Jul 022015
 July 2, 2015
Oregon Governor Signs New Law To Implement Marijuana Legalization

Today Governor Kate Brown signed H.B. 3400, an omnibus bill to implement Measure 91, the marijuana legalization initiative adopted by voters last November. The bill was approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives this week. Measure 91 legalized possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 and older and regulated commercial production, manufacturing, and retail sales of marijuana.  Legalization for personal use took effect July 1, 2015. As of that date adults 21 and older can legally possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana at home and up to 1 ounce of marijuana outside the home. They

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Jun 302015
 June 30, 2015
Oregon: Early Recreational Marijuana Sales And Marijuana Sales Tax Bills Advance

On ‘Marijuana Legalization Eve’ in Oregon several marijuana related bills moved forward in the Oregon Legislature. Oregon House Bill 2041 passed on a 24-4 vote and would establish a marijuana sales tax that adds up to 20% (17% state tax, 3% local tax). Oregon is just one of five states to not have a standard statewide sales tax. Usually the term ‘sales tax’ is avoided at all costs in Oregon because it’s politically undesirable, but apparently not when it comes to marijuana, at least according to Oregon politicians. Oregon Senate Bill 460 passed in the Oregon Senate on a 23-6 vote.

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Jun 302015
 June 30, 2015
First Minnesota Medical Marijuana Patient Center To Open Wednesday In Minneapolis

Minnesota’s first medical marijuana patient center is scheduled to open in Minneapolis Wednesday. Minnesota Medical Solutions is scheduled to open its doors to patients at 12:01 a.m. CDT. “This is a great day for suffering patients who have been waiting a long time to have access to this medicine,” said Patrick McClellan of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, a Bloomington man with a rare form of muscular dystrophy who will be among the first patients served on Wednesday. “We are grateful that the Department of Health stepped up and implemented this law promptly. Patients in some states have had to wait

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Jun 282015
 June 28, 2015
Canadian Medical Marijuana Company Tilray Set To Lay Off 61 Employees

When it comes to the business world, I always tell people that marijuana is different. Strategies that work in other industries don’t always work in the marijuana industry. There are a multitude of reasons. The consumer base for marijuana is different than other industries due to the fact that those consumers had to operate in the shadows for so long, and there’s a lot of consumer behaviors that go along with that that aren’t found in other industries. Also, whereas other industries operate according to long established rules and policies, the marijuana industry is very new and the rules and

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Jun 282015
 June 28, 2015
That One Time When Kevin Sabet Got OWNED By A Senator During A Hearing

This last week a Congressional drug caucus was held where testimony was provided by Kevin Sabet. As usual, Kevin was ripe with reefer madness. Usually Kevin speaks to crowds that are completely sympathetic to his views, and rarely question anything he says because he has them so snowballed (after all, they are paying thousands of dollars to have him tell them half truths about marijuana policy and science!). But this speaking engagement was different. United States Senator Cory Booker was in attendance, and he didn’t take kindly to Kevin Sabet’s reefer madness tactics. If you are like me, I’m sure

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Jun 272015
 June 27, 2015
Pennsylvania House Health Committee Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

The Pennsylvania State House Health Committee voted unanimously on Friday to approve SB 3, which would allow seriously ill Pennsylvanians to access medical marijuana with recommendations from their doctors. The bill will now go to the House Rules Committee for further consideration. The vote follows the filing of a discharge petition by Rep. Nick Miccarelli (R-Ridley Park) that would have removed SB 3 from the Health Committee where it had stalled and put it before the full House for a vote. “While it is a relief that SB 3 is no longer stalled in the Health Committee, it is imperative

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Jun 262015
 June 26, 2015
Donate To Help Save Washington State's Safe Access To Medical Marijuana

There is a crowd funding effort that is going on to help save Washington State’s medical marijuana program from Senate Bill 5052. The purpose of the crowdfunding effort is to pay for legal fees for a lawsuit against the State of Washington. You can donate at this link here. Below are more details from the GoFundMe page: The Joint Blog ( TheJointBlog.Com ) is going above and beyond to show their support in stopping SB5052. They have offered to give the largest contributor of this campaign ONE YEAR of featured ad-space on their website free of charge. TheJointBlog will contact

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Jun 262015
 June 26, 2015
Patient Advocates Applaud Rep. Miccarelli's Petition To Allow Floor Vote On Medical Marijuana Bill

Pennsylvania State Rep. Nick Miccarelli (R-Ridley Park) will file a discharge petition in the House of Representatives on Friday to remove a medical marijuana bill from the House Health Committee and bring it to the full floor for a vote. SB 3 would allow seriously ill Pennsylvanians to access medical marijuana with recommendations from their doctors. Rep. Matthew Baker (R-Wellsboro), who chairs the Health Committee, has stated that he will not call the bill for a vote there. “There is no reason this compassionate legislation should not get a full vote,” said Christine Brann of Dauphin County, whose son has

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Jun 262015
 June 26, 2015
Marijuana Policy Project Launches Voter Guide To 2016 Presidential Race

The nation’s largest marijuana policy organization, the Marijuana Policy Project, has launched a voter guide to the 2016 presidential race, detailing the candidates’ positions on marijuana policy and assigning them grades based on where they stand. The voter guide can be viewed online at http://mpp.org/president. “Most Americans recognize that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and they think it should be made legal for adults,” said MPP Communications Director Mason Tvert. “Voters should know which candidates support rolling back prohibition and which ones are fighting to maintain it. People are becoming increasingly wary of the federal government’s role in our

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Jun 252015
 June 25, 2015
Michigan Medical Marijuana 'Provisioning Centers Act' Hijacked And Corrupted

1,500 marijuana plants in a single garden? Armed guards transporting pot brownies from the kitchen to the warehouse? A 16% tax on medical marijuana? With the release of the latest draft of Michigan’s medical marijuana dispensary bill, HB 4209, sponsor Rep. Michael Callton (R-Nashville) has taken The Provisioning Centers Act in a “drastically different” direction. The flip-flop by Callton has longtime supporters insistent on change and threatening to abandon their support for the four-year old proposal. Seemingly involved in the major shift in direction: the Michigan Cannabis Development Association (MCDA) and Lansing-area real estate mogul Ron Boji, Commissioner of the

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