Aug 302013
 August 30, 2013
Washington Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Are Still Targets According To Feds

The marijuana legalization movement danced a victory dance last night at the announcement by the US Department of Justice of eight new priorities to guide US Attorneys in the prosecution of state-regulated marijuana markets.  Specifically, DoJ announced it would not be suing to enjoin the ballot initiatives passed by Washington and Colorado, that state regulated markets abiding by the eight priorities would be “less likely” to attract federal prosecution, and that well-run state programs “may affirmatively address those priorities.” In Colorado, with its “seed-to-sale”, highly-regulated program of both medical and recreational marijuana, marijuana dispensaries are breathing a sigh of relief.

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Aug 302013
 August 30, 2013
Do You Really Believe That The Feds Will Respect State Marijuana Legalization Laws?

Yesterday the marijuana world erupted with joy as the federal government gave it’s ‘official’ position on the marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington. Headlines on marijuana websites and from marijuana activist organizations included ‘Federal government backing off war on marijuana!’ While I think it’s great that the federal government didn’t come out and say something like ‘ we are going to bring more hate than we ever have before,’ I think that celebrations within the marijuana reform community are premature. After all, the Obama administration has stated before that it will back off marijuana enforcement (medical marijuana). In 2009,

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Aug 302013
 August 30, 2013
Join HIGH TIMES For The US Cannabis Cup In Seattle

I have been to many Cannabis Cups, including the first ever legal Cannabis Cup in America which was held in Denver this year. However, I have never been to a Cannabis Cup in Seattle. In fact, I have never been to any event in Seattle, which is kind of weird considering I live in the Pacific Northwest. It looks like that streak is going to continue, since I can’t make it next weekend to the legal Cannabis Cup in Seattle. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t go! Ninjasmoker will be there, along with a lot of our TWB friends

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Aug 302013
 August 30, 2013
Over 100,000 NYC Residents Could Benefit From Access To Medical Cannabis

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director More than 100,000 New York City residents suffering from serious medical conditions such as cancer and chronic pain could benefit from legal access to cannabis therapy, according to a report released today by the New York City Comptroller’s Office. The mission of the Comptroller’s Office is to ensure the financial health of New York City by advising the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the City’s financial condition. The report, entitled “100,000 Reasons: Medical Marijuana in the Big Apple,” finds that some 8 out of 10 New Yorkers endorse permitting patient access to medical cannabis,

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Aug 302013
 August 30, 2013
An Updated, State-By-State Look At Cannabis Reform Across The U.S.

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A lot has changed since we last published an overview of cannabis law reform in the U.S., as activists all across the country continue to push the conversation, and policies forward. As we continue onward in a year which has been historic for cannabis reform, here’s an examination of reform occurring across the United States; take note of the fact that the Obama Administration announced today that they won’t overturn cannabis legalization in states that decide to take that approach, such as Colorado and Washington. Alabama: Ron Crumpton, Executive Director of the Alabama Safe Access Project (ASAP), tells us that

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Aug 292013
 August 29, 2013
Justice Department Will Allow Washington, Colorado Marijuana Legalization

In a historic move, the US Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder released a memo of guidance to US Attorneys to allow the states of Washington and Colorado to move forward with their implementation of legal, regulated marijuana markets. Entitled “Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement”, Deputy US Attorney General James M. Cole explains how this new memo supersedes the so-called “Ogden Memo” regarding the federal priorities in medical marijuana states.  Cole writes, “The guidance set forth herein applies to all federal enforcement activity… concerning marijuana in all states.”  As written, this memo promises to not only allow Colorado’s and Washington’s recreational marijuana programs

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Aug 292013
 August 29, 2013
Oregon 2014 Marijuana Legalization Initiative Likely

Oregon activists organized as New Approach Oregon will try to put a marijuana legalization initiative on the November 2014 ballot, the leader of the group told the Willamette Week this week. The move comes after an effort in the legislature to put the issue before voters didn’t bear fruit. “Our coalition is moving forward with a legalization measure to end cannabis prohibition in Oregon in the 2014 election,” said New Approach Oregon director Anthony Johnson. Johnson said the Oregonians were working with Drug Policy Alliance(DPA), a move that should help with funding. Fundraising was a key shortcoming of the failed 2012 marijuana legalization

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Aug 292013
 August 29, 2013
New Battlegrounds In The War Against Marijuana

It’s a fact: the public no longer believes marijuana poses a serious health risk. Those that would like to maintain marijuana’s illegality have lost their most potent public relations tool in the war on weed. Those crafty conservatives are always planning ahead, and they have cultivated a new crop of scary stories to maintain the American soccer moms’ fear of the ganja. 1. Environmental holocaust from outdoor growing This eco-distraction seems poised to take center stage in the anti-marijuana debate. Famed newsman Dan Rather produced an episode of his show ‘Dan Rather Reports’ on marijuana farms committing ecological havoc. Much ado has been made about

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Aug 292013
 August 29, 2013
Minorities Drastically More Likely To Be Searched And Charged For Drugs In The UK

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new report released by the London School of Economics and Political Science has found that minorities are drastically more likely to be stopped, searched and charged for drugs in the UK compared to someone who’s Caucasian. The report – which used a plethora of data from 2009 and 2010 – found that; “Black people were stopped and searched for drugs at 6.3 times the rate of white people, while Asian people were stopped and searched for drugs at 2.5 times the rate… This is despite the fact that drug use is lower amongst black and Asian people when

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Aug 292013
 August 29, 2013
Support For Marijuana Reform Could Elect The Next Pennsylvania Governor

By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director While the general election for governor is still a little over a year away, things are heating up in Pennsylvania as Democrats vie for their party’s nomination to run against incumbent Governor Corbett (R). Seven candidates have so far announced their candidacy and one of them, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection John Hanger, is running on a pro-marijuana law reform platform and wants to not only decriminalize cannabis and allow for its medical use, he wants to see it fully legalized by 2017. With a crowded field, and no required

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