Apr 182015
 April 18, 2015
Key Congressional Committee Has "No Confidence" In DEA Head Leonhart

By Phillip Smith Fed up with DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart over a long litany of scandals in the drug-fighting agency she heads, 22 members of the House Oversight and Government Reforms Committee issued a statement saying they had “no confidence” in her leadership. “After over a decade of serving in top leadership positions at DEA, Administrator Leonhart has been woefully unable to change or positively influence the pervasive ‘good old boy’ culture that exists throughout the agency,” the statement said. “From her testimony, it is clear that she lacks the authority and will to make the tough decisions required to hold

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Apr 182015
 April 18, 2015
New York City Turns A Corner On Drug Policy

Building on debates that helped shape the last mayoral election, NYC Council Members Corey Johnson, Andrew Cohen, and Vanessa Gibson introduced legislation yesterday to create an Office of Drug Strategy. Placed in city hall, the new office would be empowered to convene city agencies, outside experts, and communities impacted by drug use to develop a city-wide, health-focused plan for a coordinated approach in addressing issues related to drug use. “Past and present ineffective drug policy has contributed to tragic and preventable mortality, crime and inequity here in New York City,” said Council Member Corey Johnson, Chair of the Health Committee.

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Apr 182015
 April 18, 2015
Michigan House Offers Overview Presentation On Medical Marijuana Law

A meeting on Tuesday in the Michigan House could provide clarity on the direction the legislature plans to take with pending medical marijuana legislation. The House Judiciary will conduct what their official meeting notice calls “AN OVERVIEW PRESENTATION ON THE MEDICAL MARIHUANA ACT” during their regular session at noon on Tuesday, April 21. Rep. Klint Kesto, a Republican from Oakland County, chairs the House Judiciary Committee. His office confirmed the presentation will be conducted by the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. The meeting is scheduled for a single hour, per the House Clerk’s office Also up for consideration during that

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Apr 182015
 April 18, 2015
Poll: Support For Marijuana Legalization Is Rapidly Outpacing Opposition

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Fifty-three percent of Americans say that the “use of marijuana should be legal,” according to nationwide survey data published today by the Pew Research Center. “Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly outpacing opposition,” pollsters opined, acknowledging that Americans’ support for legalizing marijuana has risen some 10 percentage points over the past five years. Forty-four percent of respondents oppose legalization in the 2015 poll and three percent are undecided. The poll is the latest in a series of national surveys showing majority support for legalizing and regulating marijuana. Millennials (68 percent) are most likely to

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Apr 182015
 April 18, 2015
What's Next For The Medical Marijuana Revolution?

Over the last two years Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s reporting has been truly groundbreaking in mainstreaming the benefits of medical marijuana. Dr Gupta has brought stories of everyday Americans that obtain essential benefits from medical marijuana products into the living rooms of millions of Americans. “Watching CNN’s Weed was the first time many Americans saw everyday people benefiting from medical marijuana,” said Steph Sherer executive director of Americans for Safe Access. “Seeing how much good medical marijuana can do has lead to an outgrowth in activism that has helped create new laws at the state level and is laying the foundation

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Apr 182015
 April 18, 2015
Younger, Stronger, Longer: The New Hash Bash

A proud man stood before a crowd of thousands with his six-year old boy and said these words: “We’re here today because cannabis oil has made my son Ryan’s life better.” A pretty young woman stood with her mother before the same crowd of supporters and told them: “I’m 18 years old. I’m here today because cannabis oil saved my life.” Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the new Hash Bash: younger, stronger and longer than before. YOUNGER The man is Jim Powers and his son Ryan has a terrible disease. The young woman, Alysa Erwin, detailed her

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Apr 182015
 April 18, 2015
The 2015 Denver High Times Cannabis Cup Starts Today

Ever since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, I have considered Denver to be the place to be for 420 activities, and specifically, the High Times Cannabis Cup. April 20th is on a Monday this year, so the Cup is being held this weekend. I was lucky enough to be at the Cup in Denver in 2012 and 2013. This is the second year that I’m stuck at home for 4/20. Chalk it up to poor life planning Anyhow, if you are lucky enough to be in Denver, and have tickets to the Cup, you are in for quite a treat. Below

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Apr 172015
 April 17, 2015
Federal Politicians Stand Up For Tax Fairness In The Marijuana Industry

U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) have introduced the Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2015 in both the House and the Senate. The bills, which have bipartisan co-sponsors and have been endorsed by the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), Americans for Tax Reform, and other advocacy groups, would end the punishing and unfair taxation levels legal cannabis businesses face because of Section 280E of the federal tax code. “The small businesses that make up the legal cannabis industry are working overtime to be responsible, contributing members of their communities,” said Aaron Smith, executive director of

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Apr 172015
 April 17, 2015
24-Hour Marijuana Talk Radio App Launches At 4/20 Denver HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup

420RADIO today announced the launch of the new 420RADIO App for Android devices, just in time for the annual April 20th”4/20 holiday”. Dubbed “The N.P.R. of P.O.T.” by an editor at HIGH TIMES, 420RADIO is a 24-hour network of news, talk, and music radio shows dedicated to the emerging legal marijuana landscape in America, available for download now at rad-r.us/420app. “420RADIO is the voice of the marijuana nation,” declares 420RADIO founder Russ Belville. “This is the same news/talk format that dominates American political discourse. We just happen to be focused not on conservative or liberal politics, but instead focused on

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Apr 172015
 April 17, 2015
Help DFW NORML Make The Global Marijuana March Of North Texas Possible

The city of Fort Worth has just informed us that they want $2,000 for our park reservation and a $2,000 damage deposit for our Global Marijuana March at Hyde Park on May 2. Please watch this video from DFW NORML’s executive director Shaun McAlister and donate at the link below if you’re able.

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