May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Oregon: 'Right To Grow' Cannabis Group To Sue Jackson County

By Keith Mansur, Oregon Cannabis Connection Right To Grow, USA, an organization representing cannabis growers in Oregon, is filing a lawsuit against Jackson County. The complaint, which will be filed in the next day or two, seeks an injunction to force the County into a different interpretation of the newly passed cannabis law that was adopted in the recent legislative session. Jackson County’s interpretation, combined with the County’s definition of “Farm Use,” allows them to enact more severe enforcement than the legislature had intended, and also planning department fees to the tune of nearly $1,600. The injunction follows an appeal (and

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
It's Not The Kids Turning On To Marijuana, It's Grandma And Grandpa

By Phillip Smith The growing acceptance of and access to legal marijuana has some people worried that the youth are going to start using it more frequently, but that’s not the demographic where pot has really taken off. Instead, it’s senior citizens. Whether it’s wide-open medical marijuana states like California or fully legal states like Colorado, the gray-haired set is increasingly turning to pot, and not just to ease their aches and pains With a half-dozen more states likely to have legalization on the ballot (and win) this year and medical marijuana coming to more, grandma and grandpa are set

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Ohio Legislature Votes To Legalize Medical Marijuana

I was at work yesterday when news broke that the Ohio Legislature voted to legalize medical marijuana. The bill is not perfect, and in fact it will actually need a ton of improvement, but it’s definitely better than nothing. Hopefully it helps at least some patients and gets the ball rolling towards a better medical marijuana law in Ohio. Per Reuters: Lawmakers in Ohio on Wednesday approved legislation that would legalize marijuana use for medical purposes under certain circumstances, less than a year after recreational marijuana use was soundly defeated by Ohio voters. The bill, approved by both chambers of the state’s

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Florida: Anti-Medical Marijuana Efforts Are Hurting Florida Veterans

I received the following message from the Florida medical marijuana campaign: Our veterans returning home with PTSD are suffering and dying at an alarming rate, with too few therapeutic and pharmaceutical resources to help. Many veterans, however, have used marijuana to help alleviate their PTSD symptoms, with great results. In fact, some of the states where medical marijuana is legal have specifically indicated PTSD as a condition for its use. Amendment 2 does the same. To deny our veterans access to this medicine, so critical in some cases to their mental health, is to condemn them to a cruel and

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
New Hampshire Legislature Takes One Step 'Sideways' On Marijuana Penalties

I received the following disappointing news out of New Hampshire: The prohibitionists in the New Hampshire Senate, led by gubernatorial candidate Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry), succeeded yesterday in preventing any meaningful progress on decriminalization in 2016. The committee of conference on SB 498 removed House changes that would have decriminalized a quarter-ounce of marijuana. As was the case in the original Senate bill, the conference committee’s report would instead reclassify the penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana from a class A misdemeanor to an unspecified misdemeanor. Union Leader reporter Garry

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
2nd Memorial Day Walk To Remember In Lansing

In the absence of a Memorial Day parade in the city of Lansing, area veterans and activists will hold a walk from the Capitol steps to Adado Park in resemblance of the fallen and the lost. The City of Lansing chooses not to hold any sort of honors or ceremony to honor our nations fallen on Memorial Day; there is a small honor ceremony the Saturday before Memorial Day. Veteran Dakota Serna hopes to rekindle the meaning of Memorial Day to the citizens by honoring the dead on the day they were given so many years ago. The Walk will feature a

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Power Plant Fitness, The World's First Cannabis Gym, Is Coming To California

In an era of health and fitness, as well as a national cannabis boom, The 420 Games has become the latest “it” event series. The athletic themed marijuana events have taken root and quickly become a national phenomenon. Ironically, when Jim McAlpine first came out with The 420 Games many people were skeptical. “Most people would just laugh at me as I explained my idea” said McAlpine “The stigma runs deep and people immediately go to the propaganda engrained in their brain that says marijuana and athletics don’t mix. Well, that’s exactly why I started The 420 Games, because I knew all of those people were

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Louisiana Will Remain Just Shy Of A Workable Medical Marijuana Program For Another Year

I received the following alert out of Louisiana: I am sorry to report that the Louisiana Legislature continues to repeat its mistakes. For nearly 40 years, flawed legislative drafting has prevented the establishment of a workable medical marijuana program. Yesterday, the House took another step forward by passing S.B. 180, but it failed to fix a key omission. Last week, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law S.B. 271, legislation intended to fix a poison pill so Louisiana can establish a medical marijuana program (you can read about it here). However, that law did not amend the criminal statutes, meaning

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Rick Steves: I Will Match Your Donation To The Maine Legalization Initiative

By Rick Steves, NORML Board Member I’ve worked hard to help legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adult recreational use in Washington State (where I live) and in Oregon. This November, Maine voters will have the opportunity to approve a ballot initiative that will end prohibition and replace it with a sensible marijuana policy in their state too. As a NORML Board Member, I am proud to announce that NORML is endorsing this initiative. And to demonstrate my commitment, I am going to match every donation up to $50,000, dollar-for-dollar. This October, I’ll be visiting Maine to speak about the

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Urge D.C. Judiciary Committee To Improve Medical Marijuana Program

I received the following alert out of DC: While D.C. has an effective medical marijuana program, there is still room for improvement. Two bills are pending to do just that, but they’re stalled in the Judiciary Committee. Click here to urge all the Judiciary Committee members to make sure these bills move forward NOW. B21-192 would require lab testing so that patients know what they are getting and that their medicine is free of contaminants, while B21-210 would allow reciprocity for out-of-state patients and remove the arbitrary cap on the number of plants a cultivation center can grow, alleviating shortages

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