Sep 162014
 September 16, 2014
Possibly 13 Marijuana Ballot Proposals For Michigan

Michigan cities have already approved two local ballot proposals legalizing the personal use and possession of marijuana for all adults in 2014, more than a dozen more cities have received enough signatures to place the issue before their voters, and almost all communities are playing fair with the rules. Almost all. “We had ambitious goals,” Safer Michigan Coalition co-founder Tim Beck of Detroit told listeners of the Planet Green Trees Radio Show on September 11. “We wanted to have 16 ballot initiatives hitting in the state of Michigan this election cycle.” “Some of these have fallen by the wayside due

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Sep 162014
 September 16, 2014
Andrew Sullivan On The ICBC: Best. Conference. Ever.

We here at the International Cannabis Business Conference sincerely thank all of our attendees, vendors and speakers. You all made our first international conference an amazing success and experience. The reviews from everyone involved were tremendous and we are very happy that people gained valuable information and networking connections. We look forward to future conferences, events and ways that we can assist the cannabis community and industry succeed in the years and decades to come. Keynote speaker Andrew Sullivan, like many of our speakers, wowed the audience with his wit and intellect. He provided great insight into the conservative and

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Sep 152014
 September 15, 2014
NFL Set To Change Marijuana Policy

The NFL’s marijuana policy has received a lot of criticism, especially this year. The recent criticism is largely due to the fact that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon received a year long suspension for barely testing positive for marijuana, while former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice initially only received two games for knocking out his then fiance in a hotel elevator. After a video was released showing the knockout punch, Ray Rice was then dropped by the Ravens and dropped from the NFL altogether. The NFL Player’s Association and the NFL reached an agreement recently which would change

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Sep 152014
 September 15, 2014
Is Warren Buffett Getting Into The Marijuana Industry?

For so long, members of ‘traditional business’ scoffed at the marijuana industry. Investors from other areas of business wouldn’t touch the marijuana industry with a ten foot poll. That all changed after the 2012 Election when Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana. Slowly but surely, more and more investors have jumped into the marijuana arena. It sounds like even Warren Buffett might be trying to get in on the action. Per Bloomberg: Ice cream, candy and soft drinks helped make Warren Buffett a billionaire. Now a subsidiary of his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is seeking to profit from pot. Cubic Designs Inc., a

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Sep 152014
 September 15, 2014
Iowa Committee Votes To Reschedule Marijuana

I have been closely watching Iowa ever since I co-founded this blog in 2010. The biggest reason is because early on in my blog pursuits, I met a guy online named Carl Olsen. Carl has been fighting for marijuana reform in Iowa for many, many decades. I have seen him do more as one person in an unfriendly marijuana state than probably any other person, in any other state. Recently a committee in Iowa voted to reschedule marijuana. Per The Joint Blog: Iowa’s bipartisan, bicameral Cannabidiol Implementation Study Committee has voted in support of legalizing the distribution and private cultivation

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Sep 152014
 September 15, 2014
Medical Cannabis Vs. The Drug-Free Workplace

Though medical marijuana is legal in 23 states, most businesses aren’t changing to keep up with the times. Instead, they’re keeping their drug-free policies, causing an environment that makes something legal, like medicating with cannabis, grounds for getting fired in the workplace. Over the past few weeks, there have been multiple stories about patients being given ultimatums by their employers – either quit using medical marijuana, or lose your job. One case is that of Brandon Coats, paralyzed from a car crash he was involved in at age 16, Brandon has been using medical marijuana since 2009 to relieve the

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Sep 142014
 September 14, 2014
No, Josh Marquis, A Marijuana Ticket Ain't Like A Speeding Ticket

On Friday, Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis, the leading spokesperson for law enforcement’s opposition to marijuana legalization, debated Rep. Earl Blumenauer about Oregon’s Measure 91 at the Salem City Club (fast-forward to 20:00 to skip intros): click here to watch the video Throughout the debate, Marquis tried to minimize the need for legalization by repeatedly referencing Oregon’s current marijuana decriminalization of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana. Marquis, who has become a leading spokesman of the opposition campaign, said Oregon already showed how to deal with marijuana in 1973 when it became the first state to decriminalize possession of less

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Sep 142014
 September 14, 2014
Wife Of Leading Oregon Marijuana Opponent Wants To Grow Legal Marijuana

This last week there was a fantastic debate between United States Representative Earl Blumenauer (for) and Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis (against). The topic of the debate was Oregon Measure 91, which would legalize marijuana in Oregon if approved by voters in November. As always, I was not able to attend the debate because I was stuck in my cubicle, but fortunately valued contributor to The Weed Blog Russ Belville was there to capture video of the debate, which can be seen below. Please consider making a donation to Russ so he can keep doing his great work, and

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Sep 142014
 September 14, 2014
Recreational Marijuana Sales Increase In Washington

Recreational marijuana sales have been legal in Washington State for more than two months now. The roll out of legal recreational marijuana sales in Washington has been racked with delays and hurtles. There are still not nearly enough stores open or supply to meet demand. With that being said, things are improving in Washington, albeit slowly. Per Seattle PI: Retail sales of state-licensed weed in Washington topped $12 million by Sept. 8 … and sales keep climbing. The improvement of sales in recreational marijuana here mirrors the steep growth in sales in Colorado, where the recreational market out-sold medical for

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Sep 142014
 September 14, 2014
Berkeley To Provide Free Medical Cannabis To Low-income Patients

The Berkeley City Council has unanimously approved an amendment to their medical marijuana program – starting next August, Berkeley’s three medical marijuana dispensaries will be required to donate at least 2 percent of their cannabis to low-income residents. Residents will be able to receive free, high quality medical marijuana from dispensaries to help with the list of ailments for which California allows cannabis to be prescribed. Candidates for the free cannabis must be Berkeley residents and show proof of income of less than $32,000 a year. This decision has caused a bit of controversy: when asked about the program on Fox News,

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