Mar 042015
 March 4, 2015
Dispensary In Oregon Shouldn't Be Forced To Move For A Third Time

I just got done hanging out at a dispensary while visiting a friend. My friend needed to get some oil, and I always like to tag along to visit a new dispensary wherever I’m at if I get a chance. When I walked in, I noticed some three ring binders on the table with a cover label saying ‘Weed Blog.’ Apparently the owners of the dispensary have been printing our articles and putting them in folders for people to see, and for quite sometime now. I think it’s safe to say that I liked the place right away I got

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Mar 042015
 March 4, 2015
Poll: 72% Of Likely Utah Voters Support Medical Marijuana Legalization

A representative of the DEA warned Utah recently that if Utah legalized medical marijuana, it would lead to stoned rabbits all over the state. That scare tactic doesn’t seem to resonate with Utah voters that recently participated in a poll conducted by Y2 Analytics. The poll found that 72% of likely Utah voters support legalizing medical marijuana, as seen below in Y2’s press release: Commissioned by Libertas Institute and the Drug Policy Project of Utah, Y2 Analytics surveyed a sample of 400 likely voters about their views on medical cannabis use for certain types of serious illnesses. 72% of likely

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Mar 042015
 March 4, 2015
Pennsylvania House To Hold Satellite Hearing On Medical Marijuana

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will hold a joint satellite hearing of the Health and Judiciary Committees on medical marijuana. The hearing will take place on March 24, 2015 at 10:00AM at the University of PA Health System in the Perelman School of Medicine Zumbrow Auditorium, 800 S. Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA. Legislation to enact a medical marijuana program in Pennsylvania has been active since 2009 when Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia) first introduced a bill. In 2014 the state Senate passed a limited medical cannabis products bill, SB 1182, by a vote of 43-7. But that legislation was severely restricted, allowing

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Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015
Federal Jury Acquits Medical Marijuana Defendants On 4 Out of 5 Charges

In an unexpected verdict today, the jury in a widely watched federal medical marijuana case from eastern Washington State, known as the Kettle Falls Five, acquitted the three remaining defendants of all but one charge of manufacturing less than 100 marijuana plants. The charge carries no mandatory minimum sentence and defendants Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, 56, her son Rolland Gregg, 33, and daughter-in-law Michelle Gregg, 36, remain free until sentencing on June 10th at 10am. In a prosecution and week-long trial that used up roughly $2 million, the Obama Administration aggressively pursued marijuana trafficking charges against a family of patients who claimed

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Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015
DEA Warns Of Stoned Rabbits If Utah Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Usually marijuana opponents go around asking people, ‘what about the children?’ Marijuana opponents have long warned that marijuana reform will lead to an epidemic of stoned youth. That claim has yet to be backed up by facts, so now marijuana opponents are trying a new tactic – they are warning that legalizing medical marijuana in Utah will lead to stoned rabbits, according to Matt Fairbanks of the DEA. Really. Per The Cannabist: “I deal in facts. I deal in science,” said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who’s been working in the state for a deacade. He is a member of the

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Mar 022015
 March 2, 2015
CBD Oil Licenses Granted By The Missouri Department Of Agriculture

By Amber Iris Langston For the first time since World War II, Missourians are allowed to legally grow marijuana. This week, the Missouri Department of Agriculture announced licenses for two recently created non-profits — Beleaf and Noah’s Arc — which will allow them to grow cannabis, produce a low-THC oil, and distribute that oil to an estimated 950 Missouri patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. Each non-profit will be charged with the responsibility of tracking the cannabis from “seed to sale” and having oversight each step of the way in an effort to minimize potential holes in the system where cannabis

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Mar 012015
 March 1, 2015
There Is A Shortage Of Medical Marijuana In Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. medical marijuana patients have three dispensaries to legally purchase medical marijuana from. That’s three dispensaries for roughly 2,500 patients, which is up from 800 last summer. That imbalance of patient to safe access point has led to a medical marijuana shortage in Washington D.C.. Per the Washington Post: Operators of Washington’s three medical marijuana dispensaries have struggled to meet the rising demand, frequently limiting the amount patients can purchase and occasionally turning them away. On Wednesday, “we opened without any product to sell or without a delivery expected that day,” said Vanessa West, manager of the Metropolitan Wellness

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Feb 282015
 February 28, 2015
Utah Medical Marijuana Bill Moving Forward

Utah is the latest ‘red’ state to consider medical marijuana. Yesterday, Utah’s Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would allow for the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The bill is expected to go to the Senate floor early next week. Senate Bill 259 from Sen. Mark B. Madsen would create a state registry of medical marijuana patients who could possess and use marijuana.  The bill would also direct the state of Utah to issue licenses for cultivators, processors, and dispensaries to qualified patients. “I am one step closer to legal access to my medicine,” said Christine Stenquist,  a

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Feb 282015
 February 28, 2015
Medical Marijuana Businesses Seek Regulatory Compliance In California

Multiple medical marijuana businesses from northern California — Sonoma Lab Works and Peace in Medicine, with dispensaries in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa — were certified earlier this month by Patient Focused Certification (PFC), a nationwide program that verifies the quality and reliability of products sold to patients, as well as quality control standards, calibration, and evaluation processes for labs that test medical marijuana products. PFC is a project of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and the only nonprofit, third-party certification for the medical marijuana industry based on new quality standards issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the

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Feb 272015
 February 27, 2015
Jury Selection, Opening Statements Made In Rare Federal Medical Marijuana Trial

Trial began on Wednesday with jury selection and opening statements in a widely watched federal medical marijuana case against a family from eastern Washington State known as the Kettle Falls Five. Last week, amidst mounting pressure, the Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed charges against defendant Larry Harvey, 71, who was recently diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Earlier this week, defendant and Harvey family friend Jason Zucker accepted a plea deal, whereby he agreed to cooperate with the prosecution by testifying against his co-defendants in exchange for a single felony conviction and a recommended sentence of 16 months. Three defendants

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