Mar 272015
 March 27, 2015
DEA Agents Had Cartel 'Sex Parties' With Prostitutes While Working In Colombia

Marijuana activists have been saying for decades that the DEA needs to be de-funded. The agency has caused so much misery and ruined so many lives in the name of the drug war. The money that goes to fund their failed war on drugs could be going to schools, roads, or just about anything else. A story broke yesterday which highlighted just how out of control DEA agents can be. Per Politico: Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the

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Mar 272015
 March 27, 2015
Tommy Chong To Headline Michigan Hash Bash

Tommy Chong, half of the famous marijuana-themed comedy duo Cheech and Chong, has been announced as the headline speaker at this year’s Hash Bash celebration April 4 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hash Bash is the largest protest advocating marijuana law reform in Michigan. The Bash, and its companion celebration, the Monroe Street Fair, drew an estimated 8,000 people last year. “We are so proud to have Tommy Chong attending the Hash Bash and Monroe Street Fairs this year,” said longtime Fair coordinator Charlie Strachbein, who is a principal in the BDT Smokeshop chain, the primary sponsor of Chong’s appearance in

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Mar 262015
 March 26, 2015
Willie Nelson Is Launching His Own Marijuana Brand

Celebrities that have long been associated with marijuana are getting into the industry. It’s a no brainer, for obvious reasons. Tommy Chong was the first that I heard of, when he inked a deal with Marisol Therapeutics in Pueblo, Colorado. BReal from Cypress Hill recently opened up a medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Cruz. A story came out today on The Daily Beast which talked about how Willie Nelson wants to create his own marijuana brand, complete with his own strain and stores. Per The Daily Beast article: So what exactly is Willie’s Reserve? Well, you know, Willie has spent a lifetime

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Mar 262015
 March 26, 2015
More Doctors In Illinois Need To Recommend Medical Marijuana

I will never forget the first time I tried to become a medical marijuana patient in Oregon. I went to my long time family doctor for an injury and told him that I would rather use medical marijuana to treat my condition, rather than the harmful pain killers he wanted to prescribe me. He got a very sour look on his face and gave me a long winded lecture about lack of research, likelihood of addiction, etc. etc.. The sad irony being that he was trying to push painkillers on me that have literally killed some of my friends who

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Mar 262015
 March 26, 2015
New Directions New Orleans: A Public Health And Safety Approach To Drug Policy

An unprecedented collection of drug policy stakeholders – including judges, elected officials, public health workers, law enforcement, and community advocates – will come together to chart a new course for Louisiana’s drug policies at New Directions New Orleans on Thursday April 2 from 9am-5pm at Dillard University. The one-day conference will provide Louisianans with the opportunity to engage many of the leading minds on drug policy and criminal justice reform from across the country and around the world, who will discuss strategies for moving beyond drug war policies and toward a health-centered approach to drug use. “Louisiana continues to strive

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Mar 262015
 March 26, 2015
Poll Shows Wichita Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative Winning

Next month (April 7th) voters in Wichita, Kansas will vote on whether or not to decriminalize marijuana. A successful vote would send a message to the rest of the State of Kansas, as well as the rest of the country, that it’s beyond time to reform outdated marijuana laws. If Wichita, Kansas can notch a marijuana reform victory, than just about any other part of America could do the same. The most recent poll shows the marijuana decriminalization initiative winning. Per KSN: The latest KSN News Poll conducted exclusively for KSN-TV by SurveyUSA was released Tuesday on an initiative to

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Mar 262015
 March 26, 2015
Portland NORML Membership Meeting Moved To Oregon Hemp Convention

Below is a post from the Portland NORML Chapter. If you are at the Oregon Hemp Convention this weekend, make sure to stop by and tell them hello (I need to get one of those shirts!): Our regular monthly membership meeting is this Saturday at High Noon.  We’re excited to be holding our meeting at the Portland Expo Center at 2060 N Marine Drive as part of the Oregon Hemp Convention.  We will have some great speakers on the topic of industrial hemp and some updates on the latest bills at the legislature and our efforts regarding them, plus our

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Mar 262015
 March 26, 2015
Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group To host Third Annual National Conference In DC

The country’s leading medical marijuana advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), will hold its third annual national Unity Conference, “Wellness is Winning,” in Washington, D.C. on March 27-31, 2015. The conference will highlight medical and legal experts, policymakers, and a wide array of workshops and panels focusing on scientific research, strategic planning, and skills building. On Tuesday, March 31st, ASA will host a press conference at 11am, followed by a lobby day with hundreds of patient advocates. What: Third Annual National Unity Conference, “Wellness is Winning” When: March 27-31, 2015, including a press conference at 11am on March 31st

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Mar 262015
 March 26, 2015
Crucial New Drug Policy Reform Campaign Needs Your Help

By David Borden Dear reformer: We have launched an important and unique new campaign, and I am writing to ask your help — financial with a donation, activist through the involvement of your own organization, or both. The campaign is a US-based coalition taking on international drug policy in the US and at the UN. It is the first coalition of its type in drug policy reform. We released our first statement — a broad and groundbreaking one — at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs Meeting in Vienna last week. The statement was distributed to the 200 national delegations

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Mar 252015
 March 25, 2015
Report Provides Data On Marijuana Arrests In Colorado After Legalization

All eyes are on Colorado to gauge the impact of the country’s first-ever state law to tax and regulate the sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older.  Since the first retail marijuana stores opened on January 1, 2014, the state has benefitted from a decrease in traffic fatalities, an increase in tax revenue and economic output from retail marijuana sales, and an increase in jobs, while Denver has experienced a decrease in crime rates. Now, a new report from the Drug Policy Alliance brings another jolt of good news by providing comprehensive data on marijuana arrests in Colorado before

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