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Washington: It's Almost Time For World's Biggest Pot Party: Seattle Hempfest

By Steve Elliott, Toke of the Town/Special to Hemp News

There is a truth that must be heard! If you've never been to Seattle Hempfest, the world's largest "protestival" based around marijuana, you really owe it to yourself. While it's hard to describe the vibe of being in a crowd of a couple hundred thousand like-minded people, those who have been there keep coming back again and again.

Hempfest, going strong since 1991, is one of the best and almost certainly the biggest marijuana rally in the world. This year's edition hits Seattle on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22, and is dedicated to the memory of legendary hemp activist Jack Herer, whom the movement lost this year.

Free admission, good music, friendly people, and a beautiful setting have always been among the reasons to attend -- and Myrtle Edwards Park on the lovely Seattle waterfront is guaranteed to be smelling really good once the party kicks in.

"The Seattle Hempfest is incredibly inspirational," said Paul Stanford of this year's primary sponsors The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF).

California: Group wants right for AIDS patient to use marijuana to fight disease's symptoms

Wes Woods II, Staff Writer

There is a truth that must be heard! Thomas Place, 55, of Rialto, wants more research conducted on the ingestion of marijuana to assist AIDS patients and has helped create an AIDS patient medical marijuana group to further the cause.

"I just want to help other people," Place said, after showing off his concoction of marijuana tincture, a concoction that he says has helped him overcome renal failure. "I've seen people in different clinics struggling."

Place's group, the Inland Empire HIV/AIDS Medical Marijuana Patient Support Group, meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays in Riverside.

The support group, which is also open to caregivers and family members, has had open discussions on using marijuana for treating AIDS-related symptoms for about a month.

Meetings are for dispensing information such as using marijuana, methods of injection, legal ramifications and sources for obtaining it.

Members, who maintain they are not drug addicts, said AIDS medicines often bring with them side effects that marijuana does not have.

Place said he and group facilitator Lanny Swerdlow would not be allowed to promote using marijuana if the meetings were help in a public-owned facility, which is why the meetings take place at the THCF Medical Clinic & Patient Center.

Michigan: Plant Offers Alternative to Medicine

By LIZ SHEPARD, Times Herald

There is a truth that must be heard! Doctors are sorting through the state's medical marijuana law.

Some believe it is beneficial. Others say it's not for everyone.

Dr. Paul A. Meyer has worked at The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation clinic in Southfield for six months.

Meyer, who also runs a private practice in Saginaw, said he sees patients from throughout the metro area and as far away as Port Huron.

He said the plant can be used for multiple symptoms, including nausea, pain and seizures.

"I've never seen any individual plant or medicine that has such a wide range of effectiveness," Meyer said.

He said patients are screened by clinic staff before they reach him. Meyer evaluates them and decides if they qualify.

He started working at the clinic six months ago after seeing positive results with a few patients in his private clinic.

"I see many people who have been on dozens of medications and have not had relief, and yet cannabis helps with their problems," he said.

Meyer said medical marijuana patients are not using the drug to get high. His patients' average age is in the early 40s.

He said parts of the plant don't contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol -- referred to as THC for short -- which causes the psychological effects associated with marijuana. Some patients choose to use the THC-free part to avoid those effects.

Oregon: Cannabis Legalization Effort Now Gathering Signatures

By Steve Elliott, Toke of the Town/Hemp News

 Oregon: Cannabis Legalization Effort Now Gathering Signatures Oregon's marijuana legalization initiative, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (OCTA), is kicking off its signature-gathering phase at the OR NORML meeting in Portland this Saturday, April 10.

Petitions have just been approved for circulation by the Oregon Secretary of State's Office, and OCTA said it expects more than 300 attendees to be among the first to sign the petition for this historic ballot measure.

OCTA will generate revenue by taxing commercial cannabis sales, which will be permitted to adults 21 and older. More than $140 million a year would be generated by OCTA for the state's General Fund, according to projections, paying for education, roads, health care, and other public projects.

"OCTA will transform Oregon," said co-chief petitioner Madeleine Martinez, executive director of OR NORML. "Supporting OCTA is a no-brainer."

