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Sessions To Lead Trump Admin’s Expected Marijuana Crackdown

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:06

The Trump Administration is expected to announce a federal crackdown on marijuana next week, according to multiple sources. Donald Trump’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is expected to recommend the crackdown, which is supposedly taking place “in an effort to reduce the number of violent crimes.” […]

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Crazy In California: Sugarleaf Rastafarian Group Denies ‘Selling Churches’ For Up To $35,000

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 03:07

This is a story that could probably only happen in California. And even in California, it could probably only happen at this particular point in time. You see, the Golden State is in major flux, right now. With the looming implementation of recreational marijuana legalization, lots of folks aren’t entirely certain where the legal lines […]

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Uruguay, First To Legalize, Begins Legal Retail Sales Of Marijuana

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 19:04

Uruguay began sales of legal marijuana for adult residents on July 19, 2017. The marijuana legalization proposal was put forward by former President José Mujica in 2012 as part of a comprehensive package aimed at improving public safety. At a pharmacy in Montevideo’s old town, five customers were waiting to buy when the store shutters […]

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Governor Sununu Signs New Hampshire Marijuana Decrim Bill Into Law

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 05:56

New Hampshire Last To Decriminalize In New England Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday signed a bill into law that will decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in New Hampshire. It will officially take effect in 60 days, making New Hampshire the 22nd state in the nation — and the last of the New England states […]

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Jeff Sessions Wants Police To Take More Cash, Property From ‘Drug Suspects’

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 03:18

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said he’s issuing an order this week to increase police seizures of cash and property, “especially for drug traffickers.” Asset forfeiture laws mean police can take everything you own, just because they “suspect” you of being involved in crime. Given Sessions’ past pronouncements on pot, the cannabis community is […]

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Firing Medical Marijuana Patients Is Discrimination: Massachusetts Supreme Court

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 00:32

The top court in Massachusetts on Monday ruled that a woman fired for testing positive for medical marijuana legally authorized under state law could sue her former employer for handicap discrimination. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) rejected the argument of Christina Barbuto’s former employer that she couldn’t sue for handicap discrimination because possessing marijuana […]

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Making History: Uruguay Begins Retail Marijuana Sales Next Week

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 20:50

International Momentum to End Marijuana Prohibition and War on Drugs Continues to Intensify Uruguay next week will begin sales of legal marijuana for adult residents. It will become the first modern nation on Earth to fully legalize the production, sale and consumption of cannabis. The marijuana legalization proposal was put forward by former President José […]

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Cannabis Advocates Ask N.H. Gov. Sununu to Veto Marijuana Study Commission Bill

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 22:39

Final Version of HB 215 Includes Numerous Opponents of Reforming Marijuana Laws, But No Supporters Ever feel as if the deck has been stacked? A New Hampshire cannabis legalization “study commission” — which was never much more than a delay tactic, anyway — has been filled with exclusively anti-marijuana members. Advocates for legalizing and regulating marijuana […]

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Medical Marijuana For Military Veterans

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 17:26

Amendment Approved With Bipartisan 24 to 7 Margin The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday adopted an amendment to allow military veterans to obtain medical marijuana recommendations through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bipartisan vote was 24 to 7. A similar measure was adopted by the panel last year by a vote of 20 to […]

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House Judiciary Committee Approves Bill Giving Sessions Unchecked Power To Ban Drugs And Set Penalties

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 00:12

Bill Advances Despite Strong Opposition from Major Criminal Justice and Conservative Groups   Advocates: Tough Sentences for Heroin Didn’t Stop the Opioid Crisis and Won’t Work for New Drugs The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday advanced legislation that greatly expands the penalties for new drugs and gives Attorney General Jeff Sessions unilateral new powers to […]

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NYPD Continues Discriminatory Marijuana Arrests

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 05:02

Tale of Two New Yorks Endures Under Mayor de Blasio NYPD Made More Marijuana Possession Arrests under de Blasio/Bratton from 2014 to 2016 than Giuliani/Bratton from 1994 to 1996 Extreme Racial Disparities Persist as Black and Latino New Yorkers comprise 85% of Marijuana Possession Arrests, Despite Young Whites Using at Higher Rates A new report […]

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Smoking Marijuana Improves Cognitive Performance: New Study

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 00:45

Marijuana doesn’t impair, and in many cases, actually improves executive functioning, an area of cognitive performance, according to a new study led by Harvard Medical School affiliate McLean Hospital. The study, “Splendor in the Grass? A Pilot Study Assessing the Impact of Medical Marijuana on Executive Function,” led by Staci Gruber, PhD, also explored whether […]

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Most Patients Prefer Medical Marijuana To Pharma Pain Medications: New Study

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 03:37

A landmark study released this week found that 97 percent of patients agreed they could decrease their opioid use when using medical marijuana. Almost as many, 92 percent, agreed that they prefer cannabis to treat their medical condition. Eighty-one percent agreed that medical marijuana alone was more effective than taking cannabis with opioids. “This study […]

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Jackpot! Legal Marijuana Sales Will Begin July 1 In Nevada

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 17:10

Q: How do you make Vegas even better? A: You add weed. Legal adult marijuana sales will begin in Nevada on July 1, 2017, making it the fifth state in the nation to establish a regulated marijuana market for adults. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. PT, adults 21 and older with a valid ID will be […]

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It’s That Time Of Year Again: Seattle Hempfest Claims It’s Fighting To Survive

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 23:55

It’s an annual ritual in Washington state. No, I’m not talking about Hempfest. I’m talking about premature reports of Hempfest’s death. Around this time, every year, Seattle Hempfest spokesman Vivian McPeak tells the press a woebegone story about how the “protestival” is on its last legs financially, and how “this year may be the last […]

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Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Increase Car Crashes: New Study

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 23:02

Don’t Fear the Reefer Any seasoned stoner knows that cannabis doesn’t really make you wreck your car. It’s just not alcohol, and that’s still true no matter how hard you pretend. The trouble has been with convincing tremulous state legislators, who understandably don’t want to be responsible for unleashing a new torrent of blood on […]

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Utah Medical Marijuana 2018 Ballot Initiative Launched

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 16:51

Utah Patients Coalition on Monday launched its 2018 ballot initiative campaign to establish a medical cannabis program for patients in Utah. The proposed ballot initiative would allow patients to legally and safely access medical cannabis with the recommendation of their doctor. The initiative arose from patient advocates who are frustrated by the the inability of the […]

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Three Out Of Four Americans Want Trump To Respect State Marijuana Laws

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 04:33

A new Survey USA poll commissioned by Marijuana Majority finds the strongest support yet for letting states legalize cannabis without federal interference from the Trump Administration. In the survey of 1,500 American adults, three out of four (76 percent) say that states should be able to implement their own marijuana laws regardless of federal prohibition. […]

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Vermont Senate Passes Compromise Marijuana Legalization Bill

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 00:40

Another bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont was approved by the state Senate on Wednesday, the first day of a two-day veto session. H. 511 reflects a compromise between legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Scott, who vetoed a similar bill, S. 22, in late May. It will now go the House, […]

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New York Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana For PTSD; Bill Heads To Gov. Cuomo’s Desk

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:50

New York Poised to Become 27th State to Provide PTSD Patients With Access to Medical Marijuana The bipartisan proposal is headed to the governor’s desk after passing 50-13 in the Senate on Tuesday; it received overwhelming approval in the Assembly last month A bipartisan proposal to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition […]

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