Feed aggregator

Trump Is Devastating Trump Supporter’s Marijuana Business

Toke Signals - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 02:02

James Lee, a Trump voter and the owner of a consulting firm that has been working for two years to sponsor a “The World’s First Cannabis Business Cruise” from Miami to Jamaica, says the latest administration move on marijuana is devastating his business, and could drive him out of the business entirely. “In the business, […]

The post Trump Is Devastating Trump Supporter’s Marijuana Business appeared first on Toke Signals with Steve Elliott - Toke Signals with Steve Elliott - Your source for uncut, uncensored, no holds barred, non-corporate-controlled cannabis news.

Jeff Sessions Makes Ignorant Comments on Marijuana and Opioid Abuse

The Joint Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 23:51
During today’s National Association of Attorneys General Winter Meeting, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressed doubts that marijuana can help reduce opioid abuse, something science has continually found to be true.

“I see a line in the Washington Post today that I remember from the ’80s. This one was, if you smoke marijuana, it’s a cure for opiate abuse. Give me a break”, said Sessions. “This is the kind of argument that’s been made out there to just almost a desperate attempt to defend the harmlessness of marijuana or even its benefits. I doubt that’s true.”

Sessions may doubt it to be true, but numerous studies just over the past few years have found that marijuana – and a liberalizations of the laws surrounding it – can have a drastic impact on opioid abuse and the growing opioid epidemic.

For example, a study just published by the International Journal of Drug Policy found that a majority of medical cannabis patients use cannabis in replace of prescription drugs, mainly opioids.

A study published last year in the Journal of Pain found that those using medical cannabis to control chronic pain reported a 64% reduction in their use opioids.

A separate study, also published last year in the Journal of Clinical Pain and by the National Institute of Health, found that the daily, long-term use of cannabis is associated with reduced opioid use in patients with treatment-resistant chronic pain conditions.

A study published in 2015 by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that states that have legalized medical cannabis dispensaries have a significantly lower rate of opioid addictions and overdose deaths.

A similar study published in 2014 by the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine found states that have legalized medical cannabis have seen as much as a 50% decrease in opioid overdose deaths (with an overall average of around 25%).

These are just a few of the multitude of studies that have been released recently on the benefits of marijuana on opioid abuse.

Clearly Sessions needs to do his research, and leave the drug war rhetoric behind.

MANTIS_RECOMMEND = { property: '53d026bdee55332b7d413198', render: 'mantis__recommended__wordpress' };

var z = document.createElement("script"); z.type = "text/javascript"; z.async = true; z.src = "//assets.mantisadnetwork.com/recommend.min.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(z, s);

The post Jeff Sessions Makes Ignorant Comments on Marijuana and Opioid Abuse appeared first on TheJointBlog.com.

Federal Legislation Introduced To Exclude Cannabis From The Controlled Substances Act

NORML Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 20:46

Representatives Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) have introduced bipartisan legislation in Congress to exclude marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act, thus providing states with the exclusive authority to regulate the plant how best they see fit.

The “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” removes the cannabis plant from the CSA so that it is no longer scheduled under federal law. This legislation gives states the power and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference.

Individual states are “more than capable” of deciding their own cannabis policies, Rep. Garrett explained in a prepared statement.

According to polling data released last week by Quinnipiac University, 59 percent of Americans endorse legalizing the adult use of marijuana, and 71 percent of voters — including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, believe that state governments, not the federal government, should be the ultimate arbiters of marijuana policy.

With the recent confirmation of militant marijuana prohibitionist Jeff Sessions to the position of US Attorney General, and with comments from the Trump administration warning of a coming federal crackdown in adult use states, our best defense is a strong offense.

Please take time today to contact your federal elected officials and urge them to act on passage of the “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.” You can do so by clicking here.

Speaking earlier today before the National Association of Attorney Generals, Session’s doubled-down on his reefer rhetoricdenying scientific facts that legalizing cannabis access is associated with lower rates of opioid abuse (“Give me a break,” he responded) and urging state AGs, “[W]e don’t need to be legalizing marijuana.”

If the Justice Department won’t listen to reason, then we must take this issue out of its hands. Act now to pass the “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” to ensure that medical marijuana patients and others are protected from undue federal interference.

