Nov 272014
 November 27, 2014
This Thanksgiving I'm Thankful For Marijuana Activists

This is the fifth Thanksgiving since The Weed Blog was created, and I’m more thankful this year for hardworking marijuana activists than ever before. Had you told me on Thanksgiving 2010 that there would be four legal marijuana states and Washington D.C., I would have been blown away. Those victories obviously wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for the extra hard work of dedicated marijuana activists – especially volunteer marijuana activists. As you sit down with your families today, and no doubt eat way more than you should, make sure to reach out and thank a marijuana activist.

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Nov 262014
 November 26, 2014
Texas NORML's 7th Annual Activist Training Day

Texas is going to be a tougher state to get marijuana legalized in compared to other states. Unlike other states that have already legalized marijuana, Texas does not have a citizen initiative process. That makes marijuana activism that much more important in the Lone Star State. Texas NORML is hosting it’s seventh annual activist training day. I know that a lot of our readers are from Texas based off of our analytics, and I highly encourage all of you to attend. Below is more information about the event: Saturday, December 13th. 2014 from 2:30-5:30pm Capitol Building, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX

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Nov 252014
 November 25, 2014
Marijuana Legalization Proposal Filed In Georgia

When it comes to marijuana legalization efforts, the State of Georgia is probably not the first state that pops into your mind. But, despite Georgia not being at the top of people’s ‘marijuana legalization watch list,’ marijuana legalization efforts are underway in the Peach State. Per The Joint Blog: Georgia State Senator Curt Thompson has filed a constitutional amendment aimed at legalizing recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older. Senate Resolution 6 will be considered by the state’a Legislature when it reconvenes on January 12th. If approved by lawmakers, it will be placed on the ballot to be voted on

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Nov 252014
 November 25, 2014
Respecting 'Stoner Culture' Will Pay Off For New Marijuana Investors

The landscape of the marijuana world is changing a lot these days. For a long time the marijuana industry operated in the shadows. The industry back then was largely comprised of stoners that were part of the counter culture movement. Yes, some were hippies who wore tie dye and listened to Grateful Dead. I was certainly ‘that kid’ when I was growing up. I wore tie dye Grateful Dead tour shirts to school all the time. For the record, I’m 33 years old, so this all took place in the 1990’s (not exactly the flower child era!). I was proud

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Nov 242014
 November 24, 2014
Tell Your Oregon Reps To Support Will Of The Voters On Measure 91

After reading this story in the Statesman-Journal, I think it is vitally important for supporters of Oregon’s Measure 91 to contact their state representative and senator and urge them to respect the will of the voters on Measure 91.  You can find your legislators here and then send them an email or letter.  There are four basic areas the League of Oregon Cities and other lobbyists are fighting us over: Right of cities to establish local marijuana taxes; Right of cities to establish bans on marijuana licenses without a vote of the people; Establishment of a blood-draw ng/ml THC DUID limit

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Nov 242014
 November 24, 2014
City of Portland Wants To Hire A Marijuana Regulator

I got contacted more last week about a job opening that I ever have in my life. That job opening is with the City of Portland (Oregon), and apparently it’s a job that will be in charge of marijuana regulation for the rose city. I have no interest in living and working in Portland, Oregon, but if you live in Portland, Oregon, and want to work on the front lines of Oregon’s marijuana legalization implementation process, I encourage you to check it out. Per Willamette Week: As first reported in Wednesday’s Murmurs, Portland City Council on Nov. 12 approved a

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Nov 242014
 November 24, 2014
Marijuana Rescheduling Tabled By Iowa Pharmacy Board

The fight to reschedule marijuana in Iowa has taken a very long time. When I started this blog, I met a guy named Carl Olsen online who had been fighting for years to get marijuana rescheduled in Iowa, and that fight continues to this day. Last week the Iowa Pharmacy Board was supposed to vote on marijuana rescheduling, but instead chose to punt the idea down the road. Per the Des Moines Register: Three members of the Iowa Board of Pharmacy recommended Wednesday morning that the state take marijuana out of the strictest classification of drugs, but the full board

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Nov 242014
 November 24, 2014
Philadelphia Marijuana Arrests Fall 78 Percent After Decriminalization

Philadelphia became the largest U.S. city to decriminalize marijuana possession earlier this year. The marijuana decriminalization measure was passed by the Philadelphia City Council after a hard fought battle. Since marijuana decriminalization took effect there has been a very dramatic decrease in marijuana arrests, as expected. Per Philly.Com: Data provided by the Philadelphia Police Department to Philly420 shows a sharp decline in marijuana arrests since a new decriminalization policy went into effect. But, despite the change, some local residents are still getting handcuffed for weed. From Oct. 20 to Nov. 20 just 20 of the new tickets were issued: 14

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Nov 232014
 November 23, 2014
Two Different Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Planned In Maine

Maine has been on the marijuana legalization radar for awhile now. I think Maine has a great chance of being the first state to legalize marijuana via the legislature. But if that doesn’t happen before the next election, it sounds like there will be two efforts trying to get a marijuana legalization initiative on the 2016 ballot. Per WCSH6: Legalize Maine held a press conference in Augusta Wednesday to introduce its plan. The group is focused on jobs, and said legalization would bring economic development opportunities to rural areas.Paul McCarrier of Legalize Maine said he is moving forward with his

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Nov 232014
 November 23, 2014
What Will It Take To Legalize Marijuana In California In 2016?

There are now four states that have legalized marijuana. Those of course are Colorado (2012), Washington (2012), Oregon (2014), and Alaska (2014). Washington D.C. also voted to legalize marijuana in 2014. For a long time, most marijuana activists and analysts assumed that California would be the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. After all, California was the first to legalize medical marijuana. However, a successful recreational marijuana campaign hasn’t happened yet in California. Why is that? What would it take for California to legalize marijuana in 2016? There are four things that I always offer up when I’m asked this

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