Nov 272014
 November 27, 2014
Vote For Ethan Nadelmann For The 2014 Cannabis Business Awards

On Wednesday December 10, 2014, the Cannabis Business Awards will be held in Denver, Colorado. There are several categories, with several nominees, and I’m urging all TWB readers to vote for Ethan Nadelmann for ‘Most Influential Individual.’ When I think of the most influential person in the marijuana world, it hands down has to be Ethan Nadelmann. It’s not even a contest in my opinion. I don’t want to take away from others that are nominated for that category, but Ethan Nadelmann stands above them all. You can vote at this link here, and I urge you to vote early

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Nov 252014
 November 25, 2014
High Times Amsterdam Cannabis Cup Proceeds Despite Threats By Mayor

Amsterdam was once the ‘Mecca of marijuana.’ They had the best marijuana on the planet according to my friends that traveled there, and their laws were very liberal. After all, that’s why High Times always held their annual Cannabis Cup event there. But it appears that those days are gone, as this year’s Cannabis Cup has been the target of Amsterdam’s mayor. Per The Cannabist: The Amsterdam ‎Cannabis Cup‬ was shut down on Sunday — its first day — for fear that “all participants would be arrested,” according to organizer High Times magazine. The mag said the mayor’s office had

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Nov 232014
 November 23, 2014
Event - The Future Of Legal Marijuana In Oregon

Oregon voters approved Measure 91 on Election Day 2014. Oregon Measure 91 legalized possession of marijuana up to 8 ounces per individual, and cultivation of up to 4 marijuana plants per household in Oregon. There’s a lot of work still to be done as Oregon implements the new law. Are you curious what the next steps are? If so, I’d urge you to attend an event tomorrow in Portland. The event is hosted by amazing marijuana reporter for the Oregonian, Noelle Crombie, and includes marijuana legal genius Dave Kopilak, who is an amazing speaker. Below is more information about the

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Nov 222014
 November 22, 2014
Missouri Fall Marijuana Conference A Massive Success

By John Payne We would like to thank everyone that helped make our fall conference and the associated events possible last week. Nearly 500 people attended at least one of the nine events we held from Wednesday to Saturday. We also received substantial media attention, including this Fox 2 story in Saint Louis covering our legislative panel, in which state Representative-elect Shamed Dogan (R – Ballwin) calls for the legalization of cannabis. We recorded all of the events, and should have video coverage available over the next few weeks, so keep watching this space. Help us continue organizing high quality

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Nov 182014
 November 18, 2014
Oregon Cities To Lobby Legislature To Allow Local Marijuana Taxes

Oregon is a wacky place when it comes to public policy, and marijuana policy is no exception. For a long time medical marijuana dispensaries operated basically freely even though medical marijuana dispensaries were illegal. Then the Oregon Legislature legalized medical marijuana dispensaries, and cities and counties banned them. Then when it became apparent that Oregon might legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, local governments started passing tax measures so they would be in place if/when marijuana became legal. These measures were passed by some local governments that had previously banned medical marijuana dispensaries. All the while Oregon Measure 91 specifically gave

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Nov 172014
 November 17, 2014
The High Times Cannabis Cup Is FINALLY Coming To Portland, Oregon

Earlier this year I posted an article begging High Times to consider bringing their Cannabis Cup even to Portland, Oregon. There has never been a marijuana event in the State of Oregon that compares to a Cannabis Cup. That’s not to knock marijuana events in Oregon, because we have had some good ones. However, they never have the caliber of music acts that they do at a Cannabis Cup, among many other things. I stated the following in an article in July of this year: This is a public plea to High Times to consider bringing the Cup to Portland,

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Nov 082014
 November 8, 2014
Missouri Cannabis Reform Fall Conference Schedule Announced

Our fall conference will be held next Saturday, November 15, at the Crowne Plaza at 200 N Fourth Street in downtown Saint Louis. The following agenda is not completely set in stone, but, unless we have some last minute speaker changes, this is the lineup you should expect: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Registration and coffee 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Reports from NORML and SSDP chapter leaders across the state 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Show-Me Cannabis Board 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Drug Task Forces: Secretive, Unaccountable, and Dangerous with Show-Me Cannabis Director of Research Aaron Malin, Show-Me

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Nov 082014
 November 8, 2014
Ed Rosenthal's Latest Book Launch, Beyond Buds, Is A Fundraiser For Release Of Prisoners Of Weed

Beyond Buds, Ed Rosenthal’s newest title, spreads the word on what the inner circle of marijuana aficionados knows about how to take their medicine. The book covers the rapid shift from smoking buds to vaping and dabbing concentrates, or using marijuana infused products such as edibles and tinctures. Whether you want to produce them or sample them, Beyond Buds is a guide for all—what to look for, how to make them, and how to use them safely. Way before the “Green Rush” that is accompanying current legalization, Rosenthal was one of the original marijuana entrepreneurs. Quick Trading, his publishing company,

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Nov 022014
 November 2, 2014
Attend Day 2 Of The Virginia Cannabis Conference

This weekend activists from Virginia and beyond are attending the Virginia Cannabis Conference. If you are in the area, I strongly encourage you to check it out. I hear Day 1 was fantastic. Below is the Day 2 schedule. You can find out more about the event at this link here: Throughout the day: Poster sessions, Silent Auction, 50:50 raffle 9:00-9:30: Welcome for day 2, review what we learned from day 1, reflections had over night 9:30-11:30: Preparing for a Cannabis Economy (can take same approach as day 1, 9:30 AM outline) Sabrina Fendrick, NORML Jan Carlos Byl, CEO, MedCanna

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Nov 012014
 November 1, 2014
Missouri Fall Cannabis Law Reform Conference Is Rapidly Approaching

By John Payne In two weeks, we will hold a series of events across the state, culminating with our Fall Conference at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Saint Louis on Saturday, November 15. First, on Wednesday, November 12, former ACLU Executive Director Ira Glasser, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Executive Director Neill Franklin, and Missouri State Representative Brandon Ellington will speak at a forum on race and the drug war at the Mary L. Kelly Center at 2803 E. 51st Street starting at 6:00 p.m. Next, Glasser and Franklin will speak at a Lunch-and-Learn event at the UMKC law school lounge

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