Jan 242013
 January 24, 2013
Kevin Sabet Gets Schooled On What It Means To Be A Marijuana Activist

The Russ Belville Show #127 “Radical” Russ tries to civilly explain to his nemesis, Kevin Sabet, why he’s so passionate about not being labeled a criminal or mentally ill and in need of rehab for merely smoking a joint; A brief look at SAMHDA’s NSDUH Drug Use database; Dr. Mitch answers live cannabis Q&A on high blood pressure and tachycardia; music by Prezident Brown.

Jan 242013
 January 24, 2013
Happy Birthday To The NORML Women's Alliance

In January 2010, NORML launched what would become one of the most successful programs in the history of the organization.  The NORML Women’s Alliance also became the first nationwide female outreach program ever created in the marijuana and drug law reform movement.  This month, January 2013, marks the third anniversary of that program.  The following video is a compilation showing some of the highlights and achievements of the NORML Women’s Alliance throughout the last three years. Please support our efforts by donating to this important cause. Find us of Facebook: Facebook.com/NORMLWomen Source: NORML

Jan 242013
 January 24, 2013
Do You Want To Succeed In The Legal Marijuana Industry?

Find Out How To Make Money In Washington State In The Legal Cannabis Industry The ‘green rush’ is on in Washington State, and I’m sure many of you are trying to get your piece of the pie. Implementation of Washington’s I-502 will take awhile, and the details will be very important, as even minor things can have huge ramifications on your business model. I have seen many people try to crack into the cannabis industry, just to find out in the middle of it about a rule/statute/provision that they didn’t [...]

Jan 232013
 January 23, 2013
Support Marijuana Law Reform In St. Louis, Missouri

Show-Me Cannabis, our partners in marijuana law reform in Missouri, are in the midst of their Reform in the River City Money Bomb to raise funds supporting a decriminalization measure in St. Louis modeled after the successful decriminalization measures passed in 2004 in Columbia.  Like the Columbia measure, the St. Louis measure will not only treat personal possession of marijuana as a civil infraction (like a speeding ticket), but will also exempt patients with a doctor’s recommendation for medical use. Local cannabis law reform measures are an effective way to [...]

Jan 232013
 January 23, 2013
Happy Birthday Students For Sensible Drug Policy!

This is your birthday song, it isn’t very long, HEY! Ok, that was a bit corny, but sometimes I can’t control myself when I think of how much I like Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Loyal readers know that it is, and has always been, my favorite organization. Virtually every other organization in the drug policy reform movement is populated with SSDP alumni. They are doing big things, and I encourage all readers to make a birthday donation to SSDP so that they can continue to do amazing work!

Jan 232013
 January 23, 2013
Michael Krawitz Talks About Being Rejected By Fed Appeals Court

The Russ Belville Show #126 We speak with Michael Krawitz, plaintiff in the ASA petition lawsuit just rejected by the federal court of appeals to reschedule marijuana; Anthony Taylor reports on the Oregon state legislature’s plans for marijuana; Dr. Vinnie Boombatz explains federal reasoning for marijuana in Schedule I; music by Terra Lumina

Jan 232013
 January 23, 2013
An Open Letter To NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been praised previously here at NCC since he has supported marijuana decriminalization, even informing Empire State legislators that they would have to decriminalize up to 15 grams of cannabis if they hoped to receive their first pay raise since 1999.  Governor Cuomo then went on to make a passionate plea for decriminalization in hisState of the State speech, citing the racial disparities of arrests and the needless hurdles these arrests place in the lives of those arrested.  While we admire politicians that promote common sense [...]

Jan 232013
 January 23, 2013
ASA Responds To Federal Court Rejection Of Marijuana Rescheduling

Court Cites No Significant Studies Issued In 13 years; ASA Vows Appeal by Rick Thompson On January 22nd a federal appeals court officially denied a petition to remove marijuana from a list of substances “with no accepted medical use.” The petition had originally been filed in 2011 by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Patients Out Of Time and the Coalition to Reschedule Cannabis (CRC) on behalf of several named litigants. The DEA’s 2011 decision to reject reclassification was the basis for the appeal. Despite ASA’s listing of over 200 peer-reviewed [...]

Jan 232013
 January 23, 2013
Federal Court Support Needed In California

I received two calls to action from activists in California. They are copied below: Who: Jose “Alacran” Gutierrez When: Wednesday January 23rd 2:30pm Where: Oakland Federal Courthouse, 1301 Clay Street, 3rd Floor, Courtroom 3 What: Court Support in front of Judge PJ Hamilton. The Judge may continue Jose’s court date until late March. If she denies this rescheduling request, the judge will be considering a motion to hold a hearing on Outrageous Government Behavior. Please Note: A current ID is required to enter the building. You may not bring weapons, [...]

Jan 222013
 January 22, 2013
D.C. Circuit Denies Medical Marijuana Reclassification Challenge, Advocates Vow To Appeal

Americans for Safe Access will seek En Banc review, continue fight to develop public health policy Washington, DC – The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling today in the medical marijuana reclassification case, Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration. In a 2-1 decision, the Court granted standing in the case — the right to bring a claim against the federal government — but denied the legal challenge on the merits, agreeing with the government’s assertion that “adequate and well-controlled studies” on the [...]