Sep 022015
 September 2, 2015
Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative Moves Another Step Closer To 2016 Ballot

A proposed initiative to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol in Massachusetts moved another step closer to the 2016 ballot Wednesday when the state Attorney General’s office certified the petition in support of the measure. The attorney general is required to review all initiative petitions to ensure they meet certain constitutional requirements and must prepare a “fair, concise summary of the proposed law” to appear on petitions and the ballot. “Massachusetts is another step closer to ending marijuana prohibition and replacing it with a more sensible policy,” said CRMLA campaign manager Will Luzier. “We’re already finding a lot of support

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Sep 022015
 September 2, 2015
Sports Pain Management Panel Presented At Cannabis World Congress In L.A.

“Sports Pain Management and Cannabis,” will be a high level panel presented at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) in Los Angeles.  Taking place September 16-18, 2015, CWCBExpo in LA is the only event on the West Coast to cover the entire spectrum of legalized and medical marijuana. Many professional sports players, especially among the high impact sport of football, are citing marijuana and cannabinoids as effective medicine for pain relief and stress reduction.   This important panel at CWCBExpo in LA is being presented by Coalition for Access Now 501C4 and moderated by Geoff Whaling, its Founding Member

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Sep 022015
 September 2, 2015
Tommy Chong Is Launching A New YouTube Show Called 'Almost Legal'

I have been a fan of Tommy Chong’s since I was a little kid. My uncle was a very, very big Tommy Chong fan, and he would always play their Wedding Album and movies. Admittedly, it was maybe not suitable for a child of my age, but I ended up turning out OK. One of my prized possessions is a Tommy Chong bong, which getting it autographed is the number one thing on my bucket list and will stay there until the goal is achieved. Tommy Chong is currently battling cancer, but that’s not stopping him from being a world

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Sep 022015
 September 2, 2015
Extraction Reaction: Let's Be Smart About Dabbing

By Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel A new scientific review of burn injuries in Colorado confirms what many of us have been saying for some time – that the popularity of dabbing (i.e., the use of hash oil) brings with it some real dangers and some potential political dangers. I have previously written about my own preference for flowers, rather than concentrates or edibles, but that is largely the result of my age. I began smoking marijuana 50 years ago, when I was a freshman at Georgetown Law School, and back then one was lucky if you could establish a

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Sep 022015
 September 2, 2015
The High Times Cannabis Cup Will Not Be Coming To Oregon In 2015

I think we have all had that person that we have been attracted to that flirts with us a bit, gets our hopes up, but nothing ever materializes. I know I’ve had my fare share of those scenarios. Those types of situations remind me of the High Times Cannabis Cup and my home state, Oregon. I have posted multiple articles begging High Times to bring their Cannabis Cup event to Oregon. I have attended them in other states, and they are like nothing Oregon has ever seen before. After Oregon voted to legalize recreational marijuana in late 2014, High Times

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Sep 022015
 September 2, 2015
Breaking Glass In The Marijuana Industry

By Sara Batterby This is the first of what I hope will be many posts for The Weed Blog. I am going to be writing about the business end of cannabis. The business end of business really, because that is what I know the most about. But first… My career has been underway for a long time. 21 years to be precise. It started off conventionally enough in England when I was hired out of college by a big, American technology-consulting firm. That was considered a major accomplishment for a young woman with a degree in philosophy and zero exposure

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Sep 012015
 September 1, 2015
Let Me Know When Miley Cyrus Supports Marijuana Reform Efforts

The MTV music video awards occurred recently, which if you are on social media, then you are already well aware of that fact. You are then also likely aware that Miley Cyrus was the host, and she debuted a song about marijuana, and that she loves marijuana, and marijuana loves Miley, and they are going to live happily ever after together. As seems to always be the case with Miley Cyrus and marijuana, the media couldn’t help but swoon at every reference to marijuana that was made and/or insinuated by Miley and others. I get that Miley Cyrus is very

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Sep 012015
 September 1, 2015
New Report Confirms Arizona Marijuana Initiative Revenue Estimate, Rebuffs Opponents

An independent Arizona-based research organization reports a proposed 2016 ballot measure to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol would likely raise more revenue for education in Arizona than initiative backers originally estimated. According to the Grand Canyon Institute, a “centrist think-thank led by a bipartisan group of former state lawmakers, economists, community leaders, and academicians,” tax revenue from the initiative would initially generate $64 million annually, including $51 million for K-12 education and all-day kindergarten programs. It estimates that by 2019, once the new system is fully rolled out, it would raise $72 million per year, including approximately $58 million

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Sep 012015
 September 1, 2015
Freedom For Man Sentenced To Life For Nonviolent Marijuana Offense

Twenty-one years behind bars: Missouri’s governor commuted Jeff Mizanskey’s sentence, thanks to help from 400,000 petition signers, a plea from the prosecutor and an international campaign spearheaded by Show-Me Cannabis. Jeff Mizanskey walked out of prison this morning after spending 21 years behind bars because of a minor, nonviolent marijuana offense. The 61-year-old became a symbol of the failed war on drugs. His campaign for clemency attracted 391,254 Change.org petition signatures, a plea from the prosecutor who put him away, a bill proposed by Missouri Rep. Shamed Dogan, a letter for clemency from 126 Missouri lawmakers,  billboards in prominent locations,

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Sep 012015
 September 1, 2015
DEA Agents Don't Lie, Says San Diego Judge In Medical Marijuana Case

By Terrie Best – San Diego Americans for Safe Access San Diego CA – In one of the most depressing statements from a judge I’ve heard, Judge Jay Bloom of the San Diego Superior Court vilified cannabis patient witnesses from the bench while at the same time insisting DEA agents are bound to tell the truth on the witness stand or risk arrest and conviction. The criminal case of Ernest James Knight and co-defendant Sandra began Wednesday with the preliminary examination. It was a two day affair and very expensive.  The prosecution called two DEA special agents to make her

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