Jan 282015
 January 28, 2015
Study: Patients Get More Relief From Medical Marijuana Than Painkillers

I always say that the best medicine is the medicine that works and is safer. That is almost always the case when it comes to medical marijuana compared to pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals almost always come with harmful side effects, and have led to a lot of death and misery across the globe. Sadly, marijuana opponents would rather have patients using those harmful pharmaceuticals than using medical marijuana, even in states where medical marijuana is legal. The results of a study were recently released which found that Australians who were suffering from chronic pain found more relief from using marijuana than they

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Jan 282015
 January 28, 2015
Poll: Majority Of Virginia Voters Support Marijuana Reforms

There is a strong effort underway to reform marijuana laws in Virginia. Senate Bill 686 would decriminalize marijuana possession in Virginia. There is also an effort to try to get medical marijuana legalized in Virginia as well. Almost every national reform organization is lobbying the Virginia Legislature to make changes. A poll that was released this week should help those efforts. Per Politico: According to a Christopher Newport University survey released Tuesday, 71 percent of registered Virginia voters support decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, compared to 26 percent who oppose it. Sixty-nine percent support legalizing medical marijuana in the state,

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Jan 282015
 January 28, 2015
The Marijuana Industry Could Become Larger Than The Organic Food Industry

This week saw the release of a report by the ArcView Group which showed that the marijuana industry is the fastest growing industry in America. The marijuana industry is growing so fast and will likely become so large that it could eventually get bigger than the organic food industry. I eat a lot of organic foods, as does a lot of my family and friends, and to think that an industry that once only operated in the shadows could rise to that level is outstanding. Per the Huffington Post: Legal marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the United States and

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Jan 282015
 January 28, 2015
Sheriffs Are Not Happy About Obama's Pro-Marijuana Legalization Nominee

Whenever there is even a hint of marijuana reform in the air, marijuana opponents come out and try to spread reefer madness in opposition. Almost always, members of law enforcement are leading the charge. That has pretty much always been the case in Oregon (specifically the Oregon Sheriffs Association), and I’ve seen it happen in just about every other state as well. What do they have to fear? Marijuana reform would allow them to do their jobs better by allowing them to focus on real crime instead of being tied up trying to go after someone for a joint. Recently

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Jan 282015
 January 28, 2015
Marijuana Legalization Under Attack In Alaska And Oregon

Last time I checked, we live in a democracy. America is a country where some states have initiatives, and if those initiatives pass on Election Day, they become law. That applies to just about every public policy area, except marijuana policy. During the 2014 Election, voters in Alaska and Oregon passed marijuana legalization initiatives. If the initiatives were for anything else, they would become law with little to no changes, and no one would think twice about it. However, elected officials in both states are trying to trample on the will of voters by proposing major changes to the initiatives.

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Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015
Congress Reintroduces Bipartisan Asset Forfeiture Reform Legislation

Yesterday, both houses of Congress reintroduced S 255, the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act, a bipartisan bill that would end the Justice Department’s Equitable Sharing Program, which incentivizes state and local law enforcement to seize private property without charging anyone with a crime in a process called civil asset forfeiture. Reintroduction of the FAIR Act comes only days after Attorney General Eric Holder announced an end to some kinds of forfeiture. Unfortunately, while Holder’s announcement is a step in the right direction, it only addresses about 14% of the total amount of seizures in question. An exception to the

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Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015
Strain Review - Shango Liquid Amber 8 Ball Diesel Vape Pen Oil

This last weekend I was lucky enough to get my hands on some Liquid Amber vape pen oil. The strain used for the vape pen oil was 8 Ball Diesel, and it came from the Shango dispensary in Portland, Oregon. Whenever I say vape pen oil, people almost always assume I’m talking about wax or shatter. But what I’m actually referring to is liquid butane hash oil, the kind that comes in cartridges as shown in the picture in the upper right hand corner of this article. It’s my favorite form of consumption, more so than shatter or wax or flower.

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Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015
Seven States That Are Next In Line To Legalize Marijuana

By Phillip Smith During a series of YouTube interviews Thursday, President Obama demonstrated a remarkably laissez-faire attitude toward marijuana legalization experiments in the states. And he signaled strongly that the Obama administration wouldn’t be taking to the hustings to try to beat back legalization efforts, as previous administrations had been wont to do. “What you’re seeing now is Colorado, Washington through state referenda, they’re experimenting with legal marijuana,” the president said in response to a question from YouTube host Hank Green. “The position of my administration has been that we still have federal laws that classify marijuana as an illegal

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Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015
Former NFL Players Want Research For Marijuana And Brain Injuries

Numerous NFL Players have experienced brain injuries during their careers. There have been many tragic stories in recent years about how the NFL didn’t do enough to educate and warn players about what repeated injuries could do to their brains. There have been a number of studies suggesting that medical marijuana can help people with brain injuries recover and heal. The NFL of course frowns upon all things marijuana, which is something that former NFL players want to see changed. Per New York Daily News: In a column posted Monday on The Huffington Post, the three NFL retirees urge commissioner

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Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015
Oregon Bank Will Not Work With Colorado Cannabis Industry Afterall

MBank, a financial institution from Oregon, made headlines last week when they announced that they would be servicing Colorado’s marijuana industry. MBank had already been working with Oregon’s cannabis industry and Washington’s, and appeared to be making the bold move of working with Colorado marijuana business owners as well. In a quick change of policy, this week MBank announced that the would actually have to pass on the opportunity with Colorado companies, which were very eager to get bank accounts with MBank. Per The Cannabist: The Oregon community bank that a week ago openly welcomed Colorado marijuana industry customers has

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