May 012013
 May 1, 2013
Call On Washington State Congressmen To Support 'Respect State Marijuana Laws Act'

I noticed a funny thing about The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act. This is legislation that would allow states to set marijuana policy free from federal interference.  It has an impressive set of bi-partisan co-sponsors that include Representatives Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA], Justin Amash [R-MI], Earl Blumenauer [D-OR], Steve Cohen [D-TN], Jared Polis [D-CO], and Don Young [R-AK].  Aside from Rep. Cohen, each representative comes from a state that has established either medical marijuana or marijuana legalization contrary to federal law. The funny thing is, I see none of Washington State’s ten representatives on the list of co-sponsors. This isn’t an issue they

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May 012013
 May 1, 2013
Participate In The Global Marijuana March In Idaho

Against the wishes of the 74% of Idahoans that support legalizing Medical Marijuana, Idaho legislature recently made a statement regarding the use of Marijuana in Idaho: that Idaho is not interested in legalizing Marijuana for any purpose, including industrial, recreational, and medical, ever. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/feb/09/most-in-idaho-back-medical-pot-poll-finds/   http://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/SCR112.htm Does this represent your opinion on the matter? If not, please join us this Saturday at 1:00 as we gather and rally, then march with us– and 300 cities worldwide– to the Capitol Building for speakers at 4:20!! Bring a sign and stand up for your right to choose Cannabis for all its beneficial uses! MEET

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May 012013
 May 1, 2013
New Jersey Marijuana Laws Face Constitutional Challenge

Court Brief Argues Law Is Unconstitutional And Invalid Burlington County, New Jersey — A prolific New Jersey Marijuana Activist, Robert Edward “NJ Weedman” Forchion has released a legal brief challenging the constitutionality of New Jersey’s marijuana laws designed to be used by anyone charged with violating the personal possession law that has caught the attention of major NJ Media. The brief was written by Robert Edward “NJ Weedman” Forchion and Eric Hafner who acted as co-counsel on the brief. Read the brief here: http://www.njweedman.com/challenge.pdf Visit: http://www.njweedman.com For more info see the following news stories – NJ 101.5 FM Story: http://nj1015.com/nj-weedman-hoping-for-change-in-nj-marijuana-laws-poll/ Trentonian Newspaper Story: http://www.trentonian.com/article/20130423/OPINION03/130429887/jeff-edelstein-marijuana-laws-in-nj-under-chris-christie-make-the-weedman-see-double

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May 012013
 May 1, 2013
Major News Sources Reporting On Marijuana Discrimination Cases Across US

CNN takes on restrictive banking issues, Free Press details activists excluded from public meetings, NBC affiliate reports on children removed from their parents for marijuana use FLINT- A trio of stories circulating in mainstream media circles has brought to light the hardships and discrimination endured by medical marijuana patients and activists across the United States. BANKING CNN’s Jose Pagliery filed a syndicated report detailing California businessmen’s difficulties in obtaining banking for marijuana-related businesses- even if the business does not involve producing or distributing the Schedule 1 drug. Daniel Williams of Canna Security installs and maintains alarm systems for marijuana dispensaries

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May 012013
 May 1, 2013
PTSD Will Remain Qualifying Condition For Medical Cannabis Program In New Mexico

(Santa Fe) – Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward announced that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will remain a qualifying condition to become a patient in New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program. In November, the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board heard a petition to remove PTSD as a qualifying condition for New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program. The petition was submitted by a psychiatrist. The Advisory Board voted unanimously to recommend that the Department of Health reject the petition to rescind PTSD as a condition. “There is insufficient medical and scientific evidence in the petition to move forward with the removal of PTSD

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May 012013
 May 1, 2013
Florida Lawmakers Want To Ban Bongs

What’s older than Florida‘s senior population? The Florida Legislature’s mindset when it comes to marijuana. Last Friday, the state Senate voted 31-2 in favor of a bill that would ban the sale of assorted pipes, bongs, and hookahs. House Bill 49 passed in the House days earlier by a vote of 112-3. Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth), one of the few dissenting voices in the Senate, argued that marijuana is far safer than other drugs and should be allowed under strict regulation. The bill now heads to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature. If signed, vendors will be criminalized, the sale of various pipes will

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May 012013
 May 1, 2013
Federal Government Sends Out More Medical Marijuana Dispensary Landlord Letters In California

US Attorney Melinda Haag has issued a spate of new landlord letters targeting medical cannabis dispensaries in Northern California. Cal NORML has so far heard reports from dispensaries in San Jose, San Francisco and Ukiah. The letters warn landlords that the facilities are operating too close to a school or park. Under federal law, distribution of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school or youth recreation area is punishable by enhanced penalties. In addition, the letters warn landlords that they are liable for forfeiture under USC Title 21, Section 881(a) 7. Unlike some previous letters, they do not threaten

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Apr 302013
 April 30, 2013
Happy Birthday To Marijuana Hero Willie Nelson

Outlaw country music icon Willie Nelson turned eighty years young today and the National Cannabis Coalition wishes the legend a happy birthday and a toast to many, many more.  Willie has accomplished so much in the music world and has been a tremendous ambassador for the cannabis community. Willie Nelson’s prolific musical career has spanned more than 70 years now, as he first started writing songs when he was only 7!  Always touring and recording more than sixty studio albums, ten live albums and thirty-seven compilations, Mr. Nelson has shattered the lazy stoner stereotype.  Several of Willie’s songs became instant classics and will always be

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Apr 302013
 April 30, 2013
Alabama Safe Access Update: Legislative Commission To Discuss Medical Marijuana Policy In Alabama

Unfortunately, the current session of the Alabama Legislature will be ending soon. However, Alabama Safe Access Project will continue the fight to bring safe access to the patients of Alabama. To that point, Alabama Safe Access Project is working with Representative Patricia Todd, (D) Birmingham, to form a commission to study the current medical research and current medical marijuana policies throughout the nation. The purpose of this commission is to craft a piece of legislation that will protect the patients of Alabama, which all parties concerned will feel comfortable passing into law. The commission will consist of members of the

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Apr 302013
 April 30, 2013
Colorado Scrambles To Determine What 'Too High To Drive' Means

By Monterey Bud Before recreational marijuana can be sold to any of the eager state residents of Colorado, a few of the stickier regulatory issues need to be addressed. For instance, where should these pot shops be allowed to locate and do business? At what percentage rate should marijuana be taxed? And last, but far from least – at what level of THC saturation should the hammer of justice be dropped on a driver, thought to be too impaired to perform their duties. While the Colorado Senate struck down the most recent proposal, which asked for a THC limit of 5 ng/mL, by a 4-1

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