Jul 232015
 July 23, 2015
Senate Appropriations Committee Allows Marijuana Legalization To Move Forward In DC

A key Senate committee passed a bill today allowing the nation’s capital to establish regulated marijuana stores and let banks provide financial services to state-legalized marijuana dispensaries. These are just two of several marijuana reforms advancing in Congress.  Meanwhile sentencing reform is gaining steam, and the U.S. is shifting towards treating drug use as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue. “The stage has been set to end the federal government’s failed war on marijuana,” said Michael Collins, policy manager at Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs. “A bi-partisan consensus has emerged in favor of reform.” Last

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Jul 232015
 July 23, 2015
California Marijuana Legalization Efforts Receive Guidance From Blue Ribbon Commission

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director Yesterday a Blue Ribbon Commission led by California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom released a report providing a total of 58 recommendations for advocates to consider as they move forward to place a legalization initiative on the statewide ballot in November 2016. California will be joined by a number of other states hoping to legalize marijuana in 2016. This report seeks to provide regulatory guidance for the state’s forthcoming legalization effort. The commission prefaced its report by stating: “Legalization of marijuana would not be an event that happens in one election. Rather, it would be a

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Jul 232015
 July 23, 2015
Congressional Briefing Today Highlights Federal Barriers To Medical Marijuana Research

Today, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is hosting a Congressional Briefing with Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) on federal barriers faced by researchers working to understand the medical uses of marijuana.  The briefing will provide expert insights on how federal policy has undermined medical marijuana research and the state of contemporary medical marijuana research from Dr. Sue Sisley and Dr. David Casarett. Brooking Institute Fellow John Hudak will discuss the practical impact of reform proposals. “ASA put together this briefing so Congress could hear, directly from top researchers, how to make increased medical marijuana research a reality,” said Steph Sherer ASA

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Jul 222015
 July 22, 2015
UFCW Praises California Blue Ribbon Commission's Marijuana Report

Jim Araby, Executive Director of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council, has issued the following statement on the “Pathways Report: Policy Options for Regulating Marijuana in California,” released today by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, led by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. “This important report offers a roadmap for the future of the cannabis industry in California and nationwide. The Lieutenant Governor has been a leader in advocating for greater regulation, and recognizes the need for improved controls and workforce training before voters approve recreational cannabis in 2016, as poll show they are likely to do.

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Jul 222015
 July 22, 2015
Statement On Blue Ribbon Commission Report From ReformCA Marijuana Legalization Campaign

ReformCA, the leading group working to legalize adult-use cannabis in California, released the following statement today in response to the release of the Blue Ribbon Commission report: The Blue Ribbon Commission and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom are to be commended on providing a very thoughtful and timely analysis of the key issues that must be addressed in legalizing cannabis in California. The report’s  recommendations are very much in line with our views. Dale Sky Jones, Chairwoman of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, ReformCA’s parent organization, added: “We have taken the long view leading up to 2016, taking a measured

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Jul 222015
 July 22, 2015
Tell Your United States Senators To Support Marijuana Banking Reform

The marijuana industry is barely scratching the surface as far as growth potential. Colorado sold roughly $700 million worth of marijuana last year alone, and that number will likely be dwarfed this year. Add to that every other state that allows at medical marijuana sales and/or recreational sales (coming soon to Oregon and Alaska), and that’s a substantial amount of money. Now consider the fact that this multi-billion dollar industry is built entirely on cash. Very few marijuana companies have bank accounts, and the ones that do are in danger of being closed at a moments notice. That’s clearly a

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Jul 222015
 July 22, 2015
United For Care Ships Over 100k Medical Marijuana Petitions To Florida Elections Officials

I received the following message from the Florida medical marijuana campaign (United for Care): Dear Johnny, I have exciting news: We have officially shipped over 100,000 petitions to Florida Supervisors of Elections offices – which should put us past the threshold required for Supreme Court review.  This is a massive head start over the previous campaign – which started late. If we can sustain this pace, we should ensure our place on the ballot before the holidays. This early accomplishment comes as a direct result out of the dedicated volunteers we have and the generous donors large and small helping to fund our

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Jul 222015
 July 22, 2015
Willie Nelson's Marijuana Strain 'Willie's Reserve' Could Go On Sale In September

Back in the Spring world famous musician Willie Nelson announced that he would be coming out with his own strain of marijuana, called Willie’s Reserve. Almost instantly mainstream media ate up the story. After all, it’s a logical business move considering how synonymous Willie Nelson is with marijuana. It sounds like the first harvests are coming in the near future, and Willie’s Reserve marijuana strain could be on store shelves as early as September. Per Marijuana Business Daily: In just two months, Colorado recreational shops may have some serious star power to contend with. Country music legend Willie Nelson is planning

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Jul 222015
 July 22, 2015
Attend Cannastock 2015 In Kentucky

A reader brought to my attention a very fun event in Kentucky. If you are in the area, I suggest you check it out. Below is more information via the event’s Facebook page: Cannastock is a free admission, 3day, Cannabis Awareness music festival. The festival can not encourage, endorse, or condone any illegal activity. Everyone will be required to sign a enter at your own risk agreement. That will also give everyone a free trial as a Kentuckians for Cannabis Reform(K.C.R.) member. As Cannastock will be a private event for K.C.R. members. The agreement will also include that you recognize

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Jul 222015
 July 22, 2015
Missouri League Of Women Voters Endorses Marijuana Law Reform

By Dan Viets The League of Women Voters of Missouri at its State Convention recently endorsed two policies for reform of marijuana laws in our state. Both reform positions were endorsed by a vote of more than two-thirds of the delegates at the State Convention. These policies were first endorsed by the Columbia/Boone County League of Women Voters which appointed a Study Committee on marijuana issues which I served on several years ago. The support of the local LWV was very helpful in the successful campaign to pass a local decriminalization ordinance and a local medical marijuana ordinance through the

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