Sep 182013
 September 18, 2013
WA State Won't Give Father Custody Of Child Because He Is A Medical Marijuana Patient

If you are in the area, please attend the press conference and rally below. It makes my heart ache to hear stories like this: Serra Frank, the Founding Executive Director of Moms for Marijuana International, will be hosting a press conference with her partner, Billy Fisher, on October 3, 2013 in front of the Spokane County Court House. This press conference is to bring awareness about the nationwide issue with CPS and Cannabis Consuming parents, and focus on the local issue regarding the fight for Billy’s daughter, Lilly Fisher, in Washington State. Billy is currently fighting CPS for custody of

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Sep 182013
 September 18, 2013
World Famous Cannabis Farmers Markets Relocates To Seattle After Tacoma Closure

With significant advance press interest in the return of the popular event the World Famous Cannabis Farmers Markets, organizers of the private event for medical cannabis patients have decided to invite the media to a special availability Sunday, Oct 6th, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The World Famous Cannabis Farmers Market was founded in 2010 by Jeremy Miller and was the first of its kind anywhere on the globe. It’s currently the largest and best attended market in the burgeoning cannabis industry and is widely regarded as being the inspiration for similar business models. The Cannabis Farmers Market was

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Sep 182013
 September 18, 2013
A Narrow Loss For California Medical Cannabis Regulations

National Cannabis Leader Steve DeAngelo Disappointed Yet Hopeful Oakland, Calif. -AB 604, which would comprehensively regulate medical cannabis on a statewide basis, suffered a narrow loss in the California Legislature last week. Advocates and legislators promised to reintroduce the measure in the next legislative session, and predicted success at that time. AB 604 garnered last minute bipartisan support in the wake of Assistant Attorney General James Cole’s testimony before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, in which he called on states that had legalized cannabis—whether for medical or adult use—to rigorously regulate its cultivation and distribution and make it a high

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Sep 182013
 September 18, 2013
Drug War Rolls On With 1.5 Million Arrests Last Year

By Phillip Smith The FBI Monday released its annual Uniform Crime Report, and the numbers show that the war on drugs continues to roll right along. Despite marijuana legalization in two states and increasing public support for policy alternatives to perpetual drug war, police arrested slightly more drug offenders than the previous year, with drug arrests accounting for nearly 13% of all arrests for any offense. The data showed 1,552,432 arrests for drug offenses last year, some 21,000 more than the previous year. Nearly half (48.3%) were marijuana offenses, down slightly from 49.5% the previous year. That is just under three quarters of

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Sep 182013
 September 18, 2013
New Study Finds Cannabis May Have Neuroprotective Effects

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study, published in the August edition of Neuropharmacology, has found that cannabis may serve as a neuroprotectant. Researchers from the University Hospital Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, in Madrid, Spain, examined the effect of CBD when applied to a hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury model (most common in instances such as cardiac arrest, when blood flow stops or slows, and oxygen can’t effectively reach the brain). The scientists interrupted carotid blood flow and reduced oxygen intake levels to 10% in animal subjects for 30 minutes. The damage of the HI injury was immense: HI decreased the number of viable

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Sep 172013
 September 17, 2013
Denver Becomes First City To Set Preliminary Rules For Retail Marijuana Sales

By Barry Poppins, Marijuana.Com Legal, recreational marijuana is coming to Colorado real, real soon. In a matter of months (January 2014ish), Amendment 64 will officially go into affect and some medical marijuana dispensaries in the state will have the ability to transfer over to 21+, recreational retail sales (there are various options on for these dispensaries). And Denver-which was the first city in Colorado to set MMJ rules-naturally just became the first city to set forth its PRELIMINARY rules and regulations for retail sales. The biggest takeaway: medical marijuana isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon in Colorado. As is always (and unfortunately) the case with marijuana

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Sep 172013
 September 17, 2013
Kansas Denies Marijuana Reform Group's Request To Adopt A Highway

The State of Kansas denied an attempt by ‘Fire It Up Kansas’ to participate in it’s adopt a highway program. According to it’s Facebook page ‘Fire It Up Kansas’ is “a non profit, non-violent organization with one goal: Legalize marijuana on a state and federal level for the purpose of medicine, production, and recreation.” What are the requirements to join the Kansas adopt a highway program you might be wondering? Below is the description according to the Kansas Department of Transportation that oversees the program: “Who can adopt a highway? Any non-profit group that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion,

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Sep 172013
 September 17, 2013
D.C. Introduces Legislation To Tax And Regulate Marijuana

Legislation Would Make Small Amounts of Marijuana Legal to Purchase and Possess Historic Introduction Follows U.S. Department of Justice Decision to Allow Taxation and Regulation to Proceed in Colorado and Washington State Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) will introduce legislation today before the Council of the District of Columbia that would eliminate all criminal and civil penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults over the age of 21 and provide the District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration with the authority to license and regulate the production and taxable sale of marijuana in the District. “Marijuana

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Sep 172013
 September 17, 2013
Majority Supports Marijuana Reform In Michigan

By Phillip Smith A poll released Friday finds a majority of Michiganders in favor of reforming the state’s marijuana laws, and nearly half in favor of legalizing and regulating the herb. The poll, conducted by pollsters Epic-MRA for Michigan NORML, comes as the state’s activists attempt to lay the groundwork for moving a decriminalization bill in the legislature or a possible legalization initiative. Crosstabs for the poll are not yet available. Epic-MRA told the Chronicle Monday that while Michigan NORML had made some poll results available to the media, it had not yet given the pollster permission to post full results. The poll surveyed 600

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Sep 172013
 September 17, 2013
New Poll: 65% In Mexico Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new poll conducted by the Parametria Research Group has found that a strong majority of those in Mexico support the legalization of medical cannabis. According to the poll, 65% are in favor of such a move, with only 29% being in opposition. This new poll comes as advocates across the country – including former president Vincente Fox – have been pushing for the legalization of not just medical, but recreational cannabis. In Mexico City, lawmakers are set to discuss this month the possible legalization of cannabis, including a proposal which would legalization the possession and home cultivation of cannabis,

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