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U.S.: Emergency National Mobilization April 2 To Reschedule Cannabis


Citizens, Activists and Leaders Rally and Roll Up to the White House with 51 foot “Joint” on Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m.

Mass Consumption of Cannabis to Occur at 4:20 p.m.

On Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m., DCMJ — the organization that played a critical role in passing Ballot Initiative 71, which legalized marijuana in our nation’s capital — along with leaders, activists, advocacy groups and citizens will gather along Pennsylvania Avenue directly north of the White House to demand that President Obama use his authority to reschedule cannabis now.

Why on April 2? According to the organizers, the Obama Administration has been a big ZERO on cannabis reform, so DCMJ is rescheduling and actively removing the “ZERO” from “4/20.”

DCMJ has officially requested that President Obama reclassify cannabis as a less harmful substance multiple times since he has taken office in January 2009. However, no action has been taken to reschedule cannabis to date.

Meanwhile, the placement of cannabis in the same category as drugs like heroin — which kills thousands of Americans each each year — remains not only irresponsible, unjust and unfitting, but also makes a continued mockery of the Controlled Substances Act.

U.S.: Rep. Earl Blumenauer Joins Speaker Lineup For Cannabis Business Summit


The Honorable Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), the Congressman who last week called for the resignation of acting DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg for his remarks about medicinal marijuana, joins as a featured speaker at the High Times Business Summit on Wednesday, December 16.

Rep. Blumenauer, the Congressman who last week called for the resignation of acting DEA chief Chuck Rosenber will speak from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

In addition, established cannabis-related businesses which apply for financing to expand their business between now and Friday, December 11, may secure a loan from Dynamic Alternative Finance, a Colorado-based company focused on supporting cannabis-related businesses. Scott Jordan, the company’s Director of Business Development will announce a loan to at least one established canna-business who applies, qualifies and attends the conference.

He will announce the business to receive financing during his seminar at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 16. Businesses may apply at .

Other speakers and seminar participants just added to the line-up include:

Arkansas: Marijuana Legalization Proposal Rejected Due To Grammar Errors


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A legalization proposal in Arkansas has been scuttled by what state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge claims are "errors of grammar, punctuation and spelling" and "ambiguities in text." This is the second time the attorney general has rejected the proposal.

The Arkansas Cannabis Amendment, written by Mary Berry of Summit, Arkansas, would have allowed adults to cultivate, process, possess and use cannabis and anything made from the plant, reports Alexandra Sims at The Independent.

Atty. Gen. Rutledge found phrases in the proposal problematic, including "Any person eighteen (18) years of age and older," which she claimed should have been "or" instead of "and," reports Russia Today.

The phrase "all products derived from the cannabis plant," was declared "ambiguous" by Rutledge, who claimed the products could also include other ingredients and create a potential loophole in other laws.

"State laws as it pertains to marijuana" and "number of license" were also declared grammatically incorrect by Atty. Gen. Rutledge.

Berry has been instructed to resubmit the measure and ballot title.

Voters in Arkansas narrowly defeated a medical marijuana legalization proposal in 2012, with 48.56 percent approval.

California: Tech, Media Industry Gathering With Marijuana Investors and Start-Ups


New West Summit Scheduled for November 20-21, 2015, at Parc 55

New West Summit, which calls itself "the first conference to focus exclusively on the game-changing, disruptive developments in technology, investment and media within the cannabis industry," has announced initial speakers, panelists and sponsors for their November event. in San Francisco.

“The Summit could not occur in a better time or place for our attendees,” said Dean Arbit, co-founder of New West Summit and publisher of Smell The Truth, a cannabis-news outlet in partnership with Hearst Media on “Interest in the cannabis industry is breaking all-time record highs, and San Francisco is ground zero for the world’s digital economy.”

The legal cannabis space has an estimated $10 billion economic impact in 2015 in the U.S., and the field is rapidly professionalizing and specializing, according to organizers. "There is an immediate, unmet need for a marijuana industry conference tightly focused on the most dynamic, and disruptive segments: applications of high technology, deep capital, and professional branding and content," reads a press release from New West.

Jim McAlpine, co-founder of New West Summit and successful entrepreneur in the Internet and tech space for almost 20 years, said, “it’s a natural fit to establish a disruptive technology conference in this rapidly growing marketplace. I’m proud to be part of the team doing it.”

Illinois: Medical Cannabis Physicians' Summit Aims To Educate Medical Community


The Canna Law Group, in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, Americans for Safe Access, and the Marijuana Policy Project, is co-hosting the Illinois Medical Cannabis Physicians’ Summit on Friday, June 5, 2015 at the Westin Chicago River North.

The summit will educate licensed medical professionals on current medical cannabis research, state and federal law, and the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. “Educating the medical community about medical cannabis treatment options is essential for the long-term success of the program,” said Rep. Lou Lang, prime sponsor of the current medical cannabis law.

The event will feature as its keynote speaker leading cannabis researcher Dr. Donald Abrams, who has conducted multiple FDA-approved studies on the medical benefits of cannabis. Dr. Suzanne Sisley, another clinical researcher on cannabis who studies its benefits for PTSD sufferers, will also speak at the summit.

“Many doctors need to better understand the current research behind medical cannabis,” said Dr. Abrams. “This is a chance to share my own first-hand research experiences at the University of California San Francisco and educate Illinois doctors about how I've applied those experiences in a clinical setting.”

Also speaking is Dr. Leslie Mendoza-Temple, chair of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, who said “This will be an important event for any medical professional who wants to understand the research, law, and administrative processes of a program that will help thousands of patients in Illinois.”

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