Johnny Green

Dec 032015
 December 3, 2015
Study: Marijuana Improves Outcomes In Opioid-Dependent Subjects Undergoing Treatment

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Cannabis use is associated with improved outcomes in opioid-dependent subjects undergoing outpatient treatment, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Researchers at Columbia University assessed the use of cannabinoids versus placebo in opioid-dependent subjects undergoing in-patient detoxification and outpatient treatment with naltrexone, an opiate receptor antagonist. Investigators reported that the administration of oral THC (dronabinol) during the detoxification process lowered the severity of subjects’ withdrawal symptoms compared to placebo, but that these effects did not persist over the entire course of treatment. By contrast, patients who

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Dec 032015
 December 3, 2015
Marijuana Jobs Report November 2015

It’s the start of a new month, so that means the cannabis jobs report for November is out. November 2015 was another great month for cannabis jobs. This month they changed it up by adding the total number of job openings in each state. This gives you a better idea of the number of jobs being created in the cannabis industry. To view all the jobs posted, visit The Cannabis Jobs Board http://CannabisJobsBoard.com

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Dec 032015
 December 3, 2015
Minnesota Adds Intractable Pain As Qualifying Condition For Medical Marijuana

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger announced Wednesday that intractable pain, as defined in Minnesota law, will be added to the list of qualifying conditions for which patients can legally access medical marijuana. The commissioner must notify the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative health and public safety policy committees. Intractable pain will become a qualifying condition for medical marijuana effective August 1, 2016, unless the legislature passes a law stating otherwise. The vast majority of the 23 states with workable medical marijuana programs allow the use of medical marijuana to treat intractable pain. Statement from Robert

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Dec 022015
 December 2, 2015
Using A Tragedy To Spread Reefer Madness Is Disgraceful

Robert L. Dear Jr. is a monster. Mr. Dear was the individual that recently shot up a Planned Parenthood in Colorado, killing three people and wounding 9 others. The event was a tragedy to say the least. By all measures, Robert is a disturbed person who suffers from mental problems. There is nothing else that people should be pointing to as the cause for his actions. However, that hasn’t stopped marijuana opponent Christine Tatum from suggesting that ‘marijuana psychosis’ was the cause of his rampage. Per Westword: As we noted in our coverage of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood attack,

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Dec 022015
 December 2, 2015
Cops Took More From Citizens Than Burglars Did Last Year Via Asset Forfeiture

By Phillip Smith When you think about getting property stolen, you think about criminals, but maybe you should be thinking about the police. Law enforcement use of asset forfeiture laws to seize property—often without a criminal conviction or even an arrest—has gone through the roof in recent years, and now the cops are giving the criminals a run for their money—and winning. According to a new report on asset forfeiture from the Institute for Justice, police seized $4.5 billion in cash and property through civil forfeiture last year. That exceeds the $3.9 billion worth of property stolen in burglaries during

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Dec 022015
 December 2, 2015
Become A Media Intern For The Drug Policy Alliance

I check the Drug Policy Alliance website and social media channels every day when I wake up, on my breaks at work, on lunch, and after work. I might be the biggest consumer of Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) media that there is. And if not, I’m fine with that, because I encourage everyone to be a DPA media consumer. DPA does great work. If you love media, and love drug policy reform, you should consider trying to become a media intern for DPA. Below are details. You can find out more at this link here: POSITION OVERVIEW Assist the Media

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Dec 022015
 December 2, 2015
Marijuana Legalization Initiative In Massachusetts Poised For 2016 Ballot

A proposed initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Massachusetts is poised for the November 2016 ballot after proponents submitted their final petition signatures to the Secretary of the Commonwealth on Tuesday. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted more than 103,000 total signatures, and 64,750 valid signatures of registered state voters are required to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. The Secretary of the Commonwealth is expected to validate the signatures by mid-December, at which time the petition will be transmitted to the Massachusetts Legislature. If the legislature does not adopt the measure, initiative backers must collect 10,792

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Dec 012015
 December 1, 2015
How To Get Senior Citizens To Vote For Marijuana Reform

Statistically speaking, senior citizens are the most likely demographic to oppose marijuana reform. That’s a big problem when you also consider the fact that senior citizens vote at a higher rate than anyone else. Whenever I look at polling for certain campaign efforts, I always look at the senior citizen polling first. I always sit and daydream about how easy it would be to end marijuana prohibition in state after state if the marijuana reform movement was able to get even a small percentage of those ‘no’ senior citizen voters to change to the ‘yes’ side. It seems like so

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Dec 012015
 December 1, 2015
Donate To Marijuana Majority On Giving Tuesday 2015

Are you a part of the marijuana majority?’ That’s a question that I have asked a lot since the Marijuana Majority organization was founded. The Marijuana Majority was founded by one of the hardest working activists that you will ever meet, Tom Angell. Tom Angell is a public policy force. I have many, many nicknames for Tom Angell that I have used over the years, and they are all applicable in some way. Tom Angell and the Marijuana Majority never cease to amaze me. The most recent thing that comes to mind is a petition that Marijuana Majority created and promoted,

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Dec 012015
 December 1, 2015
Support Students For Sensible Drug Policy On Giving Tuesday 2015

I have been an enormous fan of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) since I first met some members back in 2011-2012. I have personally witnessed SSDP members and alumni influence history, and make big, positive changes at their schools, for campaigns, and beyond. On Giving Tuesday, consider making a donation to SSDP so that they can continue to do amazing things. Preferably a big one, that is re-occurring! Below is an e-mail that I received from Betty Aldworth, Executive Director of SSDP, who I was honored to meet in Vegas last month. It’s an e-mail telling the story of

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