Mar 042015
 March 4, 2015
Washington Senate Passes Bill That Bans Marijuana Vending Machines

If you have been in some medical marijuana or recreational marijuana outlets, you may have seen a marijuana vending machine or two. The marijuana vending machine is a novel idea, but they are not as popular as many people would think. If you know what you want, and you know what the quality is of the marijuana in the vending machine, than I can see someone using one. But I would never use one because I like to know what I’m getting, and like to look and smell the product before I make a purchase. Plus I like to pick

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Mar 042015
 March 4, 2015
Bill Introduced In Texas That Would End Marijuana Prohibition

Texas State Representative David Simpson has introduced a bill that would eliminate all marijuana prohibition language from the laws in Texas. Texas HB 2165 would essentially regulate marijuana like tomatoes. Per the organization Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition: Representative Simpson’s HB 2165 harkens back to a time when government did not intervene in the control of marijuana. And you know what? It wasn’t a very scary time. The prohibition of marijuana was notoriously built on misinformation and hyperbole rather than facts and results. When these laws haven’t worked for 80 years, is it really such a novel concept to simply remove them?

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Mar 042015
 March 4, 2015
Pennsylvania House To Hold Satellite Hearing On Medical Marijuana

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will hold a joint satellite hearing of the Health and Judiciary Committees on medical marijuana. The hearing will take place on March 24, 2015 at 10:00AM at the University of PA Health System in the Perelman School of Medicine Zumbrow Auditorium, 800 S. Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA. Legislation to enact a medical marijuana program in Pennsylvania has been active since 2009 when Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia) first introduced a bill. In 2014 the state Senate passed a limited medical cannabis products bill, SB 1182, by a vote of 43-7. But that legislation was severely restricted, allowing

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Mar 042015
 March 4, 2015
New Mexico's Industrial Hemp Farming Act Passes Senate With A Super Majority

Yesterday, for the first time in history, the New Mexico Senate voted in favor of a measure allowing hemp cultivation.  On a vote of 33-8, New Mexico State Senator McSorley’s (D-16-Bernalillo) Senate Bill 94 (SB94) passed the Senate Floor. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. SB94 would allow for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to provide for the growing of industrial hemp for research and development purposes. And, upon passage of the legalization of hemp, the provision will permit growing of industrial hemp by New Mexicans issued a license by the department. “Today’s vote shows that

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Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015
Federal Jury Acquits Medical Marijuana Defendants On 4 Out of 5 Charges

In an unexpected verdict today, the jury in a widely watched federal medical marijuana case from eastern Washington State, known as the Kettle Falls Five, acquitted the three remaining defendants of all but one charge of manufacturing less than 100 marijuana plants. The charge carries no mandatory minimum sentence and defendants Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, 56, her son Rolland Gregg, 33, and daughter-in-law Michelle Gregg, 36, remain free until sentencing on June 10th at 10am. In a prosecution and week-long trial that used up roughly $2 million, the Obama Administration aggressively pursued marijuana trafficking charges against a family of patients who claimed

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Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015
Through The Roots Tour Bus Catches On Fire

Yesterday I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and I came across pictures from some friends that showed their tour bus up in flames! I used to have a weekly reggae podcast when I interned for NORML called The Irie Island Hour, which gave me an amazing opportunity to meet some great musicians, many of which are even better people. I first heard of a band called Through The Roots when they were touring with The Green through Portland in 2011. They have since continued to tour with some of the biggest names in the game, including Rebelution, Iration, Pepper,

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Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015
DEA Warns Of Stoned Rabbits If Utah Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Usually marijuana opponents go around asking people, ‘what about the children?’ Marijuana opponents have long warned that marijuana reform will lead to an epidemic of stoned youth. That claim has yet to be backed up by facts, so now marijuana opponents are trying a new tactic – they are warning that legalizing medical marijuana in Utah will lead to stoned rabbits, according to Matt Fairbanks of the DEA. Really. Per The Cannabist: “I deal in facts. I deal in science,” said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who’s been working in the state for a deacade. He is a member of the

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Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015
Why Is Oregon Marijuana Legalization Important For Texas?

This last weekend some very hardworking marijuana activists met in Portland, Oregon for Portland NORML chapter’s first ever membership meeting. In attendance was Dallas/Ft. Worth NORML Executive Director Shaun McAlister, who addressed the Portland NORML General Membership on the importance of Oregon getting legalization done right to affect Texas’ chances at any marijuana reforms. It is a fantastic speech that describes how states that have already legalized marijuana have a responsibility to be good stewards of public policy so that momentum can build and help out other states that have yet to legalize. Below is video of the speech. I want

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Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015
OMMBC Marijuana Media Panel Adds Noelle Crombie Of The Oregonian

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference not only brings together cannabis law reform advocates and entrepreneurs, but also members of the media that cover all things marijuana day in and day out. The Marijuana Media Panel includes Doug McVay and Russ Belville, two of the most knowledgable marijuana law reform advocates working in “alternative” media as well as Noelle Crombie, staff writer covering the marijuana beat for The Oregonian. From my blog at Marijuana Politics: Likely due to the demographics of their readers, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Denver Post have blogs devoted to marijuana news and culture, Smell the

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Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015
Hempfest News Interviews Tommy Chong About Marijuana Legalization

Throughout his life and career Tommy Chong has been an advocate for legalizing cannabis both medically and recreationally. His movies, live performances and many other appearances all speak to that advocacy in one form or another. Tommy Chong was a pioneer in educating the public about the positive side of cannabis and still pursues this goal passionately. He has appeared on all the major networks and most of the large cable franchises discussing the subject of legalization and recounting his own personal use of medical cannabis in a recent bout with prostate cancer which is now in remission. Tommy Chong

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