NORML: 2013 Annual Report

 Posted by at 6:41 AM on December 24, 2013  Ending Marijuana Prohibition
Dec 242013
 December 24, 2013
NORML: 2013 Annual Report

By Allen St. Pierre Dear NORML members and supporters, For all and intent purposes since the good people of California voted in the majority in 1996 to create legal access for qualified medical patients to cannabis, the pace of public advocacy work in support of cannabis law reform at NORML has been, in a word, manic-with one political victory after another piling up at the state level. As we turned the calendar from 2012, where voters in the states of Colorado and Washington had just elected to end cannabis prohibition, to 2013, I was confident that the then coming year would be

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Top Ten Marijuana Studies From 2013

 Posted by at 6:35 AM on December 24, 2013  Marijuana Science
Dec 242013
 December 24, 2013
Top Ten Marijuana Studies From 2013

Courtesy of The Joint Blog 2013 has been an incredible year for cannabis-related science, with dozens of peer-reviewed studies being released examining the benefits of cannabis ranging from weight-loss, to cancer-killing capabilities. Here we breakdown the ten most important (and groundbreaking) studies released this year. 1. THC May Treat Inflammatory Diseases and Cancer By Altering Genes A government funded study published by the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that THC may actually alter certain genes in our body, which can result in a positive effect on a number of conditions, especially cancers and inflammatory diseases. This is the first study of its kind to find

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How To Make Marijuana Mac And Cheese

 Posted by at 6:30 AM on December 24, 2013  Marijuana Recipes
Dec 242013
 December 24, 2013
How To Make Marijuana Mac And Cheese

Cannabis Macaroni And Cheese Recipe Everyone knows that mac and cheese makes a pretty awesome snack when you’ve been sitting around smoking. As always, food is usually much better if it contains cannabis. So medicating your mac and cheese is definitely a worthwhile venture. Not only that but this recipe is homemade so it’s much healthier than the stuff from the store! Ingredients: 1 cup Velveeta, cut into cubes ½ cup shredded mild Cheddar Cheese 1 Pound Elbow Macaroni ½ cup of fresh grated parmesan cheese ½ cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil

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Dec 242013
 December 24, 2013
Colorado Issues First Recreational Marijuana Business Licenses

The State of Colorado has approved business licenses for 348 legal, recreational marijuana businesses. In total, there were 136 licenses for retail outlets, 178 for grow facilities, 31 for product manufacturing facilities, and 3 for testing facilities. A huge majority of the licenses were issued to businesses in and around Denver. These businesses must also get local approval before they can open, so they may or may not have more hoops to jump through before opening on January 1st. As of right now, there will be a 15 percent excise tax on marijuana sales, plus a 10 percent sales tax,

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Dec 232013
 December 23, 2013
Feds To Soon Release Memo Giving OK To Marijuana Banking

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Cannabis businesses wanting the ability to bank legitimately are likely to get at least a “yellow light” allowing them to do so as soon as the new year, says Jack Finlaw, Chief Legal Counsel for Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “What we’re being told,” says Finlaw, “is probably in the first quarter of 2014 there will be some guidance issued that’s comparable to the Cole memo from theDepartment of Justice that will give, maybe not a green light, but a yellow light to banks to allow them to do business [with cannabis businesses] — to take deposits, to set up

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Dec 232013
 December 23, 2013
Marijuana Use Fairly Stable, Annual Survey Finds

By Phillip Smith The annual Monitoring the Future survey of teen drug use is out, and anyone trying to use the numbers to argue that marijuana reform is causing a spike in teen pot-smoking is going to have a hard sell. Here’s what MTF had to say about teen marijuana use: “Annual marijuana prevalence peaked among 12th graders in 1979 at 51%, following a rise that began during the 1960s. Then use declined fairly steadily for 13 years, bottoming at 22% in 1992 — a decline of more than half. The 1990s, however, saw a resurgence of use. After a considerable increase

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Dec 232013
 December 23, 2013
Bill To Expand New Jersey Medical Marijuana Law Advances Despite Veto Threat

Medical marijuana legislation has advanced in New Jersey that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program, despite a vow from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that he would veto the bill. The New Jersey Assembly passed the bill 50-23. According to the bill, the legislation “Permits qualifying patients to possess and use medical marijuana legally obtained from another jurisdiction; extends State medical marijuana laws to qualifying out-of-State patients; expands ability of parents to serve as primary caregiver to minor children.” The medical marijuana bill still has to be sent to the New Jersey Senate, and if passed, would be sent to

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Dec 232013
 December 23, 2013
Alaska Marijuana Legalization Campaign Has More Than Enough Signatures

The ‘Campaign to Regulate Marijuana’ in Alaska looks like they have more than enough signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization initiative for the 2014 election. Alaska’s state election laws require 31,169 valid signatures to qualify an initiative for the ballot. The Alaska legalization campaign has 44,845 signatures according a media report out of Alaska. There’s of course still the verification process, which can be as low as 50% sometimes. But the deadline for the final signature turn-ins is not until January 21, so there’s still time to submit even more signatures. With so much momentum in Alaska, I’d expect out

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Dec 222013
 December 22, 2013
Cannabinoids May Help Revive Individuals After Cardiac Arrest

Courtesy of The Joint Blog An intriguing new study being published in next month’s issue of the journal Critical Care Medicine, and published online early by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoid-based medicine administered through IV may provide a method of helping an individual resuscitate from cardiac arrest. According to researchers, who examined rate models of cardiac arrest, “Blood temperatures decreased from 37°C to 33°C in 4 hours in animals in WIN55, 212-2 [cannabinoid receptor agonist] hypothermia group.. There was a significant improvement in myocardial function in the animals treated with WIN55, 212-2 hypothermia beginning at 1 hour after start of

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Dec 222013
 December 22, 2013
Fourth California Marijuana Legalization Initiative Filed

By Phillip Smith And then there were four. Famed marijuana cultivation expert Ed Rosenthal, the “Guru of Ganja,” announced Friday that he was filing The Cannabis Policy Reform Act of 2014 and dropped it in the mail to Sacramento the same day. Three other initiatives have already been filed: The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2014, the perennial effort by followers of the late Jack Herer to legalize marijuana, which is in the signature gathering phase, but appears unlikely to make the ballot. The other two initiatives, The Control, Regulate and Tax Marijuana Act of 2014, filed by the Drug Policy Alliance, and The Marijuana

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