Aug 072012
 
“Caravan For Peace With Justice And Dignity” Kicks Off August 12 Calling For End To Drug War

Javier Sicilia and other Victims from Mexico and United States to Make 6,000-mile Journey Through 20 Cities to Honor Lives Lost to Drug War, Culminating in International Day of Action in Washington D.C. Caravan Proposes Comprehensive Solutions to Violence: Explore Drug Regulation, End Weapons Trafficking, Prevent Money Laundering, Eliminate U.S. Military Aid, and Ensure the Safety of Migrants Tijuana/San Diego — On Sunday, August 12, a broad bi-national coalition of more than 100 U.S. civil society organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National [...]

Aug 072012
 
Group Of Senators Seeking Industrial Hemp Reform

Hope For Industrial Hemp? Group Of Senators Seeking Legislative Sanity By Allen St. Pierre According to Washington, D.C. Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill, a group of bipartisan Senators, led byOregon Senator Ron Wyden (D), have filed legislation seeking to exempt industrial hemp (which, in effect, is very low potent cannabis) from the Controlled Substances Act (which, concerning cannabis specifically, is largely directed at prohibiting recreational and therapeutic use of the herb). One of the most indefensible aspects of modern Cannabis Prohibition is the federal government’s continued opposition to allowing American [...]

Aug 072012
 
US Olympic Judo Team Member Out After Testing Positive For Marijuana

Marijuana Claims Another Olympian; US Judo’s Nick Delpopolo Out For Positive Test Team USA’s #1 Judo Olympian at 73kg, Nicholas Delpopolo, has become the first competitor knocked out of the Olympics for a positive doping test for marijuana. The US judoka, who finished 7th in Olympic competition, says he inadvertently ate some food that had been baked with marijuana in it before leaving for the Games. Delpopolo is the first Olympic athlete caught by the IOC for use of a banned substance post-competition. Stephany Lee, Team USA’s #1 wrestler at [...]

Aug 062012
 
Tommy Chong Interviewed By Cheryl Shuman

Tommy Chong – “Loving Shelby” – Exclusive Interview – Cheryl Shuman By Cheryl Shuman I met Tommy Chong back in the 90′s when he was starring on “That 70′s Show”. Ironically, we shared the same publicist who arranged a visit to the set to meet Ashton Kutcher and the rest of the cast. His beautiful wife Shelby was on the set with him that day. We have stayed in touch ever since. We reunited when I launched the Beverly Hills Chapter of NORML in 2009. Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin [...]

Aug 062012
 
New Approach Washington Launches Television Ad Campaign

Encourages Conversation About Marijuana Regulation New Approach Washington, the committee supporting Initiative 502, will launch a three-week media campaign on Wednesday to open a conversation about marijuana regulation. The campaign will feature a thirty-second ad that will air on broadcast and cable television throughout western Washington, and also online. “An overwhelming majority of Washington citizens agree that treating marijuana use as a crime has failed,” said Alison Holcomb, campaign director for New Approach Washington. “However, they haven’t been provided the opportunity to consider what a new approach might look like, [...]

Aug 062012
 
Legalize It - A Story About The Road To Making Change

Prop 19 Campaign Captured In New Documentary Seattle Hempfest and two Seattle churches to host sneak previews of new pot documentary LEGALIZE IT, a socially conscious documentary on Prop 19 – the 2010 campaign to legalize marijuana in California. Scenes from the film will be shown at Seattle Hempfest on Saturday, August 18 in the afternoon in the Hemposium followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and film participants. Participants include Presidential candidate Governor Gary Johnson, his running mate Judge Jim Gray, Dan Rush (Director, National Medical Cannabis & [...]

Aug 062012
 
Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensary Lottery To Be Streamed Live Online

Watch The Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensary Live Thanks To Compassion First It’s ‘medical marijuana dispensary lottery eve’ in Arizona. Tomorrow the State of Arizona will decide who gets to open medical marijuana dispensaries, and it’s going to be streamed live online! Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble has his own blog, which explains the lottery process: “Next Tuesday (August 7) is “Selection Tuesday” for our medical marijuana dispensary applicants. By the end of the day, we’ll have whittled the initial pool of 486 medical marijuana dispensary applications down [...]

Aug 062012
 
Tax Court Decision Could Haunt Medical Marijuana Distributors Nationwide

US Tax Court Ruling Disqualifies All Dispensaries From Most Tax Deductions There was a big federal tax court decision last week that will no doubt affect every dispensary in America. The decision in Olive v. Commissioner, 139 T.C. No. 2, a case out of California, disqualifies all medical marijuana distributors from most tax deductions. The ruling by the United States Tax Court, which oversees disputes over federal income tax, was unanimous. A unanimous decision leaves little hope that it will be overturned on appeal. “The dispensing of medical marijuana, while [...]