Feb 042013
 February 4, 2013
What Is 'Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (R.A.M.P.)'?

I saw an organization come across Twitter the other day that I thought was interesting. Below is information about Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (R.A.M.P): Our Mission Our mission is to educate Conservative Americans about Marijuana Prohibition in the U.S., and to dispel longstanding, exaggerated myths about cannabis To provide proven facts on the benefits of medical marijuana. To impart our fiscally conservative view, that the legalization of marijuana would be beneficial to society in several ways. -By providing significant additional tax revenues -Halt the wasteful spending of taxpayer’s money and [...]

Feb 042013
 February 4, 2013
Hemp Legislation in Kentucky Gets a Major New Supporter In Senator Mitch McConnell

On Thursday, we received an email with the same subject line at this one “Are you sitting down?” You can never tell if it will be a good thing or a bad thing. It this case it was some amazing news. The email let us know about an upcoming statement on industrial hemp production in Kentucky by U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and it was expected to be positive. Less than an hour later, a statement was posted on the front page of Republican leader Senator McConnell’s official [...]

Feb 032013
 February 3, 2013
Heirloom And Landrace Cannabis Strains

By Rick Pfrommer, Director of Education, Harborside Health Center Original landrace and other heirloom strains are often lost in today’s hyperkinetic world of breeding. ‘Landrace’ refers to strains that are indigenous to an area, such as Red Congolese. ‘Heirlooms’ are strains that were collected worldwide during the 1970s and propagated in Hawaii and Northern California. Our constant desire for new strains leads breeders to continually cross and re-cross existing strains looking for the next big thing. There is, however, a small but growing contingent of cultivators who’re returning to our [...]

Feb 032013
 February 3, 2013
Veterans Backed By Medical Marijuana Supporters To Speak At Public Hearing This Thursday

On February 7th Veterans backed by medical marijuana advocates will be teaming up to appear in support of SB 281, a bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of qualifying conditions allowed by the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. Currently, Veterans who suffer from PTSD can not acquire medicine that could help with the post combat transition into civilian life. Michael Krawitz, director of a Virginia-based group called Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, said marijuana can help people suffering from PTSD find balance in their lives. Military suicides [...]

Feb 032013
 February 3, 2013
Robert Platshorn's "Should Grandma Smoke Pot" To Air In Prime Time, South Florida

Our good friend Bobby Platshorn is a man on a mission – to convert the AARP-demographic to supporting marijuana law reform. Thanks to very generous supporters who donated the big bucks, Platshorn’s groundbreaking TV show, Should Grandma Smoke Pot?, will be airing in prime time starting tomorrow on various South Florida cable and broadcast outlets. Silly US Parole Board, grounding Bobby to Florida without his supper. Now you just made him mad. Grandma Comes to Prime Time Controversial Medical Marijuana Expose to Air in Prime Time on South Florida TV South [...]

Feb 032013
 February 3, 2013
When Will We See A Marijuana Related Super Bowl TV Commercial?

One of my favorite things about the Super Bowl is the commercials. I guess that’s what happens when you grow up in a state without a professional football team (Oregon). Funny commercials are my particular favorite. I never understood someone paying millions of dollars to run a commercial that doesn’t stand out because it’s extremely plain and could have been played during any other time for far less money. But then again those companies make a lot of money, and I’m just a viewer eating chicken wings so who am [...]

Feb 022013
 February 2, 2013
Help Add PTSD To The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act!

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is holding a hearing on Senate Bill 281, a measure that will add Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition this Thursday at 1:30pm.  It is a shame that soldiers who have fought for our country, as well as anyone who has undergone immense trauma, should be denied a nontoxic medicine that can alleviate their severe stress and improve their livelihood. New Mexico, Connecticut, California and Delaware all allow PTSD as a qualifying condition under their medical marijuana laws and studies have demonstrated  that cannabis many be an effective treatment for [...]

Feb 022013
 February 2, 2013
Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Hearings Announced

Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance Informational Meeting/ Public Hearing Preparation Thursday, February 7, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Northampton Saturday, February 9, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, Boston For details and location, RSVP to Matt Allen at mjpatients@gmail.com Medical Marijuana “Listening Sessions” announced! We need patients, family members, medical professionals and supporters to attend and show their support! Come to one of our upcoming meetings to learn more: DPH Medical Marijuana Listening Sessions February 13, 2-5pm, Worcester, Worcester Public Library February 14, 10am-1pm, Boston, Roxbury Community College Feburary 27, 1:30-4:30 pm, Holyoke, Holyoke Community College These meetings will cover two topics: 1.  THE [...]

Feb 022013
 February 2, 2013
Most Americans Support Treating Marijuana Like Alcohol, Federal Non-interference

By Morgan Fox, Marijuana Policy Project A national poll released this week by Reason Magazine found that a majority of adults want to see marijuana reform, and that they want the federal government to respect state laws concerning marijuana. Some highlights, courtesy of Katie Hooks: – 72 percent of Americans say the federal government should not arrest marijuana users in states like Colorado and Washington that have legalized the drug. – 68 percent of Americans say the federal government should not arrest marijuana growers in states that have legalized the drug. – 64 percent say the federal [...]