Sep 172014
 September 17, 2014
United States House Passes 'No Welfare For Weed' Bill

Apparently the United States House of Representatives thinks there is an epidemic of people using welfare money to buy recreational marijuana. I personally haven’t heard of anyone doing it in Washington and Colorado. Welfare money is always a hot-button issue in Washington D.C. and throughout America. Late yesterday the House of Representatives passed a bill that would make it harder for people to use welfare money to buy marijuana. Per ABC News: The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug

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Sep 172014
 September 17, 2014
Teen Marijuana Use Continues To Decrease As Marijuana Reform Increases

‘What about the children?’ That’s a slogan that Kevin Sabet should wear on a T-shirt every time he travels to speak against marijuana reform for political purposes. Marijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet try very, very hard to make it sound like once marijuana is legalized and regulated, an epidemic of teens using marijuana will immediately follow. While Kevin Sabet can try to make that claim, math and logic don’t support it. Per the Washington Post: Opponents of legalization often argue that it leads to a declining perception of risks associated with marijuana use among teens, which in turn leads to increased rates

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Sep 172014
 September 17, 2014
No Changes To Colorado Medical Marijuana Caregiver Rules

The Colorado Board of Health held a public testimony session yesterday which dealt with proposed rule changes to medical marijuana caregiver rules. Under current law, a person can be a caregiver for five medical marijuana patients, but can apply for an exemption if they want to grow for more patients. The exemptions are needed because not everyone knows how to grow medical marijuana properly, and the exemptions allow true cultivation experts to grow for as many patients as needed. The proposed changes would have capped the number of patients someone can be a caretaker for to just 10. Fortunately, those

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Sep 172014
 September 17, 2014
Delaware Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Open Early 2015

Medical marijuana patients in Delaware have been waiting a long time for safe access to medical marijuana. It appears that the wait will finally be over in early 2015. Per Delaware Online: There are now 166 Delawareans registered for state-regulated medical marijuana identification cards per the law, many of whom have eagerly awaited for a dispensary for three years. “So that will be nice. There won’t be any shortages,” said Todd Kitchen, a patient advocate with fibromyalgia who pushed for the state’s medical marijuana legislation in 2011. But in the meantime, getting marijuana readily is difficult. “We still have to

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Sep 172014
 September 17, 2014
Bipartisan Bill Introduced To Reform Military Transfers To Local Police

Yesterday, Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced legislation to reform the Pentagon program, which transfers military equipment to law enforcement. The program has come under increased scrutiny from lawmakers after images from Ferguson, Missouri, showed law enforcement dressed like combat soldiers, using military equipment to deal with protesters. The Pentagon program has its roots in the drug war, coming to fruition in the early 90s as the U.S. government militarized its approach to drug policy. Just last week, Senators held a hearing on the issue of militarization in our law enforcement, where they critical of the Pentagon

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Sep 172014
 September 17, 2014
The International Cannabis Business Conference Was A Rousing Success

The reviews are in and attendees, vendors and speakers all thoroughly enjoyed the first International Cannabis Business Conference. The weather even cooperated in beautiful Portland, Oregon, and the staff at the Oregon Convention Center was top notch. We are so pleased that everyone received great information and networking opportunities and we are excited about our next set of upcoming conferences and ventures. Pleased keep checking back to our website and blog as we will continue to provide good content and will keep everyone updated about our next events and endeavors. The conference got off to a rousing start as keynote

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Sep 162014
 September 16, 2014
Madison, Wisconsin Police Chief Wants To Legalize Marijuana

Law enforcement and marijuana reform normally do not go well together. In my home state of Oregon, whenever marijuana is on the ballot, members of law enforcement are always the ones leading the opposition. This is not uncommon, as that’s usually the case just about anywhere marijuana reform is being pursued. So it’s very significant when a police chief comes out in support of marijuana legalization, especially when it’s from a city in the Midwest. Per Madison.Com: Madison Police Chief Mike Koval endorsed the legalization of marijuana last week, saying the drug should be regulated and taxed, with revenues used

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Sep 162014
 September 16, 2014
New York Senator Wants To Legalize Marijuana

New York recently passed a very limited medical marijuana law. While the law has yet to be implemented, and it needs to be improved upon, it’s still a very significant step in the right direction. At least one New York Senator wants to go even further by legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes. Per the Wall Street Journal: New York Senator Liz Krueger will introduce a bill seeking to legalize marijuana for general use in New York state, she said on Sunday, hoping the recent passage of medical marijuana laws will help give the bill momentum. Ms. Krueger, a Democrat representing

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Sep 162014
 September 16, 2014
Washington Post Says Vote 'No' On Marijuana Legalization, Cites False Facts

Mainstream media as a whole has not been very friendly to marijuana reform. For many decades, mainstream media took a very biased stance towards marijuana, perpetuating false propaganda in an attempt to keep marijuana prohibition in place. In recent years some large media outlets have moved to the right side of history, but not all of them. Yesterday the Washington Post came out with an article urging Washington D.C. residents to vote ‘no’ on marijuana legalization. Washington D.C. is voting on marijuana legalization this November. According to polls, voters in Washington D.C., and nationwide, support marijuana legalization. But this didn’t

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Sep 162014
 September 16, 2014
Girl Suspended From High School For Writing About Marijuana In Journal

As a former law student at a private university, and public policy major/legal studies minor as an undergrad, I studied constitutional law quite a bit. I took numerous courses that dealt with freedom of speech and search and seizures. Constitutional law always fascinated me because it’s an area of law that affects every American citizen’s lives at one point or another. To know constitutional law and how it has evolved over the years is to know the story of America as one of my professors always said. Constitutional law and marijuana reform are very much connected. A case that highlights that

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