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Maine Governor vetoes cannabusiness regulations

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:02

Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed legislation to initiate a regulated cannabis market that state voters called for in 2016 when they approved Question 1. On November 6, the Maine House let the veto stand. In his veto message, LePage said that he “cannot in good conscience support any scheme in state law to implement expansion of […]

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Record high support for cannabis reform

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 20:26

Even amid the hard press of prohibitionists since Trump took office last year, public support for cannabis reform continues to grow. A new Gallup poll released October 25 shows solid majority support for making marijuana legal, with nearly two out of three persons polled calling for legalization of the world’s most valuable agricultural crop. Support […]

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Why marijuana should be legal infographic

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:52

Cannabis is our nation’s number one cash crop and now 64% of the population, including a majority of Republicans, believe it should be legalized. Trump said he would legalize medical marijuana and leave it up to the states to decide. And yet progress remains stalled in the GOP dominated Congress, where House Republicans recently launched […]

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Oaksterdam U sets 10th anniversary fete

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 14:33

Ten years ago, the world’s first cannabis college featuring a multicourse curriculum, examinations and a graduation certificate opened its doors on 15th Street in Downtown Oakland with a small paper sign posted in its doorway. Now the world famous Oaksterdam University, OU, will host its Tenth Anniversary fete on November 18, and tickets are still […]

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Using cannabis in place of anxiety meds

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 11:20

Everyone feels anxious at one point or another, but this anxiety becomes debilitating when its associated symptoms start to impede a person’s ability to function normally every day. General anxiety disorder (GAD) is often characterized by excessive worry. The worry may be with or without any actual basis, and someone suffering from GAD will struggle […]

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Major criminal justice reforms approved in CA

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 14:55

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several measures supported by drug policy reform groups, including two on October 14, during a meeting of the world’s largest international conferences on drug policy. Assembly bill 1008, Senate Bill 180 and other laws signed this Fall that affect social justice and the medical and adult use of marijuana, […]

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Maine governor pressured to sign cannabis regulations

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 19:49

Maine voters passed the legalization initiative, Question 1, almost a year ago. Its passage was challenged and then affirmed by the state. Then the legislature dragged its feet in addressing the regulations, but they finally did it. Now, cannabis reform advocates are calling on Gov. Paul LePage to sign the measure into law let the […]

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Contrasting cannabis status: Alsaka, Texas, Pennsylvania

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 14:54

Cannabis reform is on the march, from Alaska, where citizens voted to expand adult access, to Texas, where another county has eased its penalties for possession. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, the Friends State, a bleak portrait of racial disparity in prosecutions has emerged. These contrasts show a patchwork of US attitudes toward marijuana use, according to […]

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Atlanta decrims as drug reformers meet, hold vigil

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 17:32

The largest international conference on drug policy reform convened in Atlanta on October 10, with about 1500 people attending, just days after the City adopted a policy that dropped the fine for possession of small amounts of cannabis from $1000 plus jail time to less than a $100 fine. On the first day of the […]

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Raging fires hit northern California cannabis farms

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:55

California began to license and regulate its cannabis cultivation, processing and yields this year, just in time to be hit with a trial by fire, literally, that tore through parts of the famous Emerald Triangle. Hosts of the Emerald Cup intend to go forward with their annual competition and expo in Santa Rosa in December, […]

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Drug czar nominee pulled amid opioid scandal

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:52

U.S. Representative Tom Marino (R-PA) was nominated as the Trump administration’s director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, or “drug czar,” despite having no background in health or treatment. He pulled his name from such a consideration on October 17, amid revelations from a Washington Post/60 Minutes investigation that he had spearheaded passage […]

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Vets likely to choose medical cannabis; VA blocks access

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 22:37

Nearly half of military veterans who report having used cannabis in the past year did so for medical purposes, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Addictive Behaviors. A team of investigators from the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research assessed the prevalence of […]

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Cannabis use reduces opioids, Pharma meds

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 14:59

Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical marijuana program are more likely to reduce their use of prescription drugs than patients who don’t use cannabis, according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org Investigators […]

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Cannabis health benefits for aging, HIV

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 14:55

While one recent study suggests that cannabis consumers live longer and with a better quality of live, two pieces of good news also arrived on the HIV front, with data showing that cannabis use is associated with a boost in immunity without any increase in mortality. Better living with cannabis Marijuana use is associated with […]

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House GOP slams cannabis twice

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:53

Patients beware. The Republican party may be ready to follow through on its 2016 election platform threat to “roll back medical marijuana” and, in September, the GOP-dominated house threw a quick punch to the gut of the hemp industry, as well. For several years now, Congress has limited DEA funding to go after medical marijuana […]

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California to publish new rules in November

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:49

To no one’s surprise, California’s three cannabis licensing agencies announced on September 29 the withdrawal of the pending medical cannabis regulations that were proposed in late spring. They also named the individuals who were appointed to the state’s advisory board. The much-anticipated withdrawal will officially occur on October 6, according to a statement on the […]

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California offers cannabusinesses assistance

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:31

California’s new Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) will  host three free public workshops on cannabusiness licensing in mid-October. These workshops will focus on what information is needed and what resources are available for people who are planning to apply for state commercial cannabis licenses. The three public licensing workshops will take place in Los Angeles […]

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Oakland reformer Appel seeks Assembly seat

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:40

Long-time Oakland cannabis reform advocate Judy Appel kicked off her campaign to represent the 15th Assembly District as a legislator in Sacramento. Having spent three decades as a thoughtful, progressive leader in the local community, Appel’s deep roots and long-standing commitment to the district make her an early front-runner. Checks may be made payable to: […]

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Rhode Island: Too much pot commission power?

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 15:30

Nearly 60 percent of Rhode Islanders now support legalization, and the legislature has created a commission to study how this can be done. Reform activists are now questioning whether the commission might have been given too much power in making its recommendations. Regulate Rhode Island advocates want that process moved into the sunlight of the […]

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HIA brings global industry to Kentucky hemp fields

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 14:25

The Hemp Industries Association took the federal DEA back to court earlier this year and then brought hundreds of people to the Kentucky hemp fields this Fall for a field trip the day before the 2017 convention in Lexington. It has been a remarkable year for the expansion of the hemp industry, and the 24th […]

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