May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Power Plant Fitness, The World's First Cannabis Gym, Is Coming To California

In an era of health and fitness, as well as a national cannabis boom, The 420 Games has become the latest “it” event series. The athletic themed marijuana events have taken root and quickly become a national phenomenon. Ironically, when Jim McAlpine first came out with The 420 Games many people were skeptical. “Most people would just laugh at me as I explained my idea” said McAlpine “The stigma runs deep and people immediately go to the propaganda engrained in their brain that says marijuana and athletics don’t mix. Well, that’s exactly why I started The 420 Games, because I knew all of those people were

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Louisiana Will Remain Just Shy Of A Workable Medical Marijuana Program For Another Year

I received the following alert out of Louisiana: I am sorry to report that the Louisiana Legislature continues to repeat its mistakes. For nearly 40 years, flawed legislative drafting has prevented the establishment of a workable medical marijuana program. Yesterday, the House took another step forward by passing S.B. 180, but it failed to fix a key omission. Last week, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law S.B. 271, legislation intended to fix a poison pill so Louisiana can establish a medical marijuana program (you can read about it here). However, that law did not amend the criminal statutes, meaning

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Rick Steves: I Will Match Your Donation To The Maine Legalization Initiative

By Rick Steves, NORML Board Member I’ve worked hard to help legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adult recreational use in Washington State (where I live) and in Oregon. This November, Maine voters will have the opportunity to approve a ballot initiative that will end prohibition and replace it with a sensible marijuana policy in their state too. As a NORML Board Member, I am proud to announce that NORML is endorsing this initiative. And to demonstrate my commitment, I am going to match every donation up to $50,000, dollar-for-dollar. This October, I’ll be visiting Maine to speak about the

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Urge D.C. Judiciary Committee To Improve Medical Marijuana Program

I received the following alert out of DC: While D.C. has an effective medical marijuana program, there is still room for improvement. Two bills are pending to do just that, but they’re stalled in the Judiciary Committee. Click here to urge all the Judiciary Committee members to make sure these bills move forward NOW. B21-192 would require lab testing so that patients know what they are getting and that their medicine is free of contaminants, while B21-210 would allow reciprocity for out-of-state patients and remove the arbitrary cap on the number of plants a cultivation center can grow, alleviating shortages

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
As More States Legalize Marijuana, Adolescents' Problems With Cannabis Decline

A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more U.S. states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis examined data on drug use collected from young people, ages 12 to 17, over a 12-year span. They found that the number of adolescents who had problems related to marijuana — such as becoming dependent on

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Today: Barriers To Cannabis Research Expert Panel Event At UNLV

One of the first things that marijuana opponents offer up when railing against cannabis is to say ‘there needs to be more research first.’ Don’t be fooled, this is nothing more than a delay tactic. Opponents know that if they just drag their feet, that marijuana prohibition will stay in place because after all, if prohibitionists and supporters both never lifted a finger, prohibition remains intact. Opponents know that, which is why they constantly try to punt when it comes to a serious conversation about marijuana research. The cannabis plant has all kinds of beneficial properties that are just waiting

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
NCIA To Launch Knowledge-Sharing Platform Connecting Industry Experts With Entrepreneurs

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and Brainsy, Inc., are collaborating to launch the Cannabis Expert Calling Network (ECN®), a knowledge-sharing platform connecting cannabis industry experts with entrepreneurs and information-seekers online and via paid telephone consultations. NCIA members who are experts in their area of the cannabis industry will be invited to set up personalized profiles on the Cannabis ECN system, which allows information-seekers to find and contact them, then conduct over-the-phone consultations at a rate set by the expert. “With so many new people and businesses entering the cannabis industry, there is a huge demand for knowledge exchange across a

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Michigan Appeals Court Rules Against Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan have operated in a grey area for quite some time now. Michigan’s medical marijuana law does not specify whether dispensaries are allowable or not. Michigan caregivers are allowed to help out other patients, which is usually the provision that dispensaries operate on. Michigan dispensaries have been under attack due to the lack of statewide regulations. The Michigan Appeals Court ruled against medical marijuana dispensaries recently, dealing a blow to the growing dispensary population in Michigan. Per Marijuana Business Daily: Dispensaries in Michigan may be on their last legs after a state court of appeals effectively ruled

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force Responds To City Council's Attempts To Fix Proposition D

The Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force issued a statement today responding to last week’s news that Los Angeles City Council president Herb Wesson had directed city staff to explore a ballot measure that would extend Proposition D’s gross receipts tax to all cannabis-related businesses. The LA Cannabis Task Force is a coalition of cannabis operators dedicated to cannabis regulations that create safe neighborhoods and a healthy economy. The following can be attributed to Ariel Clark, a leading industry attorney at Clark Neubert and Chair of the Task Force: “The LA Cannabis Task Force is pleased to see City Council President

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Cannabis: The Worst Kept Secret In Athletics

By Steve DeAngelo, author of The Cannabis Manifesto For years, cannabis use has been the worst kept secret in athletics. It’s widespread in just about every amateur and professional arena from universities to the Olympics to the major leagues; it can be found in every sport imaginable from basketball and football, to swimming, snowboarding, martial arts and mountain climbing. Most estimates of cannabis use in the NFL range around 50%, and it is generally agreed to be even higher in the NBA. Yet cannabis use remains unacknowledged because the laws have yet to catch up with the science. Most of

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