Johnny Green

Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.

Jul 032015
 July 3, 2015
What It's Like To Experience The Freedom Of Marijuana Legalization

I have been consuming marijuana for over 2 decades now. I started at an early age (I’m 34 now), and from the very beginning of my marijuana consumption I knew that if I was going to be a marijuana consumer, I would be doing so at great risk. If I was caught with marijuana, even just one joint, I could lose a lot. I could lose out on financial aid if/when I decided to go to college, I could be fined, and even jailed. I would have my job prospects drastically limited due to having to carry around the ‘marijuana

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Jul 032015
 July 3, 2015
Miami-Dade Marijuana Decriminalization Law Will Start In One Week

This week there was a very significant victory for marijuana reform in Florida. The Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted to decriminalize the personal possession of marijuana up to 20 grams. Right now in Miami-Dade County, and throughout Florida, personal possession of up to 20 grams is a crime, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Such a charge also comes with the ‘marijuana scarlet letter’ and labels anyone convicted as a criminal. Under Miami-Dade County’s new law, possession of up to 20 grams would be punishable by a $100 ticket, or two days

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Jul 032015
 July 3, 2015
New Marijuana Tax Structure In Washington Should Help Reduce Prices

Everyone I have talked to that has traveled to Washington to purchase legal recreational marijuana has said the same thing – it is extremely expensive. Most of the people I have talked to traveled from Oregon, which has the cheapest prices for high end marijuana in the nation, so it’s not surprising to me that they get sticker shock when they are at the cash register checking out. I think people that travel from less friendly marijuana states are more comfortable with the prices, but I also think that everyone can agree that prices need to be lower if the

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Jul 032015
 July 3, 2015
ResponsibleOhio Submits Roughly 700,000 Signatures For Marijuana Legalization Initiative

In order for ResponsibleOhio’s marijuana legalization initiative to make the ballot (the 2015 ballot, just to be clear), the campaign needs to submit at least 305,591 valid signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State, and meet a threshold of signatures in a certain amount of counties. This last week ResponsibleOhio submitted almost 700,000 signatures. Barring a significantly low validation rate, I think it’s a pretty safe bet that the initiative will clear the signature requirement hurdle. Per Cleveland.Com: ResponsibleOhio Executive Director Ian James was confident the group will meet that mark in 72 counties. “This [amendment] is about allowing the voters to do

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Jul 022015
 July 2, 2015
Popular Presidential Candidate Gets A Six Figure Campaign Donation From The Marijuana Industry

The marijuana movement has long fought to be taken seriously by high level politicians. For a very long time elected officials scoffed at marijuana supporters, often making Cheech and Chong jokes and other insensitive, stereotypical comments. There have been a lot of third party Presidential candidates that have courted the marijuana movement in the past, but there has never been a major party candidate running for President that has willingly congregated with an all marijuana-supporting audience. That is, not until recently. Republican Presidential candidate Rand Paul made history recently when he held a campaign fundraising event as part of the

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Jul 022015
 July 2, 2015
Oregon Governor Signs New Law To Implement Marijuana Legalization

Today Governor Kate Brown signed H.B. 3400, an omnibus bill to implement Measure 91, the marijuana legalization initiative adopted by voters last November. The bill was approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives this week. Measure 91 legalized possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 and older and regulated commercial production, manufacturing, and retail sales of marijuana.  Legalization for personal use took effect July 1, 2015. As of that date adults 21 and older can legally possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana at home and up to 1 ounce of marijuana outside the home. They

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Jul 022015
 July 2, 2015
Take A Stand For Liberty This Independence Day Weekend

By John Payne Today kicks off Show-Me Cannabis’ Fourth Annual Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness Money Bomb. Each year, the event celebrates our freedoms as Americans and allows us continue the fight to expand those freedoms by reforming Missouri’s cannabis laws. This year, your contributions are more important than ever before, as they will help launch our 2016 initiative campaign. Contrary to what many people believe, there is far more to the initiative process than submitting language to the Secretary of State and gathering signatures. Successful initiative campaigns are massive undertakings and require millions of dollars. Thankfully, we do

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Jul 022015
 July 2, 2015
'Burnside Burn' Celebration Of Marijuana Legalization In Oregon A Huge Success

The end of adult marijuana prohibition came at the stroke of midnight, July 1, and a crowd that spanned the entire length of the Burnside Bridge gathered to celebrate the beginning of marijuana legalization in Oregon. A huge puff of marijuana smoke rose to the sky beneath the shining neon Portland Oregon sign that welcomes travelers into Old Town Portland. “The end of prohibition has been a long time coming,” remarked Portland NORML Executive Director Russ Belville, “and we wouldn’t be celebrating this day in Oregon without the hard work of long time Oregon activists like Paul Stanford, John Sajo,

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Jul 012015
 July 1, 2015
Should There Be Marijuana Lounges In States That Legalized Marijuana?

By Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel Without doubt, it is important that we begin to move forward with the legalization of lounges and social clubs that permit marijuana smokers to gather and enjoy their favorite strains. Marijuana smoking is a social activity, and most smokers would like the option of dropping by a local marijuana-friendly venue, to relax with friends and like-minded colleagues. Currently, none of the four states that have fully legalized marijuana allow for this option. Smoking in a public venue is prohibited, and the authorities have taken a needlessly restrictive view of what is a public place,

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Jul 012015
 July 1, 2015
Marijuana Is Now Legal In Oregon

By Phillip Smith The Measure 91 marijuana legalization initiative approved by Oregon voters last November went into effect as of 12:01 a.m Pacific Time today. That means that people 21 and over can now legally possess up to eight ounces of weed at home and grow up to four plants. Only one ounce may be possessed in public. Public consumption remains illegal. But you won’t be able to go to the marijuana store just yet. Sales are currently set to begin next year, although there is a chance the legislature could act to move up that date. Portland NORML marked the

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