May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Oregon: 'Right To Grow' Cannabis Group To Sue Jackson County

By Keith Mansur, Oregon Cannabis Connection Right To Grow, USA, an organization representing cannabis growers in Oregon, is filing a lawsuit against Jackson County. The complaint, which will be filed in the next day or two, seeks an injunction to force the County into a different interpretation of the newly passed cannabis law that was adopted in the recent legislative session. Jackson County’s interpretation, combined with the County’s definition of “Farm Use,” allows them to enact more severe enforcement than the legislature had intended, and also planning department fees to the tune of nearly $1,600. The injunction follows an appeal (and

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
It's Not The Kids Turning On To Marijuana, It's Grandma And Grandpa

By Phillip Smith The growing acceptance of and access to legal marijuana has some people worried that the youth are going to start using it more frequently, but that’s not the demographic where pot has really taken off. Instead, it’s senior citizens. Whether it’s wide-open medical marijuana states like California or fully legal states like Colorado, the gray-haired set is increasingly turning to pot, and not just to ease their aches and pains With a half-dozen more states likely to have legalization on the ballot (and win) this year and medical marijuana coming to more, grandma and grandpa are set

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
New Hampshire Legislature Takes One Step 'Sideways' On Marijuana Penalties

I received the following disappointing news out of New Hampshire: The prohibitionists in the New Hampshire Senate, led by gubernatorial candidate Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry), succeeded yesterday in preventing any meaningful progress on decriminalization in 2016. The committee of conference on SB 498 removed House changes that would have decriminalized a quarter-ounce of marijuana. As was the case in the original Senate bill, the conference committee’s report would instead reclassify the penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana from a class A misdemeanor to an unspecified misdemeanor. Union Leader reporter Garry

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Rick Steves: I Will Match Your Donation To The Maine Legalization Initiative

By Rick Steves, NORML Board Member I’ve worked hard to help legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adult recreational use in Washington State (where I live) and in Oregon. This November, Maine voters will have the opportunity to approve a ballot initiative that will end prohibition and replace it with a sensible marijuana policy in their state too. As a NORML Board Member, I am proud to announce that NORML is endorsing this initiative. And to demonstrate my commitment, I am going to match every donation up to $50,000, dollar-for-dollar. This October, I’ll be visiting Maine to speak about the

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
As More States Legalize Marijuana, Adolescents' Problems With Cannabis Decline

A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more U.S. states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis examined data on drug use collected from young people, ages 12 to 17, over a 12-year span. They found that the number of adolescents who had problems related to marijuana — such as becoming dependent on

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Cannabis: The Worst Kept Secret In Athletics

By Steve DeAngelo, author of The Cannabis Manifesto For years, cannabis use has been the worst kept secret in athletics. It’s widespread in just about every amateur and professional arena from universities to the Olympics to the major leagues; it can be found in every sport imaginable from basketball and football, to swimming, snowboarding, martial arts and mountain climbing. Most estimates of cannabis use in the NFL range around 50%, and it is generally agreed to be even higher in the NBA. Yet cannabis use remains unacknowledged because the laws have yet to catch up with the science. Most of

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May 232016
 May 23, 2016
Prominent Physicians' Organization Throws Support Behind Effort To End Marijuana Prohibition In Rhode Island

Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, an organization led by some of the most prominent physicians in the country, has formally endorsed the effort to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use in Rhode Island. The addition of DFCR to the Regulate Rhode Island coalition comes at a pivotal time, just as state lawmakers are considering legislation to end marijuana prohibition. Members of DFCR’s leadership team include former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders; integrative medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil; Dr. H. Westley Clark, former director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Dr. Chris Beyrer, founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for

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May 232016
 May 23, 2016
Wednesday: Anti-Drug War Activist Anthony Papa To Release His New Book "This Side Of Freedom: Life After Clemency"

Anthony Papa will release his new book, This Side of Freedom: Life After Clemency at the New York office of the Drug Policy Alliance (131 W. 33rd Street) on May 25th 2016. This Side of Freedom: Life After Clemency is a riveting, compelling tale about the life of activist, writer and artist Anthony Papa. He tells firsthand of his experience of returning home after serving 12 years of a 15-to-life sentence for a non-violent drug law violation, sentenced under the mandatory provisions of the Rockefeller Drug Laws of New York State. While behind bars, Papa found his passion for art and

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May 222016
 May 22, 2016
Do You Have A 'Coming Out Green' Story?

For a really long time in my life I would be quick to offer up the story about the first time that I consumed cannabis. It was a story that I always found to be medium-ly interesting, and I was always curious to hear other peoples’ stories about their first time consuming. I was particularly interested to know if people experienced the effects of cannabis the first time that they smoked. I didn’t. It actually took me a few times of consumption when I was younger before I felt the fantastic euphoria that came along with consuming quality cannabis. It

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May 222016
 May 22, 2016
MILegalize May 20 Rally A Success

A Friday rally drew more than 100 people to the steps of the State Capitol Building in support of the MILegalize campaign, which intends to put the issue of legalized marijuana on the ballot in Michigan during the November 2016 general election. The campaign must turn in petition signatures by June 1. MILegalize has announced via press releases that they’ve collected more than 300,000 signatures from Michigan residents. Although that number is far in excess of the approx. 253,000 valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, MILegalize Chair Jeff Hank explained that does not guarantee the campaign has gathered

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