Aug 302014
 August 30, 2014
Illinois Governor Signs Hemp Research Measure Into Law

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Democrat Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation, House Bill 5085, authorizing state universities to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. The new law takes effect in January. Illinois joins more than a dozen states — including Hawaii, Indiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah earlier this year — that have enacted legislation redefining hemp as an agricultural commodity and authorizing state-sponsored research and/or cultivation of the crop. In February, federal lawmakers approved language in the omnibus federal Farm Bill authorizing states to sponsor hemp research absent federal reclassification of the plant. Source: NORML - make a donation

Aug 302014
 August 30, 2014
34,000 New Mexicans Suffering From Alzheimer's Denied Access To Medical Cannabis

The Secretary of Health denied a petition to add Alzheimer’s disease to the list of medical conditions eligible for the medical cannabis program, even though the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board voted unanimously to recommend making neurodegenerative dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, qualifying conditions. Alzheimer’s disease, similar to many of the conditions presently included in New Mexico’s Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, is a neurologic disease and has no known cure. Existing medications provide only temporary relief, without stopping the progression of the disease. “It is really unfortunate that New Mexicans [...]

Aug 302014
 August 30, 2014
Earl Blumenauer To Talk Federal Tax Reform For Marijuana Businesses At International Cannabis Business Conference

Congressman Earl Blumenauer,  U.S. Representative for Oregon’s 3rd congressional district, will be presenting at the first annual International Cannabis Business Conference in Portland, OR this September. The conference focuses on the emerging billion dollar cannabis industry and features an impressive list of experts in the cannabis industry.  Blumenauer is by far the most outspoken representative in the nation on the issue of reforming cannabis laws; he has been advocating for sensible policy at the state and federal level for over 40 years. In February Blumenauer drafted a letter to President Obama signed by 18 Members [...]

Aug 292014
 August 29, 2014
Uruguayans Can Now Apply To Grow Their Own Marijuana

Uruguay is at the forefront of marijuana reform right now. Whereas some countries have quit enforcing marijuana prohibition, but technically still have it on the books as being illegal, Uruguay has officially legalized marijuana. It still isn’t sold in stores yet, but citizens can now sign up to grow their own marijuana. Per the Huffington Post: People in Uruguay who want to grow their own marijuana at home were able to register to do so Wednesday as the government launched the latest phase in its first-of-its-kind legalization program. Under a [...]

Aug 292014
 August 29, 2014
Santa Fe City Council Decriminalizes Marijuana

Marijuana reform activists gathered enough signatures for a marijuana decriminalization measure in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The measure would have to go before the Santa Fe City Council, and the council would either pass the measure outright, or refer it to voters in the next election. Most people were assuming that the council would pass on the issue and leave it up to voters to decide. That route would have required some campaigning and dedicating more resources. Fortunately, that didn’t happen because the Santa Fe City Council decided to vote [...]

Aug 292014
 August 29, 2014
The Desperate Lies of Josh Marquis, Part I: The Prison "Easter Egg"

You have to feel some sympathy for Josh Marquis.  By all accounts, he’s a decent man and a good district attorney for Clatsop County.  But, unfortunately for him, he’s emerged as the leading voice for law enforcement’s opposition to Measure 91, Oregon’s initiative to legalize marijuana.  That’s a tough position to be in when the state is generally expected to pass legalization, if not in 2014, definitely in 2016, and when one in nine adult Oregonians smoke marijuana monthly. Since legalization is such a popular idea, it is up to [...]

Aug 292014
 August 29, 2014
Virginia Governor Endorses Medical Marijuana

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) is the most recent Governor to come out and endorse medical marijuana. More and more politicians are getting on the marijuana reform bandwagon everyday. Whether they actually believe in reform, or are just claiming to do so because it’s a popular political topic, only time will tell. We will have to wait and see if actions follow, or if this is just political rhetoric. Per the Huffington Post: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said that he was open to legalizing medical marijuana in his state [...]

Aug 282014
 August 28, 2014
NFL Players: Marijuana Is Not More Dangerous Than Alcohol

As long as NFL players are not driving, and are not in public, they can consume as much alcohol as they want. Marijuana consumption on the other hand, is strictly prohibited, no matter what. The sad irony of course being that alcohol is very harmful for your body, rotting your organs and causing other health issues. The same cannot be said about marijuana consumption, especially if it’s vaporized or consumed in edible form. Earlier this year President Barack Obama told the New Yorker that he didn’t think that marijuana is [...]

Aug 282014
 August 28, 2014
Federal Government Asking For Applications To Grow Marijuana

The federal government grows marijuana at the University of Mississippi, and has for multiple decades. The marijuana is used to supply four federal medical marijuana patients, and for research. Recently the federal government approved a proposal to go from a quota of 21,000 grams in 2014 up to 650,000 grams. The federal government is currently accepting applications to land a contract to grow marijuana for the federal government. I’m not sure if the ramping up and the request for applicants are related, or if it’s just a ‘technically we are [...]

Aug 282014
 August 28, 2014
Third Community In Maine To Vote On Marijuana Legalization

2014 is going to be a big year for marijuana reform at the ballot box. Many national organizations were telling activists to hold off til 2016 because it’s a presidential election year. But that hasn’t stopped some of those same organizations, or activists, from successfully getting marijuana reform efforts on the 2014 ballot. Oregon, Alaska, Washington D.C., and many cities in Michigan are voting on marijuana legalization. Maine already had two communities voting on marijuana legalization in November, and just added a third. Per MPBN News: As of today, the [...]