Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015
Medical Marijuana Dispensary Receives First Ever License In Illinois

Patients have waited a very long time for safe access in Illinois. It took a very, very long time to get a medical marijuana bill passed, and even then, the bill was extremely limited. Then there was the long fiasco of awarding business license winners, which transitioned into more waiting for the licenses to actually be issued so that cultivation could begin. Today was a very big day for safe access in Illinois because the first dispensary license was finally issued today. Per WQAD: A facility in Marion, Illinois, is the state’s first officially-licensed medical marijuana dispensary. Dispensaries must be

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Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015
Marijuana Legalization Initiative Campaign Starts In Florida

News broke today that a marijuana legalization initiative’s language was approved in Florida. The campaign can now start accepting signatures for the initiative. As many learned during the 2014 campaign, Florida requires a lot of signatures. Much more than a lot of other states. Gathering enough signatures to get the legalization initiative on the ballot will not be easy, and will not be cheap. But with that being said, it’s absolutely a worthwhile endeavor. The initiative would legalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by those over 21 years old, and would legalize the cultivation of up

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Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015
Marijuana Farmers VS Hemp Farmers Over Pollen

Complaints from legal marijuana farms have halted the issuance of hemp farming licenses in Oregon- for now. Both types of farms are authorized under Oregon law. Marijuana, used for medicine and recreation, and hemp, used for industrial and commercial purposes, are plants in the same family. That means they can cross-breed. The Oregonian reports that marijuana farmers are concerned that the hemp plants will spread their pollen over wide swaths of countryside and accidentally pollinate their marijuana plants. Cannabis plants are genetically selected to produce robust flowers typically grown in the absence of male plants. No males, no seeds. Marijuana

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Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015
UK Government And Parliament Issues Response To Very Popular Marijuana Petition

A petition was started to urge the UK government to legalize cannabis. The petition needed 100,000 to initiate a debate, and the petition more than doubled that. Here’s what the petition said: Make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal. Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs. A substance that is safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925. The government responded with the following:

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Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015
Discounted Early Bird Registration For The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference Ends Friday

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference is coming to Portland, Oregon next month. There’s two main reasons why attending this event will be different then past events I have attended. The first is that this event will be right before recreational marijuana sales start in Oregon on October 1st. This event is very timely in that regard, as there is a lot to learn, both about the rules surrounding recreational marijuana, and to learn what plans people have for the new era of the marijuana industry in Oregon. The other thing that makes this different is that it’s being held

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Aug 252015
 August 25, 2015
Second Annual Oregon Cannabis Classic Charity Golf Tournament Is Sept. 4th

I absolutely love it when cannabis events benefit charity. It’s a win for everyone involved. Even if you don’t play golf that often, I think that this event will still be very fun to participate in. I tip my hat to The Greener Side in Eugene for putting on this event. See below, via the event listing on Facebook: Oregon’s Cannabis Classic is a charity golf tournament for the Oregon Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society: https://www.msoregon.org/ The Oregon Cannabis Classic will be held at beautiful Mallard Creek in Lebanon Oregon. This event is a great opportunity to get out

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Aug 252015
 August 25, 2015
Florida Cities Moving Full Speed Ahead With Marijuana Decriminalization

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director Local governments in Florida are taking marijuana law reform into their own hands by adopting marijuana decriminalization ordinances as an alternative to more severe state sanctions. We first wrote about this trend in July when Florida’s largest county, Miami-Dade, passed an ordinance allowing local law enforcement to treat marijuana possession offenses involving 20 grams or less as a civil infraction, punishable by a $100 fine. Many other communities have followed suit. City commissioners in Miami Beach imposed a similar policy in July; authorities in Hallandale Beach acted likewise last week. Key West City City officials are

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Aug 252015
 August 25, 2015
Colorado Marijuana Tax Revenues Are Up Almost 100% Compared To Last Year

Marijuana legalization is working in Colorado. The industry is expanding at a rapid pace, people are getting quality jobs in the industry, and the state is benefiting from tax revenue that continues to climb. It has climbed so much in the last year revenues have grown almost 100% compared to last year. Per The Denver Channel: Tax revenues from marijuana are up nearly 100 percent. County by county, new numbers from the Colorado Department of Revenue tell the tale. In Denver County, revenue jumped from $954,000 in May 2014 to $1.5 million in May 2015. In Boulder County, revenues jumped

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Aug 252015
 August 25, 2015
Oregon Will Temporarily Stop Issuing Hemp Licenses

The State of Oregon has decided to stop issuing hemp licenses, at least for the near future. The Oregon Department of Agriculture issued a decision this week to temporarily suspend the issuance of new licenses. The Department felt that there was just too much potential for changes in upcoming legislative sessions to be able to confidently issue licenses, which last three years. Per Oregon Live: Oregon Department of Agriculture officials said Tuesday their decision does not impact those currently licensed to grow hemp in the state. The decision is effective immediately and comes at the end of the current growing

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Aug 252015
 August 25, 2015
Melissa Etheridge To Keynote At The Cannabis World Congress And Business Exposition In Los Angeles

Melissa Etheridge, Grammy and Academy Award Winning singer-songwriter, will be a Keynote speaker during the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo), September 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. Her much anticipated Keynote Address will take place on Thursday, September 17th at 2pm. The CWCBExpo in LA is the leading event for the legalized and medical marijuana industries. “I was extremely honored to be asked to speak at the CWCBExpo because as a Cancer survivor, who discovered the unparalleled medical benefits of cannabis during my recovery, I feel very passionate about helping to remove the

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