Oct 012014
 October 1, 2014
New Michigan Marijuana Rules Being Debated Today

A proposed set of rules altering the nature of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) will be considered by a Joint Committee today in Lansing. The rules met stiff resistance from medical marijuana community members during a hearing on the proposed changes earlier this year. Members of Americans for Safe Access- Michigan, Cannabis Patients United, Michigan Moms United, The Michigan Cannabis Cancer Project, The Human Solution and others raised concerns regarding the proposed fee changes- and a first-in-the-nation all electronic registration process. Current fees to enroll in the MMMP are $100 [...]

Sep 302014
 September 30, 2014
Oregon Racial Justice Groups: End Marijuana Prohibition

People of color in Oregon are 100 percent more likely to face legal punishments for marijuana than white people, despite equal rates of use. The current system is failing, and the following groups today are endorsing Measure 91 because it removes unfairly harsh punishments that disrupt lives. The new groups to endorse Measure 91 are: Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), which has worked for social justice for more than 15 years and continues to evolve as Oregon’s leading Asian and Pacific Islander grassroots advocacy organization. Partnership for Safety and [...]

Sep 302014
 September 30, 2014
Florida Medical Marijuana Campaign Launches First TV Ad

Election Day 2014 is right around the corner, and there are several marijuana reform efforts that will go before voters. One of those is Amendment 2 in Florida, which would legalize medical marijuana. The ‘for’ and ‘against’ campaigns have been spending enormous sums of money trying to sway voters. The Amendment 2 campaign, United for Care, has launched it’s first TV ad. With polls showing the initiative winning sometimes by a small margin, and losing by a small margin other times, this ad is very important. You can see the [...]

Sep 302014
 September 30, 2014
Register Guard Endorses Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Thanks for supporting Measure 91. This Sunday, the second-largest daily newspaper in Oregon joined the largest daily newspaper in Oregon to get behind the movement to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana. The Register-Guard in Eugene endorsed a Yes vote on Measure 91. Read their great piece here. “Removing the threat of a drug bust from the lives of nearly one in eight otherwise law-abiding Oregonians would be one primary benefit of Measure 91. Another would be to kill or cripple the black market in marijuana.” – Register-Guard, Sunday 9/28/2014 Adding to the powerful voice of the [...]

Sep 302014
 September 30, 2014
Cuomo Asks Feds To Allow New York To Get Medical Marijuana From Other States

Friday, the Cuomo Administration sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Cole following up on an earlier letter to U.S. Attorney General Holder sent on August 13, 2014. Both letters asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to extend a narrow, time-limited exception to federal law to allow the importation of certain strains of medical marijuana from other states for use by children in New York with severe forms of epilepsy. The letters follow the deaths of several children and a sustained campaign by advocates pressuring the Cuomo Administration to create [...]

Sep 302014
 September 30, 2014
Should Oregon Voters Legalize Marijuana? (Of Course!)

As Oregon voters consider Measure 91, a bill on the November ballot that would regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older, many are looking to how similar laws are affecting Colorado and Washington. Colorado began implementation of Amendment 64 in January of this year.  According to the state’s department of revenue, the first seven months of legal marijuana sales resulted in more than $27 million in taxes and fees.  Currently, $5.3 million has been raised to improve Colorado’s Schools via the Best Fund as mandated by Amendment [...]

Sep 292014
 September 29, 2014
DA Josh Marquis Attacks Russ Belville Over Open Records Requests

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis of Astoria, Oregon, is none too happy about citizens like me poking around in his public records.  Now DA Marquis, the de facto spokesperson for law enforcement’s opposition to Oregon’s Measure 91, our marijuana legalization initiative, is trying to intimidate me into ceasing my investigation into misuse of federal grant money and county resources to plan, produce, promote, and present so-called “educational events” that only occur when marijuana legalization is on the ballot. Yesterday I learned that DA Marquis has filed a complaint with [...]

Sep 292014
 September 29, 2014
Marijuana And PTSD Research Study Confirms Locations

Dr. Sue Sisley was supposed to conduct a PTSD/marijuana research study in Arizona at the University of Arizona. However, due to political wrangling, the University of Arizona terminated her research. Dr. Sisley has stated many times that her research was terminated there after politicians at the Arizona Legislature pressured the University of Arizona to do so. The Arizona Legislature and the University of Arizona have refused to comment, but it’s pretty obvious that’s what happened. Since the termination, Dr. Sisley and her funder, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, have [...]

Sep 292014
 September 29, 2014
Second Legal Marijuana Store To Open In Seattle Tuesday

The roll out of legal recreational marijuana stores in Seattle has been very, very slow. As of the posting of this article, there is still just one marijuana store in Seattle, which is Washington State’s largest city, and even that one store took a long time to start making sales. Seattle is set to open it’s second marijuana store this week. Per Seattle PI: Finally! Seattle’s second I-502, legal marijuana retailer is getting ready to open at 23rd Ave. and E. Union St. in Seattle next week. Ian Eisenberg, the [...]

Sep 292014
 September 29, 2014
Who Is Donating To Marijuana Reform Efforts In Alaska, Oregon, And Florida?

Election Day 2014 is right around the corner. There are three statewide marijuana reform initiatives on the ballot. Voters will see recreational marijuana legalization in Alaska and Oregon and medical marijuana legalization in Florida. I read a great article on Marijuana Business Daily that broke down some campaign contributions in those states. The article listed the following as significant donations to the Florida campaign: Harborside Health Center – which runs two wildly successful dispensaries in California – gave $30,000 between April and August. Emerald Coast Compassionate Care, in Gulf Breeze, [...]