May 192016
 May 19, 2016
New State Laws Permit Medical Marijuana Use In Hospitals

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Legislation recently signed into law in Connecticut and Maine permit for the use of medicinal marijuana formulations by hospitalized patients. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy yesterday signed legislation, HB 5450, to protect nurses who administer medical marijuana to qualified patients in hospital settings from any criminal, civil, or disciplinary action. Other provisions in the bill expand the pool of patients eligible for cannabis therapy to include those under the age of 18, and seek to establish a state-sponsored research program. In Maine, Gov. Paul LePage recently signed LD 726 into law, which similarly protects hospital

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May 192016
 May 19, 2016
Portland's Marijuana Enforcement Goes Too Far

Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), which regulates local marijuana businesses, has greatly exceeded the scope of what is needed by investigating events that allow adults to utilize cannabis. When over 56% of Oregonians voted for Measure 91, legalizing cannabis in the state, with overwhelming support from the Portland-area, we don’t believe voters intended for the City of Portland to have enforcement officers investigating peaceful events where cannabis was consumed by adults. From The Oregonian: Three recent large-scale marijuana-themed events are under investigation by Portland officials who say such gatherings may violate clean air rules and other regulations prohibiting public

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May 192016
 May 19, 2016
Arizona Marijuana Campaign Calls On Opposition Group To Return $10K Donation From Alcohol Industry

Yesterday, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA), the committee backing an initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona that is expected to appear on the November ballot, called on leaders of the committee opposing the measure to return a contribution from the alcohol industry. According to a report published earlier this week by the Phoenix New Times, Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy (ARDP) received a donation of $10,000 last month from the Arizona Wine and Spirits Association, a trade group representing various alcohol wholesalers. The leaders of ARDP, Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, and radio host Seth Leibsohn

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May 192016
 May 19, 2016
Medical Marijuana Advocates Host Citizen Lobby Day In Sacramento

Hundreds of patients, advocates, care providers, industry workers, and other stakeholders from around the State are convening in Sacramento on Monday to meet with their elected officials and urge them to protect patients’ rights, defeat taxation measures, and support beneficial changes to the new Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA). Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s largest medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization, is hosting its fifth annual legislative briefing and California Citizen Lobby Day to ensure that patients’ voices are at the forefront as state policymakers debate several medical cannabis bills before the state legislature: SB 987 (McGuire) –

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May 192016
 May 19, 2016
Los Angeles County Democrats Endorse California Adult Use Of Marijuana Act

Yesterday, the campaign in support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) announced the official endorsement of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP), the largest Democratic county committee in California and the largest local Democratic Party organization in the nation. The LACDP represents more than 2.4 million registered Democrats and a population larger than 42 other states in the 88 cities and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. “Los Angeles County Democrats support the Adult Use of Marijuana Act because it will end the failed policies of prohibition which have disproportionately harmed communities of color, it will

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May 192016
 May 19, 2016
World's First Marijuana Mall Opens In Colorado- But How Do You Get Home?

Entrepreneurs Sean Sheridan and Chris Elkins are preparing to open the World’s First Marijuana Mall in Trinidad, Colorado. They have high expectations for the 5 dispensaries they plan to bring in: “If they’re not doing $5 million a year, then we’re not driving enough traffic,” Sheridan said. But the important question we should be asking is: How about people going to get home? Driving after Smoking Marijuana Ride-sharing companies will play an important role in making your next trip to the pot mall even safer & more enjoyable. As part of their “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign, the CDOT even suggests using Uber and

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May 182016
 May 18, 2016
Colorado Governor Now Thinks That Marijuana Legalization Is Working, No Longer 'Reckless'

One of the leading opponents to marijuana legalization during the 2012 campaign in Colorado was Colorado’s own Governor John Hickenlooper. Even after the election, Hickenlooper opposed marijuana legalization, referring to it as being ‘reckless.’ I think that Governor Hickenlooper wanted very much to despise marijuana legalization, but even he has to admit that things are going much better than he expected in Colorado, which he did recently while speaking on a panel at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles. Per the Los Angeles Times: “If I had that magic wand now, I don’t know if I would wave it,”

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May 182016
 May 18, 2016
1 In 10 Report Having Police Take Their Cash/Property Without A Conviction In Los Angeles, Riverside And San Bernardino

In a recent survey conducted by Public Policy Polling, a startling 10 percent of adults living in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties said that they had had their property taken by a police officer without being convicted of a crime. Nearly one in five (19 percent) of those living in these three counties also stated that they know someone who had experienced the same. Statewide, seven percent of Californians surveyed reported losing property to law enforcement without a conviction, and 17 percent said they knew someone who lost property to police.  The higher numbers in the Los Angeles

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May 182016
 May 18, 2016
Illinois House Vote On Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Imminent

I received the following alert out of Illinois. There’s still time to contact your Representative to let them know that you support decriminalization: The Illinois House of Representatives is expected to vote on decriminalization as early as tomorrow, and this may be your last chance to help ensure the bill will pass. While the measure was supported by a large majority in the Senate, support is weaker in the House, and we need your help! Please take a moment to ask your representative to vote in support of SB 2228. This bill would remove the possibility of arrest and jail

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May 182016
 May 18, 2016
MILegalize Calls All Petitioners To The Capitol Steps On May 20 For Final Rally

The submission date for petitions to place ballot questions before voters during this year’s general election is June 1, and the MILegalize group is calling for a final major rally at the Capitol Building in Lansing on May 20. The gathering will serve to round up all signed petition sheets from around the state, express gratitude for the efforts made by ordinary citizens in this extraordinary effort, and to provide direction for moving the campaign forward. “Meeting with our volunteer army on the steps of the state Capitol Building is special, because that’s where we launched the petition drive on

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