According to OCTA's other co-chief petitioner, Paul Stanford of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF), the potential of industrial hemp for Oregon's economy is limitless, as it will turn the state into a national leader in ecological innovation and sustainable jobs.

"The entire hemp plant is useful, from its seeds which create a food source to its oil which can be made into bio-diesel to its stalks which can be woven into fabrics or turned into paper," Stanford said. "Hemp is the future, not just for Oregon, but for a sustainable planet."

Michigan: Patients find help, support with Compassion Clubs

By Marla Miller, Muskegon Chronicle

There is a truth that must be heard! Gregory Adams grew up in the college town of Ann Arbor, home to some of the most lenient laws on marijuana possession in the country.

Adams, 25, has been involved in marijuana advocacy efforts since his high school days there. And he is bringing his passion to West Michigan as executive director of the Lakeshore Compassion Club. The club plans to meet monthly at Muskegon Community College to help interested individuals wade through the confusion of Michigan’s new medical marijuana law.

“This is what the people want here,” said Adams, citing the fact 67 percent of Muskegon County voters — the third highest county percentage in the state — approved the ballot referendum. “We’re just trying to get our information out to the community. It’s a touchy subject and everyone’s scared. We want everyone to come and get informed.”

That includes law enforcement, lawyers, community activists, regular residents and opponents of the law.

The Lakeshore Club, a nonprofit group run by volunteers, had its first informational meeting last December at Muskegon Community College and had more than 40 people attend. A second meeting Jan. 22 drew about 30 people.

“All those people were so happy when they left,” said Steve Lanore, also a board member of the Lakeshore Compassion Club. “This is legal now in Michigan. We don’t want people to be scared.”

Compassion clubs sprouting up

Oregon: Hempstalk Appreciation Party this Friday at the Village Ballroom in Portland

Human from The Human Revolution and Tim Pate & Friends Scheduled to Perform

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By Hempstalk Staff

United States: 2010: The Year of the GRASS

Green is their signature color. Medicinal marijuana gardeners throughout the state of Oregon enjoyed a plentiful harvest last fall, and look to 2010 as a year of growth, and change.

By Bonnie King, Salem-News

United States: 2010: The Year of the GRASS (VIDEO)(SALEM, Ore.) - “After living through arrests in the past for growing marijuana, to be able to do it legally, it’s almost entirely stress-free compared to when it was illegal. So to be able to help the people that need this - it warms our hearts,” said Paul Stanford, Executive Director of The Hemp & Cannabis Foundation. The fear of breaking the law has stopped most people for seven decades from considering marijuana, or cannabis, to treat their ailments. That is no longer the rule of the day, as this medical marijuana garden clearly proves.

Montana: Applying for Relief: Missoula Clinic Helps Patients Fill Out Paperwork for Medical Marijuana

By Tristan Scott of the Missoulian

Montana: Applying for relief: Missoula Clinic Helps Patients Fill Out Paperwork for Medical Marijuana Jim Swansiger took a road trip to Missoula on Monday. When he returned home to Great Falls, the 60-year-old retired construction worker was a legitimate medical marijuana patient.

“My paperwork’s all in order,” Swansiger said. “I’m just going to stop by the Capitol on my way home and drop it off.”

He’ll have to wait a few weeks before the state Department of Health and Human Services sends him an identification card in the mail, but he’s covered under the Montana medical marijuana law until then. That means he can legally grow six marijuana plants and possess up to an ounce of pot, which he intends to start using for pain relief in lieu of a prescription drug called oxycodone.

Swansiger suffers from peripheral neuropathy, a disorder he says causes pain and numbness in his legs and feet – “It’s like someone is jamming pins in the tops of my feet,” he says – and his preferred course of treatment is marijuana.

And so he drove to Missoula, where a nonprofit organization called The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation was offering an all-day clinic to help patients obtain their permits.

With medical records in hand, Swansiger and dozens of other patients sat in a conference room at the Grant Creek Inn. They paid a consultation fee, which is adjusted based on income, and waited to meet with Dr. Eric Eisenbud, an ophthalmologist from Boulder, Colo.

