Feb 152013
 February 15, 2013
MMJ Business Daily To Hold Cannabis Industry Seminar For NY, NJ, And Connecticut Medical Marijuana Investors and Entrepreneurs in New York March 14th

MMJ Business Daily, the cannabis industry’s most-respected professional news source, will hold an exclusive seminar in New York City on Thursday, March 14th, from 6-10pm. New Jersey, Connecticut and New York-area investors and entrepreneurs interested in cannabis and medical marijuana business opportunities will hear the latest financial data, legal advisories, and niche opportunities. For tickets and information go to http://mmjbusinessdaily.com/newyork/ Expert speakers will include Tripp Keber, Director, Medical Marijuana, Inc.; Jessica Billingsley, COO, MJ Freeway Software Solutions; Erik Williams, President, CT Medical Cannabis Business Alliance; and Chris Walsh, Editor, MMJ Business [...]

Feb 152013
 February 15, 2013
Missouri Governor Pushes More Money For Drug Prohibition Enforcement

By Dan Viets, J.D., SMCR Board Chair Governor Nixon, despite a general budget crunch in the state of Missouri, and a lack of funding for education and health care, is urging the Missouri General Assembly to appropriate $3,000,000 in tax money to provide additional funding for state “drug task forces.” This is to replace an anticipated substantial reduction in federal funding. At a recent press conference, the Governor talked about how important these “drug task forces” are in enforcing the laws against methamphetamine. However, in reality, the majority of arrests [...]

Feb 152013
 February 15, 2013
Contact Your Missouri States Legislators!

Last week, Representative Rory Ellinger introduced two important bills. One would decriminalize (but not legalize) possession of less than 35 grams of cannabis by preventing arrests and keeping the charge off the defendant’s public record. The other would allow people people who plead guilty to or are convicted of non-violent cannabis offenses, among many other non-violent misdemeanor offenses, to have those offenses wiped off their records after five years. Using Show-Me Cannabis’ new Blue State Digital contact tools, I have created an advocacy page that allows you to contact your state legislators and urge them [...]

Feb 152013
 February 15, 2013
Michigan HB 4271 Introduced To Empower Dispensary-Like Provisioning Centers

Michigan Provisioning Centers 2.0 New version of the Provisioning Centers Act introduced to empower dispensaries- in the state that just outlawed them Last year it was House Bill 5580. This year it’s House Bill 4271. Either version of the bill introduced the Provisioning Centers Act to the Michigan House, but this 2013 version comes at a crucial time in Michigan cannabis politics. The Provisioning Centers Act, introduced by Rep. Michael Callton, R-Nashville, empowers local communities within the state to license and regulate provisioning centers while enjoying protections from interference. The Centers [...]

Feb 152013
 February 15, 2013
Federal Judge Dismisses Oakland Lawsuit - Harborside Case To Move Forward

Chief Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James granted a motion to dismiss the City of Oakland’s lawsuit filed against the Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Oakland’s action sought to enjoin the U.S. attorney from proceeding to close Harborside Health Center, the nation’s premier medical cannabis dispensary. Last July, U.S. Attorney General Melinda Haag initiated a civil forfeiture suit to seize the commercial property from the landlord’s where the dispensaries operate in Oakland and San Jose. Harborside Health Center is widely acclaimed as a model of legitimacy and legal [...]

Feb 152013
 February 15, 2013
Senators Wyden, Paul, Merkley And McConnell Introduce Bipartisan Senate Companion Bill to H.R. 525

Why do I always say that Oregon is the best state when it comes to reform? Notice that not one, but TWO Oregon federal Senators are sponsoring the bill found in the press release from Vote Hemp below. Did I mention Oregon already has hemp legislation on the books in my home state?: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Vote Hemp is pleased to announce that today Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced a Senate companion bill to H.R. 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming [...]

Feb 152013
 February 15, 2013
Please Show Federal Court Support In San Diego

On February 19, 2013, Ronnie Chang, Hal Pilotte and Gary Maddox, all allegedly connected to Club One Collective/ Extreme Holistic Care) will be in federal court before Judge Anello and with their attorneys, respectively Michael McCabe, Bahar Ansari Miller and Mark Bluemel. This time, to argue a motion challenging the federal government’s right to coerce, commandeer or intimidate local governments into enforcing federal instead of state law, as a violation of the 10th amendment. Michael McCabe, who will argue the motion, has been successful on medical cannabis cases in state [...]

Feb 152013
 February 15, 2013
Nederland Residents First To Embrace Implementation Of A64 And "Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol"

I received the following press release out of Colorado: While most Coloradans anxiously await the implementation of Amendment 64, local activists, Max Rashbaum and Rico Colibri boldly moved forward this week by submitting language for title on a peoples initiative to make Nederland the first town in America to regulate marijuana since it’s prohibition some 76 years ago. If adopted Nederland would stand in stark contrast to the unfortunate pattern of local bans on recreational sales throughout the State. Mr. Rashbaum stated “It’s about time Coloradans have the opportunity to [...]

Feb 142013
 February 14, 2013
New York Mayor Bloomberg Announces New Marijuana Policy

Marijuana Possession Arrests Will Lead to Desk Appearance, Not Overnight Jail Advocates: Good First Step, But Gov. Cuomo’s  Bill to Stop Arrests Must Pass In his State of the City speech today, Mayor Bloomberg announced a new police policy: those arrested for marijuana in New York City will no longer have to spend a night in jail. The Mayor said: “But we know that there’s more we can do to keep New Yorkers, particularly young men, from ending up with a criminal record. Commissioner Kelly and I support Governor Cuomo’s [...]

Feb 142013
 February 14, 2013
Hawaii And South Dakota Lawmakers Dismiss Marijuana Reform Bills

by Phillip Smith Hawaii Marijuana Legalization Bill Dies A bill that would have legalized marijuana died in the state legislature Tuesday. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Karl Rhoads told the Associated Press he decided to kill it after a head count found the bill would come up short in the House. The measure, House Bill 669, would have allowed people 21 and over to possess up to an ounce and grow an unspecified number of plants in a secure location. It would also have created a system of taxed and regulated [...]