Study: 90% of Adults Who Use Marijuana to Treat Epilepsy Find Success

The Joint Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 20:16
According to a new Australian study published by the journal Epilepsy Behavior, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, a vast majority of those who use marijuana to treat epilepsy (including parents who administer it to their children) find success in doing so.

For the study; “Epilepsy Action Australia conducted an Australian nationwide online survey seeking opinions on and experiences with the use of cannabis-based products for the treatment of epilepsy.” The survey “consisted of 39 questions assessing demographics, clinical factors, including diagnosis and seizure types, and experiences with and opinions towards cannabis use in epilepsy.”

A total of 976 responses met the inclusion criteria. Results showed that 15% of adults with epilepsy and 13% of parents/guardians of children with epilepsy were currently using, or had previously used, cannabis products to treat epilepsy.

Of those with a history of cannabis product use, “90% of adults and 71% of parents reported success in reducing seizure frequency after commencing cannabis products.”

According to researchers, the main reasons for medicinal cannabis use were “to manage treatment-resistant epilepsy and to obtain a more favorable side-effect profile compared to standard antiepileptic drugs.”

Researchers also found that; “The number of past antiepileptic drugs tried was a significant predictor of medicinal cannabis use in both adults and children with epilepsy.”

The study concludes “This survey provides insight into the use of cannabis products for epilepsy, in particular some of the likely factors influencing use, as well as novel insights into the experiences of and attitudes towards medicinal cannabis in people with epilepsy in the Australian community.”

Click here for the full study.

MANTIS_RECOMMEND = { property: '53d026bdee55332b7d413198', render: 'mantis__recommended__wordpress' };

var z = document.createElement("script"); z.type = "text/javascript"; z.async = true; z.src = "//assets.mantisadnetwork.com/recommend.min.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(z, s);

The post Study: 90% of Adults Who Use Marijuana to Treat Epilepsy Find Success appeared first on TheJointBlog.com.

Marijuana Strain Overview: God’s Gift

The Joint Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 19:58
God’s Gift is a brilliant mix between two legendary strains, Granddaddy Purple and OG Kush.

(Photo: MaryJane.com)

God’s Gift is a potent indica-dominant strain with a THC percentage typically in the low 20s. The flavor and smell is sweet with hints of grape and citrus, while maintaining an earthy undertone. The high immediately hits the head and buzzes throughout the body. This is an excellent strain for relaxing or trying to get some sleep. Many people, especially those new to cannabis, will find this too powerful for a standard daytime use strain.

God’s Gift is great for treating insomnia, chronic pain, lack of appetite and depression, among many other ailments.

Smell and taste:
  • Earthiness
  • Sweet though subtle grape
  • Citrus

 

Reviews:

At the time of publication God’s Gift has 711 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.5 out of 5.

Highlighted quote (from one of the Leafly reviews): Smokingvibes: “Gods Gift is a very amazing strain! The high is very strong due to the high THC levels. Gods Gift is the type of strain that will turn a bad day into an overall amazing day very quickly… leaves you very giggly, smiley, and just overall happy! Once you sit back and relax it leaves you very calm and very laid back, including severe couch lock. I would recommend this strain to everyone”.

 

Where to find it

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, Leafly has a strain finder that can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying the God’s Gift marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for this strain finder.

 

Below are more marijuana strain overviews: Hawaiian Punch Red Headed Stranger Green Crack Extreme Strawberry Lemonade Green Candy Seattle Cough Green Queen Scooby Snacks Sin Mint Sugar Cookie Snoop Dogg OG Gorilla Glue #4 Darth Vader OG Pandora’s Box Grape Skunk Animal Cookies Batman OG Watermelon Love Potion #1 Strawberry Banana Trump OG Jedi Kush Jesus OG Obama Kush Cookies and Cream LSD Mango Kush G13 Grape Ape White Widow Super Silver Haze Granddaddy Purple Jack Herer Bruce Banner Pineapple Express Green Crack Allen Wrench Sour Diesel OG Kush Girl Scout Cookies

MANTIS_RECOMMEND = { property: '53d026bdee55332b7d413198', render: 'mantis__recommended__wordpress' };

var z = document.createElement("script"); z.type = "text/javascript"; z.async = true; z.src = "//assets.mantisadnetwork.com/recommend.min.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(z, s);

The post Marijuana Strain Overview: God’s Gift appeared first on TheJointBlog.com.

