Apr 212015
 April 21, 2015
Groundbreaking Report Finds Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuses In California

Today, the Drug Policy Alliance launches Above the Law: An Investigation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuses in California, a multi-year, comprehensive look at asset forfeiture abuses in California that reveals the troubling extent to which law enforcement agencies have violated state and federal law. Civil asset forfeiture law allows the government to seize and keep cash, cars, real estate, and any other property – even from citizens never charged with or convicted of a crime.  Because these assets often go straight into the coffers of the enforcement agency, these laws have led to a perversion of police priorities, such as

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Apr 202015
 April 20, 2015
Happy 4/20 From Show-Me Cannabis!

By John Payne From all of us here at Show-Me Cannabis, we hope you are enjoying your cannabis culture holiday, and we hope that you will also use the date as an opportunity to take positive action for the cause! As I wrote on Friday, we hope to raise $5,000 by finding four donors to match up to $1,000 raised by the end of the day today. At the time, we had two donors willing to make that match, but a third matching donor has stepped forward. So, currently, for every dollar that you contribute, Show-Me Cannabis will receive four

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Apr 202015
 April 20, 2015
NORML's Annual 420 Promo - 2015

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director Today marks the 20th anniversary of NORML publicly celebrating the now international ‘cannabis consumers day of celebration‘ known as ‘420.’ With a remarkable degree of cultural and media penetration April 20 is now a well recognized day in America for celebration and/or protest regarding cannabis laws; in states where cannabis has been legalized (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington State) this day marks an opportunity to celebrate hard fought victories. In the other forty-six states that unfortunately have not yet shifted from cannabis prohibition to tax-and-regulate, NORML members and supporters will be protesting or

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Apr 202015
 April 20, 2015
This 4/20, Celebrate And Make A Difference With Show-Me Cannabis

By John Payne Today is April 20, or 4/20, which has been observed as an unofficial holiday in the cannabis community for as long as I can remember. (Although the term’s origins probably are not what you think.) That is as it should be. Every community needs time for celebration, and it’s a wonderful time of year for a party in Missouri’s mild spring weather. However, I hope that you will do more than celebrate this year. I hope you will remember the injustice of the 20,000 arrested for cannabis every year in Missouri, the inhumanity of denying medical cannabis patients

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Apr 192015
 April 19, 2015
WeedMaps Donates A Huge Amount Of Money Towards Marijuana Legalization In California

WeedMaps has made a lot of money off of the marijuana industry. A lot of quotes and estimates I’ve seen puts their profits well into the tens of millions of dollars a year. WeedMaps values marijuana reform, and they are putting their money where their mouth is. According to SFGate, WeedMaps has donated $1,000,000 towards a yet-to-be named marijuana legalization effort, and another $1,000,000 into a political action committee fund: One of California’s largest marijuana-related apps is donating $2 million toward the drive to legalize weed in the state — a move that not only would vastly expand its customer

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Apr 192015
 April 19, 2015
United Coalition Files Initiative To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol In Arizona

A unified coalition of organizations, activists, and marijuana businesses filed a statewide ballot initiative  with the Arizona Secretary of State on Friday that, if approved by voters in November 2016,  would end marijuana prohibition in Arizona and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. “It was a long and deliberative drafting process involving a diverse group of stakeholders,” said Carlos Alfaro, Arizona political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “There were some bumps in the road, but in the end everyone came together to produce the best possible law for Arizona. We are united in this

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Apr 182015
 April 18, 2015
Key Congressional Committee Has "No Confidence" In DEA Head Leonhart

By Phillip Smith Fed up with DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart over a long litany of scandals in the drug-fighting agency she heads, 22 members of the House Oversight and Government Reforms Committee issued a statement saying they had “no confidence” in her leadership. “After over a decade of serving in top leadership positions at DEA, Administrator Leonhart has been woefully unable to change or positively influence the pervasive ‘good old boy’ culture that exists throughout the agency,” the statement said. “From her testimony, it is clear that she lacks the authority and will to make the tough decisions required to hold

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Apr 182015
 April 18, 2015
New York City Turns A Corner On Drug Policy

Building on debates that helped shape the last mayoral election, NYC Council Members Corey Johnson, Andrew Cohen, and Vanessa Gibson introduced legislation yesterday to create an Office of Drug Strategy. Placed in city hall, the new office would be empowered to convene city agencies, outside experts, and communities impacted by drug use to develop a city-wide, health-focused plan for a coordinated approach in addressing issues related to drug use. “Past and present ineffective drug policy has contributed to tragic and preventable mortality, crime and inequity here in New York City,” said Council Member Corey Johnson, Chair of the Health Committee.

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Apr 182015
 April 18, 2015
Poll: Support For Marijuana Legalization Is Rapidly Outpacing Opposition

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Fifty-three percent of Americans say that the “use of marijuana should be legal,” according to nationwide survey data published today by the Pew Research Center. “Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly outpacing opposition,” pollsters opined, acknowledging that Americans’ support for legalizing marijuana has risen some 10 percentage points over the past five years. Forty-four percent of respondents oppose legalization in the 2015 poll and three percent are undecided. The poll is the latest in a series of national surveys showing majority support for legalizing and regulating marijuana. Millennials (68 percent) are most likely to

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Apr 172015
 April 17, 2015
Help DFW NORML Make The Global Marijuana March Of North Texas Possible

The city of Fort Worth has just informed us that they want $2,000 for our park reservation and a $2,000 damage deposit for our Global Marijuana March at Hyde Park on May 2. Please watch this video from DFW NORML’s executive director Shaun McAlister and donate at the link below if you’re able.

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