May 282015
 May 28, 2015
Federal Employees Reminded They Can't Consume Marijuana, Even In Areas Where It's Legal

Marijuana consumption is legal within certain parameters in three states (Colorado, Washington, and Alaska) and Washington D.C.. On July 1st, Oregon’s marijuana legalization law will take effect. Anyone over 21 years old can consume marijuana in a private setting in those areas. That is, unless they are a federal employee. The United States Office of Personnel Management sent out a reminder this week that just because marijuana is legal in some states and D.C., that doesn’t mean that federal employees can partake. If federal employees do, they can (and likely will) be fired. Below is the memo that the feds sent

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May 282015
 May 28, 2015
Three Marijuana Reform Bills Filed In Louisiana

By David Borden (Welcome back to our one-time intern Jimi Devine, who has graciously volunteered his time to support our blog. We are cross-posting this piece to the Chronicle because it is news-focused.) The smell of marijuana reform is strong in the bayou air, with Louisiana now home to a big push for both medical marijuana and major sentencing reforms around marijuana convictions. Today the Louisiana legislature’s House Health and Welfare Committee will hear a medical marijuana bill brought forward by Republican State Senator Fred Mills, a man who formerly served as head of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. Mills

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May 272015
 May 27, 2015
Man Demands City Contain Fart Smells After Council Bans Marijuana Odor

I have heard of marijuana odor bans before. I have always thought that they were ridiculous because municipalities are trying to ban the smell of nature. How is that even enforceable? How can law enforcement, or citizens for that matter, differential the smell of marijuana from other smells? I have family members that cannot tell the difference between a skunk in the distance, or marijuana being grown/consumed in the distance. Not everyone is offended by the smell of marijuana, and I have found that most people actually enjoy it, even non-consumers. A city in Oregon (Pendleton) recently banned the smell

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May 272015
 May 27, 2015
Michigan Cannabis Coalition Publicly Withdraws Their Marijuana Legalization Language

The Michigan Cannabis Coalition (MCC) today took a major setback in their campaign to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in Michigan. In a surprise move before a large crowd filled with government employees, citizens and media, the Oakland County-based special interest group withdrew their petition from consideration by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers. The MCC is just one of three groups trying to legalize adult use of marijuana in Michigan via the petition process. The Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative, commonly known as MILegalize, is the frontrunner in that competition and had not yet issued a statement on their

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May 262015
 May 26, 2015
Louisiana Senate Approves Bill To Reform Marijuana Possession Law

Louisiana’s Senate took an important step toward reforming their state’s harsh marijuana possession law when they approved bill SB241 by a vote of 27-12 yesterday. If passed, Louisiana would join the growing number of states that have recently reduced penalties for small amounts of marijuana. “This is a long-sought opportunity to take a more compassionate and commonsense approach to marijuana,”  said Yolande Cadore, director of strategic partnerships at the Drug Policy Alliance. “Louisiana’s overdue for a major overhaul of its drug policies and this is a good first step.” The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in

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May 262015
 May 26, 2015
Scholarships Are Available For The 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

I have never attended the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, but from what I’ve read about it online, it’s a very solid opportunity to learn more about reform efforts and how to get involved. The conference costs money, but scholarships are available. Below is more information via the event’s webpage: The Reform Conference is pleased to offer scholarship assistance to allow a diverse group of people to attend the 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference in the Washington, D.C. metro area. We always receive many more requests than we can accommodate, so please continue your search for alternate funding. Please

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May 252015
 May 25, 2015
Complaint Filed By One Ohio Marijuana Legalization Campaign Against Another Is Dismissed

Politics is a messy business, and I think that can be especially true when it comes to marijuana politics. I’ve seen a lot of things since I co-founded this blog in January 2010 in the world of marijuana politics, a lot of which makes me very sad. In a perfect world, everyone would work together to achieve the overall goal of ending marijuana prohibition. However, it’s fairly rare that everyone can agree about the details, which leads to a lot of tension and fracturing. That tension and fracturing has led to a lot of defeats that didn’t need to happen

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May 242015
 May 24, 2015
Want To Learn More About Legal Marijuana? Head To Aspen

By Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel We sponsor two legal seminars each year at NORML, one in Key West, Florida, in early December, and the other in Aspen, Colorado, in late May/early June. Those are two wonderful venues for those who are looking for a mini-vacation, in addition to a valuable legal seminar. The 2015 Aspen legal seminar will be held next week (May 28-30) at the Gant Hotel. This seminar is available for non-lawyers, as well as attorneys, for those who have an interest in the criminal defense and regulatory side of the legalization movement. And a visit to

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May 242015
 May 24, 2015
Demand Full Impeachment Of Ginny Burdick And Jeff Kruse

When the voters in a state cast their ballots and an issue is decided, it is to become law. We must have some way to check and balance rogue politicians who pay no loyalty to their constituencies or respect to the fact that they are officials that represent and implement the voted upon the will of the public. Measure 91 aimed to end prohibition of marijuana for adults over 21 and end a war on the civil liberties of many. This was the intent of the 56% of voters. Senator Burdick and Kruse are using this monumental opportunity for the

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May 242015
 May 24, 2015
Maryland Governor Vetoes Marijuana Decriminalization Fix Bill

Gov. Hogan Vetoes Widely Supported Bill Intended to Fix Maryland Marijuana Decriminalization Law Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced late Friday afternoon that he has vetoed a widely supported bill to remove criminal penalties for possession of marijuana paraphernalia, including potential jail time. The measure would also designate public marijuana consumption a civil offense punishable by a $500 fine. SB 517, introduced by Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), was approved 32-13 in the Senate and 83-53 in the House of Delegates. Maryland adopted a law last year that decriminalized possession of a small amount of marijuana, but it did not

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