Aug 292013
 August 29, 2013
New Battlegrounds In The War Against Marijuana

It’s a fact: the public no longer believes marijuana poses a serious health risk. Those that would like to maintain marijuana’s illegality have lost their most potent public relations tool in the war on weed. Those crafty conservatives are always planning ahead, and they have cultivated a new crop of scary stories to maintain the American soccer moms’ fear of the ganja. 1. Environmental holocaust from outdoor growing This eco-distraction seems poised to take center stage in the anti-marijuana debate. Famed newsman Dan Rather produced an episode of his show ‘Dan Rather Reports’ on marijuana farms committing ecological havoc. Much ado has been made about

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Aug 292013
 August 29, 2013
Minorities Drastically More Likely To Be Searched And Charged For Drugs In The UK

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new report released by the London School of Economics and Political Science has found that minorities are drastically more likely to be stopped, searched and charged for drugs in the UK compared to someone who’s Caucasian. The report – which used a plethora of data from 2009 and 2010 – found that; “Black people were stopped and searched for drugs at 6.3 times the rate of white people, while Asian people were stopped and searched for drugs at 2.5 times the rate… This is despite the fact that drug use is lower amongst black and Asian people when

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Aug 292013
 August 29, 2013
Support For Marijuana Reform Could Elect The Next Pennsylvania Governor

By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director While the general election for governor is still a little over a year away, things are heating up in Pennsylvania as Democrats vie for their party’s nomination to run against incumbent Governor Corbett (R). Seven candidates have so far announced their candidacy and one of them, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection John Hanger, is running on a pro-marijuana law reform platform and wants to not only decriminalize cannabis and allow for its medical use, he wants to see it fully legalized by 2017. With a crowded field, and no required

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Aug 282013
 August 28, 2013
Death Star Marijuana Strain Review And Pictures

Death Star Cannabis Strain Review And Pictures Sour Diesel cross with Sensi Star, Death Star’s effects are a building pressure in the eyes and around the back of the head and temples to start off, with an increase in heart rate and some perspiration happening at times. The body started buzzing early on and this keeps up throughout the experience, though it turns to more of a warming feeling as it goes on. “Date Acquired: July 22, 2011 Grade: B+/A- Type: Indica Looks: “Thick,” fat deep green nugs fluffy nugs with ample orange/red hair. A real nice two finger sticky

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Aug 282013
 August 28, 2013
50 Years After 'March On Washington' NAACP Wants To End Marijuana Prohibition

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the ‘March on Washington’ led by Martin Luther King Jr. As described by Wikipedia: “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom or “The Great March on Washington”, as styled in a sound recording released after the event, was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. It took place in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech advocating that

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Aug 282013
 August 28, 2013
Holder Pressed On DEA Use Of NSA Intelligence

By Phillip Smith A group of Democratic senators and congressmen want Attorney General Eric Holder to answer questions about a Reuters report earlier this month revealing that the National Security Agency (NSA) supplied the DEA with intelligence information aimed not at fighting foreign terrorism, but at making drug cases in the US. Five Democratic senators and three Democratic congressmen — all senior members of the House Judiciary Committee — have sent a letter to Holder, obtained by Reuters, that submitted questions on the issue. Congressional aides told Reuters the matter will be discussed during a classified hearing next month. The original Reuters report

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Aug 282013
 August 28, 2013
U.S. Air Force Bans Yogurt With Hemp Seeds

Courtesy of The Joint Blog The U.S. Air Force – in a move so ridiculous it’s almost comical - has banned a yogurt which is sold in supermarkets across the country. The reason? This particular yogurt (Blueberry Power Flip Chobani Greek yogurt) comes with a side of walnuts, chia, and that ever-controversial superfood: hemp seed. According to Captain Adam Koudelka, legal adviser for the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratoryat the Air Force Medical Operations Agency atLackland Air Force Base in Texas; “The Air Force has not restricted military members from consuming Chobani Greek yogurt; rather, only Chobani yogurt that contains hemp seed or hemp seed oil is

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Aug 282013
 August 28, 2013
Cato Institute, DPA, LEAP Issue Brief Defending Marijuana Independence For States

A trio of national drug policy reform organizations have filed an amicus brief in a Michigan Supreme Court case that could have broad implications for the 20 states who have currently authorized the medicinal use of marijuana- and any other state pondering the issue. July 31, 2012 the Court of Appeals granted a victory to attorney John Ter Beek from Wyoming, Michigan. He had sued his city to prevent them from citing federal law to overrule state law with respect to the use and possession of marijuana for the treatment of illness or injury by a registered patient.  The city appealed the

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Aug 282013
 August 28, 2013
Pittsburgh NORML Hosting A Marijuana Reform Rally September 7th

Pittsburgh, PA – Local political activist group Pittsburgh Norml (Pittsburgh’s National Organization for Reforming Marijuana Laws) announced that they will be hosting another “Rise Up and Rally” at Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park on Saturday September 7th, 2013 from 3-6PM. Pittsburgh NORML and the Pittsburgh NORML Women’s Alliance Brings to you another Must Attend Event featuring guest speakers, crafts, music and much more. “We have already done a few marches and gatherings downtown but wanted to take this one to a park setting.” Says RastafarIsaac, Director of Communications for PittsburghNORML.org. He adds; “Through entertainment and education we hope to reform these

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Aug 282013
 August 28, 2013
Poll: More Than Two Thirds Of Canadians Support Marijuana Legalization/Decriminalization

A public opinion poll was recently released which found that more than 2/3 of Canadians surveyed want marijuana to be legal or decriminalized. This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who has been following the marijuana reform movement in Canada. From Forum Research Inc: In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1189 Canadians 18 years of age and older, more than two thirds (69%) supported either decriminalization for small amounts of marijuana (34%) or outright legalization and taxation (36%), and this represents an increase since the last time we asked this (November, 2012

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