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Tue
29
Sep

Could Ohioans Say 'Yes' To Cannabis But 'No' To Nick Lachey?

Following a September 25th debate on legalizing cannabis in Cincinnati, the majority of those who took part in a straw poll voted for legalization but against Issue 3 - a controversial motion that would grant an exclusive license to 10 legal growers in the state.

Afterward, the 124 attendees cast their votes: 86 voted for legalization, but not Issue 3; 36 supported Issue 3, and 2 voted against both. Admittedly, the same size is pretty small - but it's far from certain that Issue 3 will pass November 3rd in the statewide vote, even if the majority of people favour legalization.

Tue
29
Sep

When was cannabis made illegal in the UK?

Cannabis was made illegal in the United Kingdom on 28September, 1928 as an addition to the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1920. However doctors were able to prescribe cannabis for medical uses in the UK until 1971. What medical uses? Well, in part, treating drug addiction.

On 28 September 1971, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 came into force creating the Class A, B and C classification system and making even more drugs controlled substances.

Mon
28
Sep

Taxpayers are paying $60 for every pot plant the DEA destroys in Oregon

The Drug Enforcement Administration spent $960,000 to destroy marijuana plants in that state in 2014 as part of its "Cannabis Eradication Program," according to a recent report by NBC affiliate KGW in Portland, Ore.

Mon
28
Sep

Carly Fiorina’s Marijuana Rhetoric is Dangerous

Carly Fiorina made waves at the last Republican presidential debate when she delved into the marijuana policy debate by bringing up the relative danger between cannabis and beer as well as the tragic death of her step-daughter due to drug abuse. Fiorina, who many pundits feel won the 2nd GOP debate, was taken to task by cannabis law reformers including Marijuana Politics’ Russ Belville, who blogged:

It is terribly sad when a parent loses a child for any reason, much less the preventable tragedy of drug overdose, Ms. Fiorina.

Mon
28
Sep

New Zealand: Cannabis Party Rejects Government's New Drug Policy

The New Zealand Government's new drug policy is out of step with international best practice and is not fit to be presented to the UN in 2016, the Cannabis Party says.

New Zealand's drug policy is a throw-back to racist 20th century hysteria that is completely at odds with the scientific evidence regarding drugs.

The policy deliberately ensures that the drugs which are legally accessible do the most harm to New Zealanders, while medicinally beneficial plants are banned.

The policy makes no distinction between low-risk substances like cannabis, high-risk hard drugs and alcohol.

It forces compulsory drug treatment on innocent cannabis and drug users, many of whom are likely to have no problems with addiction.

Mon
28
Sep

BC: Cities debate marijuana dispensary authority

'Bongy' promotes a head shop in Esquimalt, before the mascot was banned. In Vancouver, illegal pot stores have employed scantily clad women to attract customers.

— image credit: Vancouver Metro

With medical marijuana dispensaries continuing to open in defiance of federal law, more B.C. communities have joined the call for local authority to regulate what are often little more than retail pot stores.

Lower Mainland communities found majority support at last week's Union of B.C. Municipalities convention to bypass legal wrangling over medical marijuana access, as a court challenge continues against the Conservative government's strict controls on growing and selling it legally.

Mon
28
Sep

CSU collects materials documenting the marijuana legalization movement

This summer, Colorado’s State University’s Archives and Special Collections Department started gathering materials to create the Amendment 64 Collection.

This archival collection will consist of any documents related to the legalization of marijuana in effort to preserve this historical event.

Janet Bishop, the coordinator for Archives and Special Collections at CSU, introduced the idea of finding materials for an archive on this topic.

“I guess it’s fair to say it was my idea, but I did get input,” Bishop said. “I thought this would be good, even though perhaps controversial.”

Mon
28
Sep

South Dakota: 13 voter initiatives seeking signatures

South Dakota voters could see a dozen or more voter-initiated measures on the 2016 ballot, touching on hot-button issues from marijuana and money lending to redistricting and right-to-work. First, backers need to collect enough signatures by Nov. 8, 2015, to make the cut. For most petitions that means 13,871, but constitutional amendments require 27,741.

Here's a rundown of petitions that are being circulated or pending approval by the Secretary of State's office:

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Mon
28
Sep

LA's Cannabis World Congress

“There is always a boom somewhere,” said a famous investor long ago. If that sage had been living today, he would be focused on the world of cannabis and would have attended the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center last week. The business opportunities in the years to come will equal the California Gold Rush and the real estate boom the state has enjoyed for four decades now.

The Crowd

Mon
28
Sep

Cannabis Investor Summit Took LA By Storm

The Marijuana Investor Summit provided quality educational sessions to more than 200 business owners and investors at the current Marijuana World Congress & & Company Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sept. 16, 2015.

The top covered a variety of subjects on the threats and rewards of investing in the cannabis industry for both public market investing and private financial investments. Sessions were led by professionals in their fields, consisting of licensed broker dealerships, financial investment bankers, venture fund managers, angel investors and leading c-suite executives from leading micro-cap companies on the Marijuana Index.

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