May 132013
 May 13, 2013
Good News And Media Coverage About Marijuana Reform From Saint Louis

By John Payne If you did not catch my correction email on Monday, you may have missed that Saint Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed the local decriminalization bill into law a couple weeks ago. If so, you would not be alone in that. Mayor Slay signed the measure very quietly, without so much as a tweet about it, so neither I nor the bill’s sponsor, Alderman Shane Cohn, even knew about it until last Friday. Regardless, now that Mayor Slay has signed the bill, it will become law in the City of Saint Louis on June 1! Fox 2 also ran

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May 132013
 May 13, 2013
Next Thing You Know, We'll Be Shooting Up Marijuana!

When you battle drug prohibitionists long enough you’re bound to read some crazy things. The latest comes from a boardmember of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana – Kevin Sabet’s anti-pot propaganda organ) named Dr. Christian Thurstone. In his latest blog screed entitled “Higher and Higher”, he laments that the teenagers sentenced to his business, the largest rehab facility in Colorado, are testing with higher and higher levels of marijuana metabolites in their pee. He worries about the new, super-potent marijuana and concentrates, and then, seriously, writes this: It is reasonable now to question how much longer it will be

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May 122013
 May 12, 2013
Mother's Day: A Day of Action for Moms Working To End The War On Drugs

Moms From Around Country Share Personal Experiences of Drug War Damage with Video Messages Moms From California, New York, Florida and Texas Available to Discuss Personal Experience with Drug War and Moms United Campaign Plans Mothers from around the country are telling their personal stories of drug war damage with video stories, articles and interviews in honor of Mother’s Day. By sharing these powerful stories of losing loved ones to drug-prohibition-related violence, incarceration, overdose and addiction, they are bringing focus to a real need to reform our nation’s drug policies.  Many of the moms leading this campaign have been personally

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May 122013
 May 12, 2013
Republic Of Georgia Could Legalize Marijuana

By Phillip Smith The government of the former Soviet republic of Georgia is considering legalizing marijuana, the country’s Labor, Health, and Social Affairs minister said Friday. “As far as drugs are concerned, ban-related mechanisms very often entail a ricochet effect, which means strengthening and development of other directions and etc.,” David Sergeyenko told the local Novosti-Georgia news agency. Dealing with drugs requires “a well-considered strategy” and “the legalization of marijuana could be a part of it,” he said. But don’t start torching up in Tbilisi just yet, Segeyenko said. “The fact that we are now discussing this issue does not mean

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May 122013
 May 12, 2013
Study: Marijuana Use Connected With Lower Risk Of Bladder Cancer

A new study conducted by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in California, and presented this week at the American Urological Association annual meeting in San Diego, has found promising results indicating that marijuana use may significantly lower an individuals risk of developing bladder cancer. The research was funded by the Kaiser Permanente Research and Evaluation Center, and included an examination of over 83,000 men between the ages of 45 and 69. The study examined those who smoke tobacco only, marijuana only, and those who consume both. “Cannabis use only was associated with a 45 percent reduction in bladder cancer incidence, and tobacco use only was associated with a

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May 122013
 May 12, 2013
'Dear Mom' - Marijuana Policy Project

Have you told your mom you think marijuana should be legal for adults? The Marijuana Policy Project has set up an easy way for you to start that conversation today at http://www.mpp.org/DearMom One of the easiest and most effective ways to help end marijuana prohibition is to talk it with your family and friends. Whether you use MPP’s online tools or bring up the issue around the dinner table, we hope you’ll tell those closest to you how you feel about marijuana.

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May 112013
 May 11, 2013
Springfield City Council Considers Reducing Penalties On Cannabis Possession...Again

By John Payne As you probably recall, last summer we helped activists in Springfield gather signatures to put an initiative petition before the Springfield City Council that reduced penalties on possession of less than 35 grams of cannabis. The council was supposed to have two options: Either vote for the measure and make it law, or vote against it and send it to the city’s voters in November. Instead, the council invented a third option: Vote for the measure, simply to repeal it at their next meeting for the express purpose of keeping the voters from having their say. It

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May 112013
 May 11, 2013
California Supreme Court's Anti-Dispensary Ruling Should Cause A Rebellion

By Barry Blunt On Monday, California’s Supreme Court unanimously (7-0) ruled against compassion, giving cities and counties the carte blanche to place outright bans on any and all dispensaries within their borders. This decision has immediate consequences for countless business owners, employees, and, above all else, medical marijuana patients throughout California that will now have no legal, feasible way to access their medication. Needless to say, this inane ruling is a devastating blow to Los Angeles’ medical marijuana community, and, on a grander scale, sets back our nation’s long term goal of legalization. When California made history in 1996 by

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May 112013
 May 11, 2013
Medbox Featured In Bloomberg Businessweek

Medbox, Inc. (OTC Markets: MDBX) (www.medboxinc.com), a leader in providing consulting services and patented systems to the medical and retail industries, announced today that their company has been featured in an article in Bloomberg Businessweek. The report profiled the company, the management team, and the company’s core product. “The devices sit behind sales counters at state-licensed marijuana dispensaries. Biometric technology identifies the fingerprints of patients carrying state-issued medical marijuana cards,” the article stated. “A database tracks everything so that patients can’t buy more than their legal allotment, clerks can’t pilfer the merchandise, and states can collect taxes.” With a Pew

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May 112013
 May 11, 2013
Medical Cannabis Advocates Protest Eric Holder At Berkeley Law School

Right now as I post this article, medical cannabis advocates are protesting United States Attorney General Eric Holder at Berkeley Law School where he is a guest speaker today. Below is more information if you are in the area: Berkeley Law School is having their commencement ceremony this Saturday and AG Holder will be one of the guest speakers. We’ll be there to bring attention to the asset forfeiture suits against Harborside and Berkeley Patients Group and threatening letters to landlords throughout the state. We will not sit idly by while Holder continues this war against patients. Join us by

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