Infighting Plagues Medical-Marijuana Advocacy Groups

When the legislature held its first public hearing last week for a bill concerning medical-marijuana regulations, people representing at least eight medical-marijuana advocacy organizations testified, voicing opinions on the measure that ranged from solid support to angry opposition.

COLORADO: When it comes to medical-marijuana advocacy groups at the state Capitol this year, it takes a program to keep them straight.  When it comes to medical-marijuana advocacy groups at the state Capitol this year, it takes a program to keep them straight.There are the Medical Marijuana Industry Group and the Association of Cannabis Trades Read the full article…

Now Appearing: Hemp, For First Time In Decades

Currently 12 states have legislation on the books that would allow cultivation of hemp as laid out in the recent Farm Bill.

COLORADO:  Proponents of industrial hemp say it’s one of the most misunderstood plants in the world. It’s related to its far more controversial cousin, marijuana, but lacks the THC that gives marijuana its psychedelic properties. The first federal law mentioning hemp came in 1937. Congress discouraged the high THC varieties of cannabis, like marijuana, while exempting farmers who Read the full article…

Protesters Seek Medical Marijuana Allowance In NC

A group opposed to pot legalization is unveiling proposals for the U.S. government to ease restrictions on scientific research into marijuana's potential as medicine.

NORTH CAROLINA: A handful of protesters have been on the road for more than a week as they try raising support for North Carolina to legalize marijuana use for medical purposes. Five men have been hiking for more than a week on an Asheville-to-Raleigh trek aimed at pushing legislators to place a referendum on the November Read the full article…

After Maureen Dowd’s Pot Disaster, Bill Maher Offers ‘New Rules’ For Marijuana Beginners

“Now that the people of Colorado have legalized pot for everybody,” said Maher, “and not just long time sufferers of…well, whatever it is that I have, they must realize that they are the Jackie Robinson of marijuana legislation.”

COLORADO: On Friday night’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher offered some advice to viewers and to the state of Colorado about how to use marijuana safely and effectively, which we need to do, he said, because “after all, we’re pretending it’s medicine, aren’t we?” “Now that the people of Colorado have legalized pot for everybody,” Read the full article…

Peter Lewis’ Family Leads In $250,000 Donation To Oregon Initiative Campaign

Once the process is complete, she will be able to legally say to an employer, landlord or anybody else who asks that she has never been convicted or cited for any drug crime at all.

OREGON:  A political action committee formed by family members of the late billionaire insurance executive Peter Lewis has given $250,000 to a marijuana legalization initiative that backers are seeking to qualify for the November ballot in Oregon. Lewis, who died last year, had turned Progressive into one of the country’s largest auto insurers and was a major donor Read the full article…

New York Could Legalize Medical Marijuana Next Week

Moving legislation to the Rules Committee happens routinely in Albany near the end of a legislative session in order to bring a bill to a full vote, and advocates say they have more than enough "yes" votes for the CCA to pass.

NEW YORK: A bill to legalize medical marijuana in New York state cleared what may have been its final obstacle Thursday. Sen. Diane Savino (D) said at a press conference in Albany Thursday that the Compassionate Care Act — which would legalize medicinal use of the drug in New York — has been moved from Read the full article…

The DEA: Four Decades Of Impeding And Rejecting Science

The report’s case studies reveal a number of DEA practices that maintain the existing, scientifically unsupported drug scheduling system and obstruct research that might alter current drug schedules.

This report, co-published by DPA and MAPS, illustrates a decades-long pattern of behavior that demonstrates the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) inability to exercise its responsibilities in a fair and impartial manner or to act in accord with the scientific evidence. The report’s case studies reveal a number of DEA practices that maintain the existing, scientifically Read the full article…

Jamaica Government Announces Major Changes To Drug Laws

The Jamaican government has announced plans to radically reform the country's drug laws.

JAMAICA:  The Justice Minister Mark Golding said the cabinet was supporting a proposal to allow possession of up to two ounces (57 grams) of marijuana, known locally as “ganja.”. Mr Golding also said marijuana would be decriminalised for religious, medicinal and scientific purposes. It is expected parliament will approve the changes by September. “I wish Read the full article…

Issaquah WA City Council Approves Recreational Marijuana

Two applications have been received for producer/processors licenses that can be issued in the city. The moratorium will be removed June 16 when the ordinance is recorded.

WASHINGTON: With the moratorium on recreational marijuana in Issaquah expiring July 7, the Issaquah City Council voted 5-2 Monday night to allow the one retail outlet the city can legally have. Two applications have been received for producer/processors licenses that can be issued in the city. The moratorium will be removed June 16 when the ordinance Read the full article…

Assemblyman Al Graf Gets Last Laugh On Medical Marijuana

that will seal the criminal records for District residents convicted of non-violent marijuana-related crimes.

NEW YORK:  They laughed at him back then. But Assemblyman Al Graf ended up getting the change he wanted in a medical marijuana bill currently under consideration in the State Legislature. Graf (R-Holbrook) drew snickers two weeks ago when, while debating the bill, he asked why there were no provisions to prevent marijuana products from Read the full article…