Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Protests Removal Of Judge Over Text About Marijuana

The Ann Arbor News recently published text messages between Washtenaw County Judge Christopher Easthope and attorney Nadir Nassif indicating that the two of them smoked pot together had inappropriate conversations about ongoing cases. A Detroit News columnist called for Easthope to be removed from the bench, sparking a sharp rebuke from Michigan’s top judge, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Justice Robert Young, Jr. Easthope originally tendered his resignation, effective December 31, 2015, due to unspecified family reasons. The Ann Arbor News released the text messages between judge and lawyer, prompting Easthope to change his tune, admitting that the comments

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Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
The Final Push To Make Social Marijuana Consumption A Reality In Denver

The campaign to allow limited social marijuana consumption in Denver is coming down to the wire. Below is a message I received from the campaign, via Vicente and Sederburg: It is coming down the wire. The Denver Social Cannabis Consumption Initiative has less than two weeks to collect the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. We can get it done, but we need your help! This initiative, which would provide cannabis users in Denver similar rights as alcohol users, will be a historic step forward, keeping Colorado on the front lines of reform. In fact, with Brian Vicente and

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Jul 272015
 July 27, 2015
Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Approves First-Ever Oregon Contract For Marijuana Workers

Workers at Stoney Brothers, a marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon have approved the first-ever union contract for cannabis workers in Oregon and have joined United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555. The vote to approve the contract was unanimous, and sets a new standard for cannabis workers in Oregon. “With our new contract, I am excited to have paid holidays and vacation time,” said Kyle Maestra, a site manager at Stoney Brothers. ”That is unusual in the cannabis industry.” The three-year contract includes salaries starting at $15/hour with some making as high as $34/hour, regular raises, affordable health insurance through a

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Jul 272015
 July 27, 2015
What Percentage Of Americans Have Tried Marijuana?

I have been a marijuana consumer for over two decades now. Almost everyone I know has tried marijuana at one point or another in their lives, especially people my age. That’s not to say that everyone I know is public about their current or prior marijuana consumption, but that also doesn’t mean that they are ashamed of it either. Gallup recently conducted a poll which found that 44% of Americans have tried marijuana. Per Gallup: As Oregon becomes the fourth state to make recreational marijuana use legal, 44% of Americans say they have tried marijuana. This is the highest percentage

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Jul 272015
 July 27, 2015
Poll Shows Strong Support For Marijuana Legalization In New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a very important state in the world of politics. Presidential candidates visit New Hampshire early and often because New Hampshire is the first primary state that can make or break a campaign. A strong showing in New Hampshire can vault a campaign into the lead, and a poor showing in New Hampshire can put the writing on the wall for some candidates. New Hampshire is overdue for marijuana legalization, proven by a recent poll which found strong support for marijuana legalization. Per IB Times: Support for marijuana legalization and decriminalization in New Hampshire is rising, particularly among Democrats and undeclared

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Jul 272015
 July 27, 2015
Rally Planned To Support Medical Marijuana For PTSD In Colorado

Earlier this month the State of Colorado rejected a proposal that would have added PTSD to the list of qualifying medical conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Colorado. In response to the lack of compassion by the State of Colorado, Operation Grow for Vets is planning a rally on August 1st. Below is more information from the Operation Grow for Vets Facebook page, along with a flyer. Please help spread the flyer far and wide. I’d love to see a massive turnout for this rally: To all supporters: In light of the recent and unjustified rejection of MMJ

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Jul 262015
 July 26, 2015
Marijuana Consumption Is Not The Issue, Police Misconduct Is

Minorities have been the victim of racial profiling and police brutality for a very long time. But with the rise of social media and the internet, Americans are seeing it in graphic detail more and more. It makes my heart hurt with every story that I read. The most recent story is that of Sandra Bland. Sandra Bland was pulled over for not signaling when making a lane change as she moved over to make room for the officer to pass. After pulling Sandra Bland over, the officer became upset after asking her to put out her cigarette, and after

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Jul 262015
 July 26, 2015
Recreational Marijuana Taxes Could Generate $5M-$19M For Alaska

A big reason why support for marijuana legalization is surging is because of the tax revenue potential that legalization would create. Every state in America needs more funding, and marijuana legalization basically creates a new tax revenue source out of thin air. Marijuana sales are going on in every state in America regardless of the legal status of marijuana in those states, so by bringing those transactions out of the shadows and into the daylight, marijuana can help states with funding. Alaska voters approved marijuana legalization in 2014, and the Alaska Department of Revenue recently released the results of a

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Jul 262015
 July 26, 2015
Washington State Passes An Open Container Law For Marijuana

The State of Washington has the worst marijuana legalization law on the books. I think that is common knowledge by now. Washington is the only state in America that has voted to legalize marijuana, yet doesn’t allow home cultivation. Washington State recently passed a ‘marijuana open container law’ which makes transporting marijuana more difficult than it has been since marijuana legalization took effect. Per Newsweek: A new state law, House Bill 1276, will update the state’s open container laws for vehicles to include marijuana. The law stipulates that marijuana, like alcohol, must be kept in the trunk of a vehicle, in an

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Jul 262015
 July 26, 2015
Did The Pharmaceutical Industry Block Medical Marijuana For PTSD In Colorado?

There are countless testimonies out there from veterans who describe how medical marijuana has helped them deal with PTSD. I have posted several articles about the topic over the years, and so has just about every other marijuana media outlet, and even a lot of mainstream media outlets. There are so many testimonies out there that I think it’s beyond obvious that medical marijuana helps those that suffer from PTSD. Dr. Sue Sisley is an Arizona physician who is pursuing research on PTSD and medical marijuana, and has also been traveling the country championing medical marijuana for PTSD. Earlier this

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