Mar 042015
 March 4, 2015
Man Walks Into D.C. Police Office, Asks For Marijuana Back, And Gets It

The times are changing. Washington D.C., which used to be a pretty harsh place for marijuana policy, is now one of the most marijuana friendly places in America. Washington D.C. voters approved a marijuana legalization initiative last November by a hefty margin. After a showdown with Congress, Washington D.C. moved forward with implementing the marijuana legalization initiative. As of February 26, residents of Washington D.C. (21 and older) can possess up to two ounces of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants at their primary residence. There is also a provision that if marijuana is confiscated by police, either due

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Mar 042015
 March 4, 2015
ResponsibleOhio Raises Thirty Six Million Dollars For Legalization Effort

There is news coming out of Ohio that the group behind a marijuana legalization proposal, ResponsibleOhio, is claiming that they have raised $36 million dollars. The group was receiving backlash from marijuana reform organizations and activists because their original plan gave the monopoly for marijuana cultivation to ten entities. The State of Ohio rejected the language for that proposal, but ResponsibleOhio was planning on revamping the language anyways to include a provision to allow home cultivation. ResponsibleOhio has strong backing by people with deep pockets. Per Cleveland.Com: Investors have raised at least $36 million to fund ResponsibleOhio’s plan to legalize marijuana

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Mar 042015
 March 4, 2015
Bill Introduced In Texas That Would End Marijuana Prohibition

Texas State Representative David Simpson has introduced a bill that would eliminate all marijuana prohibition language from the laws in Texas. Texas HB 2165 would essentially regulate marijuana like tomatoes. Per the organization Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition: Representative Simpson’s HB 2165 harkens back to a time when government did not intervene in the control of marijuana. And you know what? It wasn’t a very scary time. The prohibition of marijuana was notoriously built on misinformation and hyperbole rather than facts and results. When these laws haven’t worked for 80 years, is it really such a novel concept to simply remove them?

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Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015
Why Is Oregon Marijuana Legalization Important For Texas?

This last weekend some very hardworking marijuana activists met in Portland, Oregon for Portland NORML chapter’s first ever membership meeting. In attendance was Dallas/Ft. Worth NORML Executive Director Shaun McAlister, who addressed the Portland NORML General Membership on the importance of Oregon getting legalization done right to affect Texas’ chances at any marijuana reforms. It is a fantastic speech that describes how states that have already legalized marijuana have a responsibility to be good stewards of public policy so that momentum can build and help out other states that have yet to legalize. Below is video of the speech. I want

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Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015
Hempfest News Interviews Tommy Chong About Marijuana Legalization

Throughout his life and career Tommy Chong has been an advocate for legalizing cannabis both medically and recreationally. His movies, live performances and many other appearances all speak to that advocacy in one form or another. Tommy Chong was a pioneer in educating the public about the positive side of cannabis and still pursues this goal passionately. He has appeared on all the major networks and most of the large cable franchises discussing the subject of legalization and recounting his own personal use of medical cannabis in a recent bout with prostate cancer which is now in remission. Tommy Chong

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Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015
NYPD Commissioner's Statement Linking Marijuana And Increased Shootings Is Reefer Madness

NYPD Commissioner Bratton gave a press conference about the rising number of shootings in NYC. Bratton went on to blame marijuana for the increase in violence. Statement from gabriel sayegh, Managing Director of Policy & Campaigns for the Drug Policy Alliance: “Commissioner Bratton’s claims today about marijuana are straight out of the tired old drug war handbook and frankly, are ridiculous. What evidence is Bratton relying on in making these statements? Hasn’t he heard that correlation does not equal causation? Marijuana is the most widely used illicit substance in the U.S. and in New York and, therefore, is far more

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Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015
America's First Marijuana Vote Of 2015 Burns Out

Montrose, Michigan, with a population of 1,615 (2013 census) voted in February to reject legalized marijuana by a margin of 88 yes to 120 no. The small community in northern Genesee County is just a few miles away from the site of the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup. The Auto City Speedway is located in neighboring Clio, Michigan. The tally was a huge surprise to supporters and organizers of the petition drive. “If this vote had taken place in November, as it was supposed to, we would have won,” said Cary Justice, organizer of the Safer Montrose campaign. “We gave

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Mar 022015
 March 2, 2015
63% Of Young Republican Support Marijuana Legalization

Support for marijuana legalization has long been a generational issue. Statistically speaking, older voters tend to be against marijuana legalization, while younger people tend to support marijuana legalization. This is true even among political circles that overall don’t always support marijuana legalization. For instance, a new Pew Research poll found that an overwhelming number of young Republicans favor marijuana legalization. Overall, Republicans are less likely to favor legalization compared to liberal political parties, but that appears to not be the case for the younger members of the Republican party. Per the Pew Research Center: Six-in-ten (63%) GOP Millennials say the

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Mar 022015
 March 2, 2015
First Portland NORML Membership Meeting A Success

This last Saturday dozens of activists from the Portland, Oregon metro area and beyond met for the first ever Portland NORML chapter membership meeting. Activism legends like Anthony Johnson, Shaun McAlister, and Russ Belville gave speeches and made presentations. Jay Smoker from TWB was in attendance and told me that everyone was very excited to be a part of the new chapter. I wasn’t able to attend because I had a prior appointment doing something extra lame (filing for taxes, joy). This new chapter of NORML is going to be vital to influencing the marijuana legalization implementation process in Oregon.

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Mar 012015
 March 1, 2015
Missouri Senator Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill

Missouri is high on my list of states that could legalize marijuana by the end of 2016. Missouri has the strongest campaign team I have ever seen (Show-Me Cannabis), and I always say that if they can legalize in Missouri, they will prove that any state can do the same. Unlike Western and Northeastern states, where views towards cannabis are generally more liberal, Missouri is in the heart of America where reefer madness is much more prevalent. Possession of over 35 grams of marijuana is a felony in Missouri subject to a prison sentence of up to seven years and a

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