May 252015
 May 25, 2015
Memorial Day 2015 And Medical Marijuana

By Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel Along with family picnics and public concerts, as a country we wear poppies and decorate the graves of the fallen on the last Monday in May to honor our soldiers who have died while serving in the military. It is a holiday to remember their great sacrifices to protect our country, our citizens, and our way of life. As we pause to celebrate Memorial Day this year, it also gives us an occasion to consider the sacrifices made by all those who have served, including the tens of thousands of veterans living with post-traumatic

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May 242015
 May 24, 2015
Demand Full Impeachment Of Ginny Burdick And Jeff Kruse

When the voters in a state cast their ballots and an issue is decided, it is to become law. We must have some way to check and balance rogue politicians who pay no loyalty to their constituencies or respect to the fact that they are officials that represent and implement the voted upon the will of the public. Measure 91 aimed to end prohibition of marijuana for adults over 21 and end a war on the civil liberties of many. This was the intent of the 56% of voters. Senator Burdick and Kruse are using this monumental opportunity for the

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May 242015
 May 24, 2015
Attorneys Address Latest Oregon Medical Marijuana Legal Challenges At Portland NORML Meeting

Our latest Portland NORML membership meeting was held at the Tony Starlight Showroom. Despite a drizzly rain and the start of Memorial Day weekend, activists and supporters enjoyed free coffee and donuts and learned about the challenges we face in moving from legalization to regulation to, eventually, equalization. Our Executive Director, Russ Belville, reported on his latest trip to present and participate in National NORML’s Washington DC Lobby Day. There he was able to interview US Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), a fiery proponent of ending the war on marijuana consumers who gained notoriety for taking down drug czars, DEA heads,

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May 222015
 May 22, 2015
Arkansas Veterans Rally For Medical Marijuana Tomorrow

I came across the following press release, in case you are in the area: What & Why: Arkansas veterans are rallying to raise local awareness of PTSD and a medicine they think can help—medical cannabis. Nationwide, 22 veterans take their own lives every day due to PTSD. Medical cannabis can help relieve the anxiety of the disorder and it is an effective pain-reliever, often removing the need for patients to take more dangerous opiate-based pain medicines. Where: Arkansas State Capitol Building 500 Woodlane St. • Little Rock, Arkansas When: Saturday, May 23 • 10-11am Who:  Melissa Fults, Campaign Director, Arkansans for Compassionate Care

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May 222015
 May 22, 2015
Blumenauer Calls Senate Committee Passage Of Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendment Historic Step Forward

Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) welcomed passage of the Veterans Equal Access Amendment by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The amendment, offered by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), would allow the Veterans Administration (VA) medical providers to recommend medical marijuana to veterans living in states where medical marijuana is legal. “This is a historic moment. Passage of the amendment was the right thing to do for our veterans. We should not be preventing access to medicine that can help our wounded warriors deal with serious conditions, such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries,” said Representative Blumenauer.

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May 212015
 May 21, 2015
U.S. Senate Committee Approves Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendment

There has been a gag order in place that bars Veterans Administration doctors from talking at all about medical marijuana with patients, even when the doctor knows that medical marijuana could help the veteran. A historic vote occurred in the United States Senate Appropriations Committee today, with 18 out of 30 Senators voting for an amendment that would lift the gag order. Below is a reaction from the Drug Policy Alliance, along with Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority: The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bipartisan amendment today, 18 to 12, allowing Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana

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May 212015
 May 21, 2015
Franklin, Nadelmann And Dillon: Marijuana Politics In Grand Rapids

Two of America’s leading voices on marijuana law reform were in Grand Rapids on May 14 and reminded the audience in the Wealthy Theater: change is coming, to Michigan and the nation. Former Baltimore police Major Neill Franklin, now the head of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), told the attendees he “was one of those” officers who would arrest people for small amounts of marijuana. The death of a fellow officer made Franklin evaluate the system and the ideals of the war on drugs. Harvard-educated Ethan Nadelmann is the founder of the Drug Policy Alliance. He explained that his journey

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May 202015
 May 20, 2015
Flint Issues First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

What a long, strange trip it’s been. After the delays, the yellow tags and the newspaper articles the city of Flint has finally certified three medical marijuana dispensaries and sanctioned their operation. Three licenses were issued by city officials. In a press conference held Friday, May 15 owners Kim and Bob Johnson of The Sweet Leaf and Rachelle Arnott of the Green Bean put their city licenses on display for cameras and the curious. Also receiving a license, but unable to participate in the press conference, was the organization called Green Culture. Flint’s action to license distribution centers for medical

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May 192015
 May 19, 2015
Texas House Approves Flawed Medical Marijuana Bill

The Texas State House approved a bill 96-34 on Monday intended to allow qualifying patients with intractable seizure conditions to access a marijuana extract containing high levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, and only trace levels of THC. SB 339, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), is extremely unlikely to provide patients with relief because it requires doctors to engage in conduct that is prohibited by federal law. SB 339 previously passed the Senate on May 7. It now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott. “On a certain level, the legislature should be commended for acknowledging the medical value of marijuana, and

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May 192015
 May 19, 2015
New DEA Chief Claims He Will Focus Less On Marijuana

The Obama Administration has been a mixed bag when it comes to marijuana policy. On one hand, the Obama Administration has dropped the ball on reclassifying/declassifying marijuana, punting the issue to Congress every chance the administration gets despite the fact that the administration could initiative the process unilaterally. The administration hasn’t done a good job when it comes to marijuana banking, but has stated that it will allow Native American tribes to cultivate and sell recreational marijuana if they choose to do so. The Obama administration has stepped up to try to prevent federal intervention in states that have progressive marijuana

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