Sep 182013
 September 18, 2013
Drug War Rolls On With 1.5 Million Arrests Last Year

By Phillip Smith The FBI Monday released its annual Uniform Crime Report, and the numbers show that the war on drugs continues to roll right along. Despite marijuana legalization in two states and increasing public support for policy alternatives to perpetual drug war, police arrested slightly more drug offenders than the previous year, with drug arrests accounting for nearly 13% of all arrests for any offense. The data showed 1,552,432 arrests for drug offenses last year, some 21,000 more than the previous year. Nearly half (48.3%) were marijuana offenses, down slightly from 49.5% the previous year. That is just under three quarters of

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Sep 182013
 September 18, 2013
New Study Finds Cannabis May Have Neuroprotective Effects

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study, published in the August edition of Neuropharmacology, has found that cannabis may serve as a neuroprotectant. Researchers from the University Hospital Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, in Madrid, Spain, examined the effect of CBD when applied to a hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury model (most common in instances such as cardiac arrest, when blood flow stops or slows, and oxygen can’t effectively reach the brain). The scientists interrupted carotid blood flow and reduced oxygen intake levels to 10% in animal subjects for 30 minutes. The damage of the HI injury was immense: HI decreased the number of viable

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Sep 172013
 September 17, 2013
Denver Becomes First City To Set Preliminary Rules For Retail Marijuana Sales

By Barry Poppins, Marijuana.Com Legal, recreational marijuana is coming to Colorado real, real soon. In a matter of months (January 2014ish), Amendment 64 will officially go into affect and some medical marijuana dispensaries in the state will have the ability to transfer over to 21+, recreational retail sales (there are various options on for these dispensaries). And Denver-which was the first city in Colorado to set MMJ rules-naturally just became the first city to set forth its PRELIMINARY rules and regulations for retail sales. The biggest takeaway: medical marijuana isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon in Colorado. As is always (and unfortunately) the case with marijuana

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Sep 172013
 September 17, 2013
Kansas Denies Marijuana Reform Group's Request To Adopt A Highway

The State of Kansas denied an attempt by ‘Fire It Up Kansas’ to participate in it’s adopt a highway program. According to it’s Facebook page ‘Fire It Up Kansas’ is “a non profit, non-violent organization with one goal: Legalize marijuana on a state and federal level for the purpose of medicine, production, and recreation.” What are the requirements to join the Kansas adopt a highway program you might be wondering? Below is the description according to the Kansas Department of Transportation that oversees the program: “Who can adopt a highway? Any non-profit group that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion,

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Sep 172013
 September 17, 2013
D.C. Introduces Legislation To Tax And Regulate Marijuana

Legislation Would Make Small Amounts of Marijuana Legal to Purchase and Possess Historic Introduction Follows U.S. Department of Justice Decision to Allow Taxation and Regulation to Proceed in Colorado and Washington State Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) will introduce legislation today before the Council of the District of Columbia that would eliminate all criminal and civil penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults over the age of 21 and provide the District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration with the authority to license and regulate the production and taxable sale of marijuana in the District. “Marijuana

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Sep 172013
 September 17, 2013
Majority Supports Marijuana Reform In Michigan

By Phillip Smith A poll released Friday finds a majority of Michiganders in favor of reforming the state’s marijuana laws, and nearly half in favor of legalizing and regulating the herb. The poll, conducted by pollsters Epic-MRA for Michigan NORML, comes as the state’s activists attempt to lay the groundwork for moving a decriminalization bill in the legislature or a possible legalization initiative. Crosstabs for the poll are not yet available. Epic-MRA told the Chronicle Monday that while Michigan NORML had made some poll results available to the media, it had not yet given the pollster permission to post full results. The poll surveyed 600

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Sep 172013
 September 17, 2013
New Poll: 65% In Mexico Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new poll conducted by the Parametria Research Group has found that a strong majority of those in Mexico support the legalization of medical cannabis. According to the poll, 65% are in favor of such a move, with only 29% being in opposition. This new poll comes as advocates across the country – including former president Vincente Fox – have been pushing for the legalization of not just medical, but recreational cannabis. In Mexico City, lawmakers are set to discuss this month the possible legalization of cannabis, including a proposal which would legalization the possession and home cultivation of cannabis,

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Sep 172013
 September 17, 2013
Vermont Health Commissioner Talks Marijuana Regulation

Last week brought new hope for making marijuana legal in Vermont, a state that just decriminalized marijuana possession this past summer. Harry Chen, Vermont’s Health Commissioner, indicated support for taxing and regulating marijuana at the end of the week: Let’s see what happens in other states. We have a grand experiment going on in Washington state and Colorado, certainly in my discussions with officials around the country we want to see what happens in these states when you start to regulate it. … We want to ensure there’s appropriate funding for any dealing with the health effects just like we theoretically have liquor taxes and

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Sep 172013
 September 17, 2013
CPS: Stop Taking Children From Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients And Caregivers

I received the following e-mail from Michigan Moms United about an event that is being held today. If you are in the area, make sure to check it out: LANSING,  MI—On Tuesday, September 17th, a coalition of attorneys, parents, students and legislators will call on the State of Michigan to immediately recognize and adhere to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (The Act), and stop removing children from the homes of licensed medical marijuana caregivers and patients. At least three families who have been targeted by CPS will be speaking to media. WHAT: Press conference and protest to address the removal

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Sep 162013
 September 16, 2013
Nationwide, Police Make More Arrests For Marijuana Than For Violent Crimes In 2012

There is one drug arrest every 20 seconds in the US; a marijuana arrest every 42 seconds New FBI numbers reveal failure of “War on Drugs” WASHINGTON, D.C. - The FBI released a new report today showing that nationwide, police in the U.S. conduct one drug arrest every 20 seconds and one marijuana arrest every 42 seconds. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of police, prosecutors, judges and other law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs, pointed to the figures showing almost 750,000 marijuana arrests and more than 1.5 million total drug arrests in 2012 as evidence that no matter

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