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 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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Mar 112015
 March 11, 2015
The Role Of Faith Leaders In Legalizing Marijuana

On Thursday, March 12, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, EST, Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, Senior Pastor of Dallas’ Friendship-West Baptist Church and co-founder and leader of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, will join the Drug Policy Alliance’s asha bandele for a discussion about the role faith communities have to play in ending the drug war. bandele is expected to discuss marijuana legalization with Rev. Haynes, stigma and how faith communities plan to help re-acclimate tens of thousands of people who are being decarcerated annually. The quarterly town hall-style calls are designed to ensure that the nation’s leading organization

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Mar 112015
 March 11, 2015
Another Republican Signs On To New Federal Medical Marijuana Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) announced he is cosponsoring the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, S.683, to ensure that states, like Nevada, have the right to determine their own medical marijuana laws. The bipartisan legislation is also supported by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Heller stated: “The time has come for the federal government to stop impeding the doctor-patient relationship in states that have decided their own medical marijuana policies. This bipartisan legislation puts Americans who are suffering first by allowing Nevada’s medical marijuana patients, providers, and businesses that are in

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Mar 112015
 March 11, 2015
Bill To Free Missouri Man Serving Life In Prison For Marijuana Approved By Committee

By Aaron Malin This morning, the House Corrections Committee voted HB 978 “do pass” and passed the bill out of committee. HB 978 would free Jeff Mizanskey, who is currently serving a sentence of life without parole for marijuana offenses. The bill, introduced by Representative Shamed Dogan (R – Ballwin), passed 11-1 following the adoption of an amendment adding an emergency clause and clarifying procedural issues. Committee Chair Fitzwater indicated Representative Roden (the sole “no” vote) had some “concerns” about the bill and said amendments were likely as the bill moves through the select committee on its way to the

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Mar 112015
 March 11, 2015
Some Illinois Medical Marijuana Growers Are Having Money Issues

A few months ago I sat down with an investor from Illinois. The man and his investment firm were in the process of trying to obtain one or more medical marijuana cultivation licenses in Illinois. The man was touting just how lucrative each license would be because of how large a state Illinois is as measured by population, and how few cultivation licenses will be issued. While I acknowledged that the limited number of cultivation licenses is significant in that regard, I told him at the time that the limited patient base would be an issue. I don’t think he

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Mar 112015
 March 11, 2015
Florida Cops Sell Man Drugs In Sting, Then Kill Him

By Phillip Smith Police conducting an undercover, street-level, reverse drug sting in Putnam County, Florida, shot and killed one of their targets Friday night as he attempted to drive away from the scene. Andrew Anthony Williams, a 48-year-old black man, becomes the 11th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year. According to local press accounts, all relying on law enforcement sources, deputies and detectives from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office were conducting a “reverse sting” where they posed as drug dealers, sold unwary customers small amounts of drugs, and then arrested them. Deputies

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