Feds Threaten to Shut Down Las Vegas High Times Cannabis Cup

The Weed Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 09:59

According to Reno Gazette Times, the Feds threaten to shut down Las Vegas High Times Cannabis Cup in a Feb. 16 letter to the Moapa Paiute Tribe. The times reports that U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden, based in Las Vegas, sent a Feb. 16 letter to the Moapa Paiute Tribe reminding the tribe that the transport, possession, use and distribution of [...]

The post Feds Threaten to Shut Down Las Vegas High Times Cannabis Cup appeared first on The Weed Blog.

New Marijuana Policy Takes Effect Tomorrow in Texas’ Most Populous County

The Joint Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 09:19
Harris County’s Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program takes effect tomorrow, March 1st.

The new program – put forth by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg – makes it so that those caught possessing up to four ounces of cannabis within the county will no longer be arrested or charged with a criminal misdemeanor in most instances. Instead they will be mandated to take a four-hour drug education class.

Harris County is by far Texas’ most populated county with over 4.5 million residents. The county includes Houston, the most populated city in the state and the fourth most populated city in the country; its 2 million residents is more than the population of 15 states.

Under current Texas law, possession up to two ounces of cannabis is punishable by a misdemeanor and up to 180 days in jail. Possession two to four ounces is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

As part of the new Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program, those who decide not to take the mandated four hour class will be charged with a marijuana possession misdemeanor.

MANTIS_RECOMMEND = { property: '53d026bdee55332b7d413198', render: 'mantis__recommended__wordpress' };

var z = document.createElement("script"); z.type = "text/javascript"; z.async = true; z.src = "//assets.mantisadnetwork.com/recommend.min.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(z, s);

The post New Marijuana Policy Takes Effect Tomorrow in Texas’ Most Populous County appeared first on TheJointBlog.com.

CSU-Pueblo’s Cannabis Job Posting

The Weed Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 08:50

CSU-Pueblo’s Cannabis Job Posting: Colorado State University-Pueblo is looking for some solid candidates to take on the position of Director of their Institute of Cannabis Research. The director would be responsible for coordinating the institute’s programming, communicating to internal and external stakeholders and funders, and helping develop partnerships in the areas of research, sponsorships, and [...]

The post CSU-Pueblo’s Cannabis Job Posting appeared first on The Weed Blog.

Poll: Republicans Out of Step with Americans When it Comes to Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 08:36

Are Republicans out of step with Americans when it comes to marijuana? That is what a new national poll taken by Quinnipiac University finds. According to the data, fifty percent of voters say the plant should be made legal in the U.S. They asked three marijuana-related questions: Would you support or oppose the government enforcing federal laws against marijuana [...]

The post Poll: Republicans Out of Step with Americans When it Comes to Marijuana appeared first on The Weed Blog.

NORML Responds After White House Threatened To Crack Down On Legal Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 08:19

The White House threatened to crack down on legal marijuana last Thursday afternoon.  WH Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested that the Trump administration will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana. “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement,” Spicer said, and added that the exact policy is “a question for the Department of Justice.” When [...]

The post NORML Responds After White House Threatened To Crack Down On Legal Marijuana appeared first on The Weed Blog.

U.S. Marijuana Stock Index Dropped Over 10% After Comments From Trump Press Secretary

The Joint Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 08:17
The U.S. marijuana stock index fell over 10% after Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he believes we’ll see “greater enforcement” of federal marijuana laws.

On Tuesday, February 21st, just two days before Spicer’s comments, the U.S. marijuana stock index was at 81.30, according to MarijuanaIndex.com. On Friday, the day after Spicer’s remarks, the index dropped to 72.80, a decrease of slightly over 10%.

As of Monday the market had a slight (and we stress slight) increase, moving up to 73.20.

Despite the recent dip, the index is still considerably higher than it was at its recent low point of 64.30, which was on December 19th, the day of Trump’s inauguration.

The high for the U.S. marijuana stock index over the last two years came on October 31st when it was at 110, over 50% higher than it is now.

According to MarijuanaIndex.com:

The U.S. Marijuana Index tracks the leading cannabis stocks operating in the United States. Constituents must have a business strategy focused on the marijuana or hemp industry, and are required to meet our minimum trading criteria. The Index is equal-weighted and rebalanced quarterly.

