Apr 092013
 April 9, 2013
Physicians Recommend Marijuana For PTSD, Parkinson's Disease

The Panel recommends Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Parkinson’s Disease be added to Michigan’s medical marijuana conditions LANSING- On Friday April 5 a panel of doctors gave their final approval on a recommendation that would expand the list of ailments justifying a patient’s inclusion in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMP). Two conditions were given approval and two more were announced as under consideration. This was the third hearing for both Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Parkinson’s Disease. The Medical Marihuana Review Panel is almost exclusively composed of physicians and is tasked with reviewing scientific literature and taking public testimony in determining if marijuana

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Apr 092013
 April 9, 2013
Missouri Cannabis Law Conference To Be Held Saturday

Participants Will Include Members of Law Enforcement, Legislators, Progressive, and Conservatives On Saturday, April 13, Show-Me Cannabis will host a statewide conference on cannabis law reform at the Crowne Plaza Downtown at 200 N. Fourth Street in Saint Louis. Beginning at 11:00 A.M. and running until 6:00 P.M., the conference will attract participants from across Missouri and nearby states. The event is co-sponsored by Missouri NORML and Greater Saint Louis NORML. The conference will feature panel discussions with individuals who approach cannabis policy from a variety of different perspectives, but all agree that the laws prohibiting marijuana have failed and

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Apr 092013
 April 9, 2013
CA Zero-Tolerance Drug DUI Bill SB 289 Would Criminalize Innocent Drivers

Cal NORML Denounces Unscientific Abuse of Drug Testing SACRAMENTO – On April 23rd, the  State Senate Public Safety Committee will be hearing a “zero tolerance” drug DUI bill that would criminalize unimpaired drivers as DUI based on scientifically unproven drug tests. The bill, SB 289 by Sen. Lou Correa (Anaheim), would make it illegal to drive with any detectable trace of marijuana or other illegal drugs in the blood, regardless of actual impairment. In testimony to the legislature, California NORML warns that SB 289 would wrongly misclassify countless innocent drivers as DUI. “The science is clear that driving impairment can’t

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Apr 092013
 April 9, 2013
Attend The Marijuana Business Legal Seminar In Colorado

COURSE OUTLINE Colorado Marijuana Business Models Legal Seminar Attorney Robert J. Corry, Jr. will discuss the legal issues related to marijuana businesses in Colorado. With the passage of Am. 64 in November 2012, there are new opportunities outside of the medical marijuana industry that are available to people right now. This 4-hour class is designed for those who want to thoroughly understand all the legal issues in Colorado marijuana law. Topics to be covered include: 1) A64: Colorado Marijuana and Hemp Regulation Act This seminar will cover the following business models allowed under A64: – A64 Assistance Agreements – A64

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Apr 092013
 April 9, 2013
Marijuana Is Clearly Winning In The Court Of Public Opinion

By Badweather While clearly the debate regarding the full legalization of marijuana is as they say,all over but the shouting, and polls show a huge change in the way marijuana is viewed with 52% supporting legalization of cannabis, depending who you talk to, how you ask the question, and where in the country you are, nearly 80% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. Recently in Bradenton, FL a husband and wife had the medical marijuana they were growing seized by police. Florida has an active medical marijuana community but have so far not been able to get a bill passed.

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Apr 092013
 April 9, 2013
Burlington Free Press Supports Decriminalizing Marijuana In Vermont

The Burlington Free Press, the most widely circulated newspaper in Vermont, editorialized in favor of a bill that would remove the threat of jail for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill, known as H.200, would remove criminal penalties for possession of up to two ounces of marijuana or two mature plants for people 21 and older. The penalties would be replaced by a civil citation and a fine. From the Free Press: “Given the challenges facing law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and the courts, the added burden of treating minor possession as a criminal offense no longer makes sense. Chittenden County State’s Attorney

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Apr 082013
 April 8, 2013
Marijuana Keeps Coming Up In Sports Entertainment

Former NFL defensive end and linebacker Jason Taylor appeared on CNN’s inaptly named roundtable show (Get To) The Point last week, where he said some cringe worthy statements about marijuana policy reform: “Just because the status quo is not working on law enforcement right now does that mean that, ‘You know what we can’t beat it so let’s just legalize it and do it?’ … Well you know what, it’s against the law to rob banks. If we can’t control it, just legalize it. What’s next? What’s next? I mean really, what’s next?” Aside from equating marijuana use to robbing banks, Taylor

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Apr 082013
 April 8, 2013
Tell Attorney General Holder: Don't Interfere With Marijuana Legalization

Voters have clearly stated that they want marijuana prohibition to end in Colorado and Washington. Voters in other states have made it clear via polling that they also want marijuana prohibition to end in their states. For some reason, the federal government doesn’t get the message. Below is a call to action from the Drug Policy Alliance that I encourage all readers to participate in: Don’t let our opponents get in the way of marijuana legalization. Urge Attorney General Holder to respect states’ marijuana legalization laws! Message Respect the States’ Marijuana Legalization Laws Dear [Decision Maker], Earlier this year, eight former

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Apr 082013
 April 8, 2013
Maryland Approves 'Medical Marijuana Compassionate Use Programs'

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Senate lawmakers today voted 42 to 4 in favor of House Bill 1101, which establishes a new 12-member state commission to promulgate medical cannabis research. House members had previously approved the measure, which now goes to the desk of Democrat Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is expected to sign it into law. House Bill 1101 establishes an independent commission within the state Department of Health. The purpose of the commission is to request applications from academic medical centers to operate ‘medical marijuana compassionate use programs.’ The commission will decide which patients will qualify for the programs and it

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Apr 082013
 April 8, 2013
Rep. Patricia Todd Files Groundbreaking Marijuana Legislation In Alabama

Representative Patricia Todd Files Groundbreaking Legislation in Alabama On Thursday, Representative Patricia Todd filed The Alabama Cannabis and Hemp Reform Act of 2013. The bill has been issued as House Bill-550 and assigned to the Alabama House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. The Bill The Alabama Cannabis and Hemp Reform Act of 2013, when passed would create a system of reasonable regulation that would end the criminal prohibition of both marijuana and industrial hemp in the state of Alabama. Personal use of marijuana:  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the following acts are not unlawful and shall not

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