Feb 042013
 February 4, 2013
CA Supreme Court To Hear Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban Case Tuesday In S.F.

San Francisco, CA – The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow morning at University of San Francisco in a closely watched case that addresses whether local governments can lawfully ban medical marijuana dispensaries or should instead be compelled to adopt ordinances regulating them. The case, City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center, is one of at least six appellate court cases coming down on different sides of the issue. Although multiple appellate rulings have overturned bans on local distribution, the Riverside court upheld that city’s ban, claiming that [...]

Feb 042013
 February 4, 2013
A Federal Marijuana Policy For This Century

It’s times like this that I want to send fan mail to my favorite Oregon politician, Earl Blumenauer: Marijuana policy at the state level has shifted abruptly in recent years as states have moved to legalize the drug for both medicinal and recreation use. Unfortunately, federal marijuana policy remains rooted in the past, as all types of marijuana continue to remain illegal under federal law. It is time for Congress to face the facts surrounding marijuana, its use and regulation, and develop a legislative framework that accounts for the inevitable [...]

Feb 042013
 February 4, 2013
CA NORML 2013 Conference - Graham Boyd

Graham Boyd is counsel to the philanthropist Peter B. Lewis, helping design and coordinate national, state and local campaigns for marijuana law reforms, as well as opinion research in support of those campaigns. Before working for Mr. Lewis, he was the founder and director of the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project.

Feb 042013
 February 4, 2013
Attend The NORML Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

NORML is pleased to announce the first ever Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Philadelphia, PA on March 16th, 2013! The conference will feature a day of enlightening panel discussions and speakers on topics ranging from new reform strategies, recent legislative efforts, the science of medical cannabis, and much more. Hear from some of the most experienced and insightful marijuana law reformers working the the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York area. Speakers include Ken Wolski (CMMNJ), Stacia Cosner (Associate Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy), Erik Williams (CampaignsWon, Executive Director CT [...]

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 [...]