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.

Feb 042015
 February 4, 2015
Major Concerns Raised About New York's Medical Marijuana Program

Yesterday, elected officials, patients, and more than twenty community groups gathered at Hostos Community College in the Bronx to discuss the proposed regulations for New York’s medical marijuana program. At the end of December, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released more than a hundred pages of draft regulations outlining many features of the proposed program. Yesterday’s forum, which comes less than two weeks before the public comment period ends on February 13th, was aimed at creating an opportunity for the public to better understand and respond to the proposal. The more than 100 participants raised a number of

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Feb 032015
 February 3, 2015
Rand Paul: Jeb Bush Is A Marijuana Hypocrite

In a recent article in the Boston Globe, it became known that while Jeb Bush was in boarding school he consumed marijuana, and even sold some hash to at least on of his classmates. It’s fairly common to hear about someone Jeb Bush’s age having consumed marijuana. But what makes the revelations significant is that Jeb Bush adamantly opposes marijuana reform. Jeb Bush has made it very clear throughout the years that he feels those that consume marijuana, and especially those that sell hash, should be prosecuted. What Jeb Bush dismisses as ‘just part of growing up’ when it applies

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Feb 032015
 February 3, 2015
Marijuana-Sniffing Police Dogs No Longer Needed In Oregon

Drug detecting dogs have been used for decades by law enforcement in Oregon. That will continue to be the case when it comes to many substances. But with marijuana legalization only months away from becoming law in Oregon, most police agencies are no longer using them to detect marijuana, which is a huge shift in enforcement policies. Per Oregon Live: It took Springfield police decades to get their own drug detection dog. And when Danner finally arrived last September, she could sniff out heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, but not marijuana. The 2-year-old black Labrador is exactly what they wanted. “I

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Feb 032015
 February 3, 2015
Connecticut To Add Three More Qualifying Conditions To Medical Marijuana Program

Connecticut is expanding its medical marijuana program. Currently Connecticut recognizes eleven conditions to qualify a patient for the medical marijuana program. Soon there will be three more conditions added to the list. Per the Hartford Courant: Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A . Harris, who oversees the program, announced Monday that he agrees with recommendations by the program’s Board of Physicians and that he would draft regulations to add the three conditions the board approved: —Sickle cell disease —Severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis —Post-laminectomy syndrome with chronic radiculopathy — recurring back pain after surgery. The process of adding the conditions could

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Feb 032015
 February 3, 2015
Obama Budget Would Allow For Legal Marijuana Sales In D.C.

During the 2014 Election Washington D.C. voters approved marijuana legalization by a wider margin than any state has up to this point. Despite the landslide victory, and the clear message sent by D.C. voters, federal politicians tried very hard to derail the initiative from becoming law. Federal politicians tried to include language in the federal spending bill aimed at preventing the initiative from being implemented. They didn’t succeed, and assuming Congress takes no further action in coming weeks, the initiative will become the law of the land in D.C.. The battle will then transition to whether or not D.C. will

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Feb 022015
 February 2, 2015
Lifetime Medical Marijuana Recommendations Are Legal In Washington

In Washington State, physicians that specialize in medical cannabis often offer 1-year and 2-year recommendations to qualifying individuals, though don’t offer ones that last indefinitely (‘lifetime recommendations”). Many dispensaries throughout the state, in fact, will deny patients who have lifetime recommendations, claiming that it’s required for a recommendations to be renewed either yearly, or biyearly. This, however, just isn’t true. Lifetime recommendations are entirely legal in Washington State, which we confirmed through the state’s Department of Health. An example of a location denying patients who have lifetime recommendations is the Northwest Cannabis Market, which operates two medical cannabis farmers markets

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Feb 022015
 February 2, 2015
Medical Marijuana Business Licenses Announced In Illinois

Illinois medical marijuana patients have waited for awhile now for safe access to medicine. Applicants for medical marijuana business licenses have also been waiting. Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn failed to issue licenses before left office, but issued ‘recommendations’ for who he thought should get licenses. It was unclear whether the incoming Governor, Bruce Rauner, would issue licenses at all. Things cleared up today when Governor Rauner did indeed announce winners of Illinois medical marijuana business licenses. Per the Chicago Sun Times: Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration Monday announced who would be allowed to grow and sell medical marijuana in Illinois.

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Feb 022015
 February 2, 2015
Groups And Officials Sponsor Forum On New York's Medical Marijuana Program

Tuesday, February 3rd, patients, community members, providers and elected officials will join together to discuss New York’s medical marijuana law and provide community feedback on the State’s recently introduced draft regulations that will shape New York’s medical marijuana program. The event is being held at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, the poorest county in the state, where providers have raised significant concerns that the medical marijuana program could leave low income communities behind. The event is free and open to the public. The event is being hosted by BOOM!Health, VOCAL New York, Drug Policy Alliance, and Compassionate Care NY,

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Feb 022015
 February 2, 2015
Cannabis Cafes Coming To Anchorage

One of my favorite things to do is go to cannabis cafes. They are very popular in Oregon, and have been for a few years. I went to one in Keizer, Oregon that is kind of like a cafe that doubles as a rec center for OMMP members. There are few things as fun as playing Bingo while taking dab hits. Cannabis cafes are coming to Anchorage, Alaska too. Per Reason: But unlike the Denver City Council, which has not seen fit to allow cannabis consumption in any business open to the public, the Anchorage Assembly approved an amendment that makes an

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Feb 022015
 February 2, 2015
DEA Allows Hemp Seeds To Be Imported To Hawaii

Hemp once grew all over the United States. That of course was before the war on marijuana ramped up, and hemp was prohibited by the federal government. Slowly but surely, hemp is making a comeback in the United States. Last week the DEA approved the State of Hawaii to import hemp seeds from Australia. Per The Joint Blog: The University of Hawaii has received a permit from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to import hemp seeds from Australia, to be used as part of the state’s Industrial Hemp Research Project. “This project is just the first step in establishing Hawaii

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