Mar 222013
 March 22, 2013
Legislative Chambers Move Measures To Decriminalize Marijuana In HI, MD, NH, And NJ

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Legislative chambers in four states — Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, and New Jersey — have passed measures to reclassify minor marijuana offenses as non-criminal violations, punishable by a fine only — no arrest, no jail, and no criminal record. In Hawaii, Senate lawmakers this month unanimously passed Senate Bill 472, which reclassifies marijuana possession offenses from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine) to an infraction. On Thursday, March 14, members of the House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of [...]

Mar 222013
 March 22, 2013
Today Is The 40th Anniversary Of The Report That Could Have Stopped The Drug War

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Shafer Report, the extensive study commissioned by Richard Nixon to advise him on drug policy. Surprisingly, both to Nixon and to most readers today, the report suggested making marijuana legal all the way back in 1973! Nixon did not approve and ignored the findings of the report, having already decided to embark on a disastrous “War On Drugs” that continues to this day, with increasingly devastating effects on society. Eric Sterling covers the report extensively at the Huffington Post, but just think: we could have stopped [...]

Mar 222013
 March 22, 2013
United Nations: Three-Quarters Of World's Illicit Drug Users Consume Cannabis

Vienna, Austria: Cannabis is consumed by an estimated 75 percent of all the world’s illicit drug users, making it the most widely used illicit substance in the world, according to the United Nation’s 2012 World Drug Report. Of the world’s estimated 300 million (6.6 percent of the global population) annual illicit drug consumers, some 225 million (5 percent) use cannabis, the report found. Authors concluded, “Cannabis is the world’s most widely used illicit substance … and consumption is stable.” In 2010 (the most recent year for which international data was available), marijuana consumption was [...]

Mar 222013
 March 22, 2013
Lower Penalties For Marijuana Coming To Oklahoma?

Oklahoma has some of the harshest penalties for marijuana possession in the nation. A second offense for possession of any amount of marijuana is a felony punishable by a mandatory minimum of two years imprisonment and a maximum of 10. Fortunately, legislation awaiting action on the House floor would introduce a dose of sanity. H.B. 1835, sponsored by Rep. Cory Williams (D-34), would make first and second offense possession of marijuana a misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses would remain a felony, but the possible jail time would be reduced to a maximum of [...]

Mar 222013
 March 22, 2013
Beware Consumption Of Low-Quality, Poorly Purged Butane Hash Oil

By Rick Pfrommer, Director of Education, Harborside Health Center Concentrating on Wellness This year’s High Times Cannabis Cup in Southern California took place Feb. 16-17. Originally slated for Los Angeles, the event had to be moved due to police-permitting hassles from downtown L.A. to Glendale before finally landing in San Bernardino. Despite logistical issues, the High Times crew and everyone else rallied, making it one of the best run and well attended of all Cups to date. Regular readers might remember my column after last year’s L.A. event, where I [...]

Mar 222013
 March 22, 2013
Small Marijuana Growers United Call To Action

The following information was posted on my Facebook wall, and I figured I’d pass along the info: Call your legislators and tell them you have rights as a small marijuana grower and that you demand to be at the table when it comes to legislation regarding medical marijuana, or this idea of taxing and regulating marijuana. Marijuana can help us save our world and it should be inexpensive. I promise you this, you will want to purchase your marijuana from a small local grower rather than Adolph Coors, or Budweiser. [...]

Mar 222013
 March 22, 2013
Marijuana Scratch-And-Sniff Cards Distributed By Police

A new scratch-and-sniff card duplicates the smell of a marijuana growing operation and is designed to help people locate growers and report their neighbors to police. The card also lists eight signs of an active “cannabis farm” operation, including covered windows, the constant buzz of household ventilation systems and visitors at odd hours. The scratch-and-sniff disc reproduces the smell of live cannabis plants. The cards are currently limited to distribution in the U.K. Police will hand-distribute and Crimestoppers U.K. will mass-mail them to 13 regions police have identified as “hot spots” of marijuana cultivation, according [...]

Mar 222013
 March 22, 2013
Medical Marijuana Sales Forecast At $1.5 Billion For 2013

Legal Cannabis Sales May Reach $6 Billion By 2018 According To MMJ Business Daily The editors of MMJ Business Daily released today exclusive financial forecasts, from their upcoming Marijuana Business Factbook, indicating 2013 medical marijuana sales may hit $3.5 billion and legal cannabis sales may reach $6 billion by 2018. For detailed chart and more information go to mmjbusinessdaily.com. Providence, RI (PRWEB) March 21, 2013 The editors of MMJ Business Daily released today their exclusive six-year financial forecast for the US legal cannabis industry’s retail sales. The data chart, which also includes past sales totals for 2011 and 2012 is [...]

Mar 222013
 March 22, 2013
Fortune Cover Story Profiles ArcView Group, Founded By Steve DeAngelo And Troy Dayton

Oakland, Calif. – On March 21, the world’s premier financial magazine, Fortune, published an inside look at the accelerated pace at which the cannabis industry is attracting investors to one of the country’s fastest emerging industries—cannabis (marijuana). This January, Fortune‘s senior legal analyst/reporter Roger Parloff traveled to Seattle, Washington, where he was given exclusive access to The ArcView Group‘s Angel Investor Network Meeting, which pairs accredited investors with vetted cannabis companies around the United States. Cannabis industry and movement leader, Steve DeAngelo, co-founded The ArcView Group in 2010 with fellow [...]