Jun 172013
 June 17, 2013
Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Gear Up In Three States

By Phillip Smith The race to be the next state to legalize marijuana at the ballot box is on. Activists in three states — Alaska, Arizona, and Oregon — have taken initial steps to get the issue before the voters during the 2014 general election. In Alaska, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell last Friday certified a ballot initiative application that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults. Backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, the initiative would also set up a system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce. Adults could grow up to six marijuana plants for their personal use.

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Jun 172013
 June 17, 2013
Lawmakers Pass Measure Expanding Maine's Medicinal Marijuana Program

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director House and Senate lawmakers last week gave final approval to legislation, LD 1062, to allow patients diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, inflammatory bowel disease, and other debilitating disorders to be eligible to engage in the therapeutic use of cannabis. The measure expands the list of qualifying conditions for which a Maine physician may legally recommend cannabis to include “post-traumatic stress disorder, inflammatory bowel disease, dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders and other diseases causing severe and persistent muscle spasms.” It is the second time that Maine legislators have acted to expand the pool of patients who may have access to

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Jun 172013
 June 17, 2013
Danko's Dutch Travel Tips For Marijuana Consumers

I have never been to Amsterdam, although I have always wanted to go. Now that there are Cannabis Cup events in America, it has watered down my desire a bit, but the desire to attend the Amsterdam High Times Cannabis Cup is still there nonetheless. I am not a fan of traveling, especially to foreign countries, mainly because I don’t know how to speak other languages and tend to stick out like a sore thumb. Luckily Danny Danko from High Times made a video giving would-be Cannabis Cup goers some tips on traveling to Amsterdam. “The 26th HIGH TIMES Cannabis

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Jun 172013
 June 17, 2013
San Diego Medical Marijuana Draft Ordinance References Medbox Technology In Dispensaries

Medbox, Inc. (OTC Markets: MDBX) (www.medboxinc.com), a leader in providing industry-specific consulting services and patented systems to medical and retail businesses worldwide, announced that proposed modifications to San Diego’s medical marijuana ordinance has been released to the public. In summary, the proposed legislation would permit Medbox systems, and prohibit other types of “vending” units that dispense medical marijuana. The ordinance reads, “The use of vending machines which allow access to medical marijuana except by a responsible person as defined in San Diego Municipal Code 42.1502 (a dispensary employee), is prohibited. For purposes of this section, a vending machine is any device that

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Jun 172013
 June 17, 2013
New Study Finds Cannabis Combats Brain Degeneration And Increases Stamina

A new study conducted at the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany has found that cannabis triggers the release of antioxidants, which acts as a cleansing mechanism – resulting in the removal of damaged cells and improving the efficiency of mitochondria, the energy source that powers cells, potentially increasing stamina. The study, published in Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society,states: ”Neuroinflammatory processes contributing to the progression of normal brain ageing and to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases are suppressed by cannabinoids”. The findings show the benefits of the application of cannabinoids can be immense, especially for those suffering from degenerative

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Jun 172013
 June 17, 2013
Missouri Cannabis Reform - Where We Are Going And How We Get There

By John Payne Since it was founded two years ago, Show-Me Cannabis has dramatically advanced the cause of cannabis law reform in Missouri, and I believe that in the foreseeable future, this organization will lead a successful effort to legalize marijuana in this state. That is a long term undertaking that will require substantial expenditures, which include (but are hardly limited to): Advertising across the state to build our base of supporters: We paid $1,500 for 300 ads on the Point in Saint Louis, and nearly 3,000 people signed up for our mobile campaign in response! The mobile campaign has proven

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Jun 162013
 June 16, 2013
Maine Legislature Won't Put Marijuana Referendum On Ballot

By Phillip Smith If Maine residents want to legalize marijuana via the popular vote, they may have to do it themselves. Last Friday, a bill that would have called for a referendum on marijuana legalization fell four votes short in the House. On Monday, it was defeated more decisively in the Senate. The bill, LD 1229, sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland), was a detailed tax, regulate, and legalize marijuana measure when first introduced. But, with a lack of support among colleagues, the bill was amended to merely call for a popular referendum. Even that watered down version couldn’t pass the

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Jun 162013
 June 16, 2013
2013's Biggest Cannabis Law Reform Victories (So Far)

Nearly halfway through 2013 and it’s already been an incredible, unprecedented year for cannabis law reform. Things are moving at an incredibly fast pace all across the globe, and there’s not even the slightest indication that it’ll slow down until cannabis prohibition is put to an effective end. Here’s a list, in no particular order, of some of the biggest and most impactful victories so far this year. Colorado now has a regulated and taxed recreational cannabis market. In 2012, Colorado voters approved Amendment 64, making legal cannabis a constitutional right. In addition to legalizing the possession and private cultivation of

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Jun 162013
 June 16, 2013
Congressman Earl Blumenaur, Leading On Sensible Marijuana Laws

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has demonstrated tremendous leadership at the national level in our fight to end the failed and harmful policy of cannabis prohibition.  Representative Blumenauer has been fighting the good fight for over 3 decades now and he is as energized as ever.  He voted to decriminalize personal amounts of marijuana as a state legislator, when Oregon was a true trail blazer as the first state to decriminalize marijuana.  Today, he is introducing common-sense legislation that will create jobs, generate revenue and better prioritize our limited resources. Besides introducing important pieces of legislation, the congressman is working to help educate

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Jun 162013
 June 16, 2013
Colorado: Governor Signs Law Regulating State Hemp Production

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Governor John Hickenlooper has signed legislation, Senate Bill 241, into law creating a new program within the Department of Agriculture to oversee the regulation of commercial hemp production. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa that contains only minute (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Senate Bill 241 classifies cannabis possessing no more than three-tenths of one percent THC as an agricultural commodity and establishes a 9-member committee within the state Department of Agriculture to oversee the creation of regulations governing the licensed cultivation of hemp for commercial

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