Apr 162014
Frequent Marijuana Users Less Likely To Engage In Problematic Alcohol Use

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Those who report consuming cannabis two or three times per week are less likely to engage in at risk drinking behavior, according to data published online in The American Journal of Addictions. Investigators from Sweden’s Lund University, Department of Clinical Sciences, analyzed data from a nationwide survey on alcohol and drug use conducted by the National Institute of Public Health. Over 22,000 respondents between the ages of 15 and 64 participated in the survey. Researchers reported that frequent cannabis consumers (defined as having used cannabis two or [...]

Apr 162014
The Number Of Cannabis Refugees Is On The Rise

For those patients who are suffering from epilepsy that aren’t in legal states, getting their hands on the seizure stopping plant can be extremely difficult, not to mention illegal. Most citizens don’t want to illegally obtain the substance, especially those who are using the CBD to treat epilepsy. This particular disorder calls for concentrated cannabis oil, which considerably decreases seizures and allows the brain to develop and form in a healthier way. There are more and more parents that are beginning to jump on the cannabis wagon for the treatment [...]

Apr 162014
Religious Leaders Release "Easter Statement" Calling For End To Drug War

A broad coalition of Christian leaders have taken the occasion of the holiest day on the Christian calendar to release a statement calling for the end of the war on drugs and mass incarceration. “The cross that faith leaders are imploring others to take up is this unjust, and immoral war on drugs and mass incarceration of the poor. In particular, poor black and brown young adults whose futures are being ruined at the most critical point in their lives,” said Reverend John E. Jackson of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. “We are [...]

Apr 162014
Hawaii Legislature Overwhelmingly Passes Hemp Bill

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Hawaii’s full Legislature has overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 2175, a proposal to establish a two-year hemp research program. The measure now heads to the governor for consideration. If signed into law by the governor, or allowed to become law without his signature, Senate Bill 2175 would “authorize the dean of the college of tropical agriculture and human resources at the University of Hawaii to establish a two-year industrial hemp remediation and biofuel research program.” The dean would be permitted to “submit a final report to the legislature prior [...]

Apr 152014
Missouri Hemp Network Announces Full Support For Cannabis Reform

Below is a press release from the Missouri Hemp Network: The Missouri Hemp Network is proud to announce its full support of HJR 86.  This is an amendment to the constitution for complete cannabis reform.  The sponsor is Brandon Ellington (D).  The cosponsors are: Randy Dunn (D), John Rizzo (D), Michael Butler (D), Jeremy Lafever (D), and Mike Colona (D). Here are links to the HJR 86. http://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills141/billpdf/intro/HJR0086I.PDF http://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills141/biltxt/intro/HJR0086I.HTM Steven Wilson of the Missouri Hemp Network stated, “Letting the voters sound off is the best way to get the message [...]

Apr 152014
Guru Of Ganja "Lets Get Growing" With Ed Rosenthal And Adam Dunn

If you are in the Denver area for the 420 holiday, you should consider attending the following event: Join Clover Leaf University with Professor’s Ed Rosenthal and Adam Dunn for the “Guru of Ganja,” a two Hour Cultivation Workshop at the Famous Hemp Hoodlab Colorado located at 3354 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.  This will be an event not to miss.  Sign up now! Space is limited. Note:  There will be a certificate for attending the class but this class is a 2 hour workshop version of our cultivation 101 [...]

Apr 152014
How To Protect Your Marijuana Plants From Verticillium Wilt

By Robert Bergman Verticillium wilt is caused by fungi present in rich or poorly drained soils. They are attracted to woody plants with stressed roots. Keep an eye on your plants. If you notice the lower leaves turning yellow on the outer margins and between veins, you may be witnessing the beginning stages of Verticillium wilt. The damage will continue on to wilting after the leaves turn gray-brown in color. The stem will turn brown near the soil line. The effects of Verticillium wilt resembles that of Fusarium wilt. Once [...]

Apr 152014
New Hampshire Poll Shows Growing Support For Marijuana Legalization

The annual WMUR Granite State Poll released Wednesday by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center shows a growing majority of New Hampshire adults support making marijuana legal and regulating it like alcohol. The survey found 55% percent support making possession of small amounts of marijuana legal in New Hampshire — up from 53% in 2013 — and 67% approve of marijuana being sold in licensed retail outlets and taxed at levels similar to alcohol if marijuana possession becomes legal. The poll also found that three out of five New Hampshire adults [...]

Apr 152014
Maryland: Governor Signs Marijuana Reform Measures Into Law

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Democrat Gov. Martin O’Malley signed two separate pieces of legislation reforming the state’s marijuana laws. Senate Bill 364 amends existing penalties for marijuana possession offenses involving ten grams or less from a criminal misdemeanor (presently punishable by arrest, up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine, and a criminal record) to a non-arrestable, non-criminal fine-only offense ($100 fine for first-time offenders, $250 for second-time offenders). The new depenalization law takes effect on October 1, 2014. House Bill 881 seeks to provide for the state-licensed production [...]

Apr 142014
Maryland To Be 21st Medical Marijuana State

Maryland is set to become the 21st state in America to authorize a medical marijuana program that distributes cannabis to patients. The new law creates a greater responsibility for physicians and less restrictions on the patients and caregivers who handle marijuana. House Bill 881 was introduced Feb. 5th and was signed into law by Governor Martin OMalley on April 14. The program officially begins on July 1. HB 881 is an expansion of a previously-passed bill, HB 1101 of 2013, that authorized medical marijuana research in hospitals. That program failed [...]