Dec 172014
 December 17, 2014
Guide To Marijuana Edibles Infographic

Marijuana legalization is happening all across the United States, and legalization has brought new, more convenient ways to consume cannabis. Edibles have been around since your dad was eating pot brownies at Woodstock, but today’s legal market may mystify even the most experienced users. Medical patients and recreational consumers alike may be surprised by the hundreds of edible marijuana products differing in type, taste, potency and packaging that fill up dispensary shelves today. We have partnered with Medical Jane, to introduce to you this educational guide, promoting knowledgeable and responsible cannabis consumption.

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Dec 172014
 December 17, 2014
BC Human Rights Tribunal To Release Prelim Decision On Cop's Right To Advocate For Drug Legalization

Today, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal will release a preliminary decision regarding a complaint of political discrimination against the Victoria Police Department. This particular decision will focus on whether senior police officers at VicPD can be held personally liable for illegal conduct in this matter, setting an important precedent in police accountability. The decision will be released shortly after12:00pm PT at the following link (no further release will be forthcoming, so interested journalists should contact Darby Beck at darby.beck@leap.cc for more information): http://www.bchrt.bc.ca/decisions/2014/dec.htm In 2010, the Victoria Police Department banned Constable David Bratzer from speaking off-duty as part of an

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Dec 172014
 December 17, 2014
What To Do If Confronted By Police For Marijuana

Say that you’re hanging out somewhere, like a hiking trail or in your car, and you happen to have weed on you. Not necessarily smoking it but you definitely have enough on you that you could get in trouble for it. With marijuana arrests accounting for half of all drug arrests (with 88% being simple possession), it’s super important to know what to do when you’re confronted by a police officer and you happen to have bud on you. There are four common ways that the police can trick you in to incriminating yourself when it comes to marijuana possession. Something

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Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
Medical Marijuana TV Episode Debuts Today

The much-anticipated airing of a popular television medical program’s marijuana-themed episode will take place this week. The “Medical Marijuana” episode of the ‘Ask Dr. Nandi’ television show will be broadcast on Tuesday, December 16 on select cable television stations. See the accompanying guide to locate the channel for your provider. The television show is recorded at studios in Oakland County. Most of the guests featured on the program are Michigan parents, patients and professionals. Featured on the program were six segments. First up: Aaron Justis and a video of his Buds n Roses medical marijuana dispensary in California. Next are

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Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
Texas Legislature Will Consider Marijuana Decriminalization

I have said it many, many times – Texas is a harsh place when it comes to marijuana laws. Unlike other states that allow a citizen initiative to reform marijuana laws, Texas does not have an initiative process. The only way to reform Texas’ marijuana laws is via the Texas Legislature. A bill was introduced this week in the Texas Legislature that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession. Per Big Country: Texas State Representative Joe Moody (D-El Paso) introduced a bill Monday that would reduce state penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Representative Moody announced the details of

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Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
Frequently Asked Questions On Implementing DC's Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Question: Does the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Omnibus),  which prohibits the District of Columbia from using local funds “to enact any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties” for marijuana, block D.C.’s marijuana legalization initiative (Initiative 71), which allows the possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana? Answer: Most likely no.  D.C. can implement Initiative 71 after the expiration of the congressional review period unless a resolution of disapproval overturning it is enacted during that period or other legislation is enacted before, during or after that period that blocks or overturns it. Question:

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Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
On Marijuana, Congress Giveth And Congress Taketh Away

By Phillip Smith With final approval by the Senate Saturday night, the Congress has successfully approved a massive, $1.1 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill, and the president has signaled he will sign it. The bill includes two provisions that illustrate Congress’s currently schizophrenic approach to loosening marijuana laws. On the one hand, the bill contains an amendment that will effectively end federal interference in states where medical marijuana is legal by barring the Justice Department from using its funds to go after patients and providers there. On the other hand, it also contains a rider that seeks to undo the

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Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
Michigan In The Top Five Medical Marijuana States

A new graphic from the Marijuana Business Daily illustrates the nation’s top five medical marijuana states, as measured by public participation. Created by Jennifer Mann, the graph compares states based on the number of people enrolled per one thousand residents of the state. Colorado leads all states in terms of public participation with 22.3 patients per 1,000 residents. California, the nation’s oldest medical marijuana program, ranks second with  19.30, followed by Oregon (17.9) and Washington State (16.5). Michigan ranked fifth with 12.3 medical marijuana patients per 1,000 residents. The US has 23 states with medical marijuana programs, not all of

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Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
Federal Spending Bill Prohibits Justice Department From Undermining State Medical Marijuana And Hemp Laws

The final “cromnibus” federal spending bill that Congress passed over the weekend contains historic language prohibiting the U.S. Justice Department from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws. The spending bill also includes a bipartisan amendment that prohibits the DEA from blocking implementation of a federal law passed last year by Congress that allows hemp cultivation for academic and agricultural research purposes in states that allow it. It also contains an amendment allowing Washington, D.C.’s voter-approved initiative legalizing marijuana possession and home cultivation for personal use to move forward, but prohibits D.C. policymakers from using any local or

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Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
Tacoma, Washington May Shut Down Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Plans released by city leaders last week were to send out letter to cease operations at marijuana dispensaries as soon as this January, as they are not licensed under Initiative 502. For both business owners and patients, this serves as devastating news. All of the medical marijuana dispensaries in the city could be gone in early 2015. But while the medical marijuana clinics would close, the recreational shops in the area would remain open. For people who want to get healed rather than high, this idea isn’t great for them. Recreational shops don’t offer the same type of medicinal products

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