Mar 202013
 March 20, 2013
Senator Daylin Leach Speaks At NORML Mid Atlantic Conference

Pennsylvania Senator Daylin Leach speaks about his bill to end the prohibition of cannabis in Pennsylvania at the NORML Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The conference marks the continuation of good relationships between politicians and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The conference was held at the University of Penn and included a panel of speakers and activists. Filmed and Edited by: Ellie Miller @ganjapride on Instagram Produced by: The Panic Hour

Mar 202013
 March 20, 2013
'The Secret Cup' Is This Weekend In Southern California

This weekend in Southern California a fantastic event is taking place – The Secret Cup. Between this event and the Cannabis Cup in Denver, it’s truly a magical time to be a marijuana fan and consumer. Sadly, I won’t be at either event. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t! Below is information about the Secret Cup (Click here to buy tickets, use promo code ‘WeedMaps710′ and general tickets are only 10 bucks!): What began as a private competition between the truly elite has now become a celebration of underground [...]

Mar 202013
 March 20, 2013
Bill Ending Marijuana Prohibition In Oregon Scheduled For A Hearing

We recently broke the story that a bill to legalize cannabis had been introduced in the Oregon Legislature and some mainstream media outlets are now picking up the story as the bill has been scheduled for a hearing before the Oregon House Judiciary Committee.  We here at NCC helped craft this bill, along with both Oregon grassroots and national activists.  I am the director of a new PAC established to help promote this bill during the 2013 Oregon legislative session.  If Oregon legislators won’t pass a bill this session, we will transition [...]

Mar 192013
 March 19, 2013
Federal Senator Takes Dig At Pro Marijuana Legalization Candidate Dan Winslow

By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director At a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in South Boston this past weekend, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) took a jab at pro-legalization Republican State Representative Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk), who is currently vying for the Republican nomination for Senate in Massachusetts’s upcoming special election. Addressing the crowd, Senator Warren said, “I advise everyone to pay very close attention to Dan Winslow’s platform. He has a 100 percent ranking from the gun lobby and he’s for the legalization of marijuana. He wants us armed and stoned.” According [...]

Mar 192013
 March 19, 2013
Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes In The Maryland Senate

Earlier today, the Maryland Senate passed SB 297 by a vote of 30-16. The bill will now move to the House of Delegates where it will need to be approved by the House Judiciary Committee and the full House of Delegates before being sent to Gov. O’Malley. If S.B. 297 is passed in the House and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley, it would no longer be a criminal offense to possess up to about one-third of an ounce of marijuana in Maryland. Instead, police would simply issue a citation, and violators would pay [...]

Mar 192013
 March 19, 2013
United States Army Forbids Soldiers From Using Any Hemp Product

The United State Army has recently released an article on their website urging people away from the alcoholic drink Purgatory, a vodka. Not caring about the fact that it’s a strong alcoholic drink, which is entirely fine for soldiers to take part in, the Army instead takes issue with the fact that this particular vodka is made with 20% hemp seeds. The product is sold legally throughout the U.S.; it goes through a stringent process to ensure that it contains no amount of THC. Like other hemp products, there’s nothing illegal about the [...]

Mar 192013
 March 19, 2013
Support Marijuana Decriminalization And Expungement In Missouri

The Missouri legislature is currently considering two important cannabis law reform measures, both introduced by Representative Rory Ellinger. The first, HB 512, is modeled on a Columbia ordinance passed by voters there in 2004. It would eliminate the possibility of arrest or jail for marijuana and paraphernalia possession. It would also limit the fines for those offenses to $250 and, in most cases, keep the charge from appearing on the defendant’s public record through use of a suspended imposition of sentence (SIS). The second bill introduced by Representative Ellinger. HB 511, would [...]

Mar 192013
 March 19, 2013
Oregon Marijuana Legalization Bill Gets A Hearing April 2nd

It took awhile, but the largest media outlet in Oregon has finally covered the historic Oregon House Bill 3371 which would regulate marijuana like alcohol. Better late than never right?! According to the Oregonian, and my friends at the state capital, Oregon HB 3371 is  scheduled for an April 2 public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. There are some amazing people working behind the scenes to make marijuana legalization a reality in my home state, and I hope that we join Colorado and Washington sooner than later. Below is a summary of [...]

Mar 192013
 March 19, 2013
Feds Ignore Their Own Agency's Findings Around Medical Benefits Of Marijuana

By Amanda Reiman, Drug Policy Alliance In this week’s “hypocrisy news,” the federal government continues to deny the medical value of cannabis even in light of contrary claims by its own agency, the National Institute of Health. According to an article on NBC News.com, the Advocates for the Disabled and Seriously Ill (ADSI) took issue with the fact that in a National Cancer Institute (NCI) report, cannabis is hailed as a medicine that “inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor-positive and estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer cell lines, and may provide risk [...]

Mar 192013
 March 19, 2013
Do Your Part - Get Involved With Americans for Safe Access

I have witnessed Americans for Safe Access and it’s members do amazing things in the three-plus years I have been here at The Weed Blog. If you are looking for an organization to get involved with, I highly recommend Americans for Safe Access (ASA). I get e-mails all the time from people asking what they can do to help the movement. Watch the video below and get active!