Jun 242013
 June 24, 2013
The Cost Of Marijuana Prohibition In The U.S. Is More Than The NASA Budget

The U.S. government would rather arrest you for consuming cannabis than explore the great unknown. According to Jeffrey Miron, a senor lecturer at Harvard University, the U.S. will spend (and waste) roughly $20 billion in 2013 to enforce cannabis prohibition. This is despite the policy being an undeniable failure, with black-market criminals running rampant and no decrease in usage rates in sight. On the contrast, the U.S. has decided that some of the staples of America – such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – deserve to lose funding. In 2013 the budget for NASA is set at 17.7 billion – $1 billion less than their

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Jun 232013
 June 23, 2013
HIGH TIMES Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup 2013 - Day One

I was lucky enough to attend last year’s HIGH TIMES Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it there this year, but I’m told by my friends that went that Day One was fantastic, as expected. Below is the schedule from Day One, and a video of highlights: Saturday, June 22, Doors open at noon SEMINAR SCHEDULE 1:30 P.M. A NEW FRONTIER OF WOMEN IN THE CANNABIS REFORM MOVEMENT FEATURING THE NORML WOMEN’S ALLIANCE 3 P.M. TO DAB OR NOT TO DAB: EXAMINING CONCENTRATES 5 P.M. INDOOR CULTIVATION EXPERTS DISCUSS BEST PRACTICES FOR SUCCESS IN THE GARDEN. 8 P.M.

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Jun 232013
 June 23, 2013
Support A Missouri Cannabis Reform Media Campaign Near You

By John Payne Back in April, we launched a month-long run of 300 ads on the 105.7 The Point (KPNT) in Saint Louis at a cost of $1,500. That campaign paid off in spades with nearly 3,000 subscribers opting-in to our mobile campaign. As I wrote in the last newsletter, we want to extend that success statewide. To that end, I have created a number of new contribution pages that will allow you to contribute to advertising in specific media markets across the state. You can find the specific markets listed below along with the estimated cost of a month-long

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Jun 232013
 June 23, 2013
Marijuana Resolution Up For Vote At U.S. Conference Of Mayors

This weekend (June 21st to June 24th) mayors from across the country will convened at the 81st annual U.S. Conference of Mayors, held in Las Vegas. One of the topics up for discussion is a resolution “in support of states setting their own marijuana policies without federal interference”. The proposal – introduced May 22nd – is sponsored by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and 8 other mayors from cities across the country: Aurora (CO), Berkeley (CA), Binghamton (NY), Glendale (CO), Oakland (CA), San Leandro (CA), Seattle (WA), and Tacoma (WA). The resolution was approved by its initial Conference of Mayors committee, and will be up for

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Jun 232013
 June 23, 2013
It Is Time To Legalize And Regulate Dispensaries In Michigan

By Lee Krasner The Boston Globe just ran a profile on three people who are planning on applying for the first medical marijuana licenses in the state of Massachusetts. The article takes pains to emphasize how Jonathan Napoli, Eric Germaine, and Catherine Cametti are normal, upstanding entrepreneurs. It seems silly to applaud such bourgeois legitimization, but dispensaries are at such a point in the national discourse that such lionization seems to be necessary. Here’s some truth, though: medical marijuana patients and caregivers come from a range of backgrounds. Patients and caregivers are lawyers and medical personnel, construction workers, farmers, and business-types. And with the

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Jun 222013
 June 22, 2013
Researchers Find Smoking Cannabis Reduces Symptoms Of Parkinson's Disease

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Researchers have discovered that smoking cannabis can reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including tremors and pain. 20 patients, at an average of 66 years old, took part in a study, and scored an average of 33 on the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale prior to consuming cannabis. The score dropped to 24 just 30 minutes after smoking. Ruth Djaldetti, MD, of Tel Aviv University Israel, who recently presented the discovery at the International Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, explained; “We not only saw improvement in tremor in these patients, but also in rigidity and in bradykinesia

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Jun 222013
 June 22, 2013
Life Insurance For Marijuana Consumers

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director One of the most asked questions received at NORML over the years has been ‘I smoke cannabis and I want to purchase or increase my life insurance, what companies provide underwriting?’ A very informative news piece from LifeHealthPro provides an excellent overview of life insurance companies and their current policies regarding offering coverage to cannabis consumers-be them recreational consumers or medical patients: Ratings for the Marijuana User Marijuana usage is not viewed as other drugs such as cocaine, for example. Testing positive for THC will not lead to a flat rejection of a life insurance

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Jun 222013
 June 22, 2013
Why It Matters To My Family That Hemp Is Legalized

By Doug Fine How can a decision be both astonishing and a no-brainer? On June 20, the U.S. House of Representatives passed (as the rest of the world long ago did) an industrial cannabis (hemp) cultivation provision in the massive five-year Farm Bill. The vote was 225-200. Of course, the whole Farm Bill was subsequently voted down, but that was just the usual nation’s political process falling apart – it had nothing to do with humanity’s longest utilized plant. So I find myself, fresh back from months of international industrial cannabis research, calling a minor hemp study approval clause a landmark

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Jun 222013
 June 22, 2013
A Message From The Founder Of Dads For Marijuana

I will become a parent at the end of this summer for the first time, and I hope that my son does not have to grow up in a country that has as harsh of marijuana laws as I had to grow up with. I want to be the one to talk to my son about marijuana, and explain to him the science behind it, and what is an appropriate age for him to consume marijuana, should he choose to. I don’t want my son to get caught with marijuana and have the judicial system ruin his life. I think

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Jun 212013
 June 21, 2013
WA Delegation To Feds: Clarity On Marijuana Legalization

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director Nearly eight months after Washington voters passed a binding cannabis legalization initiative with an impressive 55% showing, the federal government is still yet to have made any definitive public statements as to what it is going to do regarding what is now such a clear conflict: between established federal laws and customs prohibiting any use, cultivation or sale of cannabis, for whatever reason-personal, medical and banning domestically-cultivated industrial hemp-and states whose citizens are leading the way at apparently dismantling a certainly failed 75-year-old federal prohibition against cannabis. Frustrated by a lack of federal

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