May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Urge D.C. Judiciary Committee To Improve Medical Marijuana Program

I received the following alert out of DC: While D.C. has an effective medical marijuana program, there is still room for improvement. Two bills are pending to do just that, but they’re stalled in the Judiciary Committee. Click here to urge all the Judiciary Committee members to make sure these bills move forward NOW. B21-192 would require lab testing so that patients know what they are getting and that their medicine is free of contaminants, while B21-210 would allow reciprocity for out-of-state patients and remove the arbitrary cap on the number of plants a cultivation center can grow, alleviating shortages

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
As More States Legalize Marijuana, Adolescents' Problems With Cannabis Decline

A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more U.S. states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis examined data on drug use collected from young people, ages 12 to 17, over a 12-year span. They found that the number of adolescents who had problems related to marijuana — such as becoming dependent on

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Today: Barriers To Cannabis Research Expert Panel Event At UNLV

One of the first things that marijuana opponents offer up when railing against cannabis is to say ‘there needs to be more research first.’ Don’t be fooled, this is nothing more than a delay tactic. Opponents know that if they just drag their feet, that marijuana prohibition will stay in place because after all, if prohibitionists and supporters both never lifted a finger, prohibition remains intact. Opponents know that, which is why they constantly try to punt when it comes to a serious conversation about marijuana research. The cannabis plant has all kinds of beneficial properties that are just waiting

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
NCIA To Launch Knowledge-Sharing Platform Connecting Industry Experts With Entrepreneurs

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and Brainsy, Inc., are collaborating to launch the Cannabis Expert Calling Network (ECN®), a knowledge-sharing platform connecting cannabis industry experts with entrepreneurs and information-seekers online and via paid telephone consultations. NCIA members who are experts in their area of the cannabis industry will be invited to set up personalized profiles on the Cannabis ECN system, which allows information-seekers to find and contact them, then conduct over-the-phone consultations at a rate set by the expert. “With so many new people and businesses entering the cannabis industry, there is a huge demand for knowledge exchange across a

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Michigan Appeals Court Rules Against Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan have operated in a grey area for quite some time now. Michigan’s medical marijuana law does not specify whether dispensaries are allowable or not. Michigan caregivers are allowed to help out other patients, which is usually the provision that dispensaries operate on. Michigan dispensaries have been under attack due to the lack of statewide regulations. The Michigan Appeals Court ruled against medical marijuana dispensaries recently, dealing a blow to the growing dispensary population in Michigan. Per Marijuana Business Daily: Dispensaries in Michigan may be on their last legs after a state court of appeals effectively ruled

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force Responds To City Council's Attempts To Fix Proposition D

The Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force issued a statement today responding to last week’s news that Los Angeles City Council president Herb Wesson had directed city staff to explore a ballot measure that would extend Proposition D’s gross receipts tax to all cannabis-related businesses. The LA Cannabis Task Force is a coalition of cannabis operators dedicated to cannabis regulations that create safe neighborhoods and a healthy economy. The following can be attributed to Ariel Clark, a leading industry attorney at Clark Neubert and Chair of the Task Force: “The LA Cannabis Task Force is pleased to see City Council President

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Cannabis: The Worst Kept Secret In Athletics

By Steve DeAngelo, author of The Cannabis Manifesto For years, cannabis use has been the worst kept secret in athletics. It’s widespread in just about every amateur and professional arena from universities to the Olympics to the major leagues; it can be found in every sport imaginable from basketball and football, to swimming, snowboarding, martial arts and mountain climbing. Most estimates of cannabis use in the NFL range around 50%, and it is generally agreed to be even higher in the NBA. Yet cannabis use remains unacknowledged because the laws have yet to catch up with the science. Most of

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May 242016
 May 24, 2016
Johnny Green Still Has No Access To JohnnyGreen@TheWeedBlog.Com E-mail Address

If you are a frequent reader of TheWeedBlog.Com, then you are likely already aware that I do not have any access to the e-mail address JohnnyGreen@TheWeedBlog.Com. I posted an article on May 12th and May 17th pointing out this unfortunate fact. I wanted readers to know that when they are sending an e-mail to JohnnyGreen@TheWeedBlog.Com, to realize that the password on that e-mail was changed, thereby cutting off my access. The unauthorized change was made by Steven Travis Maurer (minority owner of this blog). The same is true for Jay Smoker’s e-mail addresses. Keep in mind that Jay and I

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May 242016
 May 24, 2016
Marijuana Activist Toolbox Update: Cannabis And The Brain Research

While doing research for an article being featured in print later this year, I’ve accumulated a nice little body of quotes and research regarding the brain, its chemistry and the methods through which cannabis interacts with it- specifically, how cannabis can inspire creativity and thought. Quotes included are from the abstract and are not meant to stand alone as definitive statements about each study’s conclusions. 3 Studies That Show Cannabis Grows Brain Cells LINK “The endocannabinoid system has been implicated in the modulation of adult neurogenesis. Here, we describe the effect of type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1R) activation on self-renewal,

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May 242016
 May 24, 2016
New Poll Shows 69% Of Florida Voters Support Medical Marijuana Initiative

This November Florida voters will see Amendment 2 on the ballot for the second straight election cycle. As in 2014, Amendment 2 would legalize medical marijuana in Florida. The 2014 effort was defeated by just two percentage points. This election cycle’s initiative has been tweaked and improved, and the campaign team is working hard to not let the 2014 result happen again. A poll was recently released by Gravis Marketing which found the following in regards to support for the initiative: The Gravis survey asked all voters that participated in this poll; ‘If you were to vote today, would you

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