whole Article
Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Best Cannabis Strains for Treating Depression
"Whether or not you agree with it, a lot of people choose to self-medicate depression symptoms with cannabis. Recent studies even suggest a link between depression and the body’s endocannabinoid system, which would help explain why so many favor cannabis over legal pharmaceutical alternatives."
If marijuana is legal, then why isn’t prohibition over?
"Prohibition is not over! It may seem so for those states that have legalized cannabis for recreation and medical use. Yet even in Washington and Colorado, people are still going to jail despite state laws. People are celebrating and at the same time, people in other states are fighting to stay out of prison. Hey, how about the federal government, and how it arrests those citizens who are following state law?" -HempFest.org >More
9 Reasons We Should Never, Never, Never, Ever Legalize Marijuana
"In a recent interview with Vice News, President Barack Obama encouraged millennials to drop marijuana legalization from their list of priorities.
Hard as it may be to admit, Obama is a total sage. Marijuana legalization may seem like the cool thing to do, but facts are facts. It's having a terrible impact. Here's a shocking look at the apocalyptic hellscapes Washington and Colorado have become since both states began recreational marijuana sales in 2014:" -Mic.com >More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Historic Medical Marijuana Bill Gains Momentum
"A comprehensive bill introduced in the House of Representatives Tuesday aims to deal a significant blow to the federal government's long-running war on medical marijuana." -Huffington Post > More
NYC Council Call for State Legislature to Legalize Marijuana
"The New York state legislature has been urged by the powers of the largest city in the state to give serious consideration to a couple of proposals seeking to legalize cannabis.
For the first time in history, the New York City Council included marijuana reform as part of their legislative outline for the 2015-2016 session, encouraging the state legislature to approve measures aimed at the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana across the state." -High Times >More
Tuesday March 24, 2015
Obama Predicts Marijuana Will Be Rescheduled
"President Obama spent the majority of 2014 skirting the issue of marijuana reform, but it appears as though some elusive power has finally given the leader of the free world permission to take his cookie-cutter comments on pot reform to the next level." -High Times >More
President Barack Obama Speaks With VICE News Obama speaks about rescheduling marijuana 14:20 into the video
6 Smoke-free Ways to Consume Cannabis
"Think back to the first time you smoked cannabis. You probably recall the burning throat, the uncoordinated attempts to use a carb, the inability to gauge how long to pull the smoke…" -Leafly> More
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