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.

Mar 132015
 March 13, 2015
Minnesota Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Set To Open In July

It’s very rare for a state to legalize medical marijuana and stick to timelines surrounding rule-making and implementation, especially when it comes to dispensaries. Illinois is a great example. Illinois took way longer than expected to even license medical marijuana growers and dispensaries, and patients are still waiting for their medicine. Cases like Illinois are why I always point out the need for home cultivation provisions. Without a home cultivation provision, patients in states that drag their feet have no choice but to either go without medicine, or purchase it from an unregulated blackmarket. In somewhat surprising news, Minnesota will

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Mar 132015
 March 13, 2015
DC Marijuana Legalization Campaign Organizes First Legal Seed Share

Since Ballot Initiative 71 passed last November, the DC Cannabis Campaign has received many requests for cannabis seeds. We’ve said all along, “ask a friend, they might have some seeds to give you.” Still, we know that not everyone has friends who have seeds available to share. To address this need, on the 1-month anniversary of Ballot Initiative 71 becoming law, the DC Cannabis Campaign is organizing two seed shares to facilitate personal home cultivation of cannabis permitted under the new law. This will be DC residents’ opportunity to share seeds with other adults and start down the path of

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Mar 132015
 March 13, 2015
Federal Judge Rejects Effort To Imprison Defendants Pending Sentencing

Just one week after three medical marijuana patients were acquitted by a federal jury of all but one charge stemming from the widely watched Kettle Falls Five trial, US District Court Judge Thomas Rice rejected attempts by the Justice Department (DOJ) to imprison the defendants pending sentencing on June 10th. Judge Rice’s ruling comes just a day after defense attorneys filed their opposition to the government’s pre-sentencing detention effort. The DOJ remains aggressive in its attempts to lock up the three family members, filing an emergencyrequest for detention just one day after the jury reached its verdict. Apparently unsatisfied with

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Mar 132015
 March 13, 2015
Four Marijuana Bills Advance In Missouri General Assembly

By Amber Iris Langston On Wednesday, Missouri legislative committees approved four separate cannabis law reform bills. We already wrote to you about HB 978, which would free Jeff Mizanskey, who is serving life without parole for a non-violent cannabis offense, and was approved by the House Corrections Committee on Wednesday morning. As the day progressed, so did three other pro-reform bills. The House Emerging Issues Committee approved HB 800, which would legalize medical cannabis and create a very tightly regulated system for its cultivation and distribution, with a “Do Pass” recommendation. Ten committee members voted in support, with only one

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Mar 122015
 March 12, 2015
How D.C. Can Legalize Recreational Marijuana Sales

My friend and fellow activist Tom Angell has written a stellar article about how Washington D.C. can still legalize recreational marijuana sales, despite attempts by members of Congress to block such an action. There are multiple Washington D.C. officials that are mulling over their options as to how to achieve that objective. Right now possession and cultivation of marijuana is legal in Washington D.C.. However, purchasing marijuana from a store is still forbidden. But that could change if some Washington D.C. Council members have their way. Per Tom Angell’s article on Marijuana.Com: Under the federal funding bill enacted late last

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Mar 122015
 March 12, 2015
Vote On Harmful Washington Medical Marijuana Bill Expected Tomorrow

Washington State Senate Bill 5052 would hurt patients. Among other things, the bill would reduce the number of plants that a patient can grow, reduce the amount of medical marijuana a patient can possess, and shutdown medical marijuana dispensaries. The bill is expected to be voted on tomorrow, per Sensible Washington. Below is a message that Sensible Washington sent out yesterday via their Facebook page: Senate Bill 5052 – to shutdown dispensaries in our state, establish a mandatory patient registry and to reduce the amount of cannabis patients can grow and possess – has been scheduled for a March 13th

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Mar 122015
 March 12, 2015
Record Amount Of Recreational Marijuana Sold In Colorado In January

The marijuana industry is booming in Colorado. Legal recreational marijuana sales began in January 2014 in Colorado. Since then, there has been a steady increase in the amount of recreational marijuana sold just about every month. Sure, there has been some months where there has been some slight dips in the numbers. But in the aggregate the numbers keep climbing, resulting in a record month in January 2015. Per the Denver Post: Colorado pot businesses sold a record amount of marijuana in January, resulting in an excise tax of nearly $2.35 million designated for public schools, state officials said Wednesday. Based

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Mar 122015
 March 12, 2015
Poll: More Than Six In Ten Connecticut Voters Support Marijuana Legalization

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director More than six out of ten Connecticut voters favor legalizing marijuana use by adults, according to statewide polling conducted by Quinnipiac University. Sixty-three percent of respondents said that they favored permitting adults to legally possess personal use quantities of cannabis. Only 34 percent of voters opposed this idea. Legislation, House Bill 6703, is presently pending in the state, “to allow marijuana use for persons twenty-one years of age and older, and to regulate the sale, possession, use and growth of marijuana.” Connecticut residents can contact their lawmakers in support of this measure here. State

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Mar 122015
 March 12, 2015
Organization Announces Michigan Marijuana Legalization Effort For 2016

Organization led by a Who’s-Who of Michigan’s prominent marijuana activists and advocates; petition will repair medical marijuana laws, establish legalization, advance industrial hemp and direct profits to repair roads and support schools Michigan’s prospects for adopting a marijuana legalization program in 2016 are brighter as the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee (MCCLRIC) announces their intention to launch a petition drive and collect signatures in 2015. “The time is right and people are demanding a comprehensive petition that protects medical marijuana, creates a responsible tax and regulation system for adult use age 21 and over, and permits the farming

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