Aug 012015
 August 1, 2015
New York State Department Of Health Announces Five Medical Marijuana Producers

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced the following five companies would be awarded one of the coveted licenses to grow and dispense medical marijuana in New York: PharmaCann LLC, Empire State Health Solutions LLC, Columbia Care NY LLC, Etain, LLC, Bloomfield Industries Inc. The announcement came after a competitive bidding process through which forty-three industry groups contended for the five licenses. Each producer is restricted to opening only four dispensaries each, they will only be allowed to produce five strains or brands of medical marijuana, and all products must be in pill, oil or tincture form. The

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Aug 012015
 August 1, 2015
Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel Approves Autism

These tired eyes saw a marvelous thing today. They saw hope restored. Fathers high-fived with their children. Old men shed tears. Strangers embraced as if friends. Autism was recommended to be included in the list of illnesses covered under the protections of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. Although there still remains one hurdle to be cleared, this vote was the most crucial moment in the process of adding this illness to the list of conditions covered by the Act. Forty people erupted in applause and cheers when the announcement was made. I saw children, who could not possibly appreciate the

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Aug 012015
 August 1, 2015
New DEA Leader Suspects Marijuana Is Not As Bad As Heroin

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director Newly appointed head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Chuck Rosenberg, says that marijuana is “probably” not as dangerous as heroin. Rosenberg’s comments, issued Tuesday, are seemingly in conflict with marijuana’s Schedule I classification under federal law, which places it in the same category as heroin and is a lesser category than cocaine. The law defines cannabis and its dozens of distinct cannabinoids as possessing “a high potential for abuse … no currently accepted medical use, … [and] a lack of accepted safety for the use of the drug … under medical supervision.” Predictably, Rosenberg

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Aug 012015
 August 1, 2015
Round Two Of Proposed Alaska Marijuana Rules Now Available

I received the following message: Dear Johnny: The Marijuana Control Board has issued its second round of proposed rules, and the public is invited to comment by 4:30 p.m., Saturday, August 8. Please take a look at the proposal, available here, which provides extensive rules for licensed businesses. While most of the proposed rules offer reasonable regulations, several would clearly violate important protections established under Measure 2. Please take a moment to tell the board it must honor rights approved by Alaskans in the state’s historic vote. You can take a look at our draft letter here. For instance, Measure 2

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Jul 312015
 July 31, 2015
Nevada's First Licensed Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens Today

Nevada has had a medical marijuana program in place for quite awhile. There have also been unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada for awhile too. But those dispensaries operated below the radar, and once they were ‘discovered’ they were usually closed down. That all changes today with the opening of Nevada’s first licensed medical marijuana dispensary. Per the Reno Gazette-Journal: Nevada’s very first medical marijuana dispensary, Silver State Relief, is set to open in Sparks this Friday. Silver State Relief now possesses around 200 plants, brought in from all around Nevada, which they will use to grow future crops. Now

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Jul 312015
 July 31, 2015
An Overview Of The 2016 Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

By Phillip Smith Marijuana is going to be part of the political conversation between now and Election Day 2016. Support for legalization is now consistently polling above 50% nationwide, four states and DC have already voted to legalize it, and activists at least ten states are doing their best to make it an issue this time around. In those states, they’re working to take marijuana legalization directly to the voters in the form of initiatives. Not all of those efforts will actually make the ballot — mass signature-gathering campaigns require not only enthusiasm but cold, hard cash to succeed —

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Jul 312015
 July 31, 2015
Coalition Demands Due Process For Father And Husband Deported For Minor Marijuana Convictions

A coalition of immigrant rights and criminal justice reform advocacy organizations are calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Chief Counsel to allow green card holder Garfield Kenault Lawrence (A# 045 612 966) who was deported away from his U.S. Citizen wife and child to Jamaica, to reopen his immigration case. After a year of being held in an immigration detention prison (including during the birth of his first child), Kenault was wrongfully deported in 2013 based on an incorrect legal standard applied by an immigration judge who labeled his two minor 2009 marijuana convictions to be “drug trafficking

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Jul 312015
 July 31, 2015
NIDA Director Says Cannabidiol (CBD) Is A 'Safe Drug'

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director The director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Nora Volkow, believes that cannabidiol (CBD) – a nonpsychotropic cannabinoid – is “a safe drug with no addictive effects.” Volkow made the comments in an op-ed published by The Huffington Post. Volkow further acknowledged, “[P]reliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions.” Preclinical studies have documented CBD to possess a variety of therapeutic activities, including anti-cancer properties, anti-diabetic properties, and bone-stimulating activity. Clinical and observational trials have documented the substance to possess anxiolytic, anti-psychotic, and anti-seizure

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Jul 312015
 July 31, 2015
Recap: Portland NORML Membership Meeting July 25, 2015

By Jennifer Alexander We had a great meeting this past Saturday at Tony Starlight’s Showroom, despite the light attendance that was likely due in part to the rainy weather and our limited promotion of the meeting.  We did record it for those who may have missed it – we will try to get that posted soon! We had national NORML board member, Madeline Martinez, speak about her grand re-opening of the World Famous Cannabis Cafe.  While the original cafe was for OMMP cardholders only, the new location will be open to all adults 21 and over. The grand re-opening will

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Jul 302015
 July 30, 2015
Eclipse Farm-Ecology OG Kush Marijuana Strain BHO Review

I absolutely love the OG Kush marijuana strain. It’s a strain that has been around for quite awhile, and is popular just about anywhere and everywhere. No one knows for sure the origins of the OG Kush strain (although I’m sure many will debate this in the comments, which I always encourage). OG Kush is a hybrid strain, and is considered by most to be one of the top strains of all time. If there was a ‘Mt. Rushmore of marijuana strains,’ OG Kush would make the cut in my opinion. I know a lot of people that have grown

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