Oct 252014
 October 25, 2014
$122 Million In Taxes: Michigan's Reward For Legalized Marijuana

WallStreetCheatSheet.com, an Internet business news portal, has published a list of the seven states who stand the most to gain financially from the legalization of marijuana, and Michigan is on the list. Michigan’s potential revenue from sales and excise taxes: $122 million. Sales and excise taxes go directly to the government and pay for the roads and schools. The total value of Michigan’s marijuana market was projected to be over $580 million in sales to people over the age of 25. If legalized nationally the market for marijuana has been [...]

Oct 252014
 October 25, 2014
Don't Prosecute Medical Marijuana Related Offenses, Pennsylvania Lawmaker Says

By Alizeh Siddiqui As reported by PennLive.com, Sen. Daylin Leach has asked the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association not to prosecute offenses related to the medical use of marijuana. “Given the likelihood that using lifesaving medical cannabis will not be a legal issue in Pennsylvania for much longer, I ask that you consider using your prosecutorial discretion,” wrote Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, in a letter today to the association’s president, Peter Johnson. Last month, the Senate approved SB 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act — a bill that would have [...]

Oct 252014
 October 25, 2014
Study: Marijuana Use Not Associated With Deficits In Intelligence Quotient

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Moderate cannabis consumption by young people is not positively associated with changes in intelligence quotient (IQ), according to data presented this week at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual congress in Berlin, Germany. Investigators at the University College of London analyzed data from 2,612 subjects who had their IQ tested at the age of eight and again at age 15. They reported no relationship between cannabis use and lower IQ at age 15 when confounding factors such as subjects’ history of alcohol use and [...]

Oct 252014
 October 25, 2014
Columbia City Council Rejects Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance

By Aaron Malin Last week, in a disappointing move, the Columbia City Council rejected an ordinance that would have decriminalized the cultivation of two cannabis plants by a 4-3 move. The decisive vote against the ordinance was Ginny Chadwick, who was elected earlier this year after promising repeatedly to support the ordinance. Local organizers have started a recall petition campaign to remove Chadwick from office, citing broken promises and other policy disagreements. The Council listened to over three hours of public comment before voting, much of which was filled with [...]

Oct 242014
 October 24, 2014
Did Your Oregon Friends Vote To End Marijuana Prohibition Yet?

Oregon Measure 91 would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana. The initiative has a great chance of winning, but only if there is a strong voter turnout. If you have already voted, thank you so much for participating in democracy. For those of you that haven’t voted, please do so ASAP! We all know someone that hasn’t voted, we just might not know who he or she is. Fortunately, there is a great new app that can help you determine which of your Oregon friends or family members hasn’t voted. If [...]

Oct 242014
 October 24, 2014
Putting Statewide Marijuana Initiatives Over The Top

By Phillip Smith It’s now less than two weeks until Election Day, and statewide marijuana initiatives are on the ballot in four states. All have a shot at winning, and as the clock ticks down, all of them are seeking last minute help to get them over the top. The Chronicle talked this week to people in the various campaigns, and all of them have concrete ideas on what people can do to help — whether in-state or not — in the final days. But before we get to what [...]

Oct 242014
 October 24, 2014
D.C. Marijuana Legalization Initiative Receives Major Civil Rights Endorsements

The Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the D.C. Branch of the National Organization for Women came out in support of marijuana legalization and endorsed D.C.’s Initiative 71. Initiative 71, which is on the November 4 ballot would legalize the possession of up to two ounces marijuana for adults over the age of 21, and allows individuals to grow up to six plants in their home. D.C. laws prevent the ballot initiative from addressing the taxation and sale of marijuana, however, [...]

Oct 242014
 October 24, 2014
Interview With Jeff Mizanskey, Who Is Serving A Life Sentence For Marijuana

Show-Me Cannabis Executive Director John Payne sat down with Jeff Mizanskey to discuss his situation. Jeff, a Sedalia-area native, is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for non-violent cannabis offenses. Donate $10 today at http://show-mecannabis.com/contribute to support reform in Missouri!

Oct 242014
 October 24, 2014
Project SAM Board Member Causes Controversy With Ferguson Marijuana Comments

Fact – Dr. Chris Thurstone has served on the Board for Project S.A.M.. Fact – Dr. Chris Thurstone published an article on his blog (which receives hardly any traffic by the way) which insinuated that marijuana use by Michael Brown may have contributed to his own murder at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri. Those two facts caused a huge buzz on social media yesterday as Dr. Thurstone was called out by many people for his insensitive comments. Those same people called out leading marijuana opponent and reefer madness champion [...]

Oct 232014
 October 23, 2014
TIME's Red Border Film: "A Journey For Oil" On Medical Marijuana For Children

I was contacted by the nice people at TIME who informed me that they created a new documentary about medical marijuana and children. I haven’t had time to watch it yet due to my work schedule, but I encourage readers to check it out and leave a comment below this article with your reviews. More information about the documentary: Today TIME releases the Red Border Film– “A Journey for Oil,”a short documentary looking at the quasi-legal, science-free world of medical marijuana for children. The film, along with an extensively reported [...]