Jun 272015
 June 27, 2015
Widely Supported Rhode Island Bill To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Remains On The Table

Rhode Island state lawmakers recessed the legislative session late Thursday leaving hundreds of bills, including a widely supported proposal to make marijuana legal for adults and regulate it similarly to alcohol, pending action. Legislative leaders have indicated they may call a special session in the fall to finish their agenda. “Lawmakers’ decision to recess without voting on this widely supported legislation is disappointing, to say the least,” said Regulate Rhode Island Director Jared Moffat. “We believe we have the votes needed to pass the measure this session, and we’re optimistic that we’ll still have the votes if and when they

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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 272015
 June 27, 2015
Seattle HEMPFEST Exports Its Protestival To New Cities, States

Seattle Events, producers of the renowned Seattle HEMPFEST protestival for the past 24 years, announced licensed HEMPFEST® events in Oregon and Nevada, with more to come. For more than two decades, Seattle HEMPFEST has developed a brand and model of “Protestival” to educate the public on cannabis issues and promote legalization initiatives, in a unique atmosphere mixing grassroots activism and a music festival. This successful model is now being officially licensed and emulated in several other cities and states, as legalization efforts spread nationwide. “We’ve had great success in Seattle”, says Vivian McPeak, Executive Director of Seattle Events, “with media

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Jun 272015
 June 27, 2015
NIDA Acknowledges Drawbacks To Monopoly On Marijuana Supply

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director Members of the US Senate at a hearing yesterday expressed skepticism in regard to federal policies limiting the ability of investigators to engage in clinical studies of marijuana’s health benefits. Senators heard from representatives from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), University of Mississippi Medical Center, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and Project SAM on a variety of issues The hearing’s most noteworthy moment came when Nora Volkow, director of NIDA, acknowledged that the monopoly on marijuana cultivation for research purposes ought to be amended.

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Jun 272015
 June 27, 2015
Schedule Of Events Leading To Marijuana Legalization Day In Oregon

Yes, legalization supporters, marijuana freedom begins on July 1. Portland NORML has events planned to help you prepare and celebrate the end of marijuana prohibition in Oregon: Saturday, June 27, Noon-2pm = Portland NORML Meeting, 1125 SE Madison St. (Tony Starlight Showroom). Our regular 4th-Saturday-of-the-month FREE public meeting features Dru West, best-selling author of “Secrets of the West Coast Masters”, presenting a seminar on how to begin your first legal four-plant cannabis garden, plus autographing copies of his book. We’ll also get you up-to-date on the latest legislative changes to Measure 91. Tuesday, June 30, 10pm-Midnight = “Who’s the Ross?”, Dante’s at 3rd

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Jun 262015
 June 26, 2015
New UN Report Exposes Failure Of War On Drugs But Ignores True Causes And Solution

The United Nations 2015 World Drug Report, released Friday, details the failure of and harms caused by the war on drugs, but doesn’t grapple with the fact that problems such as alarmingly high overdose rates, control of the trade by organized crime networks and illegal sales funding terrorism are caused by the very prohibition policies the international body still supports. Also on Friday, activists in more than 150 cities around the world called attention to the failure of the war on drugs, including with a march from the U.S. State Department to the White House to demand that the Obama

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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 262015
 June 26, 2015
Drug Policy Alliance Releases Videos Of Three Marijuana Symposia In California

In an effort to educate the public and discuss pressing issues related to the legalization of marijuana in California in 2016, the Drug Policy Alliance held three symposia, each focusing on a different aspect of marijuana regulation. Videos from those symposia are now available online to view for free. The first symposia, held in Los Angeles, addressed issues related to marijuana use and public health. Speakers included Alison Holcomb from the ACLU, Tista Ghosh from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the environment, and Rep. Jonathan Singer from Colorado. The goal of this symposia was to address concerns related

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