May 222015
 May 22, 2015
Arkansas Veterans Rally For Medical Marijuana Tomorrow

I came across the following press release, in case you are in the area: What & Why: Arkansas veterans are rallying to raise local awareness of PTSD and a medicine they think can help—medical cannabis. Nationwide, 22 veterans take their own lives every day due to PTSD. Medical cannabis can help relieve the anxiety of the disorder and it is an effective pain-reliever, often removing the need for patients to take more dangerous opiate-based pain medicines. Where: Arkansas State Capitol Building 500 Woodlane St. • Little Rock, Arkansas When: Saturday, May 23 • 10-11am Who:  Melissa Fults, Campaign Director, Arkansans for Compassionate Care

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May 222015
 May 22, 2015
Man Serving Life Sentence Without Parole For Marijuana Is Now Eligible For Parole

If you follow this blog enough, I’m sure you have noticed the sidebar banner for Jeff Mizanskey. Jeff Mizanskey has been serving a life sentence without the eligibility for parole for marijuana only offenses in Missouri. He has already served over two decades. Activists have been calling for his release for quite some time, especially activists involved with Show-Me Cannabis. I am happy to say that Missouri’s Governor announced today that he will grant Jeff Mizanskey the chance to be paroled. I am hopeful that the parole board overseeing the inevitable request from Jeff Mizanskey will make the easy decision

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May 222015
 May 22, 2015
Illinois Senate Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Seventeen states have decriminalized marijuana. More and more cities are decriminalizing marijuana as well. One of those cities is Philadelphia, which has already saved over one million dollars by doing so. Currently simple marijuana possession in Illinois carries a penalty of $2,500 and up to a year in jail. Illinois’ Senate recently passed a bill that would lower that penalty down to no jail time and a fine of up to $125. Per the Chicago Tribune: Republican Sen. Jason Barickman of Champaign voted for the measure, saying it would help ease the state’s financial woes by reducing court costs. “Every

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May 222015
 May 22, 2015
Selling Marijuana To Minors Hurts The Entire Industry And Reform Movement

Some undercover sting operations were conducted at Washington recreational marijuana stores recently, and some of the results were very disappointing. Whereas the stings in Colorado yielded no failures, Washington had four failures. That’s unacceptable. I always hate posting articles like this because I should be highlighting our victories, and not highlighting examples that will no doubt be used by marijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet. But, I feel it’s necessary to share so that readers can see it as a type of public service announcement. Never, ever, ever sell marijuana to a minor. There’s simply no excuse for that to ever

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May 222015
 May 22, 2015
Blumenauer Calls Senate Committee Passage Of Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendment Historic Step Forward

Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) welcomed passage of the Veterans Equal Access Amendment by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The amendment, offered by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), would allow the Veterans Administration (VA) medical providers to recommend medical marijuana to veterans living in states where medical marijuana is legal. “This is a historic moment. Passage of the amendment was the right thing to do for our veterans. We should not be preventing access to medicine that can help our wounded warriors deal with serious conditions, such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries,” said Representative Blumenauer.

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May 222015
 May 22, 2015
Missouri Drug Task Force Has Been Misusing Grant Funds

By Aaron Malin The Clay County Drug Task Force (also known as the Clay County Investigative Squad) is one of 23 state and federally funded drug task forces in Missouri, comprised of 13 different law enforcement entities. Last year the state of Missouri handed them a lump sum of $286,225.75 and told them to use the funds to fight the war on drugs.  That money came with no guidelines, no priorities, and no direction- just a six-figure grant to add a few foot soldiers around the margins of the front lines of the drug war. As is the case with all 23 drug task forces across Missouri,

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May 212015
 May 21, 2015
U.S. Senate Committee Approves Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendment

There has been a gag order in place that bars Veterans Administration doctors from talking at all about medical marijuana with patients, even when the doctor knows that medical marijuana could help the veteran. A historic vote occurred in the United States Senate Appropriations Committee today, with 18 out of 30 Senators voting for an amendment that would lift the gag order. Below is a reaction from the Drug Policy Alliance, along with Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority: The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bipartisan amendment today, 18 to 12, allowing Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana

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May 212015
 May 21, 2015
Oregon Court: Cops Pulling U.S. Mail For Dog 'Sniff Test' Unlawful

I read all the time about people mailing marijuana. I personally think it’s a bit crazy (and obviously risky) to do something like that and expect to get away with it. But a lot of people do it, and successfully I might add. But for all the people doing it without any issues, there are a lot of other people that get the dreaded knock on their door by police. That was the case for one man in Portland, Oregon. But the man wasn’t actually mailing something – he was receiving mail. Apparently the Portland, Oregon police had a standard

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May 212015
 May 21, 2015
Support For Marijuana Legalization In Washington Grows

Washington voters approved marijuana legalization on Election Day in 2012. Washington was one of two states that did so during that election, Colorado of course being the other one. Oregon also voted on marijuana legalization that year, but lost. Fortunately Oregon was successful two years later, along with Alaska and Washington D.C.. Washington has had a much bumpier implementation of marijuana legalization compared to Colorado, but according to a recent poll, support for marijuana legalization is even stronger than before in Washington, despite the issues. Per Public Policy Polling: Over the last couple elections voters in Washington legalized gay marriage

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May 212015
 May 21, 2015
Louisiana Senate Committee Approves Bill To Reform Draconian Marijuana Possession Law

Lawmakers in Louisiana took a major step toward reforming the state’s harsh marijuana possession law when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to reform the state’s harsh marijuana possession law. If passed, Louisiana would join the growing number of states that have recently reduced penalties for small amounts of marijuana. “This is a long-sought opportunity to take a more compassionate and commonsense approach to marijuana,”  said Yolande Cadore, director of strategic partnerships at the Drug Policy Alliance. “Louisiana’s overdue for a major overhaul of its drug policies and this is a good first step.” The U.S. has the highest

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