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2009: A Year to Remember; Ten Stories on Hemp and Cannabis Reform

"There is reason to believe there is hope for the 21st Century, and that's the way it will be." Walter Cronkite

Compiled by Hemp News Staff

1. California: DEA To Yield Marijuana Jurisdiction To States - 3/2/2009

Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is sending strong signals that President Obama - who as a candidate said states should be allowed to make their own rules on medical marijuana - will end raids on pot dispensaries in California.

"What the president said during the campaign, you'll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we'll be doing here in law enforcement," he said. "What he said during the campaign is now American policy."


2. Washington State: Kitsap Medical Marijuana Defendant Acquitted - 3/24/2009

By CHARLIE BERMANT, Port Orchard Independent Staff Writer

There is a truth that must be heard! A medical marijuana patient being prosecuted in Kitsap County Superior Court for drug trafficking was found not guilty on Tuesday morning, after a jury ruled that his use of the drug was within the law.

The jury deliberated for approximately two hours prior to its ruling.

California: First Cannabis Shop in Riverside

California: First Cannabis Shop in Riverside RIVERSIDE - Riverside's first medical marijuana dispensary is expected to open today.

The Inland Empire Health and Wellness Center Medical Marijuana Collective, 647 N. Main St., is supposed to operate as a nonprofit organization where people with a doctor's recommendation will be allowed to buy marijuana from those permitted to grow it under state law, the Press-Enterprise reported.

In Los Angeles, pot shops have cropped by the hundreds over the past few years, while the City Council alternately stalled on regulating them or declared moratoriums on new ones.

William Sump, the general manager of the Riverside collective, said he and several attorneys had done their best to meet the city's requirements, which include having security guards on duty when the collective is open.

"I feel we have done as much as we possibly can to be compliant and at this point," he told the Press-Enterprise. "It's about access for the patients."

The collective has about 150 members, Sump said. Just across the street is the THCF Medical Clinic, where people can seek a doctor's recommendation for the formerly illegal weed.

Related: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens In Riverside (Video)

Medical marijuana facility to open in Riverside


Oregon: Jack Herer Benefit Event This Friday at Village Ballroom in Portland

THCF and Several NORML Chapters Join In

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By Paul Stanford and Michael Bachara, Hemp News Staff

United States: Why Should Farmers Grow Hemp?

Because hemp is the ultimate cash crop, producing more fiber, food and oil than any other plant on the planet.

By Paul Stanford, THCF/CRRH

United States: Why Should Farmers Grow Hemp? According to the Notre Dame University publication, The Midland Naturalist, from a 1975 article called, "Feral Hemp in Southern Illinois," about the wild hemp fields that annual efforts from law enforcement eradication teams cannot wipe out, an acre of hemp produces:

1. 8,000 pounds of hemp seed per acre.

* When cold-pressed, the 8,000 pounds of hemp seed yield over 300 gallons of hemp seed oil and a byproduct of
* 6,000 pounds of high protein hemp flour.

Colorado: The Patients’ Perspective - Locals Find Relief With Medical Marijuana

by Jeff Mannix

Colorado: The Patients’ Perspective - Locals Find Relief With Medical Marijuana Medical marijuana is setting root in Durango, throughout Colorado and in 14 other states. The shroud of illegitimacy is lifting, and hundreds of thousands are finding relief from pain and debilitating disease not found with chemical pharmaceuticals and standard medical therapy.

On Nov. 7, 1999, Colorado voters passed Amendment 20, permitting the use of marijuana for the treatment of specified, disabling medical conditions. Regulating the lawful use of cannabis was turned over to the Colorado State Board of Health, which in turn established the Medical Marijuana Registry Program. “Effective June 1, 1999,” Amendment 20 reads, “it shall be an exception from the state’s criminal laws for any patient or primary caregiver in lawful possession of a registry identification card to engage or assist in the medical use of marijuana … .”

With a number of storefront medical marijuana dispensaries now open in Durango and more in the making, law enforcement and municipal and county governments are beginning to accept the volumes of testimony from patients and health providers that this ancient herb is indeed a palliative if not a curative, natural pharmaceutical. The concerns have legitimately turned toward suitable and fair regulation and transparency, similar to scrutiny applied to pharmacies, health clinics and alcohol sales.

