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.

Feb 272015
 February 27, 2015
Large National Brands Have Sights Set On Legal Marijuana Industry

The recreational marijuana industry is expanding at a rapid pace. Right now there only two states that allow recreational marijuana sales (Washington and Colorado of course). But Alaska will be soon to follow, as will Oregon, and hopefully someday Washington D.C.. Between now and the end of Election Day 2016, I have as many as 16 states in play that could make a move to legalize recreational marijuana. By the end Election Day 2020, we could see over half the states in America with legal recreational marijuana sales occurring. If that becomes the case, or even mostly becomes the case, the

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Feb 272015
 February 27, 2015
Jury Selection, Opening Statements Made In Rare Federal Medical Marijuana Trial

Trial began on Wednesday with jury selection and opening statements in a widely watched federal medical marijuana case against a family from eastern Washington State known as the Kettle Falls Five. Last week, amidst mounting pressure, the Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed charges against defendant Larry Harvey, 71, who was recently diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Earlier this week, defendant and Harvey family friend Jason Zucker accepted a plea deal, whereby he agreed to cooperate with the prosecution by testifying against his co-defendants in exchange for a single felony conviction and a recommended sentence of 16 months. Three defendants

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Feb 272015
 February 27, 2015
Missouri Medical Cannabis Bill Heard In House Committee

By John Payne On Monday, the House Emerging Issues Committee heard testimony on H.B. 800, which would legalize medical cannabis and create a system for licensing cultivators and dispensaries across the state. Many patients and patients advocates traveled to Jefferson City to testify about how legal medical cannabis could benefit them. The media focused primarily on celebrity witness Montel Williams, who offered a compelling story of how cannabis has helped him deal with the pain of multiple sclerosis. However, I think for most of the people in the room that night, the most emotional testimony was delivered by former Missouri

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Feb 272015
 February 27, 2015
Bill Would Legalize Recreational Marijuana In Florida

The battle to legalize medical marijuana in Florida has received a lot of media attention. Florida’s medical marijuana initiative failed in 2014, despite the fact that it received more votes than any candidate in Florida during the same election. Activists have been lobbying legislators in Florida ever since in an attempt to get a meaningful medical marijuana bill passed. There is also an effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida. Per the Palm Beach Post: A Senate bill that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana and impose a $50-per-ounce excise tax on growers, producers and retail stores was introduced late

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Feb 262015
 February 26, 2015
See Steve DeAngelo At The OMMBC

Steve DeAngelo has been one of the most prominent cannabis industry activists for a few decades now. He helped launch the ArvView Group, the nation’s top cannabis investment groups; Steep Hill Labs, one of the preeminent testing labs; and Harborside Health Center, the most profitable medical cannabis dispensary on the planet. DeAngelo, fresh off his appearance at the International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco, will be in my (relative) neck of the woods of Eugene, Oregon, at the next Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference (OMMBC) on March 15-16. The cannabis industry has to have those up front pushing the envelope, and DeAngelo has

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Feb 262015
 February 26, 2015
Maryland Poll: Majority Support For Marijuana Legalization, Marijuana Safer Than Sugar

Maryland is high on my list of states that are next to legalize marijuana. Maryland has a great shot of being the first state in America to legalize marijuana via a legislative action, as opposed to via the initiative process. Efforts in Maryland got a boost this week from a poll which found that a majority of Marylanders support marijuana legalization. The poll also found that Marylanders consider marijuana to be safer than sugar. Per Goucher.Edu: Fifty-two percent of Marylanders support making the use of marijuana legal in Maryland; 44 percent oppose. When asked which substance is the most harmful

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Feb 262015
 February 26, 2015
Jamaica Decriminalizes Small Amounts Of Marijuana

Marijuana is very much a part of Jamaican culture. I have never traveled to Jamaica, but many of of my friends and family have. All of them have consumed marijuana on their trip, and stated that it was readily available, cheap, and of high quality. But marijuana has been illegal for a long time in Jamaica, despite the fact that it is used for religious purposes, recreational purposes, and medical purposes all over the island nation. This week Jamaica decriminalized marijuana. Per The Guardian: Jamaican lawmakers have passed an act to decriminalise small amounts of marijuana and establish a licensing

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Feb 262015
 February 26, 2015
Medical Marijuana Business Licenses In Washington Are Good For Patients

Two Washington State-based laboratories — The Werc Shop and Phytalab — have recently been certified under a nationwide program that verifies quality control standards, calibration, and evaluation processes for labs that test medical marijuana products. These certificates were awarded by the Patient Focused Certification (PFC) program, which also certifies the quality and reliability of products sold at licensed medical marijuana businesses. The Werc Shop and Phytalab test medical and recreational marijuana products produced, manufactured, and sold throughout Washington State. PFC is a project of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and the only nonprofit, third-party certification for the medical marijuana industry

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Feb 262015
 February 26, 2015
Bill That Would Free Man Serving Life For Marijuana Offenses Leaps Forward

A bill that would require the release of any offender serving life without parole for marijuana offenses has moved forward in the Missouri legislature. House Bill 978, introduced by Representative Shamed Dogan, was assigned this week to the House Corrections Committee, and a hearing was immediately scheduled for next Wednesday March 4th at 8:00 AM in House Hearing Room 5. The bill would require the release of 61-year-old great-grandfather Jeff Mizanskey, who has been incarcerated for twenty-one years on a life sentence without the possibility of parole. “I am grateful to Chairman Fitzwater for holding a hearing on HB 978.

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Feb 262015
 February 26, 2015
Marijuana Is Now Legal In Washington D.C.

By Phillip Smith As of midnight, it became legal to possess, grow, and consume small amounts of marijuana in the nation’s capital. An initiative passed with the support of 70% of DC voters has now gone into effect. Republicans’ efforts to block the law have been to no avail. Congress passed a budget bill that blocked the District from spending money on easing marijuana laws — and that has stopped the District council from moving forward with a bill to tax and regulate marijuana commerce — but that came after voters had already approved the legalization measure, Initiative 71. After

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