Jul 142016
 July 14, 2016
Law Enforcement Group Endorses California's Proposal for Legalization

CALIFORNIA – The group, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) recently announced their endorsement of California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act. The initiative will be on the ballot this November under Prop 64, and is set to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana for adults. Additionally, Prop 64 would increase privacy protections for medical marijuana patients who have required medical marijuana identification cards, allow courts to re-sentence many prisoners serving time for marijuana offenses, and re-designate or dismiss many marijuana offenses from the criminal records of those who have already served out their sentences. Tax revenue from marijuana sales would be allocated for

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Jul 142016
 July 14, 2016
Montana Reduces Medical Marijuana Card Fee by 94%

By The Associated Press The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is lowering its fee for medical marijuana cardholder registrants by about 94 percent. The department, which administers the program, announced the change this month. As of Saturday, people renewing or applying for a new medical marijuana card will pay $5 instead of $75. “The fee change is necessary because current program revenues are in excess of what is needed to operate the program,” Jon Ebelt, a health department spokesman, said in a statement. “Fee changes have occurred in previous years when warranted.” Registration fees from cardholders and

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Jul 132016
 July 13, 2016
Former Running Back Ricky Williams Claims NFL Drug Tested Him Over 500 Times

The AP has reported that former running back Ricky Williams spoke with Sports Illustrated in a film to be released on SI.com Wednesday, that he “might have the world record for most times drug tested.” Williams, who won the 1998 Heisman Trophy, has been a huge advocate for medical marijuana during and after his 11-year NFL career, and received a rapid fire of suspensions during his tenure. In the film, Ricky’s wife, Kristin, explains the lax NFL testing rules, including a time when a tester left samples in their house to go get stickers for identifying them. The film is

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Jul 132016
 July 13, 2016
Florida's "No on 2" Campaign Releases Ad Claiming Budtenders Are "Dope Dealers With Store Fronts"

No on 2, the opposition campaign for Florida’s proposal to allow medical marijuana, recently released a 30 second ad claiming that budtenders are “dope dealers with store fronts.” The spot attempts to draw distinctions between the qualifications of pharmacists and budtenders. The budtenders shown, who just so happen to be of minority decent, are scorned for having “no clinical experience” and “no medical training.” However, the ad does claim that budtenders “know a lot about pot firsthand.” Which, in my opinion, is plenty good enough for me. I’d much rather have my budtender tell me that the new Tiger’s Milk strain helped his

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Jul 112016
 July 11, 2016
Enchanted Forest Gathering To Allow The Sale of Medicinal Cannabis On Site

Last year, Enchanted Forest Gathering, NorCal’s premier boutique music, movement, and conscious living camping festival, quietly became the second festival to offer an onsite medical cannabis dispensary. A location for unique events backed by forward-thinkers and home to the beloved Enchanted Forest Gathering (EFG), the Black Oak Ranchvenue in the heart of Laytonville, CA continues to be an event space safe for learning, communing with nature and exploring your inner artist, and is now the first venue to allow the sale of medicinal cannabis. Prior to EFG’s 2015 installment, the only festival to provide a medical dispensary was Kate Wolf

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Jul 072016
 July 7, 2016
Case to Get Medical Marijuana for PTSD Heads to Court in Colorado

Denver, CO –  The law firm, Hoban & Feola’s Denver team filed a historic case in the Colorado Court of Appeals on behalf of Plaintiffs who wish to obtain medical cannabis recommendations for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is not currently recognized as a qualifying condition for which medical cannabis can be prescribed in Colorado. The firm is set to bring national attention with this case, similar to the 2009 Centennial case which led to creation of the commercial cannabis market in Colorado and beyond. Similarly, the ruling in this current PTSD case could set a national precedent, affecting the entire industry.

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Jul 012016
 July 1, 2016
California Adult Use Measure Receives Key Endorsements

SACRAMENTO, CA—The campaign in support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), announced the endorsement of an all-star cast of respected state lawmakers representing communities all across California.  Their support follows the announcement by Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Tuesday that the measure has officially qualified for the November 8th General Election ballot in California. California legislators endorsing the measure – including authors and supporters of the bipartisan Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) – are:  Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins (San Diego) Assemblyman Rob Bonta (Oakland) Assemblyman David Chiu (San Francisco) Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman (Stockton) Assemblywoman

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Jun 272016
 June 27, 2016
Congress Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendment Despite House And Senate Approval

On Thursday, news broke that the Veterans Equal Access Amendment had been stripped from the House Conference Report of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. The provision was removed from the conference version of the bill, despite passing in the Senate Appropriations Committee 20-9, and on the House floor 233-189. The removal of an amendment to an appropriations bill that has been approved in both chambers is unprecedented and defies explanation. “Blocking this amendment at the conference committee stage is an assault on democracy and those Americans who risked their lives and health

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Jun 252016
 June 25, 2016
NORML's Legislative Round Up Last Week Of June 2016

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director This has been an exceptionally busy week at the state and federal level for marijuana law reform. Keep reading to get the latest news and to find out how you can #TakeAction. Federal: A bipartisan coalition of House and Senate lawmakers have proposed legislation, the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2016, to expedite clinical investigations into the safety and efficacy of cannabis. Passage of the measures —House Bill 5549 and Senate Bill 3077 — would expedite federal reviews of clinical protocols involving cannabis, provide greater access to scientists who wish to study the drug, and mandate

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Jun 242016
 June 24, 2016
Just The Beginning With Medical Marijuana In Ohio

An e-mail I received out of Ohio today: Earlier this month, Ohio became the 25th medical marijuana state, a compassionate step toward helping thousands of ill patients. But passing the law was just the beginning. While we’re happy the government passed the bill, we don’t trust the government to faithfully and speedily implement the law — unless we’re at the table with them. It’s up to us to ensure the system is fair and delivers on the promises lawmakers made to create a compassionate program. Please make a donation today, and ensure we have staff attorneys at the table in

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