MANTIS_RECOMMEND = { property: '53d026bdee55332b7d413198', render: 'mantis__recommended__wordpress' };

var z = document.createElement("script"); z.type = "text/javascript"; z.async = true; z.src = "//assets.mantisadnetwork.com/recommend.min.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(z, s);

The post U.S. Marijuana Stock Index Dropped Over 10% After Comments From Trump Press Secretary appeared first on TheJointBlog.com.

Spicer Incorrectly Links Marijuana to Opioids

The Weed Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 08:04

Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s Press Secretary recently spoke about marijuana at a White House Press briefing, while he praised the plant for helping on some dire situations for medical patients – he not only put cannabis in the cross hairs of a possible federal crackdown, but he also wrongly likened marijuana to opioids. “There’s [...]

The post Spicer Incorrectly Links Marijuana to Opioids appeared first on The Weed Blog.

Attorney General Sessions Threatens A Trump Crackdown On Legal Marijuana

Toke Signals - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 03:21

“I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana through any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.” ~ Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, Feb. 27, 2017 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday restated his fierce opposition to marijuana use, and offered what the […]

The post Attorney General Sessions Threatens A Trump Crackdown On Legal Marijuana appeared first on Toke Signals with Steve Elliott - Toke Signals with Steve Elliott - Your source for uncut, uncensored, no holds barred, non-corporate-controlled cannabis news.

Alternative Fact: Marijuana Causes Violence

NORML Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 02:13

Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Photo by Gage Skidmore

Speaking to the press this evening, Attorney General Jeff Sessions doubled down on his infamous reefer madness rhetoric. Sessions stated:

“We’re seeing real violence around that. Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”

Sessions’ latest comments describe a reality that only exists in the world of alternative facts. Marijuana legalization has not lead to increased crime or violence, but rather is associated with lowered youth use rates and access, increased tax revenue, and fewer arrests of otherwise law abiding American citizens. The truth is that legalization is working as voters have intended and that the new US Attorney General’s opinions are reckless, irresponsible, and outright false.

These statements are not only out of touch with reality and public sentiment, but they also go against President Trump’s promise on the campaign trail to leave marijuana policy to the states. If you support legalization now is not the time to be silent. Now is the time to stand up and fight back.

The only way to ensure our progress continues in light of this proposed push back is to pass federal legislation that makes certain that the Attorney General can’t intervene in states that have enacted adult use regulatory laws. We need to pass the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017. This legislation would prevent the federal government from attack state approved legalization and medical marijuana laws.

Click here to write your elected officials in support of this legislation

This is a true test of our movement. Stand with is against these threats because together we are unstoppable. Together we will legalize marijuana nationwide.

Are you with us?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Makes New Disparaging Comments on Marijuana

The Joint Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 01:55
At a press conference today Attorney General Jeff Sessions made new, and disparaging, comments on marijuana.

“Most of you probably know I don’t think America is going to be a better place when more people of all ages and particularly young people start smoking pot,” Sessions told reporters today. “I believe it’s an unhealthy practice and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago.”

Sessions continued; “We’re seeing real violence around that,.. Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”

Session ended his remarks on marijuana by saying; “I’m definitely not a fan of expanded use of marijuana.. States they can pass the laws they choose. I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.”

“Attorney General Sessions’ latest comments are completely fictitious; they describe a reality that only exists in the world of alternative facts”; says Eric Altieri, Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “Marijuana legalization has not lead to increased violence, but rather has lead to lowered youth use rates, increased tax revenue; and fewer arrests of otherwise law abiding American citizens. The truth is that legalization is working and the views recently espoused by Attorney General Sessions are reckless, irresponsible, and outright false”.

MANTIS_RECOMMEND = { property: '53d026bdee55332b7d413198', render: 'mantis__recommended__wordpress' };

var z = document.createElement("script"); z.type = "text/javascript"; z.async = true; z.src = "//assets.mantisadnetwork.com/recommend.min.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(z, s);

The post Attorney General Jeff Sessions Makes New Disparaging Comments on Marijuana appeared first on TheJointBlog.com.

Hawaiian Punch Marijuana Strain Overview

The Joint Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 01:29
Hawaiian Punch, as the name suggests, is a sweet smelling and tasting sativa-dominant strain that packs a punch.

