Apr 172015
 April 17, 2015
Obama Expressed Support For Medical Marijuana, But Will He Do Something About It?

Yesterday while I was sitting in my cubicle at work looking at social media, a huge buzz was going around the interwebs talking about the upcoming episode of ‘Weed3′ with Sanjay Gupta on CNN. Apparently on the episode President Barack Obama is going to be interviewed and the interview will have him expressing strong support for medical marijuana, and alternative treatments for drug addiction. Below is a graphic that the Drug Policy Alliance put out: A bipartisan Senate bill that would do amazing things for medical marijuana at the federal level was discussed in the interview as well, with Obama

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Apr 162015
 April 16, 2015
Washington: Urge Governor To Veto Bill To Close Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Reduce Patients' Rights

By Anthony Martinelli, Communications Director, Sensible Washington On Tuesday, Washington State’s Legislature passed Senate Bill 5052, sending it to Governor Jay Inslee for consideration. In addition to drastically reducing the amount of cannabis patients can possess and cultivate, the proposal would lead to the closure of all currently operating medical cannabis dispensaries, and would implement a patient registry that is clearly in violation of federal HIPAA laws. Senate Bill 5052 is an incredibly regressive, and entirely unwanted proposal that would do an untold amount of harm to thousands of patients. The bill would – without any reason whatsoever – reduce

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Apr 152015
 April 15, 2015
Swing State Polls Find Overwhelming Support For Marijuana Reform

The 2016 Election is already underway, with numerous Presidential candidates from the Republican and Democrat parties announcing that they are running for President of the United States. As is the case in any Presidential Election, swing states will be key to ensuring victory, both during the Primaries, and during the General Election. From what I can tell there is only one issue among voters in almost every swing state where majority support has been found by polling - marijuana reform. It wasn’t that long ago that supporting marijuana reform was considered to be a political liability. Those days are long gone, and

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Apr 142015
 April 14, 2015
Help Legalize Medical Marijuana In Texas

There are serious marijuana reform efforts occurring right now. That’s not to say that there hasn’t always been a push for reform in Texas, but with momentum at an all time high, the chances of achieving reform are as strong as they have ever been. For the first time ever, there is comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in Texas and a hearing could happen as early as this month. Stand with seriously ill Texans and urge your legislators to approve safe and legal access to medical marijuana. The Drug Policy Alliance has created a great tool that helps you send a message

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Apr 142015
 April 14, 2015
Donate To Stop The Federal Government's Persecution Of Medical Marijuana Patients

I was sent a link to a crowd funding campaign to help the defendants in the Kettle Falls Five case pay for their legal defense costs. The Kettle Falls Five case is one of the most widely watched federal medical marijuana cases of all time. Below is more info – you can make a donation at this link here: In an extreme example of the federal government’s War on Drugs, a group known as “the Kettle Falls Five” has been federally prosecuted for growing medical marijuana in rural Washington state.  The group includes a family — a 71-year-old man, his

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Apr 132015
 April 13, 2015
When It Comes To Marijuana Reform Efforts Details Matter A Lot

It seems like almost every week there are poll results released for a poll that deals with marijuana reform. ‘Do you support recreational marijuana legalization?’ ‘Do you support legalizing medical marijuana?’ The poll results are almost always favorable, whether it be national polling, state-level polling, local polling, demographic-based polling, etc.. The poll results usually show support for reform by large margins. But in most instances where the polling is done where an election is held, the poll results almost never match, with the Election Day results coming in less than the poll results. I will be the first to accept

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Apr 132015
 April 13, 2015
County In California Likely To Ban Personal Medical Marijuana Cultivation

I always say that a medical marijuana program is only as good as its ability for patients to acquire medicine. So if a medical marijuana program doesn’t allow dispensaries, and patients suffer, than the medical marijuana program isn’t as good as it could (or should) be. The same is true of personal cultivation. Someone shouldn’t be forced to go to a dispensary if they have the skills and resources to grow their own medicine. California for a long time has had the best medical marijuana program in the country in a lot of ways. California was the first state to

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Apr 122015
 April 12, 2015
Pass The CARERS Act And Protect Medical Marijuana Patients

There is a petition to pass the CARERS Act. I urge everyone to sign it. Below are the details (174,640 signatures as of this post): My four-year-old daughter Morgan suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that causes frequent and dangerous seizures. We’ve tried everything to help her. She’s taken more than 10 different anti-epilepsy medications but at best, she’s gone only four weeks without a seizure. Based on our own research, advice from our doctors, and what we’ve heard from families living in other states, we would like Morgan to try cannabidiol oil — a form of

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Apr 112015
 April 11, 2015
Feds Seek To Increase Marijuana Production Quotas

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director For the second year in a row, federal officials are seeking to increase the supply of cannabis the government makes available for research protocols. DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart filed paperwork today announcing that the agency is seeking to increase its marijuana production quota for the year 2015 by nearly three-fold. Federal regulations permit a farm at the University of Mississippi to cultivate set quantities of cannabis for use in federally approved clinical trials. Regulators at the DEA, the US Food and Drug Administration, PHS (Public Health Service), and the US National Institute on Drug

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Apr 112015
 April 11, 2015
Study: Vaporized Marijuana Mitigates Treatment-Resistant Diabetic Neuropathy

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Vaporized cannabis mitigates pain intensity in diabetic subjects in a dose-dependent manner, according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in The Journal of Pain. Investigators at the University of California, San Diego assessed the efficacy of inhaled cannabis versus placebo in 16 patients with painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). Authors reported: “This small, short-term, placebo-controlled trial of inhaled cannabis demonstrated a dose-dependent reduction in diabetic peripheral neuropathy pain in patients with treatment-refractory pain. … Overall, our finding of an analgesic effect of cannabis is consistent with other trials of cannabis in

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