Jan 292015
 January 29, 2015
Poll: Strong Support For Minnesota Medical Marijuana, Rising Support For Full legalization

Three-quarters of Minnesotans support providing patients with the legal option to consume cannabis therapeutically, while half of Minnesotans also support legalizing the plant for social use, according to statewide survey data by Public Policy Polling and commissioned by the Minnesota affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MN NORML}. According to Randy Quast, founding board member of MN NORML, “These polling numbers show that Minnesotans views on cannabis are well ahead of those of their elected officials. More Minnesotans now support legalizing the plant than endorse maintaining the status quo, criminalization, and a super-majority of Minnesotans

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Jan 292015
 January 29, 2015
Law Enforcement Officials Support Florida Medical Marijuana Bill

Medical marijuana in Florida seems to be inevitable. Roughly 58% of Florida voters voted for medical marijuana in the last election. Normally that would have been enough of the vote for a huge victory, but Florida requires 60% of the vote to pass a constitutional amendment initiative. That significant level of support has caught the attention of lawmakers in Florida, one of which recently introduced a medical marijuana bill. It’s worth noting that Florida already passed a CBD only bill last session, but that legislation has yet to be implemented, and wouldn’t help that many people even if it does

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Jan 292015
 January 29, 2015
Why Are There So Many Pissing Contests In The Marijuana Industry/Movement?

I first got involved in marijuana activism in 1998 when Oregon activists campaigned for, and passed, medical marijuana legalization. I was in high school at the time, and did the best I could to raise awareness for the effort, attended some gatherings, and posted newspaper articles in my locker (which didn’t go over well with my high school obviously!). It wasn’t the most dominant activist effort of all time, but it was what I could do at the time given the restraints of being a minor in high school. I dramatically stepped up my activism when I co-founded this blog

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Jan 282015
 January 28, 2015
Study: Patients Get More Relief From Medical Marijuana Than Painkillers

I always say that the best medicine is the medicine that works and is safer. That is almost always the case when it comes to medical marijuana compared to pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals almost always come with harmful side effects, and have led to a lot of death and misery across the globe. Sadly, marijuana opponents would rather have patients using those harmful pharmaceuticals than using medical marijuana, even in states where medical marijuana is legal. The results of a study were recently released which found that Australians who were suffering from chronic pain found more relief from using marijuana than they

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Jan 282015
 January 28, 2015
Poll: Majority Of Virginia Voters Support Marijuana Reforms

There is a strong effort underway to reform marijuana laws in Virginia. Senate Bill 686 would decriminalize marijuana possession in Virginia. There is also an effort to try to get medical marijuana legalized in Virginia as well. Almost every national reform organization is lobbying the Virginia Legislature to make changes. A poll that was released this week should help those efforts. Per Politico: According to a Christopher Newport University survey released Tuesday, 71 percent of registered Virginia voters support decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, compared to 26 percent who oppose it. Sixty-nine percent support legalizing medical marijuana in the state,

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Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015
Former NFL Players Want Research For Marijuana And Brain Injuries

Numerous NFL Players have experienced brain injuries during their careers. There have been many tragic stories in recent years about how the NFL didn’t do enough to educate and warn players about what repeated injuries could do to their brains. There have been a number of studies suggesting that medical marijuana can help people with brain injuries recover and heal. The NFL of course frowns upon all things marijuana, which is something that former NFL players want to see changed. Per New York Daily News: In a column posted Monday on The Huffington Post, the three NFL retirees urge commissioner

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Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015
Medical Marijuana Bill Filed In Florida Senate

Ever since the end of the 2014 Election, I have been hoping to see a meaningful medical marijuana bill filed in the Florida Legislature. Too many people voted for medical marijuana in Florida to ignore the issue any longer. Today as I sat in my cubicle I saw a tweet from United for Care go out, which included a link to a page that stated the following: BIG news: Republican (!!!) Senator Jeff Brandes has just filed a comprehensive medical marijuana bill in the Florida Senate. Senate Bill 528 is a very good start and we believe one that would serve as

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Jan 262015
 January 26, 2015
Marijuana Opponents Are Getting Dominated On Twitter

I always find it entertaining to see just how far behind marijuana opponents are when it comes to social media. The first time I saw proof of this was during the 2012 Attorney General race in Oregon. One of the biggest reasons that we defeated anti-marijuana candidate Dwight Holton (by a HUGE margin!) was because of social media. Dwight Holton was ahead in every poll by roughly 7 percent before we started a very strategic social media campaign. We used social media to bring a lot of eyeballs to articles covering the race, then pointed out the heavy traffic numbers to

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Jan 262015
 January 26, 2015
American Academy Of Pediatrics: Reschedule Marijuana To Allow Research

Marijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet want Americans to think that the only people that want to reform marijuana laws are addicted dopers and greedy business types. Marijuana opponents always want to talk about how marijuana reform is bad for children. That’s going to be much harder to do going forward because today the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with a statement urging the federal government to reschedule marijuana to allow more research. It’s going to be tough for Kevin Sabet to say marijuana reform is bad for kids if children doctors are saying the opposite. Per the Wall Street Journal: For

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Jan 252015
 January 25, 2015
Judge Orders State To Grant Medical Marijuana License In Santa Fe

Medical marijuana business licensing can be a contentious issue. People perform a ton of research, pay hefty fees, and only after a ton of effort do they find out if they received a license or not. For those that get a license, it’s worth it. But for those that don’t, it sucks big time, and it can be the beginning of a long legal process. That was the case for a non-profit in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which recently had a judge declare that they are entitled to a license the next time they are issued. Per the Santa Fe

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