Jun 032013
 June 3, 2013
Silver Tour Lobby Day Will Be First Ever Senior Marijuana Rally In Nation's Capitol

By Robert Platshorn Imagine, if you will, a hundred angry senior citizens storming Capitol Hill demanding safe access to medical marijuana. With your support, that will happen. — at a crucial time. Plans are set for the first-ever senior marijuana rally and lobbying event in Washington, D.C., on June 17. The event is produced by a partnership of The Silver Tour and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). The seniors will be in town to lobby the House of Representatives for passage of an important amendment HR 1523 to prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from enforcing federal marijuana laws

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Jun 022013
 June 2, 2013
Dixie Botanicals Announces Michigan And Kentucky Wholesaler

www.bluegrassnaturalremedies.com a leading cannabis company, announced that it is now the wholesale representative of Dixie Botanicals in both Michigan and Kentucky. Bluegrass Natural Remedies, a subsidiary of Grand Rapids Compounding & Recycling has forged a relationship with Dixie Botanicals, a company that offers innovative hemp oil products to health conscious consumers. Bluegrass Natural Remedies has negotiated a distribution contract for Dixie Botanicals health and wellness lines of products.  The company will sell these non-psychotropic hemp oil based products to retail stores throughout Michigan and Kentucky. “Dixie Botanicals brings the power of hemp to health-conscious consumers through their line of innovative products,” said Joe

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Jun 022013
 June 2, 2013
76% Of Physicians Worldwide Support Medical Marijuana Legalization

According to a survey published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, 76% of physicians approve of the use of medical marijuana, despite its illegality in most countries, indicating that they’re in support of legalizing the substance for medical purposes. The study included responses from 1,446 doctors from 72 different countries including from every state in the U.S. “We were surprised by the outcome of polling and comments, with 76 percent of all votes in favor of the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes — even though marijuana use is illegal in most countries,” the survey’s authors wrote. These findings

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Jun 022013
 June 2, 2013
The Hidden History Of The Pot Lobby

By John Payne, Show Me Cannabis Regulation The following is a review of Keith Stroup’s new memoir It’s NORML to Smoke Pot: The 40-Year Fight for Marijuana Smokers’ Rights written by Show-Me Cannabis Regulation Executive Director John Payne. The review appeared on Reason Magazine’s website last Saturday, May 25. When the states of Colorado and Washington legalized the adult use of marijuana in November 2012, what had been almost unimaginable two decades earlier suddenly seemed inevitable. Much like gay marriage, polls now regularly show majority support for marijuana legalization, and it’s not unusual today to hear people say it’s just a matter of time before

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Jun 022013
 June 2, 2013
Did Getting Arrested For Marijuana Change New York Lawmaker's Position?

On Wednesday, in an unofficial 80-59 vote, the New York Assembly passed legislation to reduce the penalty for publicly holding a small amount of marijuana. Only one Republican assembly member voted in favor of the bill: Steve Katz. Originally a staunch prohibitionist, Katz voted against allowing medical marijuana in 2012, but a brush with the law this past March seems to have brought about a change of heart. The state police stopped Katz for speeding on the state thruway and subsequently found less than 25 grams of marijuana in his vehicle; he later failed a drug test. Fortunately for the assemblyman, in accordance

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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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