Jun 212014
 June 21, 2014
 Why Small Towns Love Marijuana Law Reform

Eric Herbers knows about pain, and disability, and living with both. The 39 year-old suffers from muscular dystrophy and is a parapalegic, confined to an electric wheelchair. He’s also a father, an entrepreneur and the leader of a petition drive in Clare to legalize the only medicine that makes him smile- marijuana. Herbers owns and operates Hilltop Novelties, a small shop that sells shirts, smoking accessories and pipes in nearby Harrison, Michigan, a tiny town of 2,114 people. The signatures collected on the petitions will secure a spot on the November ballot that would offer voters the chance to legalize

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Jun 212014
 June 21, 2014
Medical Marijuana Passes In New York

By Phillip Smith The New York legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (R) reached a last-minute compromise on medical marijuana this week, and yesterday, the state Senate and Assembly approved the compromise bill, Program Bill 57. Gov. Cuomo says he will sign the bill into law, making New York the 23rd medical marijuana state. The bill is more limited than many patients and advocates would have preferred. It forbids smoking medical marijuana, although patients may vaporize or consume it in edibles. It also forbids using the raw plant. And it limits access to those with specified qualifying conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis,

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Jun 202014
 June 20, 2014
Super Sour OG Marijuana Strain Review And Pictures

Super Sour OG Cannabis Strain Review And Pics The Super Sour OG marijuana strain is a hybrid. Super Sour OG’s lineage is a cross between Blueberry, Sour Diesel, and OG Kush. The buds from Super Sour OG are large and dense, and are covered in trichomes. Super Sour OG has an average flower time of 8 to 9 weeks, and has a medium yield. Super Sour OG is best grown hydroponically, although it does well in indoor soil environments as well. When my friends tried to grow it outdoors here in Oregon, it didn’t do very well, but that could be due to many factors

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Jun 202014
 June 20, 2014
Proposal Would Deter Trampling Of Medical Marijuana Patient Gun Rights

It was a huge week for marijuana reform. New York is poised to pass a medical marijuana bill. The bill is far from perfect, but is better than nothing. Philadelphia is going to decriminalize marijuana, which is fantastic. Hillary Clinton supports letting states legalize marijuana, kind of. The United States Senate is likely to vote on a bill that would defund medical marijuana raids in medical marijuana states. And that’s just a handful of the highlights that happened in the world of marijuana reform this week. Lost in all of this news was a great development in the United States

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Jun 202014
 June 20, 2014
United States Senate To Vote On Defunding DEA Medical Marijuana Raids

Recently the United States House of Representatives voted to defund DEA medical marijuana raids in states that have legalized medical marijuana. It was an enormous victory for the medical marijuana world, which has had to deal with constant harassment from the DEA. It appears that the United States Senate is going to vote on a similar measure soon. See more information below from NORML: by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Senate members are expected to vote imminently in regard to language that seeks to bar the US Justice Department from interfering in activities that are compliant with state medical cannabis

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Jun 202014
 June 20, 2014
County In Nevada Approves 101 Medical Marijuana Business Applications

Commissioners in Clark County, Nevada have approved 101 applications from medical marijuana businesses. The announcement came earlier this week. Applications are for medical marijuana growers, producers, and for laboratory facilities. A total of 112 applications were submitted in Clark County. 101 of those applications were approved as previously mentioned, with only five of the applications being rejected. The other six applications were withdrawn for unspecified reasons. Per Las Vegas Review Journal: The marathon, seven-hour hearing capped the county’s foray into approving medical marijuana applications for special use permits. They approved 58 permits for cultivation facilities, 38 permits for production facilities

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Jun 202014
 June 20, 2014
Thirty Congress Members Want More Access To Marijuana For Research

No less than thirty members of the United States Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Urwell on Tuesday demanding an end to the federal monopoly on marijuana research. The letter was signed by Oregon legend, and marijuana reform hero, Earl Blumenauer along with 29 other members of Congress. The letter was sent in an attempt to urge the federal government to allow more marijuana research, which could yield potentially life saving information about marijuana’s medical benefits. The federal government’s official stance is that marijuana has no medical benefit, despite the fact that the federal government

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Jun 202014
 June 20, 2014
Colorado And Washington Governors Ask For Cannabis Banking Guidance

For a long time the federal government prohibited banks from working with the cannabis industry. Recently the Obama Administration issued guidelines that were supposed to make it possible for banks to work with the cannabis industry. However, the guidelines created more questions than answers. The guidelines can be read at this link. The confusion has led to the Governors of Washington and Colorado asking for more clarity from the federal government. Per The Cannabist: In a letter last week to the heads of the four major banking regulating agencies — the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Office of the

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Jun 192014
 June 19, 2014
Philadelphia City Council Approves Marijuana Decriminalization

It was a great day for marijuana reform in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today. The Philadelphia City Council overwhelmingly approved a marijuana decriminalization measure. While it’s not marijuana legalization, and it’s at the city level (not state), it’s still a very significant victory for marijuana reform, and for the citizens of Philadelphia. I always point out to activists that e-mail me that if you can’t win at the national level, go for the state level. And if you can’t win at the state level, go for the local level. If enough municipalities pass reform, it increases the chances of a statewide victory

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Jun 192014
 June 19, 2014
New York To Legalize Medical Marijuana

After numerous attempts, and lots of negotiating, it appears that medical marijuana is going to be legalized in New York State. Medical marijuana has passed the New York Assembly numerous times, but always failed in the Senate. Last week it appeared that the Senate was set to vote and approve medical marijuana, until New York Governor Cuomo sprung a last minute list of demands in an attempt to kill the process. Thankfully, negotations were successful and New York will likely get a medical marijuana program after all. See a press release below from the Drug Policy Alliance, who was instrumental

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