May 262015
 May 26, 2015
Participate In The DFW NORML Street Cleanup

I love it when the marijuana community can step up and help the greater good. We spend so much time fighting for reform, as we should, but I dream of a day when the marijuana community can transition from a reform movement to a movement that can help society as a whole. The marijuana community is well organized, can get the word out, and can even raise a decent amount of funds in some cases. Those are all skills that can be applied to fix other problems while we also work to fix prohibition. The DFW NORML chapter is doing

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May 262015
 May 26, 2015
Louisiana Senate Approves Bill To Reform Marijuana Possession Law

Louisiana’s Senate took an important step toward reforming their state’s harsh marijuana possession law when they approved bill SB241 by a vote of 27-12 yesterday. If passed, Louisiana would join the growing number of states that have recently reduced penalties for small amounts of marijuana. “This is a long-sought opportunity to take a more compassionate and commonsense approach to marijuana,”  said Yolande Cadore, director of strategic partnerships at the Drug Policy Alliance. “Louisiana’s overdue for a major overhaul of its drug policies and this is a good first step.” The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in

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May 262015
 May 26, 2015
Washington To License Roughly 400 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

There are medical marijuana dispensaries spread all over Washington State. Many of these establishments have been helping patients access medicine for a long time. Despite these medical marijuana dispensaries being good neighbors in the neighborhoods they operate in, the State of Washington is trying to shut most of them down. The State of Washington announced recently that it would approve roughly 400 medical marijuana dispensary licenses when they are available. Per The Joint Blog: On July 24th, the Washington State Liquor Control Board will be renamed the Liquor and Cannabis Board, and will be tasked with deciding which of the

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May 262015
 May 26, 2015
Scholarships Are Available For The 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

I have never attended the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, but from what I’ve read about it online, it’s a very solid opportunity to learn more about reform efforts and how to get involved. The conference costs money, but scholarships are available. Below is more information via the event’s webpage: The Reform Conference is pleased to offer scholarship assistance to allow a diverse group of people to attend the 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference in the Washington, D.C. metro area. We always receive many more requests than we can accommodate, so please continue your search for alternate funding. Please

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May 252015
 May 25, 2015
Memorial Day 2015 And Medical Marijuana

By Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel Along with family picnics and public concerts, as a country we wear poppies and decorate the graves of the fallen on the last Monday in May to honor our soldiers who have died while serving in the military. It is a holiday to remember their great sacrifices to protect our country, our citizens, and our way of life. As we pause to celebrate Memorial Day this year, it also gives us an occasion to consider the sacrifices made by all those who have served, including the tens of thousands of veterans living with post-traumatic

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May 252015
 May 25, 2015
Attend The Women Grow DC Chapter June Meeting

For those that are in the D.C. area and want to network with like minded people, you should check out the Women Grow D.C. chapter meeting in June. One of my heroes, Betty Aldworth, will be speaking, which will no doubt be a fantastic learning experience. Below are more details via the Eventbrite page: On behalf of myself, Laila Makled, and my Vice Chair, Ashby Henderson, we are thrilled to announce the huge success of our Chapter Launch in May and are excited to see you all again and new faces at our June Signature Networking Event. Speaker Betty Aldworth

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May 252015
 May 25, 2015
Marijuana Book Review - The Kitchen, Presented By Uptowngrowlab

I have read a lot of marijuana books in my day, both while running this blog, and well before this blog ever started. I have read cultivation books, cookbooks, funny story books, and just about every other kind of marijuana book that there is out there. I can honestly say that I’ve never read a book quite like ‘The Kitchen’ presented by Uptowngrowlab. ’The Kitchen’ can teach you how to grow marijuana, but it’s much more than that. ’The Kitchen’ is the story of two men and their mission to grow world class marijuana. ‘The Kitchen’ highlights their struggles and their successes. I like that the

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May 252015
 May 25, 2015
Complaint Filed By One Ohio Marijuana Legalization Campaign Against Another Is Dismissed

Politics is a messy business, and I think that can be especially true when it comes to marijuana politics. I’ve seen a lot of things since I co-founded this blog in January 2010 in the world of marijuana politics, a lot of which makes me very sad. In a perfect world, everyone would work together to achieve the overall goal of ending marijuana prohibition. However, it’s fairly rare that everyone can agree about the details, which leads to a lot of tension and fracturing. That tension and fracturing has led to a lot of defeats that didn’t need to happen

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May 242015
 May 24, 2015
Want To Learn More About Legal Marijuana? Head To Aspen

By Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel We sponsor two legal seminars each year at NORML, one in Key West, Florida, in early December, and the other in Aspen, Colorado, in late May/early June. Those are two wonderful venues for those who are looking for a mini-vacation, in addition to a valuable legal seminar. The 2015 Aspen legal seminar will be held next week (May 28-30) at the Gant Hotel. This seminar is available for non-lawyers, as well as attorneys, for those who have an interest in the criminal defense and regulatory side of the legalization movement. And a visit to

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May 242015
 May 24, 2015
Demand Full Impeachment Of Ginny Burdick And Jeff Kruse

When the voters in a state cast their ballots and an issue is decided, it is to become law. We must have some way to check and balance rogue politicians who pay no loyalty to their constituencies or respect to the fact that they are officials that represent and implement the voted upon the will of the public. Measure 91 aimed to end prohibition of marijuana for adults over 21 and end a war on the civil liberties of many. This was the intent of the 56% of voters. Senator Burdick and Kruse are using this monumental opportunity for the

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