May 012016
 May 1, 2016
Oregon Approves First Recreational Marijuana Producer Licenses

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has approved eight Recreational Marijuana producer licenses, the first licenses issued under Oregon’s legalized recreational marijuana system. “These licensees reflect the pioneering spirit Oregon is known for,” said Rob Patridge, OLCC Chair. “They come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and possess the entrepreneurial spirit of this industry.” The OLCC Commission will meet weekly through early June, 2016 to approve license applications, at which time the Commission plans to delegate authority to the OLCC Executive Director to approve licenses. During the next month the OLCC licensing effort will continue to focus on producers, especially outdoor

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Apr 302016
 April 30, 2016
Vermont House To Debate Marijuana Legalization Bill On Monday

The Vermont Senate approved a marijuana legalization bill earlier this year (S.241). Vermont’s Governor, Peter Shumlin, has expressed a strong desire to see Vermont become the first state to legalize marijuana via legislative action. Polls have shown that Vermont voters support marijuana legalization. So what is the hold up? So far this session, it’s been the Vermont House. It sounds like that is set to change on Monday. Per Vermont Public Radio: House Speaker Shap Smith says the House will debate a bill legalizing marijuana Monday. Smith says it’s not clear if any version of the bill will actually win

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Apr 302016
 April 30, 2016
Runnin' Republican Shuts Down State Canvassers Meeting By Fleeing

Why did a member of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers bolt from the room and halt the discussions regarding a policy change being advocated for by a marijuana legalization organization? Was it a floral emergency? Norm Shinkle has faced his share of tough votes on the Board, including delivering decisions on petitions that would expand the number of casinos in Michigan, require a vote of the people before raising taxes, decide the fate of an international bridge and Michigan’s broken Emergency Manager program. On April 25, the four-member Board was convened to roll out a proposal created by Board

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Apr 302016
 April 30, 2016
Join NORML In Washington D.C. For Our 2016 National Conference and Congressional Lobby Day

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director We are excited to have finalized the agenda for our 2016 National Conference and Congressional Lobby Day! You can check out the full itinerary here. Day one will include panel discussions on a variety of topics, including the prospects of marijuana law reform in the 114th Congress, the ongoing experience with legalization in Colorado, Washington, and other states, and post prohibition concerns for marijuana consumers. Throughout the day attendees will hear policy experts from NORML, the Marijuana Policy Project, Americans for Safe Access, the National Cannabis Industries Association, and many others NORML’s Conference seminar

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Apr 292016
 April 29, 2016
Laremy Tunsil Doesn't Have A Marijuana Problem - Professional Sports Has A Cannabigotry Problem

I have been out of town the last couple of days, so I didn’t get to do one of my favorite things that I look forward to all year – hanging out at my uncle’s house eating amazing food and watching the NFL draft. My uncle is a HUGE football fan (raging Green Bay Packers fan to be specific), and he invites over lots of friends and family and makes a very good time out of all of it. I was out of town for work, so I didn’t get to go to his house, or watch the draft at

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Apr 292016
 April 29, 2016
Human Rights Tribunal: Victoria Officer Has The Right To Express Beliefs Against The Failed War On Drugs

I am a big believer in freedom of expression. In America it’s often referred to as a First Amendment right, but even outside of America, people should obviously be allowed to express themselves too. There was a big case involving freedom of expression and an officer in Victoria (BC) who was speaking out against the failed drug war as a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). I’m happy to say that a human rights tribunal ruled in favor of the officer (and in favor of free expression!). Below is more information, via a message that I received from LEAP:

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Apr 282016
 April 28, 2016
Chicago Narcs Busted Lying Through Their Teeth In Marijuana Case

By Clarence Walker It was just another marijuana bust by Chicago’s crack dope squad and should have resulted in an easy conviction, but thanks to a forgotten camera, things didn’t exactly work out the way the cops planned. Now, the pot dealer is free, he has a bunch of cash in pocket, and it’s the cops who are facing justice. It went down on June 6, 2013, when three Chicago Police narcotics officer and a pair of suburban Glenview police officers pulled over Joseph Sperling on the pretext that he had failed to properly use his turn signal, then claimed

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Apr 272016
 April 27, 2016
It's Official: Maine Will Be Voting On Marijuana Legalization This November

It’s official – Maine voters will see marijuana legalization on the ballot when they vote in the General Election in November. The marijuana legalization initiative made the ballot after a legal battle that seemed ridiculous from the start. Below is a press release from the campaign: State officials announced Wednesday that a proposed initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine has officially qualified for the November ballot. After a court-ordered review of petitions it had previously invalidated, the Maine Secretary of State’s Office determined the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted more than the 61,123 signatures that were needed

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Apr 272016
 April 27, 2016
Self-Funded Michigan Legalization Campaign Adds $150K

In what must seem like the loneliest political campaign in history, the Republican duo of Marsden and Darnoi have dumped another $150,000 into the long-dormant Michigan Cannabis Coalition petition drive. A campaign finance statement filed by the MCC for April 2016 reveals the twosome, once again, are the only people spending money in  support of their push to bring a big government legalization of marijuana program to the voters in November. RevSix, the Pontiac company jointly owned by the two Oakland County Repubs, was the sole direct contributor to the MCC for a three-month period and that contribution came on

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Apr 272016
 April 27, 2016
California's Adult Use Of Marijuana Act (AUMA) Endorsed By Congressman Rohrabacher

Longtime GOP congressman U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) announced his support for the statewide ballot measure known as the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). He is the second California Congressman to endorse the measure in as many weeks.  Respected military veteran U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) announced his support last Monday. Rohrabacher is a 13-term Congressman who is a powerful voice for libertarian values.  He is the co-author of the bipartisan Rohrabacher-Farr amendment which has been passed as part of the Federal Budget and prevents the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana patients or

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