Jun 052013
 June 5, 2013
Nevada Legislature Approves Bill To Establish System Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Nevada state lawmakers approved a bill Monday that will establish a state-regulated system of dispensaries to provide medical marijuana to licensed patients. It will now be transmitted to Gov. Brian Sandoval for his signature, and he has said he is open to dispensary legislation. MPP’s Karen O’Keefe, who testified in support of the bill, was featured in a story by Reno’s Fox affiliate station: “Nevadans with serious illnesses who are using medical marijuana under the supervision of their doctors should have a safe and legal way to obtain it,” said Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. “We

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Seniors And Cannabis

 Posted by at 6:47 AM on June 5, 2013  Medical Marijuana Policy
Jun 052013
 June 5, 2013
Seniors And Cannabis

By Rick Pfrommer, Director of Education, Harborside Health Center When California’s Compassionate Use Act first took effect in 1996, the premier medical cannabis dispensaries-notably, Dennis Peron’s in San Francisco and Jeffrey Jones’ Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative-counted many seniors as core members. Long-timers may recognize the name, “Brownie Mary,” a senior who tirelessly distributed her infamous cannabis brownies, often free of charge, to needy patients all over the Bay Area. Although Mary passed away in the early-2000s, she left a legacy of senior cannabis activism that’s still felt today. However, as medical cannabis gained popularity in the late-1990s, new and younger

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Jun 042013
 June 4, 2013
Portland Likely To Vote On Marijuana Legalization, Maine Lawmakers To Vote On Statewide Initiative

By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director Last week, advocates turned in double the amount of signatures required to place a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot in Portland, Maine this year, making certification seem very likely. If approved by voters, the initiative would allow adults aged 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana with city limits. Use of the drug in public spaces, such as schools and on public transportation, would still be prohibited. The result from the signature certification process is expected in the coming weeks. Residents statewide may still get the opportunity to vote on marijuana

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Jun 042013
 June 4, 2013
The War On Marijuana Is A War On Minorities

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director The American Civil Liberties Union released a new report affirming NORML’s historic data that minorities are disproportionately arrested (and most certainly prosecuted and, worse, incarcerated) at a rate four times higher than whites for cannabis (based on per capita cannabis use rates). In some midwest states-like Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota-minorities are arrested at rates eight times higher than whites. ACLU’s report ‘The War On Marijuana/In Black And White‘ is a fascinating and well researched multimedia presentation about why America’s failed seventy-five year-old social experiment known as ‘Cannabis Prohibition’ must end, and new public policies created that reflect today’s public sentiment in favor

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Jun 042013
 June 4, 2013
Marijuana Smokers Invade Santa Cruz Art Scene With ARO's 'Weed Museum'

Santa Cruz-based art collective, Art Research Office, were approached during their debut exhibition (Raquel Cool’s “Live Nude Eggs”) by a local group who call themselves Artists For Weed Reform (“AFWR”). The anonymous organization is made up of local artists devoted to creating art that is focused on the marijuana lifestyle. This June, AFWR collaborates with Art Research Office to present a complex commentary on the deep-rooted influences of marijuana usage. Each piece of art will present an unique perception of a culture caught between the balance of rebellion and reform. The team at Art Research Office is encouraging AFWR to

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Jun 042013
 June 4, 2013
How Many Americans Have Consumed Marijuana?

A recently-released Pew Research Center survey has found that 48% of adults have tried marijuana in their life, up from 40% just three years ago. 12% have consumed marijuana within the past year. Among that group, 47% stated that they consumed cannabis for recreational purposes, compared with 30% who cited a medical reason for its usage -  23% stated that they consumed marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes. More than half – 56% – of young adults (under 30) say they’ve tried marijuana, and 27% say they’ve smoked it in the past year — by far the highest percentage in any age

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Jun 042013
 June 4, 2013
UFC Raises Marijuana Testing Threshold

Three weeks after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) raised the testing threshold for marijuana metabolites from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 ng/ml, the UFC announced that it would follow suit. The new rule will go into effect for all UFC regulated international events, including events held in Brazil. The announcement came during last Friday’s meeting of the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Steroid and Drug Testing Advisory Panel, which took place in Las Vegas. “When we self-regulate around the world, we are going to go the WADA standard of 150,” said UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner. “So we’re starting that

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Jun 042013
 June 4, 2013
Medical Marijuana: Students And Seniors Lobby Congress

Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Silver Tour will convene a medical marijuana training session and lobby day in Washington D.C. to encourage Congress and the Obama Administration to allow states greater autonomy to create their own cannabis policies without political pressure from the federal government. Lobby training session is scheduled for Sunday, June 16, with legislative lobbying all day Monday, June 17. For more information about the schedule, speakers and activities, please visit here. Joining SSDP is the senior citizen medical cannabis educational project The Silver Tour, which is looking for crowdsource funding to bring The Silver Tour bus to Washington, D.C. According to

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Jun 042013
 June 4, 2013
Texas Unemployment Drug Testing Bill Passes

By Phillip Smith The Texas legislature last week approved a bill that would require some applicants for unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing, but another bill that would have required drug testing for some welfare applicants (Senate Bill 11) died in the House after Democrats managed to block it from coming to a vote. Gov. Rick Perry (R) had called on the legislature to pass both bills. It is almost certain that he will sign the unemployment drug testing bill into law. The unemployment drug testing bill, Senate Bill 21, would require some unemployment applicants to undergo a written screening for

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Jun 032013
 June 3, 2013
New York State Assembly Overwhelmingly Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

It’s a great day to be a New Yorker! According to the press release below, the New York State Assembly passed a compassionate use bill by 95 to 38. I wonder how Bloomberg feels now, and if he has enough napkins to wipe the egg off his face? The proposed program follows the trend of being more narrowly tailored than it’s predecessors, but it’s a step in the right direction: Passage Follows New Poll: 82% of New Yorkers Support Medical Marijuana, Including 81% of Both Democrats and Republicans Healthcare Practitioners and Patients Urge New York Senate to Pass Bill Without

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