Feb 082013
 February 8, 2013
NM Senator Introduces Memorial Requesting A Study On Taxing And Regulating Marijuana

New Mexico State Senator Ortiz y Pino Introduces Memorial Requesting a Study of the Budgetary Implications of Taxing and Regulating Marijuana in New Mexico DPA: The Safe Regulation of Marijuana Would Undermine Criminal Enterprises on Both Sides of the Border, While Boosting New Mexico’s Economy and Protecting Our Public’s Safety Today, New Mexico State Senator Ortiz y Pino introduced Senate Joint Memorial 31 requesting the New Mexico’s Economic Development Department to convene workgroup, conduct a study and report back to the legislature on the budgetary implications, both revenue and cost [...]

Feb 082013
 February 8, 2013
Testimony Supporting PTSD As A Qualifying Medical Marijuana Condition In Oregon

Oregon Senate Health & Human Services Committee: I urge you to support Senate Bill 281, a measure that will add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.  This bill is needed because pharmaceutical drugs have proven to be ineffective combatting the symptoms of PTSD.  Our veterans, and other citizens suffering from severe trauma, need help and you are in a unique position to improve their quality of life. You will be hearing and receiving testimony from licensed medical professionals who will provide you [...]

Feb 082013
 February 8, 2013
Tell Washington D.C. - Respect California Marijuana Laws

By Dale Jones, Chairwoman of the Board, Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform In 2010, thanks to you, we built the most powerful coalition ever assembled to tax, regulate, and legalize cannabis in California. While we fell just short of victory in 2010, we changed the terms of the debate and brought our issue into the mainstream. Now, with recent victories in Colorado and Washington, the momentum is on our side — and we’ll have some exciting announcements in the coming weeks about our next steps here in California. In the [...]

Feb 082013
 February 8, 2013
Press Conference To Announce Introduction Of Legislation To Tax And Regulate Marijuana In Pennsylvania

State Senator Daylin Leach and Law Enforcement and Medical Advocates Discuss Marijuana Legalization Efforts in Pennsylvania Momentum Growing in States After Voters in Colorado and Washington State Legalized Marijuana in November WHO:          * PA State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware)                    * Neill Franklin, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition                    * David Nathan, M.D., clinical associate professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, teaches psychiatry in Princeton, New Jersey WHAT:           Press conference announcing introduction of Pennsylvania legislation to tax and regulate marijuana [...]

The Urgency Of Now

 Posted by at 7:14 AM on February 8, 2013  Ending Marijuana Prohibition
Feb 082013
 February 8, 2013
The Urgency Of Now

By Show-Me Cannabis Regulation Executive Director John Payne The wind is finally at our backs. Cannabis law reform is advancing across the country. A federal proposal to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol was introduced in the House of Representatives this week. Although similar proposals have been introduced before, this time it is sparking widespread discussion — both among the general public and the political class. The momentum appears to be picking up in Missouri even faster. When Show-Me Cannabis was founded in the summer of 2011, this issue barely registered [...]

Feb 082013
 February 8, 2013
Missouri Legislators Announce Bills To Reduce Marijuana Penalties

By Dan Viets, J.D., SMCR Board Chair In a press conference at the Missouri state Capitol on the morning of Thursday, February 7, three members of the Missouri House of Representatives announced they are co-sponsoring, along with several other House members, legislation which would significantly reduce the penalties for marijuana and paraphernalia possession in the state of Missouri. Representative Rory Ellinger of University City is the chief sponsor of these bills. Representative Chris Kelly of Boone County and Representative Clem Smith of St. Louis joined with Representative Ellinger to speak [...]

Feb 082013
 February 8, 2013
Action Alert - Idaho Senator Chuck Winder Trying To Block Medical Marijuana - Forever

I received some Facebook alerts and text messages and e-mails (and just about every other form of communication!) late last night about Idaho Senator Chuck Winder introducing a couple of pieces of legislation that would block Idaho from EVER getting medical marijuana. Clearly this is unacceptable. If you live in Idaho, it’s time to mobilize. If you don’t live in Idaho, it’s still worthwhile to call politicians, news agencies, and anyone else that will listen because this is total crap. Below is information from the Facebook page about what is going [...]

Feb 072013
 February 7, 2013
Rhode Island Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed

By Phillip Smith State Rep. Edith Ajello (D-Providence), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday she had introduced a bill to make marijuana legal for adults 21 and over and to establish a system of taxation and regulation for marijuana commerce. “It is time for Rhode Island to put the failed policy of marijuana prohibition behind us and adopt a more sensible approach just as our nation did with alcohol 80 years ago,” Ajello said. ”By keeping marijuana sales in the underground market, we are ensuring they will be uncontrolled and that those [...]

Feb 072013
 February 7, 2013
Ethan Nadelmann Debates Kevin Sabet On Marijuana Legalization Bills In Congress

I posted a video from CNN yesterday of these two squaring off. It looks like the debate has continued over onto Fox. Why does Kevin Sabet hate marijuana so much? How many times does Ethan Nadelmann have to dominate him on national television before Kevin Sabet realizes how far his views are from reality?