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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Apr 012015
 April 1, 2015
Idaho Medical Marijuana Petition Is Available For Circulation Now

Idaho’s Cannabis Laws are outdated and make criminals out of non-violent, responsible (and often extremely ill) citizens. In 2010, Boise State University conducted a survey that showed 74% of Idahoans supported Medical Marijuana. ​IMAGINE WHAT THAT NUMBER IS TODAY!! The Idaho Legislature’s most current efforts for Medical Marijuana was an affirmative defense law for CBD ONLY oil to give to epileptic children, but it stalled in the House Committee. It is obvious, that our legislators ARE NOT speaking for us.  So it is time to speak for ourselves. It’s Time for  a New Approach! Our initiative “Idaho’s New Approach to Cannabis” was first submitted to the Idaho

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Mar 312015
 March 31, 2015
Portland NORML Director Testifies In Salem

Portland NORML brought seven people to Salem today to participate in a hearing on SB936 & HB3400, bills that would, among other things, restrict medical marijuana grows within residential area to just twelve plants. Portland NORML Executive Director Russ Belville testified to the committee (see testimony here) that such a change would affect over 5,000 patients who are served by >2-patient gardens and must be rejected. He also testified in favor of ending the 12-inch rule for determining plant maturity and for allowing medical marijuana facilities to remain in place even if a school moves in within 1000 feet. Source:

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Mar 312015
 March 31, 2015
Open Letter To Florida Politicians About Medical Marijuana

Dear Tallahassee Politician, We expected more from you. When we put medical marijuana on the ballot in 2014 – so many of you objected, saying legislature was the best place for this to get done. We all know what happened next:  A billionaire put in $6 million, funded an outrageous set of lies and exaggerations about the amendment, and then we came just short of the 60% we needed, despite our 3.4 million votes cast in favor of medical marijuana. So you’ve had a chance – a chance to not only pass legislation the way you said it should be

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Mar 282015
 March 28, 2015
Urgent Medical Marijuana Call To Action By Compassionate Oregon

I just saw an urgent message come onto Oregon Cannabis Connection’s Facebook page from Anthony Taylor of Compassionate Oregon. If you live in Oregon and want to help protect Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Program, please participate and tell everyone you know to do the same. Below is the message: EMERGENCY LEGISLATIVE RESPONSE! From Anthony Taylor of Compassionate Oregon: “We are asking everyone to send the letter out this weekend so when members come in on Monday their inboxes are full. Then on Monday we start calling members at 8:00 and keep calling all day long until they go into the hearing

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Mar 272015
 March 27, 2015
Lawsuit Filed Over Denver's New Plant Limit Rule

Growing marijuana is not easy. Anyone who has tried it can tell you that. People that haven’t grown marijuana always throw out lines like ‘it is just a weed, just put it in dirt and it will grow.’ Will it technically grow? Sure. But will it grow well? Only if you give it quality food, quality light, quality air, a lot of love, and protect it from bugs, heat, and disease. And even then nothing is guaranteed. It takes a true green thumb to grow quality marijuana. So if someone is a medical marijuana patient, and they don’t have the skills

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Mar 262015
 March 26, 2015
More Doctors In Illinois Need To Recommend Medical Marijuana

I will never forget the first time I tried to become a medical marijuana patient in Oregon. I went to my long time family doctor for an injury and told him that I would rather use medical marijuana to treat my condition, rather than the harmful pain killers he wanted to prescribe me. He got a very sour look on his face and gave me a long winded lecture about lack of research, likelihood of addiction, etc. etc.. The sad irony being that he was trying to push painkillers on me that have literally killed some of my friends who

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Mar 262015
 March 26, 2015
Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group To host Third Annual National Conference In DC

The country’s leading medical marijuana advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), will hold its third annual national Unity Conference, “Wellness is Winning,” in Washington, D.C. on March 27-31, 2015. The conference will highlight medical and legal experts, policymakers, and a wide array of workshops and panels focusing on scientific research, strategic planning, and skills building. On Tuesday, March 31st, ASA will host a press conference at 11am, followed by a lobby day with hundreds of patient advocates. What: Third Annual National Unity Conference, “Wellness is Winning” When: March 27-31, 2015, including a press conference at 11am on March 31st

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Mar 252015
 March 25, 2015
Congressmen Introduces Bill To Increase States' Medical Marijuana Rights

Alaskan Congressman Don Young recently joined Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) to introduce H.R. 1538, the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, which would allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies, recognize a legitimate use for marijuana at the federal level, and allow Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors to recommend safe and effective marijuana-related treatments. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation is a companion to S. 683, introduced earlier this month by Senators Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). “The topic of medical and recreational marijuana has always been an issue of states’ rights for me,

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Mar 242015
 March 24, 2015
Congressmen Introduce House Version Of Bipartisan Federal Medical Marijuana Bill

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Rep. Don Young (R-AK) have introduced the House companion to a groundbreaking bill legalizing marijuana for medical use that was introduced in the Senate two weeks ago by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) co-sponsored the bill soon after. “Reforming our nation’s failed drug policies is one of the few issues Democrats and Republicans can agree on,” said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance.   “The tide is quickly turning against marijuana prohibition and the war on drugs

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