Sep 252013
 September 25, 2013
Taking Marijuana Out Of The Black Market: Why The Business Community Needs To Lead

By Justin Hartfield The future of marijuana legalization hangs perilously in the balance. While some may view decriminalization as a fait accompli, the reality is that the results of initial implementation efforts in Colorado, Washington, and the other pioneering states of legalization will significantly impact the direction and momentum for subsequent efforts. The stakes could not be greater. In their current form, the proposed regulations for granting retail licenses in both Colorado and Washington will result in insufficient supply to meet the increased demand of an adult-use regime. This is more than an economic problem. Market shortages in the legal

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Sep 252013
 September 25, 2013
Alternatives To Drug War To Be Major Focus At United Nations General Assembly

Heads of State from Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico Expected to Call for Global Drug Policy Reform President Mujica of Uruguay to Make First-Ever UN Address; Will Meet With President Pérez  Molina of Guatemala to Discuss Marijuana Reform and Alternatives to Prohibition This week, drug policy reform will be a major focus at the UN General Assembly, with at least four heads of state expected to call for major global drug policy reform. One year ago, the presidents of Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico made headlines at the UN General Assembly by calling for alternatives to the war on drugs.

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Sep 252013
 September 25, 2013
Unemployment Drug Test Bill Moving In Michigan

By Phillip Smith A bill that would deny unemployment benefits to people who refuse to take drug tests required by employers passed the Republican-dominated Michigan Senate last week and also advanced in the House, being approved by the House Commerce Committee on a 12-4 vote. The bill, House Bill 4952, moved in the same week Republicans also pressed ahead with another bill aimed at the state’s poorest residents, one requiring food stamp recipients and welfare beneficiaries to participate in community service or other work-related activities or be cut off from assistance. The Republican-led House earlier passed bills that would require drug

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Sep 252013
 September 25, 2013
The Next Mayor Of New York City Supports Marijuana Decriminalization

Courtesy of The Joint Blog The primaries are over, and New York City has narrowed down its mayoral candidates to three; Republican Joseph Lhota, Democrat Bill de Blasio and Independent Adolfo Carrión, Jr.. All of these candidates are supporters of cannabis law reform, and are in favor of decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis. Joseph Lhota was actually the first New York City mayoral candidates to come out in support of recreational cannabis legalization. Bill De Blasio is in support of decriminalizing cannabis, including public display; ”I support legislation to decriminalize the display of small amounts of marijuana,” he said during an interview in July, ”The current law saddles many young people

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Sep 252013
 September 25, 2013
Health Canada Awards First Two Medical Marijuana Licenses

For Canadians suffering from chronic and terminal illnesses including severe pain, chronic inflammation due to arthritis or the nausea associated with chemotherapy, medical marijuana has become a well-recognized option for patients and doctors to try when conventional medicine just isn’t enough. Health Canada licensed the first two companies under the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations - Prairie Plant Systems Inc. and CanniMed Ltd. “As the sole supplier to Health Canada for the last 13 years, patients and physicians have come to trust the safety and efficacy of the Prairie Plant Systems pharmaceutical-grade cannabis,” said Brent Zettl, CEO, Prairie Plant Systems. “We are

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Sep 252013
 September 25, 2013
No One Should Risk Going To Jail For Providing Medical Marijuana To Suffering Patients

I received a very heartfelt e-mail from the Florida medical marijuana campaign. See below: I watched cancer kill my dad. Many of you know what that’s like. To be honest, it was horrifying to see someone so strong, so big in my life, waste away and in constant pain. My family felt helpless. He didn’t want opiates, which just made him foggy and uncomfortable. The ONLY thing that worked to stimulate his hunger and ease his pain was marijuana. No one should have to risk going to jail for providing medical marijuana to someone who needs it. Doctors should have

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Sep 242013
 September 24, 2013
Michigan: Most Voters Favor Eliminating Criminal Penalties For Marijuana Offenses

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Nearly 80 percent of Michigan voters favor eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana offenses, according to survey data released by Epic-MRA Polling and commissioned by the Michigan state affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Forty-seven percent of respondents said that they backed legalizing marijuana “by taxing it and regulating it like alcohol.” An additional 16 percent of respondents endorsed “replac[ing] criminal penalties for marijuana offenses with a fine” only. Another four percent of respondents supported an outright “repeal” of all state criminal penalties for cannabis offenses. Only 26 percent of those polled said that supported

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Sep 242013
 September 24, 2013
Big Payout In Drug Raid Killing Of Ex-Marine

By Phillip Smith An Arizona county and several towns will pay big-time for the killing of homeowner Jose Guerena in a 2011 SWAT drug raid. The jurisdictions will pay $3.4 million to his widow to settle a lawsuit she filed after his death, the Associated Press reported last Thursday. Guerena was gunned down in the hallway of his home by invading SWAT officers as he crouched defensively with an AR-15 in his hands. Five SWAT officers fired 72 shots at him, hitting him 22 times and killing him on the spot. He had early that morning from working an overnight shift at

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Sep 242013
 September 24, 2013
Cannabis Consumption Has No Negative Effect On Health, According To New Study

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and conducted by researchers at Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine, has found that even heavy cannabis consumption has no negative effect on a person’s health status, or their use of health care services (such as emergency room visits). For the study, researchers studied 589 adults who screened positive for drug use during a primary care visit. Data was then collected on these patients, examining their drug use, their emergency room use and hospitalizations, and their overall health status. In addition, further information regarding past medical diagnoses

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Sep 242013
 September 24, 2013
Judge Conducts His Own Medical Trial On Epilepsy And Marijuana

LANSING- The judge who refused to return baby Bree to her parents is insisting on a trial to determine the legitimacy of father Steve Green’s medical basis for his medical marijuana certification. Green suffers from epilepsy and other ailments. Judge Richard Garcia from Ingham County delivered his verdict on Friday, September 20. Although he could have returned Bree to her parents, Steve and wife Maria Green, he chose instead to continue the Referee’s order and keep custody of the child in the hands of her grandmother while demanding a trial to determine the validity of marijuana use and epilepsy. That

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