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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oct 302014
 October 30, 2014
LIVE Marijuana Election Night 2014 Coverage On

Oregon Measure 91. Alaska Question 2. Florida Amendment 2. Washington DC Initiative 71. California Prop 47. Medical marijuana in Guam. Tax marijuana like agriculture in Washington. 13 medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation votes in California. 21 marijuana pot shop and marijuana taxes votes in Colorado. 11 marijuana decrim votes in Michigan. 2 marijuana decrim votes in New Mexico. 8 marijuana public policy questions in Massachusetts. 2 marijuana legalization votes in Maine. Did you realize there were five states, one district, one territory, and fifty-seven municipal and county votes this year […]

Oct 162014
 October 16, 2014
DFW NORML Hosts Dallas Marijuana March October 18th

Dallas, Texas – The Dallas / Fort Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (DFW NORML) is hosting the Dallas Marijuana March on Saturday October 18th at Dallas City Hall (1500 Marilla St. Dallas, TX 75201) and Dealey Plaza. Working in conjunction with the city of Dallas Special Events Office and the Dallas Police Department, this will be an historic event for marijuana law reform in the Lone Star State where marijuana consumers and non-toking lovers of liberty alike will peacefully assemble, protest and march for a new approach to […]

Oct 122014
 October 12, 2014
SSDP2014 Keynote: Neill Franklin, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Keynote address at SSDP2014: the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference + Lobby Day by Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. About Neill Franklin, courtesy of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition’s website (make a donation here): Major Neill Franklin is a 34-year law enforcement veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department. During his time on the force, he held the position of commander for the Education and Training Division and the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement. Major Franklin instituted and oversaw the very first […]

Oct 082014
 October 8, 2014
Students For Sensible Drug Policy 2014 Conference

By Amber Langston Last week, September 27 – 29, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) celebrated its Sweet Sixteen anniversary in what was no doubt the most successful national conference in its history. In sixteen years, SSDP has sent a strong force into the cannabis policy world with alumni now working for dispensaries, as cannabis industry consultants, as lawyers, as social justice activists, and numerous other related occupations. This year, students and alumni from across the country converged in Rosslyn, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Capitol Hill in […]