Oct 272014
 October 27, 2014
Marijuana Stores And Dispensaries Get ATM Accounts Shut Down

Less and less Americans use cash. I used to live an ‘all cash’ lifestyle, but once I learned about the convenience of using a debit card, I quit stuffing my wallet full of cash when I would go out. If I need cash, I just hit up an ATM, which are everywhere these days. Unfortunately, this will no longer be an option at hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries and recreational marijuana stores, as their ATM accounts have been abruptly halted. Per Marijuana Business Daily: Hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries and recreational shops across the country abruptly lost their cashless ATM

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Oct 262014
 October 26, 2014
Buy Or Win An Arizona NORML T-Shirt And Help Fight Marijuana Prohibition

I saw a fantastic fundraiser on social media and figured I’d pass along the info. If you are able, I highly encourage you to participate. More info is below: NORML In Arizona is working very hard to get the message out that legalization is coming to Arizona. We need your help to spread that message. You can help us by killing 2 birds with 1 stone so to speak. When you buy 1 of our Limited Edition “Catch Up Arizona” T- Shirts, you help us raise funds towards our goal to help bring legalization to Arizona. At the same time,

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Oct 262014
 October 26, 2014
Oregon Moms Make A Strong Case To End Marijuana Prohibition

Marijuana opponents try as hard as they can to make the case that they are just out to protect society from lazy stoners that just want to get high. They try to create a sense that the only people that want marijuana to be legal are those that want to get high and drive on our roads and slip marijuana to youth. That could not be farther from the truth. There are a lot of very responsible people out there that want marijuana to be legalized because it makes sense. It allows cops to go after real criminals, and as recent

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Oct 262014
 October 26, 2014
Oregon, DC, And Alaska Have A Chance To Save Big With Marijuana Legalization

An argument that doesn’t seem to have the weight it should among the legalization crowd is the amount that would be saved if the Drug War is ended. This argument should have a particular weight with your conservative friends. Maybe they won’t be sold on the fact that the Drug War is racially biased or the amount of people imprisoned by the Drug War, but their eyes will widen when they see the amount of taxes saved. Ankur Chawla, a writer for State Sight, released astounding numbers for what he predicted would be saved. His numbers accounted for law enforcement

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Oct 262014
 October 26, 2014
Show-Me Cannabis Releases Legislative Scorecard

By Aaron Malin Following the 2014 Missouri legislative session, Show-Me Cannabis created a voter scorecard for incumbent legislators to better inform voters in the upcoming election. Four bills were passed by the Missouri General Assembly this session that are particularly relevant to our efforts at cannabis policy reform. Show-Me Cannabis endorsed all four of such bills that received floor votes in the 2014 legislative session. Voting for one of these scored bills gained a candidate one point (+1) in our scorecard, while voting against them cost a candidate one point (-1). Legislators received a +2 point bonus for sponsoring any

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Oct 252014
 October 25, 2014
$122 Million In Taxes: Michigan's Reward For Legalized Marijuana

WallStreetCheatSheet.com, an Internet business news portal, has published a list of the seven states who stand the most to gain financially from the legalization of marijuana, and Michigan is on the list. Michigan’s potential revenue from sales and excise taxes: $122 million. Sales and excise taxes go directly to the government and pay for the roads and schools. The total value of Michigan’s marijuana market was projected to be over $580 million in sales to people over the age of 25. If legalized nationally the market for marijuana has been estimated to be $14 billion or more annually. The list

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Oct 252014
 October 25, 2014
Don't Prosecute Medical Marijuana Related Offenses, Pennsylvania Lawmaker Says

By Alizeh Siddiqui As reported by PennLive.com, Sen. Daylin Leach has asked the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association not to prosecute offenses related to the medical use of marijuana. “Given the likelihood that using lifesaving medical cannabis will not be a legal issue in Pennsylvania for much longer, I ask that you consider using your prosecutorial discretion,” wrote Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, in a letter today to the association’s president, Peter Johnson. Last month, the Senate approved SB 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act — a bill that would have established the rules and regulations governing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

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Oct 252014
 October 25, 2014
Study: Marijuana Use Not Associated With Deficits In Intelligence Quotient

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Moderate cannabis consumption by young people is not positively associated with changes in intelligence quotient (IQ), according to data presented this week at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual congress in Berlin, Germany. Investigators at the University College of London analyzed data from 2,612 subjects who had their IQ tested at the age of eight and again at age 15. They reported no relationship between cannabis use and lower IQ at age 15 when confounding factors such as subjects’ history of alcohol use and cigarette use were taken into account. “In particular alcohol use

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Oct 252014
 October 25, 2014
Columbia City Council Rejects Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance

By Aaron Malin Last week, in a disappointing move, the Columbia City Council rejected an ordinance that would have decriminalized the cultivation of two cannabis plants by a 4-3 move. The decisive vote against the ordinance was Ginny Chadwick, who was elected earlier this year after promising repeatedly to support the ordinance. Local organizers have started a recall petition campaign to remove Chadwick from office, citing broken promises and other policy disagreements. The Council listened to over three hours of public comment before voting, much of which was filled with vicious lies about supporters of cannabis policy reform. Watching those

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Oct 242014
 October 24, 2014
Did Your Oregon Friends Vote To End Marijuana Prohibition Yet?

Oregon Measure 91 would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana. The initiative has a great chance of winning, but only if there is a strong voter turnout. If you have already voted, thank you so much for participating in democracy. For those of you that haven’t voted, please do so ASAP! We all know someone that hasn’t voted, we just might not know who he or she is. Fortunately, there is a great new app that can help you determine which of your Oregon friends or family members hasn’t voted. If you use the app and find out someone you know

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