Aug 032014
 August 3, 2014
Marijuana Consumers Should Avoid Homeowners Associations

It has been my dream since I was a little kid to own my own home. I grew up living in apartments and relative’s houses, and always dreamed of one day living in my own home where no one could tell me what to do. At the time my main goal was to build a tree house and have a tire swing. Now that I’m older, I still have the dream of home ownership, but now my goal is to have a stellar marijuana garden. If you aspire to own a home, or already own a home, and consume marijuana

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Aug 022014
 August 2, 2014
Arrests For Marijuana Offenses Increasing In Many States

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Law enforcement in many states are making a greater number of marijuana arrests than ever before despite polling data showing that the majority of Americans believe that the adult use of the plant ought to be legal. According to a just published report, “Marijuana in the States 2012: Analysis and Detailed Data on Marijuana Use and Arrests,” which appears on the newly launched RegulatingCannabis.com website, police made an estimated 750,000 arrests for marijuana violations in 2012 – a 110 percent increase in annual arrests since 1991. Yet, despite this doubling in annual marijuana arrests over the past two decades, there has

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Aug 022014
 August 2, 2014
Josh Marquis' Tired Arguments Against Oregon Cannabis Legalization

Now that Oregon’s legalization is officially Initiative 91 on the November ballot, Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis has taken to the media to offer reasons to vote against ending adult marijuana prohibition. “There’s going to be a huge trickle down to youth,” Marquis told The Oregonian.  “Would you want your kids…while they are learning, to be affected by a powerful drug?” Youth have marijuana access now.  For three decades, the Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) and the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) have found between 80% and 90% of teens find pot “fairly easy” or “very easy” to

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Aug 022014
 August 2, 2014
Cannabis Industry Steps Up On Edibles And Retailing

By Phillip Smith Faced with growing concern about the use of marijuana “edibles” (food products containing marijuana) and taking preemptive steps toward industry self-education and self-regulation, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) announced Wednesday that it is launching training courses for edibles makers and “budtenders,” or retail sales people. “The interest in edibles and other infused products keeps growing,” said NCIA deputy director Taylor West. “We know our industry is under a microscope, and we want to make sure cannabis product-makers continue developing the highest quality and safest products possible.” But it’s not just interest in edibles that’s growing. Edibles have been

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Aug 022014
 August 2, 2014
Denver Cannabis Food Inspector Is Pleased With Edible Companies

Marijuana edibles have been the trickiest part of the growing marijuana industry in Colorado. Whereas flower and concentrates are pretty straight forward, edibles have additional processes that need to be considered by regulators. That’s not to say that regulating flower and concentrates is easy, but they are much easier than edibles due to the fact that edibles have food handling issues to consider. The demand for edibles has been rising ever since legal marijuana sales started in Colorado January 1st. Not everyone wants to smoke marijuana, nor does everyone own a vaporizer or dab rig. For many people, eating marijuana

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Aug 012014
 August 1, 2014
August Is Your Last Chance To Start Growing Marijuana Outdoors

How to get  a pound of weed in the next 10 weeks For marijuana growers in the northern hemisphere August is the last chance to start an outdoor grow. Autoflower marijuana seeds are special seeds that grow within 10 weeks from seed to mature plant despite the light schedule. August and September are often very sunny months so your plants get plenty of light to create some big fat quality buds Regular marijuana plants grow when they get 18 hours of light (summer) and flower when they get 12 hours of light (fall). As the amount of light starts to

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Aug 012014
 August 1, 2014
One Seattle Officer Responsible For 80% Of Marijuana Citations

Police officers are in a very powerful position. They are supposed to carry out their work duties without bias. However, all to often police officers infuse their own personal political beliefs into their job. This is especially true when it comes to marijuana. An officer that doesn’t like marijuana can wreak havoc on a community by busting everyone they desire, even in states like Washington where possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is now legal. Marijuana consumption in public is still illegal in Seattle, which is something that one officer is using to their advantage. Per SPD Blotter:

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Aug 012014
 August 1, 2014
Nurse Practitioners To Certify Medical Marijuana Patients In Maine

A medical marijuana program is only as good as the rules that qualify a patient to enroll. That’s why compassionate doctors have been so important to medical marijuana programs across the country. Every state in America could have a medical marijuana program, but if no doctors would approve patients, the programs would never get off the ground. Expanding who can approve medical marijuana patients is the next step in improving medical marijuana programs. Very soon in Maine, nurse practitioners will be allowed to approve medical marijuana patients. This will dramatically increase the amount of medical personnel that a potential or

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Aug 012014
 August 1, 2014
Protect Children: End The Drug War

A diverse coalition of more than 80 civil rights, immigration, criminal justice, racial justice, human rights, libertarian and religious organizations are joined by notable figures such as Michelle Alexander in calling for an end to the war on drugs in the name of protecting children both in Latin America and here in the United States. The supporters of the letter – which include the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Center for Constitutional Rights, Institute of the Black World, Presente.org, Students for Liberty, United We Dream, William C. Velasquez Institute, and the Working Families Organization – are notable for their diversity

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Aug 012014
 August 1, 2014
Northwest Oregon Labor Council:  It's Time For A New Approach To Marijuana

Delegates of a regional federation of unions in Northwest Oregon met a two thirds majority vote to recommend that statewide labor organizations support the New Approach measure to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older. “The Northwest Oregon Labor Council is proud to recommend support for the New Approach measure,” said Jeff Anderson, First Vice President of the NW Oregon Labor Council and executive sec of UFCW 555. “The measure would create more family-wage jobs in Oregon, keep workers safe by retaining current workplace drug laws and generate tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue for

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