Aug 272015
 August 27, 2015
'Buddie The Marijuana Mascot' Might Be The Worst Idea In The History Of Marijuana Politics

I try to keep an open mind about things. I think that anyone who has ever met me will vouch for that claim, and will say that I’m an even-keeled, reasonable person who is open to new ideas (I don’t always participate, but at least I’m willing to listen). But something happened today that I just can’t understand. I have tried to approach the idea from every angle, and I still can’t arrive at how this came about. The ResponsibleOhio campaign has been using a mascot to promote its campaign. I think activist Sam Tracy described it best when he tweeted ’This

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Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015
GOP Voters In Early Primary States Express Support For State Marijuana Laws

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Republican voters in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire do not believe that the incoming administration ought to interfere with the enactment of state laws legalizing marijuana, according to polling data conducted by Public Policy Polling and published today by Marijuana-Majority.com. Sixty-seven percent of GOP voters in New Hampshire agree that “states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference.” Sixty-four percent of Iowa GOP voters agreed with the statement. This voter sentiment is contrary to the public positions of at least two Republican Presidential candidates,

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Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015
Marijuana Legalization Initiative Campaign Starts In Florida

News broke today that a marijuana legalization initiative’s language was approved in Florida. The campaign can now start accepting signatures for the initiative. As many learned during the 2014 campaign, Florida requires a lot of signatures. Much more than a lot of other states. Gathering enough signatures to get the legalization initiative on the ballot will not be easy, and will not be cheap. But with that being said, it’s absolutely a worthwhile endeavor. The initiative would legalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by those over 21 years old, and would legalize the cultivation of up

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Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015
UK Government And Parliament Issues Response To Very Popular Marijuana Petition

A petition was started to urge the UK government to legalize cannabis. The petition needed 100,000 to initiate a debate, and the petition more than doubled that. Here’s what the petition said: Make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal. Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs. A substance that is safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925. The government responded with the following:

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Aug 252015
 August 25, 2015
Florida Cities Moving Full Speed Ahead With Marijuana Decriminalization

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director Local governments in Florida are taking marijuana law reform into their own hands by adopting marijuana decriminalization ordinances as an alternative to more severe state sanctions. We first wrote about this trend in July when Florida’s largest county, Miami-Dade, passed an ordinance allowing local law enforcement to treat marijuana possession offenses involving 20 grams or less as a civil infraction, punishable by a $100 fine. Many other communities have followed suit. City commissioners in Miami Beach imposed a similar policy in July; authorities in Hallandale Beach acted likewise last week. Key West City City officials are

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Aug 252015
 August 25, 2015
Colorado Marijuana Tax Revenues Are Up Almost 100% Compared To Last Year

Marijuana legalization is working in Colorado. The industry is expanding at a rapid pace, people are getting quality jobs in the industry, and the state is benefiting from tax revenue that continues to climb. It has climbed so much in the last year revenues have grown almost 100% compared to last year. Per The Denver Channel: Tax revenues from marijuana are up nearly 100 percent. County by county, new numbers from the Colorado Department of Revenue tell the tale. In Denver County, revenue jumped from $954,000 in May 2014 to $1.5 million in May 2015. In Boulder County, revenues jumped

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Aug 252015
 August 25, 2015
Voters In Key Swing States Want A President That Will Respect State Marijuana Laws

Very happy to pass along amazing poll results from Tom Angell and the Marijuana Majority: New polling data reveals that voters in early presidential primary states overwhelmingly support ending federal prosecutions of people acting in accordance with state marijuana laws. Among respondents, 71% in Iowa and 73% in New Hampshire agree that “states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference.” Just 13% of Iowans and 15% of New Hampshirites think that “the federal government should arrest and prosecute people who are following state marijuana laws.” “Politicians running to become our next president should take

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Aug 242015
 August 24, 2015
Where Is The Best Place To Buy Recreational Marijuana In Portland, Oregon On October 1st?

I love rooting for people that fight for social justice. Especially when their fight includes a David versus Goliath story, and marijuana. I have found my new favorite medical marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon. It’s called Panacea, and it’s located at 6714 NE Sandy Blvd. I had heard about Panacea for a little while now (they are about four months old), and everything I have heard was positive. I first heard about Panacea from my friends at Eclipse Farm-Ecology. I have the utmost respect for Eclipse because of how they put their ethics and carbon footprint considerations above business. And

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Aug 242015
 August 24, 2015
Why Activists Nationwide Should Support Missouri Marijuana Reform

I have been fortunate enough to make some good friends from Missouri since I started this blog. The people behind the successful Oregon marijuana legalization initiative were cannabis refugees from Missouri. I’ve never visited Missouri, but I hope to make it there sometime soon. If there is one thing that I know about Missouri, it’s that their marijuana laws are very scary. Missouri once sentenced a man to life in prison for marijuana only offenses (Jeff Mizanskey). Get caught selling any amount of marijuana, and you are looking at a felony, at least 7 years in prison, and a hefty

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Aug 242015
 August 24, 2015
Recap: Portland NORML Membership Meeting August 22, 2015

By Jennifer Alexander If you didn’t make it out to our last membership meeting this past Saturday, you missed an awesome presentation by Joy Beckerman Maher on hempcrete.  We learned a lot about this incredible building material and watched her demonstrate the process of building with hempcrete! But first, we started off the meeting announcing upcoming events, including the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference on September 12 – 13 and the High Times Cannabis Cup, which is currently seeking approval from the City of Milwaukie to take place September 19 – 20. After that, our Executive Director, Russ Belville, talked

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