Mar 312015
 March 31, 2015
Marijuana Legalization Effort Gears Up In Italy

By Phillip Smith An effort to legalize marijuana is getting underway in the Italian parliament, with some 60 lawmakers having signed onto a motion to do just that by the time it was rolled-out three weeks ago. Now, the “all party” group is getting to work on the twin tasks of drafting an actual legalization bill and getting it enacted into law. The effort is being led by Sen. Benedetto Della Vedova, who is also Italy’s undersecretary of state for foreign affairs. Della Vedova was a long-time member of the country’s Nonviolent Radical Party, but was elected to parliament as

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Mar 312015
 March 31, 2015
How To Signup For DFW NORML's GivePulse

I’m a big fan of the DFW NORML chapter, and have been for a long time. They are the largest NORML chapter in the country from what I’ve read, and they are doing stellar work in a state that is not exactly marijuana friendly. If you live in the DFW area, you should get active with the chapter. The marijuana laws in Texas are scary, and everyone should be working towards achieving reform. In this video from DFW NORML’s Executive Director Shaun McAlister, he explains how to signup to volunteer for DFW NORML using their new GivePulse page:

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Mar 312015
 March 31, 2015
Alaska Bill That Would Have Banned Marijuana Concentrates Is Defeated

Alaska has had quasi-legal marijuana for several decades now, due to the case of Rakin v. Alaska (1975). That quasi-legal status went to full legalization status after the 2014 Election, during which Alaska voters approved marijuana legalization on Election Day. Since then some members of the Alaska Legislature, and some municipalities, have been trying to attack the implementation of the successful initiative. One effort died yesterday at the Alaska Legislature. Alaska Senator Pete Kelly had sought to bad marijuana edibles, but that proposal was voted down fortunately. Per Alaska Dispatch News: After lengthy debate, an amendment introduced by Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, that

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Mar 302015
 March 30, 2015
Testimony For Oregon Marijuana Legalization Public Hearing

Right now as I type there is a public hearing taking place at Oregon’s capital in Salem for the Oregon Measure 91 Joint Implementation Committee. Below is a transcript of a testimony that Portland NORML’s Executive Director Russ Belville will present at the hearing: Chair Rep. Lininger, Chair Sen. Burdick, and members of the Joint Implementation Committee, good evening.  My name is Russ Belville and I am the Executive Director of the Portland Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.  As such, I join hundreds of thousands of adult marijuana consumers in opposing Senate Bill 936. Marijuana

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Mar 302015
 March 30, 2015
25,000 Marijuana Seeds Given Out In Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. voters approved marijuana legalization by a very large margin. Washington D.C. Initiative 71 passed during the 2014 Election by a margin of 70.06% ‘yes’ to 29.94% ‘no’. The initiative legalized marijuana possession and cultivation, but did not include a way to obtain marijuana from a store due to taxing and spending provisions that require Congressional approval. In order to help citizens of Washington D.C., the Initiative 71 campaign organized two marijuana seed giveaways last week, which was a tremendous success. Per WUSA9: For the second time this week, people stood in line for free marijuana seeds The line was

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Mar 302015
 March 30, 2015
Attorney Generals File Responses To Marijuana Legalization Lawsuit

Opponents of marijuana will try everything they can to try to stop marijuana legalization from happening. Even after marijuana has been legalized, and the benefits of that reform have been made obvious, opponents will still try to cling to failed policies of the past. That is what is occurring right now with the lawsuit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska against Colorado. Oklahoma and Nebraska are suing the State of Colorado, claiming that marijuana legalization there has increased crime in their states. The Attorney General of Colorado responded late last week, and was joined by the Attorney Generals of Oregon and

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Mar 292015
 March 29, 2015
Where Can I Sign The Missouri Marijuana Petition?

By John Payne I get that question a lot, and it’s incredibly encouraging. It means that there are thousands of people out there eager to sign and support an initiative petition to legalize cannabis in Missouri. However, as much as I hate to disappoint anyone, you can’t sign it just yet. We still have a great deal of work to do before we are ready to start gathering signatures, but rest assured that we continue to quietly prepare that. Most of our newsletter articles in the past few months have focused on legislative activities because with Missouri’s brief legislative session,

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Mar 292015
 March 29, 2015
Oregon 'Marijuana Czar' Firing Creates Many Questions

Tom Burns was the head of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program and oversaw the roll out of dispensary licenses. He toured the state participating in speaking engagements, and was considered by many within Oregon state government to be the ‘go to’ guy on marijuana policy. So it didn’t surprise anyone when Tom Burns left the Oregon Heath Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) to take the lead on implementing marijuana legalization at the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). But after just three months on the job with the OLCC, Tom Burns was abruptly fired. Rumors started swirling immediately

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Mar 282015
 March 28, 2015
Poll: 55 Percent Of Likely California Voters Want Marijuana To Be Legal

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Fifty-five percent of likely California voters believe that “the use of marijuana should be legal,” according to the results of a statewide PPIC poll released yesterday. The percentage in favor of legalization is the highest level of support ever recorded in the statewide poll. African Americans (69 percent), Whites (64 percent), Democrats (63 percent), and Independents (57 percent) were most likely to express support for legalizing the plant’s use while Republicans (44 percent), Latinos (42 percent), and Asians (39 percent) were most likely to oppose the policy change. Among those respondents who acknowledges having

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Mar 282015
 March 28, 2015
Big Marijuana Vote In Alaska's Senate On Monday

The Alaska Senate was scheduled to debate and vote on SB 30 today, along with considering some severely damaging amendments. Instead, they have postponed the vote until Monday. This is great news! There appears to be a disagreement among legislators over some controversial issues, such as Sen. Kelly’s anticipated proposal to undermine protections for marijuana concentrates. Your elected officials are listening! Call or email today and let them know that you expect them to stand up for the will of the people. With your help, we have generated thousands of email messages and made significant strides in defending Measure 2

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