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Sat
23
May

Washington State Liquor Control Board posts marijuana data dashboard

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) posted online a dashboard-style report that includes snapshots of frequently requested marijuana data. The report includes:

Sat
23
May

A Victory for Medical Marijuana

It’s the middle of 2015, and the United States is still fighting its old, failed, discredited war on drugs. But sometimes the battlefield fog lifts a little.

For example: A United States Senate committee has just voted to allow Veterans Affairs doctors to help their patients who want to use medical marijuana.

Sat
23
May

Rhode Island: Church service involving marijuana to be held in park

 

ROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Members of a church that uses marijuana in its ceremonies are planning to hold a service at Roger Williams National Memorial.

The West Greenwich-based Healing Church says it’ll lead a ceremony at a well at the park at 8 p.m. Saturday, but members may be at the park as early as 4 p.m. to conduct a “circumambulation” of the park.

Church members this week have been praying at the North Main Street memorial and have received a permit to hold the service there.

Park officials have said the permit allows members of the church to assemble, but not to violate any laws. Church members say the 45-minute service is timed with the Hebrew holiday of Shavuot and the Christian eve of Pentecost.

 

Sat
23
May

Teen Treats Crohn’s Disease With Cannabis And Gets His Life Back

Recently, 15-year-old Coltyn Turner testified before the Colorado state legislature and rode a bike again for the first time in years. Previously so ill he was confined to a wheelchair caused by the debilitating effects of Crohn’s Disease, over the past year the Colorado Springs teen has used cannabis oil on his path to healing.

“I’d rather be illegally alive than legally dead,” he says.

Sat
23
May

Getting the Word Out

I have long favored marijuana legalization and now devote myself full time to advancing the industry. I supported it on principle at age 15, years before I had ever even consumed it, wondering as a young Libertarian by what right our government could prohibit its use. Much later in life, I learned of other important reasons to support legalization: Medicinal benefits, social justice and plain and simple economics.

Fri
22
May

Missouri man serving life sentence for marijuana offense has sentence commuted

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Governor Jay Nixon commuted the sentence for Missouri’s only man serving life in prison for non-violent marijuana-related offenses.

Jeff Mizanskey, now 62, was arrested during an undercover drug bust in Sedalia in 1993. He was sentenced in 1996 under the state’s Prior and Persistent Drug Offender Law, which is a three-strike system.

Fri
22
May

The Latest Warning About Pot Is One You've Never Heard Before... Until Now

The history of marijuana prohibition is filled with warnings. What kind of warnings are there about marijuana today? Well, it can still get you arrested in many places... but aside from that, true or false, what other popular warnings are circulating today?

One fairly simple and rather obvious way to find this out is to do a web search for “marijuana warning,” and look at a selected sample of the results.

Fri
22
May

Ohio Attorney General studying possible medical marijuana plan

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is studying the plausibility of a tightly crafted medical marijuana proposal.

DeWine says it's logical as the state debates whether to legalize marijuana to explore what the alternatives are.

DeWine, a Republican who opposes legalizing recreational marijuana, says he's talked to many people around Ohio in favor of medical marijuana if they could be assured it wouldn't be abused.

DeWine said it's worth studying what is happening in other states when it comes to medical marijuana. He stopped short of saying the goal would be to undercut the widespread legalization of the drug in Ohio or what form a proposal might take.

Fri
22
May

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Moves Forward At Illinois State Level

The Illinois legislature is moving forward with a much-anticipated bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, but it still has a few steps to clear before arriving on the governor's desk.

The bill cleared the House last month, and the Senate voted 37-19 to approve the legislation Tuesday afternoon. But Sen Michael Noland, D-Elgin, one of the bill's sponsors, say they're still tweaking the language of it.

The possession of a small amount of pot—up to 15 grams, or about 25 joints—would go from a crime with a $2,500 fine and the potential for a year in jail to a penalty similar to a traffic ticket. That means offenders would face no court time and be fined closer to $125.

Fri
22
May

Selling Marijuana To Minors Hurts The Entire Industry And Reform Movement

Some undercover sting operations were conducted at Washington recreational marijuana stores recently, and some of the results were very disappointing. Whereas the stings in Colorado yielded no failures, Washington had four failures. That’s unacceptable. I always hate posting articles like this because I should be highlighting our victories, and not highlighting examples that will no doubt be used by marijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet.

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