Sep 042014
 September 4, 2014
DC Legalization Campaign Needs Registration Drive Money NOW

By David Borden The DC campaign to legalize marijuana in the District of Columbia needs donations this week, for a voter registration drive that needs to go full speed from now until the early October mail-in deadline. Please visit our web site at http://stopthedrugwar.org/donate and make the most generous donation you can — please put a note in the comment box saying that it is for the “DC Cannabis Campaign.” We will donate 100% of it to the campaign. (You can also make the donation straight to the campaign if you prefer — and I hope you’ll sign up for their email list. But

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Sep 042014
 September 4, 2014
More Than 20 Companies Bid To Supply Uruguay's Legal Marijuana Market

Uruguay, under the leadership of President Jose Mujica, was the first country to legalize cannabis for adult use, shaking up the global marijuana law reform debate. Residents are already able to apply to grow their own cannabis while regulated sales will likely begin in 2015. More than 20 companies have applied to be suppliers of Uruguay’s future cannabis market. Per Tico Times: A total of 22 companies have submitted bids to supply marijuana under a law making Uruguay the first country to legalize production, sale and distribution of the drug, the government said Thursday. Eight of them are Uruguayan, 10 are

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Sep 032014
 September 3, 2014
Aurora, Colorado Awards 21 Recreational Marijuana Store Licenses

Aurora, Colorado, the third largest city in the state, has recently approved 21 adult-use cannabis store licenses. There were 58 total applicants for 24 licenses. The remaining three licenses will be awarded later this year. Per Marijuana Business Daily: In all, 13 separate companies were awarded operating permits, with several getting multiple licenses in different wards. The Green Solution, for example, was granted permits to open recreational marijuana stores in four of the city’s six wards. While Denver and other cities in Colorado started awarding licenses late in 2013 and earlier this year, Aurora took its time to develop local regulations.

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Sep 032014
 September 3, 2014
Oregon Anti-Marijuana Propaganda Tour Could Be In Trouble

Anti-marijuana organizers were planning a 13 stop ‘education tour’ in Oregon leading up to the 2014 Election. That was, until it became known that tax payer dollars were helping fund the events. Since then, numerous stops along the tour, which is obviously politically motivated, have either cancelled their events are ‘in flux’ as Noelle Crombie has stated in a recent article. Organizers were pretending like this was just a harmless education tour. However, this was a propaganda traveling circus by all accounts. Fortunately, it appears that the organizers are starting to feel the heat. Per Oregon Live: A Tigard drug

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Sep 032014
 September 3, 2014
Marijuana Expert And Activist Robert Platshorn Is Finally Free

I first met Robert Platshorn at the 2012 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles. I had talked to him a handful of times via e-mail leading up to the event, and he always impressed me. After hearing him talk at the Cup, I was even more impressed. He has a way of capturing an audience like nothing I had seen up to that point or since. Robert Platshorn has the distinction of serving the longest prison sentence for marijuana – almost 30 years. And even after his release from prison, he was on a very restrictive parole, hindering

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Sep 032014
 September 3, 2014
Latest Poll Shows Medical Marijuana Winning In Florida

Wait until 2016 they said. You can’t win in 2014 they said. I’m happy to report that national pundits and organizations that said Florida couldn’t win in 2014 have some explaining to do, as yet another poll has come out showing medical marijuana winning in Florida. The results of the poll aren’t as high as some of the previous polls which showed support as high as 88%, but the most recent poll shows Florida’s medical marijuana initiative winning by a landslide. Per the Orlando Sentinel: Gravis Marketing, which has found voters hovering at or just below the 60 percent level

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Sep 032014
 September 3, 2014
New York Lieutenant Governor Candidate - "I've Smoked Pot"

It wasn’t that long ago that admitting marijuana use was the deathblow to a politician. Bill Clinton was so embarrassed when it became known that he consumed marijuana in his past that he made up the now infamous line, ‘I didn’t inhale.’ My how times have changed. Numerous politicians confess to having consumed marijuana, and in some cases, they’ve admitted recent use. And rather than their support plummeting after such confessions, they actually get a lot of positive attention from voters and the press. The latest is Tim Wu, who is running for Lieutenant Governor of New York. Per the

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Sep 032014
 September 3, 2014
Oregon Marijuana Election Shenanigans Part I: If It Looks Like A Duck...

As Oregon gears up to pass a marijuana legalization initiative known as Measure 91, law enforcement officials throughout the state may have already been using taxpayer-funded offices, email accounts, facilities, and work hours illegally to campaign against the initiative.  This is the beginning of a five-part series investigating allegations of ethics violations and violations of elections law. Federal election law is clear and Oregon’s election statutes (ORS 260.432[i]) are even more stringent[ii].  Both elected and unelected officials may not use any staff time, equipment, facilities, phones, computers, and services paid for by taxpayer dollars to engage in influencing an election

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Sep 032014
 September 3, 2014
International Cannabis Business Conference: Education And Networking Event Of The Year

The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) is bringing in cannabis and hemp experts from around the glob to create an educational and networking opportunity unlike any other conference of its kind. The ICBC experience includes entertaining networking social events to go along with important information for any burgeoning cannabis business. Activists and elected officials, including Congressman Earl Blumenauer, will provide guidance to those wondering where cannabis laws are headed and how you can best implement successful cannabis law reform in your community. Whether you are a grower, processor, dispensary owner, involved in a cannabis-related endeavor or just curious about entering the cannabis

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Sep 022014
 September 2, 2014
Yet Another Study Finds That Marijuana Can Help Alzheimer's Patients

It always upsets me when marijuana opponents act like marijuana is not medicine. There are so many studies that show that marijuana can help treat numerous ailments that anyone who says marijuana is not medicine should be required by law to shut up. Marijuana is medicine, and that’s a fact. Yet another study has been released showing that marijuana can help those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Per HNGN: Marijuana can possibly be a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, say neuroscientists at the University of South Florida. Researchers found that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a compound found in marijuana can slow down the progress

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