Oregon: THCF Medicinal Cannabis Gardens - Grassfire

"We must go beyond the arrogance of human rights. We must go beyond the ignorance of civil rights. We must step into the reality of natural rights because all of the natural world has a right to existence and we are only a small part of it. There can be no trade-off." John Trudell

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Staff

Oregon: THCF Medicinal Cannabis Gardens - GrassfireThe following video slideshow is a compilation of animated photographs taken at the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation's Medicinal Gardens in October 2009. The slideshow is accompanied by the soft cadence of the song "Grassfire" by John Trudell and his band Bad Dog.

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Oregon: THCF Medicinal Cannabis Garden Helping Patients

Fruitful Harvest Shared Among Patients Seeking Natural Alternative to Prescription Medicine

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Staff

Oregon: THCF Medicinal Cannabis Garden Helping Patients Hemp News recently made a visit to experience a legal medical cannabis garden managed by the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF) in Portland, Oregon. We spent some time with growers, patients, and community members, in an attempt to shed light on the subject of medical cannabis, and to document the THCF's efforts to help medical cannabis patients in the community.

Michigan: Niles Man Pleads For Cannabis To Ease Cancer

By Carol Draeger Thomas, Tribune Staff Writer
Photo by Barbara Allison

There is a truth that must be heard! Carroll Fisher does not regularly use marijuana. But he'd like to.

The retired 67-year-old Niles factory worker has never smoked a joint — except for trying one in his 20s — until July.

That was three months after he was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer.

He took a trip to Canada to visit friends and had the occasion, as he describes it, to smoke marijuana.

Twice a day.

Feeling better

"I slept better. It gave me an appetite where as the chemotherapy takes it away," he said about the drug, which is illegal in Canada.

"It helped me with the pain," he added.

When he returned to Michigan, where voters a year ago approved medicinal marijuana, he asked his cancer physician in Niles, Dr. Chil Kang, to sign the state form authorizing Fisher to use medicinal marijuana.

"He won't do it," Fisher said.

Nor will his eye doctor or his family practitioner, Dr. Douglas Tacket.

"I can't get anyone to sign it," Fisher said.

Michigan's law requires a licensed state physician to sign a certification form, authorizing the patient to grow up to 12 plants to use for medical purposes.

The form is necessary for Fisher to obtain a registry card allowing him to use the drug.

Greg Francisco, executive director of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, is not surprised by Fisher's problem.

Colorado: University of Colorado/Denver - Medical Marijuana Lecture

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director There is a truth that must be heard! The University of Colorado/Denver recently hosted physicians Kevin Boyle and Eric Eisenbud to present a lecture on medical cannabis’ historical, legal and policy considerations; Scientific research and new cannabinoid pharmaceuticals; Clinical applications. (Complete Lecture Video) Family Medicine Grand Rounds

United States: Jack Herer Strives To Recover While The Fight For Hemp Goes On

Jack Herer is recovering from a heart attack, but his mission to bring hemp into the spotlight as an answer for multiple problems, continues.

By Bonnie King,

There is a truth that must be heard!(SALEM, Ore.) - Jack Herer is a very resilient fellow. 40 years ago he was a Goldwater Republican. Nine years ago he suffered a minor heart attack, and a major stroke.

All these calamities and more, he survived.

But his fight continues. For the last four weeks, Jack has been in a Portland Oregon hospital, slowly recovering from a heart attack. On Monday, he was discharged from Legacy Emanuel Hospital, and his family moved him to a nursing facility in Eugene, according to

Exactly one month ago, Jack was stricken by a heart attack. So, each day, the challenge is no less than the day before. The challenge to bring Jack back.

He was in a medically induced coma for several days, on the critical list in ICU for nearly three weeks. Over time, he showed some improvements. His EEG (brain scan) showed more activity, and he would open his eyes. He stretched his arms and legs, yawned, turned his head from side to side. They removed the respirator.

Last week he was taken off the Critical list, moved out of ICU, and remains in stable condition. Stable enough, it seems, to be moved to another facility.

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