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Illinois Senate Approves Marijuana Legalization Ballot Question

Marijuana Moment - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 18:20

Illinois lawmakers voted to place a marijuana legalization measure on the state’s November ballot.

The question posed to voters would read:

“Shall the State of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

The measure would not be binding, but would likely prod state lawmakers to more seriously consider passing a bill to legalize marijuana in 2019.

The Senate vote on Thursday was 37 to 13. The measure now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

SB2275 is up on the floor, @SenCunningham's measure to put an advisory referenda on the ballot on the legalization of marijuana. It passes 37-13.

— IL Senate Democrats (@ILSenDems) March 1, 2018

“The debate over marijuana legalization is continuing to lead many states to consider various ideas and changes to current laws,” Sen. Bill Cunningham (D), the chief sponsor of the referendum legislation, said in a press release. “Asking the people of Illinois how they feel about the subject can help determine which path we take as legislators.”

Voters in Cook County — the state’s most populous county and the second largest in the U.S. — will already see a similar cannabis question on their March 20 primary election ballot.

Several candidates for governor and attorney general are campaigning on platforms that include support for marijuana legalization.

Illinois Voters Will Make Major Marijuana Decisions In March

Lawmakers in at least eight other states are considering bills to place marijuana referendums before voters.

That includes Rhode Island, where a state representative filed a cannabis legalization referendum proposal on Wednesday.

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Nevada's recreational marijuana sales on pace to hit $60 million in first year

Cannabist - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 18:10
The state had projected $50 million in sales in the first year of sales.

Texas college baseball coach fired for Colorado marijuana comments to recruit

Cannabist - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 18:07
Mike Jeffcoat, the coach of Texas Wesleyan’s baseball team, has been fired over comments he made about Colorado recruits.

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Concludes Policy Discussions On Draft Regulations

Weed News - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 18:00
The Cannabis Control Commission concluded its third and final day of policy discussions, which was part of its process to draft and promulgate regulations for the licensing and implementation of the...

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Crossing guard charged with selling marijuana on the job

Cannabist - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:59
A Pennsylvania woman responsible for helping school children safely cross the street has been charged with selling marijuana while on the job.

Mississippi police chief suspended after marijuana-smoking video surfaces

Cannabist - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:57
In the video, Shane Flynt laughed about being police chief using vulgar language and a broken pipe. His chief uniform can be seen hanging in the background while Christmas music plays.

South Carolina: Medical Marijuana Is On The Move

Weed News - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:30
South Carolina needs medical marijuana reform just as much as any other prohibition state. Below is an action alert that I received out of South Carolina yesterday. If you live there, please do your...

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World Cannabis Congress Announces Anne McLellan As Keynote Speaker

Weed News - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:00
The Hon. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C., A.O.E., senior advisor with Bennett Jones, LLP and former chair of Canada’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation will be a keynote speaker at...

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Marijuana On The Ballot: Rhode Island Voters Could Weigh In On Legalization

Marijuana Moment - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:00

Voters in the nation’s smallest state could have a chance to send a big message about marijuana legalization this fall.

Under a new bill filed in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, Rhode Islanders would be able to decide on a ballot measure calling for the end of cannabis prohibition.

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Freedom Leaf Announces National Distribution Agreement

Weed News - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:30
Freedom Leaf, Inc. (OTCQB: FRLF), a group of diversified, international, vertically-integrated Cannabis/Hemp business and media companies, today announced that it is developing multiple strategic...

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West Virginia House Passes Bill To Improve Medical Marijuana Law

Weed News - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:00
I received the following legislative alert out of West Virginia yesterday: Today, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill making limited improvements to the medical cannabis program. HB...

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Plant-derived CBD import given “priority review”

The Leaf Online - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 15:42

The federal government is not ready to accept the medical science on the safety and efficacy of cannabis and the DEA and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are threatening a crack down on patients and providers here in the USA. However, a foreign pharmaceutical company is making fast headway towards getting its product approved for import […]

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Check Out New Approach Missouri Events In March

Weed News - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 15:30
By John Payne In the month of March, you will have three exciting opportunities to both support our campaign for medical cannabis and learn about the positive changes that our amendment can bring to...

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New York Considers Expanding Medical Marijuana Program

Weed News - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 15:00
New York has a strict medical marijuana program, but lawmakers are considering expanding the program. Below is a message that I received yesterday that has more information about it: New York has...

