Jul 062013
 July 6, 2013
Women And Drugs: The Final Drug War Taboo?

By Meghan Ralston, Drug Policy Alliance The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report about the rate of opioid and prescription drug overdose among women in the United States. It’s bad, and getting worse. But not getting much attention. According to the CDC’s report, since 2007, more women have died each year from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle -related injuries. Between 1999-2010, deaths attributed to prescription opioids (such as oxycodone and hydrocodone) have increased fivefold among women. Since 1993, hospitalizations for prescription opioid overdoses have been more frequent among women than men. Women are more likely than men to

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Jul 052013
 July 5, 2013
Police Sgt. Can Continue To Work With Missouri 'Show Me Cannabis' Campaign

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director In St. Louis, Missouri Sgt. Gary Wiegert has been given permission by his chief of police to become an official lobbyist in the state to legalize marijuana for the non-profit organization Show Me Cannabis. While there are hundreds of former law enforcement officers lobbying with the non-profit group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), having a currently employed  law enforcement officer being given the ‘green’ light by their command to lobby for marijuana legalization maybe a first. Regardless, it most certainly will not be the last! Article appeared from the AP in the Kansas City Star:

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Jul 052013
 July 5, 2013
You Don't Have To Think Marijuana Is Safe To Support Legalization

By Tom Angell Project SAM’s Kevin Sabet and other prohibition advocates have seized on a new Wall Street Journal op-ed rehashing claims that marijuana use may be correlated with schizophrenia: Why isn’t this getting more play? Doc at Yale School of Medicine: Pot-Smoking & the Schizophrenia Connection http://t.co/1c1TF9dBCY via @WSJ — Kevin Sabet (@KevinSabet) July 2, 2013 Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, in a piece titled, “A Really Good Reason Not to Legalize Pot,” claims that “the move toward legalization of marijuana is premised on the assumption that it is ‘safe.’” The argument that marijuana should be legalized because it is safe or safer than other substances like

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Jul 052013
 July 5, 2013
Good News For World's Largest Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Harborside Health Center won a significant victory earlier this week in their battle against the feds. As the world’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, everyone should be closely following the Harborside/feds case, as the process and decisions that come out of it will no doubt be used in other cases. Below is a press release that I received a couple of days ago describing the recent victory: Oakland, California ~  This morning U.S. District Court Judge Maria-Elena James granted the City of Oakland’s motion to stay the civil forfeiture proceeding against Harborside Health Center Oakland until the City of Oakland’s pending

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Jul 052013
 July 5, 2013
National Attention On Missouri Student Drug Testing Case

By Dan Viets, J.D., SMCR Board Chair A closely-watched lawsuit challenging the practice of drug testing all students who are admitted to a public college is working its way through Missouri’s federal courts. Linn State Technical College in the town of Linn, just east of Jefferson City, has attempted to institute this unprecedented policy. The case was argued Monday in the Federal District Court for Western Missouri, Central Division, in Jefferson City, before federal district judge Nanette Laughrey. The case is being followed by national civil liberties advocates generally, and student rights groups in particular. The American Civil Liberties Union

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Jul 052013
 July 5, 2013
The Environmental Impact Of Washington's Cannabis Rules

All marijuana growers and consumers should desire to be good stewards to the earth in my opinion, at least in regards to the marijuana they grow or consume. That’s one of my biggest pet peeves about drug cartels growing marijuana – they destroy the forests that they grow their marijuana in, and non-cartel marijuana growers often get blamed for it by marijuana prohibitionists. All marijuana growers and consumers should consider the carbon footprint that is involved with growing marijuana, and should try to use sustainable practices as much as possible. Below is a press release that I received from the

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Jul 042013
 July 4, 2013
Declare Your Independence From Cannabis Prohibition

By John Payne, Show Me Cannabis Campaign I recorded an abridged audio version of the message to be sent out to the mobile campaign today. Text “smc” to 420420 to receive mobile updates. Today, we celebrate the day that our forebears publicly declared, at great personal risk, that individuals are endowed with freedom by virtue of their humanity, and that people have a right to alter or abolish any government that attempts to infringe upon their natural liberties. But, as Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance,” which is why the struggle for freedom continues to this

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Jul 042013
 July 4, 2013
American Flag Made Of Hemp To Be Flown At U.S. Capitol Building On July 4th

By TheJointBlog.Com In a huge symbolic victory for hemp advocacy, the American flag being flown at the U.S. Capitol Building on July 4th – Independence Day – will be made entirely of hemp. According to the Washington Post,  Michael Bowman – a hemp advocate from Colorado – gave the flag to Colorado Representative Jared Polis, who worked with the Capitol’s flag office to get permission to fly the flag on July 4th. According to Bowman, who made the flag from Colorado-grown hemp, the flag being placed at the Capitol Building is “a powerful symbol”. The placing of this flag comes at

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Jul 032013
 July 3, 2013
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Are One Step Closer To Becoming Legal In Oregon

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Passes Oregon Senate, 18-12 It was a big day in Oregon for supporters of safe access to medical marijuana. See the press release below from Oregonians for Medical Rights: A bill to license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon passed the Oregon Senate Wednesday on an 18-12 vote. The bill now goes back to the Oregon House for concurrence on amendments added in the Senate. The bill earlier passed the Oregon House on a 31-27 vote. State Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene), one of the bill’s chief sponsors along with State Rep. Peter Buckley (D-Ashland), led

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Jul 032013
 July 3, 2013
New Study Finds Cannabis Consumption Most Likely Among Those With Higher Education

By TheJointBlog.Com Ireland’s National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol has released a new study which finds that cannabis consumption is highest among those with a higher education, and among those who stayed in school past the age of 15. The study also found that marijuana consumption among those in Ireland is at the highest rate ever, with 25% of residents having consumed cannabis in their life – a 3% rise from 2007. According to the study, the rate of cannabis consumption is lowest among those who dropped out of school prior to the age of 15, and highest among those still in college

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