Jun 012013
 June 1, 2013
Louisiana House Passes Bill To Reduce Marijuana Possession Penalties

Louisiana State Rep. Austin Badon’s HB 103, a bill that would reduce marijuana possession penalties for second and subsequent offenses, passed the Louisiana House 54-38. Unfortunately, time is running short on this year’s session. The Louisiana Legislature plans to adjourn June 6, so the Senate must act quickly to pass this sensible reform. Rep. Badon’s proposal has been weakened somewhat since the last vote, but it’s still a solid step in the right direction. As approved by the House yesterday, HB 103 would change the maximum sentence for a second possession offense to two years rather than five; a third offense

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Jun 012013
 June 1, 2013
Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect In Saint Louis

I have been fortunate to live my entire life in Oregon, which is a very progressive state when it comes to marijuana laws. Oregon’s marijuana laws are not as progressive as I’d like, but they are much better than many states in the Midwest and other parts of America. One state that I am particularly proud of in regards to marijuana reform is the state of Missouri. The people on the ground there are waging a campaign that all other states should take notice of. They seem to be pursuing a ‘local model’ which is reforming marijuana laws one municipality

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Jun 012013
 June 1, 2013
Medical Marijuana Patients: "Our Suffering Is Newsworthy"

State-legal marijuana patients and caregivers locked in federal prisons; We are the standard-bearers of the new revolution They took my friend away. Somebody said, “Go get those guys,” and they were gotten. The Lansing 7 are businessmen who have been federally convicted for their arrangement of growing marijuana in state-legal gardens under a plan approved by lawyers. When the state law enforcement agencies wanted to interfere, they could not- each garden was at a separate address and contained a legal number of plants. Where there’s a will, there’s a way and they found it- the DEA. The DEA doesn’t care about all the

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Jun 012013
 June 1, 2013
New Research Finds Marijuana May Combat Brain Damage

New research published in the journals Behavioural Brain Research andExperimental Brain Research has found that even minimalistic amounts of marijuana may help fight brain damage. Pharmacologist Josef Sarne of Tel Aviv University, the lead researcher of the study, found that tiny amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may protect the brain after injuries from seizures, as well as toxic drug exposure and a lack of oxygen. During the study, researchers injected mice with a low dose of THC (thousands of times less potent than even the weakest joint) either before or after exposing them to brain trauma. Rodents in a control group were (sadly) exposed to trauma

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May 312013
 May 31, 2013
Legalizing Medical Marijuana Reduces Suicides And Traffic Fatalities

The benefits of legalization – whether for medicinal and/or recreational purposes – are more far-reaching than most people understand. As we continue to put an end to prohibition, we’ll continue to uncover new advantages of doing so. Two of the largest, most substantial benefits of legalization that recent studies have indicated; a drastic decrease in both suicides, and traffic fatalities. Who would of known? A study conducted recently by the Institute for the Study of Labor, with help from researchers such as Daniel I. Rees of the University of Colorado’s Department of Economics, used a comprehensive statistical analysis to discover that states in the

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May 312013
 May 31, 2013
Activist Group Fights For Patient's Rights And To Reform Nevada's Medical Marijuana Laws

WECAN Quietly Scores An Impressive String Of Concessions By NV Legislators Without the flash, cash or staff of national advocacy groups, a group of local Las Vegans are standing up on behalf of thousands of Nevada medical cannabis patients and scoring some substantial victories in the decade long struggle to reform Nevada’s flawed medical marijuana laws. Since its initial passage in 2001, NRS 453a has been decried by patient rights advocates as not fulfilling the mandate of the Constitutional amendment passed by voters in 1998 and 2000. During this session in Carson City, the Wellness Education Cannabis Advocates of Nevada

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May 312013
 May 31, 2013
Survey: Most Americans Back Industrial Hemp Cultivation

Washington, DC: Fifty-six percent of Americans support legalizing the production of industrial hemp, according to national polling data released last week by YouGov.com and The Huffington Post. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa that contains only trace (less than one percent) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. Last week, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced an amendment to Senate Bill 3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012, requiring the federal government to respect state laws allowing the cultivation of industrial hemp. The amendment’s language mimics the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013,” which also remains pending as stand-alone

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May 312013
 May 31, 2013
Jailing Medical Marijuana Patients Costs Taxpayers A Fortune

The imprisonment of Jerry Duval, a seriously ill medical marijuana patient convicted of distributing the drug, could cost taxpayers upwards of $1.2 million, reports the Huffington Post. Duval suffers from Type 1 diabetes. He has received both a kidney and a pancreas transplant, and he also lives with glaucoma and neuropathy. Consequently, he has a strict medical regime, which prior to his arrest included medical marijuana. Despite the fact that Duval was a registered Michigan medical marijuana cardholder acting in compliance with state law, the Department of Justice (DOJ) brought the ailing farmer to court. During the trial, Duval was not

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May 302013
 May 30, 2013
Oregon Legislature Votes To Allow PTSD Sufferers Medical Cannabis

Fittingly, the Oregon Legislature voted to add Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) just a few days after Memorial Day.  While any patient diagnosed with PTSD may get qualified under the state’s medical law, the plight of veterans dominated hearings and discussions surrounding the bill.  Now, onto Governor Kitzhaber’s desk. The Oregon House just passed Senate Bill 281 36-21, following a 19-11 vote in the Senate.  While Democrats overwhelmingly supported the bill, the effort was bipartisan as Republican Senator Brian Boquist sponsored this important bill in the first place.  On the Senate side,

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May 302013
 May 30, 2013
Over 600 New York Physicians Urge Lawmakers To Approve Medical Marijuana Legalization

Today a newly-formed group - New York Physicians for Compassionate Care - will hold a press conference to announce that over 600 physicians in New York have signed a letter of intent urging state lawmakers to approve medical marijuana legalization. The announcement comes as legislators discuss legislation – Assembly Bill 6357 and Senate Bill 4406 – which would establish a system of state-licensed dispensaries to supply medical marijuana to qualified patients. The measure has already been approved by its initial committee, and according to the bill’s sponsor, has enough votes to pass the full Assembly and Senate. “New York Physicians for Compassionate Care represents more than

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