May 042013
 May 4, 2013
Ohio Lawmaker Introduces Marijuana Legalization Measure

By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) has introduced a measure that would put marijuana legalization on the ballot before state voters. House Joint Resolution 6 would place a question on the Ohio ballot asking voters to approve allowing people 21 or older to purchase and use marijuana. Under this proposal marijuana would be sold only by state-licensed establishments and would be subject to a 15 percent excise tax. “With billions upon billions spent on the war on drugs with little progress to show for it, it is time for more-sensible drug policy in this country,”

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May 042013
 May 4, 2013
Michigan City Announces Petition Drive To Reform Marijuana Law

With violent crime 173% higher than the national average, a Lansing Michigan coalition announces a petition drive to reform The Capitol City’s marijuana law. The petition would eliminate adult penalties for up to one ounce of marijuana and is based on the idea of community-oriented policing, with officers of the peace protecting and serving the People of Lansing Michigan. The Coalition for a Safer Lansing announces the initiation of a petition drive to put before the city’s voters on the issue of reforming local marijuana law. The Coalition is composed of local and statewide activists, attorneys, businesspersons and elected officials.

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May 042013
 May 4, 2013
Colorado Lawmakers Consider Treating Marijuana Magazines Like Porn

Colorado lawmakers are considering forcing retailers to place marijuana magazines – such as High Times - behind counters with Playboy and other pornographic magazines. The provision was slipped into a regulation measure currently going through the State’s Legislature. It was added by the House as an amendment to the bill, before being approved, and sent to the Senate. According to the Associated Press, High Times Magazine is considering filing a lawsuit against the state if the law passes, claiming that it’s ”patently unconstitutional”. Colorado would be the first state in the nation to approve such a ban, despite the state being one of

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May 032013
 May 3, 2013
Where Do I Go For The Global Cannabis March?

This Saturday, May the 4th (or “Star Wars Day”) advocates for ending adult marijuana prohibition will march in hundreds of cities worldwide.  The Global Cannabis March (or “Million Marijuana March”, “Cannabis Liberation Day”, “J Day”, etc.) was founded by Cures Not Wars’ Dana Beal in 1999 in New York City. A fantastic wiki has been set up to coordinate all the cities that will be participating.  Find yours by visiting http://rad-r.us/MJMarch – the link takes you to the United States’ listings, but you can scroll up and down for the worldwide listings.  Most marches have their own Facebook page as

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May 032013
 May 3, 2013
Participate In The Global Marijuana March In Portland

By Michael Bachara, Oregon NORML/CRRH Portland, Oregon – Nearly three hundred cities worldwide, including Portland, will participate in the fourteenth annual Global Cannabis March on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Portland participants will gather in Pioneer Courthouse Square to march at high noon through downtown Portland, accompanied by a police escort. Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) and Oregon NORML are sponsors of this event. Musicians Justin James Bridges, Tim Pate and John Cornett have joined the roster for the rally, which runs from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Speakers for the rally include Leland Berger, Portland Attorney and advocate for the

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May 032013
 May 3, 2013
Help Spread The Word About Marijuana Reform At Pointfest

By John Payne As you likely know, we have been running radio advertisements on The Point 105.7 FM in Saint Louis for the past couple weeks. The station’s alternative format reaches a young adult demographic with whom our message is very popular, and they have responded strongly to our ads. Since the media campaign began, over 2,000 people have joined our ranks by texting into our mobile campaign! Now we want to engage with this audience directly at the Point’s annual music festival, Pointfest. The concert will be held at Verizon Wireless Ampitheater outside Saint Louis, which holds 20,000 people. Help

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May 032013
 May 3, 2013
New Study Finds THC May Be Helpful In Combating HIV

A new study published in The Journal of Leukocyte Biology has found exciting, albeit preliminary research which indicates that THC, one of the main compounds in marijuana, may have HIV fighting capabilities. Although more research is clearly needed, this study validates past research which also found marijuana’s compounds to be helpful in treating those with HIV and AIDS. The research team which conducted the study is from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Researchers infected macrophages (a type of white blood cell in our body which fights certain infections) with the HIV-1 virus, before then exposing cell cultures to a

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May 032013
 May 3, 2013
Medical Marijuana Coming To Maryland

Maryland becomes the nineteenth state in the US to allow for its residents to legally obtain medicinal cannabis with a doctors recommendation. “Maryland will become the 19th state to approve a medical marijuana program, but it’s unclear when one will be up and running. Gov. Martin O’Malley’s spokeswoman, Raquel Guillory, confirmed Wednesday that the governor will sign the measure. That will happen at a bill-signing ceremony Thursday, along with dozens of other measures, including a repeal of the death penalty. The medical marijuana bill allows academic medical research centers to establish programs to dispense marijuana to sick patients. While state analysts have

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May 032013
 May 3, 2013
Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced In Minnesota

A bipartisan group of Minnesota state lawmakers joined patients and advocates from Minnesotans for Compassionate Care for a news conference at the state capitol to announce the introduction of a bill that would allow people with serious illnesses to access and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) introduced HF 1818 in the House, and Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) introduced the companion - SF 1641 - in the Senate. Both bills have the maximum number of sponsors allowed - 35 in the House, including 12 committee chairs, and five in the Senate, including two committee chairs. If you live in Minnesota, please email your

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May 032013
 May 3, 2013
Poll: Half Of Younger Christians Back Legalizing Marijuana

Washington, DC: Half of young Christians favor legalizing marijuana consumption for adults, according to polling data released last week by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). Among self-identified Christians age 18 to 29, 45 percent said that they had used cannabis and 32 percent said that they “strongly favored” its legalization. Eighteen percent said that they “favored” the policy change. By contrast, only nine percent of Christians age 65 and older endorsed allowing adults to legally consume the plant. Overall, 39 percent of Christians polled favored legalization, while 54 percent opposed the idea. Among those respondents who were religiously unaffiliated, 66 percent backed

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