Feb 102016
 February 10, 2016
Colorado Marijuana Revenue Exceeded Projections in 2015

Colorado’s regulated marijuana system generated more than $135 million in revenue for the state in 2015, including more than $35 million for school construction projects, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue. There were just under $588 million in adult-use marijuana sales in Colorado from January-December 2015, producing approximately $109.1 million in tax revenue in addition to $4.7 million in license and application fees. The state’s regulated medical marijuana system produced more than $11.4 million in tax revenue and $9.8 million in license and application fees. In 2014, the state’s regulated marijuana system raised just over $76.1 million in total

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Feb 102016
 February 10, 2016
Patient Advocates Bring Medical Marijuana Issues To United Nations

Today Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Steph Sherer, and Michael Krawitz, Executive Director, Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access will join organizations from across the globe at at the UN Headquarters to continue preparations for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS 2016) on drug policy to be held April 19th-21st They will be providing input for Member States in the negotiations of the outcome document to be presented at UNGASS 2016 and will be urging that global policies on medical cannabis be included. The last time the UN held a special session was in 1999, and

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Feb 102016
 February 10, 2016
Elizabeth Warren To The CDC: Look Into Medical Marijuana To Fight Opioid Addiction

Marijuana is a fantastic pain reliever. I was diagnosed with arthritis in my foot last year, and nothing helps me deal with the pain in my foot as well as cannabis. My doctor tried to get me on prescription drugs to help fight the pain, which isn’t constant but there are definitely those days. I explained to my doctor that I would prefer to treat it with cannabis, both smoking and vaping as well as using topicals. My primary doctor is not the most supportive doctor when it comes to medical marijuana, but he has seen over the years how

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Feb 102016
 February 10, 2016
Australia To Introduce Landmark Medical Marijuana Legislation Today

The Turnbull Government will today introduce landmark legislation providing the “missing piece” for Australian patients and their doctors to access a safe, legal and reliable supply of medicinal cannabis products for the management of painful and chronic conditions. Minister for Health Sussan Ley today announced the amendments to the Narcotics Drugs Act 1967 would allow the controlled cultivation of cannabis for medicinal or scientific purposes through one single national licensing scheme – an Australian first. Ms Ley said, if passed, this legislation would open the way for Australians with painful and chronic conditions to get access to the relief they

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Feb 102016
 February 10, 2016
Cannabinoids Are A Reasonable Option For Chronic Pain Treatment

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Cannabinoids are safe and effective in the treatment of chronic pain conditions, according to a review of recent clinical trials published online ahead of print in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. Investigators at the University of Montreal, Department of Anesthesiology evaluated the results of 26 clinical trials “of good or excellent quality” involving 1,364 subjects. Trials assessed the use of various types of cannabinoid preparations, including herbal cannabis, liquid and oral cannabis extracts, and synthetic cannabinoid agents in pain treatment. Authors reported that cannabinoids were efficacious in alleviating various types of pain, including pain

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Feb 092016
 February 9, 2016
Colorado Sold Just Shy Of One Billion Dollars Worth Of Cannabis In 2015

At the beginning of 2015 a lot of people were estimating that Colorado would sell over one billion dollars worth of cannabis. Recreational marijuana became legal to sell in Colorado at the beginning of 2014, with a regulated medical marijuana system already in existence. The roll out of recreational marijuana sales took a bit to ramp up, and 2014 was seen as a ‘warm up’ of sorts. 2015 was predicted to be the year that the one billion dollar mark would be crossed in Colorado, and Colorado came very, very close. Per The Cannabist: Licensed and regulated marijuana stores in Colorado sold $996,184,788

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Feb 092016
 February 9, 2016
Florida Medical Marijuana Campaign Receives SEIU Florida Endorsement

Today the Service Employees International Union of Florida (SEIU Florida) proudly announced its endorsement of United for Care’s ballot initiative, which will allow Florida voters the chance to vote on medical marijuana in November 2016. In the 2014 election, the SEIU supported United for Care and Amendment 2, which received 58% in that election. SEIU Florida represents over 55,000 active and retired healthcare professionals, public employees, and property service workers in the state. SEIU Florida’s members provide crucial services in hospitals, nursing homes, public schools, community colleges, municipal and county governments, malls, and universities across the state. “We are honored to

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Feb 092016
 February 9, 2016
Greater St. Louis NORML Announces 17th Annual Drug War Victims Vigil This Friday

The local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Greater St. Louis NORML) announces a Drug War Victims Vigil to take place on Friday, the 12th of February 2016 at the St. Louis County Justice Center at 100 S. Central, Clayton, Missouri 63105. Members, supporters, and victims will gather outside the county jail from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. to peacefully protest the arrest and incarceration of marijuana users. The vigil will continue at the Mel Carnahan Criminal Courthouse at 1114 Market Street in the City of St. Louis from 4:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Greater

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Feb 092016
 February 9, 2016
Popular Marijuana Pesticide Pulled From Store Shelves, Banned In Oregon

I don’t currently grow marijuana, but I did for a handful of years. I always tell people that there are three plagues that should be dealt with swiftly and completely when growing marijuana – bugs, heat, and mildew. There are a lot of battles that will be fought while growing marijuana, but those three were the toughest to deal with. Powdery mildew is especially harsh in the Pacific Northwest where I live because of so much rain. We don’t deal with heat all that often, but it does happen during the summer during some stretches. Bugs for the most part

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Feb 082016
 February 8, 2016
High NY: The Next Generation Of Cannabis Leaders

I came across a cool event today. It’s an event geared towards the next generation of cannabis leaders, which is something that I always support. I was once a young activist, and it’s only because of the efforts and mentoring from previous generations of activists that I’ve been able to navigate a gauntlet of chaos that is the life of an activist. We need to always be looking to fill the ranks with the next generation of activists, and I think this event is going to help with that. It makes me smile thinking of how many young people will

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