Apr 222015
 April 22, 2015
Recreational Marijuana Prices Plunge In Washington State

When legal marijuana went on sale in Washington last summer, the prices were astronomically high. There was not enough supply to go around, there was a lot of hype in the air because marijuana was going to be sold legally for recreational purposes for the first time on the West Coast, and marijuana stores took advantage of the situation. People were paying $100+ for an eighth of marijuana. My how things have changed since then. The average price for recreational marijuana in Washington has fallen to $12 per gram. With reports that there is a surplus of over 46,000 pounds

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Apr 222015
 April 22, 2015
High Times Starts A Petition To Free Marijuana Prisoners

High Times has started a petition calling for the release of marijuana prisoners that are being held in prison for non-violent, marijuana only offenses. Below is the language from the petition, which can be signed at this link here (7,034 signers as of this post): An Appeal to United States Attorney General Eric Holder, United States Attorney General Designate Loretta Lynch, and California Attorney General Kamala Harris for the Release of Non-Violent Marijuana Prisoners The time has come to release the long-suffering prisoners of the war on marijuana. It is absurd that people remain in jail for “crimes” relating to

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Apr 222015
 April 22, 2015
Supreme Court: Holding Motorists To Wait For Drug Dog Is Unconstitutional

By Phillip Smith In a 6-3 decision yesterday, the US Supreme Court held that detaining motorists on the side of the highway to await the arrival of a drug dog violates the Fourth Amendment’s proscription against unlawful searches and seizures. In the decade since the Supreme Court held in Illinois v. Cabellas that a drug dog sniff of a vehicle that did not extend a traffic stop was not a search under the meaning of the Fourth Amendment, law enforcement agencies across the country have routinely detained drivers on the roadside awaiting arrival of a drug dog, then used drug dog alerts as “probable

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Apr 222015
 April 22, 2015
Reactions To The Expected Resignation Of DEA Administrator

Yesterday news broke that the Chief of the DEA, Michele Leonhart, would be stepping down soon. Michele Leonhart’s ‘retirement’ comes after a series of scandals that have occurred within the DEA, which culminated in a statement of ‘no confidence’ by a Congressional Committee. The Committee issued the statement after it held a hearing in regards to the handling of a sex party scandal that involved DEA agents and prostitutes in Columbia that were paid for by cartels. United States Representative Earl Blumenauer had the following to say: “Following the official resignation of Ms. Leonhart as head of the Drug Enforcement

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Apr 212015
 April 21, 2015
Head Of DEA Expected To Resign After Sex Scandal Hearing

A senior White House official has said that the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Michele Leonhart, is expected to resign soon. The news comes as no surprise to drug policy reformers who say her opposition to reform made her out of step with the Obama Administration. “Leonhart’s DEA reflects an outdated, disastrous approach that President Obama claims he wants to leave behind,” said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. “If she leaves he has an opportunity to appoint someone who will overhaul the DEA and support drug policy reform.” The federal Drug Enforcement

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Apr 212015
 April 21, 2015
2015 Denver Cannabis Cup Award Winners

Another 4/20 is in the books, and I hope everyone had a great time and celebrated with family and friends. When it comes to 4/20 celebrations, the High Times Cannabis Cup in Denver is second to none. I’m hopeful to get there next year. I was there in 2012 and 2013, and I don’t know that there’s a funner place to be on and around April 20th. For those of us that didn’t make it to the Cannabis Cup in Denver this year, below is a video of the Cannabis Cup winners in all categories. As you can see, some

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Apr 212015
 April 21, 2015
Setting The Agenda For The Medical Marijuana Revolution

Last Sunday Dr. Sanjay Gupta continued his groundbreaking reporting on medical marijuana with Weed 3, which continued to introduce Americans to new stories of patients benefiting from medical marijuana and document the challenges that continue to slow down progress in this critical area. Weed 3 included important moments like President Obama signaling his support for medical marijuana and documenting the political commitment of Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ),  Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rand Paul (R-KY) to reform federal policy on medical marijuana with the CARERS Act.  Patient profiles like that of U.S. veteran Sean Kiernan who uses medical marijuana to treat PTSD

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Apr 212015
 April 21, 2015
Groundbreaking Report Finds Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuses In California

Today, the Drug Policy Alliance launches Above the Law: An Investigation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuses in California, a multi-year, comprehensive look at asset forfeiture abuses in California that reveals the troubling extent to which law enforcement agencies have violated state and federal law. Civil asset forfeiture law allows the government to seize and keep cash, cars, real estate, and any other property – even from citizens never charged with or convicted of a crime.  Because these assets often go straight into the coffers of the enforcement agency, these laws have led to a perversion of police priorities, such as

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Apr 202015
 April 20, 2015
Happy 4/20 From Show-Me Cannabis!

By John Payne From all of us here at Show-Me Cannabis, we hope you are enjoying your cannabis culture holiday, and we hope that you will also use the date as an opportunity to take positive action for the cause! As I wrote on Friday, we hope to raise $5,000 by finding four donors to match up to $1,000 raised by the end of the day today. At the time, we had two donors willing to make that match, but a third matching donor has stepped forward. So, currently, for every dollar that you contribute, Show-Me Cannabis will receive four

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Colleges Should Cancel All Classes On 4/20

 Posted by at 12:13 PM on April 20, 2015  Opinion
Apr 202015
 April 20, 2015
Colleges Should Cancel All Classes On 4/20

By Barry Bard 4/20 is already an international holiday celebrated by the masses. But until Bill Maher gets his wish, neither America nor the rest of the world will recognize 4/20 as a national or international day to celebrate the freedom of cannabis. And that’s foolish, because whether cannabis consumers and college stoners have 4/20 off or not, many of us will either take the day off or find time for a smoke break or 10. What makes 4/20 special is that it’s the one day a year that the person you’d least expect to smoke weed will likely ask

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