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Citing legal marijuana, Texas coach "not recruiting players from Colorado"

Cannabist - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 14:30
"Thanks for the interest in our program. Unfortunately, we are not recruiting players from the state of Colorado. In the past, players have had trouble passing our drug test. We have made a decision to not take a chance on Student-athletes from your state..."

Did Trump make a pro-legalization argument in gun debate? (Newsletter: March 1, 2018)

Marijuana Moment - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:43

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American Legion presses Congress on medical cannabis; DE task force report fails; UT ballot signatures

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In a meeting about gun policy, President Trump appeared to make an argument often used by drug legalization activists: “The problem is you have a real black market… They sell a gun and the buyer doesn’t care… And you have that problem with drugs. You make the drugs illegal and they come.”

The American Legion, which represents 2.4 million military veterans, pushed lawmakers to reschedule marijuana during a joint hearing of House and Senate committees.

/ FEDERAL

President Trump has reportedly stated his support for executing drug sellers to members of Congress and foreign leaders.

A bipartisan group of congressional leaders is asking the inspectors general of the Departments of Justice and State to investigate the Drug Enforcement Administration’s role in operations that triggered violent attacks by Mexican drug cartels.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Office of National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Jim Carroll, First Lady Melania Trump and other administration officials will speak at  White House summit on opioids on Thursday.

U.S. Sen, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) tweeted, “Big pharma keeps pushing back against legalizing medical marijuana because, in many cases, they want to continue to sell addictive drugs and dominate the market for drugs that address chronic pain.”

The Congressional Black Caucus criticized Sessions’s drug enforcement policies.

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “Outdated regulations prevent legal marijuana businesses from accessing financial services. This self-defeating policy makes it harder to tax revenue and risks public safety.”

Former Office of National Drug Control Policy spokesman Robert Weiner is criticizing Democrats for supporting marijuana legalization.

The U.S. House bill to deschedule marijuana got one new cosponsor, for a total of 33.

/ STATES

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) said he would veto a marijuana legalization bill if passed by the legislature.

Delaware’s marijuana legalization task force failed to find enough votes to approve its draft report.

The Georgia House of Representatives voted 145-17 to approve a bill to add PTSD and intractable pain as qualifying conditions for the state’s limited CBD medical cannabis law.

Idaho’s House of Representatives voted 59-11 to approve a CBD medical cannabis bill. Gov. Butch Otter (R), who vetoed similar legislation before, indicated he might do so again.

The West Virginia House of Representatives passed a bill to raise caps on medical cannabis licenses and allow for vertical integration.

The Colorado House Finance Committee approved a bill to allow out-of-state investments in the marijuana industry.

The New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to mandate state officials refuse requests for information on medical cannabis program participants unless accompanied by a warrant.

Massachusetts regulators agreed to place a cap on marijuana cultivation and made other decisions on legalization implementation.

Utah activists have collected more than 150,000 signatures to qualify a medical cannabis ballot measure.

The Florida Supreme Court disbarred an attorney who helped to sell false medical cannabis certificates.

Alaska representatives filed a bill to create a state-run bank that would be allowed to serve the marijuana industry.

Georgia representatives introduced a resolution calling on Congress to reschedule marijuana or otherwise remove roadblocks to cannabis research.

North Dakota regulators are accepting applications for medical cannabis testing lab licenses.

Tennessee police are dismissing charges against stores recently raided for selling CBD products.

Washington State regulators extended the period through which they are accepting contingency reporting from marijuana licensees due to problems with the state’s electronic tracking system.

A Louisiana representative (jokingly?) said the state should legalize marijuana and fund transportation: “We’d call it a pothole tax. It makes sense.”

/ LOCAL

The Los Angeles, California City Council approved a resolution supporting a state-run bank to serve the marijuana industry.

The East Baton Rouge, Louisiana Metro Council approved a proposal to remove the threat of jail time for low-level marijuana possession.

The Easton, Pennsylvania City Council voted 4-3 to reject a proposed marijuana decriminalization ordinance.

The police chief of Lumberton, Mississippi was suspend with pay after a video surfaced appearing to show him smoking marijuana.

The Savannah, Georgia City Council will consider a marijuana decriminalization proposal on Thursday.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Russia will allow foreigners attending the World Cup to bring medical cannabis and other drugs with them, as long as they have proper documentation.

The UK government said a six-year-old boy whose family wants him to have legal medical cannabis could access it through clinical trials.

Jamaican medical cannabis harvests began.

/ ADVOCACY

Activists led by StoptheDrugWar.org held a demonstration outside the Philippine embassy in Washington, D.C. to protest the country’s bloody “war on drugs.”

