Aug 142014
 August 14, 2014
Majority Support For Marijuana Legalization In Florida

Florida voters will decide in November if they want medical cannabis to come to the Sunshine State. Recent polls have support at 88% for the medical cannabis initiative, which is encouraging for a victory on Election Day. The campaign battle in Florida has been fierce, with both sides raising millions of dollars in campaign contributions. It appears that not only is there support for medical cannabis in Florida, but also support for cannabis legalization for all adults over 21. Per News Max: In Florida, support for recreational pot is not as fervent as medical marijuana, but it’s still strong: 55 percent

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Aug 142014
 August 14, 2014
California Lt. Governor Will Back 'The Right' Marijuana Legalization Initiative

2016 will be California’s best chance at legalizing marijuana. It will be a Presidential election year, voter turnout will be high, and money will be flooding into the state if things are done correctly. California needs to get on board with one initiative, and put all resources towards that one effort. Having four competing initiatives will not work in 2016. There needs to be polling and research done to see what language resonates the most with likely voters. There needs to be multiple initiatives drafted based off of that polling, and the language of each initiative needs then to be

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Aug 142014
 August 14, 2014
Steve DeAngelo At The International Cannabis Business Conference

Steve DeAngelo, cannabis visionary, activist, and entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience will be delivering the keynote speech on Sunday at the International Cannabis Business Conference (link) at the Convention Center in Portland. DeAngelo co-founded Harborside Health Center - the world’s largest medical cannabis dispensary – located in Oakland, California. Harborside Health Center currently serves more than 120,000 patients, employs more than 100 people, and provides more than 250 laboratory-tested cannabis products. With sales over $30 million per year, Harborside is the second-largest taxpayer in Oakland, and has established itself as the exemplary model for dispensaries nationwide. In conjunction with his entrepreneurship, DeAngelo has been an outspoken

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Aug 142014
 August 14, 2014
Brookings Institute - Colorado's Marijuana Law A Success

Cannabis legalization has been referred to by some as ‘the great public policy experiment of this decade.’ Cannabis opponents have predicted that the experiment will fail, while supporters say the opposite. According to John Hudak from the Brookings Institute, opponents are being proven wrong by what’s going on in Colorado. Per the Brookings Institute: As part of an examination of Colorado’s implementation and rollout, Brookings’ John Hudak spent a week in Denver interviewing elected officials, regulators, industry officials, and others playing a variety of roles and including supporters and opponents of legalization policy. Hudak reports that the state of Colorado has

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Aug 132014
 August 13, 2014
How To Recognize Magnesium Deficiencies In Marijuana Plants

A lack of magnesium (Mg) can occur in all planting mediums and hydroponic systems. It does not often happen to outdoor marijuana growers however. Symptoms will start in the lower leaves, as they begin to yellow and exhibit chlorosis. These leaves will start to curl inward and eventually die. Edges of the leaves feel dry and crunchy to the touch. The deficiency will work itself up toward the middle and upper section of the leaves. The growing shoots will eventually shift from a pale green to a white color. The stems and petioles will all start to turn purple. This

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Aug 132014
 August 13, 2014
When Will Florida Legalize Recreational Marijuana?

On Election Day 2014, Florida voters will get the chance to legalize medical marijuana. Because the initiative is a constitutional amendment, the initiative will need at least 60% of voters to vote ‘yes.’ The battle in Florida has been fierce, with both sides raising millions of dollars. Polls show that the initiative is winning, but polls don’t always translate to reality on Election Day. However, I’m confident that victory will be achieved in Florida in November. With marijuana reform on people’s minds in Florida, a question that I get quite a bit these days is ‘when will Florida legalize recreational

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Aug 132014
 August 13, 2014
Survey: Majority Of Rheumatologists Support Medical Marijuana

Arthritis sucks. I know many people that suffer from arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects 1.3 million Americans a year. There are 2.5 times as many women that suffer from rheumatoid arthritis than men. Symptoms usually begin in the finger joints, wrists, and/or ankles. My great grandfather suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, and it crippled his hands. It was brutal to watch him try to use his hands. I wish I could go back in time and recommend medical marijuana to my great grandfather, I really think it would have helped alleviate his suffering. A survey was recently conducted asking rheumatologists if they

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Aug 132014
 August 13, 2014
Study: Marijuana Reform May Decrease Youth Consumption Rates

“What about the children?” That is a slogan that cannabis opponents like Kevin Sabet might as well put on a t-shirt and wear to every speaking engagement that they attend. If cannabis laws are reformed, a spike in youth cannabis consumption of epidemic proportions will immediately follow according to opponents. Their reasoning is that cannabis reform will increase access to cannabis, and that the legal cannabis will inevitably get into the hands of youth. Never mind the fact that a legal, regulated industry has age and identification requirements, compared to the black market which has no regulations whatsoever. It’s the

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Aug 132014
 August 13, 2014
Marijuana Law Reform Opponents Are Dwindling

It wasn’t that long ago that cannabis opponents seemed to be everywhere. I grew up in the 1980-s when ‘Just Say No’ and D.A.R.E. were mandatory programs at my school. Anyone contemplating legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana was seen as radical and fringe. Those days seem like a lifetime ago now as cannabis reform has gone mainstream and is supported by a majority of Americans. It is still amazing to think that there were absolutely zero medical cannabis states in 1995 and now we have 23 states and counting. On top of that, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., may just

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Aug 132014
 August 13, 2014
Fresno Being Sued By ACLU Because Of Marijuana Cultivation Ban

The right to grow medical marijuana is something that California medical marijuana patients have relied upon for years. Growing ones own medical marijuana is cheaper than purchasing marijuana from dispensaries, and gives the patient more control over the medicine that they rely on for relief. Plus growing marijuana is fun and rewarding, and if you grow enough, you can help out other patients in need. Taking the right to home cultivation away is damaging to patients. More and more California cities and counties are pursuing growing bans. One of those cities is the City of Fresno. The City of Fresno

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