Jul 242013
 July 24, 2013
Professional Sports Committees Rethinking Marijuana Rules

In May, the organization that regulates the Olympics – the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) – made headlines when it ruled to increase the threshold of permissible marijuana in an athlete’s system from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 ng/ml. The WADA based their decision on a few key factors, including changes in state marijuana laws, increasing public support for legalization, and the willingness of outed Olympians who were stripped of their medals or disqualified from competition (such as Michael Phelps, Nicholas Delpopolo, and Ross Rebagliati) to talk openly about their personal use. The goal of the new rules is to catch marijuana users who are competing

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Jul 242013
 July 24, 2013
California Democrats Tell Obama To Respect Cannabis Laws

Intra-party political battles are about as old as political parties themselves.  Progressive, moderate and conservative wings of parties have battled throughout history over important issues of the day―slavery, the Civil Rights Movement and waging war.  Today, Republican Party members are fighting over whether the GOP should double down on more conservative policies or whether the party should adhere to a more libertarian ideal on social issues, including cannabis law reform. While many within the Democratic Party have been advocating for their party to take a more prominent stance towards cannabis law reform, you can certainly add the federal government’s response to

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Jul 242013
 July 24, 2013
Why The War On Drugs Must End

By Sam Branson It’s over four decades since US President Richard Nixon declared a so-called ‘War on Drugs’ in the hopes that military action and intervention would help bring an end to the illegal drug trade. As the world knows President Nixon’s vision and those who supported him have failed. Here’s why it failed, why we all need to get on board and lobby governments for reform, and most importantly of all why this ‘war on drugs’ matters to you. It matters quite simply because the war on drugs hasn’t worked. Thousands of lives have been lost or ruined and

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Jul 242013
 July 24, 2013
Study Finds Living In A Cannabis Grow Operation Doesn't Harm A Child's Health

By TheJointBlog.Com A study published earlier this year by the U.S. National Library of Medicine as well as the International Journal of Drug Policy, and conducted by the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia, found that “there was no significant difference between the health of the children living in cannabis grow operations and the comparison group of children”. These findings, according to researchers, “challenge contemporary child welfare approaches and have implications for both child protection social workers and the policymakers who develop frameworks for practice.” Under current law, children are constantly taken away from their parents for growing cannabis, something that this study shows makes

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Jul 232013
 July 23, 2013
New Hampshire Becomes The 19th Medical Cannabis State

Freedom and common sense is on the march as New Hampshire becomes the 19th state (20th if you include Washington, D.C.) allowing the use of medical cannabis.  Cannabis law reform activists have had the most success in states with ballot initiatives as we have been able to make our case directly to the people, who are ahead of politicians on the issue.  But as public opinion has swung greatly in favor of medical cannabis, we are seeing more and more state legislatures pass medical cannabis laws and governors willing to sign them. From the Boston Herald: Fulfilling a campaign promise, Gov. Maggie Hassan

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Jul 232013
 July 23, 2013
Former Mexican President: Mexico May Legalize Cannabis In Five Years

While more and more Americans are aware that the War on Cannabis has had disastrous effects across our country, the detrimental effects prohibition has caused across the globe can sometimes go unnoticed.  No country has suffered from cannabis prohibition as much as Mexico as cannabis prohibition inflates prices and creates a lucrative cash cow for drug cartels.  Tragically, kidnappings, murder and dismemberment are all too common consequences of a lucrative drug trade in Mexico Several European countries have experienced great success legalizing the personal use of cannabis, including the Netherlands and Portugal and recently South American countries have made moves toward reforming cannabis laws for the better, particularly in Argentina and

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Jul 232013
 July 23, 2013
Michigan City Council Proposes Limits On Marijuana Dispensaries

In one of Michigan’s most permissive cities for the marijuana industry, business is not as usual any more. Ypsilanti has an ordinance on the books allowing both medical marijuana distribution centers and cannabis growing facilities. Currently the city has six distribution centers and one indoor garden, all of which are subject to inspections and licensing. No mas, said the City Council at a recent meeting at the city offices on Michigan Avenue. During a Council session in June, residents of the city’s south side objected to the potential approval of a new facility near the I-94 exit ramp on Huron.

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Jul 232013
 July 23, 2013
Hemp Cultivation Now Legal In Vermont, Farmers Not Required To Wait For Federal Law Change

By TheJointBlog.Com Senate Bill 157 has officially become law, explicitly legalizing hemp in the State of Vermont. Under this new law, farmers who wish to grow hemp must simply file some paperwork with the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets, and maintain a 0.3% or lower THC content in the hemp they cultivate. The secretary may require a registration fee, but the maximum they can issue is $25 a year. Unlike most other state hemp laws, this proposal allows farmers to begin cultivation prior to a federal law change. With this law taking effect, Vermont joins Washington and Colorado which allow hemp cultivation

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Jul 232013
 July 23, 2013
Study: Marijuana May Achieve Complete Remission Of Crohn's Disease

Using marijuana may cause a “complete remission” of Crohn’s disease, a new study suggests. Published in the medical journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the study examined the effects of regular marijuana consumption on the development of the severely debilitating Crohn’s disease. Researchers at Israel’s Meir Medical Center found that five of the 11 patients (or nearly half) who smoked twice per day for eight weeks achieved complete remission, compared to none of the patients who were given a placebo. Additionally, another five of the test subjects receiving marijuana saw their symptoms cut in half. And, unlike many of the drugs currently prescribed to treat the illness,

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Jul 232013
 July 23, 2013
California 2014 Cannabis And Hemp Prohibition Repeal Ballot Initiative Update

Almost one year has passed since SaveCannabis.org publicly began the effort to place a Cannabis and Hemp Prohibition Repeal Initiative on the 2014 California ballot. The seeds of the plan were primarily initiated by the failure of Prop 19 and the failure by California advocates to coordinate their efforts to make the ballot in 2012. In fact, when it was known that there was going to be 2, then 3, then…6 different efforts in 2012, it became apparent that they were all doomed to fail. And they did. Split advocacy and the resulting split funding efforts were not a winning

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