Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
Sorting Through The Marijuana Mess In Ohio

By Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel If anyone would have suggested a year ago that Ohio might be on the verge of legalizing marijuana in 2015, I would have laughed at the idea. First, Ohio is a conservative Midwestern state that is seldom, if ever, on the cutting edge on social issues. And second, 2015 is an off-year election, with no statewide or federal elections, meaning the voter turn-out would be lower and the likely voters would be older and less supportive than would be the case if the proposal were on the ballot in 2016, a presidential election year

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Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Protests Removal Of Judge Over Text About Marijuana

The Ann Arbor News recently published text messages between Washtenaw County Judge Christopher Easthope and attorney Nadir Nassif indicating that the two of them smoked pot together had inappropriate conversations about ongoing cases. A Detroit News columnist called for Easthope to be removed from the bench, sparking a sharp rebuke from Michigan’s top judge, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Justice Robert Young, Jr. Easthope originally tendered his resignation, effective December 31, 2015, due to unspecified family reasons. The Ann Arbor News released the text messages between judge and lawyer, prompting Easthope to change his tune, admitting that the comments

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Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
The Final Push To Make Social Marijuana Consumption A Reality In Denver

The campaign to allow limited social marijuana consumption in Denver is coming down to the wire. Below is a message I received from the campaign, via Vicente and Sederburg: It is coming down the wire. The Denver Social Cannabis Consumption Initiative has less than two weeks to collect the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. We can get it done, but we need your help! This initiative, which would provide cannabis users in Denver similar rights as alcohol users, will be a historic step forward, keeping Colorado on the front lines of reform. In fact, with Brian Vicente and

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Jul 272015
 July 27, 2015
What Percentage Of Americans Have Tried Marijuana?

I have been a marijuana consumer for over two decades now. Almost everyone I know has tried marijuana at one point or another in their lives, especially people my age. That’s not to say that everyone I know is public about their current or prior marijuana consumption, but that also doesn’t mean that they are ashamed of it either. Gallup recently conducted a poll which found that 44% of Americans have tried marijuana. Per Gallup: As Oregon becomes the fourth state to make recreational marijuana use legal, 44% of Americans say they have tried marijuana. This is the highest percentage

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Jul 272015
 July 27, 2015
Poll Shows Strong Support For Marijuana Legalization In New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a very important state in the world of politics. Presidential candidates visit New Hampshire early and often because New Hampshire is the first primary state that can make or break a campaign. A strong showing in New Hampshire can vault a campaign into the lead, and a poor showing in New Hampshire can put the writing on the wall for some candidates. New Hampshire is overdue for marijuana legalization, proven by a recent poll which found strong support for marijuana legalization. Per IB Times: Support for marijuana legalization and decriminalization in New Hampshire is rising, particularly among Democrats and undeclared

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Jul 262015
 July 26, 2015
Marijuana Consumption Is Not The Issue, Police Misconduct Is

Minorities have been the victim of racial profiling and police brutality for a very long time. But with the rise of social media and the internet, Americans are seeing it in graphic detail more and more. It makes my heart hurt with every story that I read. The most recent story is that of Sandra Bland. Sandra Bland was pulled over for not signaling when making a lane change as she moved over to make room for the officer to pass. After pulling Sandra Bland over, the officer became upset after asking her to put out her cigarette, and after

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Jul 262015
 July 26, 2015
Washington State Passes An Open Container Law For Marijuana

The State of Washington has the worst marijuana legalization law on the books. I think that is common knowledge by now. Washington is the only state in America that has voted to legalize marijuana, yet doesn’t allow home cultivation. Washington State recently passed a ‘marijuana open container law’ which makes transporting marijuana more difficult than it has been since marijuana legalization took effect. Per Newsweek: A new state law, House Bill 1276, will update the state’s open container laws for vehicles to include marijuana. The law stipulates that marijuana, like alcohol, must be kept in the trunk of a vehicle, in an

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Jul 262015
 July 26, 2015
Marijuana Call To Action In Roseburg, Oregon Tomorrow

There is a very important Roseburg City Council meeting tomorrow in Douglas County, Oregon. There is a proposal there to ban marijuana businesses and go against the will of Oregon voters. This is obviously unacceptable, and we need supporters there. Please be polite and behave. This is obviously an issue that many people are passionate about, but if you let your emotions get the best of you, it doesn’t help the cause. Below is more information about the meeting, via the Umpqua Cannabis Association: Please join us at the Roseburg courthouse lawn this Monday evening at 5:30pm. We will be

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Jul 252015
 July 25, 2015
State Bar Of Michigan Adds Marijuana Law Section; Second In Nation

For only the second time in U.S. history, a state Bar Association has added a Marijuana Law Section to their recognized platform of specialties. Michigan joins Colorado as the only two states with this program, thanks to the efforts of Lapeer criminal defense attorney Bernard Jocuns. Jocuns (pronounced JOCK-uhns) was notified by Candace Crowley of the State Bar on July 24 that the Marijuana Law Section was approved by the Bar’s Board of Commissioners. “This was a very thorough process,” Jocuns said, and praised the Association for being bold enough to give the green light to the proposal. “For the

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Jul 252015
 July 25, 2015
Attend The MILegalize/Jackson County NORML Fun-Raiser Golf

Saturday, July 25, 2015 Guest speakers will include some of the board members from MILegalize Food and Prizes Drinks need to be purchased at the Course. Putting & Chipping Competition 4 Person Teams ($50 per person includes a hot dog at the turn) Hole Sponsors: $1000 – Gold Sponsorship $ 500 – Silver Sponsorship $ 250 – Bronze Sponsorship If you have a sign and a check for $100 made out to MILegalize, we will find a place for your kind contributions. There will be more to come and things to do for the non golfers . Horse shoes Bag

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