Dec 112012
 December 11, 2012
Fourteen Ways To Get Involved With NORML Of North Carolina

Get Active In North Carolina And Help Make Marijuana Reform A Reality If there is anywhere in the country that needs marijuana reform, it’s North Carolina. With medical marijuana and recreational marijuana reform sweeping the nation, now is as good a time as any so get off your rump and get active! Below are ways that you can get involved with NORML of North Carolina: NORML of North Carolina wants marijuana legalized, and we need your help. New laws require coordinated effort. The marijuana legalization movement is no different. That’s where [...]

Dec 112012
 December 11, 2012
Gallup Poll Finds 64% Of Americans Want The Federal Government To Respect State Marijuana Laws

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Sixty-four percent of Americans oppose federal interference in state laws that allow for the legal use of the substance by adults, according to a random sampling of 1,015 adults by Gallup. On Election Day, voters in Colorado and Washington approved measures allowing for the personal use of cannabis by those age 21 and older. Both of those state laws took effect in recent days. According to Gallup, 64 percent of respondents do not believe that the federal government “should take steps to enforce federal [...]

Dec 112012
 December 11, 2012
What Can The Feds REALLY Do To State Marijuana Legalization Efforts?

Federal Marijuana Laws Trump State Marijuana Laws – So What? There has been a lot of talk in the media about the marijuana legalization initiatives that passed in Colorado and Washington State and what the federal reaction will be. 99% of the articles always say pretty much the same thing – ‘don’t get ahead of yourselves stoners, marijuana is still illegal at the federal level so this is all moot.’ Am I the only one that reads these articles and gets kind of offended because it seems like the media [...]

Dec 112012
 December 11, 2012
Medical Marijuana Bill Advancing In The Czech Republic

By Phillip Smith The Czech Republic took a big step last week toward becoming the next European country to approve the use of medical marijuana. Last Friday, the lower house of Parliament passed a government-sponsored medical marijuana bill. The measure must still be approved by the upper house. There is no word yet on when that vote may take place. Under the legislation, marijuana would first be imported, but would later be grown locally by companies registered with the government and licensed to do so. Patients would not be allowed [...]

Dec 112012
 December 11, 2012
Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition's "Storming the Statehouse" (Round Two)

Last Thursday and today, Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition fired its second shot in their Storming the Statehouse Campaign. This time it was ads in the Montgomery Advertiser in the Prattville Progress that were designed to pressure House Speaker Mike Hubbard. According to Chairman Jim McClendon, pressure from the Speaker was the reason that he did not give HB 2, the Alabama Medical Marijuana Patients’ Rights Act, a vote in the house health committee last session. Whether Jim McClendon was trying to shift the blame, or if it is the Speaker [...]

Dec 112012
 December 11, 2012
Release Five Elderly Marijuana Prisoners From Federal Prison

No One Should Go To Jail For Marijuana Offenses There have been a lot of petitions going around lately, and I couldn’t be happier. Even if the White House chooses to ignore these marijuana petitions, we need to keep shoving them down their throats to keep awareness up, and the pressure on. Below is language for a very important petition that I encourage everyone to sign: A petition for clemency and commutation of life-without-parole sentences on behalf of John Knock, Paul Free, William Dekle, Larry Duke and Charles Cundiff. Each [...]

Dec 102012
 December 10, 2012
Chris Williams' 'We The People' Petition Passes 25,000 Signature Mark

First Petition for Presidential Pardon to Cross 25,000 Signature Threshold Medical cannabis provider Chris Williams faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 92 years in prison for operating a state-authorized outlet. This weekend, a White House petition to pardon Williams became the first of its kind to reach the 25,000 signatures required for a response from the Obama Administration. Previous requests for clemency have been made via the “We the People” petition site on WhiteHouse.gov. Until now, none exceeded 10,000 signatures in the available 30-day time frame. The petition to pardon [...]

Dec 102012
 December 10, 2012
Tell Vice President Biden To End His War On Marijuana In Colorado And Washington

Sign A Petition Calling For Vice President Biden To Respect Marijuana Reform In Colorado And Washington On November 6, the people of Colorado and Washington state passed ballot measures to make the possession of marijuana legal for all adults and to regulate the sale of marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. Sadly, on Dec. 7, the New York Times reported that top level officials in the Obama administration are conspiring to undermine these historic victories. Worse, an article published on the same day in Rolling Stone magazine indicated that [...]

Dec 102012
 December 10, 2012
Colorado Governor Signs Amendment 64 Proclamation, Creates Task Force

Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Amendment 64 Proclamation, Creates Task Force To Recommend Needed Legislative Actions It’s official – Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order today formalizing Amendment 64 into the Colorado constitution. In addition, Governor Hickenlooper created a task force to help the implementation process. I find it interesting that Washington State media outlets were reporting a need for experts in Washington, but Colorado’s process seemed fairly smooth. I think that’s a testament to Colorado’s system pre-Amendment 64, and should be an example to other state governments with medical [...]

Dec 102012
 December 10, 2012
Will The University Of Colorado Lose Federal Funding Due To Amendment 64?

Will Marijuana Legalization In Colorado Mean An End To University Funding From The Feds? Late Friday and into the weekend the President of the University of Colorado, and then Colorado Congressman Jared Polis, spoke out about a possible federal funding issue in Colorado. Late Friday night (December 7th), University of Colorado President Bruce Brown issued the following e-mail: Letter From University Of Colorado President Bruce Benson Dear Friends and Alumni, When Colorado voters in November passed Amendment 64, which legalized small amounts of marijuana for personal use, it led to [...]