Jun 132015
 June 13, 2015
A Military Veteran Explains Why Veterans Deserve Access To Medical Marijuana

I have posted many articles about why veterans need (and deserve!) safe access to medical marijuana. However, I am not a veteran, and I’ve always felt that this blog needed a veteran’s perspective. Below is a guest article that was sent to me by a reader who is a veteran, and obviously feels very strongly about the issue. No one should be forced to use harmful pharmaceuticals or go without medicine, especially our military veterans who have served our country proudly. Below is the guest post: After Congress’ recent vote to deny Veterans the opportunity to speak to their VA

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Apr 012015
 April 1, 2015
Does Steve Tilley's Proposed Marijuana Monopoly Make Missouri The New Illinois?

By Eapen Thampy In today’s Missouri Scout, Dave Drebes discusses the prospects for Missouri Representative Dave Hinson’s HB 800 and notes: But this is not the entire story. It might be a conservative principle that the government should not interfere with the doctor-patient relationship, but HB 800 only advances that goal modestly, by allowing marijuana therapy for a select list of conditions (cancer, HIV/AIDs, Crohn’s, Parkinson’s, colitis, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and PTSD). In other words, the legislature is engaging in the central planning of medical marijuana therapy and getting credit as if this bill represents a minimal governmental intrusion into the practice

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Mar 142015
 March 14, 2015
Grow Condos, Other Cannabis Companies Gather At The OMMBC

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference (OMMBC) informally gets kicked off tonight as speakers and those that purchased tickets for tonight’s reception with Harborside’s Steve DeAngelo mingle, but also throughout Eugene, attendees and exhibitors will start networking at the Eugene Hilton and other hotels, restaurants and bars throughout the college town. While all of us that help organize the OMMBC are proud of the speakers and program, networking with others in the cannabis industry is as valuable as any information gained. I have long been intrigued by the remarkable resourcefulness and creativity of the cannabis industry and community at large. If

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Marijuana May Treat PTSD-Induced Nightmares

 Posted by at 9:48 AM on December 15, 2014  Guest Post
Dec 152014
 December 15, 2014
Marijuana May Treat PTSD-Induced Nightmares

I have a friend that suffers from sever PTSD. She was the victim of some horrific circumstances, and she has tried everything to help cope with her PTSD. The only thing that works is medical marijuana. Unfortunately, Child Protective Services frowns upon medical marijuana, even in the most extreme cases, which has resulted in her kids being taken away. She is in the process of getting her kids back, but it comes on the condition that she never uses medical marijuana again while they live in her home, which is sad. She doesn’t smoke in front of her kids, and

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Nov 262014
 November 26, 2014
Cannabis Culture Awards Now More Important Than Ever

On Thursday 27th November 2014, the Cannabis Culture Awards will be presented; since 2004, the most important distinction awarded to exceptional people or organizations that have made an extraordinary contribution to the world of cannabis and hemp. Winners Howard Marks and Marc and Jodie Emery will receive their award in the Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Museum in Amsterdam. The presentation of the Cannabis Culture Awards this year falls on the same day as the annual High Times Cannabis Cup. This American event has never encountered so much opposition from the city council; for the first time ever, it proved impossible

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Should I Roll A Spliff Or A Jay?

 Posted by at 10:48 AM on September 21, 2014  Guest Post
Sep 212014
 September 21, 2014
Should I Roll A Spliff Or A Jay?

How many times have you heard that statement? Probably way too many to count! Jesus, I can hardly imagine the amount of times I have heard this. However, it is an important question to ask before rolling. I like to think of this as the “controversy” in pot culture. This is the big divide. There are those that like spliffs and those that do not like spliffs. I will make the assumption that most people that like spliffs also like having a straight-up joint. I don’t think I have ever heard somebody complain that “just weed tastes nasty, and they

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Cannabis Is Why Conservatives Are Not Capitalists

 Posted by at 9:44 AM on September 21, 2014  Guest Post
Sep 212014
 September 21, 2014
Cannabis Is Why Conservatives Are Not Capitalists

By John Knetemann I would like to make it clear that this article is not representative of all conservatives, as there are even conservatives out there that don’t want to rain on someone else’s high, but I think it is fair to say a majority of conservatives on Capitol Hill are not in support of any kind of sensible or logical drug policy. I would also like to make it clear that this does not exclude Democrats or progressives, whose representatives in congress are equally bad in drug policy most of the time. However, there is something especially hypocritical on the

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What Is More Important, Safety Or The Law?

 Posted by at 8:40 AM on September 21, 2014  Guest Post
Sep 212014
 September 21, 2014
What Is More Important, Safety Or The Law?

By John Knetemann There is only one major danger I can possibly think of from smoking marijuana. No, it isn’t that it will cause a gateway effect. No, it isn’t that it will make you lazy. And no, it isn’t that it is addictive. All these are lies and myths told about cannabis. The biggest, and pretty much only, danger for the average American that smokes marijuana is arrest, death, or injury due to the law. Jill Stein, a physician and Green Party Presidential Nominee, had a great saying that summed up this idea. She said that “marijuana is not

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Consume Responsibly – What The Cannabis Community Needed

 Posted by at 7:39 AM on September 21, 2014  Guest Post
Sep 212014
 September 21, 2014
Consume Responsibly - What The Cannabis Community Needed

By John Knetemann Finally. For the love of sensible drug policy, Marijuana Policy Project has released a website and campaign that was much needed for legalization efforts and safe marijuana usage. Consumeresponsibly.org is MPP’s new project for ensuring safe smoking. The website is stacked with facts on marijuana laws, knowing marijuana concentration, and the to-dos and not-to-dos when smoking. Seriously, though. This website is amazing. People always make it seem as if drug reformers and legalization supporters are irresponsible individuals that want to just do a ton of drugs. Yet, this is not even close to the case. Drug reform

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Coffeeshop Fever

 Posted by at 7:10 AM on September 6, 2014  Guest Post
Sep 062014
 September 6, 2014
Coffeeshop Fever

By John Knetemann I have coffeeshop fever. I have spent the past week in Amsterdam with 3 days left to go, and I have absolutely fallen in love with every coffeeshop I have stepped into. In case you didn’t know, a coffeeshop is a location in the Netherlands where you can purchase, consume, and enjoy cannabis. Basically, it is like a bar for bud, and just like bars, all coffeeshops have their own distinct atmosphere and attitude. Right now I am sitting in a coffeeshop called “Easy Times” that has a sleek, modern look. Like many coffeeshops, it has a

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