Jan 312013
 January 31, 2013
Marijuana Cases Dismissed In Michigan, More To Come

16 cases dismissed, more to come as Oakland County admits dispensary raider went rogue; gutless Bouchard makes McCabe take the heat, refuses to issue charges Michigan has seen some bad press lately- ranked the 7th worst state for corruption and the Michigan State Police Crime Lab having their marijuana test results ruled to be not up to scientific snuff. The cannabis community has been abuzz with news that one of Oakland County’s drug warriors was fired by his superiors for lying to them, to prosecutors, to judges and to the [...]

Jan 312013
 January 31, 2013
Marijuana Reform Momentum Continuing In 2013

2013 isn’t even a month old, and already we’re seeing numerous senators and representatives across the country ride the wave of reformation that was generated in November 2012. Since Washington and Colorado put the question of marijuana regulation on the ballot, more and more state leaders have come to the realization that prohibition is not what the people want, and it’s definitely not what the country needs. Prior to the end of 2012, Indiana Sen. Brent Steele (R-Bedford) announced plans to introduce a proposal in the 2013 session that would [...]

Jan 312013
 January 31, 2013
I-502 Consulting Services To WA State Liquor Control Board: Update From The Bidders Conference

A crowd of approximately 100 attendees sparsely filled two large ballrooms at the Tacoma Convention Center as potential bidders asked questions pursuant to contract K430 for Initiative 502 consulting services for the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). I-502 is the initiative which passed in November 2012 legalizing recreational marijuana use in Washington State. The WSLCB issued a request for proposals to support implementation of four key areas of I-502 on January 17th, and the bidders conference was held January 30th; all bids are due by February 15th.  Attendees asked questions of the WSLCB [...]

Jan 312013
 January 31, 2013
Brave Mykayla's Media Debut

Toker Talk Radio A special FREE episode of Toker Talk Radio, featuring the first live media appearance by Brave Mykayla Comstock, the seven-year-old Oregon medical marijuana patient battling leukemia and chemotherapy with cannabis oil. Her parents Erin Purchase and Brandon Krenzler in studio with daughter Ryleigh, the whole family answers live questions from callers and chatters. Please visit http://420radio.org/benefit-auction to bid on donated items to benefit the family’s medical expenses.

Jan 302013
 January 30, 2013
Czech Parliament Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

By Phillip Smith The Czech Senate Wednesday approved a bill allowing for the medical use of marijuana by an overwhelming margin of 67-2. The measure had already passed the lower house of parliament. The bill passed with support from all the political parties represented in the parliament. Newly-elected Czech President Milos Zeman is expected to sign it into law. But while medical marijuana advocates are pleased that their government has moved to legalize the use of the herb for medicinal purposes, they are less happy with a provision that says [...]

Jan 302013
 January 30, 2013
Recap: National Cannabis Industry Association's Event With Seattle Mayor

Mayor McGinn, I-502 and the Legalization of Cannabis: let’s be good neighbors The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) held its first educational event in Seattle at the swanky Washington Athletic Club on January 28, 2013 with special guest Mayor Mike McGinn. While the mayor tried to play off as any other meeting with a trade association “like the Realtors or something”, the press presence loomed large, making it difficult to ignore the historic nature of the post-prohibition business meeting. McGinn’s message to the industry was positive, but also reinforcing the importance of the [...]

Jan 302013
 January 30, 2013
You Are Building A Strong Coalition For Victory!

By Steph Sherer, Executive Director, Americans for Safe Access With the help of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) published guidelines for medical cannabis distribution for policymakers in several states last week; the first step in creating independent guidelines for medical cannabis cultivation, distribution, and manufacturing and laboratory standards in each state where medical cannabis is legal. These guidelines will help policymakers create regulations that protect patients’ welfare and reflect the increasingly mainstream position of medical cannabis in contemporary herbal medicine. AHPA is the national leader [...]

Jan 302013
 January 30, 2013
Will The Federal Government Allow Colorado Hemp Farmers To Thrive?

While the public’s attention surrounding cannabis legalization measures in Colorado and Washington have focused on recreational marijuana use, changes regarding state industrial hemp laws have gone relatively unnoticed.  That may soon change as farmers may take advantage of a sustainable crop that is a part of a growing, billion dollar industry.  Of course, American farmers ability to compete with foreign farmers will depend on the federal government staying out of the way. From the Rim Country Gazette: Colorado farmers like Michael Bowman will be planting 100 acres of hemp to be harvested and sold off [...]

Jan 302013
 January 30, 2013
Interview With Dr. Lester Grinspoon About Cannabis Prohibition

Dr. Lester Grinspoon has been one of the most vocal and respected voices within the cannabis reform movement for years. A retired Harvard Psychiatry Professor and author, Dr. Grinspoon tends to turn heads when speaking about how adamantly he opposes our failed prohibition on cannabis. We had the honor of speaking with him recently to ask him a few questions.  What would you say is the number one reason for our country to end cannabis prohibition? Freedom. We have a right to be able to put in our bodies what we [...]