Nurse Practitioners Added To List Of Those Who Can Prescribe Medical Marijuana

The amendment , which was signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage last week and goes into effect in August, will allow nurse practitioners to prescribe the medication, members of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine announced Saturday.

MAINE:  The state’s medical marijuana law, first approved by Maine voters in 1999, has been amended, and the biggest change replaces the word physician with the words “medical provider.” The amendment , which was signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage last week and goes into effect in August, will allow nurse practitioners to prescribe the medication, members Read the full article…

Colorado Legalized Marijuana Tax Revs Ahead Of Expectations: Moody’s

Moody's Investors Service, in a report released Friday, said legal sales in Colorado will reduce the size of the black market and revenue from legal sales will mean more tax payments flowing into state coffers.

COLORADO: Colorado, the first state to tax legalized recreational marijuana sales, expects to bring in an estimated $98 million in revenue this year, exceeding the state’s original expectations by 40 percent. The state began levying sales and excise taxes on recreational marijuana on January 1, 2014. Moody’s Investors Service, in a report released Friday, said legal sales Read the full article…

Latest Pew Poll: Legalization Of Marijuana Is Inevitable

Fifty-four percent of respondents say that marijuana ought to be legal now, according to the poll. The total is the highest percentage of support ever reported by Pew and marks an increase of two percent since 2013.

Seventy-five percent of Americans believe that the personal consumption and retail sale of cannabis will eventually be legal for adults, according to national polling data released this week by the Pew Research Center. Pew pollsters have been surveying the public’s attitudes regarding marijuana legalization issue since 1973, when only 12 percent of Americans supported regulating the substance. Read the full article…

Cannabis Course Coming To Alaska

For a pre-registration fee of $420 dollars they say they can help the average Alaskan figure out if being in the business of marijuana is for them.

ALASKA:  The Alaska Cannabis Institute wants to educate Alaskans about the business of marijuana and make some good money while doing it. For a pre-registration fee of $420 dollars they say they can help the average Alaskan figure out if being in the business of marijuana is for them. Of course that would all be Read the full article…

Ohio Needs Heroes

Ohio and Florida combined are the political epicenter of America.  If both Ohio and Florida turn this November, no candidate for President in 2016 will be able to win the White House without vowing to end prohibition and citizens all over the country will finally be freed from the shackles of this failed and flawed program.

OHIO: Paige needs a hero.  Ohio needs a lot of heroes.  The little girl in this poignant video is but one of many thousands of Ohioans who are suffering due to a lack of safe and legal access to therapeutic cannabis. We have many families in Ohio with kids who suffer from Dravet Syndrome and Read the full article…

New Iowa Poll: 59% Back Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Rich Studley of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce says businesses are in a “no-win situation.” He says employers would have to ignore marijuana use or else pay higher unemployment taxes if a fired worker collects unemployment aid.

IOWA: Most Iowans support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, a new Iowa Poll shows. But if proponents predict that Iowans soon will support allowing recreational use of the drug, you should ask what they’ve been smoking. Iowans’ views on the subject haven’t shifted in the past year, even as marijuana legalization campaigns have gained momentum elsewhere. Read the full article…

Texans Attitudes On Legal Marijuana Shifting With Country

“People in general understand arresting someone for the use of marijuana is more likely to waste taxpayer dollars and law enforcement's time than to deter use,” Yañez-Correa said. “That's why you see libertarians, members of the tea party and Democrats all saying the same thing on this issue.”

TEXAS:  Whether it’s for economic, medical or personal liberty reasons, more and more Texans are taking the position that marijuana should be legal. About half of Texans — 49 percent — support legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, and 77 percent support legalizing medical marijuana, according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released this Read the full article…

Florida Republicans Soften Stand On Medical Marijuana

"The quality of his life was undermined by this intense nausea," Gaetz recalls. "Ron Mudd said to me, 'I understand that marijuana might help; can you get me some?' And I did, and it helped."

FLORIDA:  E. Ronal Mudd was a Methodist chaplain who helped open Florida’s first hospice in Jacksonville, then became a cancer patient in it. By 1984, Mudd’s final weeks were consumed with just trying to keep his food down. He asked a friend to get him some marijuana. That friend was Don Gaetz, now the Republican Read the full article…

Marijuana, Human Rights And The US Image

Our prison system has trapped millions of Americans in a web of minimum sentences, draconian drug laws, powerful lobbying groups representing those whose wealth and livelihoods are based upon locking up others, and privatized prisons that need to have keep cells filled to make a profit.

One of the most serious and widespread human rights issues in the US is our prison system, in which more people per capita are incarcerated than any other country in the world where comparable records are kept. As Human Rights Watch reports regarding Human Rights and US prisons, “Practices contrary to human rights principles, such as Read the full article…

Davos: Kofi Annan Urges 'Rising Up' Against Drug Prohibition

I believe that drugs have destroyed many people, but wrong governmental policies have destroyed many more," Annan said.

SWITZERLAND:  A high-profile panel featuring Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, discussed drug decriminalization Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Annan and Santos, joined by Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch, condemned drug prohibition as unsuccessful and insisted on a new Read the full article…