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Uruguay: Wide World of Cannabis Explores First Country To Legalize Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Cannabis and pop culture media platform Merry Jane is investigating cannabis globally in their new original series, "Wide World of Cannabis," which premieres Wednesday.

The first episode, "Uruguay Part 1," travels to South America to explore the first country in the world to completely legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana.

"This is just the start of Merry Jane's deep dive into cannabis use around the world," publicist Katie Jang told us on Wednesday.

Merry Jane was recently launched by entertainment icon Snoop Dogg and media entrepreneur Ted Chung.

The website, including partners Seth Rogen, Guy Oseary and Miley Cyrus, features the latest news on cannabis, business and entertainment, as well as a location mapping service for dispensaries, and an encyclopedia of all things cannabis.

California: Anti-Marijuana Activist Is Determined To Stop Legalization

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Anti-marijuana activist Roger Morgan is determined to stop marijuana legalization in California -- and because of failure of Prop 19 in 2010, he feels he has a good chance.

Morgan is leading the Stop Pot 2016 campaign, the primary political opposition to the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), the cannabis legalization initiative backed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Napster founder Sean Parker, reports Zach Weissmuller at Reason.com.

Morgan's "Safe and Drug-Free Community Act" aims to keep commercial cannabis illegal, and to more heavily regulate medical marijuana in California.

In an often-contentious interview with Weissmuller, the two discuss what science does and doesn't say about the effects of cannabis on the brain; the unintended consequences of prohibition; and what lessons California voters can draw from legalization in places in Colorado, Washington state, Oregon, and Alaska.

U.S.: Morgan Freeman Not Picky When It Comes To Marijuana Strains

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In an intimate, wide-ranging interview, Morgan Freeman sits down with Larry King on the Emmy-nominated series “Larry King Now,” where he opens up about not seeing many scripts, his relationship with President Obama, and his love of marijuana.

The Oscar winner says he’s not picky when it comes to what strain of marijuana he smokes, and makes his case for legalizing the plant. “They can’t continue to say that it’s a dangerous drug when it’s safer than alcohol,” Freeman tells Larry in the interview.

And while the Oscars were held last weekend, the Academy Award winner and ‘Best Picture’ presenter argues, “I’m not quite sure that there is a diversity issue in Hollywood.” He notes that while there no African Americans were nominated for the Oscars, “There were no Asians, either.”

Freeman also explains that the Academy is not the root of the problem, saying “I think if you’re going to talk about diversity in movies, let’s not talk about the Academy Awards. We need to go way way back, we need to go back to people who are making the movie: directors, producers and people behind the camera.”

Although the Oscar winner has been in his fair share of movies, he’s not shy to admit what few actors will: sometimes he takes roles for the money. “Yes [it’s an art], but I don’t want to die a pauper,” he reveals. He also shares why he loves working with Clint Eastwood, saying, “He doesn’t fool around. He respects the actor.”

U.S.: New TV Show Chronicles Emerging Cannabis Economy

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VICELAND, VICE’s new TV network, has shared the first trailer for its show "Weediquette," hosted by Krishna Andavolu. The show premieres on Tuesday, March 1, at 11 p.m., on VICELAND.

In the show, VICE correspondent Krishna Andavolu chronicles the science, culture, and economics of the emerging “green” economy.

Each episode explores the impact of marijuana legalization across the United States and internationally, examining how people on all sides of this issue are dealing with the growing popularity and acceptance of this remarkable plant.

"There are many players in this weed revolution, and each one has a story to tell," "Weediquette announced in a press release.

Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/RYAqnLonzIw

Arizona: ACLU Releases Mobile App To Help Hold Law Enforcement Accountable

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Mobile Justice AZ available free starting today through Apple and Google

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona on Friday launched Mobile Justice AZ, a free smartphone app that allows Arizonans to record video of law enforcement activity and automatically submit those videos to their local ACLU for review if it appears someone’s rights may have been violated.

The same app is also being launched today in nine other jurisdictions: Minnesota, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The Mobile Justice App is already in use in Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, California, Colorado, Missouri, North Carolina and Oregon.

New York has the ACLU’s original app to record police, known as the Stop and Frisk app. In all, residents of 18 states and D.C. now have access to an ACLU mobile app for recording police interactions with the public.

Mobile Justice AZ is available for use on Android and iOS phones and can be downloaded free through Apple’s App Store or Google Play. It enables users to record, witness and report interactions with law enforcement and offers educational information on individual rights.

Videos captured on the Mobile Justice AZ app will be transmitted to the ACLU of Arizona and preserved even if the user’s phone is later seized or destroyed.

