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Cops Raid Cannabis Oil Activist Because Her Son Discussed Medical Pot Facts at School

On March 24, cannabis oil activist Shona Banda‘s life was flipped upside-down after her son was taken from her by the State of Kansas. The ordeal started when police and counselors at her 11-year-old son’s school conducted a drug education class. Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado for a period of time, disagreed with some of the anti-pot points that were being made by school officials. “My son says different things like my ‘Mom calls it cannabis and not marijuana.’ He let them know how educated he was on the facts,” said Banda in an exclusive interview with BenSwann.com.

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Wichita man gets 12 years in prison for trafficking marijuana

WICHITA, Kan. — A Wichita man is set to spend 12 years in federal prison for trafficking marijuana.

Jeremy Harris, 33, previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. He admitted in the plea that he obtained and distributed 12,000 pounds of marijuana in Kansas from 2011 to 2013.

In August of 2013, investigators seized 35 steel containers containing more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana near Augusta. One of Harris' co-conspirators later admitted driving from El Paso, Texas to Wichita more than 15 times, each time transporting more than 150 pounds of marijuana. He and at least one other conspirator were responsible for transporting marijuana to Kansas, then taking bulk cash to Texas and Mexico for payment.

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The Emerald Triangle Up In Smoke?

Does legalization spell the end for Humboldt County's cannabis culture?

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State Democrat wants to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin

MADISON – A Democratic lawmaker introduced legislation Monday morning that would legalize marijuana in Wisconsin, but the bill will likely go up in smoke.

State Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, held a press conference at the Capitol along with the president of the Wisconsin Cannabis Project. They said the change would reduce crime associated with growing and selling cannabis and create jobs.

State Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison.

Sargent introduced a similar bill last year, but it made no progress through the state Legislature.

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Oregon Senator Wyden talks tax breaks for marijuana businesses

EUGENE, Ore. - With just days left to file income taxes, Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer and Senator Ron Wyden introduced legislation that would allow marijuana businesses to take deductions as long as they are following state laws.

Wyden has also proposed a tax reform plan that would make filing taxes easier and create incentives for local businesses.

“We really have a one page form, just over 30 lines long and if we go to something like that - Oregonians are going to be able to get their April back," Wyden said.

He said these changes would reflect the will of Oregon voters and provide some certainty for small businesses.

He hopes to move forward with these tax changes in the upcoming months.

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How Hillary Clinton Handles Marijuana Will Be Interesting...

As 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) continues to voice disdain for the war on drugs, it will be interesting to see whether fellow presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shifts her views on drug reform, especially since she's wavered on the issue for years.

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WI Local state rep. renews call for legalizing marijuana

MADISON (WKOW) – State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) will unveil a proposal Monday to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin.

Sargent, who introduced a similar bill during the last legislative session, said legalizing pot is about personal liberty.

“This is not an issue for just one party or another. This is an issue that brings the state together,” Sargent said. “It actually energizes a base of people that feel that feel they haven't had a voice at the Capitol – an awful lot of young people who value that personal liberties angle.”

Sargent said legalizing marijuana would also combat racial disparities evident in the current, criminal justice system by cutting back on the incarceration of non-violent, drug offenders.

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Capitol Ideas: 'Other' marijuana generates little discussion

DES MOINES — Everyone knows that politics makes strange bedfellows.

A pair of Linn County legislators has — unintentionally — taken that to a new level: They call the same house home.

But not at the same time.

Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, and Rep. Art Staed, D-Cedar Rapids, both call — or have called — 2905 Alleghany Dr. NE home.

Paulsen grew up there from the late 1960s to 1983 when he left to attend the University of Iowa. Sixteen years later, Staed and his wife, Susan, bought the house and reared their children there.

“I wasn’t involved in politics back then,” Staed says. “I didn’t know Kraig at that time.”

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Lawyers afraid to defend N.J. medical marijuana dispensary

TRENTON — The co-founder of the medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township will appear in court Wednesday to dispute claims he blocked his employees' attempts to join a union in a case that is being watched across the nation.

And this isn't even David Knowlton's biggest problem.

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Marijuana legalization ballot drive launched in Michigan

Michigan would legalize the use of marijuana for recreational use under the wording of a proposed ballot initiative submitted Thursday, the first of what could be competing legalization efforts.

If authorized by the Board of State Canvassers, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition's initiated law would require roughly 252,000 valid voter signatures before going to the Republican-led Legislature. If lawmakers rejected the bill or took no action, it would receive a statewide vote in November 2016.

The initiative is being backed financially by six to eight anonymous people from the agricultural, real estate, insurance and education sectors, said the ballot committee's spokesman, Matt Marsden. Donors will have to be identified later in campaign finance reports.

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