Feb 232013
 February 23, 2013
Protect People Who Use Marijuana As Medicine

Bill Piper, Director, Office of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance Last week, members of Congress introduced new legislation that would protect medical marijuana under federal law. Write your representative in support of legal protections for medical marijuana patients and providers. For years, federal authorities have waged a war on medical marijuana patients and providers. And, with your help, we’ve been fighting back every step of the way. Now we have a chance to change federal law to ensure that the assault on medical marijuana comes to an end. The new [...]

Feb 232013
 February 23, 2013
The Federal Government: Eliminate Laws Prohibiting The Use Of The Endocannabinoid System

I’m not sure I have ever seen a petition with this language. If there are more, feel free to post them in the comments. Below is one that was brought to my attention by the National Cannabis Coalition. It has 297 supporters as of this post: Because every human being born has an endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors exclusively designed to capture cannabinoids and process them. Prohibiting the only source of cannabinoids, Cannabis, aka marijuana et al, prevents this receptor network from functioning. Everyone has this receptor network and [...]

Feb 232013
 February 23, 2013
Marijuana Opponents In Oregon Aren't Waiting Until 2016

Most national organizations gave Oregon orders to not pursue marijuana reform in 2014, because after all, it’s a non-Presidential Election year. Hardworking, longtime activists inside of Oregon, who know Oregon politics, tried as hard as we could to present information to change those organization’s minds. Unfortunately, all the articles, emails, calls, and meetings fell on ears that didn’t want to listen. As I stated before, I can go along with that thought process if no states were pursuing marijuana reform in 2014. I’m OK with an all or nothing approach as [...]

Feb 222013
 February 22, 2013
North Carolina Medical Marijuana Bill Killed -- With Extreme Prejudice

By Phillip Smith A bill that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in the Tarheel State is dead after a legislative committee killed it to avoid having to hear any more about it from constituents. The North Carolina Medical Cannabis Act (House Bill 84) would have allowed patients suffering from debilitating diseases or conditions or their caregivers to possess up to 24 ounces of usable marijuana and have a garden of up to 250 square feet. It would also have provided for a system of medical marijuana dispensaries. The [...]

Feb 222013
 February 22, 2013
Weed Country: Another "Non-Reality" Reality Show On Marijuana

By Keith Mansur, Oregon Cannabis Connection “Weed Country”, a new reality series about a famous marijuana region in California, premiered Wednesday February 20th on Discovery Channel. In this newest take on the marijuana trade, Discovery Channel takes viewers on a journey through the old “Emerald Triangle” of North West California and its new regions, which stretch clear into Southern Oregon’s southern counties where I reside. After only one episode, it is obviously a typical “non-reality” reality show similar to both Moonshiners and Cops (fair notice: I hate reality TV). Not [...]

Feb 222013
 February 22, 2013
Expungement And Other Criminal Justice Reforms Adopted Across The Country

By Dan Viets, J.D., SMCR Board Chair Last year, the Republican majority in both the Missouri House and Senate adopted important criminal justice reforms, including reducing by one half the length of time that many people convicted of drug felonies are under probation supervision, substantially reducing the disparity in crack and powder cocaine sentencing and expanding the use of expungement to include several non-drug related offenses, including some felonies. Most observers would not have predicted any of those actions at the beginning of the legislative session one year ago, especially because 2012 was [...]

Feb 222013
 February 22, 2013
Medbox Executes $6 Million Equity Transaction With Private Investment Firm

PRNewswire/ — Medbox, Inc. (OTC Markets: MDBX) (www.medboxinc.com), announced that the company has executed a $6 million equity transaction with a private investment firm involving a restricted stock purchase directly from the company at market rate as of January 17, 2013 for $5 million and the remaining $1 million stock purchase at a discount to market. The shares issued are considered a long-term investment for the firm that specializes in funding up-and-coming companies. The investment firm has made an initial payment to Medbox and is scheduled to complete funding of [...]

Feb 222013
 February 22, 2013
Representative Russell Formally Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill In Maine

Below is a blog post from the always hardworking people at NORML from yesterday: By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director Representative Diane Russell (D-Portland) will formally introduce legislation that would make Maine the third state to legalize and regulate the possession and sale of marijuana to people over the age of 21 at a press conference that was held at noon yesterday. If you live in Maine, please take a moment to write your representative today and urge them to co-sponsor this important legislation. You can do so, quickly and easily, by [...]

Feb 222013
 February 22, 2013
Should Marijuana Be Legal In Florida

Of course marijuana should be legal in Florida! And beyond! Florida will be a tough state to pass an initiative, due to the fact that there are six districts that signatures need to be gathered from, all of which pose their own challenges and demographic issues. Getting the legislature, in any state, is an uphill battle. But if a fight is worth fighting, then I say fight on, and ending marijuana prohibition is certainly worth fighting for!

Feb 222013
 February 22, 2013
Sanho Tree - "U.S Drug Policy at Home and Abroad" - University of Kent

This is a Students for Sensible Drug Policy Canterbury and UKC Psychedelics Society Event. Filmed 11.02.13 at the University of Kent. Sanho Tree, Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses in length the impact of American drug policy at home and abroad with a particular emphasis on South America. What direction will federal drug laws take in light of Cannabis legalization in various states? Is the U.S drug war imperialist? Enjoy this hugely insightful and fascinating talk. www.ssdp.org.uk/canterbury – Twitter: @ssdpcanterbury – Facebook: www.facebook.com/ssdpcanterbury