U.S.: Advocacy Group Launches 'The Truth About Marijuana' Educational Series

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New Campaign Aims to Deepen Public Knowledge about Medical Marijuana

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) on Wednesday launched "The Truth About Medical Marijuana" educational website and accompanying event series. The Truth About Medical Marijuana will focus on emerging issues in the area of medical marijuana, including understanding the research behind the medicine, emerging policies issues surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) and consumer safety issues.

During each of the next three months, event hosts will focus on these issues and prepare attendees to share that information with politicians and key decision makers, as well as providing tools to counter misinformation in the media.

“With the majority of Americans living in states that allow at least some kind of medical marijuana it’s time to move beyond rhetoric and headlines and foster a genuine understanding of this too often misunderstood medicine,” said Steph Sherer, ASA executive director. “With the Truth About Medical Marijuana, we’re filling a void by giving people straightforward explanations of the science behind medical marijuana and explaining how medical marijuana relates to them and their families.”

Medical marijuana policy has recently undergone a significant series of developments with the passage of several new state laws in a short period of time. In total, 40 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the District of Columbia allow some legal medical use of marijuana.

U.S.: Marijuana Straight Talk TV Show Prepares Third Episode

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When it comes to the complicated and controversial subject of cannabis, Free Speech TV’s "Marijuana Straight Talk" show, hosted by Becca Williams, boldly goes where no one has gone before, according to the show's producers -- and viewers seem to be going along for the ride in big numbers.

The show was the network’s second most popular weekly current affairs program in terms of households reached, according to Free Speech TV. Additionally, Rentrak, a media measurement and analytical services company, reported that "Marijuana Straight Talk" was Free Speech TV’s third most popular in terms of TV ratings and average audience size.

The network’s general manager, Jon Stout, said he was surprised by "Marijuana Straight Talk"’s reception. “It’s a remarkable response — given that this show is just out of the starting gate,” he said.

After riding a tidal wave of print and media coverage, cannabis has come crashing into the public consciousness. Now, more than ever, Americans are marijuana-minded.

U.S.: New Stoner Web Series "Cinedopes" Re-Launches Tuesday

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Attention Comedy Fans! "Cindeopes" is an irreverent comedy that follows the hilarious struggles of Tim, a dime bag weed dealer/failed filmmaker who inherits a movie theater run by an eclectic mix of morons and deviants, and it re-launches on Tuesday, July 14.

Tim, played by "Cinedopes" creator/writer Brian Drolet (MTVs Disaster Date and The Hills), partners with his life-long buddy and neurotic, aspiring lawyer, Blake, played by Writer/Co-Executive Producer Ben Gleib (GSNs Idiotest, The Book of Life, Chelsea Lately).

Tim and Blake decide to get with the times and leave the illegal weed business behind by converting their new indie theater into the world’s first cinema/marijuana dispensary.

"Cinedopes is a cannabis and movie lover’s dream come true; it’s the first time audiences can toke up, hit the concessions stand and thoroughly enjoy their cinematic experience," according to a press release from Stoned Girls. "Packed with movie references, quotes and parodies, any fan of film will enjoy this series.

U.S.: Susan Burton Is A Voice From The Front Lines Of The Drug War

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After her son was killed by the Los Angeles Police Department, Susan Burton medicated her grief with alcohol and drugs. Instead of receiving the support and services she needed, she cycled in an out of the criminal justice system for nearly 15 years.

In 1998, Susan gained her freedom and sobriety and founded A New Way of Life Reentry Project. Named a CNN Hero in 2010, Susan’s organization provides support and resources for women recently released from prison.

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) works to end the Drug War by supporting organizations like A New Way of Life. Susan’s video is the second installment of a new video series, "Voices from the Front Lines of the Drug War," chronicling the people and organizations addressing the worst harms of the Drug War and creating new policies based in science, compassion, health and human rights.

Here is the direct link to the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UjR_8nAURA

U.S.: Dr. Oz Expands Conversation On World Health Day To Include Medical Marijuana

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The conversation is changing! The Dr. Mehmet Oz show observed World Health Day with a moving public service announcement and call to action on medical marijuana.

"This year, I want to make sure that we address and understand three paramount issues for which we can all make a difference: marijuana as medicine, transgender awareness, and the right to end pain and suffering," Dr. Oz posted on Facebook. "Each of you have the power to create true change."

Check out the PSA at the link below, and be sure to share far and wide!

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Utah: Sick Mormon Mother Pleads For Legalized Medical Marijuana In Video

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A Mormon mother's YouTube video pleading for legalization of medical marijuana in Utah went viral on the Internet on Wednesday.

In the video, Tenille Farr of Spanish Fork tells how she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma last summer while she was pregnant with her fifth son, Gabe, reports Kristen Moulton at The Salt Lake Tribune.