/ SCIENCE & HEALTH

Questions are being raised about the methodology of an analysis that suggested pedestrian fatalities rose in some states that legalized marijuana compared to states that did not. Namely, the analysis put California into the latter group instead of the former one, likely skewing the results.

A survey conducted by Michigan regulators found that more than 60 percent of patients said they benefited greatly from using medical cannabis.

/ BUSINESS

The owners of Marijuana Business Daily reportedly reached an undisclosed settlement with the site’s former president and publisher.

Former Overstock.com president Stormy Simon spoke about her support for marijuana law reform.

/ CULTURE     

A basketball coach at Texas Wesleyan University sent an email telling a high school student from Colorado that he doesn’t recruit students from that state because they “have had trouble passing our drug test.”

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Mistrial declared for Denver cannabis church leaders charged with open and public marijuana consumption

Cannabist - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:00
During jury selection, potential jurors openly questioned prosecutor's legal theory that the defendants were complicit in fostering the open and public consumption of marijuana at the church's 2017 4/20 celebration.

The Yelp Of Cannabis

Weed News - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 11:20
The Yelp of cannabis is Yelp. In legal States Yelp is accepting of cannabis businesses using their services, it just won’t be advertised. Most success depends on quality and consistency except in...

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Marijuana Firecrackers: Recipe and Video Instructions

The Joint Blog - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 09:17
Marijuana firecrackers are easy to make and extremely potent. This powerful combo have made them a popular choice for marijuana consumers. Here’s how to make them, with both written directions and video instructions.

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Ingredients
    • 0.25 – 0.5 grams of marijuana per firecracker, depending on how potent you want it
    • Two graham crackers, Ritz crackers, saltines or Oreos with the cream removed
    • All natural peanut butter (the oilier the better)  or Nutella

 

Items needed
    • Butter knife
    • Aluminum foil

 

Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees (Fahrenheit). You can go up to 350 degree, but don’t go above that. You may want to experiment as ovens vary, but 325 degrees seems to work for most
  • Finely grind up your cannabis. The more finely ground, the better; this is true for both increasing potency, and making it more enjoyable to eat
  • Take your crackers or cookies, and spread up to a tablespoon of peanut butter on each one
  • Sprinkle the  marijuana on both crackers. Take a butter knife and softly fold the marijuana into the peanut butter
  • Close the two crackers together, and wrap them tightly in aluminum foil
  • Place them in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes
  • Let cool for 10 minutes, and enjoy!

 

Potency

Firecrackers can be incredibly potent. We recommend starting small (around 0.25 grams), and eating just half. Often when people  say about marijuana edibles it’s an unnecessary precaution, but firecrackers can be particularly strong, and can take you off-guard.

 

Taste

Some people love the taste of marijuana firecrackers; others not so much. The taste can be greatly improved by using cookies or graham crackers rather than Ritz crackers or saltines. If using the latter two, you can try sprinkling a small amount  of sugar onto each cracker before combining them. Not burning them (which may take some experimenting) is also key to good taste.

 

Marijuana firecrackers video instructions

Below is an alternate video recipe, provided to us by Vice:

 

Other marijuana recipes

For those looking for more marijuana recipes; here is a list of over 200 recipes for various marijuana edibles, from condiments and appetizers to entrees and desserts (including recipes for the basics such as cannabutter and marijuana oil).: https://thejointblog.com/marijuana-edible-recipes/

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New Hampshire Committee Approves Bill to Protect Medical Marijuana Patients’ Data From Federal Agencies

The Joint Blog - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 02:45
Legislation to protect medical marijuana patients from the release of information to federal agencies has been passed by New Hampshire’s House Judiciary Committee.

The committee voted 13 to 5 to pass the tripartisan measure (House Bill 1672) which was introduced by Representative Caleb Dyer (L), and is cosponsored by Representatives Dan Hynes (R), Timothy Josephson (D), James McConnell (R) and Joseph Stallcop (L).

The proposal would make it so that; “Requests by federal authorities for any information relative to users of therapeutic cannabis contained in the registry shall require a search warrant issued by a judge based on probable cause.” The full text of the 1-page bill can be found by clicking here.

If the measure is passed into law – which would require it to be passed by the full House of Representatives and Senate, and not vetoed by Governor Chris Sununu – it would take effect January 1, 2019.

In New Hampshire the medical use of marijuana has been legal since 2013, with the first dispensary opening in 2016. Last month the state’s full House of Representatives approved a bill to legalize marijuana for all uses, though the measure has so far stalled in the Senate.

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