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IRS trawling state-run pot database to block Colorado marijuana companies from claiming tax deductions

Cannabist - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:12
The Colorado cannabis industry says the IRS is conducting an unauthorized criminal investigation using the state's seed-to-sale database. FULL REPORT

Homemade caramel coffee recipe: Pre-packaged cannabis coffee drinks are great, but this is better

Cannabist - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:34
Start your day with a special addition to your morning brew: canna-caramel. Try this recipe for breakfast time or maybe as an after-dinner treat with dessert.

Washington Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Medical Cannabis Access

The Joint Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:26

By Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director

Governor Jay Inslee has signed legislation, Senate Bill 5131, expanding patients’ access to medical cannabis and instructing regulators to consider home cultivation by non-patients.

The new law for the first time allows registered patients to legally purchase marijuana seeds, clones, and immature plants from licensed providers.

Other provisions in the law permit non-patients to legally share cannabis products with one another, and task the State Liquor and Cannabis Board to make recommendations regarding whether to permit the home cultivation of limited quantities of cannabis by adults. Washington is the only state that regulates the adult use of and commercial sale of cannabis, but does not permit adults to legally grow the plant themselves.

Full text of the engrossed measure is available here.

For more information, please contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.

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Vermont marijuana legalization advocates hope compromise can be reached after gov veto

Cannabist - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 20:17
Supporters of marijuana legalization are disappointed that Vermont's governor vetoed a bill to legalize it but are hopeful that a compromise can be reached in the Legislature next month.

Canadians Support Expungement of Marijuana Criminal Records

The Weed Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:43

A recent poll reveals that a majority of Canadians support expungement of marijuana criminal records. It has certainly been interesting to follow the national trends in our northern neighbor Canada for cannabis legislation and overall public opinion about cannabis as we try to navigate this territory in the United States. In our most recent coverage [...]

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Setting The Record Straight

NORML Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:33

 

One of NORML’s primary missions is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults. One of the ways we successfully achieve this goal is by debunking marijuana myths and half-truths via the publication of timely op-eds in online and print media. Since the mainstream media seldom casts a critical eye toward many of the more over-the-top claims about cannabis, we take it upon ourselves to set the record straight.

The majority of NORML’s rebuttals are penned by Deputy Director Paul Armentano. In the past few weeks, he has published numerous op-eds rebuking a litany of popular, but altogether specious claims about the cannabis plant – including the contentions that cannabis consumption is linked to heart attacks, psychosis, violence, and a rise in emergency room visits and traffic fatalities, among other allegations.

Below are links to a sampling of his recent columns.:

Major ‘drugged driving’ report’s findings prove overblown

Attorney General Jeff Sessions thinks legalizing pot increases violent crime – he’s wrong

The evidence is overwhelming; cannabis is an exit drug fro major addictions, not a gateway to new ones

Pot, heart attacks, and the media hype cycle

The five biggest lies about pot – and how to rebut them

Trump administration’s dubious claims about pot and opioids are dead wrong

Debunking the latest viral pot paranoid theory

Three new scientific studies that debunk conventional marijuana myths

You’d be crazy to believe the ‘reefer madness’ study

For a broader sampling of NORML-centric columns and media hits, please visit NORML’s ‘In the Media’ archive here.

If you see the importance of NORML’s educational and media outreach efforts, please feel free to show your support by making a contribution here.

NFL HOF Linebacker Jack Ham Advocates for Cannabis in Pennsylvania

The Weed Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:28

NFL HOF Linebacker Jack Ham advocates for cannabis in Pennsylvania and will serve as a spokesperson and consultant for AGRiMED, which has plans to grow and provide cannabis for patients who meet a qualifying medical condition for the therapeutic use of marijuana.  This partnership plans to advocate for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania  by connecting patients with the [...]

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Will Minnesota Marijuana Legalization Happen in 2017?

The Weed Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:04

As a follow up to our coverage on Minnesota marijuana policy, we wanted to bring you the latest on what is going on in the State right in America’s heartland. Will Minnesota marijuana legalization happen in 2017? To set the stage, medical marijuana became legal in Minnesota on July 1, 2015 after a bill full [...]

