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Fri
26
Feb

On D.C.’s one-year anniversary with legalized marijuana, work remains

More than a year has passed since District voters legalized marijuana. On Feb. 26, 2015, it became legal for adults to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants in their home. As a result, marijuana possession arrests decreased a whopping 98 percent from 2014 to 2015, dropping from 1,840 to just 32. In addition to the massive drop in marijuana possession arrests, it is worth noting that cumulative arrests for all marijuana offenses, including sales, also dropped 85 percent in that time.

Fri
26
Feb

Meet The Organization Dedicated to Preventing Marijuana Legalization in 2016

According to Ben Cort, board member of SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) drug policy is a multi-faceted nuanced conversation. Cort told Huffington Post the organization doesn't want to "oversimplify a complicated discussion" about legalization.

Fri
26
Feb

No worries! Marijuana legalization is back in Ohio

Who says stoners are lazy?

Marijuana advocates already are taking another shot at legalizing pot in Ohio.

Last year, voters soundly defeated a proposal to make weed legal for both recreational and medical use. Issue 3 never stood a chance.

Only four states in the Union allow recreational marijuana use. Were voters from Ohio, America's most ideologically divided swing state, really going to join crunchy Oregon to legalize "Fun Weed" even before California and New York did?

How absurd was it to think we could legally blaze up a recreational joint in Holmes County before lighting up in San Francisco?

Thu
25
Feb

Utah Senate passes controversial medical marijuana bill

SALT LAKE CITY — Tears filled Enedina Stanger's eyes as she watched the Utah Senate pass a controversial medical marijuana bill that she says won't help her but would help thousands of Utahns.

"This is a win for Utah. This is a win for love and compassion," the former West Weber woman said from her wheelchair after the 17-12 vote. "This is such a miracle."

Stanger, who has a rare connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, moved with her husband, Michael, and two young daughters to Colorado last December for access to medical cannabis.

Thu
25
Feb

Legalise medicinal cannabis campaign launched by Cambridgeshire woman who suffers chronic nerve pain

A Cambridgeshire woman who has endured horrific nerve pain for 11 years has launched a petition calling for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis.

The Wimpole resident, who does not want to be named, suffers from Peripheral Neuropathy (PN), chronic nerve pain which gives her a burning feeling in her feet, legs and more recently hands. Over the years, she has been prescribed numerous drugs to try and dull the pain but nothing has worked.

To keep her feet cool she wears open-toed sandals all year round and at night time has the air conditioning on in an effort to sleep.

The 71-year-old tried cannabis when she was in Amsterdam - and found she got instant relief - after a colleague with multiple sclerosis (MS) said it was the only way to alleviate her pain.

Thu
25
Feb

UNGASS and the "Drug Free World" illusion

The killer fact is a public speaker’s friend. It can be used as a way of not so much simplifying a complex argument, but of giving the audience a peg on which to anchor the complexity. I deployed a few of them in my talk introducing the drug policy discussion at Splore on Saturday, but none of them stirred as audible a response from the crowd as this part:

At UNGASS 1998 – the second meeting of the United Nations’ most senior policy-making body, the General Assembly, to discuss the global drug problem – the boundlessly confident slogan for the event was: ”A drug-free world – we can do it!”

Thu
25
Feb

Australia: Hemp Embassy, politicians, welcome medical cannabis laws

The Nimbin Hemp Embassy will apply for a licence to cultivate medicinal cannabis following the passing of laws in Federal parliament this week.

Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said the Embassy had contacts with a network of growers and healers on the north coast of New South Wales.

‘We are a non-profit organization and we know the cannabis culture really well,’ Mr Balderstone said.

‘This is an opportunity to create genuine legal, taxable employment in this region.’

His comments followed the passing of legislation that clears the way for Australia’s State and Territory governments and companies to apply for a license to locally cultivate or manufacture medicinal cannabis products.

Thu
25
Feb

Oregon, Washington Trying Again On Hemp Legalization

Oregon and Washington state lawmakers are making another try at introducing a new crop to the Northwest: Industrial hemp, the non-drug cousin of marijuana.

For the fourth year in a row, the Washington Legislature is considering whether to legalize hemp farming. The initial, lopsided votes in favor suggest this might be the session it happens.

Hemp produces oil seed and fiber that processors turn into a wide range of goods from clothing and food to body care products and biofuels. Several hemp advocates testified Tuesday in separate public hearings in Salem and Olympia that the plant can even be used in building construction.

Thu
25
Feb

Medical marijuana amendments, vote planned in Pennsylvania House

Pennsylvania's bill to create a medical marijuana program is nearing a vote in the state House of Representatives, where amendments to the proposal abound.

House Majority Leader David Reed, R-Indiana, plans to bring the measure, Senate Bill 3, up for a vote when members return from recess the week of March 14, said Steve Miskin, spokesman for the House Republican leadership.

Passed 40-7 in the Senate last May 12, the bill is bound to go back before the Senate — if passed by the House — because of the amendments to be considered, Miskin said.

Thu
25
Feb

Vermont Senate approves bill to legalize recreational marijuana

Gov. Shumlin applauds action, urges House to follow suit.

In a tight vote Wednesday afternoon, Vermont state senators approved a measure to legalize recreational marijuana.

The 16-13 preliminary vote means the measure will be up for final approval in the Senate Thursday afternoon.

Sen. John Campbell, the president pro tem, voted no. He said the bill sends a terrible message to Vermont children.

Sen. Peg Flory, a Rutland Republican, joined in the opposition. "We need to remember we may say it's legal in Vermont but it’s still violating federal law."

But supporters said they had learned from the advice of officials in Colorado and Washington, devising a controlled system to allow the sale of small amounts of marijuana to adults 21 and older.

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