Johnny Green

Dec 072015
 December 7, 2015
Mexico To Hold A Series Of Regional Marijuana Debates

When it comes to drug cartels, Mexico is usually the first country that people think of. That’s not to say that there aren’t cartels in other countries, because there absolutely are, but Mexico serves as a type of ‘funnel’ through which a lot of the drugs that end up in America passes through. Cartels are horrible, and have killed many lives in Mexico and beyond. Those that haven’t been killed often live in fear of what may happen to them at the hands of the cartels. Recently Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that personal marijuana use and cultivation is a right that

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Dec 072015
 December 7, 2015
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Should Look At Medical Cannabis Facts

I received the following press release from the Georgia C.A.R.E. Project (donate here): Last week Georgia Governor Nathan Deal fired a warning shot across the bow of the medical cannabis ship, a warning shot to law makers that he may veto any legislation allowing for in-state cultivation of cannabis for medical use. This week the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis will host its final hearing to draft a proposal and recommendation to the governor and the general assembly. Over the past two years lawmakers have heard from stakeholders concerning the regulation of cannabis. Patients, law enforcement, industry professionals, activists and

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Dec 072015
 December 7, 2015
Canada's Liberal Government Doubles Down On Promise To Legalize Marijuana

Canada is poised to legalize marijuana sooner than later. The new Liberal Government campaigned on marijuana legalization, and it’s a promise that I think they will keep. Proof of that came on Friday during a speech to Canada’s Parliament, during which Canada’s Governor General David Johnston reiterated the current administration’s desire to legalize recreational marijuana in Canada. Per The Guardian: Canada’s new Liberal government has repeated its pledge to legalize marijuana in a speech outlining its agenda as parliament resumes after the 19 October election. A speech delivered by governor general David Johnston reiterated new prime minister Justin Trudeau’s plan

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Dec 072015
 December 7, 2015
Portland NORML Legislative Committee Meets Dec. 7 At NW Cannabis Club At 8pm

By Jennifer Alexander The Portland NORML Legislative Committee will meet December 7th at 8pm at the NW Cannabis Club located at 1195 SE Powell.  The Committee will discuss Legislative strategy that will benefit consumers at this meeting, especially the most vulnerable consumers – therapeutic cannabis consumers, with Leland Berger as Chair. The OMMP Rules Advisory Committee will be meeting earlier in the day, and local cannabis clubs have been advised that consuming marijuana at these private locations will be in violation of the Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA) as of January 1st, so these topics are likely to be at

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Dec 072015
 December 7, 2015
Five More Useless Drug War Deaths Last Month

By Phillip Smith At least five people died at the hands of law enforcement officers attempting to enforce the drug laws between October 30 and the end of November, bringing the Drug War Chronicle’s drug war death toll so far this year to 54. The tally includes only people who died as a result of drug law enforcement activities. Two of the victims were white; three were black. Four of the dead had been armed and fired at police (according to police accounts); one was unarmed. Here is this month’s toll: Floyd Ray Cook, 61, was shot and killed by

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Dec 062015
 December 6, 2015
Washington State Issues 142 Medical Endorsements To Already-Licensed Marijuana Stores

Washington State has one of the oldest medical marijuana laws in the country, and one of the oldest medical marijuana industries in the country as well. However, the medical marijuana industry has operated in a legal grey area for quite sometime, and after the passage of Senate Bill 5052, the industry has started to undergo dramatic changes. A lot of medical marijuana dispensaries will be forced to close, while others will be able to get licenses to continue to operate. Also, recreational marijuana stores will be able to get licenses and begin to sell to patients. Statistics were released this

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Dec 062015
 December 6, 2015
Marijuana Expungement Bill To Be Introduced In Virginia

The ‘marijuana scarlet letter’ is a very real thing. I have many friends who have been effectively boxed out of many things that many people take for granted – employment, financial aid for college, housing, and many, many other things. All because they were caught one time with a plant that is 114 times safer than alcohol. Wherever they go, their marijuana conviction is sure to follow. That is unfair, and obviously can ruin people’s lives. That’s why activists push for expungement bills, even in states where marijuana is now legal. Wherever there are citizens with marijuana convictions, activists should

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Dec 062015
 December 6, 2015
Many Oregon Marijuana Lounges, Cafes, And Clubs Will Be Illegal Starting In 2016

I have always wanted to open a marijuana themed video arcade. There are ‘barcades’ popping up all over Oregon right now, with a very straight forward recipe. Essentially you get a bunch of arcade games and offer food and alcohol. They are very popular, and I have always thought that a marijuana arcade would be even more popular, especially since there aren’t any in existence in Oregon right now. I own ten arcade games (big nerd, shouldn’t shock anyone), and while I love playing pinball while hitting a vaporizer pen solo, there are times when I would like to do

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Dec 062015
 December 6, 2015
Pants On Fire Alert - Obama's Drug Czar Lies To Congress About Drug War Budget

Michael Botticelli is the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), commonly referred to as the ‘Drug Czar.’ The title for the position originated in the early 1980’s. Mr. Botticelli is tasked with providing guidance and strategy to the White House on national drug policy control issues. In theory, the position is supposed to give fair and balanced recommendations to the federal government. That has rarely (if ever) been the case with past Drug Czars. Recently Michael Botticelli testified at a Congressional hearing about federal spending on drug policy control, during which he stated the following:

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Dec 052015
 December 5, 2015
A Very Special Thank You To Kaliko And Best Wishes For Your Future Endeavors

I first heard about my buddy Kaliko Castille in 2011. I had graduated college as a ‘non-traditional student’ (meaning I was older than the traditional college student when I graduated, basically college’s version of passive age discrimination) just two years prior from the same university that Kaliko was then attending. I was at an alumni event for the department that I majored in with some faculty, and one of my former professors said that there was a guy that I had to meet. The guy’s name was Kaliko Castille, and he was trying to start a Students for Sensible Drug

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