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Maine Legislature Passes Bill to Fund Implementation of Marijuana Legalization

The Joint Blog - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:08
Maine’s full legislature has passed a bill to fund the implementation of the successful 2016 marijuana legalization initiative and change the agency that will regulate marijuana for adult use.

The Senate on Thursday passed LD 243 unanimously “under the hammer,” without debate or a roll call vote, sending it to Gov. Paul LePage for final approval. The House passed it “under the hammer” on Wednesday.

LD 243 would transfer the authority to oversee adult-use marijuana from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS). The Bureau would be responsible for licensing adult-use marijuana businesses and creating and enforcing regulations. LD 243 also allocates $200,000 to the Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation and $1.4 million to DAFS to implement Question 1.

“We hope Gov. LePage will give swift approval to this bill so we can begin to see some meaningful progress on establishing Maine’s adult-use marijuana program”, says David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project and campaign manager for the Yes on 1 campaign. In the meantime, the Legislature should allow Maine’s existing medical marijuana businesses to begin serving adults 21 and older. This approach was successful in Oregon, and it is now being adopted in Nevada. It would work for Maine, as well.

“Initiating adult sales in existing medical marijuana businesses would allow for a slower rollout and give regulators time to make adjustments. It would immediately generate much-needed tax revenue and provide adults with a safe way to purchase marijuana. Marijuana is a legal product now, and Mainers want it to be sold in licensed stores, not on Craigslist and Facebook.”

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Wisconsin plan would cut off Medicaid and food stamps for those who refuse drug test

Cannabist - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:28
Gov. Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require childless adults applying for Medicaid to undergo drug screening, a move that could serve as a national model.

The ultimate wine-weed pairing: Oregon vineyards try hand at cannabis farming and tourism

Cannabist - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:18
Oregon's vineyards are looking to offer as they expand their cultivation to marijuana farming and wine-weed pairing experiences for tourists.

Learn About Real Estate And The Cannabis Industry At The Cannabis Business Summit

Weed News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:57
Real estate and the cannabis industry has changed a lot this decade. I, like just about every other cannabis consumer in Oregon, explored the idea of opening a dispensary and commercial cannabis...

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Largest, most rigorous study to date confirms CBD oil helps some kids with epilepsy

Cannabist - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:50
A new, rigorous double-blind medical study found that cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD oil, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy.

Looks like Florida will get at least one more medical marijuana distributor

Cannabist - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 20:25
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- An administrative ruling has paved the way for at least one more medical marijuana distributing organization in Florida. Division of Administrative Hearings Judge John Van Landingham ruled on Tuesday that Plants of Ruskin and Tornello Landscape/3 Boys Farm are equally qualified to receive licenses, but if the…

South Dakota jury acquits Colorado marijuana consultant of all charges in weed resort case

Cannabist - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:54
A South Dakota jury on Wednesday cleared a consultant of drug charges after he helped an American Indian tribe develop a marijuana resort.

Why generating marijuana seeds at home from a clone is a complex endeavor

Cannabist - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:27
Producing marijuana seeds at home appears simple at first glance, but genetics are complex. Get info on hermaphrodite plants and generating cannabis seeds.

Vermont Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Bill

Weed News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:26
There was good news and bad news out of Vermont today. The bad news is that Vermont’s Governor decided to veto a marijuana legalization bill that was sent to his desk. The good news is that the...

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Bummer: Vermont Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Bill

Celeb Stoner News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:31
Gov. Phil Scott harshed the mellow buzz around legislative legalization when he refused to approve a bill that would have allowed marijuana possession and cultivation in the Green Mountain State on May 24.

Vermont Governor Vetoes Historic Marijuana Legalization Bill

Toke Signals - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:25

Gov. Phil Scott Offers ‘Path Forward’ for Compromise During Summer Veto Session Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday announced he is vetoing a bill that would have made marijuana legal for adults in Vermont, but offered a “path forward” for passing it later this year. He specified a handful of changes that would need to be made […]

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Disappointment, hope for Vermont legalizers

The Leaf Online - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:12

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced Wednesday he is vetoing a state bill that would have made marijuana legal for adults, but offered a “path forward” for passing it later this year. He specified a handful of changes that would need to be made for him to support the measure and said he believes the legislature […]

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