The video, posted by the Illegally Healed website and on its Facebook page, got hundreds of shares within hours on Wednesday.

Illegally Healed is for personal stories of people who have used medicinal cannabis, according to Angela Bacca, media and public relations director for the Drug Policy Project of Utah. That group is working with Illegally Healed to post stories about Utah residents who want to be able to use medical cannabis; Farr's was the first such video.

Farr was also one of the Utah residents who shared their stories with lawmakers debating SB 259, a medical marijuana bill, during the recent session. The bill, proposed by state Sen. Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs), would have legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes, but the Utah Senate rejected it 14-15.

U.S.: 'High Maintenance' Marijuana-Centered Series To Premiere New Episodes Feb. 5

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Vimeo has announced that a new cycle of three episodes of the heralded web series "High Maintenance" will premiere exclusively on Vimeo on Demand on February 5 – the second half of the series’ second season.

Created by married couple Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, the series successfully launched Vimeo On Demand’s first foray into original programming. "High Maintenance" has received a bevy of acclaim from prestigious outlets like The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, and Slate, among others.

The new episodes are available globally and have subtitles translated to German, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, and Japanese, enabling the show's audience to have an incredibly wide breadth.

"High Maintenance" centers around a cannabis dealer known simply as "The Guy" (Sinclair) who slips in and out of the lives of his clients – an eclectic array of Brooklynites, from the likes of a harried personal assistant buying weed for her boss to a misunderstood asexual magician.

In this new batch of episodes, "The Guy" is poised to deliver to a new set of clients, all who have vastly different motivations – or lack there of – for smoking weed.

Pricing for the series on Vimeo on Demand remains the same as the previous cycle of three episodes: to rent episodes individually, the cost is $1.99 or EUR 2.49. To buy all episodes the cost is $7.99 or EUR 6.49.

The 13 episodes from Season 1 are available for free at HighMaintenance.tv.

U.S.: 60 Minutes Overtime Explores Marijuana Tourism Industry In Colorado

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Monday's 60 Minutes Overtime web-extra segment explores the new tourism industry in Colorado, taking viewers to a party featuring a menu of marijuana-infused food and drink, on a tour bus offering "a smoke and ride tour of Denver," and to a "Bud & Breakfast" -- a new Denver inn that's making the most of the rise of marijuana tourism.

Correspondent Bill Whitaker also shares his insights on the budding industry.

"Well, the folks who handle all the statistics in Colorado will tell you they have no hard and fast numbers," Whitaker said. "But there is some anecdotal evidence.

"We've heard that up in the ski areas, up around the ski resorts, that the dispensaries up there are selling 90 percent of their marijuana product to people from out of state," Whitaker said. "So it seems that people are coming to the mountains for more than just a ski break."

You can see the full segment, featuring footage not seen on the broadcast, here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/colorado-welcomes-cannabis-curious-tourists/

Oregon: 'Yes On 91' Video Illustrates Marijuana Regulation In 45 Seconds

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A newly released 45-second motion graphic shows why it's time to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana in Oregon. You might recognize the narrator's voice from radio and telelvision.

Rick Steves, travel guru, narrates this animated video that explains how our current marijuana policies are failing us. Steves is launching a six-day, 11-city tour around Oregon in support of Measure 91.

Oregon's Measure 91 would create a regulated system that would refocus police time on serious crimes, hobble the black market cartels, and direct millions of dollars to education, drug treatment and prevention, and law enforcement.

Learn more at www.VoteYESon91.com .

Uruguay: How Will the Regulation of Legal Marijuana Work?

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Regulación Responsable’s new animated video (with English subtitles; just turn closed captioning on, on YouTube) is now available online, in which it explains the marijuana regulation bill approved on July 31 in the House of Representatives. The bill is currently being discussed in the Uruguayan parliament and will be signed into law within the next two months.

Regulación Responsable is a coalition of prominent Uruguayan organizations and individuals that support marijuana regulation, made up of LGBT, women’s rights, health, student, environmental and human rights organizations, as well as trade unions, doctors, musicians, lawyers, athletes, writers, actors and academics.

The group aims to enrich the public debate on marijuana regulation through providing real information, creating spaces to disseminate material on the subject, and by making support for the initiative to legally regulate marijuana visible.

"The support received from former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Colombian president César Gaviria, 65 Mexican legislators, and more than 100 organizations around the world, along with the recent reports delivered by the OAS Secretary General, Jose Miguel Insulza, encourages us to continue working to make Uruguay the ­first country to approve and implement marijuana regulation, a policy grounded in public health, public safety, and human rights," Regulación Responsable said in a press release.

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