Jan 182016
 January 18, 2016
Marijuana Reform Bills Stack Up In Georgia Legislature

Never before in the history of Georgia politics have so many cannabis related bills been filed in the General Assembly. Seven (7) bills have been filed during the 2015/2016 sessions. Bills ranging from an expansion of HB-1, a medical cannabis bills passed in 2015, to removal of felony charges for possession of more than one ounce of marijuana (SB-254). Also, a bill allowing for industrial hemp was filed in 2015 to allow farmers to experiment with the hemp plant. Yet another bill is expected to be filed this week. Georgia C.A.R.E. Project director James Bell attributes the interest in marijuana

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Jan 042016
 January 4, 2016
Long Time Virginia Hemp Activist Jim Politis Needs Help

I received the following alert from Vote Hemp. Jim has fought for hemp reform for a long time, so hopefully the community can help support him in his time of need: Jim has has worked closely with Vote Hemp and lead the effort to bring hemp farming back to Virginia. Jim began having difficulties breathing during a family reunion trip to Chicago in July. Doctors advised him that he needed a pump for his heart. After having an operation to insert the pump he improved but eventually faced complications including an infection. Doctors told him he needed a new heart to

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Dec 222015
 December 22, 2015
Japan's First Lady Wants To Be A Hemp Farmer

Hemp is one of the most versatile plants on earth. It can be made into so many things that I don’t know that there’s a complete list. I heard a number one time that hemp can be made into 25,000 different things from lotion to fuel to clothing. There is absolutely no reason why hemp should be illegal, considering that a person can’t get high from it. On the film Hempsters a hemp expert says that a person would have to smoke a hemp joint the size of a telephone pole in order to get high. So why is hemp illegal

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Dec 162015
 December 16, 2015
Earl Blumenauer's Statement On Marijuana-Related Provisions In Omnibus Bill

Last night, Republican leadership filed legislation to fund the government for FY16. There were a number of marijuana-related provisions up for consideration in the omnibus bill. The Office of Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) has reviewed the text of the legislation. Representative Blumenauer is pleased to see the inclusion of the following provisions in the omnibus package: The policy championed by Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA) that prevents the Department of Justice from interfering in the ability of states to implement legal medical marijuana laws (Division B, Title V, Section 542) Language that supports industrial hemp research allowed

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Dec 162015
 December 16, 2015
Congress Includes Marijuana Riders In Omnibus Spending Bill

Late last night I received an e-mail from Tom Angell (who by the way doesn’t seem to sleep!) regarding the federal omnibus spending bill. The spending bill includes riders pertaining to marijuana. Some of the provisions include (provided by Tom and Marijuana Majority): * Prevent the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from spending money to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. (Similar language was included in the FY 2015 budget and is current law.) * Prevent the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from spending money to interfere with the implementation of

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Nov 232015
 November 23, 2015
Support Hemp Blue Jeans And Clothing Company On Kickstarter

Hemp has to be one of, if not the, most versatile plant on earth. It was used for so many things prior to getting caught in the crossfire of marijuana prohibition. Hemp can be used for fuel, food, paper, and clothing to name just a handful of things. Americans purchase hundreds of millions of dollars worth of hemp products annually. All of the hemp that goes into those products has to be grown in other countries and imported to America. Hemp is perfectly safe. One study I heard about found that a person would have to smoke a joint the size

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Nov 072015
 November 7, 2015
Toledo Hemp Company Provides Blankets To Toledo's Homeless, Again

Toledo Hemp Center LLC is once again gathering blankets for it’s 2nd Annual Blanket Drive for the Homeless campaign to help raise awareness of the area’s growing homeless issue in the upcoming winter months. The collection started October 15 and will continue until the planned drop off date of Tuesday, November 17. “That happens to be the date of the Center’s two year anniversary,” said Toledo native and Toledo Hemp Center CEO Kevin Spitler. The collection will be donated to the Lifebridge Center 3342 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH 43606. The local Stop n’ Lock Storage located at 5544 Jackman Rd

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Oct 302015
 October 30, 2015
Double Standard? Marijuana Or Hemp? DEA Indian Tribe Raid Raises Questions

By Phillip Smith Taking advantage of a 2014 Justice Department memo giving Indian tribes a green light to participate in marijuana commerce, as well as a 2014 congressional vote allowing for industrial hemp pilot programs, Wisconsin’s Menominee Tribe earlier this year planted some 30,000 cannabis plants as part of a pilot project with the College of the Menominee Nation. Last Friday, the DEA came and cut them all down. The DEA says the plants were marijuana plants; the tribe says they were hemp plants. In either case, tribal officials and marijuana reform advocates don’t understand why the grow was raided.

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Oct 292015
 October 29, 2015
The Federal Government Needs To Allow Native Tribes To Grow Hemp And Marijuana

I will never forget the first time I heard about the plight of Alex White Plum and the Lakota Nation, and their problems with the United States government in regards to trying to grow hemp. In the 2000’s, the Lakota Nation decided to legalize hemp production because they thought it would be a good crop. The Native American tribe needed a solid source of income to support tribe members, and growing hemp seemed like a good idea. Hemp is very versatile, grows fast, doesn’t require as much as other crops, and it’s completely harmless if consumed. However, the United States

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Oct 082015
 October 8, 2015
United States Senate Spending Package Is Good For Marijuana Reform

The United States House of Representatives has historically been better when it comes to marijuana reform. My old college political science professor would always tell me that’s because Representatives are more likely to support things that may seem ‘controversial’ in politics compared to Senators because they often come from districts that make it easy for them to get re-elected. I’m sure there are more reasons for that, but regardless, the House has had people like Jared Polis and Earl Blumenauer that have fought for marijuana reform for quite awhile, while the Senate is only recently seeing people step up. So

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