Jan 092013
 January 9, 2013
Washington I-502 Lobby Training And Strategy Session

As the LCB and legislature move forward implementing I-502, NORML Thurston wants to act as enablers and liaisons for cannabis activists in Washington. We know our voices and needs are more likely to be met if we can speak together and with purpose. This strategy session will cover: 1. What is happening with I-502 now. 2. The basics of lobbying public officials, and the differences of doing so at the federal, state, and local levels. 3. The basics of talking to the media and getting your message out beyond your [...]

Jan 092013
 January 9, 2013
Patrick Kennedy: Marijuana Consumers Should Not Be Forced Into Treatment - Drop Out Of SAM!

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy is the chairman of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a new national organization that wants to force marijuana consumers into treatment and subject them to mandatory health screenings and “marijuana education” camps. Yet he comes from a family that made a fortune selling alcohol – a product that is objectively far more harmful than marijuana! Sign our petition today calling on Patrick Kennedy to drop out of SAM or explain why he is working to keep a less harmful alternative to alcohol illegal. To: Patrick Kennedy [...]

Jan 092013
 January 9, 2013
Coloradans Consider Value Of K9 Alerts In Wake Of Amendment 64

By Scott Alexander Meiner, Americans For Asset Forfeiture Reform In light of Amendment 64-s language legalizing possession of small quantities of marijuana, Coloradans ponder the shifting evidentiary value of positive drug-dog alerts: The dogs often are used to find probable cause to search, for example, a suspicious vehicle. A dog is walked around the vehicle to sniff the air next to it, giving an alert signal such as digging at an area of the car if it senses an illegal drug. But if a police dog has been trained to alert [...]

Jan 092013
 January 9, 2013
Patrick Kennedy's Plan To Force Marijuana Consumers Into Treatment Is Ridiculous

MPP Slams Former Congressman’s Plan to Force Marijuana Consumers Into Treatment and Marijuana ‘Education’ Classes by Morgan Fox, Marijuana Policy Project MPP is taking issue with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy’s plan to force marijuana consumers into treatment and marijuana “education” classes, which his new organization, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), is scheduled to unveil in Denver on Thursday. “The proposal is on par with forcing every alcohol user into treatment at their own cost or at a cost to the state,” said MPP communications director Mason Tvert. ”In fact, it would [...]

Jan 092013
 January 9, 2013
Drug Czar Sees "Serious National Conversation" About Marijuana

By Phillip Smith Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP—the drug czar’s office) head Gil Kerlikowske said Tuesday that the country is “in the midst of a serious national conversation about marijuana”—an at least rhetorical advance from his 2009 position that marijuana legalization is “not in the president’s vocabulary and not in mine.” Kerlikowske’s terse comments on the topic came in response to three marijuana legalization petitions posted on the White House’s We the People web site, which promises to respond to any petition that garners more than 25,000 signatures. [...]

Jan 082013
 January 8, 2013
Federal Judge Says Nation's Medical Cannabis Model, Harborside Health Center, Can Stay Open

U.S. District Court Denies Landlord Injunctions In Oakland And San Jose Oakland, Calif. – On Monday, January 7, Chief Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James ruled in favor of Harborside Health Center (HHC), and denied motions by Harborside’s landlords asking the court to order an immediate halt of cannabis sales at their properties. In a highly significant, 17-page opinion released today, Judge James also declined to grant a motion from the City of Oakland to immediately enjoin the federal government’s legal efforts to close Harborside, but scheduled a hearing later this month [...]

Jan 082013
 January 8, 2013
NFL Players Should Be Allowed To Use Marijuana Instead Of Painkillers

By Morgan Fox, Marijuana Policy Project On Nov. 6 of last year, the state of Washington made the possession and use of marijuana legal for adults. Marijuana remains illegal in Washington, D.C., the home of the Redskins. Last week, the District of Columbia ranked ninth on a list of America’s ’25 Drunkest Cities,’ while Seattle, home of the Seahawks, didn’t even make the list. Is it a coincidence that the Seahawks handily beat the Redskins this past Sunday? Perhaps. (Nevertheless, it is worth noting that both the Seahawks and the Denver Broncos have yet [...]

Jan 082013
 January 8, 2013
Butane Hash Oil Is NOT "Marijuana Cooking"

The Russ Belville Show #115 Ebony Knight from Moms 4 Marijuana in our “Listen to Your Mother” segment discusses outreach to women, African-Americans, and religious folks in Atlanta, Georgia; Another BHO explosion prompts a “marijuana cook” framing from the news media; music by Sammy Davis Jr.

Jan 082013
 January 8, 2013
Henry Rollins Joins The Marijuana Majority

By Morgan Fox, Marijuana Policy Project Singer, poet, public speaker, and talk show host Henry Rollins has joined the growing ranks of public figures who support ending marijuana prohibition. Rollins is not a marijuana user, either. As more and more people realize that marijuana prohibition is a harmful failure, the myth that only potheads want to make it legal is continuing to fade into the hazy realm of reefer madness. From a column he penned for last week’s LA Weekly: Like millions of Americans, I have no interest in smoking marijuana [...]

Jan 082013
 January 8, 2013
Dr. Lester Grinspoon Talks About The Usefulness Of Cannabis

Dr. Lester Grinspoon is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Grinspoon was senior psychiatrist at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston for 40 years. Dr. Grinspoon is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychiatric Association. He was founding editor of the The American Psychiatric Association Annual Review and the Harvard Mental Health Letter. Grinspoon was editor of the Harvard Mental Health Letter for fifteen years.