May 272013
 May 27, 2013
Federal Senator Adds Marijuana Grow Amendment To Immigration Bill

By Phillip Smith Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has introduced an amendment to the pending federal immigration bill that would create harsher penalties for anyone growing marijuana on public federal lands. The amendment has already won the approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Hatch announced in Tuesday statement. The committee is expected to vote on the overall bill later this week. Under Hatch’s amendment, people caught growing marijuana on federal lands would face aggravated penalties. They would also have to serve their sentences consecutive to, not concurrent with, any other sentences. “In my home state of Utah, the Drug Enforcement Administration and

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May 272013
 May 27, 2013
New Study Seeks 10,000 Veterans For Marijuana Treatment Monitoring

Study will base operations in Denver; $240,000 in funding already secured DENVER- Medical professionals and interested parties have announced the start of Stage 1 of a new and highly ambitious study involving Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and cannabis use designed to answer a singe question: “Do Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress benefit from the Use of Medical Marijuana ?” The principals involved in the project include Mary Lynn (ML) Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN, listed as the President and Co-Founder of Patients Out Of Time; Clifton Croan, MA; and attorney William Graf, of Colorado. Mathre is also the founder of

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May 262013
 May 26, 2013
HIGH TIMES Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup 2013

I attended last year’s High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in the Bay Area. It was definitely fun, but not as awesome as the events in Southern California and Denver in my opinion. It’s still a worthwhile event to check out though if you are in the area. It’s going to be hard to top the last Cup, which was the first ever legal Cannabis Cup in the United States (Denver). Are any TWB readers going? Anyone out there disagree with me, and think that the Bay Area Cup is better than the rest? I wonder if there is going to

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May 262013
 May 26, 2013
Study: Hemp Seed Oil May Help Multiple Sclerosis Patients

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director The consumption of legal hemp seed nutritional oil, in conjunction with the intake of evening primrose oils and a restricted diet high in Hot-natured foods (such as pepper) and low in saturated fats and sugars, is associated with “significant improvement” in symptom management and immunological characteristics in subjects with multiple sclerosis, according to clinical trial data published this month in the scientific journal BioImpacts. Researchers at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Iran assessed the impact of hemp seed oil, evening primrose oils, and a restricted diet for a period of six months in 23 patients

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May 262013
 May 26, 2013
Marijuana Decriminalization Receives Sympathetic Hearing In Jefferson City, Missouri

By John Payne The last day of the 2013 legislative session, the House Downsizing State Government Committee gave a very sympathetic hearing to HB 512, which would have eliminated arrest, jail time, and lifelong criminal records in most cases of possession of under 35 grams of marijuana. I traveled down to the capitol to testify on the bill, along with Saint Louis Police Sergeant, Tea Party activist, and lobbyist Gary Wiegert and Saint Louis entrepreneur and Republican Committeeman Robert Sternberg. We met SMCR Board Chair Dan Viets there, and we all testified in favor of the bill (you can read

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May 262013
 May 26, 2013
Hemp For Victory Party On Tuesday In Denver

The Colorado Hemp Network is announcing the “Hemp for Victory” Party on Tuesday, May 28 in Denver. The Party will celebrate the signing of Senate Bill 13-241, sponsored by Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass Village), which creates the Colorado Industrial Hemp Program. The bill will allow Colorado farmers to grow up to 10 acres of industrial hemp (cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC). Senator Lloyd Casey introduced the first industrial hemp bill in the nation in Colorado in 1995. Casey is now 86 years old and will be the guest of honor at the signing of SB 241 (now called the

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May 252013
 May 25, 2013
Grab Prohibition By The Horns At The Texas Regional NORML Conference June 7-9

It’s high time Texas grabbed marijuana prohibition by the horns! DFW NORML proudly presents the Texas Regional NORML Conference at the Norris Conference Center (304 Houston St. Fort Worth, Texas 76102-7404) in downtown Fort Worth from June 7 – 9. This historic event includes over a dozen speakers such as Keith Stroup, founder of NORML, Judge Jim Gray, the 2012 Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Nominee, expert cultivation and concentrate tips, medicinal alternatives to smoking, an exclusive screening of the new documentary American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny, patient testimonials, a hemp fashion show, reception and live art show, two after parties, vendors,

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May 252013
 May 25, 2013
Marijuana Cannabinoids Keep Proving Their Medicinal Value

By Monterey Bud “Marijuana is the finest anti-nausea medication known to science, and our leaders have lied about this consistently. Arresting people for medical marijuana is the most hideous example of government interference in the private lives of individuals. It’s an outrage within an outrage within an outrage.” - Peter McWilliams Tourette’s Syndrome - a neuropsychiatric illness which affects up to 4% of all kids. For those stricken, it’s a terrifying ordeal of awkward and unintentional motor and verbal twitches. A 2003 study found that patients which received modified THC therapy for six weeks, enjoyed a significant reduction in tics. Apparently, the cannabis plants cannabinoids lessen the

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May 252013
 May 25, 2013
WA Congressman Signs On As Sponsor Of Federal Bill To Respect State Marijuana Laws

Congressman Adam Smith, a Democrat from Washington State, recently became the 16th lawmakers to join as a cosponsor for H.R. 1523, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act, a federal measure which would require the government to respect states that legalize marijuana, whether for medicine or recreation. The measure has bipartisan support, and has garnered more attention and political support than any such measure before it. Congressman Smith’s support is important, as he’s the first representative from Washington State – a state which recently legalized marijuana possession – to sign on in support of the measure. Marijuana reform advocates have recently put heat

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May 252013
 May 25, 2013
Oregon Medical Marijuana Raids A Bigger Priority Than Stopping Rapes?

While many of us are gearing up for our Memorial Holiday weekend filled with fun, friends and family, I can’t help but think about my friend Lori Duckworth and an Oregon woman whose cries for help on a 911 call might as well have fallen on deaf ears.  Lori won’t be enjoying her holiday weekend as she sits in a jail cell because she has provided medicine to Oregon medical marijuana patients that can legally possess up to 24 ounces of medical cannabis.  I only hope that the woman that suffered a horrible attack because no law enforcement officer could

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