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Fri
07
Aug

'Hey, Gov. Chris Christie, I'll race ya,' says amputee, pot advocate

Gov. Chris Christie has been sounding off about marijuana – medical, recreational, whatever.

Rich Canci has heard enough of his "ridiculous campaign."

The New Jersey governor has been making the rounds as a hopeful for the 2016 presidential campaign, declaring his unequivocal opposition to legalizing pot for recreational use. Considering it a "gateway drug," he has even kept a stranglehold on its medical purposes in his home state where he signed its use into law.

While he grabs headlines, Canci, a 24-year-old Annadale resident, uses his favorite social media platforms to scream back.

Fri
07
Aug

Pot growers not wasting water

By Ellen Komp, Deputy Director of California NORML

Media outlets, including The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, and public officials, including the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, have seized upon statements from state Fish and Wildlife officials about marijuana and water use in a few creeks in Northern California to greatly overstate the problem, causing unfair backlash for genuine medical marijuana patients.

California NORML has challenged the figure of 5 to 10 gallons of water per day that’s being used to further vilify cannabis during the drought (“Pot grown outside is a waste of water,” Editorials, July 31).

Fri
07
Aug

Gary Johnson – Shifting From High Level Politics To Cannabis

Gary Johnson, in addition to being a former 2-Term Governor of New Mexico and a 2012 United States Presidential candidate, is also one of the cannabis industry’s biggest political advocates. Recently, he made a transition that is rarely seen in America today, and that is the shift from high level politics to the cannabis industry. While Gary may or may not be a candidate for President again in 2016, he is already the President of Cannabis Sativa Inc., a company poised to innovate the future of casual cannabis by branding and marketing the highest-quality cannabis products available. Gary accomplishments span a much wider range than just politics, he has climbed the highest mountain on each of the 7 continents, including Mt.

Fri
07
Aug

State lawmakers to Congress: Butt out of our marijuana laws

State lawmakers are calling on the federal government to change its drug laws to let states experiment with marijuana and hemp policy.

The National Conference of State Legislatures, the de facto bipartisan group of lawmakers, passed a resolution at its annual meeting Thursday calling on the federal government to amend the Controlled Substances Act to authorize state marijuana laws and on the administration to keep its nose out of state pot policies.

Thu
06
Aug

Rural Maryland sees jobs, not vice, in medical marijuana

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Washington County is a proudly conservative place. Voters here haven’t backed a Democrat for president since 1964, and same-sex marriage lost by a landslide in a referendum three years ago.

But when Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries pitched a proposal to put a medical-marijuana production plant here, the county’s five county commissioners — Republicans all — passed a resolution unanimously supporting the plan.

Residents of Hagerstown, the county seat, seem to be taking the news in stride. The consensus: yes to marijuana for relieving pain, no to recreational use.

“I think it’s all right as long as it’s only for medical. I don’t want a lot of potheads,” said Leo ­Myers, 61, a security worker at the Mack Truck plant.

Thu
06
Aug

State Lawmakers Want Feds To Respect Their Marijuana Laws

State lawmakers agree: The federal government should not interfere with states that set their own marijuana laws.

The National Conference of State Legislatures, a nongovernment organization composed of state lawmakers and their staffs, passed a resolution Thursday urging the federal government to amend the Controlled Substances Act and other federal laws "to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference" and to refrain from undermining state marijuana and hemp laws.

Thu
06
Aug

The DOJ 'Intended To Discourage' A Historic Medical Marijuana Bill

An internal Department of Justice memo leaked this week reveals that in the days leading up to last year's historic passage of a federal medical marijuana protections measure, the DOJ passed around "informal talking points" to members of Congress that were "intended to discourage passage" of the statute due to concerns about overreach -- concerns that would later turn out to be incorrect.

Thu
06
Aug

Australia: Medicinal cannabis supporters rally outside Newcastle court

Supporters of medicinal cannabis have rallied outside Newcastle court this morning, saying not legalising the drug is inhumane.

Malcolm Ronald Lee was today told he will be sentenced on October 16, after pleading guilty to three offences.

Police say he was growing 119 cannabis plants in his Newcastle home, and was supplying local cancer patients.

Last month, the Premier Mike Baird announcedNewcastle's Calvary Mater Hospital will host Australia's first medicinal cannabis trial.

Thu
06
Aug

How the Justice Department seems to have misled Congress on medical marijuana

Last year, the Justice Department warned Congress that a medical marijuana provision in an appropriations bill could  "limit or possibly eliminate the Department's ability to enforce federal law in recreational marijuana cases as well." The "informal talking points," according to a Justice Department memoobtained by Tom Angell, a legalization advocate and writer for marijuana.com, were "intended to discourage passage" of the provision, wh

Thu
06
Aug

Justice Department Admits Misleading Congress on Marijuana Vote

Leaked Document Shows Why Feds Believe They Can Ignore Medical Marijuana Law

Prior to Vote, Officials Argued the Amendment Would Have Broader Implications Than Medical Marijuana

Justice Department officials misinformed members of Congress about the effects of a medical marijuana amendment being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives, according to an internal memo obtained by Marijuana.com.

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