Hawaiian Punch is a sativa, but it’s an incredibly potent one; in fact, many consider it to be one of the strongest sativas on the market. The high tingles throughout the body and wallops up to the head where the buzz stays for several hours. Despite its strength the high is uplifting and great for daytime use, IF you’re an experienced cannabis consumer. If you’re new to cannabis, this strain might take some getting use to, but it won’t put you to sleep like many indicas will.

Hawaiian Punch is excellent for treating pain, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and general boredom.

Smell and taste:
  • Sweet berry
  • Sublte grape
  • Mild pine

 

Reviews:

At the time of publication Hawaiian Punch has 40 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.4 out of 5.

Highlighted quote (from one of the Leafly reviews): merriejayne: “Didn’t anticipate being THIS high when I broke into Hawaiian Punch for an early-afternoon bowl. My impression? Don’t be fooled by its innocent fruity smell and bright, colorful buds; this one is closely related to Memphis Belle, so it’ll punch you. And you won’t even see it coming.”

 

Where to find it

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, Leafly has a strain finder that can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying then Hawaiian Punch marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for this strain finder.

 

Below are more marijuana strain overviews: Red Headed Stranger Green Crack Extreme Strawberry Lemonade Green Candy Seattle Cough Green Queen Scooby Snacks Sin Mint Sugar Cookie Snoop Dogg OG Gorilla Glue #4 Darth Vader OG Pandora’s Box Grape Skunk Animal Cookies Batman OG Watermelon Love Potion #1 Strawberry Banana Trump OG Jedi Kush Jesus OG Obama Kush Cookies and Cream LSD Mango Kush G13 Grape Ape White Widow Super Silver Haze Granddaddy Purple Jack Herer Bruce Banner Pineapple Express Green Crack Allen Wrench Sour Diesel OG Kush Girl Scout Cookies

MANTIS_RECOMMEND = { property: '53d026bdee55332b7d413198', render: 'mantis__recommended__wordpress' };

var z = document.createElement("script"); z.type = "text/javascript"; z.async = true; z.src = "//assets.mantisadnetwork.com/recommend.min.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(z, s);

The post Hawaiian Punch Marijuana Strain Overview appeared first on TheJointBlog.com.

Donald Trump vs. Legal Marjuana: Here’s Who Will Win

The Joint Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 01:08

By Adam Bierman, CNBC.com (republished with special permission)

If Donald Trump attacks legal marijuana, what will happen?

(Photo: CannabisTrainingUniversity.com)

By now, many have seen the headlines: “White House Spokesman Predicts More Federal Action Against Marijuana” (NPR), “White House: Feds will step up marijuana law enforcement” (CNN), “Marijuana entrepreneurs try to stay calm after Spicer comments on weed” (CNBC). It is hard to believe a minute and a half out of an hour-long press briefing could cause so much commotion.

Let’s examine what White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer actually said. He essentially said two things. He distinguished medical marijuana from adult use, and he believes “you’ll see greater enforcement” of the Controlled Substance Act against recreational use.

Mr. Spicer did not say there were any imminent actions from the U.S. Department of Justice, the agency charged with enforcing federal law. In fact, he said the question of enforcement would be better addressed by the DOJ itself. Mr. Spicer was stating what he believes.

Here’s what I believe. I believe Mr. Spicer’s acknowledgement that the president supports state’s rights when it comes to medical marijuana is a positive development. Mr. Spicer also referenced the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, first passed in 2014, which currently prohibits the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

“The president understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing especially terminal diseases and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring to them,” Mr. Spicer said.

So at least on the question of medical marijuana, there seems to be broad consensus. Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states and accounts for about three quarters of the burgeoning legal cannabis industry.

“Americans are realizing that prohibition has not stemmed consumption and only served to enrich drug cartels and unfairly imprison millions of people.”

But here’s the thing. Mr. Spicer’s opinion notwithstanding, there is growing consensus on adult use as well. The majority of Americans support full legalization. The number of states that have approved legalized recreational adult use doubled last November to eight; this includes my home state of California, the nation’s most populous state.

