Feb 062016
 February 6, 2016
Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Patients To Hold News Conference And Rally At Capitol

A group of seriously ill patients and their family members will hold a press conference and rally Monday in support of ending the wait for legal access to medical cannabis. Since early November, patients and their caregivers have spent their days in the Capitol rotunda in the “Still Waiting Room,” a simulated doctor’s office, as a way to bring attention to legislative delays. The press conference will take place adjacent to the waiting room at 2:30 p.m., followed by patients deconstructing the room to express their frustration with lawmakers. Representatives from Campaign for Compassion will be available for interviews following

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Feb 062016
 February 6, 2016
Cannabis Lobby Day At The Oregon Capitol On Monday

Below is an event that is happening at the Oregon Capitol on Monday, via the event’s Facebook page: Come join our rally and let your voice be heard! Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH), along with several other cannabis organizations, will be participating in Cannabis Lobby Day at the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, February 8, 2016. The free speech event, will feature speakers, music and vendors, will be held from 12pm to 5pm. * Protect the OMMP and continue the fight for patient rights and access to medicine. * Prevent over-regulation of marijuana under M91 by

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The Real Cannabis Culture (Video)

 Posted by at 11:00 AM on February 6, 2016  Marijuana Video
Feb 062016
 February 6, 2016
The Real Cannabis Culture (Video)

I have never been to the Emerald Cup before. I know, I know. It’s definitely something that I don’t have a good excuse for. I have always wanted to go and am very hopeful that I’ll make it to the next one. WeedMaps recently released a video recap of the last Emerald Cup. It’s a recap unlike any I’ve ever seen before. Most recaps just do a couple of interviews and show footage of people walking around and some panoramic views of booths. This video shows a ton of interviews, and focuses more on the culture that goes along with

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Feb 062016
 February 6, 2016
NCIA Releases 280E Guide To Help Marijuana Businesses During Tax Season

I get asked all the time for advice and tips on how to start a marijuana business. Most of the time people want to bounce ideas off of me that involve growing and/or selling marijuana. Sometimes it will involve an ancillary industry idea, but for the most part the people that I talk to want to pursue a business idea that involves ‘touching the plant’ as a lot of people in the industry say these days. I offer up my two cents on what it would take to start a garden and/or a dispensary as best I can, and always

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Feb 052016
 February 5, 2016
Michigan's New 'Impaired Driving Safety Commission' Introduced In H.B. 5024

A bill sponsored by Rep. Peter Lucido looks to expand government by creating another Commission, this time one which would establish a THC nanogram limit for drivers on Michigan’s roadways. Rep. Lucido’s bill will be heard in Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at noon in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill’s purpose, per the language of HB 5024, is: The commission shall research and recommend a scientifically supported threshold of THC bodily content to provide evidence for per se impaired driving in this state. The commission shall exist until it submits the final report to the governor, senate majority leader,

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Feb 052016
 February 5, 2016
Will The V.A. Let Doctors Recommend Medical Marijuana To Veterans?

By Phillip Smith On Wednesday, a group of 21 US senators and representatives sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs calling on it to allow VA doctors to discuss and recommend marijuana as medicine in states where it is legal. The bipartisan effort was led by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dina Titus (D-NY), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA). All represent medical marijuana states. Under current VA policy, embodied in VHA Directive 2011-004, which expires Sunday, VA doctors are prohibited recommending marijuana as a treatment option even in

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Feb 052016
 February 5, 2016
NYC Marijuana Possession Arrests Under 17K For First Time Since 1996

According to data just released by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, New York City marijuana arrests in 2015 dropped to under 17,000 for the first time since 1996. The 16,590 arrests for low-level marijuana possession in 2015 is a 42% decline from the 26,386 in 2014 and a 67% drop from the nearly 51,000 arrests in 2011. “New York is finally starting to shed its embarrassing distinction of being the marijuana arrest capital of the world,” said Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance. “Over the last twenty years, more than 700,000

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Feb 042016
 February 4, 2016
Earl Blumenauer And Barney Frank To Be Honored In Portland On Sunday

I was lucky enough to meet Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) late last year at an event hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). I have admired Mr. Blumenauer since well before I co-founded this blog in 2010. He is absolutely a champion of justice in my book. Just this week Earl Blumenauer was part of a group of Oregon congressional members that co-introduced legislation that would allow publications featuring marijuana ads to be delivered via U.S. mail. There is going to be an event this Sunday in Portland, Oregon to honor not only Earl Blumenauer, but also to honor long

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Feb 042016
 February 4, 2016
Oaksterdam University Sponsors Stepping High Festival In Jamaica

The Stepping High Festival, also known as the Jamaican Ganja Cup, is scheduled for March 5 and 6, 2016, in Negril, Jamaica. Offering an authentic Jamaican cultural experience built on the foundation of Rastafari culture and spirituality, family, community, friendship and love. The Stepping High Festival will feature exhibitions, entertainment and education—including seminars conducted by Oaksterdam University. “Oaksterdam has partnered with Stepping High because of its focus on cannabis, the community, the Jamaican people, and the local jobs available because of the festival,” said Dr. Aseem Sappal, Provost and Dean of Faculty for Oaksterdam University. “Now is an exciting time.

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Feb 042016
 February 4, 2016
Does Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Support Marijuana Reform?

The 2016 Presidential race went into full swing on Monday with the Iowa Caucuses taking place. On the Democrat side, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton essentially tied, and O’Malley did so poorly that he dropped out of the race after the results were announced. On the GOP side, which has many more candidates, Ted Cruz came out on top, with Donald Trump taking second place in Iowa, and Marco Rubio rounding out the top three. Ted Cruz pulled off somewhat of an upset by winning in Iowa, and has changed the conversation as far as who is considered to be

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