Feb 142016
 February 14, 2016
Some Marijuana Memes To Brighten Your 2016 Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day can be a very happy day for some, and a very sad day for others. If you don’t have that special someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day with, I apologize. If you do have a special someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day with, congratulations! Like most people, I have been on both sides of the fence myself. I hope that whether you are single or taken, that you have a great day either way! Below are some marijuana themed Valentine’s Day memes. Hopefully regardless of your status, you can at least enjoy a good meme! There will no doubt be more popping

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Feb 142016
 February 14, 2016
Donate To The 2016 Florida Medical Marijuana Campaign On Valentine's Day

I received the following heart felt e-mail from the Florida medical marijuana campaign. Please donate if you are able: Johnny, For many people on this list, Valentine’s Day isn’t sweet at all—and represents a reminder that the person they’re closest to is suffering or has passed. This campaign is singularly focused on making sure doctors have the right to help the people you love, when they decide medical marijuana is a good option. Marijuana can prolong life by reducing seizures, helping with pain and hunger, and serving as an alternative to addictive and often deadly opiate medications. Our opponents made

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Feb 132016
 February 13, 2016
Miami-Herald: Vote Yes On Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative 'For Humanitarian Reasons'

Florida voters are going to see a medical marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot for the second election cycle in a row. The 2016 version is different than the 2014 version in a handful of ways. The 2014 initiative lost by just 2 percent. An improved initiative, lessons learned from the 2014 campaign, and a higher voter turnout due to a Presidential election will hopefully overcome that 2 percent. Florida residents want medical marijuana, and not the version previously passed by the Florida Legislature that doesn’t really help anyone. The Editorial Board at the Miami-Herald agrees. Per an excerpt from a

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Feb 132016
 February 13, 2016
Vermont Governor's Statement On Senate Committee Passage Of Marijuana Legalization Bill

There are half a dozen states that have a shot at legalizing recreational marijuana via citizen initiative in 2016 in my opinion – California, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Maine, and Massachusetts. There are also states that could legalize via legislative action, which has never happened before. The three states that seem to be in play from a legislative action standpoint are Vermont, Rhode Island, and New Mexico. This last week a marijuana legalization bill passed out of the Vermont Senate Finance Committee, moving Vermont one step closer to ending marijuana prohibition. Below is the statement that was released by Vermont’s Governor

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Feb 132016
 February 13, 2016
Nevada Health Official Predicts Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers Will Quadruple Soon

Nevada has had a medical marijuana program for awhile now, but it wasn’t until recently that there were state licensed dispensaries. There have been some dispensaries operating in the shadows for years, but now dispensaries are fully regulated and operating with the full permission of the State of Nevada. With safe access points opening up all over Nevada, more and more Nevada residents are becoming medical marijuana patients, with exponential growth predicted for the near future. Per Marijuana Business Daily: Some good news for Nevada’s medical cannabis businesses: the number of MMJ patients in the state may more than quadruple

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Feb 122016
 February 12, 2016
Florida Medical Marijuana Campaign Needs 478 More Donors This Month

I received the following message from the Florida medical marijuana campaign. If you are able to help, please do: Johnny, We need 478 more donors this month to stay on target. Unlike the No on 2 campaign, we don’t have a billionaire who can drop $6 million at any minute. They didn’t have to pay millions to be on the ballot either. But it is up to us to get to 60%—and the only way we do that is by educating voters across the entire state. Our budget requires us to raise millions—and requires you, our supporters, to jump in

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Feb 122016
 February 12, 2016
California NORML Opposes Medical-Only Marijuana Tax

A bill to impose a new 15% state excise tax on retail purchases of medical marijuana has been proposed in the California legislature (SB 987 by Sen. McGuire).  The tax would be in addition to the current 7.5+% sales tax plus various local business taxes assessed by some localities. “At this time when providers already face burdensome new costs under the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), it is unwise and inappropriate to impose any new state tax on medical marijuana,” says California NORML director Dale Gieringer.  Many patient advocates regard any taxes on medicine as unjust in principle.

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Feb 122016
 February 12, 2016
Another Vermont Senate Committee Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill

The Vermont Senate Committee on Finance approved a bill (6-1) on Friday that would end marijuana prohibition in the state and regulate marijuana for adult use. The bill was approved by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on January 29, and it will now be considered by the Senate Committee on Appropriations. 241 would make it legal for adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and establish a tightly controlled system of licensed marijuana cultivation sites, testing facilities, and retail stores. It would also create a study commission to examine issues such as

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Feb 122016
 February 12, 2016
Patients In Need Of Medical Marijuana Speak Out Against Rhode Island 'Sick Tax'

Rhode Islanders who use medical marijuana to help manage chronic and debilitating medical conditions spoke out against a proposal in Governor Gina Raimondo’s 2017 budget that would levy heavy taxes on medical marijuana plants grown by patients and caregivers. At a news conference held by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and the RI Patient Advocacy Coalition, patients said this “sick tax” on medical marijuana would be devastating to them and many other patients and caregivers, making it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for them to access the medicine they need to manage their pain and other medical

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