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.

Jan 302015
 January 30, 2015
Win Free Tickets To The High Times Cannabis Cup In Portland, Oregon

Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting some of the fine people from the Shango dispensaries. Shango has two locations in Portland, and they have some of the most premium medical marijuana I’ve seen in quite sometime. They are currently doing a contest, which I felt needed to be passed along because I know we get a lot of Oregon readers, especially from Portland. Below are more details, and make sure to check out Shango if you are in the area, and follow them on Twitter to find out about other contests and deals they have: Are you a go-getter?

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Jan 302015
 January 30, 2015
Senator Feinstein's Opposition To Marijuana Highlights Her Need To Go

For a very long time politicians either didn’t publicly support marijuana reform, or outright opposed it publicly. It was very, very rare to hear a politician, especially a federal politician, express support for marijuana legalization. Those days are rapidly drawing to a close, as more and more politicians at every level are getting on the right side of history. One of those politicians that are clinging to the past with everything they have is California Senator Dianne Feinstein. Per the Los Angeles Times: Feinstein and fellow Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) recently sent letters to top Obama administration officials decrying what

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Jan 302015
 January 30, 2015
IRS Tax Memo Will Hurt Marijuana Businesses

I always say, if you are in the marijuana industry, or are trying to get into the marijuana industry, you better know about 280e reform. 280e is a federal tax provision that prevents businesses from making deductions for activities that involve banned controlled substances. Most businesses can’t survive without tax deductions, and when it comes to marijuana businesses, the tax code is far from friendly. There was a loophole that some marijuana businesses were using to make deductions related to expenses of ‘cost of good sold.’ That loophole was closed recently by the IRS, which will cost the industry hug

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Jan 302015
 January 30, 2015
Marijuana Arrests Drop 75% In New York City

New York City had one of the most racially disparaging marijuana arrest rates in the country. That led to outcries from the marijuana reform movement and civil rights activists, which then led to New York City reforming its marijuana laws. What once resulted in an arrest now results in just a fine. The policy change has led to a significant decrease in marijuana arrests in New York City, which is good news for marijuana consumers and law enforcement alike. Per the Associated Press: After a mid-November turn toward violations and summonses instead of misdemeanor arrests for carrying modest amounts of

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Jan 292015
 January 29, 2015
New Attorney General Would Not Change Obama's Marijuana Policy

Loretta Lynch is the nominee to replace outgoing United States Attorney General Eric Holder. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding her stance on marijuana, with some outlets erroneously stating that she disagrees with Obama when it comes to marijuana policy. The truth is, if confirmed, Loretta Lynch would not push for any changes to Obama’s current policies. The feds will allow states to proceed with marijuana legalization, however they reserve the right to step in and prosecute people that they sit fit. She will not push for marijuana legalization. Per Tom Angell’s article for Marijuana.Com: The Obama administration’s

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Jan 292015
 January 29, 2015
Poll: Strong Support For Minnesota Medical Marijuana, Rising Support For Full legalization

Three-quarters of Minnesotans support providing patients with the legal option to consume cannabis therapeutically, while half of Minnesotans also support legalizing the plant for social use, according to statewide survey data by Public Policy Polling and commissioned by the Minnesota affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MN NORML}. According to Randy Quast, founding board member of MN NORML, “These polling numbers show that Minnesotans views on cannabis are well ahead of those of their elected officials. More Minnesotans now support legalizing the plant than endorse maintaining the status quo, criminalization, and a super-majority of Minnesotans

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Jan 292015
 January 29, 2015
Rep. Blumenauer Demands Answers From FDIC About Marijuana Banking

Today, Representative Blumenauer sent a letter to Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman Martin Gruenberg asking for clarification on what guidance the FDIC provides to banks who offer financial services to marijuana-related businesses, and what role, if any, the FDIC played in M Bank’s decision to abruptly suspend operations in Colorado. Last week, M Bank publically announced it would offer banking services to marijuana businesses in Colorado, only to abruptly reverse course a week later. A Denver Post article from January 26, 2015 cites industry insiders familiar with the situation claiming that the FDIC stepped in to warn M Bank executives

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Jan 292015
 January 29, 2015
Marijuana Arrests Down Almost 90% In Philadelphia

Marijuana reform can save law enforcement a lot of time, effort, and money. A great example of that is occurring in Philadelphia. Philadelphia passed a marijuana decriminalization bill last year. As a result of the change in public policy, marijuana arrests are down 88% compared to years past. That is that much more time that cops can focus on real crime, instead of being tied up investigating someone for consuming a joint. Per Philly.Com: Police made 63 arrests for marijuana possession between Oct. 20 (the day the new procedure went into place) and Dec. 31. There were 35 of the

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Jan 292015
 January 29, 2015
Law Enforcement Officials Support Florida Medical Marijuana Bill

Medical marijuana in Florida seems to be inevitable. Roughly 58% of Florida voters voted for medical marijuana in the last election. Normally that would have been enough of the vote for a huge victory, but Florida requires 60% of the vote to pass a constitutional amendment initiative. That significant level of support has caught the attention of lawmakers in Florida, one of which recently introduced a medical marijuana bill. It’s worth noting that Florida already passed a CBD only bill last session, but that legislation has yet to be implemented, and wouldn’t help that many people even if it does

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Jan 292015
 January 29, 2015
Why Are There So Many Pissing Contests In The Marijuana Industry/Movement?

I first got involved in marijuana activism in 1998 when Oregon activists campaigned for, and passed, medical marijuana legalization. I was in high school at the time, and did the best I could to raise awareness for the effort, attended some gatherings, and posted newspaper articles in my locker (which didn’t go over well with my high school obviously!). It wasn’t the most dominant activist effort of all time, but it was what I could do at the time given the restraints of being a minor in high school. I dramatically stepped up my activism when I co-founded this blog

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