Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015
Outgoing Illinois Gov. Issues Medical Marijuana Business License Recommendations

Outgoing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has failed to issue medical marijuana licenses while in office and has no plans to do so while he is Governor. This despite the State of Illinois collecting over five million dollars in non-refundable fees, via a process that’s been shrouded in mystery. Meanwhile patients are left with no medicine, and no answer as to when to expect medicine. Incoming Governor Bruce Rauner has stated that his administration will look at the process of approving up to 21 cultivation centers, and up to 60 dispensaries, but he also said on the campaign trail that he would

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Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015
Medical Marijuana Bill Filed In Florida Senate

Ever since the end of the 2014 Election, I have been hoping to see a meaningful medical marijuana bill filed in the Florida Legislature. Too many people voted for medical marijuana in Florida to ignore the issue any longer. Today as I sat in my cubicle I saw a tweet from United for Care go out, which included a link to a page that stated the following: BIG news: Republican (!!!) Senator Jeff Brandes has just filed a comprehensive medical marijuana bill in the Florida Senate. Senate Bill 528 is a very good start and we believe one that would serve as

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Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015
Virginia To Consider Decriminalizing Marijuana

Many parts of the East Coast are overdue for marijuana reform. While the West has long led the way when it comes to progressive marijuana policies, the East Coast has unfortunately largely clung to the failed policies of the past. One place where that is obvious is the State of Virginia. In 2012 there were 23,402 marijuana-related arrests in Virginia, 89% of which were for simple possession. Getting caught with any amount of marijuana can lead to a $500 fine and a 30 jail sentence. There are some lawmakers from Virginia want to change that. Per American University Radio: Virginia was once the leading

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Jan 262015
 January 26, 2015
Legal Marijuana Is The Fastest Growing Industry In The U.S.

ArcView Market Research released the executive summary to the 3rd edition of the State of Legal Marijuana Markets report today finding that the U.S. market for legal cannabis grew 74% in 2014 to 2.7 billion, up from 1.5 billion in 2013 making it the fastest growing industry in the U.S. The report also shows that if trends continues and all states legalized marijuana the total market size would top 36.8 billion, making it larger than the organic food industry which is 33.1 billion according to Nutrition Business Journal.  In San Francisco today and tomorrow, The ArcView Group is hosting it’s

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Jan 262015
 January 26, 2015
Marijuana Opponents Are Getting Dominated On Twitter

I always find it entertaining to see just how far behind marijuana opponents are when it comes to social media. The first time I saw proof of this was during the 2012 Attorney General race in Oregon. One of the biggest reasons that we defeated anti-marijuana candidate Dwight Holton (by a HUGE margin!) was because of social media. Dwight Holton was ahead in every poll by roughly 7 percent before we started a very strategic social media campaign. We used social media to bring a lot of eyeballs to articles covering the race, then pointed out the heavy traffic numbers to

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Jan 262015
 January 26, 2015
Women And Cannabis Events In Missouri

By Amber Langston How do marijuana laws affect women differently than men? What role do mothers, sisters, and daughters play in improving our current marijuana policies? Ladies, please join Show-Me Cannabis for one of these upcoming meet-and-greet and activist planning meetings with a feminine slant. Guys, you are welcome, too, but please remember this is a space for women to dialogue! Columbia February 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Cafe Berlin Kansas City February 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Bluebird Bistro Saint Louis Date and Location TBA Springfield March 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Location TBA Want to

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Help Get Hemp Listed As A Feed Ingredient In Oregon

 Posted by at 7:21 AM on January 26, 2015  Hemp
Jan 262015
 January 26, 2015
Help Get Hemp Listed As A Feed Ingredient In Oregon

A reader contacted me about a crowd funding effort to get hemp listed as a feed for farm animals. I thought it was a very cool idea and figured I’d pass it along. Below is more info. You can donate to the crowd funding effort at this link here: Started by Robert Litt Crowd Funding goal – $10,000 “Hemp seed is one of the most nutritious, sustainable foods for farm animals. Even though it’s now legal to grow in Oregon and other states, it must first be re-approved as an ingredient. Help us file this application.” Click here to donate

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Jan 262015
 January 26, 2015
Marijuana Meets Tech Investment At Cannabis Industry "Arc Tank"

On the heels of major VC Peter Theil and Founders Fund investing into the cannabis sector, more than 275 high net worth investors from around the world will gather in San Francisco for a ‘Shark Tank’ – like pitch forum on Monday, January 26th and Tuesday, January 27th hosted by The ArcView Investor Network. Investor members of the network will be reviewing pitches from more than 20 cannabis-related companies seeking funding. Justin Kan, who recently sold his company Twitch.tv to Amazon for close to $1 billion and who is now a partner at the tech industry’s top business incubator, Y

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Jan 262015
 January 26, 2015
Marijuana Taxes in Washington Could Get Lowered

When Washington rolled out legal recreational marijuana sales last year, a lot of customers got sticker shock. Some of my friends were reporting grams costing $25 and higher. A lot of that was due to the fact that there weren’t many producers operating at the time, so supplies were very low. However, another big contributing factor is taxes. As supplies flooded the market, prices dropped, but they are still around $15 per gram due to Washington’s high tax rate on marijuana. It sounds like there may be some tax relief on the way. Per Marijuana Business Daily: Washington State recreational

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Jan 262015
 January 26, 2015
American Academy Of Pediatrics: Reschedule Marijuana To Allow Research

Marijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet want Americans to think that the only people that want to reform marijuana laws are addicted dopers and greedy business types. Marijuana opponents always want to talk about how marijuana reform is bad for children. That’s going to be much harder to do going forward because today the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with a statement urging the federal government to reschedule marijuana to allow more research. It’s going to be tough for Kevin Sabet to say marijuana reform is bad for kids if children doctors are saying the opposite. Per the Wall Street Journal: For

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