Feb 042016
 February 4, 2016
Earl Blumenauer And Barney Frank To Be Honored In Portland On Sunday

I was lucky enough to meet Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) late last year at an event hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). I have admired Mr. Blumenauer since well before I co-founded this blog in 2010. He is absolutely a champion of justice in my book. Just this week Earl Blumenauer was part of a group of Oregon congressional members that co-introduced legislation that would allow publications featuring marijuana ads to be delivered via U.S. mail. There is going to be an event this Sunday in Portland, Oregon to honor not only Earl Blumenauer, but also to honor long

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Feb 042016
 February 4, 2016
Oaksterdam University Sponsors Stepping High Festival In Jamaica

The Stepping High Festival, also known as the Jamaican Ganja Cup, is scheduled for March 5 and 6, 2016, in Negril, Jamaica. Offering an authentic Jamaican cultural experience built on the foundation of Rastafari culture and spirituality, family, community, friendship and love. The Stepping High Festival will feature exhibitions, entertainment and education—including seminars conducted by Oaksterdam University. “Oaksterdam has partnered with Stepping High because of its focus on cannabis, the community, the Jamaican people, and the local jobs available because of the festival,” said Dr. Aseem Sappal, Provost and Dean of Faculty for Oaksterdam University. “Now is an exciting time.

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Feb 042016
 February 4, 2016
Does Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Support Marijuana Reform?

The 2016 Presidential race went into full swing on Monday with the Iowa Caucuses taking place. On the Democrat side, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton essentially tied, and O’Malley did so poorly that he dropped out of the race after the results were announced. On the GOP side, which has many more candidates, Ted Cruz came out on top, with Donald Trump taking second place in Iowa, and Marco Rubio rounding out the top three. Ted Cruz pulled off somewhat of an upset by winning in Iowa, and has changed the conversation as far as who is considered to be

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Feb 042016
 February 4, 2016
Not So Shocking News - Missouri Sheriffs Oppose Medical Marijuana

For some reason when it comes to marijuana reform, members of law enforcement almost always lead the charge for the opposition. Members of law enforcement will be quick to say that they ‘don’t make the laws, they just enforce them,’ yet law enforcement is constantly present at public hearings and events to voice their opposition to proposed marijuana law changes. I have seen it happen in almost every state that has had a reform effort that was gaining traction. Members of law enforcement will say that they oppose marijuana because it’s a gateway drug, which is a theory that has been

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Feb 042016
 February 4, 2016
Michigan Marijuana Legalization Initiative Is Close To Signature Goal

The MILegalize Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the campaign has collected over 240,000 signatures to legalize cannabis the right way in Michigan. The campaign is issuing a final challenge to their volunteer base– help us collect another 50,000 signatures to finish the petition drive. Since the campaign began in June of 2015, MILegalize has collected over 240,000 total voter signatures on petitions statewide; the state requires 252,000 valid signatures at time of turn-in to qualify for the November 2016 general election ballot. “MILegalize has always set a goal of overachieving the target number of signatures needed,” said

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Feb 032016
 February 3, 2016
Detroit Puts 211 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries On Notice

As early as this morning, medical marijuana dispensaries in Detroit will be opening envelopes containing letters from the City of Detroit regarding the city’s new registration process- and a reminder that most of them will not be in operation for very much longer. The letter was referenced in a Powerpoint presentation created by three different divisions of government and delivered to City Council during a meeting Tuesday morning. The presentation, titled “Medical Marihuana Caregiver Center Application Process Status Report For Detroit City Council,” identifies 211 dispensary locations in the city and includes a map. The status report also says, “Notice

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Feb 032016
 February 3, 2016
ICBC Is A Stand-Out Cannabis Event Among A Sea Of Conferences

By Don Fitch It seems that everywhere you turn these days there is a another cannabis conference popping up. They seem to be a trend, as of late. One thing we all know about trends is that they don’t last. The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) was one of the first on the scene and is unique in many regards. First, even though it is a business conference, it feels a lot like a rally for cannabis reform. It is somewhere in between a high-end business conference and a progressive-thinking drug policy conference. Secondly, the speakers at the ICBC are bar-none

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Feb 032016
 February 3, 2016
Marijuana Jobs Report For January 2016

It’s the start of a new month, which means that there’s a new marijuana jobs report for the previous month. THC University puts out this jobs video each month, and I always like to see which states are adding new jobs, and at what rate. Everyone and their grandma right now wants to get a job in the industry, and I can’t blame them. It’s a great time to start a cannabis career! Below is the video report for January 2015:

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Feb 032016
 February 3, 2016
California Governor Signs Bill To End Medical Marijuana Deadline

Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 21, an urgency measure introduced by Rep. Jim Wood that repeals a March 1 deadline in the new state medical marijuana law that some have interpreted as requiring local jurisdictions to ban or regulate medical marijuana cultivation, or lose their licensing authority. Now that the March 1 deadline is repealed, Cal NORML is calling for all jurisdictions that are considering banning medical marijuana activities to instead table the issue, and for all cities and counties to work towards land use regulations to protect patients rights, as well as public safety and the environment. ”Driving marijuana

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Feb 032016
 February 3, 2016
Check Out The 2016 NORML Congressional Lobby Day in Washington D.C.

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director NORML’s 2016 Congressional Lobby Day at the United States Capitol is scheduled for May 23rd and 24th. Hundreds of marijuana consumers, activists, patients and business owners are expected to attend a day-long training and informational conference on Monday and re-convene on The Hill Tuesday to personally lobby their elected members of the House of Representatives and Senate. Whether you’re a longtime activist, young college student, medical marijuana patient or simply just a marijuana consumer and NORML supporter, consider taking the next step and travelling to Washington D.C. to directly lobby Congress in support of

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