May 212015
 May 21, 2015
Franklin, Nadelmann And Dillon: Marijuana Politics In Grand Rapids

Two of America’s leading voices on marijuana law reform were in Grand Rapids on May 14 and reminded the audience in the Wealthy Theater: change is coming, to Michigan and the nation. Former Baltimore police Major Neill Franklin, now the head of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), told the attendees he “was one of those” officers who would arrest people for small amounts of marijuana. The death of a fellow officer made Franklin evaluate the system and the ideals of the war on drugs. Harvard-educated Ethan Nadelmann is the founder of the Drug Policy Alliance. He explained that his journey

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May 212015
 May 21, 2015
Show-Me Cannabis Sues Fourth Missouri Drug Task Force

By Aaron Malin On May 20, 2015, Show-Me Cannabis announced the latest in a series of lawsuits aimed at requiring Missouri’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces to obey state laws regarding open public records and open public meetings. The case filed today targets the MUSTANG Task Force, headquartered in Cole County and also operating in Boone, Callaway, and Cooper Counties, for its ongoing, unlawful refusal to properly allow Show-Me Cannabis access to open public records. “The Task Force clearly understands that it is subject to Missouri’s Sunshine Law,” said Aaron Malin, Director of Research for Show-Me Cannabis. “But over the past

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May 202015
 May 20, 2015
Cannabis World Congress And Business Expo Is Coming To New York

If there are two things that I can say about the marijuana industry it’s that the industry is growing rapidly, and that the industry is complex. I talk to a lot of people from a lot of different backgrounds that are entering the marijuana industry. Almost all of them think that they know everything there is to know about the marijuana world. I always tell them that marijuana is different than any other thing they have ever done in any other industry. There are so many nuances that come with an underground industry that’s transitioning from out of the shadows. The marijuana industry is

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May 202015
 May 20, 2015
Oregon Politicians Propose A Recreational Marijuana Sales Tax

A little known fact about my home state, Oregon, is that we do not have a sales tax. This if fairly rare in America these days. I remember traveling to surrounding states with my family growing up, and being bewildered by seeing a price tag on a pack of baseball cards, but then having to pay extra once I got to the cash register. It was a very foreign concept to me growing up. Now that I’m older and pay a state income tax, which is basically the trade off for no sales tax, it makes more sense to me.

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May 202015
 May 20, 2015
Free Marijuana Job Fair Coming To Las Vegas

If you are looking to get into the Nevada marijuana industry, there is a free job fair coming up next month. Below are the details, via the events Facebook page: When: Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 12:30pm – 6:30pm Where: Plaza Hotel, 1 Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 800-634-6575 Cost: Free Admission – Open to the public Industry Speakers: Take the podium at 1:00 pm sharp Movers and Shakers: Talk one-on-one with Nevada-licensed cannabis cultivation, production, dispensary and testing facility owners, as well as a variety of cannabis industry booths/vendors. Local experts will also be speaking about this exciting

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May 202015
 May 20, 2015
Flint Issues First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

What a long, strange trip it’s been. After the delays, the yellow tags and the newspaper articles the city of Flint has finally certified three medical marijuana dispensaries and sanctioned their operation. Three licenses were issued by city officials. In a press conference held Friday, May 15 owners Kim and Bob Johnson of The Sweet Leaf and Rachelle Arnott of the Green Bean put their city licenses on display for cameras and the curious. Also receiving a license, but unable to participate in the press conference, was the organization called Green Culture. Flint’s action to license distribution centers for medical

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May 202015
 May 20, 2015
Governor Could Free Missouri Man Serving Life In Prison For Marijuana By 'Early Summer'

When it comes to the ridiculousness and harm that goes along with marijuana prohibition, one of the first things that I think about is the story of Jeff Mizanskey. Mr. Mizanskey has been serving a life sentence in Missouri for non-violent, marijuana only offenses. That’s right, a life sentence. Mr. Mizanskey has already served over two decades of his sentence. Jail cells should be reserved for rapists and murderers, not marijuana consumers. Yet, there Jeff Mizanskey sits day after day. There has been a very strong effort in Missouri to get Jeff Mizanskey freed. There have been petitions, and even

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May 202015
 May 20, 2015
Leading Neuroscientist, Dr. Carl Hart, Challenges Lawmakers About Drugs And Addiction

Carl Hart, PhD, a neuroscientist and associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University, whose work has redefined how people are discussing addiction, is today releasing two more groundbreaking and deeply compelling talks, one before a TEDMED audience in Northern California; and another a special Telephone Town Hall attended by hundreds of advocates, policymakers, faith leaders and medical professionals, and covered by Ebony.com, the leading African American news and lifestyle site. Dr. Hart’s TEDMED Talk brilliantly dispels the myths about drugs, and drug use and drug misuse—and how Black and poor communities in particular have been harmed as a

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May 192015
 May 19, 2015
Texas House Approves Flawed Medical Marijuana Bill

The Texas State House approved a bill 96-34 on Monday intended to allow qualifying patients with intractable seizure conditions to access a marijuana extract containing high levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, and only trace levels of THC. SB 339, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), is extremely unlikely to provide patients with relief because it requires doctors to engage in conduct that is prohibited by federal law. SB 339 previously passed the Senate on May 7. It now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott. “On a certain level, the legislature should be commended for acknowledging the medical value of marijuana, and

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May 192015
 May 19, 2015
Melissa Etheridge On The Smokebox With BReal

B-Real has a rare smoke session with music icon and activist, Melissa Etheridge. The two talk about the importance of smoking cannabis and her up coming ventures in the final half of 2015. This is Melissa’s first and only time smoking on camera and what better person to share her coming out party with than B-Real, “The Biggest & Baddest Chiefer of All Time”. I really like The Smokebox episodes, which usually feature rappers. I was very, very happy to see that the latest video has Melissa Etheridge on it. Melissa has been a very outspoken supporter of medical marijuana, basing

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