Americans are realizing that prohibition has not stemmed consumption and only served to enrich drug cartels and unfairly imprison millions of people. Whether you are for or against adult use; more and more people are realizing that the better path is to have a well-regulated industry, much like alcohol is today. It is safer for consumers, it is safer for the public, not to mention it creates tax revenue and jobs.

A week before Mr. Spicer spoke, something even more significant for the cannabis industry happened; but it didn’t get as much notice as the White House press briefing. A bipartisan group of congressional leaders announced the formation of the first ever Congressional Cannabis Caucus. The founders; U.S. representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Don Young (R-Alaska), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.); vowed to sponsor and pass federal laws that protect states’ rights on cannabis issues, including adult use.

Mr. Rohrabacher, a long-time advocate of marijuana causes, earlier introduced the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act; this would amend the Controlled Substances Act to prohibit federal prosecution of marijuana buyers and sellers who comply with state laws.

Elsewhere in Congress, prominent legislators like U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have called for further reform, including clearer banking regulations and tax laws for the legal cannabis industry.

In the long-term, I see momentum building in favor of full legalization. Congress and the American people are on the right side of this issue, and we fully expect that the rest of the federal government will follow suit.

MANTIS_RECOMMEND = { property: '53d026bdee55332b7d413198', render: 'mantis__recommended__wordpress' };

var z = document.createElement("script"); z.type = "text/javascript"; z.async = true; z.src = "//assets.mantisadnetwork.com/recommend.min.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(z, s);

The post Donald Trump vs. Legal Marjuana: Here’s Who Will Win appeared first on TheJointBlog.com.

Virginia Bill to End Driver’s License Suspensions for Marijuana Possession Passes Full Legislature

The Joint Blog - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 00:30
Virginia’s full legislature has passed a measure that would end driver’s license suspensions for simple marijuana possession.

Senate Bill 1091 was given approval by the Senate with a 38 to 2 vote, and was quickly passed by the House of Representatives with a rare unanimous vote (95 to 0). The measure now goes to Governor Terry McAuliffe for consideration. A spokeperson for McAuliffe says he’s likely to sign it into law.

Below is the official summary for the measure, which was filed by Senator Adam Ebbin (D) and cosponsored by Senator William Stanley (R):

Revises the existing provision that a person loses his driver’s license for six months when convicted of or placed on deferred disposition for a drug offense to provide that the provision does not apply to deferred disposition of simple possession of marijuana. The exception applies only to adults; juveniles will still be subject to license suspension. The provisions of the bill are contingent upon written assurance from the U.S. Department of Transportation that Virginia will not lose any federal funds as a result of implementation of the bill.

Click here for the full text of Senate Bill 1091.

MANTIS_RECOMMEND = { property: '53d026bdee55332b7d413198', render: 'mantis__recommended__wordpress' };

var z = document.createElement("script"); z.type = "text/javascript"; z.async = true; z.src = "//assets.mantisadnetwork.com/recommend.min.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(z, s);

The post Virginia Bill to End Driver’s License Suspensions for Marijuana Possession Passes Full Legislature appeared first on TheJointBlog.com.

Four days since The White House threatened marijuana consumers…

NORML Blog - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 23:43

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

It has been a whirlwind since the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday indicated that the Trump administration may engage in “greater” efforts to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in jurisdictions that have legalized and regulated its adult use.

In the last four days, NORML has helped to generate over 20,000 emails to members of Congress in to support HR 975, The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act, which would prevent federal agencies from enforcing prohibition in states that have changed their marijuana laws. In addition, over 5,000 individuals for the first time have also emailed their state elected officials via our Act page in support of various statewide legislative reforms.

While neither the White House nor the Department of Justice have yet to act on their threats, this trial balloon could be a prelude to aggressive action in the not so distant future. In the context of recent actions by the Department of Justice in regard to immigration enforcement and private prisons, it is within the realm of possibility that a full scale assault on marijuana users could be coming shortly.

Even if the Department of Justice does little more than send letters to elected officials in legal states declaring its intention to act, this alone will have a serious chilling effect on the implementation of statewide legalization laws. These are exactly the sort of tactics that our opponents in states like Maine and Massachusetts have sought for in order to justify delaying implementing the will of their voters.

We must be vigilant and pressure Congress to protect adult use marijuana states from undue federal interference.

Click here to email your member of Congress right now to support The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act.

