Jul 062013
 July 6, 2013
Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Just Needs Governor's Signature

Oregon House Gives Final Approval to Bill To Regulate Medical Marijuana Facilities I’m encouraging everyone of our readers to donate to Oregonians for Medical Rights, who led the lobbying efforts that resulted in the amazing (and much needed) victory that is described below: Oregon becomes the 13th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries as the Oregon House today gave final approval of a measure to license and regulate the approximately 200 dispensaries operating in Oregon today. “This Legislature has stepped up and tackled many difficult issues this session. Our work to regulate dispensaries will provide a framework

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Jul 062013
 July 6, 2013
Oklahoma Welfare Drug Screening Finds Few Violations, Wastes Tax Dollars

By Phillip Smith Last year, the Oklahoma legislature passed and Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed into law a bill mandating drug screening for welfare applicants. The bill was designed to save the state money by weeding out drug users seeking Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds. But the new law is finding few welfare drug users. According to the state Department of Human Services (DHS), in the first four months that the law was in effect, some 1,300 people underwent screening to see if there was reasonable suspicion they were using drugs, but only 29 were denied benefits. That is about

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Jul 062013
 July 6, 2013
Sheriff: I Just Want Cannabis Off The Front Page

By Doug Fine Mendocino County, Calif. Sheriff Tom Allman calls the decision to permit his county’s cannabis farmers (even before federal law changes) part of his “law enforcement evolution.” A local boy, he knew how eighty percent of his Emerald Triangle economy was derived. As a newly elected Sheriff, he flew over his jurisdiction and thought, “So that’s how that conservative Republican pays two Stanford tuitions.” Allman had what he told me was a “startling revelation” following the passage of California’s 1996 ballot initiative Proposition 215 (the Compassionate Use Act of 1996), which allowed for medicinal use of the cannabis

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Jul 062013
 July 6, 2013
Cannabis Compound Reduces Cigarette Consumption In Tobacco Smokers

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director The inhalation of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) significantly mitigates tobacco smokers’ desire for cigarettes, according to clinical trial data published online in the journal Addictive Behaviors. Investigators at University College London conducted a double blind pilot study to assess the impact of the ad-hoc consumption of organic CBD versus placebo in 24 tobacco-smoking subjects seeking to quit their habit. Participants were randomized to receive an inhaler containing CBD (n=12) or placebo (n=12) for one week. Trial investigators instructed subjects to use the inhaler when they felt the urge to smoke. Researchers reported: “Over the treatment

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Jul 062013
 July 6, 2013
Women And Drugs: The Final Drug War Taboo?

By Meghan Ralston, Drug Policy Alliance The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report about the rate of opioid and prescription drug overdose among women in the United States. It’s bad, and getting worse. But not getting much attention. According to the CDC’s report, since 2007, more women have died each year from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle -related injuries. Between 1999-2010, deaths attributed to prescription opioids (such as oxycodone and hydrocodone) have increased fivefold among women. Since 1993, hospitalizations for prescription opioid overdoses have been more frequent among women than men. Women are more likely than men to

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Jul 052013
 July 5, 2013
Police Sgt. Can Continue To Work With Missouri 'Show Me Cannabis' Campaign

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director In St. Louis, Missouri Sgt. Gary Wiegert has been given permission by his chief of police to become an official lobbyist in the state to legalize marijuana for the non-profit organization Show Me Cannabis. While there are hundreds of former law enforcement officers lobbying with the non-profit group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), having a currently employed  law enforcement officer being given the ‘green’ light by their command to lobby for marijuana legalization maybe a first. Regardless, it most certainly will not be the last! Article appeared from the AP in the Kansas City Star:

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Jul 052013
 July 5, 2013
You Don't Have To Think Marijuana Is Safe To Support Legalization

By Tom Angell Project SAM’s Kevin Sabet and other prohibition advocates have seized on a new Wall Street Journal op-ed rehashing claims that marijuana use may be correlated with schizophrenia: Why isn’t this getting more play? Doc at Yale School of Medicine: Pot-Smoking & the Schizophrenia Connection http://t.co/1c1TF9dBCY via @WSJ — Kevin Sabet (@KevinSabet) July 2, 2013 Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, in a piece titled, “A Really Good Reason Not to Legalize Pot,” claims that “the move toward legalization of marijuana is premised on the assumption that it is ‘safe.’” The argument that marijuana should be legalized because it is safe or safer than other substances like

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Jul 052013
 July 5, 2013
Good News For World's Largest Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Harborside Health Center won a significant victory earlier this week in their battle against the feds. As the world’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, everyone should be closely following the Harborside/feds case, as the process and decisions that come out of it will no doubt be used in other cases. Below is a press release that I received a couple of days ago describing the recent victory: Oakland, California ~  This morning U.S. District Court Judge Maria-Elena James granted the City of Oakland’s motion to stay the civil forfeiture proceeding against Harborside Health Center Oakland until the City of Oakland’s pending

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Jul 052013
 July 5, 2013
National Attention On Missouri Student Drug Testing Case

By Dan Viets, J.D., SMCR Board Chair A closely-watched lawsuit challenging the practice of drug testing all students who are admitted to a public college is working its way through Missouri’s federal courts. Linn State Technical College in the town of Linn, just east of Jefferson City, has attempted to institute this unprecedented policy. The case was argued Monday in the Federal District Court for Western Missouri, Central Division, in Jefferson City, before federal district judge Nanette Laughrey. The case is being followed by national civil liberties advocates generally, and student rights groups in particular. The American Civil Liberties Union

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Jul 052013
 July 5, 2013
The Environmental Impact Of Washington's Cannabis Rules

All marijuana growers and consumers should desire to be good stewards to the earth in my opinion, at least in regards to the marijuana they grow or consume. That’s one of my biggest pet peeves about drug cartels growing marijuana – they destroy the forests that they grow their marijuana in, and non-cartel marijuana growers often get blamed for it by marijuana prohibitionists. All marijuana growers and consumers should consider the carbon footprint that is involved with growing marijuana, and should try to use sustainable practices as much as possible. Below is a press release that I received from the

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