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Marijuana Arrest Data Absent From Latest FBI Crime Report; Arrests Up 6%

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 22:10

Arrests for marijuana are up 6 percent since 2015, but you’d never know that from the latest FBI report. Tabulations calculating the percentage of annual cannabis “violations” nationwide are absent from the 2017 edition of the FBI Uniform Crime Report, which the agency released on Monday, September 25. The table, ’Arrests for Drug Abuse Violations: Percent […]

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Potency, Packaging, Price: Getting It Right With Lowell Smokes Pre-Rolled Joints

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 21:30

There’s no mistaking Lowell Smokes pre-rolls for anything other than a craft cannabis product. That impression begins with the tasteful and attractive packaging, but it doesn’t stop there. While some elaborately packaged upmarket marijuana products don’t quite measure up to their presentation in terms of potency, Lowell’s ready-rolls have that most important of follow-throughs covered: […]

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Teen Marijuana Use At Lowest Level In 15 Years

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 20:31

The annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released on Thursday, reports that teen marijuana use rates decreased nationally in 2016 and are now at their lowest levels in the past 15 years. The survey, released by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), found past-month use rates among adults slightly […]

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We Tried A Five-Pack Of Oregon’s Premium ‘Good Fortune’ Joints: Here’s The Review

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 22:40

Upscale branding has come to the booming cannabis industry in a big way. Oregon-based Good Fortune has become a part of that green wave, offering exquisite packaging and a 24-karat gold wrapped preroll in each of its packs of 5 organically grown joints. Fortune markets itself “to the seekers, the cynics, the seen-it-alls.” They call […]

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Smoking Weed Makes Men’s Sperm ‘Lazily Swim In Circles’: Experts

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 21:45

Men who smoke large amounts of marijuana could face infertility problems because the herb seems to get semen stoned, causing it to “swim in circles,” according to researchers in Canada. Regular weed smoking can cut sperm counts by as much as a third, according to previous research, reports Scott Campbell at the Daily Mail. But “The […]

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Here’s Why It’s So Bad For Roger Stone To Keynote A Cannabis Conference

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 00:59

A boycott of the next month’s, Cannabis World Congress in L.A. for booking the controversial Roger Stone as keynote speaker, is gaining momentum. At least 17 speakers and seven sponsors of the Expo have announced they plan to boycott the event if Stone isn’t removed as keynote speaker, reports Dennis Romero at the LA Weekly. ‘Dirty […]

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Oregon’s Governor, Police Chief Stand Up For Marijuana

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 18:06

Oregon’s governor and the head of the Oregon State Police are defending the state’s legal cannabis industry in letters sent to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been hinting at a Trump Administration crackdown on states which are in conflict with federal law. Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday noted in her letter that Sessions’ […]

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No Charges For Officers Over 11-Minute Public Roadside Vaginal Search ‘For Marijuana’

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 02:46

Prosecutors in Houston, Texas, have dropped criminal charges against two Harris County Sheriff’s deputies who conducted a public, roadside strip-search of a 21-year-old African American woman. The search of Charnesia Corley was called “rape by cop” by her attorney, reports Democracy Now!  Video of the June 2015 traffic stop, released on Monday, shows the deputies roughly […]

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WA Governor and AG To Jeff Sessions: Get A Clue About Marijuana Legalization

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 03:56

Attorney General Jeff Sessions may think he’s got a tough gig. Being subject to frequent daily humiliation by his boss, Donald Trump, could certainly create a stressful work environment. Now Sessions’ criticisms of Washington state’s legal marijuana program has gotten the Attorney General in hot water with the Washington Governor Jay Inslee and state Attorney […]

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Infographic: Who Buys Legal Cannabis In America?

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:26

It was just over three and a half years ago that the first-ever recreational marijuana stores in the United States opened. That day — January 1, 2014 — is considered a milestone in American history by stoners. The growth of the industry since that time has been nothing short of phenomenal. According to CBS News, […]

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Utah Medical Marijuana Initiative Approved To Collect Signatures For 2018

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 18:45

Utah Patients Coalition has received approval from Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to begin gathering signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. After holding 10 public hearings across the state and meeting with various state departments and stakeholders, the coalition will now start to collect the more than 113,000 required signatures to place doctor-approved access […]

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National Conference of State Legislatures Urges De-Scheduling Marijuana

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 19:21

Resolution approved by state lawmakers would give states control of their own marijuana policies without federal interference The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) on Monday approved a resolution urging that the Controlled Substances Act should be amended to remove marijuana. According to the NCSL, cannabis should be removed from scheduling in order to give […]

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DOJ Task Force Opposes Federal Crackdown On Legal Marijuana States

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 22:55

A federal Department of Justice task force subcommittee on marijuana policy is not recommending any policy changes that would target state-legal marijuana programs or businesses operating in compliance with state laws. The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, a group of prosecutors and federal law enforcement officials, has come up with no new […]

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Sessions Criticizes Marijuana Legalization; Lays Groundwork For Federal Crackdown

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 16:38

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions appears to be laying the groundwork for a federal crackdown on legal marijuana, including raids in Washington State. Sessions has sent a letter to Washington State officials criticizing the implementation of marijuana legalization there. Sessions cites a law enforcement report that he claims “raises serious questions about the efficacy of marijuana […]

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Trump Calls New Hampshire ‘Drug Infested Den’

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 17:28

Both of New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators lashed out at Donald Trump on Thursday after it was revealed that Trump had called the Granite State “a drug infested den” during a telephone call with the president of Mexico. “I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den,” Trump said to President Enrique Peña Nieto, […]

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Marijuana Became Illegal In The U.S. 80 Years Ago Today

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 20:43

Eighty years ago today, on August 2, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed House Bill 6385, The Marihuana Tax Act, into law. The Act, for the first time, imposed federal criminal penalties on activities specific to the possession, production, and sale of cannabis. This act set into motion the long nightmare of federal prohibition that, […]

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Marijuana Justice Act Would End Federal Prohibition, Punish States With Racially Biased Pot Arrests

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 17:46

Bill Establishes “Community Reinvestment Fund” of $500M Aimed at Repairing Some of the Damage Done by the War on Drugs Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Tuesday introduced the Marijuana Justice Act, legislation that ends federal marijuana prohibition and punishes states which enforce cannabis laws in a racially discriminatory manner. “The question is no longer ‘should […]

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 17:44

All Bans On Marijuana Business Will Require Approval By Local Voters It seems busybody state lawmakers feel they just know better than the voters of Massachusetts. They weren’t able to stop themselves from meddling with the law as approved by voters, but after much wrangling in the Legislature, we finally have a compromise. Gov. Charlie Baker […]

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U.S. Senate Committee Extends Medical Marijuana Protections; Rebukes Jeff Sessions

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 21:08

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) on Thursday adopted an amendment to continue preventing the U.S. Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. The amendment blocks the federal Department of Justice from spending any funds to undermine state medicinal cannabis laws. It is a striking rebuke to […]

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Republicans Block Amendment To Allow VA Doctors To Authorize Medical Marijuana For Veterans

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 04:19

The House Rules Committee’s GOP majority on Tuesday blocked an amendment that would have allowed VA doctors to authorize medical marijuana for veterans. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, on Tuesday condemned the House Rules Committee decision to block his amendment to make it easier for qualified veterans to […]

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