Also, in the wake of Spicer’s comments, NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano has two new op-ed’s, appearing in The Hill and The Daily Caller.

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

…Proponents of marijuana prohibition have long alleged that experimentation with pot acts as a ‘gateway’ to the use and eventual abuse of other illicit substances. But the evidence does not support this claim.

In reality, permitting marijuana sales to be regulated by licensed, state-authorized distributors rather than by criminal entrepreneurs and pushers of various other illicit drugs results in fewer, not more, Americans abusing other, potentially more dangerous substances…

– Read more in The Hill

Trump’s Proposed Pot Crackdown Is Out Of Step With Voters, Including Many Republicans

…Rather than picking an unnecessary fight with the majority of American voters, including a significant portion of Trump’s own base, the administration should consider embracing common sense marijuana law reforms. Endorsing bipartisan legislation, HR 975: The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act,” would be a good place to start. In accordance with the electorate’s wishes, passage of the act would prevent the federal government from criminally prosecuting individuals or businesses that are engaging in state-sanctioned activities specific to the possession, use, production, and distribution of marijuana.

Despite more than 70 years of federal marijuana prohibition, Americans’ consumption of and demand for cannabis is here to stay. It is time for politicians to acknowledge this reality and amend federal marijuana laws in a manner that comports with majority public opinion and the plant’s rapidly changing legal and cultural status. The Trump administration has the opportunity to take the lead on this issue. It would be an enormous political misstep for them to do otherwise….

Read more in The Daily Caller

Additionally, the newly formed Cannabis Caucus put out a statement regarding last the announcement from Spicer:

“Today’s statement by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer regarding marijuana policy reaffirms the need for the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. Last November, eight more states passed measures to increase access to state-legal cannabis, and today more than 300 million Americans live in states with access to adult-use marijuana or some form medical cannabis.  Among them are four additional states that have fully legalized the adult-use of marijuana. We hope today’s comments do not reflect the views of the President and his administration.  As co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, we stand ready to educate this administration on the need for more sensible marijuana policies and share the many experiences states have had with the legalization of cannabis. Together, we will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to reform our failed marijuana policies and provide a voice for Americans who have overwhelmingly voted for a more sensible drug policy.”

It’s institutions like NORML, the Cannabis Caucus, and most importantly, your efforts as part of the democratic process that will prevent the rollback of progress in marijuana legalization. Don’t stop calling your members of Congress and getting involved locally. Do not accept this as a new normal. This is not normal. Smoking pot is NORML.

Email your member of Congress right now and tell them to protect marijuana progress and join the newly formed Cannabis Caucus.

Study: Majority of Medical Cannabis Patients Use Cannabis to Replace Prescription Drugs

The Joint Blog - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 21:53
A new study published by the International Journal of Drug Policy has found that a majority of medical cannabis patients are using cannabis in replace of dangerous prescription drugs, mainly opioids.

For the study; “Patients registered to purchase cannabis from Tilray, a federally authorized Licenced Producer (LP) within the MMPR [the law that allows medical cannabis on the federal level in Canada], were invited to complete an online survey consisting of 107 questions on demographics, patterns of use, and cannabis substitution effect. The survey was completed by 271 respondents.”

According to the study; “Cannabis is perceived to be an effective treatment for diverse conditions, with pain and mental health the most prominent.” It was found that 63% of the study’s participants use cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs, “particularly pharmaceutical opioids (30%), benzodiazepines (16%), and antidepressants (12%).”

Patients also reported substituting cannabis for alcohol (25%), cigarettes/tobacco (12%), and illicit drugs (3%).

“This study is one of the first to track medical cannabis use under the new system of licensed producers, meaning that all participants had physician authorization to access cannabis in addition to their prescription medicines,” Associate Professor Zach Walsh of the University of British Columbia (and co-author of the study) said in a press release.

The full study can be found by clicking here.

MANTIS_RECOMMEND = { property: '53d026bdee55332b7d413198', render: 'mantis__recommended__wordpress' };

var z = document.createElement("script"); z.type = "text/javascript"; z.async = true; z.src = "//assets.mantisadnetwork.com/recommend.min.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(z, s);

The post Study: Majority of Medical Cannabis Patients Use Cannabis to Replace Prescription Drugs appeared first on TheJointBlog.com.

Syndicate content